The Best Toys for 10-Year-Old Boys to Keep Them Engaged

We especially love the LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall Kit

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Best Toys for 10-Year-Olds

The Spruce / Sabrina Jiang

Shopping for the 10-year-old boy in your life may seem like a difficult task, especially since tweens have such varying interests.

We researched the top picks from the best brands that are perfect for his age group. While you shop, look for something that will keep them engaged, while also being age-appropriate and safe. The LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall Kit go our top spot due to its stunning design and detail, ability to foster imaginative play and keep him engaged for hours, and the educational value of practicing STEM skills.

Here, best toys for your favorite 10-year-old boy.

Our Top Picks

LEGO 75954 Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall Building Kit

5
Harry Potter Great Hall

Courtesy of Walmart

What We Like
  • Easy to follow

  • Nice details

What We Don't Like
  • Not very stable for a large kit

Whether he is into Harry Potter, Legos, or both, this 878 piece building kit will pique his interests. He can bring Hogwarts Great Hall to life with the included 10 mini figures that will allow him to recreate his favorite scenes. When built, the hall will measure 14 x 11 x 7-inches, giving him plenty of space to play around with.

Our tester gave this kit a perfect five star rating for its immaculate design mimicking that of the books. After the great hall is complete, the set fosters imaginative play with the included figures and their new space.

Our tester also loved how this keeps kids entertained for hours while still learning how to follow instructions and practice STEM-based building skills. The only downsides are the high price tag, but the novelty of the competed build is something you can display and enjoy for years to come.

Dimensions: 18.9 x 14.88 x 2.78inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 9 years and up

"From the tiny turrets to the moveable spiral staircase, this kit did a wonderful job of recreating the famous fictional School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Devout Harry Potter readers will immediately notice that the design seems like it was plucked right from the pages of the books, featuring everything from floating candles to a fireplace."—Sarah Wassner Flynn, Product Tester

Snap Circuits Jr. Electronics Exploration Kit

4.6
stem toys

Snap Circuits

What We Like
  • STEM toy

  • Clear instructions

What We Don't Like
  • Can be tricky for some kids

With this electronics discovery kit, your boy will get more than 100 projects he can build with more than 30 color-coded circuit components, including wires, switches, an alarm circuit, speaker, and music-integrated circuit. Projects include cool things like making a photosensor, a flashing light, a voice-controlled lamp, and an adjustable volume siren. There’s no need for tools, as all of the parts snap together on the plastic grid.

Dimensions: 10 x 2 x 15 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 8 years and up

Snap Circuits Pieces

 The Spruce / Sarah Wassner Flynn

What Testers Say

"The pieces are well made, including the surprisingly sturdy plastic base, which seemed resilient enough to withstand some abuse. One downside is that the kit requires two AA batteries, which aren’t included. If you’re giving this as a gift, make sure you buy those before you start wrapping."—Sarah Wassner Flynn, Product Tester

Nintendo Switch

4.5
Nintendo Switch

Amazon

What We Like
  • Compatible with a few thousand games

  • Can be played on the big screen or on the go

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

This scaled-down gaming console works either with television for family fun or as a handheld device to be used solo. There are a few thousand games that work with the Switch, including Mario Kart, with its high-energy races, and problem-solving games like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

If you're trying to keep an eye on your child's screen time, you can use the intuitive controls to set time limits, track minutes, and ensure that only age-appropriate games are being downloaded and played.

Dimensions: 2 x 2 x 1 inches | Material: Plastic| Recommended Age: 6 years and up

Blue Orange Djubi Classic

3.4
Blue Orange Djubi Classic

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Enjoyable for a wide range of ages

  • Great outdoor toy

What We Don't Like
  • Flimsy material

They may not be able to pronounce it (it’s joo-bee), but they’ll love to play it. There are no mitts in this game, but instead, each player gets a paddle that has both a launching hook and a catching net. Aim, pull back on one of the balls, which are attached to the launching hook via a loop, and fire. The other player then attempts to catch the ball in their net, and back and forth you go. The balls can fly up to 125 feet, so you can cover some serious space.

Dimensions: 11.5 x 3 x 16.5  inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 8 years and up

Djubi Game

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What Testers Say

"The design for the Djubi SlingBall Classic is simple. All you need is a racket and a slingball. The set comes with two of each, which made it a perfect game for partners."—Sarah Wassner Flynn, Product Tester

Motorola Solutions Motorola Talkabout Radio 3-Pack

Motorola Solutions Talkabout Radio

Courtesy of Motorola

What We Like
  • Great way to communicate during family trips

  • Solidly constructed

What We Don't Like
  • Short range use

Whether going on a hike, playing at the beach, or goofing off in the backyard, kids can communicate with each other (and their parents) with these T100 walkie talkies. They feature 22 channels, have a range of up to 16 miles, and only need three AAA batteries to operate. This set in particular comes in a pack of three. Note: The talkabout radios are not water resistant.

