T-Rex, Stegosaurus, Triceratops are just a few popular dinosaurs that every child could name, and let’s face it, every adult could probably recognize them too. Dinosaurs are classic toys that both boys and girls love to play with and learn about.
From cartoon dinosaur toys to realistic, fierce dino toys, both kids and parents love to find the perfect toy for their dino obsession. We have researched the best dinosaur toys for different ages, making it easy for you to find that perfect plaything for your dinosaur aficionado.
Best Dinosaur Toys for Infants
Skip Hop Dino Teething Toy is a sweet and fun infant toy, however, we like the Dinosaur Teether as our choice for best infant toy. Since all babies teeth for much of their first year, we love the classic element of this adorable teether and the added pacifier clip adds to the functionality of this teething toy. You can attach it to your child’s clothing, making it easy to keep hang for those stressful days of constant teething.
Dinosaur Teething Toy
The Slotic Dinosaur Teething Toy with Pacifier Clip is the cutest little teether for those infants who are cutting their first teeth. The flexible silicone is soft for their mouths while the ridges on the dino can help massage their gums. This teether has soft teething beads and an attached pacifier clip to attach to the baby’s clothing so you aren’t constantly picking it up or searching for it. It is lightweight which makes it easy for the baby to wear on its clothing. It is made from materials that are 100% safe for your little one.
Dino Activity Rattle Toy
Skip Hop Dino Activity and Teething Toy is a cute little dino that will entertain your infant for quite awhile. It has several different textures, patterns, and sounds including the wrinkling noise and feel that little ones love. It can attach to a car seat or stroller which adds to the appeal that it can be used both at home or on-the-go.
Musical Walking Dinosaur
The Fisca Musical Walking Dinosaur is an endearing baby dinosaur that walks, lights up, plays music, and even talks. When it walks, it shakes its head and wags its tail. Plus it has a bump and go feature so when it bumps into a wall or furniture, it will turn itself around and go in another direction. There are six shape buttons on its body that will help your baby learn the shape as well as letters, numbers, animals, and their sounds.
This dino is made from eco friendly products making it safe for your little one. It measures 9.5″x 5″x7.5″ and requires 3 AA batteries that are not included.
Dinosaur Hanging Toys
These four Dinosaur Hanging Toys by Gebra are sure to catch your baby’s attention. They are four separate dinos with a teething ring attached to the bottom of each little character. The top has a ring that can attach to a car seat, stroller, or activity gym or they can be played with alone. These 11″-13″ dinos have a wind chime and a squeaker inside each one making them fun for your littlest ones to kick, throw, or shake.
Best Dinosaur Toys for Toddlers
While the PAW Patrol Dino Rescue Patroller is sure to be wildly popular among toddlers, when we compared all of the toys, we chose the Little Tikes Dino Trike as our top pick. It is a great toy for toddlers learning to use their large motor skills. The indoor/outdoor factor and getting exercise while playing makes this dino toy our top choice.
Little Tikes Dino Trike
Little Tikes Dino Trike is an adorable first bike for your little one made by Little Tikes, a well-trusted toy company since 1969. With an adjustable seat, it can grow along with your toddler making it a great choice for toddlers age 1-3.
This Little Tikes dino trikes feature a wide front wheelbase and an oversized rear wheel helping your toddler with their large motor coordination and balance. This little bike is great for both indoor and outdoor play.
Dinosaur Bouncy Hopper
The Aolige Dinosaur Bouncy Hopper is a reinvented, adorable choice for your littlest dino fan. Before this toy was usually found as a ball shape with a simple handle, but now it can be found in a fun dinosaur. This inflatable ride on toy will provide hours of fun but also help develop balance and increase strength. It is available in both purple and blue. Your toddler would love bouncing on this playful dinosaur.
Dino Volcano House with Plush Dino’s
The Prextex Dinosaur Volcano House with 5 plush dinosaurs is a cute plush set perfect for little toddler hands. The volcano home makes a nice home and carrying case for five colorful dino’s. The zipper is durable making it lasting for little ones. Parents love this little prehistoric set for on-the-go play for their young children.
