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The Best Gifts for Very Picky 8-Year-Old Boys and Girls

Get your slime on.

The best gifts for 8-year-olds are ones that encourage them to use their imaginations and play with friends. Plenty of activities let your kid just zone out, but toys that require kids to dream up a backstory do much more in the way of learning through play. Interactive toys are more educational, not to mention versatile, so your budding 8-year-old won’t tire of them so quickly. Getting them off their screens for a hot minute is an added bonus.

There are some milestones to keep in mind while shopping for toys for 8-year-olds. According to Stanford Children’s Health, 8-year-old boys and girls are still young enough to jump, skip, and chase each other around. They dress and groom themselves (sort of, but parents know better than to leave them totally unsupervised). Many 8-year-olds are able to use tools, can count backward, read to themselves and enjoy it, grasp the concept of space, draw and paint, and collect things. They tell detailed stories and can engage in team sports. Toys for 8-year-olds should reflect that.

By age 8, kids are learning how to relate to peers, adjust to social rules, and evolve from free play to more intricately structured interactions with their friends. Most 8-year-old kids are able to engage in elaborate fantasy role-playing games where they work towards a shared goal. They want to be increasingly independent, even if they can’t handle it, and they’re able to play for longer lengths of time, due to their heightened concentration skills. Great gifts for 8-year-olds, like simple board games, science kits, and sports equipment, will tap into their interests and encourage the use of these new skills.

Best Toys for 8-Year-Old Boys and 8-Year-Old Girls 

Just when you think screens are unavoidable, your kid will surprise you with his or her love of drawing.This art kit has everything your kid needs to draw superheroes, ninjas, animals, soccer players, or fantastical creatures. You'll be pleasantly shocked by how much time they'll devote to getting the details just right.

Speaking of art, kids use this kit to create their very own comic books or graphic novels. Marvel, shmarvel. This kit includes a DIY blank comic book, markers, stencil templates, rubber stamps, ink pads, bottles of ink, and a storage box. The only thing missing is the superhero cape.

For the kid that loves Youtube and is always stealing your phone, this set will up their lego game and teach them the skills to become a budding cinematographer. The 80-page book includes 10 short sample movies that will get kids comfortable with the basics of stop motion animation, and from there they'll learn how to make original movies by drawing out a storyboard, setting up lighting and adding sound effects. It comes with six different lego figures, plus 30 lego accessories, fold-out backgrounds, and more. Phone or tablet required.

Every self-respecting Avengers fan needs one of these to keep on his or her dresser.Each of the six Infinity Stones throbs with its own glowing light, and there are straight-from-the-movie sound effects. The hand can also be locked in a clenched fist position, for a serious power pose.

Everything you need to learn and perform 100 magic tricks is contained within this kit. Playing cards change suit, money doubles and disappears, and viewers are amazed.

It's the ultimate coding robot that's actually a tank-style all-terrain vehicle.This programmable tank on wheels is drivable right out of the box, packed with sensors, and built for customization. Kids use the app to make the vehicle do whatever they want. It has enough torque to go fast, make that very fast, and it dodges obstacles with finesse.

How dope is this: A keyboard can be held like a guitar and connects to your music library via the chord tracker app. Once you connect the keyboard to your digital music library, your kid gets chord data transmitted via Bluetooth or MIDI. And this means your kid can play music like a (sort of) pro.

Kids can work on their concentration with this light-up tracing kit. The kit includes 10 sheets of traceable designs, 10 blank sheets, one graphite pencil, 12 full-size colored pencils, and of course, the LED-lit light-up pad.

No, your furniture is not safe. Yes, slime is hella fun. And this set has everything your kids need to make a mountain of it. This jumbo slime-making kid includes all the laundry detergent, glue, mixin bowls and measuring cups you need to make slime, plus instructions, food coloring, beads, and glow in the dark powder, for something we can only dub slime-a-palooza.

Get kids to explore the magic of the night sky with this starter telescope, and prepare yourself for endless Uranus jokes. Get kids interested in space with this fantastic telescope. It comes with an adjustable aluminum tripod. It's portable and thanks to its all-coated glass optical components, the telescope provides clean, crisp views of the sky.

A blaster that shoots toilet paper. Boom.This magical, or magically evil, blaster transforms regular toilet paper into high-powered spitballs that shoot up to 50 feet.

This game capitalizes on what all of us know to be true: That the Disney villains are way more complicated and interesting than the heroes. Captain Hook, Maleficent, Jafar, Ursula, Queen of Hearts, and Prince John all star in this family-friendly board game. The object? Help your villain carry out his or her plotted scheme, but be careful not to get thwarted by cards in the fate deck.

Nerf's colossal motorized blaster holds a whopping 100 rounds. This dope-ass battery-powered Nerf gun lets kids unleash rounds at a velocity of 100 feet per second.

By eight, your kid will be heavy into team sports, so get him or her this portable hockey set.Games for 8-year-olds ideally encourage them to burn off energy. This set is stupid-easy to set up, and includes everything kids need to play street hockey and knee hockey. That means two adjustable plastic street hockey sticks, two ABS knee hockey sticks, one street hockey ball, and two foam knee hockey balls.

Kids use play dough to learn the basics of electrical circuits in a hands-on way. This great set teaches electrical circuits with conductive and insulating dough, letting kids squish, mold, and sculpt the dough while learning about engineering and tech.

Legos are a great tool for imaginative play. Harry Potter themed ones, even more so.

You'll never strike out with this tabletop bowling game, which brings the alley to your house (minus the nasty shoes).Personalized bowling shirts are optional with this tabletop game, which is compact and includes one bowling alley board, one launch ramp, two mini bowling balls, ten pins and a dry-erase scoreboard. The premium wood surface is a bonus. See, gifts for 8-year-olds don't always have to be electronic.

Just about every kid we know loves Roblox. Best of all, this set comes with a redeemable code to unlock an exclusive virtual item on Roblox. So it's a double win.

Glitter is the nemesis of most parents. This crafting kit keeps glitter where it belongs.Instead of it winding up in your bed, the crafting kit makes sure glitter stays on your kids' artwork. You get 84 glitter dots, one roller, nine roller cutter attachments, and a slew of other stuff you need to run your own art studio.

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