Around about age 8 most children experience a physical, emotional and mental growth spurt or ‘leap forward’. The physical growth spurt means that they may become more skillful in sporting activities, which may lead to an increased interest in sports. At this age coordination and fine motor skills also improve which makes many artistic activities much more enjoyable and complex construction sets more appealing.
We’ve put together a list of the top 30 best toys and gift ideas for 8-year-old boys to help you in the search for a gift. There is plenty of variety included in the list so that you can pick something to suit the boy’s personality, whilst all of the options focus on building skills that are important for 8-year-olds.
1. Fjällräven Re-Kånken
A backpack makes an ideal, practical gift for an 8-year-old boy as around this age they begin to develop their own hobbies and interests and spend more time out of the house. An 8-year-old boy may need a backpack for school, and then may need one for school sports kit, any extra-curricular sports or activities and will usually like to have one to take along to friend’s houses too. So even if the boy you’re buying for already has a backpack, another will probably still come in useful!
The Fjällraven Re-Kånken Unisex Backpack is a popular, stylish backpack brand with useful built-in features such as cushioned pockets, lightweight, durable fabric and adjustable shoulder straps. It’s available in a range of colous so you can choose one to suit his look and personality!
2. Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit
Technology is a popular interest for 8-year-old boys and whilst some parents may try to shy away from too much screen time, there are plenty of other ways to support an interest in technology. Technology skills are in high demand in society and in the workplace so this represents a good long-term investment in building skills too!
The Star Wars Droid inventor kit is based on the popular Star Wars films to add extra interest and has won over 50 toy awards. The set is perfect for Star Wars fans, includes step-by-step instructions and helps to teach kids how to code.
3. Lego Technic Racing Yacht
As an 8-year-old’s fine-motor skills are developing and improving they begin to be able to approach much more complex construction sets and activities with success. This boosts children’s confidence and self-esteem and helps them to develop the concentration needed for these more complicated sets.
The Lego Technic Racing Yacht allows 8-year-olds to build a detailed replica of an authentic racing yacht, with a working rudder. It is also a 2-in-1 set so the pieces can also be used to make a catamaran. As is usual with most Lego sets the Lego Technic Racing Yacht is compatible with other Lego sets so imaginative play can be extended.
4. Nerf Fortnite AR-L
Nerf blasters are extremely popular with 8-year-old boys and are ideal for fast-moving games and fun. This blaster comes with 20 darts and can fire these from a motorized barrel which will certainly keep things moving quickly!
Playing with Nerf blasters is a great way to improve hand-eye coordination and develop spatial awareness as an 8-year-old handles and aims the blaster. This particular blaster is based on the popular Fortnite game which is sure to make it a real hit with many 8-year-olds, for whom playing with Nerf blasters can be a popular social activity as they play imaginative, strategy-based games with their Nerf blasters, encouraging critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
5. Stiga Sports Football Rebounder Goal
As children develop more physical skills, they often become more interested in organized sports, and encouraging this interest is a good idea as habits formed in childhood will often last into later life so setting children up with a healthy relationship with sport and exercise now will pay dividends later.
The Stiga Sports Football Rebounder Goal is available in two different sizes and its angle can be adjusted to suit the kind of play or practice required. It is a great way to practice football skills alone or with friends, improving reaction times, accuracy and coordination. This also folds away for easy storage.
6. Anker SoundCore Mini
At age 8 boys may be becoming interested in music and beginning to have favorite bands or styles. The Anker Soundcore Mini is a portable speaker that uses Bluetooth connectivity to connect with compatible devices and play music.
It has a great battery life with up to 15 hours of play-time and is ideal for using indoors or outside which makes it ideal for taking along to the park, or on vacation as well as using around the home. The Anker Soundcore Mini is great value for money and is designed to give an intense bass sound with no distortion at higher volumes.
7. ThinkFun Rush Hour Traffic Jam
8-year-old boys are not often known for sitting still and working on their logic skills but actually, around this age, huge brain development and changes are taking place and 8-year-olds are much more able to develop logic skills.
The ThinkFun Rush Hour Traffic Jam is a board game that can be played alone, so if the 8-year-old you’re buying for is an only child, or doesn’t have siblings close in age, that is not a problem. This game is ideal for developing critical thinking skills, concentration and perseverance.
