The 45 Best Toys for 10-Year-Olds of 2023

We especially love the Be Amazing! Toys Big Bag of Science Works

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Best Toys For A 10 Year Old

The Spruce / Sabrina Jiang

Ten-year-olds fall into that notoriously tough-to-shop-for tween category, but there are still tons of toy options that will positively delight them (and plenty that they won’t realize are educational). At this social age, they’re learning to be more strategic and problem-solve.

“They’re also constantly curious and are interested in trying new activities that’ll allow a feeling of mastery and success,” says Dr. Sanam Hafeez, a New York City-based neuropsychologist, school psychologist, and director of Comprehend the Mind. While toys that can help them improve their language and communication skills are especially great, Dr. Hafeez also recommends doing at-home science experiments, building something together, and playing brain games, like puzzles, which can “improve their memory, attention, and cognitive thinking.”

We researched the best toys that’ll help your child do all of that and more, keeping in mind their recommended age, safety features, educational value, and of course, fun factor. Our top pick is a popular STEM toy, the Be Amazing! Toys Big Bag of Science Works, which includes over 65 engaging experiments, clear instructions, and nearly endless entertainment value.

Here are the best toys for 10-year-olds.

Snap Circuits Junior

4.6
Elenco Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Exploration Kit

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Unique STEM toy

  • Simple to set up and store

  • Encourages problem solving

What We Don't Like
  • Requires batteries

Our tester gave this educational kit excellent marks for including more than 100 unique projects that allow your child to build circuits to create a flashing light, a voice-controlled lamp, and more, using a handy plastic grid. “This STEM toy inspired creativity, encouraged problem-solving, and kept our kids busy for hours,” our testers said.

Price at time of publish: $37

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

What Our 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

Snap Circuits

Original Stationery Galaxy Slime Making Kit

Original Stationery Galaxy Slime Making Kit

Amazon

What We Like
  • Contains fun glow powder

  • The kit has a variety of different projects

What We Don't Like
  • Some reviewers say instructions aren’t accurate

Not only is making slime a fantastic sensory activity that’s a great way to teach your kids about polymers, but it’s also always fun to get a bit messy. Of course, you could go the DIY route, but the beauty of this kit is that it supplies all of the ingredients you need to create 25 pieces of sparkly, space-themed, and even glow-in-the-dark slime.

Price at time of publish: $30

Dimensions: 7.87 x 7.87 x 1.57 inches︱Material: Activator, glue, glitter, glow-in-the-dark powder︱Recommended Age: 7 years and up

LEGO DOTS Ice Cream Picture Frames & Bracelet 41956 Building Kit

lego ice cream picture frames

Amazon

What We Like
  • Unique craft project

  • Project with lasting enjoyment

What We Don't Like
  • Could be hard for some kids to make alone

Arts and crafts, Legos, and home decor combined! This popsicle picture frame Lego project will be fun for kids ages 6 and up. You can make three ice cream-shaped frames for small pictures or images out of nearly 500 pieces. Plus, there's a small bracelet that can be decorated with extra "sprinkles" from the ice cream creations.

Price at time of publish: $29

Dimensions: 11.02 x 8.86 x 1.97 inches︱Weight: 1.01 pounds︱Recommended Age: 6 years and up

Osmo Coding Starter Kit

Osmo Coding Starter Kit

Osmo

What We Like
  • Educational

  • Extensive play opportunities

What We Don't Like
  • Only compatible with iPads and Amazon Fire Tablets

Real physical blocks and an app on a smart tablet will give kids their first taste of coding. Kids will follow the instructions to take the coding character Awbie on an adventure that involves composing melodies and completing more than 60 puzzles. Three levels of difficulty will keep them interested and working on their early developer skills for hours on end.

Price at time of publish: $100

Dimensions: ‎2.75 x 12 x 9.6 inches︱Weight: Unlisted︱Recommended Age: 5 to 12 years

Kid Made Modern Comic Book Kit

Comic Book Kit

 Amazon

What We Like
  • Includes stencils and templates

  • Fun creative activity

What We Don't Like
  • Limited number of marker colors

They love graphic novels or super hero movies — now they can make their own. Kid Made Modern's comic book kit comes with a 24-page book, markers, and stencil templates for writing and dialogue bubbles, plus rubber stamps for the common comic book sounds — Zoom! Pow! — and visual features.

