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Boys who have finally reached the double digits are a fun crew. Stuck somewhere between childhood and the impending tween/teen years, they’re in a sweet spot that’s a mix of wonder and innocence, but also enough sophistication to really enjoy exploring and digging into new areas.
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Best Overall: Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Discovery Kit
Light up his life with this incredible, award-winning electronics discovery kit. There are 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 photo sensor, 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.
Easy-to-follow directions with large, colorful pictures allow him to explore and complete projects himself without the need for adult help. Once he’s mastered the basics, he can experiment and build his own electronic devices, and extra kits can be purchased to add on and take projects to the next level. This kit is a great way for kids to develop important STEM skills while having fun.
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02 of 09
Best Drone: Newest Syma X20 Mini Pocket Drone
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, nope, it’s this cool little drone. It’s perfect for first-time operators, but also has enough cool features to make it fun for those with more experience. It’s easy to manipulate and can be flown up, down, forward, backward and even do a 360-degree roll. The sky is truly the limit to what this thing can do. An automatic take-off-and-landing feature ensures the drone will return to the place it took off. An altitude hold mode can keep it at a predetermined height.
The drone runs on a built-in, rechargeable battery, and for every 50 minutes of charging time you get about five minutes of flying time. The controller runs on four AAA batteries, which aren’t included. Extra blades are included as is a screwdriver for the battery compartment.
03 of 09
Best Robot: Ozobot 2.0 Bit Starter Pack, the Smart Robot Toy
This teeny, tiny robot is just one cubic inch, but it does some pretty big things. Kids are straight up fascinated by it as they can control it with colors. With special markers, they can draw OzoCode color codes on paper or a tablet screen to send the robot moving at their command.
This starter pack includes the robot, a charging cable, four markers, skins and stickers to customize their robot, and more than 20 games and activities. Once they’ve mastered the color-coding basics, there’s an Ozobot website and apps that allow them to take their coding skills even further. Mazes, maps, entire cities—there are no limits as to where they can take their Ozobot.
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04 of 09
Best Game: Djubi Classic - the Coolest New Twist on the Game of Catch!
They may not be able to pronounce it (it’s joo-bee), but they’ll love to play it. Not your average game of catch, Djubi Classic takes it to the next level of fun. There are no mitts in this game, but instead each player gets a paddle that has both a launching hook and a catching net. You 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 100 feet, so you can cover some serious space too.
Each set includes two rackets and two foam balls. It’s great for the backyard, beach (bonus: the balls float!), park or wherever you want to have an active good time.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
Best Multipurpose: Hamper Hoops
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. There’s a backboard to bounce items off of, and the bottom is a detachable laundry bag so you can take off the whole thing and haul it to the laundry room, or you can unzip the bottom right into a laundry basket. Slam dunk.
It fits right over any door, and is a great way to encourage skills on and off the court. Now, if only it would teach them to do their laundry too.
06 of 09
Best for Harry Potter Fans: LEGO 75954 Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall Building 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 all in the comfort of his home with this new hot toy that includes 10 mini figures that will allow him to recreate his favorite scenes once he is done building.
This set is intended for 9 to 14-year-olds because it is complex and time-consuming. When built the hall will measure 14" x 11" x 7" giving him plenty of space to play around with. Reviewers comment that this is both fun to put together and enjoyable to play with. Many commented that the whole family got in on the action.
07 of 09
Best Tech: Echo Dot Kids Edition
If your kid has been clamoring for a smart-enabled speaker but you've been hesitant to make a purchase you can rest easy with the new Echo Dot Kids Edition. This device will provide your child with all of the great benefits of an Echo but with parental controls. This device can be used as a speaker for your child to stream their favorite music, they can also ask it questions like who was the 22nd President of the United States, and more. But, don't worry, certain hot topics like politics are blocked on this device so your child won't be able to access sensitive material.
With the purchase, you'll get a free 1-year subscription to Free Time Unlimited which gives your kid thousands of hours of educational content like books and games. Plus, you'll also get a 2-year worry-free guarantee which ensures you that if they break it in the 2-year time frame Amazon will replace it.
Since the Echo Dot Kids Edition is still so new Amazon keeps coming up with new features and parental controls so the device keeps learning more and more! Your child will love being able to ask this device endless questions, and hey maybe they will learn a thing or two.
08 of 09
Best Video Game: Warner Bros. The LEGO Ninjago Movie Videogame (Xbox One)
Most boys this age are very into their video games. One of the newest games on the block is the Ninjago for Xbox game which brings their favorite movie to their fingertips. They can play as their favorite ninja as they battle the evil Lord Garmadon and his Shark Army. They can do this all in eight different locations that are unique to the game and have their own Challenge Dojo. Of course, there is an option to play against friends and family as this game is suite for up to four people.
This game is suited for children 10 and up, and many commented that this is a fun game for anyone who enjoys the movie.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
Best Outdoor: flybold Slackline Kit
If you want to get them away from their devices and outside why not get them a slackline. These kits are all the rage and will have your child perfecting their balancing skills all in 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 unless he wants to take the act on the go. This line can extend up to 57' so he can really go the distance.
You'll be impressed with the progress he makes in such a short time and also be happy with both the mental and physical exercise he is getting. This slackline is so fun, many reviewers say the whole family gets in on the action.