Best Children’s Toys for 8-13 year old kids

Ages 8-13, you could be said to be living the tutorial for adulthood. You have seen the world, assembled your character, allocated yourself some personality traits and skills, and got familiar with your tools. Now is time to try them out.

Your child at this age will be doing many chores around the house, studying hard at school, and already living a lot of everyday adult situations, all with the reassurance that if they mess up you’re their safety net. For this reason, their toys may seem to regress and turn to escapism. They will start playing, as adults do, to relax after a hard day working. For this reason we will be introducing toys that have little to do with their chores and homework.

Because they are so eager to use play to relax, you may find they are tempted by video games and the internet, and may while away their hours in front of a screen if given the chance. The problem with this is that the interests and daily habits your child develops now will be with them for life.

They are also going through the start of that age where they want to be masters of their own destiny, so if you try and guide them morally or socially now, it will probably blow up in your face. Instead, your time with them needs to be dedicated to ensuring they are comfortable, happy, and safe. Right now is the prime time for a lot of emotional and physical hurt, so helping them relax and just spending quality time with them is essential.

You will know your kid is at this stage if you notice a rebellious streak appearing, if they are starting to act more responsibly and handle a lot of chores and tasks on their own, and if they are starting to worry about their future, and the big things in life.

Toy 26: Advanced Remote Controlled Cars, Planes or Drones

remote controlled planeWhat are they?

Well, not just cars, but a whole range of advanced remote control items are not available to your kid. Cars, drones, helicopters, even remote control robots are on the market right now. There are countless things which can be bought if your kid is into remote control toys.

What do they do?

All the things for children at this developmental stage are purely for fun and relaxing. However, if you want to make this into a learning experience, feel free to spend time playing with this toy alongside your kid.

When will they grow out of this toy?

Your kid will probably continue to love remote control items well into their mid to late teens. However, during or after university many kids will lose interest again.

What features do I need to look for?

Ask your kid what they want. But if buying a surprise, make sure it is something with plenty of features they can use. Many remote control items, especially helicopters and drones, come with video options included.

Can I make one myself?

Not realistically.

Do I need to be cautious of anything?

If your kid has never used remote control toys before, you may not want to get them a high end or complicated one straight away. Start with a more basic one so that they can get the hang of it.

Toy 27: Building Toys With Small Pieces

What are they?

Building toys still remain a favorite, only now we are looking at Lego kits and DIY models. There are a wide range of these available, from simple boxes of Legos to elaborate constructions that can take weeks to finish.

What do they do?

All the things for children at this developmental stage are purely for fun and relaxing. However, if you want to make this into a learning experience, feel free to spend time playing with this toy alongside your kid.

When will they grow out of this toy?

If your kid hasn’t grown out of it yet, it will probably take until their teens or longer. Anything you get them now will be used for many years to come.

What features do I need to look for?

Ask your kid which one they want. Look for value for money in the sense that you want something that takes a very long time to complete from start to finish. You want your kid to be able to while away the hours working on building something, and you want that something to be very impressive by the end, so they feel it was a good use of their time.

Can I make one myself?

Not realistically.

Do I need to be cautious of anything?

Not really.

Toy 28: DIY Slime Kits

What are they?

Slime is, for whatever reason, a huge thing among children of all ages. But at this age they can make their own slime. I would not recommend slime making for people below this developmental stage as the ingredients can be risky in the hands of younger children.

What do they do?

All the things for children at this developmental stage are purely for fun and relaxing. However if you want to make this into a learning experience, feel free to spend time playing with this toy alongside your kid.

When will they grow out of this toy?

Yes, and thankfully so, I am sure many of you feel. This will be a great pastime for a few months at the most, and then they will get bored of it. They will keep the slimes to play with, but may never make another one.

What features do I need to look for?

Ask your kid what they want. Look for complete kits with glitter glues, many colors, etc.

Can I make one myself?

Yes, you can assemble a slime-making kit out of household items like glue, baking powder, contact lens solution, and food dyes. Add Styrofoam balls, glitter, fluorescent paint, etc, for an even more fun slime experience.

Do I need to be cautious of anything?

Make sure the mix is nontoxic, as some cheap mixes have toxic or allergenic components. If in doubt, make your own one so you don’t have

Toy 29: Toy Guns

What are they?

Toy guns are everywhere and kids seem to absolutely love them. From foam shooting NERF guns, to pellet shooting BB guns, to guns that shoot suckers, to paintball guns, there is a wide range of gun toys that are safe at this age range.

What do they do?

All the things for children at this developmental stage are purely for fun and relaxing. However, if you want to make this into a learning experience, feel free to spend time playing with this toy alongside your kid.

When will they grow out of this toy?

As they enter their teens most kids will lose some interest in toy guns, although if this is a big hobby of theirs right now, they may continue to be into it their whole lives.

What features do I need to look for?

Ask your kid. But make sure the gun is high quality and has enough ammo, otherwise it will almost certainly not be used. And try and make sure they have a wide range of different types and styles of gun, and enough of a collection to play with friends, or with you.

Can I make one myself?

Not realistically speaking.

Do I need to be cautious of anything?

Make sure the guns you choose are safe. Some BB guns fire pellets way too hard and fast, presenting a risk to eyes. And some paintball guns fire hard rounds too, resulting in bruising. Always make sure your kid wears eye protection when using a toy gun of any kind.

Toy 30: Water Pistols

water pistolWhat are they?

If your kid is big on backyard shootouts, but you’re not big on the potential injuries that come with toy guns that actually have ammo, then water pistols are a happy middle ground.

What do they do?

All the things for children at this developmental stage are purely for fun and relaxing. However, if you want to make this into a learning experience, feel free to spend time playing with this toy alongside your kid.

When will they grow out of this toy?

Your kid will probably never completely grow out of loving water pistols. Most adults will still play with them if given a chance! But by their teens they will start restricting water pistols to pools and hot Summer days out in the yard or park.

What features do I need to look for?

Again, make sure your kid has a wide range of water pistols and a large enough selection that they can play with their friends and family. And make sure they can hold enough water, because otherwise they won’t be played with.

Can I make one myself?

Not realistically.

Do I need to be cautious of anything?

Water pistols can often grow molds and this presents a health risk. Make sure they are always emptied and left to dry, and do not let your kid keep water pistols in their room, in case of mold spores.

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