Best Toys and Gift Ideas for 8-Year-Old Boys to Buy 2019

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Kids learn best through play and toys are great for helping them to learn while they have fun. Many toys let kids learn new facts daily by improving their creative and imaginative thinking, knowledge and understanding of the things around them. The toys also benefit the kids physically by letting them exercise and move and these benefits will be useful to them in the long run. We have prepared a list below of the best toys you can gift your son so that you don’t have trouble choosing and you don’t pick the wrong toys, and why these toys are the best for your son’s development.

Top 30 Best Toys and Gift Ideas for 8-Year-Old Boys 2019

1. Melissa & Doug Suspend Family Game

Why we like it: It can be played by kids and adults and is great for family game nights, and it has three levels of play depending on the experience of the player(s).

This is an exciting and suspense-ridden balance game which is great for family game nights. The pieces include 24 game rods, 4 frame rods, a wooden base, colored die, a wooden connector, and an instruction guide. The game has levels from amateur to expert, and your son can play it by himself or with his siblings and friends. The game becomes harder with each passing second as the rods are added shifting the balance of the structure. It will surely keep the players at the edge of their seats as they do not know what will happen next. It helps improve your son’s problem-solving skills, promotes fine motor skills and improves his hand-eye coordination.

Pros
  • Promotes reasoning and problem-solving skills
  • Suitable for kids and adults
  • Very interesting
Cons
  • Not a fun game for one person

2. Jenga

Why we like it: The game is easy to understand and is not limited to kids only and is, therefore, excellent for family game night.

Your son is going to have endless fun playing with this product, either by playing alone, as a family and even with his friends. It includes 54 small wooden blocks which are pulled from the tower and stacked on top, one at a time, and a stacking sleeve. The game gets more complicated and suspense-ridden with each step, and it requires precision to prevent the blocks from tumbling down. The blocks are packaged in a cylindrical container for easy cleanup and safe storage. It can be played anywhere and at any time, and it enhances your son’s creative thinking and balancing skills as it requires carefully studying the stack to choose which wood to pull out without the tower falling.

Pros
  • Can also be played by adults
  • Comes in a cylindrical container making it easy to clean up and store
  • Very durable
Cons
  • The stacking sleeve is a bit flimsy

3. Pebble Time Smartwatch

Why we like it: It works with both Android phones and iPhones and does not limit users.

It’s time for your little guy to finally become a grown up and this is the perfect gift for him. It has features including a built-in microphone for your son to take voice notes, and a built-in activity and sleep tracker. It is water resistant with a battery that can go for up to a week and is, therefore, excellent for your always active super playful son. It allows him to organize his day and actually get things done while also letting him to review his past activities and be organized. It is compatible with both apple and android phones. The band can be easily changed, and you can use a common band making the watch even more convenient. The alarm can be set multiple times, and the watch vibrates when the alarms go off.

Pros
  • Has a long battery life
  • It is easy to use with an easy-to-change band
  • Water resistant
Cons
  • The battery might drain faster if frequently used

4. Nerf N-Strike Elite Precision Target Set

Why we like it: The toy is easy to use, and your son can play it either inside the house or outside.

This target set includes the target, ten suction darts, two holders for the target and the suction darts, the strike, and an instruction manual. The target can be hung on the wall or door by clipping the holders to point to the front, and it can be made to stand by clipping the holders to point backward, and the suction darts firmly stick to the target. It is sturdy and very easy to use and is suitable for both indoor and outdoor play. This toy is great for your son to develop perfect aiming and accuracy skills. It is also a good way of keeping him occupied.

Pros
  • Sturdy
  • It is great for indoor and outdoor play
  • Easy to use
Cons
  • The gun is smaller than as it is seen in the picture

5. Hasbro Official Nerf N-Strike Elite Series Tactical Vest

Why we like it: It is light and allows your son to carry his ammunition with ease and stay fully armed. He can also carry his other belongings in the pocket.

