13 Ferociously Fun Dinosaur Toys (for Girls and Boys)

Neve Spicer
Written by Neve Spicer Updated on January 18th, 2022

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One thing’s for sure, kids love dinosaur toys! And, playing with them is an ideal way for children to explore their imaginations, learn about history, and have some good, old-fashioned fun.

So, here’s our latest roundup of the thirteen best dinosaur toys for your kids this year, along with our top pick.

How to choose the best dinosaur toy

There are so many different toys to choose from on today’s market, it can be difficult to know which makers to trust.

That’s why we take the time to research and evaluate these toys. Depending on the ones we look at, we rate them on their different qualities.

While safety is always first and foremost in our evaluations, we also look carefully at how well the toys are made.

Though toys are bought with fun in mind, they should still provide a fair amount of educational value. The delicate balance of these two qualities will determine how high up our list a toy will go.

Let’s explain what we look for when monitoring the safety, educational value, and quality of these dinosaur toys.

Large dinosaur attraction

Safety

  • Type of plastic. BPA, Bisphenol, has been used for years as a hardener for plastics. Up until just a few years, it was a common ingredient in plastics used to make toys, sippy cups, and other children’s products. Studies concerning animals and their exposure to BPA have yielded some terrifying results. Exposure to BPA’s in animals has resulted in negative effects on the brain, prostate issues, and behavioral issues. We are very concerned about the use of BPA’s in the plastic of any of the toys that we evaluate.
  • Choking parts. If toys are meant for certain ages, it should be clearly noted on the box. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case even though the Consumer Product Safety Commission has strict guidelines in place. And, all too often, negligent toy manufacturers will put your child’s safety at risk by not properly labeling their toys when they have small parts that babies and toddlers could choke on. We always make sure that the recommended ages are available and accurate.
  • Other safety features. We basically want to make sure that the toys are sturdy enough for the wear and tear that the kids will put them through without causing them any harm. We are looking at things like sharp edges, non-toxic materials, and loose parts that fall off and cause hazards, just to name a few.

Educational value

We also look at the realism of these toys. Of course, we want kids to have fun with them but if there’s no fun, they won’t be played with, which begs the question, why buy them in the first place?

And, then, what’s the point of buying them in the first place? But, there should be some educational value included with the toys.

Do they look like real dinosaurs? Not that they have to have slimy, green skin and bad breath. But, they should be realistic enough that your child’s imagination will enable them to really think about the different historical aspects of the dinosaur’s life.

For children, the exploration of dinosaurs can also be beneficial to them by helping them to realize the limits and definitions of time.

Time is one of many things they’re trying to grasp while young, and learning about dinosaurs, and the vast amount of time that separates them from us, can help them relate to real-time.

Quality

Dinosaur toys must be made of high-quality materials. Kids are tough on toys. They’ll be banged on the floor, walked on, tossed around, or even turned into projectiles.

Toys made with low-quality materials break easily, causing frequent accidents with kids of all ages.

We make sure that all of the toys on our lists are thoroughly tested and only made with the strongest and most durable materials.

Our top pick for the best dinosaur toys

Best dinosaur gifts for kids

Our opinion

This great little set teaches kids paleontology skills by digging up a dinosaur bone, a Mosasaur tooth, and even some dinosaur poo.

It would make a perfect party gift, or to keep for yourself, exploring the prehistoric land before time with your own children.

What we love
  • It’s backed by National Geographic’s 100% satisfaction guarantee.
  • The learning guide teaches your little ones about history in a fun and interactive way.
Watch for
  • The small parts could pose a choking hazard for children younger than 3-years old.
  • There aren’t many pieces, but you can buy other sets to compliment it.

Best LEGO dinosaur toy

Our opinion

Ah, the timeless appeal of LEGO just keeps going. And, now they have these amazing kits with specialized pieces to create almost anything, even dinosaurs.

This little set will keep both you and your little ones busy for hours. It has all of the parts to construct a T. Rex, a Triceratops, and a Pterodactyl.

What we love
  • These little pieces will last forever.
  • The creative possibilities are limitless.
  • It’s a great addition to your LEGO collection.
Watch for
  • It does take a little time and patience to put each different dinosaur together.
  • Those little pieces will pose a choking hazard for toddlers under three.

Best dinosaur toy for toddlers

Our opinion

Here’s a great play set that will let your little one create their own Jurassic world. And, when they’re done playing, it folds itself up into a tidy, little toy box covered with dinosaur pictures.

What we love
  • The colorful graphics create a realistic dinosaur setting.
  • They can introduce their other dino-friends to this fantasy land.
Watch for
  • The box is a little on the small side, but it can still start a great cleaning habit with your youngster.

