Marvellous model kits, magic tricks, magnetic sets an puzzles, that are all perfect for older children. If you are looking for toys for 9-year-olds, these are perfect to engage and inspire.
Gifts and Toys for 9 year olds
Find the perfect toys for 9 year olds that will encourage them to play. Kids love a challenge at this age and play is often all about mastery of a new skill whether its sports, computer games, modelling, puzzles or board games.
Children at this age often show an interest in collecting and the Djeco Arty Toys or Holztiger animals are perfect for this. We find that older children often love the Grimms and Holztiger but play with them in a different way, stacking and building elaborate displays rather than playing farm or zoo games.
Young girls will often love to write a diary at this age so some beautiful stationery makes a fabulous gift for a 9-year-old. And getting crafty is fun at any age. We love the weaving looms and the Moulin Roty toolbox.
Non-Toy gifts for 9 year olds
It’s also pretty obvious that for many children as they reach this age they are slowly turning into young adults and as such are developing more adult interests. The Djeco charms make a lovely gift for a girl and we have a great range of fair trade jewellery stands and mango wood jewellery boxes that are simply stunning and will be treasured for years.
We also stock a fabulous range of 100% natural beauty products that would be perfect for both boys and girls as their bodies start changing. Start them off on the right path with a natural deodorant or choose them a natural face wash that will work with their changing skin.
Our natural makeup ranges are perfect if your daughter wants to start experimenting with make up. Pacifica’s tinted lip balms are just lovely and they do 100% natural perfumes that big and little will love.
And for those of you that are raising a generation of eco-warriors we have lots of fab eco gifts that will help them look after the planet and reduce their waste. The Boc n Roll are perfect for lunches, picnics and afterschool snacks. They are resuable, light and easy to use. And why not treat them to their very own water bottle in their favourite colour.
Kids get excited about saving the planet and rightly so. Encourage this by helping them reduce their waste and think about the changes they can make. Whether it's using reusable straws, using a bar of soap instead of shower gel from a plastic bottle, or not buying bottles of fizzy drinks. Every change they make will make a difference to the planet and to them.
Here is our pick of some of the best toys for 9 year olds
Screen-free play time with no batteries required is still vital at the age of nine. So with that in mind here are a few ideas to keep your nine year olds entertained and having fun.
A marble run might seem a bit young for a nine-year-old. But given enough pieces, you can create some fantastic creations. They are great for developing problem-solving skills as you figure out which pieces to put where. And there’s something really mesmerising about sending the marbles running down the track.
This can be a fabulous family activity as well especially if you have younger siblings to entertain at the same time. And nothing teaches patience like having a little brother knock something over 10 times in a row.
Brain teasers are a great way for children to develop and practise skills that they need in other areas of their life in a fun way. The analytical and logical thinking required to solve puzzles are the same skills kids will need to solve math problems at school. So giving these types of games is a great way to support their education and development.
We absolutely love the Djeco Polysimmo and Cubissimo. Both these puzzles can be played at different levels so children can build their confidence and work their way up to the hardest puzzles. Plus they make a great game that all the family can join in with including grandparents who might find joining in with computer games a bit daunting.
Brain teasers require concentration and patience and can end up absorbing children for hours. And while some kids might get fully absorbed in a good book, logical puzzles like these can be a great alternative for children who are so literary.
Puzzles are perfect for every age. They are a great way to zone out and focus, they can provide a fabulous escape, in much the same way as a good book, and they are perfect for developing key skills such as hand-eye coordination, problem-solving and logical thinking.
The Djeco Kites make a fab gift for any age and are perfect if you are new to kite flying. They also make the perfect excuse to get outside and take a walk. Being small and light they don’t require to much wind and they’re easy to get in the air but still loads of fun to play with.
Getting outside is vital for everyone. It allows the body to produce mood-boosting vitamin D and can be a great way to reduce stress which sadly even children can be exposed to. Playing outside is great exercise and helps build muscle strength and refine balance and motor skills.
Plus getting outside for an adventure can include loads of fun activities. You could put together a scavenger hunt or take a nature identification book with you. You could collect flowers to press when you get home or find the perfect stick for a whittling project. And a new kite might be just the motivation your 9 year old needs to agree to the adventure.
By they are nine your child has probably outgrown the play kitchen but cooking is still a great activity to do together. The Big Jigs Young Bakers Set has cookie cutters for making bsicuits and muffin tin that can be used in the oven. Plus a small rolling pin, whisk, and their very own set of measuring spoons.
Giving your child their own cooking utensils can be a great encouragement if they love to cook. Why not get them a recipe book as well as see what fantastic creations they are capable of. Cooking is also great for introducing weights and measures and thinking about the chemistry of baking. Particularly good if you are missing an ingredient and have to improvise.
Tegu Magnetic Blocks are a great toy for any age. The seemingly simple addition of magnets to building blocks adds an element of magic and allows children to build up instead of out. Get one of the big sets and let buddying architects build staggering creations. Or opt for one of the sets with wheels and see what amazing vehicles they can come up with.
The travel sets are great if you have a long journey, and you can challenge your kids to see how many different shapes they can make. There are 25 different shapes printed on the back of the travel pals and although by 9 they’ll probably find copying them pretty easy trying to remember them all should keep them busy for much longer.
At about this age maths problems children are doing in school become more complicated as they take on fractions, percentages and multiplication and division of bigger numbers. They’ll be making graphs and working on problems that require analytical and logical thinking.
We stock some great maths toys that are perfect for helping children get their heads around fractions and geometry. The Big Jigs fractions tray is particularly useful as the blocks show a very visual representation and they even have decimals printed on the other side. And the Grimms Geographical puzzle is perfect for when children are learning about geometry.
When it comes to geography we love the beautiful shared earth decorative globe that looks beautiful and will really help children learn where the different countries and continents are. The Djeco Around The World observation puzzle is also a great learning tool and comes with a booklet of things to find in the puzzle with lots of information about them.
Whichever toys or gifts you choose for your 9 year olds you can enjoy fast free shipping when you spend over £40 on anything in the store. And we offer a 30 day no quibble returns policy so you can buy all your toys and gifts with confidence online.