Seeing Jurassic World 2: Fallen Kingdom was a very highly anticipated event in my family. It was one of the highlights of the year for my boys. Several of their aunts and uncles wanted to accompany us to the movie theater just to be with them for the special day. And when new Jurassic franchise toys are released, it’s like Christmas morning even just going to look at them!
What to Look for in A Dinosaur Toy
- Realistic looking. This isn’t as important to a very young child, but older kids want a dinosaur that looks realistic and has good detail.
- Age appropriate. There is quite a large range of dinosaur toys, and you want to be sure to get something that your child will enjoy and be able to use. The toys listed in this article all have the recommended ages shown.
- Good quality. Don’t choose a dinosaur toy just because it is inexpensive. You can find a good quality dinosaur toy for not much more than the cheaply made ones.
- Fun factor. No child wants a toy he thinks is boring. Consider your child’s personality to help you determine if he will enjoy a particular toy. Maybe he prefers a toy that makes noise or moves. Or maybe he likes to use his imagination with a regular dino action figure.
- Educational. What can your child learn from the dinosaur toy, can it help them expand their imagination?
In case you couldn’t already tell, dinosaurs are a big part of my life right now because I have three dino-loving sons under the age of 10. But they all have a different level of understanding and pretty distinct preferences in dinosaur toys. My oldest is a walking dinosaur encyclopedia and artist (his dinosaur knowledge surpassed mine long ago), my second son is proud that he’s starting to learn some of the more subtle differences, and my youngest, well, he mostly just growls a lot during dino-play and knows dinosaurs are cool because his older brothers think so. If any of this sounds familiar, you’re in the right place to find the best dinosaur toys!
|Our Recommended Toddler Dinosaur Toy
|LEGO DUPLO Jurassic World Petting Zoo
|Our Recommended Dinosaur Toy for Older Kids|
|Jurassic World Colossal Tyrannosaurus
24 Top Dinosaur Toys for Toddlers and Children 2018
1. LEGO DUPLO Jurassic World Gentle Giants Petting Zoo 10879 Building Kit
Even the littlest kids love dinosaurs, and LEGO DUPLO has just the toy for young kids. This Jurassic World Petting Zoo is cute and fun. Your little one will enjoy building the petting zoo and then playing with it. LEGO DUPLOs are just the right size for small hands, and they provide great STEM stimulation. This set includes a fantastic petting zoo scene as well as a DUPLO boy figure. Also in the set are two cute baby dinosaurs–a Diplodocus and a Triceratops.
The LEGO DUPLO Jurassic World Gentle Giants Petting Zoo is a good toddler building toy that will get your child excited about building and about dinosaurs. This toy provides hours of screenless entertainment that is fun to play alone or with a friend.
Recommended ages: 2-5 years
2. LEGO DUPLO Jurassic World T-Rex Tower 10880 Building Kit 22 pieces
Ok. The dinosaurs in this budget LEGO DUPLO set are absolutely adorable! Your preschool child will love putting together this 22-piece set and then playing with it. In the finished built product are a tree, a bridge, and fencing which form a dinosaur enclosure. The two baby dinosaurs are a triceratops and a diplodocus. The Gray Mitchell LEGO DUPLO figure watches the dinos from outside the closure, while taking photos with his camera. This is such a cute and fun toy for young dinosaur fans.
Recommended ages: 2-5 years
3. Edushape Magic Creations Dinosaur Bath Play Set
Dinosaurs are even fun in the bathtub! I know my kids spent a lot of time in the bathtub when they were 3 and 4 years old. As long as I supplied some fun toys, they were content to take nice long baths. This play set is a great option for this age, though definitely some kids older and younger will enjoy them too! It will keep them entertained for a long time as they decorate the tub walls and act out dinosaur attack scenes with the 12 different cartoon dinosaurs.
They are soft but durable, colorful, and stick to almost any hard surface when wet. These are easy to grip, easy to clean, and don’t squirt water across the room like some bath toys! They even come with a mesh storage bag that can be hung up so the water will drip out and they will dry thoroughly before next time.
