If there is one thing that you never want to estimate, it is the expansive, detailed, and excited mind of the 7-year old boy. Armed with both experience and curiosity, there is virtually nothing that a 7 year old cannot become interested in if given the right opportunity.
Not surprisingly, toys for 7 year old boys are as varied and individualistic as the boys themselves, making it sometimes difficult to know where to begin. The best toys, gifts, or presents for 7-year old boys can be anything from an action figure to a science kit, but they will have one thing in common: the capacity to engage, entertain, educate, or simply amaze.
We’re hosting a tour through the top toys and gifts for 7 year olds, curated by our team of experienced toy review experts. After the review, we’ll share a few pointers for how to shop for a 7-year old, as well as reveal the two awesome toys that managed to beat out all the others.
Best Gift Ideas This Year For 7 Year Old Boys
Your kid might be the biggest Star Wars fan in the galaxy, but it doesn’t change the fact that his Chewbacca impression stinks! Now, your little Wookie can emulate his favorite furry Star Wars character in a faithful way, with this electronically-enabled Chewbacca toy mask. This thing makes it easy to look and sound just like the mighty Chewie, complete with realistic sound effects and his signature howl. The masks mouth even opens up for the howl, creating a hilarious experience for everyone involved. Operates off of 2 AA batteries, but the roaring doesn’t take up that much power.
Some kids just want to go fast, and even though it might be a few years before they can get behind the wheel of a car, there’s no reason that you can’t satisfy their need for speed with one of the coolest new building kits of the year. The Lego Speed Champions kit has the pieces and instructions that make it possible to construct two different high-speed racers, the Porsche 911 RSR and the 911 Turbo 3.0, two of the hottest speedsters on the track. The set is 391 pieces in total, enough to keep even experienced Lego builders occupied for a while. 3 Lego minifigures come with the set, including two drivers and one pit mechanic.
The original kid-powered Stomp Rocket has been around for a few decades, providing endless hours of physical entertainment for kids all over the world. Stomp Rockets are pretty simple, and use the pressure created from STOMPING on an air-filled chamber to launch the rocket high into the air. Now, the classic fun and functionality of the Stomp Rocket is back in a more stylized form with the Stunt Planes edition. These foam rockets have aerodynamic wings that will allow them to soar further than the original Stomp Rocket, while also performing amazing aerial tricks like spins, turns, and rolls.
The newest generations of children are not only creative and artistic, but they are also highly individualistic and diverse in their interests. For this reason, getting them a highly specialized toy is not always a great idea. The Studio In A Box Arts & Crafts Kit on the other hand offers a number of different creative activities, from coloring to painting and sketching. Included inside the art kit are paints, brushes, deluxe colored pencils, multiple rubber erasers, and three different paper pads, each ideal for a different kind of art. The whole set comes inside a handy briefcase-style carrying box, making it possible to take art projects on-the-go.
We may have said this about other products before, but this time we really mean it: the Tactical Nerf Vest is the kind of toy that we wish we had when we were younger, because it just might have given us the advantage necessary to finally defeat our older siblings in high-octane foam-based combat. After all, that’s what Nerf is known for! This super-cool war vest comes with 30 Nerf darts and a lot of different places to put them. You also get a tactical mask with the image of a skull printed across the front, enough to strike Nerfy fear into the heart of one’s enemies.
If you’ve got a youngster who has ever been anywhere near a skateboard, then the chances are good that they are already a big fan of the popular Tech Deck series of finger skateboards. These fun little skateboards are just like the real thing, only a heck of a lot smaller. The real fun behind Tech Deck is the ability to modify the skateboards with new wheels, trucks, and bearings, just like the real thing. This Tech Deck Sk8 Shop comes with six different board sets … enough for a whole birthday party full of skater kids or simply a great way to start a brand new collection. For the kid who is a skate-enthusiast, this one of the best-value gifts on our list.
