The 52 Best Toys for 10-Year-Old Boys of 2022

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.

LEGO 75954 Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall Building Kit

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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.

Price at time of publish: $166

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

Broadream Hover Soccer Ball

Broadream hover soccer ball

Amazon

What We Like
  • Rechargeable battery

  • Durable

  • No damage to furniture

What We Don't Like
  • Long charging time

Kids will get hours of use out of this futuristic hover soccer ball. It's very durable and resilient to wear and tear, and the foam surround helps protect furniture if played indoors. No need to deal with batteries as it's rechargeable, and it makes a great stocking stuffer.

Price at time of publish: $20

Dimensions: 7 x 2.6 x 7 inches | Material: Foam, plastic | Recommended Age: 3-12 years

Snap Circuits Junior

4.6
Snap Circuits Junior

 Courtesy of Amazon

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.

Price at time of publish: $25

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

Snap Circuits Pieces

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Thames & Kosmos Robotics Smart Machines

Robotics kit

Amazon

What We Like
  • Ability to build 8 machines

  • Step by step instructions

  • STEM based

What We Don't Like
  • Batteries not included

A kit for building their own robots is just what the STEM-obsessed child needs. And with this kit, they have the ability to build eight different machines. When they're complete, they can use the robots with the help of an iOS- or Android-based smartphone or tablet, for hours of fun long after they've completed the building itself.

Price at time of publish: $96

Dimensions: ‎16.8 x 11.5 x 3.2 inches | Material: Not listed | Recommended Age: 8 years and up

Educational Insights BrainBolt Genius Brain Teaser Memory Game

Brainbolt game

Amazon

What We Like
  • Engaging and satisfying

  • Hours of entertainment

  • Lightweight and portable

What We Don't Like
  • Batteries not included

Keep their brains sharp (even over the holidays or the summer vacation) with this brain teaser/memory game. It can be used by up to two players, but is just as fun played alone. The handheld portability of this game makes it a great choice for traveling.

Price at time of publish: $27

Dimensions: 7 x 2 x 5 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 7 years and up

Skillmatics Marvel Card Game : Guess in 10

Skillmatics Marvel Card Game : Guess in 10

Skillmatics

What We Like
  • Rules can be tweaked

  • Fun for the whole family

  • Great for Marvel fans

What We Don't Like
  • Can be challenging for younger kids

If your 10-year-old has seen all of the Marvel films and TV shows, this game is for them. It will test their knowledge of Marvel characters in a fun, engaging, family-friendly way. The rules can be tweaked if you want to up the ante, and kids will have hours of fun.

Price at time of publish: $27

Dimensions: 9.25 x 7 x 1.96 inches | Material: Cardboard | Recommended Age: 8 years and up

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.

Price at time of publish: $299

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.

Price at time of publish: $36

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

Djubi Game

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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.

Price at time of publish: $66

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

Taco vs. Burrito LLC Taco vs. Burrito

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Taco vs. Burrito LLC Taco vs. Burrito

Taco vs. Burrito

What We Like
  • Family-friendly

  • Educational

  • Fun and engaging

What We Don't Like
  • Takes a few tries to learn

This award-winning game is sure to be a hit with the whole family, not just kids. It's an easy game to take with you on trips or for camping, or makes for a fun family game night. Kids and adults will appreciate the colorful and well designed cards and the exciting gameplay.

Price at time of publish: $16

Dimensions: 7 x 5 x 2 inches | Material: Paper | Recommended Age: 7 years and up

Plum Phobos Outdoor Geometric Metal Climbing Dome

Climbing dome

Target

What We Like
  • Engaging outdoor fun

  • Rust- and UV-resistant

What We Don't Like
  • Lots of assembly required

If you want to keep your kids entertained but also encourage them to get outside, this metal climbing dome is sure to do the trick. They won't get bored, will help them learn skills like balance and agility, and is very durable so it will last them years to come.

Price at time of publish: $164

Dimensions: ‎59 x 118 inches | Material: Steel | Recommended Age: 3 years and up

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.

Price at time of publish: $28

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

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Dino Fossil Dig Kit

Dino-Fossil-Kit

Courtesy of Target

What We Like
  • Educational

  • Affordable

  • Entertaining

What We Don't Like
  • Can be messy

Budding paleontologists (or even just kids who enjoyed the most recent Jurassic Park movies) will get a kick out of discovering their own dinosaur fossil in this fun kit. It's educational and entertaining, and there are three dinosaur fossils to find.

