Sometimes people will see my boys playing with dinosaurs and say, “Oh, my son (daughter) loved dinosaurs too!” Then they watch for a few more minutes and say, “Woah! Your kids REALLY LOVE dinosaurs.” Obsessed might be the most correct word. My five and three year old boys literally talk about, watch, read and play dinosaurs all day EVERY day. I’m not exaggerating! The three of us know more about dinosaurs than I ever thought I could know. That is why I can confidently say I am an EXPERT dinosaur toy buyer. But beyond the dinosaur figures, there are lots of great options for the kids who love dinosaurs! Here are a few of our favorites!
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Dinopedia This book was a gift Santa brought last year and it is almost falling apart from constant use. We take this nearly EVERYWHERE with us! It has bright and colorful pictures, and just the right amount of interesting facts for your little dino lover. It also shows the size of each dinosaur compared to humans (which my boys love to know about!). This book is worth every penny!!
Dino Dan My boys love this show! It is about Dan (and other episodes feature his brother, Trek) and their interactions with the dinosaurs they imagine. Super educational and fun! It is available for free through Amazon Prime Video, or you can buy a hard copy DVD through that link. You can get a free 30 day trial to Amazon Prime (now is a GREAT time, free shipping for holiday shopping, woot!) Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trialor you can give the gift of prime! Shop Amazon – Give the Gift of Amazon Prime Dino Dan really is a fun show, I even like it!
Volcano We spend most of our day fighting with various dino figures. This volcano adds a little something extra to our landscape and imaginary play! As a bonus, you can use baking soda, vinegar and food coloring to actually make volcanic eruptions!
Dig a Dino T-Rex– This kit has the fun of dinosaur excavation combined with a skeleton that you can assemble, pop apart and reassemble.
Dinosaur Dig Tools– Technically this is a Backyard Safari tool, but they work amazingly well for digging up dinosaur bones. This tool ring comes with a long pointer/magnet, scraper, brush, mirror, and pincers. As a warning, the tools do come off of the tool ring pretty easily (the maker calls them quick release), but my boys have thoroughly enjoyed trying out their paleontology skills in our yard and also while camping.
Jumbo Dinosaur puzzle-We have a couple of these. My boys love them because they are giant, and they can talk about what dinosaurs are in it, and then their favorite thing to do is find their dinosaur toys that are the same kind of dino and put them on top. (As seen above).
Velociraptor claws– You could call these the dino version of dress-up. These claws are fun to wear and pretend with. Velociraptors were fast, great hunters and great jumpers so what kid wouldn’t want to be them?
T-Rex Stuffed Animal – Santa brought each boy his own stuffed dinosaur last Christmas and they still sleep with “Rexy” and “Steggy” every night. Sometimes dinosaurs need a cuddle! There are lots of cool choices, like this adorable long neck or this stegosaurus.
There is something very exciting and satisfying for kids when they know the big names of all of these dinosaurs. My kids have loved playing “BingoSaurus” dinosaur bingo and identifying dinosaurs, and this works great to teach kids dinosaur names!
Find IT Dinosaur Edition This is a great quiet activity or game for the car. It has cards for more formal game play, or your dinosaur lover can just move the container around and see what dinosaur items he or she can find.
There you have it, did you find something your dinosaur lover doesn’t have but NEEDS? I hope I helped you think of something new!