20 Best Toys & Gift Ideas for 11 Year Old Boys in 2017

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Eleven year old boys are at a very crucial crossroads in their lives. Most of them are in the first year of a 2-3 year transitional period between being children and becoming a teenager. This means that the choice of toys or any gift items must be appropriate for the developmental milestones of these pre-teens. If you are having difficulty choosing the best and most appropriate toy for your boy, then allow us to help you with our list of the top 20 toys for 11 year old boys.

20 Best Toys & Gift Ideas for 11 Year Old Boys

PictureToyBrandType
CIRCUIT-TEST Robotic Arm Kit with Wired ControllerOWIRobotics
JOOLA Inside 15 Table Tennis Table with Net SetJOOLASports
AKASO X5C Quadcopter 2.4GHz 4 CH 6 Axis Gyro RC Drone HD Camera BundleAkasoFlying
Razor Dune BuggyRazorRide-On
Franklin Sports NHL Mini Hockey Goal Set of 2, BlackFranklin SportsSports
LEGO Mindstorms EV3 31313LEGOBuilding
Apple iPad mini MD531LL/A (16GB, Wi-Fi Only, White / Silver)AppleElectronics

1Robotic Arm Edge by OWI 

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Designed after some of the most advanced robotic arms in high-tech manufacturing industries, the Robotic Arm Edge is a fully functioning, highly programmable replica of the original. It features a variety of joint movements including those of the elbow, the wrist, and the finger-grippers. The base of the Robotic Arm also rotates up to 270 degrees. It also has several safety features such as an alarm for each of the 5 gear boxes as well as a searchlight integrated into the gripper for nighttime use. Check out our full list of robot toys for more like this!

What We Like about It – It’s highly programmable. Unfortunately, you will have to buy the separate USB interface cable for it. But it’s a small price to pay if you’re going to look at the endless possibilities of having your kid’s own robotic arm. It’s great for enhancing a deep interest in science and technology particularly robotics.

2Inside Table Tennis Table by JOOLA

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Want to teach your 11 year old boy how to play ping pong? Then get the Inside Table Tennis Table and start swinging the paddle and hit the ping pong ball. The table can be conveniently folded for easier storage. It has 4 casters that can be easily locked into place as well as a dual locking device for both halves of the table so it can be used by a single player. The table comes with a net for competitive play.

What We Like about It – It’s a great way to encourage 11 year old boys to actively engage in sports. It’s a sure way to get everyone in the family to play the small ball.

350-in-1 Electronic Playground and Learning Center by Elenco

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Stimulate the Alessandro Volta in your kid with the 50-in-1 Electronic Playground. Consider it a smorgasbord of everything electronic but designed especially for kids. The kit helps any eleven year old to try creating his very own electronic device such as a magnetic bridge, an electronic noisemaker, a finger touch lamp, a metal detector, and an electronic keyboard, just to name a few. There are 50 electronic designs to keep your kid busy.

What We Like about It – It’s a creative way for kids to learn about electricity and electronics. It’s great for encouraging concentration and focus as well as enhancing the problem solving skills of kids.

4Djubi Classic by Moonracer

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Playing catch has never been more fun than with the Djubi Classic. Think of the Djubi as a slingshot with a butterfly net attachment. The colorful ball gets hurled into the air through its built-in slingshot mechanism then caught with the wide-brimmed, netted racquet. The set comes with 2 pairs of racquets and balls. Read our article on fun beach toys for more great products like this!

What We Like about It – It’s a fun way to enjoy the great outdoors. Rather than letting your kid sit in front of his computer all day, it’s a lot better to play catch with the Djubi. This can help with his visual-motor skills as well as balance and coordination.

5Tin Can Robot by 4M

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It’s one thing to play with robots. And it’s clearly another thing to build one. With 4’s Tin Can Robot, your 11 year old boy will simply unleash his creativity and imagination. All he needs to do is to get an empty soda pop can, follow the instructions, and he can very well be enjoying his very own robot, motorized monster, or any other mechanical device he can think of. The kit already comes complete with all the things he needs except for the soda pop can and batteries, of course.

