20 Best Toys & Gift Ideas for 9 Year Old Boys in 2017


If you are asking yourself what present to give a 9 year old boy for his birthday or even this coming holidays, you don’t have to think hard. We know how difficult and frustrating it can be to choose from an ocean of toys and other gift items. So, allow us to help you decide on the best toy for your 9 year old with our list of the top 20 toys that we are very sure any kid will love.

Our Picks Of The Best Toys for 9 Year Old Boys:

  1. N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster by Nerf
  2. 14-in-1 Solar Robot by OWI
  3. R/C Rock Crawler Extreme by Maisto
  4. Disgusting Science Kit by Scientific Explorer
  5. Mr. Sketch Scented Markers by Mr. Sketch
  6. Ozobot 2.0 Bit by Ozobot
  7. E100 Electric Scooter by Razor
  8. Gravity Maze by Think Fun
  9. Deluxe Magic Set by Melissa & Doug
  10. Franklin MLB Pitching Machine by Franklin Sports
  11. Active Dodge Tag by Diggin
  12. Minecraft The Farm by LEGO
  13. Hamper Hoops by Wham-O
  14. M30-ABS-KT2-W Beginner Microscope Kit by AmScope
  15. Razor RipStik Ripster by Razor
  16. Perplexus Epic by Spin Master Games
  17. Laser Maze Junior Board Game by Think Fun
  18. Pro Mini Basketball Hoop by SKLZ
  19. Rubik’s Cube by Winning Moves
  20. Blast Pad Missile Launcher by Marky Sparky
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How We Chose the Top Toys in Our List

Coming up with the top 20 toys for 9 year old boys was never an easy feat. Our team of researchers had to work day and night scouring the pages of online toy catalogs as well as retailers for the best toys for nine year olds.

We listed each one and examined their developmental appropriateness. We had to make sure that the toys we put in our list are not only popular, they have to be developmentally appropriate for children as well. Additionally, we assessed the overall design of the toy especially if it has a couple of features that are not seen in other toys. We examined the safety of the materials used as well as any certification or award that may come with the product. We then looked at the reputation of the toy maker to make sure that it is well-respected particularly for its design and manufacturing practices. We also had to listen to what other parents and consumers think about these products.

Nine Year Old Boys, Their Development, and Their Toys

Some boys may already start showing signs of puberty by age 9 including changes in their voice, the beginning development of muscles, and the taking shape of the male form. Boys of this age typically have tremendous amounts of energy as a result of the sudden surge in hormones as well as in the development of the overall musculature of the body. As such, it is important to give them toys that allow them to foster and enhance these developments. Sports toys should do well to help 9 year old boys’ physical development.

By age 9, boys are already expected to have a more advanced attention span which allows them to focus and concentrate on any given activity for significantly longer periods of time without getting bored or frustrated. This keen sense of focus allow them to examine closely the different aspects of a particular activity. When translated in terms of their cognitive development, this helps enhance their counterfactual reasoning and divergent problem solving skills. This simply means that they are now able to look at a variety of scenarios for any given situation. This one-problem-many-solutions approach is the classic hallmark of divergent problem solvers as they are able to integrate a variety of sensory and experiential information to come up with a variety of solutions to a single problem. In turn, this helps them better understand the concept of consequences by playing the what-if game. It is therefore, crucial to give 9 year old boys toys that help them really focus and concentrate on the task at hand. Building and construction toys as well as craft toys will be excellent gift suggestions for this purpose.

Alongside their increased attention span and concentration, 9 year old boys will already be showing flashes of brilliance in their artwork. Most of their drawings will already depict realistic body parts as well as real-life objects. This is also an indication of their mastery of their visual motor coordination, their spatial intelligence, and their fine motor skills. It would be wise to provide them with toys that are as close to the real thing as possible but do not retract from the fact that these are toys. This is important so that kids will still use their imagination to help in a variety of pretend play or any other type of role-playing activities.

Nine year old boys are also known to be able to communicate their thoughts relatively well. Their language skills are enhanced both by their social interaction with their peers and by their increased reading skills. Giving them toys that help expand their vocabulary can help in this aspect. Additionally, toys that allow them to engage in cooperative or even dramatic play can help enhance their social skills.

Nine year old boys are not any different from 9 year old girls. Their development is marked with increased ability to focus on a given task, increased physical activities, improved social relations, and enhanced cognitive abilities as a result of creative and imaginative play.

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Our Toy List Was Last Updated On 23rd September 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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