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Kids young and old can appreciate some prehistoric fun with these dinosaur toys. The pieces are interactive, fun, and can even encourage STEM skills.
Here are the best dinosaur toys for the curious kid in your life.
3 Bees & Me Dinosaur Toys
Got a little dinosaur lover on your hands? This set of four rolling dino toys will have your preschooler moving around the house with joy. This pack includes a T-Rex, Stegosaurus, Brontosaurus, and Triceratops. They're also certified BPA-, lead-, and phthalate-free.
Jurassic World Chomp 'n Roar Mask Velociraptor Blue
If your kid is really into Jurassic World, let them play out the Blue character with this interactive mask. Children ages 6 to 10 years old will get a kick out of the three different sounds and chomping styles this mask has. If anything, you'll be sure to get some great pictures out of this buy and will scare the neighbors.
LEGO Creator Mighty Dinosaurs 31058 Build It Yourself Dinosaur Set
This LEGO set can create a Pterodactyl, Triceratops, or T-Rex with 174 pieces providing them with hours of entertainment and STEM building skills. There are tons of accessories like colorful eyes, claws, and teeth so kids can truly flex their creativity. The set is best suited for children ages 7 to 12.
Prextex Realistic Looking 7" Dinosaurs Pack
The best dinosaur toys inspire imagination. This set of 12 dinosaurs comes with a book that highlights facts about each type including habitat, diet, size, and more. As they learn about the Monoclonious, Triceratops, and more they'll begin to act out play scenes at home.
National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs
Bring the prehistoric age to life with this informative book intended for children ages 4 to 8. With these illustrations, kids will get a better sense of what the dinosaurs day-to-day life was like while also helping encourage their reading and comprehension skills.
National Geographic Mega Fossil Dig Kit
What kid (or adult!) wouldn't want to dig for their own dinosaur fossils? This kit lets children ages 8 and up to discover 15 different real fossils. Kids will use a chisel, brush, and magnifying glass to unearth the likes of Mosasaur tooth, Crow Shark, and more. As they uncover these finds they can read up on them in the included book.
VTech Mix and Match-a-Saurus
This dinosaur is meant to help kids ages 2 through 5 learn about different emotions. Using the nine tiles, kids place them on his back in different combinations. Each one represents a character (dinosaur, robot, monster), type of music (ballet, hip-hop, marching), or feeling (happy, angry, sleepy), and the dino will respond with noises and movements based on each tile. He can talk, sing, dance and move, and there are 27 different performances in all.
Hey Clay Dinos
This kit comes with 18 small cans of non-toxic, non-staining modeling clay that kids can use to build six different dinosaurs: Stegosaurus, Tyrannosaurus Rex, Brachiosaurus, Pachycephalosaurus, Triceratops, and Pterodactyl. An app provides 3D instructions that explain how to make shapes like spheres and cylinders, as well as facial features and different textures.
Rubie's Silly Safari Triceratops Costume
Rubie's is known for making good-looking, high-quality costumes that don't require a Broadway-size budget. This Triceratops suit, sold in two sizes, will fit kids who wear 2T through 6, and the elaborate horned headpiece is easily removable—in case your little one gets hot or cranky and just can't deal.
Jurassic World Grab 'n Growl Indoraptor Dinosaur
Although this dino is based on the movie Jurassic World, your kids need not have seen the film to appreciate this dude's awesomeness (and, truth be told, terrifyingness).
He's recommended for kids ages 3 to 7 and meant to be an Indoraptor, which in the film is a new hybrid known for being small but dangerous. The toy has all kinds of impressive animal effects, including a chomping mouth, thrashing tail, and glowing, red eyes. Did we mention he also screeches?
Temi Dinosaur Toy Figure with Activity Play Mat & Trees
Let their imagination run wild with this play mat and nine dinosaur figurines set. Children 3 years old and up can create fun scenes with the dinos, as well as the five trees that are included. Best of all, when they are done the mat and figurines pack up into a handy carrying case making this a smart buy for those who travel or want to keep toys neatly contained.
Age Consider the age of the dino-lover on your list when shopping for your gift. There are prehistoric-inspired toys for young children who'll enjoy pushing around a whimsical wheeled dinosaur, but this isn’t likely to capture the attention of a teenager who may want something more high-tech or hands-on. If you’re shopping for an adult, look for collectible dinosaur gifts or those that serve a practical purpose.
Purpose There's no shortage of realistic, detailed collectible dinosaurs out there, but there's also an abundance of educational gifts, like books or hands-on activities, that teach about science and natural history. Think about the personality of your recipient and choose accordingly.
Interactive Bring another world to life with a dinosaur gift that responds to commands via voice or an app. Or, for a low-tech but still interactive option, choose from Lego building kits or sets of realistic dinosaurs for imaginative play.