There is nothing quite as delightful as the joy expressed by children who are given a brand-new toy. Whether it’s for a birthday, Christmas, a toy earned with allowance money, or a “just because” treat, the market is saturated with so many choices of what to get for a 7-year-old boy. Having two boys myself, I know that sometimes it can be a struggle to know what is popular at the time. It can also be hard to know if a toy is worth the purchase price as well as age appropriate.
In this article we’ll be exploring 25 of the best toys for 7-year-old boys. Since there are so many different types of toys for a variety of tastes, I have divided the items into four categories which are outdoor/active toys, STEM/learning toys, creative toys, and electronic/other toys. Hopefully you will use this as a reference guide when it comes time to shop for a toy that is certain to put a smile on any child’s face!
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How to Choose A Gift for A 7-Year-Old Boy
- Determine your budget. The first way to narrow down the selection process is to determine your budget. You will find there are options for every budget on this list.
- Think about his interests. What are his specific interests? Does he like playing outdoors? Is he a creative child who enjoys art projects? Maybe building is fun for him. Consider his interests before choosing a gift.
- What toys are popular right now? If there is a toy or gift his friends have that he enjoys playing with, that could be a good option for him.
- If all else fails, ask. There is nothing wrong with asking a boy (or his parents) what type of gift or what specific gift he would like. For those who are especially picky, asking for ideas can ensure you will buy something that will be enjoyed and used.
When it comes to 7-year-old boys, the outdoor world is their playground. Anything and everything outside can become their next challenge! When weather gets rainy or too cold, they’ll come inside and still need toys that will help them expel pent up energy. This list of outdoor and active toys is sure to keep boys of all ages busy!
SZJJX RC Rock Off-Road Vehicle
Few things excite my own son more than playing with his off-road RC car. This SZJJX RC Rock Off-Road truck is perfect for the 7-year-old who loves exploring his own backyard by taking the wheels off-road! Equipped with PVC rubber tires and suspension systems attached to each wheel, this 1:18 scale monster truck can tackle the roughest terrain.
Available in red, blue, or green, this RC truck is built to roll over challenging homemade obstacles while maintaining quality performance. Reinforced screws in the body ensure years of use without falling apart. A double strong motor and included remote make this truck simple to operate for kids of all ages, but especially seven year olds! A charging cable is included along with batteries!
Hauck Lightning Pedal Go Kart
Any seven year old will be the hit of the neighborhood when he’s seen riding around in the Hauck Lightning Go Kart! This pedal-powered ride-on has an adjustable seat for varying heights, hand brake for quick stops, and durable rubber wheels. The race-inspired pedals will give any boy the confidence needed to handle this kart like a pro! Great for building strength, coordination and endurance, the Hauck Lightning will pull your 7-year-old boy away from inside screens, and encourage them to go outside and ride!
My sons have this same kart and have spent hours upon hours riding it with all their friends. It has withstood years of rough use and being left outside!
Slackers Sky Board
The Slackers Sky Board is today’s amped up version of the classic pogo stick. Two round rubber balls attach to a flat board to create a bouncing surface. Handles attached to the sides ensure the board stays planted on the user’s feet as they bounce all around! Boys can use this to build coordination and enjoy some physical activity. As they get older, they can learn more complex tricks to get years of use out of the sky board. Twenty-two LED lights blink as the sky board is bounced, making it one show-stopping toy!
STOIE’S Bird Kite
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s STOIE’S Bird Kite! This larger-than-average, colorful kite is perfect for those gusty days at the park, beach, or your back yard. With reinforced fiberglass rods and weather-resistant rip-stop fabric, this kite can endure years of use. The colorful bird design will look gorgeous against a blue sky and keep kids (and adults) of all ages entertained! This kite comes with an all-in-one storage kit as well as a lifetime warranty and money-back guarantee. This is a wonderful classic toy and a great purchase for your next beach or family vacation!
Fat Brain Toys Door Pong
One of my boys’ favorite games is ping pong. Thanks to their grandpa’s house, they have access to a large ping pong table with paddles. Unfortunately, much of the game is spent chasing after ping pong balls that have bounced away, hidden in corners and crevices. The Door Pong solves that problem!
This clever toy attaches to any door frame and has a ping pong ball suspended by string in the middle. Players hit the ball back and forth with included paddles, just as though they were playing the real game! Kids can also play solo if needed. This toy encourages hand-eye coordination and stores conveniently away when not in use as well!
