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Best Toys and Gifts for 8 Year Old Boys

When little boys reach a certain age, they take more interest in playing with their friends. Some might like toys for younger age groups while others might enjoy playing toys for older ages. Nobody has a set mold for any boy, and there will still be plenty of variety in his play.

So whatever your eight year old boy is into right now, chances are his tastes will vary this year. Still, you know your child better than anyone. Have a look at the 30 best toys and gifts for eight year old boys.

Boys tend to like the idea of pretending to shoot things at each other. HISTOYE has a great option for your eight year old boy to safely shoot as much as he wants. Their laser tag sets are great for long range shooting and they have long battery life. Four sets come in the pack and each set includes a laser weapon and a vest.

When the blaster shoots the vest of someone else, the vibrations are plenty strong enough to feel. It is a great safe way of blasting each other for a few hours around the house. The long range of each set means it would be great even for the park.

Key Features

  • Long Range Shooting
  • Long Battery Life
  • Strong Vibrations When Tagged

Specifications

  • Brand: HISTOYE
  • Weight: 4.75 lbs

By the age of eight, most boys will know all about Iron Man. With the tons of Marvel movies out, knowledge of this famous hero and his many sets of armor is at an all time high. If your eight year old boy is fond of Iron Man, this might be one of the best LEGO sets he has ever dreamed about.

It comes with several armor pods which hold a suit of armor. Also, they connect together and can wrap around a bad guy to form a type of armor pod prison. Not only is this good for building skills, it is wonderful for pretend play. When it is quiet time and your boy needs something to occupy his fingers and his time, this LEGO set would be ideal.

Key Features

  • Promotes Imaginative Play
  • Armor Pods Have Multiple Uses
  • Comes with Mini-Figures

Specifications

  • Brand: LEGO
  • Model: 6251485
  • Weight: 1.0 lbs

Most every eight year old on the planet knows what Minecraft is and likely have played it or do so regularly. Likewise, UNO games have remained a constant in the life of many young people. Put the two together and you have a great card game with a Minecraft theme.

Anyone who knows how to play UNO card games will understand the rules here as well. It plays like a standard UNO game with at least one cool change. Regular UNO cards do not have a creeper rule card. This set has that and many awesome looking cards to play with.

Key Features

  • Minecraft Themed Cards
  • Creeper Rule Card
  • Plays Like Regular UNO

Specifications

  • Brand: Mattel Games
  • Model: FPD61
  • Weight: 6.1 ounces

Who wouldn’t love to build a classic ship? This LEGO ideas ship is a great ship but that is only where the coolness begins. It is a ship, in water-like LEGOS, inside a bottle. It will challenge your eight year old boy without being too difficult.

It is well made with authentic details. The water blocks are amazing and slosh around as the bottle leans one way or the other. Because of the set’s wonderful design and look, it could make a nice desk or shelf decoration for your child as well.

Key Features

  • Unique Design
  • Made with Authentic Details
  • Great for Display

Specifications

  • Brand: LEGO
  • Model: 6222979
  • Weight: 3.52 ounces

A little fun outside is good for the body and the soul. Whether your eight year old boy prefers baseball or tennis, this toy from iPlay, iLearn is a nice addition. It works like a pitching machine but will work with baseballs or tennis balls.

The included baseball bat has a button on the handle that will shoot the balls out. Along with the remote control mode, it has an automatic mode as well. Whether swinging a tennis racket or a baseball bat, this toy will provide plenty of hours of outside fun.

Key Features

  • Remote Control Mode
  • Automatic Mode
  • Works for Baseballs and Tennis Balls

Specifications

  • Brand: iPlay, iLearn
  • Weight: 3.4 lbs

This is a great option for your eight year old boy’s first drone or even his next drone. The controls are simple enough for an eight year old to learn and it looks amazing, whether in a dark or lit room. The LED lights glow more brightly the darker the room is and it flies well.

It has a one-button lift and land ability for easy control. Also, the altitude hold feature makes it simpler for the drone to remain at a certain height. If you want to get a drone for your child but don’t want it hopping up and down all over the place, this could be the one for you.

Key Features

  • 1 Button Lift/Land
  • LED Lights
  • Features Altitude Hold

Specifications

  • Brand: Force1
  • Model: 1067MU1
  • Weight: 1.0 lbs

Some of the best gifts are great just because they look cool. This 3D gift lamp from Gawell is that type of gift. It comes with tons of color options and an easy to work remote control. Whatever color your eight year old boy likes, he will find it in the choices provided and can switch right to it.

