12 Best Toys for Boys in 2018
Whether you are looking for a birthday gift or just want to pick up something special for your child, boys are notoriously hard to shop for. What they want one week will be yesterday’s news soon after, and whatever their friends own – you can bet that want that as well.
Our best toys for boys list was put together with even the pickiest child in mind. We have included toys for all age ranges starting at 3 years old through the teens. While a few areas of interest did not make the cut, we found kits that can help your children learn along with toys that will keep them busy indoors and out.
Top 12 Toys for Boys Ultimate Table
|Design||Name||Toy Type||Age Range||Rating (1-5)|
|1. Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Discovery Kit||STEM||8+||4.8|
|2. LEGO Classic Medium Creative Brick Box 10696||Play||4+||4.7|
|3. Spikeball Combo Meal – As Seen On Shark Tank TV||Sport/Games||All Ages||4.7|
|4. LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 31313 Robot Kit for Kids||STEM||10+||4.6|
|5. Spin Master Games – Boom Boom Balloon Board Game||Games||5+||4.6|
|6. Hasbro Pie Face Game||Game||5+||4.3|
|7. Holy Stone HS170C Predator 2 Mini RC Quadcopter Drone||Outdoors||14+||4.3|
|8. Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Easel||Arts & Crafts||3+||4.3|
|9. Nintendo Switch with Gray Joy-Con||Video Game||All Ages||4.2|
|10. Razor Power Rider 360 Electric Tricycle||Outdoor||8+||4.1|
|11. Haktoys HAK101 Invincible Tornado Twister||Play||3+||4.0|
|12. Thinkgizmos Remote Control Robot Fires Discs||Play||5+||4.0|
Toys Tips for Boys of all Ages
Is your little guy still sharpening those fine motor skills or already beating you in board games? Regardless of your child’s age, keep these buying tips in mind when shopping for the top boy’s toys.
A toy is generally something you play with for fun, but they can consider almost anything. We’ve seen decks of cards lumped in alongside bicycles and LEGOs, which makes finding a good gift tough at times. For our best toys for boys list, we opted to concentrate on a few areas, some of which are easier to categorize.
- STEM – This stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. A STEM toy is one that will teach your child in one of those four areas but allows them to have plenty of fun while they learn.
- Games & Outdoor – These are either board games for indoors or toys that can be played with outdoors when the weather permits. Outdoor toys include bicycles, scooters and other toys you generally don’t want indoors.
- Play – If your child enjoys things like robots, action figures or building blocks keep an eye out for the ”Play” tag on our list. All these toys may require some imagination and are perfect for getting children active when all else fails.
Are you a busy parent that pulls overtime each week? If so, you may want to seriously consider staying away from any toys that need a lot of parental supervision. It depends on your child’s age, but a bicycle or scooter won’t do them much good if they can only ride on the weekends, so you may be better off choosing something they will get more use out of.
You will also want to consider the age range here as well as any other children present. If you are buying a set of smaller LEGO’s for an older child, there could still be issues considering younger kids love to put things in their mouth, and small objects are choking hazards. Keep that in mind for any kits or toys if you have multiple children of different ages.
Test of Time
As mentioned, children tend to have short attention spans. Just because a hot new toy hits the airwaves, doesn’t mean it is something they will play with a few weeks later. This is where you will want to seriously consider their attention span along with how much you are willing to spend on that shiny new toy.
Durability is also something to keep in mind. What’s the toy made from and how well will it hold up over time? There are plenty of toys out there we would consider “throwaways” made from cheap materials that could end up DOA at your doorstep. That combined with children that are rough on their toys is a recipe for disaster so always consider durability as well.
Top 5 Best Toys for Boys Reviews
This STEM kit from Snap Circuits is perfect for boys with busy brains and a penchant for tech. The Snap Circuits SC-100 Discover Kit is not a toy any of us had access to when we were children, but something you may want to ensure your child has going forward. It’s the best learning toy on our list of the best toys for boys and a top seller for a reason.