Stomp Rocket Stunt Planes
The Original Stomp Rocket gets better with this set of Stomp Rocket Stunt Planes! Designed by aeronautical engineers, this kit includes the Looper, Wildcat, and a glider. Each perform their own amazing feats such as giant loops, soaring 100 feet in the air, and other crazy stunts!
An adjustable launch pad allows users to launch the planes in different directions for varying effects with just the stomp of a foot. These Stomp Rocket Stunt Planes are perfect for any rocket or aviation enthusiast! This kit also includes an instruction booklet that explains the science behind the rockets as well. Educational and fun is a win in my book!
NERF Evader Modulus
The NERF Evader Modulus light up gun is part of the Ghost Ops series. This battery-powered NERF gun unloads 12 darts at a time in rapid-fire mode. The clear casing lights up with the press of a button, perfect for nighttime wars! It can also be shot without the lights, to stay in stealth mode.
The NERF Evader Modulus comes with 12 coordinating Nerf darts and a barrel extension that also lights up when attached to the gun. NERF guns are always a popular toy with 7-year-olds, and this one will certainly become a fast favorite! My family owns four of these guns for when my two nephews come over, and they are picked first for NERF wars!
For the budding scientist or engineer, toys that stimulate their minds and teach them new things are a must! The toys below all pass the STEM test and disguise complex learning material with fun!
Avengers Hero Inventor Kit
With the popularity of the final Avengers film, this Hero Inventor Kit is guaranteed to be a hit with any 7-year-old boy! This kit comes equipped with everything a child needs to build their very own superhero gauntlet! There are over 18 activities for users to build, play, and code, meaning this toy won’t be one they’ll put together and then forget about.
An interactive app includes step-by-step instruction, so very little adult assistance is needed to build the gauntlet. An iOS or Android device is required to build and operate this toy, so children will need access to a phone or tablet. This toy introduces block-based coding and some programming fundamentals as well. Your child will be thrilled to show off the Avengers Hero gauntlet they invented!
Designed by teachers, the IQ Builder construction engineering toolkit comes with everything a child needs to exercise their creativity and develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills. This kit comes with 40 connecting balls and several lengths of connectors and shapes to create hundreds of different configurations. Three included eBooks guide kids through steps to create complex structures and simple shapes as well. All pieces store in a convenient plastic carrying case and are free from harmful chemicals. There is also a 100% money back guarantee if your child isn’t satisfied. This set is sure to occupy kids of any age for hours!
Magformers Creator Carnival Set
The Magformers Creator Carnival Set is a wonderful addition to the Magformers line of buildable magnets. Kids use magnetic shapes and accessories to build fun carnival rides! This set includes 46 pieces that can be configured a multitude of ways. The colorful shapes and durability will attract children of all ages and keep them occupied while developing critical thinking skills.
These are a must-have for road trips, things to keep hands busy at restaurants, or anywhere you need your child to stay occupied for a while. We have a few Magformer sets in our house and my boys have used them for years and show no sign of outgrowing them anytime soon!
Insect Lore Deluxe Butterfly Garden
If you want your children to experience the awe-inducing power of nature, then this Insect Lore Deluxe Butterfly Growing Kit is for you! This kit comes with two cups containing 5 caterpillars each. Over the course of three weeks, your kids can witness metamorphosis as the caterpillars transform into butterflies! Caterpillars attach to the lid of their feed cup as chrysalis which you can then transfer to the included mesh, pop-up habitat. A few days later they emerge as beautiful butterflies.
This would be such a special project to complete with your seven year old each year. You can grow butterflies for special occasions and then have a release party when they’re ready to fly away! This kit is sure to bring you closer as a family and nurture a love for entomology!
Magicfly Marble Run Set
The Glonova Marble Run Set is another engineering practice tool that teaches 7-year-olds logical thinking and dexterity. Colorful tubes are fitted together to create a winding maze that will take included marbles from start to finish. The 90 piece set can be configured in hundreds of different ways to produce various results. Special attachments create different dropping effects for the marbles as well!
My boys have this set and love to create Marble Run challenges by seeing whose marble makes it down their maze the fastest! Kids will have fun while enhancing their learning skills at the same time.
