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It can be difficult for 8-year-olds to find the right gift. They aren’t quite tween, they aren’t quite little kids and they have a strong sense of what they like and what they don’t like. It’s easy to give them a toy that they’ll be excited about for a hot minute, but finding toys they’ll loveIt’s still a challenge long after the wrapping paper is recycled.
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We consulted toy experts for insights The Toy Guy’sChris Byrne ToyPortfolio co-founder Stephanie Oppenheim and Toy InsiderMaddie Michalik was the senior editor. They all agreed that 8 year olds enjoy gifts that give them autonomy and allow them to explore their individual interests.
We did extensive research and tested many products to find the best. toys For 8-year-olds kids.
1. A super-growing lab to help budding geologists
This crystal-growing set produces eight vibrant, fast-growing crystals which can be used in an exciting STEM activity. After the crystal-growing is complete, they can be displayed on a light-up display base that can double as a big kid’s night light and proudly display their work. The kit includes five real, large-sized crystal samples.
2. For the TikToker: Let’s Glow Studio
This kit makes TikTok videos shine with black-light. This kit is loads of fun and gives kidsThey will find everything they need for expressing their inner costume- and prop-designer. It comes with cool stencils and special black-light stickers, fabric strips and accessories to give kidsThey have everything they need for setting the scene. After the crafting is complete, simply dim the lights, clip the accompanying 16-color LED glow light to your phone and they’re ready to go!
3. For serious gamers: A Nintendo Switch
With a huge library of top games, including Minecraft, Super Mario, Animal Crossing, Stardew Valley, Pokémon and more, Nintendo has some of the most kid-friendly video games around, many of which are actually Expert-recommended (so you don’t need to feel too guilty when your kids are stuck on screen time). The Nintendo Switch is the best way to play those games! This console is a must-have for gamers. It can be used both as a portable gaming device as well as a home console. This 8-year old’s top choice due to its incredible battery life and wide selection of games.
4. A constellation globe is for the curious cartographer
This isn’t any ordinary globe. If you have a kid who is curious about the world, they’ll love this. This award-winning globe not only features all that you’d expect (continents, oceans, major rivers and political borders), it also comes with a cool card game filled with fun facts that you can use to learn even more about the world and cultures around us. It then transforms into an amazing nightlight and constellation map.
5. For a kid who’s a DIY-er: A cool jewelry dish that’s TikTok-approved
Polymer clay is growing in popularity as a creative and fun crafting medium. TikTokYou can go further. A non-toxic, fast-drying clay, it’s a great crafting medium for kidsThey are ready to up their claywork after they have had enough of Play-Doh. This DIY polymer clay dish can be used as a starting point for clay-crafting. It teaches cool skills like shaping, marbling and finishing. They have a handy nicknack tray they can keep or give to others.
6. A 2-wheeled scooter is the best choice if you have kids who are always on the move.
If they’re ready to level up in their scooter game, the Jetson Jupiter is the The best 2-wheeled scooterWe tried everything. It’s a classic, metal-framed 2-wheeled scooter but, with over 100 LED lights on both the body and the wheels, it’s just the scooter to impress the neighborhood. It’s also lightweight and easy to fold, making it an immensely portable option for all of their wheeled adventures.
7. Puro headphones for the one who loves you to be heard
Age 8 is right about when they want to start tuning you out, so it’s a good time to find some high-quality, volume-limiting headphones. The Puro Sound Labs BT2200 Kids’ Headphones have taken Top marksDuring our testing. They are loved by the whole of our family for their high quality, stylish design, durability and great price. I’ve been known to steal our son’s pair, so we can personally vouch that this top-notch pair will take them well into their tween years and beyond.
8. A Wonderbly personalized, handwritten book for the child who truly is extraordinary
This self-belief journal from Wonderbly is filled with self-esteem-building, confidence-boosting and worry-shrinking activities. This journal contains pages of growth mindset activities. You can personalize it to reflect all you love about your child. Wonderbly books promote self-confidence and resilience. This one is our favorite for its reflective and introspective nature.
9. A bracelet-making set for the child who loves his/her parents friends
They were cool back then. kids and friendship bracelets are in style. This award-winning toy gives the classic, school-yard trading bracelet a new twist—literally. It’s a compact storage case and innovative, battery-free crafting machine all in one that takes typical embroidery floss and allows crafters to loop it, twist it and braid it into new and exciting designs and patterns in minutes. Children can make headbands and bracelets as well as charms.
10. Amazon Fire HD 8 for the child who loves screen time:
We’ve tested a lot of kids’ tabletsThe Amazon Fire HD 8 has been voted the best tablet by Reviewed for two consecutive years. It has the best parental controls in its class, setup is almost immediate and it comes loaded with enough pre-installed apps and videos that it’ll be quite some time before they’re begging for you to buy them more. What’s more, each Fire tablet comes with one year of Amazon Kids+Access to more than 13,000 apps, videos and games, as well books from PBS Kids, Disney and many other sources, is available at.
Snap Circuits is the circuit master.
Snap Circuits are great fun for electrifying entertainment. These electronic kits are all about creative problem solving. This kit contains: kids use circuit structures to create movement, lights and sound, with a focus on individual innovation. There are many. Snap Circuit setsThere are many options, but this award-winning set includes a light-up robot and can even teach Morse Code.
11. GraviTrax is designed for children who want to improve their marble running.
Marble runs have never been cooler! GraviTrax, a rail-based next generation marble run is now available. The build can be transformed into a space-age-looking STEM lesson using thin rails and a multiheight stacking method. The tower pieces in this big-kid building kit come in varying heights to be stacked in any order or configuration, to give loads of options and flexibility in each build. Once they are complete, GraviTrax expansion sets give you even more options to increase the complexity of the tracks.
