The seminal book about being nine is Judy Blume‘s Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. Its title speaks to the insecurity of the in-between time when kids want to be older but are still treated like little kids. It’s a tricky time for parents too, particularly when it comes time to pick up a gift. It’s hard not to go too young or too old when shopping for a nine-year-old.
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The best toys for kids at this age give them some independence, whether it’s in using their creativity or exploring the world around them. LEGOs are always a solid choice. And they may or may not feature poop, because poop is hilarious. Here are our favorites.
A comprehensive kit that includes everything your kid needs to explore the great outdoors.
There’s a lot of stuff here: a flashlight, binoculars, magnifying glass, butterfly net, compass, a hat, and a bag to hold it all. It’s a great way to get them (and you) outside exploring the great outdoors.
It's hard to go wrong with Legos, and this particular kit has even more to offer.
Kids can build five different models with this kit, everything from a cat to a guitar. Once everything’s snapped together, they can use the Lego Boost app to write basic computer programs that will make their new robot do whatever they want. Just note that the coding capabilities doesn’t come cheap, so if all your kid wants to do is build classic Legos this may not be the best value.
It's important to keep kids at this age active, and this hovering soccer disk has a novelty that won't soon wear out.
It’s a freaking floating soccer ball. that lights up and comes with two goals.
This kit comes with everything your kids will need to stage battles with these super popular spinning tops.
There’s something deeply satisfying about pulling the launcher as quickly as possible and watching, mesmerized, as two tops bang into each other for Beyblade supremacy.
It’s a legendary toy that costs less than five bucks. And if you’re trying to get your kid to spend less time in front of screens, a seemingly simple but actually quite complex puzzle isn’t a bad way to do it.
Kids never seem to tire of surprise toys, and L.O.L. Surprise! Fuzzy Pets are a winner here.
Kids unpack one L.O.L. Surprise! Fuzzy Pets container that has seven surprises, including a mirror, a secret message, a bottle, a scooper, an accessory, an outfit, and of course, a pet.
This foam blaster is nice and compact, with a satisfying rotating drum that holds six darts and can fire them in rapid succession and hit targets up to 90 feet away.
One of the hottest toys over the past few holiday seasons, this prehistoric Fingerling hits a sweet spot between low- and high-tech toys.
We’ve spilled a lot of ink about interactive toys for one reason: kids seem to love them. And this is one of the best, a little T-Rex that holds onto kids’ fingers and reacts to sound, motion, and touch.
Of course you could hit CVS and buy your own lip balm. But -- why? When you can make your very own at home.
Budding beauty moguls can whip up their own lip balms with this kit, which includes lip balm containers, a balm mold, and four shapes.
Maybe the coolest Harry Potter toy ever, this programmable wand made tons of best toy lists last year (including ours).
Kids get to hold a wand — just like Harry! — that reacts to how they flick it around. Using the Kano app, they can learn to code with over 70 creative challenges that enable them to use the wand to make feathers fly, pumpkins grow, and more within the app.
We know, we know. This is a dumb toy. But it's also a fun toy, and isn't that what really matters?
Pros: It’s a surprise toy, which makes opening it up to to see what’s inside part of the fun of owning it. It’s also a slime toy, an enduring genre that goes all the way back to at least Silly Putty. And while this particular one is scatological, it’s also lots of fun to make the slime and then add in a mystery scent.
Behold you very own complete kit for melting and molding up to 10 soaps from scratch.
We really wish Klutz products weren’t so very pink and glittery in their packaging, because they’re a genius way to teach science to boys and girls, without them being the wiser. In this case, they make their own soaps, and learn all about the process behind it.
If you don't mind the noise (and there is a of it), this laser tag set is a win-win for kids.
A stellar, albeit noisy, group activity for kids, this laser tag set comes with four guns, four vests, and endless amounts of running around.
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