The holidays are here and it is time to order your Christmas gifts & holiday toys. Eight can be a tricky age for boys, but it is also a fun age for buying gifts. Boys this age are no longer little kids and are already developing strong identities and complex personalities. They’ve started to become more physically coordinated and competitive, channeling their energy into sports and outdoor activities. By now, they have been in school for a few years, so they have mastered the basics of STEM learning and are hungry for more complex and engaging challenges.
But while they may be no longer that little, they still require safe and child-friendly products that will keep them entertained and occupied for hours. So, if you are looking for a great gift for your 8-year-old son, grandson, nephew, or family friend, stay right where you are. Our guide to the best gifts & toys for 8-year-old boys has the perfect lineup for you. Don’t forget to check out our other gift guides for children of all ages, including five, seven, and nine-year-olds!
- Best Educational STEM Gift: AmScope 120X-1200X 52-pcs Kids Beginner Microscope STEM Kit
- Best Problem-Solving Gift: ThinkFun Gravity Maze Marble Run Brain Game
- Best For Active Kids: Flybar My First Foam Pogo Jumper
- Best For Minecraft Lovers: LEGO Minecraft The Zombie Cave
- Best For Dinosaur Lovers: Light-Up Dino World Terrarium Kit
- Best For Animal Lovers: Skillmatics Educational Game: Animal Planet – Guess in 10
- Best Fort-Building Kit: Crazy Forts
- Great For All Ages: pindaloo Skill Toy
- Best Hands-On Digging Activity: National Geographic Mega Fossil Dig Kit
- Best Science Experiment: Crystal Growing Kit for Kids
The Best Toys & Gifts for 8 Year Old Boys
Is your kid interested in science? If so, it’s important to fuel that fire early and let them explore. You never know, they could invent a world-saving medicine or be the first to step foot on Mars! This Kids Beginner Microscope STEM Kit is the perfect way for them to experiment and expand their curious mind while practicing real science. Your child will be able to see familiar objects in new ways as they explore the building blocks of our world.
The kit includes a microscope for kids with up to 1200X magnification and a 49-piece accessory kit, which is everything needed to perform real-world experiments in one convenient carrying case. A bottle of brine shrimp eggs comes included for the first experiment. An excellent gift for children interested in science!
120x, 240x, 300x, 480x, 600x, and 1200x magnifications
Forward-facing rotating turret
52-piece accessory kit
Complete brine shrimp experiment
Hard-sided ABS case included
- Weight 2.9 Pounds
Connect with your eight-year-old with the Selieve Toys Walkie Talkies. Great for creative play indoors or outdoors, these walkie talkies open the door to tons of adventures. Explore the great outdoors, play hide-and-seek all over the house, or have fun camping. Safety features like a flashlight and voice-activated transmission help your child learn to be responsible as they explore.
The Walkie Talkies come with two units equipped with 22 channels and reinforced by 99 CTCSS sub-codes for privacy that protects your child. It’s specifically designed for kids and features a backlit display, headset sound out, and belt clip. With noise reduction, call alert, crisp sound quality, and half-mile to mile range in most neighborhoods, these are high-quality electronics.
Range – approx three miles
Reinforced by 99 CTCSS sub-codes
Available in four colors
- Weight6.4 Ounces
The Thinkfun Gravity Maze Marble Run Brain Game is perfect for young brains that need to be creatively challenged and encouraged to use critical skills like reasoning, logic, and planning. Build your towers to get the ball to the target block, it’s more challenging than it sounds! This gravity-powered maze game comes with 60 challenges of increasing difficulty. Great for any school or home classroom, this gift is perfect for any kid who loves building or puzzles and wants to keep developing his problem-solving skills.
The Gravity Maze was a Toy of the Year Award winner in 2017. In the box, you will find the game grid, nine towers, one target piece, three marbles, and a clear and an easy-to-understand instruction manual.
60 marble run challenges
Range of difficult levels
Over 50 million sold
2017 Toy of the Year Winner
- Weight1.61 Pounds
The Flybar My First Foam Pogo Jumper updates the classic pogo stick for the 21st century. This is a great way for an active kid to be introduced to pogo and get out some energy! Designed for indoor and outdoor use, this jumper is made of high-quality foam and teaches balance and coordination for pogo sticking or other sports.
The Pogo Jumper is easy to use, making it easy for your kid to jump, jump, JUMP. Fun, colorful designs fit any kid. The stretchy handle adjusts to any height and the jumper squeaks when you hop. Perfect when the weather is bad!
