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Choosing toys for kids 8 to 11 years old

Boys and girls in the 8 11 age range are moving into a phase where they want more sophisticated games and toys to help them develop their interests and skills. This age group likes higher-level, more elaborate fantasy and imaginative play that involves dolls and dollhouses and action figures. They like to imagine themselves traveling through time, seeing into the future or taming magical creatures. Musically inclined kids enjoy imagining they're playing real musical instruments, but they also like the wackiness of karaoke. They're fascinated with robots and electronic pets and like the freedom of bikes, scooters, skateboards and other items that get kids moving. They're also more interested in interactive play, and that means board games take on a more important role. Whether it's make-believe play or pedal-power, we offer plenty of toys for this maturing age group of kids, all at Every Day Low Prices.

Action figures

Both boys and girls at this age love their action figures. From green monsters and superheroes to dinosaurs and flying space creatures, and from wrestlers with their own crash cage playsets to trolls to licensed action figures many with accessories and vehicles that go along with the character's theme your child will have a blast role playing with their buddies and dreaming up new scenarios for these colorful toy friends.

Arts and crafts

Kids at this age love to be busy with their minds and hands, and arts and crafts projects accomplish both. Whether your youngster enjoys drawing, coloring, DIY beading, birdhouse building, scrapbooking or working with clay and dough, they'll have hours of fun creating artwork straight from their imagination. Art easels and stations help kids at this age envision themselves as actual artists, and kits give them the tools they need to make gifts for friends and family while expressing themselves through their creations.

Building sets and blocks

Sets for this age group are more sophisticated and come in a vast selection of themes, from building unique neighborhoods and machines to crafting bridges, stores and cities. There's a kit for every kid's interests and from every top brand. Help your child build a helicopter, a crane, a pegasus or even a marble run. You'll never know what your child is capable of dreaming up and building next.

Dolls and dollhouses

From fashion dolls, collectible dolls, baby dolls and even styling doll heads, you'll love seeing your child at this age in interactive play with their favorite toy friends. Walmart has every brand and every character your child is familiar with and new discoveries to delight the imagination. In addition, make sure to outfit your child's dolls with simple or grand dollhouses, dollhouse furniture, baby doll furniture, fashion accessories and more to help them create their own mini-worlds.

Games and puzzles

The funnier and wackier the game is, the more fun it'll be for your 8 11 year old. Board games help your child put down their electronic devices and pick up cards or play pieces to get the fun started. From favorite classics like checkers and chess to newer games like headband guessing games, tossing games and electronic board games, it's a great way to engage your kids' senses and get them to play and laugh together. Remember the puzzles for calm downtime your child will love the art they can create with puzzle pieces, and they'll feel accomplished when they finish.


Lots of kids this age are fascinated with robots of any form. Your tween will have fun controlling the simplest flying or bug robot or indulge in more complex robots that have the ability to carry remotes, small drinks or sandwiches on a tray. For the true robotic enthusiast, you can work together to build robotic body parts with multiple movements and functions.

Learning toys

Always take the opportunity to teach with a toy, even at this age. From smartwatches to magic rock kits, there's always something your child can learn, especially when it comes to science. Budding scientists will love lab and solar kits that let them experiment with the natural world around them. For an even more detailed look at the world, a microscope can be both a toy and a learning tool.

Music instruments and karaoke

Nothing makes a preteen happier than music and singing, especially when its on a karaoke system. For your rock star, it's time to get that first guitar, real keyboard or drum set, and don't forget the microphone and amplifier to turn your child's room into a first stage. Be sure to check out the suggested age range when choosing an instrument to ensure it's easy to use.

Outdoor play

Up your child's outdoor playtime with toys popular with this energetic age group, like playground game balls, foam blaster toys for tag games, tennis rackets and balls, lawn games like volleyball, swimming pools, waterslides and trampolines. For more action-oriented outdoor play, preteens love to show off their balancing talents by getting around on their electric scooters and skateboards.

Vehicles, trains and remote-control vehicles

From racetracks and drones to rc cars and trucks, this is another level of interactive play that unleashes the imagination of this age group. If your child has always dreamed of driving a monster truck, racing cars, engineering a train or flying high above the trees, this category can make their dreams come true with the push of a button and touch of a toggle.

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