As parents and nerds, we’ve rounded up a selection of the very best gifts and toys for 8 year old boys. We are confident that each item on the list will challenge him in a way that’s super-fun; some play to his competitive edge, both physically and mentally, whilst others nurture his thirst for learning about the world around him.
Dash is a real robot with sophisticated artificial intelligence that is perfect for eight-year-old boys. It doesn’t require batteries and is ready to go straight out of the box – bonus!
This award-winning Dash Robot (check price on Amazon) with a free app that enables your child to dive into exciting coding adventures. These develop problem-solving abilities and teach basic programming. Soon your child will have Dash dancing, moving, navigating obstacle courses, and playing games. Dash also reacts to voice commands and can record and playback your kid’s voice.
Why He’ll Love It: The easy-to-follow projects make programming fun to learn.Check Price on Amazon
A great gift for any Star Wars fan, this set comes with six LEGO action figures, including Hans Solo, Finn, and Rey. The LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon (check price on Amazon) is a truly epic project that consists of 1,329 pieces, so it’ll keep your boy occupied for some time.
Those fine motor and direction-following skills will get a great workout with this toy.
Why He’ll Love It: Although putting it together is sure to be half the fun, it’s sturdy enough to become a part of make-believe games once it’s completed.Check Price on Amazon
A great choice for the beginner pilot, the U49C Red Heron (check price on Amazon) is an easy to handle drone which features several safety mechanisms such as one-touch takeoff and landing, headless mode, altitude hold, and low battery alarm. This gives peace of mind and makes learning to fly enjoyable and intuitive for younger children.
Why He’ll Love It: He’ll be able to record his flight and playback the video later.Check Price on Amazon
With this toy, you have a fun way to get your kiddo outdoors. He can launch the air rockets by simply stepping on the “launch” pad (check price on Amazon). The harder he steps, the higher the missile will fly.
Unfortunately, after repeated use, the toy is likely to deteriorate due to all the stomping. Before that happens, though, it’s an excellent way to demonstrate some fun science concepts.
Why He’ll Love It: Your kiddo can compete against his own score or grab some friends for a game to see who can launch the rocket the highest.Check Price on Amazon
The Kano Pixel Kit (check price on Amazon) is a self-build LED box which connects to your computer and allows children to learn to code. Building it is the first fun challenge, and Kano has produced a well-designed storybook to walk children through the process.
Once complete, children will use an easy to learn programming system to get the LED box to do loads of cool interactive things. This is what Kano say:
A creative coding kit you build yourself. With simple steps take control of 128 LEDs and 16 million colors. Paint pictures, make animations. Learn to code games, live data, weather apps, sports tickers and more. Perfect for beginners. Play with endless creations by a creative community.
Why He’ll Love It: He’ll get a buzz from completing code problems, especially when he sees the result so intensely and colorfully with his own eyes.Check Price on Amazon
3D creative drawing, in our lifetime – amazing! The Canbor 3D pen (check price on Amazon) encourages your child to be artistic while forcing their imagination out of the box and off the page. The filaments are eco-friendly and non-toxic, so in your kiddo’s hands.
Why He’ll Love It: He can carefully construct three dimensional scenes and objects. Welcome to the future!Check Price on Amazon
Your kiddo will get a kick out of creating domes and bridges with these sticks. Instructions come included to get your boy started, and these Leonardo sticks (check price on Amazon) pair great with other building blocks.
This is a toy that requires patience and dedication, however, if your son is up to the task, it’s an excellent way to learn about engineering and art history.
If you are a family that prefers to go easy on the tech and media stimulation, then this is a quiet, natural, and tactile toy that should keep your children grounded.
Why He’ll Love It: It’s a challenge, but once he’s completed a design he’ll be able to bask in how cool his project looks.Check Price on Amazon
Remember playing Scalextric? Well, the toy race tracks of today have certainly come along since then! The Hot Wheels AI starter kit (check price on Amazon) is an intelligent, computerized racing system with the cars are maneuvered using gaming controllers. This version of Hot Wheels AI provides different Batman scenarios and stories to add an extra element of adventure and storyline to the racing.
