Best Toys and Gift Ideas for 9-Year-Old Boys to Buy 2019

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As a parent, you will always want your kid to have the best including toys, but this has become tricky especially because there are a lot of fake or cheaply made toys out there. Your son does not have to go through frustrations and disappointments because his toy stopped working immediately or never even worked in the first place. Having said this, it is also important to note that there are many other toys in the market that are great for your son. To make the work easy for you, we have compiled some of the best toys and gift ideas for 9-year old boys that you can get your son.

Top 30 Best Toys and Gift Ideas for 9-Year-Old Boys 2019

1. ThinkFun Gravity Maze Marble Run Logic Game and STEM Toy

Why we like it: It is great for developing your son’s reasoning and problem-solving skills, and it can also be played by adults.

This is a great toy for stimulating your son’s mind, and he will get attached to it quickly. It includes a game grid, 3 marbles, 1 target piece, 60 challenge cards, and an instruction manual. The challenges go from amateur to expert, and the game will get more difficult as your son keeps playing. It comes with clear instructions you and your son can easily understand and get started and is colorful making the game interesting to your son. The blocks have to be arranged a certain way to prevent the marble from falling off before the end, thus causing your son to reason and think carefully. It also promotes his problem-solving abilities. Adults can also participate and challenge themselves with the expert level!

Pros
  • It has clear and easy-to-follow instructions
  • Can also be played by adults
  • Interesting and fun
Cons
  • The instructions only come in English

2. Nerf N-Strike Elite Precision Target Set

Why we like it: The toy can be played with inside or outside the house and is very easy to use.

This toy is great for your son who loves playing indoors and outdoors. It is very easy to learn how to use, and your son will be playing with it all the time. It includes a Firestrike Blaster, a target, easy-to-follow instructions, and 10 suction darts with one color for every five. The target itself can stand up or be hung on a wall, and the suction darts stick firmly to it. The set is very sturdy and can withstand Constant abuse. It is a good way of keeping your son active and engaged, and it helps in perfecting his aiming and accuracy skills. Adults can also play with it.

Pros
  • Can be played with either inside or outside the house
  • Sturdy
  • Quick and easy to learn and use
Cons
  • The target is small and might get knocked off

3. K’NEX Thrill Rides – Web Weaver Roller Coaster Building Set

Why we like it: It is an educational set, and it also provides several ways to build the roller coaster.

Your son will finally understand how a roller coaster is built and how it works with this roller coaster building set. There are more than one ways to play, and the instruction manual provides clear instructions on how to build different versions of the roller coaster. It comes with air, and battery-powered card and the track glows in the dark to add to the fun. It is the perfect toy for kids who love to assemble things, and it will teach your son basic Construction skills. It is great for fostering creativity and imagination as it provides several ways of building. It also develops his interest in engineering, math, physics, and more and this might help him in choosing his career.

Pros
  • It has multiple ways to play
  • Easy to follow instructions
  • Has exciting features
  • Educational
Cons
  • Assembly takes time

4. Doinkit Darts – Magnetic Dart Board

Why we like it: The darts are very safe for your son to use and they also do not ruin walls or get ruined despite hitting it numerous times.

This toy lets your son enjoy playing darts but in a safe way so he will not harm himself. The magnetic dart board has a hook for hanging on any wall and comes with 6 magnetic darts, and each three of the six have the same color. The game is suitable for all ages, and the set is very sturdy, and your son can play alone, with family, or even his friends. The best thing is that you don’t have to worry about your wall getting ruined no matter how many times it gets hit by the darts. Your son will learn about aiming and accuracy, and he will develop coordination and balance.

Pros
  • Safe
  • Good quality
  • Suitable for both kids and adults
Cons
  • The darts can easily get lost if not kept well.

5. LEGO The Iron Golem

Why we like it: It has a Golem pop-up feature, and the set is compatible with other LEGO Minecraft sets.

LEGO sets never disappoint, and kids love them, and this set is no exception. It includes 3 ground panels, 3 bags each containing pieces of varying sizes, an Iron Golem figurine, 2 mini-figurines, a baby pig, and an instruction booklet. Your son is provided with many options for building, and he can use his imagination to build anything he can think about. The pieces are sturdy and easy to set up, and the set can be combined with other LEGO Minecraft sets to create a world full of fun, and this would be a perfect addition to your son’s collection. It encourages him to use his creativity as he comes up with different ways of setting up the pieces.

