Ask any 1o-year-old boys or girls what toys they want, and you’ll be met with a disgusted eye roll, a huff, and a demand for the latest iPhone. Choosing gifts for this age group is no easy feat. The best gifts for 10-year-olds treat them less like solitary children in need of entertainment and more like socially adept mini-adults, which is what they should be becoming as they enter what development experts call “middle childhood.”
The notion is to empower 10-year-olds to create and share, ideally with their friends, while celebrating their newfound agency. Is that as tricky as it sounds? Not really. There are great gift options, even for 10-year-olds who seem to have everything.
The main caveat to be aware of with 10-year-olds is that these pre-pre-teens are often developing specific interests (or obsessions) and starting to focus on defined strengths. Given that, it’s critical to meet these kids where they live rather than just getting them a new and shiny toy, which may be of no particular interest despite the novelty factor. Given that, our list of best gifts for 10-year-olds should be filtered through an understanding of an individual child’s interests. Which means: You need to cater to your audience.
A perfect starter drone, this one is easy to fly while also shooting beautiful photos and videos. Its camera shoots 5MP (2592x1936) photos and HD720 videos at a maximum flight time of 13 minutes.The flight controller powered by industry leader DJI, so kids can perform cool tricks.
By age 10, many kids have phones. And phones require earbuds. If you don't want to shell out a fortune, these are a great option. They have Bluetooth wireless technology, up to 24 hours of total battery life, and they're IP55 sweat, water, and dust resistant. Plus, they have built-in Tile technology, so they won't get lost.
None of the extraneous bells and whistles. All of the retro cool. The new Polaroid has autofocus, which makes for much better photos. And they're keepsakes.
As with Legos, kids can create endless robotic objects with this one single kit. They build robots with 10 challenge cards, wood, electric motors, and hardware.
The graphic novels about the half-dog, half-man police officer are crazy-popular with kids this age. Make that any age. And in this board game, kids work together as the Supa Buddies to foil the fleas' plan to take over the world with their robo-brontosaurus.
The exterior of this brilliant coding set is wood. But the interior is where the magic happens. Kids get all the electronic components they need to make a fully functioning computer, including a 9 inch screen, a DIY speaker, a rechargeable battery, and custom games. They learn to code using Google Blockly.
Remember those winged footballs? Blitzball is like that, but for baseball. The hexagonal paneled design of the ball makes it simple for pitchers to throw sliders, curveballs, change-ups, and knuckleballs. The power bat helps even the score. It's the perfect backyard activity.
Kids create their own light-up signs, using either templates, or based on whatever idea they dream up. They can hang their creations or display them with the included wooden stand. The kit includes everything they need.
The point of this game is to colonize the island of Catan. Kids do so by acquiring resources through trades, cards, or lucky dice. It's a strategy game requiring planning, critical thinking, and deductive reasoning. Plus, it's fun and great for group engagement.
Once your kid outgrows the scooter, get him or her this skateboard. It's a cruiser-style skateboard, so it's easier to balance on it, and the 62mm x 51mm poured urethane wheels and ABEC 5-speed bearings provide a smooth ride. The weight limit is 110 pounds.
You know what's never boring? Looking as ridiculous as possible. This kit is loaded with sideburns, mustaches and beards; glasses, gloves, gauze, an eye patch, fake teeth and temporary tattoos, so kids can make themselves look as weird as possible. It's based on the popular book series.
Here's a great jewelry kit that lets designers make their own personalized necklaces, rings, or bracelets. It includes everything they need to spell out names, words, quotes, and phrases.
Turn your kid into a meteorologist with this weather station kit, which includes a functional wind vane, an anemometer, a thermometer and a rain gauge for measuring local weather conditions.
No more crumpled sheets of paper stashed somewhere at the bottom of a backpack. Kids draw pictures or comics or graphic novels on regular paper, something that's just beautifully tactile. And when they're done, they press a button to transfer their creations to the app, using Bluetooth or a smartphone, so they're stored for perpetuity (or until deleted).
We'd never encourage kids to play with fire just for fun, but this chemistry set teaches them stuff like how to extinguish a flame with invisible gas. So yes, it's fun. Plus they make bubbling lava or have chemicals change colors. It comes with a beaker, test tubes, a graduated cylinder, lab glasses, dropper, funnel, and stirring rod.
The challenge: Beat your opponents at collecting cards while dodging burritos being hurled at you. Hours of fun. No seriously. This is a blast.
Let's ignore the fact that this is ostensibly a toy for girls. It's an awesome toy for anyone, period. Kids learn about key scientific concepts such as chemical reactions, molecular motion, and temperature through 19 very cool experiments. The kit comes with everything scientists need, including 3 beakers, goggles, and a thermometer.
You get a construction kit with 50 punch-out panels, 20 posts, 10 base boards, 10 light and sound modules, and 8 jumper and extender wires. And you wind up with a house that has working lights and a burglar alarm. Builders can mix and match features and even create a working trapdoor.
If you want a badass game that lets kids battle it out using remote-controlled robotic bugs, this is the game you're looking for. One has a hammer. The other, a spinning drum. Kids use I/R remotes to control the mayhem.
Why not get the 10-year-old in your life the thing they actually want? And will deeply appreciate? The Nintendo Switch Lite is a remarkable gaming product. It's easy to play, boasts remarkable graphics, and has a game catalog worthy of its excellent interface.
Elevate any campout or sleepover with this ultra-sleek headlamp. You don't need batteries, because it recharges using a micro USB. Plus it has multiple light modes. To scare away any attacking zombies.
Aspiring engineers can build nine working bridge models such as a suspension bridge, a truss bridge, and even a standalone house. Detailed instructions make this set easy to follow, and because there are so many build options, it doesn't get old.
Quite possibly one of the best and most innovative rainy-day crafting kits we've ever seen. If your kids prefers another critter, there's plenty to choose from. He or she pushes pins right into the pre-patterned foam bases and creates their own string masterpiece, either based on the pattern one pictured or something else entirely.
Defining friendships is a favorite pastime for 10 year olds, and this toy lets them make bracelets to their own exacting specifications. Kids simply loop different threads on the nubs of this machine and crank the handle. It will spit out a perfect bracelet every time. It comes with some suggested designs, but adventurous kids can get really personal and make custom designs to share with their friends.
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