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The best toys and gifts for 7-year-olds help them write stories, draw detailed pictures, build and create.
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
- Best toys for 7-year-olds
- Best crafts for 7-year-olds
- Best games for 7-year-olds
- Best books for 7-year-olds
Bestselling gifts from this article:
- Amazon Klutz Lego Chain Reactions, $17.49
- Amazon National Geographic Geodes Kit, $24.99
- Amazon Crayola Color Chemistry Set, $24.76
- Amazon Marky Sparky Doinkit Darts, $29.99
- Walmart Uno Color and Number Card Game, $4.97
Bestselling gifts for 7-year-olds
"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.
Break open 10 geodes to discover the cool world inside and learn about rocks and the earth.
A magnetic dart board is great for motor skills and competition, without the danger of real darts.
Flip sequins are all the rage. Give them something to keep art supplies or collectibles in.
This kit includes 50 different colorful experiments, from an erupting volcano to "rubber goo."
Best crafts for 7-year-olds
Seven-year-olds are ready for more intricate crafting, including sewing or knitting.
From pom poms and fuzzy sticks to tons of googly eyes, this chromatic craft kit has everything your colorful crafter could ever want.
Put them on the path to their first Pulitzer Prize with this bookmaking kit.
These journals are the perfect place to write stories, practice drawing or start a diary.
Try these sparkly, scented pens for art projects (and homework assignments) that are good enough to eat.
Friendship bracelets are great for building social networks and fine motor skills.
Make slime that has the texture of snowballs with this new kit from Elmer's.
These cozy slippers are a fun craft project and a nice way to stay cozy during remote learning.
What better way to get a 7-year-old (and their grandparents) excited about writing?
Best games for 7-year-olds
Get the whole family in on the fun — and the twisting and turning and bending and snapping.
This logic game promotes STEM skills. Try the junior version for kids who might appreciate a more approachable challenge.
This classic game appeals to a 7-year-old's sense of competition and fair play. "Learning to lose and win is an important skill to gain," Gummer said.
Like an entry-level Scrabble, Bananagrams is fun and helps with spelling.
Best toys for 7-year-olds
Kids can create their own one-of-a-kind play space with this award-winning kit. Coolest of all, it glows in the dark!
Plus-Plus connecting tiles give Lego lovers a new way to build, and this set allows for both instruction-following and open-ended play.
3. Lottie Doll
These diverse dolls include accessories such as cochlear implants and hobbies like star gazing or fossil hunting.
Combine Lego love with "Harry Potter" love and you might get magic.
Gear like these binoculars, backyard tents and walkie talkies encourage outdoor play and exploration.
Sports are becoming more rewarding to 7-year-olds as they gain strength and stamina. "Gifts that help children gain confidence in their abilities can really help this age," Gummer said.
This rainbow keyboard rolls up for easy storage.
Puzzles help with fine motor skills and problem-solving, and this one includes a geography lesson, too.
Best books for 7-year-olds
Seven-year-olds will drool over the newest book in the "Dog Man" series from creator Dav Pilkey.
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 boxed set brings together the first four books in the popular chapter book series.
The latest book in the series about the adventures of a young spy finds Mac B on an undercover mission in the heart of enemy territory.
How does a child fit into the vast universe? This beautiful, painstakingly accurate picture book shows how a child would stack up to a giraffe, a redwood, the Eiffel Tower and the entire universe.
From the creators of "P is for Pteradactyl" comes this playful look at homophones. Seven-year-olds will appreciate the funny difference a little change in spelling or punctuation can make.
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.
8. "Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Immigrant Women Who Changed the World," by Elena Favilli
The third edition of the Rebel Girls series features familiar names like Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o along with activists, athletes and other women who made their mark.
This poem explores a Black child's feelings in the aftermath of a police shooting, from fear and anger through pride, peace and love.
The popular "I Survived" chapter book series is now in graphic novel form, making it accessible to a younger reader excited to see history come alive.
From the team behind the best-selling "The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs" comes this DIY guide that shows home cooks how to make staples like ketchup and peanut butter, as well as healthy snacks and delicious treats.
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This article was originally published on Oct. 31, 2018 and has been updated with new products.