Looking for a great gift for a child in your life? Dinosaur toys are an excellent way to captivate imaginations and often provide a host of other educational benefits. From The Land Before Time and Barney the Dinosaur to Jurassic World, dinosaurs have long attracted the attention of kids from across the world. As well as the obvious benefits to imagination and creativity, dinosaur toys can teach kids more about science, history and even STEM subjects. With gifts to suit all ages such as toddlers, gifts for 3 year old boys or girls, gift ideas for 6 year old boys and girls, present ideas for 8 year old girls and boys, as well as older kids and even great Christmas gift ideas for young boys and girls – we hope to help you with the ultimate guide.
Though plastic dinosaur figurines are still a great gift for any child, there have been major developments in the world of toys to create a full variety of dinosaur gifts for kids. Dinosaurs are so universally popular that even some adults enjoy these toys! Fans of the dino series Jurassic Park will love these Jurassic World Toys.
We consulted bloggers, experts and customer reviews to give you an idea of what you should look for when buying dinosaur toys for boys and girls. We have also used all of this information to curate a list of the our favorite dinosaur toys for dinosaur lovers that are currently on the market.
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- Prextex Realistic Dinosaurs Figure Play Set
- Fisher-Price Imaginext Jurassic World T-Rex
- Discovery Kids Dinosaurs Rumble Sound Book
- LEGO Creator Mighty Dinosaurs 31058
- Kidwerkz Dinosaur Toys
- National Geographic Dinosaur Dig Kit
- Melissa & Doug Giant T-Rex Dinosaur
- MegaToyBrand Transport Carrier Car Truck
- Jurassic World Super Colossal T-Rex
- Lydaz Race Track Dinosaur World
Prextex Realistic Dinosaurs Figure Play Set
- A simple gift for imaginative children
- Educational booklet included
- Durable materials
These Prextex dinosaur toys are great for stimulating children’s imaginations. There are twelve different dinosaur figurines and an accompanying educational booklet that describes the history of each of the different colorful dinosaurs. This figure play set is a great toy if you are giving to someone who loves dinosaurs and wants to know more about all the different kinds. It also encourages imaginative play for children who love figurines.
The Prextex dinosaur toys are made with strong and durable plastic meaning they can be played anywhere - from the kitchen table to sandpits and water tanks. They are quite sizeable at around seven inches each meaning they are suitable for small kids too. These assorted dinosaur toys would be ideal for kids between four and nine years old or even older if they are a big fan of colorful dinosaurs.
The educational booklet has a seperate page for each cool dinosaur and the names appear at the top of the page. The page also describes the size of the dinosaurs in real life compared to the toy, a short history of the dinosaur and how it was discovered and some of the habits scientists believe it had. This can help inform children’s play as they learn about the different characteristics of each dinosaur.
Fisher-Price Imaginext Jurassic World T-Rex
- Interactive controls
- Great for kids who like Jurassic World
- Encourages imaginative play
As the Jurassic World sequel was released this year, this would be a fantastic gift to give to any child who enjoyed the movies. It has also been certified as Amazon’s Choice for Jurassic World toys, ensuring it has good quality and great reviews. It comes with a large, electronic t-rex, a holding pen, a car and a small figurine of Owen from the films. Kids can control the dinosaur with a handle on its back. Its eyes can light up red or green, and there are dinosaur sounds coming from the mouth.
The mouth also moves with a trigger on the dinosaur’s handle. The vehicle connects to a power pad where it can be launched from and kids can pretend the dinosaur is chasing after it. This is an awesome toy to give to children who already play with toy dinosaurs and vehicles as this can accompany and enrich their play.
Kids can recreate scenes from the movies or incorporate their own storylines into the play with the Imaginext ultra T-rex. This is a bit pricier than other items on this list, so is better if you know the child well and that they like the Jurassic Park movies. For movie fans, we have reviewed the Jurassic World Owen figurine in our Funko POP figure review here.
Discovery Kids Dinosaurs Rumble Sound Book
- Good budget option
- Sturdy design
- Educational value
This book of dinosaurs roars is great for young children thanks to its interactive sound effects and simple writing. Discovery Kids recommend this book for kids aged two and up, however we suggest that it is probably only a good option for kids under six. The book of dinosaurs features ten dinosaurs each with their own sound button to add to the storytelling. There are tons of facts about each dinosaur to share with the child.
Discovery Kids make a great selection of books for children to learn more about the world. If you are a friend of the family, the low price point makes this an ideal gift to give to the child. You could also combine it with other books in the series - one about farm animals and another about zoo animals - or with other books and toys about dinosaurs.
The pages are made out of thick cardboard to keep it durable and the pages easy to turn when the child wants to read and listen to the sound effects by themselves. It is at a very basic reading level, which is why we recommend it for kids up to six years old as they can also practice their reading skills.