Made from durable & soft foam
Soft foam handlebars
Suitable for indoor and outdoor use
Available in 14 colors
- Weight13.6 Ounces
The Toy Rocket Launcher is an excellent present for eight-year-olds as it will keep them occupied for hours and maybe teach them a little physics on the side. Just run and jump to launch the safe foam rocket up to 100 feet in the air. Great for parks or playgrounds, a day at the beach or lake. Get away from the screens and out in the backyard while learning STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) with high-flying fun.
The Rocket Launcher set comes with an easy-to-assemble launcher, eight sturdy foam rockets, and a launch pad. Try to see who can launch their rocket the highest. Hours of fun for 8-year-old girls and boys and grownups!
Eight foam rockets included
Air-powered foam launcher
Shoot rockets up to 100 feet
Folding yellow stand included
- Weight15.2 Ounces
Most 8-year-old boys can teach grownups a thing or two about Minecraft. With the LEGO Minecraft The Zombie Cave, you can teach them it’s possible to build cool Minecraft stuff in real life! Classic elements from the game like coal, redstone, gold, and diamond ore come to life, but Steve has zombie and baby zombie mobs to contend with. This is a great way to get your boy off the screens with imaginative play.
The 241-piece LEGO Minecraft set features building elements, furnace, and ladder from the Minecraft game. ASteve Minecraft minifigure, bat, baby zombie and zombie figures are included. It’s compatible with other Lego sets, which lets you build a whole world of fun.
Minecraft Steve, bat, baby zombie, and zombie LEGO figures
Suitable for kids aged 7-14
- Weight1 Ounce
The UWANTME Electronic Shooting Target is perfect for any young child looking for a competitive advantage in Nerf gun battles. He will become a true marksman with four targets that rebound automatically after being shot and include realistic firearm and broken glass sounds. Invite his friends over for a tournament with multiple game modes. These targets are perfect for developing hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.
The Shooting Target lets you start your boy’s sharpshooter training right out of the box. The base unit comes with four targets and features a three-digit digital display. This allows for a three-round competition for two players.
Three LCD screens
Multiple game modes
- Weight1.2 Pounds
The Light-up Dino World Terrarium Kit is more than just a hands-on ecosystem experience for your kid. This kit gets your boy away from the screen, working with his hands, and seeing science in action. But it is more than that! After he sets the soil, rocks, and sand, time to add a ferocious dinosaur to the mix. When he waters the seeds, his hard work will make a lush jungle grow around his Velociraptor. After dark, a vibrant LED light puts the dino on display.
The Terrarium comes with everything you need to build your garden in a jar. The box includes the jar, a light-up lid, a charging cable, and everything for the garden, including seeds and soil. It also comes with a Velociraptor dinosaur model, four smaller dinos, stickers for personalization, and step-by-step instructions.
4” x 6” terrarium
LED light under the lid
Includes vermiculite soil, red sand, river rocks, wheatgrass, chia seeds
Step-by-step instructions included
Comes with dinosaurs toys and stickers
- Weight1.65 Pounds
Elevate your Nerf blaster battle game with the Kids Tactical Vest Kit. Designed with plenty of storage for Nerf darts, extra magazines, and even small blasters, this vest does more than just make your child look tacticool. This vest lets your boy carry more ammo on the move and the protective eyewear and mask give him confidence on the Nerf battlefield. Get ready to Nerf!
The Vest Kit comes with the adjustable tactical vest, tactical mask, protective glasses, dart pouch, reload clip, wrist band ammo holder, and 30 Nerf darts. Works with all Nerf N-Strike Elite blasters and most original N-Strike blasters.
Holds 10+ darts, extra clip, and more
Includes 30 refill darts
Comes with tactical mask, glasses, dart pouch, and reload clip
Designed for NERF Guns-N-Strike Elite Series
- Weight9.6 Ounces
The Activ Life Kid’s Flying Rings is an update to the classic flying disc backyard game you know and love. These rings are easy to throw and catch, making them a great way for 8-year-olds to get outside and play with their friends or family. Pull them out of the air on your arm, catch them with your foot… then zip them across the lawn to your buddy!
The Flying Rings come in a variety of cool colors and float on water. Perfect for the park or your next trip to the beach or pool. At only 33g, they are light enough to be safe around little kids or younger siblings. This classic game has never been easier to play. And for more fun options like this, check out our selection of the top frisbees on the market.
