At age nine, girls have almost reached adolescence and the term ‘tween’ is very much applicable; showing that they are a bit too old to be considered a child, but a bit too young to be a teenager, and are instead somewhere ‘in between’.
In many ways 9-year-olds still need the support, comfort and structure that they had from their families as children but they are also becoming much more independent and able to carry out a wide range of activities without so much adult support. When you are buying a gift for a 9-year-old this new-found independence means that an even wider range of options are available as they are able to have a go at more complex tasks. This list has been put together to support you in choosing a gift for a 9-year-old girl with plenty of varied ideas.
1. Apollo LED Roller Skates
Roller skates are a popular gift as children get older and have more coordination, balance and control, and seek out different and exciting activities. The Apollo LED Roller Skates are adjustable over 4 sizes so are ideal for growing feet and won’t have to be replaced each time a 9-year-old girl grows a shoe size, which can be fairly rapid!
As well as being lightweight and durable, the Apollo LED Roller Skates have light-up LEDs so they look amazing which means they are sure to be popular with a 9-year-old girl. Roller skating helps to build on the balance and coordination a 9-year old has already developed as well as keeping kids active and healthy. Skating also builds strength in the legs and core and is great fun!
2. GraviTrax Start Set Marble Run
Classic marble runs are great for increasing children’s creativity and construction skills. The GraviTrax Start Set Marble Run is a modern version of a classic marble run, incorporating elements that allow children to experiment with gravity, magnetism and kinetics to make the ball keep moving. This toy is great for developing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) understanding and skills which are becoming increasingly in demand.
9-year-olds naturally love to experiment with different concepts and are able to think much more critically than younger children so the GraviTrax Start Set Marble Run is an ideal gift for this age group. There are also expansion packs available to add further different elements to the marble run, so this could be purchased in conjunction with an expansion pack.
3. Lego Boost Creative Toolbox Robotics Kit
Lego is a great toy for promoting important scientific skills but the Lego Boost Creative Toolbox Robotics Kit goes a few steps further. Not only do children have to follow instructions and build but with enhanced technology children have to use coding on a tablet to control the robot they have built.
The robot itself can move, sense color and distance and is also compatible with all other Lego building sets to encourage really creative building. The Lego Boost Creative Toolbox Robotics Kit makes a great gift for a 9-year-old girl who’s interested in science.
4. Instax Mini 9 Camera
By 9 years old many girls love experimenting with photography, taking pictures of nature, landscapes, themselves and their friends. This boosts creativity and allows for some artistic expression and experimentation with photography skills.
The Instax Mini 9 Camera is a camera that produces prints instantly and is available in a range of colors so there’s sure to be one that fits the personality of the girl you are buying for. It has a built-in flash and comes with a selfie mirror and close up lens which will delight a 9-year-old girl.
5. Snap Circuits Discovery Kit
The Snap Circuits Arcade Electronics Discovery Kit pretty much does what it says on the box! It is a great scientific kit allowing children to safely explore electronic circuit construction and operation, discovering how they work best. However, the Snap Circuits Arcade Electronics Discovery Kit is made with circuit-safe technology to keep kids safe so there’s no need to worry about electric shocks and children can work independently.
With more than 200 projects detailed in the enclosed booklet, there is plenty for a 9-year-old to do, keeping them busy and building their problem-solving skills.
6. Hudora Big Wheel RX Pro
Scooter seem to be increasingly popular throughout childhood, and 9-year-old girls are usually thrilled by receiving a scooter as a gift. They are popular as play items as well as a mode of transportation and the Hudora Big Wheel RX Pro is a robust, high-quality model built for safety; with specially designed wheels makes it more stable, and an easy to operate rear-wheel friction brake.
Scooters are also a great way to prompt outdoor play and increase fitness as well as physical skills. Learning to balance increases core strength and stability whilst steering requires hand-eye coordination. The Hudora Big Wheel RX Pro is also very easy to fold, store or carry making it an ideal gift even if there’s not much storage space available.
7. Beasts of Balance Stacking Game
Board games are a great way to promote social skills as children learn to follow the rules, win and lose graciously and be patient with one another. The Beasts of Balance Stacking Game is very similar to the game Jenga, requiring careful control and hand-eye coordination to balance and remove game pieces.
The twist however is that the game can be connected to a phone, tablet or TV providing a kind of virtual element to the game too. This encourages a positive use of technology and can be played as a family.