Pros
  • Easy to set up
  • Sturdy
  • Can be combined with other LEGO Minecraft sets
  • Can be built in several ways
Cons
  • The completed structure is a bit small but fun nonetheless

6. Jenga Giant Genuine Hardwood Game

Why we like it: The blocks are bigger and stack higher and are very sturdy.

Does your son enjoy suspense? Then this is the perfect gift for him. He will have him at the edge of his seat as he hopes the tower does not fall when he pulls out a block. It includes 54 blocks and a stacking sleeve with instructions, and it is much bigger than the normal Jenga blocks and stacks more than 4 feet high when arranged. The blocks are good quality and sturdy, and they come in a sturdy box which makes it easy to store and travel. Your son can play it alone, with friends, or family. The game will require your kid to think carefully and become creative with the blocks lest he loses, and it builds his strategic and balancing skills.

Pros
  • Sturdy
  • Bigger and stacks higher
  • Easy to store and convenient for travel
Cons
  • It is quite pricey

7. Sparky Blast Pad Missile Launcher

Why we like it: All the parts store well into the blast pad launcher and no assembly or disassembly is required.

This kit includes three missiles, one blast pad, one launch tube, and a blast pad base. Your son will have a blast playing with this toy outside the house alone or with his siblings and friends to see who will launch the missile the highest. The tips of the missiles are made of soft foam to ensure that nobody gets hurt when they accidentally get hit by one, and they can easily be replaced in case they wear out or get lost. A great feature about this toy is its ability to store neatly in the base without having to disassemble it. The game is easy to play, and your son will develop an interest in science and mechanical physics while he is having fun.

Pros
  • No assembly required
  • Easy to play
  • The parts store neatly into the base
Cons
  • It is only meant for outdoor play

8. Epoch Air Rc Cars for Kids

Why we like it: The car can be charged using a computer or a power bank, hence convenient to carry around.

This is a fantastic remote-control race car with lots of exciting features. Apart from racing across floors, it is designed to climb walls, race on ceilings, roofs, and it also works perfectly on glass surfaces. The car also performs stunts, and the headlights emit a blue color when moving forward and the rear lights emit a red glow when moving backward and so on. The car takes a short time to charge, and you can use a plug, a power bank, or even a computer, no limitations. Charging is convenient as the light of the cable will light up with varying intensity to indicate the amount of power the car has and how much it still needs. It helps foster your son’s imagination and creativity while keeping him occupied.

Pros
  • Moves on walls and ceilings
  • Takes a short time to charge
  • Can be charged with most charging tools
Cons
  • Small in size

9. Razor Jetts Heel Wheels

Why we like it: The straps are adjustable, and so it will grow with your son. The wheels are also sturdy and will last a long time.

Get your son on the move with these Razor Jetts Heel Wheels. They are easy to put on, and they can be adjusted to fit your son’s shoes perfectly. The wheels’ adjustable feature also means that they fit adult shoes and can support weights up to 220lbs. They are made from high-quality materials and are sturdy. They have spark pads which make riding more enjoyable for your son, and these pads can easily be removed and replaced. They work best on smooth surfaces and can be ridden indoors or outdoors, although your son can dare to ride them on rough surfaces as long as he has safety equipment on. They are great for learning how to balance.

Pros
  • Adjustable
  • Easy to put on
  • Sturdy
  • Can also be used by adults
Cons
  • Your son might fall a few times before getting the hang of it

10. Melissa & Doug Deluxe Magic Set

Why we like it: It has easy-to-follow instructions making the set easy to use and it grows with your son.

This set is great for kids who love magic or aspire to be magicians. Your son will learn the secrets of magicians to perform mind-blowing tricks. It includes the classic tools magicians use in their performances including magic coin box, disappearing ball, secret silks, and more. It has instructions on how to perform the tricks which are easy to master. It also comes with a wooden box which acts as a performance space and a storage box. The set is made of solid wood and is, therefore, sturdy and will grow with your son. It is realistic, and it fosters your son’s creativity and imagination. It also builds his confidence and posture and develops fine motor skills.