Your kid doesn’t have to know who Dennis the Menace is to enjoy this awesome Wooden Bear Slingshot, a great present for any 7-year old boy who has his wits about him. Made by A GREAT LIFE, one of the newer toy manufacturers featured on Amazon, thus durable and sturdy toy slingshot is made from real wood and features the carved face of a black bear, which just may well become your boy’s animal totem as he takes off into the backyard wilderness for an afternoon of adventure. As a special bonus, it also comes with a wolf-shaped whistle that can be used in case of emergency.
When it comes to foam dart blasters, there might be a lot of different toy-makers out there, but not a single one of them with the long-standing reputation of Nerf, the company that is behind the best pretend blasters and space guns of all time. The Hammershot Nerf Blaster is the latest in the company’s immensely popular Zombie Strike series, a collection of foam blasters designed to protect the city from the upcoming Zombie Apocalypse. While this gun is designed to be used with Zombie Strike darts, it also works fine with Elite style Nerf darts and even the original Streamline style darts, however the accuracy and distance is best with Elite or Zombie style darts.
Don’t feel bad if you don’t know what a 3D printing pen is, because this is one of those toys that didn’t even exist until recently. Taking advantage of recent scientific breakthroughs with 3D printing, this toy emulates the biggest 3D printers with a handheld pen-style toy. This pen literally “prints” plastic from its tip which can be used to create all sorts of things. This kit comes with the molds and motors to 3D print a pair of Sumo figures that can actually battle one another, or, use the included cartridges to create whatever the imagination can come up with.
At 7 years old, you kid has a heck of an adventure on the horizon. Make sure they are prepared for every eventuality with these 22-Channel Walkie Talkies by FAYOGOO, a Chinese toy company that is offering some pretty incredible deals on electronics. Walkie Talkies are a great gift for boys because they are not only a toy, but also double as a safety device that can have serious benefits in the wilderness. With a 4-mile range that is greater than any competing walkie talkie, these can be used to get yourself out of some sticky situations, or simply to radio to your child that supper is ready.
Whether your 7-year old boy is a soccer player, tabletop gamer, derby car racer, or some blend of the three, he is going to need a way to haul his toys, gear, and clothing from activity to activity in a durable and stylish way. The Adidas Sack Pack is a classic style that has one main compartment on the inside that can be cinched down with black rope that also serves as the pack’s straps. There is also an exterior zipper pocket that is great for storing the stuff that he needs easy access to. This classic bag design is available in dozens of different colors and styles.
There is something pure and wonderful about the humor of a 7-year old, and usually, pretty zany as well. Now, you can bolster your youngster’s comedic skill with this hilarious collection of jokes intended exclusively for kids who are 7 years old. If you order on Amazon, then the cover is also customizable, which means you can not only print the child’s name but also the name of the person who is gifting it to them. Ideal as either a stocking stuffer or birthday gift, this super-affordable tome will have everyone chuckling along. And it’s written by the one and only I.P. Happy, so you know it must be silly.
Any lover of fine toys will appreciate the Batman vs. Superman Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots, but we have a feeling that your 7-year old boy is going to love them most of all. This awesome toy utilizes the same fun mechanics as classic Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots, one of the first plastic fighting toys of its kind. This set also pits the Dark Knight against the Man of Steel to find out once and for all who is stronger. The big difference between this version and the classic version (also available on Amazon) is that the fighters in this version are not connected to one another vis a plastic fighting ring, so the action is more portable and more exciting than ever.
From Hasbro Gaming, the original naval combat board game BATTLESHIP is back and better than ever. Now, not only can your boy enjoy the fast-paced / turn based fun of Battleship, but now they can do it with the addition of planes, which provide a new and interesting twist to this classic game. The play style is easy to get a hold of, but can actually be quite addicting once you get a few rounds in. As a way to develop mental strategy or simply a way to kill the time, Battleship is one of the most reliable 2-player board games on the planet, and deserves a spot on any family’s game shelf.