Scientific Explorer Disgusting Science Kit
What boy doesn’t appreciate a good gross experiment? This science kit will spark the interest of the most reluctant learners by promising truly disgusting results.
This science kit explores biology as well as friendly mold and bacteria. The kit comes with supplies to create fake blood, stinky intestine, and slimy snot. An included instruction manual provides step-by-step instructions while educating on the different chemical processes at work! It should be noted that this toy recommends adult supervision! Prepare to be disgusted!
Along with outdoor, action, and learning toys, it’s also important to spark a 7-year-old boy’s creative side. Nurturing exploration through art and creative play is a great way to stimulate a child’s mind and keep them well rounded. The list of creative toys below is sure to do both!
Creativity for Kids Monster Truck Custom Shop
Does your 7-year-old love art but want to paint something besides a blank piece of paper or canvas? Then the Creativity for Kids Monster Truck Custom Shop is the perfect toy for him! Introduce a new medium with four pre-built monster trucks that come as blank slates, ready for customizing! This kit includes stickers, paint, and a paintbrush to let your child’s creativity go wild. Let them go crazy with racing stripes or have some fun by painting polka dots. Their imagination is the limit! Once their designs have dried, they can play with the trucks, satisfied in knowing they helped design them.
Alex Art Draw Like a Pro
The Alex Art Draw Like a Pro toy combines projection screen technology with pre-made slides to help your child learn to draw. A Dr. Toy’s Best New Product Award winner, this toy will inspire your child to develop their art skills while giving them confidence through traceable images. Users can create an included flip book using a combination of 40 images, or mix and match slides to create unique works of art. By tracing the images on the slides that are projected onto paper, your child can learn to draw fun characters and scenes! Markers, paper, 124 slides, and the flip book are included. This requires 3 AA batteries that will need to be purchased separately.
Sentosphere Just for Boys Jewelry Making Set
Think jewelry making is just for girls? Think again! The Sentosphere Just for Boys kit comes with the materials to create one-of-a-kind bracelets. Leather look string, metal chain, and antique silver beads are just some of the rugged materials used to create braided designs that boys will be proud to show off! Expand their creativity and dexterity through jewelry making. Crafters might make these so popular they’ll be able to make and sell them to other kids!
The One and Only Kinetic Sand Kit
Kinetic sand is becoming increasingly popular thanks to the benefits of sensory-based learning. Kinetic sand is made of non-toxic, hypoallergenic material that oozes, melts, and moves through fingers without making a huge mess! It feels like wet beach sand but is completely dry. The One and Only Kinetic Sand Kit comes with 2 pounds of kinetic sand in a handy case. The kit comes with seven ready-to-use molds to create kings, queens, castles, and tools to ensure your child is entertained for hours! Bring beach time fun home with this wonderful toy for 7-year-old boys.
Stretchiest Dinosaur Slime Kit
No creative toy list would be complete without SLIME! Unless you haven’t been around children at all, you know how popular slime has become! This Dinosaur Slime Kit is perfect for the slime-loving boy who also likes dinos! The kit comes packed with 12 slime colors and containers, 12 dinosaur pieces, 4 bags of foam pieces, 4 glitter bottles, 3 bags of fishbowl beads, 2 slime eggs, and a set of tools.
Materials can be used to make slime and then add glitter and beads to enhance the texture. Slime can be stored in included containers for future use and poured in and out of dinosaur eggs as well! Slime can become prehistoric lava with dinosaurs tromping through using this creative slime kit.
Creativity for Kids Camp Crafts
The Creativity for Kids Camp Crafts is the perfect kit for 7-year-old boys who love classic arts and crafts! The best part of summer camp is packaged in one toy. This kit comes complete with everything your child needs to make some awesome projects! The package includes rocks, feathers, craft sticks, faux leaves, paint, gold accent paint, air-dry clay, two paint brushes, glue, cotton cord, wooden beads, wind chimes and even scissors!
Materials can be used to make picture frames, painted rocks (popular for hiding!), clay dishes, journey sticks, wind chimes, and braided bracelets. This is perfect for when your child has friends over and they need something to occupy their time. It’s also great for a rainy-day activity! Kids can also make these items as the perfect gift for family or friends.
Electronic toys are usually always a hit with 7-year-old boys as they begin to explore the world of technology. When you want something out of the ordinary, consider the items in the list below!
