12 Best Dinosaur Toys in 2017
Dinosaurs have been captivating humans since the first bones were unearthed ages ago. While the jury is still out on Dragons and Unicorns, we know Dinos existed and are a fan favorite for kids. Adults love them just as much considering there are professions dedicated to the extinct species, but today we are going to focus solely on the best dinosaur toys for kids.
Whether your kid is a fan of Jurassic Park or just likes to play with plastic dinos, we found something for everyone. That includes toys that are a bit more expensive than your typical plush raptor, and we think you’ll be pleased with the age range as well considering if covers children from 6 months all the way up to 15 years of age.
Table of Contents
- Top 12 Dinosaur Toys Ultimate Table
- Choose Your Toy Type Carefully
- Age Is More than Just a Number
- Safety Hazards & Cleaning
- Top 5 Best Dinosaur Toys Reviews
Top 12 Dinosaur Toys Ultimate Table
|Design||Name||Toy Type||Age Range||Rating (1-5)|
|1. Fisher-Price Imaginext Ultra T-Rex||Robotic||3-8 years||4.8|
|2. LEGO Jurassic World Indominus Rex Breakout 75919 Building Kit||Building||7-12 years||4.8|
|3. National Geographic Dinosaur Dig Kit||Educational||4 and up||4.7|
|4. ValeforToy 72 Piece Mini Dinosaur Toy Set||Play||3 and up||4.7|
|5. VTech Chomp and Count Dino||Learning/Play||1-3 years||4.5|
|6. FLASH SALE I T-Rex Dinosaur Walking Wooden 3D Puzzle Robot Toy||Puzzle/Play||6-15 years||4.5|
|7. Kidwerkz Dinosaur Toys, STEM Learning||Learning/Play||3 and up||4.5|
|8. Melissa & Doug Dinosaurs 4-in-1 Wooden Jigsaw Puzzles in a Storage Box||Puzzle||3-6 years||4.5|
|9. VTech Switch & Go Dinos – Brok the Brachiosaurus Dinosaur||Robotic||3-8 years||4.3|
|10. Fisher-Price Poppity-Pop Musical Dino||Play||6 months+||4.2|
|11. Dino Meal — The Steal the Eggs Before the Dinosaur Lunges Game||Game||4 and up||4.1|
|12. Zoomer Dino – Sparky – Purple||Robotic||5 and up||4.0|
Choose Your Toy Type Carefully
Is your child a busy body that can’t hold still for 10-seconds or more inclined to lounge around in from of the TV set for hours on end? No matter how cool the toy is, think about the things your kid currently plays with along with their skill and activity level. You don’t want to drop a hundred bucks on a big plush dinosaur for a 10-year old that really wanted a LEGO set.
For children that love activities, you can opt for a puzzle set, games or building sets. The latter can get even the most lethargic of kids interested when they see their creations come to life. Robotic toys offer up the best of both words while a simple set of plastic dinos can keep your child busy for hours on end if they have a great imagination.
Age Is More than Just a Number
If you’ve been breathing long enough, you have probably heard the old saying, “Age is nothing but a number.” Well, that’s true in some cases, but it’s more than just a number when it comes to the age rating on a new toy. You will always want to pay close attention to that figure, but you also have to take it with a dose of salt in some cases. It all comes down to the type of toy and a few other factors.
Are you going to be using the toy or game with your child? Some of the best dinosaur toys are interactive and fun for both parents and children. If it’s a “joint toy” that you’ll use together, put that age range out of the windows as long as they are supervised at all times. The same goes for building sets or learning toys. Children progress at different speeds, so your 5-year old may be able to master puzzles or games geared towards older kids.
Safety Hazards & Cleaning
Even when you feel comfortable about the age range on a gift or new toy, you still need to consider what type of materials it’s made from for two reasons.
The first would be the fact that colored plastic and some materials, in general, are not necessarily what you’d want going into your child’s mouth. If they are past that stage, their smaller sibling may not be, and we all know how pets like to chew on things. If you have additional kids in the home or pets, you may need to make a few adjustments.
Kids get dirty, and anything you buy for them will need to be cleaned regularly. While most of our picks are made from plastic, some do have softer parts or cloth in the construction which is not as easy to clean.
Top 5 Best Dinosaur Toys Reviews
We are huge Fisher-Price fans as are many of our reader that grew up with their products. Over the years, they’ve managed to successfully adapt to children’s wants and stay with the trends. The Fisher-Price Imaginext Ultra T-Rex is proof of that, and a toy you can have fun with as well.