One of the only problems with traditional pigskin footballs is that they can become quite slippery when wet. This is the problem that Nerf decided to fic with the Blitz All Conditions Football, a foam and rubber hybrid ball that lets kids toss the ball around even in the rain or snow. The outstanding durability of this little football is its biggest selling point, though the soft interior and wrap-around rubber grip are no slouches themselves. Like all Nerf products, this toy is designed to be safe, fun, and immediately engaging right out of the box.
If your family doesn’t already have a copy of Twister on the game shelf, then you need to do your whole family a favor and smash that ‘order’ button right away. Twister is one of the most fun party games in existence, and it’s simplistic rules make it easy for kids of just about any age to play. Included is the original Twister game mat, which is a series of colored circles laid out in rows. The included spinner board will tell you where to place your hand or foot. When more than one person is playing, it can turn into a real pretzel of a situation that will have the whole family laughing.
Although your 7-year old might be a bit too young to know where they want to go to college, it is never too early to start introducing them to new and different possibilities. The My First Coding & Computer Science Kit is a fully-featured game kit that includes all sorts of activities related to basic computer programming. From binary codes to secret algorithms and encrypted puzzles, the Coding & Computer Science Kit is one of the easiest ways to start you kid down a path of STEM-related learning. This is the kind of hands-on fun that will keep them engaged for hours, so it wouldn’t hurt to get more that one of these PlayZ science kits.
Although it utilizes one of the most simplistic concepts of any tabletop game, Connect 4 remains one of the most popular ways to enjoy an afternoon with a good friend. Kids who have never played before will relish the opportunity to take on their friends and family in this colorful duel of strategy and wits. The goal is to get 4 of your pieces to line up in any direction, but with the other player right there to foil your strategy, it is not always as fun as it looks. But with Connect 4, even losing can be fun, as that means you get to pull the release mechanism that sends all the plastic pieces dancing loudly across the table.
The mind of a 7-year old boy can be a lot more impressive than many of us realize. The way to bring out the best in your boys brain is by challenging it in fun and unique ways, and to this end, the DASH Coding Robot does very well. One of the best-selling STEM toys on Amazon, DASH lets your child use a blend of voice commands, pre-programmed loops, and customizable sequences, all of which work together at your child’s scientific bidding. There are five different programming Apps that come with the DASH robot, each of which teaches kids something different about computer programming, which happens to be one of the most exciting a lucrative careers that they can go into.
Here we have a slightly more advanced electric ride-on toy that has more speed and adventure in its bones than any ‘normal’ ride-on toy. While the manufacturer lists this bike as “designed for ages 13 & up”, many home-reviewers have noted that its scaled down size and simple functionality work great for boys as young as 7. Your own 7 year old will appreciate the challenge of keeping balance on this awesome electric dirt bike, but because it is low enough to the ground, their legs will always be right there to keep them from tipping over. Reach speeds of up to 14 miles per hour, no pedaling required!
7 years old is about the age that most boys start wondering what it would be like to be a millionaire. Many of them are now ready to start stashing away their hard earned weekly allowance for future use. For this purpose, they’re going to need something a little stronger than a traditional piggy bank to keep sticky hands out of the pot, as it were. This Electronic Piggy Bank from HUSAN has an automatic bill counter, coin counter, and a digital readout display that can keep track of how much money has been deposited. With a password protected electronic keypad, this little safe is a great way to teach kids about saving and make them feel ownership of their own finances.
With the Fantastic Spinner Kids’ Art Set, kids can create some of the most unique and vibrant pieces of art imaginable, from greeting cards and paintings to simple experimental color doodles. It works by mounting paper inside of a kid-powered spinner. Then, kids can add squirts of their favorite color paints directly into the spinner, causing the paint to fan out in amazing ways. This toy was the winner of the Creative Child Magazine Preferred Choice Award, which is a solid indicator of how popular it has been for kids all over the country.
