Gift Ideas For 8- to 10-Year-Olds

Finding toys that both kids and parents appreciate can be a real challenge. Choosing gifts that will last and hold the recipient's attention can be even harder. That's why we put together a list of toys that inspire creativity and teach important skills.

November 19, 2017
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These toys don’t just entertain, they encourage children to build relationships and learn together. See if there’s something on the list that might appeal to your favorite little person.

1. You can’t go wrong with a STEM toy that’s as educational as it is fun.

Snap Circuits teach the basics of electricity in a safe and easy way. The set requires no tools and has instructions for over 100 unique projects.

Amateur or professional electricians can use the set to teach the next generation. Those who don’t know the first thing about electricity can learn together with the recipient of this fun gift. Find out why Snap Circuits have won a laundry list of awards and accolades.

2. You don’t have to understand a craze to know that it’ll be a big hit.

This Shopkins Super Mall will provide endless hours of playtime for your favorite Shopkins superfan. The mall comes with four exclusive Shopkins and a wide variety of accessories.

Throw in an additional dozen Shopkins to make the mall really bustle. This affordable pack will keep kids entertained with creative scenarios and fun roleplaying.

3. It’s never too early to have a taste of the good life.

A spa playset will provide a realistic spa experience at a much more reasonable price than the real thing. Users can soak their feet in the cool, cascading waterfall as LED lights create a soothing show.

After a proper soak with the included bath salts, kids can use real nail polish or stickers to decorate their toes. The foot massager requires three C batteries, which are not included.

4. Inspire a sense of adventure with this one-of-a-kind gadget.

Drones are a great way to learn about aviation, and this unique glove-controlled model makes the process easy. Kids will feel like superheroes as they control a drone’s flight with simple movements of their hands.

This sophisticated drone has auto takeoff, auto landing, and auto hover features, making it great for beginners. Use it right out of the box—the safety frame protects the flying device from inadvertent collisions or falls. The drone can be used indoors or out by its operator—no flight experience necessary.

5. One of the best party toys of all time has gotten even better.

The Bop It! is a universally loved and irresistible group game. The newest incarnation of the Bop It! has even more fun moves to keep you on your toes.

“Cradle it,” “Whip it,” and “Sing it” are just a smattering of the new moves that Bop It! demands. Of course, “Selfie it” is another. Kids can play solo or in a group. This toy gets your blood moving and your brain working overtime.

6. Start grooming the next generation of stars for The Voice.

Forget about renting—now you can buy a karaoke machine for a reasonable price. This stylish toy comes with a microphone, an 8GB Singing Machine flash drive, and a code for 10 downloadable HD karaoke videos.

Use Bluetooth or the USB port to download your favorite songs and videos. Record performances and have unforgettable parties with this crowd-pleasing and easy-to-operate gift.

7. Sometimes the simpler the game, the more fun it is to play.

HedBanz is a guessing game with some silly accessories. Contestants put a card on their forehead with a headband so only their competitors can see it.

Next, everyone takes turns asking yes or no questions until they figure out what image is on their card. The set comes with 74 cards, 24 chips, six headbands, and a sand-clock timer. Kids learn the power of asking the right questions and employing deduction in an entertaining way.

8. You can’t go wrong with a beautiful classic.

This art kit from Art 101 has everything future illustrators need to create their own masterpieces. With 142 pieces, these supplies will last as young artists hone their skills and gain confidence.

The gorgeous wood case protects the pencils, crayons, pastels, and watercolors that will provide hours of creative fun. There’s never been so much potential packed into one case.

9. Get the only ship that made the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs.

The Millennium Falcon is one of the most iconic vehicles in cinematic history. Now, you can let the young Star Wars fan in your life build it out of Legos.

The beloved ship comes with six Lego characters: Han Solo, Chewbacca, Rey, Finn, Tasu Leech, and a Kanjiklub gang member. The interior of the ship has a hyperdrive, a holochess board, a secret compartment, and extra boxes and cables.

10. Give a set that can be constructed into infinite shapes and designs.

Aquabeads Beginners Studio comes with 840 jewel and solid beads in 16 colors. Kids can create animals, flowers, or anything else they can imagine and design.

Designs can be sprayed with water, causing bonds to form and adhering the beads in place. This allows young designers to keep their masterpieces and share them with friends and family.

11. Bridge the generation gap with a timeless tile game.

Rummikub is one of the most popular games in the world. Its simplicity and engaging gameplay has kept it relevant for decades.

Players try to group tiles according to the simple rules, and joker tiles keep things interesting and allow for a little creativity and problem solving. This simple game reinforces STEM skills and keeps players of all ages entertained.

12. As gadgets get more and more sophisticated, it can be hard to keep up with what kids want.

A Dash robot is perfect for kids 6 and up who have access to a smartphone. Just download the Wonder or Blockly app and tutorials will guide children on how to program this lovable robot.

This awesome product from Wonder Workshop comes fully assembled, so recipients can get started on the fun right away. Make the robot dance, light up, make sounds, avoid obstacles, and respond to voices while learning important skills about coding.

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