Dinosaurs have long captured people’s interest. Generations of kids instantly fall in love with these fantastic beasts of real life, which makes dino-themed toys ideal gift options. Here are a few of our favorites, sure to delight budding paleontologists who know the difference between a brontosaurus, apatosaurus, and brachiosaurus.
Edushape Magic Creations Dinosaurs Bath Play Set
The Edushape Magic Creations Dinosaurs Bath Play Set is a nice alternative to having to scrub plastic figurines that often get icky after being in the water. The 12 brightly illustrated foam dinosaur cutouts stick to tile, giving preschoolers plenty of inspiration to create stories and engage in interactive play. We appreciate that the set comes with a mesh storage/drying bag, one of those items that you think about getting and hanging up, but often forget to.
La Jolie Muse Storage Box Play Mat with 7 Dinosaur Action Figures
Convenience and portability are always appealing features, especially for dinosaur enthusiasts who likely want to take some of their toys wherever they go. The La Jolie Muse Storage Box Play Mat with 7 Dinosaur Action Figures is exactly as its name implies – a 15.4”L x 10.2”W x 9.8”H polyester carrying box, with a lid that converts into a 30” playmat for the 7 included plastic dinosaurs. It's a nifty gift idea for the 3 to 12-year-old suggested age range to combat boredom while traveling, share on a playdate, or keep busy at relatives' houses.
Fisher-Price Imaginext Jurassic World T-Rex
Make all the jokes you want about the T-rex's disproportionate arms, but it's still one heck of a sharp-looking creature. The Fisher-Price Imaginext Jurassic World T-Rex is a battery-operated 18” high replica of the movie's tough girl, who can open and close her mouth with the push of a lever. A button changes her eyes from green to red, and another button propels the included toy jeep from the Power Pad (to which kids can attach her). A small figure of Chris Pratt's “Owen” character is also included. Recommended for up to 8 years old.
Schleich Therizinosaurus Toy Figurine
Known as the “scythe lizard,” therizinosaurus is a case of trying to make the most out of limited fossil remains. Only its forelimbs, lower back legs, and a couple of ribs have been found, so a lot of its appearance is conjecture, other than an estimated 2-foot-plus set of claws. It's certainly a stand-out member in any dinosaur collection that typically includes a stegosaurus, ankylosaurus, and other well-known carnivorous prehistoric reptiles. Show kids you have some degree of dinosaur knowledge by giving them the Schleich Therizinosaurus Toy Figurine, a 7.7”H replica of this presumed herbivorous cousin to T-rex. The jaw on this figure moves—wonder what sounds the 5 to 12 year old playgroup will apply to this mysterious creature?
Best Choice Products Triceratops Toy Car Carrier Holder
Dinosaurs and cars together in a snazzy carrier is many a kid's dream toy come true. We like this one, Best Choice Products Triceratops Toy Car Carrier Holder, for its fun shape, bright green color, and lightweight 6 pound design. Tri's mouth can be used as a ramp, and the feet are wheeled so he/she can rev alongside whatever action and adventure kids choose for the included helicopter, 3 cargo vehicles, and 6 little dinosaurs. The side hatch is easy for kids ages 3 and up (and parents) to open and close to store the accompanying figures, and hopefully make it easier to clean up at playtime.
Fistone RC Robot Dinosaur
How about a dinosaur toy that's so cool you may have to get more than one—to appease adults competing to play with it? Yes, we want a Fistone RC Robot Dinosaur, because of all the neat things this velociraptor-as-imagined-by-scifi-geeks does! Between touch-sensitive reactors and the remote control, it can slide, walk, swing its tail and head, engage in fight mode (with suction darts), respond to programmed actions, and even “dance” to music. Remember the recommended minimum age is 3 years old.
LEGO Creator Stegosaurus
Most dinosaur (or non-dinosaur) passions wouldn't be complete without a LEGO set. With the
LEGO Creator Stegosaurus, kids ages 7 to 12 years old have 731 pieces to construct the plant-eater with a distinctive bony-plated back, or use those pieces to build a pterodactyl or T-rex (instructions included). Whichever your child puts together, there are bricks that form moveable body parts and a red light-up brick to make the eyes glow. Children can develop and improve their critical thinking skills and learn more about the differences and similarities between certain types of dinosaurs.