Our favorite STEM toys for 7 year olds are the ones that can be experienced in different ways, not to mention teach a little something about the way that the natural world works. The Fizz Pop Boom Science Kit will take your kid on an adventure through 9 “insanely cool” experiments, all of which operate from the principles of carbonation, bubbles, gas, & pressure. Bags that swell, explode, & POP, or geysers with massive blasts are just some of the experiments that are included. From Be Amazing! Toys, the Fizz Pop Boom Science Kit will allow your boy to do just that.
We’ve got to hand it to whoever came up with the idea for the Zax Foam Throwing Axe. We didn’t think we would ever see an axe-based toy just considering how dangerous they would be, but the Zax Axe is both safe and entertaining. This toy axe can be hurled at a window or smooth surface, and if it lands just right, the suction cups will cling to the surface, holding the axe in place. The excitement of axe throwing has never really been available to kids as young as 7, so this is a great way to get them introduced to the hobby!
While it is almost a certainty that your kid has some building blocks around the house, we doubt they have anything that like this. Fractiles are a brand new toy that puts a unique spin on building toys. These 2-dinemsional magnetic tiles are designed to cling to the included art board, allowing kids to create all sorts of different patterns and designs. The Fractiles come in multiple colors and three different sizes, making it possible to create incredibly intricate and detailed mathematical patterns that you won’t want to take your eye off of. Literally millions of combinations!
Harry Potter is perhaps the highest grossing kids’ book of all time, and for good reason. These globally popular books tell the story of Harry Potter, a boy who discovers that he is actually a wizard by blood. Over the course of the series Harry and his companions work to solve mysteries, defeat evil creatures, save the day multiple times, all while still trying to get good grades in their wizarding classes. These books have proven to be loved by kids as young as 4 and as old as 100, so you can rest assured that these books are going to be cherished for a long time to come.
The newest release from one of the hottest RC car manufactures is also one of the fastest toys on the block, and is sure to light up a smile on your boy’s face. The High Speed RC Racing Car operates off of a set of included rechargeable batteries that can reach full charge in 90 minutes, meaning that there is always some awesome playtime waiting right around the corner. The piston-grip style remote is one of the coolest parts … it has a cool ergonomic grip and manages to control the car with great precision. Reach amazing top speeds of up to 12 miles per hour, faster than your average Power Wheels ride-on car!
We always thought that it was a shame that the children of this generation and all future generations would not get to experience the fun and excitement of the original Polaroid Cameras, those bulky and beautiful picture machines that produced a physical picture right there on the spot. Well, we’re glad to say that the magic is back with the Instax Mini Instant Camera, a device from Fujifilm that emulates the instant-developing functionality of the Polaroid but in a smaller, faster way. This little camera works by loading it with film slides that will develop slowly on their way out of the camera. More than just a novelty, kids will love capturing images with this thing.
With all the awesome toys that are available for 7-year old boys, it is a shame that there aren’t more out there that can help teach Geography, a subject which most people (our adult selves included) are sorely lacking at. The Interactive Talking World Map is an electronic play mat from Think Gizmos that lays out the world for your kid to see in all its glory. Information on 92 different countries can be played by pressing different buttons on the map, giving your kid plenty of things to learn and places to explore without ever having to leave the living room.
We are big fans of gifts that have the ability to bring families together, such as games like JENGA that can be just as entertaining for a 7-year old as it is for a 70-year old. This classic wood stacking game has had families all over the world squealing in both delight and anticipation for decades now, and the fun still hasn’t stopped. If you’ve never played Jenga, then you truly need to experience it to know the thrill. The game is played by removing wooden bricks one by one, taking turns and trying to not make the tower tip over. If the tower tips during your turn, then you lose!
Anyone who has played a round of Jenga can tell you how much fun it is, but we’re guessing that most of you out there have already had the pleasure. Now, the classic wood stacking game is available in a limited special edition that is only available on Amazon. Not only does it come inside a durable carrying case (as opposed to the regular cardboard box from the original) but that means that you don’t necessarily have to stack everything up nice and neat in order to store it. Fun with either solo play or with a big group, Jenga is one of those games that simply isn’t going anywhere soon.
