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Toddlers tend to be drawn toward dinosaurs. It might be the idea of something they’ve never seen before, playing pretend, or something else. Either way, I’ve put together a list of must-have dinosaur toys for toddlers you can’t pass up.
These are the best of the best dinosaur toys for 2-year-olds up to 4-year-olds so young toddlers and preschoolers can enjoy.
Whether you are shopping for Christmas 2019, a birthday, or just your dinosaur-loving toddler, this list is filled with everything from dinosaur figures and puzzles to a 2-foot dinosaur!
What are the Benefits of Toddlers Playing with Dinosaurs?
Playing with dinosaurs is one of the first ways to introduce your toddler about history.
It’s the first time your toddler may learn that there was life before them and even you as their parent.
If you’ve ever met a dinosaur obsessed toddler, they know more names of more dinosaurs and what features they have than you even know.
They may even tell you when they lived, when they went extinct, and what they ate for food. It’s amazing.
Learning about dinosaurs also teaches toddlers about categories. They will learn which dinosaurs belong with others and which are plant eaters vs. carnivores.
I once tried to teach my daughter about different birds, but it never stuck. There was never a robin next to a cardinal or sparrow, so teaching them as they came was hard.
With dinosaurs, it made sense to her. They were all right in front of her, whether it would be watching a TV show or playing with dinosaur figurines. She could tell the dinosaurs apart.
This knowledge can translate to learning other topics in preschool and as years go on. It gets your child interested in learning more about the world.
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Dinosaur Collector Toy Box & Play Set
A cool dinosaur collectors box that can hold up to 160 dinosaurs! The box even unzips and becomes its own play mat.
This box comes with 2 dinosaurs and you'll have plenty more to choose from on this list!
Prextex Realistic Looking Dinosaur Figures
These dinosaur figurines are great playing pretend.
Each dinosaur is 7 inches long or tall and it even contains a booklet with the dinosaur names.
Li'l Gen Dinosaur Figures with Interactive Sound Book
This takes toddler dinosaurs to the next level. Your toddler can play with the dinosaur figurines then use them along with a sound book to bring the animals even more to life.
It’s a great dinosaur toy for boys and girls.
52 Piece Alphabet Dinosaurs
These dinosaurs each contain a letter of the alphabet with both the upper- and lower-case letters shown. The dinosaur toys can be taken apart and put back together.
This not only teaches 2-year-olds about colors, but also introduces preschoolers to how each letter has an upper case and lower level.
Clay Dinosaur Toys Set
This is an incredibly for dinosaur toy for toddlers. You can create your own clay dinosaurs then play with them in an excavation ground to find fossils and play with volcanoes.
Dinosaur Escape Game
A fun game that requires teamwork as you work together to get their dinosaurs safely to Dinosaur Island.
While this game says it's for ages 4+, you can play this together with toddlers as young as 3 years old.
Looking for other games for toddlers? Check out the best games for 2 year olds.
Play-Doh Rex the Chomper
A fun way to play with dinosaurs and Play-Doh! It even comes with a volcano to have Play-Doh come out of so it looks like it’s erupting!
Just try not to get too upset when they start mixing colors.
Race Track Dinosaur World Bridge Playset
Some toddlers love dinosaurs, some toddlers love cars, and some toddlers love both. Create a cool race track to play with both dinosaur and cars at the same time.
Your kids will feel like they are in a real Jurassic Park movie -- the toddler-safe version at least.
Aquadoodle Drawing Mat for Kids - Dinosaurs
Aquadoodle Drawing Mats are a great way to explore your toddler’s creativity. This dinosaur version is a great addition to any dino-loving child.
Just fill the magic pen with water and let them draw! It’s reusable, so that makes it even better.
Melissa & Doug Dinosaur Jigsaw Puzzles in a Box
This storage box includes four different dinosaur puzzles for 3-year-olds. Each includes 12 pieces and stores nicely for easy clean-up.
Each puzzle even includes a specific shape on the backside of the pieces so they don’t get mixed up!