Price at time of publish: $41

Dimensions: ‎10.00 x 8.50 x 1.50 inches︱Weight: 0.5 pounds︱Recommended Age: 6 years and up

ThinkFun Gravity Maze

Gravity Maze

Thinkfun

What We Like
  • Can be played alone or with friends

  • Helps develop strategic thinking skills

What We Don't Like
  • Some users say it’s difficult to store

Puzzles and other toys that stimulate cognitive and strategic thinking are encouraged for this age range, says Dr. Hafeez, and this logic game will challenge your 10-year-old to crack each of the 60 mazes. We especially like that this set comes with multi-level challenges, from beginner to expert.

Price at time of publish: $30

Dimensions: 9.38 x 3 x 10.5 inches︱Material: Paper, plastic︱Recommended Age: 8 years and up

Doodle Hog Alpaca Squishies Paint Kit

Doodle Hog Alpaca Squishies Paint Kit

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Contains three unique squishies

  • Unique painting kit

What We Don't Like
  • Only one decor accessory

This fun craft kit will have kids painting their own desert scene. A squishy alpaca, cactus, and sun can be painted, decorated, and given faces using stickers. The kit comes with four paint colors or you can make your own. Be warned that the squishes arrive, um, very squished, but they will puff up in no time.

Price at time of publish: $19

Dimensions: ‎4.13 x 7.48 x 7.87 inches︱Weight: 14 ounces︱Recommended Age: 8 years and up

5 Surprise Disney Mini Brands by ZURU

5 Surprise Disney Mini Brands by ZURU

Amazon

What We Like
  • Fun to trade with friends

  • Surprise element is engaging for parents as well

What We Don't Like
  • Can lead to disappointment if a child doesn’t get the mini they were hoping for

Of course these tiny Disney character replicas all have their own backstories, but kids can use their imaginations when they play with these joyful minis that are popular on TikTok.

Price at time of publish: $16

Dimensions: 3.35 x 3.35 x 3.35 inches︱Material: Plastic︱Weight: 6.7 ounces︱Recommended Age: 36 months to 8 years

Skillmatics Marvel Card Game : Guess in 10

Skillmatics Marvel Card Game : Guess in 10

Skillmatics

What We Like
  • Works on skills of deduction and logic

  • Fun for a pair of group of kids

What We Don't Like
  • Requires at least some Marvel awareness

Even casual Marvel movie viewers can enjoy this game that has players taking 10 questions to guess which Marvel figure is on the game card. Each game card has details about the character on it that can provide hints to the player holding the cards and answering the questions. No flat surface is required to play, so kids can keep themselves busy playing on a car ride or at a restaurant.

Price at time of publish: $20

Dimensions: ‎9.25 x 7 x 1.96 inches︱Weight: Cardstock︱Recommended Age: 8 to 99 years

Spin Master Rubik’s Perplexus Hybrid 2 x 2 Game

Rubik's Hybrid

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Fun spin on a Rubik's cube

  • Sturdy construction

What We Don't Like
  • Could be frustrating for some kids

Kids who love a great mind teaser will flip for this toy. The concept is pretty simple, but mastering this technique can be a challenge. They'll have to twist and turn the Perplexus and have the steel ball navigate a series barriers that get increasingly difficult to overcome.

Price at time of publish: $15

Dimensions: 7.13 x 4.38 x 8.06 inches︱Weight: 13.9 ounces︱Recommended Age: 8 years and up

Be Amazing Toys Big Bag Of Science

4.6
BigBagofScience

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Supplies are durable

  • Easy-to-follow instructions

  • Hours of entertainment

What We Don't Like
  • Experiments can get messy but, hey, that’s science

According to one Spruce tester, this was a “thoughtfully designed kit” that comes with over 65 science projects that are super engaging. They note that the experiments aren’t so challenging that your child won’t be able to entertain themselves if you’re not there. Projects include fashioning a soda geyser, making quicksand, or creating a rainbow in a tube.

Price at time of publish: $50

Dimensions: 13.5 x 3.75 x 12.5 inches︱Weight: 1.19 pounds︱Recommended Age: 8 to 14 years

What Our Testers Say

"The instructions are written clearly so our 10-year-old and her friends were able to work independently, and the scientific explanations are perfect for the age group—not too simple but not too complicated."—Kelly Hodgkins, Product Tester

Be Amazing! Toys Big Bag of Science

 The Spruce

LEGO DOTS Creative Picture Frames

LEGO DOTS Creative Picture Frames

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Unique LEGO project

  • Holds 3 photos

What We Don't Like
  • Photo frame openings are very small

Your soon-to-be preteen has probably snapped a ton of digital photos, but have they ever printed any pics out? This Lego picture frame set will encourage them to do so. The set includes three frames that can be decorated with a variety of tiles. They can swap out tiles to create new designs and truly flex their creativity.

