ThinkFun Gravity Maze Marble Run Brain Game
Mattel Games UNO Minecraft Card Game
Play22 Laser Tag Set
Your little man is 9 years old and is about to go through some significant changes. Middle school is on the horizon, along with everything that comes with it. He is still a little boy in many ways, but ready for challenges that prepare him for what’s ahead. When choosing the best gift for a boy in this transitional stage, toys, and games that encourage his hunger for knowledge while giving him space to let his inner child grow are best. It is essential to support your child, even though he may seem grown-up because he needs guidance as he matures. This guide to the 30 best gifts & toys for 9-year-old boys makes it easy to shop for boys at this tough age.
The Best Toys & Gifts for 9 Year Old Boys
The Thinkfun Gravity Maze Marble Run Brain Game is challenging fun for your 9-year-old, the family, and his friends. Perfect for young minds craving something new and challenging for everyone. This gravity-powered maze game features 60 challenges of increasing difficulty. Gravity Maze develops critical thinking and ties into STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) subjects like engineering and science. Building towers to complete the maze sharpens the mind and improves logical reasoning, spatial reasoning, and planning. This game makes a great addition to any classroom or homeschool curriculum.
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. The game comes with a game grid, nine towers, one target piece, three marbles, and instructions. At school or home, this is the perfect gift for any aspiring young engineer.
60 beginner to expert challenges
Comes with clear instructions
Develops STEM skills
- Weight1.61 pounds
Fortnite is the #1 game in the world right now. If you’ve got kids, you’ve no doubt heard all about it and seen the dances. You probably wish they would go outside and play more. The Nerf Fortnite TS-1 Blaster is the perfect solution! Based on one of the primary Fortnite weapons, this Blaster shoots safe darts for battling indoors or outside.
This Dart Blaster features pump action to shoot further than a standard blaster without requiring batteries. It holds 4 Nerf Mega Darts with eight darts included. Storage on the stock keeps you reloading faster. Bring the Fortnite fun home with this Blaster!
Fortnite-themed pump-action blaster
4 Nerf Mega Dart capacity with stock storage
8 darts included
No batteries required
- Weight2.2 pounds
Your 9-year-old boy is probably already a Minecraft wiz. With the Zombie Cave, the cool Minecraft stuff can come to life with Lego! Build a Lego set with classic coal, red stone, gold, and diamond ore elements from the game. When the sun goes down, Steve should look out for the zombie and baby zombie; a great way to get your child off of the screen and into imaginative play.
The Zombie Cave set is 241 pieces and comes with building elements, a furnace, and a ladder just like in the Minecraft videogame. It also includes a Steve Minecraft mini-figure, bat, baby zombie, and zombie figures. It is compatible with other Lego sets to open a whole world of possibilities.
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
Drones are the latest craze, and the Force1 Scoot Hand Operated Drone is the perfect way to get in on the action. This easy-to-fly UFO-style drone launches and flies without a remote control. Infrared sensors allow for hand control and help the drone easily avoid obstacles. A gentle toss gets you flying, and LED lights put on a show after dark.
The Hand Operated Drone is easy to set up and use. It charges in less than 50 minutes and flies with a gentle toss in the air. The protective webbed shell keeps fingers and furniture safe.
4.75-inch self-flying drone
5 sensors to control flight
Indoor or outdoor play
Rechargeable battery and charging cable
- Weight5 ounces
Every 9-year-old loves adventure. With Dragonwood A Game of Dice & Daring Board Game, your boy can explore the Dragonrealm beyond his home. With missions to sneak into the Witch’s Cabin or storm the Isle of Dragons, this game puts your little man in command, teaching critical thinking and decision making skills. Who can collect the most gold and rule the realm?
The Board Game comes complete in box with everything you need to play. Collect adventurer cards to roll the dice against your adversaries. This game of strategy and wit will keep you on your toes. Perfect for your next Friday game night or sleepovers.
Tabletop strategy game experience
108 cards, 6 custom die, rules of play
20 minute playing time
Suitable for 2-4 players
- Weight14.9 ounces
For any 9-year-old with an aptitude for building and coding, the Sillbird STEM 12-in-1 Solar Robot is a great gift to challenge them even further. For kids with good creativity, concentration, and engineering ability, this 12-in-1 solar robot kit offers tons of possibilities. They can build 12 different robots that operate on land or water or use their imagination to create and develop their robot. All this while learning about how to engineer a robot that runs on solar power.
The Solar Robot kit comes with 190 easy-build pieces, accessories, and detailed instructions for 12 different builds. There are two difficulty levels of robot building, so your child can progress from easier to more challenging and then on to create his own. The solar panel runs the robot without batteries.