Your son’s combat mission will even be more fun with this Nerf N-Strike Elite Series Tactical Vest. It comes with 12 Nerf darts and two dart clips which can carry six darts each allowing your son to stay fully armed not vulnerable to attacks. It also has a pocket where your son can store other things he will require for a successful mission. It comes in one size but is adjustable, and your boy can wear it comfortably. You will, however, need to buy the Nerf gun separately. Together with the Nerf gun, this vest makes it possible for your son to experience a perfect indoor and outdoor adventure without having to reload the gun each time he strikes.

Pros
  • It is adjustable and can be worn for a long time
  • Good quality
  • Can be used both indoor and outdoor
Cons
  • It doesn’t come with a Nerf gun

6. Force1 Drones with Camera

Why we like it: The drone is easy to control, and it has a longer battery life, which can be replaced when it runs out.

This drone is fitted with a camera to allow your son to take photos and videos from the sky. It comes with extra batteries in case the ones being used run out, a remote controller, a micro USB cable, a USB charger cable, and many more accessories needed to make photo and video taking successful. It can be used by both kids and adults and professionals. The drone has a rubber shock absorber to ensure that the drone remains stable when it’s capturing photos and videos. The drones are easy to control the battery life is longer making it fun and convenient. It is sturdy and can survive several crashes. It is a great way to keep your son occupied, and he develops useful skills such as flying drones and using cameras professionally.

Pros
  • Easy to use
  • Sturdy
  • Suitable for amateurs and professionals
Cons
  • The camera cannot live stream videos

7. AmScope PS25 Prepared Microscope Slide Set

Why we like it: It has various tissue specimens for plants, animals, and insects which are clearly labeled, and the slides come in a sturdy wooden case for easy and safe storage.

It is time to learn biology with this Microscope slide set. It has 25 slides with various plants, insect, and animal tissue specimens with the names written on each slide. It is a great educational tool and can be used for homeschooling your son. The slides have a coverslip to prevent them from getting contaminated and are preserved in cedarwood oil. The slides are packed in a wooden case to allow them to be easily handled as well as prevent them from breaking. The set will allow your son to gain basic knowledge of biology in a fun and entertaining way thus sharpening his mind and it will also boost his self-confidence.

Pros
  • Easy to use as the slides are clearly labeled
  • Sturdy wooden case
  • Totally safe for little ones
Cons
  • Microscope needs to be bought separately

8. Scientific Explorer Disgusting Science Kit

Why we like it: Your son can learn why his body behaves the way it does and promotes his self-care and hygiene.

This kit is great for teaching your son about the gross activities that take place in the human body and why they do. It includes red and green food coloring, 4 Petri dishes, 4 cotton swabs, a magnifier, gelatin, sugar and baking yeast, a rubber balloon, and an activity guide. With adult supervision, your son can use the kit to perform different activities including making snot, stinky guts, fake blood, and more. He can also learn how to grow beneficial bacteria and fungus. The kit, aside from allowing your kid to learn about the human body, will encourage him to maintain good hygiene to avoid experiencing some of the disgusting activities and also develop his interest in science.

Pros
  • Fun and educational
  • Promotes good oral and body hygiene
  • Interesting for curious mind
Cons
  • It requires adult supervision thus your son cannot use it whenever he pleases

9. Perplexus Epic

Why we like it: It is a challenging toy that requires concentration, and it helps in improving hand-eye coordination and problem-solving skills.

This labyrinth toy will challenge your son to great lengths. It is big and has a lot of obstacles your son will need to overcome using the metallic ball inside. The labyrinth is enclosed in a sphere which is flipped and twisted to move the ball to the finish line. It comes with a base which holds the sphere intact to prevent it from rolling over when not in use. It will take time for your son to master the game but once he does, the game will be easy for him. You can travel with it and play with it anywhere and at any time. It improves your son’s concentration, hand-eye coordination, hand dexterity, and motor skills and he will also gain problem-solving skills.

Pros
  • Convenient for travel
  • Improves concentration
  • Has several obstacles thus challenging
Cons
  • It might be too hard and complicated for your son

10. Mattel Games UNO Card Game Tin

Why we like it: It is easy to learn and play and can be played by both kids and adults.

