So you now have an eight year old, or know one. According to Stanford Children’s Health, kids that age jump, skip, and chase each other. They dress themselves and can groom themselves (sort of, but parents know better than to leave them totally unsupervised). They’re able to use tools, can count backwards, read to themselves and enjoy it, grasp the concept of space, draw and paint, and love collecting things. They tell detailed stories, and engage in team sports.
Kids this age are learning how to relate to peers, adjust to social rules, and evolve from free play to more intricately structured interactions with their friends. And the games they engage in are elaborate fantasy role-playing games, in which they’ll work towards a shared goal. They want to be increasingly independent, even if they often can’t handle it.
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And any parent knows that at this age, kids are more adept than lawyers at negotiating what they want, which is challenging at best. But on the flip side, being older means they are able to play for longer lengths of time, due to their heightened concentration skills. These are the toys they’ll love.
The name says it all. This STEM toy helps teach kids problem solving, introduces them to early physics, and hones their spelling and counting skills thanks to its use of tangrams.
This Osmo kit turns your iPad into a learning tool. Only kids don’t realize they’re learning. They do so by playing tangram, which lets them think in shapes. They use 500 different puzzles of different shapes and forms to create animals, people, objects, or whatever else they want. Do note, the actual iPad is not included in this kit.
Yes, sure, you can order soap from Amazon. Or you can turn it into a whole chemistry lesson by making your own.
You get a complete kit for melting and molding 10 entire soaps from scratch. Kids can add fragrance, glitter, and then actually use it to wash their hands. Which is an endless challenge for kids this age anyway.
Kids can work on their concentration and hand-eye coordination with this light-up tracing kit. Kids create their designs and then light them up using LED lights.
The kit includes 10 sheets of traceable designs, 10 blank sheets, one graphite pencil, 12 full-size colored pencils, and of course, the LED-lit light-up pad.
You can never, and we mean never, go wrong with a Nerf gun. This blaster is inspired by the blaster used in Fortnite. It has a detachable barrel so you can customize it.
This Fortnite SP-L blaster has an internal clip with a three-dart capacity, so you can shoot them in a row without reloading.
You'll never strike out with this tabletop bowling game, which brings the alley to your house (minus the nasty shoes).
Personalized bowling shirts are optional with this tabletop game, which is compact and includes one bowling alley board, one launch ramp, two mini bowling balls, ten pins and a dry-erase scoreboard. The premium wood surface is a bonus.
Abracadabra! This awesome magic kit features 10 magic tricks, including Disappearing Ball, Magic Coin Box, Secret Silks, Great Escape, Magic Number Prediction, Money Maker, Egyptian Prediction, Vanishing Zone, Cylinder Squeeze, and Vanishing Coin.
Bring Houdini home with this magic kit, which includes simple, easy-to-follow instructions for aspiring magicians and everything they need to put on a proper show.
Kids learn how their own body operates, and all about stuff that grows on the human body. Oh, and they can grow their own snot and slime with this science kit.
Kids this age love anything gross. Which is why they’ll be engrossed in this science kit, which explores such pressing topics as farts, bacteria, and molds.
Artie is a cute robot that teaches your kid to code. How? Your kid simply drags and drops blocks of code to tell Artie how and what to draw.
You download the app (of course), connect through your tablet, and then program Artie 3000 to draw whatever you want. Kids drag and drop blocks of code to tell Artie how and what to draw. He’s your personal Banksy.
Well, it's one way to learn to love science. This game lets kids make gummy worms and spiders from natural ingredients.
Who knows, maybe you’re raising a captain of the candy industry. But for now, let him or her make his or her own gummy candy using this handy kit. Sure, you could just buy pre-packaged ones, but that takes all the fun out of it.
Ahhh, how kids love these mythical equine creatures. Now, they can paint their own, for posterity. Or until they lose interest.
You get your stone, paint it whatever you want, and bake the stone in the oven for a long-lasting, weather-resistant finish. You can leave it in indoors, or use it to decorate your patio. Lucky you.
Just about every kid we know likes or loves or adores Roblox. Hence, they will like or love or adore this play set, featuring four iconic characters and loads of accessories.
Roblox has become nearly ubiquitous. If your kid is a fan, he or she will dig this intricate play set, which includes four beloved characters and crap-ton of accessories.
Kids can build a sweet set of wheels with a powerful pull-back motor, sturdy front bumper, large rear spoiler, wide black rims with low profile tires.
Kids can activate the powerful pull-back motor, let go, and watch their car race away. The engine pops out of the body on impact. Kids can reset it and start all over again.
This building set comes with 480 classic K’NEX parts and pieces, including rods and connectors that you attach to each other to build whatever you want.
Sometimes, basic is best. These pieces connect and let kids build whatever the hell they want. Plus, unlike static toys, these creations actually move.
It's Jenga, the next generation. This stacking game connects to your device, making it ever more competitive.
The new version of Beasts of Balance comes fully loaded with new augmented reality battle cards and seven new add-on packs.
No, your furniture is not safe. Yes, slime is hella fun. And this set has everything your kids need to make a mountain of it.
This jumbo non-toxic slime-making includes 18 different colored slimes, three cutting/shaping utensils, two plastic straws, 12 vials of colored glitter, two bags of sugar paper, three bags of beads, and six bags of foam balls, for something we can only dub slime-a-palooza.
Poop jokes never go out of style. And it's one of the many reasons to love this game, which makes you have to plunge the toilet the number of times on the die.
When the turd flies out of the toilet, you want to be the first to catch it. The player with the most fecal matter wins, especially if it’s caught midair. Hand sanitizer not included.
Kids this age love collecting stuff, and tops among that stuff are surprise toys like these eternally popular L.O.L. Dolls.
And what a surprise it is! You get a spy glass, a secret message sticker, surprise codes, a bottle, a mystery disguise, shoes, and, of course, a doll. Score!
This super-cool set lets kids build a foldable Fantastic Beasts replica of Newt’s Case of Magical Creatures, with a ladder, nest, shelter and Occamy egg.
This 694-piece set is perfect for kids this age, because it encourages them to build the Newt’s Case together, and builds on their interest in all things Harry Potter.
Your kid gets nine buildable beasts, each packaged in a mystery, slime-filled egg, and once they open the aforementioned add, it releases a slime surprise and gives you the pieces to build your beast.
Let kids collect their beasts, which are weirdly fun enough on their own, but the slime factor gives it that extra oomph.
Kids this age love to draw really tricked-out pictures. Take it to the next level with this projector, which converts real pictures into sketches for kids to work from.
Coloring books are so, well, tired. Especially for kids this age. Instead, using the projector, they can use their favorite photos and even take pictures from a device, downloaded them to the smART Sketcher, and channel their inner Picassos and Kahlos.
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