8. Tiger Beginner Classical Guitar
By 9-years-old a girl may be taking music classes or want to begin learning how to play an instrument “properly” rather than just experimenting with different toy instruments and sounds. The Tiger Beginner Classical Guitar is available in different sizes to suit the learner and is favored by music schools and music education specialists as an ideal first instrument to learn to play on.
The Tiger Beginner Classical Guitar is a very affordable option and comes in a variety of colors so that you can choose one to suit the girl that you’re buying for. It also comes with a range of accessories so that she will have everything they need to begin learning.
9. Hudora Nest Swing
Swings are a firm favorite right through childhood and the Hudora Nest Swing will last even a 9-year-old for many years to come due to its robust design and high weight limit. The swinging action activates the vestibular system in children, which is a soothing sensory input helping children to calm down, and develop their self-regulation skills.
The Hudora Nest Swing is a fabric swing that can be hung from most swing frames promoting time spent outdoors and physical play. The swinging action also helps to improve a child’s core strength and muscle tone meaning the Hudora Nest Swing would make a great gift for a 9-year-old girl with an outdoor play space available at home.
10. Morfboard Skate & Scoot
Scooters and skateboards are both really popular with 9-year-olds as they seek out, new exciting, physical experience and seek to exercise their growing coordination and control. With the Morfboard Skate & Scoot you don’t have to choose between buying a skateboard and buying a scooter as the Morfboard is both and transforms very easily.
With different colors available and an adjustable height, the Morfboard Skate & Scoot will suit girls of different sizes and will last for years to come. Skating and scooting help to keep kids physically active and healthy whilst increasing their coordination and balance.
11. Team Magnus Slip and Slide XL
In the summer, 9-year-olds love to play outside in the sprinkler or paddling pool but this gift will take outdoor water fun to the next level. The Team Magnus slip and slide is extremely robust, made with thick heavy-duty PVC and is extra-long. It attaches to standard garden hoses so that water can flow over it continuously making it extra slippery ready for slip and slide races!
Double lanes makes racing very easy and safe, and an inflatable crashpad at the end softens the landing! Encouraging physical play, this slip and slide will help to keep kids active and playing outdoors, encouraging a 9-year-old’s sense of excitement and competition.
12. Dan&Darci Bright-Light Terrarium Kit
Around about 9-years-old many girls become interested in their physical environment and may take great pride in the decoration of their bedroom or space. The Dan&Darci Bright-Light Terrarium kit allows a 9-year-old to layer different decorative materials, arrange plants and create their very own terrarium, which is essentially an indoor garden. This can be used as a decorative piece in their bedroom or around the house and also increases their scientific understanding of nature, growth and life cycles.
The Bright-Light Terrarium kit encourages observation too and taking responsibility for the maintenance of plants. This would be a great gift for a 9-year-old who loves nature, gardening or making their bedroom beautiful.
13. Nerf N-Strike Elite Disruptor
9-year-olds enjoy playing with Nerf guns and shooters just as much as boys, but are often not bought this kind of toy so the Nerf N-Strike Elite Disruptor may be very gratefully received by a 9-year-old girl who enjoys physical, daring play. Whilst some parents are hesitant about playing with Nerf guns and shooters they offer many benefits to children, keeping them physically active and increasing hand-eye coordination.
The Nerf N-Strike Elite Disruptor comes complete with darts that are soft enough not to cause damage if used inside and is great fun for playing with others.
14. Intex Inflatable Flamingo
Swimming is a great exercise for young children and by 9-years-old many children feel more confident in the water. Under adult supervision, using this fun, inflatable flamingo toy they can build up their physical strength and fitness. The two handles increase the float’s stability in the water meaning that it is less likely to tip, further increasing children’s confidence.
Swimming also improves children’s gross motor skills as they learn to move their body through the water, and the Intex Inflatable Flamingo also encourages skills like pulling up, balancing, and kicking.
15. Fashion Headbands Craft Kit
Many 9-year-old girls enjoy creativity and creating their own accessories and the Fashion Headbands Craft Kit is ideal for helping them pursue this interest. With this kit girls can create up to 10 headbands as the instructions and all materials required are included in the kit.
The Fashion Headbands Craft Kit is an opportunity for a 9-year-old girl to improve her crafting skills, fine motor skills and exercise her creativity. The kit contains sufficient instructions that a 9-year-old should be able to complete the activities independently.
