Best Toys and Gifts for 10-Year-Old Boy
amazon Shopping for growing boys can be difficult: while you might have some insight on what your 10-year-old boy is interested in, there’s some pressure to find him a gift to impress, entertain, and challenge him — yet still stay within the appropriate age range. While they’re starting to mature, 10-year-old boys typically still enjoy play, so STEM toys and advanced modeling kits and coding games are ideal.
The Good Housekeeping Institute tests hundreds of toys for safety and quality, and then road tests the toys with real parents and kids to see how they stack up in real life. That means we have the best insight on what toys to gift this holiday season. For more inspiration for kid-friendly gifts, check out Good Housekeeping‘s other gift guides for kids of all ages.
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FOR TWO OR MORE PLAYERS
Word A RoundThink Fun amazon.com
£11.99 Ages: 10+
This board game positions words in a way that’s tricky to read, so players compete to see who can figure out where each word starts and ends first (it’s actually more challenging than you’d think). The game is great for building language development and improving concentration.
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Robotics: Smart Machines Science KitThames & Kosmos amazon.com£129.99
£82.66 (36% off)
FOR HARRY POTTER FANS
Hogwarts Great Hall Building KitLEGO amazon.com
Ages 9+ For kids who enjoy advanced building, this Harry Potter castle building kit features a spiral staircase, a treasure room, a potions room, and more. It also comes with 10 mini figurines so he can create the most play out of his masterpiece.
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Model Building SetK’NEX amazon.com£39.99
£33.87 (15% off)
Ages 7+ What makes this building kit stand out is that his creations can actually move thanks to included wheels, rotors, wings, and tracks. This set develops hand-eye coordination, problem-solving skills, imagination, and spatial awareness while still being fun.
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE RACING
Anki Overdrive Starter KitAnki amazon.com£149.99
£79.87 (47% off)
Hacker Cybersecurity GameThink Fun amazon.com£29.99
£24.99 (17% off)
Ages 10+ Inspired by today’s world of cyber crime, your 10-year-old boy takes on the role of a coder, hacker, and security engineer in a set of 120 challenges in this game. The goal is to help kids learn how hackers work so they can learn how to better secure their information from future attacks.
Air Power Racer KitOWI amazon.com
Room DefenderSmartLab Toys amazon.com
£41.96 Ages 10+ Kids can learn basic programming skills while mischievously playing pranks on their family and friends.
With simple codes, they can send secret messages and warn trespassers to keep out via the built-in door alarm. RELATED: These Are the Hottest Toys of 2019
FOR BUDDING ENGINEERS
Newton’s Laws Construction KitEngino amazon.com£35.99
£24.99 (31% off) Ages 8+
While your child builds catapults, gravity fans, moving cabins, and collision cars, he’ll be learning about the fundamental properties of potential and kinetic energy. The included manual also comes with a quiz section, which could help make studying for school tests more enjoyable.
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CIRCUIT LEARNING TOY
Electronic PlaygroundElenco amazon.com
VIDEO GAMING ON THE GO
Switch Gaming SystemNintendo amazon.com
Age 6+ Whether he wants to play at home, out with friends, or on-the-go, this handy switch brings virtual play whenever, wherever. Simply undock the console from the TV to enter handheld mode.
AUGMENTED REALITY PLAY SET
El Fuego’s Stunt TruckLEGO amazon.com£39.99
£31.99 (20% off)
Ages 8+ First he builds his monster truck, then he uses a smartphone to bring the ghost-hunting adventures to life. On the augmented reality app, his goal is race to track down all the ghosts to win the game.
id Race PortalHot Wheels amazon.com
Ages 8+ Once he scans his Hot Wheels id car into the app, he’ll have access to virtual games, tracks, and cars to race. And when he’s not playing mini-games on the app, he can attach the physical race portal to another Hot Wheels track he owns (sold separately) for extended play.
Spin ChromebookAcer amazon.com£329.99
£258.89 (22% off)
All ages This flexible Chromebook comes with built-in virus protection for safety and all the basic Google apps he needs to get started. The best part?
This tablet is safe in the hands of your 10-year-old because it can withstand drops and resist water. RELATED: 8 Best Tablets for Kids, According to Parents and Tech Experts
INNOVATIVE MARBLE RUN
GraviTrax Marble Run XXL Starter SetRavensburger amazon.com
£110.65 Ages 8+
When designing his own race tracks, he’ll learn physics concepts by experimenting with gravity and magnetism. The kit offers an assortment of tiles, levels, and features so he’ll have endless possibilities to work with.
INTERACTIVE CODING SET
Star Wars Boost Droid Building SetLEGO amazon.com
£199.95 Ages 8+
Once he learns to build and code his droid with the included app, he can start going on missions, build tools and weapons, and tackle obstacles. Each droid has its own personality and set of skills for a unique play experience.
FAMILY STRATEGY GAME
Drop ItThames & Kosmos amazon.com
£25.49 Ages 8+
The goal of the game is to build the highest stacks and earn the most points while avoiding having any matching shapes touch. The player with the highest points at the end wins.
PHYSICAL TO DIGITAL PLAY
Hot Wheels MindRacersOsmo amazon.com
£59.99 Ages 7+
This racing game brings physical cars and race tracks to virtual play with the help of an iPad or tablet. Each player needs to quickly make decisions about jumping and spinning while moving — so it combines logic and the thrill of racing together!
Voice Banking Electronic Family Board GameMonopoly amazon.com
£24.88 Ages 8+
No physical cash is involved in this version of Monopoly: all banking is done via the voice-activated top hat in the center. He’ll keep tabs on each players’ finances and properties — the player with the most at the end wins.
MAGNETIC CHEMISTRY SET
Happy Atoms Molecular Modeling SetThames & Kosmos amazon.com
£90.00 Ages 10+
This chemistry set teaches him about atoms and bonding while challenging him to build, scan, and identify molecules.
Once he’s done building a molecular model, he can snap a pic with the kid-friendly app to learn about all the molecule’s properties.
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