Price at time of publish: $35

Dimensions: ‎10.75 x 8.78 x 2.05 inches︱Weight: Unlisted︱Recommended Age: 6 years and up

LEGO Star Wars: The Mandalorian, The Child Building Kit

LEGO Star Wars: The Mandalorian, The Child Building Kit

Amazon

What We Like
  • Clear instructions

  • Good for collaboration

What We Don't Like
  • Only takes a few hours to complete

Bring the Child to life with this adorable 1,073-piece Star Wars LEGO set that includes a head you can pose, plus an adjustable mouth and ears. You can team up with your child for a fun activity to share, though reviewers say that the instructions are clear enough for a 10-year-old to follow.

Price at time of publish: $90

Dimensions: 7.5 x 8.5 x 5 inches︱Material: Plastic︱Recommended Age: 10 years and up

Original Stationery Ultimate Slime Kit Supplies

Original Stationery Ultimate Slime Kit Supplies

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Creative way to play with slime

  • Includes many accessories and tools

What We Don't Like
  • Customers complain of not enough glue

  • Instruction booklet is only in English

If your kid hasn't jumped on the slime bandwagon or is just looking to up their repertoire, this kit has it all. Included in the kit is stuff like glitter, scents (think strawberry, chocolate, and apple!), cutting and mixing tools, containers, and all the ingredients to set up shop. Besides being cool, slime is a great way to get kids to follow directions and improvise with their creative touches.

Dimensions: ‎10 x 6.9 x 4.5 inches︱Weight: 2.89 pounds︱Recommended Age: 3 years and up

Beadery Wonder Loom: The Ultimate Loom for Making Rubber Band Bracelets

Beadery Wonder Loom

Amazon

What We Like
  • Easy-to-follow instructions

  • Inexpensive entertainment

What We Don't Like
  • The bands can snap

A highly enjoyable rainy day activity for any crafty kid, your child can make rainbow-colored friendship bracelets for everyone they know—including you. And what’s better than a little arm candy designed by your own 10-year-old? The $10 kit comes with 600 latex-free rubber bands, 24 C-clips, and clear instructions.

Price at time of publish: $16

Dimensions: 9.75 x 1.75 x 10 inches︱Material: Latex-free rubber︱Recommended Age: 8 years and up

Klutz Sew Mini Treats: More Than 18 Food Plushies to Stitch & Stuff

Klutz Sew Mini Treats

Courtesy of Maxima Center

What We Like
  • Lots of patterns to make

  • Great details on the Mini Treats

What We Don't Like
  • Could be frustrating for some kids

Sewing and cute tiny food creatures — what's not to love? This beginner sewing kit gives you nine sheets of felt, eight colors of embroidery floss, 19 different patterns, and all the filling and eyes and cheeks you need in order to make these foodie cuties. Because it comes with the patterns, it's always possible to purchase felt and make more.

Price at time of publish: $22

Dimensions: ‎8.54 x 1.93 x 10.51 inches︱Weight: 1 pound︱Recommended Age: 10 years and up

Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera

5
Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 Instant Camera

Amazon

What We Like
  • Comes in a variety of colors

  • Easy to use

What We Don't Like
  • Film is sold separately, and is a bit pricey

  • Picture quality can vary based on lighting

With a one-touch selfie mode and a shutter that automatically adjusts for optimal lighting, your child can get creative photographing the world around them—without having to wait long to see the results. Within minutes, they’ll have pictures they can display on their wall, in their scrapbooks, or swap with friends.

Price at time of publish: $77

Dimensions: 2.6 x 4.2 x 4.8 inches︱Weight: 0.65 pounds︱Recommended Age: Not listed

Top Race Remote Control Robot Dog Toy

top race robot dog

Amazon

What We Like
  • Uses a rechargeable battery

  • Easy for kids to use

What We Don't Like
  • Battery life isn't very long

Quiet the requests to get a puppy with this robot dog. It takes voice directions, makes various animal poses, and responds to seven remote control functions. But the robot doesn't come preprogrammed — kids will have to use their voices to teach the robot dog commands themselves. One thing it can do a dog can't? When music plays, it will dance and sing.

