There are lots of neat new things for young boys this year. If you are struggling for unique gift ideas, we have some of the standard “hottest toys” on our list, along with so many other things. We have a few video game-related items, but there are many other neat things that will keep your young boys exploring.
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My boys just love this highly-reviewed Anki Overdrive Racing Set and it has been a hit with my kids. These aren’t just cars. They’re robots programmed for battle. Control them with your smart device and take down opponents with an array of weapons, from plasma cannons to flame throwers. It’s pulse-pounding play, made possible through state-of-the-art tech and it’s an experience unlike anything else. A mobile device is needed to play Anki Overdrive, so be sure to check if you have a compatible device. This set is great for boys age 8, but would be fun for younger boys under supervision.
My kids love this super fun Wet Head game. The concept is simple-it is a water roulette game. Fill Wet Head with cold water, strap on the water filled Wet Head, spin the spinner and follow the instructions on the spinner based on where the arrow lands. spin the top and pull out any one of the rods. If you stay dry, pass Wet Head to the next player. Make Wet Head the perfect game for any season by adjusting the amount of water you use to play. Fill Wet Head to brim when outside in the summer heat. Bring the fun indoors for winter by using a minimal amount of water. Summer or winter, the question remains the same, “Will you be the next Wet Head”.
Discover a new way to move! For children aged five and above, they can experience a fun and new way of scootering. The unique movement lets your little ones feel like they are walking on the moon as they have fun outdoors! The extremely durable Space Scooter Jr. features a super silent drive system, vibration absorber and hand break. Suitable for children aged five and over it and can take a maximum weight of 132lbs. Unlike most traditional scooters, it folds for easy carrying and storage. Larger kids will love the full-sized Space Scooter.
New for 2016 comes the STEM Robot Mouse Coding Activity Set, the perfect way to introduce children as young as five to important STEM concepts like coding, critical thinking, and more. With Colby, the Programmable Robot Mouse, kids will have hours of fun while they learn to build their own mazes, and then program the mouse to get the cheese. This deluxe set includes maze grids, maze walls, tunnels, a robot mouse, and materials to help guide the play. It’s a fun, easy, and affordable way to add an hour of code, or more, into your home or classroom. This activity is great for kids ages 5 and up.
This Kid Galaxy Mega-sized RC Bulldozer & Excavator features a powerful four wheel drive to handle the biggest construction jobs. The Command Center Controls run the vehicle Forwards & Backwards and control Turns Left and Right on 49MHz Frequency. The motorized super scooper delivers mega sounds through the command center, and the vehicle has realistic warning lights for a true to life construction experience! Includes 4.8V Rechargeable Battery with wall charger to power this 4-wheel mega monster. Your boys will love to bulldoze the toughest terrain then scoop up materials for the construction site with the life-like construction monster. Simply insert 4 AAA batteries into the Remote Control Command Center and your kids are ready for MEGA BULLDOZER & EXCAVATOR ACTION!
Your tweens will love snuggling on the couch with these cool Blankie Tails Shark Blankets. Blankie Tails™ are perfect for movie nights, sleepover, camping, road trips and just hanging out with friends and family. They come in kid size or adult and teen size.
I loved fashion plates when I was little and now they have this cute set for boys. Get ready to design your own amazing action heroes with this Action Plates Drawing Playset! Create and color endless combinations of comic style characters with this super new take on the classic rubbing plate drawing set. From jet packs to rocket boots, to super capes and robotic arms, you have the tools to draw a hero or villain to suit any adventure your imagination can dream up!
Your boys will love following their imagination into a prehistoric time as they explore the real world of engineering with the Meccano – Dinosaurs – 10 Model Set. They can build extinct animals from millions of years ago using Meccano’s real metal parts and real tools provided. Building one model at a time your boys can create a T-Rex, Triceratops, Raptor, Pterodactyl and more. This set features parts to build a new articulating spine joint and lenticular eyes. This 10 model set includes 179 Parts and easy to follow, step-by-step instructions. Your imagination just got real with Meccano!
