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They may say that they’re not into toys anymore, but most 10-year-olds will still love a great gift that’s tailored to their interests. Though their interests can change at the drop of a hat, there are tons of picks out there, from scooters to slime and more, that'll suit their style.
While you shop, just be sure to check the toy's recommended age, safety features, and educational value. From there, you can narrow down the options and find the ideal gift.
Here are toys that 10-year-olds are sure to like.
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.
Exploding Kittens LLC Exploding Kittens Card Game
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
Snap Circuits SC-300 Electronics Discovery Kit
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.
Razor A5 Lux Kick Scooter
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.
Klutz Make Your Own Mini Erasers
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.
EzyRoller Drifter-X Ride
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.
LEGO DOTS Creative Picture Frames
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.
Spin Master Rubik’s Perplexus Hybrid 2 x 2 Game
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.
Original Stationery Ultimate Slime Kit Supplies
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.
Spin Master Marvel United Super Hero Cooperative Strategy Card Game
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.
Alex Undercover Spy Case Detective Gear Set
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.
Activ Life Kid’s Frisbee Rings
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.
Make It Real Juicy Couture DIY Charm Bracelet Kit
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.
Meccano Erector by Meccano Super Construction 25-In-1 Motorized Building Set
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.
PlayMonster Mad Moves
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.
Singing Machine SML385BTBK Bluetooth Karaoke System
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.
What to Look for in Toys for a 10-Year-Old
Following the recommended age guidelines when choosing a gift is always a great idea, but it's especially important for budding tweens. While they are growing up and gaining some independence, they are not yet ready for everything the great, wide world has to offer. It may be a good idea to stay close by when they first play with a toy in case they have questions or need some help.
Many of these toys are great ways for 10-year-olds to practice their independence, but that means that it’s important to talk safety considerations with them ahead of time. Set clear expectations when it comes to wearing a helmet, knee pads, or eye protection. Better yet, invite them to pick out some new gear that will keep them safe and stylish at the same time.
Shh! Don’t tell your 10-year-old that the new toy or game they love is actually educational! Parents love toys that will teach their 10-year-old something new or further develop an interest they already have. Kids love having fun. When the two combine, it creates a truly magical gift.
Screens aren’t just for passive consuming anymore. “Games and things on the computer where they have to be active, thinking, and creative makes it more meaningful and educational,” says teacher and literacy coach Alicia Drozd. Look for toys that allow your 10-year-old boy to create and engage.
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.
Why Trust The Spruce
This roundup was written by Patrice J. Williams. She has contributed gift guides to The Spruce since 2020. She loves helping her friends and family find unique, thoughtful, and wallet-friendly presents. In addition to her work for The Spruce, she writes commerce articles, including product suggestions and reviews, for other outlets as well as appearing on air for The Today Show, WEtv, and she was the Savvy Shopper reporter for WPIX in New York City. Additional reporting was done by Mackenzie Dunn, a lifestyle writer and editor whose work has appeared in Good Housekeeping, Woman's Day, HelloGiggles, Real Simple, MyDomaine, and more.