Price at time of publish: $10

Dimensions: ‎7.25 x 2.375 x 10 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.

Price at time of publish: $41

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

Arckit Coast-to-Coast Architecture Building Kit

Architecture building kit

Uncommon Goods

What We Like
  • Educational

  • Open-ended

  • High quality materials

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

For kids who love to keep their hands busy, this architecture building kit is just the thing they'll enjoy. It features four building plans so kids can keep creating, as well as pop-up elements that they can add to their display when the house is complete.

Price at time of publish: $85

Dimensions: 13.4 x 8.7 x 2.4 inches | Material: Cardboard, ABS plastic, biodegradable PLA corn starch-based plastic, PC (polycarbonate) | Recommended Age: 7 years and up

POWERUP The Next-Generation Smartphone Controlled Paper Airplane Kit

Smart phone controlled paper airplane

Amazon

What We Like
  • STEM based

  • Quick charging time

  • Durable

What We Don't Like
  • Can be challenging to use

This isn't your run-of-the-mill paper airplane. This bluetooth-enabled paper airplane is controlled by your smartphone or tablet and is totally customizable. Create your own paper airplanes out of your favorite paper, or even foam or light wood, and rig it up to the kit. The airplane can reach speeds of up to 20 miles per hour and has a range of up to 230 feet.

Price at time of publish: $80

Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.71 x 1.5 inches | Material: Carbon fiber | Recommended Age: 14 years and up

The Fly Orb The Original Fly Orb Hover Ball

The Fly Orb

The Fly Orb

What We Like
  • Durable

  • Fast charging time

  • Easy to use

What We Don't Like

This futuristic flying orb is a great toy for almost any age: it has fun colorful LED lights throughout, only takes 15 minutes to charge, and is highly durable so you won't have to be precious with it. Kids will spend hours playing with this orb.

Price at time of publish: $28

Dimensions: Not listed | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: Not listed

Monopoly Board Game

4.8
Monopoly

Target

What We Like
  • Classic board game

  • Good for family game night

  • Stores neatly

What We Don't Like
  • Some rules differ from the classic version

On a rainy or cold and snowy day, there's nothing better than a family game of Monopoly. This version comes with a range of fun new characters to play with, and up to 10 people can play at a time. It's a bit challenging for younger kids but perfect for 10 year olds once they get the hang of it.

Price at time of publish: $10

Dimensions: ‎1.61 x 15.75 x 10.51 inches | Material: Cardboard, plastic | Recommended Age: 8 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.

Price at time of publish: $15

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

Thames & Kosmos Drop It

Drop it game

Amazon

What We Like
  • Easy to learn

  • Good for family game night

  • Variants to change up play

What We Don't Like
  • Delicate

You can never have too many options for family game night, and we love this game that's like a variation on Connect 4. It comes with instructions for variants so it can be played differently each time, and is easy enough to learn for the whole family.

Price at time of publish: $35

Dimensions: ‎11.6 x 2.8 x 11.6 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.

Price at time of publish: $57

Dimensions: 3.54 x 17.76 x 14.02 inches | Material: Plastic | 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.

Price at time of publish: $25

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

Hasbro Yahtzee Frenzy Dice & Card Game

Yahtzee frenzy

Target

What We Like
  • Lots of combinations

  • Great for families

  • Fast-paced

What We Don't Like
  • Can be confusing to learn the first time

Yahtzee is a classic game beloved by many families, and this version is a fast-paced game that can produce hours of fun. It's intended for 2-4 players, and is a fun twist on the original. It may take some getting used to the first time you play it, but it's worth the time; with so many combinations, it never gets boring.

Price at time of publish: $15

Dimensions: Not listed | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 8 years and up

Sharper Image Remote Control Gravity Rover Wall-Ceiling Climber

Sharper image wall climber

Target

What We Like
  • Rechargeable battery

  • Long-range remote control

  • Under-glow LED lights

What We Don't Like
  • Can be fragile

This futuristic toy goes beyond the traditional remote-controlled car: it can climb walls and ceilings. It features a rechargeable battery for convenience, and the remote control can be used at fairly long ranges. It almost looks like a space rover and your kids will be able to run free with their imaginations. Be warned that the rover won't climb walls or ceilings with molding.