190 pieces builds 12 different robots
Powered by solar energy
Develops STEM education skills
- Weight1 pound
Teach your 9-year-old crucial money and budgeting skills with the HUSAN Kids Code Electronic Piggy Banks Mini ATM Coin Box. You are never too young to start learning the value of saving and investment. This piggy bank is a locked-down lockbox made of strong ABS plastic and features a security door with password protection. Give your children a lesson in saving that pays off when it’s time for ice cream!
The Electronic Piggy Bank uses three AA batteries to run an automatic bill acceptor, lighted currency volume indicator, and security keypad. The keypad works with a four-digit code that you can set and reset. With a capacity of 600 coins and 100 paper notes, this gift is perfect to start a rainy day or college fund!
Made from high-quality ABS material
Stores 600 coin pieces and 100 paper notes
Automatic bill acceptor
Password protected door
- Weight16 ounces
Drones are the latest rage, and they are here to stay. The Holy Stone HS210 Mini Drone RC Nano Quadcopter will introduce your boy to the joys of being a drone pilot at a great price point. This affordable drone is easy to fly, with an auto-hover function that keeps it in place when you release the stick. One-key takeoff makes takeoffs and landings smooth, which is great when you’re learning. Once your boy masters the fundamentals of flight, he can do 3D flips and other stunts.
The RC Nano Quadcopter is a powerful drone that fits in the palm of your hand. It comes with the quadcopter, a remote controller, spare propellers, repair tools, a user manual, and a USB charger cable. Three batteries allow for 21 minutes of flight time.
Fully capable palm-sized drone
Easy to fly with features like altitude hold and one-touch return
Spare propellers with installation tools
3D flip mode for stunts
- BrandHoly Stone
- Weight14.1 ounces
The classic flying disc toss-and-catch game is even better with the Activ Life Kid’s Flying Rings. These rings are easier than a disc to throw and catch but can go far, making them an excellent way for your 9-year-old to test his skills with friends and family. Arm and foot catches are easy with the rings, as are different style throws.
The Flying Rings come in several different colors and float on water. Perfect for your next trip to the beach or pool, or just take them to the neighborhood park. Weighing just 33g, they are safe for young children. Share a bit of backyard game history with your boy with this gift.
2 durable, lightweight foam flying rings
33g weight for safe kids play
Floats on water – great for the pool or beach
- BrandActiv Life
The Kids Tactical Vest Kit will give your 9-year-old an edge in his next Nerf Blaster battle. With plenty of storage for extra Nerf darts, spare magazines, and a small blaster or two, this vest lets your boy ammo up and get on the move. The protective eyewear and mask give him confidence and help him stay stealthy. You must Nerf them before they Nerf you!
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
Most 9-year-olds have seen their share of Legos and trains, but the Ravensburger Gravitrax Starter Set Marble Run gives them something new and exciting to build. This interactive track system offers tons of freedom to experiment with engineering, gravity, magnetism, and movement. Different tiles, levels, tracks, and features let you control the speed of each ball. Build a course and race marbles or set up trick shots. The possibilities are endless.
The Starter Set comes with 122 elements to start building, including a cannon. The instructions outline nine track designs and 24 challenges. This set is compatible with other Gravitrax sets, so you can keep the creative construction fun going.
122 elements to start building marble runs, including a cannon
9 track designs and 24 challenges
Different tiles, levels, tracks, and features allow for ball control
Compatible with other Gravitrax sets
- Weight4.18 pounds
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 the Pussan Amphibious Remote Control Car, your 9-year-old can experience extreme high-speed, flippin’ fun on land or the water. The mega-strong car body and dual-motor four-wheel drive make this RC car capable of 180-degree flips and 360-degree spinning stunts. Great fun on land, on the sand, in the mud, on the grass, or surfing in the water. No matter where you go, this RC car can make it fun!
The RC Car comes with the car, a pistol-grip remote controller, batteries for both the car and controller, a charging cable, and instructions. The vehicle is shockproof and features dual-motor 4 x 4, rubber tires, and ultrafast controller reaction speed for maximum extreme fun.
RC car that drives on land or water
Dual motor 4×4 with all-terrain tires
180-degree flips and 360-degree spins
Batteries for car and controller with charging cable
- Weight2.29 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 9-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 Shifu Orboot is one of the most innovative kids’ toys on the market. Go on a trip around the world in augmented reality! Use their app to visit new countries and learn about different parts of the world. It’s an exciting and imaginative way for kids to explore our planet. This toy encourages independent discovery and develops linguistic and cognitive abilities. By building knowledge of geography and environmental science, your 9-year-old will be an informed citizen of the world when they travel!
The Orboot app has 400+ highlights and 1000+ facts about the world across six different categories – cultures, monuments, inventions, animals, maps, and weather. It comes with many extras, including a passport, stamps, stickers, and a detailed help guide. With your iOS or Android device, you are one tap away from the learning journey of a lifetime.
