Gifts for tween girls can be tricky as kids transition to a new stage in life. Discover cool gifts for 10 year old girls with this best list of games, books, toys, and art kits.
I research gift ideas in my Facebook groups, friends’ posts, toy stores, and award-winning lists. Plus, I’m recommending books I’ve read that I know are age-appropriate and popular with girls this age.
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Barbie Color Reveal
Get a Barbie doll surprise, then submerge the doll in water and watch what happens — long paste-colored streaks will appear in the doll’s hair in a surprise color. Four extra surprises include a rain jacket, vinyl hat or headband, rainboots, and a brush.
Mix up mermaid options with the included supplies and put them in potion bottles or necklaces.
The Endling: The Last by Katherine Applegate
The conquering human ruler, Murdano, hunts and kills all the large, dog-like Dairne. All except Byx. In hopes to find a safe place and maybe the Dairne’s mythical homeland, Byx sets off on what becomes a dangerous, exciting adventure filled with new friends like Tobble who is a wobbyk. I love this uniquely imagined fantasy world about friendship, differences, betrayal, and family.
My Audio Pet Mini Bluetooth Speaker
How cute is this tiny (2″ high) animal speaker? Connects to any Bluetooth-enabled device! (Pick from lots of animals including unicorn, pug, beaver, and dragon.)
Abandon All Artichokes
From our friends at Gamewright, this new veggie power game’s goal is to ditch all the artichoke cards (to the compost) in favor of other vegetables.
Match Point by Maddie Gallegos (review written by Jemma Taylor)
REALISTIC (GRAPHIC NOVEL)
Match Point by Maddie Gallegos is one of my favorite books I’ve read in the past year, with a cute style, wholesome story, and a message about the importance of communication. They also integrate ASL into the book in a really natural and interesting way for the graphic novel medium. Rosie’s dad wants her to become the racquetball champion, but she hates the sport. When she meets Blair, a cool girl her age who plays as well, she finally starts to learn how to have fun with the game again.
My daughter LOVES her Fitbit! Get one for your kids that will tell time and help you calculate steps, calories, distance, and sleep. It’s a great way to motivate healthy living.
Monopoly Dungeons & Dragons Honor Among Thieves
Inspired by the movie, this Monopoly includes a 20-sided die, monsters, wizards, and rogues.
These aren’t just highly-rated, they’re really a good price, too! We also love that they have good sound, LED lights, and volume control.
Search for a Giant Squid: Pick Your Path by Amy Seto Forrester & Andy Chou Musser
I love this choose your own adventure format and so will kids. Join an expedition on a dive to the deepest ocean depths to search for a giant squid. Choose which pilot to be, the submersible you’ll use, and the dive site, and then start your adventure. What will you discover? What will you do with mechanical problems or bad weather?
Trust me when I say Squishmallows are THE SOFTEST, CUDDLIEST plush toys we’ve ever owned. And we own like a million. My kids LOVE these and want all of them. 🙂 I’m highly, highly, highly recommending these amazing plush animals. My tween and teen love these!
If you’ve played Spot It, the visual matching game, then you’re almost ready for ANARCHY Pancakes, Anarchy emphasized. Because in this wild game of chaos, there are no turns! Players match and grab at will — as quickly as they can. Fun and funny.
I Am Groot
Build an easy-to-position Groot figure and pose him with a pretend cassette tape.
Barbie Cutie Reveal Doll
With purple hair and a poodle costume, this Barbie is filled with fun surprises like a headband, shoes, comb, and mini-poodle.
LEGO BrickHeadz Pet Hamster
A 243-piece building set of adorableness!
This handheld version of the Nintendo Switch is the perfect gift when it comes to price and size for any kid looking for an awesome game console!
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
This book is so excellent, I’d say it’s a modern children’s book classic. Bod lives in the graveyard with an assortment of ghosts and other cemetery creatures who raise him after Bod’s parents are killed when Bod was a baby. Bod’s main guardian is Silas who cares for him, feeds him, and teaches him about the human world. The ending is bittersweet (my daughter yelled at me for making her read a sad story) but perfect. Despite the scary-sounding title, the scariest part is in the first chapter when Bod’s parents get murdered and I suspect most 5th graders can handle that part.
Woobles Beginning Crochet Kit: Pierre the Penguin
Step-by-step crochet kit including yarn, eyes, a needle, crochet hook, stuffing, and bag.
Hi Lo Flip
Easy to learn and fun to play with the entire family– this is a numbers card game with visual discrimination and probability elements.
8-Bit Crafting Kit
Kids can create their own “pixelated” crafts with these cube related crafts!
Sleeping Queens 2
We LOVE Sleeping Queens 1 and can’t wait to try this new version with a new mission and new characters.
