Please be mindful of leaving your children, especially very young children alone with giant stuffed animals, and never let your babies sleep with them at night. Death and/or injury by stuffed animal is extremely rare, but it’s possible that a small enough child could get trapped beneath a large enough stuffed animal, so always use caution and common sense.
Mythical Creature Giant Stuffed Animals
Some of the first stories we tell our children when they’re young are fairy tales. As a result, kids are just as familiar with and excited by unicorns, griffins and dragons as they are dogs, cats and hamsters. These mythical animals make excellent stuffed animals because in kids’ imaginations, they’re already larger than life, so it’s no surprise that they’re huge in stuffed animal form as well.
Melissa & Doug Gentle Jumbo Unicorn Giant Stuffed Plush Animal
Unicorns are symbols of purity and innocence, and those are two things we all want our kids to keep as long as possible. We all want our kids to stay kids for as long as possible and not grow up too fast. Well, there are few things more adorable and childlike than a chubby unicorn, and that’s exactly what this guy is.
It’s just a little shy of being three feet tall, and it’s full to the brim with stuffing, giving it an adorably plump belly. Its big smile and ultra-soft fur make it supremely huggable and extra snuggly. Plus, the neutral white fur means it’ll fit well in a girl’s room or a boy’s room.
sofipal Giant Pink Unicorn Stuffed Animal Toy
There are two color options and two size options for this gorgeous unicorn, but if you’re going to go big, you might as well go with the biggest, which is 43 inches long! Pictured here is the pink unicorn, and with its giant, sparkling eyes, fuzzy tail and twisty horn, there’s a lot about it to love.
It’s made of super soft PP cotton, which makes it extra snuggly, and thanks to its size, it can double as a wonderfully soft pillow as well. This is a pretty great gift for the stuffed animal lover of just about any age, so don’t limit yourself to children with this one. There are plenty of adult wives and girlfriends out there who’d appreciate it just as much!
HearthSong Large Super Soft Plush Dazzle the Unicorn Stuffed Animal
When stretched out on the floor, this guy measures 39 inches long, 12 inches wide and 16 inches tall. It may not be a giant, but it’s definitely bigger than the average toy. Designed for children ages three and older, this guy makes a nice soft companion for your little one.
Whether she wants to snuggle up next to it while watching a movie or lay her head on its back while reading, this fuzzy white and pink unicorn can accommodate her. Its fur is soft to the touch, and the glittery, embroidered hearts on its hip and its matching sparkly collar add a little touch of flair that makes it even more adorable.
Vermont Teddy Bear Giant Unicorn Stuffed Animal
Sitting four feet tall and being packed as full as possible with stuffing, this peachy/pink unicorn is probably my favorite of all the unicorns. It’s extremely soft and silky, and its big, chubby belly makes it especially squeezable. The unicorn is made in Vermont of 100% recycled stuffing and comes with a lifetime guarantee.
If anything happens to it, all you have to do is send it back to the “bear hospital” in Vermont, and they’ll fix it right up for your child (or send him a new one if his can’t be healed). If you’re looking for the perfect unicorn stuffed animal that your child can squeeze, hug and drag around with him everywhere, this one is a great choice.
Melissa & Doug Giant Unicorn Plushie
You’ll see a lot of Melissa & Doug items on my lists, that’s because at Big Happy House, we love the Melissa & Doug brand. Their products are well-made and high-quality, and as far as their stuffed animals go, they’re also pretty authentic in appearance.
Unicorns aren’t real – as far as we know! So saying I like this toy because it’s realistic may seem silly, but of all the unicorn options, this is the one that looks most like how I imagine a real unicorn would look. It’s about three feet tall, and while the outside is soft, comfortable plush, the inside features a sturdy wire frame that allows it to stand tall and proud.
Its eyes are stunning in their detail, and the metallic stars on its hips and the shimmery bow in its tail are just two more of the sweet, thoughtful touches that make Melissa & Doug products stand out from the crowd. This is the perfect unicorn for children who enjoy creating magical fairy realms in their imaginations.
Like all Melissa & Doug products, it’s backed by the company’s 100% Happiness Guarantee, so if for some reason your little one doesn’t love it, they’ll happily make it right.
If you have a Fairy Tale themed bedroom or playroom this beautiful plush giant unicorn will be right at home.
