AmScope 120X-1200X Kids Microscope STEM Kit
Activ Life Kid’s Flying Rings
Rally and Roar Tabletop Air Hockey Table
Eight can be a tricky age for boys. It is also a difficult 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. While no longer little, they still require safe and child-friendly products. So if you are looking for a great gift for your 8-year-old son, grandson, nephew, or family friend, then stay right where you. Our guide to the Best Gifts & Toys for 8-Year-Old Boys has the perfect lineup for you.
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. Your child will be able to see familiar objects in new ways as they explore the building blocks of our world.
The STEM kit includes a microscope with up to 1200X magnification and a 49-piece accessory kit, everything needed to perform real-world experiments in one convenient carrying case. A bottle of brine shrimp eggs comes included for the first experiment.
Working microscope with 49-piece specimen toolkit
120x, 240x, 300x, 480x, 600x, and 1200x magnification
Brine shrimp egg experiment
ABS hard carrying case
- Weight 2.9 pounds
Connect with your 8-year-old with the Selieve Toys Walkie Talkies. Great for imaginative 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 try to sneak up on a lizard. 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. The unit is 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.
2 walkie talkies – durable and designed for kids
3 km open field range and .5-1 mile residential range
22 channels reinforced by 99 CTCSS sub-codes for privacy
4 AAA batteries required (not included)
- Weight6.4 ounces
The Thinkfun Gravity Maze Marble Run is fun for your 8-year-old and the whole family. Perfect for young minds craving something new and yet challenging enough for everyone. This gravity-powered maze game comes with 60 challenges of increasing difficulty. Brain-teasers improve logical reasoning, spatial awareness, and critical thinking, and fun gameplay makes this a great addition to any classroom or home.
Gravity Maze was a Toy of the Year Award winner in 2017. It’s an excellent gift for kids who like puzzles, smart games, and challenging activities. Everything you need to play is in the box, including a game grid, nine towers, one target piece, three marbles, and easy-to-understand instructions. Whether at school or home, this game is the perfect gift for young engineers ready for a challenge.
60 beginner to expert challenges
Comes with clear instructions
Develops STEM skills
- Weight1.61 pounds
The classic pogo stick is ready for a new generation. The Flybar My First Foam Pogo Jumper is an excellent introduction to the fun of pogo. Made of high-quality foam and designed for indoor and outdoor use, this jumper cultivates balance and coordination skills critical to a life of physical health and success.
The Pogo Jumper is pretty simple, but your child will love hoppin’ around on it. It is an especially great way to get out some energy when the weather is bad. Fun, colorful designs and a satisfying squeak add to the fun. The handle stretches to adjust to any height.
High-quality foam with adjustable height handle
Multiple colors and fun designs
It squeaks when you hop!
No batteries required
- Weight13.6 ounces
The Toy Rocket Launcher will be sure to enthrall and entertain your 8-year-old while helping him learn the basics of physics. Just run, jump, and launch the safe foam rocket up to 100 feet in the air. Great for a park or playground, for the beach or the backyard. Your kid will get their energy out while learning about STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) through fun, exciting play.
This set comes with eight durable foam rockets and an easy-to-assemble launcher. Load a rocket onto the blast pad and see how high you can send it into the air. Your kid will love it!
8 foam rockets that fly up to 100 feet in the air
100% kid-powered – run, jump, and launch
No batteries required
- Weight15.2 ounces
Most 8-year-old boys can teach grown-ups a thing or two about Minecraft. With the Zombie Cave, they can make cool Minecraft stuff in real life! Build with classic coal, red stone, gold, and diamond ore elements from the game. This set is a great way to get your child away from the screen and engaged in imaginative play.
The Zombie Cave set is 241 pieces and comes with building elements, a furnace, and a ladder just like in Minecraft. It also includes a Steve Minecraft mini-figure, bat, baby zombie, and zombie figures. It is compatible with other LEGO sets so that your little guy can build even more worlds.
Minecraft Zombie Cave with furnace and ladder
Steve Minecraft mini-figure and zombie, baby zombie, and bat figures
Compatible with all LEGO building sets
- Weight1 ounce
The UWANTME Electronic Shooting Target will turn your 8-year-old into an expert Nerf Blaster marksman in no time. The four targets rebound automatically after and feature realistic firearm and broken glass sounds. Invite your friends over and challenge them with multiple game modes. Great for a rainy day or any day, these targets are perfect for developing hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.
The Shooting Target comes with everything needed to start sharpshooting. The base unit comes with four targets and features a 3-digit digital display.
4-target shooting gallery
Solo and multiplayer modes
Three rounds of competition
Sounds of simulated gunfire and broken glass
- Weight1.2 pounds
The Light-up Dino World Terrarium Kit is more than just a hands-on ecosystem experience for your 8-year-old. 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 Kit 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.
Jar with built-in rechargeable LED light
Garden elements including soil and seeds
5 dinosaurs – Velociraptor and 4 smaller dinos
- 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 tacti-cool. 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 an adjustable vest, tactical mask, protective glasses, dart pouch, reload clip, wrist band ammo holder, and 30 Nerf darts. It works with all Nerf N-Strike Elite blasters and most original N-Strike blasters.
