Do you have a child who can’t get enough of mythological and magical creatures? If your child is smitten with fairytales, knights, and princesses, you’ve likely been adding unicorn toys to your list of purchases.
I’ve put together a short buying guide, plus a list of some of the best unicorn toys for kids. I’m sure you’ll see something here that strikes your fancy — and will encourage your child’s imagination to run wild.
The Magic of Unicorns
Unicorns are a timeless part of childhood. They evoke a feeling of magic and wonder. It makes sense that they’d be in high demand for children — especially those who are creative or have a strong sense of whimsy.
Looking to bring home unicorn toys for your child? You’ll want to keep the following things in mind when choosing the perfect purchase:
- Age appropriate: Unicorn toys are frequently made of plastic — is it soft plastic or hard? Is the horn quite sharp or a hazard to younger children? Keep an eye on small accessories as well.
- Made with appropriate materials: Make sure plastics and paints are approved for use in toys for children. Bringing home stuffed animals or other toddler-friendly toys? Keep an eye out for choking hazards.
- Think outside the box: Don’t discount non-traditional unicorn toys. Chances are there’s something out there for your child — even if you don’t see them spending hours playing with model unicorns on the floor.
Why Choose Unicorn Toys?
If you still aren’t sure unicorns are the way to go for your child, keep the following in mind:
- Unicorns appeal to boys as well as girls: That’s right — this is a toy your sibling sets can both get behind, encouraging tons of play. It’s possible one child will be more likely to use that unicorn to fight a fire-breathing dragon, of course. Unicorns speak to both adventure and fairy-filled forests.
- Model toys allow open-ended play: Open-ended play happens when a child is allowed to create their own rules and world build. It’s a great way to inspire imagination and allow them to grow developmentally (1).
- Unicorns encourage make-believe: We live in a world that’s inundated with negative news. Children are pushed toward adulthood faster than they should be. Give them something fanciful they can enjoy and help them make the most of their childhood years (2).
The Best Kids Unicorn Toys of 2020
Here are some of my favorite unicorn toys on the market. Whether you’re on the hunt for the perfect stuffie, a fun craft, or great unicorn figurines, there’s something here for everyone.
1. Unicorn Play Tent
Looking for more than just another toy? This unicorn play tent is a great option.
The tent has printed images of unicorns on it and a pitched top. A door flap can be rolled down or up. Your child can enjoy the unicorns from both the inside and the outside.
This pop-up tent is also easy to store and quick to assemble — plus it’s U.S. safety tested and made from flame-retardant material. It’s suitable for kids ages 3 years old and up.
2. Unicorn Pet Doctor
Feed your child’s desire to care for animals with this fun unicorn pet doctor set. A Barbie toy, this set features a plush unicorn — and all the medical gear your little one needs to take care of it.
A small backpack comes with this set to keep things neatly stowed and organized. In addition to the stethoscope and delicious ice cream snack your child’s patient can enjoy, you’ll receive a bottle and a syringe. The unicorn’s horn lights up for extra appeal, and it’s for ages 3 years old and up.
3. VTech Unicorn
Need something more than a standard unicorn toy? You might want to consider this fun option from VTech. Twinkle the magical unicorn can walk forward, flap her wings, and move her head.
Included with Twinkle is the fairy Prisma character, but you can also purchase additional playsets and accessories. Great for children ages 18 months through 5 years.
4. Bright Starts Rock and Glow Unicorn
This is a great learning toy for a young child. It helps introduce colors, numbers, and sounds. The mane lights up and twinkles during use to help create appeal.
This toy also helps encourage gross motor capability. In “chase” mode, it moves away from your baby, encouraging children to learn how to crawl. Suitable from age 6 months.
5. Unicorn Coloring Book
Are you trying to sneak in more opportunities for your child to work on fine motor skills? If so, this sweet unicorn coloring book is worth looking at.
The book contains 48 different coloring pages with 24 separate designs to decorate. Your child can give one away and keep the other! Fun pictures with castles and unicorns will appeal to your little one and are suited to children 4–8 years old.
6. Unstable Unicorns Card Game
Have a child who’s feeling a little old for unicorns but still secretly loves them? The fun doesn’t have to stop just because your kids are getting older.
This great card game gives your teen the opportunity to build an army of unicorns — and attack the other players. This game is a great way to get some whimsy in your child’s life while having fun and working on strategizing. Great for kids ages 14 and up, as well as adults (it’s on my wishlist).
7. Breyer Traditional Xavier Unicorn
Looking for some real eye candy in a model unicorn? This sculpture by the beloved equestrian-focused Breyer company is truly beautiful.
Xavier is great for displaying on a shelf, but the superior quality will withstand play as well. The original cast was created by artisans and each piece is hand painted and unique. Recommended for children ages 8 and up.
8. Schleich Fairy and Unicorn Set
If you’re looking for a hardy model horse that’s suitable for a younger child — but still has appeal for an older one — look no further than this Schleich set.
This fun fairy and unicorn set comes with a riding fairy figure that has moveable arms. A magnet helps keep the figure in place to prevent frustration, with glitter and fun colors top it all off. Additional unicorn and fairy tale sets are available. Great for children ages 5–12.
9. Aurora the Stuffed Unicorn
This super soft, extra-squeezable stuffed unicorn measures 12 inches long. The vibrant multi-colored mane and tail, together with its large eyes, add to its cuteness factor.
Both the horn and hooves are made of textured, sparkly material. The eyes are safety eyes and the poly-bean filling is double-bagged for additional safety. This toy is suitable for toddlers and up.
10. PLAYMOBIL Fairies and Unicorns
This fun PLAYMOBIL set features one adult unicorn and two unicorn foals. It also comes with one adult fairy and two child fairies.
This set, for children aged 4–15 years old, is full of accessories to help create endless fun. Potion bottles, a duck pond, golden chest, and grooming tools are all included. You can also combine with additional PLAYMOBIL sets to create a world full of fun.
11. Unicorn Jigsaw Puzzle
If you’re looking to engage the logical portion of your child’s brain, you might want to try a unicorn-themed puzzle. It’s a great activity for a rainy day or those times where you’re looking for a little calm.
This is a 200-piece jigsaw puzzle featuring a unicorn and friendly wildlife. The colors are beautifully vibrant, and the finished piece measures 15.5 inches by 18 inches.
It’s printed in the United States with an eco-friendly process that include recycled cardboard and soy-based inks. Suitable for ages 6 and up.
12. Smart Gear Pony Cycle
If you’re looking for a toy that will really embody the magical experience of unicorns, consider this fun ride-on toy. Your child will actually get the opportunity to ride their unicorn — and set their imagination loose.
This unicorn toy is suitable for children ages 4–9 years old. No batteries are needed as the child manually moves the unicorn with its pedal system. The wheels can’t go backward but the unicorn steers left and right.
13. Crayola Unicorn Plushie
Have an artist who can’t get enough of unicorns? This unicorn stuffed animal from Crayola can be a great choice for your child.
This white unicorn comes with special markers. Your child can doodle to their heart’s content. When they’re ready to start over, simply wash your stuffie and you’ll have a blank slate for your little artist. For children 3 years old and up.
Sparkle Like a Unicorn
Unicorns can be a great addition to your stash of toys. I love the options here, but if I could choose only one, it would be the Unicorn Play Tent. I love how it can spark the imagination for fun play but also be a quiet, reflective space.
Do you have any magical memories of unicorns? We’d love to hear about your favorite toys growing up or the ones your kids never get tired of playing with. Leave us a note below!