If you really want to make a 7-year old’s day, week, or even entire summer vacation, you can gift them the Jump & Dunk Trampoline With Enclosure, a 12’ trampoline with a built-in basketball hoop and a protective net surrounding the jumping area. With the enclosure, this trampoline is significantly safer than a lot of other models. The enclosure frame is wrapped in soft foam, as it the circle of springs that connect the jump surface to the frame. This means that there will never be any pokes, prods, bumps, or cuts. The included basketball hoop is an awesome touch that lets kids practice their dunking like never before.
Ask any one of Santa’s elves and they will tell you, ‘the older a boy gets, the more awesome their Lego collection becomes’. By the time your kid turns 7, they probably already have a decent amount of Lego building blocks, but nothing quite as cool as the Lego Heavy Cargo Transport Kit, a 310-piece building kit that lets kids build a massive cargo-hauler truck, as well as a helicopter and trailer that can be pulled behind. Both vehicles can open up and fit Lego minifigures inside, like the included truck driver and helicopter pilot figurines. It’s a great way to immediately upgrade your kid’s Lego collection!
The Lego CREATOR series has some of the coolest exclusive Lego parts around, including moving hinges, joints, and cool snap-on dinosaur claws that can be used for just about any imaginary creature that you kid can come up with. Or, follow the easy-to-understand illustrated instructions and you’ll end up with one of the 3 fearsome classic dinosaurs, including Triceratops, T-Rex, and Pterodactyl. The kind of creative fun that can be had with Lego truly knows no bounds, and even better, all Legos can connect with one another, meaning that every new set that you get for them becomes a valuable investment in a larger collection of fun.
If the budding artist in your family could use a little help getting started with their craft, consider gifting them the Light Up Tracing Pad from Crayola, a simple yet elegantly designed art toy that lets kids trace over hundreds of different images, either mixing & matching or re-creating entire drawings. Tracing not only helps kids learn new physical drawing techniques, but it also builds confidence in a safe space that will encourage them to be more creative on their own. The evenly lit surface means that this is great for camping, sleepovers, or inside of a blanket fort!
Here is another classic toy that has managed to not only survive through many decades of change, but has also amazingly captured an all new generation of interest with its retro design and mystical prediction powers. Go ahead, ask the Magic 8 Ball a question, and see what answers the floating oracle will provide. For 7-year old boys, this is the easiest way to seek advice from the cosmos in an easy, affordable, and entirely non-toxic way. Possible answers include “It is certain”, “Ask again later”, and the always unfortunate, “Don’t count on it.”
There is only one toy on our list that is officially designated FWO, or For Wizards Only, and we get the feeling that we should pay attention to the rule. Fortunately, it is now possible for any kid to become a Wizard of science with the Magic Science For Wizards Kit. Step one is to create your very own magic wand, utilizing science and a bunch of ‘magic’ chemicals to make something that is simultaneously dazzling and amazing. Once the magic wand is complete, use the remaining chemicals to cast magical spells and the test tube lab for fun bubbling potions.
So, your kid thinks he can POGO? Test out his skills in an entirely new way with the Maverick Pogo Stick, another great bouncing toy from Flybar. Known for their various pogo sticks, moon shoes, and other bouncy toys, Flybar is known for both quality and durability. This is one of the sturdiest pogo sticks available anywhere, and the slick grey and black design make it look that way. The experiences POGO master will appreciate the high level of tension in the jumping spring, and boys everywhere are going to love the cool lightning bolt decal.
The way we see it, if you are going to get your 7-year old a STEM related toy, then you might as well go big. Not that the Mega Fossil Dig Kit is particularly large or expensive (it is neither) but it offers a glimpse into a prehistoric world of amazing creatures and plants that have not existed for millions of years. The Mega Fossil Dig Kit uses real-world archaeological techniques to let kids uncover their very own dinosaur fossils, from brachiopods and sharks to ammonites and much more. The kit is also made by NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, which is a great indicator of the kind of high quality educations fun that you can get into.