Pack of two
Weigh just 33 grams
Available in eight colors
- BrandActiv Life
The Klutz Lego Chain Reactions Science & Building Kit is a fun way to teach chain reactions – how one thing leads to another, and then to another, and another, and so on. Build 10 different Lego machines that spin, swing, pivot, roll, lift, and drop – and combine them to create different chain reactions. See science in a cool new way while building cool new Lego machines.
This cool gift for boys is an award winner and includes 33 Lego elements, six Lego balls, and assorted other elements to build all 10 machines and see the chain reactions. The crystal clear instruction book from Klutz guides you at every step.
33 LEGO elements and 6 LEGO balls
Assorted elements to build machines
Klutz crystal clear instructions
- Weight1.17 Pounds
With Skillmatics Educational Game: Animal Planet – Guess in 10, your youngster can show off how much they know about the animals that share the Earth with us. Ask up to 10 questions to guess the animal. The friendly competition helps your child learn a bit more about 52 land, aquatic, wild, and domestic animals. It also helps teach problem-solving, creative thinking, and social skills. Bring the zoo home with this exciting game!
The Educational Game is ready to go right out of the box, with game 52 Game Cards and 6 Clue Cards, all featuring awesome animal cartoon illustrations. Suitable for two to six players, this educational board game is an excellent way for a boy to bond with his parents, siblings, and friends. Grab it for your next game night!
10 question game to guess the animal
52 Game Cards and 6 Clue Cards
Suitable for kids age 6-99
- Weight12.3 Ounces
Crazy Forts solves a problem that any kid has no doubt experienced – the couch cushion fort doesn’t hold up to a real siege. Defend the castle! Kids love forts and will think Crazy Forts is great, especially on a rainy day or in the heat of summer. This creative building gift uses interconnecting pieces to build life-sized forts: an igloo, pirate ship, castle, and more. Just toss a bedsheet over what you build and get playing.
Crazy Forts comes with everything you need to build forts, including 44 sticks and 25 balls. Detailed instructions make construction easy. With two kits, you can build bigger, crazier forts, a new play space every day. 9-year-old boys will also love it.
69 pieces – 44 sticks and 25 balls
Build a fort, cave, igloo, pirate ship, or castle
2 sets expand your building possibilities
- BrandCrazy Forts
- Weight1.98 pounds
There are remote control cars that do stunts, and then there’s the Threeking RC Cars. With 360-degree rotation, four-wheel drive, and extreme grip tires, this car can dance, flip, and tumble over any obstacle. The durable, lightweight ABS plastic means it’s fast and can handle rough and rugged play. The console-style controller makes it easy to use for almost any child, whether they’re eight, younger or older. Great indoors or outdoors, this extreme stunt machine is sure to flip its way to the top of your child’s favorite toy list.
The RC Car comes ready to stunt right out of the box, which contains the car and a 2.4 GHz game console-style controller. Don’t just stunt, get extreme with it!
4 x 4 RC car designed for stunts
Swingarm axels on both sides
High friction extreme grip rubber tires
Rechargeable battery for RC Car and charging cable
2 AA batteries required for controller (not included)
- Weight1.45 Pounds
The Growsland Remote Control Car is low and sleek, with wide tires and a big wing in the back. It is built for speed. It’s also perfect for any boy looking to zoom around the apartment in a 1/18 scale RC supercar. Race into the night with light-up headlights that shine the way forward. The 27MHz two-stick controller is simple and easy to use. Best suited for indoor use, the car even looks great when you aren’t racing.
The RC Car box contains the remote control car, controller, and instructions. The car takes four AA batteries and the controller takes two AA batteries, which are not included. From the display case to the trophy case, this RC car is sure to please.
1/18 scale RC supercar with 8-10 mph high speed
Easy to use 27 MHz 2-stick controller
Headlights illuminate when going forward
Requires 6 AA batteries for car and controller (not included)
- Weight8.5 Ounces
Before there were video games, there was the ball-in-cup toss. The pindaloo Skill Toy is an update of the ball toss for the next generation, and it can get your kiddo off the screen today. Based on a simple loop principle, pindaloo is simple to play but difficult to master. Once you get the throw down, there are endless tricks that require focus and coordination to pull off. Pack pindaloo for your next outing and get ready for your entire family to come together to play (teens included)!
