Editors Note: There are many research-based articles on the pros and cons of gender-specific toys, a topic that many parents are passionate about. In our toy series with our partner Wicked Uncle, we will be highlighting a specific age and gender. Our sister sites in other parts of the country will be doing the same, with a collective goal to provide a comprehensive list of quality toy choices based on developmental milestones. You will find as you look through the lists that our top choices are great for any gender. We encourage play and imagination at any age!
Double digits. 10 is a true milestone age for our boys. For some it is their last year in elementary school and they are leaving behind so much that is familiar to them. When it comes to toys and things that keep their interest, our moms put their heads together to come up with some great choices that match their tween timeline.
Here are our top picks for the 17 best toys and gifts for 10-year-old boys:
- Robotic Hedgehog
- Harry Potter Power Squad
- Laser Chess
- Planets Cube Book
- World’s Smallest Table Tennis Set
- Candy Chemistry
- Super Scarab Putty
- Phantom Thinking Putty
- Bouncing Planets
- Shooting Star – Infrared Game
- Soda Can Robot
- Human Body Cube Book
- Doodling Robot 4M STEAM
- Star Wars Folded Flyers
- Bean Boozled
- Spy X Night Mission Goggles
10-year-old boys are starting to read more chapter books and move to solving more complex math problems. They crave friendships, activity, and sometimes quiet time. The need for interactive toys and games that align with what they are learning in school is more important. This is a time when you may really find yourself purging their rooms of childhood toys and making room for a whole new inventory of toys.
Chances are your 10-year-old may have their own phone by now. If so, never hear them ask you for “juice” when they have their very own Harry Potter rechargeable battery pack. It keeps their love of learning with story book heroes tied to their need to be connected.
Take your chess game to the next level with lasers! This fun game combines the strategy of chess with the science of lasers. After you make your chess move, you get to fire your laser beam to see which piece gets eliminated. Best part for the gift giver? It comes with batteries!
I remember around the age of 10 (many eons ago) folding paper to to play a good game of fortune teller. This educational version combines that along with the love of a book. It’s kind of Rubik’s cube like as well and can entertain for a long time. It’s a great “to go” activity as well (that is not a device).
I’m not sure about you, but my son is always pushing the boundaries by trying to sneak a toy to school. This tiny table tennis game fits the bill. The suction cups provide a sturdy net and you could argue it is excellent for hand-eye coordination. Another great “to go” gift to keep them entertained.
This battery operated toy allows your 10-year-old to practice hand eye coordination. It is totally portable and as long as the beam is aimed at the infrared sensor in the disc it will remain in the air. Have a contest with other friends to see who can keep it in the sky the longest.