Price at time of publish: $100

Dimensions: ‎13.39 x 10.91 x 7.52 inches︱Weight: 2.79 pounds︱Recommended Age: 3 years and up

Kangbu Fort Building Kit

kangbu fort kit

Amazon

What We Like
  • Creative physical activity

  • Can be done as a group or alone

What We Don't Like
  • Limited number of glow rods

Let kids work their building skills with the ultimate afternoon activity: building a fort. The Kangbu fort, which can be used inside or outside, is made of balls and glow rods. The kit comes with 75 glow rods and 45 connector balls, plus an instruction sheet and carrying bag. It's a great collaborative activity for a group or fun for solo play.

Dimensions: ‎17.63 x 12.99 x 3.54 inches︱Weight: 6.34 pounds︱Recommended Age: 4 to 12 years

STMT DIY Crystal Terrarium

STMT DIY Crystal Terrarium

Amazon

What We Like
  • Simple enough for a 10-year-old to assemble alone

  • Good quality for the price

What We Don't Like
  • Some reviewers complained that the plant is plastic

Crystals are having a major moment right now, especially when it comes to home decorating. Help your 10-year-old get in on the trend with this DIY hanging garden kit. It includes colorful gemstones, rocks, sand, and an amethyst that they can style however they like, plus lavender and lemon essential oils. When the craft is complete, they’ll have a pretty terrarium to display in their bedroom or over their homework space.

Price at time of publish: $25

Dimensions: 11 x 3.26 x 9 inches︱Weight: 1 ounce︱Material: Rock, sand, crystal︱Recommended Age: 14 and up

Exploding Kittens Card Game

4.9
Exploding Kittens Card Game

Amazon

What We Like
  • Simple to learn

  • No setup needed

What We Don't Like
  • May encourage aggressive behavior

This silly, super fun two-to-five-player card game will engross the entire family (parents included) while also putting a 10-year-old’s strategic thinking skills to the test. At just under $20, it makes a great inexpensive gift for a pre-teen.

Price at time of publish: $20

Dimensions: 4.41 x 6.38 x 1.5 inches︱Weight: 0.176 ounces︱Material: Paperboard︱Recommended Age: 7 years and up

What Our Testers Say

"You don’t buy a game called Exploding Kittens if you’re easily offended. And you won’t want to pull it out to play with someone who will frown upon gross-out humor. But most people attracted to this game will love the ridiculous drawings of bats farting or cats shaped like hairy potatoes, all in Matthew Inman’s signature humorous style."—Danielle Centoni, Product Tester

Exploding Kittens Card Game

The Spruce / Danielle Centoni

USAOPOLY Telestrations

4.2
usaopoly-telestrations

Amazon

What We Like
  • Good-natured fun for practically all ages

  • Fosters creativity

  • Simple to learn

What We Don't Like
  • You need at least 4 players

  • The supplied dry erase pens can run out

Voted one of the best family games by our reviewers, while the manufacturer says Telestrations is particularly suited for those 12 and up, this convivial marriage of telephone and Pictionary will be fun for 10-years-olds as well—particularly those looking for a hilarious activity to pass the time with up to eight of their friends.

Price at time of publish: $30

Dimensions: 10 x 10 x 3 inches︱Weight: 1.94 pounds︱Material: Plastic︱Recommended Age: 12 years and up

What Our Testers Say

"This is great when you’re playing with restless kids or just trying to squeeze in a little fun before dinner is ready. We can see Telestrations being a great game for holiday gatherings because it’s so flexible."Danielle Centoni, Product Tester

Telestrations Party Game

The Spruce / Danielle Centoni 

Hasbro Jenga Maker

Hasbro Jenga Maker

Amazon

What We Like
  • The set includes beginner and advanced builds

  • Encourages teamwork

What We Don't Like
  • Noisy and messy

An exciting twist on the classic game of Jenga, in this version, a player pulls a card with a description of what the tower should look like, and their teammate races against others to build the structure based only on the instructions from their partner. Not only does it foster communication and cooperation, but it’s also downright fun.

Price at time of publish: $22

Dimensions: 1.61 x 9.02 x 10.51 inches︱Material: Wood block︱Weight: 2.57 pounds︱Recommended Age: 8 years and up

Cool Maker Sew Cool Sewing Machine

Cool Maker Sew Cool Sewing Machine

Amazon

What We Like
  • Because the machine doesn’t use a needle, it’s safe for kids to use alone

  • The cute projects on are on trend

What We Don't Like
  • You can’t purchase refill kits through Cool Maker, but reviewers say any felt works

If you wish you’d paid more attention in home ec, here’s your chance to live vicariously through your 10-year-old. This needle-and-thread-free sewing machine comes with supplies to make five projects (like a rainbow marker holder, a stuffed rose, and a cute pouch), which all have oh-so-popular ’90s motifs. It also makes for a fantastic present for their most creative friends.

