She’s becoming less of a kid and more of a preteen, and your ten-year-old girl is growing rapidly both physically and mentally. Staying socially active continues to be a major factor in her well-being, so the best gifts for 10 year old girls highlight her increases in coordination and cognition while also incorporating friends into play. We’ve reviewed 15 of the best picks for her developmental stage and put together a guide to choosing a winner, so read on to find something great.

The Winners

#1

Alex DIY Friendship Bracelet Kit

Best Overall

Making friendship bracelets is a great way to exchange tokens of affection with friends, and it also encourages creativity, focus, and hands-on skill-building. The Friends Forever Bracelet kit from Alex has all the supplies she’ll require to make 22 friendship bracelets, including a diverse range of embroidery floss colors, convenient color-coded looms that make weaving easy, decorative beads and a safe beading needle, and an instructional guide to walk her through the fun projects she can make with this kit. There’s plenty of supplies for multiple kids to work together, plus it’s portable, making this kit a great addition to a play date or slumber party.

Developmental & Play Insights Alex DIY Friendship Bracelet Kit

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#2

Hoverstar Electric Kick Start Scooter

Upgrade Choice

She’s not quite ready for her first car, thank goodness, but this pink electric scooter delivers the ride-on upgrade she’s craving. Powered by a 12-volt battery, the Hoverstar Electric Kick Start Scooter can travel at up to 6 MPH and has a broad maximum range of five miles. It’s a safe pick for ten-year-olds, as the speed feels exciting and allows her to get used to electric picks but isn’t excessive or dangerous; a kickstand and hand brakes also make her ride safer and more convenient. She’ll be able to keep using it as she grows thanks to a wide deck, durable construction and an upper weight limit of 120 lbs. Parents should note that while this pick is safe for outdoor use, it’s not waterproof, so it must be stored indoors and should never be used in bad weather.

Developmental & Play Insights Hoverstar Electric Kick Start Scooter

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#3

Tomi Kite

Best Budget Buy

Flying kites encourages kids to get outside and run around in the breeze while also using logic and their understanding of cause and effect to keep their kite in flight. This beautiful rainbow Tomi Kite has an impressive wingspan of 60″, looking stately in flight with dangling ribbon tails.

The durable fiberglass frame doesn’t break easily, and the kite’s weather-resistant fabric is nearly impossible to rip, so even crashes won’t put this kite out of commission. Carrying and storing the kite safely is simple thanks to the all-in-one storage and carry pack that’s included, which also houses an owners manual featuring care and use instructions that may be helpful to new users.

Developmental & Play Insights Tomi Kite

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#4

Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet

Fire tablets are durable, versatile and high-quality; with the 8″ HD Kids Edition, they’re also totally kid-friendly. Featuring a brightly-hued pink, yellow, or blue shock-proof case, it holds up to kid chaos with gusto at home and on the go. Thousands of games, educational apps, and streaming videos are accessible with their Fire tablet, which comes with a free year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited to expand their content options drastically. The parental controls of the device are super simple to set and manage, so screen time limits and content regulation are a breeze and can be altered easily as needed.

Developmental & Play Insights Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet

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#5

Exploding Kittens Card Game

Tabletop strategy games that are fun and kid-friendly encourage logical thought and time spent socializing, both of which are exceptionally valuable to ten-year-olds. Exploding Kittens Card Game is a quest to avoid the – you guessed it – exploding kittens in the card deck, which knock a player out for the rest of the game.

They must defuse the kitties with distraction cards, using catnip and laser pointers to keep themselves in the round. They can also skip turns, form attacks against their fellow players and surreptitiously relocate the exploding kitten card based on the contents of their hand. Parents who love The Oatmeal’s clever webcomics will recognize the cute illustrations on this deck, which was the most-funded game project in Kickstarter’s history.

Developmental & Play Insights Exploding Kittens Card Game

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#6

Craft-tastic String Art Kit

Hands-on creative expression relieves stress and encourages focus, critical thought and imagination. The String Art Kit also allows her to improve her hand-eye coordination skills while weaving strings over and between pins to create three unique string-art pieces, which can be hung up and displayed once they’ve been completed. 

The enclosed push pins fit safely into the included art bases, and the pre-patterned bases show them how to wrap the strings to create their artwork. She’ll be able to make an adorable owl, a geometric sunburst and a lined cutout of the word ‘yay’ with this kit, which includes all the supplies necessary to complete the projects.

