Not sure what toys to buy for a seven 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.
Trading Cards / Collectibles
Collectibles such as mini figures or sticker albums are popular with children at this age as they promote friendship and bonding and help children feel like they belong.
Classic toys like Sylvanian Families can also be popular at this age – the characters are lovely toys to collect and there are so many different ones to choose from! They can also be used in role play and the range of houses, shops and more with lots of little pieces really let children get into their fantasy world.
As children’s world expands they come across more environments and experience different situations. This can be confusing and 7 year olds enjoy escaping into a fantasy role play land or alternatively acting out situations they have encountered to help them make sense of it all.
Children love playing at schools and there is no better way than with the award-winning Pretend and Play set from Learning Resources.
At this age many children have access to a tablet and enjoy a range of apps. With the right choice of content they can learn so much from these. Apps can help develop their creative side, and help them learn a range of subjects from science to spelling and can make great low cost gifts – individual apps can be easily gifted in iTunes.
Tech toys like Osmo, which works with an iPad, are also particularly popular – offering a range of games in one product from Tangram and the social play of Words to the clever, creative Masterpiece and Newton.
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.
Balls, play houses, climbing frames, and other outdoor toys are great for encouraging children to play actively outside and burn off some of that energy. Instilling an active approach to life can help children develop a healthy body and mental attitude that will stay with them into adulthood.
Catcherball is a fun game to play in pairs and encourages both active play and friendly competition.
Construction toys are one of the few toys that mature with a child and don’t seem babyish as there are always more sophisticated models to make.
Ur-Tubes are brilliant for this because they can be used to build large structures – simply add a blanket and it becomes a private den to play in, then you can turn it into a train and run around the garden!
These continue to be a firm family favourite. Endless fun can be had playing the same games over and over again and the quality family time gained from this is valuable to everyone.
Ensure you choose a board game that is age appropriate. A child’s confidence can be damaged if you provide them with games they find really tricky and they will get bored very quickly if it is too easy. Find a game that offers educational benefits too – perhaps one that requires number or letter recognition, counting or adding (one with a dice can offer all of these).
Dobble is a firm favourite in the office; using the set of round cards, the aim is to match the images on the cards (there are 5 different versions of the game, and you can make your own up too!). The fast pace of the game makes it exciting and competitive!
Arts & Crafts
By now children can be really creative and they have the fine motor skills and the attention span to produce quite intricate art and craft work. One of the best things about creative play is that it can be done at a child’s own level so it’s good to find arts and craft kits that are open ended to allow children to put as much effort and detail into their creations as they want to.
You can build a child’s confidence in their drawing skills with the awesome Skinny Sketchers, a drawing kit in a cool coffee cup complete with a mechanical pencil, tracing paper and step by step drawing instructions – everything they’ll need to create fabulous freehand drawings! There are several themes to choose from including ‘Architecture’ and ‘London Flavour’.
Page updated: December 2015