What We Like about It – It’s helpful in teaching kids about the importance of recycling. It also helps encourage creativity and imagination which can aid in the improvement of other cognitive abilities.

6Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Discovery Kit by Elenco

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One characteristic of 11 year old boys is their creative fascination for anything mechanical and electronic. With the Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Discovery Kit they can now create over a hundred electronic gadgets and devices including a photo sensor, a siren with an adjustable volume, and a flashing light. The kit comes with about 30 electronic parts that need no special tools and instruments to connect.

What We Like about It – It helps encourage creativity and imagination while strengthening fascination for electrical sciences. It also helps enhance problem solving and critical thinking skills.

(Hey! If You Like This, Then Be Sure To Read: Best Science Toys For Kids)

7Akaso X5C RC Quadcopter by Akaso

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Let your 11 year old boy’s imagination soar with Akaso’s X5C RC Quadcopter. This small yet sturdy quadcopter features a built-in HD camera capable of both shooting and recording still pictures and movies, respectively. It has a 6-axis gyroscope to give it unparalleled stability, maneuverability, and the ability to perform acrobatic stunts like a 360-degree flip. Its radio controller operates on an interference-free 2.4 GHz transmission. The Akaso comes with solid high quality plastic propeller blades for optimum durability.

What We Like about It – We love its small size plus its ease of operation. It can help enhance visual motor coordination while encouraging imaginative play. Creativity can also be stimulated in terms of video and photo capture.

8Dune Buggy by Razor

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Give your 11 year old boy the Dune Buggy and see him roll throughout your neighborhood in style. The Buggy is built with a wraparound tubular steel frame with comfortable bucket seats complete with seatbelt. It is powered by a 350-watt electric motor supplied by a rechargeable battery to propel it up to 10 mph. The large 8-inch pneumatic tries allow for excellent grip and stability while promoting a more comfortable ride. It can support an individual weighing no heavier than 120 lbs. Head over to our Ride-On Toy category for more awesome products like this!

What We Like about It – It’s a great way to roam around the neighborhood. It should help enhance the imagination of your kid as well as help strengthen his hand-eye coordination and reflexes.

9NHL Mini Hockey Goal Set by Franklin Sports

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Whether your kid is a fan of hockey or not, the NHL Mini Hockey Goal Set is one of the most exciting gifts you can ever give an 11 year old. The goal measures 28 inches wide, 20 inches high, and 12 inches deep with the net made of highly durable polyester. It includes 2 hockey sticks as well as 2 foam balls instead of the classic puck. At the very least you don’t have to worry about playing in the ice.

What We Like about It – It’s ideal for encouraging physical activity among kids while at the same time helping them to master the art of scoring. Great for strengthening arm and leg muscles as well as hand-eye coordination and timing.

10GoLong! The Football Dice Game by Zobmondol!

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It’s a very addicting board game patterned after the most popular sport in the US. The GoLong! The Football Dice Game is like playing a real football game except that kids will be using colorful dice to advance the football down the end zone. The set comes with 8 dice, a score card, a dice cup, and a travel bag. It also includes the mechanics of the game for easy mastery.

What We Like about It – It’s an entirely different game of football where strategy is needed. Here, your 11 year old boy will have to outwit his opponents to advance the ball to their end zone.

11Ten-Eighty Micro Skateboard/BMX Ramp by Factor X

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Measuring just 8 inches high with a gently sloping incline of 30 degrees for a length of 28 inches, the 10-80 Micro Skateboard/BMX Ramp is perfect for young kids who are just beginning to explore their abilities to perform a variety of stunts. The wedge shape of the ramp gives kids an excellent lift. It also features a non-slip fully rubberized feet for optimum traction and stability. The ramp has a weight limit of 125 lbs. for both the rider and his equipment.

What We Like about It – It may not be a toy but it’s a great gift suggestion especially for kids who have skateboards or even BMX bikes. We love the non-slip rubber feet so it’s going to be safe for kids.

12Kan Jam Game Set by Kan-Jam

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One of the current craze today is Kan Jam. The game is quite simple. Place 2 trash can-like bins about 40 feet apart. Each bin, or Kan, has an open slot right down the middle and 2 openings on top. Each team attempts to score by slotting the Frisbee into their opponent’s Kan. If they slot it in the middle, they win. If it was blocked or deflected, that’s 1 point for the opposing team. If it jams onto the top slots, that’s worth 3 points. If the Frisbee hits the Kan, it’s 2 points.

