The 12 Best Types of Toys for Boys

Whether it's a birthday or holiday gift or a special toy just because, there are many great toys available for boys (and girls) of all ages. From classic building blocks to hi-tech robotics to outdoor games that get kids outside, you have a lot of options that will appeal to your young one's particular interest.

Within each category, you'll also find toys suitable for a particular age group, some that can kick off a lifetime collection, and ones that encourage learning or physical...MORE activity. A few even give boys a chance to be downright silly. With all the choices, you might even have just as much fun shopping as he will have playing with these!

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    LEGOLAND Discovery Center Master Model Builder Office
    Keri Wilmot

    There are many different types of classic construction toys that kids can use to build things and have hours of fun with. Popular sets include Lego, Playmobil, Mega Bloks, K'Nex, Lincoln Logs, and Magformers, and there's something for every age group.

    Whether they follow directions or free-build on their own, there are dozens of possible projects for these toys. For instance, they can build a car or a bridge, or get super creative and make something unique like a candy dispenser.

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    Nerf N-Strike Modulus Blaster
    NERF / Hasbro

    Whether kids play indoors or out, they love blaster toys. These will launch almost anything at their friends, including water, foam darts, discs, arrows, and other objects. 

    Nerf guns are one of the most popular blaster toys, but there are tons of different brands and categories available. Each lends itself to certain games, themes, and favorite characters like action figures and superheroes, too.

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    LeapFrog Epic Android Learning Tablet
    LeapFrog / Amazon

    Kids love technology and tablets are a great option. However, parents may not want to spend as much money on it as they would on an iPad for themselves. Luckily, tablets like LeapFrog and VTech offer cost-effective learning tablets, and some even have Android processors.

    With a tablet of their own, kids can watch movies, text friends, play educational games, and safely surf the internet over a secure WiFi connection. Of course, you can have control over what they do and tailor the tablet to your child's age group, interests, and abilities. 

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    Hot Wheels Ultimate Garage

    Many boys love to design and race any kind of car or toy vehicle. It's no surprise, either. Kids have been racing Hot Wheels cars down ramps for decades.

    There are other brands available as well. For instance, Automoblox are wooden toy cars that can be re-arranged into different body styles. There's also Modarri and Hess Toy Trucks, which have been collected by families during the holiday season for generations.

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    Family playing WiiU

    Family gaming systems like the WiiU and portable handheld systems like the Nintendo 3DS are very popular with kids. You can also find fun video game toys like Skylanders, Disney Infinity, Lego Dimensions, and Amiibo, which appeal to boys of all ages.

    Video games are not all about fun. In moderation, they can also help kids with their vision, attention, and cognition, according to the Open Education Database (OEDb). There are many gaming platforms, handheld devices, computers, and other online educational games that are even making it into schools.

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    The Force Awakens Battle Action Millenium Falcon

    Many kids enjoy re-enacting their favorite movie scenes with action figures from best sellers like Star Wars and Transformers. Action figures and play-sets come in all sizes and price ranges, too. From classic small poseable figurines to trendy ones like Funko dolls and bobbleheads, these are great for boys that want to start a collection.

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    Wet Head Game
    Keri Wilmot

    Boys love to get goofy with their friends and get a kick out of silly experiences. In this category, there is a ton of fun to be had!

    For instance, they can put on a hat and wait for the water to drip down on their face with Wet Head, or launch shaving cream into their face with Pie Face. If that's not enough, there are even games that allow you to make your own slimy Booger Balls.

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    Zoomer Dino Boomer

    Interactive pets give kids a way to be in charge of animals and robots without having to care for a real one. It's a great way for kids to learn about responsibility, too.

    There are interactive robots like MiP, which can be controlled through hand movements. You can even get them dinosaurs that can guard their bedroom from intruders. If you want a pretend dog, there are even ones that will lift their leg and pretend to pee if you teach them the command.

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    Star Wars BladeBuilders Light Saber Jedi Master

    Many children like dressing up in costumes to role play their favorite movie and television characters. Kids can put on their favorite Superman costume or get to build their own lightsaber with a set. Classic pretend toys, like kitchen sets, grocery store toys, and musical instruments, are fun as well, allowing kids to explore what adults do in real life.

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    Parents teaching kids how to ride bikes
    Peter Cade Getty Images

    Kids like to ride anything and everything. Today's kids have more than just bikes to enjoy! Custom scooters, hoverboards, and electric motorcycles and tractors are just some of the fun options available. 

    These kinds of toys might be a bit more expensive, but it will get your kid outside, which can help reduce screen time. Think of this investment as a way to encourage physical activities, spend time with your child, and an opportunity for him to socialize with his neighborhood friends.

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    There are many boys that like to play sports, design trick shots, and engage in other action games. This can happen inside, in the backyard, at the park, on the playground, or even at the beach. Whether it's a classic game of basketball or soccer or a new twist on frisbee, these versatile games are great for the long-term.

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    Sky Viper Streaming Drone
    Sky Rocket

    Remote control toys are sure to be a hit with any young boy. Interactive and inexpensive drones are fun to fly, some of which can take video footage. Of course, you can also find RC cars, trucks, and boats, and there are great options for young kids as well as preteens.