Being eight is an interesting stage in a child’s life. Eight is around the time where a child enters their older child phase. At this point, they have interests, hobbies can hold a decent conversation, but are still curious and have many childlike attributes to them.
Thus, shopping for an eight-year-old can be a bit frustrating. What are some gifts that would work great for them In this post, we will give you some ideas?
Chances are, your boy may be into video games already. Despite what some may believe, video games can be good for your boy. They are imaginative, can improve a child’s motor skills, and can teach a child to follow directions. As long as they are playing a moderate amount of time, we say go for it.
One of the best consoles is the Switch. Not only does it have unique games that will entertain a child for hours, but you can switch between playing it on the TV and it being portable. Great for road trips. Just make sure your child isn’t bringing it to school. Not only could they get in trouble for having it out, but it could get stolen!
LEGO Chain Reactions
Any Lego kit is good for a boy. The Lego sets encourage building, and we’ve seen kids do some creative stuff with them. One such Lego kit that may be good with a boy is a chain reaction kit. This kit allows a child to create a Rube Goldberg machine, where one thing leads to another. It encourages creativity and fun. Also, it comes with a long booklet that gives detailed instructions. At eight, your child is old enough to follow along and have toys that require more thinking. We think this one is a fine place to start. You may need some outside accessories such as string to use this kit, so remember that.
N-Strike Elite Tactical Vest
Nerf guns are great for older boys. A Nerf gun fight can encourage strategy and good aim, all without harming no one. This vest makes your child feel like they are a powerful soldier. It comes with a vest, foam darts, reload clips, and loops to store the bullets. When your child is having a Nerf fight, this vest will put them on top.
It’s recommended that you get a Nerf gun to enhance the experience even more. However, make sure the vest fits your child. Some say it’s too big and too hard to put on. This may depend on the size of your child.
Melissa and Doug Magic Set
One thing that kids this age still love is magic shows. Perhaps your boy has realized by now that it’s all illusion, and magicians don’t actually have cryptic magic powers. Your boy may be interested in how they can learn more about performing magic tricks. This set comes with 10 tricks. Disappearing balls, escape tricks, predictions, and more. It presents magic tricks in a way that any child can learn, and it encourages motor skills as well.
If your child is interested in magic, give them this. They can spend hours practicing, and then put on a magic show for everyone.
Air Hunterz Z-Curve Bow by Zing
If your child is outdoorsy, they have probably expressed interest in learning how to shoot. Of course, the boy may be too young to shoot, but they’re not too young to practice. This is a bow and arrow set that includes a safe arrow that shoots fast. It goes 100 feet. You can set up some targets and have your child practice.
Learning hand-eye coordination skills is important at any age, and this is a safe and fun way for your child to learn archery. Perhaps they can grow up to be a great archer thanks to this toy.
Jenga Classic Game by Hasbro
Jenga is a fun game for any age, and 8 is a good age to start learning how to play. Chances are, you know what Jenga is, but if you don’t, it consists of a set of wooden blocks that you use to build a tower. Each player removes a block from a tower and then stacks it on top. The tower is built using fewer pieces to support it. Whoever ends up knocking the tower down loses. The tower falling down is always a highlight.
There are many versions of Jenga. Some include colored blocks, and you must remove certain colors Others have dice. However, the classic Jenga, where you simply pick a block of your choosing, is still the best in our eyes. It teaches patience and hand skills. And it’s a game that even one person can enjoy.
Suspend Game by Melissa & Doug
At eight, your child is learning more about balance. This is a game that teaches a child to balance. One must balance the rubber wires, and it can be quite a challenge to a child. And an adult. This is a great family game that everyone will enjoy. Just make sure that you play it on a flat surface, as an uneven surface can ruin the game. Clear off the table and then play!
There are many toys an eight-year-old boy may like. They are at the age where they want something more with their toys. Look for toys that include:
More complex instructions. Lego sets are a good example. At this age, a boy is usually capable of following instructions and keeping track of small parts.
Toys that encourage hand-eye coordination. This can help your child grow their skills as they get older.
Toys that cater to their interests. If your child has a certain interest or hobby, give them a toy that can conform to it. Don’t shame them for having interests, but instead show them that their interests are valid.
We hoped this guide helped you pick out a gift. Have fun, and play well.
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