8. Lacoste Analogue Classic Kids Quartz Watch
At age 8 some boys are surprisingly fashion-conscious and may want to express themselves through their style. A watch makes a lovely, special gift for a boy who is starting to become more interested in their image.
The Lacoste Analogue Classic Quartz watch has a classic, clean and sporty design and is made with high-quality materials. Water-resistance means that it can stand up to being worn by an 8-year-old and it comes with a gift box and 2-year warranty, making it an ideal gift.
9. Lego Technic Bash Racing Car Toy
Lego continues to be a popular interest and pastime throughout childhood and well into the teenage years and adulthood for many boys and at age 8 fine-motor skills are developed enough that children can tackle some of the more complicated sets available in the Lego Technic range.
The Lego Technic Bash racing Car Toy set is a great way to improve construction skills and comes with full instructions so an 8-year-old can even have a try at tackling the project himself, developing plenty of skills as he reads and follows the instructions methodically. This set features a pull-back motor to add interest, and an element of engineering, to the project.
10. Puro Quiet Volume Limiting Kids Bluetooth Headphones with Microphone
As children develop more of their own interests and hobbies based around technology noise can become an issue in many homes with parents and children all disturbing one another. Whether watching TV, playing computer games or listening to music, using a set of headphones is a good way to avoid unnecessary conflict.
The Puro Quiet Volume Limiting Kids Bluetooth Headphones with Microphone are ideal for all the aforementioned activities and are specially designed for kids meaning that they are limited to safe volumes. Using Bluetooth pairing these headphones can be used wirelessly and they also have a long battery life.
11. Minecraft Dirt Block Bi-Fold Wallet
If you’re not too sure what kind of toys or activities an 8-year-old would like then you may be considering a practical gift. Practical gifts are a good idea as instead of an unwanted toy, hopefully, the 8-year-old you’re buying for will receive an item that they can put to use in their daily life.
The Minecraft Dirt Block Bi-Fold Wallet is a wallet made with durable materials to stand up to the rigors of being used by an 8-year-old. It is based on the popular Minecraft game, which many 8-year-olds are fans of, and encourages children to take responsibility for their own belongings by giving them a sense of ownership.
12. Nintendo Switch Lite
A cheaper alternative to the Nintendo Switch, the Nintendo Switch Lite offers the same popular gaming capabilities, portability and great battery life. The difference is that it does not support output to a TV and is therefore a handheld-only device.
For many 8-year-olds this will be perfect, offering the ability to play on the go. We often think of playing video games as a simple leisure pursuit but they offer plenty of learning benefits too. Alongside increasing skills associated with technology, playing video games can increase physical dexterity in the thumb and fingers, improve hand-eye coordination and reaction times and develop critical thinking skills.
13. Tobar Giant Retro Space Hopper
Keeping children active is very important as it contributes to their overall health. Not only does physical activity keep hearts healthy but it also builds strong bones and muscles and contributes to overall coordination, strength and flexibility.
The Tobar Giant Retro Space Hopper is a fun way to keep children active by changing up the kind of activity they participate in. Bouncing on a space hopper is ideal for building a strong core and improving balance. This space hopper is designed for older children and adults and made with robust materials certified to EU and UK safety standards.
14. Hasbro Gaming Simon Optix Game
Simon is a classic memory game, requiring the player to remember colous in a sequence and getting progressively harder as the game progresses. This is a game that can be played independently, or as a challenge with friends and obviously focuses on improving memory skills.
For an 8-year-old that likes to challenge themselves, or take on challenges with others the Hasbro Gamin Simon Optix Game would make a great gift! This is a modern take on the Simon game and involves the player wearing a helmet which shows them coloued lights, this novelty factor will make the game very appealing to many 8-year-old boys.
15. Lego Hidden Side Paranormal Intercept Bus 3000
Lego aims to be a brand that grows up with children and have introduced many different ranges to help maintain interest, one of these is the ‘Hidden Side’ range which incorporates modern technology into classic Lego. The Hidden Side range of Lego uses a downloadable app to add augmented reality to Lego creations.
The Lego Hidden Side Paranormal Intercept Bus 3000 is great for imaginative play and includes full instructions for building it as well as how to use the AR game. It’s for improving an 8-year-old’s construction skills and developing an interest in new technologies.
