Brave, curious, and independent, nine-year-olds are growing up quickly and expanding their horizons. Active social play and creative expression continue to be priorities now, which means the best toys for 9 year old girls are those which give her the opportunity to showcase her artistic side or engage in outdoor play with friends. If you’re on the hunt for a truly great pick, check out our guide to choosing great gifts for nine-year-olds as well as our rundown of some ideas we think she’ll love.

The Winners

#1

Thames & Kosmos Dimension

Best Overall

Games which encourage kids to think quickly and logically while spending time with friends are some of the best picks for nine-year-old girls, which means that Thames & Kosmos Dimension meets their needs quite nicely. It’s a three-dimensional puzzle game which uses 60 brightly-colored spheres which players must arrange to earn points based on the tasks set forth by the cards drawn.

They’ll use critical thinking while making sure that their sphere structure meets the parameters set forth, quickly becoming experts at the game’s detailed rule system. There are innumerable cognitive and social benefits to this pick, which will keep them on their toes and have them rethinking their strategies and eager for rematches.

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#2

Razor FlashRider 360 Caster Trike

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Three-wheeled ride-ons are usually a thing of the past by nine, but this tricky trike from Razor is so much fun, even parents want to take a spin. Wondering what sets it apart? The Razor FlashRider 360 Caster Trike features caster wheels that allow the trike to drift and spin, even allowing it to perform an impressive 360. That’s not all, though – the rear spark bar drags behind to create flashy (but kid-safe) sparks that add even more pizzazz to their tricks. The rubber grip handlebars are durable and comfortable, and the 160 lb weight limit of the trike means they can continue enjoying it as they grow; fair warning, though, it’s less comfortable for tall kids and adults.

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#3

Nancy B's Science Club Microscope

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Kid-friendly versions of real scientific tools are an excellent way to encourage curiosity and exploration in our nine-year-olds. The easy to use Nancy B’s Science Club Microscope has an activity journal that makes understanding the device accessible to new learners.

They’ll be able to examine specimens at up to 400x magnification, and tools like slides, slips, tweezers, a dropper, and beakers facilitate the creation of slides. Everyday objects and solutions like blades of grass, water from the fish tank and even one of their own eyelashes are fascinating when magnified, and experience with this new perspective encourages them to think critically.

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#4

Enchantmints Ballerina Musical Jewelry Box

It’s likely that your nine-year-old has begun to accumulate her very own collection of costume jewelry, friendship bracelets, and special trinkets she’d like to keep safe, making this classic pink Enchantmints Ballerina Musical Jewelry Box a great addition to her dresser or vanity. The brushed blush box features one large and two small storage drawers for her treasures, as well as an lifting lid with a storage bay for larger pieces.

When she winds her jewelry box and lifts the lid, a spring-powered ballerina rises up to twirl and dance to the famed ballet Swan Lake. A convenient mirror helps with putting on earrings and necklaces, and a gold latch secures the lid of the box when shut.

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#5

Craft-tastic Dream Catcher Kit

She’s still thriving on opportunities to express herself creatively, and her well-developed hand-eye coordination has prepared her to tackle more complex projects. Craft-tastic Dream Catcher Kit features everything she’ll need to assemble two beautiful, colorful dream catchers to display – a convenient premise, as these components can be expensive and difficult to coordinate when purchased separately. Detailed instructions for the assembly process are also included. Though she could enjoy the cognitive boosts offered by this kit during solo crafting time, the fact that there’s room for two makes it a great project to share with a sibling or best friend for some valuable social time.

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#6

Kala Ukulele Starter Kit

Musical self-expression doesn’t just help to build their skills as a virtuoso, it also offers cognitive benefits to our kids. Ukuleles are a great pick for a first stringed instrument, as their small body size is naturally accommodating to kids and picking up the basics is fairly simple. Kala Ukulele Starter Kit features a beautiful mahogany concert ukulele with Italian Aquila strings, open gear tuning and a laser-etched rosette.

The sturdy instrument is accompanied by a black tote bag which doubles as a cross-body carrying case thanks to the convenient placement of the drawstring. The starter uke is also accompanied by a 20 page starter guide to help young strummers understand the layout and function of their new instrument.