The Skill Toy is pretty simple and comes with a pindaloo tube, two juggling balls and caps that turn the tube into ball storage for when you aren’t playing. Your boy(s) will have hours of fun loop de looping the pindaloo!
pindaloo simple loop Skill Toy
Easy to play, hard to master
Improves focus and coordination
- Weight8.2 Ounces
The LLMoose Hover Soccer Ball takes a different approach to indoor hover soccer. It’s the same game with a disc-shaped hovering ‘soccer ball’ that lights up with colorful LED lights and glides above smooth surfaces such as tile, wood, and low-pile carpet. Instead of the goalposts that other hover soccer sets include, you get TWO hover balls. A perfect gift for both kids and adults.
The Hover Soccer Ball set includes two hover soccer balls, each in their own box. Both balls hover on a cushion of air, feature colorful LED lights, and have foam around them to protect furniture and your foot when you kick it. Use paper cups for goals and get in the game!
2 hover balls – disc-shaped ‘soccer balls
Foam bumpers protect furniture and surfaces
4 AA batteries required (not included)
- Weight1.01 Pounds
The past few years have proven that drones are here to stay. The Holy Stone HS190 Foldable Mini Nano RC Drone is a great way to introduce your boy to flying a drone. This affordable drone is also easy to use, with a powerful altitude hold function that keeps it hovering in place when you release the throttle stick. One-key takeoff makes takeoffs and landings smooth, which is great if you’re just learning. One-key return brings it back every time. Once you have the fundamentals honed, try out the high-speed rotation and 3D flip to make the drone dance.
The Mini Nano RC Drone offers a palm-sized flight experience. The box includes the foldable quadcopter, a 2.4 GHz controller, spare propellers and guards, repair tools, a user manual, and a USB charger cable. Three-speed modes help beginners advance their skills.
Fully capable palm-sized drone
Easy to fly with features like altitude hold and one-touch landing
Spare propellers and guards with installation tools
Three-speed modes for learning to fly
High-speed rotation and 3D flip stunts
- BrandHoly Stone
- Weight0.9 Ounces
Kids who love dinosaurs can experience the thrill of a real dino dig with the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Mega Fossil Dig Kit. Your aspiring paleontologist will learn to use the tools of the trade like the chisel, brush, and magnifying glass as they dig up real fossils from prehistoric times. A 16-page learning guide will help them explore the world of dinosaurs, sharks, brachiopods, mosasaurs, ammonites, and more.
The Dig Kit is a real hands-on digging experience and includes a large dig brick with 15 real fossils from around the world, the 16-page learning guide, a set of digging tools, and a magnifying glass. With a name like National Geographic, you can trust this will be both entertaining and full of facts. It would make a cool gift for 7-year-old boys as well!
1 large dig brick with 15 real ancient fossils
Digging toolset for kids includes chisel and brush
1 magnifying glass to aid in discovery
16-page color learning guide
- BrandNATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
- Weight1.61 Pounds
The Fortnite craze is sweeping the nation, and the NERF Fortnite Sp-R & Llama Targets brings the popular game to life in your home. Your kiddo will love practicing his aim with the Sp-R Blaster and Llama targets. The detachable barrels allow for personalization. From the online battle to a sofa shootout, your little Fortnite fan will be having a blast.
The Nerf Fortnite targeting set includes the Sp-R Blaster, three Llama targets, and six darts. The targets are different sizes to test aiming skills and allow for competitive play. The Blaster has a three-dart internal clip and requires no batteries. Get on the battle bus!
Fortnite-inspired Sp-R Blaster
3 Llama targets in different sizes
6 safe foam Nerf Elite darts
Compatible with other Nerf Elite darts
- Weight1.08 Pounds
Science can be so cool that you want to show it off to others. With the Crystal Growing Kit for Kids, now you can! Your young scientist can get an idea of what it’s like to conduct a real chemistry experiment. They can mix the ingredients and grow big, colorful crystals that they can proudly display as a piece of art on the LED light-up display – red, blue, and clear crystals glowing for all to see.
The set includes everything you need to grow crystals, including three growing cups, three bags of crystal powder, and starters. Included are tools and a 12-page instruction guide. The USB-powered LED display stand comes with a micro-USB cable.
For more creative gift ideas for your kids, check out our guide to the best toys for 6-year-old boys.
Guaranteed to grow red, blue, and clear crystals
LED light-up display makes your crystals glow
12-page instruction and learning guide
Encourages interest in science
- Weight1.58 Pounds
If your eight-year-old is into robots, he will love the SGILE RC Robot. This robot companion may just be one of the best on the market with hand gesture command response, intelligent programming, and patrol function. Watch him zip around on his wheels, sing, and do a little dance. With a futuristic look and tons of potential for imaginative play, this robot for kids is sure to be a big hit.
