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The Best List Of Toys For Boys Under 10

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The truth is your kids need no toys. They need dirt and friends and sticks. But if you live in the modern world, they will want toys. That doesn’t mean you need to fill your closets with piles of plastic, but this list exists for birthdays and Christmas and when they have that lousy strep throat and look so, so sad. All kids deserve a present once in a blue moon for no reason at all!

Maybe you’re a new boy Mom wondering what toys get put to the back of the closet, and which toys are always winners, or what boys even play with – we wrote this article for you. Maybe you’re registering for a new baby or birthday party wish list and want to add to the obvious things you want for your child like books (check out our list of the 72 best children’s books!) and clothes, we’ve found this to always be a smart move so you don’t have to run around exchanging or re-gifting duplicates – plus others appreciate having to take the leg work and worry out of the shopping. Maybe you have a birthday party next week and need a present. Either way, you’ll find this expansive list to be helpful!

These are the basics that most boys love – ages 2-9. This isn’t your baby list, but you’ll be glad to buy these items now so that when he hits 6-9 months he can start looking at the larger toys and touching them.

This article has been co-written by friends and boy-Moms Lisa Feld and Chloé Jo Davis, two Moms of 5 boys total, we’ve tried our share of toys and been gifted our share of duds! There is always the odd kid who doesn’t like Thomas trains (Chloé’s kids) but Lisa’s loved them, go figure! Worst case one or two of these aren’t winners – donate them to your local shelter, hospital, pre-school, or church/synagogue who are always happy to take toys in decent condition, or return them if they are still new. The trick to an organized Mama toy closet is constant re-examination of what you have and what they are paying attention to, and regular swapping out of what’s in front of their faces so they don’t get bored with the same few toys.

This will set you up with a great starter set of toys. When you’re ready to move on to more elaborate options, follow us on pinterest for our regular postings of our favorite toys!

We are aware that we are a site about green living, which is why it’s a bummer to share so many plastic toys (note we do share non plastic and eco conscious options in the list below as well,) we worry about having so much plastic around our babies, but some plastics are hard to avoid – especially in classrooms and on playdates. That said, from an environmental stand point, consider buying them second hand or taking friends hand me downs which is the greenest way to shop! The other way of seeing things is that some older toys are made with plastics that are less safe. As environmental standards and regulations change, plastics are adhered to stricter testing and parents are demanding higher standards.  Some green living experts advise recycling old toys as they find the older plastics to be so unsafe. But let’s be clear: non finished wooden toys are the cleanest and safest toys for your child(ren.) There are a number of brands we love that are strictly green like: Plan Toys, Hape, Grimms, Green Toys, Soopsori, etc. It is VERY simple to create a toy closet out of only these toys, feel free to try. But after a while, your little eco baby will be begging for a batman and lego set… and that’s when you can choose if you want or acquiesce or not.

We’ve hyperlinked all these images to their direct link to buy – mostly on amazon, as we’ve found it most convenient to shop amazon as busy Moms, but if you’d like to use the list as a template to bring to your local Mom n’ Pop toy store, please do!

Moving on — the list (to make things easy for you, you can click on any image to be taken directly to purchase or review more about each item):

The BEST Toys for Boys Under 10

The BEST Toys for Boys Under 10

Building Toys:

Lego: Duplo and regular. You can never have enough lego, Duplo (the larger pieces) are best for little ones, though the older ones still seem to play with it regularly as well. As they get older, they’ll beg for the bigger kits and it will keep them extremely busy! Start with basic kits and work your way up to the larger sets. Buy the bases for big projects. They will want every. single. minifigure. Start your collections early.

Lego

Basic lego

Duplo

Duplo

Larger sets like the one below are always a hit for birthdays or downtime. Chloe’s six year old had no problem putting this set together himself last week regardless of the recommended age. You can always guess a year or two below the youngest recommended age when buying for your own child or for a gift. If the child isn’t as advanced with their building skills, it can always be saved in a closet for later on. In find, we find most Moms prefer a few “for later” toys so they don’t end up with 100 rattles at their baby shower.

Super Heroes Lego Set

Magna-Tiles: Magnetic stacking blocks that are always a hit – from ages 6 months to 10 (and up!) You can never have enough and you can never go wrong with these buildable babies. Mag-formers are of the same ilk.

