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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 to board games, mini drones, craft kits and even an interactive balloon dinosaur...

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 engaging and challenging – and their pretend play has become much more involved and creative.

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They've probably grown a fair bit in the past few months, and rapidly refined their balance and co-ordination skills, so pedal bikes and more 'grown-up' scooters are a great buy – as are toys that require running around exercising those improved gross motor skills outside.

Your 7 year-old spends time playing independently but also loves playing with their friends – and using toys to invent quite complex imaginary worlds. They also like board games that can be noisily enjoyed together.

Your child is also ready for toys that take a little time and patience to build, nurture or collect, and board games that require an element of strategic thinking as well as luck.

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How to choose toys safely

  • Look for the CE symbol as this is used by manufacturers to show the toy meets all the relevant regulatory requirements
  • Also keep an eye out for the British Toy and Hobby Association's (BTHA) 'Lion Mark' – although this is voluntary it means that the toy has to meet safety requirements to be a member 
  • Pay attention to the age suitability of the toy
  • Avoid toys with loose fabric, hair that sheds easily or small parts that detach easily as these can be a choking hazard
  • Check toys over time for sharp points or edges. If they have become dangerously worn considering getting rid of them or having them repaired if possible

Best toys for 7 year olds at a glance

  • Great for strategic thinking and social fun: Flip Over Frog, £9.99
  • Great for dexterity and creativity: Gift in a Tin Magical Fairy Fun, £12.99
  • Great for thrills and nurturing skills: Scruff-a-Luvs Cutie Cuts, £29.99
  • Great for outdoor fun: Liferyder Infinity Scooter, £125
  • Great for interactive laughs: Squeakee the Balloon Dino, £80
  • Great for extended pretend play: Schleich Large Farm House, £79.99
  • Great for thrills and imaginative play: Schleich Volcano Expedition Base Camp, £99.99
  • Great for extended pretend play: LOL Surprise! OMG Remix 4-in-1 Plane Playset, £92.99
  • Great for active fun: Air Hogs Gravitor, £24.99
  • Great for dexterity and concentration: Fiesta Crafts 3D Construction Model, £14.99
  • Great for construction skills and water play: LEGO City Ocean Exploration Ship Floating Toy Boat, £124.99
  • Great for superhero pretend play: Batman 12" Figure, £11.99
  • Great for active play: Dr Zigs My First Giant Bubble Kit, £19.99
  • Great for extended pretend play: LEGO Harry Potter The Knight Bus, £34.99
  • Great for nature lovers and fairy dreamers: My Fairy Garden, £14.99
  • Great for vehicle-mad thrills and spills: Hot Wheels Action Sky Crash Tower, £54.99
  • Great for spatial thinking an construction creativity: K'Nex 10-in-1 Building Set, £10

Here is our pick of the best toys for 7-year-olds, as tested by children and rated by their parents

1. Flip Over Frog, £9.99

– Great for strategic thinking and social fun

Flip Over Frog

Age suitability: 6+ | Best for age: 7 | Batteries: None
Awards: Gold, MadeforMums Toy Awards 2021

What it is: A brightly coloured 15 to 20-minute board game, made of recycled card, that tests both memory and tactics. Each player has a secret frog colour and the aim is to cover the board with as many of colour frogs as possible without anyone guessing what your colour is and without getting caught by a snake.

Why we love it: It's fast and funny – and actually puts adult players on a pretty level playing field with child ones. Our child tester Finlay, 7, said, "The best thing about it was keeping my frog colour secret and using the snake tiles to help beat Mum! It's fun pretending to be a different colour to trick other players."

Available from: Toy Street, Magic Madhouse and Amazon

2. Gift in a Tin Magical Fairy Fun, £12.99

– Great for dexterity and creativity

Age suitability: 6+ | Best for age: 7 | Batteries: None
Awards: Gold, MadeForMums Toy Awards 2021

What it is: A complete craft set in a tin, including all the materials you need to make up to 8 fairies and a fairy door. The fairies can be stored in the tin after play.

Why we love it: With easy-to-follow, picture-led instructions, this sweet craft kit is just the thing for keeping the kids busy and entertained on a rainy day. Our child testers Roselyn, 6, and Jasmine, 8, happily spent an hour crafting away – Jasmine loved following the instructions to make the fairies on her own, although Roselyn did need a little help from time-to-time. The fairy door made a fun addition and even after a big crafting session there were still plenty of materials left in the tin to come back to again.

Available from: Present Mill and Bright Minds

3. Scruff-a-Luvs Cutie Cuts, £29.99

– Great for thrills and nurturing skills

Age suitability: 5+ | Best for age: 6+ | Batteries: 2 x AAA (included)
Awards: Silver, MadeForMums Toy Awards 2021

What it is: A super-shaggy 23cm-high puppy (a Yorkie or a Frenchie) that comes with clippers for you to clip its fur into a tidier shape and stuff the clippings into a little cushion for your pup to sit on. Includes a comb, collar tag, doggy nail polish and other styling accessories – and a box that doubles as a pooch-pampering salon.

