Our Top Picks
Best Classic Toy: Prextex Plastic Assorted Figures with Book at Amazon
"Realistic-looking dinosaurs...set comes complete with a book that teaches kids the history of each of the dinosaurs included."
Best Educational: National Geographic First Big Book of Dinosaurs at Amazon
"Easy-to-read text, beautifully detailed illustrations and fun facts make this a kid favorite."
Best Building Toy: LEGO Creator Mighty Dinosaurs 3-in-1 Set at Amazon
"Build three different dinos: a four inch tall Tyrannosaurus...a three inch Triceratops, or a seven inch long Pterodactyl."
Best for Preschoolers: 3 Bees and Me Dinosaur Toys - Set of 4 at Amazon
"Each of the dinos comes on wheels with and ergonomic, easy-grip design so little hands can zoom their new friends around."
Best for Older Kids: Mega Fossil Mine Dig Up 15 Real Fossils at Amazon
"Kids can unearth 15 different real fossils from the 8x8 gypsum block mold. The set includes three different mini tools for excavating."
Best for Pretend Play: Jurassic World Colossal Tyrannosaurus Rex at Amazon
"Giant, three-foot long, monster-stomping, dino-roaring T-Rex...can walk, chomp, roar, and so much more."
Best High-Tech Toy: WowWee Roboraptor at Amazon - Blue
"Bluetooth technology lets kids control this massive 32” robot with either the included remote control or with their smart device."
Best for Their Room: Dinosaur 3D Optical Illusion Night Light at Amazon
"Has a light element that can change with the touch of a button...from blue, red, yellow, cyan, green, pink or white. Included is a USB cord."
Runner-Up, Best for Older Kids: Jurassic World 3D Gift Set at Amazon
"This is a 3-disk set with two plastic dinosaurs engaged in battle."
01 of 09
Best Classic Toy: Prextex Plastic Assorted Dinosaur Figures with Dinosaur Book
We simply could not have a list of dino toys without a set of plastic dinosaur figurines on it. Kids’ imaginations can run the gamut with these realistic-looking dinosaurs. And, as if the dinos were not enough, this set comes complete with a book that teaches kids the history of each of the dinosaurs included in the set, fostering kids’ natural curiosity and love of science. Each of the 12 dinosaurs has a page in the book with full-color, detailed images and facts about the size, habitat, history and diet of each. The dinosaurs included measure approximately seven inches in height — perfect for little hands. This is a great gift for kids ages three and up.
02 of 09
Best Educational: National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs - Hardcover
This hardcover book is perfect for the dinosaur enthusiast ages four to eight years old. The world of small, big, giant and gigantic dinos comes to life on the pages of the National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs. Easy-to-read text, beautifully detailed illustrations and fun facts make this a kid favorite. The Big Book of Dinosaurs also has parent tips and activities to continue kids’ dino-loving experience, large print and phonetic pronunciation guides for dinosaur names and interactive questions to keep little ones engaged. Also available for Kindle or in paperback, this is a wonderful gift.
03 of 09
Best Building Toy: LEGO Creator Mighty Dinosaurs 3-in-1 Set
No gift list is complete without at least one LEGO set on it. And with this set kids can build three different dinos: a four inch tall Tyrannosaurus with sharp claws and razor-like teeth, a three inch Triceratops, or a seven inch long Pterodactyl with a nine inch wing span. The T-Rex has moveable joints and a mouth that opens to show his ferocious teeth. This dino-loving set also includes a buildable rib cage for your dinosaurs to prey on. Kids 7 to 12 years old will love building their favorite dinosaurs with this mighty LEGO set.
04 of 09
Best for Preschoolers: 3 Bees and Me Dinosaur Toys - Set of 4
Preschoolers ages two and up will love these simple, wheeled dino toys by 3 Bees and Me. The four-pack comes with a red rolling T-Rex, a fun-loving stegosaurus, everyone's favorite brontosaurus, and a crested triceratops. Each of the dinos comes on wheels with and ergonomic, easy-grip design so little hands can zoom their new friends around. Certified BPA-, lead-, and phthalate-free, these jurassic friends are safe and built to withstand rough pre-school play.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
Best for Older Kids: Mega Fossil Mine - Dig Up 15 Real Fossils with National Geographic
Young palaeontologists ages eight and up will love this Mega Fossil Dig Up Kit. Kids can unearth 15 different real fossils from the 8x8 gypsum block mold. The set includes three different mini tools for excavating: a magnifying glass, a small brush and a mini knife/saw. This set will keep them engrossed for hours as they unearth real fossils like dino bones, ammonite, coral, clams, gastropods, and more. Included with the set is a full-color guide to the fossils kids find. This award-winning science kit will foster a love of STEM and keep kids excited as they dig through layer after layer to uncover the mysteries beneath.
06 of 09
Best for Pretend Play: Jurassic World Super Colossal Tyrannosaurus Rex
What kid doesn’t want a giant, three-foot long, monster-stomping, dino-roaring T-Rex? This colossal Tyrannosaurus Rex can walk, chomp, roar, and so much more. The legs and arms are movable, and the extra-wide jaws can swallow up to 20 action figure dinos (sold separately). To release any action figures that this T-Rex has swallowed, simply open up the belly. It's that easy! Kids ages four and up can interact with this ferocious dino and create their own thrilling adventures. This deluxe T-Rex is packed with opportunities for imaginative play and fearsome fun.
07 of 09
Best High-Tech Toy: WowWee Roboraptor - Blue
The Roboraptor has received a few modern improvements since its original release in 2005. Now available in ice blue and with bluetooth technology included, this already cool toy is even more impressive. Bluetooth technology lets kids seamlessly connect their smart devices to Roboraptor and free apps available on the App Store and Google Play allow for advanced game play and control of their raptor.
The Biomorphic Motion gives this robot natural, fluid movement of his neck, arms, tail, and legs. The Roboraptor can run, hunt, walk, play, and interact with kids through intelligent detection sensors. Sound, touch, and infrared sensors allow Roboraptor to sense and respond to stimuli in the environment. Kids can control this massive 32” robot with either the included remote control or with their smart device. Cutting edge technology and whole lot of attitude make this one of the coolest gifts you can give a kid between the ages of 8 and 15, but we know a few grown ups that would love this raptor too.
08 of 09
Best for Their Room: Dinosaur 3D Optical Illusion Night Light
Mood light, night light, or just for fun light, dino fans big and small will definitely think this night light (or cool desk lamp) is the best thing since the Cretaceous period. OK, so no, it isn’t truly 3D, it is an optical illusion, but it’s a cool looking night light at that. The Elstey dinosaur light is a flat piece of durable acrylic inserted into a lighted base. The image is drawn onto the acrylic so that the light will pass evenly over the lines and create a 3D illusion. The base has a light element that can change with the touch of a button, changing color from blue, red, yellow, cyan, green, pink or white. Included is a USB cord for charging.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
Runner-Up, Best for Older Kids: Jurassic World 3D Limited Edition Gift Set
Prehistoric aficionados are sure to love this Limited Edition Gift Set of the 2015 blockbuster Jurassic World — complete with battling dinosaur figurines. Dino fans know and love the Jurassic World movie and what better way to watch it than in the 3D version packed with special features like deleted scenes, access to a digital version, and Jurassic’s Closest Shaves? This PG-13 rated classic is full of action as main characters Owen and Claire, portrayed by Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, race for survival when chaos breaks out at the futuresque dinosaur theme park. This is a 3-disk set with two plastic dinosaurs engaged in battle.
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.