Melissa & Doug Epic Winged Dragon
An amazingly epic and detailed stuffed dragon from Melissa and Doug. If you have a fairy tale themed playroom this is a must-have.
It would be tough to fit a life-sized dragon inside the house, but as realistic as this dragon looks, he could easily be a life-sized hatchling! Dragons are probably the most well-known and well-loved mythical animals, and kids of all ages go nuts for them.
This one is especially nice. He’s three feet tall and has some great details; the glitter beneath his wings and in his ears, the all-over scales, the forked tongue, the sharp teeth and the curving claws and horns all look amazing. Thanks to his sturdy internal frame, he’ll also hold his shape well and can hold up beneath your child’s hugs and cuddles.
While this Jumbo dragon is made from super high-quality materials, it is definitely NOT intended to be a ride on. You should also be aware that this stuffed animal will take up a lot of room – and it doesn’t break down easily to fit in a closet. So, make sure you have the room before purchasing this one.
Hofun4U Giant Dragon Plush Pillow
If you or your child prefer the Eastern depiction of dragons, this five-foot-long dragon might be the better fit. This dragon is designed to be an oversized pillow, but with stuffed animals being so fluffy and comfy these days, it’s often hard to tell the difference between the two.
This little guy has an adorable face and is fairly unique as stuffed animals go. It also works well as a body pillow or unusual couch pillow. There are three different sizes available, but again, to most kids it seems that bigger is better, so my choice would be the 60-inch one.
Giant Plushie Pets
These oversized animals are perfect for children who really want pets but aren’t quite ready for the real thing just yet. They’re almost as cute as the real thing, but they aren’t nearly as much as work and responsibility!
Big Plush Giant Stuffed Puppy Dog Squishy Soft Plush Animal
Made in the USA by Big Plush this huge Plush Dog is made from high quality material and can hold up to even the most rambunctious kids.
Their age recommendation is 13 and up which seems pretty strange for a stuffed animal, even one of this size. You definitely would not want to buy this for a child under 3-4 as they may become trapped under it – but 13 seems a bit on the old side to me!
MaoGoLan Giant Stuffed Puppy Dog Big Plush Extra Large Stuffed Animal
A great alternative to the Big Plush model pictured above, it is only 51 inches compared to Big Plushes whopping 60 inch model – but it is also around half the price.
Do take into account that this model is made in China so the workmanship and safty testing will not be up to the standards of the Big Plush model. The simple fact is that, due to the litigious nature of the American consumer, stuff that is made in the USA is usually safer and better made than cheap foreign imports.
Don’t get me wrong this model gets great reviews on Amazon with very few complaints about the construction.
Melissa & Doug Gentle Jumbo Dog Giant Stuffed Plush Animal
This cute and cuddly brown and white dog comes from the same line as the Melissa & Doug unicorn listed above. It, too, is nearly three feet tall and is super chunky, which just means there’s so much more of it to love. It features a happy smile, pretty eyes, and an egg-shaped white tummy that’s absolutely adorable.
If you have a little one in your home who’s absolutely head over heels for puppy dogs, this guy will thrill him. It also makes a really nice gift for expectant mothers at their baby showers.
Melissa & Doug Black Lab (& Various Other Breeds)
Okay, so at 24 inches this cute plush dog toy is not technically “Giant” but it is life-sized and very life-like so I thought it would be good to include it on the list.
The Black Lab is their most popular model but they have other options as well of various popular dog breeds:
Personally I’m not crazy about these – they are all a bit TOO realistic and you can’t really snuggle up with it in bed – but many reviewers (and kids) absolutely LOVE them.
Winsterch Fluffy Giant Cat Stuffed Animal Toy White Plush Cat
While this kitty cat may not be the most lifelike animal on our list, it’s probably one of the cutest and definitely one of the fattest! There are two main sections to this guy: the body and the tail, and it’s really hard work trying to figure out which section is more floofy!
The body section is 20 inches tall from ears to toes, but that’s not what makes it giant. Its girth is the giant part! If you’ve ever heard the expression “as big around as he is tall,” then you have an idea of what to expect from this guy.
Its tail, though, is also 20 inches long! It’s not quite as big around as the body, but it’s absolutely fluffy to the max. I guarantee you’ve never seen a cuter – or fatter – cat. Seriously, Garfield has nothing on this guy.
