Recommended books for 8-year olds here.
Gifts for 8 Year Old Girls
Klutz Mini Bake Shop
Create and decorate your own mini clay cakes, cookies, and pies. Helpful, step-by-step directions in a full-color 48-page book plus all the materials you’ll need.
Open this to discover over 60 surprises including new dolls and accessories.
How cute are these glow-in-the-dark little toys? The egg carton comes with 12 eggs to hatch. Rub the purple heart to crack the shell and see who is inside.
Make a bracelet or twist into a pet.
Osmo Coding Set
Both hands-on and digital, this is a fun system that enables kids to learn the principals of coding and building programs. Easy-to-use, well-designed, and fun, this is a great introduction to STEM.
Butterfly Glow-in-the-Dark Diary
WOW! It’s so cool to see this in the dark. Kids will also love the sturdy lined pages and lock and key.
Disney Animators’ Collection Playset
Time to play! These figurines including Snow White, Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, and more will spark many stories and creative adventures. (Playsets like this one for Belle are also a fun, portable option.)
Decoupage Horse and Pony
Decoupage this sweet paper-mache horse and pony then add glitter glue and stickers.
National Geographic Mega Slime & Putty Lab
Do your kids love slime like mine? This is a great starter kit for kids to make 8 types of slime and putty including magnetic putty, fluffy slime, and glow0in0the-dark putty. Includes storage tins and accessories and a 16-page guide. Non-toxic.
American Girl Luciana
I love that these dolls come with books! Luciana, the 2018 doll, is an aspiring astronaut. Read her story and then make up your own stories.
Creativity For Kids Sweater Ornaments
Make your own ornament-sized ugly Christmas sweaters! Use these to decorate your tree or to give as a handmade holiday gift.
Notebook Doodles: Go Girl!
What 8-year olds love about Notebook Doodles are the inspiring quotes paired with cool looking designs, art lessons, and color palette ideas. Tear out the perforated pages to hang or give as a gift.
Maki Stack Family Party Game
Aren’t these wooden sushi pieces the best? Pick a card then race to build a matching stack using the pieces of sushi, soy sauce, and mat. My daughter and I often play this before bedtime and love it. We like that it takes about 10 – 15 minutes and makes us laugh. Play with two people or play in teams of two. In teams, one person wears a blindfold and their partner communicates how to build the stack correctly to them. Great for practicing clear communication! (MY REVIEW HERE.)
Isn’t this a fun new playset? It includes three figures, three seals, colorful fish and sea creatures, bucket with fish, coral, recycle bins, feeding time clock, and other accessories
Magic Sequin Backpack
Sequins are totally in right now. Your kids will go crazy for this sequin color changing backpack available in rainbow, pink, blue, or gold.
Creative Cosmetics Lab
Mix personalized soaps, bath bombs, salt scrubs, and more. A 32-page guide shows the science, history and step-by-step directions. Safe chemicals and substances, jars and stickers included.
Calming Swirl Charms (Creativity for Kids
What an enticing craft project! You’ll make 5 glittery, fairy-dust charms that you can wear as a necklace or add to your backpack. Decorate with beads and glitter then swirl into a design.
Barbie Dream House
My kids played and played with their Barbie Dream Houses — so I feel nostalgic in recommending this new model. It has a working elevator, lights and sounds — plus 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.
Mermaid Tail Plush Blanket
Soft and cozy fleece blankets for cuddling up. Comes in multiple color combos.
Tear Up This Book! by Keri Smith
Your 8 year old girl will be thrilled to get this very popular American Girl gift book for fun, creativity, and crafts. My kids love this book.
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.
My daughter makes erasers from this kit like crazy — little monsters, animals, you name it. It’s not just creative, it’s a useful crafty gift for 7-year old girls.
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.
Boogie Board Magic Sketch
You’re going to love this semi-transparent LCD eWriter so kids can trace and write in vivid rainbow colors. It looks and feels just like colorful pens on paper with no mess and no expensive pens or paper to replace.
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.
Barbie Dream Camper
3 stories of fun! Barbie has it all on this super cool camper that transforms into a play set.
My Mini MixiQs Apartment Playset
If your kids are like mine, they LOVE little toys — and this one is a HIT with my daughter! The playset folds out to be rooms and folds up in to a cube. The figures clothes and hair can be mixed and matched, too. Also available: Park Playset and Camping Playset.
Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo
Mercy is a pig who lives with Mr. and Mrs. Watson. They feed her buttered toast and take her for drives in their convertible. One night, Mercy gets scared and decides to sleep with Mr. and Mrs. Watson. Can you imagine what happens next? Hilarious and quirky, this is a fun series filled with many amazing adventures.
Klutz Decorate This Journal
Decorate the outside of your new journal, then explore and write using the guided pages inside.
Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel
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.
LEGO Creator Lighthouse Point Building Kit (3 in 1)
My kids think these 3-in-1 LEGO kits are the best because you can build, take apart, and rebuild making it more fun. This kit makes a lighthouse, a house with a pier, and either a speedboat or a boathouse.
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.
Roller Coaster Challenge Logic & Building Game
We LOVE this cool STEM skills game that makes you think while creating something awesome — a roller coaster. Full review here.
KLUTZ LEGO Make Your Own Movie Kit
This 80 page book will help you learn stop motion animation and regular movies. Set the stage with any of the six included background settings and thirty-six LEGO elements including a pizza, banana, baseball cap, six minifigure heads, and more!
We LOVE this game — it’s such a blast!! Players call out the the actions shown on the card (such as high-five or pound it) and if two players match with each other, you both do the action and discard the cards. First one out of cards WINS.
Whatever After by Sarah Mlynowski
Once upon a time, a regular girl and her brother accidentally went into a fairy tale. And messed it all up. (Whoops.) We love all the books in this series.