LEGO Creator Mighty Dinosaurs 31058
- LEGO is a celebrated brand
- Three dinosaurs in one set
- Good attention to detail
Suggested for kids from 7-12 years old, LEGO jurassic world toys are a good option for older children as not only do they stimulate imagination but they can help develop fine motor skills and early science skills. The small parts make this unsuitable for very young children, but it is a good, long-lasting gift to give to an older child. This kit can create three different types of dinosaur - a t-rex with an opening mouth and posable joints, a triceratops and a pterodactyl.
There’s also a small buildable ribcage to pose as the t-rex’s prey. If you’re buying for a kid who loves dinosaurs they will love the ability to create their own and play with them. There are clear instruction manuals to help them. There are teeth, claw and horn parts to make the dinosaurs look more realistic.
This is also a great budget item for older kids and is ideal for minor celebrations and family friends. There are 174 pieces that can be combined with other Lego sets and they are made from plastic.
Kidwerkz Dinosaur Toys
- Great for young children
- Develops early STEM skills
- Good for short attention spans
Unlike LEGO, this construction toy has large parts and kid sized plastic screwdrivers making it safer and more appropriate for younger children from four to seven. These dinosaurs can be constructed and taken apart, encouraging early STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) learning for very young children. The parts are made with hollow plastic meaning they are safe for use.
There are 106 large pieces to keep kids entertained for hours. It is slightly more expensive than LEGO, but still well priced if you are buying for a younger child. The set can build three large dinosaurs - a t-rex, stegosaurus, and Diplodocus. The set also comes with a PDF Dinosaur Colouring-in E-book which can be printed off for additional fun.
This set and the accompanying book are great for kids with attention issues as it encourages concentration and imaginative play. The toys are washable and measure between four and seven inches when fully constructed.
National Geographic Dinosaur Dig Kit
- Great for learning about science
- Low price
- Renowned manufacturer
If the child you are buying for is a budding archeologist or just really into dinosaurs, this is a brilliant kit to keep them entertained for hours. It comes with four dinosaur fossils included, and all the right tools needed for them to dig into the kit and discover the dinosaur fossils. It also has a full colour booklet to help them learn more about their discoveries. The booklet includes descriptions of each fossil and details about the information scientists have managed to gain from it.
This is a good way for kids to learn more about the value of archeological and paleontological science and how scientists now know what they know about dinosaurs. The fact they get to uncover these fossils for themselves also fosters a sense of achievement. This kit is from National Geographic who are well known for creating great toys to encourage scientific skills in children.
It is very well priced making it ideal for minor occasions and family friends. For any child serious about dinosaurs, this is the perfect gift to add an extra level of knowledge and fun.
Melissa & Doug Giant T-Rex Dinosaur
- Sturdy design
- Fantastic for imaginative play
- Realistic patterns
This is a large, plush dinosaur toy that is great for young children. It is 26x30x9 inches, meaning that young children can easily pretend to ride the dinosaur through the house, enriching their imaginative play. It has a realistic design to mimic the king of dinosaurs - the mighty t-rex. It is designed to be able to stand on two feet, so is ideal for storing in the child’s room as a dinosaur companion.
Due to the internal structure, it does not function as a cuddly toy - but as it is a dinosaur it is unlikely the purpose of it would be for cuddling. It is made from soft polyester fabric. The manufacturer suggests this toy is ideal for three years and up, and we recommend it should be for children younger than eight years old.
The Giant T-Rex Dinosaur is a very durable toy and should last for a long time, so for younger children, it will last them through most of their childhood. It has great reviews on Amazon, with many reviewers claiming their children play with it on a daily basis. The low price point makes it an ideal present for any child, but we suggest it is probably best for close family members. Although fairly basic, dinosaur stuffed animals can be the best toy option for kids who enjoy imaginative play.
MegaToyBrand Transport Carrier Car Truck
- Versatile toy
- Encourages imagination
- Good, sturdy quality
Suggested for children from three to eight, this versatile toy is budget friendly and good for small children with large imaginations. The toy comes with a carrier truck with six dinosaur toys and seven additional compartments for other toys. For families on the go, this is a fantastic option for transporting the children’s favorite figurines. The versatility of this toy allows the kid to play with both the dinosaurs and the truck, enhancing imaginative play and encouraging multitasking skills.
The low price point makes it ideal as a birthday gift for young children from a variety of relations. It is also amazing for small houses lacking in storage as it is compact and allows you to store other figurines. The truck itself is 15.75x3.3x4.7 inches in size and the toys are about two to three inches tall.
This might not be ideal for kids who like to put toys in their mouth, so consider the child you are buying for before going ahead and purchasing. Nevertheless, the toys are good quality and will last for most of the kid’s childhood.
Jurassic World Super Colossal T-Rex
- Big on detail
- Great functions for imaginative play
- Amazon’s Choice for t-rex toys
This Jurassic World Tyrannosaurus Rex toy is huge! It is much larger than the Fisher-Price Imaginext toy and is packed with features allowing kids to play with it alongside their other, smaller dinosaur figurines. The jaws of the dinosaur can open wide and swallow small dinosaur figurines, and there is also a stomach flap for releasing the dinosaur’s ‘prey’. The toy is entirely based on the tyrannosaurus rex from the Jurassic World franchise.