What We Like about It – It’s very addicting. For 11 year olds, this will be great for enhancing accuracy, hand-eye coordination, and balance. Also great for strengthening muscles and reflexes.

13Ghostbusters Ecto-1 by LEGO

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Who’s afraid of ghosts? Now your kids can relive the glory days of the Ghostbusters with LEGO’s Ecto-1. The 508-piece building toy is one of the best gift ideas especially for fans of the Ghostbusters franchise. It come with the ghost-busting quartet of Peter, Ray, Winston, and Egon and features all of their ghost-busting gadgets and devices including proton packs and paranormal detection equipment.

What We Like about It – It’s ideal for enhancing divergent problem solving skills while strengthening dexterity. Also helps facilitate imaginative play.

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14Mindstorms EV3 by LEGO

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Who needs the Transformers when you eleven year old boy can take full control of the Mindstorms EV3? This 601-piece building set can help kids create at least 5 different, fully mechanical robots that run on the powerful ARM9 processor. It comes fully integrated with 3 highly interactive servo motors, a redesigned and heavily improved color sensor, a revved-up infrared sensor, and an equally reengineered touch sensor. What’s best is that your kid can actually program his EV3 with a tablet that runs on iOS or Android. It can also be programmed using the PC or Mac.

What We Like about It – If you want the ultimate gift for an 11 year old, this is the one to get. Seriously, even adults will go crazy with the endless possibilities of having to design, create, and program your very own robot. For kids, it’s the chance of having to create something and actually make it work that is considered simply amazing.

15Ozobot 2.0 Bit by Ozobot

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Kids who love mini robots will love the Ozobot 2.0 Bit. These tiny drones no bigger than an inch are highly programmable. Kids can even download applications from the company’s website for additional fun activities. The Ozobot can be programmed to perform any activity that kids have in mind. They can even build their own little city full of Ozobots.

What We Like about It – The Ozobot is excellent for stimulating the creativity of 11 year old boys. This can help enhance their problem solving skills particularly their divergent thinking as well as counterfactual reasoning. Also ideal for imaginative play.

16Perplexus Rookie by Spin Master Games

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If your boy loves puzzles and challenges, then give him the Perplexus Rookie. It’s an ingenious 3-dimensional labyrinth that can stretch up to 22 feet but have been beautifully curled and twisted inside a 7-inch diameter sphere. The Perplexus features 70 challenges that will keep your kids flipping, twisting, and spinning the sphere to get the ball to its target. Read our article on the top educational toys for kids for more products like this!

What We Like about It – It’s all about dexterity and careful execution of a strategy. It’s ideal for stimulating problem solving skills among 11 year olds.

17iPad Mini MD531LL/A by Apple

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We don’t need to describe Apple iPad’s iconic little brother. This version of the Mini should be an excellent tablet for any 11 year old as it already features 1080p HD recording and runs on iOS 6, upgradeable to iOS 9.3.3. It’s available in 16, 32, and 64 GB capacity as well as WiFi-only and WiFi+Cellular models.

What We Like about It – It’s from Apple. Need we say more?

18MFL-06 Duo-Scope Microscope by My first lab

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Encourage the curiosity in your eleven year old boy with the MFL-06 Duo-Scope Microscope. The kit comes complete with state-of-the-art optics that allow magnification of up to 400x. It features a 6-hole diaphragm and already includes 50 different accessories to jumpstart the microbiological studies of 11 year old boys.

What We Like about It – It’s a real microscope but built especially for kids. It’s also powered by a battery so kids can use it even at night. It’s great for encouraging microscopic observation among kids and helps with the enhancement of their fascination for science.

19MiP Robot by Wow Wee

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Nothing is more fascinating to 11 year olds than seeing their very own robot roam their room and dance to the beat of music. With the MiP Robot, kids can now have a robot sidekick that displays a very responsive and inquisitive personality. The MiP communicates through sounds, motion, and its RGB-LED eyes. It also features 2 wheels that self-balances to allow MiP to navigate across the room, avoiding obstacles, or even following objects and hand gestures.