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#7

GoSports Six Player Croquet Set

Outdoor sports sets are also optimum picks for kids at nine, as they gain much from active backyard play with their pals now. Croquet is a classic sport that’s fun to play and easy for new players to grasp, and setup and cleanup are fairly straightforward. Neither a large yard or a ton of athletic ability are required to play this favored lawn sport, which is traditionally played with a combination of either two, four, or six players. The charming GoSports Six Player Croquet Set features six sturdy wooden mallets and brightly-colored balls that are easy to spot in the grass, as well as the nine wickets required to set up a classic croquet court. The whole set keeps handily in a durable black and white zippered tote with a carrying strap, offering portability that makes it great for parties, picnics or camping.

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#8

LEGO Friends Heartlake Summer Pool

Building sets like the LEGO play system encourage kids to play socially, think logically and improve their hand-eye coordination skills. The 588-piece Heartlake Summer Pool play set makes quite a splash, featuring amenities like a cool spiraling water slide, a swim-up bar, a decorative aquarium, a shower, fountain, TV display, and speakers. Accessories like inner tubes and a beach ball are also included, as are Andrea and Martina figurines. Like most LEGOs, this set is compatible with the rest of the play system, but looks especially great when paired with other Heartlake LEGO building sets.

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#9

Sphero SPRK+

Nine is a great age for introducing more advanced tech to responsible kids. Tackling new skill-based projects and learning new things is exciting to them now, and Sphero SPRK+ delivers educational robotics in a format that’s easy for them to understand and operate. Their rolling robotic companion is app-powered via the Sphero Edu app, which is available for iOS, Android, Windows, Chrome and Kindle devices.

 SPRK+ walks kids through a variety of beginner and intermediate coding challenges; once they advance their skills, they can write their own JavaScript to set the robot’s path. Although SPRK+ is a high-tech pick, it’s also durable and kid-safe thanks to a clear plastic shell with UV coating that’s designed to safeguard its interior digital components.

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#10

Spirograph Deluxe Design Kit

Creating complex spiraling geometric designs is exceedingly simple with Spirograph Deluxe Design Kit, the math-based art tool that’s been inspiring childhood creativity for generations. Since 1965, the premise has remained the same – geared wheels and shapes featuring holes for a pen’s point are rotated within a geared ring while drawing to create geometrically perfect designs with little effort or skill required. This 45-piece set includes 19 wheels and shape pieces, one small and one large drawing ring, three colorful pens, a small pack of paper, and a 14-page instruction manual which walks kids through the basic mechanics required. The designs can then be colored, painted, or combined with others for maximum effect. 

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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.

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#12

Yellow Scope Foundation Chemistry Kit

Nine-year-olds are naturally curious learners, so kits that boost STEM knowledge through exploration and experiments are great picks now. Yellow Scope Foundation Chemistry Kit provides a great starter set for performing basic, age-appropriate activities.

19 unique experiments are detailed in the accompanying lab notebook, which also includes facts, quizzes, and room for them to make sketches and take notes about their process and results. Three beakers, a thermometer, timer, goggles, an erasable chalkboard lab mat and experiment ingredients are all included in this kit, which encourages critical thinking through science education.

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#13

Aisuo Night Light

Personalizing her space is something that’s important to nine-year-old girls, and the sleek modern Aisuo Night Light has multi-functional capabilities that make it a cute and handy addition to her bedroom. The rounded rectangular cube construction belies a night light with a pretty teal-to-green illuminated gradient, but that’s only the starting point.

Also featured is a Bluetooth-compatible MP3 player, speaker, and digital alarm with a large clock display. She can listen to her favorite music or books or transmit audio from her favorite apps and games with the resonant, high quality speaker. The brightness of the light feature can also be adjusted to her comfort level, with three settings that allow her to choose the level of illumination she prefers.

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#14

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.

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#15

Spontuneous - The Song Game

If your nine-year-old’s musical knowledge is already beginning to rival yours, Spontuneous – The Song Game is right up their alley. It’s a fun social game that encourages players to belt out a tune inspired by the word they’re given. The object is for the word-giving player to stump others, but once they succeed, they’ll be the one in the hot seat! Between 4 and 10 players or teams are recommended for this goofy game of tunes, which makes it a great addition to slumber parties, birthday parties and other large social gatherings. It’s a pick that encourages quick critical and creative thinking while facilitating time spent with friends, which is ideal for kids at nine.