This is a great gift for both you and your son as he can play with his friends or with you, and is great for family game night. The tin includes a total of 108 cards, instructions, and rules for scoring the game. It is easy to grasp and play, and your son will become easily interested. It has eight wild cards which can be customized as the players wish which makes the game even more fun. It is a great way to keep your kid active and engaged, and it helps him to develop quick thinking and reasoning, and also help him learn to accept defeat and to expect events to change at any moment.

Pros
  • Easy to learn and play
  • Suitable for kids and adults
Cons
  • Your son cannot play with this while he is alone

11. Hot Wheels 9-Car Gift Pack

Why we like it: The cars are strong and durable and can withstand abuse from children, and they come in different unique colors and designs.

This cool pack contains nine small toy cars each with a different color and design. It is the perfect gift for any car lover, and your son will definitely appreciate it. He can add it to his car collections or race them on a track against each other. Either way, it will allow your son to have fun. The cars are very affordable and are of good quality, and your son will have them for a long time. The fun and unique designs of the cars make the pack even more interesting. Your son will learn to be organized and responsible for his items as he takes care not to lose his small toys.

Pros
  • Affordable
  • Unique colors and designs
Cons
  • The styles vary, and you might not receive the style you or your son wanted.

12. Wham-O Hamper Hoops

Why we like it: The hoop is sturdy and very simple to use, and it has been designed to fit any door.

Dirty laundry in a boy’s room is a nightmare most parents experience, and this product is here to save you by letting your son tidy up his room while he is having fun. This over-the-door hoop is similar to a basketball hoop with a basketball backboard and a net, and it comes with a detachable laundry bag to hold the laundry. It is very easy to set up as it only requires the laundry bag to be attached for fun to begin. It can fit any door, and the laundry bag has a zipper at the bottom which can be opened when it fills or time to do laundry. It helps teach your son to be neat, tidy, and organized.

Pros
  • Sturdy
  • Simple to use
  • Fits any door
Cons
  • Big clothes might not easily go through the hoop

13. Leonardo Da Vinci’s Bridge

Why we like it: The sticks can be used by themselves or combined with other building sets to come up with different structures.

This toy consists of 100 colorful sticks and a set of instructions all packed in a wooden storage box. It provides various options for building and can be combined with other building sets to come up with various structures such as a house, stairs, and many more. Your son can build structures by himself or with the help of his friends to come up with a masterpiece. The sticks are non-toxic and of good quality and structures which have been completed can stand on their own and do not need to be glued or screwed together. The toy helps improve your son’s steadiness and teaches him to be patient and work with people.

Pros
  • Good quality
  • Can be combined with other building sets
Cons
  • It is a bit complex to play with and requires a lot of patience and firm hands

14. Anki Overdrive Starter Kit

Why we like it: The kit is compatible with android and apple devices, and the tracks are designed to allow expansion and add-ons.

This kit will indulge your son in a real-life video game. The kit includes 2 supercars and 12 track pieces consisting of 6 curved, 4 straight, and 2 riser pieces, and a tire cleaner. The cars are robotic and are controlled using a mobile device. He can play it with his friends or race against an AI-controlled car. The game tracks your son’s performance to decide whether to give an upgrade or not. The track is easy to set up, and the pieces are magnetic and clip together, and it allows for expansion by adding more tracks and cars. The game is compatible with both android and apple devices and requires wifi to work. The kit helps promote your son’s creativity, and hand dexterity.

Pros
  • Compatible with android and apple devices
  • Easy to set up
  • Can be expanded
Cons
  • It can be hard to keep the cars on the track

15. Melissa & Doug Deluxe Magic Set

Why we like it: It is realistic, and its sturdiness allows it to be continuously used for a long time. It also has clear instructions and is, therefore, easy to learn.

It’s time for the little magician to have his own magic shows with this Melissa & Doug Deluxe Magic Set. It has 10 famous tricks magicians love performing disappearing coin and ball, magic number prediction, and more. The pieces are made of solid wood and are sturdy, and it includes an illustrated instruction booklet and a performance space which can also act as a storage space. The pieces in the set look like the real equipment used by magicians and your son will play with it as he keeps growing up. It is easy to learn and is a great toy for magic lovers. The set helps develop your son’s confidence, creativity and imagination and it prepares him for future performances in front of people.