Magnatiles

Magnatiles

Magformers

Magformers

Tegu: Eco-winner Wooden magnetic toys made sustainably that are aesthetically winners. You can swap magnatiles for these, though they’ve seemed to serve different purposes for our boys. These seem to be hits in the younger years when they are teething safe.

Tegu

Tegu

 

Lincoln Logs: Building logs in basic wood that are a never-ending source of entertainment and you may recognize from your childhood!

Lincoln Logs

Lincoln Logs

Brio Builder Kit

Brio Builder Kit

Marble Maze: There are numerous brands that make these, we’ve found our kids love this one. They can’t stop building different types of marble mazes and marble runs with this set. Hape offers an eco-friendly version.

Q-Ba Maze

Q-Ba Maze

Hape Marble Run

Hape Marble Run

A great set of building blocks is key. We love the Soopsori brand for being smooth, smelling beautifully, and being totally environmentally safe. The Land of Nod set below is fantastic because the blocks aren’t finished wood so they stick together in ways most blocks don’t.

Soopsori Block Set

Soopsori Block Set

It Makes a Village Block Set

It Makes a Village Block Set

Mondo Bloxx

Mondo Bloxx

CitiBlocks 300 Piece Set

CitiBlocks 300 Piece Set

Sets with gears and building options are popular.

Gears Tinker-Toys (yep, the same ones you played with as a kid) are still beloved:

Tinkertoys Zoobs come in a ton of different sets and they are smart and always challenging.

Zoobs

Zoobs

Crazy Forts

Crazy Forts

K'Nex

K’Nexride

Bristle Blocks

Bristle Blocks

Roll and Bounce Tower

Roll and Bounce Tower

 

Imagination/Imaginary Play:

Playmobil sets/vehicles: Endless scenes and characters are available with sweeter scenes and characters like Veterinarians and animals that don’t feature the bad guy/ good guy scenario.

Playmobil

Playmobil

Imaginext: These sets and characters, especially superheroes and bad guys, are a hit starting around two.

Imaginext

Imaginext

Playskool Transformers are an easier option for little fingers who can’t necessarily figure out  how to transform the more classic (and more complicated) transformer toys just yet.

RescueBots Playskool Heroes Transformers

RescueBots Playskool Heroes Transformers

Power Rangers are a huge hit in Chloe’s house. You can’t go wrong with starting a Power Ranger collection. Go Go Megaforce!

Power Rangers Morphin Megazord

Power Rangers Morphin Megazord

Cubic Dollhouse

Cubic Dollhouse

 

Costumes (Melissa & Doug, other brands) and hats (especially, superheroes, firefighters, police) are always beloved. We recommend a box or drawer for costume play. Etsy offers lovely hand-made customized options that are often made from organics.

Spiderman Costume

Spiderman Costume

Melissa and Doug Costumes

Melissa and Doug Costumes

The Tree House Kid Eco-Felt Customiazable Capes On Etsy

The Tree House Kid Eco-Felt Customiazable Capes On Etsy

Play tents are wonderful for imaginative role play, but they can also be made with an old sheet and some heavy books.

Play Tent Knight's Playhouse

Play Tent Knight’s Playhouse

KidKraft TeePee

KidKraft TeePee

 

Little Foodies:

Kitchens and cooking play stuff (pretend food, pots, etc.) will be popular til about 5, after which it’ll still pop up as a favorite once in a while.

Hape Kitchen

Cars/Trains:

Trains (Thomas, Chuggington, etc.) are EVERYTHING to some (most) boys. If you end up with a traino, a train table will be their go-to. Otherwise, they will reach for the occasional car.

KidKraft Train Table

KidKraft Train Table

 

Soopsori Shape Car Half Circle

Eco-Friendly Soopsori Shape Car Half Circle

Matchbox/Hot Wheels cars (and all sorts of tracks and car sets); and also related car transporters are a general joy.

Hot Wheels Haul and Race Rig

Hot Wheels Haul and Race Rig

Fisher price car ramps/tracks:

Fisher Price Little People Loops and Swoops Amusement Park

 

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Kidoozie Build a Road

Wow Cars

Wow Cars

Bruder Trucks

Bruder Truck

Eco-Friendly Kid-O Cars

Eco-Friendly Kid-O Cars

Automoblox

Eco-Friendly Automoblox

Battat 3 Car Garage

Battat 3 Car Garage

Arts and Crafts:

In an ideal world we’d all have art rooms with scrolls of stickers, eco-friendly paint, and scraps to collage with. In reality, a nice corner with a little person table and chairs and crayons, markers, construction paper, paint/finger paint, glitter glue, and stickers will have to suffice. Scroll Pinterest for rainy day projects like DIY goo (a favorite at Chez Davis!)