PAW PATROL Dino Patroller
The PAW Patrol Dino Rescue Patroller is sure to be a hit with the popularity of the Paw Patrol movie and TV show. The Dino Patroller is motorized and is said to drive over different terrain with its oversized wheels. Paw Patrol, Chase, dressed in his dino rescue outfit, is ready to help save the exclusive T-Rex dinosaur with an included projectile net.
This toy is a bit pricey and seems to have some issues with the driving and the included net. However, little ones would definitely enjoy having a toy from their favorite show.
Light Up Dino Bath Toys
MAPIXO Floating Dinosaur will make it easy to get your toddlers into the bathtub but difficult to get them out. These color changing, floating 2.4″ dino’s will make bathtime so much fun. They have a short battery life (up to 3 months) but can be played with as regular dinosaurs as well. They are durable and do not mold, making them safe and entertaining for your toddler.
3-D Dinosaur Wooden Puzzles
The SYNARRY 3-D Dinosaur Wooden Puzzles is a set of 6 cute dinosaur 3-D puzzles, including a drawstring bag and gift box. These puzzles are best for a younger learner since each puzzle only contains 5-7 pieces.
The puzzles are made of natural wood and non-toxic water-based paint which makes it safe for your kids. The dino’s in the puzzles are T-Rex, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, Spinosaurus, Pterosaur, and Brachiosaurus.
Best Dinosaur Toys for Preschoolers
The Dinosaur Carrier Truck is sure to please little dino fans, however, the Dinosaur Activity Play Mat is our favorite choice simply for imaginative play for preschoolers. While all of our choices are awesome options for your little one, we love the fact that this playmat and dinosaur figures allow your child to simply use their imagination and creatively play.
Dinosaur Pull Back Cars
The DINOBROS Dinosaur Toy Pull Back Cars is a set of six realistic roadster cars for any child that loves dinosaurs. They are approximately 5″ each and made from durable non-toxic plastic. The dinosaurs include T-Rex, Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Ankylosaur, Pterosaur, and Velociraptor. The simple pull-back function allows your little one to race the dinosaurs across the room. With six separate dino cars, it allows multiple children to play together or to race those dinos with your child. These cars will definitely be a hit with your kiddo!
The TEMI Dinosaur Toy Figure and Activity Play Mat guarantees hours of fun for your preschooler. It includes a fabric playmat (sized 31.5’’ x 27.6’’) and nine dinosaur action figures, including T-Rex, Giganotosaurus, Therizinosaurus, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, Velociraptor, Acrocanthosaurus, Brachiosaurus, and Dimetrodon. The set comes with a carrying case with handle for easy storage. The playmat is said to be much smaller than pictured but is a nice mat for your little one to create his/her own Jurassic World with the accompanying figurines.
Dino Doodle Doll
T-Rex Plush Doodle Doll by Happy Fuel is a perfect toy for the child who loves both art and dinosaurs. If your child loves to doodle, then this doodle plush dino would be a great toy for them. It comes with both a storybook and 3 markers for them to draw and color.
While 3 markers may not be enough for your artistic child, you could use any other washable markers. The best thing about this dino is that you can toss it in the washing machine and then into the dryer, making it look brand new again for your child to doodle all over again.
Dinosaur Toy Carrier Truck
The Dinosaur Toy Carrier Truck set includes 1 dino carrier truck, 3 pull back dinosaur roadster cars, and 6 Jurassic period dinosaurs, including Dimetrodon, Velociraptor, Stygimoloch, T-Rex, Stygimoloch, Brachiosaurus, and Parasaurolophus. This dino truck has a carrying handle on the top which makes it a great portable toy. It includes a slide to add to the truck which allows the dino cars to drive down. The cars are also pull back and upon release can drive by themselves for a distance.
While the cars run without batteries, the dino-faced truck itself does take batteries (which are included) to activate the lights, music, and roaring dinosaur. This dino truck has it all… dinosaur figurines, pull-back cars, a slide for the car, and lights, music and a ROAR. Your child will love this truck.