Dreamingbox Children LED Finger Light Gloves
I’m not certain why, but boys seem to love anything that glows or lights up. My younger son has his bicycle decked out in lights and my older son’s favorite shoes are ones that glow. These Dreamingbox Children LED Finger Light Gloves are at the top of their wish lists.
These fun, light-up gloves turn ordinary white cloth into a vibrant light show! With the push of a button, kids can use their gloves in 6 different modes to light up the night. Orange, green, red, white, and blue LED lights combine to create a rainbow effect or can be selected individually if you need a certain color. These are perfect for attending sports events or celebrating holidays with extra flair!
Hot Wheels Criss Cross Crash Track Set
Hot Wheels have long been at the top of many 7-year-old boys’ wish lists. The durable, die cast cars come in every design imaginable and have plenty of accessories to keep playtime interesting. The Hot Wheels Cross Cross Crash Track Set is the perfect racing set for the car-loving child in your life!
Challenging turns, crash zones, intersecting lanes, and motorized boosters offer interactive fun with multiple Hot Wheels cars. Parking spaces and car-feeder lanes make for simple understanding of how the lanes are designed to work, while still being complex enough to keep a 7-year-old’s attention. If your boy loves Hot Wheels then he needs this set!
Best Choice Laser Tag Set
The Best Choice Laser Tag Set is a great family game and perfect for 7-year-old boys and their friends! These laser tag guns shoot infrared beams to other guns using four different blaster settings. When you’re hit, you use one of nine “lives” indicated with lights directly on the guns. When all of your lights are out, you’re done!
This toy comes with four guns, but multiple sets can be purchased and used together. With a 130-foot shooting range, this is perfect for backyard parties, indoor play, and any time your boy wants to have a laser tag war! With no darts to clean up and no chance or injury from the toy, this laser tag set is perfect for young kids!
Fire 8 Kids Edition
The Amazon Fire 8 gets a child-approved makeover with this Kids Edition! With a 2-year, worry-free guarantee, your child can have endless fun on this tablet! Perfect for games, reading, or watching a video, the Amazon Fire devices are proven contenders in a huge tablet market. Easy-to-use parental controls allow you to set time limits, educational goals, and filter content to make sure what your child has access to is safe.
With 32 GB of storage, there is plenty of room to download games and videos for offline play. Included with purchase is a one-year subscription to FreeTime Unlimited, a library of over 20,000 apps, games, books, and videos from PBS Kids, Disney, and other popular brands! This is a great first tablet for your 7-year-old boy! If you want a nicer version there is an option to buy a Kindle Fire 10 Edition.
Wonder Workshop Dash Robot
For the budding tech guru in your home, the Wonder Workshop Dash Robot is the perfect toy. Dash the coding robot teaches kids basic programming skills and technical development skills, without them realizing what they’re learning! Using an interactive app, kids can play with Dash straight out of the box. The app teaches kids how to code Dash to perform different tasks and moves. Soon enough your child will be teaching Dash their own tricks!
Used in classrooms everywhere and winner of multiple awards, Dash the robot is an interactive toy that is sure to bring years of fun to your child’s playtime. Available expansion kits keep this toy interesting and brings new challenges to users. Collaboration with other kids is available through an online community called Wonder League that even host their own robot races! Dash the Robot is a must-have if your child is interested in artificial intelligence or coding!
KD Interactive Aura Drone with Glove
Think drones are too complicated for a 7-year-old boy to operate? Think again! With the KD Interactive Drone, flying this toy means a flick of the wrist!
The Aura Drone comes with a glove controller, turning your child’s hand into a remote! They can pretend they have superpowers by controlling the drone’s back and forth and up and down movement. There is even a flip feature that can be commanded by hand! Auto take-off and landing ensure smooth sailing and less chance of damage to the drone. If your boy has been begging for drone, this model is a perfect gift!
Best Toys Overall
My overall picks for each category of toy would be the Nerf Evader Modulus, the Avengers Hero Inventor Kit, the Sentosphere Just for Boys Bracelet Making Kit, and the Best Choice Laser Tag set. Each of these toys would get years of use in my house and be a hit with friends that come over as well. I like that these toys encourage learning and creative thinking skills too!
While shopping for a 7-year-old boy can seem like a daunting task with everything on the market today, I hope this article made it a bit easier to narrow down the choices! No matter your 7-year-old’s personality or preference of toy, this list is sure to have something on it they would enjoy.
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