17 of the best toys for 7 year olds

Our pick of the top toys for boys and girls aged 7 to 8

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best toys for 7 year olds

Your 7-year-old is super-curious and fizzing with ideas and questions. They want to play with toys that are fun and engaging and challenging – or sometimes just downright silly.

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They are also ready for things that take a while to build or collect, and nature-based toys that require patience and observation while they change over time.

Here is our pick of some of the best toys for your 7-year-old…

1. MyFirst Drone, £34.99

Age: 4+

What it is: A 5cm-high drone that doesn’t have a remote control: you just toss in the air and let it fly and hover. Features 5 anti-crash sensors and polymer cage enclosure. Suitable for indoor or outdoor use. Comes with USB charging cable (flight time: about 7 minutes).

Why we love it: All our child testers fell in love with this little drone, chasing round after it and watching it hover. It makes a very exciting whirring noise. And the caged design means there’s no worry that little fingers will get hurt by the propellers. Be warned that it does take a while to charge, so once your flight time’s up, there’s a bit of a wait before you can launch it again. Won Gold in our MadeForMums Toy Awards 2019.

Available from: Argos and Amazon

2. LEGO 75957 Harry Potter The Knight Bus, £34.99

Age: 7+

What it is: A 403-piece LEGO set that builds into a 16cm x 16cm x 6cm 3-storey Knight Bus with a hinged opening side panel, removable roof, a movable sliding bed and a swinging chandelier. Includes 3 mini figures, the Shrunken Head and Harry’s Hogwarts trunk, containing a wand, letter, chocolate bar and a potion bottle.

Why we love it: It’s a good build: not ridiculously challenging but challenging enough to make any 7-year-old feel proud. And,  once built, it’s amazing – as our child testers all said – to open the side and peer in at all the little details. The Shrunken Head is ace!

Available from: Argos and Smyths Toys

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3. Cobra Paw, £14.99

Age: 6+

What it is: A ninja-themed game where you throw the dice and snatch the ‘Clawfuku’ stone that matches the pattern on the dice before anyone else can. The 1st person to collect 6 stones wins. Playing time: 5 to 15 minutes. For 2 to 6 players.

Why we like it: It’s quick-paced and great fun – and our child testers took to it straightaway. Really good for involving the whole family (as long as the grown-ups don’t get too competitive…) Won Gold for Best Board Game in our MadeForMums Toy Awards 2019.

Available from: John Lewis and Amazon

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4. Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit, £99.99

Age: 6+

What it is: A kit that takes you, step by step, through building a wand and coding it to respond to your movements and do ‘magic’ when connected with your tablet or computer. Comes with wand parts, PCB with codeable LED, button, batteries, instruction book, stickers, a poster, and access to the Kano app. Requires 2AAA batteries (included) and Bluetooth connection (works with most Windows, Mac and Android tablets and computers).

Why we love it: There are 77 coding challenges to master, including making feathers fly and pumpkins grow – and they vary in difficulty from the simple to the much more complicated. We like how you can see the Javascript. Very cool – and very well thought out. Won Gold for Best Coding Toy in our MadeForMums Toy Awards 2019.

Available from: Kano and Amazon

5. Boxer, £50

Age: 6+

What it is: A quirky mini (17cm-high) robot on wheels who responds to hand movements with funny expressions and can read the 10 activity cards included with him, to play games like Bot Bowling, Paddle Bot or Go Kart. If you place a card down in front of him he’ll roll over it, scan it and start playing! Comes with a remote control, and you can download a free Boxer app to access more games.

Why we love it: Full of personality, Boxer can express a full range of emotions, from happiness to sadness and grumpiness to sleepiness. He was such a huge hit with our 7 and 8-year-old testers, he won Gold in our 2018 MadeForMums Toy Awards.

Available from: Argos and Smyths Toys

6. The World Atlas & Jigsaw, £11.99

Age: 5+

What it is: A beautifully illustrated300-piece jigsaw of the world map that comes with a 32-page picture atlas full of facts and famous sights. There are 100s of animals, landmarks and attractions to spot on the jigsaw and look up in the atlas.

Why we love it: This puzzle packs a good, fun learning punch. Our child testers thought the puzzle was a decently challenging ‘build’ and, once pieced together, an engaging, super-colourful springboard to finding out more about the world and its animals. Deservedly won Gold in our 2018 Toy Awards.

Available from: Trotters and WHSmith

7. My Fairy Garden, £11.99

Age: 4+

What is it: A 29cm bowl in which you can create your own fairy garden with accessories that include a magical miniature cottage, a fairy figurine, a mouse figurine, a little clothes line, an oyster shell, grass seed, fairy mushrooms, fairy flowers, instruction booklet – and, of course, a sprinkling of fairy dust!

Why we love it: It’s a beautifully thought-out kit: there are even little pegs and clothes for the clothes line, and a square of carpet for the little house. And we love the oyster shell ‘water feature’. You’ll need a bit of soil or compost to plant the grass seed in, and stand the cottage on.

