8 years old is one of those special, nostalgic ages for just about everyone on our team, because we were old enough to make lasting memories out of our most exciting experiences. It is also an age that we can actually remember the specific toys that we played with, and just how much joy they brought to our lives.
The best gifts and presents for 8-year old boys have the potential to make a lasting difference on their life, whether it is by offering them a glimpse into the world of science and engineering, or simply providing some light-hearted escape from all the trials and tribulations of the 8-year old’s world.
Below, we’ve wrangled up the top 50 toys for 8-year old boys, no matter what the occasion. Afterwards, we’ll be exploring a few concepts to keep in mind anytime you find yourself shopping for an 8-year old. We wrap everything up with a couple of our expert recommendations, so be sure to stick around to the end.
Our Favorite Gifts For 8 Year Old Boys
Based on the bestselling puzzle game Rubik’s Cube, the Rubik’s Race Board Game is a new twist on the classic twist & solve style of game play that was first introduced by the Rubik’s Cube. This game will challenge players to slide around familiar colored tiles so solve a series of different puzzles before their opponent. There are several different modes of game play, meaning that this isn’t one of those toys that is only good for a single afternoon. Additionally, the hands-on tile-shifting fun makes it possible to come up with new games and challenges on the fly, boosting both creativity and problem-solving skills in the meantime.
If you haven’t experienced the exciting game play of Simon, then you and your kid are both missing out! This classic electronic game has four different brightly colored panels that will light up in different sequences. The point of the game is to match the computer’s sequences by pressing on the colored buttons. Sound simple? You will be surprised at how hard it is to complete the challenge at higher levels. This new model also integrates a new score-keeping function, allowing kids to keep track of their high scores over time. Multi-player functionality is one of the reasons that this game has remained popular for so many years, so it’s great for the multi-child household.
Ever wonder why Board Games have always been so … 2-Dimensional? Well, the folks over at PlaSmart seemed to have been wondering that very thing when they were designing Squashed, an amazing new board game that takes advantage of all 3 physical dimensions to create an exciting and memorable play experience that is unlike anything you have ever seen before. While the strategy of Squashed is easy to learn and quick to understand, multiple game modes can make the strategies even more challenging for more advanced players. As winner of the Chicago Toy & Game Fair Young Inventor Award, this toy has been quickly climbing the chart of bestselling toys for 8-year olds.
Foosball is one of the few arcade-style games that has enough action and energy to keep even the most active 8-year olds totally engaged. Until recently, the fun and competitive play of Foosball has only been available in arcades and restaurants, but it is now reworked into a tabletop form that can be played anywhere in the house, even on the living room floor. The game comes fully assembled, which makes it possible to enjoy all the action and excitement right out of the box without any additional hassle. Even in its compact form, Foosball is great for anywhere from 2 to 4 players.
One of the most iconic video game characters of all time is back in an all new way, and he is tinier and more portable than ever! Pac-Man, the yellow dot-munching hero, will have to watch out for ghosts as he cruises around the game screen, controlled by a tiny finger-operated joystick. This little arcade-style game is small enough to fit in your pocket, so it can be played absolutely anywhere that your kid may find themselves. The programming is true to the original version, featuring ongoing multi-level play, just like you would find in the arcade.
A good wood burning kit is a surprisingly affordable way to take your kid’s artistic skills to the next level. These pyrotechnic pens lets kids burn letters, numbers, and designs into wood plaques and panels. This kit from PETUOL also includes 37 different welding and embossing tips, which is by far the most we have ever seen with a wood burning kit. The pen itself has variable heat modes, which is a good feature for beginners who are not yet ready to utilize the quick-burning maximum heat setting. A travel case makes it possible to take this kit along inside any backpack … perfect for the young creative who is on-the-go.
There is almost nothing more natural to the average 8-year old boy than wrestling, which for our species has served as both play and important physical development for hundreds of thousands of years. That’s perhaps why the world of WWE Wrestling has become such a popular line of toys, offering little plastic wrestler figures based on the popular real-life wrestling stars. This WWE Raw Toy Wrestling Ring gives them all a place to test their skills, with realistic rubber ropes and a spring-loaded mat for realistic body slamming action. Don’t forget to buy a few WWE Raw Wrestlers to go along with the ring!
When it comes to siege weapons, the catapult is one of the most destructive options, and it is now available in a fun and harmless tabletop version made by the toy experts at Hog Wild Toys. This little plastic catapult uses a thick rubber strap to provide the tension needed to hurl a plastic foam ball as far as 30 feet, all with a mere hand-powered draw. The launch pad has three suction cups to attach to any smooth surface, like desks and tables, and the upper apparatus pivots easily to adjust the targeted aim.
If it’s an 8-year old boy that you are shopping for, then one of the most sure-fire toys that you can possible choose is a remote controlled car. These RC toys are faster than ever and can provide hours of blazing entertainment with only a single charge. The Amphibious RC Car from Pussan brings it to an entirely new level, offering a fully-amphibious construction that works on both water and land. The jumbo rubber tires not only allow the car to float, but they have wide paddles on the rims that allow for propulsion in the pool, lake, or ocean. The trigger-style remote is easy to use and provides for a remarkably responsive control style.
Gotham City would be in serious trouble without the watchful eye of Batman, and the Dark Knight himself wouldn’t get very far without the help of his trusty Batmobile. Now, this iconic super-hero vehicle is available in a supercharged Lego format, offering a real electric motor and working wheels that are controlled by an App. A batman minifigure is included to complete the set, as well as a few of his favorite bat-gadgets to help him clean up the city. At 321 pieces, this is a more advanced building kit that is perfectly suited to the growing intellect of the average 8 year old.