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Consider Their Developmental Stage

At nine, kids are dressing and washing themselves independently, have nuanced planning skills which allow them to complete complex tasks, and are using simple tools to complete projects easily. Physically, nine-year-old girls have mastered basic motor skills and may be focusing on mastering specific sports or hobbies they enjoy. They’re growing more interested in competitive team sports from both an athletic and social standpoint, and it’s a great time for them to get involved in local teams. Sporting equipment and outdoor physical toys that encourage social play are ideal picks for them now.

From a cognitive standpoint, your nine-year-old’s vocabulary and speech patterns have advanced significantly, and it’s likely she speaks with the cadence of an adult. She’s a more advanced reader, can keep her belongings organized, and is able to make and follow through with a plan. Her math skills are also becoming more advanced, and she’s using critical thinking more frequently when making decisions in all areas. Games that encourage her to think on her feet offer a nice cognitive boost at nine, and they also encourage socialization.

Socially, she’s beginning to form closer friendships and may have declared one (or more – it may change daily, if we’re being honest) other child to be her very best friend. She’s less prone to mood swings and tantrums than she was last year; she can usually control feelings of anger, which is helpful when it comes to participating in group activities and sports teams. Any toy, game, craft or activity that provides her with an opportunity to be with her friends will be both well-loved and developmentally beneficial.

Entertainment vs. Education

Nine-year-olds are well on their way into their elementary education, which means things like homework, group projects and big tests are a reality. While toys and games that enforce educational concepts in a fun way are always beneficial, parents shouldn’t feel pressured to emphasize education over entertainment now; they’re learning essential lessons during active social play, which offers developmental benefits that shouldn’t be overlooked.

Physical vs. Cognitive vs. Social

Staying physically active is important for kids at nine, especially as their after-school schedules begin to fill up with homework, practices, activities and lessons. They’re becoming more adept at and interested in playing sports with a group of other children, so sports toys that give them everything they need to start up a game are beneficial both physically and socially.

Their reading and math skills are also improving in a big way. Many nine-year-olds begin to seek out books to read without prompting, searching for new information on favorite topics or delving into beloved fantasy realms. Fun science exploration tends to hold their attention now, as does expressing their personal style via arts and crafts they can wear or display. Quick-thought games are also favorites, inspiring them to hone their focus.

Nine-year-old girls require little encouragement to play socially, and are eager to do just about anything as long as friends are involved. This is normal and healthy – it helps foster independence, bravery, emotional stability and self-assurance. Outdoor physical play, board and card games, creative play, and arts and crafts are all activities that both pack developmental benefits and inspire opportunities to socialize with pals.

Digital vs. Manual

By nine, kids are very aware of the multitude of fun electronic toys, apps, video games and other digital gadgets available. It’s actually a great age to begin teaching responsible use of electronics, which includes setting time limits (2 hours a day is ideal), remaining private online, and using and abiding by parental controls. Manual toys and outdoor play should still comprise the majority of their downtime, as it’s far more developmentally beneficial than screen time.

Wrapping Up

Your nine-year-old girl is quickly becoming a mature, independent big kid, but she still relies on you for guidance, emotional support, and the tools she needs to stay on a great path. The best gifts for 9 year old girls reflect their individual needs, interests, and style as well as their developmental stage. With those guidelines in mind, you’re sure to make a pick that’s both beneficial and fun.

Quick Decision

Thames & Kosmos Dimension – Best Overall
Games which encourage a 9 year old girl to think quickly and logically while spending time with friends. Our top pick meets their needs quite nicely.

Razor FlashRider 360 Caster Trike – Upgrade Choice
Three-wheeled ride-ons are usually a thing of the past by nine, but our upgrade choice awardee from Razor is so much fun, even parents want to take a spin.

Nancy B’s Science Club Microscope – Best Budget Buy
Kid-friendly versions of real scientific microscope that’s excellent way to encourage curiosity and exploration in our nine-year-olds.

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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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