Price at time of publish: $58

Dimensions: 2.08 x 4.92 x 4.09 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 6 years and up

Shashibo Shape Shifting Box

shashibo-shape-shifting-box

Amazon

What We Like
  • High quality construction

  • Makes over 70 shapes

  • Engaging

What We Don't Like
  • Smaller than expected

The Shashibo shape shifting box is the ultimate fidget toy. With over 70 shapes to make, both children and adults will get hours of engaging fun out of this toy. It makes a great stocking stuffer and is a perfect distraction for long plane rides or when waiting for an appointment.

Price at time of publish: $25

Dimensions: 2.3 x 2.3 x 2.3 inches | Material: Not listed | 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.

Price at time of publish: $220

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.

Price at time of publish: $60

Dimensions:  34 x 28 inches | Material: Polyethylene, foam  | Recommended Age: 4 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.

Price at time of publish: $80

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

AGM Kids Night Vision Goggles

Kids night vision goggles

Amazon

What We Like
  • See up to 25 feet

  • Adjustable size

What We Don't Like
  • Batteries not included

Kids will love using these night vision goggles at their next sleepover or during the darker winter evenings. They have night vision up to 25 feet, are adjustable to different head sizes, and kids will get hours of fun out of them—pair them with a spy kit for an even better gift.

Price at time of publish: $16

Dimensions: ‎6.49 x 7 x 2.3 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 3 years and up

Caliber Games TowerBall

Caliber Games TowerBall

Caliber Games

What We Like
  • Good for indoor and outdoor use

  • Weatherproof and waterproof

  • 360 degree gameplay

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

We love this tower ball game not just because it's easy to play, but because it's easy to set up both indoors and outdoors as well. It's great for large basements or as a backyard game, and can be played by children (and adults) of all ages for great family fun.

Price at time of publish: $190

Dimensions: ‎24 x 24 x 36 inches | Material: Polypropylene, plastic | Recommended Age: All ages

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.

Price at time of publish: $19

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

LEGO Minecraft The Llama Village

Minecraft llama village

Amazon

What We Like
  • Lots of characters and accessories

  • Colorful

  • Engaging

What We Don't Like
  • Can be challenging

Children who love Minecraft or Lego (or both) will love this llama village set, which has over 1,200 pieces for engaging and sometimes challenging fun. There are plenty of characters, accessories, and buildings to make, and plenty of room for creativity.

Price at time of publish: $130

Dimensions: 18.9 x 14.88 x 3.7 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 9 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.

Price at time of publish: $30

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.

Price at time of publish: $41

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

Fat Brain Toys Ferociously Cool Meat-Eating Plants

Meat eating plants kit

Fat Brain Toys

What We Like
  • STEM based

  • Gardening and nature

  • Educational

What We Don't Like
  • Can take a while for plants to grow

Teaching kids how to grow their own plants is fun—but it's even more fun when those plants are insect-eating carnivorous plants. This terrarium kit comes with venus fly trap, sundew, and pitcher plant seeds that kids can plant and watch them grow. Plus, the alligator figurine, decals, and plant markers just add to the scene.

Price at time of publish: $22

Dimensions: 9.38 x 5.38 x 9.5 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 4 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.

Price at time of publish: $38

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

Triumph Fire ‘n Ice Light-Up 54-inch Air Hockey Table

Triumph Fire ‘n Ice Light-Up 54-inch Air Hockey Table

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Good value

  • Sturdy

  • Good size for game rooms

What We Don't Like
  • Not enough pucks

When the kids can't get out and play real hockey, an air hockey table is a great alternative. This model is a perfect size for game rooms or basements and will keep children entertained endlessly.

Price at time of publish: $156

Dimensions: 54 x 27 x 31 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: Not listed

Marvel Spider-Man Super Web Slinger

spider man glove

Marvel 

What We Like
  • Affordable

  • Water can be used when the can is empty

  • Completes Spider-Man costume

What We Don't Like
  • Can be messy

This fun update on silly string lets your kids pretend they're Spider-Man. While it's a bit messy, your kids will have hours of fun using this web slinger. Plus the can can be refilled with water—so it's a great toy that can be used long after the web fluid runs out.

