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They're not tweens just yet, but there's no doubt your 10-year-old has strong opinions on their likes and dislikes. Maybe they're more into robotics or jewelry-making or video games. Their interests can change at the drop of a dime, making gift giving so much harder.
Here are the best gifts for a 10-year-old to get you started.
If your 10-year-old is into video games, the Nintendo Switch console is a huge hit. The Nintendo Switch offers three different modes of play. Place the console in the docking system to connect it to a television for traditional video game play. Lift the console out of the dock to play it in handheld mode. Or, detach the controllers from each side of the screen for multi-player mode, using the console as a shared screen.
lf you’re looking for a board game for a 10-year-old that is also entertaining for the whole family to play, Exploding Kittens is a runaway hit. This card game for two to five players is part strategy and part silly humor. The deck of cards is well-illustrated and entertaining for children and adults alike. The rules aren’t overly complicated but may take a little help from a parent to understand.
"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
This tiny toy is big on fun. It measures only 1.2 inches tall, but the Evo will introduce a child to the world of coding and robotics. Create a color-coded trail with the included special markers for the Evo to follow, or code a path for the robot using the company’s OzoBlockly application. Using the Evo app, share the robot’s driving sequences with friends, customize the robot's with lights and voices, or play games to earn stars.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mad Moves should be a part of every family game night or whenever kids want to have a good laugh. The game is best for at least three players. Roll the dice to determine how you have to dance (an animal or character) and what style of dance, like tap or ballet. The other players have to guess who or what you're imitating.
If your child enjoys belting out a tune, then this karaoke machine will be a fun gift. It easily connects to a TV to see lyrics on the screen and performances can even be recorded via USB. To get a party vibe going, activate the 54 LED disco lights.