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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Kids as young as age 6 will love this cool new way to make music. Sphero Specdrums are app-enabled music rings that make the world your instrument by turning colors into sounds. Connect to the Specdrums MIX or Edu app and tap on anything – your clothes, drawings, or the included playing pad – to create and mix sounds, beats, and loops that all play through your mobile device. Jam on your own or with friends, anytime and anywhere.More than just playing DJ, Specdrums taps into the A of STEAM learning (‘art’) through music composition. All skill levels, from curious-minded kids to seasoned musicians, can create their own masterpieces with hundreds of instruments, loops, and sounds. Express your creativity and play music in a new, open-ended way with Specdrums. Specdrums mimic the functions of digital drums, keyboards, and MIDI pads and can play an infinite number of sounds, including your own. Specdrums rings work with Bluetooth MIDI applications on your phone or desktop, letting your creativity take the wheel. Specdrums is a unique and hands-on way to strengthen computational thinking, creativity, and problem-solving skills — all proven to help kids thrive academically. Be sure you check that the device that your child is using to play Specdrums is compatible.
Keep your boys entertained for hours with the Dojo Battle Electronic Battling Game. The smart strike technology detects and scores hits from your Dojo battle sword. The swords and chest pieces work together so your little one can play with as many players as he wants. This dojo electronic battling game also makes for a fun Birthday or Christmas gift for your kiddos. So, go ahead and face your opponents in this fun-filled action-packed game!
Your kids will love building their own Gumball Machine with this award-winning, Thames & Kosmos Gumball Machine Maker Lab. Imagine this: a gumball machine meets a marble run meets a roller coaster meets a pinball machine. That’s what you get with the Gumball Machine Maker! Build your own gumball machines and learn physics lessons in the process. A turn of the handle dispenses one gumball at a time out of the clear storage globe and down the track. The track is made up of different segments which can be moved around on the base of the machine to create an almost limitless number of different gumball machines.
Yvolution takes scooters to a whole new level! The Neon Fliker is one of our sharpest rides ever. Powered by shifting your weight from side to side, the unique propelling motion and large performance wheels makes it easy to carve up the streets and pull off crazy tricks in style. Now they have added light-up wheels to add to the fun when it gets dark!
You kids will love this Echo Glow Smart Nightlight Lamp. It works with existing Alexa/Echo products, but it does not have a microphone, so your kids aren’t able to speak to the glow. Connect this multicolor smart lamp to your Echo device, and you can ask Alexa to change the color, adjust brightness, and create helpful routines. You can also control it with a tap. From bold colors to a soft calming glow, kids can change the look of their space with just the right light. flickering campfire light for kids, a sleep timer that will gradually dim the light at bedtime, and the dance party mode that kicks off music and lights. The Echo Glow will also cycle through rainbow colors. Echo Glow comes ready to connect to your Wi-Fi. It can be controlled using any Alexa-enabled device such as the Echo Dot, Echo Plus or the Alexa app. The Alexa app is compatible with Fire OS, Android, and iOS devices. Echo Glow does not contain microphones or speakers. Echo Glow works exclusively with Alexa, and does not support other voice assistants or smart hubs.
6. Bakugan Battle Area and Bakugan Packs
These throwback toys never go out of style and now you can bring Bakugan to your boys again. The Bakugan Battle Arena is the best way to battle your friends! With a hexagonal pattern already down on the board, laying down your BakuCores and rolling into Baku-Action has never been easier! Choose from so many Bakugan Starter Packs. I love these Transforming Bakugan Creatures that open up to be better than ever.
If your kids need a fun chair for reading a book, watching TV or just chilling out, these memory-foam filled Sofa Sacks are a cool choice and more affordable than some of the “brand-name” sacks. I love that they are filled with durable, memory foam stuffing, encased in velvet, passion suede with double stitching for maximum strength and weight bearing. Foam is more fluffy and contouring, so these floor lounge chairs not only feel better but last longer by maintaining their structure over time. Simple and soft, these medium-sized bean bag chairs are the perfect addition to every nursery, playroom, child’s bedroom, or basement. With a variety of beautiful colors to choose from, these luxury items make a comfortable accent for any room. This 5 ft. size is perfect for a growing child, but these cool Sofa Sacks are also offered in smaller and larger sizes.