Everyone in your family will enjoy cracking open geodes with this exciting earth science kit. This fun National Geographic Break Open 10 Geodes Kit is a great activity for kids ages 5 and up. With 10 geodes of supreme quality, the whole family can take part in discovering the amazing crystal treasures inside. Geodes are incredible hollow rocks that are formed by volcanic eruptions. The included learning guide will teach you all about these unbelievable natural wonders and the crystals you’ll discover when you break them open.
Your boys will love this cool game of logic. The brilliant Dr. Eureka has important experiments for you to complete! Pick a challenge card, 3 test tubes and 6 colorful balls to solve his scientific formula. Carefully move your materials from tube to tube without dropping them and position the balls as illustrated on the challenge card. This game is a great, hand-on, dexterity-based, brainteaser that can be played with friends or by yourself.
The highly-reviewed VTech Kidizoom Action Cam lets little videographers capture their adventures with videos and photos! The Action Cam is a great first video camera for kids and is durable enough to handle drops and tumbles and it is similar to the popular action camera for adults. It can go anywhere and do anything kids can do with two included mounts so they can attach it to their bike, skateboard and more. It also comes with a waterproof case so they can take videos and pictures up to 6 feet underwater! The Action Cam features a 1.4-inch color LCD screen and can take videos and photos in addition to stop-motion videos and time-lapse photos. Your child can also explore their creativity with fun effects, frames and photo filters.
Boys will love this smash, bash and battle action with the fast and furious Air Hogs Smash Bots! They can go head-to-head against their friends in an epic two-player face-off in the Smash Bots arena. Two bots will enter, but only one will leave. Players can earn their victory by delivering thunderous blows to their opponent. Crank up the power wheel on the remote control to activate turbo mode, unleash hard-hitting tornado punches and send your opponent flying! With incredible power and blinding speed, Smash Bots are built for battle so they can take hit after punishing hit.
Your young Star Wars fans will love this Playskool Heroes Star Wars Galactic Heroes Millennium Falcon. Exciting adventures await with the Star Wars Millennium Falcon playset! Pretend to join the Han Solo, R2-D2 and Chewbacca figures as they work to save the galaxy aboard one of the most iconic vehicles in the Star Wars universe.
Love active fun? Check out this really cool Diggin Slimeball Dodgetag game for kids ages 6 and up. Get ready to get slimed! Slimeball Dodgetag is the ultimate 2-player DodgeBall game! Kids will be dodging slime balls in no time. Slimeballs stick to our materials but won’t stick to anything else nor leave any marks. Each player wears a vest with a sticky target and picks 2 Slimeballs. Players throw the soft, safe balls and try to stick them to their opponents’ vests. Run, dodge and throw. If the ball sticks, it’s a hit!
Fisher-Price Grow-to-Pro Pogo Stick is designed for children ages 5 to 8 years, with a maximum weight of 60 pounds, the Fisher-Price Grow to Pro Pogo stick promotes balance and muscular coordination as they learn to get on the Pogo with two feet and bounce up and down. Their self-confidence and self-esteem will get a boost, too, as they show their ability to balance and/or bounce on the pogo. This Pogo features an extra-big circular base to help beginners balance while easily converting to a narrower, traditional base for pros. It also has a skid-resistant surface to make it safe for learning at any level. The Grow to Pro Pogo is taking playtime fun to new heights!
My boys used to love their Imaginext and this Fisher-Price Imaginext Power Rangers Morphin Megazord is one of the coolest sets yet! It all starts with exciting Morphin Action. Turn the Power Pad on Megazord’s left shoulder for an awesome transformation – his chest opens, his eyes light up and his chest “morphs” into a cannon. Under attack? Push a button on the cannon to fire Power Missiles. Turn a Power Pad in Megazord’s chest to launch Power Coins. Turn a Power Pad above his left knee to reveal a projectile launcher -and push the button to fire more Power Missiles! And turn the Power Pad above his right knee to morph Megazord’s foot into a chomping sabretooth! The adventure continues on back, with a jail cell, a place to meet with Zordon, an elevator – and lots of levels and platforms for figures to stand on. Your kids will spend hours playing with this cool set!
