At 9 years old, boys have reached a relatively awkward stage where they are still “little kids,” but are also growing into mature, young adults. They are beginning to experience many changes in their emotions, attitude, hobbies, and body. Boys at this age are still interested in toys, but their interests are really beginning to flourish in many different areas. Many young boys begin thinking more logically, like to work on real tasks, and have a natural curiosity about exploring the world around them. When considering ideas for great gifts and toys for 9 year old boys, it is essential to keep their development in-mind.
Adolescents at this age are at a crucial stage of development. Boys at this age have lots of energy and generally enjoy being physical. They start to develop interests not unlike those of an adult. Many young children begin picking up more serious hobbies or starting collections. This is also the time many young boys become invested in sports, arts, music, science, or other subject matter.
How To Choose Gifts For 9 Year Old Boys
No matter what the 9-year-old boy in your life is interested in, there are a plethora of best toys and gifts to choose from on the market. But how do you choose which is the best for the child in your life? You’ll want to choose the perfect gift that not only peaks their interest and keeps them busy, but also fosters their development. Great toys and gifts for 9-year-olds that are fun, but constructive include the following:
- Art or craft sets
- Science experiment kits – these can come in many forms encouraging either engineering, coding or classical science skills such as chemistry. Some companies such as National Geographic even provide kits that allow a more hands on introduction to the physical sciences.
- Sporting equipment such as bikes, scooters or basketball hoops are always popular
- Construction or model sets & building kits, the most common of which, LEGO, is always a winner.
- Games, including board games, brainteasers or logic games. Especially those that encourage social play, imaginative play, problem solving or humor.
The Best Gifts And Toys For 9 Year Old Boys – Reviewed
Cozmo is a not only a really cool computer, but also a friend. It uses artificial intelligence to become a loyal companion to children of many ages. Cozmo expresses hundreds of emotions, and even know its owner’s name, face, and behaviors. The more your 9-year-old uses Cozmo, the more he adapts and evolves to understand his interests and preferences. Much more fun that a standard remote control car or robot!
This super-toy is made with more than 300 parts that isn’t designed to just move around. Cozmo is curious, explores his surroundings, learns, and gets to know his owner. He also comes with a platform program to teach children coding, called Code Lab. Code Lab allows kids to move blocks on a screen, then watch Cozmo act out the code. To get the most out of Cozmo, your boy will need the Cozmo app and either a compatible iPhone or Android smartphone or tablet.
Young boys can play multiple games with Cozmo, and also enter into Explorer Mode. This mode allows the owner to guide Cozmo on an adventure, while seeing what he sees. It’s like seeing the world through new eyes. It can be set up through various devices and can keep your young boy or even the whole family busy for hours. Not only a toy, but an incredible companion. The charger comes included in the box.
Art-technology has come a long way in recent decades, so kids have access to some pretty great products that will help them grow their love for art. This 3D pen looks like an ordinary pen, but uses plastic instead of lead or ink. It allows kids to create 3D crafts, structures, and pictures. While it can be used by both adults and children, it is recommended for people above the age of 7.
This pen temperature control can be adjusted in 1 degree increments between 130 C to 240 C. It can use two different filament types (PLA and ABS), made of recyclable materials. To get you started, it comes with 10 feet of 12 different colors. It is powered by its own power-bank, run by a USB cable. If the toy proves to be very popular, you may wish to invest in some extra filaments. These are also readily available on Amazon.
Merlion’s 3D pen helps teach kids abstract concepts, as well as develop their creativity. It can be used for a variety of activities, and is a great but simple way to allow your 9-year-old boy’s mind to flourish. Where once, they may just have drawn a race car with a standard pen or pencil, now they can add a third dimension to bring their creative ideas to life. They can actually draw a 3D race car! Or anything else they want to for that matter. This is one of the best gifts and toys for 9 year old boys to inspire a new dimension of creativity.
Star Wars is a franchise that has been popular with children and adults alike for decades. Combine that with the ever-popular LEGO brand, and you have a winning toy. The set is a replica of the Starfighter used by Yoda. It contains 262 pieces, so it’s a great project for 9-year-old boys.
This LEGO Star Wars set measures more than 7-inches wide and 5-inches long when it is fully assembled. Included with the Starfighter is both Yoda and R2-D2 mini-figures, a lightsaber for Yoda, and extra ammo for shooting. Completely assembled the set features a space for R2-D2, two laser cannons with spring-loaded shooters, an accessible cockpit, and folding wings.
Not only does this LEGO set spark the imagination and creativity of young children, but it also makes use of their fine motor skills, problem-solving skills, and scientific reasoning. Assembling sets such as this give young children a sense of pride, and also entertainment.
Robotics and STEM-related gifts are extremely popular with young boys, because it spark’s their interest of science, creativity, and fantasy. STEM toys are also wonderful learning aides, which help grow their knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and math.
This cool gift allows children from the ages of 8 to create their own robot. It comes with 397 parts that snap together easily, 1 infrared sensor, 2 LEDs for eyes, and 5 motion robotic servos that allow it to move. By learning the art of coding, your 9-year-old can make Blocky perform incredible movements and motions.
Included with Blocky is a free app that allows children to share their designs and connect with others in the robotic community. This application also allows them to program and control their DIY robot. The program is easy to navigate for children, teaching them to code as they play.
Minecraft has become popular because it allows children to create and immerse themselves in their own world. Piper has created a kit that lets kids build their own version of Minecraft. They can build their own computer, in which they solve puzzles from start to finish. Solving these puzzles allows them to build the computer, earning power-ups and awards through buttons, lights, switches, and controls.
