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We believe children inherently have amazing imaginations and that the right toys can fan that flame. We’ve tried to provide gift ideas for boys, ages 5-9, that we’ve used in our own homes and that can help them be imaginative and grow as a whole person–everything from active toys to science experiments to building sets to board games to books.
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Raddish Cooking Club Subscription
My kiddo was gifted this last year and LOVED it! I think it is such a great gift for this age. The instructions were clear and the recipes were delicious. I especially love how they teach basic cooking skills and about different cooking utensils. Highly recommend!
Small but perfectly formed, our Yoto Mini is ideal for on-the-go listening. Bring their favorite stories, music, podcasts (and more!) wherever and whenever. You set the boundaries for safe use with our app and then it’s time for their imagination to take control.
My kiddos were gifted this last year it was a hit. Little Passports is a subscription that creates products designed to inspire children to learn about the world. Pick from seven journeys that fire up your child’s sense of adventure and discovery.
Color Changing Light Bulb
All ages love this! Trade a lamp light bulb out with this one and your kiddo will think you’re the coolest parent ever. I like this one because of its simple remote. Pro Tip: Tape the remote to something big that would be hard to lose!
Invisible Ink Pens
A big hit with this age. Would be a great stocking stuffer.
My 7 year old LOVES this. Be warned – it doesn’t not work as well as shown in the picture. But it does the job and the kids have a lot of fun on it.
Marvel Visual Dictionary
After we checked this book out form the library, my 6- and 9-year-old have been fighting nonstop on who gets to read it. Sibling fights are a sign of a coveted toy! I will for sure be buying this one this season.
Magnetic Hematite Stones
I know this seems random but we got some for my boys and they are pretty fun to play with! My 6 year old especially likes them.
Light Up Galaxy Spinner
My 6-year-old son has one of these and think it’s the coolest toy in his collection. I like it better than traditional spinning wands because of the variations it provides. It automatically slows if met with resistance (meaning it doesn’t hurt if you touch it when using it.
Anyone else remember using these as a kid?! They have made them even better!
Foam Glider Planes
I got these for my 6-year-old last year and they were a huge hit! They work great to throw off a deck. 🙂
I know. I know. There is a risk in bringing live insects into your home. However, the benefits outweigh the risks when it comes to an ant farm! Kids love watching the busy little creatures (ordered separately) dig their tunnels and make a home.
This is a classic for a reason. Easy to learn and so fun, especially for this age. If your kiddos don’t have it, snag it this holiday. Great for road trips, family game night, or playing with friends.
Pokemon Card Binder
If the kiddo you’re buying for is into Pokemon, buying them a binder to keep their cards organized would be a huge win! I plan to get this for my 9-year-old and filling it with some rare cards that he will go bananas over.
The Day the Crayons Quit
This book is so clever and cute. This is one of my personal favs, and the kids love it too! Make this gift extra special by pairing with the Crayola Ultimate Crayon Collection – 154 crayons and includes a sharpener.
Silly Jokes For Kids
Grandma gifted my son this book, and it was crazy how much he loved it. This is the age when the silly jokes start, and this book has great ones I even found hilarious!
This is probably the game played by my 7- and 9-year-old. It’s a classic that is easy to learn and moves fast enough to keep their attention. It’s one of those games that every household should have.
Snap Circuits Junior
My kiddo’s 3rd-grade teacher had these in her classroom and my kids were elated to finally have some at home to tinker with. Don’t worry, they can’t get shocked. It’s a great educational toy that provides a lot of experimenting and learning.
Paint by Sticker Books
These have been a huge hit for my kids this year, and they come in lots of different themes. These are also great for keeping busy in the car.
One of those simple things that kids LOVE. These come in 10 colors.
Guess in 10
Ages 6-99 can enjoy this fun game you can easily take with you. There are a variety of themes to choose from!
Another hit for my kids this year. I’d say ages 6-7 is the sweet spot for this game.
I can’t say enough good things about this unique, quirky, well-designed book. Inventive, and joyously colorful, this fill-in journal designed to help kids capture nearly everything that’s uniquely rad about them. I’ve enjoyed learning about and laughing with my son as he has filled it out.
LEGO Ideas Book
For the LEGO-loving boy in your life, this is an essential book. It can help him think outside the LEGO instruction manual and pour gas on his already creative imagination.
Magic Magnetic Building Set
This is super cool and very affordable toy that every boy or girl (and adult!) who is around it likes to play with. This small little box–which takes up very little space–contains 150 highly magnetic and well-engineered sticks, as well as metal balls. Children will learn how magnets work as they attract and/or repel one another. In addition to building all kinds of cool structures, we’ve even come up with some fun “magic” tricks with these magnets, too.
Giant Bubble Kit
My kids LOVE this. It’s great for all ages too! In fact, according to Amazon, I’ve purchased it three times. Probably because I often give this as a birthday gift. This year, it’s going to my nephew! The giant bubbles are easy to make and you can use any bubble solution.
