From Smaug in Lord of the Rings to Falkor from The Neverending Story, dragons have captured the imaginations of children throughout the ages. In fact, this fascination with dragon toys goes far beyond kids. Just ask me, a grown man who has Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon sitting right here on his desk.
Now I understand that most parents may prefer to keep their kids away from giant ferocious monsters, but it turns out these reptilian rascals come in all shapes and sizes. Dragon toys not only provide a vast diversity in their designs, they also offer an imaginative companion for adding a world of imagination to other more Earthbound toys. Here are some of the best dragon toys to bring a world of fire and fun into your child’s play!
Dragon Toys for Kids
Everyone loves LEGO, these creative building blocks which are surprisingly painful when stepped on. These blocks promote imagination and hand-eye coordination in young children. This particular set happens to contain a remarkable red dragon. The LEGO Creator Red Creatures comes with long movable wings, talons and piercing green eyes. That’s not all though, it also has a splashing tail and a separate fire block as well. Just make sure the kids sweep them off the floor after playing, you really don’t want to step on the tiny bits.
Promotes: Creativity, Fine Motor Skills, Sense of Achievement
Handmade from soft durable fleece, this gorgeously designed dragon cape is the ultimate window to imaginative dragon play. Easy to get on and off, as well as being machine-washable, this outfit is perfect for kids who love to lose themselves in the moment. Also a great way to encourage physical activity and get your little dragon-lover out and playing with friends.
Promotes: Play, Imagination, Physical Activity
Ages: 18 month – 12 years
If you are having a dragon themed party for your kid, then you should take a look at these great little Plastic Fire Breathing Dragons. These inexpensive dragon toys will go very nicely into each goody bag and there are plenty of dragons to keep children playing all day. With twenty dragons in total, each unique in color and design, these little fire-breathers are great value for the price.
Promotes: Story Making, Imagination, Color Recognition
This one here is a little dragon for the little kid in your house. The blue colored lizard has a cheerful look to it and can help keep the night “monsters” away by being a guardian in bed. The texture of the Aurora Plush Blue Dragon is soft to touch and the friendly little guy is filled with soft beans making him gentle and malleable.
Promotes: Imagination, Companionship, Sense of Security
This intricately lifelike dragon toy almost qualifies as a collectible as well as a toy. The Schleich Dragon Fighter is hand painted and has articulate details. From the amazing webbing of the wings to the savageness of the fangs, the dragon has everything a kid would want. Naturally, the sharp edges of the dragon makes it unsuitable for very young children.
Promotes: Art, Creativity, Sense of Ownership
How To Train Your Dragon was an instant hit with both parents and children. DreamWorks, the studio behind the movie quickly jumped at the opportunity to make official merchandise. Thankfully, unlike other official movie collectables this DreamWorks Dragons: Toothless is not ridiculously expensive. The plush dragon toy is based on the lead ‘non-human’ character in the movie; Toothless. The plush looks almost exactly like the young dragon in the movie and TV show bringing the magic of the animation to life.
Promotes: Creativity, Imagination.
Looking for a dragon which will fit perfectly in a castle siege scene? Then look no further than the stylishly armored Guardian Dragon. This is a vibrantly painted and designed dragon which simply oozes quality. The blue dragon has silver chest armor, a metallic cowl and even matching shackles. The dragon also ships with a small booklet which contains educational information. The dragon is made with phthalate-free materials and is tested for child safety.
Promotes: Creativity, Story Making
This one is another epic looking dragon toy for children taken right from How To Train Your Dragon 2. This Cloudjumper Power dragon is 11 inches long and actually looks menacing. The toy also ships with a spiral fire projectile which can be launched at other toys. That’s not all, the dragon is capable of transforming into a 4 winged beast as well. It is an amazing quality toy which not only looks awesome but also acts it. The orange colored dragon has scales textured into the material and thorns on its back.
Promotes: Imagination, Sense of Ownership, Creativity
This is an obligatory glow in the dark dragon which should be on any respectable list about dragon toys. This beautiful Glow-in-the-Dark Snow dragon is made with amazing detail and stands in a ferocious pose. The dragon has luminous scales which glow in the dark making it a perfect companion for nightstands. The red eyes and yellow talons of the dragon stand out starkly against the pale color of the dragon itself.
Promotes: Imagination, Sense of Safety.
A little bit of fun for the kids who like to dress up. The Red Dragon Costume comes in a variety of sizes to fit just about anyone. Dressed head to toe as a dragon, for Halloween, school or just around the house, your dragon-obsessed children will love this detailed outfit. Dragon feet, dragon tail, dragon head and even dragon gloves, this costume has it all.
Promotes: Activity, Imagination, Play.
Ages: 18 months – 10 years
This dragon set is the most expensive one on the list but the most expansive one as well. The LEGO Castle Dragon Mountain toy set features a big catapult, tower with dungeon, dragon nest and spiral staircase. There is even a secret gold compartment and potion room to be discovered. The huge catapult also comes with wheels and has catapult function. The set ships with a treasure chest, shield and different weapons. This is a complete dragon slaying kit!
Promotes: Creativity, Fine motor skills, Story making.
[BONUS] – Paper Dragon Mask with Moving Jaw
Wow! This Paper Dragon Mask just had to be included as a bonus – A dragon toy kids can create themselves!
Promotes: Creativity, Arts and Crafts, Imaginative Play.
Did you find what you were looking for in this dragon toys for kids list? If not, do tell us your preferences in the comments and we will likely have a great suggestion.
Feature image courtesy of Flickr, lylevincent.