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17 of the best toys for 7 year olds

We've tried, tested and chosen the top toys for boys and girls aged 7 to 8 – from playsets and dolls to games, cameras and even an intereractive balloon dog...

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 the best toys for 7-year-olds, as tested by children and rated by their parents

1. Power Treads, £24.99

Age: 5+

What it is: A 22-piece track that comes with a customisable all-surface vehicle (ASV) and a Power Trekker, which ‘walks’ across the floor once your ASV’s on board. Requires 2 AAA batteries (not included).

Why we love it: We like how interchangeable the track pieces are – and how the ASV means  you can even include furniture in your course set-up. But the star features is unreservedly the walking Power Trekker, nicknamed “the alien dog” by our child tester Josh. “It is so exciting and cool,” he said. “I will play with this again and again.” A worthy addition to our Top 100 Xmas Toys 2020 list.

Available at: Smyths Toys, Argos and Amazon

2. Schleich Large Farm House, £79.99

Schleich Large Farm House

Age: 3+

What it is: A 34cm x 14cm x 57cm farm playset that features a farmhouse with a kitchen and bedroom, and a detachable stable with a hay loft, fences and a winch. Come with 2 people figures and 7 animal figures and accessories including hay bales, a bed, flower boxes, a wheelbarrow, a dog bowl and a carrot. Requires some self-assembly.

Why we love it: This is a big and beautiful playset, designed with great attention to detail. Our child tester Stanley loved the hay winch and the little mouse best. We like the detachable roof and the opening windows and the hatch in the hay loft floor for taking the hay down to the animals. And we’re impressed that the farmer figure has movable arms so he can hold and ‘push’ his wheelbarrow. Don’t be fooled by the 3+ age description: this is definitely an older child’s toy – with lots of little accessories that a preschooler would probably just lose or struggle to pick up.

Available at: Argos, Schleich and Amazon

3. Squeakee the Balloon Dog, £59.99

Age: 5+

What it is: An 40cm-tall interactive toy that looks like a balloon but actually barks, begs, sits, lies down, does tricks and plays ball like the real furry thing. He has more than 60 sounds and movements. Comes with a ball, a squeaker toy, a pretend pin to ‘deflate’ him, a toy pump to ‘reinflate’ him and instructions. Needs 4 AA batteries (not included).

Why we love it: It’s such a fun toy, this one. Our child tester Sienna just loved how cheeky Squeakee is. “He even does a wee and a big fart, which is really funny,” she says. “My favourite thing is when you pop him with the little pin and he bursts!” We also really like how he rolls on his back when you rub his belly – and how excited he gets when you keep tickling his tummy. A shoo-in for our Top 100 Xmas Toys 2020 list.

Available at: CharacterAmazon and Argos

4. LEGO City Ocean Exploration Ship Floating Toy Boat, £124.99

Age: 7+

What it is: A 745-piece set which builds into a large ship (18cm x 63cm) that actually floats on water. Comes with 8 minifigures, a shark, a shark cage, a crane, a helicopter, a research submarine, a pirate shipwreck with hidden treasure, and accessories.

Why we love it: It’s a good, fun build with easy-to-follow colour-coded instructions – it took our child tester a couple of hours. And then, when you’re done, you have the thrill of setting your ship afloat in your bathtub (it’s WAY too big for the sink). We love all the extra bits too, like the shark cage and the rotating crane – and that the mini crew are a nice mix of men and women. Expensive but we reckon this one’s a keeper.

Available at: Lego, John Lewis and Smyths Toys

5. KidiZoom Studio, £59.99

Age: 5+

What it is: A child-friendly digital video camera with a 6cm colour LCD screen, flip-up lens, mini tripod/handle and wrist strap. Records in HD video (720p resolution) and you can swap in 20 different backgrounds, including a TV studio with green screen. Requires 1 rechargeable LiPo battery (included).

Why we love it: It’s compact, affordable and our child tester Arabella particularly loved how realistic and funny the background options are – the dinosaur-themed one was her definite favourite. It takes great still photographs and there are some good games you can play on it, too. We picked this for our Top 100 Xmas Toys 2020 list.

Available at: Amazon, Smyths Toys and John Lewis

6. LOL Surprise! OMG Remix 4-in-1 Plane Playset, £90

Age: 6+

What is it: A 60cm-long plane playset with light and sounds that transforms into a car, a recording studio and mixing booth. Comes with 50 surprises, including rolling suitcases and a drinks cart, and accessories including mini neck pillows, tickets, passports and microphones. Requires 6 x AG13 batteries (included). 

Why we love it: Our child tester was wowed by the party-time lighting and the recording studio. We secretly think the ‘car’ looks more like a golf buggy than a car but we do like all the little details in this playset, like the window slides, the swivelling front seats and the pull-down tables. It doesn’t come with dolls, so if you don’t have any already and want to fill the seats, you’ll need to buy some separately.