The RC Robot is more than just a remote-controlled toy – it’s programmable and can perform up to 50 motion commands. A fun introduction to programming, this bot is one of the best gifts for 8-year -old boys!
Programmable remote control robot
Gesture commands and one-button programming
Intelligent patrol function
Singing, dancing, and light-up eyes
- Weight14.9 Ounces
With the Playz Disgusting n’ Gross Zombie Poop, Boogers, & Bloody Slime Science Activity & Experiment Set, your boy can learn the science behind the grossness. The set encourages kids to learn about gels and cross-linked polymers using slime and special effects. Get your child hooked on science today and spark a lifetime interest.
The activity-filled kit comes with everything to make disgusting slimes, including detailed instructions. This set is an excellent educational toy that engages kids with something they love – gross green slime. Get your slime on!
34+ tools, ingredients, and equipment
Lab guide with pictures and instructions
Hands-on experiments engages the mind
Learn classroom lessons in a fun and interactive way
- Weight1.05 Pounds
The 2-in-1 Remote Control Racer is two kinds of fun for kids while the parents can be sure they are learning and developing critical thinking skills. First, your child can build his vehicle, choosing between a racecar or an off-road truck. Then when he’s finished building the car, he can race it on any smooth surface using the remote controller. Perfect for an aspiring engineer or racecar driver!
The Remote Control Racer comes with 335 pieces that build either the racecar or truck RC vehicle. It also comes with a remote controller for when it’s time to drive.
2-in-1 remote-controlled vehicle – racecar or off-road truck
335 pieces snap together to build an RC vehicle
Drive the vehicle with the remote controller
6 AA batteries required for RC vehicle and controller (not included)
- Weight1.5 Pounds
With the Rally and Roar Tabletop Air Hockey Table, you can bring the friendly competition home from the arcade. This tabletop air hockey features a 15-minute setup and high-powered blowers to get you playing in no time and make the fun last all day. Perfect for parties, barbeques, or your 8-year-old’s next sleepover, you can host a tournament and crown a champion from among your friends and family.
The Air Hockey Table comes with everything you need to quickly get a match going, including the table, two mini pucks, two mini pushers, two scoreboards, and assembly instructions. Oh, and the table is built from dense fiberwood so it should years.
Tabletop air hockey table measures 20×40 inches
Sits on the table with 9-inch legs
2 mini pucks and 2 pushers included
2 AAA batteries required (not included)
- BrandRally and Roar
- Weight13.86 Pounds
The LEGO Hidden Side Graveyard Mystery is one set where the fun keeps going long after construction. After building the set, your kiddo can play ghost hunter with mini-figures that include a spooky skeleton and Spencer, the ghost dog. The excitement doesn’t end there: activate the augmented reality game and hunt ghosts in the graveyard using a smartphone or tablet. Open a new side of LEGOs and discover the Hidden Side.
The Graveyard Mystery comes with 335 pieces to build an interactive cemetery that features a twisting statue, a grave that opens, and a haunted toy tree. Four mini-figures come included – Jack, Parker, Mr. Branson, and a skeleton – all from the popular Hidden Side story. Download the app to hunt the ghosts that haunt this set or be a ghost and haunt it yourself!
335 pieces construct a spooky graveyard scene
4 mini-figures and ghost dog included
Augmented reality ghost hunting game
Compatible with all other LEGO sets
- Weight3.52 Ounces
LEGOs are a fantastic way for a child to learn about building, and the Klutz LEGO Gadgets Science & Activity Kit takes that learning potential to the next level. The Klutz kit uses LEGOs to help your eight-year-old build 11 different machines. Some are practical, and some are silly. The important thing is that your child is learning and having fun. With 78 pages of step-by-step instructions, this isn’t just a building toy; it’s an introduction to engineering.
The Science & Activity Kit comes with LEGO elements to build 11 machines – from the Classic Catapult to a Robo-Boxer. Your boy can learn how gadgets work while putting his years of LEGO practice to good use. Who knows what he may grow up to build!
58 LEGO elements to build 11 gadgets
78-page instruction book to guide building
Behind the Gadget info and insights
Learn skills to build on
- Weight1.25 Pounds
If you want a fun take on the mini-drone concept, then look no further than the Flying Toy Ball Infrared Induction RC Flying Toy. The ball uses inductive suspension flying, sensing objects around it, and moving intelligently. Just turn it on, hold it in your hand, and then let it go. It will hover in place! Control movement with your hand and turn it off with the remote control. Flying fun indoors and out!
