Find the best toys for 7 year olds with our round-up of games, crafting sets, dolls, puzzles, books, and more.
By the age of 7 children have really developed their imaginations and are seeking even more independence and freedom. Open-ended toys that allow children to create their own games are important. The best toys let them play in their own way with friends or on their own.
You will also find that 7 year olds do not want to play with any toys that they deem ‘baby toys’ – or toys that they see as specifically ‘for kids’. They are growing up from being little kids to children entering Year 3 of Primary school – and they feel it.
Norland Nanny and founder of The Nanny Louenna app, Louenna Hood says that in her experience, there are two toys that 7 year olds always love, no matter what their interests are: Lego is always popular at this age – following simple instructions to build their creations takes time and patience, and is a huge achievement once completed. An art box stocked with paint, glue, paper and stickers is always popular and provides endless entertainment.
Children of this age may also start to get excited about reading, show an interest in playing team sports, or develop new interests and hobbies. Toys, books, top Christmas toys and games that encourage and foster these things are also popular with 7 year olds.
Best toys for 7 year olds in 2021
1. Amazing Facts Every 7 Year Old Needs to Know
Children will start to show more interest in reading and discovering fun facts by the age of 7. There are some fun fact books you’ll find available too. We like the age-appropriate Amazing Facts for 7 Year Old book by Catherine Brereton. It includes answers to questions such as: Which bird can fly backward? How many years can a crocodile last without eating? And more.
2. Harry Potter Lego
Age suitability: 7+ | Batteries required: No
Lego is a failsafe toy for any child aged 7, but gone are the days where you could keep a kid occupied with wooden blocks or Duplo. Children at this age want to take on the challenge of building toys that are more complex, require more careful thought and planning.
Lego kits are best sellers for this reason, especially ones where kids can build something they are interested in – like cars, castles or a model from a film they enjoy. We particularly like this Harry Potter Lego set, which we think is just the right difficulty level for kids aged 7 years old. It is around the age of 7 that kids may begin to get into the Harry Potter films or read their first Harry Potter book and that’s why we think this Harry Potter-themed Lego set makes for a great gift.
3. Orchard Toys World Map Puzzle and Poster
Age suitability: 5+| Batteries required: No
Puzzles are great for kids at any age, but for 7 years olds they are especially good as the challenge of putting smaller pieces together will test their spatial reasoning. It will also match their newly developed skills as they become more complex thinkers. That’s why puzzles are so important in our round up of best toys for 7 years olds in 2021.
When completed, 7 year olds will thrive from the sense of accomplishment and seeing the picture that they finished themselves. We love the Orchard Toys World Map Puzzle and Poster. It features 150 pieces, which means it will take a while for kids to put it together and therefore be quite a fun challenge. It will also teach them about countries and landmarks around the world in the process.
4. Hape Pocket Swing
Age suitability: 5+ | Batteries required: No
Measuring H15 x W5 x D19cm, the Hape Swing is ideal for popping out of the bag whenever you want to set up a swing between two strong trees. Kids can make use of it when out and about on nature walks or in the garden too. ”I love popping this in my rucksack when we go for long walks with the kids,’ says Susie, mum to Emilie and Charlotte. ‘It’s lightweight and easy to carry and makes adventure walks more fun. The kids love to swing on it and use it as a seat too.’
5. Mache Magic
Age suitability: 6+ | Batteries required: No
Many children have long enough attention spans to enjoy painting and drawing and general crafting. By the age of 7 they also have developed their motor skills, allowing them to become more detail-focused. We love the Mache Magic craft set from Tomy. The kit features a twist and press Mache magic craft maker that lets kids get creative with papier mache using toilet paper. Yes, you read that right – toilet paper – which makes a change from having to save up all the finished rolls. The set comes with glitter pens and stickers that kids can use to decorate their creations once dry.
Slightly more advanced painting and drawing kits, such as painting by numbers sets, are great for engaging children of this age and challenging them. Look on Amazon and there’s a wide range of painting and drawing kits. Hobbycraft and Baker Ross are also great places to check in on to find art ideas for kids.
6. Football rebounder net
Age suitability: 3+ | Batteries required: No
By the age of 7 a child might be starting to get into team sports. As well as enjoying playing and practicing their new hobby they will also show a growing interest in the sport in general.
Feed their interest with toys that allow them to engage with sport, whether that’s kit to practice at home like a football and net, books about the sport or an outfit of their favourite team. Any game that encourages outside play is, in fact, a great idea. A rebounder net such as this one from Argos makes for a great gift for kids as it’s something they can play on their own or with friends.
‘My boy loves football and when he doesn’t have friends to play with or his brother is not up for kicking around with him, he uses this rebounder,’ says Laura, mum to Oliver. ‘He loves being out in the garden simply practising his footy skills. As it has holes in the rebounder he uses it to develop his target skills too.’
7. K’Nex 18025 Click and Construct Value Building Set
Age suitability: 5+ | Batteries required: No
Building toys are often a winner for 7 year olds who love the challenge and reward of taking different pieces and creating something new out of them. K’nex has been around for decades, and is still a STEM bestseller for good reason. Kids can use K’Nex in a number of configurations to make a range of items and random objects to get their creativity flowing. A starter kit is one of the best toys for 7 year olds and includes over 500 pieces and has step-by-step colour-coded instructions for you to build up to 35 different models. The set has a mix of different sized pieces and is ideal for 7 year old hands.