Vest is adjustable and features a lightning design
Tactical mask and protective glasses cover the face
Massive dart carrying capacity with dart pouch, reload clip, and wrist band
30 Nerf darts included
- Weight9.6 ounces
Get a modern update to the classic flying disc with the Activ Life Kid’s Flying Rings. These are the easiest flyers to throw and catch, making them perfect for 8-year-olds and parents who haven’t thrown a Frisbee since college. Catch them on your arm, catch them on your foot, they are fun and easy, even for the smallest hands.
The Flying Rings come in a variety of vibrant colors and are perfect for the park or the beach. They float on water, so they are great in the ocean, lake, or pool. At only 33 grams, they are light enough to be safe around young children.
2 durable, lightweight foam flying rings
33 g for safe kids play
Floats on water – great for pool or beach
- BrandActiv Life
Teach your youngster how one thing leads to another with the Klutz LEGO Chain Reactions Science & Building Kit. With this kit, your 8-year-old can build 10 different machines that spin, swing, pivot, roll, lift, and drop – and combine them to create different chain reactions. Build on your boy’s LEGO skills and help him develop a love of cool science.
This award-winning science and building kit come with 33 LEGO elements, six LEGO balls, and assorted building elements. A Klutz-certified crystal clear instruction book helps you build everything. A great intro to physics!
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 8-year-old 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. Suitable for two to six players, this 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 your 8-year-old 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 kit 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.
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 RC 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 8-year-old. 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’s ready for speed. Race into the night with light-up headlights. The 27MHz two-stick controller is simple and easy to use. The car works best indoors and even looks great on display when you aren’t racing.
The RC Car box contains the remote control car, controller, and instructions to help you get started. 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
The WisToyz Kids Toys Hover Soccer Ball Set updates soccer for the 21st century. Every active 8-year-old will love zipping the hover ball around on the floor. All you need is a smooth floor – tile, hardwood, or even low-pile carpet work with the durable disc that hovers just above the ground. Teach good sportsmanship by turning your kitchen into a soccer stadium. GOOOOAL!!!
This Hover Soccer Ball Set comes ready-to-play with a hover ball with multi-color LED lights, two goals, and an inflatable ball with a pump.
Hover soccer ball with multi-color LED lights
2 mini goals
Inflatable ball with pump
4 AA batteries required (not included)
- Weight1.21 pounds
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 kid off the screen today. Based on a simple loop principle, pindaloo is simple to play but challenging to master. Once you get the simple throw down, there are endless throwing and catching tricks that require focus and coordination to pull off. Pack pindaloo for your next outing, and you will never be bored!
The Skill Toy is simple and comes with a pindaloo tube, two juggling balls, and caps to store the balls in the tube between pindaloo sessions. Just loop the ball from side to side and then build on those basics for hours of fun.
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. Perfect for a rough and tumble 8-year-old.
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 love dinosaurs and can experience the thrill of being on a 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 your 8-year-old 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 genuine 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 fun and full of facts.
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 8-year-old 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 flossing in no time.
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. Then the light-up display stand helps show off their hard work in the lab – red, blue, and clear crystals glowing for all to see.
The Kit 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.
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
Your 8-year-old is probably way into robots. If so, 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 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. This bot is a fun introduction to programming.
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 kit 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 & Experiment Set comes with everything to make disgusting slimes, including detailed instructions. This set is an excellent educational gift 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 science with gross experiments
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 parents can be sure they are learning and developing critical thinking skills. First, your 8-year-old 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 control 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 game going, including the table, two mini pucks, two mini pushers, and assembly instructions. Two scoreboard options give you different games to play. What a great way to get off the screen and have some fun!
Tabletop air hockey table measures 20×40 inches
Sits on table with 9-inch legs
2 mini pucks and 2 pushers included
2 AAA batteries required (not included)
- BrandRally and Roar
- Model13.86 pounds
The LEGO Hidden Side Graveyard Mystery is one set where the fun keeps going long after construction. After building the set, your 8-year-old 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 8-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 element 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 the 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.
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
8-Year-Old Boys Toy Buying Guide & FAQ
At 8-years-old, boys are growing up fast. They are developing their unique personalities and are getting better at all kinds of activities. They’ve been at elementary school now for a few years, so have mastered the basics of STEM learning, which they 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.
Features To Look For In Gifts & Toys for 8-Year-Old Boys
In choosing a gift for an 8-year-old, several factors come into play. Some toys are more educational, while others are only fun. Strike a balance that fits your budget.
Interest - Most 8-year-olds are developing their preferences but 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 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 plastic will likely hold up better and last longer. Stronger than regular plastic, these durable toys can withstand the rigors of rough play. 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 include toy choices for any budget to make gift buying as easy as possible.
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. The best toys provide mental and physical stimulation wrapped in a fun package. Construction kits, books full of exciting facts, anything that they can build, make, or do will go down well. Bikes, scooters, skateboards, and other competitive sports accessories make great gifts at this age too.
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