At age seven, kids are truly becoming kids. They’re less likely to run to mom and dad when things go wrong, and quicker to try to impress their friends. Their independent spirits grow bolder every day, testing their parents’ patience while learning their capabilities and limits. Seven year old boys are growing mentally and physically, and they need toys and games that will keep them both moving and thinking. Looking for the best gifts for 7 year old boys? Check out our favorites for some inspiration.

The Winners

#1

iPlay Backyard Baseball Pitching Machine

Best Overall

Their day in the big leagues is here with this super fun pitching machine that will make any seven year old boy feel like a pro.The iPlay Backyard Baseball Pitching Machine just like the ones that the big boys use, but it’s the perfect height and size for younger users. The red, white and blue rocket theme makes it the perfect outdoor toy for Summer get-togethers and barbecues. The pitching machine throws in safe 10 second intervals. Five balls are included in this set, which comes with a durable storage bag for easy transport. It’s a great pick for improving sports confidence and hand eye coordination, plus it’s an awesome social activity.

Developmental & Play Insights iPlay Backyard Baseball Pitching Machine

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#2

Ezyroller Ride On Toy

Upgrade Choice

There’s no pedals on this totally unique ride on scooter, just a foot bar which powers the unit through the use of alternating leg motion. A lot more comfortable than traditional scooters. The Ezyroller Ride On Toy features an ergonomic seat which helps riders avoid back strain. The scooter comes with two steel extensions which accommodate for growing kids, and with a maximum weight limit of 150 lbs, they’ll be enjoying their Ezyroller for years to come. It’s lightweight, easy to store and easy to use, and kids will have tons of fun using their free hands to come up with other games to play as they ride.

Developmental & Play Insights Ezyroller Ride On Toy

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#3

Compact High Power Kids Binoculars

Best Budget Buy

Binoculars are a handy pick for hikers, birdwatchers and stargazers. Little outdoorsmen will no doubt appreciate the Compact High Power Kids Binoculars, which features a sturdy, shock-proof, anti-friction rubber coating. 8×21 magnification and BAK-4 roof prisms allow them to view colorful and crisp high resolution imagery through these compact binoculars, which are intuitive and simple to use. They’re a great addition to hikes, vacations, road trips, days outside and clear, starry nights.

Developmental & Play Insights Compact High Power Kids Binoculars

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#4

Kano Computer Kit

Building a computer sounds complex, even for an adult, but this amazing kit makes the process easy for seven year olds to understand. The Kano Computer Kit​ uses versatile Raspberry Pi 3, and features programmable LED lights, a computer case, a power button, a track pad, a convenient wireless keyboard and all the cables needed to use the device. Decorative stickers are also included. The computer’s unique Kano OS allows kids to use over 100 apps and coding challenges, create mods for Minecraft, watch videos on YouTube, write and surf the net on the trusted, award winning device.

Developmental & Play Insights Kano Computer Kit

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#5

LEGO Technic WHACK! Building Kit

LEGO building kits are a classic childhood staple that boost problem solving skills and encourage creativity. This cool crashing car, LEGO Technic Whack has a powerful pull back motor that sends it soaring. The durable front bumper withstands high impact crashes, and the engine pops out on impact for a satisfying crash effect. The big rear spoiler and sleek green and yellow body design add to the awesome appearance of this model, which, like all LEGO kits, is compatible with the rest of the LEGO building system.

Developmental & Play Insights LEGO Technic WHACK! Building Kit

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#6

K’NEX 52 Model Building Set

K’NEX are masters at giving kids unique 3D creation opportunities, and this comprehensive set features 618 micro and classic parts and pieces that will allow them to build to their heart’s content. The K’NEX 52 Model Building Set includes rods and connectors which facilitate the building of rounded and cornered shapes. There are 52 model ideas included in the simple to follow manual, but they can also create their own unique designs. The pieces store conveniently in the storage tub for easy cleanup and transport.

Developmental & Play Insights K’NEX 52 Model Building Set

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#7

3Doodler Essentials 3D Pen Set

3D printers are one of the coolest inventions of the last century. Being able to draw with one? It’s safe to say the whole family will want to play with this remarkable pick, which extrudes low heat plastic that solidifies quickly. Users can draw with the pen in mid-air, or sculpt unique creations from the ground up. The 3Doodler Essentials 3D Pen Set comes with an activity guide, and lots of stencils and tutorials are available for free on their website. The plastic included comes in a variety of fun colors, but this is sure to be a favorite toy, so picking up an extra pack of plastic rods might be a good idea!