The basketball looks amazing and is a nice decoration for the room of any growing boy. It looks cool for shelf or desk decoration and would make a great background for a selfie. With the remote and many colors, it’s as cool of a room decoration gift as you’ll find.

Key Features

  • Realistic Looking Basketball
  • Multiple Colors
  • Remote Control Operated

Specifications

  • Brand: Gawell
  • Model: Basketball 3D Illusion Xmas
  • Weight: 8.8 ounces

Most adults will remember those pin art toys that everyone loves so much. Whether making it take the shape of your fist or your favorite action figure, this is a simple but awesome toy. Your eight year old boy will discover how much fun it is to doodle around with.

He might even enjoy decorating his shelf with it. It is made with safe pins that won’t harm anyone or anything. It has always been a great toy and it still makes a nice birthday or Christmas gift for any boy.

Key Features

  • Great Decorative Toy
  • Fun for Doodling With Shapes
  • Made with Safe Pins

Specifications

  • Brand: Toysmith
  • Model: 1092
  • Weight: 1.15 lbs

Every boy likes building things with his hands. At some point he might want more challenging building options. He might want different building qualities than Legos. ZOOB linking blocks fit that criteria very well.

This 250-piece set comes with an idea and instruction book. Using that, your eight year old boy will be able to make a motorcycle or a wheel or any number of cool projects. If he wants to go his own way and build something from his imagination, they are great for that as well.

Key Features

  • Fun and Challenging Builder
  • Ideas Book Included
  • More Versatile Than Rectangle Blocks

Specifications

  • Brand: ZOOB
  • Model: 0Z11250
  • Weight: 4.39 lbs

Dart boards are fun because target practice is fun. It truly is that simple. The only problem with dart boards is that they tend to be dangerous and make holes in walls. This is the perfect time to be an eight year old boy who loves darts because this dart board is as safe as it is fun.

The set comes with an easy to hang dart board that leaves no holes in your walls. That’s worth it all by itself. It comes with six darts and it is all around fun to throw things at a dart board. Only now, the magnetic tip will either stick to the board or fall harmlessly to the floor. Nobody gets hurt and walls don’t get damaged. Everyone wins.

Key Features

  • 6 Magnetic Darts Included
  • Easy to Hang / No Holes in Wall
  • Fun and Safe Dart Board

Specifications

  • Brand: Marky Sparky
  • Model: 90008
  • Weight: 1.6 lbs

By the age of eight, a lot of children enjoy reading about and learning about the solar system. If your eight year old boy finds that enjoyable, this planetarium model from 4M might be worth a look. It includes detailed models of the sun and all the planets.

The detailing and bright colors of the planets makes this as good for decoration as it is for learning. They connect to the center at the correct distance from the sun, relative to the scale of the model. Not only that, but they rotate in their orbits as well.

Key Features

  • Great for Learning Solar System
  • Attractive Decoration Once Together
  • Planets Rotate in Their Orbit

Specifications

  • Brand: 4M
  • Model: 3427
  • Weight: 6.4 ounces

By the age of eight, a lot of boys start to love science. For those who enjoy science, the only thing better are science experiments. This set of magnets help to create experiments based on the shapes and types of magnets.

Besides the experiments, there are games included in this set as well. Magnets are a wonderful place to start learning about science experiments. If your eight year old boy is into that type of thing, this is a nice set for sure.

Key Features

  • 33 Experiments and Games Included
  • Allows Experimenting with Magnets
  • Includes Magnets of Many Shapes and Sizes

Specifications

  • Brand: Thames & Kosmos
  • Model: 665050
  • Weight: 1.39 lbs

Speaking of science, boys who love playing with science kits will love this. Play22 offers an incredible microscope set for kids. It comes with so many extras that your child will have no problem examining things for as long as he wants.

It comes with many samples to examine and it comes with multiple slides for viewing. The set meets all the safety requirements necessary for such a set. It has many options that aren’t listed here. If your eight year old boy enjoys microscopes, this is the toy or him.

Key Features

  • Samples to Examine Included
  • Everything Required for Experiments Included
  • Meets all Safety Requirements

Specifications

  • Brand: Play22
  • Weight: 3.49 lbs

Group games and family games are enjoyable for many children. If your eight year old boy enjoys playing games with his siblings, friends, and family, this is a great choice. The aim of this game is to balance as many as the interesting balance poles as possible without it falling.

All the bendy poles fit in a storage case and they stack and balance higher and wider as the game goes along. All things considered, it is a unique game that isn’t only fun but also makes for learning about balancing.