17. Pie Face Game
Your kids will get a huge kick out of this highly-reviewed Pie Face Game. The exciting Pie Face game is filled with fun and suspense, and somebody’s bound to get splatted! Just put some delicious whipped cream from home or the wet sponge on the “hand” of this hilarious game unit and start turning the handles. It could go off at any time, so keep your fingers crossed and hope you’re not the one who gets a splat in the face!
18. Swurfer Swing
Kids will love swinging all day with the Swurfer Swing and you will love that they are getting active! They can exercise or just relax on a nice, warm day in the backyard. Comes with 80′ of rope, enough to hang from a 20′ branch. The rope is double braided and UV/mildew resistant. Swing seat is made of hard-rock maple wood. Handles are adjustable for any height. Children can sit or stand on the swing. Maximum weight is 250 lbs. A great way for children to strengthen their core while having fun in the great outdoors! Made in the USA. Tool free adult installation required.
This Doinkit Darts set is always on display, right by the door when you walk in, at my local boutique toy store and it’s fun for kids of all ages. My boys always reach for the darts to try it out. This dart set is safer for kids than regular sharp darts and the darts contain N-35 Neodymium rare earth magnets, which are super strong, high quality magnets. What a great gift ideas for boys so that they can safely practice their dart skills.
Klutz books are fun rainy day activities and make great gift ideas for boys. Your budding artists will love Star Wars Thumb Doodles from Klutz. This instructional book and kit comes with everything you will need to create fun Star Wars characters with your thumb, ink pads, plus a few pencils and a pen. Your boys will spend hours making silly Jabba the Hut or Yoda pictures.
Monopoly Game Star Wars is the hyperdrive version of the fast-trading property game, Monopoly! You can play on the Rebel or the Empire side, and your mission is to conquer planets and build bases so you can dominate the universe! When players land on your planets, they owe you rent – but the same is true when you land on theirs! Powerful Force cards will alter your destiny, but there can be only one winner. When every planet is owned, the game is over – and if the Force is with you, you’ll be the ultimate winner!
22. Ezy Roller
If you are looking for a cool and super fun outside ride-on vehicle, check out the Ezy Roller. My boys got these last year from their grandparents and they absolutely adore them. You have to watch the video to fully understand how to ride them. The Ezy Roller is very highly-reviewed and will last from ages 4-14. It comes with an adjustable extender bar to add length as your kids grow.
If your young boys are busy all of the time, they will love this Hog Wild Toys Air Strike Catapult. While this catapult is small, it suctions to your surface and your boys can shoot the spiky balls up to 40 feet. If you have two boys to buy for, wouldn’t it be fun for them to have catapult wars? It would keep them occupied for hours and I love the pricepoint of this fun toy!
If you have a little engineer at home, Snap Circuits are so neat and they really get them thinking. My 7-year old just started the Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Kit, beginner set, but if your son is 8, he will like this brand new Elenco Snap Circuits Sound set. Your little engineer can create a voice changer, make echo sounds, record sounds and more. They can build over 183 projects with this kit.
Active boys will love this Air Hunterz Z-Curve Bow. This bow is designed with safety in mind and it while it shoots with great accuracy, it’s arrows are made of soft, foam. You can shoot these arrows amazingly far-well over 125 feet! While the recommended age is 8 and up, your 7-year olds can grow into this cool toy.
I just love this very cool, LEGO Scooby-Doo 75902 the Mystery Machine Building Kit. Scooby Doo was one of my favorite shows as a child and it’s nice to pass it on to the next generation. This fun set includes 3 minifigures: Fred, Shaggy and Zombie/Zeke, plus Scooby-Doo (standing version). The Mystery Machine features a driver’s cabin with steering wheel and space for 2 minifigures, removable roof and foldout sides for easy play, stove, sink and spigot and assorted accessory elements including: spy glass, camera, torch, tape recorder, 2 computer screens, special brick with a mystery clue, gem, mug and a giant sandwich.
If your young boy enjoys reading, check out this Encyclopedia Brown Box Set. I used to read these books as a kid and they are just classics. If you have forgotten how heartwarming these books are, then check out the great reviews of these books. If you need gift ideas for boys that read, they will enjoy solving mysteries with Encyclopedia brown and you will enjoy the admirable characters in the books.
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