Best Toys Children 8-12 Years

By | 12/02/2021

Toys For Older Primary School Kids

Best Toys Children 8-12 Years. This is our pick of new releases as well as classic toys, games and activities for children between the ages of eight and twelve years. In case you can’t find any of these toys  locally, we’ve included links to Amazon [disclosure]. See also new Toy Crazes which are smaller toys and collectables.

LEGO TIE Fighter

New Star Wars LEGO set for kids 8+. Includes two mini-figures and a droid.

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We love Spirograph for keeping kids entertained for hours. This ‘Scratch and Shimmer’ set is a great way to get amazing coloured patterns by scratching away at the special paper. For ages 8+.

image of spirograph scratch and shimmer a new set and one of our picks for best toys in the 8-12 range

 Timelines Of Everything

This is a great book which would make a perfect gift for an older primary school child. It gives a lot of context around humanties subjects, great for home-learning. Illustrated beautifully, it is a treasure trove of info and would be a great help with projects or just inspiring other research and interests.

best toys 8-12 timelines of everything a great resource for home learning

Cards Against Humanity Family Edition

The very famous party game is now available as a family edition. It’s been completely rewritten and play-tested for families with kids aged 8+.

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Best Toys Children 8-12 Years – Nerf One Ultra

One of the Hero Toys 2020. This new Nerf has the farthest flying Nerf darts ever (up to 36 metres). Comes with 25 darts and high-capacity drum. Boys and girls who love Nerf challenges will love this new Nerf. Always on the lists of Must Have Toys. For ages 8+.

best toys children 8-12 years Nerf Ultra

LEGO Lamborghini

LEGO Speed Champions Lamborghini Urus ST-X and Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo EVO Race Cars Set. For ages 8+.

best toys children 8-12 years LEGO lamborghini speed champions

Harry Potter LEGO Hedwig

Brand new this summer is the Harry Potter LEGO Hedwig owl set for ages 10+. Measures 34cm across the wings which move up and down on the turn of a handle. Includes 630 pieces with Harry minifigure and small Hedwig. A must have toy for boys and girls who love Harry Potter.

best toys children 8-12 years LEGO Harry Potter Hedwig

Best Toys Children 8-12 Years – Drawsome People

Drawsome People is a new drawing and guessing game for 2-10 players aged 11+ from Ridley Games. It challenges players to draw celebrities, characters and fellow players in a variety of different ways. Selected as one of the Hero Toys 2020.

best toys children 8-12 years Drawsome People

Harry Potter Dobble

Dobble is always near the top of best-selling toys on Amazon. Here at Must Have Toys, we are big fans and regular players. This Harry Potter version was new in 2019 and featured on Amazon’s Top Ten Toys of the year. See more family games that everyone will love.

best toys children 8-12 years Harry Potter Dobble

Elmer’s Glitter Slime Kit

Slime continues to be a popular craft activity for kids. This glitter set from Elmer’s is one of the best-selling kits on Amazon at the moment. We think slime is one of the best toys children 8-12 years enjoy. No extra ingredients are required. Always supervise slime play.

best toys children 8-12 years Glitter Slime Set

Den Kit

Build your own den with this kit from The Den Kit Co. Designed to capture creative imaginations, encourage resourcefulness and innovation, provide escape and sanctuary, and most of all supply hours and hours of simple fun. If you’ve got outside space, this is a great gift idea for girls and boys aged six plus.

best toys children 8-12 years Den Kit

Best Toys Children 8-12 Years Hair Chalks

One of the top toys at the moment are hair chalks. Have a bit of fun with your hair colour with these ones from Girlzone.

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LEGO Gadgets Book

Here’s a great LEGO book from Klutz which includes all the bricks you need to build 11 machines. Suitable for ages 8+.

best toys children 8-12 years LEGO Gadgets

What Came First Game

New from Big Potato Games (Colour Brain, Don’t Get Got etc) is What Came First. For ages 10+, you bet on which one came first for example, mayonnaise or ketchup? It’s fast-paced and fun. A great alternative to bingeing on boxsets!

best toys children 8-12 years What Came First Game

Best Toys Children 8-12 Years Power Pux Challenge Pack

One of the Hero Toys 2020. You can play, collect and trade the Power Pux. This is a challenge pack where you can play against your friends. Includes a launcher, Pux cups, target and five Pux discs.

best toys children 8-12 years Power Pux

Slap Ninja

One of Tesco’s Top Ten Toys of last year. Play as the Ninja master and use his huge Karate chop slap to defend the coin. Or play as the student trying to tap the coin. The first player to defeat their opponent three times is the winner! One of the games that created most interest on our site in the last year. For ages 8+.

best toys children 8-12 years Slap Ninja

Volume-Limiting Headphones

Puro volume-limiting and noise cancelling wireless headphones just for kids. Named Best Safety Product in the latest Mums Choice Awards.

best toys children 8-12 years headphones

Untamed Snakes

New from the people behind the Fingerlings monkeys and dinosaurs, these are the untamed snakes. They react to sound, motion and touch but watch out, they also lunge. As featured in the most recent toys edition of How To Spend It Well At Christmas.

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Boomtrix Multi-pack

One of the finalists in the Dream Toys. Marble tricks set with trampolines. For ages 8+.

best toys children 8-12 years Boomtrix

Monster Jam Remote Control Grave Digger

Named Top Remote Control toy in the latest BlogOn Awards. This all-terrain remote control vehicle is over 2 feet long and be controlled from up to 75 metres away. For kids over 5 years.

best toys children 8-12 years Monster Jam

Must Have Toys 2020 – Cashless Monopoly

This latest innovation of the game takes Monopoly to the next level. There is a voice-activated Mr Monopoly handling all the transactions, keeping tabs on property and money. No cash and cards to think about! For ages 8+.

best toys children 8-12 years Monopoly voice banking

Best Toys Children 8-12 Years My Own Rainbow

We love this rainbow light projector. Perfect for parties and sleepovers. A great to give. Sweet dreams! One of the toys that created most interest on our blog during the last 12 months.

best toys children 8-12 years rainbow light

Picking the best toys children 8-12 years

Our listings are based on current themes and trends for older primary into secondary school kids. We also have a post on Gifts For Teenagers who are very hard to buy for. Some of these toys may be suitable for younger or older kids too. We base these selections on the top toy picks from the largest toy retailers, toy industry experts and toy awards. We also follow TV, newspaper and parenting blog selections.

What are the Hero Toys 2020?

Some of the toys on this page are listed as Hero Toys. These are some of the best new toys 2020 and are selected for the annual Toy Fair held each January in London. All are due to be released in 2020.

What are the Dream Toys?

Dream Toys are the annual Christmas toy predictions from the UK Toy Retailers Association. The Dream Toys are usually announced in December each year.

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