12. A master detective toolkit to help budding detectives
This award-winning detective toolkit will help you collect evidence, solve crimes, and decode messages to answer your burning questions about whodunnit. This science kit includes 26 experiments as well as all the necessary forensic data. This 48-page guide will be a great resource. kids’ observational skills, all while having edge-of-their-seat fun.
13. Burrito throwing is for the competitive kid
Flying Mexican food is dangerous! From the makers Exploding Kittens, if you’ve ever wondered what a card game would be like if it was combined with dodgeball, we have your answer with Throw Throw Burrito. This game is no different. All Exploding Kittens games have a lot of humor. It’s a great way to have a fun and competitive game night with your family or friends. friends. If you have a competitive kid, it’s going to be tough to stay too serious when the goal of the game is to not get hit by a flying, squishy and smiling burrito.
14. For the Mario Maker, Lego Super Mario
Legos are always popular. Super Mario is a very popular character. These Lego sets with Super Mario are a great combination. kids love, and they are like the video game come to life. This is how it works. innovative Lego lineThe iconic toysTogether we can create the most interactive Lego sets. Working with the Lego Super Mario app, which comes with games, challenges, building tips and ideas, these sets really level-up game playing—both on the screen and off. Important to note: All expansion sets must have either the Super MarioOr LuigiStarter sets from Lego for work
15. A VR Set is the perfect companion for the armchair astronaut.
The interactive learning with this Virtual Reality set is truly awe-inspiring. This Toy of the Year winner takes kids to outer space with Professor Maxwell. Kids will explore and learn about the science behind our solar system, galaxy and universe as well as our place in space, when each page comes alive with the included augmented reality goggles.
16. A set of adjustable JoJo Siwa rollerskates to suit the needs of someone who loves to roll.
These skates can be adjusted to accommodate unexpected growth spurts. Pushing the button can move the toes forward. They are suitable for skaters from their teens. They feature soft urethane tires and a dual brake system for quick stopping. This makes them ideal for indoor and outdoor skating.
17. A crystal soap-making set for the creative craftsman
Kids can craft and customize their own soap with this cool kit that’s sure to make a splash. We love KiwiCoAll their STEAM-inspired products. They are great at combining art and scientific concepts at an accessible level for children. This kit comes with everything they need to craft and customize colorful, crystal-inspired ombré geodes that are actually beautiful, usable soaps.
18. For the kid who needs some self-love: An empowerment flower
This self-love flower is all about expressing your child’s unique personality with customizable affirmations. Michalik highly recommends this gift as an introspective craft that can be hung and enjoyed, to remind your kiddo of all the wonderful things that make them unique.
19. Snap Ships are designed for those who love building.
For the space-loving kid: Snap Ships are building kits that really understand how kidsplay. These kits not only create impressively cool space crafts but, once built, the toysSecurely lock in place to withstand any intergalactic conflict your child may imagine.
20 For the one who wants to drone: An affordable drone that’s kid-friendly
If you’re like us, your child has been begging for a drone. This drone is a great value and has been well-received for its durability, ease of use, and learning ability. It has two power stations and can light up with LED lights. This makes for a great experience that lasts past sunset.
21. Tamagotchi Pix is for the child looking for throwback toys.
Tamagochi are back! They are more social and interactive than ever before! Tamagotchi Pix is the next generation of your virtual pet—it still needs to be cared for and fed, just like the trendsetting toy from the 90s. This time around, however, you can find Tamagotchi friends and have characters go on playdates, to help keep your character happy and engaged.
22. A hydraulic hand is for the child who wishes to become a Cyborg.
The Toy Association awarded this cool, hydraulic-powered toysy the STEAM Toy Of The Years. It not only lets your child feel like they’re a cyborg, this kit is loads of fun and will help kidsLearn about hydraulics, robotics, and more. They will be able to put the hand together piece by piece. Experiments and the acquisition of different objects in various sizes and shapes will keep them entertained.
23. A paper kit for the future botanist: This paper kit contains everything you need to know about butterflies.
If you’re looking for a STEAM-inspired toy this holiday season, this is definitely one that combines art with elements of science. Kids create a beautiful, nature-inspired butterfly display with this fun color-wicking art project that teaches about both physics and nature, while they’re having fun.
24. Pixicade was created for the child who dreams about designing games.
Would you like to make your videogame with your kids? Do you wish they could do more? Everyone’s dream will come true with one of the coolest toys we’ve seen this year: Pixicade. Pixicade turns your drawings into a videogame that you can play. This is a remake popular 8-bit games from the 1980s. Children can make their art interactive by making it play-based, so they can share with their friends.
25. A comic for the budding readers (or the child that you wish would read more).
This zany and gripping new three-book series follows the Zoo Patrol Squad as they crack criminal cases. Colorful, smart and completely hilarious, these graphic novels were written expressly for young readers. These gorgeously illustrated books were both written and illustrated by Disney, Dreamworks and Marvel alum Brett Bean, and are filled with wacky animals, wild adventures and madcap mysteries. No matter how reluctant a reader you may have, this can’t-put-it down series is sure to grab their attention and their imagination.
If your child has already passed the test, Dogmanseries (or you’re tired of fart jokes). This book series is hilarious, entertaining, and smart for kids. You will love it!
26. For the child who loves to learn code: Coding charms
Coding is so interesting for kidsLearn and Teach kidsProblem solving and critical thinking are important skills but not all children want Scratch code. This book is screen-free. kids through all the steps of coding, including algorithms, encryption, puzzling, sequencing, variables, puzzle and binary. This illustrated guide will show you each step. Kids can create fuse beads charms by using the functions and planning that programming provides. They can then wear them, show them, or give them away to friends.
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