Price at time of publish: $35

Dimensions: 5.13 x 8.81 x 8.75 inches︱Weight: 1.67 pounds︱Material: Plastic, felt︱Recommended Age: 8 to 14 years

eatsleepdoodle Doodle World Map Pillowcase

5
eatsleepdoodle Doodle World Map Pillowcase

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • It’s educational

  • The illustration makes coloring interesting

What We Don't Like
  • After a few washes, the color can stain

  • The tiny designs can be difficult to color

This craft comes with a sneaky side of education, offering hours of entertainment for the child who loves to color (and learn!). The famous global landmarks are marked, but the continents aren’t labeled, so when curiosity spikes, they’ll be inspired to research what they’re drawing, and they can write their own notes. Then, when they’re done, after a warm water wash, they’ll have a black-and-white canvas to fill in again, which means they won’t have to worry about precision the first—or seventh—time around. Our tester, who gave this product a 5-star review, said it’s also comfortable enough for your child to actually sleep on. Don’t you just love functional art?

Price at time of publish: $20

Dimensions: 9.25 x 7.17 x 1.02 inches︱Material: Cotton︱Recommended Age: 6 to 12 years

What Our Testers Say

"Each marker is double-tipped, providing a thin point and a blunt point. We found that it was easy to doodle with these markers, and the ink washed out easily. However, kids should be careful with the blunt points, as they tended to bleed through to the other side of the pillowcase."Kelly Hodgkins, Product Tester

Eatsleepdoodle Doodle World Map Pillowcase

The Spruce

Nintendo Switch OLED Model

 Nintendo Switch OLED Model

Amazon

What We Like
  • Great screen quality

  • Countless game options (sold separately)

What We Don't Like
  • More expensive than the original for the screen improvements, though reviewers say it runs the same

One of our top tech gift picks, the Nintendo Switch doubles as both a handheld system, or you can connect it to the TV so family and friends can get in on the fun. Choose from role-playing games like Pokemon Diamond, trivia, old-school Mario classics you’ll remember from when you were their age, and countless puzzles and other brain games that’ll challenge them to think critically, such as Pikmin 3 Deluxe.

Price at time of publish: $350

Dimensions: 2.9 x 6.5 x 7.9 inches︱Weight: 3 pounds︱Recommended Age: Varies by game

4M Crystal Growing Experimental Kit

Crystal Growing Kit

4M 

What We Like
  • Fuels creativity

  • Includes an educational fact sheet

What We Don't Like
  • You need to follow the instructions exactly for best results

While this science kit will teach your 10-year-old about geology, it’s also an excellent exercise in patience as they way for their seven stunning crystals to grow. The set also includes domes so they can display their creations.

Price at time of publish: $26

Dimensions: 8.5 x 9.5 x 3.25 inches︱Weight: 1 pound︱Recommended Age: 10 years and up

Singing Machine SML385BTBK Bluetooth Karaoke System

4.6
Singing Machine SML385BTBK Bluetooth Karaoke System

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Easy Bluetooth connectivity

  • LED disco light

What We Don't Like
  • Volume is soft

Dr. Hafeez says that “learning to play an instrument can encourage a child's growth,” and of course, the voice is an instrument. We rated this one of the top karaoke machines for kids because you can easily connect it to your TV or smartphone to watch the lyrics stream, and it has exciting features like a light-up speaker. Users noted that the music can be quiet, but unless you happen to have a soundproof room for your budding pop star to belt in, that could be considered a good thing.

Price at time of publish: $75

Dimensions: 11.1 x 10.9 x 16 inches︱Material: N/A︱Recommended Age: Not listed

STMT DIY Journaling Set

STMT DIY Journaling Set

Amazon

What We Like
  • Fully customizable

  • Helps foster creative writing skills

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn’t come with writing prompts

At 10 years old, children are becoming more expressive, and a diary can help them improve their writing skills, says Dr. Hafeez. This DIY journaling set will allow them to tap into their creative side before they even put pen to paper thanks to the stickers, gems, frames, and other decorative elements that’ll come together to create a 70-sheet, totally personalized notebook.