16. Garmin Vívofit Jr. 2 Marvel Captain America
Building healthy habits in childhood is key to keeping healthy as adults, and as many 8-year-olds look up to and want to imitate the adults in their lives a smartwatch could be a great idea. Smartwatches have a whole range of features, like a pedometer and goal setting which can help to keep children active and healthy.
The Garmin vivofit Jr. 2 Marvel Captain America watch uses a popular superhero design to appeal to kids but syncs with a mobile app in the same way as adult smart-watches too. It is robust and swim-friendly so it should stand up to an 8-year-olds lifestyle. This is a good way to encourage positive use of technology in a child’s lifestyle too.
17. Ravensburger Graffiti Sneakers 3D Jigsaw Puzzle
Jigsaw puzzles are a great way to improve spatial awareness, hand-eye coordination and fine-motor skills as children judge where pieces belong and carefully fit them together. By 8-years-old a child is likely to be ready for some additional challenge when it comes to a jigsaw puzzle.
The Ravensburger Graffiti Sneakers 3D Jigsaw Puzzle may be just the gift to provide that extra challenge; it is a 108-piece 3D puzzle that can be carefully constructed without requiring glue. When the puzzle is complete it can be used as a storage pot for pens or similar, making it a cool room accessory.
18. Hot Wheels Track Builder Unlimited Triple Loop Kit
The Hot Wheels range is enduringly popular amongst children who love playing with small diecast cars, and this set is compatible with all other Hot Wheels sets making it ideal for large-scale imaginative play and construction.
The Hot Wheels Track Builder Unlimited Triple Loop Kit features the first-ever triple loop stunt which improves children’s understanding of cause and effect and develops an interest in engineering and how things work. 8-year-old boys will love using this set with their collection of toy cars and will find the triple loop stunt really exciting, experimenting with how to achieve the best results.
19. Nike Pitch Team Football
If the 8-year-old boy you’re buying a gift for enjoys playing football then buying a ball might seem a bit too obvious but it is likely to be well received! Boys love to have a selection of different footballs to choose from, and different styles and sizes are better for different conditions.
The Nike Pitch Team Football is available in 3 different sizes so you can select which one you think the 8-year-old you’re buying for will like best. With a durable casing, this ball is suitable for indoor and outdoor use and will help children to stay active and healthy and improve an 8-year-old boy’s football and physical skills.
20. Botley the Coding Robot Activity Set
Technology, computing and specifically coding skills are becoming more and more in demand in today’s economy, so why not give the 8-year-old boy you’re buying for a head start? The Botley the Coding Robot Activity Set is a cute, kid-friendly robot designed to introduce children to coding skills.
Children can use the coding cars and obstacles included to learn how to control the robot, building an interest in robotics and also developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills as they work out what the robot needs to do and how to code for this. A great, educational gift for an 8-year-old boy to build a range of skills.
21. Melissa & Doug Suspend Family Game
Playing games as a family or with friends is a great way to improve an 8-year-old’s social skills. 8-year-olds are generally becoming much more sociable, but also may be beginning to have conflicts within their relationships so building robust social skills is important at this stage of development. Playing games together gives children the chance to learn important skills like turn-taking, emotional regulation and fair play.
The Melissa & Doug Suspend Family Game is perfect for playing together and helps to develop hand-eye coordination as it involves the careful balancing of rods.
22. Ray-Ban Junior Wayfarer
For a style-conscious 8-year-old a nice pair of sunglasses would make a luxurious and practical gift. Instead of toys which may or may not be used a pair of sunglasses is practical and will certainly be used on vacation or throughout the summer.
The Ray-Ban Junior Wayfarer sunglasses are available in a range of colous so that you can choose a pair that will suit the 8-year-old boy you’re buying for. They have UV protection to keep eyes protected from the sun’s rays and come with a protective case so that they can be kept safe when on the go.
23. ThinkFun Gravity Maze Marble Run
The ThinkFun Gravity Maze Game is a challenging board game that can be played with family or friends. It is designed to become more challenging as the game progresses so, to begin with, it is extremely accessible but becomes progressively more difficult so that players can build up their skills as they play.
Figuring out how to ideally play the Gravity Maze Game helps to improve critical thinking skills and develops an understanding of physics as well as encouraging problem-solving skills. Playing together with family or friends can also help children to work on their social skills, learning to take turns, remain calm under pressure and express frustration appropriately.