Another great toy by the folks at National Geographic, the Mega Slime & Putty Lab is one of the most entertaining hands-on STEM toys on our list. This kit includes 8 different kinds of specialized slime, like magnetic putty, glow-in-the-dark putty, liquid purple slime, and many more. Kids can explore the amazing science behind the smile as they follow along with a full-color 16-page instruction and activity guide. All of the slimes and putties are 100% tested and non-toxic, and because it’s from National Geographic, it is covered under their 100% satisfaction guaranteed policy.
At seven years old, young boys are starting to develop a keen interest in the way that the natural world works, and for this reason it is a great time to introduce them to some basic scientific concepts that they can take with them through the journey of life and education. The Mind Blowing Science Experiment Kit is a great STEM toy for 7 year olds that lets your kid become master scientist, overseeing a number of “mind-blowing” experiments that will have them only wanting more. A detailed illustrated guide will walk your kid through the experiments with ease.
Whether you know it or not, just about every boy will dabble in the Arcane Arts sooner or later, so you might as well encourage them to do it in style with the My First Magic Show Set. This Magic Box comes with everything needed to learn and perform 25 different amazing magic tricks that will have the audience gasping in disbelief. Each trick can also be learned through a special unlockable online tutorial video, making it easier than ever to master the performance. There are over 25 different magical props in the box including a magic wand, so the only thing you need to buy separately is the cape!
In what is hands-down the coolest gift a 7-year old could possibly get (according to 7-year olds) the Nintendo Switch offers state-of-the art video gaming alongside a whole host of other digital features. The newest video game system from Nintendo, the Switch has sold millions of units worldwide, and it doesn’t look like it will be slowing down any time soon. The unique thing about the Switch is that you can ‘switch’ between different gaming configurations. For instance, it can be played as a single handheld unit, or you can disconnect the controllers from the screen for motion-sensitive games. The Switch is also capable of being hooked up to your smart TV for full-size gaming.
If you’re tired of having the entire living room dismantled for one of your kids many fort building sessions, then you might want to consider getting him a personalized fort that is a little kinder on the household. The Original Air Fort was released years ago to great critical acclaim, providing a fun new twist on the pop-up kids’ tent. This new-edition Ocean Camo Air Fort not only has an awesome design that boys are going to love, but it is also erected entirely from air flow provided by a single box fan. That means that it is not only cheap, but there are no complicated components that are likely to break.
The magic of flight has captured the imaginations of young human beings for thousands of years, but only recently has humanity truly mastered the art of paper airplanes. Now, your kid can experience the legendary performance of these folded masterpieces with the Fold N Fly Paper Airplanes Kit. Inside this super-affordable stocking stuffer you will find enough paper to make 18 different unique paper airplanes, following along with easy-to-read visual instructions. There is also an awesome sticker pad that your kid can use to fully customize his aerial fleet before sending them off into the wild blue yonder.
One of the biggest problems with getting a real set of soccer goals for your kid is that they take up so much space on the lawn. This pair of Pop Up Soccer Goals from Trail Blaze takes advantage of the recent upgrades in pop-up tent technology and uses it to make a functional portable soccer goal that can be setup just about anywhere. Simply pull the folded goals from their carrying case and they will pop into shape. Then, pound down the 3-point stakes and voila! A full service soccer game is now ready to go. The kit comes with training cones as well to help practice.
Whether your 7-year old is a Porsche fan or not, they are likely going to love the incredible speed and style that comes built-in with the Porsche 911 Turbo Lego Kit. This 179 piece set is small enough to complete in an afternoon, but stylish enough to keep & cherish for a lifetime. Part of the Speed Champions series, this is one of Legos fastest toy cars yet, with smoothly turning wheels and working doors. It comes with a minifigure that is as stylish and hip as you would expect a Porsche owner to be, as well as a trio of traffic cones to keep people from chipping the paint job.
