The list you need for animal toys for kids! Looking for animal toys for the kids list? You’ve come to the right place.
My middle son sleeps with what seems like 76 stuffed animals that he takes excellent care of. He reads them books before bedtime, prepares meals from the toy kitchen, and has become an adorable caregiver. He adores animals and nature.
This list of animal toys for kids is everything from our favorite stuffed wild animal to an animal toy that invites imaginary play.
After a deep dive into animal toy testing, we are ready to bring it on!
And of course -this animal toy roundup even includes our favorite counting bears – because how could we not have the counting bears in this gift guide?!
RELATED: Check out our toy list with toys for all ages and stages!
How to Choose the Best Animal Toy for Your Child
- Does your child enjoy animals?
- What is the appearance of the animal toy?
- Is the animal toy age-appropriate – Does it have small parts?
- What does your child enjoy doing for play?
- What is the appearance of the animal toy?
You may not be ready to bring an animal into your home, but if you are, here is a helpful pet adoption article from the AAP.
What’s Inside this Animal Toy Gift Guide
- Animal toys that spark imaginary play
- Toys with birds and nature
- Farm animal toys
- Sea Life toys
- Animal toys for wild/jungle animals
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20 Animal Toys for Kids
Hello, most adorable and well-loved nightlight! My four-year-old is so happy to meet you. These nightlights are super soft and come in a variety of animal options. It makes an excellent gift for many ages!
This treehouse has gotten a lot of use over the years between my four and six-year-old. Begin playing with the toy animals it comes with and build upon new friends as your child plays over the years.
Out of all the paint-by sticker books, this one is our favorite! The stickers are large enough for little hands to peel off to match the stickers to the shapes. Create colorful sticker animals at a restaurant or on the go. Great for car and plane rides.
Up for an excuse to get outside without anyone needing you to do anything? Grab a chair and this deck of cards to send your preschoolers on a nature scavenger hunt to search for wildlife—a great way to welcome cooler weather and spend time outdoors.
Ask up to ten questions to guess the animal on the card the player is holding! Fun for car rides or after-dinner conversations to build vocabulary and connect.
Learn about pets and play on the go with these pets in a TOOB. TOOB offers various animal options that are a must-see, and this collection here offers 12 animal pet figures.
Are you looking for a collection of farm animal toys for a sensory bin? This bucket of farm animals is a great choice. Twenty-four miniature farm animals to add to many play prompts.
My boys used this Little People Farm in our home for years. I have three boys, and each one played with this farm before passing it along to their younger brother. Children can store all animals inside the barn.
This plush farm makes a great gift for toddlers. The five-piece classic animal farm set comes with an assortment of four farm figures. The animals talk, make realistic live sounds, and come with a soft barn stable to store all the farm animals when done playing. The playset includes a cow, horse, lamb, and rooster.
Another fun set for horse fanatics! This horse set makes a great gift for ages 3-7.
Do you need a gift for your two-year-old? This wooden farm-themed play puzzle is easy for little hands to maneuver and play. Thick puzzle pieces that strengthen fine motor skills, matching and sorting, and creative play.
I am a little obsessed with these books! We talk a lot about touching to count each object, and this book does exactly that. Read and pop each dot as you count the farm animals on each page. This book sets a solid foundation to help better understand the total amount of a number symbol. My four-year-old loves this book!
Here is another fun collection to toss in the bathtub or add to sensory play. Try adding blue color to your water and watch the space come to life.
These jungle animals are the same brand as the assorted sea animals listed above—a large assortment of animals for sensory or imaginary play.
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Frequently Asked Questions
We all need toys that encourage imaginative play that our children will play with for many years – no more one-and-done toys. The best toys for kids are the toys your child enjoys playing with. Lean into your child’s interest when searching for new holiday toys.
Think about how old your child is and what they enjoy about animals. The animal vet set has been a winner in our home for my toddler, preschooler, and big kid.
Open-ended toys that have texture and expand on ideas are toys that make kids smart. A list of toys that make kids smart depends on what your child enjoys! Smart can take on many forms. Remember that art supplies are also toys that expand creativity and open the mind to new possibilities.