Price at time of publish: $16

Dimensions: 9 x 10 x 2 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 5 years and up

M&LD Moving Basketball Hoop Indoor

Moving basketball hoop

Amazon

What We Like
  • Fast and slow speeds

  • Easy assembly

  • Fits most doors

What We Don't Like
  • Can't withstand too much weight

If your child loves basketball and wants to be able to practice more, this moving indoor hoop is the perfect addition their playroom or bedroom. It moves from left to right so they can work on their aim, and the over-door attachments fit on most interior doors. It even comes with three basketballs so their siblings can join them if they want to.

Price at time of publish: $45

Dimensions: ‎14.96 x 12.4 x 4.49 inches | Material: Alloy steel, plastic | Recommended Age: 6 years and up

National Geographic Spy Science Kit

National Geographic spy science kit

Amazon

What We Like
  • STEM based

  • Includes 10 missions

  • Good quality

What We Don't Like
  • Maybe not for longterm play

Budding spies will love completing the 10 mission cards in this spy kit from National Geographic. Once the 10 missions are finished they can even begin creating their own. The kit also includes an invisible ink pen, periscope, UV light, spy glasses, decoder wheels, and secret notebook.

Price at time of publish: $20

Dimensions: 9.92 x 5 x 2.76 inches | Material: Not listed | Recommended Age: 8 years and up

Lulu Jr. My Comic Book Making Kit

lulu-jr-my-comic-book-making-kit

Amazon

What We Like
  • Lots of room for creativity

  • High quality material

  • Production of real comic book included

What We Don't Like
  • A bit expensive

If your child is into creating their own stories and drawing, a comic book kit is just what they need. And this one really delivers—it allows them to be so creative, and at the end you can send away to have what they've made created into a real book (included in the price of the kit). Kids will get hours of fun out of this so it's a great gift for the holidays.

Price at time of publish: $26

Dimensions: ‎12.25 x 1.75 x 9.25 inches | Material: Cardboard, paper | Recommended Age: 6 years and up

Be Amazing Toys! Interactive Human Body

Body toy

Be Amazing Toys!

What We Like
  • STEM based

  • Realistic

  • Includes colorful illustration cards

What We Don't Like
  • Can break easily

Kids can learn everything they need to know about the human body with this educational and interactive toy. It's fully poseable and realistic so they can explore the way the body moves and what the different muscles and organs do. It's a great toy for keeping kids entertained (and they won't even notice they're learning).

Price at time of publish: $20

Dimensions: 13.5 x 12.5 x 2.75 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 8-12 years

Fat Brain Toys PuzzleGears: Globe

Globe puzzle toy

Fat Brain Toys

What We Like
  • STEM based

  • Detailed instructions

  • Well constructed

What We Don't Like
  • Can be complex

This puzzle globe is a great way to teach kids geography and and the history of cartography. Kids will love putting this complex puzzle together, which can be used once it's built as a place to keep treasures or store their most prized possessions.

Price at time of publish: $50

Dimensions: 12 x 10.5 x 20.5 inches | Material: Wood | Recommended Age: 14 years and up

Hasbro Dungeons and Dragons Adventure Begins

Hasbro Dungeons & Dragons Adventure Begins

Hasbro

What We Like
  • Designed for 2-4 players

  • Good for beginners to D&D

What We Don't Like
  • Not for experienced players

For parents who want to introduce their children to their beloved Dungeons & Dragons, this is a great place to start. It's designed for two to four players and is meant for beginners to the world of D&D. It comes with four mini figures that match the characters in the game, and plenty of journeys to keep kids entertained.

Price at time of publish: $27

Dimensions: ‎11.81 x 2.36 x 11.81 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 10 years and up

Xprit Hoverboard

Xprit Hoverboard

Amazon

What We Like
  • LED wheels

  • Wireless speaker

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn't hold a charge for an extended period of time

Hoverboards are a great alternative to skateboards or rollerblades, and can provide your kids with some futuristic-feeling entertainment. This hoverboard makes a great gift and is reasonably priced for a high-tech kids' toy. It comes with a built-in wireless speaker and LED-lit wheels and is available in six different colors.