24. K’Nex 35 Model Building Set
K’Nex is an amazing open-ended construction resource that helps to develop a whole range of skills for children. As children design and make their own constructions they employ a range of skills including planning, problem-solving and critical thinking, and also use physical fine-motor skills to connect the pieces which build up strength in the fingers, hands and wrists.
The K’Nex 35 Model Building Set has 475 pieces that can be used to create the building ideas included or to create your own ideas. The set includes a storage box which is great for keeping everything together and is compatible with most other K’Nex sets.
25. Tomy Screwball Scramble Classic Game
A classic family game that can be played alone or with others, the Tomy Screwball Scramble Classic encourages coordination and improves fine motor skills as the child navigates small balls through a range of different obstacles.
The Tomy Screwball Scramble also encourages all of the social skills that we see associated with playing board games, like learning to follow the rules, take turns and win and lose graciously with appropriate emotional self-regulation. A great gift to keep an 8-year-old busy whilst continuing to develop his fine motor skills and dexterity.
26. Intex Seahawk 2
Water sports require plenty of confidence in the water, but at age 8 many children are able to swim and feel very confident in the water, so start seeking out that next water-based adventure and thrill. The Seahawk 2 is a 2-person boat with a 200-kilogram weight limit and includes the pump and paddles needed.
This boat promotes outdoor, physical play helping children to stay active and be healthy whilst continuing to build their confidence and physical skill in water. A great gift for an 8-year-old boy who is starting to explore water sports!
27. Lego Star Wars Resistance Y-Wing Starfighter
If the 8-year-old boy you’re buying for likes building with Lego and is a fan of the Star Wars movies then this gift might be perfect for him! By age 8 children can cope with much more challenging construction projects.
The Lego Star Wars Resistance Y-Wing Starfighter set has working features and helps to develop concentration and perseverance as children learn to follow a set of instructions carefully and keep going to reach a goal. The final product is a rewarding replica from the Star Wars movies, so it is most ideal for Star Wars fans.
28. Ravensburger Disney Lion King 1000 Jigsaw Puzzle
Jigsaw puzzles can become a lifelong interest with many adults enjoying the challenge of complex jigsaw puzzles. This Ravensburger Disney Lion King Jigsaw Puzzle has 1000 pieces so it should be sufficiently challenging for an 8-year-old boy to fit together.
Based on the popular Disney films and characters the pictures should be somewhat familiar to help with construction, and every piece of the jigsaw has a unique shape so that it cannot be fitted together incorrectly. This self-limiting design makes this an ideal gift for an 8-year-old boy who is moving into more complex construction projects and jigsaw puzzles.
29. Air Hogs Supernova Gravity Defying Flying Orb
The Air Hogs Supernova Gravity Defying Hand-Controlled Flying Orb is more or less what its name suggests! With no remote control required the Orb appears to fly and hover in the air but is controlled by the user’s hands; improving hand-eye coordination and spatial awareness.
Thanks to its uniqueness, the Air Hogs Supernova Gravity Defying Hand-Controlled Flying Orb is a gift that has a real wow factor for an 8-year-old boy and helps to build an interest in technology. With a 5-7-minute fly time, the orb is suitable for use indoors and will amaze family and friends.
30. Monopoly Toy Story Board Game
Monopoly is a classic board game often played by family and friends at occasions and events such as Christmas. The adult version might be a little too complicated for an 8-year-old to join in with, and the street names are not especially inspiring for younger players.
Monopoly Toy Story Board Game uses characters and references from the popular Toy Story films to add interest to the game and is an ideal way to introduce a child to Monopoly, developing their mathematical and problem-solving skills as well as all the social skills that come along with playing games such as taking turns, sharing, playing fairly and following the rules.
As you search for the perfect gift for an 8-year-old boy you are likely to be bombarded with a whole range of options, making it difficult to know what’s best. Add to that the increasing maturity of 8-year-olds and their wide-ranging interests and it can be difficult to know what’s best.
The products here span a wide range of interests, personalities and maturity levels so that you can select something suited to the 8-year-old you are buying a gift for. All of these gifts help to develop skills that are important in this stage of life and development so you can rest assured that whichever you pick has value to an 8-year-old’s skill development. We hope we have given you plenty of ideas and that you can find a gift suitable for the 8-year-old you have in mind!