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Best Toys for 8 Year Old Boys

Updated on September 11, 2014

What To Buy an 8 Year Old Boy?

My close friend's son just turned 8 and despite having a son of a similar age I was at a loss of what to buy him as a birthday gift. So, I did a bit of research, asked my friend and spoke to the boy in question and came away with lots of ideas. This article features lots of ideas and suggestions of great toys and gifts aimed at 8 year old boys based on what I've learned.

To buy the best toys for 8 year old boys it helps to learn a little bit about how they're developing and what they like. For example, their stamina to exercise is increasing (they can run further and have more endurance for physical activity), this may be useful to know when buying outdoor toys.

They can converse at an almost adult level so they can play more advanced games, this is good to consider when buying board games. They also may have developed an interest in reading.

They like to work things out and understand the reason behind things and there are many educational kits which take advantage of this (snap circuits featured below is a great educational kit for fulfilling this developmental milestone).

Their social skills are also more developed.. They may make friends more easily and tend to have more friends of the same sex. So games and toys they can play in groups are often popular - nerf guns spring to mind as an excellent toy to play with other boys.

So boys this age are full of energy, can be very social but also like learning about the world around them. Read on for examples of the best toys for 8 year old boys.

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Educational Toys for 8 Year Old Boys

8 year olds are still very enthusiastic to learn new things. Their attention span is longer. They like a challenge and will take time to focus and complete tasks.

It's therefore a great age to get them educational toys and kits to take advantage of their young curiosity.

Obviously they will have developed specific interests and they will have certain personality traits but it's still a great age to get them to try new things.

Check out some ideas of educational games and kits below.

Snap Circuits SC-300 Electronics Discovery Kit
Snap Circuits SC-300 Electronics Discovery Kit

Build over 300 exciting projects. Build a Radio, Doorbell, burglar alarm and more No tools required

 
Be Amazing Lab-in-a-Bag Test Tube Wonders
Be Amazing Lab-in-a-Bag Test Tube Wonders

15 great activities in one little bag. Make up a pile of insta-snow, build under-water castles with water-proof sand, use the sun to make white beads instantly change colors, grow a test tube dinosaur. Also, learn how to make water disappear. Make squishy jelly crystals, color them and make your own rainbow tube.

Just put everything back into the bag for easy clean up, when finished

 

Nerf Guns

Nerf Zombie Strike Crossfire Bow Blaster
Nerf Zombie Strike Crossfire Bow Blaster

Boys at 8 year olds like to feel part of a group, particularly with other boys. Therfore many boys this age favor group play, This probably explains why boys at this age love playing nerf guns and nerf wars with their friends. My friend's son definitely loves to play nerf gun wars. I know because I've been there when he's been playing in teams with his friends and brothers (lots of fun, creating dens and running around!)

This has a cross bow and makes a good addition to any nerf gun collection.

 

Outdoor Toys for 8 Year Old Boys

8 year old boys are getting stronger, have more physical endurance capabilities and have an abundance of energy.

Therefore outdoor toys are great for 8 year old boys. At 8 years old, gross motor skills have been well developed and they will have lost some of their clumsiness. That's why they can use toys such as the pogo stick featured below which require more balance and physical strength.

All the toys below are getting 8 year old boys outside, running around and having fun.

The Original Stomp Rocket Ultra, 4 Rockets
The Original Stomp Rocket Ultra, 4 Rockets

This is such a great toy. 8 year old boys will love stomping on the pump and seeing how high they can shoot the rocket into the air. Adults and other family members will love having a go to.

 
Zing Air Hunterz Z-Curve Bow, Standard Packaging
Zing Air Hunterz Z-Curve Bow, Standard Packaging

How much fun is a bow and arrow combo.

The z curve bow allows you to shoot darts up to 125 feet. They are foam darts so there's no danger of anyone getting hurt.

Everybody will be queuing up to have a go.