Let’s face it: for most of us, the idea of putting a full 10-piece drum set anywhere in the house is an absolutely crazy idea, especially if you’re giving it to a child that doesn’t yet know how to play. The best way to encourage your child’s musical development while simultaneously preserving the peace and quiet that you have worked so hard to create is by giving them one of these Portable 4-Pad Electronic Drum Kit, a new toy by Alesis that can make awesome beats that can only be heard through headphones (though a private speaker is available for performances).
If your kid has simply loved every musical instrument toy that you have given them over the years, then it might be time to graduate them to a slightly more deluxe, advanced toy that will encourage their ongoing musical training in a big way. Made from the top-of-the-line piano maker Yamaha, this Portable Keyboard Bundle has everything needed for the young student to get started with daily lessons, including a foldable bench, keyboard stand, and DC power supply. No batteries required here … simply plug the Yamaha into the wall and start jamming. With over 400 voices and 130 auto-accompaniment styles built in, there is zero chance that your boy becomes bored anytime soon.
The magical light of our amazing moon has been putting children to sleep for millions of years, but now it’s possible to harness all that magic and comfort inside of a simple kids’ nightlight. This Remote Control Moon Night Light features an authentic, detailed 3D lunar landscape that can light up with all the many phases of the moon. Either use the remote to change phases, reducing or increasing light with nothing more than a click of the remote. An auto-shutoff function saves electricity, and a downloadable mP2 turns this indo an educational geological tour of Earth’s one and only moon.
The Best Gifts & Toys For 7-Year Old Boys [Buyer’s Guide]
They call it lucky number 7, and considering the amount of trouble that boys this age can get into, let’s hope that there is some truth to it.
One way to keep your boy out of trouble is by making sure that they have all the coolest and most engaging toys possible … toys that will not only entertain, but also open up their minds to new horizons, new opportunities, and in some cases, entirely new ways of thinking. 7 years old is an exciting age for a number of reasons, but the biggest one is how boys of this age really start to enter into their very own unique personality. This makes toy shopping easier on the one hand, because for the first time kids are simply able to come out and tell you what kind of things they are into.
On the other hand, there is virtually no activity that a 7 year old boy cannot be interested in, if given the chance. Everything from dirt biking to computer coding is available to the ripe 7 year old mind, so once you actually start looking for the perfect toy, you might be surprised at how complicated the process can be.
Here is a brief rundown of the different types of toys that 7-year old boys are guaranteed to love, as well as a few reasons why you, the parent, uncle, friend, or what have you, will appreciate the positive effect that they are having on your child.
Science Kits & STEM Toys
As a parent shopping for a 7-year old, it is pretty much a guarantee that you have seen one site or another advocating for the purchase of S.T.E.M. related toys. This popular new acronym stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics, though it is common today to also see it written as STEAM, with Arts being the new addition.
Toys that are marked with the STEAM acronym are simply the ones that make an active effort to teach your child something about the way the world works, and in doing so, provide them with base-level skills with will likely help them with their ongoing education.
STEM toys are by no means a singular category of toy. These can range from Science Experiment Kits to Building Sets to Computer Programming guides. For this reason, deciding to look for a STEM / STEAM based toy is always a good idea, however, you still have to factor in what kind of things the kid is already interested in and whether or not the toy in question will really engage him.
Video Game Consoles
Look, there are plenty of questionable things to say about video games, such as they don’t teach anything, or that they are wastes of time, or that kids already experience too much screen time as it is. While all of those points can be debated, the more important thing would be to ask a 7-year old boy what he thinks of video games.
The truth is that today’s video game consoles offer some of the most fun that you can get. In addition, many games are in fact educational, and in addition, video games in general have been shown to have a largely positive effect on hand-eye coordination and problem solving skills.