Pros
  • Sturdy
  • Easy to use
  • Grows with your son
  • Realistic
Cons
  • Your son may not like it if he is not into magic

11. Winning Moves Games Rubik’s Cube

Why we like it: There are countless ways of solving the cube, and your son can invent his methods of solving it.

Rubik’s Cube is one of the most popular toys ever to exist. It has different colors for each side of the cube which are used to solve it. There are countless ways to solve Rubik’s Cube although it can be solved with few simple moves. The cube is sturdy and also suitable for adults, and it comes with a stand to place the cube when not in use. The cube is an excellent gift for your son as it will keep him occupied and is excellent for testing his problem-solving abilities and improves his concentration. His mind is sharpened, and his creativity is promoted as he comes up with his own ways of solving the cube and it improves his hand-eye coordination.

Pros
  • Sturdy
  • Has countless ways of solving
  • Also great for adults
  • Improves problem-solving abilities
Cons
  • It is stiff and requires lubrication

12. Diggin Active Dodge Tag

Why we like it: the balls are soft thus safe to play with. The vests are also adjustable making them comfortable to wear.

This product is excellent for outdoor play although they can also be played inside the house. It includes two vests and six dodgeballs. It is a fun and easy game where players wear the vests and take three balls each and throw one at their playmates who are required to dodge, and if it sticks on the vest, they lose. The balls are soft, and there is no risk of someone getting hurt, and the vests are adjustable for the players to wear them comfortably. It helps keep your son active and fit, and his concentration and timing are improved. It also enhances his hand-eye coordination.

Pros
  • Easy to play
  • Good quality
  • Vests are adjustable
  • Softballs to ensure safe play
Cons
  • The vest is open at the back making the game frustrating for the opponent
  • The target on the vest is small and hard to hit

13. Dragonwood A Game of Dice & Daring Board Game

Why we like it: It requires strategy and the game is easy to learn.

This game will take your son on an adventure into the mythical forest lurking with scary creatures. It includes six dice, game rules, and several cards. It involves luck, and the players are required to capture animals and roll dice. The cards have amazing pictures that are catchy to the eye, and there are different ways to play the game. It is a game of strategy and players will need to choose which cards they will attack the animal with. Although it’s mostly a kid’s game, it can be played during the family game night and is sure to bring you lots of fun. The game might seem hard but is simple and easy to learn and your son will be playing it in no time. It encourages his creativity and promotes his problem-solving abilities.

Pros
  • Easy to learn and play
  • Eye-catching pictures
  • Different ways to play
Cons
  • Your kid might lose interest after some time

14. US Art Supply 163 Piece-Premium Mega Wood Box Art

Why we like it: It contains all the items required for drawing and is great for beginners and learners.

This set contains all the tools needed for art and is perfect for introducing your son to artistry. These tools include colored pencils, wax crayons, paint brushes, sketchbook, and many more, and they all come in an appealing wood case which opens fully to provide easy access and has clasps to ensure the tools are secured inside and also makes it easy to travel with. Your son will have his very own little studio where he can bring his imagination to life. He will become so engrossed with it that it might be hard for him to leave it. It fosters creativity and imagination and develops and promotes his talent in drawing and painting, and in turn, his confidence will improve.

Pros
  • Has several art tools
  • Can be used by older people
  • Beginner-friendly tools
  • Has case for convenient storage
Cons
  • The box is a bit flimsy

15. Star Wars Bluetooth Speaker

Why we like it: It is easy to operate and has good quality speakers, and is compatible with all Bluetooth devices.

If your son loves Star Wars, then this is the toy to get him. Your son can listen to his favorite music and the theme music for Star Wars. It is compatible with all phones and tablets that have Bluetooth, and it has a USB port which connects an aux cable and is also used for changing the ship. It also uses headphones, so you don’t have to worry about your son making noise. The ship lights up making it a cool toy and will make a fine addition to your son’s Star Wars collection. It is very simple to operate and has high-quality sound. It is excellent for developing your son’s interest in music and keeping him occupied.

Pros
  • High-quality sound
  • Easy to use
  • Compatible with all Bluetooth devices
Cons
  • The toy does not have a volume control feature and can only be adjusted on the connected device

16. Osmo Genius Kit for iPad

Why we like it: The letters are complete and come in upper and lower case for each set. It also engages your son and lets him learn and have fun at the same time.

This toy allows your son to have fun while learning and it includes tiles with numbers and all letters in both upper and lower case letters, and a base to ensure your iPad stands securely and also makes it easy to operate, and it can be adjusted to fit all iPad sizes. There are five games to play including words, numbers, masterpiece, Newton, and tangram. The tiles are stored in a plastic container for convenience. It is simple to use and has easy-to-follow instructions and will capture your son’s attention for long. It develops your son’s interest in art and encourages creativity and imagination. It also adds to his knowledge of numbers and promotes his problem-solving skills.

Pros
  • Simple to use
  • Educational
  • Adjustable base to fit all iPads
Cons
  • You must own an iPad to use it.

17. Piper Computer Kit

Why we like it: It is kid-friendly and teaches useful skills, and new levels can be downloaded.

This toy is great for the little mechanical engineer as it lets him build a computer from beginning to the end and lets him understand how every day electronic devices work. It includes a computer, cables, an SD card, and a laminated blueprint to guide your son while building the computer. It connects to wifi to allow your son to download new levels and updates. The toy is good quality, and your son will use it as he grows, and he will learn how to code and build simple electronics and progress to complex ones. He can assemble the pieces with his siblings or friends, thus encourages teamwork and it builds his confidence and creativity. Assembling the toys will challenge your son and widen his reasoning and problem-solving abilities.

Pros
  • Good quality
  • Educational
  • New levels can be added
Cons
  • It is quite pricey

18. SKLZ Pro Mini Basketball Hoop W/Ball

Why we like it: The hoop is very durable, and it is easy to attach to the door, and the padded backboard ensures your doors are not ruined.

Build your child’s basketball skills with this indoor basketball hoop. It is quick and easy to mount on the door, and your son will get to business right away. It is designed to look like the real thing and will keep your son occupied for hours. The backboard is padded with foam to protect the hoop from ruining your door and is shatter resistant. The rim can bend down when your son dunks but bounces right back up when he releases it making your son feel like a basketball star. The hoop is high-quality and will survive several games and abuses, and your son will use it as he grows. It helps develop your son’s sportsmanship, and he also keeps active and fit while perfecting his moves.

Pros
  • Easy to set up
  • Realistic
  • Durable
  • Padded backboard
Cons
  • It is a noisy game

19. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PRO Series Metal Detector

Why we like it: the device is easy to operate, light, and can be folded.

Treasure hunting will be made more fun with this NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PRO Series Metal Detector. It features three modes of detection, four sensitivity levels, and has a pinpoint feature to enable your son to tell the difference between treasure and other junk. The detector is light in weight and foldable making it easy to store and carry around, and it is easy to operate so your son will not have a hard time using it. It has a waterproof coil which allows him to search for treasure in water bodies. The volume can be adjusted, and it has a headphone jack to ensure precision and high-quality sound. It develops your son’s interest in exploration and encourages him to use his imagination and be mindful of the environment.

Pros
  • Light and foldable
  • Easy to operate
  • Works in water and dry land
  • No assembly required
Cons
  • Cannot be used in deep waters

20. Made By Me Build & Paint Your Own Wooden Cars

Why we like it: t encourages your son to use his creativity and imagination, and the cars are easy to create.

This kit includes wooden pieces, paint brushes, sandpaper, and other tools required by your son to build his own race car. The wood pieces come pre-cut and pre-sanded, and there are easy-to-follow instructions to make your son’s work easier. The pieces build three cars, and your son chooses how he wants to paint and design the cars. It is a great activity to undertake with siblings and friends and, therefore, it encourages teamwork. The cars are simple to make and will keep your son occupied as he strives to come up with a masterpiece. The kit encourages your son to use his creativity and imagination and improves his concentration. It also improves his ability to solve problems and develops fine motor skills.

