20 Best Toys & Gift Ideas for 12 Year Old Girls in 2017


Twelve year old girls are technically, no longer kids. Many have already blossomed to become very remarkable and truly stunning young ladies that are sure to turn heads around. Technically, they are still children who require the correct toys and playthings to help them grow and develop to their optimum potential. On the other hand, they are no longer kids but are already within a few years of becoming a real teenager who requires an entirely different kind of trinkets and playthings. This makes choosing the perfect gift quite daunting, if not fully intimidating, as we need to strike a balance between the needs of a budding young lady and the developmental requirements of a 12 year old child.

We understand the difficulty many parents have to face in determining the perfect gift for today’s 12 year old girls. As such, we have come up with a shortlist of the world’s top 20 toys, gift suggestions, and playthings to give to girls of this particular age group.

Our Picks Of The Best Toys for 12 Year Old Girls:

  1. LED Colorful Flashing Finger Lighting Gloves by Luwint
  2. 120-Piece Deluxe Art Set by Darice
  3. Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Discovery Kit by Elenco
  4. Day at The Spa Deluxe Gift Set by Creativity for Kids
  5. Spirograph Design Tin Set by Kahootz
  6. Crochet Art Kit by 4M
  7. The Sleepover Party Game by Endless Games
  8. Shimmer n’ Sparkle Designer Nail and Tattoo Studio by Cra-Z-Art
  9. Make Clay Charms Craft Kit by Klutz
  10. Foam Maverick Pogo Stick by Flybar
  11. My Dream Horse by Breyer
  12. Spa Fun Sparkle Tattoo Parlor Peace and Love by ALEX Toys
  13. Rebelle Agent Bow Blaster by Nerf
  14. Angel Girls’ Bike by Razor
  15. 6th Gen iPod Touch 16GB by Apple
  16. The Eiffel Tower by LEGO Architecture
  17. Glamour Girl Makeup Kit by SHANY Cosmetics
  18. Hair Chalk Salon by ALEX Spa
  19. Huge Rainbow Kite by aGreatLife
  20. Giant Rocket Balloon Set by Toysmith
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How We Chose the Top 20 Toys for Young Ladies

Choosing the toys to include in our top 20 toys for 12 year old girls was not easy. Our team of researchers had to carefully examine each toy for its developmental appropriateness and whether or not its inherent design features can truly help optimize the development of children of this particular age group. We also had to look at the safety of the design as well as its usefulness. We then had to consider what other consumers, particularly parents, are saying about these toys. Lastly, our researchers had to put some weight on the toymaker’s credibility and trustworthiness especially noting any awards which the toy may have achieved over the course of its developmental lifespan.

The Pre-Teenage Lady and Her Development

Experts of child developmental psychology consider the ages between 12 and 14 as young teenage years. Kids at this stage are no longer referred to as kids. They are now generally regarded as budding teenagers. This period is characterized by a variety of physiologic, mental, cognitive, social, and emotional changes. Many of these changes are brought about by the different hormonal changes that often signal the onset of puberty. Many of these hormonal changes can be quite daunting and intimidating to kids. It is therefore, not uncommon to see a lot of kids greatly affected by these changes. The manner in which young ladies will be able to master these changes can ultimately spell success or failure in the transition into adolescence.

The physical changes that young ladies go through are more profound compared to boys. These can include thinning of the waist line and enlargement of the breasts. During this time young ladies will already be experiencing their menarche, or their very first menstruation. For many young ladies, the menarche is often a very stressful period especially if they have not learned enough about normal human sexuality. Some young ladies will begin to experience breast tenderness and hot flushes to go with their first menstruation. All of these physiologic changes can bring intense emotional stress to young ladies.

Just like boys, there is a general perception that girls who undergo menarche a lot earlier have the natural tendency to become natural leaders. These kids are often placed in a variety of leadership roles which they may not be cognitively, socially, and emotionally prepared for. What happens is that there is a very high mismatch between what society expects and what the 12 year old girl can actually perform. Boys, on the other hand, who are naturally more physically endowed compared to their peers are also given leadership roles which they are not yet fully ready to assume. The same thing occurs with young ladies who are early boomers. This can add to anxiety and stress.

Nevertheless, because the development of twelve year old girls are characterized by rapid physical growth and development, they can achieve a lot of things. They can actively engage in physical activities as well as sports such as gymnastics, swimming, ballet, and even basketball and football. Their pastimes and hobbies such as crocheting, knitting, and beadworks allow them to spend their newly found energy in a more productive manner. Twelve year old girls also love showing their skills and talents. They are often very active in extra-curricular activities such as school plays and dramatizations as well as other scholastic and co-curricular activities.

Cognitively, 12 year old girls love having the opportunity to make their own decisions. They also love taking additional responsibilities which will help them strengthen or enhance their growing sense of personal identity. They display more advanced problem-solving skills while at the same time creating more opportunities for the development of their logical reasoning and critical thinking. Twelve year old girls are particularly adept at using counterfactual reasoning as well as divergent problem solving. They are already very adept in their ability to envision different possibilities based on their understanding of hypothetical concepts as well as how different elements can be formed to fuel their abstract thinking. Young ladies of this age are now more capable of imagining a variety of possible outcomes. This should come in very handy in situations that require careful and methodical planning.

Twelve year old girls can also begin to show increased frustration tolerance. They already understand that there are some things in life that they simply cannot get. They learn to be more patient. And while they are still prone to making incorrect choices, this is an important aspect of establishing their own personal identity. They may be more liable to making highly impulsive decisions but they are nonetheless skillful in accepting some of the consequences of their decisions. This is one of the hallmarks of a 12 year old girl – she is now able to follow-through on the different decisions that she has made.

The Bottom Line

Choosing the most appropriate gift item or plaything for 12 year old girls can be quite challenging. This is especially true if our knowledge of the developmental milestones of children of this age is also limited. Nevertheless, it is with great optimism that our list of the top 20 toys for 12 year old girls will help you feel more confident in the choices that you make.

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Last Updated On 29th November 2016

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!


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