Follow Chloé Jo Davis GirlieGirlArmy.com’s board Kids Crafts (& diy for kids) on Pinterest.

Here are some fun projects our kids have enjoyed that are of the buy-n’-go variety:

Wooden Crafts

Wooden Crafts

Playdough Sets

Playdough Sets

Paint Your Own FlowerPots

Paint Your Own FlowerPots

Eco Kids Non Toxic Finger Paint and Brushes

Eco Kids Non Toxic Finger Paint and Brushes

 

Mosiac Sticker Projects

Mosiac Sticker Projects

Decorate and Paint Your Own

Decorate and Paint Your Own

 

Kinetic Sand

Kinetic Sand

48 Colored Pencil Set & Durable Pencil Case, Non-Toxic Sketching Drawing Pencils

48 Colored Pencil Set & Durable Pencil Case, Non-Toxic Sketching Drawing Pencils

 

 

Usborne Activity Books

Usborne Activity Books

More nimble fingers may enjoy things like pillow latching sets, looms, or jewelry making. Boys love making necklaces til at least 8.. that knows no gender. Chloé’s middle child spends hours making necklaces with his pop bead kit.

Make A Plate

Make A Plate

Loom

Melissa and Doug Loom

Pop Beads

 

Active:

Scooters are a must, must, must. All our boys got on scooters around age 1. They are all still using them daily when the weather allows. We’ve found the Mini Kick brand to be by far the best brand. You can upgrade to the bigger size (shown below) when they are around 3 or 4.

Mini Kick For younger kids

Older boy Micro Maxi Kick Scooter with T-Bar

T-ball set (for park/playground); basketball net (for home)

T-Ball Set

BBall At-Home Net

Obviously sandboxes, swing sets, and other outdoor ride-on toys are all musts if you live out of a City or have a Grandparents house to store it all. The Gorilla gym has changed our lives indoors during the winter. We would say it’s a must!

Sit n' Spin

Sit n’ Spin

Gorrila Gym

Gorilla Gym

Teeter Popper

Teeter Popper

 

Missile Launcher

Missile Launcher

A brand called CedarWorks makes outrageously cool and eco playsets for indoor and outdoors like this one;

CedarWorks-Serendipity-Outdoor-Playset

CedarWorks-Serendipity-Outdoor-Playset

And, unfortunately for apartment dwellers, you can never have enough ride-on toys

Spherovelo Rider

Spherovelo Rider

Prince Lionheart Wheely Bug

Prince Lionheart Wheely Bug

PlasmaCar

PlasmaCar

Skuut Balance Bike

Skuut Balance Bike

 

Board Games:

The classic favorites remain Zingo, Chutes and Ladders, Candyland, Hungry Hungry Hippos, Sneaky Snacky Squirrel, and Hoot Owl Hoot. Scroll through them, and other here. We love Peaceable Kingdom games (like Hoot Hoot Owl below) because they are cooperative – which means no fights over winners or losers – and eco-conscious.

Hoot Hoot Owl

Hoot Hoot Owl

Puzzles & Logic Games:

Melissa and Doug wooden ones for younger kids, more detailed ones as they hit 3. You can never go wrong with giving or getting a puzzle as a gift.

Melissa and Doug Wooden Puzzle (under age 2)

Melissa and Doug Wooden Puzzle (under age 2)

2-sided Planet Pal Puzzle

2-sided Planet Pal Puzzle

Innovative Kids Green Start Giant Floor Big Builder Puzzles

Innovative Kids Green Start Giant Floor Big Builder Puzzles

Areware Puzzle Robot Cube

Areaware Puzzle Robot Cube

Mighty Mind Logic Game

Mighty Mind Logic Game

 

Design and Drill

Design and Drill

Pamela Drake Magnets

Pamela Drake Magnets (These can be hard to find, but are so worth it! Look on eBay if Amazon is out of stock.)

Jenga

Jenga

Musical Instruments:

Kid guitars, drums, maracas, recorders, and pianos are the best to develop their love of music and personal expression. Plus – everyone wants these as gifts!

