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
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- Best books for 7-year-olds
Bestselling gifts for 7-year-olds
This sticker maker includes designs that can be colored in and enough material for 60 homemade stickers.
Put them on the path to their first Pulitzer Prize with this bookmaking kit.
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.
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 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
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.
Collectibles, from trading cards to mini figures like these, can be important for kids who are developing a sense of group belonging, Gummer said.
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."
Kids can create their own one-of-a-kind play space with this award-winning kit. Coolest of all, it glows in the dark!
This crafty Lego toy lets young designers create custom decor with items like wall decorations and boxes for desk supplies.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 connecting tiles give Lego lovers a new way to build, and this set allows for both instruction-following and open-ended play.
Gear like these binoculars, backyard tents and walkie-talkies encourage outdoor play and exploration.
Puzzles help with fine motor skills and problem-solving, and this one includes a geography lesson, too.
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
Get in on the tie-dye trend with this studio in a box that lets kids dye up to 18 projects.
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.
This oddly satisfying slime kit is fun for both kids and kids at heart. Strangely fascinating and tactile, it also relieves stress.
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.
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!
These journals are the perfect place to write stories, practice drawing or start a diary.
Friendship bracelets are great for building social networks and fine motor skills.
These cozy slippers are a fun craft project and a nice way to stay warm while remote learning.
What better way to get a 7-year-old (and their grandparents) excited about writing?
Best games for 7-year-olds
This logic game promotes STEM skills. Try the junior version for kids who might appreciate a more approachable challenge.
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.
Get the whole family in on the fun — and the twisting and turning and bending and snapping with this classic game.
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.
Turn dinner time into a family challenge with this game-ified cook-off for the whole family.
Best books for 7-year-olds
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.
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.
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!
Seven-year-olds will drool over the newest book in the "Dog Man" series from creator Dav Pilkey.
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.
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.
This chapter book biography explains how a groundbreaking first-grader went down in history as a pioneer for civil rights.
The popular "Who Was" series is coming out with graphic novel adaptations, making them even more enticing to early readers.
Explore some of the world's true mysteries with adventures to 19 off-limit places, such as Area 51 and the Queen's bedroom.
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.
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.
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.
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.