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 challenges (beginner to expert)
Nine towers, one target piece, and three marbles
Develops critical thinking
Toy of the Year Award Winner
- 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 Nerf gun 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!
Official Fortnite product
Eight NERF Mega darts included
- 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.
This LEGO Minecraft 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.
Based on Minecraft Zombie Cave map
Includes Minecraft Steve, bat, zombie and more figures
Exploding TNT function
- 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.
45 minutes to charge
Available in three colors
- 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.
Dice and card game
Takes around 20 minutes
Simple strategy board games
- 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 this robot for kids without batteries.
Build 12 unique robots
Powered by a solar panel
Ranges from entry-level to advanced
Supports STEM learning
- 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 for boys and girls is perfect to start a rainy day or college fund!
Made from high-quality ABS
Holds 600 coins or 100 notes
Makes sounds when you insert cash
- 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.
Three batteries included (7 minutes per battery)
Remote control included
- 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 frisbee 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.
Weigh just 33g each
Available in eight different color schemes
- BrandActiv Life
The Kids Tactical Vest Kit will give your 9-year-old an edge in his next Nerf blaster battle. This vest lets your boy ammo up and get on the move with plenty of storage for extra Nerf darts, extra magazines, and a small blaster or two. The protective eyewear and mask give him confidence and help him stay hidden from opponents. You gotta Nerf them before they Nerf you!
The Vest Kit includes an adjustable tactical vest, tactical mask, protective glasses, dart pouch, reload clip, wrist band ammo holder, and 30 Nerf darts. It is compatible with most original N-Strike blasters and with all Nerf N-Strike Elite blasters. Nerfs up!
Tactical vest holds 20+ darts
Kit includes a dart pouch, mask, protective glasses, and reload clips
30 refill darts included
Suitable for kids aged 5-14 years old
For Nerf Guns N-Strike Elite Series
- 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
With The Klutz Lego Chain Reactions Science & Building Kit, your 9-year-old can construct 10 different Lego machines that spin, swing, pivot, roll, lift, and drop. This kitis a great way to teach your child cause and effect, the fact that one thing leads to another, and then another, and so on. Then he can combine different elements to create different chain reactions. Years of playing with Lego can help him understand the world even better!
The award-winning science and building kit comes with 33 Lego elements, six Lego balls, and assorted other elements to build all 10 machines and see the chain reactions. The kit comes with a Klutz-certified crystal clear instruction book to help you build everything. Your kids and you will also love some of these fun Lego creator sets from our list. Check them out.
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 remote control 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 built for speed. It has wide racing tires and a spoiler to generate downforce paired with an aerodynamic racecar design. The 27MHz two-stick controller lets your boy race this 1/18 scale RC supercar around the house, with hard surfaces working the best. The LED headlights light up the road for racing action after dark. The car looks good enough to proudly display in a young race fan’s room.
The RC Car comes with the remote control car, controller, and instructions to get started. The RC car requires four AA batteries and the controller needs two AA batteries, which are not included. A fast car that is easy to drive and looks good. Perfect.
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 is a high-tech take on soccer. A foam wrapped hover ball glides just above the floor, LED lights blinking as another kick sends it hurtling towards the goal. This is not soccer for robots! It’s for your 9-year-old and played with a durable disc that hovers on smooth floors like tile, hardwood, or low carpet. Two mini goals turn your kitchen or game room into a soccer stadium. GOOOAAAAAL!
This Hover Soccer Ball Set comes with the LED light-up hover ball, two mini goals for either soccer or hockey, and an inflatable ball with pump for even more play possibilities. The ball requires four AA batteries, which are not included.
Hover soccer ball with multi-color LED lights
2 mini goals
Inflatable ball with pump
4 AA batteries required (not included)
- Weight1.21 pounds
The pindaloo Skill Toy is an update of the classic ball toss game for the video game generation. This addictive game is based on a simple loop principle and requires extreme focus and coordination, a great challenge for any 9-year-old. Once he gets the basics down, there are a ton of throwing and catching tricks to master.
The Skill Toy comes with a pindaloo tube, two juggling balls and caps for ball storage in the tube between pindaloo sessions. Just loop the ball from side to side and then spend hours building up to some sick tricks.
Easy to play, hard to master
Great for focus and coordination
- Weight8.2 ounces
Take a trip around the world in augmented reality with the Shifu Orboot Interactive Globe. This innovative educational toy features an app that helps your boy visit new countries and learn about different parts of the world. With this globe, kids can explore our planet through independent discovery and develops linguistic and cognitive abilities. By building knowledge of geography and environmental science, your 9-year-old will be an informed world citizen in no time!
Featuring 400+ highlights and 1000+ facts, the Orboot app teaches about the world across six different categories – cultures, monuments, inventions, animals, maps, and weather. It comes with a passport, stamps, stickers, and a detailed 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
The NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Mega Fossil Dig Kit puts your kid in the dirt on a dino dig with real tools and real fossils. Follow the 16-page paleontology diglearning guide to explore the prehistoric world of dinosaurs, sharks, brachiopods, mosasaurs, ammonites, and more. Tools like the chisel, brush, and magnifying glass are included so your 9-year-old can excavate actual prehistoric fossils.
The Dig Kit comes with a large dig brick that contains 15 genuine fossils, the 16-page learning guide, a set of digging tools, and a magnifying glass. From the trusted and beloved National Geographic, this perfect for your dino crazy boy!
1 dig brick with 15 real ancient fossils
Digging toolset includes chisel and brush
1 magnifying glass
- 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)
The Lego Technic WHACK! is different from most Legos sets. It’s a rugged crash action racecar with a powerful pull-back motor, sturdy bumpers and wide, grippy tires. After your 9-year-old builds the car, he can race his friends, pull off extreme stunts and crash with style. The engine even pop out on impact! Your little racer can construct a cool car and then see what it takes to total it in a crash… and then rebuild it again. WHACK!
This 135-pieces Lego set needs to be assembled, but a 9-year-old should be able to handle it. Combine this set with other Lego Technic sets to build up and crash apart a garage full of Lego vehicles.
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 kids and adult 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
Get your 9-year-old exploring the forest beyond the backyard with the Outdoor Exploration Set. Get him off the screen and outside – identifying birds and bugs, orienteering with a compass, and developing his leadership skills. Hiking and exploring the outdoors gives your boy so many opportunities to learn and grow, and this set can help him capitalize on that chance.
The Exploration Setis a trail-ready kit that includes4x30mm binoculars for kids, 3x60mm magnifying glass, LED hand-crank flashlight, a whistle, compass, and a backpack. Let him put together an expedition pack and start your next adventure!
High-quality optics – 4 x 30 mm binoculars for kids and 3 x 60 mm magnifying glass
LED hand-crank flashlight and whistle
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?! An 8-year-old boy would also love it!
WWE Championship Belt replica belt
Just like the WWE Superstars wear
- BrandWWE MATTEL
- Weight9.2 ounces
The UWANTME Electronic Shooting Target is the fastest way to make an expert Nerf blaster marksman out of your boy. Four targets automatically rebound when knocked down and the unit makes firearm and broken glass sounds. Play with friends and challenge for bragging rights with multiple game modes. Great for a rainy day or any day, these targets give your 9-year-old girl or boy a tactical advantage in his next Nerf battle.
The Shooting Target base unit comes with four targets and features a three-digit digital display for a three-round competition for two players. Start shootin’ today!
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 Dartboard 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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