Isn’t it nice to know in a world of iPads, eBooks and Facebook that the classic dinosaur toy is still appreciated by kids? Not the digital dinosaur on a screen, but the physical toy that kids can touch, give their own voice to and create a prehistoric world that is all their own.
Thankfully, toy manufacturers haven’t given up on the old favorites because kids still appreciate them (yay!), which means that you are now on the hung for the best dinosaur toys you’ll find today.
There are some fun ones below and we’ve arranged them by age group to help you find the right one!
The last thing you want to do is purchase a toy for an 8-year-old that was meant for an 8-month old.
Use the manufacturer’s recommended age as a guide and for their safety, but also consider the child’s interests as you make your decision. Number 4, for example, is appreciated by kids between ages 6-14 and would make a great gift for anyone in between those ages!
Toy Capabilities to Keep in Mind
What type of toy is best for the child receiving it: manual or battery-operated?
- Battery-Operated. Numbers 3-5 cost more because they can do more and they require batteries. These types of gifts are better for older kids, but if you feel that a younger child is mature enough to handle the toy, then it would also make a great gift for them.
If they understand that you invested money into the toy and that they should be careful while playing with it (or if you only allow them to use it under your supervision), then these more expensive toys are certainly entertaining!
- Manual. Manual toys are equally as entertaining, it just depends on what the child is interested in playing with.
Numbers 1, 2 and 6 are more budget friendly options that don’t require any batteries. Number 6 is great the child is scientifically interested in dinosaurs. It makes a great home school lesson, too!
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The little ones will certainly be attracted to these dinosaurs, literally!
This set of quality wooden dinosaur magnets allows kits to place their dinosaurs on any magnetic surface in your home, giving them the freedom to create a prehistoric world all of their own.
Adults can rest assured that the Melissa & Doug quality doesn’t disappoint with the thick, wooden pieces (free of splinters and jagged edges) along with a protective coating that helps the bright colors of each dinosaur shine.
This is probably one of the best dinosaur toys for toddlers!
What’s better than a box of toys? A box of dinosaur toys!
One thing you need to know about this bin is that it comes with two dinosaurs and not an entire set, so it would make an excellent gift for someone who already has a collection of toy dinosaurs. This gives kids both a place to keep the dinosaurs and a mat for them to play on. It says that it holds up to 100 dinosaurs, but that depends on their size.
The zipper allows you to open the mat for playtime then close it again when it’s time to put the dinosaurs away. A handy 2-in-1 home for the dinosaurs and a way for you to keep the house clean!
If you have the budget and you have a child that is old enough to play with it, the Imaginext Ultra T-Rex is awesome.
At full height, he’s 2 ½ feet tall, which is the size of a small child. It’s so much fun for little ones to interact and play with him.
He moves, makes noises, his eyes light up and he can fire projectiles. We’d play with him ourselves if we weren’t so busy researching and offering you useful tips!
It does require a bit of assembly on your behalf, but it’s worth it! There are so many ways that kids can interact with it.
Preferred by boys but also a great gift for girls. It gives you the “Wow” factor at birthday parties or when kids invite friends over to play, but kids over the age of 8 probably won’t be as interested in it.
If you need something for older children, check out number six!