The seminal book about being nine might be Judy Blume‘s Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, but nothing just isn’t an option at a birthday party or gift-giving holiday celebration for an almost-10-year-old. In lieu of coming empty-handed, check out our list of the best gifts for 9-year-old boys and girls.
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We did the research, and the best toys for 9-year-olds give them some independence, whether it’s in using their creativity or exploring the world around them. LEGOs are always a solid choice. And they may or may not feature poop, because poop is hilarious. Here are our favorites.
Instead of letting gravity do all the work, this set has motorized boosters that speed cars through the central crash zone and through the four steeply banked curves.
There’s a lot of drama in this Amazon-exclusive set. Will your car make it through unscathed, or will it collide with another in a dramatic crash at one of the four intersections in this battery-powered set? Kids can try to time their cars for close calls or maximum destruction, but either way, this set is a ton of fun.
It's hard to go wrong with Legos, and this particular kit has even more to offer than traditional sets.
Kids can build five different models with this kit, everything from a cat to a guitar. Once everything’s snapped together, they can use the Lego Boost app to write basic computer programs that will make their new robot do whatever they want. Just note that the coding capabilities don’t come cheap, so if all your kid wants to do is build classic Legos this may not be the best value.
This kit comes with everything your kids will need to stage battles with these super popular spinning tops.
There’s something deeply satisfying about pulling the launcher as quickly as possible and watching, mesmerized, as two tops bang into each other for Beyblade supremacy.
A solid Nerf gun with a rotating drum.
This foam blaster is nice and compact, with a satisfying rotating drum that holds six darts and can fire them in rapid succession and hit targets up to 90 feet away.
This puzzle is a classic for a reason.
It’s a legendary toy that costs less than five bucks. And if you’re trying to get your kid to spend less time in front of screens, a seemingly simple but actually quite complex puzzle isn’t a bad way to do it.
Kids never seem to tire of surprise toys, and L.O.L. Surprise! Fuzzy Pets are a winner here.
Kids unpack one L.O.L. Surprise! Fuzzy Pets container that has seven surprises, including a mirror, a secret message, a bottle, a scooper, an accessory, an outfit, and of course, a pet.
Even if your kid doesn't find any hidden treasure, she'll love sweeping the backyard, the park, and wherever else she wanders with this metal detector.
Although it’s aimed for kids, this metal detector is actually pretty powerful. It can detect metal objects up to 12 feet underground, and it has modes for iron, aluminum, rings, and coins. It also weighs just 2.3 pounds and collapses down to less than two feet long.
It's important to keep kids at this age active, and this hovering soccer disk has a novelty that won't soon wear out.
It’s a freaking floating soccer ball that lights up and comes with two goals. What’s not to love?
This football is designed to go further, and its whistling tail adds a satisfying sound to your kid's best heaves.
The tail on the end of this football and the hand grip make it fly further than a classic pigskin. Kids will love testing their arm and competing with their friends to see how high and far they can throw it.
One of the hottest toys over the past few holiday seasons, this prehistoric Fingerling hits a sweet spot between low- and high-tech toys.
We’ve spilled a lot of ink about interactive toys for one reason: kids seem to love them. And this is one of the best, a little T-Rex that holds onto kids’ fingers and reacts to sound, motion, and touch.
Of course you could hit CVS and buy your kid some lip balm, but why would you when you can make your very own at home?
Budding beauty moguls can whip up their own lip balms with this kit, which includes lip balm containers, a balm mold, and four shapes.
The coolest Harry Potter toy ever is this programmable wand that made tons of best toy lists last year (including ours).
Kids get to hold a wand — just like Harry — that reacts to how they flick it around. Using the Kano app, they can learn to code with over 70 creative challenges that enable them to use the wand to make feathers fly, pumpkins grow, and more within the app.
We know, we know. This is a dumb toy. But it's also a fun toy, and isn't that what really matters?
The Poopsie is a surprise toy, which makes opening it up to to see what’s inside part of the fun of owning it. It’s also a slime toy, an enduring genre that goes all the way back to at least Silly Putty. And while this particular one is scatological, it’s also lots of fun to make the slime and then add in a mystery scent.
Behold your very own complete kit for melting and molding up to 10 soaps from scratch.
We really wish Klutz products weren’t so very pink and glittery in their packaging, because they’re a genius way to teach science to boys and girls, without them being the wiser. In this case, they make their own soaps and learn all about the process behind it.
If you don't mind the noise (and there is a lot of it), this laser tag set is a win-win for kids.
A stellar, albeit noisy, group activity for kids, this laser tag set comes with four guns, four vests, and endless amounts of running around.
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