The kit comes with easy-to-understand instructions, a wooden computer case with a LCD display, a computer system with controls, buttons, and more, cables, blueprint assembly, a USB mouse, power-bank, 8GB memory card, custom edition of Minecraft, and free automatic-level updates.
The Piper computer kit allows your 9-year-old to become their own inventors by creating a video game they will play themselves. It is made of more than 50 puzzle-like pieces that help teach children programming and engineering, physical building, and overcoming challenges.
If there is one gift for 9 year old boys that will always go down well, it is the humble Nerf blaster. So when you present them with a step up like the Nerf Rival Artemis XVII-3000, you are onto a real winner for sure. There is nothing humble about the Rival Artemis XVII-3000. It is as arrogant and alpha as a toy gun can get.The holder of this Nerf gun looks down on all those ‘normal’ Nerf gun toting rivals and knows instantly that he has bested them all.
This high quality Nerf gun is a step up in many ways. First, this blaster has a high capacity chamber, holding up to 30 rounds of ammo. Rather than your standard Nerf darts, this blaster is loaded with the spherical, ‘pellet’ like Nerf ammo. The magazine is easy to load, and the ammo is included with the gun. The rotating barrel unleashes the fury at great pace toward your rivals. Rounds empty the chamber at 30 meters per second, and with the slam-fire option you can empty a whole magazine very quickly. You might want to invest in a little extra ammo too, as these things can fly and you don’t always find them all.
Young children find art not only fun, but also productive. As children grow, art can become a genuine interest and a way to express themselves. This 142-piece art set contains everything a 9-year-old boy needs to grow his experience and education of art. The overall design of the wood set mimics a more professional look, helping to unlock the inner artist in your child.
The deluxe wood case can be opened to show 2 sides full of art supplies. There is also an additional removal drawer to store more supplies. Included are 3 different types of painting and drawing mediums: watercolor painting, crayon pastels, and pencils.
To be more specific, the set includes an amazing 24 watercolors, 24 color pencils, 2 paint brushes, 2 sketch pencils, 60 crayons, 1 eraser, 1 pencil sharpener, 3 mixing palettes, and 24 oil pastels. This deluxe art set can help develop your child’s visual skills, sharpen their focus, develop their motor skills, allow them to express themselves, and also have fun.
This construction set comes with over 430 parts and pieces; complete with rods and connectors that can be easily joined together. The Web Weaver set allows children to create their own rollercoaster, which can stand up to 2.5-feet tall. Step-by-step instructions are included to help them build their own enormous coaster, with access to downloadable, additional model instructions.
Included with the more than 430 parts are many glow-in-the-dark pieces, which allow young boys to not only play in the dark, but also experience a different version of the same set. K’NEX also added in an air-powered motorized coaster car, which can travel the track both horizontally and vertically.
This Web Weaver building set combines all the aspects of STEM education to connect a child’s curiosity and creativity. K’NEX sets work to support essential aspects of a child’s development, like problem-solving skills, fine motor skills, and hand-eye coordination. Each set can be combines with other K’NEX models to create entire cities and worlds in your child’s home.
Children are naturally curious creatures, who are discovering the world around them. They are naturally drawn to science, experiments, and hands-on activities. Because of this, gifts like the Food Science kit by Playz are ideal for keeping 9-year-old boys busy, but challenged. It combines chemistry with yummy food to inspire children to learn about science.
The set comes with more than 40 experiments, a 56-page lab guide, and 20 tools/ingredients. While there may be a few items your child may need to borrow from the kitchen pantry, most items are provided for all experiments. And unlike other science kits, everything your child makes can be eaten afterwards. Children can make crystal rock candy, lollipops, chocolates, chewy jelly candies, see how things dissolve, and test for sugar.
The activity/lab guide is full of easy-to-under directions, pictures, facts, and information presented in a way that is engaging for children ages 8 and older. This Food Science Chemistry Kit combines STEM concepts with hands-on experiments to unleash the serious learning potential of young boys and girls.
Much like younger boys, 9-year-old boys are still interested in things that drive, fly, or go fast. As boys have a ton of energy, it is easily translated into moveable toys; especially electronic ones. The Halo Quadcopter is a great beginners drone, which can be flown for up to 18 minutes via the use of 2 batteries.
This drone flies with 2 easy speed controls, and lights up with LED lights. Lights are bright during the night or day, so it’s a great gift for any time of day. Children can push a button to make the Halo drone do a 360-degree flip. It features ultra-precise aerial control, and emits an amazing neon blue and green light.
Flying drones can not only be fun, but can also develop a child’s hand-eye coordination and motor skills. This Quadcopter is extremely lightweight and is ready-to-go right out of the package. The streamlined design also allows it to have superior aerodynamics. This allows your 9-year-old boy to fly the drone at super-high speeds, with added stability.
Something Especially For The Run Up To Christmas 2019
Another great gift idea for nine year old boys this Christmas, is this Fortnite advent calendar set from Funko. The calendar has 24 pint-sized figurines of characters that any Fortnite fan will recognize. Each figure is uniquely colored and shape. No two models in the box are the same.
The calendar comes sealed and ready for gifting. The box is brightly colored and features a couple of characters in holiday-themed costumes to get your recipient pumped for the festivities.
- Comes in a brightly-colored display box
- Includes 24 miniature figurines
- Modeled after Fortnite hero characters
- Sealed and ready to gift