The best toys and gifts for 8-year-olds are those that inspire them to express their creativity, use their imaginations, and serve as an enticing alternative to screen time! Here, we have compiled 10 of our favorite toys and gifts for 8-year-olds.
Deluxe Magic Set
Why it’s great: With 10 easy-to-master, yet spellbinding tricks, kids can put on an entertaining performance for family and friends! They’ll gain confidence as they practice and perfect each trick!
Sweet detail: Tricks store neatly in a solid wood box!
Skills at play: Hand-eye coordination, confidence
Tic Stac Toe
Why it’s great: This 3-D version of Tic Tac Toe takes the classic game to new heights! Try to get four Xs or Os in a row horizontally, vertically, or diagonally, and use blocker pieces to foil your opponent!
Sweet detail: Winner of the Teacher’s Choice Award and Creative Child magazine’s Game of the Year award.
Skills at play: Problem solving, cognitive thinking
Wooden Pirate Chest
Why it’s great: This hand-stained chest with a bejeweled skull lock, an eye patch, bandanna, and golden coins is the perfect place for kids to store their treasures!
Sweet detail: Includes a velvety loot bag and secret compartment!
Skills at play: Social-emotional development
Why it’s great: Kids will be instantly hooked on this game of tricky hangs and steady hands! Each time a bar is added, the balance shifts, the difficulty changes, and the incredible midair sculpture transforms!
Sweet detail: It’s as much fun to play alone as with a group!
Skills at play: Problem solving, confidence, social-emotional development
Multi-Craft Weaving Loom
Why it’s great: This adjustable wooden loom with an oversize needle and 91 yards of rainbow yarn will inspire hours of crafting as kids choose to make one of the included designs or come up with their own.
Sweet detail: An illustrated book shows how to make four crafts or three colorful animal tapestries!
Skills at play: Hand-eye coordination, creativity
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Deluxe Puppet Theater
Why it’s great: This wooden puppet theater is the perfect place for kids to experiment with imaginative storytelling. Puppet play is a great way to develop confidence and storytelling skills!
Sweet detail: There’s a clock with movable hands and a chalkboard panel for playbill information!
Skills at play: Storytelling, confidence
Why it’s great: This classic dollhouse with Victorian details will be a home for kids’ imaginations as they imagine life taking place in the uniquely designed rooms. Add dollhouse furniture and a doll family for even more fun.
Sweet detail: Hand-painted shingles, scroll-cut accents, and ornate window frames!
Skills at play: Social-emotional development, empathy
School Time Classroom Play Set
Why it’s great: This set has everything kids need to set up a fun classroom for pretend play, including a drop-down desk, 150 reusable stickers, 12 pattern blocks, bell, timer, lesson plan guide, storybook, and more!
Sweet detail: Two reusable double-sided boards and two dry-erase markers allow for endless play!
Skills at play: Social-emotional development, communication, confidence
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Flip-to-Win Hangman Travel Game
Why it’s great: This is a perfect on-the-go version of the classic word game!
Sweet detail: Includes a self-storing dry-erase marker and eraser
Skills at play: Language & letters, confidence
Secret Decoder Activity Book
Why it’s great: This take-along activity book will keep kids entertained on the go as they try to solve a case using the Seek & Find lens to spy hidden clues. Includes 18 pages of activities!
Sweet detail: There’s also a Spy Pen kids can use to magically reveal more hints!
Skills at play: Problem solving, cognitive development
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