Christmas toys for nine year-olds

October 25, 2016 Published by


Nine year-olds can be very keen to gain new knowledge and educational toys can really motivate a love for learning. As children reach puberty, outdoor and sports toys can help maintain a positive body image, keep kids fit, and are great fun too.

 This Christmas, we want good quality toys children will enjoy again and again. So rather than spending a small fortune on a toy that  is destined to gather dust, why not get some inspiration from our Good Toy Guide experts? These little elves spend all year trying out tons of toys - with the help of children, parents, and child carers - to add some sparkle to your gift list this Christmas.


Rhino Hero by HABA toys

(RRP: £7.99)

  • Novel stacking card game, where the aim is to build a tall tower of cards to support the superhero ‘Super Rhino’
  • Encourages strategic thinking and communication skills to build a solid construction
  • Teaches children about friendly competition and patience

Rhino Hero was very popular with our testers and it was great to see them discussing their strategy as they played the game. Children will enjoy both the excitement and the nervous aspect of the game, attempting to build a solid tower which will not tumble over.

Hot Wires by John Adams

(RRP: £49.99)

  • Versatile educational electronics set – children have the option to build a flying disc, a burglar alarm, a lie detector, among many others
  • Teaches children about electricity and circuits
  • The instruction booklet provides simple to follow diagrams

A fun way of supporting children’s science education, Hot Wires was extremely popular - with our testers enjoying the freedom of creating working circuits in many different experiments. The set offers over 100 different experiments to try which progressively increase in difficulty, providing children with developing knowledge, skills and confidence in their abilities. The set supports school learning by allowing children to experiment with circuit components which are labelled with scientific symbols so they can draw the circuits out.

Osmo by Play Osmo

(RRP: £69.95)

  • An educational gaming system that works with an iPad and three apps to transform the space in front of the iPad into a digital game board, with which players can use physical objects to play
  • Builds logical and abstract thinking and visuospatial awareness, as well as promoting communication skills when playing with others
  • Compatible with iPad 2 and up, Osmo itself consists of a base to stand the iPad in, and a reflector which slots over the front facing camera

A novel and fun technology toy, Osmo combines real educational and developmental benefits with great entertainment value. Our testers really enjoyed the three different games: Tangram, where children visibly improved as they played the physical puzzle, Newton, where logical thinking skills were tested in achieving the goal and Words, where the children enjoyed vocabulary building and got enthusiastic competing against each other to lay their letter tiles.

Clear Colours 32 Piece Set by Magna-Tiles

(RRP: £44.99)

  • Promotes hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills
  • Encourages imaginative play and creativity, familiarising children with different colours and 2D and 3D shapes
  • Good for both independent and team play

Magna-Tiles are a great way of engaging children in construction-based play, which is helpful to develop fine motor control and spatial awareness. The brightly coloured tiles can be formed into various different shapes and constructions, and our testers enjoyed building more imaginative creations as they grew in confidence.

The Original Didicar by Didicar

(RRP: £49.95)

  • Self-propelled ride-on toy suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, on smooth and flat surfaces with no pedals, batteries, gears or motors
  • Promotes active and social play
  • Good for balance, coordination, spatial and speed awareness

The Didicar is great for indoor and outdoor play, encouraging physical activity and coordination. Our testers enjoyed taking turns on the Didicar and came up with a time challenge to race each other.


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