This cool and affordable remote control was a Toy of the Year finalist. Now your kids can unleash their inner Grrrumball!! Who doesn’t like a remote control that smashes stuff? Go wild with this truly unique creature RC who growls and grumbles all over our planet! Become a beast with the arm smash attack! You’ll be blown away by the Seismic spin attack; activated with the touch of a button. Easy to control, the gumball will become your favorite Wild friend! Arms can drive your Grrrumball like a tank, so cool!
Roller Coaster Challenge is one of ThinkFun’s most popular stem toys for boys and girls, and was a Toy of the Year Award Finalist in 2018. It’s a logic game and roller coaster building set that comes with 60 challenges of increasing difficulty, from beginner to expert, and is one of the best gifts you can buy for kids who like smart games and a challenge. Roller Coaster Challenge is made with high quality components, and comes with a very clear and easy to understand instruction manual – you’ll be able to play within minutes of opening the box. Like all of ThinkFun’s games, Roller Coaster Challenge is built to develop critical thinking skills. Playing through the increasingly difficult challenges will improve logical reasoning, spatial reasoning and planning skills, all through fun gameplay.
Active kids will love to train like a Ninja with our patented Slackers NinjaLine Intro Kit with 7 Hanging Obstacles. This Ninjaline allows the versatility of moving the obstacles further apart as your skills improve as well as includes obstacles that vary in skill level. kids can change the order of the obstacles to create endless patterns. Easy installation and take down means that you can take your training with you to the park, to a friend’s house, or wherever you need to train. This kit includes a convenient storage bag for easy portability and storage. We use 56’ x 2”, 6,000 lb professional slackline webbing so the Ninjaline can be used as Slackline to help build your kids’ balance and agility. Our exclusive ratchet has reinforced steel and the handle has a comfort TPR rubberized grip. Our sewn pockets are complete double length for extra durability. The intro kit has 18 sewn in pockets so you can space your included obstacles out for more difficulty or add more to your line. All obstacles include 6,000 lb. steel hanging delta safety clips and use UV resistant nylon rope with safety buckle attachment.
11. Radical Racers
Introducing the highly-reviewed Radical Racers, As Seen on TV! Your kids will love this wall-climbing wonder. It’s equipped with a super suction turbine that keeps it in constant contact with the surface for nonstop racing action! Radical Racers go vertical on the wall, sideways, around, under and through it all! Create your own obstacle course to speed through with super suction force! Just charge up, power on, put it in place and you’re ready to race! The multidirectional remote control puts you in the driver’s seat to race, spin and always win! Radical Racers have real headlights and real tail lights. It’s real RC vertical racing action, transforming any wall of four into a superspeedway!
12. Smart Pixelator
The new SmART Pixelator takes bead art to a whole new level and empowers kids to pixelated any design and build 2D or 3D projects using Bluetooth connectivity, easy-to-follow lights, and a variety of creativity tools. Download a picture from any mobile device and the possibilities are unlimited! The free proprietary app also lets them engineer their own projects, encouraging customization and experimentation. Everything you need is in the box to get started on your first project. You can purchase replacement beads to keep the projects flowing!
You kids will love discovering the excitement of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math with 25 plus hands-on experiments with this Kaboom Explosive Combustion Science Lab Kit. You kids can make rockets from a chemical reaction or a balloon, make fizzy bombs, make a fun explosive bag, and create a color explosion. The reality-filled colorful lab guide is chock-full of pictures and information for hours of fun for your own combustion lab! This kit is meant for kids 8 and up.
The Limited Edition Flybar Foam Maverick Pogo Stick is a great entry level pogo for your kids to learn the basics. Before you know it, they’ll be an expert! The key to choosing the right pogo stick is the weight. Your child has to be the right weight to be able to create the pogo action. Jumping on a 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. Your kids will love the new Ergonomic Rubber Hand Grips- The Limited Edition Maverick Pogo is now even easier to hold onto with durable rubber hand grips instead of foam. Makes it easy to hold on when you’re flying high! It comes with sturdy, non-slip, textured foot pegs to increase stability and to make sure your child doesn’t slip off. For ages 5-9, 40-80 pounds.