Developmental & Play Insights 3Doodler Essentials 3D Pen Set

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#8

Wonder Workshop Dash Coding Robot

Learning to code is a great way to boost cognitive skills by encouraging critical thinking and problem solving. Wonder Workshop’s Dash the Coding Robot is a cool robot buddy who can navigate objects and respond to voice commands. He features five totally free apps which can help anyone learn to code, teaching concepts like loops, events, conditions and sequences. He offers kids an open-ended learning platform which is easy to grasp and simple to access. For extra fun, Dash can be combined with a sketch kit or building block connectors, sold separately. He charges conveniently via Micro USB and has a playtime of five hours.

Developmental & Play Insights Wonder Workshop Dash Coding Robot

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#9

Diggin DodgeTag Game Set

Dodgeball doesn’t have to be dangerous with this clever set, which allows safe, fun playtime. The Diggin DodgeTag Game Set​ features two adjustable Velcro vests and 6 soft “dodgeballs”. The balls stick to the vests easily for a dodgeball themed tag game they’ll love. The super soft balls mean that this game is safe both indoors and out, so it’s a great rainy day activity pick. This set is an awesome way to keep kids active. If you have a bigger family or your kiddo has friends over a lot, consider multiple sets – it’ll keep the crowd outside and having fun.

Developmental & Play Insights Diggin DodgeTag Game Set

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#10

Wham-O Hamper Hoops

Seven is a great age for beginning to learn basic responsibilities. Gathering laundry is a simple task that kids can understand and handle, and this cool door-mounted basketball hoop can actually make it fun. With the Wham-O Hamper Hoops, they can practice their jump shots and free throws while making their parents’ job a little easier. It’s a great pick for basketball lovers, making chores more exciting. It’s easy to install, fitting over any door. A backboard, hoop, net and removable laundry sack are all included.

Developmental & Play Insights Wham-O Hamper Hoops

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#11

Stomp Rocket Stunt Planes

Flying toys are a great outdoor pick, and the Stomp Rocket Stunt Planes will offer tons of thrills. No batteries or motors are required to get these cool rockets in the air, just kid power – when they stomp on the launch stand, the rockets go flying. Three planes are included in this kit. The Looper performs giant loops, the Glider can attain heights up to 100 feet, and the Wildcat does mesmerizing tricks they’ll love to watch. The launch stand can be adjusted for performance, and kids will engage in important critical thinking when experimenting with their launch angle, wind conditions and more.

Developmental & Play Insights Stomp Rocket Stunt Planes

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#12

LEGO City Arctic Crawler Building Kit

One thing LEGO is known for is their unique model picks, and this ice crawler is one of a kind. The Arctic Crawler Building Kit features a real grabbing claw with a shiny metal appearance. The claw can lift the included “ice” block, which features a frozen rodent. An explorer mini figure is included, which can be placed in the ice crawler’s easy to open cockpit. The crawler’s legs can be posed, so kids can display the sleek blue and orange figure in a variety of positions. As always, this 200 piece set is compatible with the rest of the LEGO play system.

Developmental & Play Insights LEGO City Arctic Crawler Building Kit

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#12

iPlay Backyard Baseball Pitching Machine

Their day in the big leagues is here with this super fun pitching machine that will make any seven year old boy feel like a pro.The iPlay Backyard Baseball Pitching Machine just like the ones that the big boys use, but it’s the perfect height and size for younger users. The red, white and blue rocket theme makes it the perfect outdoor toy for Summer get-togethers and barbecues. The pitching machine throws in safe 10 second intervals. Five balls are included in this set, which comes with a durable storage bag for easy transport. It’s a great pick for improving sports confidence and hand eye coordination, plus it’s an awesome social activity.

Developmental & Play Insights iPlay Backyard Baseball Pitching Machine

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#13

Botley the Coding Robot

Coding robots offer kids the opportunity to learn valuable skills while having fun. Botley the Coding Robot  is super easy to assemble, requiring only a Phillips head screwdriver and five AAA batteries to get going. He’s screen free – kids use a remote programmer, included, to give him commands. Botley’s smart logic allows him to identify and avoid objects in his path. He can follow looping commands, complete a user-constructed obstacle course, and features a mode which allows him to follow a black line path. He has hidden features to unlock, and can be coded for up to 120 steps, so he’s a versatile and fun educational toy.

Developmental & Play Insights Botley the Coding Robot

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#14

HOMOFY Dinosaur Toys Car Race Track

For a seven year old boy, the only thing better than a cool build-it-yourself racetrack is one that features some ferocious dinos who are along for the ride. The HOMOFY Dinosaur Toys Slot Car Race Track features a double door to Dinosaur World, a structured bridge, green tree accents, military exploration vehicles and t-rex and stegosaurus figures. The set is made from safe, non-toxic plastic and is easy to assemble, allowing kids to make their own creative track layouts. They can disassemble and rebuild again and again, creating unique play experiences each time.

