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47 gifts for the 7-year-old who's ready to take on the world

The kid in your life will love these (mostly screen-free) expert-approved presents.
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Wondering what to get a second grader for their birthday or looking ahead to the holiday season and scratching your brain? The best toys and gifts for 7-year-olds help them write stories, draw detailed pictures, build and create.

Seven-year-olds are noticeably better at fine motor skills that help them write and create than they were at age 6, said Dr. Amanda Gummer, founder of Fundamentally Children in the United Kingdom.

Crafts, sports equipment and building materials are among the top toys for 7-year-olds, noted Susan Kambrich, head of the Woodland Hill Montessori School in Rensselaer, New York, and treasurer of the board of directors for the American Montessori Society.

At age 7, kids are also becoming more confident readers, ready to explore the world through graphic novels, nonfiction books and more sophisticated chapter books — though they will still get plenty of satisfaction from picture books, too. Here, we've found the best gifts to help your favorite 7-year-old hone their developmental skills while also having fun.

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Bestselling gifts for 7-year-olds

Klutz Make Your Own Puffy Stickers

This sticker maker includes designs that can be colored in and enough material for 60 homemade stickers.

Lulu Jr. Illustory Bookmaking Kit

Put them on the path to their first Pulitzer Prize with this bookmaking kit.

Taco vs Burrito Card Game

This game was created by a 7-year-old made specifically for 7-year-olds. All right, parents can play, too; it's actually a great card game for any age. This is a fun game centered around strategy and competition.

National Geographic Geode Kit

Break open 10 geodes to discover the cool world inside and learn about rocks and the Earth. Over 22,000 five-star Amazon reviewers can agree that this "age appropriate," "exciting" and "quick-and-easy to explain" activity is perfect for 7-year-olds and science enthusiasts alike.

Unstable Unicorns Kids Edition

Unstable Unicorns won the 2019 People's Choice Award for Toy of the Year and has sold over a million copies worldwide for a reason. The kid-friendly version with adorable artwork is sure to be adored by your 7-year-old and a favorite among the whole family.

Best toys for 7-year-olds

Gonex Mini Cruiser 22" Skateboard

This little skateboard comes in many colors was specially designed with kids in mind. "Gifts that help children gain confidence in their abilities can really help at this age," Gummer said.

Don't forget to also grab some knee pads and a helmet to keep your new skater safe!

L.O.L. Surprise Color Change Bubbly Surprise

Collectibles, from trading cards to mini figures like these, can be important for kids who are developing a sense of group belonging, Gummer said.

Donkit Darts Magnetic Dart Board

A magnetic dart board is great for motor skills and competition without the danger of real darts. "It's so worth the money," one reviewer said, adding "We love this and play all the time."

Everest Toys Crazy Forts Glow in the Dark Set

Kids can create their own one-of-a-kind play space with this award-winning kit. Coolest of all, it glows in the dark!

Lego Dots Creative Designer Box

This crafty Lego toy lets young designers create custom decor with items like wall decorations and boxes for desk supplies.

AOKESI Mini Indoor Basketball Hoop Set

Consider a gift for an active 7-year-old that allows them to channel all that extra energy. This indoor mini basketball set comes with everything they'll need to ball like a professional right in their own bedroom — the basketball hoop, backboard and soft rubber mini basketballs are all included.

Franklin Sports Blackhawk Pop-Up Soccer Goal

Sports are becoming more rewarding to 7-year-olds as they gain strength and stamina. Give them a goal net to practice and play with.

SHASHIBO Shape Shifting Box

This is a creative yet fun toy perfect for all ages — a transforming fidget toy. Your 7-year-old will have their eyes locked on this memorizing gift for hours.

VTech Kidizoom

Little photographers can take pictures and instantly print black-and-white images with included paper. The digital screen lets them embellish photos with stickers and drawings.

Lego Super Mario Adventures

Turn Legos into a real-life video game with this kit that also includes interactive elements.

"Building can engage children in higher-level thinking and creative problem-solving through hands-on design and construction," said Kambrich.

Any Lego kit will be a hit for 7-year-olds, but this one promotes STEM skills along with construction.

Crayola Color Chemistry Lab

This kit includes 50 different colorful experiments, from an erupting volcano to "rubber goo." With "hours of enjoyment," tap into their creative genes with this chemistry set.

Plus-Plus Go! Street Racing Super Set

Plus-Plus connecting tiles give Lego lovers a new way to build, and this set allows for both instruction-following and open-ended play.

Kidwinz Shock-Proof Binoculars

Gear like these binoculars, backyard tents and walkie-talkies encourage outdoor play and exploration.

Mudpuppy Amazing Insects Glow in the Dark Puzzle

Puzzles help with fine motor skills and problem-solving, and this one includes a geography lesson, too.

Autumn Leaves Lottie Doll

These diverse dolls include accessories such as cochlear implants and hobbies like star gazing or fossil hunting.

Best arts and crafts for 7-year-olds

Just My Style Tie Dye Design Studio

Get in on the tie-dye trend with this studio in a box that lets kids dye up to 18 projects.