Light-Up Rock & Gem Collection
Not only does this set contain 29 unique rocks, gems, and minerals but it also includes a 32-page book with rock details and activities.
National Geographic Astrophysicist Barbie
Barbie photojournalist doll is dressed for the field wearing brown pants, tan boots and a top detailed with a vest, insignia and pocket for a realistic touch.
Crystal Growing Experimental Kit
Put those science skills to use by growing these amazing, eye-catching crystals that come with their own display cases!
A Place to Hang the Moon by Kate Albus
An absolutely wonderful, heartwarming historical fiction story with close-knit siblings who stick together and eventually find their forever home. Evacuated from London during WWII these siblings need to find a new home. Unfortunately, their placements are horrid. It’s only the library and the kind librarian who help them survive the bullying and hunger. Unfortunately, the librarian is deemed “unsuitable” to be their foster mother since her missing husband is German. When things go from bad to worse in their latest home, can the children fight for a home with the librarian no matter what the town thinks?
Crayola Light Up Tracing Pad
This pad comes with over 100 images that kids can trace by putting their blank sheets over the awesome light up pad and drawing away!
Measuring Up by Lily LaMotte, illustrated by Ann Xu
A beautiful story of food, a close-knit, multigenerational family, finding your place in a new culture and country, and staying proud of your heritage…Cici moves to the U.S. from Tawain and wants her A’má to come, too. She hopes to win the grand prize in a cooking contest and use the money to buy her A’má a plane ticket. Cici wants to cook American food like her cooking contest partner…She learns from Julia Child but in the end, Cici returns to her Tawainese roots to win the contest.
How to Draw a Bunny and Other Cute Creatures with Simple Shapes in 5 Steps by Lulu Mayo
Do you love Lulu Mayo as much as my kids and me? In this new how-to-draw book, you’ll learn how to draw so many CUTE animals including a guinea pig, bunny, and duckling, plus a sloth on an Easter egg, a llama bunny, and a unicorn. The directions are easy to follow and the book gives you plenty of space for your own drawings next to the directions.
Aquarellum Dolphins Magic Canvas
These unique picture cards create beautiful illustrations as they are being painted with help from areas of embossing that repel paint, making it easy for children to have fun painting these magic canvas!
Roller Coaster Challenge Logic & Building Game
We LOVE this cool STEM skills game that encourages your 10-year olds to think logically while creating something awesome — a roller coaster! Full review here.
More to the Story by Hena Khan
Jameela is one of four girls in a Pakistani-American family and she’s passionate about journalism but in her enthusiasm, she hurts a new friend when she writes something he isn’t comfortable sharing with the world. While she digests these hard-earned lessons, she learns that her beloved little sister has lymphoma. Khan skillfully weaves a story of family, culture, community, and social justice that is sure to become a modern-day Little Women-type classic.
Sphero BOLT Robot
This is the latest Sphero app-enabled robot. Isn’t it the coolest looking one yet? Learn to code through hands-on activities to program infrared, compass, light sensor, gyroscope, accelerometer, and motor encoders. Drive BOLT and play games. 2+ hours of battery.
Klutz Sew Your Own Unicorn Cake Pillow
Cuteness alert! Learn to sew a soft decorative pillow using techniques like whip stitching, basting, and gathering. With plush faux fur, metallic gold lame, iridescent pom-poms, and pre-cut felt pieces, you’ll have tons of options to decorate your cake. Add a rainbow mane, a flower crown, rock Star fringe, wings or adorable Meringue dollops.
Brick x Brick by Adam Ward
I highly recommend this engaging book for any LEGO-loving kid! Adam Ward of YouTube fame writes with so much personality and pizazz. Not only does this book show you cool, step-by-step builds, but it’s also filled with facts, tips, history, stories, & more.
Match the colored blocks to the lights using memory and speed! Great for individual play or multiple-player fun!
Fashion Angels Mini Clay Tiny Food Kit
Do you have a crafter who loves making small things? (I do!) With this kit, you’ll get the air-dry clay and directions to make pancakes, cake, candy, donuts, and cupcakes.
Gravitrax Starter Set
It’s an educational marble run like you’ve never before seen! Kids design race tracks to use gravity, magnetism, and kinetics to propel the ball to the finish. 100+ pieces
Smile by Raina Telgemeier
Raina shares her growing-up stories with humor and amazing art in these three popular books. My 10-year-old daughter read Sisters four times the first week she owned it – they’re excellent books and quite addictive. Boxed set here.
Create Your Own Bead Pets
Kids will love making all sorts of beaded animals with this awesome set that comes with cool accessories, including key rings and lanyard clips!
Sew Mini Treats
This beautiful book will show you step by step how to sew 18 food plushies. The kit includes the materials: felt, needles, floss, stuffing, patterns, and felt eyes & cheeks.
