Parents' Choice: Top Toys for Kids Who Love Animals

Know a kid who loves animals or aspires to be a veterinarian? Check out this list of seven Parents' Choice–recommended toys for kids, suited to ages 3 through 8 and beyond.

For children who love science as well as animals, a future career as a vet may be the perfect fit.

Help cultivate your child’s passions for biology, medicine, and animals with these fun educational toys — which will also help develop coordination, motor skills, and sequencing.

1. Folkmanis Collared Lizard Puppet

enter image description

What it is: A multicolored puppet with a moveable head, forelegs, and (optionally) tail

Parents’ Choice Award®: Gold — “exquisitely detailed design is pleasingly soft to the touch and visually enticing to all ages"

Number of players: 1+

Recommended for lovers of: Puppets, lizards

Ages: 3+

Price: $33.99 (purchase)

2. Folkmanis Mountain Lion Cub Puppet

enter image description

What it is: A realistic, full-bodied lion puppet whose front paws and mouth can be wonderfully manipulated, particularly by smaller hands

Parents’ Choice Award®: Silver — “a fun cuddly friend"

Number of players: 1+

Recommended for lovers of: Puppets, lions

Ages: 3+

Price: $43.99 (purchase)

3. Folkmanis Peregrine Falcon Puppet

enter image description

What it is: An authentic-looking, almost life-sized peregrine falcon puppet with a movable beak and wings

Parents’ Choice Award®: Gold — “great fun ... that could later segue into more serious science explorations"

Number of players: 1+

Recommended for lovers of: Puppets, birds, science

Ages: 3+

Price: $37.99 (purchase)

4. Portable Barn with Accessories

enter image description

What it is: A well-crafted portable toy barn (featuring a removable roof), plus a starter set of animals and farm tools

Parents’ Choice Award®: Approved — “destined to be a favorite toy at home or at school"

Number of players: 1+

Recommended for lovers of: Animals, farms, imaginative play

Ages: 3–5

Price: $79.99 (purchase)

5. Pet Portrait Studio

enter image description

What it is: An imaginative-play portrait studio for pets, featuring 10 illustrated panels (the backdrops), plus a boy and girl wooden dolls, two cats and two dogs, and more than 40 magnetized accessories

Parents’ Choice Award®: Gold — “panels set the scenes for imaginative play"

Number of players: 1+

Recommended for lovers of: Photography, animals, imaginative play

Ages: 4+

Price: $49.99 (purchase)

6. Zoomer Kitty

enter image description

What it is: An interactive toy cat that reacts to being pet, purrs, sings, dances, walks, waves her tail, and pounces

Parents’ Choice Award®: Fun Stuff — “lifelike functions"

Number of players: 1+

Recommended for lovers of: Cats, imaginative play

Ages: 5+

Price: $99.99 (purchase)

7. Remote Control Machines: Animals

enter image description

What it is: A kit for constructing eight animals (crab, orangutan, penguin, rabbit, elephant, scorpion, T-rex, and pterosaur) that mimic the movements of their real-world counterparts

Parents’ Choice Award®: Gold — “excellent long-term play and learning values"

Number of players: 1+

Recommended for lovers of: Animals, science, experimentation, sequencing

Ages: 8+

Price: $49.99 (purchase)

To discover other great educational toys for kids with a variety of interests, check out all nine gift guides from Noodle and Parents' Choice®.

Noodle pros ad Find Noodle Tutors
Article Topics: