Independent, curious and increasingly responsible, 10 year old boys are working hard at school and learning to help out at home. They’re quick to initiate a hangout with friends, but they’re also learning to respect authority and understand the concept of privileges. Perfect gifts for 10 year old boys are picks that will keep them outside and moving, give them a reason to hang out with friends, and let them explore their natural interests and talents. Need to drum up some inspiration? Check out some of our favorites.

The Winners

#1

Adventure Guys Multiplayer Lazer Tag Gun 

Best Overall

Laser tag is a great way to stay physically active and mentally alert while having fun with friends, which is exactly what 10 year old boys need to have a good time. There’s no entrance fee with this Adventure Guys Multiplayer Lazer Tag Gun, featuring a designer carrying case for easy storage and transport. The four guns each have four unique modes, pistol, shotgun, machine gun and rocket, which offer varying abilities in combat. Lifelike lights and sounds make laser tag play more exciting and immersive. Want an all out fracas? Grab a few sets, round up a big team and watch the fun begin.

Developmental & Play Insights Adventure Guys Multiplayer Lazer Tag Gun 

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#2

Lamborghini Hoverboard

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If they asked for a Lamborghini, they’ve got some sophisticated taste. This slick Lamborghini Hoverboard is a lower-cost alternative to the luxury sports car. It’s thoroughly tested for safety and security, featuring a non-slip foot board to keep riders in place. The self balancing device’s tires are designed to go off road, so its ability to handle rough terrain is pretty remarkable for a hoverboard. Even cooler is the Bluetooth speaker that’s built into the board, letting them play their favorite tunes from their phone or Bluetooth-compatible device as they ride.

Developmental & Play Insights Lamborghini Hoverboard

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#3

ThinkFun Putty Puzzle

Best Budget Buy

Colorful, hands-on and cognitively challenging, the ThinkFun Putty Puzzle is a great solo game that gets kids thinking critically. It’s a logical endeavor, asking players to connect similarly colored dots on a grid board with putty without any of the coexisting paths crossing. It’s a lot harder than it sounds, especially as the challenges progress. Six colors of putty are included with this unique puzzle game, which features 60 levels that range in difficulty from beginner to expert. It’s a good pick for helping them learn to focus and strategize.

Developmental & Play Insights ThinkFun Putty Puzzle

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#4

Holy Stone HS700 FPV Drone

Drones are an awesome way to explore the world from a totally new vantage point. Kid-friendly and durable with an intuitive interface, the Holy Stone HS700 FPV Drone features a 1080p high definition camera and GPS location that allows for stable hovering. As a failsafe that’s incredibly useful for beginners, the drone’s intelligent battery forces it to return home when it has a low battery or it loses GPS signal. Users can set a circular path for the drone or trigger it to follow them. The one button system makes launches foolproof, and the stable flight with altitude lock lets great camera work become the focus.

Developmental & Play Insights Holy Stone HS700 FPV Drone

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#5

Evo App-Connected Coding Robot

Critical thinking and problem solving are two very important cognitive skills that are reinforced when kids learn coding. The process becomes a lot more exciting when the Evo App-Connected Coding Robot is involved. He’s a coding robot for kids that’s app-powered via an iOS or Android device, which is not included. Evo can also be used to learn screen-free via a color code marker – kids create a code with the included markers, and he interprets and follows it with his optical sensors. The more users play with him, the better Evo will be able to track their growing abilities. He uses proximity sensors to identify and communicate with kids, quickly becoming a favorite toy and learning utility.

Developmental & Play Insights Evo App-Connected Coding Robot

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#6

SpyX Lazer Trap Alarm

Ten year old boys are starting to take their personal space seriously, and this invisible LED alarm is a fun way to let them create their very own secured fortress. They’ll feel like a super spy setting up the SpyX Lazer Trap Alarm, which features receivers that can be placed up to four feet apart to achieve maximum coverage even in varying room layouts. The alarm can be set to produce audio, flashing light or both when triggered. Multiple sets can also be paired together in order to create a huge laser alarm maze, which can make for fun creative role play with friends.

Developmental & Play Insights SpyX Lazer Trap Alarm

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#7

Star Wars Bluetooth Speaker

Whether they’re listening to their favorite tunes or watching a movie on the tablet, they’ll appreciate the wireless audio boost from this Star Wars Themed Bluetooth Speaker. Shaped like the iconic Millennium Falcon, the speaker includes the classic series’ main theme. If they’re listening on the phone and a call comes in, they can use the handy speakerphone feature to both start and end the conversation. Non-Bluetooth devices? Not always a problem. If it has a 3.5 mm headphone jack, an aux cable can be used to connect to the speaker. It’s a great pick for Star Wars fans, featuring great audio clarity and a convenient 30 foot range.

