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Toys for Boys...what do 7 and 8 year old boys like for gifts?

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My son is getting ready to turn 8. I went out to buy gifts tonight and came back with none. I want to get him something that will benefit him in the long run and that he finds enjoyable. We are on somewhat of a budget, so no suggestions for Wii's :). Items that would be around the $20-$30 price range. We have a tradition of getting one gift for each year of life. So, he is due 8 this year.

 

Thanks so much for your suggestions!

 

Terri

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My son is getting ready to turn 8. I went out to buy gifts tonight and came back with none. I want to get him something that will benefit him in the long run and that he finds enjoyable. We are on somewhat of a budget, so no suggestions for Wii's :). Items that would be around the $20-$30 price range. We have a tradition of getting one gift for each year of life. So, he is due 8 this year.

 

Thanks so much for your suggestions!

 

Terri

My ds is 8. He loves legos, bionicles, k-nex, pop up books like ones that turn into a castle or pirate ship, games like Battle Ship. This is his favorite things.

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Nerf gun, laser tag, legos, R/C car, handheld inexpensive video game, at our house board games are huge, bionicles, magnetics, lincoln logs....

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ds got his first bionicles for his birthday from friends. He has played with them constantly since October and has saved money to buy more as well. He also plays with his legos. Everything else just sits there.

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My almost 8yo is getting a pocket knife and some books about whittling/carving for his birthday.

 

I'm interested in this for my ds. What books did you get?

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Lightsabers and cap guns are played with here. A bow and arrow and a sling shot are on the wish list for two of my boys.

 

The Klutz Paper Airplane book is great. My middle son got something called the Boys Box at Barnes and Noble (it's for ages 8 & up) and it has a compass, bug catcher, rope, marbles, paper and a small book that teaches how to use all these things.

 

Like others have mentioned, Legos are a hit. So are K'nex. K'nex has some kits that have pieces so you can connect K'nex and Legos and my boys enjoy the few pieces like that they have.

 

My guys each get a pocket knife on their 8th birthday.

 

For Christmas my ds9 got a small toolbox filled with real tools. He loves that.

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Well, I haven't gotten them yet as the birthday is next month. I need to hustle.

 

These books are on the short list. Our local bookstore doesn't have them on hand, which is how I prefer to preview them, so I will have to take a stab in the dark at amazon. I will probably get more than one of these:

 

Whittling

 

Carving This one seems to involve less use of a knife but I might get it anyways.

 

Whittling

 

Soap Carving

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Nerf gun and extra foam bullets IF the neighbor kids also have Nerf (so he has kids to Nerf around with). Otherwise I second the Legos.

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model kits

 

remote control vehicle

 

spy kit (huge hit! we just bought it the scholastic sale for $5)

 

rocket

 

magnifying glass

 

terrarium/aquarium; I actually just saw in Timberdoodle a book/dvd about how to train a goldfish to do tricks

 

soccer goal for backyard

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Legos, bioncacles, K'Nex, Magnetix -almost any building type thing

Spy toys, Magic trick stuff (Dollar Tree has some stuff that is good)

Crossbows and Catapults

Elementeo, Battleship

Stomp Rockets

Nerf guns and swords

Paper Airplane kits

Any science kit or building kit

Pocketknife

Dangerous Book for Boys

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Legos are the only thing my almost 8yo twin boys play with on a regular basis. They love to draw so any art supplies are great. Since the warmer weather is upon us (one can only hope :001_smile:) any nature or sport type gifts would be great to encourage him to be outside more.

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When my oldest was that age the thing to get was legos. In fact legos were the thing from ages 5-12 and he still pulls them out. I think at age 7 he got multiple lego sets that were geared to a police them. In later years he moved on to complicated Star Wars sets.

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Hi Terri (Lucy's mom here! Didn't know you were expecting - so awesome! Don't think Amy has mentioned it in any letters)

 

I will second the Dangerous Book for Boys, and the spy kit.

 

A friend of mine also got her boys a wood burning kit. Something like this. Hours of fun!!

:D

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My 8 year old son is very much into Legos, Bakugon, anything to do with bugs (insectlore.com is a great place), computer animating, and making his own videos.

 

We got him this for Christmas and he LOVES, LOVES, LOVES it

 

http://www.timberdoodle.com/Corefx_p/853-853.htm

 

We also got him this with the above program, but I don't think you need it, so you could add it later if you wanted:

 

http://www.amazon.com/Genius-G-Pen-5-5-Inch-Tablet-Cordless/dp/B000OE074G/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1242400065&sr=8-2

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My 8 yo plays with Playmobil and Kapla blocks inside. But, right now he plays outside most often. He uses his mitt, bat, lacrosse sticks, a giant frisbee, riding toys (power wing, scooters, etc), his bike, badminton stuff, basketball, etc. You get the idea.

 

Good luck!

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I have a ds(8) who does not play with legos, K'nex, Kapla, bow n arrow, etc for more than a day or two every 2-3 months. He putters with various things short term and reads a lot and works on word processing programs on the computer. His camera is the only item he has used almost every day for the last year and a half but it is probably out of your range at $100-we got him a discontinued model of an adult digital camera. In your price range his favorite presents would be a Secret Code Kit or a Magic Kit. The brand probably does not matter. He has returned to these "toys" over and over.

 

Susan

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A bb gun (if you are the type of family who goes for this type of thing) You can find some in the $30 range or if you keep an eye on the used adds you can sometimes find a very nice one at that price.

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My almost 8 year old son loves legos and magic tricks. Melissa and Doug make a couple of cute magic trick sets that have been much loved at our house. Paper airplane books and the Dangerous Book for Boys are also favorites.

 

ginny

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Another vote for

Legos,

Playmobil,

Bow and arrow

Paper Airlplane book

pocketknife

:lol:

 

Mine also likes his Heely's and his bike.

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