Not sure what toys to buy for a nine 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
9 year olds use their skills to help them express their emerging sense of identity. Activity kits that give children the opportunity to personalise things and design different versions of the same thing so they can choose designs to suit their mood are likely to be popular at this age.
Mostaix My Mosaic Art sets can introduce children to learning a new skill by creating a mosaic from the pattern. With a bit of patience children can make a final product they can be proud of.
Children will probably have a clear idea of what is ‘cool’ and may be fixated on getting a particular type of device which is a normal part of wanting to ‘fit in’, (but children also need to learn important lessons about budgeting and managing expectations so parents shouldn’t feel obliged to overspend on expensive gadgets). If you are buying a tablet or mobile device for a 9 year old, make sure you sort out the parental controls and look for family tablets with the option of switching it off at certain times or limiting its daily use.
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.
The Hue Animation Studio is also worth considering, particularly for budding animators. With the flexible camera and animation software, children can create videos however they like – for example, using modelling clay to make a stop motion video.
Board games and card games are a great way to keep families communicating. As children enter the ‘tweens’, they may not want to play with toys but they still enjoy and need fun, relaxed, playful interactions with parents and other family members.
Trivia Tower really gets children thinking and they might learn some interesting general knowledge facts too. Answer the question wrong and you have to remove a cup from the tower – but be careful not to knock it over!
As children become more susceptible to peer pressure and try to ‘fit in’, it is important that they stay active and fun sporty toys and games can help children maintain healthy activity levels and promote a positive body image. Trampolines can replace climbing frames and water pistols and super soakers are fun for the summer.
The Original Didcar is a self propelled ride-on that even older children will enjoy – our testers loved racing up and down!
Page updated: December 2015