Developmental & Play Insights Star Wars Bluetooth Speaker

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#8

Velocity Children's Punching Bag

Physical activity is essential to the health and well being of kids. Punching bags can be a great way for them to work out energy and aggression. If they’re interested in wrestling, boxing, martial arts or MMA, the Velocity Children’s Freestanding Punching Bag is a gift they’ll seriously dig. The height of the bag adjusts easily, so kids can continue to enjoy using it as they grow. In order to weight the bag effectively, parents must add about 50 lbs of sand to the base. This offers safety and stability during play. A pair of kids’ boxing gloves and a pump are included in this complete set, which is a unique way to channel energy for kids who find fighting fascinating.

Developmental & Play Insights Velocity Children's Punching Bag

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#9

Satelite View Mova Globe

Solar power gives this amazing globe its most notable feature – The Satelite View Mova Globe rotates silently on its pedestal thanks to solar cell technology. Bay windows aren’t required here, as indirect sunlight and ambient indoor light are enough to give the cell the power it needs to rotate the hyper-realistic satellite view globe. It’s a great teaching tool, and at 4.5 inches, it’s small enough to sit on a desk without taking up too much room. It looks great in bedrooms, studies and offices, offering a beautiful focal point the whole family can enjoy.

Developmental & Play Insights Satelite View Mova Globe

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#10

K'NEX Thrill Rides Building Set

Building sets let kids exercise their creativity and critical thinking skills, and they can be enjoyed both socially and during solo play. K’NEX is amazing at helping kids bring 3D creations to life, like the Bionic Blast Roller Coaster featured in this 809 piece K’NEX Thrill Rides Building Set. Once they’re done building, kids can download the free companion app and use the included viewing goggles to take a virtual reality ride on their newly constructed towering coaster, seeing all the loops, twists and turns. If they’re itching for more coaster design, the app will let them design their own fun digital roller coaster variations for free.

Developmental & Play Insights K'NEX Thrill Rides Building Set

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#11

Capture the Flag Redux

A screen-free way to get a great group activity going, the Capture the Flag REDUX is a night friendly designed for darkness version of Capture the Flag. The game’s gear and equipment both shine brightly in the dark, allowing the teams to seek out and capture the glowing orb, or “flag”, and attempt to rescue it if an opponent steals it away. Low lit indoor and outdoor areas are both great for playing this family friendly game, which relies more on strategy than skill. It’s the perfect slumber party game for a bigger group of kids, as they’ll get lots of energy out running and chasing each other in pursuit of a shining victory.

Developmental & Play Insights Capture the Flag REDUX

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#12

Sport Squad  Table Top Foosball Table

Tabletop games like foosball are seeing a resurgence in popularity, and with good reason – they’re fun, especially with friends, and there’s calls for a rematch after every game. The Sport Squad  Table Top Foosball Table table is an awesome bedroom or game room addition that the whole family can appreciate. It’s a pick that’s conservative on size, measuring less than 4′ x 4′, and it’s designed to sit right on top of a table. It features non-marking rubber pads, so tabletop surfaces won’t be damaged by play. The recessed tabletop football game isn’t just a good time, it’s also a great way for kids to bond with friends while sharpening hand-eye coordination.

Developmental & Play Insights Sport Squad  Table Top Foosball Table

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#13

Lakeshore DIY Woodworking Kit

Hands on experiences with craftsmanship not only teach important life skills, they help kids to respect the effort that goes into building something by hand. Featuring a lightweight hammer, nails, glue, a ruler and over 80 smooth pine pieces, the Lakeshore DIY Woodworking Kit gives kids the opportunity to build a variety of woodworking projects. If they’d rather, they can exercise their own ingenuity by planning and building a unique creation. The kit comes in a convenient top-open box with side carrying handles for easy cleanup and storage. They’ll love displaying their finished product, and if they choose a project from the manual, it’s a good tool for teaching the importance of carefully following instructions.

Developmental & Play Insights Lakeshore DIY Woodworking Kit

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#14

Marky Sparky Faux Bow Pro

Archery is a sport that offers a lot of physical and mental benefits, but it’s not safe enough for most 10 year olds to participate. The Marky Sparky Faux Bow Pro makes great safety bow and arrows for kids, including this durable bow that shoots lightweight, ultra safe foam arrows up to 200 feet. Kids can master their stance and practice their aim without endangering themselves or anyone else, and the satisfying speed and distance will keep them outside and practicing. The bow comes with a quiver to hold the three included arrow, and the bow string has finger guards to keep them comfortable as they shoot. It’s important to remember that this pick isn’t a toy – kids should never aim at people, animals or breakable objects.