Let’s face it, some kids just like big toys. That’s why there are giant ones at state or county fairs, and a giant is what you’ll get from the Imaginext Ultra T-Rex. This colorful beast can reach hits of up to 2.5 feet with the flip of a switch, but that’s far from the only trick this dino knows. The Power Pad controls his mouth and allows him to take a few steps all while roaring and firing projectiles. He can shoot ice bombs from both sides, and rockets from his mouth were a little caveman pilot sits.
If your child loves tech toys but isn’t quite old enough to build their own robotic pet from a kit, the Ultra T-Rex is a fine choice. It is not ideal for younger children due to small firing parts, which is something you’ll want to keep in mind if you have smaller children or pets in your home.
While the Fisher-Price dinosaur is ideal for the younger crowd, this LEGO set is perfect for children seven years of age or older. It’s a full LEGO kit from the film Jurassic World, and it features the star of the show, the Indominus Rex.
LEGO kits vary in complexity from “how did they do that?” to smaller kits that anyone can use. This one falls somewhere in the middle as the Jurassic World Indominus Rex Breakout Building Kit contains over 1,110 pieces but is far from the hardest set the company has produced. In other words, your child shouldn’t have any trouble working things out assuming they don’t lose any pieces. The kit itself contains a large containment chamber for the Indominus Rex, a helicopter, four mini figures and the dino which stands around 6” tall. It is not the type of toy they will tire of easily.
It’s hard to appreciate just how much this kit brings to the table until you see all the pieces laid out – it’s quite impressive. The Jurassic World set is also built to work with any other LEGO sets including other add-ons tied to the film like Raptor Rampage.
Children of the 80s grew up digging archaeology thanks to Indiana Jones. Today they can take a trip to the past in thousands of museums around the globe, and many have fossils on display. For children who love to dig in the dirt or dream about one day excavating their dinosaur, we have the perfect gift.
National Geographic has been helping children learn about the world for decades but only recently jumped wholeheartedly into the toy game. The National Geographic Dinosaur Dig Kit allows your child to get some field work in without ever leaving the house. It includes three authentic dinosaur fossils embedded in plaster which can be dug out with the provided tools. The tools are kid-friendly with no sharp edges, and there is a magnifying glass included so they can inspect their finds.
The only negative with any toy of this nature is the fact you only get to use it once. Unlike Geode kits, the fossils are in one block so once you are through digging; the fun is done. It’s also messy so prepare a spot before they dig into this one and get your camera ready for the smiles that follow as they uncover their first fossil.
The best dinosaur toys for children can come in many shapes and forms. We’ve already shown you a robot and a kit that gives you a piece of history. Now we’re going to take a look at something a little bit simpler with the ValeforToy Mini Dinosaur set.
Remember those little green Army Men or the plastic cowboys and Indians many of us grew up with in the states? Well, you can still find these today although animals are far more prevalent for obvious reasons. It’s not hard to find a tube filled to the brim with small plastic zoo animals, but dinosaurs are a different story. ValeforToy’s pack is a big one as it provides your child with 72 animals to play with. Their imagination will roam free, and while their excitement may be hard to contain, this set will not as it comes with a handy clear storage box.
We can’t name all the dinosaurs your child will receive in this kit, but they are going to have a blast figuring them all out. They are safe thanks to a non-toxic PVC plastic, measure 2.5 inches high and would be an awesome and affordable addition to any child’s toy box.
People of all ages love dinosaurs, including children that are not ready for the other styles of toy on our list. We wanted to include something for everyone, even the smallest dino lovers. Well, if your child is between the ages of 1 and 3, we have something special for you.
The VTech Chomp and Count Dino is a learning toy that can help teach your little one their numbers in an interesting way. They can “feed” the dinosaur colored plastic pieces and watch him react or use it as a drag along toy. The food is stored in the belly of the beast when not in use while a series of buttons on the front shows them shapes and numbers as well. It’s a musical toy with over 130 melodies and sounds included, but you’ll want to have some AA’s on hand, or you may end up with an upset child when the juice runs dry.
The Chomp and Count Dino is one of our favorites for younger dino lovers as its cute, comes with two different modes and more than enough features to keep them busy for a while. The automatic shut-off is a nice touch as well considering toys of this nature can eat through batteries.