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Best Toys for 7 Year Old Boys - Birthday and Christmas Gift Ideas
What to buy a 7 year old boy?
Buying for 7 year old boys can seem difficult but there are lots of excellent choices of toy for this age group. I will start by offering some general suggestions and then offer ideas and reviews of more specific toys.
7 year old boys love superheros and action figures and will be influenced by films they have seen, what is on the TV and what video games they play. They will love action figures and toys to do with Star Wars, Batman and if they're like my son - they'll love minecraft.
They tend to be drawn to toys and kits that are science based and fascinated by bugs and space.
Lego and other construction toys are still a firm favorite with 7 year old boys and definitely withy my son. There are so many different themed lego toys available it's difficult to go wrong. From Star Wars to minecraft to superheros, there is something for everyone.
7 year old boys still love toy cars. So a remote control car or a racing track can make great toys. Sports sets and equipment also make great toys for the outdoor loving 7 year olds.
For suggestions of the best toys for 7 year old boys, keep on reading.
Lego Sets for 7 Year Old Boys
7 year old boys have sufficient concentration and motor skills to build some intricate lego models. It helps their literacy and comprehension skills to be able to read and follow the lego diagrams and put a lego model together. Lego toys will hold a 7 year old boy's attention and when they have completed their project they will be able to play with the lego toys.
You can buy a bulk lego set with different types of pieces for building all kinds of things from the imagination. These are great starter lego sets. There are also lots of big lego sets to build police stations, fire stations, towns and more. There are also smaller lego sets to build boats, helicopters and cars.
There are some great themed lego sets. Some popular ones for this age group include lego Ninjago, Star Wars and the superhero sets. Check some lego sets out below.
My 7 year old son has asked for the minecraft lego set for this Christmas. He loves playing minecraft on his ipad so this is why he wants it. The sets are aimed at age 10 years plus (I think this is because there are a lot of small pieces) but we're going to give them a go because my son wants the set so much.
A great superhero batman set.
More Construction Toys
There are lots of construction toys for 7 year old boys as well as lego. Ideas include K'nex and zoobs.
Knex is another great construction toy for this age group.
Knex system consists of interlocking plastic rods and connectors, which can be pieced together to form a wide variety of models and machines.
They have some really cool sets available this year like the robo strike building set opposite. This set has motorized features so the finished structure stings and walks like a scorpion.
We have the tub of zoobs featured opposite and its a really cool construction toy. The great thing about it is that you can move your constructions after you've built them. The box comes with a leaflet with lots of inspiration of what to build. Ideas include dinosaurs, robots, aliens, people, windmills and monsters. But really , the imagination is your limit. And you can have great fun playing with your construcations after you've built them.
Another idea is the Zoob car designer. There are 76 pieces which is enough to build up to 3 cars at once. The pieces are in special colors designed for building vehicles and include 12 wheels with rubber tires that are notched to work like gears, and three guides with instructions for 12 models
Science Toys for 7 Year Old Boys
Many 7 year old boys have a preoccupation with lots of science themed topics naturally. Think bugs, dirt, explosions, electricity.
There are lots of toys which help facilitate any natural desire to discover science themed topics. Check out some options below:
7 year olds love bugs and will be fascinated with an ant farm. The ant farm opposite is a great choice. You can see the ants in the dark thanks to the illuminated blue gel. You don't have to feed or give water to the ants as all the nutrients they need is provided in the gel. So no maintenance required. Follow Ants as they live, work and tunnel. The ants create complex 3-D tunnels before your eyes.
This is another award winning toy which is great educationally. Elenco's Snap Circuits makes learning electronics easy and fun! Just follow the colorful pictures in your manual and build exciting projects such as AM radios, burglar alarms, doorbells and much more! You can even play electronic games with your friends. All parts are mounted on plastic modules and snap together with ease. Enjoy hours of educational fun while learning about electronics.
Games for 7 Year Old Boys
There are lots of great games that 7 year olds love to play from outdoor games to traditional board games. Check out some ideas below.
Board Games for 7 Year Old Boys
Lego games are great because you have fun building up the game before you start and then play with it afterwards. There are a wide range of lego games available.
There are also lots of traditional board games that 7 year old boys will love. Here are some ideas:
Connect 4, Guess Who, Uno, Jenga, Trouble, Sorry and Operation.
There are lots of fun energetic boys toys available which are perfect for 7 year olds. Ideas include:
- Nerf guns
- Water guns
- Action figures (transformers, batman, Star Wars, etc)
- Spy gear - night goggles and spy watches are good choices.