Why He’ll Love It: If he’s playing alone, he can set the opponents to autopilot and race against the computer.Check Price on Amazon
At this age, kids are curious to learn how things really work. They want to know the science behind the scenes. No longer will vague hand-waving explanations from parents cut it. For budding scientists and beginners alike, the world of microscopy is bound to any eight-year-old inspired.
The National Geographic LED Microscope (check price on Amazon) comes with over 50 accessories including premade slides that he can look at under 20x and 50x magnification as well as blank slides, tweezers, and an eye dropper to create his own samples.
Why He’ll Love It: This model comes with a complete brine shrimp experiment that your kid can complete to explore the life of an aquatic creature and see how they grow and evolve.Check Price on Amazon
“Bridges & Skyscrapers” by Thames & Kosmos (check price on Amazon) is much more than a building set. It’s a fun system to learn about structural engineering. Your child will build lots of different structures and then perform tests on each. By doing so they will learn first-hand how force, load, compression, and tension work, and how to make the strongest structures.
Why He’ll Love It: He’ll be able to test the strength of his various bridges, loading them up to see how much weight they can carry.Check Price on Amazon
As parents, we all love to see our kids active, outdoors, and having fun. The Flybar pogo stick (check price on Amazon) is a sure way that any eight-year-old will be able to enjoy hours of healthy frolics. If you are worried about safety, the grips and the frame are covered in foam to protect them, while the foot grips are designed to be non-slip, so they will have a safe experience, even while trying to show tricks to their friends.
Why He’ll Love It: This pogo stick is a modern build which can get some serious height once he’s practiced a bit.Check Price on Amazon
This peddle powered go-cart is the perfect way to take Nerf Blasters to the next level. The seat is ergonomic and a handbrake makes handling safe and controlled.
Be warned that it will require a parent to help assemble it, and the Nerf Blaster guns do not come included. That said, if he is a Nerf fanatic, then this Nerf Battle Racer (check price on Amazon) will be the ultimate addition to his collection.
Why He’ll Love It: Not only will he have his own vehicle, he’ll be able to use his beloved Nerf Blasters while he drives.Check Price on Amazon
Who said you have to wait until Halloween to put on a costume? This robe comes in three sizes, small, medium, and large, and provides the perfect finishing touch for that Jedi get-up.
Although some parents found the material to be a little on the thin side, this Hooded Jedi Robe (check price on Amazon) is an officially licensed Star Wars product.
Why He’ll Love it: Whether he’s looking for the perfect costume to collect candy in or wants to indulge in some fun role-playing games, this robe is the perfect accessory for a Jedi outfit.Check Price on Amazon
Toys & Gifts by Age
What to Expect From Your 8 Year Old Boy
8 year olds are becoming more aware of themselves, their place in the world and their own likes and dislikes. It’s a good time to take up hobbies as he forms interests and passions.
Watch for these milestones during his ninth year (Source):
Body, Hand and Finger Skills
- Refined motor skills mean that fluid graceful movement is possible;
- Often abilities can be misjudged leading to broken bones!
- There is now a big variation among boys of this age. Some may be cheerful, whilst others are demanding and sullen;
- Shows increased curiosity about what others are doing;
- Learning to be a better loser;
- May talk back to adults and generally be a bit snappy;
- Developing strong interests and hobbies
- Can be very expressive and communicative;
- Often loves to talk but lacks the sensitivity to filter what he’s saying;
- Enjoys using long words;
- Reading and writing becoming more advanced;
- Attempts to write neatly;
- Enjoys to read silently;
- Mathematical knowledge expanding to basic multiplication and fractions
Your 8 year old boy is becoming more independent and is developing his sense of self. We’ve carefully chosen toys that will challenge his growing mental and physical skills in a way that is both fun and encourages learning.
Let us know how he gets on with them!