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40 best gifts and toys for 7-year-olds in 2021

The kid in your life will love these expert-approved presents.
Illustration of 6 different toys that are good for 7 year olds during the Holidays
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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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Best toys for 7-year-olds

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.

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.

National Geographic Geode Kit

Break open 10 geodes to discover the cool world inside and learn about rocks and the Earth.

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, Dr. Gummer said.

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.

Donkit Darts Magnetic Dart Board

A magnetic dart board is great for motor skills and competition without the danger of real darts.

Crayola Color Chemistry Lab

This kit includes 50 different colorful experiments, from an erupting volcano to "rubber goo."

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!

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.

Lottie Doll

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

Binoculars

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

Pop-Up Soccer Goal

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 at this age," Gummer said.

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.

Best crafts for 7-year-olds

Kid Made Modern Studio in a Box

The Studio in a Box has everything a young artist needs for sketching, painting and coloring.

Klutz Make Your Own Puffy Stickers

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

Playful Chef Deluxe Baking Set

Whip up fun in the kitchen with this full set of bakeware that's just for kids. Check out the safe knife set to help develop even more kitchen skills.

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.

Style.Lab Magic Sequin Reveal Pouch

Flip sequins are all the rage. This shimmery pouch will give them something to keep art supplies or collectibles in.

Lulu Jr. Illustory Bookmaking Kit

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

Ooly Oh My Glitter Notebooks

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

Ooly Yummy Yummy Scented Glitter Gel Pens

Try these sparkly, scented pens for art projects (and homework assignments) that are good enough to eat.

Cool Maker KumiKreator Friendship Bracelet Maker

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

Elmer's Snow Slime Kit

Make slime that has the texture of snowballs with this new kit from Elmer's.

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

Twister

Get the whole family in on the fun — and the twisting and turning and bending and snapping.

ThinkFun Laser Maze

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

Uno Card Game

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.

Bananagrams

Like an entry-level Scrabble, Bananagrams is fun and helps with spelling.

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

"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.

"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.

"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.

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

From the team behind the best-selling "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.

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This article was originally published on Oct. 31, 2018, and has been updated with new products.