What We Like about It – It is fun to have a robot that roams the house and follow your kid’s hand gestures. The MiP can help kids enhance their imagination while introducing them to the concept of robotics.

20Ramp Shot Backyard Game by RampShot 

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Call it playing hoops but with a twist. The Ramp Shot Backyard Game is best played with 4 players in teams of 2s. Each team take turns shooting a racquet-sized ball into their opponent’s net which, if successful, scores them 3 points. If it bounces off the top of the platform and a teammate catches it, they score a point. However, if the ball bounces off the ramp itself, the opposing team has a chance to run after the ball and add it to their arsenal.

What We Like about It – It’s a great game to have in parks as well as in the beach. The more players you have, the more fun it is. It’s ideal for enhancing kids’ reflexes, agility, and gross and fine motor skills as well as balance and coordination.

How We Chose the Top Toys in Our List

It was never easy to choose the toys in our list as almost every other toy deserve to be included. Unfortunately, we had to make sure that only those that are developmentally appropriate, safe, and with excellent design quality have to be included. We also carefully analyzed consumer feedback and reviews so they provide justification for our choice. Lastly, we had to look into the overall credibility of the company that made the toy to help guarantee the choices we made in our list.

11-Year Old Boys and Puberty

That period in our lives when we have to make the successful transition from childhood to adulthood is known as puberty. This period is characterized by rapid growth spurts with an increase in both weight and height including major transformation in the brain, the muscles, the bones, and the blood as well as the breasts, sex organs, skin, and hair. These changes can have significant ramifications on the overall growth and development of kids.

Owing to their rapid growth including improvements in both muscle tone and strength, 11 year old boys will naturally enjoy sports and physical activities. It is therefore crucial to give them toys that help encourage the use of different muscle groups while at the same tie enhancing their sense of balance and coordination. Their physical and motor skills should be well-developed by now. If not, then toys that help them strengthen these skills will be essential.

The development of the brain also means vastly improved cognitive and language abilities. By this time, 11 year olds already have an excellent understanding of hypothetical situations that work on the what-if principle. This helps them enhance their counterfactual reasoning skills as well as divergent problem solving skills. These two cognitive processes require young pre-teens to think of all possible scenarios related to any given problem or situation. The point is for them to come up with as many possible solutions or alternatives as possible to a particular problem. This can become the basis of critical thinking and logical reasoning.

In addition to the improvement in their counterfactual reasoning and divergent problem solving skills, eleven year old boys will also exhibit increased efficiency of focus, memory, and concentration. This helps them enhance their perseverance which can later aid them in the completion of certain tasks. More importantly, however, is the fact that by this age, boys will already have a fair understanding of abstract and intangible concepts such as trust, love, and faith.

It is therefore important to provide the toys that help foster these cognitive and language skills so they grow more knowledgeable of the world around them. Role playing or using their imagination and creativity can help in this aspect. This is particularly true when they are given toys that allow them to create or to build something new.

There are a lot of things going on in an 11 year old boy’s body and mind because of puberty. And while these bodily changes can be all foreign to him, we can help him better understand these changes by giving him toys that allow the full use of such bodily changes. Such is the objective of our list of the top 20 toys for 11 year old boys.

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Selina Marie
Selina Marie is our head of content for MyKidNeedsThat.com, mum of two and a self proclaimed toy geek. When she isn't juggling the madness at home, on a school run or baking her world famous blueberry muffins, you will find her product researching and keeping the site freshly updated with the latest toys and fun for our readers!

2 COMMENTS

  1. Hello Selina Marie,

    Thanks for the nice article. I’ve a question about a toy in this listing that is Akaso X5C RC Quadcopter. Is there any age limitation for this Quadcopter? As I knew, most of the Quadcopters are build for minimum 14years old kids. Is it true?

    • Hi David,

      Thanks for your message.

      Provided there is parental guidance, children below the age of 14 years old can use Quadcopters. The recommended age range for the manufacturer on this product is 8 years and above!

      Hope that helps!

      Thanks,
      Selina

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