Pros
  • Easy to build
  • Encourages creativity
  • The pieces come ready-to-assemble
  • Good quality
Cons
  • It is time-consuming although easy to assemble

21. Nerf Zombie Strike Sledgefire Blaster

Why we like it: The size of the handle makes it comfortable to use

This Nerf Zombie Strike Sledgefire Blaster comes with three shells, nine darts. The shells can be reloaded, and each holds three darts. The blaster has a slot to holds the shells securely and fires three darts at a go making your son’s zombie killing conquest more enjoyable. Its working system resembles a shotgun and, therefore, has to be loaded each time the darts are fired. It is comfortable for your son’s hands and easy to load and is also high-quality and durable. It has a shorter range than the other blasters unless your son decides to load only one dart at a time, and isn’t so great for competitions. It helps your son to use his creativity and imagination as he comes up with his own adventures and is a good way of keeping him occupied.

Pros
  • Comfortable
  • Good quality
  • Easy to use
Cons
  • Has a short range
  • Needs to be loaded each time

22. RipStik Ripster Caster Board

Why we like it: The caster board is of good quality, and it allows your son to learn and perform tricks safely.

This toy lets your son snowboard on dry land. The caster trucks can rotate all the way around and is designed to move smoothly on almost any kind of pavement. The caster board allows your son to perform tricks and stunts without falling and hurting himself and is designed to be accelerated without pushing it. It is high-quality and durable and can also be used by adults up to 220lbs. The decks have a concave shape making them slip-resistant and easier to ride. It teaches your son to be good at balancing and coordination and develops his talent in snowboarding and even roller skating which might help him become a great sportsman when he grows up.

Pros
  • Good quality
  • Safe
  • Has a concave deck for easier manipulation
  • Works on almost any pavement
Cons
  • The wheels wear out but have replacements

23. 3Doodler Start Mega Box Set 3D Printing Pen

Why we like it: it provides endless possibilities for your son to create and the pen is safe and poses no risk to your son.

Your son can finally bring his imaginations to life with this 3D printing pen. The set includes a 3D printing pen, two packs of 8-mixed color eco-plastic, eight doodle blocks, a USB charging cable, and an activity guide. The pen is easy and safe to use, and the tip won’t burn your son, and the plastic hardens immediately making it possible to draw in the air. The doodle blocks allow your son to create shapes drawn on them and he can also follow online tutorials and even make cool objects entirely from his imagination. It is a fun activity, and it encourages creativity and imagination. Your son also develops an interest in planning and Construction which he can make a successful career out of.

Pros
  • Safe and easy to use
  • Plastic hardens immediately in the air
  • Provides endless possibilities of creation
Cons
  • The start plastics quickly run out

24. Maisto R/C Rock Crawler Extreme Radio Control Vehicle

Why we like it: the toy is very sturdy and works great as it is meant to. It can also be played with indoors.

This is a cool radio-controlled toy that is great for indoor and outdoor play. It has a sturdy structure and a flexible body and is designed to work on harsh and rugged terrain, and your son will have a lot of fun playing with it. The vehicle runs on 6 AA and 3 AAA batteries and is light making it easy to carry around. It has a nice boyish design and is easy to operate. Its ability to move on rugged terrain will make adults want to play with it too! Your son can even use his creativity and imagination to build barriers if he can’t find a rugged terrain. It improves his hand-eye coordination and spatial skills.

Pros
  • Sturdy
  • Flexible
  • Easy to control
  • Works great outside and can also be used indoors
Cons
  • Batteries need to be replaced Constantly

25. Top Race 15 Channel Full Functional Remote Control Excavator Construction Tractor

Why we like it: It is very realistic and sturdy and also easy to operate.

This is a rechargeable toy excavator which highly resembles the real one. It has a sturdy metal shovel that can dig into sand and soil and load them onto the back of a truck or transport them to another location. The excavator is easy to control, and the remote control displays different functions of the buttons, and it is controlled from a distance of more than 100 feet, and just like the real excavator, it moves forwards and backwards and can also rotate. It comes with its own batteries and USB charging cable. It is a great way to keep your son busy, and it builds his interest in Construction, and he can learn how excavators work satisfying his curiosity. He also becomes better at coordination promotes physical development and sensory skills.

Pros
  • Sturdy
  • Realistic and functional
  • Easy to operate
  • Rechargeable
Cons
  • It takes longer to charge and shorter for the battery to drain

26. Bit Extra Bot

Why we like it: The game is great for learning and will move on to advanced stages after your son has mastered the first stages.

