The 12 Best Toys for Boys

Toy companies and retail stores are working hard to eliminate gender and racial biases in the toy aisles. In fact, they're offering more diversity within the toys they sell in stores, as they try not to steer children towards a toy that is specifically made for a boy or a girl.  

Despite this great change toward toy freedom, people often search online for toys that are best for boys are girls, likely in search for something for their child, like a birthday gift, or that of a friend. In any...MORE case, kids often like the same categories of toys and types of play, and parents often know what interest their children the most.

Toys That Kids Love

Many children love creating collections of toys. Boys, in particular, seem to enjoy collections and blind bag toys, taking a liking to action figures and characters from their favorite movies and television shows. Children also like dress-up and role play. Similarly, it's often themed around movies. For instance, your child might enjoy putting on a costume and pretending to be their favorite Star Wars character, as they learn to harness the force with a light saber.

During play, many children are energetic, active, and like going outdoors. This is where friendly competition, playing sports, and using blaster toys become common. Additionally, kids like to accessorize and construct. For example, some boys might prefer to build, design, and race a custom vehicle from start to finish.

Kids also love to make their toys react by being in charge, pushing buttons, teaching commands, or maneuvering a piece of technology with a remote control. This is part of what makes them attracted to science experiments, engineering toys, robotics, and STEM toys. In fact, technology is a great source of entertainment, so tablets, video game systems, and portable gaming systems are favorites amongst many types of kids.

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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.

    There are dozens of projects you can do using toys like legos. For example, you can build something like a car or a bridge, or get super creative and make something like a candy dispenser.

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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 objects at their friends. NERF guns are one of the most popular blaster toys, but there are tons of different brands and categories that lend itself to certain games, themes, and favorite characters like action figures and superheroes.

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    LeapFrog Epic Android Learning Tablet
    LeapFrog / Amazon

    Kids love technology and tablets, but parents may not want to spend as much money on it as they would on an iPad. However, tablets like LeapFrog and VTech have cost-effective learning tablets, and some even have Android processors. Kids can also watch movies, text friends, play educational games, and safety surf the internet over a secure WiFi connection. This is a great option for parents who want their kids to be occupied when traveling, visiting friends, or going on long car rides.

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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, as kids have been racing Hot Wheels cars down ramps for decades. There are additional brands, like Automoblox, which are wooden toy cars that can be re-arranged. 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, portable handheld systems like the Nintendo 3DS, and video game toys like Skylanders, Disney Infinity, LEGO Dimensions, and Amiibo are very popular amongst kids.

    Video games 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

    Popular action figures and play-sets come in all sizes and price ranges. Many kids enjoy re-enacting their favorite movie scenes with popular action figures from best sellers like Star Wars and Transformers. There are many types of action figures, like the classic small posed figurines, but there are also trendy ones like Funko dolls, bobble heads, and other collectibles.

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    Wet Head Game
    Keri Wilmot

    Boys can use goofy games and silly experiences to mix things up. 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. There are interactive robots like MiP that can be controlled through hand movements, and there are dinosaurs that can guard your room. 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

    Whether kids put on their favorite Superman costume, or get to build their own lightsaber with a set, many children like dressing up in costumes to role play their favorite movie and television characters. There are also more classic pretend play toys, like kitchen sets, grocery store toys, and musical instruments.

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    Parents teaching kids how to ride bikes
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    Kids like to ride bicycles, custom scooters, and hover boards. These kinds of toys might be a bit more expensive, but it will get your kid outside, which can be a challenge in this digital age. Think of this investment as a way to enjoy the outdoors, 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 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 an alternative game of frisbee, these versatile games are great for the long-term.

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    Sky Viper Streaming Drone
    Sky Rocket

    There are interactive and inexpensive drones that are fun to fly. Some can even take video footage, others are in the form of a flying Millennium falcon, and dozens of the toys can be used with an iPad or iPhone. Boys who like remote control toys will love playing with drones—just remember to do it in a place where nothing will break.