Vintoys Plush Kitty Stuffed Animal Big Hugging Pillow
If you have a little one – or a not-so-little one – who’s into Japanese anime-style animals, this adorable kitty pillow will definitely be a hit. It’s nearly two feet long and super soft.
It serves the dual role of stuffed animal/pillow, and thanks to the short pile cover and the PP cotton stuffing, it does both really well. Its rosy little cheeks and tired little smile make it supremely adorable. If your child prefers sleepy puppies to sleepy kitties, the company also has a matching dog pillow option, as well.
Giant Plush Sea Creatures
There’s a popular saying that I’ve heard throughout my lifetime. It’s always some version of, “We know more about what goes on in outer space than we do our own oceans.” Since we can’t actually determine how large “outer space” really is, I don’t think that statement is factually accurate, but the sentiment behind it is real. Oceans are vast, unknown places, and we have no idea what all is going on down there. That’s probably what makes it so fascinating.
It also probably plays a large part in why kids are so excited by sea creatures, even when some of them aren’t naturally cute and cuddly. If you have an aquatic fanatic in your life, these are some of the best giant stuffed animals for them.
Melissa & Doug Plush Shark
When encountered in the wild, sharks are pretty much terrifying. When the shark comes in a soft, squeezable plush package, though, it’s less scary and more awesome.
This shark is three feet long, and in typical Melissa & Doug style, it’s pretty realistic with large, bright red gums and a mouth full of sharp, jagged teeth. The detailed stitching on the gills and the tail add even more depth to the already lifelike toy. It’s handcrafted from premium materials, and the soft, somewhat fuzzy polyester fabric is remarkably durable.
Wild Republic Jumbo Octopus Giant Stuffed Animal Plush
For most kids, an octopus may not be the first animal they think of when they want something soft, warm and cuddly. The moment they see this one, though, that could all change.
This octopus may have slightly angry eyes, but that’s the only thing about it that’s angry. The rest of it is overstuffed and extremely squishable for ultimate snuggability. (Forgive me; I’m not sure what exactly it is about floofy stuffed animals that inspires me to make up new words to describe them!)
This guy is about two and a half feet long, and its fur feels pretty unique actually. The pattern used in its colors makes it look pretty authentic, and best of all, it’s surface washable, so if you have the kind of child who likes to drag his toys around in the dirt behind him all day, this is a good option.
Fiesta Toys Giant Red Octopus Plush Stuffed Animal
Fiesta Toys also makes a great giant octopus plush toy. It’s 2 inches bigger than the Wild Republic model pictured above but costs a bit more. I would probably stick with the Wild Republic unless you like the look of this one better.
Melissa & Doug Orca Whale Stuffed Animal
This is another great, authentic-looking toy from Melissa & Doug, and as someone who watched Free Willy about 2,000 times as a child, it’s one of my favorites. The outside of the whale is covered in a soft, felt-like material that makes cuddling it very satisfying.
It’s over three feet long and made of high-quality materials that allow it to be surface washed whenever needed. (Machine washing isn’t recommended, however.) The details are nice, and its eyes are incredibly sweet. It’s well-stuffed and feels very firm to the touch. It’s also a nice choice as a body pillow.
Octavius The Orca Blackfish – Big Killer Whale Stuffed Animal
Here’s another great alternative if you’re looking for a Giant Orca Plush toy. The VIAHEART version is a couple of inches smaller than the Melissa & Doug toy and a little bit cheaper. They both get great reviews so I’ll leave the choice up to you!
Kraken The Giant Squid Plush Stuffed Animal Toy
A giant squid is another one of those odd aquatic animals that most people don’t think of as cute or cuddly, but when it’s turned into a stuffed animal, it looks absolutely enchanting.
This one is about 31 inches long and features a ton of tentacles, complete with lots of suckers on each one. It has giant, penetrating eyes that catch the light and a plush beak.
Everything about it screams adorable, and the child that has this animal will certainly be in for a surprise when she sees a real squid up close!
Jesonn Realistic Soft Plush Blue Giant Stuffed Marlin
I’ll be honest; this one isn’t my favorite, but if you have a child who loves fish, it’ll be a hit. It just looks too much like a real fish, and I’m not a huge fish fan, not when it comes to something to cuddle anyway.