Recommended ages: 2-5 years
4. The Learning Journey My First Match-It Game Dinosaur Puzzles
Kids ready for simple puzzles will love these cute dinosaur friends. If dinosaurs are what gets them excited about learning, then so be it! The self-correcting pieces make it easy for even young kids to know when pieces don’t match so they can move on to the right one. The pieces are sturdy and thick enough for little hands to grab. I also love that these come in a storage box with a handle so it’s easy to carry around and put away. A toy with its own perfect-size storage solution is always a big draw for me!
Recommended ages: 2-5 years
5. 3 Bees & Me Dinosaur – Set of 4 Toy Dinosaurs
If you are looking for dinosaur toys for toddlers, here is a great option. This set of rolling dinosaur toys is great for young hands and busy bodies. Made of completely safe plastic materials, these dinos are good for young boys or girls. The colorful dino bodies are fun, and kids can start learning the names of dinosaurs as they play with these toys.
While these are not pull back rolling toys, they can be played rolled in two ways. First, just push the dinosaur along, as with a regular toy car. Or, you can “rev” the wheels by pushing the dinosaur forward quickly several times and letting it go. This will cause the dinosaur to move forward quickly on its own. Young kids love the action of these dinos speeding across the floor.
Recommended ages: 2-5 years
6. Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Dino
If you have a toddler or preschooler, odds are that you have seen the Little Tikes Cozy Coupe in some form. It is a favorite for kids. This particular version is a dinosaur, with a green car body and cute little spikes on the top. It has a working horn and steering wheel. A parent push handle helps steer and push the car for beginning drivers, and a removable floorboard gives more options. The front wheels rotate 360 degrees, making it easy to maneuver.
As with other Cozy Coupes, this dino version is a great toy. It is made to last and will be a toy your child can play with for years. This car works for kids up to 50 lbs, and it’s recommended for kids 18 months to 5 years.
Recommended ages: 18 months to 5 years
7. Prextex 7” Dinosaur 12-Pack and Book
Once a kid gets started on dinosaurs, one figure is just not enough. They are fascinated with all kinds (even if they seem particularly drawn to the violent carnivores). My family probably owns 150 different dinosaur figures and they still want more for Christmas! This set is great because it comes with 12 different dinosaurs, plus a book with information about each type. They don’t have any small pieces and are quite sturdy (hard plastic, not squishy)–definitely safe for younger kids.
These figures are colorful, though not in realistic colors (solid bright orange, for example ) or especially detailed. The book has lots of great info so you and your child can learn more together along with the hands-on play. Get ready to hear lots of dinosaur growling!
Recommended ages: 2-12 years
8. OFUN Dinosaur Backpack
What young kid doesn’t like backpacks and dinosaurs? This cute backpack combines both, and it is great for boys or girls. It has a large capacity, so it is perfect for your child to carry all his toys or all her kindergarten papers. The cute open-mouth design makes this backpack even more fun for little ones, as it shows the dinosaur’s teeth.
You will love that this backpack is durable and high quality. The straps are adjustable, and the lining on the back of the backpack is mesh, which reduces sweating. This dinosaur backpack comes in green or orange.
Recommended ages: 2-6 years
9. Windy City Novelties Walking Dinosaur
For a fun, interactive dinosaur toy with a budget price, look no further. The Windy City Dinosaur measures 6″ tall and 12″ long. This dino does it all. It walks and roars. LED lights make the spine, tongue, and eyes light up in red, green, and blue.
Toddlers and preschoolers love this fun dino toy. As with many similar toys, a parent’s favorite part of this toy might be the on/off switch. This dino toy requires 3 AA batteries, which are included.
Recommended ages: 3 and up
10. Prextex Dinosaur Volcano House with 5 Plush Dinosaurs
One of the first toys kids love to have is a stuffed animal. This toy is great for kids as young as 9 months old. With 5 plush dinosaurs, it is the perfect start to a dinosaur toy collection. In addition to the dinos, this set comes with a plush volcano house (15″ tall) where the dinos can be safely zipped inside. That makes this toy great for taking in the car, to church, to grandma’s, or anywhere else!