Developmental & Play Insights Craft-tastic String Art Kit

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#7

Stomp Rocket Ultra Rocket Party Pack

No fire, fuel or electricity is needed to fire these high-flying rockets; kid-power is enough to do the job, as simple stomps make Stomp Rockets soar through the sky. When kids run, jump and stomp on the launcher, the safe, foam-tipped stomp rocket goes flying up to 200 feet into the air. The fund doesn’t end there – the ultra rocket party pack also includes 20 miniature foam rockets and 4 hand-powered launchers which propel the smaller projectiles up to 30 feet, triggering a cool popping sound upon launch. Assembly is minimal, and bright colors make it easy to spot both big and small launched rockets so they won’t be lost easily.

Developmental & Play Insights Stomp Rocket Ultra Rocket Party Pack

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#8

Langria Mermaid Tail Blanket

Cozying up with a blanket while watching a movie, reading a book, doing homework or sleeping is one of life’s great pleasures, but when it’s cute and mermaid-themed, it’s extra-special for 10-year-old girls. Made of soft and plushy polyester, the Langria Mermaid Tail Blanket features iridescent foil scales which won’t flake or fall off easily. It’s not irritating to sensitive skin, and the foil detailing has no unpleasant scratchy sensation. 

The blanket is warm but not too thick, so it’s good no matter the weather. Parents should note that while this mermaid blanket is machine washable, it should only be washed in cold water and hung to dry in order to preserve the blanket’s bright colors and foil accents.

Developmental & Play Insights Langria Mermaid Tail Blanket Pool

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#9

Stare! Junior Board Game

A classic game of memory and concentration asks players to focus on an image’s details for a short period of time before asking them questions about the details. It’s a premise which Stare! Junior handily borrows, and one which encourages kids to think critically and be detail-oriented. The large, bright cards feature a variety of picturesque scenes with objects, fashions, foods, and more that may become a subject of inquiry. Right answers to the queries on the opposite side of the card allow them to make their way around the board to victory in this fun social game, which can be played by individuals or teams and can be exciting and challenging for adults, too.

Developmental & Play Insights Stare! Junior Board Game

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#10

Jenga

Strategy and coordination are the name of the game when it comes to Jenga, the beloved tower challenge comprised of stacked wooden blocks. Players must assemble the tall tower of Jenga blocks, and then take turns slowly and carefully removing them one by one while attempting to keep the tower standing. 

The player who draws the final block and fells the tower loses the game, but rematches are inevitable with this physics-based round robin. It’s a game that’s fun for both kids and adults and inspires social play that’s full of laughs, so it’s a great addition to a family game night or a slumber party with her friends.

Developmental & Play Insights Jenga

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#11

Razor A5 LUX Kick Scooter

Razor has long been a top name in slim-line scooters, and their A5 LUX Kick Scooter combines the company’s durable, trick-friendly body design with a feminine design your nine-year-old girl will love. The deck features a bright space-style design with starbursts and eye-catching pink and purple nebulas, and is supported by two 200m urethane wheels which are extra-large to accommodate taller riders.

The adjustable handlebars are also adjustable in that department, growing with her to meet her needs. Like all Razor’s slim scooters, it’s lightweight and easy to fold and carry, and the upper weight limit of 220 lbs means it’ll stay useful and fun for her as she continues to grow.

Developmental & Play Insights Razor A5 LUX Kick Scooter​

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#12

Harry Potter Complete Book Series

Harry Potter and his crew’s adventures at Hogwarts and beyond are now captivating a whole new generation of children, and this elegant Complete Book Series featuring all seven books in the original series makes a wonderful introduction for the uninitiated and a beloved gift for the devoted fan.

The remastered art featured on this special edition box set makes it a standout on their bookshelf, and the chance to explore a fantasy world through literature benefits their cognitive development and inspires creativity and imagination. Great books also help kids to expand their vocabularies and may help them develop a lifelong love of reading, so there’s a lot of good reasons to include them in your ten-year-old’s gift repertoire.

Developmental & Play Insights Harry Potter Complete Book Series

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#13

Merge VR Headset

Virtual reality headsets are the wave of the future, allowing both kids and adults to experience entertaining and educational content in a totally new way. The sturdy construction of the Merge VR Headset flexes to comfortably fit any wearer, and its content is powered by the use of an iOS or Android smartphone, which slides easily into the viewing portion of the device. It’s compatible with Augmented Reality, and the MERGE app features a wide variety of STEM-related videos and games; they can take a stroll with the dinos, see the whole solar system and explore new areas through virtual field trips, all of which convey lessons in a fun and engaging way ten-year-olds will enjoy.

Developmental & Play Insights Merge VR Headset

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#15

Kids Grow 'N Glow Terrarium

Terrariums aren’t just attractive decor, they’re also a fun hands-on experiment in biology and biomes that kids can reap cognitive boosts from. Creativity for Kids provides all they’ll need to construct a fun mason-style jar terrarium in their Grow N’ Glow Terrarium kit, which features a jar and lid, potting soil, wheat grass and chia seeds, decorative figures for their mini-garden, colorful sand, river gravel and a plant misting tool which allows easy watering. The “glow” in the kit no doubt refers to the enclosed glow-in-the-dark star and moon stickers, which can be applied to the outside of the jar in order to light up the terrarium and provide a limited-range night light.

