The 8 Best Toys for 8-Year-Old-Girls

Fun gifts that are sure to make her smile

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Whether you are looking for your own child or a gift for another kiddo in your life, the greatest toys for 8-year old girls encourage educational development, engage their imaginations, and allow them to have fun. Luckily, there are tons of options out there, from card games to jump ropes and beyond, that make finding a gift easy.

Picking a toy can be almost as fun as playing with one, especially when the whole family gets to participate. Just be sure to consider each pick's recommended age, safety, and educational value to narrow down the choices while you shop.

Ahead, the best toys for 8-year-old girls.

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A STEM exploration kit that teaches skills that are invaluable to school-age children.
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She can catch magical, virtual fairies wherever she goes.
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The Barbie Extra doll is today's adaptation of a classic favorite. She's stylish, creative, and fearless.
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In this on-the-go card game, players build up property sets and collect money until someone becomes the Monopoly deal winner.
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She and her friends can DIY their nails at home, complete with cute designs and nail stickers.
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It requires some patience, but this balance game provides hours of fun for kids and adults.
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She'll be riveted as she watches caterpillars emerge into butterflies.
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Users say it's a great jump rope for beginners, as it's soft and durable.
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Snap Circuits Jr. Electronics Exploration Kit

stem toys

Dimensions: 10 x 2 x 15-inches | Material: Plastic | Weight: 1.91 pounds | Age range : 8 years and up

What We Like
  • Challenging STEM toy

  • No tools required for assembly

What We Don't Like
  • Batteries not included

The Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Discovery Kit makes for an amazing educational toy, as it lets your 8-year-old girl get hands-on experience designing and building real electrical circuits. Thanks to the cool snap-together pieces, there are no tools required. Instead, she gets to design circuits with the 30 included parts, working to achieve goals such as lighting a bulb or powering a siren. As she completes each project, she'll learn about electricity, all while having a blast!

WowWee Got2Glow Fairy Finder - Electronic Fairy Jar

Dimensions: 4.5 x 4.5 x 7-inches | Material: Plastic | Weight: 7.8 ounces | Age range : 5 and up

What We Like
  • Amazon Best-Seller

  • Innovative and interactive

What We Don't Like
  • One reviewer said the toy lacks directions

Similar to firefly catching or playing Pokemon Go, the Got2Glow Fairy Finder by WowWee lets you capture and collect more than 100 virtual fairies. Your little one can search for fairies outside, in her bedroom, or even in the kitchen: She's bound to find one anywhere she goes. The jar also comes with games that help you gain points and unlock new locations to find fairies.

Barbie Extra Doll in Long-Fringe Denim Jacket with Pet

Dimensions: 2.5 x 8 x 12-inches | Material: Plastic | Weight: 11.5 ounces | Age range : 3 years and up

What We Like
  • Comes with doll pet and accessories

  • On trend with current styles

What We Don't Like
  • Dolls are identified by numbers, not names

Welcome Barbie Extra dolls, the more modern-take on a classic cult favorite. These dolls don't have names, but are designated with numbers, and Extra Doll #5 is known for her gorgeous rainbow-colored braids and edgy style. She comes packed with a bunch of accessories like sunglasses and a cell phone purse, plus a little puppy and its own set of pet accessories.

Hasbro Gaming Monopoly Deal Card Game

Hasbro Gaming Monopoly Deal Card Game

Dimensions: 0.75 x 3.62 x 5.63-inches | Material: Paper | Weight: 3.84 ounces | Age range : 8 years and up

What We Like
  • Can be played with groups of 5

  • Easy to learn

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn't come with a stronger storage case

Monopoly Deal is fast-paced, travel-friendly, and a much more manageable alternative to traditional Monopoly. In the deck, there are cards for every traditional Monopoly property, as well as various action cards. The goal throughout the game is to collect several full property sets.To play, everyone takes turns picking up cards from the deck and playing action cards, which allow you to charge other players rent, steal their cards, or demand money. Players will then build up property sets and earn money until someone is crowned the winner.

Cool Maker GO Glam Nail Stamper

Go Glam Nail Salon

Dimensions: 8.5 x 2.75 x 11-inches | Material: Plastic | Weight: 1.05 pound | Age range : 8 years and up

What We Like
  • Fun for groups or parties

  • Instant gratification

What We Don't Like
  • Cheap polish that peels off quickly

With the GO GLAM Nail Stamper, your 8-year-old girl can stamp patterns onto her own nails. Simply insert the desired pattern into the unit, paint your nails with the base coat, and press down. The kit comes with five unique designs, two GO GLAM polishes, plus a top coat, and you can mix and match the patterns for a truly custom look. The brand claims that the polish is non-toxic, and the stamper itself makes a great activity for sleepovers or parties.