The dinosaurs are a Tyrannosaurus rex, a brontosaurus, a triceratops, a hesperosaurus, and a stegosaurus. Unlike similar toys, this one is entirely plush, with no beads that could leak out. That makes it safer for young kids and means the toys are machine washable. You can’t ask for more than that!
Recommended ages: 9 months-6 years
11. Kidtastic Dinosaur Toys Take Apart Dinosaurs
A STEM toy and a dinosaur toy in one–can it get any better? This exciting dinosaur toy features three dinosaurs (a Triceratops, an Alamosaurus, and a T-Rex). Each dinosaur can be taken apart and screwed back together. Basically, these are dinosaur puzzles.
This set comes with 106 pieces, including dinosaur pieces, screws, and screwdrivers as well as a coloring book. I love that this toy combines the fun of dinosaurs with the brain stimulation of a puzzle. All pieces and screwdrivers are just the right size for small hands. Preschoolers will have fun playing with these dinosaurs alone or with a friend. This toy is made from plastic that is BPA-free, lead-free, and phalates-free. It also comes with a 1-year warranty and a money-back guarantee.
Recommended ages: 3-6 years
12. Dinosaur Escape Game
Get your child into the dino action with this exciting board game. In this game, players help dinosaurs escape from an erupting volcano by getting the dinos to Dinosaur Island. A combination of strategy, memory skills, and luck of the dice roll help players move along the board.
Dinosaur Escape is the winner of several awards, including the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal and NAPPA Gold Award. It is for 2-4 players and is a great dinosaur toy for preschoolers and early elementary age kids.
Recommended ages: 4-8 years
13. Lydaz 142- piece Dinosaur World Race Track
If your child loves dinosaurs, it’s likely he likes racing too. Must be a boy thing! This toy is a great way to combine those interests! Putting the track together and getting all the accessories in place is only half the fun. Then the battery-operated car can follow the track, climbing the slope to the bridge and then speeding down the other side before passing through the iconic Jurassic Park-style tall doors and passing dinosaurs (comes with 2) and trees (comes with 4) along the way.
Once it has gone around, it’s easy to twist the track into a different configuration and do it again. The track is made to twist, turn, and flex without falling apart. Kids might need help attaching the track to the bridge, but the track doesn’t need to be taken apart to be changed unless it is being shortened, so that part is easy for kids. The set can be expanded with other similar track sets as well.
Recommended ages: 3-8 years
14. Dig It Up! Dinosaur Eggs
Teach your child about paleontology with this exciting dinosaur egg kit. Simply soak the clay egg in water for 5 minutes and chisel away until you find the plastic dinosaur inside. Rinse the residual clay off the dinosaur, and it is ready to play with.
This project is easy for even young kids to complete (though it can be a bit messy). Each kit includes 12 clay eggs (each about 3″ long), 12 chiseling tools, 12 sets of instructions, and a guidebook about dinosaurs. You can use this in a group setting, for a birthday party or school activity, or with just one child.
Recommended ages: 4 and up
15. Jurassic World Super Colossus Tyrannosaurus Rex
If the T-Rex was the king of the dinosaur kingdom, then this toy is the king of the dinosaur toys. The main reason being: It’s three feet long! As big as some kids! Plus its legs, arms, and jaw articulate. The great thing about the jaw is that it opens really wide–wide enough to “swallow” mini action figure dinosaurs (sold separately). There’s a door on the belly that releases them again. It’s sure to be an instant favorite with any dinosaur lover! My boys own several Jurassic World toys and they love the quality. My 9-year-old will go on and on about how he loves that they move in different ways and how the detail in their coloring and texture is so good. Some of the larger dinosaur toys, this one included, tend to be top-heavy so the legs need to be intentionally placed so they won’t topple over when left standing. This toy appeals to lots of ages–it’s a surefire winner!