Tenzi GameTenzi is a SUPER FUN yet simple dice game that works for almost all ages (except the ages 0 – 3) which is why it’s one of our top recommendations (aka. the BEST) family night game. Be the first player to get all ten of your dice to show the same number. Full review here.
Easy-To-Do Crochet Kit
This great beginner’s gift teaches any child the basics of crocheting and allows them to create awesome things like handbags, placemats, belts, etc.!
The Alexa Dot was our successful compromise with our daughter who still wanted to listen to her music in her room but wasn’t allowed to have screen time in her bedroom. Now, it’s become a favorite way to play music for both our girls. It’s voice-controlled, and you can use it as an alarm, speaker, timer, and more.
Crayola Creations Art History Fashion Set
Design a collection of beautiful fashion inspired by famous artists. You’ll get 5 removable stencil pages with 100+ fashions and accessory shapes to help create your designs. Includes 4 instructional pages, great for those just learning or for someone who wants to improve their drawing techniques. My kids love these!
If you’re like me and you don’t like how long the regular Monopoly game takes, try this new 20-minute game! It’s a card-flipping game of chance. You will get to own properties and build buildings (with colorful buildings) that will feel familiar but also fresh. Hooray for this new, quicker version!
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
Wonderfully crafted and imagined, this 2017 Newbery winner is a fairy tale about a good witch who rescues the town’s many abandoned (sacrificed) babies, one of whom she adopts and names Luna. It’s also the story of the baby’s magical, bereaved mother, a wicked witch who feeds off sorrow, a woodcarver who wants justice, and most of all, a girl named Luna who grows up to be amazing.
LEGO Creator 3 in 1 Medieval Castle
How cool is this castle with a drawbridge and 3 Minifigures!?
Violets Are Blue by Barbara Dee
Wren moves to a new town with her mom after her parent’s divorce. But her mom who works as a nurse is skipping work, sleeping more, not eating, and locking her bedroom door. Despite her mom’s strange behavior, Wren finds solace and purpose in doing special FX makeup — which she learns from instructional videos online. At school, her new friends convince her to do the makeup for the school musical, Wicked. Her mom’s situation reaches a breaking point Wren’s mom misses Wicked’s opening night and despite all her promises, misses the following day’s show, too. That’s when Wren discovers the secret her mom’s been keeping — she has an opioid addiction. As usual, Dee writes about difficult topics, in this case, addiction and divorce, in a compelling, relatable story with complex, sympathetic characters, and an interesting plot.
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Narrated by one gorilla named Ivan, this story will immediately grab your heart — it’s sad but keep reading, it’s an amazing story – and I don’t usually like animal stories. Making it even more compelling, it’s a true story! Ivan is kept in a cage in a run-down mall for 27 years without seeing another gorilla, only the stray dog, Bob, who sleeps with him, Stella the Elephant, and Ruby, a newly purchased baby elephant. Before she dies, Stella begs Ivan to find Ruby a home with other elephants – and Ivan agrees, but it won’t be easy.
WordARound is a super fun word game for kids. The cards have three rings, black, red, and blue, with words written around each ring. To play, start by looking at the black ring. See if you can spot the word in all the letters the fastest!
Get five different DIY toy and game projects like making a music simulator, a fishing game, or a motorbike. This kit is meant to accompany Nintendo Switch. This kit makes technology hands-on & is very highly rated.
LED 6 Color Bluetooth Speaker
Play your music on this super cool light-up speaker.
TOMOLOO Hoverboard with LED Lights
This self-balancing electric scooter is a HOT gift right now! This highly-rated model offers 5 LED lights with Bluetooth music and unique tires.
Portable Bluetooth Speaker
My kids LOVE their portable mini-speakers, and so will yours. Something about kids — they need their music, right? This speaker provides amazingly high-quality sound plus colorful flashing lights. Charge up to give yourself hours of play time on the go.
Skyborn Sparrow Rising by Jessica Khoury
Ellie is an orphan Sparrow girl in a world of avian-human caste system who wants to be a warrior, not a farmer like Sparrows are meant to be. She flees the orphanage so she can travel to a race where she could compete for a coveted spot in the knight training school. On her journey, she travels with a group of outcast kids, thieves trying to survive, and their friendship and adventures begin to open her eyes to who is actually honorable and heroic and who is not. She also learns that the stolen gem is a gargol eye with powerful healing properties. This fantasy adventure checks all the boxes with a genuine, courageous main character and complicated companions, plus themes of magic, growing up, and secrets, so many secrets…
I know the cover looks like paint by numbers, but don’t worry — it isn’t. This actually is a helpful, 54-page book about basic watercolor skills, which comes with paints and 18 pages of watercolor paper.