Even so, this guy is pretty neat. It’s just a hair short of being 40 inches long and about half a foot tall. It’s made of high-quality plush, polyester cotton and PP stuffing. It looks so realistic that I wouldn’t be surprised if someone sees it and thinks it should be stuffed and mounted on the wall instead of stuffed and played with by a child.
One final note: Because of their size, this fish and several other animals on the list come vacuum-sealed. Please pay close attention to the instructions for helping the stuffed animals gain their proper shapes.
DOLDOA Big Plush Eyes Sea Turtle Stuffed Tortoise Toy
Just like sloths and elephants, turtles are another animal that many people love and adore. This plush sea turtle is just under three feet and has realistic features and coloring.
Made from velvety-soft fabric and perfectly stuffed, this turtle will be loved by people of all ages. People who bought this big plush turtle were impressed by how soft and big it is.
Many reviewers said it makes a wonderful pillow for adults and older kids and a great body pillow for younger children. This will make a wonderful gift for anyone who is in love with these majestic sea creatures.
Giant Stuffed Jungle Animals
Lions, tigers and… snakes? Oh my! Jungle animals are some of the animals children are least likely to ever get to see in real life outside of a zoo. It only makes sense that they’re fascinated by these large, powerful creatures. If you’re looking for a giant stuffed animal that’s a little more exotic, these are a lot of fun.
—I Love Wild Republic—
Wild Republic has been manufacturing plush toys since 1979 and have the best selection of realistic Jungle and Forest animals available. I’ve included some of my favorites animals below – but if you want to see the entire collection of Wild Republic Stuffed Animals follow that link you just passed by.
Wild Republic Jumbo Crocodile Giant Stuffed Animal
Wild Republic Jumbo Elephant Plush Toy
Wild Republic Anaconda Snake Stuffed Animal
Wild Republic Jumbo Tree Frog Giant Stuffed Animal Plush Toy
Wild Republic Jumbo Hippo Giant Stuffed Animal
Melissa & Doug Giant Gorilla
Melissa & Doug Giant Plush Elephant
Melissa & Doug Gentle Jumbo Elephant Giant Stuffed Plush Animal
If you’re looking for a less anatomically correct, but much cuter looking Plush Elephant for younger kids, you really can’t do any better than the super-cute Melissa & Doug Gentle Jumbo Plus Elephant.
At 3 feet tall it truly is a “Giant” stuffed animal, the fur is super soft and the friendly face will make any kids fall instantly in love. And as with all Melissa & Doug products, the workmanship is top of the line and it gets amazing reviews from kids and parents alike.
Melissa & Doug Gentle Jumbo Lion Giant Stuffed Plush Animal
I’m not sure exactly why, but this stuffed lion reminds me more of the Cowardly Lion from The Wizard of Oz than any other stuffed lion I’ve ever seen. Like most of the Melissa & Doug “giant” animals, it’s about three feet tall and features a sweet, friendly smile on its face.
It has a soft, shaggy mane framing its head, and each one of its paws is big, soft and squishy. They’re also sewn to look like they have individual toes. The lion’s soft, and its big stuffed belly is perfect for hugging or for cuddling with on a cold night.
JESONN Realistic Soft Plush Crocodile for Kids
The JESONN brand of stuffed animals may not be as well-known as the Melissa & Doug brand, but the company is great at making detailed stuffed animals that look like the real animal for which they’re modeled. I suppose that’s why they call them “Realistic Soft Plush” toys.
If I came across this crocodile lying on someone’s bed, I wouldn’t be bothered by it, but if someone left it sitting in the grass beside a river, it would definitely give me pause. It’s about three and a half feet long, handmade of high-quality materials and washable, which is very convenient.
The markings, both on its top and bottom, are what make it look so real. Someone put a lot of work into making that pattern exactly right, and as a result, this stuffed animal looks amazing. If you have a Crocodile Dundee wannabe at home, this is the perfect friend for him.
Melissa & Doug Lifelike Plush Flamingo Stuffed Animal
Of all the giant animals on this list, this one is definitely the tallest (although the T-Rex comes close, and the boa constrictor is much longer). Standing over four and half feet tall, this flamingo may tower over your little ones, but that’ll just make it more exciting!
Everything about it is well-made and looks great, from its webbed feet to the silky, feather-like fur on its back that represents its wings. Even its beak looks like the real thing! Because it’s so big and its legs are so thin, it has to stand on a base for stability, but the base is designed to look like water, so it doesn’t take away from the overall appeal. It’s great for hugging and for inspiring the imaginations of young children, but it should never be used as a ride-on toy.
