Are you looking for toy or gift ideas for a 10 year old boy in your life? In this year of rapid change, choosing the right toy may be more challenging than ever before.
10 year olds boys are still kids, but they are definitely not young children anymore. They may look and sound different, could be developing their first crushes, and may be drifting further and further away from family.
With so much going on in his life, what toy or gift will he find both fun, and developmentally rewarding? We’ve done the research and curated the 10 best toys for 10 year old boys that are beneficial for helping your boy reach developmental milestones.
Read on for a brief overview of what developmental milestones we considered for this list, or jump right down to the 10 best toys for 10 year old boys list below if you’re short on time.
10 Year Old Developmental Milestones
In their earlier years, development was more clear-cut. Now that puberty is on the horizon, there are varying levels of growth. Some boys in his class may have squeaking – or even deepened – voices, some may need to start using deodorant and/or face wash, some may be taller, and some may stay exactly the same. While the following changes may not apply to your 10 year old boy today, they may experience these changes soon.
The average 10 year old boy will see the most development physically. They are growing rapidly, and it shows in many ways. Their steady growth results in growing pains, increased appetite and more sleep. Their growth may affect them physically in other ways too – for instance, this is the typical age when you may find that your boy needs glasses.
Their bodies are changing and they may not understand it. As their hormones begin to rage, your 10 year old boy may have more pronounced mood swings. Feelings of insecurity usually arise at this age, and their self-esteem may take a hit.
Now more than ever, your 10 year old boy seeks more acceptance from their friends than family. They may do things that are uncharacteristic, just to fit in. It’s common for 10 year old boys to develop crushes (or pretend to, to fit in). Don’t be surprised if you find that they want to create a social media account (if they haven’t already). They have a deeper understanding of intrapersonal relationships and develop more complex friendships – those that are no longer solely based on interests.
They also have a better understanding of how they see the world. They can better predict the consequences of their actions, and see the many different sides of one issue. They are now more responsible, and have more demanded of them in school with increasingly independent coursework. They are more independent physically as well – better able to perform tasks and can even begin tinkering with tools.
We’ve chosen toys that enhance collaboration with their peers, while encouraging them to explore their increased intelligence and independence. Read on to see our best educational & fun toy picks.
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Your 10 year old boy will be the talk of the neighborhood when they find out he is the owner of this quadcopter. This cool technology records impressive footage in HD quality, making your kid interested in and exciting about emerging technologies.
There are an intimidating amount of quadcopters for sale, from tiny toy drones, to industrial size behemoths. We’ve chosen a feature packed, highly-rated drone, that’s under $100.
The HS200 Quadcopter is stable and has a 720p camera that streams right to your phone. It also has an altitude hold feature, and a return-to-home button to ensure your investment isn’t lost.
As an added bonus, after your child records some great footage, they can learn to edit their footage and publish it to YouTube, a worthwhile activity that can turn into a source of livelihood.
The Caster Board is like a skateboard, but to move forward you carve it like a snowboard. Learning to ride one isn’t easy, but that’s what makes it such a great developmental toy for 10 year old boys.
With this Caster Board, your kid will have improved balance, better muscle tone, and look really, really cool in front of his friends. He’ll also have an opportunity to teach others his skills, a hidden developmental perk.
While non technically a toy, this Harry Potter 7-book set is an absolute treasure for any 10 year old to receive. Harry Potter is a world renowned children’s book series that’s the perfect gift to motivate your 10 year old to read. The writing is simple enough for a 10 year old, and the story is highly addictive. Once children get going on Harry Potter, they have a hard time stopping until the last page is turned.
Developmentally, this set will help your 10 year old improve their vocabulary, and reading speed. It will also allow them to connect with the vast portion of our society that has ready Harry Potter.
This building set is impressive. It consists of 361 pieces that your 10 year old boy can assemble into an airplane, working dump truck, or any number of creative machines. This set allows them to flex both their creativity and analytical thinking.
What childhood would be complete without memories of someone crying over a game of Monopoly. Just kidding… kind of. This classic game teaches kids about business and economics, while also getting them to practice mental math. Players move around the board buying properties, and paying rent when they land on someone else’s property. Someone wins when all other players are bankrupt.
Children as young as 8 years old can play Monopoly, but 10 year olds are more likely to understand the dynamics to play competitively.
Your 10 year old boy still has huge bursts of energy. This target set is way more than just a toy. With the N-Strike Elite Precision Target Set, they will expend their energy while improving their hand-eye coordination, reflexes, focus, accuracy and precision. They’ll also just have a blast.
10 year old boys may be in a different headspace, but reading is still important. This book makes reading fun again – it frames everyday situations as those of survival (for instance, one chapter makes a how-to guide out of the traumatizing situation of shopping with his mom). It also includes actual survival situations, preparing him to become a well-rounded man in his near future.
If your 10 year old boy is interested in science and geology, this is the perfect toy. The 4M Crystal Glowing set includes seven different experiments that encourages them to follow instructions and promotes patience. The kit also includes display cases to show off their work once the crystals have grown.
This set of 10 impressive, yet easy-to-master magic tricks is great for helping 10 year old boys improve their fine motor skills, while building confidence. They’ll get a kick out of not only learning a trick, but also performing it for you and their friends.
He’ll be begging for a car in a few years – why not give him some training wheels? This awesome remote control car looks luxurious, and drives great. The EpochAir Remote Control Car will provide your 10 year old boy’s hand-eye coordination and accuracy, while giving them something to take care of and feel responsible for.
Unlike most remote control cars, this one has a special feature: it can climb walls. It’s great fun for kids and adults alike.
This award-winning game isn’t your average board game. It’s a play-in-the-dark one. Using creative strategies to travel around a dark forest (armed with a mini lantern – batteries included!), kids learn cooperation skills and the basics of light-and-shadow science for a one-of-a-kind playing experience.
Your 10 year old boy is probably familiar with the super-popular Minecraft video game. Get him away from the screen and in to the making impressive detail of this lego set. Best of all, the Dungeon Building Set is interactive, so your 10 year old boy can let his imagination soar, even after building is done.
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 7 year old boys
- Best toys for 8 year old boys
- Best toys for 9 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 fourth and fifth graders – understood.org