400+ highlights and 1000+ world facts
Passport, stamps, and stickers included
Works with iOS and Android
- Weight2.64 pounds
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 9-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
If you can’t go to the laser tag arena, then bring the laser tag arena home! The Play22 Laser Tag Sets is a great laser tag set to get your boy and his rough and tumble friends into a serious laser battle. Play indoors or outdoors with an impressive 130-foot range and different weapon modes. Perfect for hosting a laser tag tournament!
These Laser Tag Sets come with everything you need to get battling, including four blasters and four vests. Each Blaster includes four weapon modes to change gameplay – pistol, shotgun, machine gun, and rocket. Great for one-on-one or a team battle.
4 blasters featuring 4 weapon modes and team tech
4 high-tech hit vests that light up and vibrate on hit
LED lights and sounds add to the fun
130-foot laser range
26 AA batteries required for all blasters and vests (not included)
- Weight4.39 pounds
It is a fact that 9-year-old boys love video games and most probably have a console or computer to play on. The Beijue 16-Bit Handheld Games Console is a rugged addition to his video game universe. Designed for kids, it comes complete with 100 16-bit retro games from adventure to strategy to puzzle games.
The Handheld Games console features a 3-inch HD color screen and comes loaded with 100 classic 16-bit games. A rechargeable battery allows for 4 hours of play on one charge.
100 classic 16-bit games in 1 console
3-inch HD color screen
Rugged, kid-friendly design
Rechargeable battery and charging cable
- Weight6.1 ounces
If your 9-year-old is into drones or video games, the Potensic Upgraded A20 Mini Drone is great on the go. This lightweight mini drone with rotor protection guards keeps your kid flying indoors, outdoors, and in almost any situation. Auto-hover keeps it in place, and one-key takeoff makes takeoffs and landings smooth. Durable and with three speed modes, this drone is great for beginners.
The Mini Drone is a rugged quadcopter that sits in the palm of your hand. It comes packaged with a 2.4vGHz console-style remote controller, spare propellers, repair tools, a user manual, and a USB charging cable.
Fully capable palm-sized drone
Easy to fly with features like altitude hold and one-touch takeoff
Durable drone with rotor protection
- Weight6.7 ounces
The 2-in-1 Remote Control Racer is an excellent gift if you know your kid loves vehicles but want to give your boy options. Your 9-year-old can choose between a racecar or an off-road truck and construct the car out of snap-together pieces. Then he can race it on any smooth surface using the remote controller. Perfect for a boy who wants to be an engineer, builder, or a 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
Roger that! 10-4! Over! Keep in touch with your 9-year-old with the Joyfun Walkie Talkies for Kids. Great for playing inside or outside with family and friends, these walkie talkies get you ready for adventure. Explore the great outdoors, play hide-and-seek all over the neighborhood, or have a late-night conversation with your best friend. Safety features like a flashlight and voice-activated transmission help your child learn to be responsible as they explore.
The Walkie Talkies come equipped with 22 channels and operate on FRS/GMRS for private conversations. The units feature a backlit display, headset, sound-out, and belt clip. With noise reduction, high-quality sound, and call tones that include five animal noises, these are perfect for your boy.
2 walkie talkies – durable and designed for kids
Up to 2-mile range and 22 channels with privacy features
10 call tones, including 5 animal call tones
4 AAA batteries required (not included)
With LEGOs, your imagination’s the limit. If you can imagine a crash-action racecar with a powerful pull-back motor, then you can build it with the LEGO Technic WHACK! The sturdy bumpers and wide tires let you race other cars, pull extreme stunts, and even crash with style. This fun toy helps your young engineer build a cool, fast car that he can rebuild time and time again. Perfect for a 9-year-old boy!
This LEGO set comes with 135 pieces and features an engine that pops out on impact. You can combine with other LEGO Technic sets for even more fun.
Pull-back motor for impressive acceleration
Low-profile tires and wide rims
Compatible with all LEGO building sets
- Weight1 ounce
The Mattel Games UNO Minecraft Card Game puts a new twist on that familiar and fun, family-friendly card game, Uno. The deck features characters from the popular Minecraft computer game. In addition, this game introduces the Creeper Card, which deals damage as your opponents scramble to match cards. When you’re down to your last card, don’t forget to yell, “UNO!”
This game comes with a 112-card UNO deck with cards featuring Minecraft characters and images. The classic game UNO with a Minecraft look and a new way to play, what could be better?
112-card UNO deck featuring Minecraft characters and images
Minecraft-themed special rule for enhanced gameplay
- BrandMattel Games
- Model5.6 ounces
Get your active 9-year-old ready to rumble with the ToyVelt Punching Bag for Kids. It is a great way to get out some energy, stay fit, and improve coordination for other sports. Modeled on pro-equipment, this tough, freestanding bag bounces back with every kick or punch. Its durable material can take even the toughest punches. A pair of kid’s boxing gloves make for real boxing feel. Keep your guard up! Bob and weave!
