The Ten Best Toys for 7 Year-Olds
7-year olds are tricky. Even more so when you're trying to find the right gift for one in a pinch. Which is why we've put together a no-fail guide to the top toys that are perfect for boys and girls. These crowd-pleasers include brand-new products like furReal's interactive Simba, as well as classic, nostalgia-drenched playthings like a woodworking kit or a Super Soaker. Basically, whatever said kid is into, we have you covered. Do you have a serious crafter on your hands? Go with the eraser-making set. Buying for a little techie? You'll want the coding robot. And what kid can resist a tent of their own? Trust us when we say, you're about to become the gift-giving hero to every 7-year-old you know.
Fans of Disney's "The Lion King" will go wild for this new interactive plush toy (tied to the upcoming live action movie). The furReal Simba can roar, say phrases from the movie, and move his legs, ears, tail, eyes, head, mouth, and responds to touch and sound. (If you roar at Simba, he'll roar back.) And you can even feed Simba his snack — a grub on a stick. Just don't forget the 4 1.5v C batteries, which are not included.
Real Woodworking Kit
Introduce children as young as age 4 to real woodworking with this hands on set. Included are over 80 pieces: lots of smooth pine wood, pencils, a lightweight hammer, nails, wood glue, a ruler, and a guide booklet. The guide includes instructions on building projects including a birdhouse, train, and bank. (But go ahead and be creative if your child wants to construct a pirate chest instead—no rules here). We also love this toy for easy clean up reasons—everything comes in a handy wooden storage box you can toss all the materials in when you're done. If you're looking for a distraction from the iPad, this is it
Teepee Play Tent
Gift your kiddo with a little space of their own to hang out, read, or just take a nap (parents can dream, right?). The Delta Children's teepee is 67.25 inches tall and made of cotton canvas and sturdy wood poles. It's a great little portable play place and comes with its own storage bag so you can easily pack it up when it's not in use. Available styles include ballerina, space, pink ombre, and more. Best for ages 3 and up.
Soak-tastic Super Soaker Piranha
This super soaker will be the envy of all the kids in the neighborhood. (And as parents, we like this water toy because it's a classic squirt gun but it doesn't look like a real weapon.) The bright white, orange, and blue design is fresh, and the compact blaster holds up to 6 ounces of water. Also? It's inexpensive and lasts way longer than a bag of water balloons.
Fingerlings are interactive creatures that grip fingers — they respond to sound and motion and chatter, blink, move, kiss, and "repeat" what you say. Basically, kids love them and they're a wildly popular gift at the moment. In this set, you'll find 3 different foxes Kayla (hot pink), Mikey (orange), and Sarah (purple) and bonus—batteries are included.
Kids can recreate their favorite scenes from the new live-action "Aladdin" movie with this interactive tie-in toy. Summon the Genie by rubbing the lamp, ask it questions, and watch it shake, light up, and actually speak to your 7 year old as he or wishes to see the movie again. For the third time.
Artie 3000 Drawing Robot
This artistic coding robot will keeps 7 year olds busy for hours (and maybe some adults, too). Program Artie 3000, and "he" will draw the lines you code. This is a great STEAM toy option and Artie 3000 is even Mensa-approved. Also, it includes safe and secure built-in WiFi that can connect to your tablet or computer. (4 AA batteries are not included.)
Harry Potter Wizard Training Wand
Don't let the AAA batteries fool you, this wand is magic! At least it will seem that way to young Harry Potter fans. The Wizard Training Wand features a training guide with 11 spells to master (and the wand can recognize the moments of the different spells). Plus it has 5 modes of play featuring games and spell training. Choose from Harry Potter's Wand, Albus Dumbledore's Wand (The Elder Wand), Lord Voldemort's Wand, and Hermione Granger's Wand (which is a Walmart Exclusive). A bonus? The wand is a 2018 National Parenting Products Award winner.
Your kiddo will adore making his or her own mini erasers. Tiny erasers are a fun trend, and this kit from Klutz adds a craft element. Included in the kit is enough clay to make 25 erasers (in 8 colors), plus tools, a pencil, and an instruction book. Best for ages 6-12.
Super Solar System
Educational Insights GeoSafari Motorized Solar System
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If you're looking for STEM toys to promote a burgeoning interest in science, expand your child's knowledge of the solar system with this light-up model from Educational Insights. The sun is lit with an ultra-bright bulb, so light shines on the motorized planets, showing how they orbit. (And the set converts to a planetarium too.) Turn off the lights for a cool space experience in his or her room. The model also features a night-light mode with automatic shut-off, so he or she can drift off gazing at the stars.