A lot of attention to detail has gone into this toy and all of its limbs are moveable. It can swallow up to 20 miniature dinosaur toys, creating a more realistic form of imaginative play for children. There are also reviews from adult Jurassic World dinosaur fans who love this toy, so it is entirely suitable for all ages. It is three feet tall and ideal for older children (from six to ten years old).
Children who loved Jurassic World will enjoy this toy as it captivates their imagination and encourages them to both recreate scenes from the film as well as create their own prehistoric scenarios. It is slightly more expensive than other toys on this list, so is better for close family members. It has been awarded Amazon’s Choice for t-rex toys.
Lydaz Race Track Dinosaur World
- Versatile toy to encourage imaginative play
- Can be customised with accessories
- Great for tight budgets
This bumper toy set comes with 142 pieces to create a brilliant dinosaur racetrack. It has all of the parts necessary to create a full, army-style, racetrack; as well as off-road vehicles; two dinosaurs; trees and a rolling ball. Kids will be transported into their own dinosaur world with this set, and there is potential to rebuild the kit into other tracks. The track set includes slopes, gates and bridges to encourage imaginative play and develop early engineering skills.
The car has a small motor that allows it to drive by itself around the track, though this does mean this toy requires batteries so we suggest including some with it if giving as a gift. The manufacturer also make other vehicles which can fit on this set, allowing endless possibilities for customisation. It is very well priced for what you get, and is a great gift for any relation.
The plastic is safe and non-toxic and all the parts are reasonably sized meaning it should be great for any kids older than four. The tracks are flexible meaning they can be bent into different shapes. There are also replacement wheels included in case the wheels on the car are damaged. This is a great toy for developing fine motor skills and developing imagination.
Dinosaur toys for boys and girls are great for a variety of reasons, but first, you should check that the kid you are buying for will appreciate it. Though many of you who loved dinosaurs as a kid may be surprised at the idea that some kids do not like dinosaurs, they can be seen as scary – especially by younger children. Younger kids may prefer one of these great train sets for toddlers.
This can be overcome with some of the cool toys more geared towards younger children, but it is still worth checking with the parents. Here are some other factors you should consider when buying dinosaur toys for a child who is also a dinosaur lover.
Lots of dinosaur toys are made out of plastic so you should make sure they are made out of non-toxic materials. If you are buying for younger children you should also make sure not to buy a toy that has a lot of small parts. Always check the customer reviews to confirm the safety of the toys.
Many of the toys have various types of educational value. Construction based dinosaur toys help to develop early STEM skills; dinosaur figure toys encourage educational play and develop brain power and creativity, and many of the cool toys for toddlers and kids come with instruction or information booklets that help teach kids about prehistoric life.
The toy does not need to be educated to be a good gift – but it will certainly help win you points with the parents and further enrich the life of the kid receiving the gift.
Relationship with the Child
Are you a family friend of the child? It is best not to go too overboard and limit your budget to something suitable. If you are a grandparent or even, in some cases, an aunt or uncle you can get away with spending a little bit more if you want to.
Your relationship with the child will also impact how well you know them. If in doubt, ask the parents for advice before you go ahead and purchase.
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Age of the child
As suggested above, you need to make sure you are buying a toy that is safe for the age of the child you are buying for. You should, however, also consider some other factors related to the child’s age. Simple construction toys for kids are unlikely to stimulate the minds of older children, whereas LEGO toys your kids loves might. If you are buying a book you should also check the reading level is appropriate for the kid. Kids of this age may also have an interest in toys such as the PJ Mask brand.
Quality of Materials
The toys should be sturdy to make sure they can go through the immense wear and tear kids often give to their belongings. Have a look at customer reviews to gain an idea of how well the toys have lasted with other children before pressing ahead. If you are gifting to an older child this may not be as much of an issue.
For books, make sure they are made out of a thick cardboard before giving to young children, and for electronic toys for kids, you should also consider how well the components work after time.
Dinosaur toys are a great way to activate children’s imaginations. They teach kids about the world, history and can develop other core skills. Simple dinosaur figure toys for kids are timeless, but there are many great new options borne out of modern technology and culture on the market for kids who are serious about dinosaurs. You should consider the quality and safety of the toys, as well as what you know about the child receiving the gift, before making your purchase.
If you want a fun, educational gift that will keep kids entertained for hours and spark their imaginations, heading back to prehistoric times for inspiration is a great idea to get that perfect gift that will please the kid as well as their family.
If you’re really unsure about what to get the child, try to consult the parents beforehand. Not only does this keep you better informed – but it also minimizes the risk of buying the kid something they already have.
Did you know?
The first toy made in space was a soft dinosaur toy. It was created by an astronaut onboard the International Space Station from spare velcro straps so she could take a gift back for her son.