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Best Dinosaur Toys for Toddler Boys

Updated on October 5, 2014

What are the best dinosaur toys for your 2 or 3 year old?

All toddler boys love dinosaurs, and there are so many dinosaur toys to choose from this holiday season. Is your toddler boy asking for a dinosaur gift this year and you don't know what he will like? Or do you have a dinosaur-loving grandson (or granddaughter!) who has everything but wants just one more dinosaur? My son is fascinated with these ancient creatures, and he has his eye on a number of dinosaurs for the upcoming year.

Also, you can buy this awesome Melissa & Doug dinosaur toy, which your toddler boy will love to snuggle up with at night.

Schleich Dinosaurs

Schleich dinosaurs are my son's favorite dinosaurs. They range in size from 5 inches to about a foot tall (or long, depending on the type of dinosaur). They can be heavy for a young toddler, but my son doesn't have any problems with picking them up and playing with them. They are extremely well-crafted and designed, and even adults love the detail on them.

We have several Schleich dinosaurs, and they all sleep with my son every night. I hear him playing with them as he gets ready to fall asleep -- apparently they have very active lives alternately saving and destroying the world.

ZipBin Dinosaur Bin

The Neat-Oh! ZipBin is a really inventive product, and a perfect gift for a toddler who loves dinosaurs. Folded up, it functions as a container for all those pesky dinosaurs at the end of the day. However, when it is unzipped, it creates a fantastic landscape for the dinosaurs to play on. It also folds flat for easy storage if you'd rather not use it as a bin.

Okay, yes, one of the things your toddler will do is pile all the dinosaurs on top of it and then throw it in the air, but, well, you can stop that after a few times. My son and his friends have a wonderful time acting out adventures on this ZipBin play mat-- it entertains them for hours at a time.

Dinosaur Pillow Pet

Pillow Pets have been all the rage much longer than I expected, but it looks like they are here to stay. This is a present for a friend's toddler who loves dinosaurs -- it's a good price point (usually between $15 and $25), and you know it's going to be a present both child and parent will love.

This Dinosaur Pillow Pet comes in both large and small. Like all pillow pets, it can be folded up to form a dinosaur, but can be opened up to be a nice pillow! They are soft and fuzzy, and hold up well. They can be easily washed in the laundry if there are stains or spills.

VTech Switch & Go Dinos

We love the VTech Switch & Go Dinos. They are some of the hottest dinosaur toys this year. What's brilliant about this new toy is that it can transform from a dinosaur to a vehicle. It's like the Transformers from our childhood, but now in a larger, more toddler-friendly package.

It also makes over 50 sounds and phrases, and includes and LCD panel that plays both dinosaur and racecar driver animation. In addition to the T-Rex, there is also a Triceratops and a Stegosaurus Dinosaur, as well as several others. At under $15 per dino, you can afford to buy a few!

Dinosaur Tent

This Pacific Play Dinosaur Tent is a fun toy for the basement or playroom. At about $45, it's a bit pricey, but these tents are endless fun for toddlers. And with the addition of playful and happy dinosaurs -- imagine the roars that will come from inside!

You can also set this tent up outside, for a fun playtime with friends. Up to 4 kids can fit comfortably inside the tent, and they can take turns crawling through the tunnel. Sometimes we have little lunches inside the tent, and it's like a real picnic for everyone!

Dinosaur Books

One of the best things my toddler son has done this year is start reading. Of course he's a big fan of dinosaur books. We love all the dinosaur books we can find!

One of my son's favorites is Dinosaur vs. Bedtime, which is great because he is able to roar along with the dinosaur, loudly (so, so loudly). He usually ends up laughing uproariously by the end of the book, and it's fun for parents too.

One of my favorite dinosaur books is Flip-o-Saurus. Each page is split into three segments, so kids can make up their own dinosaurs out of the different parts of real dinosaurs. It's a really fun book, and we love laughing about the silly names of the dinosaurs we create.

Dinosaur pajamas

What toddler boy wouldn't want to snuggle up with his favorite dinosaur at night while wearing a set of these soft dinosaur pajamas. We actually have these exact pjs, and I can say they are one of his favorites. I don't know what the appeal is - maybe it's the cuteness of the dinosaur, but it's always a popular choice.

And at about $20, this is a perfect stocking stuffer for your favorite dino-loving toddler. They are easy to get on and off for little hands, and if someone has to go potty in the middle of the night, it's easy to manage with these comfy and roomy pjs. And if your little boy gets scared at night, well, these dinosaurs are there to protect him for everything that is scary in the night.

What are your toddler's favorite dinosaur toys?

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    • mjoonline profile image

      mjoonline 4 years ago

      My nephew wants a dinosaur for Christmas. I would not have thought to buy him one but he told me that's what he wants. :)

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      MissRubyStars 5 years ago

      My son is 15 now but when he was 2 - 8 years old he loved dinosaurs! He had dinosaur figures, dinosaur books, we watched the land before time series often. It brings back great memories!

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      Never mind toddlers, I want a ride-on dinosaur! :)

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      ara-bella 5 years ago

      I love the Schleich animal series, not only the dinosaurs, but the wild animals and farm animals are so beautiful and realistic. They are the perfect gift for every toddler.

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      victoriuh 5 years ago

      My 2 year old is a big dinosaur fan too.

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      Susanna Duffy 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      Love those ride-on dinosaurs!

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      Clairissa 5 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      My toddler is now 16. But he loved Dinosaurs!

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      emmaklarkins 5 years ago

      By any chance, do they make those life-size dinosaur toys in adult size? That would be the coolest thing ever!