12 Best Toys & Gifts For 9-Year Old Boys & Girls According To Experts

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Best Toys & Gifts For 9-Year Old Boys & Girls

If you’re having trouble picking out the right birthday gifts and toys for the 9 year old in your life, you’re probably in good company. Nine can be a strange age to navigate — for both the child and the adult trying to come up with gift ideas for a 9 year old boy or girl. They’re more like big kids now and want big kid gifts that are cool, fun, and not for the littles. Forget the water tables and mini-kitchens, it’s time for remote control spiders, flying toys, tie dye kits, and mystery books. Even Claire S. Green, President of Parents’ Choice Foundation, the nation’s oldest nonprofit dedicated to finding quality media and toys, agrees.

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“Nine-year-olds are more independent than they’ve ever been,” explains Green. “Take advantage of the time you have until they’re captured by aliens and whisked off to Planet Adolescence.”

Nine is the age when kids begin to customize their things and themselves. Green explains that, although they’re often ready to belong to a social group or school club, they’ll come running home to loving arms if things go awry.

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“They may focus on a specific interest longer and with more intensity, but their loyalty to those interests may give you whiplash,” Green says.

In addition to teasing their brains with puzzles, 9 year olds are also learning that not everything is black and white and, as a result, they develop more social awareness at that age.

“Nurture their blossoming empathy,” Green urges. She also says this may be the right time to have them start taking care of a pet — but start with a goldfish just to be safe!

With all these recommendations in mind, Scary Mommy has curated the best gifts and toys for the 9-year-old boy or girl in your life.

(Please note that Green has not endorsed any of the specific products listed in this guide; they are entirely the selections of the Scary Mommy team and have not been reviewed or approved by Green.)

Collectibles for Kids

“Be they Vacation Rocks, L.O.L Surprise! or Funko Pop!, these kids will start collecting,” Green says of nine-year-olds.

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Arts & Crafts for Kids

“From paint and colorful marker kits to cameras and movie-making apps, this age group is developing style,” says Green.

Sports Toys for Kids

“Yes, there will be competition, but keep it friendly,” Green suggests. “Not every backyard badminton game should be treated like an Olympic trial.”

Electronic Toys for Kids

“This is a tough one [because] many of these ‘toys’ are really devices,” Green explains. “Yet, there are some excellent ‘toys’ that teach coding and game design.”

Science Toys for Kids

Green says nine-year-olds are “100 percent” ready for science toys. “And please, don’t tell girls they can only experiment with bath soaps and perfume,”she adds.

Now that your 9-year-old is all set, check out our other awesome toys for all ages!


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