Your Ultimate Guide To Dinosaur Toys For Toddlers!

Dinosaur toys for toddlers with language development tips

My son has been fascinated with dinosaurs since he was about 2.  Because of her younger brother’s obsession with dinosaurs, my daughter started being interested in them as well.  However, it can be a challenge to find age appropriate dinosaur toys for toddlers.  Most dinosaur themed toys are geared towards older children.  But don’t worry, I have you covered.  The toys I will be sharing with you are appropriate for children between the ages of 2 and 4. Keep in mind that some of the toys will have a manufacturer’s age recommendation of 3+, but this does not mean your 2 year old can’t play with them.  You as the parent know your child best, so use your judgement when choosing a toy.

Dinosaur toys are wonderful for speech-language development and learning.  I will give some language and learning tips (when applicable) along with each toy to help you play with your child.

Your Ultimate Guide To Dinosaur Toys For Toddlers!

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Learning Resources Jumbo Dinosaurs 2

These jumbo dinosaurs are great for little hands.  They are washable and made with non-toxic, lightweight plastic!  Your little one can pretend with these for hours. You can get an idea of their size based on the picture.  This set also comes with an activity guide!

Tips for language and learning

  • Size Concepts – sort the dinosaurs according to size.  Talk about which is the biggest and which is the smallest.  Point out the dinosaur with the long neck and find the ones with short necks.
  • Colors – name the color of the dinosaur.
  • Body Parts – label the parts of the dinosaurs – eyes, nose, neck, tail, feet, mouth
  • Descriptive Words – pointy, bumpy, sharp, smooth
  • Dinosaur Dig – if you have a sandbox/table bury the dinosaurs and have your toddler dig them up.  Talk about what you will need for the dig (shovel and pail).
  • Erupting Volcano – you can set this up in the sandbox where the dinosaurs are hiding.  Fill a bottle with water and baking soda and then pile sand up around it so it looks like a volcano (make sure to leave the top of the bottle exposed).  Then add some vinegar and watch the volcano erupt.  Use words such as volcano, eruption, lava, hot, etc.

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ZipBin 160 Dinosaur Collector Toy Box & Playset

This toy box also doubles as a play mat to extend the dinosaur play time.  Simply unzip the sides and the box unfolds.  Fold and zip it back up for dinosaur storage!

Use the play mat and engage your child by pretending the dinosaurs are running, swimming, eating, etc.
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The Learning Journey My First Match It! – Dinosaurs

This is a great first matching puzzle.  No to pieces are the same which makes it easier for a 2 year old to complete.  Learn new dinosaur names!

Tips for language and learning

  • Matching – find the dinosaur parts that go together
  • Front/Back – your little one can learn which part is the front of the dinosaur and which is the back.  Put them together and make a whole dinosaur.
  • Colors – each dinosaur is a different color.  You can also focus on matching correct colors.  Say to your child “I have a red dinosaur, can you find the other red piece”

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 Melissa & Doug Dinosaur Chunky Puzzle

I absolutely love all of the Melissa & Doug Wooden Chunky Puzzles.  They are a go to toy for encouraging language development in young children.  In addition to talking about the dinosaur names, here are some other things you can do with this puzzle.

Tips for language and learning

  • Counting – count each of the dinosaurs
  • Pretend Play – these puzzle pieces stand upright and therefore can be used as if they were dinosaur figures.  The dinosaurs can go on different adventures everyday!
  • Matching – each cutout has a picture of the matching dinosaur.  So if your child is struggling to match the outline of the dinosaur to the cutout, encourage him to look for the matching picture.
  • Hand Eye Coordination
  • Simple Phrases – put all of the puzzle pieces in a bag or box.  Take turns picking a puzzle piece.  Encourage your child to say something like “I pick (one)” or “my turn”

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Plush Dinosaur House by Unipak

If you have read some of my other articles you will know that I am a big fan of stuffed animals for toddlers.  Not all children will become attached to them, but they make great playmates.

This plush dinosaur house (I think it is supposed to be an egg or a cave) comes with 5 soft and lovable dinosaurs.  The “house” can be used to store the dinosaurs and is great for travel!  And everything is washable!