Why we love it: This toy certainly has a lot of wow factor: the clippers make a great buzzing sound, there are accessories to unwrap and, well, who wouldn’t love to paint a pup's toenails? The dog itself is a cute soft toy once shaved and shampoo'd but obviously the thrill is all in the initial unboxing and clipping. "I loved cutting her hair and washing and drying her," said our child tester Annabelle, 7 . "It was a lot of fun and I loved bathing and drying her. This is one of my best toys and I really hope Santa will bring me another one."

Available from: Smyths Toys, Argos and Amazon

4. Liferyder Infinity Scooter, £125

– Great for outdoor fun

Age suitability: 5+ | Best for age: 7+ | Batteries: None
Awards: Bronze, MadeforMums Toy Awards 2021

What it is: A 5.5kg all-terrain foldable scooter with 2 big 12" wheels and handlebars with 3 height settings (75cm to 85cm). Available in more than 35 different graphic designs – which can be peeled off and replaced as your child's tastes change. Max child weight: 50kg.

Why we love it: This is wonderful to ride for an older child – it has a real glide and a lovely wide footplate. We like the big wheels, the grippy handlebars and, of course, the choice of designs. Holly, mum of child tester Evie, 7, said: "My daughter loves this scooter and this is her preferred choice over her bike and another scooter she has. She loves the funky design on the scooter which makes it really unique and she feels really grown up."

Available from: Liferyder and Amazon

5. Squeakee the Balloon Dino, £80

– Great for interactive laughs

Age suitability: 5+ | Best for age: 7+ | Batteries: 6 x AAA (not included)
Awards: Editor's Choice, MadeForMums Toy Awards 2021

What it is: A 36cm-high dinosaur, shaped like it's made of balloons and programmed with 70+ interactive sounds and movements. Comes with headphones (put them on him and he'll dance) and a squeaker bone (squeak it to make him stomp and roar, put it in his mouth and he'll chomp down and play tug of war with you). You can also 'pop' him and pump him back up.

Why we love it: He's pricey and he's a battery-guzzler but he's impossibly cute – and has real wow factor. Our child testers were all absolutely enthralled with him and immediately wanted to show Squeakee to all their friends and relatives. 'I love Squeakee so much – he's just so funny!" said Rowan, 7. "My favourite is making him fall down asleep, and then I get to pump, pump, pump him up like a real balloon! Sometimes he even farts!"

Available from: Selfridges, Smyths Toys and Argos

6. Schleich Large Farm House, £79.99

– Great for extended pretend play

Schleich Large Farm House
Schleich Large Farm House

Age suitability: 3+ | Best for age: 6+ | Batteries: None

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, 7, liked 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 from: Amazon, Smyths Toys and Schleich

7. Schleich Volcano Expedition Base Camp, £99.99

– Great for thrills and imaginative play

Age suitability: 4+ | Best for age: 6+ | Batteries: 3 x AA (not included) and 4 x LR44 (included)
Awards: Bronze, MadeForMums Toy Awards 2021

What it is: A 45cm x 43cm x 35cm volcano playset that vibrates, smokes and erupts stones, as well as light-up lava. It also features a research station, an obstacle course, an escape slide and a secret cave. Comes with 1 dinosaur researcher figure, 2 dinosaur figures, a firing canon, a removable laboratory container, crystals, stones, plants, and a stalactite.

Why we love it: This certainly delivers on the erupting-volcano-effects excitement front: sounds, vibrations, flashes lights, smoke - wow! "The volcano is great," said our child tester Ted, 7. "I like making the rocks fall down!" The whole playset is extremely well-designed, with some great accessories and lovely detailing on the good-sized ankylosaurus and gigantosaurus. "If someone likes playing with dinosaurs, they will really like this," added Ted. "The best bits are the caves underneath and the laboratory at the top – and the firing cannon!"

Available from: Smyths Toys and Schleich

8. LOL Surprise! OMG Remix 4-in-1 Plane Playset, £92.99

– Great for extended pretend play

LOL Surprise! OMG Remix 4-in-1 Plane Playset

Age suitability: 6+ | Best for age: 7 | Batteries: 6 x LR44 (included)
Awards: Silver, MadeForMums Toy Awards 2021

What it is: A big (60cm-long) plane playset with lights and sounds that transforms into a car, recording studio and mixing booth. It comes with 50 surprises, including a drink cart and wheelie suitcases, as well as accessories, including sleep masks, microphones and passports.

Why we love it: It's huge and has so much play potential once all those surprises are opened. Our child tester, Tabitha, 7, loved discovering all the little extras included with it, like mini headsets and tickets. She especially liked the light-up element and the fact she could fold down all the chairs for her dolls to sleep at night, declaring it "a really cool and fun toy!". Keep your eyes pleased for price reductions on this toy: we've seen some are some big discounts you could snap up.