 Available at: Smyths Toys, Argos, Amazon and Very

7. Playmobil Mission Rocket with Launch Site, £49.99

Age: 6+

What it is: A space-themed playset with a 72cm-tall rocket and a launch platform with lights and sounds. Comes with 3 figures (1 astronaut and 2 engineers) and accessories including a laptop, electric drill, a phone and tools. Requires 2 AA batteries (not included).

Why we love it: Our child testers’ mum Rebecca was blown away by this playset, which both of her boys are still playing with every day. “It’s sturdy, well made – and amazing!” she says. “There is so much creativity, so many scenarios a child can create.” We like the countdown sounds and the light-up blasters, and the 2 pods around the launch tower that rotate for engineering inspections. We chose playset as one of our Top 100 Xmas Toys 2020.

Available at: AmazonSmyths Toys and Playmobil

8.  Baffled, £21.99

Age: 6+

What it is: A fast-paced board game in which you have 60 seconds to memorise the position of 12 randomly placed symbol tiles – which can then move around the board throughout the game. Playing time: 20 to 40 minutes. For 2 to 4 players.

Why we love it: It’s a colourful family-friendly game. Our child tester Thomas enjoyed trying to remember where the different numbers and pictures were and said he even found the idea of losing a life when he got one wrong exciting (hmm, wouldn’t be the same in our house!). Be warned: it’s not as easy as it sounds and your kids may well beat you at this game!

Available at: Amazon and The Entertainer 

9. DesignaFriend Billie Doll, £25

Age: 3+

What it is: Billie is an 45-cm high fashion doll with long pink hair styled in a high ponytail, a soft body and poseable limbs. Comes with a blue dress, pink pumps, a silver bum bag and a charm bracelet.

Why we love it: She’s lovely and big to hold and cuddle, and come beautifully wrapped in a tissue paper and a gift box. Our child tester Annabelle used the gift box for Billie’s bed and carefully put her to sleep in it each night. “Billie is so pretty,” she said. “I love her pink hair. I wish I had pink hair. She is a kid like me. I like her name and her shoes. I like her knickers too!”

Available at: Argos

10. Dr Zigs My First Giant Bubble Kit, £19.99,

Age: 3+

What is it: An eco-friendly bubble kit with enough concentrated mixture to make up to 1,000 giant bubbles. Comes with a 25cm bubble wand, cotton rope and a book of instructions and tips.

Why we love it: It takes a wee while to get the hang of making the bubbles (and diluting the mixture correctly) but the results are truly squeal-makingly spectacular. Our child testers said the bubbles are “incredible – super cool and exciting!” We like that the mixture is biodegradable and that some of the proceeds from sales go to a charity that’s buying ventilators for an intensive care unit in Wales.

Available at: Dr Zigs, Amazon and Conscious Craft

11. MyFirst Drone, £34.99

Age: 4+

What it is: A 5cm-high drone that doesn’t have a remote control: you just toss it in the air and let it fly and hover. Features 5 anti-crash sensors and a polymer cage enclosure. Suitable for indoor or outdoor use. Comes in blue or pink, 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. 

Available at: Currys and Maplin

12. Lego 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: Lego, Argos and Smyths Toys

13. 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 got the hang of it straightaway. We like the nice big dice, although it would be better if the game came in a smaller box without all the plasticky dividers. A really good game for involving the whole family (as long as the grown-ups don’t get too competitive…) 

Available from: John Lewis and Amazon

14. My Fairy Garden, £11.99

Age: 4+

What is it: A 29cm-wide 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: our child testers really liked the little pegs and clothes for the clothes line, and the 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

15. 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 2 x AAA 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 (our child tester’s favourite) making 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. 

Available from: Kano and Amazon

16. Hot Wheels Action Sky Crash Tower, £54.99

Age: 5+

What it is: An 83cm x 50cm x 70cm tower with a looping track you can race multiple cars up and down at the same time. Features a motorised booster that makes the cars jump high and crash in mid-air. Comes with 1 Hot Wheels vehicle (others sold separately). Requires some self-assembly and 4 x D batteries (not included).

Why we love it: It’s nice and sturdy – and huge (although happily the base does fold when not in use). Our child tester got hugely excited watching the cars cross each other – they go really fast with the booster – and, of course, the crashes are awesome! It’s easy to assemble, though placing all the (super sticky) stickers are a bit of a faff, and it does only come with 1 car.

Available at: Smyths Toys, Argos and Amazon

17. K’Nex 10-in 1 Building Set, £10

Age: 5+

What is it: A 130-piece set of rods and connectors that snap and slot together to create 10 different models, including a quad copter, a tow truck and a frog. Comes with an instruction sheet.

Why we love it: The instructions are great (and picture-led) and the way the bits slot together makes construction really easy for children to manage on their own. Our child tester was dead pleased with his tow truck, and has plans for the dragonfly next. It’s a great-value buy, too! 

Available at: Amazon and Argos

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