Recommended ages: 4-12 years
16. Dinosaur: The Definitive Pop-Up Book by Robert Subuda
There’s no denying that this book has a special flair. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill pop-up. It’s something more. You’ll find multiple pop-ups on each page–always one large main one and then a few hiding under flaps that you pull open for extra info and pop-up fun.
A unique feature of these artists’ work is that both sides of the pop-ups are colored. True quality art. The paper is strong and will hold up if the users take care.
Recommended ages: 4-12 years
Reading level: Kindergarten to 4th grade
17. iBuy 365 6-piece 3D Wooden Puzzle
This puzzle set takes dinosaur play to the next level. A 3D puzzle is way more exciting than a 2D puzzle, especially if it’s a dinosaur. It contains all you need to make 6 different 3D dinosaurs that stand up on legs. The pieces are pre-cut, but they have to be carefully popped out as they are a little delicate. So I recommend doing this part yourself and then letting your child assemble the model. It’s recommended for ages 6+, but I personally think it’s better for 8+ because it’s little tedious when your attention span isn’t very developed yet. A 6-year-old will likely need an adult’s help for most of the time. Many people choose to secure it with gorilla glue and use it as a decoration. Others like to put it together and take it apart over and over again. Incredible price for a 6-piece set!
Recommended ages: 8-12 years
18. National Geographic Kids Ultimate Dinopedia
This is one of the most complete kids’ dinosaur reference books ever. It is loaded with information on almost every known dinosaur, even the lesser-known ones like Kentrosaurus and Hualianceratops. Lots of detailed full-color illustrations really bring the book to life. Most dinosaur fact pages have a graphic showing how big the dinosaur was compared to a human so young readers get a better idea of the actual size of these prehistoric creatures.
The pronunciation guide was especially helpful for my family–some of these dinosaurs have really tricky names! My children also enjoyed finding dinosaurs that were discovered nearby in North America. This edition includes information only recently discovered so your budding paleontologist can stay current. The book is well-organized with a full table of contents, glossary, index, and recommended sources of additional information. This will keep your eager dinosaur-lover busy learning for hours and hours!
Recommended ages: 7-10 years
Reading level: 2nd to 4th grade
19. LEGO Creator Mighty Dinosaurs 31058 Set
LEGO lovers will be thrilled that this set is 3-in-1! You can build 3 awesome dinosaurs: T-Rex, triceratops, or pterodactyl, though only one at a time, with a relatively low piece count of 174 (comparable sets have 223-241 pieces). Fewer pieces to potentially lose can’t be a bad thing! Each one has vibrant colors (green/tan scheme), moving parts (joints at legs, tail, neck, and jaw) and great details like pointed teeth and claws as well as ferocious orange eyes.
For the real LEGO/dino enthusiasts, it’s rumored to have instructions for a bonus build brachiosaurus on lego.com. That’s the real appeal of LEGOs, right? That you can make it however you want! Being a 3-in-1 set, it’s a great bang for your buck. The kids stay busy for three times as long! Probably best suited for ages 7-12 because of the small pieces and detailed builds.
Recommended ages: 7-12 years
20. LIFELIKO Spinosaurus Action Figure
This is about as life-like as dinosaur toys get. In fact, I think it’s a little too life-like for me personally (look at those teeth!), but my 9-year-old thinks it’s amazing and his vote is what matters. Everything from the realistic skin texture to the natural color and the proportionate size make it pretty terrifying. It almost doesn’t look like a toy but instead a fascinating adult collectible. Add to that the fact that the jaw is moveable and this is an unmistakable treasure to enhance your dinosaur-obsessed child’s collection.
Just know that after purchasing this, your child may be unwilling to go back to the cartoony ones! A significant downside is that the jaw is the only moveable part, so the head is stuck turned to the side and the jaw and limbs can’t be manipulated. But there’s no beating the look of it!