Dinosaur Wooden Building Blocks
The Fronor Dinosaur Wooden Building and Balancing Blocks is a set of 10 colorful wooden dino shaped blocks and a wooden base to balance these dinosaurs on. These blocks encourage your child to use logic, thinking, and concentration to work on stacking these dinos to make them stay stable on the wooden base. The blocks are made with non toxic, environment-friendly materials making it a safe toy for your preschooler.
Best Dinosaur Toys for School-Aged Children
All of our choices would be a hit among school aged children and there is no denying that the Jurassic World Velociraptor Mask would be a favorite, but, despite the price, the LEGO Dinosaur Fossils Building Kit is definitely our favorite dinosaur toy for the growing dino fan. With 910 pieces and the collectible aspect, this is one LEGO set that would make any collector and paleontologist want-to-be thrilled with this toy.
Dinosaur Shooting Game
FANURY Dinosaur Shooting Game combines dinos and the love of target practice. This game includes two air pump guns with 12 green and 12 yellow foam balls for competition between two players. It keeps score for both players which adds to the competitive fun for school aged kids. It can also be played as target practice for only one child too. As the balls hit the dino’s tongue, the dino makes cheering noises. This game is sure to be a fun addition for your favorite dino fan.
Paint Your Own Dinosaurs
BAODLON Dinosaur Painting Kit is a great activity when you are looking for a do-it-yourself craft for your kids. This set includes ten 5″-7″ white dinosaurs and two sets of water based paint with a mixing paint pad and color chart to mix paint colors for a larger variety of color choice. It also comes with six paint brushes so that the kit is ready to use upon receival. School age children could also look up facts about each of the ten different dinosaurs too which could add to this amazing DIY paint kit.
LEGO Dinosaur Fossil Building Kit
The LEGO Dinosaur Fossils Building Kit (910 Pieces) brings paleontology to life as you build posable and intricate fossil models of a T-Rx, Triceratops, and Pteranodon. The set also includes a paleontologist figure as well as a sapiens skeleton figure plus a crate filled with accessories. These skeleton figures are collectibles that every LEGO and dinosaur fanatic will love to display. Although it is on the pricey side, LEGO is always a huge hit among any age.
Jurassic World Chomp ‘N Roar Mask
The JURASSIC WORLD CHOMP ‘N ROAR MASK Velociraptor “Blue” is a fan favorite from the wildly popular movie. This popular dinosaur comes to life with the realistic teeth, skin, moving eyes, and color of this mask. As the child moves its mouth and the electronic mask opens its jaw, there are three different sound effects that can be made. The dinosaur can roar as well as the eyes are able to move as it searches for its prey.
Every child who is a fan of the Jurassic series would love to reenact favorite movie scenes or even use this as a Halloween costume. This mask is a little pricey but is definitely realistic looking and the electronic qualities add to the allure of this mask.
Light Up Robot Dinosaur Toy
The STEAM Robot Dinosaur Toys is a fun toy for any child who loves dinosaurs. This robot dinosaur walks, lights up (changing colors from the light to the dark), opens its mouth, and roars like a real dinosaur. Its tongue lights up red and it makes a chomping motion which adds to the fierceness of this toy. It is made with safe, non toxic materials and is available in green, purple, or brown.
The vibrant lights and chomping are a highlight for many parents, but the downside is that some parents have said that the roaring is very loud and you are unable to turn the sound down. Fortunately, you can still use the dinosaur while turning off the ability to roar.
Educational Dinosaur Toys
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Activity Kit is definitely in our favorite category for educational toys, but we absolutely love The Dinosaur Museum Book. It is our top choice for the dinosaur obsessed super fan. This book is interactive, colorful, filled with facts, and a wonderful learning tool for anyone wanting to learn more about their favorite prehistoric creature.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Dinosaur Kinetic Sand Activity Kit
The NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Dinosaur Kinetic Sensory Sand Activity Kit is a fun and educational toy for your young ones. Two pounds of sand is included in the kit as well as a box to hold the sand and toys. The sand is similar to kinetic sand that sticks only to itself which makes it easy to clean as well as a good option for children with sensory needs. The sand also is hypoallergenic, gluten free, and non toxic which is a big plus for any children with allergies.