Melissa & Doug Suspend Family Game

Melissa & Doug Suspend Game

Dimensions: 3 x 3 x 13-inches | Material: Wood and metal | Weight: 11.4 ounces | Age range : 8 years and up

What We Like
  • Budget Buy

  • Can be played with up to 4 players

What We Don't Like
  • Requires patience

The Melissa & Doug Suspend Family Game can be played with a group or alone and will provide hours of entertainment for school-age children.

The premise of this entertaining balance game is simple: Players take turns hanging wire pieces from the included stand. As every new piece is added, the balance of the stand shifts, leaving the structure wobbly. The challenge is to add as many pieces as possible without the whole thing tumbling down. Plus, it helps improve hand-eye coordination and critical thinking skills.

Insect Lore Butterfly Growing Kit

butterfly-growing-kit

Dimensions: 13 x 13 x 3-inches | Material: Mesh | Weight: 12 ounces | Age range : 4 years and up

What We Like
  • Helps build nurturing skills and patience

  • Rewarding play

What We Don't Like
  • Kit doesn't come with caterpillars initially

Budding scientists will absolutely love the Insect Lore Butterfly Growing Kit. This toy includes almost everything young girls need to hatch their own butterflies, like a reusable pop-up mesh container that lets kids watch the transformation closely. You’ll also get a feeding pipette and instructions.

It’s important to note that this purchase does not contain caterpillars—you’ll receive a voucher for them and you must place the order separately. One downside reviewers note is you have to pay an additional shipping and processing fee when you order your caterpillars.

Green Toys Jump Rope

Green Toys Jump Rope

Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.5-inches | Material: Rope and polyethylene | Weight: 1 pound | Age range : Not listed

What We Like
  • Made of recycled material

  • Physical play

What We Don't Like
  • Not as exciting as some newer toys on the market

There are no bells or whistles to the Green Toys Jump Rope—it’s simply a kid-friendly jump rope that gets top marks from parents who say it’s a favorite for their children. It comes in two colors, pink and green, and the handles are made from BPA-free recycled plastic. The rope is 7 feet long, but it can be adjusted to fit your child’s height.

Users say this is a great jump rope for beginners, as it is soft and durable. Many like that you can adjust the length to accommodate children of various ages. Overall, parents agree that this is a must-have toy for any household.

What to Look For in Toys for 8-Year Old Girls

Recommended Age

Kids in this age group are sensitive to toys that seem too babyish, but still enjoy toys that are geared for children. To strike the right balance, look for a toy that is recommended for 8-year olds and is tailored to your child’s interests. A game that is designed for the whole family is another great way to choose a toy that you can play with them.

Safety

Make sure that you and your child follow any recommended safety precautions, such as wearing eye protection or protective gear. Kids in this age group can benefit from a friendly safety reminder, but you can make it fun by including a new helmet or goggles in with your gift.

Educational Value

Kits make great gifts for 8-year old girls, since they can participate in a fun activity and learn a new skill at the same time. STEM toys are another great way to incorporate science, technology, engineering, and math into play. No matter what your child is interested in, chances are there is a toy out there that can help her further explore the things that she loves.

Talk to your child to find out what her passions are. Teacher and literacy coach Alicia Drozd has seen the impact that student choice has in the classroom when studying non-fiction texts. “I think the fact that the students get to choose really makes a difference. We had a student who studied global warming and later our town made the decision to stop giving out plastic bags based on his presentation and learning.”

FAQ
  • How much should you spend on a gift for an 8-year-old girl?

    According to Dr. Sarah Davis and Evie Granville, M.Ed., etiquette experts and co-authors of Modern Manners for Moms & Dads: Practical Parenting Solutions for Sticky Social Situations, there are numerous factors that go into how much you should spend on a gift for an 8-year-old girl. These may include financial circumstances, your relationship to the birthday child, and more. However, in terms of appropriate ranges for most families and circumstances, they would advise that families consider spending between $10 and $35 for this age.

  • What is an age-appropriate gift for an 8-year-old girl?

    An age-appropriate gift for an 8-year-old girl is anything that taps into their skills and interests—something that will keep them active and engaged at a time when they can rapidly devour information. Think of what they're most interested in at the moment, then help them further their development by giving them a gift that matches those interests. If you're unsure, craft kits, STEM-related gifts, and other exploratory sets are popular and challenging enough for this age to really enjoy.

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