AOKESI Building Block Robot Kit

Does your 7-year-old kid love to tinker and learn about science? This kit lets them build their very own robot and would be a great STEM challenge to take on together.

ESSENSON Slime Making Kit

This oddly satisfying slime kit is fun for both kids and kids at heart. Strangely fascinating and tactile, it also relieves stress.

FAO Schwarz Girls DIY Belt Bag Kit

The future fashion designer is definitely going to love this gift. It comes with everything they need to make their very own belt bag, including adorable glue-on embroidered patches and gold and silver studs.

Hey Clay Animals

Complete with 18 cans of clay that aren't sticky or toxic, this gift will allow your 7-year-old to make beautiful 3D creations. Let their imagination run wild!

Ooly Oh My Glitter! Notebooks

These journals are the perfect place to write stories, practice drawing or start a diary.

Cool Maker KumiKreator Friendship Bracelet Maker

Friendship bracelets are great for building social networks and fine motor skills.

Klutz Sew-Your-Own Unicorn Bunny Slippers

These cozy slippers are a fun craft project and a nice way to stay warm while remote learning.

Grandparent Pen Pal Kit

What better way to get a 7-year-old (and their grandparents) excited about writing?

Best games for 7-year-olds

ThinkFun Laser Maze

This logic game promotes STEM skills. Try the junior version for kids who might appreciate a more approachable challenge.

Overcooked! for Nintendo Switch

Is your 7-year-old a video game lover? Gift them this cooking game for Nintendo Switch to play solo or with up to four people.

Hasbro Twister Game

Get the whole family in on the fun — and the twisting and turning and bending and snapping with this classic game.

Bananagrams

Like an entry-level Scrabble, Bananagrams is fun and helps with spelling. This double version of the game comes with enough pieces for up to 16 players.

MasterChef Family Cooking Game

Turn dinner time into a family challenge with this game-ified cook-off for the whole family.

Best books for 7-year-olds

"Highlights Book of Things to Do"

This activity book is encyclopedic. With crafts, recipes, science projects, brain teasers and games, it makes for an easy answer the next time a child complains there's nothing to do.

"Nigel and the Moon," by Antwan Eady

This uplifting story for all ages was one of bestselling author Isaac Fitzgerald's five books to read this spring.

"With beautiful artwork that will have you swirling along with Nigel amongst the stars, here is a story about believing in yourself that is as much a joy for parents as it is for young readers," Fitzgerald said.

"Diary of an 8-Bit Warrior," by Cube Kid

This bestselling unofficial Minecraft adventure series stars a kid named Runt, who dreams of being a warrior hero. With its glossy graphics, even 7-year-olds who don't like to read won't be able to put it down, so consider grabbing the next book in the series too!

"Dog Man: Mothering Heights," by Dav Pilkey

Seven-year-olds will drool over the newest book in the "Dog Man" series from creator Dav Pilkey.

"Something Good," by Marcy Campbell and Corinna Luyken

The day the "bad-something" is discovered on the bathroom wall, everyone is suspicious and feels different. The school's beautiful response shows tolerance and community-building in action.

"Soul Food Sunday," by Winsome Bingham and C.G. Esperanza

Granny teaches how to make all the fixins' for Soul Food Sunday in this sweet book that includes a kid-friendly recipe for macaroni and cheese.

"She Persisted: Ruby Bridges," by Kekla Magoon and Chelsea Clinton

This chapter book biography explains how a groundbreaking first-grader went down in history as a pioneer for civil rights.

"Who Sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott?" by Insha Fitzpatrick and Abelle Hayford

The popular "Who Was" series is coming out with graphic novel adaptations, making them even more enticing to early readers.

"The Adventurous Kid's Guide to the World's Most Mysterious Places," by Patrick Makin

Explore some of the world's true mysteries with adventures to 19 off-limit places, such as Area 51 and the Queen's bedroom.

"Audrey L & Audrey W: Best Friends-ish," by Carter Higgins and Jennifer K. Mann

When a new Audrey strolls into second grade, Audrey L can sense trouble. This first in a series of chapter books captures the concerns and heart of a blooming young friendship.

"Mac B, Kid Spy: Mac Saves the World," by Mac Barnett and Mike Lowery

The latest book in the series about the adventures of a young spy finds Mac B navigating secret tunnels beneath the Berlin Wall to retrieve codes from a Soviet scientist.

"Cat Ninja: Time Heist," by Matthew Cody and Chad Thomas

Kids who spent quarantine getting to know the Epic reading app may already know and love Cat Ninja, a crime-fighting kitty who masquerades as a mild-mannered house cat.

"The Complete Cookbook for Young Scientists," by America's Test Kitchen

From the team behind the bestselling "The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs" comes this guide that mixes recipes with science, with explanations of kitchen chemistry and experiments that allow young chefs to predict, test and analyze results.

Don’t forget to check out Shop TODAY’s other gift guides to find the perfect present for every kid on your list including babies, 1-year-olds, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, 4-year-olds, 5-year-olds, 6-year-olds, 8-year-olds, 9-year-olds and 10-year-olds.