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Best Gifts For 7 Year Olds, According to Child Development Experts

From sports to crafts, here's stuff they'll love.

Welcome to middle childhood, which means you’re now on a quest to find great toys and Christmas gifts for 7-year-olds. Kids this age have opinions, and as such, finding gifts for 7-year-old boys and girls can be a challenge. There’s a ton of toys out there, but few worthy ones that play to and develop this age group’s strengths. (Don’t have a 7-year-old quite yet? Check out our 6-year-old gift guide.)

According to the CDC, he or she is in school, can dress him- or herself, and even tie his or her own shoelaces. Kids this age catch balls using only their hands. They develop close and important friendships. And their physical, social, and mental skills develop quickly, so it’s vital for them to build confidence in all facets of their lives, through friends, school, and sports.

Now, to the fun part. Get them toys that help them write stories, draw intricate pictures, and build and create things, including crafty items,  sports equipment and building materials such as Legos and magnetic tiles.

“The most important feature of a toy is that it be open-ended and provide opportunities for exploration,” says Keith Sawyer, a Morgan Distinguished Professor of Educational Innovations at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill school of education who has spent his career studying creativity and learning. “It should be something where where isn’t one linear path, where every child does the same thing and there’s the same solution in the end. Kids should be able to play with a toy in a way that the creator of the toy never intended. And they should be able to do so without their parents showing them how.”

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These are some of the best toys for 7-year-olds.

You'll never find a more gorgeous or better quality art kit than this one.

This art set includes 24 colored ecopencils, eight watercolor pencils, two grip graphite pencils, 18 oil pastels, 12 washable markers, a paint brush, and artist paper, all from one of the most storied brands in the biz.  

This adorable kit is designed to mimic a high-end designer bag.

Kids can go to town making all kinds of sparkly goop—they may or may decide to also wear it as make-up. The set comes with nine D.I.Y. slime powders, six lipstick colors, six eyeshadows and two lip glosses, so there are seemingly endless chances for experimentation.

Construction toys are key gifts for 7-year-olds, to let them engage in hours upon hours of open-ended play while building stuff they dream up.

Sure, this construction set has 679 parts and lets your kid build a working crane that actually lifts things. All while developing fine motor skills, manual dexterity, and spatial awareness.

Dressing up is a key part of pretend play, and this costume cape is one of the coolest we've ever seen.

Looking for unique gifts for kids that aren’t giant or costly? Not only is this cape so detailed it almost hurts. But it lets your kid be whatever knight he or she wants to be.

Got a kid who is constantly collecting acorns, flowers and leaves? They need this gorgeous set.

You’re looking at a fitting birthday gift for a 7-year-old boy or girl who loves science and the woods. A flower press, magnifying glass, scissors and a notebook are included to help your explorer preserve and study his or her treasures. Moulin Roty is a French company known for their exquisite craftmanship and playful products such as tiny mice, wooden pushcarts and gorgeous nursery linens.

This over-the-top camper has enough to keep your L.O.L. fan occupied for all of winter break.

If you’re wondering what to buy a 7-year-old for her birthday, you can’t fail with this glamper, which proves yet again that L.O.L. dolls live better lives than humans. It has 10 different play areas, including bunk beds, pool with slide and a DJ booth. Also included are 55 different wrapped gifts and an L.O.L. doll that’s exclusive to the camper.

This killer set includes everything budding artists need to unleash their creativity. You get more than 60 pieces from colored pencils to markers, all packed in a great reusable carrying case.

Kids love to draw. But keeping all that gear in one place is a headache. Now, problem solved, with this all-in-one art kit.

An absolutely brilliant toy, this one teaches kids the basics of potential energy, momentum and gravity.

This is pretty much the perfect toy, encouraging exploration and open-ended play. It’s the domino effect in action. Kids put a wooden ball in the rail car and release it down the ramp, which causes a chain reaction.

If you want an antithesis to Barbie, check out these awesome new gender-neutral dolls from Mattel.

These customizable and interchangeable gender-neutral dolls that have tween bodies that look somewhat like tween bodies, thigh gap be damned. Kids can dress the dolls in shorts or pants or dresses, swap out wigs, and play around with accessories. This might seem like it should be on the list of Christmas gifts for a 7-year-old girl, but boys can learn a lot from dolls as well.

Kids can use the included tool to dissect the alien and save the hunter trapped in its slime-filled belly. Every alien comes with a bag of reusable ooze, and a tweezer for extraction purposes.

Toys for 7-year-old boys often involve slime, and of course there’s no reason girls can’t appreciate it as well. Not only is this grossness at its finest, it might even lead your kid to become a doctor or scientist. Hey, nothing ventured, nothing gained. Plus, there’s a hidden gem in every pack.

Car nuts can build, race and display this white 1974 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.0 toy car with a removable windshield.

Birthday gifts for kids can start to feel repetitive, but this Lego Porsche is sure to wow even a jaded second grader. The name of the game here is authenticity and attention to detail, and as such, the Porsche even includes iconic whale tail rear spoiler.

The ingenious gravitrax interactive track system lets kids design and build their own race tracks and experiment with gravity, magnetism, and kinetics.

The most worthwhile games for 7-year-olds encourage them to use their brains. What you get with this one is a next-level marble run that comes with 122 pieces and teaches them all about gravity and spatial reasoning.

This five foot wide Hot Wheels set has a double figure-eight design with high speed boosters that lets kids race multiple cars and smash them into each other.

The best part of this track: Kids can use the levers to send cars through the ground-level crash zone or into the air for stunning collisions.