These are the softest, squishiest stuffed animal ever, and there are SO many to choose from. My kids even use them instead of pillows.
Shape Shifting Box
These things are SO cool! My boys both loved theirs. It’s a fidget toy that is great for car rides.
$25 – $50
I got a similar one of these a few years ago and it continues to be a favorite. They are super creative, well illustrated, and are personalized all throughout the book which impressed me. There are lots of different books with different story lines!
My boys have a version of this and have been playing it nonstop. It’s a great indoor game for those cold winter months!
PlusPlus is a unique construction toy with one shape and endless possibilities. Every piece easily connects to the next in any direction. Create colorful flat mosaics or work in 3-D to make more intricate builds.
Rechargeable Walkie Talkies
My kids got these affordable and very fun walkie talkies a few Christmases ago and still play with them. They’ve worked really well for us.
There are so many projects your budding engineer can create with this building set. Ebooks included for beginner, intermediate and advanced builders. Some of the reviewers even bought a second set to make additional creations.
I am 100% getting this for both my boys this year. Each kit includes 10 Geodes to smash open and discover what is inside.
Mini Basketball Hoop
With almost 5 full stars on 22K+ reviews, it’s sure to be a hit! This basketball hoop hangs over the back of the door for indoor play.
Zero Gravity Laser Race Car
I’m pretty sure this car that races up walls and ceilings might be the coolest gift of the holidays. The car itself is USB rechargeable, but don’t forget the extra AAA Batteries for the laser control.
A fast, fun dice game that encourages fast reactions and is super easy to learn. That’s why it was named one of ASTRA’s Best Toys for Kids. (Ages 7 to 97)
Marble Run Set
Allows kids to create endless options of marble tracks and marbles. All ages enjoy this building set. Be sure to get the extra marbles. My kids love building multiple runs and competing in marble races. Pro tip: Buy extra marbles!
Earth Science Kit
Have a science lover in your family? This kit is filled with over experiments, gig kits, erupting volcanos and more!
Who Would Win Books
My 7-year-old LOVES these. We got this exact set a few years ago and he still wants to read them regularly.
Junior Metal Detector
Perfect for hunting treasure in the park or backyard, this junior metal detector is adjustable and light. It really works too…my kids found some cool discoveries with it.
This is at the very tip-top of my 7-year-old’s list this year. I could see this providing a lot of indoor entertainment! The balls hover in the air while kids use a nerf gun to try to shoot them.
Mini Disk Set
I had a toy similar to this growing up and had so much fun with it. The set features two 12″ bouncy mesh trampoline-style discs and 1 OgoSoft koosh balls. Kids and adults can either throw the discs or hit the balls back and forth. Ogodisk can be played indoors, outdoors and even in the pool!
$50 – $100
Hot Wheels Criss Cross Crash
Race and create epic car crashes with this fast-moving, action-packed track. This one is a blast! Requires four D batteries you can get here.
Echo Dot: Kids Edition
My kids have been known to sneak the family Echo Dot into their rooms to play music and games. Since it’s not filtered, this makes me a little nervous! This kid edition comes with daily time limits and the ability to review activity. It plays music, tells stories, calls approved friends and family, and has more kid-friendly skills. Excited about this option! The updated 4th generation comes in a panda or tiger.
Laser Tag Guns Set
My kids have had SO much fun with these. They play with them inside, outside, with friends, and even with daddy. They make great sound effects, have a vibration feature, and are easy to learn how to use. I do wish they were rechargeable but they require AA batteries to work so stock up on those.
Polly’s kids talk about theirs every single day! She recommends getting the 2-year warranty (it replaced her daughter’s after a year). This slim fitness tracker for kids makes it easy to keep track of their steps, sleep and activity, without adding extra bulk. This activity tracker syncs with an app that kids and parents will both love; kids will have a blast taking on challenges and adventures, and parents will appreciate the convenience of assigning chores and rewards.
Lego Tri-Pack: Marvel
It’s like three lego sets in one! I got this for my son for his birthday this year and it was a huge hit. Not only did it feature some of his favorite Marvel characters but it felt extra special to have THREE of them.
The classic 3-wheeler of the 70’s just got a whole lot better. This is a coveted scooter among elementary kids in Polly’s neighborhood.
Boys and girls of almost all ages will enjoy this classic, high-quality magnetic block system. We have these at church in our younger elementary classrooms and they continue to be one of the most well-loved toys. They are definitely an investment, and you can start with a smaller set here.
Good News of Great Joy
A simple, weekly Advent devotional that’s intended to help your family focus on the story of Jesus’ birth.
The discussion questions and wide range of fun activities are designed for children ages 2-11.
Each weekly activity focuses on a different aspect of the Christmas story.