When kids reach a certain age their tastes change and they want items that are a little more grown up and that bit more challenging. Thankfully this list can guide you to those perfect toys and gifts for 9 year old boys, whatever the level of expense you can afford.
Mattel Bloxels Build Your Own Video Game
This clever method of engaging kids in physical contact whilst still using their hunger for the electronic world means that they build their own video games by using a physical design. Using a free app to complete the process, this mix of physical and digital tools will keep them occupied for hours.
Razor DeltaWing Scooter
This delta winged scooter supports sitting or standing in a crazy ride style that’s easy to learn. With a steel frame and hi tech polymer wings, the 3 wheeler also has a 2 piece “Y” drop handlebar and low angle trailing casters with large 125mm wheels that support drifting and spinning.
Laser-Guided Real Wall Climbing Race Car
The Air Hogs Zero Gravity Race Car brings racing to new heights, literally, because it can drive up walls and upside down on ceilings with no problems at all. Guided by the laser light that comes from the remote control, this car will spin, turn, and do tricks in places his cars have never gone before.
Shape Shifting Box
Shashibo makes an awesome gift for 9-year-old boys who like to be kept busy, and can be used when he’s traveling as well as at home. Fitted with 36 rare earth magnets, this cube can be twisted, turned, and flipped into one of over 70 different configurations, and can be added to other cubes to create bigger shapes, too.
Air Hogs Gravitor
If you’re looking for a gift for 9-year-old boys that’s decidedly different, take a look at Air Hogs Gravitor. Supplied with a trick stick (and one to spare), this circular craft will hover in the air above and below obstacles, and can even be used to perform awesome tricks that his friends and family will love.
How to Draw Everything
Being able to draw is a skill that many people crave, and if your boy is one of those aspiring artists, this book will help him get started in a fun and interesting way. From animals to people, and vehicles to fantasy figures, this book will equip him with the techniques needed to create amazing pictures.
Rally and Roar Tabletop Air Hockey Table
Super quick to set-up, this table-top air hockey game will deliver fast-paced sporting action and healthy competitiveness anywhere there’s a socket to plug it in, and comes with pucks, pushers, and more.
LED Military Watch
Let them pretend to be on a secret mission with this groovy military style watch that comes with a camo style wristband. The watch is water resistant to 50 meters and features a colorful back light to assist time checks performed at night or in poor conditions.
VTech Kidizoom Action Cam
Kids love to take pictures and as they reach an older age they need a camera that can go where they go. This one will take photos and videos on the move and is fully rotatable for the obligatory selfies. All weather designed, this camera can also immerse in water up to 6 feet.
Playing with catapults is one thing, but building them first is another, and with this Catapult Wars kit, he will be able to do both. With enough pieces to build two awesome catapults, this kit also comes with 8 mini bean bags, as well as targets so he can challenge his friends to a competition.
RipStik Ripster Caster Board
Best things come in small packages, and this RipStik Ripster Caster Board is smaller than the original, which means that it’s easier for executing all those white knuckle tricks he’s learned.
Wonder Workshop Dash Robot
This robot called Dash is the genuine article that is responsive to the world around it. Using free apps on iOS or Android, your child can bring this machine to life getting it to move, dance, light up, make sounds and even react to their voice. Hundreds of coding adventures supplied.
The Nintendo Switch takes home gaming to a new dimension as it not only is a fixed game station for the house, but it also can be taken along as a mobile device to play others anywhere. Already popular, this is a perfect gift for 9 year old boys everywhere.
Introduce him to the world of coding and robotics with the Sphero Mini. Around the size of a ping pong ball, this little robot can be programmed, using a mobile device and the free Sphero Play app, to create games, navigate obstacles, and even be used as a controller for arcade-style games.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Metal Detector
People can find treasure in the most unexpected of places, and with the national Geographic Pro metal detector, he’ll have a heads up as to where to begin digging.
The Don't Laugh Challenge
Specifically designed for 9-year-olds, the Don’t Laugh Challenge will pit two friends against each other as they tell jokes and try to make their opponent laugh, while their opponent does everything to make sure that doesn’t happen. With jokes and silly scenarios galore, this feel-good gift will go down a storm.
Kano Computer Kit
Everything you need is in this one simple box as you learn to code art, music, apps, games and more. Pluggable into any HDM screen, the item comes with Lifetime care and a 1 year warranty. A family award winner that will stir the imagination and promote STEM skills.
This fun robot will delight your child and also teach important lessons as they unlock their imaginations with the code lab. The robot can be challenged to games or, by using the explorer mode, the child can see things from the robot’s perspective. Complete with 3 power cubes and a charger.
Piper Computer Kit
This kit makes a wonderful gift for 9 year old boys as it teaches them step by step how to build their very own computer, and complete missions to finish the game.
Dino Dig VR
If he’s always wondered what it would be like to walk with the dinosaurs, this VR set will let him do that, in stunning detail. With virtual reality goggles included, this set offers 8 immersive experiences, as well as the chance to excavate a rock and discover his own 10-inch T-Rex fossil.
Brainbolt Brain Teaser Memory Game
The perfect size to fit in a bag, this memory game makes an absorbing gift for 9 year old boys as they play along, repeating the sequence of lights displayed on the board.