The Electronics Discovery Kit is rated for children at least 7 years of age, but there is some wiggle room if your child is a little genius. The kit comes with a plastic base that allows modules or parts to be snapped on which allows them to create over 100 projects. It does involve electrical parts, but no wall power is involved as you will only need two AA batteries to fire up the included lights and photo sensors.
This is one of the easier ways to break your child into the STEM curriculum if they enjoy tinkering with tech. They don’t have to deal with solder and there are no dangerous parts involved as this one is compatible with any of the other Snap Circuit kits so you can expand. On that note, they sell an expansion specifically for the SC-100 in case they aren’t ready to step up to a larger set.
If you are in the market for a LEGO kit, you will not be disappointed as there are thousands to choose from. Many are even geared specifically towards teens (and adults) with themes from popular franchises like Star Wars or Harry Potter. We didn’t travel that route, however, as the LEGO Classic Creative Brick Box is the best option for children ages 4 and up.
This LEGO set includes a whopping 484 pieces along with the classic 8 x 16cm green baseplate. There are 35 colors represented in the box and blocks of all types including 18 sets of tires and rims for wheeled vehicles. As you would expect, there is a manual with building instructions to let you create what’s on the box although your child’s imagination is their greatest resource when it comes to LEGOs.
Specialty pieces you’ll find in this kit include eyes, doors, window frames, cones, spinners, and scoops. On the downside, this LEGO kit still uses the standard sized blocks and is rated 3 and up. If your child still pops things into their mouth, you want to opt for Duplo’s instead of the classic LEGO.
Usually you won’t find too many “As Seen on TV” products on our lists, but the Spikeball Combo Meal Set is a bit different. It bucked that trend and claimed its fame on Shark Tank while quickly becoming one of the hottest outdoor toys around. It is not a toy built to be played with alone, however, so your boy will need to have siblings or parents on hand for Spikeball.
If you’re unfamiliar with Spikeball, players “spike” a ball down at a net where it shoots back up and is struck again like volleyball. When the other teams misses or the ball hits the ground or rim, you score so it’s a crazy cross between volleyball and hot potato. It’s a gift that would be a great option for children that prefer video games to activities as this one is fun enough to pull them from the couch.
The Spikeball Combo Meal set is rated for “All Ages” but not something little ones would be able to play safely for obvious reasons. They could still join in on the family fun to a degree, but we feel Spikeball is best suited for children 6 years and up.
LEGOs and learning tools are ideal for parents that want to keep kids busy, but they can get a little boring after a time for some children. That will not be the case with the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 kit which is the most advanced LEGO kit available. It lets your child build and program working LEGO-based robots, which is just as cool as it sounds.
This kit comes with over 550 Lego parts including an array of sensors that bring your child’s robots to life. There are servo motors, touch and infrared sensors and even a remote. The “brain” is very easy to program as well, just make sure your child has access to a PC, Android or iOS tablet beforehand. The kit comes with complete instructions and parts to build 5 robots, but additional plans are available online along with expansion kits.
Mindstorms are the best way to bring older boys into the wild world of programming and are a toy you can have just as much fun with. It’s a great way to spend time with your child as they could require some assistance from Mom and Dad so definitely keep the age range in mind with this one.
If you don’t mind a toy that can get a little loud, you may have a lot of fun with the one yourself. The Boom Boom Balloon Board Game won’t cause too much of a mess although it could give plenty of kids a freight as it’s a game that involved trying to “not” pop a balloon.
In Boom Boom Balloon players will roll a die and then have to “click” sticks on the balloon matching the number rolled. Due to the nature of balloons, there is not a set number of clicks to make a balloon pop, so the element of surprise comes into play which kicks the fun up a notch. While not messy, you will want to consider any popped pieces of the busted balloon if you have toddlers or pets nearby.
This set comes with a frame, instructions, 10 sticks, the dice and 12 balloons. Obviously, you’re going to want to buy extra balloons, but you don’t have to use their stock refills as nay balloon should work although some could be tougher or easier to pop than the originals.