The RC Flying Toy is pretty simple and comes with the ball, a one-button remote control, and a USB charging cable. Built for kids, the ball has a 3-second safety delay when you turn it on, and it shuts off if it hits anything. Bright LEDs light up the night when flying after dark. Your kids will also love some of the most sought-after remote control planes from our list; check them out!
Infrared induction flying ball controlled by hand gestures
LED lights add color to the flying experience
Remote control shutoff
USB charging cable included
- Weight2.39 Ounces
Your 8-year-old will learn about dinosaurs in a whole new way with Take Apart Dinosaur Toys. These buildable puzzles let your child build a Tyrannosaurus Rex and a Triceratops. Build them up and then play with them, increasing coordination and creativity. This do-it-yourself dino teaches that a little work can lead to a lot of fun. ROAR!
The Dinosaur Toys come as a set of two, with 34 pieces, plastic screws, and tools needed to build both dinos. Assemble and take apart the models over and over. Talk about dino-sized fun for your pint-sized paleontologist.
2 dinosaurs to assemble – Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops
34 pieces with plastic screws and tools to build
Build up your dino and let the battle begin
Dino decoration in your child’s room
- BrandFREE TO FLY
- Weight10.6 Ounces
Why Trust Us
To give you and your youngsters the coolest, most entertaining as well as educational gifts and gadgets, we spent a little over 15 hours on research for this guide. We also consulted with parents-members of our staff who gave us pointers on what boys this age seem to like the most, as well as on what toys tend to keep their sons and their friends interested and engaged for hours on end. As always, we aim to offer honest and accurate guides so that you can get the best products for your money; in this case, the very best gifts for 8-year-old kids in your life.
Who This Is For
This guide is for anyone who has an eight-year-old in their life whom they want to make happy! Whether you're looking for a cool gift for your nephew, an educational toy for your own child, or you want many different presents for kids in your life, whether they're in elementary school, middle school or even high school, this guide has got you covered.
How We Picked
At the age of 8 years, most boys are ready to switch to more challenging games and toys that will both encourage physical activity and stimulate the mind; in other words, most children this age are ready for something higher-level. That's why when choosing the products for this guide, we tried to include a wide range of games and gadgets that would satisfy even the pickiest kids out there. From games that teach basic (and not-so-basic) math concepts the fun way, to engineering toys that encourage natural curiosity, all the way to gifts that teach kids interesting stuff about the human body; we've got 'em all.
Features To Look For In Gifts & Toys For 8-Year-Old Boys
At 8-years-old, boys are growing up fast. They are developing their unique personalities and are getting better at all kinds of activities, physical and mental included. They’ve been at elementary school now for a few years, so have mastered the basics of STEM learning, which many love putting into practice. They are also forming friendships with other children and playing together in groups. It’s an inquisitive, creative, and inventive age. While they might enjoy learning to play a new musical instrument or more challenging robotic builds, they also still appreciate a superhero action figure. The toys you choose at this age should challenge their growing mental and physical abilities while encouraging them to have fun.
Not sure where to begin? Here are the three most important things to pay attention to when shopping for gifts for young children.
Interest - Most eight-year-olds are developing their preferences but are still curious about everything. It is also essential to pay attention to what the child is interested in but don’t be afraid to help them try something new. The best way to figure out the child’s toy preference for a gift is to ask their parents or if you're a parent yourself ask them directly.
Durability - Boys this age are often rough on toys. Durable toys made with more robust materials such as wood, steel, or specialty hard plastic will likely hold up better and last longer. Needless to say, all toys made for children must be safe and made from non-toxic materials.
Budget - Your relationship with the child and financial situation will also affect your gift choice. We included toy choices for any budget to make present buying as easy as possible.
Gifts & Toys for 8 Year Old Boys FAQ
Q: What types of toys do 8-year-old boys like?
A: Most 8-year-old boys are curious to explore their environment and to challenge their skills. They also want to have fun. So, the best toys provide mental and physical stimulation wrapped in a fun package. Construction kits and anything that they can build, make, or do will go down well. Illustrated books full of exciting facts are a great choice for young readers. Bikes, scooters, skateboards, and other competitive sports accessories make great gifts at this age too.
- Fun Learning Ideas for 8-Year-Olds - OxfordOwl
- Toys and Play: 6- to 8-Year-Olds - Seattle Children's
- The Power of Play - How Fun and Games Help Children Thrive - HealthyChildren.org