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#15

Geology Game Rock & Mineral Collection

Knowledge and learning games are great for seven year olds, and this geology-themed pick will have them identifying unique specimens easily. The Geology Game with Rock & Mineral Collection includes a diverse rock and mineral collection for kids to examine and identify. It has five levels of play, so kids from pre-reading age to elementary school can all enjoy this family friendly pick. It comes with a sturdy carrying case that makes storing and transporting the game easy. This pick is an awesome addition to family game night that gives kids the opportunity to learn more about their world.

Developmental & Play Insights ZOKEA Dinosaur 3D Night Light

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How to Pick the Perfect Gift for a Seven-year-old Boy

Consider Their Developmental Stage

When choosing a great toy or gift for a child, it’s important to keep their developmental stage in mind. Seven year old boys are beginning to understand and relate to their world in a new way. They’re becoming more independent and learning new things every day, which means they’re more articulate and capable of following longer strings of commands. They’re developing a sense of humor, understanding words with multiple meanings, and are likely showing leaps in mental ability that may leave parents pleasantly surprised.

Their coordination, attention span and desire for peer validation are all on the rise, which makes this a great time to consider sports teams and sports toys as well as other interest-based clubs and groups. It’s a good age to allow them to start making some of their own toy picks, giving them a wide variety of options so that they can gravitate naturally toward picks that are perfect for their unique personality. Seven is a good age for limiting screen time in favor of toys that promote reading and physical activity.

Entertainment vs. Education

By age seven, many kids are pushing past their final hurdles when it comes to basic reading skills and comprehension. Toys that make advanced phonics concepts more fun are a great way to make that process more fun and engaging. Games that make use of numbers, math and elementary-school-level trivia are great for helping them learn new math and science concepts, giving them knowledge boosts that can set them apart in the classroom.

Not all play has to be educational, though, and seven year olds thrive on great outdoor and physical toys. Picks like the scooter and pitching machine on our list will keep them engaged in important and healthy physical activity while enjoying the great outdoors,

Physical vs. Cognitive vs. Social

Kids need regular physical activity and outdoor time to stay healthy and happy. Toys that encourage them to go out and play, find a friend to run around with or stay moving are great for keeping them entertained and boosting their well being. At age seven, some good picks include age appropriate sporting equipment and outdoor gear like binoculars. Model planes and drones will also have them asking to go out and play again and again.

Cognitive play for seven year olds can and should branch out beyond basic skills. It’s a great age to introduce simple STEM kits and early science concepts. Kits that help kids understand geology, chemistry and coding can help them to learn best practices, fun facts and important real-world information. Letting them choose from a few potential options is a good way to gauge their natural interests.

Social identity development is a crucial part of childhood, and seven can be a tricky age for both kids and parents. Seven year olds are beginning to desire the acceptance of their peers over that of their parents. They may begin to test boundaries and engage in riskier behavior. Good social toys for seven year olds are safe, structured activities that include physical activity and/or learning and discussion.

Digital vs. Manual

Screen time can be a lot of fun for kids and adults alike, and it’s totally fine in moderation. In fact, there’s a lot of great digital toys for 7 year old boys that offer real educational benefits in combination with fun. Screened and digital toys shouldn’t make up the majority of any child’s play activities, though, and screen time should be limited to make time for socialization and physical activity.

At seven, most kids have improved their coordination, motor skills and spatial ability to the point where building sets like LEGO and K’nex are easy and fun. They’re great manual toy picks, encouraging creativity, problem solving and planning. Looking for other hands-on options? Sports toys offer great analog action that will keep them busy and healthy, and age appropriate art supplies will give them an outlet for creative expression.

Wrapping Up

Seven year old boys are active, bright and making friends quickly. They need toys and games that engage their growing minds and bodies in beneficial play. Great picks for age seven focus on improving reading and math comprehension, limiting screen time and staying physically and socially active. When you focus on these important qualities while keeping your seven year old’s personality and interests in mind, you’re sure to find a pick he’ll love.

Quick Decision

iPlay Backyard Baseball Pitching Machine – Best Overall
This pick features an ergonomic seat which helps riders avoid back strain and is a lot more comfortable than traditional scooters.

Ezyroller Ride On Toy – Upgrade Choice
Easy to use, age appropriate science tools are a great way to give kids a chance to explore their world more closely.

Compact High Power Kids Binoculars – Best Budget Buy
They’re a great addition to hikes, vacations, road trips, days outside and clear, starry nights.

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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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