LEGO Friends Amusement Park Roller Coaster
How cool is this? Set up your own amusement park for your LEGO Friends with a rotating Ferris wheel, roller coaster, and lots more!
Zoob BuilderZ 250 Piece Kit
This toy gives your kids years and years of play and building. We LOVE our Zoobs and can’t recommend them enough. See my full review here.
Shopkins Happy Places Welcome Pack Dreamy Bear
The Welcome Pack toy set comes with a Jessicake Shoppie doll, 1 large Petkin, 2 medium Petkins, 6 Small Petkins and 2 mini Petkins. This is a popular choice for many kids.
Code & Go™ Robot Mouse Activity Set
Program the mouse using easy push-button controls to go through the maze. Encourages critical thinking, problem solving, and sequencing. Testers love this!
The Disney Villains Collection features Ursula, Cruella De Vil, Queen of Hearts and Maleficent and includes 36 sketch pages, including 4 silhouettes & 12 hairstyles, 4 stencil sheets, storyline and inspiration sheets, more than 110 different stickers, sample pattern pages and color instructions.
Barbie Hello Dreamhouse
This is a suped-up Dreamhouse with wi-fi-enabled speech recognition to respond to more than 100 commands. My kids think this would be the coolest gift for Christmas.
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.
Memorex SingStand Home Karaoke
Sing along to your favorite songs with the Memorex MKS-SS2 SingStand 2. Ideal for parties and family game nights, this all-in-one karaoke system connects with your MP3 player or tablet so you can sing along to custom playlists.
Coloring Cute KLUTZ
Yes, these are dang cute, right!? A 72-page book with spiral binding and perforated pages and 5 double-tipped colored pencils in 10 colors that 8 year old girls will love.
Try to catch the ball in the different colored cups — four game modes — for fun and active skills.
Klutz Shrink & Link Jewelry
We love making anything shrink — now my daughter can’t wait to try shrink-plastic jewelry. Comes with a 52 page instructional book.
Bubble Motion Tumbler
This fun stocking stuffer is a great visualization aid to show how water and oil don’t mix.
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!!
Invent Board Game by Creativity For Kids
Draw inspiration from 220+ pieces of cool game components such as game board, sand timer, spinner, die, markers, stencils and stickers and INVENT a new family game night classic! How cool is that!?
Magic Puffy Pens
Pens that write in 3D!
Help the Sleeping Queens wake up by waking them up with the Kings. The goal is to be the first player with queens that add up to 50 points. Steal queens, put opponents queens back to sleep, and fight dragons. What will your kids favorite queens and kings be? This is a fun family favorite!
Craft-Tastic Yarn Tree
Wrap colorful yarn around the tree and put it in your room. Store necklaces, bracelets and earrings on the branches.
Lottie Pandora’s Doll
REVIEW of LOTTIE
7.5 inches tall, Lottie has moveable arms, bendable knees and can stand on her own two feet (a useful skills for all girls big and small). She’s a positive, healthy role model; she doesn’t wear makeup, jewelry, heels or suggestive clothing, she’s the girl next door; cute, fun and adventurous.
My daughter makes erasers from this kit like crazy — little monsters, animals, you name it. It’s not just creative, it’s useful!
Fashion Angels Zendoodles
Draw outside the lines with double sided black pens, neon gel highlighters, drawing pages, stencils, and instructions. My kids want this for Christmas!
Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows, illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Get ready to laugh along with these charming young friends who won’t stop until they find the best way to solve their environmental issue, no matter how many ideas they must try. Fantastic series.
Trendfolio: Pet Fashions
Design adorable outfits for all types of dogs in this unique sketch pad with 40 drawing pages featuring multiple dog breeds. My kids LOVE these.
Shrinky Dinks Holiday Fun
Your 8 year old girls will love this kit! Make fun and unique Shrinky Dinks ornaments for the holiday tree. Kit includes color pencils, genuine Shrinky Dinks and all the materials needed to make and decorate a 9″ tinsel tree.
Hamster Princess Harriet the Invincible by Ursula Vernon
What a fun remix of Sleeping Beauty. In this version, the princess realizes she can’t die until she’s 18 and concludes that she must be INVINCIBLE!! She becomes a total daredevil — vanquishing dragons, cliff-diving, and attacking ogres. When her 18th birthday rolls around she returns home to face the evil fairy, Ratshade. And things get even more interesting . . . She’s a great heroine and the story is a fabulous chuckle-fest.
Horse Stable with Accessories (Schleich)
The horse farm is made of high-quality plastic, the roof windows open and close, the horseboxes are equipped with hayracks, drinking troughs as well as saddle and bridle holders, accessories include: paddocks, horse feed, cleaning supplies, saddles and more, roof can be removed and used to create an additional stand-alone port.
Spot It Holidays
From snowmen to candy canes, each card is decorated with an assortment of festive images, perfect for holiday stocking stuffers. Between any two cards, there is always one and only one, matching image. Spot it first to win!
Unpainted Russian Nesting Dolls
Paint your own Nesting dolls.
LEGO Creator Lighthouse Point Building Kit (3 in 1)
My kids think these 3-in-1 LEGO kits are the best because you can build, take apart, and rebuild making it more fun. This kit makes a lighthouse, a house with a pier, and either a speedboat or a boathouse. Another new 3-in-1 kit this year is the Vacation Getaways Kit.
Toothbrush Eraser Set
Doesn’t this eraser gift set look adorable? 4 toothbrush sets and 2 toothpaste tubes perfect for 8 year old girls.
Snap Circuits 203 Electronics Discovery Kit
Over 200 projects will teach kids about electronics and develop analytical skills with snap-together electrical circuits.
Gift Guides by Age
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