Price at time of publish: $25

Dimensions: 10 x 2 x 12 inches︱Weight: 1.48 pounds︱Material: Faux suede︱Recommended Age: 8 years and up

Cynlink Astro Alan Galaxy Projector

Cynlink Astro Alan Galaxy Projector

Amazon

What We Like
  • Has a sleep timer

  • Easy to assemble

What We Don't Like
  • Some users say the nebula is too bright even on the lowest settings

Although this personal planetarium—which comes in the form of an adorable astronaut—is recommended for kids, adults looking for an intergalactic escape will also enjoy the soothing, rotating projections it casts. Choose from a variety of nebula colors and brightness levels to let your child’s imagination soar.

Price at time of publish: $37

Dimensions: 9.6 x 4.8  x 4.5 inches︱Material: Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene︱Weight: 1.5 pounds︱Recommended Age: Not listed

Purple Ladybug Decorate Your Own Water Bottle Craft Kit

Purple Ladybug Decorate Your Own Water Bottle Craft Kit

Amazon

What We Like
  • Inspires creativity

  • Fun activity

What We Don't Like
  • Bottle is not insulated

They’re never too young to learn the importance of hydration. This craft kit comes packed with seven sheets of rhinestone stickers, plus a DIY paracord bracelet kit, so they can proudly hit the water fountain in style.

Price at time of publish: $13

Dimensions: 8.03 x 3.54 x 3.54 inches︱Weight: 8.4 ounces︱Recommended Age: 8 to 12 years 

Blue Orange Djubi Classic

4.2
Blue Orange Djubi Classic

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Great for the beach

  • Some skill is required

What We Don't Like
  • Ball can be painful if it hits you directly

A more dynamic spin on the game of catch, the Djubi SlingBall Classic, which combines two unique rackets with nets, allows players to test their tossing and foam ball launching skills. Since the balls can fly up to 125 feet, meaning you’ll be doing some quick pivoting, it’s a fun way for kids (and adults) to sneak in some exercise.

Price at time of publish: $25

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

"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

Djubi Game

 The Spruce / Sarah Wassner Flynn

FIGROL Pop Simple Fidget Spinner 3 Pack

FIGROL Pop Simple Fidget Spinner 3 Pack

Amazon

What We Like
  • Easily portable

  • Combines a spinner with a pop-it

What We Don't Like
  • Some users say they “look cheap”

You know how satisfying popping bubble wrap can be? Think of this toy as a never-ending roll. Said to be a calming tool, fidget spinners are massively popular among 10-year-olds and this set comes in pretty metallic tones—perfect if your child is trading them with friends.

Price at time of publish: $18

Dimensions: 3.74 x 3.66 x 2.44 inches︱Weight: 5.3 ounces︱Material: Silicone︱Recommended age: 3 years and up

Winning Moves Games No Stress Chess

An easy family-style chess game called No Stress Chess.
What We Like
  • Good for beginners to learn movements

  • Inexpensive

What We Don't Like
  • If players rely on the cards, the game becomes less strategic

The ultimate time-honored strategy game, this Spruce-approved beginner’s chess set features handy teaching tools like “action cards” to help guide players along the way.

Price at time of publish: $20

Dimensions: 2.1 x 10.7 x 12.3 inches︱Material: Paperboard, Plastic︱Recommended Age: 7 to 12 years

Hasbro Gaming Rubik’s Cube

Hasbro Gaming Rubik's Cube

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Challenging

  • The colors are painted on vs. peel off stickers like other models

What We Don't Like
  • Some users note that turning speed can initially be slow

There’s a reason this smart toy has been popular since the ’80s: with 43 quintillion possible moves, the classic three-by-three cube provides endless entertainment (and, err, maybe frustration). This version comes with a stand, so when your child solves the almighty puzzle, they can display their work.

Price at time of publish: $13

Dimensions: 9.15 x 6.5 x 3.5 inches︱Weight: 6.4 ounces︱Recommended Age: 8 years and up

What We Like
  • Smooth ride

  • Has a kickstand

What We Don't Like
  • May be too small for taller or heavier kids (weight capacity of 220 pounds)

As the age of 10 approaches, it might be time for your child to graduate from their little kid scooter to a big kid scooter. The Razor A5 Lux is suited for children 8 and up and has some snazzy new features the younger models don't have. This has a new adonized finish with a kickstand so they won't have to fold it up. It also has bigger wheels, which are suited for taller riders.