- Remote control cars
Check out some spy gear below.
7 year old boys are full of energy so look for outdoor toys to burn it all off. Here are some ideas:
- Stomp Rocket - (stomp on the pad to see how high you can shoot the rocket in the air. All ages will love this one. See an example featured opposite.
- Basketball and hoop
Another great toy for outdoors are throw and catch toys. My son loves to play catch but there are gifts you can get that make this even more fun. For example, frisbees make a fun gift to play in an open space.
Another cool choice is the Hunterz Z-Curve bow opposite.
We have this toy and I can't tell you how much fun it is. You can can use it to shoot arrows up to 125 feet so it's a great outdoor toy. We took it to the park with a group of friends and everybody was queuing up to have a go (especially the Dads!). It's designed with safety in mind and and you can only use the foam and suction cup arrows that accompany the bow.
My son uses his scooter everyday. it probably is the most used toy he has. He uses it to go on to school everyday, to the park and uses it outside the house.
The Razor A Kick scooter is a good choice for crusing. The good thing about it is you can fold it for for easy storage or transportation.
Book Gifts for 7 Year Old Boys
There are some great book gifts for this age group.
If your 7 year old likes reading fiction, consider getting him a Captain Undepants book. My son was really reluctant to read so I started reading him the Captain Underpants books. Now, he can't get enough of them and just picks them up and reads them over and over. For these and more ideas check out this article on the best books for 7 year olds.
Also check out the fact books below.
The Times book of why is a book full of fascinating facts and extremely educational too.
It answers the questions such as why do we have eyebrows? What's a black hole and what happens if you fall into one? What's the fastest a human is capable of running? Why do wet fingers stick to metal in the freezer? Where is the deepest point on Earth? It's divided by subject area - humans, animals, environment/nature, technology, and space - and written in an upbeat manner, each answer is accompanied by either a photo or an illustration to show the reasons why.
The weird but true book features 300 outrageous facts. This is a great book to give to reluctant readers as they will want to read it and amaze you with the facts they've learned. It's full of big, visual images too.
Remote Control Toys
There are lots of remote control cars that boys aged 7 years will love. Ideas inlcude cars and robots. Check out the Maisto remote control rock crawler below
This remote control rock crawler is able to power over tough obstabcles and has tires designed for off road use. You can take it outside or create your own obstacle course indoors to see what it's capable of. Lots of fun
Arts and Crafts
My 7 year old boy loves doing arts and crafts. He would be happy with a big pack of pens and some paper as he loves drawing but there are lots of other cool crafts he would like too.
One thing he really enjoyed doing was the Star Wars Folded aeroplanes book below.
This book has 30 folded flyers to make. We've made quite a few of these and my 7 year old has really enjoyed doing them. He did need a little help now and again but I like that its challenging as it stretches them a little.
After making them, we spent ages flying them to see how far they can go.
If you have a 7 year old who loves minecraft like my son, the will probably love the papercraft set below.
The paper is high quality and you fold it to create the set which you can either display or have fun playing with afterwards.
I think this might be another one on my 7 year olds Christmas list this year (2014).
Hot Toys for Christmas 2014
So, we've just asked my 7 year old son what he'd like for Christmas this year. He came out with a huge list of what he wanted! I had to explain he's not going to get everything on the list. It's probably the first year he's had for so much!! But top of his list is minecraft lego. He loves minecraft and lego, so this is unexpected and I've already mentioned a minecraft lego set.
Other things he has asked for included the nerf zombie strike crossbow bow. I know he will love this as he has already played with lots of nerf guns.
He has also asked for the Kidizoom smartwatch featured. He is very excited about this.
Apparently this can fire up to 75 feet which makes it a great toy to use outdoors.
It comes with 4 zombie strike darts. It's been picked by my son with no promting from me, so I think it will be a hit with most boys this age.
My 7 year old is very excited to get this watch.
The watch has 50 plus different clock face designs for telling the time.
It also takes photos, videos, records voices and you can play games.
I can see my son playing spy games with this watch as well as using it for practical uses and shooting video and pictures.
This looks like a really cool car design kit and is great for boys who are always on their tablet but you want to encourage them to be a bit more creative.
You color one of the included car template with your design (all done on paper) You can use the crayola color pencils and the included stencils.
Then you need to download an app to your tablet, smartphone or ipod touch. Then you take a photo of your design and use the app to customize your car even further. You can also drive, do stunts and complete challenges on a virtual track.
I like the way that you still get to do designing of the cars with traditional methods but can use technology to bring your creation to life.
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