Tips for language and learning

  • Prepositions – talk about putting dinosaurs “in” the house and then take them “out” of the house.  They can crawl “through” the holes as well!  The dinosaurs can also get in and out of the house through a flap that lifts at the back.
  • Colors
  • Body Parts – these dinosaurs have teeth!
  • Use your imagination – perhaps there is a mother, father and children.  Talk about what they might eat.  Are they friendly dinosaurs or scary ones?  Maybe one of your child’s other non-dinosaur stuffed animals/toys would like to visit the dinos.

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Educational Insights Dino Construction Company

If you have a future builder and dinosaur enthusiast this collection will find a perfect place in your home!  Choose from a variety of different dinosaur construction vehicles including:

  • Wrecker the T-Rex Skid Loader
  • Boom the Brachiosaurus Backhoe
  • Helix the Stegosaurus Cement Mixer
  • Rocko the Styracosaurus Dump Truck
  • And many others

Use these vehicles indoors or out!  Some even leave dinosaur tracks when pushed around in the sand, so take them on your next beach vacation!
So many language opportunities are possible with these vehicles!  Combine dinosaur vocabulary with construction vocabulary!
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*Note: the trucks contain small parts that can come off, therefore the manufacturer’s recommended age is 3+

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Fisher Price Imaginext Dino Fortress

I usually encourage parents to stay away from battery powered toys for toddlers, but I do make some exceptions (it’s kind of hard not to these days).  Fisher Price has some great toys for little ones and the Imaginext Dino Fortress is no exception.  It is similar to the Little People line but it focuses on dinosaurs.  Unfortunately it only comes with one dinosaur.  But if you have other ones at home, you can incorporate them into play with this set.

Tips for language and learning

  • Vocabulary – launch, lava, snake, caveman, dinosaur, tree, stairs, jail (there is one at the back of the set), volcano, eruption
  • Descriptive words – hot, cold, slither
  • Prepositions – up, down, in, out, up, down
  • Actions – open, close. attack, launch, stomp

Watch this video to see what the toys does.

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If you have an older dinosaur fan in the house as well, make sure to check out the Zoomer Dinos!  Most are remote control operated.  They express different emotions depending on what you do with them, so you can talk to your child about emotions.  You can also teach the dinosaur tricks!  My daughter has a Zoomer Puppy which she loves playing with!

I hope that this guide has helped you find some quality dinosaur toys for toddlers.  Do you have a dinosaur enthusiast in your family?  What are some of his/her favorite dinosaur toys?  Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

Dinosaur Toys For Toddlers Your Ultimate Guide. Learn how to use these toys to facilitate speech-language development

6 Comments

  1. Tennille

    Wow you have really taken the guess work out of this one for me! What a fantastic guide full of so much easy to read information. I love the tips for playing with children and to help their development. And there are so many options to choose from, its great.

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    1. Tanya (Post author)

      Thanks Tennille! Glad you enjoyed my list of dinosaur toys and how to use them from a development perspective!

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  2. Arta

    My son is also obsessed with dino toys. We have a collection at home and it keeps growing 🙂 Up to now we just played with them using role play and pretending. I just didn’t realize these toys can be used also for learning. I love the Jumbo dino set and I think my son will love it too. It looks so realistic and is a great way to learn colors and sizes. My only doubt is that they look a kind of heavy – do you know if they are heavy or not?

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    1. Tanya (Post author)

      Hi Arta,

      Don’t worry about the dinosaurs being too heavy. They are made of lightweight (and dishwasher safe) material perfect for little hands. All five of them weight 2lbs (or less) all together. The biggest one is 13″ (L) by 6.5″ (H). And, I forgot to add it in the article (but will do that now), this set also comes with an activity guide to give you some more ideas for how you can extend the play with your son!

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  3. Lidia

    Great review page of dinosaur toys for toddlers! I love how much you can interact with you child with these in a way that encourages learning and fun. So many to choose from but your reviews here are very helpful. I can see how these can make great gifts for moms with toddlers. 🙂

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    1. Tanya (Post author)

      Thanks Lidia! Simple toys can really do a lot for a child’s learning and development. But they should come with some quick and easy instructions that teach parents how to interact with a toy and their child for the most optimal learning outcomes. But this is all done in a naturally playful way.

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