Developmental & Play Insights Kids Grow 'N Glow Terrarium

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How to Pick the Perfect Gift for A 10-YEAR-OLD girl

Consider Their Developmental Stage

At ten, kids are experiencing significant growth spurts and cognitive gains as they move ever-closer to their teen years. Physically, they’re quicker, more agile, and more coordinated than they’ve been in past years, making them more effective contenders when playing sports. They also may be eating and sleeping significantly more during this time, giving much-needed fuel to their growing bodies. Sports toys and equipment continue to be great picks for ten-year-old girls, as do bikes and scooters that encourage outdoor adventures with friends.

From a cognitive standpoint, ten-year-old girls are verbose, observant, and able to form educated thoughts and opinions about more complex topics. Their behavior is less childlike on the whole, but they’re still prone to some degree of magical and emotional thinking. Self-expression is important to them, and increases in their vocabulary and reading interest may find them expressing themselves through writing. Books and games that encourage critical thinking help them to keep their minds sharp.

A healthy social life is very important to ten-year-old girls, who prefer to share their games, projects and outdoor play with a group of her closest friends. Feeling accepted by her peers is very important to her now, which may lead to feelings of peer pressure. Learning to say no and assert herself is an important aspect of social success, and it’s a good age to talk about and discourage blindly following bad behavior. Activities that provide adult-independent but structured social fun, like sports toys, board and card games and art kits, center their energy around something constructive.

Entertainment vs. Education

Toys that focus on scientific learning and STEM experiments are great educational picks for ten-year-olds – they teach real concepts, but make it a fun hands-on experience that encourages scientific curiosity. They’ll also have fun with math, vocabulary and trivia games, but there’s no harm in purely entertaining toys, either. At this age, their primary knowledge gains are coming from school and healthy socialization.

Physical vs. Cognitive vs. Social

Physically, your ten-year-old girl is a more adept athlete than she’s been in years past, and likely plays her sport of choice and rides her bike or scooter with ease. Her growing body demands food, sleep, and plenty of opportunities to burn off energy and get exercise. Playing outside with her friends is developmentally important, which makes sports gear and outdoor ride-ons great picks for her now.

Her mental development is also rapid at this stage, and she may be eager to tear into her favorite books or experiment with scientific concepts. STEM kits which encourage her to experiment with chemistry, biology, and computing convey new information in an exciting way that sticks. Gifts that facilitate reading, writing and creative expression through the arts also offer cognitive benefits to ten-year-olds.

Much of her development at this stage is fueled by her social interactions – she learns important lessons about interpersonal behavior and communication through time spent with peers. It’s not a hard sell to get her to round up her friends to play, and age-appropriate athletic and board games that give them a structure to gather around can impart other developmental boosts while she socializes.

Digital vs. Manual

By 10, many kids already have their own phone, game system, and other electronic devices. That’s neither bad nor unusual, but learning responsible use is important. Setting screen time limits of two hours a day, utilizing parental controls and teaching the importance of online privacy are all important tools in keeping kids safe and on the right track with their electronics. Toys and games that encourage physical activity, critical thinking and active socialization are more developmentally beneficial, so don’t allow them to fall by the wayside.

Wrapping Up

She’s on track to be taller than you in a few years, but your ten-year-old still has some growing up to do. She looks to you for toys, games and activities that will give her a developmental edge, and her unique style and interests offer the additional guidance you need to choose something that’s just right for her. The best toys for 10 year old girls meet their social needs, celebrate their growth and encourage their independent spirit – we’re sure you’ll choose a winner.

Quick Decision

Alex DIY Friends Forever Bracelet – Best Overall
 A great way to exchange tokens of affection with friends, and it also encourages creativity, focus, and hands-on skill-building.

Hoverstar Electric Kick Start Scooter – Upgrade Choice
It’s a safe pick for ten-year-olds, as the speed feels exciting and allows her to get used to electric picks but isn’t excessive or dangerous.

Tomi Kite – Best Budget Buy
Encourages kids to get outside and run around in the breeze while also using logic and their understanding of cause and effect to keep their kite in flight.

THE BEST gift FOR 6 yr-old-girls

Looking for gifts for your 6 year old girl? Look no further. We’ve put together a guide to some truly fun and useful picks we think you’ll both love.

Hannah H.

Hannah H.

Hannah is both a parent and a freelance journalist and author. You go, girl! She is an impeccable wordsmith and her warm and witty outlook on life makes her pieces a joy to read.

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