The Nintendo Switch is the only video game console that has made our Top 50 list, specifically because of how well Nintendo curates its products to be both wholesome and entertaining. While Nintendo has recently branched out into some “M” (mature) rated games that are certainly not appropriate for 7-year olds, the large majority of their catalogue is fun, cute, and sometimes educational.
The amount of energy that a 7-year old boy can have is considerable. Not only is this the age where they really begin to become ravenous for more and more calories to facilitate their growth, but they also become desperate for good old fashioned physical activity to burn off all that excess energy.
In addition, it has been proposed that the years of 7-12 are really important for a child’s physical development. In fact the activities that boys of this age participate in will likely influence the way that their body grows and develops.
Bikes & Scooters
For most parents, any toy that keeps a kids attention for more than a couple of minutes is usually welcomes, and if that toy can also be used to get some of that excess energy out, then it is even better. At 7-years old, young boys are more physically coordinated than ever, and a bike can open up entirely new worlds of exercise and exploration alike.
As is usual when shopping for youngsters, always look for bikes and scooters that have adjustable heights, as this is a feature that helps ensure that it will continue to fit the child as multiple years go by.
There is nothing like a good pretend battle when you’re a boy, and Nerf has all the gear to get it done right. Nerf guns shoot harmless foam darts, but still manage to be the sort of high-octane competitive game / toy that young boys are looking for.
Today’s Nerf blasters are cooler than ever, but what has really come a long way is the various accessories and add-ons that can take the sport to the next level. If you scroll up for instance, you’l;l come across the Nerf Tactical Vest, which would be a great gift for a boy who is already into Nerf-brand toys and darts.
According to many studies, kids who practice music at a young age generally perform better in school and make more money later in life. Whether this is related to music’s ability to teach concentration and perseverance hasn’t necessarily been proven, but one thing is for certain, getting your child a musical instrument toy is certainly not going to do them any harm.
There are a ton of different instruments on our lists that would be great for any 7-year old, but when shopping for a boy you might want to check in and see if an electronic keyboard is something they might be interested in before you drop the extra cash for the deluxe model.
Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)
Q: My 7-year old only asks for toys that are above his “age recommendation”. How can I tell if a toy is appropriate for him?
A: One of the first things that parents need to know when shopping for children is that all kids develop at different rates and in different ways, both physically and mentally. For this reason, the types of toys that are going to interest them will vary significantly. In addition, kids simply grow at different rates, so a bike that perfectly fits one 7-year old may be too small for another.
In the end, recommended age levels for toys are based off of manufacturer estimates. If you are worried about whether or not a toy is too advanced for your kid, spend some time browsing the forums or asking around for advice. You can also simply have some supervised play time until you feel confident that everything is safe.
Q: Are there any games I can get for my 7-year old that the whole family will enjoy?
A: This is a question that we have gotten from a number of readers about a number of different age groups, so we think that it’s worth the time to highlight a few of the items on our list that. While a 7-year old would love to have, can in fact entertain the entire family at once.
Jenga is one of the best games for this kind of thing. It doesn’t matter how old you are … the overall experience is the same, and all ages can play with one another without having to change the rules.
Conclusion: The Best Presents For 7-Year-Old Boys
We hope that the “lucky 7’s” are good to your kid, but we have to say, the chances of them having an awesome year will be significantly increased if you can get them the right toy to spend their time with.
For our money, there is no single item that a 7-year old boy would be more thrilled with than the Nintendo Switch. While a bit more expensive than the other items on our list, this is the only 100% guaranteed-to-love-it item on the list. (And P.S. … you will likely have some fun with it as well).
Decorum dictates that we also highlight a gift that is on the more educational and/or affordable side, and fortunately, we have no problem with that. The Harry Potter Paperback Collection is the perfect gift for anyone who hasn’t read the series yet, or the kid who doesn’t yet own their own set. These are books that are likely to be in the family for a long time, so they are pretty much the best value on the list.