Almost every kid has a dinosaur phase. Suddenly they enter a period of time, however fleeting, where all they think about, talk about or want to play with is something in the dinosaur universe. Until they grow out of it, every birthday and Christmas gift just has to be dinosaur-related. The, one day they discover Pokemon or video games, and it’s all over. Until then, you should familiarize yourself with the best dinosaur toys.
Dinosaur toys come in all shapes and sizes, catering to the whole spectrum of ages and interests. From coloring books, action figures and puzzles to hatching eggs and play mats, there are tons of dino-mite things to gift the dino lover in your life. Whether it’s a birthday, holiday or some other special moment, it’s never a bad time to brighten someone’s day with something fun that may also help them grow. There are interactive options, creative outlets and even toys that lean more educational and scientific. Of course, there’s also the cute, plush stuffed animal for the kid that just wants to cuddle with their own little dinosaur every night.
With everything on the market, we’ve narrowed it down to only the best dinosaur toys for every kind of kid you could possibly be shopping for. These are the most parent and child-approved dinosaur gifts to buy for any upcoming occasion.
1. The Colorful World of Dinosaurs Book
This hardcover book features beautiful watercolor depictions of what dinosaurs might have been like, updated based on recent findings. Each colorful image is accompanied by fun, surprising facts about dinosaur behavior, habits, and appearance. It’s information and exciting to look at, making it an ideal bedtime book for kids ages 5 and up.Buy: The Colorful World of Dinosaurs $11.99
2. Green Plush Stegosaurus
BEST STUFFED ANIMAL
Build-A-Bear has a way with stuffed animals, and this green stegosaurus is particularly cute and cozy. It’s armed with soft brown plates on its back and tail, and you can even make it conversational by adding a sound so that it roars when you squeeze it. Kids will love to cuddle and chat with this plush dinosaur toy.
3. Bigjigs Toys Dinosaur Island
What better dinosaur toy than an immersive playset that lets you join your favorite creatures on dinosaur island? It includes eight dinosaurs, a nest with two eggs, a waterfall and a freestanding tree allowing kids ages 3 and up to have fun and safely explore this fantastical world.
4. LEGO Creator Mighty Dinosaurs
LEGOs are a classic when it comes to kids toys, and this kit combines that buildable fun with a T-Rex for an ideal dinosaur toy. Once fully constructed, you can open the mouth to reveal razor sharp teeth, position the claws and move the head and tail as desired. It’s the perfect gift if you’re looking for something creative and interactive in the dino world.
5. Jurassic World Matching Game
BEST FOR THE BRAIN
This Jurassic World matching game combines dinosaurs with a fast memory game that helps develop focus, memory and matching skills. It includes images of all the different types of dinosaurs that kids love, and adults can play along as well. For an added fun surprise, turn off the lights and see the tiles glow in the dark.Buy: Jurassic World Matching Game $9.17
6. Hatching Growing Dinosaur Eggs
Submerge these hatching growing dinosaur eggs in water to watch them hatch in 12 to 24 hours and continue to grow even bigger in the following days. It’s a fun science experiment that dino-loving kids will enjoy, and they’ll just happen to learn something in the process. As an added bonus, they’ll get to keep the little hatched dinosaur figures forever.
7. Ravensburger Realm of the Giants 200 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle for Kids
This puzzle depicting a colorful, mystical dinosaur scene is designed for kids ages 8 and up to support their development. They’ll get to play, build, concentrate and use their creativity to put together this wonderful image that they can look at to remember and feel proud of the effort and hard work that it took to make.Buy: Ravensburger Realm of the Giants 200 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle for Kids $14.99
8. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Dinosaur Play Sand
Play sand may sound messy, but this non-toxic sand is actually super easy to clean up. This sensory sand for kids feels perpetually wet but only sticks to itself. The kit includes a diorama, a real fossil, six dino molds to make shapes in the sand and six dinosaur action figures. It’ll help kids learn about dinosaurs and play for hours in this fun little sandbox.Buy: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Dinosaur Play Sand $19.99