Price at time of publish: $110

Dimensions: 31.5 x 13 x 5.5 inches‎︱Weight: 9.4 pounds︱Recommended Age: 8 and up

Razor Hovertrax 2.0 Hoverboard

Razor Hovertrax 2.0

Courtesy of Walmart

What We Like
  • Training mode available

  • Suitable for kids ages 8 and up

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey replacement battery


For kids that want to try a hoverboard, Razor's Hovertrax 2.0 is a great option. Made for kids as young as 8 to use, the board has a training mode so kids can learn to ride safely. With a speed that maxes out at 7 miles per hour and a motor on the quieter side, parents won't have to worry about getting any complaints from the neighbors about speed demons racing down the street.

Price at time of publish: $200

Dimensions: 24.5 x 9 x 8.75 inches︱Weight: 27 pounds︱Recommended Age: 8 years and up

Meccano Erector by Meccano Super Construction 25-In-1 Motorized Building Set

Meccano Erector by Meccano Super Construction 25-In-1 Motorized Building Set

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Challenging but fun activity

  • Lots of building possibilities

What We Don't Like
  • Could be too difficult for some kids to build alone


For a STEM toy children will love, it doesn't get any better than the Meccano building set. Designed for ages 10 and up, the set includes 638 pieces, electrical motor, and operational tools. Kids can create 25 models like trucks, cars, or even a motorized crane.

Price at time of publish: $100

Dimensions: 4 x 16 x 13.88 inches︱Weight: 7.17 pounds︱Recommended Age: 8 to 10 years

Make It Real Juicy Couture DIY Charm Bracelet Kit in Crystal Sunshine

Make It Real Juicy Couture Bracelets

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Fun craft project

  • Color choices are limited (mostly pinks and purples)

What We Don't Like
  • Associated with one particular brand

Help your child embrace their individual sense of style with this Juicy Couture jewelry kit. Each set includes everything they need to make 10 charm bracelets. The mix of charms, chains, and close to 400 beads allows for some major fashion fun.

Price at time of publish: $25

Dimensions: 11.1 x 10.51 x 2.05 inches︱Weight: 14.1 ounces︱Recommended Age: 8 and up

Activ Life Kid’s Frisbee Rings

Activ Life Kid's Frisbee Rings

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Made to fly straight

  • Lighter design

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn't fly much further than about 30 feet

These kid-friendly Frisbee rings are perfect for your 10-year-old. The rings are 80-percent lighter than traditional Frisbees, reducing the chance of hurting little fingers. Since they fly straight, they also lessen the frustration factor that sometimes comes with learning to throw a regular Frisbee. The two-pack of the Activ Flyer is perfect for backyard fun or taking to the beach.

Price at time of publish: $14

Dimensions: ‎9.84 x 9.76 x 0.75 inches︱Weight: 0.26 pounds︱Recommended Age: 3 and up

Alex Undercover Spy Case Detective Gear Set

Alex Undercover Spy Case Detective Gear Set

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Stores together neatly

  • Encourages exploration and imagination

What We Don't Like
  • No storyline or pretend play guidance

Your favorite detective will have everything they need in this small, but mighty kit. It includes foldable binoculars, fingerprint powder, a magnifying glass, flashlight, and more. All of the items are easily contained in the nylon carrying case that has a convenient handle for carrying.

Price at time of publish: $33

Dimensions: 8.6 x 2.2 x 9.5 inches︱Weight: 7.7 ounces︱Recommended Age: 8 years up

Spin Master Marvel United Super Hero Cooperative Strategy Card Game

Spin Master Marvel United

Courtesy of Walmart

What We Like
  • Can play alone or with others

  • Cooperative game

What We Don't Like
  • Could be difficult for some kids to navigate alone

Finding a game kids and parents can play (and actually be entertained by!) can be a challenge, but this card game is sure to satisfy all ages. Teams of up to four players have to work together to thwart the villain's evil master plan. The game is fast-paced, but easy to learn, and the challenges are constantly changing with each new round.

Price at time of publish: $14

Dimensions: ‎10.25 x 2.81 x 10.25 inches︱Weight: 2.27 pounds︱Recommended Age: 10 years and up

Klutz Make Your Own Mini Erasers

Klutz Make Your Own Mini Erasers

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Creative project

  • Fun for kids of different ages and with varying interests

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn't come with many colors

For a craft kit that will capture the attention of your 10-year-old and make something useful, try the Klutz Make Your Own Mini Erasers kit. Create one-of-a-kind pencil toppers from modeling clay, with the help of Klutz’s easy to follow instructions. Every child can appreciate the fun and functionality of having a custom eraser handy. The set includes modeling clay, a clay shaping tool, and directions to make 35 different eraser designs.

