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Best Presents for 8 Year Old Boys
Are you looking for Christmas gifts or birthday presents for 8 year old boys. There are lots of present and gift ideas in the article below for 8 year old boys of different personalities.
Gift ideas include toys such as nerf guns and remote control robots as well as electronic gifts, magic kits, sports gifts, books, science kits, electronic kits, outdoor toys and games. The gift ideas are based on what my own son loves to play with as well as what his friends and my nephews like.
Read on for lots of ideas of top, popular gifts and presents for 8 year old boys below.
Nerf Guns and Bow and Arrows
8 year old boys will love nerf guns and one big plus point of this is that it will get them running around outside. They fire soft darts that don't really hurt if they hit you, but shoot through the air at a good speed and have decent range. They are perfect for 8 year old boys to have pretend battles with their friends.
Another top idea is a bow and arrow. These are so much fun. The one featured opposite can soar over 125'. You could use it for target practice or just see how far you can shoot the arrows. Kids will love it and I bet adults will be queuing up to have a go too.
Nerf Dart Tag
Nerf dart tag is a two player lazer set. It comes with 2 taggers which also register hits with lights, sounds and vibrations
Sports Gifts and Outdoor Toys for 8 Year Old Boys
If the 8 year old boy you are buying for likes outdoor toys, there are lots of ideas.
Getting a first skateboard is often a popular idea. And for summer there are tons of throw and catch games that you can buy. These are great for playing in the backyard, in the park or at the beach.
If they haven't got a scooter that's another idea. My son, who's very nearly 8 uses his scooter almost everyday to go to and from school and he plays on it outside the house and at the park. Another idea is an electric scooter.
A basketball hoop is fun for kids this age to burn off energy outside.
Other great outdoor toys for 8 year old boys include bikes. We are getting my son a bike this Christmas.
An electric scooter makes a great gift idea for an 8 year old boy.
It's fun and cool to ride around on and can go up to 10mph.
It's great for taking to the park or round to friend's houses.
Each charge gives up to 40 minutes ride time.
Remote Control Toys
You can get all kinds of remote control toys from cars, to robots to other vehicles.
This is such a cool toy.
It's a race track with cars controlled by remote and it races two cars around the track. There are no slots or tracks so cars can overtake, undertake and do different maneuvers. This makes it more authentic to race the cars, like a real race track. The cars feature artificial intelligence to help them keep on the track.
The track can be laid out in 40 different ways, so kids won't get bored of racing around the same track.
I think 8 years old is the perfect age to get a first magic kit.
Kids are fascinated by magic and how it works. These kind of kits are very educational as they will have to read, practice and lean to trick. Showing tricks to other people is great for buiding confidence and developing comunication skills.
This is a great set with 100 magic tricks.
The suitcase doubles as a performance table measuring 10-inches high and 19.5-inches wide.
It also has a step by step instructional magic DVD which is great for showing you visually how the tricks could be performed.
Books for 8 Year Old Boys
There are some great books that 8 year old boys will love which make good presents. Check out a couple of factual book ideas below.
If they like fiction, what about books such as Captain Underpants, Beast Quest and Diary of a Wimpy kid?
For more options on books, check out this article on books for 8 year olds
You can't go wrong with a joke book for kids of this age. They will delight in reading from the book and telling adults the jokes again and again. The best thing about books like this is that boys will love reading them and enjoying the humor but they won't realise they are improving their reading skills and vocabulary too.
My 8 year old is always trying to do pranks so this is a fun book which I know he would love.
It features over 70 pranks, with step-by-step directions.
If you have an 8 year old who is a reluctant reader, this might solve any problems you have encouraging him to read.
Science and Electronic Gifts for 8 Year Old Boys
There are lots of great science kits and electronics kits that 8 year olds will enjoy working on.
There are absolutely tons of kits aimed at kids around age 8. It's a good age to get them intersted in science as they still have a huge enthusaism for learning at this age.
Kit ideas include crystal growing kits, magnet science, kits introducing kids to auto engineering, kitchen science, robot building kits and lots more. A lot of the kits, kids can work on independently. Having said this, many of them also make good project for parents or other adults and kids to work on together. Check out a few ideas below.
