Bright, expressive, and growing quickly, our seven-year-old girls love to show off their newfound independence. They’re more engaged with their friends than ever, and making their own choices is starting to be important to them. The best toys for 7 year old girls celebrate their love of self-expression and encourage them to stay physically and mentally active – bonus points if the toy or game has room for pals. We’ve compiled a list of fantastic gifts for your special seven-year-old as well as a guide to her current developmental needs, so dig in and get inspired!

The Winners

#1

SMART GEAR PONY CYCLE​

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Rocking horses are great when they’re tiny, but by seven, many kids need something a little more engaging to hold their interest. The Smart Gear Pony Cycle is designed just like a rocking horse, but it can actually move forward in a galloping motion and steer left and right. That makes it a lot more fun to growing seven-year-olds, who love using ride-on toys inside and out.

The Pony Cycle travels forward when kids bounce up and down in the saddle, which is a good workout and plenty of fun. The white pony features a shiny unicorn horn, soft white mane and bright red saddle, requires no batteries or electricity, and can not roll backwards. Parents should note that while it will function outside, it works best on flat, smooth terrain.

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Kano Computer Kit

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Introducing STEM skills like coding early in life can have significant cognitive benefits for kids. There’s no shortage of opportunities to expand their mind with the Kano Computer Kit, which prompts them to build their very own Raspberry Pi 3-powered computer from scratch. All the necessary cables and components are included, including a wireless keyboard and track pad combo peripheral, and they can decorate their finished product with enclosed stickers. The fun only begins there, as their build prepares them to tackle over a hundred coding challenges and apps, write their own stories, watch videos, and even hack their Minecraft game. It’s an award winning teaching tool for kids that requires no technical knowledge to get started, making it an ideal first computer for your seven-year-old girl.

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Your Décor Color Your Own Water Bottle

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Carrying your own reusable water bottle is one step we can all take toward a more ecologically conscious world, as it significantly reduces the amount of plastic we waste. It’s a good habit to get her started on early, and it won’t be hard to convince her when she sees this cute customizable pick.

Fun and stylish, the Color Your Own Water Bottle kit by Your Décor features a water bottle with a design that’s ready for her color choices as well as a set of five ultra-bright markers and a packet of adhesive sparkling gems to add some extra glitz and glamour to her design. A sturdy carabiner clip, included, allows her to attach the bottle to her backpack, jacket or belt loop easily if desired.

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#4

Jada Toys GIRLMAZING Big Foot Jeep R/C

RC vehicles aren’t just fun, they encourage kids to spend time outside with friends, play creatively, and improve their hand-eye coordination. The Girlmazing Jeep from Jada Toys is also just the right size for two fashion dolls to ride in, so it makes a fantastic addition to creative play for girls with big Barbie collections.

She can also customize her new ride with the enclosed glamour deco stickers, adding trendy abstract designs, hearts, stars and more cool accents. This Jeep isn’t just cute, however – it’s rugged, too, tackling most backyard terrains with ease. Only 4 AA batteries are needed to play, and the controller-style remote is comfortable to grasp and easy to operate

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#5

MELISSA & DOUG STAINED GLASS ACTIVITY KIT​

Creative expression is a favorite pastime of seven-year-old girls, and art kits that give them a project they can proudly display are popular picks. She’ll love to create eye-catching stained glass art without any sharp edges with the Stained Glass Activity Kit from Melissa and Doug, which features a durable grooved frame and a sheet of 140+ colorful translucent stick-on pieces that can be used to create a cheerful mermaid design.

This is a good kit for continuing to improve her hand-eye coordination and logic skills, and she’ll love showing off her personal style and abilities by displaying her stained glass creation in a sunny window when she’s all done.

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HARRY POTTER PAPERBACK BOX SET

Your seven-year-old girl’s vocabulary is growing, and her reading skills are beginning to improve. It’s the perfect time to introduce chapter books to enthusiastic readers, and the Harry Potter books are worldwide favorites which, upon their launch, rapidly became the new standard for children’s literature. She’ll follow Harry, Ron and Hermione through seven books of adventure, fortune and folly as she works her way through this set, and she’ll also be improving her language acquisition skills and ability to focus. This classically-styled set makes a stately addition to her bookshelf, with all seven books neatly contained in a durable, colorful storage box featuring original cover art and illustrations from the series.

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WOWMAZING GIANT BUBBLE WANDS KIT

Blowing bubbles is tons of fun when they’re very small, but when kids hit school-age, they’re a little less enthralled with the tiny jar and wand. It’s harder to refuse the massive bubbles produced by these Giant Bubble Wands from wowmazing , which have been used to set world records in bubble size. The two-handled design makes it easy for kids to maneuver these bubble wands on their own, using full-body motion to produce huge, light-catching bubbles that are sure to amaze and delight. The kit includes a bag of bubble concentrate which can be added to water to produce a non-toxic, kid-safe bubble solution, but standard and homemade solutions can also be used. There’s also a booklet of tips and tricks enclosed to help them perfect their bubble-making skills.