Price at time of publish: $23

Dimensions: 8 x 1 x 9 inches‎ inches︱Weight: 1 pound︱Recommended Age: 8 years and up

EzyRoller Drifter-X Ride

EzyRoller Drifter-X Ride On Toy

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Available in many colors

  • Two methods of braking

What We Don't Like
  • Taller and bigger kids may need a larger model

If your 10-year-old has outgrown or just grown tired of their scooter, the Drifter-X Ride is sure to be a hit. Kids use the foot bars to steer and get the rider moving, while the back wheels make it easy to smoothly drift around corners. The ride is lightweight, holds up to 150 pounds, and the middle bar can be adjusted to accommodate different heights.

Price at time of publish: $130

Dimensions: 20.86 x 18.3 x 4.33 inches︱Weight: 17.38 pounds︱Recommended Age: 6 years and up

Snap Circuits SC-300 Electronics Discovery Kit

Snap Circuits SC-300 Electronics Discovery Kit

Amazon

What We Like
  • Dozens of projects to build

  • A fun activity for an adult and child

What We Don't Like
  • One broken part can reduce ability to create circuits

This introduction to electronics delivers a jolt of fun – but is safe and doesn’t require any soldering or tools. The color-coded pieces snap together and allow your child to learn about circuit boards and try their hand at building projects such as an AM radio, two-speed fan, alarm, and more. Parents and educators like the fact that this toy is a great way to encourage engineering skills, problem-solving, and screen-free activity.

Price at time of publish: $80

Dimensions: 17.4 x 2.2 x 12 inches︱Weight: 2 pounds︱Recommended Age: 8 years and up

What to Look for in Toys for a 10-Year-Old

Recommended Age

When you’re shopping for someone in the tween category, it’s especially helpful to check the recommended age guidelines, but it’s also always wise to follow their lead and watch what they’re actually excited to engage with.

“As a parent, you want to give them the means to blossom into a more skillful and deep-thinking mini-adult,” Dr. Hafeez says. "Rather than buying that hyped-up product in the toy store, understand what specific interests spark your child, and buy them a toy to foster those."

Safety

This is a year of exploration and testing the limits of their independence, but they still need parental support. Before you set your 10-year-old free with a new toy, chat with them about any potential safety concerns (read: remind them to wash their hands after mixing the chemicals that come with their cool new science experiment set). If you’re gifting them an active toy, make sure they’re armed with all of the necessary protective equipment like helmets and goggles, too.

Educational Value

Ten-year-olds can be exceptionally social, says Marissa Silva, editor in chief of The Toy Insider. “They love to interact with their peers in person and online, and toys and games that will help them further these relationships will be surefire hits.” Consider multi-player board games that are geared to big groups, outdoor toys, and “anything that will spark a laugh.”

At this age, while 10-year-olds develop their social-emotional intelligence and strategic thinking skills, toys that encourage problem-solving and creative thinking (like Gravity Maze or The Big Bag of Science Set) will also be beneficial, adds Silva. In short, any toy that teaches them about teamwork or helps inspire meaningful moments with their peers is a great option.

FAQ
  • How much should you spend on a gift for 10-year-olds?

    “The decision about how much to spend on a child’s gift will vary widely from family to family, based on things like financial circumstances, the nature of the relationship with the birthday child, and the possible desire to reciprocate for another family’s generosity,” says etiquette experts and co-authors of Modern Manners for Moms & Dads: Practical Parenting Solutions for Sticky Social Situation, Dr. Sarah Davis and Evie Granville, M.Ed. However, they say that an appropriate range for most families in most circumstances is somewhere between $15 and $40 for this age.

  • What’s an age-appropriate gift for 10-year-olds?

    A 10-year-old cares less about the price of the gift and more about how relevant it is for their current interests. Developmentally, 10-year-olds are at a point where they’re ready to level up their toys, be challenged, and remain “hands-on.” They’re also in a place of better self-awareness and are more self-assured about what they like and don’t like. Do your homework and ask about their interests. Safe bets are trendy accessories or gifts that double as activities.

  • What kind of toys do 10-year-olds like?

    Ten-year-olds love any toy that will keep them active and engaged for a period of time. Whether that’s a scooter they can ride around outside after school or a STEM kit that challenges them to develop new skills, this age group is all about channeling their energy into fun and diverse activities.

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