This super-cool set gives Lego builders a play experience that combines the endless possibilities of LEGO construction bricks with a continuously updated augmented reality game app.

Once kids are done building the ghost lab, they can scan the LEGO model with a phone to make it come alive and see crazy things happen.

With Nerf, go big or not at all. The rotating drum on this massive Nerf gun holds 25 Nerf darts to give kids (or you) plenty of firepower.

File this under “cool gifts for kids” of any age and, OK, adults as well. This behemoth of a Nerf gun is easy to use. Kids (or you) crank the handle back and forth to send 25 Nerf Mega darts in a row through the air, up to 90 feet. That’s a lot of feet, folks. 

Upgrade your kid's drone by getting him or her a drone with an 720p HD camera, which lets them share what they capture on social channels.

Kids get a live stream of everything their drone captures, and see breathtaking aerial photos. The drone can flip in four directions, and has two speed modes, so it’s suitable for beginners. It’s equipped with LED navigation lights and a remote control indicator. 

With this inventive set, kids can build their own 3D printed mini sumo battle-bots and face-off against each other.

This STEM set, created to help kids grasp the fundamentals of physics and engineering, works with the corresponding app to get them start building and battling. They build their 3D bots, and then battle it out in the ring.

Of course you could buy bath bombs at CVS. But if you're trying to keep kids off their devices, get this kit and make them instead.

STEM learning doesn’t have to be a chore. In fact, this kit makes it a literal blast. Kids get everything they need to make cool bath bombs, that they can use in the tub.

Every kid is unique. Every fingerprint is unique. You see where we're going here?

Your aspiring FBI agent learns how to detect and collect fingerprints with this kit, which contains 10 fingerprint cards, dusting powder, stamp pad, brush, and stickers.

Kids can pretend to hit the slopes, or practice for the winter Olympics, with this ultra-detailed City Lego set.

What’s better than going skiing? Ok, maybe not better, but almost as fun? Building your own ski resort, which includes a rescue base, half-pipe and grind rail, ski shop, hot drinks stand, helicopter toy, 4×4 truck and snowmobile with an attached trailer.

These are the most badass binoculars for kids. They amplify sight and sound with built-in audio amplification and triple the visual magnification.

Intrepid explorers will tackle the wilds (of your backyard) with these binoculars, which kids can see and hear with. Seriously.

It's like a batting cage, but for soccer balls. You blow up the string-attached soccer ball, fill the base with sand or water, adjust the cord length and start kicking.

Yes, mini Messi, this one’s for you. This soccer set works on any surface, and is an outstanding way for kids to build endurance and muscle, improve balance and coordination, and home gross motor skills and reflexes. Plus, it’s just fun.

Artie is a cute robot that teaches your kid to code. How? Your kid simply drags and drops blocks of code to tell Artie how and what to draw.

You download the app (of course), connect through your tablet, and then program Artie 3000 to draw whatever you want. Kids drag and drop blocks of code to tell Artie how and what to draw. He’s your personal Banksy.

Kids use clay to create whatever charms they want. You bake the clay. And they wear their creations.

It’s a full DIY jewelry-making kit. Kids get six bright colors of clay, two colors of glitter, charm bracelet, glaze with brush applicator, clay shaping tool, and a drying rack.

At this age, you should be reading to your kids, and they should be reading to you. Take it one step further and let them make their own books with this brilliant kit.

This is self-publishing at its best. You get a complete kit for writing, illustrating and publishing a hardcover book, about whatever topic your kid loves.

Sports are key at this age, so we're betting this door pong kit (it's ping pong, sans table) will make for hours of fun.

The clamp attaches to any doorway. And it’s like playing ping pong, but without the table. You hit the ball back and forth and back and forth. For hours.

Soon enough, your kid will be old enough to read all about the boy wizard. For now, he can wave his wand around and cast magic spells.

Expelliarmus! No chance, with this light-up wand, a classic from the Harry Potter book series.

Crafting is a great activity for kids this age, which is why we recommend this Sculpey clay.

It stays soft and malleable until the epic art creation is finished, at which point you just bake it in your oven. Yes, you’ll wind up with misshapen coffee mugs. And yes, your kid’s imagination will run fairly wild.

The Q-Ba-Maze big box includes 36 cubes consisting of 3 different designs to be used as scaffolding, ramps, and paths to help young builders learn basic physics.

The Q-BA-Maze is a system of colorful cubes that interlock to form a marble run. You can create marble maze sculptures in any form such as animals, robots, towers, and geometric shapes, which encourages kids to think outside the proverbial box.

Crafting toys are a major hit with this age group. And this one from Alex lets kids make unique personalized cards for any occasion. Kids can stamp their own patterns, and the set includes printed cards, envelopes, stickers, paper shapes, gems, adhesive foam, wooden stamps, stamp pad, washi tape, twine, and a glue stick. Creativity, not included.

No more store-bought generic paper sentiments. With this DIY card kit, kids can make birthday, anniversary, or holiday cards at home.

Of course you can grab soap at CVS. But why, when your kid can make his or her own using this DIY kit?

This kit includes molds to make 15 soaps from scratch. You can choose colors, soap stickers, and skin-safe glitter. Which is how you’ll wind up with soaps shaped like ladybugs, flowers, and butterflies. Shower, optional.

We're huge fans of Legos here, because they grow with your kids. And this set lets them build an amazing pickup truck toy with hitch and a caravan trailer with removable roof, opening side and extendable support leg.

It’s the perfect level of difficulty for a 7-year-old, and the set includes a mom, dad, and son to let kids build their own camping outing without ever leaving home.

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