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#8

AmScope Kids Beginner Microscope

Real scientific tools like microscopes which allow kids to explore their world teach valuable skills like cause and effect, encouraging logical and empirical thinking. This 52-piece Kids Beginner Microscope from AmScope is a fantastic starter pick – not only does it come with a beginner compound monocular microscope, it also includes slides, slips, specimens, tools, a petri dish and additional tools and accessories.

The entirety of the kit is held securely in a hard-sided plastic case, which latches to close and features a convenient carrying handle that makes field experiments and travel with their kit a breeze. They can find their own specimens to examine, but can also use the enclosed brine shrimp to perform a complete experiment requiring only what’s included in the kit.

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#9

GIRLS KNEE HIGH SOCKS​

Everybody needs socks – they might as well be fun. She’s starting to get to an age where expressing her personal style is important to her, so cute clothing gifts like these animal-themed knee socks just might hit it out of the park. These colorful Girls Knee High Socks are made of an 85% cotton and 15% spandex blend, and include animals like puppies, a cat, a fox, a songbird, and even a rainbow-maned unicorn. They’re cozy, lightweight socks that provide warmth and moisture-wicking without being too tight or bulky, and they’re stretchy enough that she’ll be able to keep enjoying them for a few years without outgrowing their size.

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#10

Flybar Foam Maverick Pogo Stick

Pogo sticks are classic outdoor toys that help kids master balance and coordination while offering a valuable cardio and strength workout. Flybar is all about making pogo sticks that are durable, safe and fun, and the Flybar Foam Maverick Pogo Stick has a fully foam-enclosed body that protects both your child and her toy during play. The handlebars also have a cushy foam construction that’s easy and comfortable to grip and hang onto tightly. Non-slip foot pegs ensure that her feet will stay in place while she’s bouncing, adding an extra element of safety to this pick. With an upper weight limit of 80 lbs, this is a toy that most seven-year-olds will be able to continue enjoying for a few years of play.

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#11

NERF REBELLE CORNERSIGHT BLASTER​

NERF blasters encourage important physical and social play with friends, plus they can help kids to improve hand-eye coordination and critical thinking skills. The Rebelle CornerSight features a purple body design and white distressed accents, and takes its name from its unique ability to bend and fire around corners.

The blaster has a four dart capacity, and can hold both Rebelle and N-Strike style darts. No batteries are required to operate the blaster, which also has a fairly effective target sight to help her improve her accuracy when firing. A NERF battle is a great reason to get out and play with her pals, which is beneficial to her physically, mentally, and socially now.

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Body Glove Mermaid Linden Kids Monofin

Swimming isn’t just prime summer fun, it’s also a fantastic workout that’s group-friendly. Cool pool gear can make a swim even more enticing, like the Body Glove Mermaid Linden Kids Monofin which will allow her to glide effortlessly through the water. Putting the monofin on is easy – all she has to do is slide her feet in, and the easy-to-adjust straps hold the fin in place securely.

The edges of the fin are rubberized, so all the edges are smooth and there’s no danger of injury. It doesn’t just look cool, either; this monofin is actually effective at improving her swim speed thanks to the efficient reticulated water channels on the surface of the device.

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#13

Tarzan Tire 40" Spider Web Swing

Tire swings are a childhood classic – a swing that offers the durability and multi-kid usability without the hard-to-hang bulk is a serious upgrade. The Tarzan Tire 40″ Spider Web Swing features a padded steel frame and soft but strong nylon webbing that’s comfortable for kids to sit on.

The 400 lb weight limit means multiple kids, older siblings, and even adults can use this swing without fear of it straining or breaking. The lightweight nature of the design makes it much easier for parents to hang than a traditional tire swing, plus there’s none of the dirt or rubber smell that often accompanies a real tire. It’s great for encouraging her to get outside, especially because there’s plenty of room for friends.

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KaraoKing Machine for Kids & Adults

If your seven-year-old loves to sing her heart out, a karaoke machine is just what she needs to get the party started. The ultra-portable KaraoKing Machine has built in wheels, so transport is a breeze. It connects to your devices via Bluetooth, AUX or USB, and it also picks up an FM radio signal. Your connected device is kept secure thanks to the included phone and tablet holder, which attaches securely to the karaoke machine The machine comes with two mics, so she can sing a solo or do a duet with her bestie. It’s a fun addition to birthday and slumber parties and encourages social gatherings – in fact, if you’ve got a group of crooners, it can be plenty of fun for a group of grown-ups too!

