Do you find yourself asking the question, “What do elementary-aged boys want these days???” Whether it is your own kid or his friends you are shopping for, it can be pretty hard to shop for an 8-year-old. And if you are like me, you don’t want to add to their video game collection or to their screen time consumption. So, below is a list of gifts that will engage every kid from the super creative to the highly athletic.
10-inch LCD Writing Tablet
This extremely versatile and portable gift will become the family favorite on everything from road trips to homework time. Simply write, doodle, or draw on the board with the stylus that is included and when you are ready for a new masterpiece, press the “home” button to erase and start over. Use the tablet to play hangman in the car or while waiting for your table at a restaurant. Practice writing words in preparation for a spelling test. Or just doodle and if you mess up, clear it in an instant and start all over.
Marky Sparky Foam Archery Set
If you’re looking for outdoor fun, look no further. This bow and arrow set will provide hours of safe entertainment for a young boy and his friends. The foam tip on the “arrows” makes this a set suitable for kids and the lightweight design provides safety without compromising distance. The quiver holds 6 extra arrows and a removable launch tube allows for storage or transport.
Funny Jokes for 8-Year-Olds Kids
“Why did the snail avoid the drive-through?”
“He didn’t like fast food.”
All you have to do is say a potty word and your elementary-aged kid will dissolve into fits of laughter. Steer him and his friends away from the bathroom humor with these light-hearted, clean jokes. The paperback book contains hundreds of classic jokes, riddles, tongue twisters, and knock-knock jokes, which are all age-appropriate. And the bonus is...he’ll be reading! This would make a great gift for a summer birthday, to encourage reading for fun over the long break from school.
IQ Builder Creative Construction Set
For the budding engineer on your list, you can’t go wrong with this construction set which will help build a solid foundation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). The 164- piece set comes with three instructional ebooks and a convenient storage container. IQ builder’s toys have been used in classrooms to help demonstrate concepts of geometry, physics, and math to children and adults. Kids won’t even realize they are learning as they tinker with the pieces to construct vehicles, buildings, and more!
Klutz Lego Chain Reactions Science and Building Kit
For the lego-lover in your life, you cannot go wrong with this kit. It contains lego pieces needed to construct ten amazing moving machines and an 80-page instruction manual to guide you through the steps. The kit also comes with six plastic balls, string, paper ramps, and many other materials you may need to construct machines that can perform tasks like shooting a gum wrapper into the trash or entertaining your dog. Your eight-year-old won’t even know he’s learning as he uses his imagination to set up chain reactions!
That’s Gross! Icky Facts That Will Test Your Gross-out Factor
There’s nothing an eight-year-old boy loves than to gross out his parents...and his friends! If it’s slimy, smelly, sticky, gross, or gruesome, it’s in this book! National Geographic’s “That’s Gross” is filled with 176 pages of disgusting descriptions, sickening pictures, and nasty sidebars. Kids will find the ick-factor is at its finest in this wacky and colorful book.
HUSAN Electronic Piggy Banks
Do you have or know a kid who’s a saver? He’ll LOVE this fun alternative to the traditional piggy bank. The electronic bank comes in red, blue, camouflage, and pink and can hold up to 600 coins and 100 bills. The four-digit code needed to open the bank will keep siblings and *ahem* parents from getting into the safe to borrow cash. The bank not only makes an attractive accessory in a kids’ bedroom, but it’ll also encourage kids to save money, as they look forward to “feeding” their cash into the bank’s cash slot.
Scoot Hands-Free Drone
Not your typical drone. This super durable drone is controlled by your kid’s hands, with no remote control required. When it senses something near, it’ll change direction. This drone is great for the kid who’s not quite ready to operate a remote control but still wants to interact with a battery-powered toy. And the best part is, the instruction manual is written in rhymes!
Shifu Orboot Augmented Reality Interactive Globe For Kids
This interactive globe and the app (free on iOS and Android) will take your child on an augmented reality adventure around the world. Using the app, position your iPod or smartphone over the globe to learn about the cultures, monuments, inventions, animals, and weather of various countries across the globe. The 10” globe also comes with a passport, stamp, and country flag stickers. The fact that this augmented reality globe is currently being used by kids in 60 countries speaks volumes for the learning toy.
This one will be a favorite for years to come! There are endless ways to put the tracks together to make a run for the marbles to travel. Make two and have a race to see which marble finishes first! The 122-piece set includes tunnels, U-turn slides, windmills, straight slides, and gradient slides. The marble run encourages problem-solving, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, and creativity. Kids of all ages will enjoy building the run and watching the marble travel gain speed as it travels down the ramps.
DEVAN Baseball and Tennis Machine
This pitching machine is great for a kid who is motivated to practice on his own. The machine launches balls at 5-7 intervals and will enhance hand-eye coordination and develop skills. The machine comes with six balls, a tennis racket, and a baseball bat. Batteries are also included, so the machine can be used straight out of the box! Great for backyard pickup games too.
If you’re shopping for and 8-year-old who enjoys a good workout while having fun, then this is the gift for him. Spikeball is designed to be played two on two and is a game similar to volleyball. The perks of this particular game? The net can be adjusted for more or less bounce, and the legs of the raised net fold under the structure for easy storage and transportation. The kit comes with playing net, three balls, a drawstring bag, and a rulebook. Another bonus--Spikeball offers a lifetime guarantee on this product.
Stomp Rockets Dueling Rockets
Another great gift to motivate kids to get outside, this game will not only encourage exercise but inspire a little healthy competition! The dueling rockets allow two kids to launch rockets at the same time. Rockets can go as high as 20 stories, or 200 feet! The kit includes four ultra stomp rockets and a dueling base with two stomp launch pads. A massive dueling rocket stomp-off may be in your future should you decide to gift this one!
Capture the Flag, Glow-in-the-Dark
Put a spin on the old favorite with this glow-in-the-dark version! The game comes with 25 light-up pieces and offers 12 different ways to play. The game can be played by 4-20 players and will delight young and seasoned players alike. Get the kids off the couch and into the backyard while encouraging teamwork, social skills, and strategy.
This gift is perfect for the sports enthusiast in your child’s life. A handy storage container comes packed with two full soccer teams, a felt field, and other accessories. Soccer Guys encourage open-ended play, creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving. These not only make a great gift, but the guys are perfect for cake toppers, decorations, or centerpieces for a sports-themed birthday party.
8-year-olds are pretty easy to please, as long as you know what appeases them. Gifts that encourage kids to get outside and move their bodies are always safe bets, but books that encourage literacy (even if they include potty jokes and facts about farts) can be popular, too.
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