Hohner Classical Toddler Guitar

Hohner Classical Toddler Guitar

Schoenhut-25-Key-First-Piano

Schoenhut-25-Key-First-Piano

PlanToys Plan Preschool Tambourine

PlanToys Plan Preschool Tambourine

B Parum Pum Pum

B Parum Pum Pum

Remo Kids Bongo

Remo Kids Bongo

Magic & Science Sets:

Science Set

Science Set

Tin Can Robot Kit

Tin Can Robot Kit

Magic Show

Magic Show

Dino Excavation Kit

Dino Excavation Kit

Volcano Kit

Volcano Kit

 

On The Go Toys:

MagnaTab

MagnaTab

Doodle Magnetic Drawing Board

Doodle Magnetic Drawing Board

Leapfrog Tablet

Leapfrog Tablet

VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX

VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX

Bucket Of Animals

Bucket Of Animals

Reusable Sticker Pads

Reusable Sticker Pads

Boogie Board LCD Writing Tablet

Boogie Board LCD Writing Tablet

Wikki Stix

Wikki Stix

Kids Tablet

Kids Tablet (Not technically a toy, but crucial for travel emergencies! And yes, it comes in other colors)

Bath Toys:

Yookidoo Bath Toy

Yookidoo Bath Toy

 

Bubbles the Learning Whale

Bubbles the Learning Whale

USA Map In The Tub

USA Map In The Tub

Green Toys Rescue Boat with Helicopter

Green Toys Rescue Boat with Helicopter

Sguigz

Sguigz (Fun suction cups!)

Remote Control Cars & Drones

Ducati Remote Control Toy

Ducati Remote Control Toy

HexBug MicroRobotic Creatures

HexBug MicroRobotic Creatures

Sphero Star Wars BB-8 Droid

Sphero Star Wars BB-8 Droid

Did we leave off your sons favorite toy/s? Let us know in the comments.  We will keep adding to this list, so keep coming back!

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Readers Comments (11)

  1. Heidi says:

    great list. I would definitely add a balance bike to the active list. It’s basically a 2 wheeled bike without pedals. It teaches how to balance and coast on 2 wheels. It allows the transition to a big boy bike without training wheels

  2. Elouise says:

    This list is great, but why are you labelling these toys for boys? I thought this was a feminist site, and it is really limiting for our children to specify toys for boys and toys for girls. Here is a link to a great campaign from the UK – http://www.lettoysbetoys.org.uk/

    • GirlieGirlArmy says:

      Hey Elouise – This list is for anyone, but as a Mom of boys, I can only speak for boys! I have written many a list for girls and women that feature non traditional items generally reserved for men. I LOVE your comment and agree with you whole heartedly. When I first had boys I wanted to believe in NO gender binary, but they seemed to consistently refuse my hodgepodge of gender neutral toys. I found a happy medium in knowing my boys will play with dolls, but prefer Spiderman. DO share your child’s favorite toys – boy or girl or somewhere in between! :)

  3. Gabrielle says:

    Great List! I’m a mama to twin boys and we have a bunch of stuff on this list – I had a good laugh when I saw the Spiderman costume. lol My one son wears that to play superhero like all the time.

  4. Molly Wadzeck Kraus says:

    Awesome list- need to save for future bdays and holidays. My 1.5 yr old is obsessed with building- we def have those wooden blocks, duplo sets and the like. But he LOVES mondo bricks the best- the cardboard kind http://www.amazon.com/Mondo-Bloxx-Cardboard-Block-12x6x3/dp/B00COVGRZ0

  5. Kelley Wind says:

    One more awesome toy to add to the list of building toys – magformers. My 8 yr old has played with magformers for years!!! And they stack well for easy storage.

    • GirlieGirlArmy says:

      Yes – we have lots of those too but we feel like they are the same as magna-tiles and not as good as Tegu. But we will add! Xo

  6. Marisa Wolfson says:

    Fantastic list. So many of our favorites on here. I would add that ball track thing we got and we got you for age 1-2. I can only find something similar here: http://www.amazon.com/Fat-Brain-Toys-Bounce-Tower/dp/B012DWTOOA/ref=lp_2591738011_1_11?srs=2591738011&ie=UTF8&qid=1464314986&sr=8-11




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