Pros
  • Sturdy
  • Easy to learn
  • Realistic
Cons
  • Your son might lose interest if he doesn’t like magic

16. LEGO Creator Mighty Dinosaurs 31058 Dinosaur Toy

Why we like it: It is a 3-in-1 set and therefore allows your son to build three different dinosaurs with life-like features.

Let your son travel back in time to the era of dinosaurs by getting him this LEGO Creator Mighty Dinosaurs toy. It is a 3-in-1 set, and your son can build the T-Rex, the Triceratops, and the Pterodactyl. The dinosaurs are greatly detailed and have realistic features such as sharp pointed teeth, mouths that can open, and more. The limbs and tails are also movable and can be moved to imitate the real dinosaurs. The set comes with an instruction manual, and the dinosaurs are built one at a time and are sturdy. It is a good way of keeping your son engaged while also expanding his creativity and imagination and it improves his hand dexterity.

Pros
  • Sturdy
  • Affordable
  • Can build 3 different dinosaurs
Cons
  • The dinosaurs can only be built one at a time

17. Zing Air Z-Curve Bow

Why we like it: It can be used easily by both right-handed and left-handed people. The arrows also travel a long distance when they are shot.

This toy consists of the bow and three arrows and is great for indoor and outdoor play. Two of the arrows have tips made of safe foam which reach a far distance and bounce back off of targets while the remaining one sticks to almost any surface. The two RedX arrows also whistle when they are shot adding to the fun and excitement. The bow is easy and fast to load, and it can be used by both right-handed and left-handed people. It is helpful in developing archery skills and building hand muscles as well as promoting hand-eye coordination. The arrows are safe to use and can be replaced when they get lost or wear out.

Pros
  • Suitable for right-handed and left-handed children
  • Safe
  • Easy to use
Cons
  • The arrows can easily get lost when the toy is played with outside

18. Stomp Rocket Dueling Rockets

Why we like it: It is a high-quality toy that develops your son’s interest in engineering, science, and technology while also providing him with physical exercise.

This toy is so much fun that even adults will want to play with it. It includes two launch pads and four rockets, and your son can challenge his siblings or friends to see who has the most stomping power. The rockets can launch up to 200 feet in the sky making the toy excellent for outdoor play. It helps to develop your son’s interest in science, engineering, and technology and is also a great way of exercising since it involves running, jumping, and stomping. The rockets come in two different colors and are made from soft foam and are reusable and the launching pad is quite easy to assemble and use, and no batteries are required.

Pros
  • Good quality
  • The rockets are reusable
  • Easy to assemble
Cons
  • It is only suitable for outdoor play and requires clear days.

19. Thames & Kosmos Structural Engineering

Why we like it: It includes several pieces which provide a wide range of options your son can choose to build from.

Bring out the architect in your son with this Thames & Kosmos Structural Engineering. It has 20 models and several building pieces which can be interchanged. The models demonstrate the basic concept of structural engineering and your son is able to learn how tall buildings and bridges stay intact. Your son can start by experimenting with smaller and simpler structures and gradually move towards building more complex models. It has an instruction manual which gives detailed instructions. Your son can build anything he can think about with the help of the manual which has questions at the end of each model to sharpen your son’s mind. It promotes creativity and imagination and also enables him to gain useful skills and interest in mechanical engineering.

Pros
  • It has several interchangeable building pieces
  • Great educational toy
  • Promotes imagination and creativity
Cons
  • •Your son might lose interest in the toy

20. Nerf Official N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster

Why we like it: The barrel makes it convenient by allowing quick loading and the tactical rail makes the blaster customizable.

This toy includes the blaster, six elite darts, and the instructions. The blaster has an open cylinder which holds six darts which are loaded directly to the barrel, and this allows your son to fire the darts continuously without stopping to reload. The darts are fired by moving the slam fire slide back and forth. The barrel flips open to allow quick loading and prevent your son from losing the battle. The tactical rail on the top of the blaster allows it to be customized and you can add other Nerf N-Strike accessories to make it more fun. The toy is easy to operate and does not require any batteries and can be used for indoor and outdoor play. It is great for keeping your son occupied and increasing his attention span.