Recommended ages: 5-12 years
21. Fisher-Price Imaginext Jurassic World, T-Rex Dinosaur
If you want a huge, epic dinosaur toy for your child, this is the one! Kids control the T-Rex to make her lunge forward and open her mouth. Press the trigger to get her to chomp down. The power pad, when pressed, sends the Jeep racing from the T-Rex. Light up the dino’s eyes either red or green with the power pad as well.
Fisher-Price Imaginext Jurassic World, T-Rex Dinosaur comes with the huge T-Rex, the Jeep vehicle, a holding base, 2 projectiles for the launcher, and an Owen figure. This well-made toy is great for any dinosaur loving child. It is sturdy and high-quality, as you would expect from the Imaginext line. This toy requires 3 AAA batteries, which are not included.
Recommended ages: 3-8
22. PLAYMOBIL® Hidden Temple with T-Rex Building Set
The PLAYMOBIL Hidden Temple set is perfect for any dinosaur enthusiast. Kids will love pretending with the 3 included figures as they discover a hidden temple in the jungle. The temple is the base for their research as well as protection from the looming T-Rex. This dinosaur has movable arms, legs, and jaw and makes for a scary enemy!
Included is a real mini UV flashlight which reveals glow-in-the-dark features in the temple as well as on the secret map. This set contains 121 pieces, which make the set very detailed and fun to play with. You can be sure this set is of the high quality associated with the PLAYMOBIL brand.
Recommended ages: 4-10 years
23. LEGO Jurassic World Carnotaurus Gyrosphere Escape 75929 Building Kit
Here is another great toy for Jurassic World fans. This LEGO set contains 557 pieces and is really fun to put together. The build includes a truck with a detachable mobile control center, the gyrosphere, a stud shooter, the Carnotaurus figure, a baby dino, and dinosaur eggs. Owen, Claire and Franklin minifigures are also included.
Kids will love finding the dinosaur’s nest, taking the eggs, and launching the gyrosphere to escape the Carnotaurus, all while dodging the falling lava rocks!
Recommended ages: 7-12 years
24. MiPosaur Programming Robot
As far as dinosaur toys for tween boys go, this one is one of the best. The MiPosaur is an interactive robot dinosaur that kids can train. Kids control this dino in three different ways–with their hands, with the included TrackBall, or with an app available on iOS or Android devices.
The MiPosaur has three different moods: excited, curious, and annoyed. It responds to 10 different commands including swipe, clap, scare, and more. This dino can dance, eat, play fetch, drive, and battle with other MiPosaurs. This toy is sure to be a hit!
Recommended ages: 7-13 years
Dinosaur Toy Summary and Recommendations
I’ve always thought dinosaurs were a great wholesome interest for my kids to have. I’m so glad when I have lots of choices when looking for a dinosaur toy that will be enjoyed for a long time. It takes a little research, but usually something jumps out at me as being closely suited to their interests and abilities.
Top Recommended Toddler Dinosaur Toy
There are so many great dinosaur toys for toddlers on this list, but my favorite is the LEGO DUPLO Jurassic World Gentle Giants Petting Zoo. It is a great beginning toddler construction toy as well as a dinosaur toy. The dinosaurs in this set are cute and are the perfect size for small hands. It is also a durable, great quality toy that will last.
Top Recommended Dinosaur Toy for Older Kids
The stand-out choice for me in dinosaur toys is undoubtedly the Jurassic World Super Colossus Tyrannosaurus Rex. It has the durability to hold up for any age, the giant size, and the irresistible fun of being able to move its limbs and actually swallow smaller dinosaur figures. You just can’t go wrong with it!
Your child’s level of dino-obsession is the biggest factor to take into account when choosing a dinosaur toy. My oldest son gets a little frustrated when the dinosaur toys don’t have accurate features (He will just insist that there is–err, was–no real dinosaur that had that certain head shape and only two fingers.), but my 6-year-old doesn’t have a clue about that level of detail. Only you know where your child stands on the dino-obsession continuum.