Prextex Dinosaur Volcano House with 5 Plush Dinosaurs
Cute plush dinosaurs that come with a volcano to keep them all safe.
These are perfect for any toddler who is stuffed animal obsessed.
Dinosaur Toys Take Apart Toys With Tools
These take apart toys are insanely cool. They come with a plastic screwdriver and wrench so your child can be introduced to STEM by putting together and taking apart the dinosaurs on their own.
I don’t know about you, but my toddler ALWAYS wants to help with the tools!
LEGO DUPLO Jurassic World T. rex Tower
Dinosaurs wouldn’t be the same without LEGOs! The DUPLO brand is the perfect size with toddlers and it comes with a really cool T Rex LEGO.
LEGO DUPLO Jurassic World Gentle Giants Petting Zoo
Add 2 more dinosaurs to your LEGO DUPLO collection!
The Learning Journey Remote Control ABC Dancing Dino
This dinosaur toy for toddlers is a fun and interactive way to play with dinosaurs. Use the remote to make the dinosaur dance, walk, talk, and sing.
Realistic Walking and Roaring T-Rex Dinosaur
If your toddler prefers realistic dinosaur toys, this one is perfect for them. It walks, it shakes his head, and its eyes even glow.
Your preschooler will have fun controlling it with the user-friendly remote too.
Eyegamer Memory Matching Card Game - Dinosaurs
This memory match game is a great way to test your child’s memory. This version is a little different than a normal match game, but you can still play it with toddlers as young as 2 years old.
Play with your 2-year-old by putting 6 unique cards down and having the pairs in your hand. Take turns by flipping the cards in your hand over one-by-one and having your toddler find the matching dinosaur.
Preschoolers can play this game with more cards or with the normal rules included.
Dinosaur Bubble Shooter
I think it’s a mandatory trait for kids to love bubbles. It’s no surprise there are dinosaur bubbles available!
Just attach the bubble container to T-Rex and your toddler will love shooting bubbles at people!
Don’t forget to buy a big jug of bubbles as a replacement to save some money.
3 Bees and Me Dinosaur Race Toy
Dinosaurs on wheels! This 3 Bees and Me dinosaur race toy will allow your toddlers to drive and race around the house while still playing with dinosaurs.
Melissa & Doug Dinosaur Magnets
If your toddler loves magnets, these are perfect for them! They can place them on the fridge or a magnetic baking sheet for maximum fun.
T-Rex Dinosaur Costume for Toddlers
What's better than playing with dinosaurs? Being a dinosaur! Let your toddler play dress-up and run (or walk) around the house dressed up like an actual dinosaur.
Costumes are truly more fun than just Halloween!
Magformers Mini Dinosaur Set
Take Magformers to the next level by creating two different dinosaurs. It teaches STEM learning and is just plain awesome to use.
I even have fun playing with Magformers myself.
Prextex 2-Foot Tall Dinosaur T-Rex
Did your toddler ask you for a life-size dinosaur? This 2-foot tall dinosaur is exactly what they need. It’s big. It’s a dinosaur. Need I say anything else?
Melissa & Doug T-Rex Giant Stuffed Animal
A 2-foot dinosaur still not tall enough? How about this 26-inch tall one?
Tickle & Main - Dinosaur Birthday Package
Looking for the perfect birthday gift for your dinosaur-obsessed kid? This is it. It comes with a birthday book, dinosaur birthday hat, and dinosaur plush animal.
Learning Resources Snap-n-Learn Matching Dinos Sorting Colors Toy
This is a great dinosaur toy for 2-year-olds just learning colors. Each dinosaur is a different color and can be snapped together to form a complete dinosaur.
It’s a smaller version for the ones above for the younger toddlers.
Dinosaur Toys for Younger Toddlers
Melissa & Doug Dinosaur Chunky Puzzle
This dinosaur puzzle is great for 2-year-olds who are just learning about dinosaurs.
VTech Chomp and Count Dino
A fun dinosaur toy that is great for children as young as 1 years old. It introduces colors, shapes, counting, and so much more.
This one is already on our list for our youngest’s first birthday. You can never start dinosaurs too young, right?