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Dinosaurs are very popular for boys and girls and there are loads of toys to help spark imaginary play and learning. Here are 7 of my favourite dinosaur toys that I stock on my website.
1 The Dinosaur Pop-Up Facts Book
*No longer available on my website*
This gorgeous large, hardback book has interactive activities on each page. Whether it’s a pop-up Dinosaur face, a flap to open, a tab to pull, it will keep your little explorer busy discovering lots of information on different types of dinosaurs. The flaps and tabs are made out of tough paper, so it’s not really suitable for children under the age of 3, who might lose interest in the detailed facts and rip the book from enthusiasm to play. This would be a lovely book to sit down with your child with and read together. If you’d like to see it in more detail, there’s a little video showing it off, on the selling page.
These eggs are very popular toys as they are cheap and children can afford to buy them with their pocket money or be given them as a reward for good behaviour. Santa always stocks up on loads of these for Christmas stockings too. Simply, place the egg in a bowl of water and over approximately 48 hours, the shell will crack and a growing plastic dinosaur will emerge. It doesn’t matter if your child gets several of these, as there are lots of different dinosaurs to collect and the chance of them getting one they already have, are slim.
This set comes with 2 colourful cardboard pictures of dinosaurs. However, parts of the pictures are marked out with blank squares with numbers in them. Your child will need to sit down and put the correct coloured (also numbered) foam stickers over these blank spots. This is a great activity for improving fine motor skills and it will keep your child busy for about an hour per picture. When they are finished, they have a lovely 3D picture to display in your house.
4. Stegosaurus Shrinkles
*I no longer stock this toy*
If you have never tried Shrinkles before, then you’ve got to try them out. I think you’ll enjoy the magic of them nearly as much as your child. This set features Stegosaurus dinosaurs and only costs €7.20. There’s a plastic page of dinosaur pictures to colour in (colouring pencils are included in the pack). Then, cut them out, place them on a baking tray in a warm oven and watch them shrink down. They reduce size but become thicker and the colours intensify. When they have cooled down, you can make keyrings (also included in the pack) out of them and give them as gifts to friends and family.
These 5 plastic stencils will set your little artist up for any dinosaur pictures they wish to create. They are simple and easy to use and will help spark imagination as your child decorates their pictures and creates scenes around their dinosaurs.
This is a craft that needs a bit of adult supervision. Inside the box, you get moulds and plaster of paris. Your child (with your help/supervision) needs to make the plaster and pour it into the mould. When it’s try, they get to paint their dinosaurs with the paints which are included. This set costs €9.99.
This pack of stickers costs €3.50 and inside you’ll find 160 stickers (there are 80 different stickers, repeated twice). They are lovely for decorating pictures with or using for reward charts.
If you are looking for a dinosaur themed toy or craft, I hope you have found what you are looking for. My stock changes regularly and I have a page just with Dinosaur Toys to make it easier for people to find what they are looking for.