Nintendo New 3DS XL
This Nintendo DS has a c-stick for enhanced controls and has faster processing power than the Nintendo 3DS. It plays all the 3DS games but an ac adapter is not included. Handily, there’s a parental control option which will stop your kids running off with it for hours on end.
Klutz LEGO Chain Reactions Craft Kit
As if their static models weren’t good enough, now LEGO are producing models that actually have moving parts. With this set you will design and build 10 amazing moving machines with the included 33 LEGO pieces and other necessary parts. An 80 page instruction book is provided.
LEGO Technic Chevrolet Corvette
If he’s into cars, he will love this LEGO Technic building kit. With 579 pieces, this kit builds into an awe-inspiring Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, complete with large rear wing, tailpipes, low profile tires, and loads more, to give him an iconic supercar that he’ll be proud to display.
The Challenging Riddle Book for 9 Year Olds
If your 9-year-old boy loves to solve things, this book will make an awesome gift that will keep him engrossed for hours on end. Packed with almost 200 riddles, this book will also give him an insight into the history of some of the world’s most famous riddles, like the Riddle of the Sphinx.
Pulley Drives Construction Kit
If he’s fascinated by how things work, have him study and build 8 different machines – including a windmill and crane – using this STEM building kit. With detailed information about pulleys and the utilization of force and speed to get things moving, this kit also comes with 10 pages of related facts and theories to accompany his work.
Osmo Hot Wheels MindRacers Kit
This clever game combines with your iPad to produce an enhanced game of racing. The set comes with a MindRacers Launchpad, 6 Hot Wheels cars, game tokens and an iPad base. The game mixes real world dexterity with strategy to create a challenge for kids to beat.
Ridiculous Inventions Science Kits for Kids
With more than 26 experiments included, this kit will amaze and astound any 9 year old as he creates working windmills, spectrum rainbows, telegraphic messaging and much much more.
Mini Basketball Hoop
This mini basketball hoop fits neatly on top of a door and features a shatterproof backboard, which means it’s ideal for practicing indoors using the 5” Pro Mini rubber ball included.
Ozobot Bit Coding Robot
This funky robot is pocket sized and ideal for building early STEM skills. He’s ready to roll as he arrives assembled and has 2 ways to code, namely with colors, and then for more advanced users, with the OzoBlockly programming editor. Complete with an activity pack to make the most of this little robot.
National Geographic Geodes
If he’s a curious sort, he’ll love taking a hammer to these rocks which will break apart to reveal beautiful, natural geodes, then learning all about them with the 16 page guide included.
These real binoculars for kids are designed to handle the extra rough and tumble belonging to a child brings. They have super soft rubber surrounded eye pieces, shock proof rubber armor and an optics system that makes sharp focus easy. See far away with up to 8X magnification.
Tactical Vest Kit for Nerf Guns
For the committed Nerf gamer, this ammo vest will be a dream come true as they will be able to carry around more darts than ever before, equipping them for even longer battles. The quick reload clips are compatible with all Nerf N-Strike Elite blasters and most original N-Strike blasters.
Champions of Roblox 6 Figure Pack
This set of Roblox figures will excite the imagination amongst any young child and fits in perfectly with other sets already on the market. You can also mix and match any of the 6 figures or accessories so that the fun never stops and the imagination doesn’t become stale.
One of the best known tablets around, this Apple comes with 32GB SSD storage, a 1.2MP FaceTime HD camera and 2 speaker audio. The 9.7 inch Retina touchscreen display has wide color and true tone whilst inside there’s an A9 third generation chip with 64 bit architecture making this one classy tablet.
DIY Stress Ball Kit
Stress balls are great, but making them is even better! Give him this kit which contains enough cool stuff to make three galaxy-inspired balls to take his stress away.
MasterChef Family Cooking Game
The perfect gift for making family mealtimes a lot more fun, this MasterChef game turns meal-making into an exciting challenge that the whole family will enjoy. With cards for recipes, mystery ingredients, skills and more, this game will nurture a love for cooking that he will carry through his entire life.
Shadows in the Forest Play in the Dark Board Game
Put a new spin on game night with Shadows in the Forest, the eerie board game which is meant to be played in the dark, but who will win…the Seeker or the Shadowlings?
Nerf N-Strike Elite Rhino-Fire Blaster
This Nerf blaster is top of the range and features a tripod so you can steady your weapon as you fire repeatedly. It fires Elite darts from 2 alternating barrels with motorized blasting, with each drum holding a massive 25 darts. With this much power, it still only requires 6 x D batteries.
LEGO Minecraft Waterfall Base
If you’re not sure whether LEGO or Minecraft is his favorite, why not get him both, with this set which builds into a fab Minecraft waterfall base which comes with minifigures included?
Diy PVC Periscope
Make a fun periscope with this informative blog that takes you through step by step how to produce this fun looking device. Kids will love hiding around corners or behind sofas to spy on the family in this fun fashion. A great gift for a 9 year old at little expense.
Razor Spark Kick Scooter
Give him the edge over other scooter users with the Razor Spark Kick Scooter. Fitted with a spark bar that produces 20% more sparks than other models, this scooter comes with adjustable handlebars, and can be folded to make it easy to carry or store when it’s not in use.