Age Range: 8-11

Looking for a good gift for an eight-year-old or up to an eleven-year-old? Below are some ideas.

Book Safe

Even if there isn’t much to hide, there is certainly a novel (ahem) coolness with owning a Book Safe ($14) from Southwest Specialty Products. Made from a real hardback book (title would vary), it’s a pretty inconspicuous spot for the built-in hidden compartment. Likely kids wouldn’t hide anything at all, as it would be hard […]

wall coaster extreme stunt kit wall marble run

Wall Coaster Marble Run

The fun starts as high as you can reach. With the Wall Coaster Extreme Stunt Set ($25) marble run, kids can let the imaginations roll, building tracks consisting of zig-zags, change-ups, coasters, and catchers. Unlike a floor-based stacking marble run, this is a wall marble run, where pieces adhere to the wall using reusable adhesive. […]

Snap Circuits

Snap Circuits

For the inquisitive child who would appreciate a concrete hands-on education on how electronics work, the Snap Circuits SC-300 ($40) offers 305 do-it-yourself projects from a 60-piece set of components. Snap Circuits is the award-winning product for kids to build a radio, doorbell, burglar alarm, and much more from a clearly illustrated manual and without […]

eeBoo Obstacles

eeBoo Obstacles Game

Kids of all ages can collaborate creatively when playing eeBoo Obstacles ($17), one of few children’s board games whose gameplay is actually fun for the grown-ups, too. Players collaborate to use their tools in imaginative ways to overcome hazards and barriers. It’s a simple game that whose reward comes from the cooperation and communication with […]

Alex Water Flute

Alex Water Flute

For kids that love music and playing in bath, the Alex Water Flute ($11) brings a bit of music education into the mix. Fill the different color flutes to pre-marked levels to get specific tones, then play along with the included waterproof song sheets, or let the kids come up with their own tunes. Might […]

Bubble Thing giant bubble maker

Bubble Thing

If you want to make huge bubbles, and we mean HUGE, the Bubble Thing ($10) is for you. The Bubble Thing wand has a flexible fabric loop that opens and closes to make all sizes and shapes of bubbles. Expect bubbles as large as 10 feet, or even bigger. Be sure to get a bottle […]

Find Me Multi Color 6 Foot Tunnel toy for kids

6 Foot Multi Color Tunnel

From Pacific Play Tents, the ‘Find Me’ Multi Color 6 Foot tunnel ($30) is made of durable, flame-retardant 70 Denier nylon. With the sturdy spring steel construction, children can hide, crawl, and play without concern of durability. Simple to collapse and store with the attached Velcro ties, and springs into shape when ready to play.

Here Comes Science - They Might Be Giants

Here Comes Science (Audio CD)

Kids love singing along to catchy, toe-tapping songs, and would love to do so with Here Comes Science ($15) audio CD from They Might Be Giants. Songs like “Science Is Real” and “Why Does the Sun Really Shine?” introduce the concepts of science, the scientific method, and being inquisitive about the world they live in, […]