Dimensions: 1.1 x 1.91 x 5.22 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: Not listed

BEZGAR Remote Control Car Licensed RC Series

BEZGAR Remote Control Car

BEZGAR

What We Like
  • Entertaining for older kids, teens, and adults

  • Scratch-resistant exterior

What We Don't Like
  • Users say it's smaller than expected

Thanks to the dual-grip remote controller, your 10-year-old can direct his Lamborghini Aventador SVJ to propel forward, backwards, and make left and right turns. Smooth and powerful, the car has a max speed of 4 miles per hour. The glossy exterior is scratch resistant, so it can withstand a good amount of rough play, or bumping into walls. The car itself requires three AA batteries, and the remote controller requires two AA batteries.

Dimensions: 7.3 x 3.6 x 1.9 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 8 years and up

BEYBLADE Burst Rise Hypersphere Vertical Drop Battle Set

Beyblade Vertical Drop Battle Set

Beyblade

What We Like
  • Can be played with other kids

  • Walls keep bey blades intact

What We Don't Like
  • Material is a bit flimsy

This set comes equipped with all the supplies you need for battle, including the Hypersphere Vertical Drop Beystadium, two spin launchers, and two battling tops. The unique design of the Hypersphere tops enables them to climb vertically along the walls. Your 10-year-old can also compete in digital battles when you scan the code on the Beystadium.

Dimensions: 3.54 x 17.76 x 14.02 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 8 years and up

Mega Construx Pokemon Blastoise

 Mega Construx Pokemon Blastoise

Mega

What We Like
  • Easy to put together

  • Includes two working water cannons

What We Don't Like
  • Not compatible with Legos

It comes packed with clear instructions and pieces that snap well into each other, so building Blastoise shouldn't be too difficult. The coolest part about this Pokemon building set is that it comes with two working cannon blasters, so your 10-year-old can make Blastoise unleash his Water-type moves when it's time for battle.

Dimensions: 1.88 x 12.83 x 9  inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 8 years and up

Taylor Toy Store Basketball Hoop Hamper

Taylor Toy Store Basketball Hoop Hamper

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Promotes physical play

  • Helps keep room clean

What We Don't Like
  • Can be tricky to close the door

He shoots, he scores, and mom wins! This over-the-door basketball hoop is the cleanest game in town, and there are no losers. He has fun throwing his dirty clothing through the hoop instead of leaving it all over the floor to pile up, and mom marvels at the lack of mess-making this the perfect gift for a 10-year-old boy (and mom!). There’s a backboard to bounce items off of, and the bottom is a laundry bag.

Dimensions: 18 x 12.5 x 1.75 inches | Material: Not listed Recommended Age: 3 years and up

Spin Master Marvel United Super Hero Cooperative Strategy Card Game

Spin Master Marvel United

Courtesy of Walmart

What We Like
  • Perfect for Marvel fans

  • Can be played with the entire family

What We Don't Like
  • Some users complain about receiving the wrong character

This is a board game the entire family can enjoy because it's all about teamwork. The players, or superheroes, must join together to defeat the Marvel villain. While some games can be boring as you play them repeatedly, this one offers a lot of variety based on the cards you choose.

Dimensions: 2.81 x 10.25 x 10.25 inches | Material: Cardboard | Recommended Age: 8 years and up

Klutz LEGO Make Your Own Movie Activity Kit

Lego Make Your Own Movie

Courtesy of Walmart

What We Like
  • Builds creative thinking

  • Kids can direct and execute their own short movies

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn't come with its own app

Kids have been making stop-motion animation LEGO movies for years, but this kit takes the guesswork out of the process for newbie filmmakers. It comes with several mini-figure actors (with different faces, outfits, and accessories like hats and wigs), props, backdrops, and an 78-page instruction book with different plot ideas for inspiration and even tips like how to build a homemade tripod.

Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.88 x 10 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 8 years and up

Hot Wheels id Smart Track Kit

id Smart Track Kit

 Courtesy of Mattel

What We Like
  • Fun virtual and physical play

  • Comes with two cars

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

This slick racetrack works with the compatible Hot Wheels app using Bluetooth. Players can compete by tracking their speed (it's scaled to reflect how fast you'd go in a real car), number of laps, distance, loops, jumps, and other stats. In free play mode, they can scan in new cars, measure their achievements, and build new track configurations (it's fun to watch what you're physically building appear on screen). In campaign mode, the pressure is on to beat challenges, which get increasingly harder, to earn rewards.

Dimensions: 10.25 x 21.13 x 19 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 6 years and up

L.L. Bean Sonic Snow Saucer DLX

sonic-saucer

Courtesy of L.L.Bean

What We Like
  • Great for active, outdoor play

  • Side handles make it easy to carry

What We Don't Like
  • Not very fast

Go for a classic toy for a 10-year old with this Sonic Slider that will have him cruising down the hill on a snow day. The saucer is lightweight and the side handles make it easy to carry back home or up a hill. Besides letting him have hours of fun this will also get him outside and keep him active.