15. Brainbolt Game
You kids will love challenging their brain by memorizing the light sequence with this highly-reviewed Brainbolt game from Educational Insights. From grade-school to the old-school, the whole family can get in on the fun of BrainBolt for memory enhancing solo-play and a shockingly cool multiplayer mode for one-on-one battles. This game is great to take on-the-go. Get your game on in the car, on the plane, and anywhere you want to play. Turn off the sound or crank it up for maximum fun. BrainBolt is a classic hand-held-can’t-seem-to-put-it-down game that goes wherever you go. This game is great for kids ages 7 and up.
16. Laser X Sets
Now your kids can play laser tag at home or outside in the yard with these cool guns with a great range with these fun Laser X Sets. Now it’s your turn to show-off your skills and have total fun! Designed to give you a real-life laser tag gaming experience, this Laser X Two Player Laser Tag Gaming Set is just what you need to have endless hours of play time fun. The laser tag set packs two blasters and two receiving vests. Whether you’re having a one-on-one competition with your best buddy or looking for a team game with other players, this toy is perfect for you since it is compatible with all other Laser X sets as well. This laser tag game can target up to 200 feet and the blaster is equipped with a blast power indicator to know how many blasts are left. Perfect for children aged 6 years and above, it is made from durable ABS material. This game features sound effects and lights up as well.
Your boys age 8 and up will love this new twist on soccer! The HEXBUG Robotic Soccer Arena features a realistic fold-out game board, two authentic goal posts, as well as snap-together walls to help in keeping your game contained. Also included are two individual remote controlled HEXBUG Robotic Soccer Singles with assorted decals, so you can customize your player! Your little robot can shoot, score, and the crowd goes wild! All the fun of soccer is now miniaturized, and in your hands!
Your younger boys will love this super cool and affordable metal robot that he can pose. This little robot is a perfect toy to take on-the-go as Ditto is just 4.5 inches. See why Ditto has everyone talking! This die-cast metal robot toy is designed with 11 posable joints, flashing LED eyes and a voice that’ll get you giggling. Introduce yourself and see what happens! Just Tap Ditto’s button twice and talk – this cool kids robot toy repeats everything you say! Ditto the robot comes in 3 great colors and is made of die-cast metal for that real robot feel.
This fun game is based on the design of the 2017 Kidventor Competition winner. Fat Brain Toys Door Pong is the game of ping pong without the table! Your kids can easily attach the clamp to the top of any doorway, turn the dial to adjust the length of the string, and then serve up hours of active indoor fun. Their goal is to hit the ball back to your opponent every time without missing – But more than a game, Door Pong is a fascinating, skill-strengthening activity to enjoy with a friend. It enhances hand-eye coordination, concentration, reflexes, cooperation, and more… Open the door to a truly ideal active-play delight with Door Pong! This cool game can be played alone or with a friend.
Stomp Rockets has been super popular for years and now there is Stomp Rocket Stunt Planes. This set encourages kids to get outside and get active and these will be entertainment for the entire family and 100% kid powered means no batteries required. Watch them Run, Jump, Stomp! This set comes with three different planes-one that does loops, one that soars and one that performs tricks. Stunt Planes enables kids to experiment in variety of different ways to learn about trajectory, force and aerodynamics. Change the angle of flight with the adjustable launch stand, fly into a head wind or with a tail wind, and more to change how these Stunt Planes fly!
Your kids will love taking their Hot Wheel cars from the real world to the virtual world with the Osmo Hotwheels Mind Racers game. Listen as real Hot Wheels cars rev their engines at the starting line, and send them shooting down the ramp to start the race. Now the high-speed competition is on screen, as your cars race through amazing digital worlds. Throw down game tokens to control your car’s actions and beat the competition. First across the finish line is the undisputed champion of the universe — until the next race! Works with iPad 2–4, iPad Mini, iPad Air, & iPad Pro 9.7 inch. This game can be purchased with or without the ipad base or you can purchase the ipad base separately.
The super fun Flybar Pogo Trick Board is a new twist on a retro classic. It is easy to learn and easy to get going. Just fill the pogo ball with the included pump and kids will be smiling and jumping in no time. It is made of a strong elastic plastic that flexes enough to bounce high and do tricks and is able to hold up to 160 lbs. It comes with custom grip tape that will give your kids ultimate control and balance. The Flybar Pogo Trick Board comes in lots of cool color combinations.
