We know no 7 year old boy is like your 7 year old boy.
We also know your 7 year old boy is quickly growing, both physically and mentally, and those toys that may have been his favorite last year are now being tossed aside and collecting dust.
It can be hard to find the perfect toy — something that aids in his development while still being enjoyable to play with – which is why we’ve put together this list for you.
These 10 best toys for 7 year old boys are affordable, more complex than last year’s toys, and (best of all) fun. If you’re short on time, jump to the best toy list below. Otherwise, take a moment to learn about what typical 7 year olds are expected to learn.
7 Year Old Developmental Milestones
7 year old boys are in a year of transition. They have grown intellectually from simple to complex thought, physically from learning how to use their body to understanding their bodies and the way it works, morally from understanding what’s right and wrong – and using that information to test your limits — and so on.
7 year old boys are starting the second grade and ready to learn. Now capable of more complex thought, their reading comprehension skills evolve from learning to read to reading to learn. When writing, they can form more complicated sentences, use punctuation, and use these skills to create plans. They also sharpen their addition, subtraction, and math reasoning skills.
Their skills are also rapidly developing outside of the classroom. You may notice that they also begin to complain about their aches and pains – 7 year olds are more aware of their bodies, and are better able to use their bodies and discuss how they feel, both verbally and in writing. They also learn new ways to express themselves, and try out jokes and puns.
Don’t be surprised if your relationship with your 7 year old changes. Boys crave independence from you while trying to figure out where they fit in their social groups – they spend more time with friends, crave acceptance from their peers and enjoy being a part of a team.
Knowing the difference between right and wrong is no longer enough, they now understand cause and effect and use this information to test your limits by experimenting with lying, cheating, stealing and using bad words.
That said, they may still feel insecure and need your validation. 7 year olds are still inquisitive, so this is a great time to nurture your relationship by limiting screen-time and begin having deeper discussions on tougher topics.
10 Best Toys & Gifts for 7 Year Old Boys
Your 7 year old boy is developing more advanced motor and problem-solving skills – develop and challenge them with this K’NEX set. The 480 pieces can be arranged in to 35 functioning and intricate models, including cars, amusement park rides, and airplanes. It also comes with a chest for storage, which teaches organization (as an unintentional added bonus, this is perfect for parents walking around barefoot late at night).
This classic competitive boxing game from your childhood is back and better than ever. Your kid will have such a blast, he won’t even notice that he’s improving his speed, motor skills, and hand-eye coordination. Play with friends or play with parents, with this toy, he will always win – even if he loses.
Abracadabra! Your 7 year old wizard is at an inquisitive yet lively age – this kit will inspire them to use their imagination, follow instructions, and dazzle their friend group, all while learning about the science behind magic.
Foster your kid’s imagination, complex problem-solving skills, and his ability to follow instructions – all while building one amazing toy. This car is not cool-looking, it’s fast too. That’s right, your 7 year old boy will actually build a functioning car!
A healthy social life is more important than ever before for your 7 year old boy. This walkie talkie keeps him close – even when he’s out playing with friends. The long range (up to two miles!) and hands-free operation helps him check in with you when he’s checked out of the house.
Talk about economical – this set is 6 toys in one (binoculars, magnifying glass, hand-crank flashlight, whistle, compass – all in one cool backpack). Encourage your 7 year old boy to turn off the TV or put the tablet away, get outside, and use his imagination. Best of all, this is an educational opportunity, where you and your boy can go exploring together while creating great memories and developing your bond.
Pack his toys in a backpack and take them on-the-go on their zippy (but safe) scooter. This lightweight scooter promotes muscle coordination and balance – getting your 7 year old away from screens, out of the house, to their friends’ house and back faster (and cooler!) than ever before. Just be sure to have your 7 year old also wear a helmet. The scooter is so good it also made it on our list of the best toys for 6 year old boys.
Nurture his imagination and increase his instruction-following skills by building this solar system planetarium model, foster his creativity with the included glow paint pen, and learn all about the solar system with the fact-filled wall chart. Your 7 year old kid will have so much fun, he won’t even realize it’s actually an educational activity.
This fun and safe take on dodgeball and tag encourages competitive play, improves hand-eye coordination, and increases accuracy, agility and endurance. It’s also incredibly safe – the dodgeballs are soft and are not meant to hurt the rambunctious players, they are made to stick to the vest.
Many of these toys are meant for outside play, but there are also ways to reduce screen time and learn while inside the house as well. For rainy days and quiet times, this book provides 5,000 fun facts for your curious kid. Now that he’s reading to learn, nurture this ability, indulge his curiosity and inspire his imagination with this great book.
Toys for Other Age Ranges
For more toy and gift ideas for kids, check out our other great articles:
- Best toys for 1 year old boys
- Best toys for 2 year old boys
- Best toys for 3 year old boys and girls
- Best toys for 4 year old boys
- Best toys for 5 year old boys
- Best toys for 6 year old boys
- Best toys for 8 year old boys
- Best toys for 9 year old boys
- Best toys for 10 year old boys
- Best toys for 11 year old boys
- Best toys for 12 year old boys
We hope you’ve enjoyed this list. While we don’t suggest that these are the only toys your child will ever need, we do think this list of the best educational toys for boys is a great start. If you have any suggestions or feedback, please reach out to us.
Criteria for Placement
While listing the best educational resources is never an exact science, we’ve done our best find products that rank highly on the following criteria:
- Developmental impact: Many toys out there like plush dolls are somewhat limited in their developmental impact. We’ve critically evaluated the toys on this list for their impact on physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development.
- Safety: All toys on this list are safe to use, free of toxic compounds like lead and BPA
- Durability: Children love to throw, jump on, and touch everything in sight. The toys on this list are fit to withstand the bumps and hard landings.
- Price: Parenting doesn’t need to be outrageously expensive. We looked for the cheapest products that still meet our developmental and quality requirements.
- Developmental milestones for typical second graders – understood.org