Looking for a cool gift for your 8-year old boy? Look no further. Here’s a great list of gifts that your 8 year old boys will be happy to receive for Christmas or another holiday. Scroll down to see all the ideas.
Gifts for 8 Year Old Boys
K’Nex Swing Ride
Learn more about the science, technology, engineering, and math concepts that contribute to making an amusement park ride. You’ll learn to make a Swing Ride, Ferris Wheel, and Boom Ride with this engaging hands-on building set filled with gears, connectors, rods, a motor, and much more.
Light Up Fidget Spinner
Still a popular, fun gift to give kids!
Code your own personality-filled robot, play games, and explore Cozmo’s world. This is a hot gift for the 2017 Christmas season. I bet this will become a favorite toy for your young STEM learners.
Young writers — check out this interactive journal with awesome prompts that comes with it’s own lock and key! So cool!
Kano Harry Potter Coding Wand Kit
Doesn’t this look like a fun way to code with your favorite wizard? It comes with wand parts a step-by-step book and more. 70+ challenges will let you make magic on your screen like multiplying goblets, growing pumpkins, and flying feathers.
LEGO The Nether Railway
Minecraft fans will want this new rail system kit for the Nether. Includes a Steve minifigure, a zombie pigman, two magma cubes and more.
Klutz Circuit Clay
Winner of lots of awards, this kit teaches kids how to build electrical circuits with instructions for 15 projects like a dragon, cupcake, and a UFO.
Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel HUMOR
In a word: Hilarious. We all think Bad Kitty is very naughty. But, oh so funny. These books are addictive to read and fun to reread.
Dig It Up Fossils and Minerals
Excavate 12 stones to discover minerals and fossils such as petrified wood, fossilized snail, or rose quartz. Identify each using the included field guide.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, headlamps beat book lamps for reading hands down. Because they’re hands free AND have much better light! (All over the page light, not just in one spot.) Plus, how cool are you when you sit in bed with a headlamp?! These really motivate young readers.
Just Joking Jumbo by National Geographic Kids
Holy Smokes! Your kids will loved this book. It’s packed full of awesome jokes and photographs; it’s hefty and impossible not to love. Fun facts added throughout make it extra interesting.
Draw a challenge card, load, aim, and launch your ball into the target.
Galactic Hot Dogs: Cosmoe’s Wiener Getaway by Max Brallier, illustrated by Rachel Maguire and Nichole Kelley
If you like non-stop action, potty humor, space adventures, zombie aliens, mutant worm wrestling, a misunderstood evil princess, good friends, video games, and a diabolical, hunting-them-down evil queen, then this series is for you. Plus, it has loads of cartoon illustrations throughout and hilarious writing with a kazillion exclamation marks!!!! (If you like this, you’ll want to read book 2, The Weiner Strikes Back.)
Fat Brain Toys OffBIts Vehicle
Build a car using nuts, blots, springs, and wheels while developing fine motor skills, visual-spatial skills, planning, problem solving, and creativity. Each kit has instructions for 3 vehicles.
Nintendo Switch is one of the hottest gifts of the holiday season. It can be taken on the go for tabletop mode or connected to your TV. You’ll get two Joy-Con controllers for multiple players.
NBA Elite Full Court Set
Basketball fans will love this pretend play and build set! Build a full basketball court with 5 MVP figures and tons of accessories.
LEGO STAR WARS AT-ST Walker
New from the Star Wars LEGO line, this kit makes a Walker with an opening cockpit and top hatch and includes 3 minifigures.
LEGO Speed Champions Porsche 918 Spyder
If you haven’t seen these Speed Champions kits, you’re in for a treat. Not only are they reasonably priced, the model options are super cool! You might also like the McLaren, LaFerrari, or CorvetteZ06.
Doodle Adventures: The Search for Slimy Space Slugs! by Mike Lowery
This book not only hooks the reader with it’s space-adventure plot and hilarious narrator Carl the Duckbut it invites YOU to find the missing priceless artifact requiring bravery, heroism and drawing. Yes, drawing. This is a fun, engaging adventure that any kid, artist or not, will love. And there is MORE in the series! Also see: The Pursuit of the Pesky Pizza Pirate!
Minecraft Stop Motion Animation
How cool is this? Use a free mobile app to make your own movies. Includes 1 movie stage, 6 different backgrounds, 3 exclusive mini-figures, a device holder, and over 18 other accessories. Great for Minecraft enthusiasts.
Calling all 8 year old boys: get ready for action and fun! Two players shoot all 10 discs through the tiny slot to the opposite side to win while developing fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination.
Nerf Lazer Tag Phoenix Tagger 2-Pack
2-player system lets kids play lazer tag at home. Taggers register hits with lights, sounds and vibrations.
Get 10 galactic heroes for hours of pretend play — Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Rey, Kylo Ren, Yoda, Emperor Palpatine, Chewbacca, Stormtrooper, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and General Grievous.