‘My kids play with this and always enjoy making different things from made up structures such as a ‘sword’ for a play castle, to a bike that they’ve created using the step by step instructions,’ says Emily, mum to Bethany and William. ‘A bit like Lego, it’s the kind of toy that they won’t grow out of easily as there are so many things they can make with the same set.’
8. Barbie Color Reveal Peel Unicorn Doll
Age suitability: 5+ | Batteries required: No
There are 25 surprises inside this Barbie Color Reveal set, which include a doll and a pet. Similar to LOL or Ryan’s World toys, half the fun of this doll is in its hidden surprises and that’s what makes it a firm favorite. Kids will have lots of fun rooting through the mystery bags in the peel-able panels to discover the accessories inside, which include clothes, shoes and other bits and bobs for Barbie to wear.
Barbie’s clothing is covered in a pink coating – as is her pets – and kids have to peel it off to reveal the looks. Parts of the doll and pet’s clothing can then be bathed using the mini sponge and it will change color – adding lots of fun to the already popular Barbie brand.
9. Tomy Screwball Scramble Level 2
Age suitability: 3+ | Batteries required: No
A sequel to the retro classic game of Screwball Scramble comes Level 2, which still has vintage charm and will keep little ones suitably entertained. We love the vibrant design of this toy, which comes in a pop of colors including sunshine orange and zesty green and blue. It’s a toy with a nostalgic charm and that’s why we’ve included it in our round-up of best toys for 7 year olds in 2021.
Kids can play solo and control the actions using the buttons, twisting and turning the obstacles in different directions. Onboard kids will have to navigate the ‘zig-zag steps,’ which leads to the ‘see-saw’ and ‘ferris wheel maze’ and onto the ‘corkscrew’. A final catapult blast leads to the finish bell.
10. Orchard Toys Pigs in Blankets
Age suitability: 3 to 7 years | Batteries required: No
A great sub-£10 toy for a 7 year old, this Pigs in Blankets game is ideal as a gift. It’s a particularly good option if the 7 year old recipient has younger siblings as it’s a relatively straightforward game for them to play together.
Like all Orchard Toys, this pairing game mixes the ideal amount of fun and learning in one. It’s designed to develop matching and memory skills and encourage observational skills in the process. Simple, yet effective and most importantly, fun.
11. Huffy Delirium Kids Bike
Age suitability: 5 to 7 years | Batteries required: No
With its 16-inch wheels, the Huffy Delirium bike is suitable for 7 year olds up to 13kg. It comes in a stylish black and green finish with a number 16 race plate on the side to entice a child with a love of riding.
With its air-filled 16-inch rubber tyres and a robust steel frame it makes a great option for kids learning to ride too. The padded seat is comfortable to sit on and can be adjusted as the child grows. Most importantly, it’s 5-step assembly makes it very easy to put together.
12. Zero Gravity Trampoline
Age suitability: Supervision needed at all times | Batteries required: No
A proper trampoline is a big investment, but you can bet that any energetic child with just adore their own trampoline to bounce on. It’s something that kids can play on solo or with friends for years to come. Parents worried about safety can have a net installed around the trampoline or have the trampoline sunk into the ground, so it’s closer to the floor.
Zero Gravity sells a range of trampoline sizes to suit your outdoor space. The bigger it is the better it will accommodate a child and perhaps an adult if needed. Each of them include a safety enclosure around the trampoline too.
13. Nerf Vortex Aero Howler
Age suitability: 4+ | Batteries required: No
By the age of 7 a child will no doubt have developed close bonds with their peers, perhaps vocally choosing ‘best friends’ and certainly participating in a larger friendship group. Buying them toys that they can play with alongside other children – such as the Nerf Vortex Aero Howler – is a great way to foster and encourage these friendships and bonds.
The aerodynamic design is an important aspect of the Howler, which is made of foam rubber and lets you achieve throws of up to 90 metres. It will provide them with endless opportunities to play together (and entertain themselves) when they have play dates and hang out outside of school.
14. Toucan box
Age suitability: 3 to 8 years | Batteries required: No
This craft subscription box service is bursting with original ideas each month, which is why it makes for a great gift idea for a 7 year old. Whether you choose to give one box or start a subscription for a child, there’s a host of arts and craft activities included in each box.
Individual boxes include themed ones such as the safari box that includes all the materials you need to make a giraffe periscope and a snapping crocodile, for example. The costume box is rather fun too as it has all the artistic tools a child needs to make a dinosaur and a raccoon, plus it comes with stickers, a collectible surprise and an activity magazine.
What skills should 7 year olds have?
By the age of 7 children will be getting to grips with numbers. They might be able to do addition, subtraction, and even basic multiplication. 7 year olds will usually be quite confident readers by this age too.
But it’s not just all about the academic skills your 7 year old is mastering. By this age, they are learning a range of important life skills too.
A recent nationwide study of parents revealed a list of life lessons that every parent wants to teach their child. Skills such as how to share, how to be a good loser and stay safe online came out on top. As did the value of respecting other cultures and always telling the truth.
The research also found that 65 percent of parents agree that teaching their kids practical life lessons is just as important as academic subjects, and three in 10 parents have taught their kids new skills like cooking, baking and gardening.
Buying toys for 7 year olds that encourage these practical skills, such as how to ride a bike and how to bake, are just as important as encouraging them to read, write and practice their numeracy skills outside of school.
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