Key Features

  • Good for Groups or Family
  • Great for Teaching Balance
  • Easy to Store

Specifications

  • Brand: Melissa & Doug
  • Model: 4371
  • Weight: 1.45 lbs

This LEGO set comes with two characters, two animals, and a corner landscape. All these are themed after Minecraft characters and blocks. If your eight year old boy is one of the many who love Minecraft, this is a great LEGO set.

Besides being great fun to put together, this is perfect for decoration as well. For a Minecraft fan, one can never have enough Minecraft toys. This is a fun and entertaining option.

Key Features

  • Minecraft Themed
  • Great for Decoration
  • Easy to Store

Specifications

  • Brand: LEGO
  • Model: 6288716
  • Weight: 3.2 ounces

Some boys enjoy playing with slime. Maybe a lot of boys enjoy it. For those who do, this is the best set you can get for the money. There are so many ways to play with slime and this kid, you won’t know them all unless you buy it.

The slime is versatile and is capable of changing colors. Depending on which manner of play your boy chooses, there is any number of things the slime can do. Besides all that, the slime glows in the dark.

Key Features

  • Slime Glows in the Dark
  • Slime Changes Colors
  • Many Play and Design Options

Specifications

  • Brand: Baby Mushroom
  • Weight: 14.1 ounces

Who doesn’t love a catapult? The idea of launching a projectile several feet across the room is fun for everybody. This is not just a simple cheap rock launcher. This is a pro-level catapult kit from National Geographic.

Your child will have high quality materials to build a catapult that can shoot. The projectiles can travel as much as 15 feet across the room.  As you might expect from National Geographic, instructional material is also included.

Key Features

  • Builds Working Catapult
  • Shoots up to 15 Feet
  • Includes Learning and Instructional Material

Specifications

  • Brand: National Geographic
  • Model: JM02493
  • Weight: 7.8 ounces

Remote control cars have been part of your boy’s toy box for years. This year, it might be time to take that to another level. If your boy wants more than a remote control car, this is a better option. This boat floats and motors through the water at respectable feeds.

There are two built-in motors. The boat includes manual fine tuning so you can make sure the boat runs at top performance. Included also is a USB charger so that the boat can be fully powered and ready to go.

Key Features

  • Includes USB Charger
  • 2 Built-in Motors
  • Manual Fine Tuning

Specifications

  • Brand: GotechoD
  • Weight: 14.2 ounces

If you have been looking to get your eight year old boy his first erector set, this is a great starting place. It is not a huge set but it does build a great looking motorcycle toy. It does have the benefits of STEM learning as well.

It comes with detailed instructions but remains challenging enough to promote critical thinking. Made from safe materials, it makes a wonderful decoration after being put together.

Key Features

  • STEM Learning
  • Detailed Instructions
  • Safe Materials

Specifications

  • Brand: Jamal
  • Weight: 5.4 ounces

If a marble maze game sounds like something your eight year old boy would like, this is a great toy option for you. This isn’t as simple as putting squares together and dropping a marble into it. The Marble Run Brain Game from ThinkFun includes that level of fun but adds challenges to it.

There are cards with top views of the blocks which tell where the marble should come to rest. Your child’s task then is to attempt to build what is on the card and drop the marble through it. The option to simply have fun is always there as well. It is a versatile toy that also promotes learning.

Key Features

  • Fun and Challenging
  • STEM Learning
  • Arrange Blocks in Any Way

Specifications

  • Brand: ThinkFun
  • Model: 44001006
  • Weight: 1.54 lbs

K’NEX have always been a fun way to build your own tools and toys. This battle bow set is one of the best examples of that. The 165 piece set builds a bow and blaster combination that is build-able by kids about the same age your boy is now. If your eight year old boy ever wanted to build his own blaster, this is the right set to get.

Besides building a blaster that actually shoots, this set offers three more blasters. So it creates not one but four different blasters. It is fun and challenging and almost like having five toys in one.

Key Features

  • 165 Piece K’NEX Set
  • Build Your Own Blaster
  • Capable of Building 4 Different Blasters

Specifications

  • Brand: K’NEX
  • Model: 47525
  • Weight: 1.1 lbs

Of all the sophisticated toys that we have today, some things are still simple. Drawing is still one of the more fun things any boy can do. Drawing freestyle can be fun but when there are stencils, the fun ratchets up quite a bit.

This set of stencils comes with many varied stencils for awesome drawing options. It also includes pencils and paper along with the stencils. All this fits into a handy carrying case. All the drawing fun your boy could want and it puts away and travels well.

