Dragon Toys Your Kids Will Love
Why do kids like dragons?
Dragons are extremely popular with kids of all ages. What is the appeal of dragons? Kids like dragons for many of the same reasons kids have always liked dinosaurs.
Kids like dragons because they are big and scary. Everyone in a kid’s life is big and, potentially, scary. Playing with dragons gives kids a way to manage their fears. Toy dragons are often cute and cuddly—nothing to be afraid of. The big scary dragon has been tamed.
Dragon toys bring dragons down to kid-size. Kids can’t control much in their lives, but they can control dragon toys. It helps them to conquer their fear of big, scary, carnivorous things.
Kids can identify with these big scary beasts. When they can play at being a dragon, they can take on the power of a dragon. Kids don’t have much power, and dragon toys allow them to feel powerful. They can think, “If I were a dragon, everyone would be afraid of me instead of me being the one who is afraid.”
Dragons get to do whatever they want; kids are always being told what to do. It’s a little bit of wish-fulfillment for kids. They can think, “If I were a dragon, no one would be able to make me do anything I didn’t want to do.”
Dragons don’t exist. Kids know that dragons are just stories and that dinosaurs are extinct. They may be scary, but they are not a real threat. Dragons help teach kids how to control their feelings of fear. First they feel fear, then they learn that dragons can’t hurt them, and their fear level drops. They can then apply this lesson in the real world.
And lastly, dragons are depicted in popular culture targeted to kids. There are books and movies about them. Kids may study dragon mythology in school. Dragons are cool.
If you know a kid who likes dragons, here are some gift ideas for all gift-giving occasions--Christmas, birthdays, and Just-Because-I-Love-You-Day. You might even want to put a few of these on your own wish-list. All of the suggested items are under $25, and many of them are only about $10.
A wonderful series of animated films for kids of all ages.
Films: How to Train Your Dragon
The animated movie, How to Train Your Dragon. and its successors and imitators, have turned dragons into pop stars and raised dragon awareness among even very young children. In this movie, the son of a Viking chief must capture a dragon to prove his worthiness and as a rite of passage into manhood. Isn’t that what every child wants to do—prove his or her worthiness, make his or her parents proud, and become an adult member of the community.
The story mixes comedy with fantastic action sequences and heart-warming moments all done with some of the best CGI techniques to date. Kids love to watch the same movie over and over--there are hundreds of hours of entertainment in this dvd.
How to Train Your Dragon Movie Trailer
A siple story and beautiful artwork will get your little one ready for sleep.
Books: Good Night, Little Dragons
A little dragon doesn’t want to go to sleep in the bedtime story, Good Night, Little Dragons. Every little child knows that feeling. Eventually the dragons get drowsy and sleep just like real-life little children. The book is short with beautiful illustrations. When the story says “dragons like to roar,” your toddler will probably want to roar too. This is a good way for him to release a little excess energy and get ready to settle down into sleep.
Kids love to hear the same stories over and over. The ritual is comforting. Maybe you can switch this one up with Goodnight Moon. Kids love the repetition; the adult story-readers, not so much.
The book makes a nice add-on for a plush toy dragon gift.
There are many dragon costumes for babies, kids, and adults on amazon.com.
Costumes: Red Dragon Costume
As soon as I get a grandchild, I’m getting him this dragon costume—it is so cute. It’s great for Halloween, but I’m going to dress him in it every chance I get. When he gets too big for it, if it is not totally worn out, it can become a family heirloom passed down from child to child. Another idea, when the baby outgrows it, he or she can use it to dress up dolls or action figures. I bet there is a teddy bear that will look great in this.
This jumpsuit has snapped-closure legs with an attached tail, detachable wings, and a dragon hood.
When you take a look at this dragon costume, check out the other dragon costumes for babies, kids and adults.
This super adorable plush dragon is available in several colors.
Plush Toy: Flame Purple Dragon Plush Toy
Purple is the color of royalty ,and this little plush dragon is fit for every little prince and princess in your life. This adorable dragon with the cutest big black eyes has shimmery wings, chest, ears, nose, and feet.
I’m not waiting for grandkids; purple is my favorite color, and I want this right now. He can find a home on my desk for whenever work get so overwhelming that I need a hug.
You'll want at least two for a puppet show.
Hand Puppet: Three-Headed Blue Dragon
This is only one example of these adorable plush hand puppets. Get at least two—one for your child and one for yourself—so you and your child (or two children) can play together and do puppet shows. It’s constructed from high-quality materials with exceptionally realistic details.
It easily slips over the hand and you will be able to move all three heads and the arms.
A Poll About Cute Dragons
Which of these dragon toys for little kids is the cutest?
This little green dragon is an action toy or collectors item.
Action Figure: Safari Ltd Green Dragon
This beautiful action figure is durable enough for years of play, but also looks nice just sitting on a shelf if you collect dragon figures like I do. It is great for gamers also.
It’s vibrantly painted and molded from phthalate-free polystyrine. It includes educational information about dragon lore with each figure. There are a variety of dragons offered; you may want more than one.
It’s suitable for ages three and up. It’s 6 ½ inches high and a little over 3 inches wide.
You can work with your child on these origami projects.
Crafts: Dragons and Other Fantastic Creatures in Origami (Book)
Do you, or does someone on your gift list, do origami?This book Dragons and Other Fantastic Creatures in Origami will give you a lot of projects to work on–not just dragons, but other mythical creatures like unicorns. This book is for ages 12 and up.
Work on a project together with your kid. You might get to talking.
Don’t forget to add some origami paper to your shopping cart.
A dragon banner is a special gift for anyone who loves dragons.
Banner: Red Dragon Banner
Technically, a banner is not a toy, but anyone who likes dragons will want this vibrant red dragon hanging over their bed or on their wall.
This scroll tapestry harkens back to the parchments of ancient libraries and mystical altars.
It is made of canvas and comes with black wooden rods with finials and an ebony ribbon hanger. It's ready for instant display.
If you like dragons...
Take a look at my blog, The Dragon Place.
© 2014 Catherine Giordano