The Punching Bag kit comes with the bag, boxing gloves, weighted base, pump, and bar that adjusts in height from 31-43 inches. It is easy to set up and a great way to introduce your boy to training for boxing or MMA.
Durable black and red punching bag with pump
Boxing gloves in black and red
Adjustable height from 31-43 inches
- Weight2.77 pounds
The Outdoor Exploration Set is a great way to get your 9-year-old adventurer ready to explore the wilderness of the backyard or beyond. Get him off the screen and outside to discover birds and bugs, learn to use a compass, and develop leadership skills. With so much to learn and see in the big, wide world, this gift may just ignite a lifelong passion for the outdoors.
The kit comes with everything you need to get out and hit the trail, including 4 x 30 mm binoculars for kids, 3 x 60 mm magnifying glass, an LED hand-crank flashlight, whistle, compass, and a backpack. Grab a map and water bottle and start your expedition today!
High-quality optics – 4 x 30 mm binoculars for kids and 3 x 60 mm magnifying glass
Safety equipment – LED hand-crank flashlight and whistle
Compass for orienteering
Backpack for exploration and storage
- BrandSmall Discoverer
- Weight14.4 ounces
If your 9-year-old is a fan of WWE wrestling, then he will love this WWE Chad Gable Championship Title Belt. The sleek medallions will make him feel like his favorite star and champion, Chad Gable! Your child will love putting this belt over his shoulder and strutting his stuff, just like the superstars in the ring.
This Championship Belt features medallions and an adjustable, leather-like strap. Your child can wear the championship belt, just like their favorite wrestling ring stars. Are you ready to rumble?!
WWE Championship Belt replica belt
Just like the WWE Superstars wear
- BrandWWE MATTEL
- Weight9.2 ounces
The UWANTME Electronic Shooting Target will turn your 9-year-old into an expert Nerf Blaster marksman in no time. The four targets rebound automatically 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 three-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 STREET WALK Magnetic Dart Board uses durable, safe, neodymium magnet darts to fly straight and stick to the board. The sturdy game board is two-sided for traditional darts or accuracy games. Hit a bullseye on your next family game night!
The Dart Board measures 16 inches across, comes with 12 magnetic darts in four colors, and a hook that makes it easy to hang in any room or outdoors. Introduce your kid to the classic game of darts, and who knows, maybe someday he can challenge The Hammer!
16-inch reversible dartboard
12 neodymium magnet darts in 4 colors
Hook included for easy installation
Teach your child the classic game of darts
- BrandStreet Walk
- Weight3.44 pounds
9-Year-Old Boys Toy Buying Guide & FAQ
At 9 years old, your child is about to start middle school. It is an independent age and one in which they are making more friends, facing challenges concerning academics, and asking increasingly difficult questions about the world around them. With their heightened curiosity and longer attention span, the mind of a 9-year-old is in a state of constant and rapid development. At this stage, most children are more vocal about their feelings and able to express their views and thoughts on numerous topics of interest.
Toys and playing contribute significantly to the overall development of every child, which is true for 9-year-olds as well. Through play, boys this age develop skills such as communication, coordination, creativity, and vocabulary. Toys can be fantastic educational tools to keep your child entertained as you enjoy time with friends or family. Playtime is also a great time to strengthen the bond between parent and child. But at this age, play can also be a mental escape from increasing academic, athletic, or social pressures. So, kids need educational toys, but they also just need to blow off some steam and have some fun.
Features To Look For In Toys & Gifts for 9-Year-Old Boys
Choosing a gift for a 9-year-old does not need to be a difficult task. Something new and engaging will be welcome. Strike a balance between fun and a toy that delivers a developmental benefit. This list is sure to have one that covers all bases.
Interest - Most 9-year-olds have their preferences set but are still open to new experiences. It is, therefore, good to know what the child is interested in, but don’t be afraid to encourage them to try something new. You can also ask their parents or ask them directly to figure out if they have a gift in mind.
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. More robust 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 should also affect gift choice. We include toy choices for any budget to make gift buying easy, regardless of budget or relationship to the boy.
Toys for 9-Year-Old Boys FAQ
Q: What type of toys do 9-year-old boys like?
A: Most 9-year-old boys have one thing on their mind – fun. They are rough and ready, a big kid on the cusp of rapid development. Mentally, they are bright and curious, ready to explore their environment and to challenge their skills if it means they can have some fun. The best toys provide mental and physical stimulation in a fun package. Construction kits with a new twist, competitive games, anything they can program, interact with, or control is a good gift for a boy this age.
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