My kids and I think these 1 player logic puzzles are so much fun! Probably because you get the pieces to manipulate and can choose your level from easy to challenging. The game lets you get the hang of the strategy with the easy levels and then you progress to more difficult puzzles. A bonus is this is a great on-the-go activity since it comes in a nifty carrying case.
Weird But True! 8 300 Outrageous Facts by National Geographic Kids ages 8+
We just got a review copy in the mail yesterday and my daughter spent the next MILLION YEARS, or perhaps hour, reading it to me. All the crazy and wild facts. They are pretty interesting. I love that it gets her reading and learning about the STEM topics and world!!
My kids like this game so much. Turn over one of the challenge cards. Try to solve the formula in one of your 3 test tubes using the 6 colored balls. Move the molecule balls form tube to tube without touching them. The first one done wins the card; the first person to get five cards wins.
This self-balancing electric scooter can go 8 mph for up to 60 minutes. This is a HOT gift right now!
Connect, create, build then spin, flip, rotate, and whirl your kinetic creation. This is the NEWEST and coolest Geomag construction set!
Shark Tails Blanket
How cute is this soft minky blanket?
Minecraft Core Player Survival Pack Action Figure
Get Steve, a workbench, bed, chest, pick-axe, and sword. Perfect for stop-motion movies. (If you like these mini-figures, there are TONS of options.)
Tyco Terra Climber Radio Control Vehicle
This remote control vehicle will climb up and down obstacles — even stairs!
littleBit Electronics Synth Kit
An easy to use modular synthesizer that helps you unleash your inner rockstar. I love the combination of music and science.
Razor A Kick Scooter
Original kick scooter made of sturdy aircraft-grade aluminum with pink highlights – this was one of my kids FAVORITE gifts for years!
Stomp Rocket: Jr. Glow in the Dark 4-Rocket Kit
Stop on the launch pad to send the rockets up to 100 feet in the air! No batteries required.
Sphero Star Wars BB8 Droid
An iOs and Android compatible app lets you control the movements of your favorite droid, BB8 with 60 minutes of battery life, adaptive personality, and gyroscopic propulsion.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School by Jeff Kinney
Greg’s mom petitions the town to take a break from electronics, Greg goes to wilderness school, and grandpa moves in. This is another funny story to add to your ever-growing Wimpy Kid chapter book collection.
Flip and Draw Superheroes
This book of frightfully fun split images invites you to draw, color, mix, and match superheros of various sorts.
Similar to Sudoku but with colorful marbles on a wooden grid. The object of the game is to only have 1 of each color per each row, column, and 3×3 box. My kids enjoy playing these puzzles — and I’m always so amazed at how good they are at these visual logic games. Kids these days, right?!
Animal Adventures SHARKS
This has everything for learning and playing — a book, predator fact cards, 3-D models of sharks you can build, a diorama to make with reusable stickers, and six plastic sharks. Talk about beating boredom!
Funny Faces Pixel Puzzles
Choose your own colors for the numbered key and with each filled pixel, a hilarious face gradually reveals itself. Each book 18 sheets, including 6 “create your own” pages where the creativity is all up to you.
The goal is to get your four cards to add up to the lowest score. You’re dealt four cards face down and can only peek at the cards on the edges. Draw and strategize if you will replace your cards or keep them. When you think you have the lowest score, say “rat-a-tat-cat” and everyone must show their cards and add up their scores. Somehow my youngest daughter ALWAYS wins this game. Might be why she loves it so much! It’s really fun and only takes around 10 minutes to play one game.
Kidz Gear Volume-Limiting Headphones for Kids
These headphones are custom designed fit for children like your 8 year old boys. Great for car rides!
Top Secret Lock & Key Diary
What young writer wouldn’t want to write or draw in this top secret locking notebook of 200 colorful lined pages?
Lulu Jr. My Comic Book
Illustrate the 18 ready-to-use book pages with the provided pencil and artist eraser, outline pen, and markers. Mail in a postage-paid envelope and a few weeks later, you’ll receive your professionally printed comic book! Winner of the 2013 Academic’s Choice Brain Toy Award. Includes a “Comics In Action” guidebook by FableVision to help turn ideas into cartoons.
Real Meteorite Excavation Kit Discover with Dr. Cool
Hands-on paleontology kit to excavate real meteorite and tektite from outer space.
Pass the Pigs
This is my husband’s favorite game to play with the kids. This Pass the Pigs classic party game consists of 2 pigs you use as dice, pad, 2 pencils and carrying case. Roll them as many times as you dare on your turn to score points. Just don’t role a “pig out” or an “oinker”. First person to 100 points wins.
Boys love this easy, fast-paced adventure series about a mad scientist who creates a scary hybrid crocodile-dinosaur-bird killer creature to stop visitors from entering the Everglades. Emmet and his father arrive to investigate but when his father is kidnapped, Emmet and his friend, Calvin, know it’s up to them to find where the kidnapper is holding Emmet’s father. GREAT for reluctant readers — and anyone who loves a crazy sci-fi who-done-it!
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