The kit includes six dinosaur molds to use with the sand as well as six dino action figures. A learning guide book is another addition to the kit which helps teach the children about dinos. But the thing that every child will find hilarious is the dinosaur poop fossil that is included The National Geographic name inspires science and exploration which is what is behind the idea of this activity kit.
Dinosaur Sorting Toy
The Learning Resources Counting Dinosaur Sorting Toy is both fun and educational for your child who is beginning to learn counting, sorting, and numbers. The activity kit includes 10 eggs that break apart and 55 little dinosaur counters. The eggs have numbers and colors that match to the dinos. For example, the number 1 green egg has a green T-Rex and so forth. This prehistoric learning activity allows little ones to both learn and play at the same time. The only complaint about this set is that a few of the colors are similar making it hard to distinguish between the dinosaurs for the little ones. But all in all, for the price, this educational sorting toy is well worth it.
Hardcover Dinosaur Museum Book
The Dinosaur Museum: An Unforgettable, Interactive Virtual Tour Through Dinosaur History by National Geographic Society is a colorful, information packed learning opportunity. For a very reasonable price, this sturdy interactive book is just filled with knowledge. The book takes you on a journey of dinosaurs giving detailed information on each dinosaur, including the plant eaters, meat eaters, flying dinosaurs, and the list continues. It includes the meaning of each dino name, how to pronounce it, and each “museum room” has a series of investigations that you need to do in the included dino lab.
You can look at fossils, dinosaur size charts, time lines, and learn about the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods. Adding to this amazing book is the fact that there are pop-up pages, including a large T-Rex pop up. This book is an incredible wealth of knowledge for your dino obsessed child.
Dinosaur Sound Book with Dino Figures
The Olefun Dinosaur Sound Book & Dinosaurs Figures comes with both a book and twelve 7″ dinosaur figurines. The book teaches the child about each dinosaur and there is a button for each dinosaur that when pressed will pronounce the dino name and roar like that specific dino. The dinosaurs include popular T-Rex and Stegosaurus but also less known dinos like Kentrosaurus and Camarasaurus.
Besides learning about each dinosaur, the child can also use it as a matching game. As they are turning each page, younger children can find the matching figurine as well as find the matching sound button. This is a great book for the younger dinosaur fanatics. For the price, it is a good learning tool that also includes nice sized figurines that your child will also enjoy playing with.
Dinosaur Matching Game
The Dinosaur Matching Game is an educational toy that can grow along with your child. This game includes six half dinosaur eggs, a T-Rex dino grabber, 2 dice, and 48 colorful 1.5-3″ dinosaurs as well as a bag to keep everything stored nicely.
Beginning with color sorting for toddlers, it can continue to teach by using the dice to count, as well as possibilities for teaching patterns or math. There is an e-book that is included that provides more game options for your child. This little dino game is a great way for kiddos to learn while having fun.
Best Bedroom Dinosaur Accessories
Decorating with dinosaurs is such a fun option for your dino fan and we found many great options for making your child’s room a Jurassic delight including Watercolor Dinosaur Wall Decals,, yet as we compared the different products, we just loved the homemade feel and quality of the Kikiddo Dinosaur Dream Catcher. It is a distinctive and adorable accessory for your child’s room. This dream catcher that will catch their bad dreams and send them happy dreams would be a wonderful choice for any dino themed bedroom.
This LED Hongid Dino Projection light is sure to make any child excited to turn off the lights in their bedroom. The optical illusion sends dinosaurs like T-Rex, Triceratops, or the Pterosaur onto their ceiling or walls. This lamp is able to rotate at 360 degrees and has sixteen different color combinations. It has a touch control for your child to adjust the colors in either a dynamic mode or gradient color mode.