 
Powell Golden Dragon Flying Dragon Complete Skateboard
Powell Golden Dragon Flying Dragon Complete Skateboard

This is a great board for a beginner or a more advanced rider. It's a full sized skateboard, has good reviews and is good for doing tricks too. Great for 8 year old beginners.

 
Diggin Squap
Diggin Squap

As 8 year old boys like playing with their friends so much this makes a cool gift.

It's a throw and catch game. You release the ball by opening the snap trap and when catch the ball by snapping it shut.

Great Summer fun which is easy to take anywhere.

 

Lego

Play is becoming more creative at age 8 and boys will be able to follow more complicated instructions so lego sets make a good toy. Lego sets are one of the most popular toys in history so really you can't go wrong.

They will have fun completing the construction of the projects and playing with them afterwards.

Lego Ninjago kits (such as the one featured below) are popular with some 8 year old boys at the moment. There are lots of other great themed lego kits too.

Lego also make some fantastic games aimed at this age group and it's worth keeping your eye out for them.

You have fun building the games and the dice before you play them. It's almost as much fun to build the game as well as playing them.

Once completed the games are great fun and most of them have excellent reviews.

LEGO Ninjago The Golden Dragon 70503 (Discontinued by manufacturer)
LEGO Ninjago The Golden Dragon 70503 (Discontinued by manufacturer)

This set gives lots of opportunities for imaginative play after it's been built.

It features 3 minifigures, a dragon with poseable arms and legs, and extendable wings. There's a catapult to launch attacks too.

 

More Construction Toys for 8 Year Old Boys

There are lots of cool construction toys and gifts for boys in this age group. As well as lego two more ideas include zooba and knex featured below. These kind of toys have so many benefits building math skills, analytical skills and thinking skills.

Knex Value Tub 400 pieces
Knex Value Tub 400 pieces

Packed with 400 parts, including bricks, rods and connectors, for lots of open-ended building fun

Includes ideas/instructions for 20+ models or use your own imagination

Handy storage tub means you can take the fun with you and clean-up is easy

 
ZOOB RacerZ Car Designer
ZOOB RacerZ Car Designer

76 ZOOB pieces in special colors designed for building vehicles, 12 wheels with rubber tires that are notched to work like gears, and three guides with instructions for 12 models (kids can build up to three vehicles at once)

 

Craft Toys

My friend's 8 year old son enjoys making things and doing crafts. It's a shame that they're aren't more craft kits aimed at boys this age.

Some of the more popular craft kits with kids tend to be themed crafts from movies, TV programs and video games they have played. One top video game at the moment is mine craft and there are lots of paper crafts you can get with a minecraft theme. Check one out below.

Minecraft Papercraft Hostile Mobs Set, Over 30 Piece
Minecraft Papercraft Hostile Mobs Set, Over 30 Piece

This is a great kit of minecraft or origami fans.

The paper is top quality with stickers included and it makes over 30 pieces which you play with after you've created. Or you could display them in your room. They also make great decorations for minecraft themed birthday parties.

 

Remote Control Cars

8 year old boys are guaranteed to love remote control cars. The remote control car below has a twist - you can build it yourself.

If you get a remote control car there are lots of play ideas that have educational value. For example, build an obstacle course to help develop hand and eye co-ordination. Maneuvering a car around an obstacle take practice, helps to develop persistence and focus and gives an extra dimension to the toy.

Snap Circuits R/C Snap Rover Electronics Discovery Kit
Snap Circuits R/C Snap Rover Electronics Discovery Kit

Why not build your own remote control car with this snap circuits set? It has working light and sound effects too!

 

Books for 8 Year Old Boys

8 years old is the age where lots of children develop an interest in reading books. Their reading skills have developed so they can read confidently on their own and what a world has now been opened up to them.

There are some great factual and fun books that combine reading with their interest in the world around them. Check out some ideas below.

Time for Kids: Big Book of Why - 1,001 Facts Kids Want to Know (TIME for Kids Big Books)
Time for Kids: Big Book of Why - 1,001 Facts Kids Want to Know (TIME for Kids Big Books)

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? 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.