Key Features

  • Carrying Case Included
  • Pencils and Paper Included
  • Many Varied Stencils Included

Specifications

  • Brand: CreativeELF
  • Weight: 2.45 lbs

Mario Kart has made a name for being a fun series of racing games on consoles. Now, Carrera has a new spin on the Mario Kart series. These two karts are replicas of the Mario and Luigi cars from the games but these race on a track.

The cars are not just designed to look like Mario Karts. They replicate them to 1:43 scale. The cars are controlled by a remote control. The track is a slot car racing design. Each remote control also has a turbo boost button.

Key Features

  • Mario and Luigi Cars
  • Cars to 1:43 Scale
  • Turbo Boost Button on Controller

Specifications

  • Brand: Carrera
  • Model: 20062492
  • Weight: 7.2 lbs

Hot Wheels has quite a few great tracks but this might be one of the best ones ever. Calling back to some tracks from decades ago, this set travels up and down the wall. Part of it sticks to the wall and the cars both travel down from there and up to there.

The set stands over four feet tall and comes with a great designed build. Also, your boy can experiment with the tracks as well. All total, it’s another great track set from Hot Wheels. The track works with all Hot Wheels cars and is easy to assemble.

Key Features

  • Pieces Attach to Wall
  • Over 4 Feet Tall
  • Experiment and Build Your Way

Specifications

  • Brand: Hot Wheels
  • Model: GGH70
  • Weight: 5.6 lbs

LEGO sets are fun. Toy boats are fun. Imagine a LEGO set that combines both things into one awesome build. This set builds not one boat, but two boats. It has realistic features and actually floats in water. With the sails built and lifted up, it can float and sail like a real boat. Imagine being able to build your own boat at the age of eight. Your boy can do that with this amazing and attractive LEGO set.

Key Features

  • Realistic Features
  • Floats in Water
  • Builds 2 Different Boats

Specifications

  • Brand: LEGO
  • Model: 6288772
  • Weight: 1.9 lbs

In the spirit of drawing fun comes this activity book from Gameplay Publishing. It includes all you have come to expect in an activity book but this one is special. It isn’t themed after princesses or action figures. This is a Minecraft activity book.

If you know an eight year old boy who likes activity books and Minecraft, this is the activity book for him. It includes mazes, crossword puzzles, and much more. It is Minecraft fun from cover to cover.

Key Features

  • Mazes
  • Crossword Puzzles
  • Minecraft Themed

Specifications

  • Brand: Gameplay Publishing
  • Weight: 8 ounces

Your eight year old boy might already know about virtual reality games. Whether that is the case or they have never even heard of VR games, this is a great next option. It couples simple VR gaming with math games to create a virtual world of math learning fun. Your boy can learn math while blasting his way through virtual games. It works with smartphones as well.

Key Features

  • Virtual Reality Games
  • Learn Math While Blasting
  • Works With Smartphones

Specifications

  • Brand: Heromask
  • Model: HM-M001
  • Weight: 15.4 ounces

In the world of outside ride-on toys, eight year old boys might feel like there isn’t a lot out there for them. They have outgrown the little boy ride-ons but lucky for them, Razor has another option for older boys. This is called a Tricycle but don’t confuse it with a little kids tricycle.

This one has a powerful electric motor and operates with a push-button throttle. The small wheels on the rear and larger front wheel make it easy to maneuver around the yard or driveway. It is capable of spins and power slides and has hand brakes for stopping.

Key Features

  • Push Button Throttle
  • Hand Brakes
  • Capable of Spins and Power Slides

Specifications

  • Brand: Razor
  • Model: 20136401
  • Weight: 31.6 lbs

There are two types of people in the world. There are those who find underwear humor funny and those who do not. It is a good bet that your eight year old boy falls into the category of people who find it hilarious.

Among those people, few characters are more popular than Captain Underpants. This set is made up of ten books. It is in new condition and will make your little boy laugh from now until he matures past underwear humor. So, it might last forever.

Key Features

  • 10 Individual Books in Set
  • All Feature Captain Underpants
  • New, Perfect Condition

Specifications

  • Brand: Nill (Author)
  • Weight: 3.4 lbs

In the spirit of Minecrafting, this guide book is a great boxed set for any fan of the famous game. Any eight year old boy who likes Minecraft will understand the game’s challenges.

This book helps with ideas about exploration. Your boy will learn about Redstone and gain information on The Nether and The End. All together, for someone who plays, it’s a wonderful set of four instructional books.

Key Features

  • Learn Exploration
  • Learn About Redstone
  • Information on The Nether & The End

Specifications

  • Brand: Mojang Ab (Author)
  • Weight: 2.3 lbs