Melissa & Doug Life-Sized Boa Constrictor Stuffed Snake
- Size: 14 feet long
- Age: 36 months – 15 yearsicon-list-arrow-meta
- Colors: Green
This boa constrictor may not look giant on first glance. It’s not very big around, after all; however, it’s over 14 feet long when stretched out to its full length! That’s pretty giant. The underside (belly) of the snake doesn’t look all that real, but it’s outer pattern is pretty authentic, and the shape of the head is spot-on.
It’s fun to snuggle with, to play pretend jungle games with or to wrap around yourself and give yourself a giant, snaky hug. It’s also a great way to teach your children about the size differences between forest and jungle animals. There are grown adults who can’t even imagine a snake being this large in real life because they’ve never seen anything like it, so this toy is as educational as it is fun.
Big Plush Huge 18 Feet Long Stuffed Snake
The Melissa & Doug version listed above, though 4 feet shorter, has much nicer detailing and is less than half the price. But if you want the absolute biggest stuffed snake around then this big plush model can’t be beat.
Melissa & Doug Large Stuffed Lion
Unlike the other super squishy lion from Melissa & Doug, this one comes from their more lifelike, imagination-inspiring line of plush toys. It’s made of high-quality polyester fabric and is both incredibly soft and full of great detail.
It’s face is extremely lifelike, and the wild mane around its head is soft and fun to finger-comb. Also, don’t let the picture fool you. This thing is deceptively huge. It’s over 75 inches long, and that doesn’t even include its tail! If you buy this for a kid under the age of six or so, don’t be surprised if it’s bigger than he is.
Melissa & Doug Large Stuffed Tiger
If you’re considering the lion listed above, this tiger makes a great companion for it. It’s not quite as long as the lion, but it’s still over five feet long, measuring in at close to 67 inches. Much like the lion, the tiger is made of super soft, high-quality materials, and its markings are incredibly lifelike and authentic.
I don’t feel like the tiger’s face is quite as well done as the lion’s face is, but even so, it’s a top-of-the-line stuffed animal that’s sure to delight any lover of big jungle cats. The scruff around the tiger’s head is done especially well. It looks and feels real, and while its eyes aren’t exactly true-to-life, they are sweet and a little sad, which will make your babies want to love on this guy even more.
Things to Consider
Getting an accurate size for this Tiger Toy was very difficult. The listing says it is 170cm – which is over 5 and half feet long. I think this measurement includes the tail as one of the FAQs about the items stated that it is around 4 feet long – which makes more sense to me based on the various pictures I’ve seen. Regardless, it is pretty darn huge even at 4 feet in length.
Both this model and the Siberian Tiger model (listed below) get incredible reviews, as with most toys made by Melissa & Doug. But there was a very small minority of reviewers who though the fur was a bit cheap feeling.
Melissa & Doug Giant Panther
Melissa & Doug Cheetah
If you’ve taken a look at celebrity nurseries, chances are you’ve already seen this giraffe or a similar one. New parents, famous and not, go crazy for this giraffe and love the whimsical feel it gives to children’s rooms.
This giraffe has very realistic fur and facial features. It also is incredibly solid and well-constructed, so kids truly enjoy this toy.
With thousands of five-star reviews, it’s obvious that people are loving this big giraffe. If you’re looking for some quality entertainment, head over to the reviews to see all the hilarious hijinks these giraffes get into in their new homes.
The elephant is another animal that has a huge following. I know three people who are obsessed with elephants and would love this giant stuffed elephant toy.
This elephant features big, floppy ears, soft fur, and embroidered facial features that give it an adorable, child-like look. This elephant has incredible reviews and most people note how cozy it is to sleep with.
Adults and kids alike will be thrilled to get this giant stuffed elephant as a present. And if a six-foot elephant is too big of a commitment, it also comes in a smaller size that’s just under four feet tall.
Giant Stuffed Farm Animals
Farm animals are always a lot of fun, and they’re great for stimulating creative but realistic role play. Help your child feel like a real farmer with one of these great oversized animals.
