If you know how to pronounce Archaeopteryx, chances are you have a dinosaur-obsessed child at home. Even though they’re extinct, these giant creatures continue to fascinate kids (and adults!) of all ages.
Did you know the dinosaur with the longest name is the 23-letter Micropachycephalosaurus? Or that the Argentinosaurus was the largest dinosaur and the largest land animal ever known?
Consider us the paleontologists of gift guides – digging for the very best prehistoric presents that will make every dinosaur enthusiast roar with delight. From building toys to costumes, and books to paleontology kits, here are the best dinosaur toys and gifts.
You can’t tricera-top this ultimate dinosaur gift guide for kids of all ages!
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Dinosaur Gifts for Toddlers
This board book all about dinosaurs features thick pages cut into the shapes of dinosaurs! Little readers will learn about more than 20 different dinos via die-cuts of their unique silhouettes and a characteristic of that dinosaur.
And don’t worry, the author also includes a phonetic spelling of the dinosaur’s name to help with pronunciation. Phew!
Welcome to Jurassic World! This LEGO Duplo Dinosaur Breakout Set includes a buildable entrance to Jurassic World with open-and-close fencing, a large T. rex, a baby triceratops, and a dinosaur trainer figure with a motorcycle.
Experience Jurassic World from the safety of your home while your toddler has fun with an escaping dinosaur and a heroic rescue mission.
Where do dinosaurs go to rest after roaming the prehistoric wild in search of ancient adventures? In their zip-up travel volcano, of course! This dinosaur volcano is a cozy home for the plush pack of five dinos.
Easy to use, just zip the dinosaur friends inside the volcano house for storage and the rest is dino history!
Unfortunately, your toddler won’t be able to ride a real dinosaur, but this dinosaur-themed ride on toy is the next best thing. With an adjustable seat, this ride-on trike will be your toddlers’ go-to mode of transportation for a long time.
Beep, Beep, T-Rex Cozy Coupe is coming through! The dinosaur spikes and decals will thrill even the smallest dino enthusiast. Add the floorboard and use the rooftop handle to push the youngest explorers, and remove the floorboard when they’re ready to take the wheel.
Features a working horn, clicking key, and an opening gas cap.
Buy it: Amazon
Rock away to adventure with your toddler’s new best friend! This plush and rocker bundle is perfect for the playroom, bedroom, living room, any room, really…and the stuffed animal counterpart means your little one will never leave the house without their favorite friend.
Dinosaur Gifts for Preschoolers
The prehistoric world comes alive with this First Book of Dinosaurs. Bursting with fun facts and age-appropriate information, each spread features a different dinosaur, along with simple text in big type that is perfect for little kids.
A puzzle starring BIG creatures deserves BIG pieces! This one contains 48 extra-thick durable cardboard pieces perfect for preschool paleontologists. When they complete this prehistoric puzzle measuring 2’ x 3’, they will see their favorite dinosaurs on display.
This spectacular dino dig sensory bin comes with play sand, faux plant, rocks, eggs, sand shifter, dinosaurs, dino skeleton, fossils, brush, foam volcano, and tree and magnifying glass. It’s time to excavate dinosaur skeletons with this kid-friendly activity.
The Imaginext Thrashing Indominus Rex is a fierce predator with a thrashing head and tail. Attach the smaller raptor to the dinosaur’s back and move the dinosaur tail to toss the raptor off!
Dress-up just took a step back in time to the Jurassic period with this T-Rex hooded cape. This dino cape features textured velour, realistic eyes, and 3D stuffed detailing, making every kiddo feel like the real deal. Other dino cape styles are available too.
This Dig It Up! Dinosaur Eggs Kit includes 12 individually wrapped dig projects, each with its own chiseling tool and instructions. Soak each egg in water, then let your little paleontologist slowly chisel the shell to discover each unique skeleton.
Take a roaring adventure through Jurassic Park with the Power Wheels Jurassic World Jeep Wrangler! Featuring Jurassic Park graphics and styling, a pretend radio with dinosaur roars and driving sounds, plus a real working light bar & roomy storage area.
Dinosaur Gifts for Little Kids
Think you know a lot about dinosaurs? Put your knowledge to the test with Guess in 10 Deadly Dinosaurs! Ask up to 10 questions to correctly guess the dinosaur on the Game Card. Was this dino carnivore? Did this dino have spikes on its back? May the best paleontologist win!
Buy it: Amazon
Pretend to be a paleontologist as you construct this T. Rex Dinosaur Fossil Exhibition! Includes Darius and Owen Grady minifigs, a baby triceratops, a drawing board, and more.
Do you have a Dino Dana fan in your house? If so, they will be ecstatic to have a Dino Field Guide of their own! Part paleontology field guide and part encyclopedia for kids, the book explores some of the fantastic creatures that once flew through the sky, swam in the oceans, and stomped on prehistoric earth.
Create six dinosaurs (stegosaurus, tyrannosaurus rex, brachiosaurus, pachycephalosaurus, triceratops, pterodactyl) using this clay set.
Download the app, then follow along with interactive 3D step-by-step instructions to mold each dino, one step at a time. The clay dinos will harden after 24 hours, so your kiddo can proudly display their dinos for all to admire!
This Chomping Mechanical Dinosaur Kit contains everything you need to engineer a spikey t-rex head with a fierce jaw that snaps shuts with the pull of a string. Learn about hinges, rotary motion, and fossil detective work while constructing your dinosaur costume.
Buy it: Kiwi Co
RAWRRRRR! This realistic mask doesn’t just look scary. It sounds scary! This Chomp n Roar Tyrannosaurus Rex Mask features realistic details like skin texture and color, teeth, and eyes that move! And when the mask’s jaw opens to varying degrees, three levels of sound effects make the mask roar into action.
Travel back in time to lock horns with a triceratops, stalk prey with a T. Rex, and learn to fly with a baby pteranodon, all with this Atlas of Dinosaur Adventures! Each section begins with an infographic map of the region it explores, followed by a detailed two-page spread featuring the dinosaurs who once roamed there. (See more kids’ picture books about dinosaurs.)
Plus-Plus is a unique building toy with just one shape but endless possibilities! Every piece easily connects to the next in any direction. This bundle includes five different 70-piece dinosaur tubes to complete different prehistoric creatures, complete with step-by-step instructions for each build.
Buy it: Amazon