Pros
  • Safe and easy to use
  • It can be customized
  • Very durable
Cons
  • It has an open cylinder

21. Watch Ya Mouth Family Edition

Why we like it: It is a fun and easy game which will cause laughter throughout and does not limit the number of players.

This is a fun game your son can play with his friends and is also great for a family game night. The pieces are worn in the mouth, and the player attempts to say the phrases written on the cards that are included and his teammates try to figure out what he is saying. The set has six standard size mouthpieces for adults and four smaller mouthpieces for younger kids. The cards are laminated to ensure they do not tear or wear out. The number of players is unlimited, and the mouthpieces can be easily cleaned by using boiling water. An extension pack can be purchased to ensure hours of endless fun and laughter. It promotes your kid’s quick thinking and reasoning skills as he tries to figure out what his teammates are saying.

Pros
  • Easy to clean
  • Unlimited number of players
  • Very interesting
Cons
  • The pieces might feel uncomfortable in the mouth

22. L.O.L. Surprise! Pearl Surprise

Why we like it: It has several surprises inside, and the dolls change color when placed in cold water making it more exciting.

This toy is full of surprises for your little boy. It includes six surprise balls which have outfits inside for the doll and a fizz shaped like a seashell which is dissolved in water to reveal a beautiful doll stand shaped like a seashell. Inside the stand are two adorable little sisters for your son to groom and look after. These are all encased in a beautiful pearl case which your son can use to store small toys. The dolls change color when placed in cold water adding to the excitement. The fizzing part and the color-changing features make the toy pretty cool, and it keeps your son’s interest as he waits for the reveal. It also teaches him to be responsible as he grooms and takes care of the dolls.

Pros
  • It has several surprises and fun features
  • Creates anticipation
  • Well-thought toys
Cons
  • Your son might lose interest after the reveal

23. Razor RipStik Caster Board

Why we like it: It is high-quality and has slip-resistant concave decks which make it easy to control and allows your son to perform tricks.

Your son is going to experience snowboarding on dry land with this Razor RipStik Caster Board. It has unique features including caster trucks which can rotate all the way around and can move on almost any kind of pavement and concave decks which make it resistant to slips and easier to control. The design also makes it possible to accelerate the caster board without having to push it, and your son can perform tricks and stunts safely. It is high-quality and sturdy and can hold up to 220lbs, thus can also be used by adults. Your son will learn about balancing and coordination while also developing his snow-boarding talent which might be useful to him as a sport.

Pros
  • Sturdy
  • It has concave decks for easier control
  • Slip-resistant
  • The wheels wear out but can be replaced
Cons

24. LEGO City Police High-Speed Chase 60138 Building Toy

Why we like it: it is a sturdy set with realistic features and is easy to assemble.
Pros
  • Sturdy
  • Realistic
  • Easy to assemble
  • Can be used with other Lego sets
Cons
  • Some pieces might easily come off if knocked over

25. Djubi Classic

Why we like it: The game is easy to play, and it allows your son to exercise while having fun.

This is a fun outdoor toy which involves one player launching a foam ball into the air and the other player catching it using a catching net. It includes two racquets, two balls, a catching net, and a launching hook. This toy brings whole new excitement and fun to the game of catch. The game is easy to play, and the ball is soft and will not hurt your kid if it hits him by accident. It can also float on the water making it great for pool play as well. It is good quality and can be used frequently and for a long time. It is a good way for your son to exercise and keep fit and it also helps in improving his concentration and attention.

Pros
  • Good quality
  • Easy to play
  • Perfect for pool play
Cons
  • Only suitable for playing outdoors

26. 12 White Vampire Fangs, Costume Accessory Party Favors, Plastic Teeth

Why we like it: The pack contains 12 pairs of fangs which are soft and flexible and will not hurt your son’s gums and is also quite cheap.