16. Melissa & Doug Deluxe Magic Set
The perfect gift, for a 9-year-old who loves to perform and entertain others, the Melissa & Doug Deluxe Magic Set encourages creativity and performance skills. It’s great for beginners as it comes with very simple step-by-step instructions and all the materials you need to perform 10 magic tricks. Learning to perform magic tricks forces children to think about their actions in advance and carefully control their movement, voice, and presentation; all of these physical and cognitive skills are valuable in many areas of life.
Most 9-year-olds will love to perform the magic tricks for their family increasing their self-awareness and confidence, as well as giving them a new interest and hobby!
17. Amicool Wireless Karaoke Microphone
Some kids were just born to perform so if the 9-year-old girl you’re buying for is one of those then she’ll love this Amicool Wireless Karaoke Microphone. The Bluetooth wireless design means that she’ll be free to sing and dance simultaneously without getting tangled up in wires. The Amicool Wireless Karaoke Microphone can be used with a wide range of compatible devices; no specific Karaoke machine is required.
Unlike other hand-held mics, the Wireless Microphone Karaoke doesn’t require a steady stream of disposable batteries either as it has a built-in rechargeable lithium battery, meaning that the fun really can last for hours! This is the perfect gift to encourage creativity and the performing arts.
18. Lego Minecraft Mine
Based on the popular Minecraft computer game to increase a 9-year-olds interest and give them the motivation to persevere, the Lego Minecraft Mine is a suitably complex set of Lego. This complexity allows time to develop concentration and perseverance as well as encouraging and improving construction skills and fine motor skills, strengthening the small muscles in the fingers.
Like all other Lego sets the Lego Minecraft Mine is compatible with other types of Lego so that play can be extended and expanded as the child’s creativity really gets going.
19. Crayola Light Up Tracing Pad
The Light Up Tracing Pad does exactly what it says; it is a pad that holds tracing paper, an image and then lights up to improve visibility and make it easy to trace. This is a different way to encourage artistic skill and the Light Up Tracing Pad comes with over 100 different images so that the 9-year-old you’re gifting will have a variety of different options for their creations.
The tracing pad is portable and can be used anywhere making it ideal to take along on long car rides, or trips away. Tracing also improves hand-eye coordination and pencil control, and improves concentration and perseverance.
20. Cluedo Board Game
Cluedo is a classic, family board game often used at games nights and family gatherings and by 9-years-old a girl is likely to be ready to join in with this board game. Based around a murder mystery it is not necessarily suitable for younger children but by 9-years-old a girl is likely to be mature enough and be developing the critical thinking skills required to play.
Cluedo is a great family game for 2-6 players, which can increase social skills as children learn to listen to others, win and lose gracefully and play by the rules. If you’re looking to integrate a child into a family games night then this board game could make the ideal gift.
21. GirlZone Hair Chalk Set
9-year-old girls often love to experiment with their appearance and enjoy using products like nail varnish or make-up. The GirlZone: Hair Chalk Set is an on-trend gift which will allow a 9-year-old to safely experiment with different hair colors.
The set includes 10 different colored pens that can be used to apply color to the hair. With each pen lasting up to 80 applications and made with safe ingredients they can double up as face-paints to allow for plenty of creativity.
22. LeapFrog Magic Adventures Globe
By 9-years-old many children have a much broader understanding of the wider world but 2D maps often don’t give a full perspective. A globe is a useful learning tool as children progress through school and this LeapFrog Magic Adventures Globe utilizes plenty of technology to really enhance geographical learning and perspective.
The LeapFrog Magic Adventures Globe allows children to retrieve information about different areas of the globe simply by touching them with the stylus. Featuring a built-in screen, stylus and over five hours of video children can improve their technology skills whilst they learn about the world.
23. Galt Toys First Sewing Kit
Sewing is a skill that is beginning to die out, so why not introduce a 9-year-old girl to this skill? Sewing is not only useful for carrying out repairs but can be another method of creativity and a great hobby to promote relaxation. The Galt Toys First Sewing Kit is the ideal kit for beginners as it includes 5 simple projects with all the materials needed and a thorough instruction guide.
Learning to sew can increase concentration, perseverance and improve fine motor skills, which are really important for continuing to improve handwriting.