Melissa & Doug Plush Horse
When I was little, it seemed like every little girl I knew, including myself, wanted nothing more than she wanted a pony. These days, a real pony isn’t a very practical gift for most young girls, but this stuffed animal horse makes a great substitute. It’s a little less than three feet tall and little over three feet long.
It’s designed to look like a miniature version of a real horse with black hooves, white stockings around its ankles and a very lifelike mane and tail made out of synthetic hair. The outside is soft and smooth, but the inside features a sturdy interior that allows the horse to hold its shape. It’s not meant to be ridden, however.
Melissa & Doug Plush Sheep
Mary had a little lamb whose fleece was white as snow, but your favorite child can have a little sheep that’s just as lovely as Mary’s lamb. This sheep isn’t one of the largest animals on our “giant” stuffed animals list, but it’s big, and in kid-to-adult ratio, it’s about the size of a real sheep if real sheep were sized to fit children instead.
The eyes of the sheep are very sweet, and I love its giant, poofy ears. In terms of appearance, it’s not one of my favorite options, but as far as how it feels to the touch, I love it. It’s handmade of the softest polyester, and it feels really amazing. I’ve never touched a real sheep, but I can’t imagine it would feel any nicer than cuddling with this one.
Wild Republic Jumbo Pig Giant Stuffed Animal
It’s probably just because I really, really love pigs, but this is one of my favorites. It’s not super detailed, but then again, how much detail do pigs really have? Mostly, they’re just pink. This one is adorable with its cute little piggy snout, its oversized ears and its slightly open mouth that looks like a smile.
It also has a huge belly, which makes it one of the most squeezable, huggable and lovable animals on the list. He also makes an absolutely excellent pillow. It’s surface washable, and anyone who loves pigs will love it, no matter his or her age.
Giant Stuffed Forest Animals
Stuffed forest animals are a great way to help stimulate conversation about what kinds of animals share the world with us and why it’s so important that we take care to preserve our national parks and forests. If you can convince your children to love, appreciate and take care of wild animals while they’re young, they’ll be much more likely to do all they can to help save the planet when they’re old enough to make a difference.
Wild Republic Jumbo Plush Wolf Giant Stuffed Animal
At 30 inches long, this wolf is big, but it isn’t the biggest animal on the list. It is, however, one of the fuzziest and most enjoyable ones to cuddle up to when it’s cold outside. Its hair looks very real, and it goes a long way towards making it look more like a real wolf than most stuffed animals you see today.
Despite how long and fuzzy the hair is, the wolf can still be washed (surface wash only) without damaging it. This big wolf and all the other stuffed animals made by Wild Republic are made with kids’ rough and tumble play in mind. They’re constructed well and last for a long time.
Wild Republic Jumbo Sloth Giant Stuffed Animal
This 30-inch sloth is another realistic forest animal made by Wild Republic. Just like the wolf, it’s made with extremely lifelike fur, stuffed with the same super soft stuffing that’s perfect for cuddling and built to last for years even under the roughest children. It, too, is surface washable and features a lot of great detail, especially in its face.
Sloths have been having a moment in the spotlight for quite a while. Their slow-paced lifestyle and so-ugly-they’re-cute appearance have gained them a huge following. If you have a sloth-obsessed loved one, this seven-foot-tall plush sloth will make an unforgettable and very appreciated gift.
This sloth has a gray body with a white belly and face and has the signature facial markings and three toes that make sloths so adorable.
He also makes a great pillow for older kids and adults. His big belly and head mean this guy takes up some space, so make sure you have a designated spot for this giant sloth.
Reviewers love how big this sloth is and say it’s a great surprise for people of all ages who love sloths.
The manufacturers recommended age is 13 and up – but many reviewers say they bought this for kids much younger. Just be VERY cautious if you have a young toddler as they could easily become trapped under this behemoth!
Big Plush Giant Stuffed Eagle Soft Brown Bird
Giant Stuffed Dinosaurs
Do plushie dinosaurs even need a description? They’re dinosaurs! Have you ever met a child who didn’t love them? Dangerous and deadly they might have been, but they’re still a big hit with children.
Melissa & Doug Giant T-Rex Stuffed Dinosaur
I am a huge dinosaur lover, even to this day, and for that reason, I’m not crazy about this giant T-Rex. I love how big it is; at more than four feet tall, it’s almost as tall as the flamingo! However, I don’t love its colors. I realize that none of us were alive when dinosaurs walked the Earth, so we can’t be sure that they weren’t crazily tie-dyed beasts straight out of a super hippie’s nightmare, but I find it highly unlikely.