This lamp is powered by 4 AA batteries, which are not included, or a USB cable, which is included but is very short. It also has a choice to change from dinosaurs to vehicles so there is the option to change the illumination for your child.
Dinosaur Crib Musical Mobile
The Dinosaur Crib Musical Mobile by Lambs & Ivy is an adorable little crib mobile for your baby’s nursery. It measures at 26.38″ which is a nice size for a baby mobile and has four adorable dinosaurs as well as an egg, raindrops, and clouds. It plays a song to soothe your baby to sleep. It may seem a little pricey but it is an enchanting option for your dino themed nursery.
Dinosaur Motivational Wall Art
These Zonon Dinosaur Watercolor Wall Art Prints are a great addition to any child’s bedroom. It is a set of nine prints with the name of the dinosaur inserted into the dino silhouette. Each 8×10 print also includes a motivational phrase such as Stand Tall, Be Brave, Be Kind, Dream Big, Seek Adventure, Stay Humble, Be Yourself, Have Courage, and Be Strong.
The dinosaurs are cute watercolors of some of the favorite dino’s such as T-Rex, Brontosaurus, and Stegosaurus. While these do come unframed, the cost of these beautiful prints make it affordable to frame in simple 8×10 frames.
Removable Dinosaur Wall Stickers
These Zonon Dinosaur Removable Wall Stickers (Classic Style) is a set of 66 self adhesive, waterproof dinosaur decals that are both easy to stick and easy to remove. This set of wall decals includes dinosaurs, eggs, dino footprints, and palm leaves making it an adorable option to decorate a dinosaur fan bedroom.
The nice thing about these wall stickers is that you can remove them easily if ever needed without leaving any marks on the wall. This set is the classic dino set which is more cartoon-like but there is also a chic set which looks a little more realistic. For the price, this is a great decorating option.
How We Selected the Best Dinosaur Toys
We looked at many, many dinosaur toys before making our best dinosaur toy lists. We first chose them based on age categories. Children of all ages love dinosaurs so we decided to separate them into age groups to make your search easier. A dinosaur toy that is perfect for a toddler will not be a perfect toy for a 10 year old. So we selected the best options based on the age groups of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school aged children.
Once we determined the age groups, we also tried to look for toys that were educational, interactive and just plain fun. We liked the toys that were both a toy and activity rolled into one as well as had educational value for the child. While play based learning is vital to a child’s cognitive learning and development, we feel that imaginative play is equally important to the development of a child. Since both are crucial to a child’s growth and maturity, we wanted to include both educational and imaginative toys to our list.
FAQs About Dinosaur Toys
What do you buy an infant whose parents love dinosaurs?
Let’s face it… parents (me included) have fond memories of certain animals or themes that they loved as children. One of those themes is dinosaurs. A great dinosaur gift for a baby is a dino teether, rattle, bath toys, or a crib mobile for their nursery.
Is it better to buy an educational or imaginative dinosaur toy?
There are many cool dinosaur toys that are also teaching tools for your dino lover. Educational toys are a great way to teach your child through playing; yet there is also great value in simply creatively playing and using one’s imagination. So the answer to this question is both are very valuable to your child’s growth and learning.
What is the most popular dinosaur?
We would have to say that the mighty predator T-Rex has to be the most popular dinosaur, especially among toys. We found that almost every toy set includes a T-Rex dinosaur, but there are also many T-Rex stand alone toys, such as the Remote Controlled T-Rex and the Tyrannosaurus Head Lamp are two examples of toys of the powerful dinosaur.
What is the best gift to buy for a dinosaur crazed child?
There are so many great dinosaur toys available nowadays. Our suggestion is to look at the age of the child and determine the level of interest of the child. The best thing about dinosaur gifts is you can pick a learning option, a fun option, or just go for the WOW factor. After much research, we think that the Museum Book of Dinosaurs is one of the best choices for the child who just loves to learn about dinosaurs. The interactive quality of this book as well as the fact that it is packed full of dinosaur facts makes it a perfect gift for the dinosaur aficionado. But any of our top dino toy