This is the perfect toy for costume parties, dress ups, and Halloween. Your son can turn into the mythical creature for Halloween and scare people away or just wear it for fun. The pack has 12 pairs of fangs which are foldable and simple to use and are made of soft and flexible plastic which do not hurt the gums and mouth. They can be worn by both kids and adults and are safe to put inside the mouth. The pack allows your son to have fun with his friends and it is very affordable. It enhances your son’s creativity and imagination as he comes up with new ways of using the fangs.

Pros
  • Made from malleable plastic
  • Safe and simple to use
  • The fangs come in several pairs
Cons
  • A tad bit big but will fit your son’s mouth

27. Wonder Workshop Dash

Why we like it: It is highly interactive and educational, and it is easy to control using the apps downloaded on your phone or tablet.

This kid’s robot comes with two building brick connectors, a charging cord, and an instruction guide. It is a fun and an educational robot that teaches your son and plays with him at the same time and is designed to grow with your child. It uses apps compatible with Android, Apple and Kindle Fire mobile phones and tablets to make it move, light up, dance, avoid obstacles, and more, and can be charged when the battery runs out. The robot is easy to control with the apps and will keep your son engaged for hours, and your son learns about coding in the process. It also helps him develop problem-solving skills and knowledge about various sounds and activities.

Pros
  • Educational
  • Easy to control
  • Has several fun features
Cons
  • Your phone might run out of battery quickly because of running the apps controlling the robot

28. Marky Sparky Blast Pad Missile Launcher

Why we like it: It is easy to set up and does not require any assembly, and the base makes it convenient for storage.

Make your kid’s outdoor play even more fun with this blast pad missile launcher. It includes 3 missiles, 1 blast pad, 1 launch tube, and 1 blast pad base. Your son can challenge his friends to see who can launch the missile the highest and farthest. The missiles have a foam tip so no one will get hurt if he gets hit by accident and they can be replaced when they wear out or get lost. It is designed to store neatly into the base when not in use making it even more convenient. It is also very easy to set up. It will keep your son active and fit while also developing his interest in science and mechanical physics.

Pros
  • Easy to set up
  • Has a base which allows it to be stored neatly
  • Simple to use
Cons
  • Only suitable for outdoor play

29. Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit

Why we like it: The kit provides various opportunities for conducting different experiments, and it uses kid-friendly chemicals.

It’s time for the little scientist to get to work and he will need his science kit. It includes 3 plastic cups, 2 measuring scoops, 3 test tubes, 2 cotton swabs, 2 sticks, a pipette, and an activity guide. It also includes chemicals which are not harmful and which are mostly used in the kitchen. Your son can perform amazing experiments by following the detailed instructions given in the guide in the presence of an adult. Your son will learn new and interesting facts in a fun way, and he will develop an interest in math and science. He will also gain more knowledge about everyday events and be able to explain simple phenomena thus also boosting his self-confidence.

Pros
  • Fun and educative
  • The chemicals are not harmful
  • The experiments are simple and easy to perform
Cons
  • Many ingredients are not included, and you are required to add them

30. LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon 75105 Star Wars Toy

Why we like it: It comes with so many pieces and is highly detailed giving it a realistic feel and look.

This toy is the perfect gift for any Star Wars fan. Your son will experience Star Wars and interact with the hero and villain figurines included. The figurines include Chewbacca, Han Solo, Kanjiklub gang member, and more. It has a lot of pieces for your son to build the ship substantially and it has great details such as a detachable cockpit, secret compartment, and more to make it look and feel like the real ship. The toy is compatible with other Lego building sets allowing your son to expand his creativity and imagination by coming up with creative structures and adventures. It also enhances his hand-eye coordination and basic construction skills.

Pros
  • It is compatible with other LEGO building sets
  • Realistic
  • Includes your son’s favorite characters
Cons
  • It has a lot of pieces hence is tedious and time-consuming to build.

Bottom line

Your son is going to appreciate you getting him one or more of the toys mentioned above. The toys have great educational value to prepare an 8-year-old boy to face new challenges and solve problems he may encounter along the way. You can choose a toy according to affordability and its functional value, and appearance. We hope we have made your work easy and you are able to choose the toy you think is best for your son. Have a great time shopping!