Price at time of publish: $150

Dimensions: ‎25 x 9.6 x 9.05 inches | Material: Not listed | Recommended Age: Not listed

National Geographic Super Gross Chemistry Set

National Geographic Super Gross Chemistry Set

Source: National Geographic

What We Like
  • STEM based

  • 45 experiments

  • Affordable

What We Don't Like
  • Can be messy

Lots of kids love to get messy, so even if your child hasn't displayed a strong interest in science, this kit could change their minds. This "Super Gross" chemistry set comes with up to 45 experiments to complete, including glowing worms and fungus. It's a great hands-on toy that's also educational.

Price at time of publish: $23

Dimensions: 11.81 x 8.66 x 3.15 inches | Material: Not listed | Recommended Age: 8 years and up

Original Stationery Ultimate Slime Kit Supplies

Original Stationery Ultimate Slime Kit Supplies

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Colorful

  • Lots of room for creativity

  • Containers and tools keep it mess-free

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn't come with a lot of glue

If your child loves playing with slime, why not buy them a kit for making their own? This colorful rainbow slime kit comes with everything they need: glitter, inks, slime scents, containers, glue, powder, tools, and more. They'll get hours of fun out of this kit—and adults will appreciate the containers that help to keep mess to a minimum.

Price at time of publish: $26

Dimensions: 10 x 6.9 x 4.5 inches | Material: Not listed | Recommended Age: 3 years and up

Toysmith Magnetic Dart Board

Toysmith Magnetic Dart Board

Toysmith

What We Like
  • Budget-friendly

  • Realistic

  • Safe

What We Don't Like
  • Small

Dartboards are fun, but real darts don't exactly make for safe play for children. This magnetic dartboard is the perfect size for kids and you won't have to worry about safety (or damage to your walls). Dartboards can help to improve their hand-eye coordination, and they can easily play by themselves or with others.

Price at time of publish: $10

Dimensions: 12.5 x 12 x 1.5 inches | Material: Not listed | Recommended Age: 6-15 years

sumsync Solar System 9 in 1 Gemstone Dig Kit

Solar system dig kit

Amazon

What We Like
  • 9 planets included

  • STEM based

  • High quality

What We Don't Like
  • Can be messy

There are plenty of digging kits out there, but this one might take the cake: it comes with a whopping 9 planets to explore, and a total of 72 gemstones to find. Kids will enjoy unveiling each gem and using the accompanying sheet to identify them.

Price at time of publish: $41

Dimensions: 11 x 10.6 x 3.3 inches | Material: Paper | Recommended Age: 8 years and up

Uncommon Goods Light Up Drawing Tees

light up drawing tees for kids

Uncommon Goods

What We Like
  • Budget-friendly

  • Engaging

  • Creative

What We Don't Like
  • Graphics don't last very long

Kids will enjoy the endless creativity of these light up drawing tees. They become luminescent with the help of a concentrated light source like a flashlight or a blue laser pen. It's a budget-friendly toy that they'll be able to use again and again.

Price at time of publish: $25

Dimensions: Varies | Material: Cotton, light up pen, alkaline button cell battery | Recommended Age: 3-14 years

Toysmith Tech Gear Multi Voice Changer

Toysmith voice changer

Amazon

What We Like
  • LED lights

  • Batteries included

  • 10 voice modifiers

What We Don't Like
  • Can get noisy

For kids who love to get creative and try out different characters, this toy will give them lots of entertainment. While it can get a bit noisy, we love that it has 10 unique voice modifiers to try and even comes with batteries to kids can use it right away. The LED lights are a nice touch.

Price at time of publish: $17

Dimensions: 9 x 5 x 11 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 5 years and up

Hexbug Spider, Random Color

Hexbug robotic spider

Amazon

What We Like
  • Fits in your hand

  • 360 degree steering

  • Good battery life

What We Don't Like
  • Can't choose the color

Remote controlled toys don't have to be huge to be entertaining, as this little spider proves. The Hexbug spider offers a lot of room for creativity and it's even better when played with other kids with their own spiders.

Price at time of publish: $25

Dimensions: ‎5.12 x 4.33 x 4.33 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 5-15 years

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. Kate McKenna is a senior editor at The Spruce with over 10 years of writing and editing experience.

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