 
Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids
Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids

Kids love to tell laugh jokes and a joke book gets them reading and being more social too!

 

Games for 8 Year Old Boys

8 year olds are very social. They enjoy being around their friends and still love it when their parents and adults play with them. Therefore board games make a good choice.

There are lots of great board games and other games for 8 year old boys which will get them socially interacting, focusing their attention, thinking, laughing and having fun.

Check out Totally Gross The Game below.

Totally Gross: The Game of Science
Totally Gross: The Game of Science

Winner of iParenting Media Award

A dose of gross helps science make sense. This game engages kids to learn and understand all the major scientific disciplines. From biology to chemistry to zoology kids answer questions, learn amazing facts and engage in activities.

 

Hot Toys

Still not found the gift you're looking for, here are some final ideas which are super popular this year.

The Elenco snap circuits lights (featured below) is a new kit released at the end of last year. As boys this age are thinking in more logical and organised way this is a great toy to enhance their problem solving skills.

Other fun toys include a remote control helicopter and the indoor basketball hoop.

Snap Circuits Lights Electronics Discovery Kit
Snap Circuits Lights Electronics Discovery Kit

Light up the night with the award winning Snap Circuits Light. You can build over 175 exciting projects. and create your own light show. You can include strobing lights, infrared and LED color changing LED's that make glow in the dark flying fans. The kit will be sure to amaze. There is a color organ controlled by an iPod or other MP3 player, voice or finger

You can enjoy your music as the lights change to the beat.

 
Syma S107/S107G  R/C Helicopter with Gyro- Red
Syma S107/S107G R/C Helicopter with Gyro- Red

This helicopter is suitable for indoor flying only.

It comes ready to fly, frequencies may vary

Full 3 channels: up, down, left, right, forward, and backward

 
Uniden 16-Mile 22 Channel Battery FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio Pair - Black (GMR1635-2)
Uniden 16-Mile 22 Channel Battery FRS/GMRS Two-Way Radio Pair - Black (GMR1635-2)

These walkie talkies make great toys even though they weren't designed for that purpose.

Toy walkie talkies often don't work too well but these do!

 
SKLZ Pro Mini Basketball Hoop W/ Ball. 18”x12” Shatter Resistant Backboard.
SKLZ Pro Mini Basketball Hoop W/ Ball. 18”x12” Shatter Resistant Backboard.

This is a cool mini basketball hoop. It can be mounted on the door or on the wall and you can shoot some indoor hoops with the ball. It looks fun. All the family and friends will enjoy shooting hoops too.

 
Daydream Toy Flash Flyer (color may vary)
Daydream Toy Flash Flyer (color may vary)

You launch the flying toy and it flies up in the air. It can be used indoors and outdoors and it glows in the dark as well. Outdoors it can fly up to 40 feet. Indoors it can hang or spin on the ceiling or the wall. Great fun to use outdoors in the Summer.

 

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      freecoolstuff4u 4 years ago

      very nice lens

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      cjbmeb14 lm 5 years ago

      Very nice lens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Nice nice

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      attraction 42 5 years ago

      Great lens!

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      ThomasJ4 LM 6 years ago

      My nephew's 8th birthday just passed last month, wish I saw this sooner!

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      vermontmom 7 years ago

      I do love to give Legos and Electronic Hyperslide is very interesting. Thanks. My daughter has a birthday party to go to Saturday - yikes! At least we have it narrowed down.

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      HealthyBodee LM 7 years ago

      My boys loved torches and mini microscopes!

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      Senora M 7 years ago

      I bought my 8 year old nephew the stomp rocket last year for Christmas. Never saw it again... I made him a quilt this year with his favorite characters for his birthday. Think he likes it!

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      stepho123 7 years ago

      Great lens! I particularly like giving Lego as a present, I'll make an architect of my son yet! hahasquidoo.com/smythstoys

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