Also don't forget ideas like a microscope.
I like the Snap Circuits Jr kit below. 8 year old boys will love working on electronic projects such as building a doorbell and burgular alarm. You can build 100 different projects and it keeps kids entertained for hours. Its an award winning toy and the reviews on amazon.com are excellent.
Boys love gross stuff so if you're looking to really engage them and get them interested in science this could be the kit you're looking for.
The experiments look gross, smell gross and feels gross for hours of fun.
The kit contains a full color 24 page book including 26 experiments and chemistry fun facts. You use household items in the experiments which is kind of a plus because you will always be able to get hold of the stuff you need to do the experiments so it can be passed onto siblings too.
The set does include a motorized toilet bowl mixer with flushing sounds, a garbage can shaker, 'biohazard' graduated cylinder, 3 gross molds (barf, maggot, centipede), bubble beakers with slime stand, worm spoon, bubble wand, a funnel and a 24-page full color book.
More Educational Gift Ideas
Another good thing about 8 year old boys is that they're still enthusiatic to learn about their environment and the world around them. Take advantage of this and buy them some gifts that will help them learn about the world.
My own son is interested in space, so telescopes, books on space and astronomy and glow in the dark stars.
He also loves his globe and his fascinated to see where different countries are.
Books about their favorite interests can also make nice educational gifts.
Active Indoor Games
There are lots of indoor games you can buy 8 year olds that will help them burn off any excess energy.
One idea is an mini basketball hoop which you can attach to a wall or a door so they can practise shooting hoops inside.
A cool idea to get them active through the Winter months is the mini basketball hoop featured opposite.
Get them shooting a few hoops at home or when their friend's come over to get them away from their video games.
Another really cool game that will get them away from their tablet or computer is the dart board opposite. The doinkin darts are magnetic so kids can play darts without the worry of the walls getting dented or people getting hurt. The darts are also flexible, strong and virtually indestructible
The set comes with 6 darts.
This toy is a good choice for kids of all ages and adults and teens will probably want a go too.
Game Gifts for 8 Year Old Boys
There are some great games for 8 year old boys.
Classic games such as monopoly can be a good choice. A good choice of family game or a good game to play with other children during the school vacations and weekends.
Pie Face Game
This fun game is set to be one of the hottest gifts this Christmas.
It's very simple but hilarious fun.
Take it in turn to turn the handle and see who gets the pie in their face. Every time you don't get a pie in the face, you score a point. The one who gets to 25 points wins.
This is another fun game where you have to bounce the balls in the grid
Construction Toys for 8 Year Old Boys
There are lots of construction toys that make perfect gifts for 8 year old boys.
Ideas include legos and knex.
They're quite educational too as they give a young boy a project to work and focus on. It can involve literacy skills as they will need to follow and understand instructions in order to complete their construction. They're also great for developing hand and eye co-ordination as well as spatial and engineering skills.
After they've completed it, they will get a sense of pride and achievement to see their project completed.
Some of the building toys (like the Knex rollercoaster) also make a great experience for parents and kids to have together. A great toy to work on together on Christmas day.
Check out some ideas below.
Knex Building Set
This is a really cool building set which combines construction with a foam dart gun.
Kids get to build a one of a kind blaster that actually works
Once built he can have lots of fun playing.
Lego is a great gift for 8 year old boys who should be able to put together an age appropriate set with no or little supervision. It makes a great project for them to work on their own and a great sense of achievement when completed.
There are lots of great lego kits available to kids this age including themed sets such as Star Wars, the lego movie, superheros and lego ninjago.
My own son's Christmas list for this year mainly contained legos. He wanted all the Minecraft sets and asked for some lego movie and star wars rebels sets as well. I actually had to say he couldn't have all the lego on his list as there was too much!
Check out a couple of great lego sets for 8 year old boys below.
This year, the most popular kits for 8 year old boys will probably be minecraft lego sets. If they play minecraft, it's almost guaranteed they will love a lego minecraft set.
Lego Star Wars is also popular with 8 year old boys at the moment especially with the up and coming release of the new Star Wars movie in December. My son who's 8 has asked for this lego set from his Grandma this Christmas.