This is a mini robot which can be programmed to perform different functions. It comes with a rubber helmet, pattern cards, carrying case, a charging cable, and a quick start guide. It is equipped with sensors which detect colors as codes and also respond to your kid’s commands. The mini robot can automatically follow color patterns or follow programmed instructions. You can also download games and challenges for your son so he won’t have to play the same games over and over. He learns how to code and can proceed to more advanced levels of play. The robot develops his interest in science, technology, and engineering and it encourages him to use his creativity and imagination to create his own tracks.

Pros
  • Games and challenges can be added
  • Encourages creativity
  • Has various stages of play
Cons
  • Requires good interest
  • Your son might lose interest

27. Fuzion Z300 Pro Scooter Complete

Why we like it: The scooter is sturdy and easy to manipulate, and it has features that ensure your kid rides safely.

This is a great scooter for beginners and will be a perfect gift for your son. It has a wide deck with a concave shape which makes it stable and allows your son to perform tricks and stunts like a pro. It is designed to allow easy manipulation, and it works best on smooth surfaces and pavements. It is good quality and sturdy and can hold up to 220lbs. It also doesn’t fold so it won’t collapse when your son is performing stunts. The wheels are made of hard plastic it is very comfortable to ride. It comes ready to ride, and no assembly is required. The scooter enables your son to develop balancing skills, and it promotes gross and fine motor skills.

Pros
  • Sturdy
  • Good quality
  • No assembly required
  • Safe and easy to use
Cons
  • It can’t be ridden on harsh terrain

28. Scientific Explorer Disgusting Science Kit

Why we like it: The kit encourages good hygiene and lets your son learn about the human body in a fun way.

This kit teaches your son why his body is behaving the way it does. 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 for your son to perform various experiments including making fake blood, stinky guts, fake snot, and other gross body features and it requires adult supervision. He also learns how to grow bacteria which are beneficial and distinguish it from harmful bacteria. The kit encourages your son to maintain good oral and body hygiene and to prevent some of the disgusting activities from taking place in his body. He also gains useful knowledge about the human body, and it will develop his interest in biology which might eventually become a career.

Pros
  • Educational
  • Promotes good hygiene
  • Easy to perform experiments
Cons
  • Can only be used in the presence of an adult

29. Think Fun Compose Yourself Music Card Game

Why we like it: Your son can compose music in various ways, and he can download a copy of his composition.

This product lets your son compose his own music and even post them online to be played by an orchestra. It includes 60 transparent music cards, a composer code, and instructions on how to compose. Your son doesn’t have to have any musical skills to play with. The music cards have different melodies each when you flip them over or turn them, and each time they will produce beautiful music. Your son can change his music online as well by switching and rotating the virtual cards on the computer or tablet, and he can download his music to share with friends and family. The game encourages your son to be creative and inventive and develops his interest in music.

Pros
  • Does not require experience
  • Compositions are downloadable
  • Several compositions can be created
Cons
  • Not flexible and limits your son to melodies contained on the cards

30. Bounty Hunter BHJS Junior Metal Detector

Why we like it: The detector is adjustable and has great features to make your son’s adventure more fun and exciting.

This metal detector has wonderful features to make your son’s treasure hunting one he can always look forward to. It is light in weight, and the length can be adjusted for your son to use comfortably, and the handle is very comfortable for his small hands. The detector detects all kinds of metals which vary in depth depending on their sizes. The detector can also eliminate unwanted objects and has an indicator showing how much battery is left. The coil is good quality and can withstand harsh weather so your son can get to work at any time without worrying about ruining his detector. It encourages your son to embark on treasure hunting as a hobby, and he also learns how to distinguish useful metals from trash.

Pros
  • Adjustable length
  • Light to carry
  • Good quality
  • Comfortable
Cons
  • Not designed to work in water

Finally

From the above compilation, each of the toys mentioned has a role to play in your child’s development. Some are there to enhance his creativity, some to challenge him and add knowledge, and some even for exercise and keeping healthy – the list is endless. It’s now up to you as a parent to choose one that you think is best suited for your son. Your choices will be influenced by your financial ability and preferences, and your son will appreciate the toys you get him regardless.