Dimensions:  34 x 28 inches | Material: Polyethylene, foam  | Recommended Age: 4 years and up

Big Potato Sketchy Tales, Disney Edition

Disney Sketchy Tales

Courtesy of Walmart

What We Like
  • Family game night appropriate

  • Disney fans will have the most fun

What We Don't Like
  • Can't be played solo

Doodling becomes a group sport with this fun game. Players pick a character and an action (example: Piglet and singing karaoke) which they have to draw and then pass along to another player to complete the drawing. Others have to guess exactly what the sketch is. Needless to say, there will be a lot of laughs and hours of playtime.

Dimensions: 2.38 x 10.38 x 9.63 inches | Material: Cardboard | Recommended Age: 8 years and up

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Mega Slime Kit & Putty Lab

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Mega Slime Kit & Putty Lab

Amazon

What We Like
  • Glows in the dark

  • Users found the learning guide helpful

What We Don't Like

  • Not for younger kids, so keep caution around siblings

This comprehensive kit comes with eight different substances, all designed to teach about scientific principles. The putty properties include magnetic, glow-in-the-dark, and color-changing (activated by the heat of your hands or the chill of the freezer), as well as several types of slime. The full-color learning guide explores the fascinating science behind slimes and putties. Kids will learn about the world of slime and putty.

Dimensions: 7.8 x 2.5 x 12inches | Material: Slime | Recommended Age: 8 years and up

VTech KidiZoom Creator Cam

VTech KidiZoom Creator Cam

Courtesy of Target

What We Like
  • Kid-friendly

  • Includes green screen

What We Don't Like
  • Included storage is small

Your 10-year-old may not be ready for an expensive DSLR camera just yet, but this option from VTech is a fun pick. Kids can created HD videos with this camera, which includes 20+ animated backgrounds, like getting chased by a T-Rex. There's built-in editing software and the tripod makes it easy to set the camera on a table or flat surface while filming.

Dimensions: 1.47 x 2.4 x 3.58 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 5 years and up

IELLO King of New York Board Game

IELLO King of New York Board Game

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Excellent for parties

  • Challenging game for older kids

What We Don't Like
  • Long play time

Up to six players can enjoy this fast-paced, strategy-heavy game, which is themed around the Big Apple and a follow-up to the popular King of Tokyo. It's meant to be played in about an hour, making it ideal for parties and game nights, and the object is to defeat the monsters and become ruler of the city.

Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 2.75 inches | Material: Paper | Recommended Age: 10 years and up

flybold Slackline Kit

4.6
flybold Slackline Kit

Amazon

What We Like
  • Easy to install

  • Great for parties

What We Don't Like
  • Hard to take down

If you want to get them away from their devices and outside, a slackline is a smart toy. These kits are all the rage and will have your child perfecting their balancing skills from the comfort of your backyard. Think of these kits as a sort of tightrope that has a wider base. This kit has all you need to get started including a main and training lines as well as travel bag to take the act on the go. Caution: Make sure to read instructions carefully and never leave kids unattended during play.

Dimensions: 12.4 x 3.54 x 14.57 inches | Material: Polyester | Recommended Age: Not listed

What Testers Say

"While slacklining, or walking along a suspended length of flat rope, takes time to master, the Flybold Slackline Kit is a comprehensive set that includes everything your family needs to get started: a smooth, 2-inch-wide lime green main line, a 1-inch-wide bright orange training line and arm trainer, ratchets for the main and training lines, a ratchet protector, dark green tree protectors, a tote to put it all in, and an instruction manual."—Sarah Vanbuskirk, Product Tester

What to Look for in Gifts For 10-Year-Old Boys

Recommended Age

While 10-year-old boys are likely ready for some increased independence and autonomy, these tweens may still need some guidance and supervision when it comes to more mature concepts and ideas. For this reason, it’s best to stick to a gift that is recommended for their age.

Safety

If you are looking for a gift for a thrill-seeking 10-year-old boy, make sure that you include the recommended safety gear. This can be a helmet, knee pads, or eye protection. This is also a great time to talk about online safety, as they may be getting into technology that connects to the internet.

Educational Value

Some of the best gifts for 10-year-old boys incorporate learning into play. Whether it is building on an interest or passion they already have or helping them develop a new skill, an education gift is sure to be a hit with both kids and parents. The best kind even includes group participation to get everyone in on the fun.

Creativity

Think about how your 10-year-old boy likes to engage with his interests. For an adventurous, outdoor kid, it may be in creating a new game or course to enjoy with his friends. Future engineers may enjoy building and constructing. Budding artists can spend hours creatively. No matter what his interests, a great gift allows him to express himself.


Chuck English, Virginia STEM Coordinator at the Science Museum of Virginia, recommends that parents get involved in play as well. “It’s a good opportunity for parents to play with their kids,” he says. “Kids teach them how to do an activity or use a toy.”

Why Trust the Spruce?

This article was written by Julie Evans, a writer who has been researching home products for The Spruce since 2017. She has extensive experience covering products for children, including toys and gifts. 

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