The 12 Best Toys for Boys!

Toy companies and retail stores are working hard to eliminate gender and racial biases in the toy aisles. Companies and toys are are offering more diversity of the toys they sell in stores, trying not to  steer children towards a toy that is specifically for a boy or a girl.  

Many people though still often search Google looking for the best toys for boys. I am in no way, shape or form endorsing the fact that you must buy a boy toy for a boy. This list is purely in response to answering a popular...MORE question many people pose when looking to find new gift ideas for their children. 

Kids often like the same categories of toys and types of play, the difference is that boys and girls might have slightly different interests within these general categories.

As a parent, you know your child best and what holds their attention.

What we know about children and play:

  • Many children love creating collections of toys. Boys also enjoy collections and blind bag toys, and they often prefer to own action figures and characters that are from their favorite movies and television shows.
  • Lots of children like dress-up play and role play. Again, it is often themed around movies, who wouldn't love to put on a costume and pretend to be their favorite Star Wars character learning to harness the force with a light saber? 
  • During play many children are energetic, active and like outdoor play with friendly competition playing sports or using blaster toys.
  • Kids like to accessorize and construct. Some boys might prefer to build, design and race a custom vehicle. 
  • Kids love to make their toys react, being in charge, by pushing buttons, teaching commands, or maneuvering a piece of technology with a remote control. 
  • Science experiments, engineering toys, robotics and STEM toys are popular with boys and girls.  
  • Technology is a great source of entertainment using tablets, video game systems and portable gaming systems.
  • May kids like to be silly, but boys generally like goofy humorous toys that burp, fart and poop
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    LEGOLAND Discovery Center Master Model Builder Office
    Keri Wilmot

    There are many kinds of classic construction toys that kids can use to build, whether they follow directions or free-build on their own. Popular categories of construction toys include LEGO, Playmobil, Mega Bloks, K'Nex, Lincoln Logs, and Magformers.

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    Nerf N-Strike Modulus Blaster
    NERF / Hasbro

    Whether kids play indoors or outdoors, they love blaster toys that launch water, foam darts, discs, arrows and other projectiles at their friends.

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    LeapFrog Epic Android Learning Tablet
    LeapFrog / Amazon

    Kids love technology and tablets, but as a parent you may not want to spend as much money as you would on an iPad. Both LeapFrog and VTech have cost-effective learning tablets, some even have Android processors. Kids can watch movies, text friends, play educational games and safety surf the internet over a secure wifi connection.

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    Hot Wheels Ultimate Garage
    Mattel

    Many boys love to design and race any kind of car or toy vehicle. Kids have been racing Hot Wheels cars down ramps for decades. Automoblox are wooden toy cars that can be re-arranged, Modarri, Hess Toy Trucks have been collected by families during the holiday season for a 

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    Family playing WiiU
    Nintendo

    Family gaming systems like the WiiU, portable handheld systems like the Nintendo 3DS, and video game toys like Skylanders, Disney Infinity, LEGO Dimensions and amiibo are very popular.

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    The Force Awakens Battle Action Millenium Falcon
    Hasbro

    Popular action figures and playsets come in all sizes and price ranges. Many kids enjoy re-enacting their favorite movie scene with Star Wars and Transformers action figures.

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    Wet Head Game
    Keri Wilmot

     Put on a hat and wait for the water to drip down your face with Wet Head, launch shaving cream into your face with Pie Face, or make your own slimy Booger Balls. Many kids like goofy games and silly gross experiences.

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    Zoomer Dino Boomer
    Spinmaster

    Interactive pets give kids way to be in charge of pets and robots without having to care for a real animal. There are interactive robots like MiP that can be controlled through hand movements, as well as dinosaurs that can guard your room and dogs 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
    Hasbro

     Whether you put on your favorite Star Wars costume or get a build your own lightsaber set, many children like dressing up in costumes to role play their favorite movie and television characters. 

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    Parents teaching kids how to ride bikes
    Peter Cade Getty Images

    Kids like to ride bicycles, custom scooters and many will beg for hover boards.

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    NERF Dude Perfect PERFECTSHOT HOOPS Set
    nerf

    Many boys like to play sports, design trick shots and engage in other other action games inside, in the backyard, park, playground or at the beach.

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    Sky Viper Streaming Drone
    Sky Rocket

    Drones that take video footage, a flying Millennium falcon, and dozens of toys that can be used with an iPad or iPhone are a lot of fun.