The 11 Best Dinosaur Gifts of 2019

Go back to the Jurassic period with these books and toys

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Our Top Picks

3 Bees and Me Dinosaur Toys - Set of 4 at Amazon

"This set of four rolling dino toys will have your preschooler moving around the house with joy."

LEGO Creator Mighty Dinosaurs 3-in-1 Set at Amazon

"Provide them with hours of entertainment and STEM building skills. Suited for children ages 7 to 12."

Prextex Plastic Assorted Dinosaur Figures with Dinosaur Book at Amazon

"This set of 12 dinosaurs comes with a book that highlights facts about each type included habitat, diet, size and such."

National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs - Hardcover at Amazon

"Kids will get a better sense of what the dinosaurs day-to-day life was like while also helping their reading skills."

Mega Fossil Mine - Dig Up 15 Real Fossils with National Geographic at Amazon

"This kit lets children ages 8 and up discover 15 different real fossils."

VTech Mix and Match-a-Saurus at Target

"He can talk, sing, dance and move, and there are 27 different performances in all."

Hey Clay - Dinos at Fat Brain Toys

"This kit comes with 18 small cans of non-toxic, non-staining modeling clay that kids can use to build six different dinosaurs"

Silly Safari Costume, Triceratops Costume at Amazon

"This Triceratops suit, sold in two sizes, will fit kids who wear 2T through 6."

Jurassic World Grab 'n Growl Indoraptor Dinosaur at Amazon

"Includes a chomping mouth, thrashing tail, and glowing, red eyes."

TEMI Dinosaur Toy Figure w/ Activity Play Mat at Amazon

"When they are done the mat and figurines pack up into a handy carrying case making this a smart buy for those who travel."

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    3 Bees and Me Dinosaur Toys - Set of 4

    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.

    Looking for more reviews? Check out our guide to the best toys for 2-year olds.

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    LEGO Creator Mighty Dinosaurs 3-in-1 Set

    Have a Lego and dinosaur lover? Well, then have we got a dinosaur toy for you. With this set, they can create a Pterodactyl, Triceratops, or T-Rex with 174 pieces providing them with hours of entertainment and STEM building skills. Suited for children ages 7 to 12

    Want to find more toys? Read more reviews on the best lego sets.

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    Prextex Plastic Assorted Dinosaur Figures with Dinosaur Book

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    The best dinosaur toys inspire imagination. This set of 12 dinosaurs comes with a book that highlights facts about each type included habitat, diet, size and such. As they learn about the Monoclonious, Triceratops, and more they'll begin to act out play scenes at home.

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    National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs - Hardcover

    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.

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    Mega Fossil Mine - Dig Up 15 Real Fossils with National Geographic

    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.

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    VTech Mix and Match-a-Saurus

    VTech Mix And Match-a-Saurus

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    https://www.target.com/p/vtech-mix-and-match-a-saurus/-/A-76151295

    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.

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    Hey Clay - Dinos

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    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.

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    Silly Safari Costume, 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 separate—in case your little one gets hot or cranky and just can't deal. 

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    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?

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    TEMI Dinosaur Toy Figure w/ Activity Play Mat

    Let their imagination run wild with this play mat and nine figurines set. Children 3 years old and up can play around with their dinosaurs as they interactive scenes around this park. 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.

    Want to read more reviews? Check out our best science toys article.

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    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.

What to Look for in a Dinosaur Gift

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.