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ALEX Toys My First Sewing Kit

Sewing is a helpful life skill that inspires creativity and boosts hand-eye coordination. By seven, she has the small motor skills needed to tackle simple projects like the ones included in ALEX Toys My First Sewing Kit. 28 felt shapes are included in the kit, which also features embroidery floss, batting, fabric pieces, trim, safe fabric scissors, a tape measure, a thimble, needles, straight pins, and a classic tomato pin-cushion. The kit features the materials needed to make a stuffed cat, book cover and other projects, and includes instructions that make projects frustration-free. It’s a great way for her to pick up a skill that comes in handy frequently, and may inspire a love of crafting that sticks with her.

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How to Pick the Perfect Gift for A 7-YEAR-OLD Girl

Consider Their Developmental Stage

At seven, children have made significant developmental leaps in language and social-emotional abilities. They’re also growing rapidly, seemingly shooting up and outgrowing clothes and shoes overnight. Physically, your seven-year-old girl has finished the majority of her motor skill development. That makes this a great time for her to gravitate toward physically active outdoor toys and games she personally enjoys, letting her develop a love of time spent outside in motion. Staying active isn’t just good for her heart and muscles, it’s also essential to her developing brain.

From a cognitive standpoint, her language skills and vocabulary have grown exponentially. She uses logic to solve problems, and is able to pay attention for the significant spans of time that school requires. It’s likely that her unique learning style is beginning to be evident to both you and her educators, offering perspective on the types of curriculum and educational toys that will benefit her most. She’s adept at games, takes turns well, and finds satisfaction in following the rules and being a valued member of a group. Science tools and kits that encourage her to explore her world are great picks now, especially when they can be shared with friends and siblings.

Socially, her drive to fit in with her peers is at an all-time high. Particularly if she’s in traditional schooling, she’s starting to see the way that social groups naturally form. This is often served up with a side of rebellion, and she may start mirroring less-desirable behaviors she’s seeing in other kids. It’s a great time to encourage structured social games, which teach valuable lessons about group dynamics and tend to focus group energy that might otherwise turn into mischief.

Entertainment vs. Education

Now that she’s school-age, your seven-year-old girl is taking in a lot of new ideas, concepts and skills in her curriculum. She might even be receiving homework for the first time, which can be challenging to kids as they’re first adjusting to the school years. Fun toys that reinforce their reading and math skills are a great addition to their repertoire, but toys that encourage entertaining outdoor free-play and socialization offer a different kind of learning that’s essential to their development at seven.

Entertainment vs. Education

Her balance and coordination have developed nicely, and her hand-eye coordination has seen drastic improvements since her sixth birthday; now, physical play is all about staying active, entertained, and social. It’s an important time for encouraging physical play, which sometimes falls by the wayside when kids begin school. Sports toys like NERF blasters, bikes, scooters and pogo sticks that offer opportunities to stay active while hanging out with friends offer boosts to the developmental trifecta – physical, cognitive and social.

Learning toys that offer cognitive boosts are always welcome, but kids are taking in a lot of information at school already, so don’t feel pressured to over-supplement their existing education. Games and toys that support their reading and math education and science kits that walk them through visually and mentally engaging experiments offer general skill boosts and improvements to logical thinking.

The most important thing for her socially now is that she have free play opportunities with her friends. It’s a time where she’ll learn a lot of important lessons about interpersonal communication and become more aware of and comfortable with her own boundaries, so it’s important to her future success and happiness. Not many toys are needed to facilitate this, but any game that facilitates open-ended outdoor group activity fits the bill here.

Digital vs. Manual

The older she gets, the more aware your seven-year-old no doubt is of the ubiquity of technology. Whether or not you choose to let her have her own devices, setting screen-time limits is ideal. It’s best if they’re not using digital toys for more than two hours a day, as it cuts into playtime that would be better spent outside with friends. Manual toys that encourage physical activity and creative expression are ideal at seven, especially when more than one child can play.

Wrapping Up

She’s funny, clever, social and sweet, and your seven-year-old girl is finding and asserting her identity wherever possible. The best gifts for 7 year old girls meet their rapidly-changing developmental needs while also taking their growing personalities into account; you know her best! Whether she’s eager to express her creative side or just can’t wait to get outside, you’re now equipped to make a pick she will lov

Quick Decision

Smart Gear Pony Cycle – Best Overall
The Smart Gear Pony Cycle is designed just like a rocking horse, but it can actually move forward in a galloping motion and steer left and right.

Kano Computer Kit – Upgrade Choice
Introducing STEM skills like coding early in life can have significant cognitive benefits for kids. There’s no shortage of opportunities to expand their mind with the Kano computer kit.

Your Décor Color Your Own Water Bottle – Best Budget Buy
Fun and stylish, our best budget pick features a water bottle with a design that’s ready for her color choices enable kids to showcase their creativity.

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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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