My boys love these cute Timmy Failure Books from New York Times bestselling author Stephan Pastis and are several of these adventurous books to choose from. His name is Failure. Timmy Failure. And his detective agency is on the verge of global domination. Global riches. Global fame. And yet the gods keep throwing him curveballs: for starters, academic probation. The coveted Miracle Report is the key to everything, including a good grade. It’s dirty business. It’s best you know nothing. But one thing is for sure: Timmy Failure will be triumphant again!
The Neon Flash Scooter gives a quiet ride and with flare with it’s cool LED deck and motion-powered wheels. With it’s Reflective Deck featuring a Neon under glow, your kids can’t help but be noticed wherever they go. The Neon under glow is reflected onto the deck from the dynamic ultra-bright LED wheels which light up as soon as you take off. Neon Flash by Yvolution is a strong and durable scooter with a lightweight aluminum frame, perfect for quick and easy transportation.
25. Ultra Dash Game
Designed for kids ages 6 and up, this super fun Ultra Dash Game is a fast-paced game that challenges kids to match the color of a flashing light to the color of a target as fast as possible. Ultra Dash is a test of speed, agility, and reaction. Set out the targets to design your course, press the button on the tagger to choose your game and players, then race to match the color of the flashes with the targets!
You will love the open-ended creativity your kids will get with this MindWare Q-BA-MAZE 2.0 Mega Stunt Set. This is a fantastic playset for teaching children ages 6 and up to embrace their creativity and design engineering marvels. With 56 cubes consisting of 3 different designs to be used as scaffolding, ramps, paths, and much more, this playset is perfect for any young builder looking to improve hand-eye coordination, problem solving with basic physics, and planning skills. In no time at all you’ll have a skilled architect on your hands! I love this mega stunting set, but there are more sets available for purchase if you want add on to this set.
Kids age 8 and up will love these newest Klutz Lego themed sets. Your kids will learn how to make their own stop motion movies with the Klutz Make Your Own Movie set. Your kids can bring your LEGO mini figures to life with this beginner-friendly guide to stop-motion animation. Ten “mini movies” walk you through using a phone, tablet, or computer to make short, funny clips with step-by-step instructions. Set the stage with any of the six included background settings and Thirty-six LEGO elements including a pizza, banana, baseball cap, six mini figure heads, and more! plus, learn the tricks of the trade as you dive into more advanced skills, such as lighting, sound effects, and camera angles. With these tips and tricks, every movie you make is guaranteed to be a successful smash hit.
Your kids will love this step-by-step tutorial on how to draw their favorite characters with the Klutz Lego Ninjago Drawing set. They can train their fingers with beginner-friendly draw-in-the-blank pages, tracing activities, and easy Inking and coloring practice sections. Then they can practice artist-approved techniques to sketch, ink, and color right inside the book, using the included mechanical pencil, black marker, block eraser, and colored pencils. With the proper training, they’ll master drawing your favorite ninjas, villains, and more.
My boys just love this highly-reviewed Anki Overdrive Fast and Furious 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
The Imaginext DC Super Friends Batbot Xtreme is the Ultimate Imaginext set for Batman fans. With extendable wings, multiple projectile launchers, a hidden Batcycle, a voice changer, and real punching fists, your young Super Hero will have a blast defending Gotham City from all sorts of evil Super-Villain attacks! At over two-feet tall, the Batbot Xtreme towers over the enemies of Gotham City. This fully loaded robot also comes with projectile launchers on each shoulder and a hidden headquarters with an elevator that leads to the cockpit, where Batman can oversee the city. Amp up the action by turning another Power Pad to release the Batcycle and send Batman racing to the streets of Gotham City.
37. 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!
38. 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!
42. 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 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.
Give young space adventurers a treat with a NASA-inspired research shuttle and rover toy set. This cool LEGO City Mars Research Shuttle Playset features a space shuttle toy with opening cockpit, 2 opening cargo doors and space inside for the storage drone, rover with new-for-August-2019 articulated grappling arm, laser and tilting solar panels, storage drone with opening compartment and a helidrone with spinning rotor blade and scanner, plus a Mars scenery build with secret symbol. Give any LEGO builder an amazing building experience with Instructions PLUS, available in the LEGO Life app for smartphones and tablets. The easy-to-use, intuitive building instructions let them zoom, rotate and visualize their creation using the special ghost mode as they go. Instructions PLUS is also great for younger builders, guiding them through the building process for a greater sense of independence and achievement. This exciting exploration playset also includes 2 astronaut minifigures.
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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