I would have liked this guy more if it had been done in muted, earthy colors. Still, it’s a huge hit with younger children. They love it mostly due to its gigantic size. Its interior is made of a durable wire frame, but the outside is soft and squeezable, just like all of these oversized animals.
AIXINI Realistic Stuffed T-Rex Dinosaur Plush Toy
This T-Rex isn’t nearly as large as the other one by Melissa & Doug listed above, but I like it much more because of its authenticity. I, personally, feel that this is probably much more representative of what a real dinosaur might’ve looked like.
It’s made of soft, environmentally friendly cotton stuffing and velvety plush fabric on the outside. It’s a little less than three feet tall, but its big puffy feet and natural markings make up for its lack of height. It’s also very well-made and is built to provide years of fun, damage-free play.
Plush Movie & TV Characters
It’s no secret that many of our children’s favorite animals are the ones they see on TV. If a child sees a mouse running across the floor in the kitchen, he might scream, but he can watch Mickey Mouse dancing and singing all day long. You can rarely go wrong with buying your child a giant version of his favorite cartoon character.
Disney Mickey Mouse 40″ Giant Plush Mickey Mouse
If Mickey Mouse were real, I think he’d be about the same size as this plush version – three and a half feet tall. If your kid is a Mickey Mouse fan, this guy’s a winner. I actually know adults who’d love to have this soft, snuggly Mickey in their own collections. The embroidered detail on him is great, and he makes the perfect playmate for any imaginary scenarios your child can dream up involving Disney’s most well-known face.
Gund Sesame Street Jumbo Cookie Monster Stuffed Animal, 37 inches
I was really hoping for a life-size Cookie Monster, but since I’ve always imagined him at about ten feet tall, I guess that wouldn’t be very practical. If your child wants a giant Cookie Monster, it seems like this three-foot version will have to do.
He’s made of a soft, polyester blend and is designed to look exactly like everyone’s favorite monster with a sweet-tooth. He’s surface washable and appropriate for children 18 months old and older. Personally, I love his little googly eyes, but I wish they had used some kind of different texture for his fur. This one doesn’t feel bad, per se, but it does feel a little odd.
Gund Sesame Street Jumbo Elmo Stuffed Animal, 41 inches
I have a few issues with Elmo. First of all, I hate that he’s bigger than Cookie Monster! That just doesn’t make sense! Also, I’m not a fan of his fabric either. It feels too much like carpet, which I don’t love. Other than those two things, though, this is a great plush for kids who love Elmo.
He’s life-size at 41 inches tall, and his big eyes and stunned, open-mouthed expression is pretty perfect for Elmo. I like that he’s surface washable, and I like that the stuffing they use in him makes him super snuggable. All-in-all, he’s not so bad.
Pillow Pets Eeyore Jumboz Disney, 30″ Jumbo Folding Plush Pillow
Technically, this guy is more of a pillow than a plush, but at 30 inches wide, he definitely qualifies as giant, and since Eeyore has always been my favorite Winnie the Pooh character, he was bound to earn a spot on the list. The high-quality chenille used for the fur is as soft as silk, and his Eeyore face is perfect – big nose, floppy ears, black patch of hair and all.
This makes a great plush, a great pillow and a great mat for smaller kids. He’s kind of an all-purpose Eeyore, and I absolutely adore him. Best of all, he’s even machine-washable, as long as you throw him in a pillowcase first.
The Many Benefits of Giant Stuffed Animals For Kids
Stuffed animals have been a regular staple in homes since the late 1800s when the U.S. began mass-producing them. Children love them and can become very attached to them, and stuffed animals, in turn, are very important to healthy childhood development.
Just as we have our go-to people to complain to, confide in, and celebrate with, kids do the same with their stuffed animals. They play the role of best friend and confidante to young children. There have been more childhood secrets whispered to stuffed animals than you could number.
In addition to developing language skills, children also learn to love, trust and empathize through their relationships with their stuffed toys. Developing these traits early is a crucial step in developing strong relationships with people. Some other important skills that children develop from playing with stuffed animals are:
- Expressing their emotions
- Having self-confidence and being comfortable with others
- Being compassionate and kind
- Communicating effectively
- Using their imaginations and being creative