Not sure what toys to buy for a ten year-old? Read on for some tips and suggestions from the Good Toy Guide experts!
These are some examples of toys that a child of this age may enjoy, but please remember that every child is unique and has a preference for different toys and brands.
Arts & Crafts
Activity kits that allow children to personalise things and choose designs to suit their mood are likely to be popular at this age. As children are coming to the end of primary school, they may have more confidence to experiment and challenge themselves, or they may be seeking reassurance as they start to think about secondary school. Either way arts and craft activities can help a child express themselves.
The 4M Build a Medieval Castle is a kit that lets children build their own castle from scratch, even moulding the bricks to build with. A long term project like this, that results in a very cool looking medieval castle at the end, is great for older children.
At 10, children may have outgrown the more child-friendly tablets and want something more adult. It is still important to make sure you sort out the parental controls both on your device and your broadband. 10 year olds are likely to be starting puberty and may be curious about more adult aspects of life and may try to find information online so it’s important to ensure they can’t inadvertently come across sites that will give them dangerous or distorted views of the changes that are starting to happen to their bodies.
If you are thinking of buying a tablet for a child, have a look at our tablet comparison guide for more information on features – such as parental controls and content – that are key when considering a tablet for a child.
While they might be starting to grow out of toys, older children and even adults love racing cars! As technology improves these are becoming more high-tech – we like the Real FX Slotless Racing set that allows you to create your own tracks, and as there are are no slots or lanes, players can overtake anywhere for a more open experience. What’s really clever is that the second car can be switched to AI mode, so children can race against another car even if they are on their own!
Board games and card games are a great way to keep families playing together. ‘Tweens’ may not want to play with the toys they used to enjoy but they still need fun, relaxed, playful interactions with parents and other family members. As children’s general knowledge improves and verbal skills become more mature they will start to enjoy the challenge of trying to beat adults at skill-based games such as quizzes and communication games.
It can be hard to get tweens talking but we’ve found that Sussed? is a hilarious way to do so! Players ask one another a multiple-choice question about themselves from the cards, and the rest of the group must guess how they think the first player will answer. How well do you really know each other?
As children prepare for puberty, it can be difficult to ensure they stay active. Fun, sporty toys and games can help children maintain healthy activity levels and promote a positive body image. Toys such as swingball and skateboards are appealing to this age group and remote control toys and stunt kites also encourage children to play outdoors.
Classic Swingball is great fun for children of different ages to play together while being active (and it’s handy that you won’t lose the ball too!). This game can get really competitive!
Page updated: December 2015