Available at: Amazon and Smyths Toys

8. Shopkins Scoops Ice Cream Truck Play Set, £24.99

Age: 5+

What is it: A 34cm ice cream truck with moving wheels, 2 Shopkins characters and a whole bunch of little accessories.

Why we love it: For the veritable army of little Shopkins fans out there, this is a cute set that’ll hit all the right play places. There are lots of clever accessories to busy those fingers with, including an umbrella stand (for eating those ices in the shade) and cooler bags.

Available at: Amazon

8. LEGO 75928 Jurassic World Blue’s Helicopter Pursuit, £49.99

Age: 7+

What it is: A 397-piece LEGO set, from which you build a helicopter, a quad bike and a cage with folding sides to help Blue the Velociraptor escape from the evil pilot. Comes with a Blue dinosaur figure, plus Owen (Chris Pratt’s character), pilot and Wheatley (the bad guy) mini figures, and accessories including a tranquilliser gun, a handgun stud shooter, a crossbow stud shooter, a dinosaur tooth, a chicken leg and a dinosaur egg.

Why we love it: The detail on this helicopter (which has properly rotating blades) is ‘well cool’, apparently. And trying to get its belly hook to connect with, and pick up, the cage is great fun. It’s a lovely set for any Jurassic Park fan – with plenty of scope for imaginative dino play.

Available from: LEGO and Amazon

9. Cra-Z Slime Creations Super Slime Studio, £19.99

Age: 6+

What it is: A full-on slime station that lets you create a variety of slime, that comes with everything you need to get going: slime activity, slime glue (in numerous colours), paint, an array of differently-coloured glitters, floam, and even some lolly sticks.

Why we love it: There are plenty of cool slime-making kits out there, though we really like the variety on this one. Your child can made a few different kinds of glitter slime, as well as rainbow slime. There are a variety of options for single-colour slime, too.

Available from: Argos

10. Marvin’s Magic Box Of 125 Tricks, £16.95

Age: 6+

What it is: This set contains cards, balls, string, rings and instructions to work your magic on friends and family.

Why we love it: Kids love showing off their magic skills and there are so many tricks to choose from in this set they’ll be able to keep everyone entertained for hours. The adults will almost certainly want to have a go too…

Available at: Wicked Uncle

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11. VTech Kidizoom Action Cam 180, £39.99

Age: 5+

What is it: A video-taking, photo-snapping, multifunctional 0.3 megapixel camera that can be mounted on a bike or helmet and even taken underwater 9with its waterproof case). Contains a MicroSD card, and comes with 1 rechargeable battery.

Why we love it: Videos, photos, editing software, time lapse functions: this camera has it all, plus some games for when pic-taking boredom kicks in. We also like how durable it is, because, NEWSFLASH, kids do drop things…

Available at: Argos and Smyths Toys

12. K’Nex 521 Super Value Tub, £29.99

Age: 7+

What is it: A big 35cm tub filled with 520 K’Nex building pieces and 35 model-building ideas, including a dragster, a Ferris wheel, and a dinosaur.

Why we love it: The K’Nex construction system is based around rods and connectors that slot together really easily – and always come with really good, picture-led instructions. This good-value tub contains SO many things to make (some easy; some a bit harder) and also has enough pieces that you could create your own model, too.

Available at: Amazon

13. Don’t Upset the Llama, £16.99

Age: 7+

What it is: A jeopardy game, in which you draw a card from the deck and try to be the 1st to spot the horn or spray. If it’s the spray, the 1st player to grab the Llama water gun can spray a player of their choice. For 2 to 4 players.

Why we love it: It’s quick-fire (or maybe that should be quick-soak) and really tests your reaction speed – and your tolerance to getting sprayed! Not everyone’s cup of tea but hilarious if it is.

Available at: Amazon

14. LEGO Creator 31078 Treehouse Treasures, £29.99

Age: 7+

What it is: A 260-piece set that builds into a 20cm 3-level pirate ship treehouse with a ship deck, ship’s wheel, tyre swing, crow’s nest and treasure chest. It can also be rebuilt into a Pirate Ship or a Skull Cave for more ‘ooh arr, me hearties’  fun. Come with a girl, a boy, a teddy and a spider mini figures.

Why we love it: This is a nice complex build for a 7-year-old, especially if you build all 3 designs. And we love the hidden treasure – and how the slide turns into a plank.

Available at: LEGO and Amazon

15. VTech Switch And Go Dash The T-Rex, £49.99

Age: 3+ (but we’d say best for older kids)

What it is: A remote-controlled 24cm robo-dinosaur that switches up into a race car. You can ‘customise’ his eyes and driver by selecting one from the LCD screen – and activate fun phrases, dinosaur facts and sound effects by pressing the buttons. Requires 8 AA batteries (included). Also available in red, as Sandstorm the Stegosaurus.

Why we love it: It’s tremendous fun (be warned: those batteries will run out quickly!) and, with the presence of the dinosaur-fact buttons, you can slightly kid yourself it’s educational, too…

Available at: Argos and Smyths Toys

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