Developmental & Play Insights Marky Sparky Faux Bow Pro

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#15

LEGO NINJAGO Masters of Spinjitzu

LEGO is so well loved by kids that they’ve made their way to both the big and small screens. The LEGO Ninjago Masters of Spinjitzu animated series is a big hit around the world, and this imposing Oni Titan figurine is sure to be a favorite with fans. His holster holds two massive katanas, both of his arms feature disc shooters and his articulated hands are perfect for gripping his swords. The 522 piece set features Nya and Lloyd ninja figurines as well as bad guys Lord Garmadon and Harumi. The colossus figure can be posed for display and is compatible with rest of the LEGO play system.

Developmental & Play Insights LEGO Ninjago Masters of Spinjitzu

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How to Pick the Perfect Gift for A-Ten-year-old Boy

Consider Their Developmental Stage

Toys and gifts for kids are best chosen according to their developmental stage. The objective is for them to have fun and benefit from your pick, so choosing something that’s age-appropriate and reflects their style and interests is sure to be a hit. At age 10, socialization continues to be important to boys. They’re moving past the rebellious stage that’s normal in early elementary school, and they’re more mature, cooperative and respectful of authority.

Staying active continues to be one of the most important things they can do to stay healthy and happy. Gifts that get them outside and encourage physical activity and teamwork help them learn to love healthy outdoor play. Think about what they naturally gravitate to, and give them the gear they need to practice their skills. Stay involved, but let them set the pace. It’s a great way to channel their affinity into action.

School is becoming more intense by the year, and ten year olds are likely bringing home an hour or so of homework a night. This can be information overload, and they’ll likely need time to decompress. Allowing screen time on digital toys and devices in set intervals is perfectly fine for 10 year olds. It’s a good reward for completing daily chores and homework, which offers important lessons about responsibility and privileges.

Entertainment vs. Education

Kids are learning more complex things every year in school, and the pace can sometimes be overwhelming. While some children adapt naturally to more advanced science, math and language concepts, others may fall behind due to their confusion. In these cases, learning games that help the child focus on their struggle subject in a safe, calming environment can be beneficial.

In many cases, entertainment toys that encourage physical and social play are the way to go for 10 year old boys. They’re all about teamwork and making friends, and they’ll love a chance to get a group together for an afternoon hang or an overnighter. Cooperative building toys, unique games and kid friendly tech they can show off to pals will all be favorites.

Physical vs. Cognitive vs. Social

It might seem like your 10 year old is getting taller every day, and you might not be wrong. 10 year old boys are growing like weeds, and they have energy to spare. Channel it into something healthy by providing gear and toys that encourage outdoor physical play as well as opportunities to pursue team and league sports if he’s interested.

At 10, school is becoming more demanding. Children have more responsibility, their grades are more complex, they’re assigned more homework and they may be assigned projects that demand legitimate focus. Providing educational support toys is a good thing now, but allowing children to decompress when their day’s work is done is important to their mental health.

Socialization is very important to 10 year old boys, who are likely to have one or more male best friends. They’re more respectful of authority now, and establishing healthy friendships is important. School, sports and clubs are all great ways for kids to meet new friends and socialize in a structured environment. Games and toys that encourage teamwork, cooperation and physical activity are all ideal for encouraging social development.

Digital vs. Manual

As 10 year olds are beginning to take on more responsibilities both at home and at school, it is only fair that they begin to have privileges. One good first privilege to earn is screen time. Intervals should be limited, but it’s a perfectly reasonable form of entertainment for kids to enjoy when work is done. Always keep them safe by limiting and supervising Internet access as well as choosing digital games, apps and toys carefully.

Building sets and science experiments are manual toys that offer kids a cognitive boost through critical thinking. They’re a great way to spend some screen-free time that’s educational without being too intense. Block and 3D building sets let them express themselves creatively, and they can team up with friends to build awesome structures.

Wrapping Up

For maturing 10 year olds, the name of the game is balance. They’re learning balance when managing school, home and friends while still having fun and being a child. The best toys for 10 year old boys balance their need for physical activity, social time and self expression. When we give them the tools to do what they do best – be healthy, happy, unique kids – that’s when they thrive.

Quick Decision

Adventure Guys Multiplayer Lazer Tag Gun – Best Overall
This pick is a great way to stay physically active and mentally alert while having fun with friends,

Lamborghini Hoverboard – Upgrade Choice
A lower-cost alternative to the luxury sports car. Our upgrade choice features a non-slip foot board to keep riders in place. 

ThinkFun Putty Puzzle – Best Budget Buy
It’s a good pick for helping them learn to focus and strategize. A great solo game that gets kids thinking critically.

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Gary B.

Gary B.

Gary is a father of two, self-identified RC fanboy, and part-time guitar plucker. When he's not racing his collection of remote-controlled vehicles or strumming away, we bend his arm and get him to write with precision and expertise on a range of mechanical and electrical toys.

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