Available from: Smyths Toys, Amazon and Argos

9. Air Hogs Gravitor, £24.99

– Great for active fun

air hogs gravitor

Age suitability: 4+ | Best for age: 6+ | Batteries: USB charging cable (included)
Awards: Bronze, MadeForMums Toy Awards 2021

What is it: A 17cm x 20cm toy drone that can sense altitude and objects so responds to your hand movements without the need for a remote control. It's rechargeable and suitable for indoor use. It comes with a trick stick to help you master a selection of stunts and a USB charging cable.

Why we love it: It’s incredibly lightweight (so won't damage your furniture or dent your walls) and pretty robust (so won't break or collapse). It takes a bit of mastering but once our child testers got to grips with it, they'd loved the fact they could control it with their hands, as if by magic. Andy, 6, said, "I love it! Learning new tricks is amazing. I like to check the videos on YouTube that help you learn more tricks. It is really fun to try and control it and it's really funny when it bounces into stuff around the room. I feel like a magician when I play with it."

Available from: Amazon and The Entertainer

10. Fiesta Crafts 3D Construction Model, £14.99

– Great for dexterity and concentration

Fiesta Crafts 3D Construction Model

Age suitability: 6+ | Best for age: 7+ | Batteries: None
Awards: Gold, MadeForMums Toy Awards 2021

What is it: A craft kit for building a detailed 3D fire station, hospital, castle or a train station out of foam board – no glue, scissors or tools required. The inside of the building is open at the back and the model comes with furniture and accessories place inside. Model sizes vary but, when complete, are roughly 45cm x 32cm x 26 cm.

Why we love it: The build itself is great – long enough to require some concentration but not tediously long – and the instructions are clear. But it's the open back and the attention to detail in the finished model – from opening doors and sliding windows to a helicopter to land on the hospital helipad and a firefighter to send down a fire station pole –that set this craft kit apart and gives it some brilliant play value after the build's complete. Our child tester Leo, who's just turned 8 and made the fire station, was really impressed. "Wow, I love this because I want to be an engineer when I grow up. The way the garage doors can slide open is really cool. You can also see everything inside the building from the back!"

Available from: Fiesta Crafts and Booghe

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

– Great for construction skills and water play

LEGO City Ocean Exploration Ship Floating Toy Boat

Age suitability:7+ | Best for age:7+ | Batteries: none

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.

If you want to see more LEGO, take a look at best LEGO sets for kids.

Available at: Lego, John Lewis and Smyths Toys

12. Batman 12" figure, £11.99

– Great for superhero pretend play

batman figurine

Age suitability: 3+ | Best for age: 7+ | Batteries: None
Awards: Bronze, MadeForMums Toy Awards 2021

What it is: A 30cm-high plastic Batman play figure with a cape and mask. It has 11 articulation points, so it can be moved into different poses suitable for imaginary superhero adventures. You can also buy similar figures for The Joker, Robin and Harley Quinn.

Why we love it: Although this toy is marketed at age 3 plus, we think this is definitely a toy a much older child would get the most enjoyment from. It's very well-made and looks incredibly authentic (right down to the honed muscly chest), and the articulation is really good. Our child tester Reuben, 7, agreed, saying, "He's great to do play fighting with and beat the baddies." His mum Jody added, "The styling of the toy is lovely, with amazing detail."

Available from: Smyths and Argos

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

– Great for active play

Dr Zigs My First Giant Bubble Kit

Age suitability: 3+ | Best for age: 6+ | Batteries: none

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 from: Dr Zigs, Amazon and Conscious Craft

14. Lego Harry Potter The Knight Bus, £34.99

– Great for extended pretend play

Lego 75957 Harry Potter The Knight Bus

Age suitability: 7+ | Best for age: 7+ | Batteries: None

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

15. My Fairy Garden, £14.99

– Great for nature lovers and fairy dreamers

my fairy garden

Age suitability: 4+ | Best for age: 6+ | Batteries: None

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

16. Hot Wheels Action Sky Crash Tower, £54.99

– Great for vehicle-mad thrills and spills

Hot Wheels Action Sky Crash Tower

Age suitability: 5+ | Best for age: 7+ | Batteries: 4 x D (not included)

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.

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

– Great for spatial thinking and construction creativity

K’Nex 10-in 1 Building Set

Age: 5+ | Batteries: none

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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About the author

Helen is Deputy Editor of MadeForMums, the author of Parenting for Dummies (Wiley, £17.99) and the Head Tester for our MadeForMums Toy Awards. She has written about parenting for Mumsnet, Pregnancy & Birth, Prima Baby, Boots Parenting Club and She Magazine and she's also been Consumer Editor of Mother & Baby. She has 3 boys and a heavy-duty washing machine.

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