24. Intex Easy Set Pool
A pool that can be set up and used in the garden makes a great gift for a 9-year-old who has ample outdoor space at home and enjoys playing in water. As well as an excellent way to cool down on a hot day, the Intex Easy Set pool is large enough that water confidence can be significantly increased.
The Intex Easy Set pool is easy to set-up and pack away and manufactured with super-tough sidewalls so that it is robust and strong. Whilst it does require adult supervision and set-up it will give hours of fun play outdoors, building physical skills and strength.
25. 3Doodler 3D Printing Pen
The 3Doodler 3D Printing Pen is a novel concept for creative work and play allowing children to essentially draw in the air and create 3D models. Similar to 3D printing, this pen is completely child safe as it has no hot parts and the plastic cools very quickly.
Allowing children to get creative in this new way encourages an interest in technology and innovation as well as improving their craft and fine motor skills. The 3Doodler 3D Printing Pen makes an ideal, unusual gift for a creative 9-year-old girl.
26. Vlando Small Travel Jewellery Box
By 9-years-old many girls have amassed a collection of jewelry that they have been gifted, or that they have made for themselves and often need somewhere to keep it. The Vlando Small Travel Jewellery Box is ideal for 9-year-olds as it has a simple, easy to open compact design with plenty of special compartments for specific types of jewelry.
This storage solution could be gifted alongside some jewelry or by itself and is ideal for traveling or using for overnight stays and sleepovers too. If the 9-year-old you’re buying for has a collection of jewelry that she needs to keep safe and tidy then the Vlando Small Travel Jewellery Box makes a good, practical gift.
27. Cool Maker Necklace and Bracelet Maker
9-year-olds love being creative and making things for themselves, and they often love shiny, sparkly jewelry too! The Cool Maker Necklace and Bracelet Maker tick both boxes by allowing children to make both necklaces and bracelets. They can exercise their creativity by coming up with their own ideas and designs or they can make use of the 2 design books included.
Learning to read instructions carefully and follow them is an important life skill that can be developed by using this kit. The Cool Maker Necklace and Bracelet Maker also encourage the use of technology as it is a machine that helps children to produce their own jewelry.
28. Wekapo Stuffed Animal Storage Bean Bag Chair
Does the 9-year-old girl you’re buying for have a huge collection of stuffed animals and nowhere to put them? Stuffed animals are a common complaint amongst parents, who understand that they are often sentimental items, but are also frustrated with the amount of them all over the house, and the Wekapo Stuffed Animal Storage Bean Bag provides a storage solution for this problem.
Available in a range of colors to fit in with different décor schemes and made of soft, strong cotton canvas the Wekapo Stuffed Animal Storage Bean Bag is a bean bag chair that has space for stuffed animals to be stored inside. This keeps the stuffed animals stored neatly away whilst also providing a useful place to sit and relax.
29. K’Nex Thrill Rides 3-in-1 Classic Amusement Park
STEM toys, that is toys that promote important science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills, are becoming increasingly popular as parents understand that these industries are growing in significance. The K’Nex Thrill Rides 3-in-1 Classic Amusement Park is a great scientific toy as it comes with three amusement rides to construct, but can also be used to create unique structures.
The K’Nex Thrill Rides 3-in-1 Classic Amusement Park is also ideal for improving fine motor skills, construction and creativity and is compatible with other K’Nex sets too. If the 9-year-old that you’re buying for is into technology, construction or even K’Nex specifically then this would make a great gift to continue to develop those interests and skills.
30. Ravensburger Harry Potter 1000 pc Jigsaw Puzzle
Jigsaws are a great way to develop spatial awareness, hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. This Ravensburger Harry Potter 1000 pc Jigsaw puzzle is made with strong premium grade cardboard, making it easier to work with and is a large-scale puzzle making it easier to work on as a pair or a team.
9-year-olds will love the challenge of putting together 1000 pieces and this, in turn, will increase their motivation, concentration and perseverance. If the 9-year-old you’re buying for is a fan of Harry Potter then this gift is a great way to develop skills whilst appealing to their interests.
With plenty of different options to choose from, and a more independent, self-sufficient approach to activities choosing a gift for a 9-year-old girl can be a real joy. As you have browsed you have hopefully found some options that suit the skills, interests and personality of the girl you are buying a gift for.
By 9-years-old children are beginning to take a real interest in new experiences and skills too so some of these suggested gifts may not have been something they would have considered or asked for, but will please them nonetheless as they get to try something else out for the first time.