Best dinosaur toy for 5 year old

Our opinion

Introducing Silver, the remote control T-Rex dinosaur that plays and teaches. An LCD screen shows videos and pictures. And, to top it off, it’s a transformer! With a couple of clicks, It turns into a sports car

What we love
  • The volume can be controlled. We like that, a lot!
  • There are other dino buddies, so they can have a collection.
Watch for
  • It does have an angry dinosaur voice, which might catch them off guard at first, but they’ll soon be mimicking it.

Best dinosaur train toy

Our opinion

Your little one will spend countless hours creating a virtual dinosaur world with this train set. The centerpiece volcano doubles as the lid for a sturdy plastic storage case.

They even get a brontosaurus crane that loads leaves, veggies, and rocks onto the train cars along with their own little runway and an airplane.

What we love
  • It’s the perfect first train set for little fingers.
  • We love having the storage tote!
Watch for
  • It’s recommended for 3 years and older.

Best realistic dinosaur toy

Our opinion

Oh my! This T-Rex really looks like the real thing. It’s historically scaled to size, hand-painted, and individually crafted. It even has a movable lower jaw.

What we love
  • The realism of the features is awesome!
  • Schleich also makes other dinosaurs just as realistic.
Watch for
  • It’s not suitable for children under 3 because of small parts.

Best dinosaur toy for 4-year-olds

Our opinion

They can build their own world with roads, bridges, and explore their Jurassic creation in their own military vehicle. It comes with three different dinosaurs, trees, and other fun accessories.

What we love
  • The track can be arranged in a variety of ways making it great for practicing hand-eye coordination skills.
  • It’s made of eco-friendly ABS plastic.
Watch for
  • The military car does require batteries.

Best interactive dinosaur toy

Our opinion

His name’s Tracker, and he’s just a baby. Your little ones can wrap him around their finger and activate him with sound, motion, or touch. He’s so playful with his little roars and chomping.

Kids can teach him to be rough, and then calm down by petting him. And, since he’s a baby, he might pass a little gas every now and then.

What we love
  • He’s absolutely adorable!
  • Tracker also has friends that you can get so he won’t get lonely.
Watch for
  • They do make a little noise, but it’s really not that bad.

Best Dinosaur King toy

Our opinion

If your kids are big Dinosaur King fans, they’ll love these trading cards. They can pretend that the dinosaur cards are fighting each other. They’ll be off to a great start with this card collection.

What we love
  • The cards are great ways to learn about different kinds of dinosaurs.
  • They can trade the cards with their friends.
Watch for
  • Be careful, you might just become addicted to this game as well.

Best transformer dinosaur toy

Our opinion

This bright red T-Rex transforms into two different blaster variations with cool sound effects and flashing lights. You can interact with your kids by helping them build different transformers with the included tools.

What we love
  • It’s great for both their imagination and their dexterity skills.
Watch for
  • It’s not the most realistic looking dinosaur.
  • The transformation tools might be tricky for little fingers.

Best dinosaur toy for girls

Our opinion

Dinosaurs have been fascinating children, and adults alike, since, well, forever, it seems. There’s something about the not-knowing and having to guess about what it was really like way back then.

It can be simply flabbergasting to think about an era of dinosaurs roaming the very same land that we live on today.

And, what if they should suddenly come back? While we know that they won’t, it’s all a part of the fun of imagining a time so different than it is today and trying to figure out how it all worked.

What we love
  • It’s a friendly dinosaur for a little girl.
  • This cute dinosaur is small enough to take anywhere.
Watch for
  • It’s made of fabric, so it will get dirty.

Dinosaurs have been fascinating children, and adults alike, since, well, forever, it seems. There’s something about the not-knowing and having to guess about what it was really like way back then.

It can be simply flabbergasting to think about an era of dinosaurs roaming the very same land that we live on today.

And, what if they should suddenly come back? While we know that they won’t, it’s all a part of the fun of imagining a time so different than it is today and trying to figure out how it all worked.

Dinosaur figure

And the winner is…

Hands down, LEGO Creator Mighty Dinosaurs wins this one. They’re known for only using the highest quality materials.

Some of us even still have the sets from when we were kids. There’s no end to things that can be made with these tough, durable building blocks.

And, this Mighty Dinosaur collection looks like the real thing, whether it’s the T. Rex, the Triceratops, or the Pterodactyl.

The sharp, white teeth and pointy claws really set these little guys off. The kit even includes a rib cage that the kids can pretend is prey.

The bright, orange eyes, posable joints, and chomping mouth make it really easy to pretend that they’re the real thing.

This ferocious little guy does have small parts, and LEGO is faultless about placing their choking hazards clearly on the box.

For children over three years old, these blocks really don’t have any safety hazards. The plastic is BPA-free, and quite honestly, you can’t break a LEGO. They’re just that strong.

Neve Spicer
Written by Neve Spicer Updated on January 18th, 2022

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