Best toys for 8 year olds: 23 of the top games to buy in 2024

From scooters to Playmobile sets, discover the best toys for 8 year olds right now

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The best toys for eight-year-olds are games that reflect their likes and dislikes, while helping them develop, engage in social interaction and learn at the same time.

Hunting down the best toys for this age can be tricky. But for eight-year-olds, it's less about the game they are playing and more about who they are playing with. So if you're a parent, you might find that your eight-year-old would much rather spend time playing games with their friends and peers instead of you.

But, as Catherine Lynch, senior manager at PlanBee and a qualified Play Therapist, tells us — it's nothing personal. "Eight-year-olds often don’t like missing out on things that are going on with their peers and will spend an increased time with friends," Catherine says. "They are likely to spend a large amount of time playing games that develop skills to help them improve competency and can be very self-critical."

So how best can you support your child, even if you're not the first person they'd rather play with now? "Parents and caregivers of eight-year-olds can support children by providing opportunities for social interaction with friends," Catherine explains. "Maybe one of the most important things is to listen when the child is being self-critical and support them. Do your best to help them feel heard, supported and encouraged."

This might sound overwhelming, but Catherine added that while eight-year-olds might seem much more grown up than when they were younger, the way they play is still the same. "Children play to learn, to understand, and to process," she explains.

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According to Research Psychologist, Dr Amanda Gummer, the best toys for eight-year-olds include arts and crafts, music, sports and social games that are popular with peers like collectible items and trading cards.

To find the best toys for eight-year-olds, keep scrolling. We've compiled a list of the items that are on their wishlist. You might also want to check out the top Christmas toys.

Playmobil 9453 City Life Furnished School Building with Digital Clock, £75 - Amazon

Playmobil 9453 City Life Furnished School Building with Digital Clock, £75 - Amazon

Stereotypes such as 'boys become doctors' and 'girls become nurses' may start to creep in around the age of 8, so buying toys that dispel these assumptions are a great idea. You can choose from a range of Playmobil play sets that include a range of figures and reflect real-life environments such as schools, hospitals, vets, fire stations and shops. Not only does Playmobil encourage imaginative play, but collecting the sets can help build up a world of imaginative play.

'When my daughter was 5 years old I bought her a Playmobil set, but I soon found that the pieces were just a little too small for her,' says Emily, mum to Bethany and William. 'By age 8, however, she seemed more engaged with the set and loved playing with it. Now we've collected quite a few.'

The School is an accessible building with classrooms, office, and a stairwell with lockers, toilets and a lift. The clock is digital and has a school bell too. As with all Playmobil sets, it comes with loads of pieces, people and accessories that make the miniature play really realistic. 


Galt Toys, Nail Designer Kit, £14.99 - Amazon

Galt Toys, Nail Designer Kit, £14.99 - Amazon

If you wear nail varnish there's a high chance your child will have asked if they can wear polish too by now. Nail play sets for 8 year olds tend to include specially formulated polishes that are safe and suitable for children. They also include fun stickers and stamps that they can play with to get creative with nail art.

'You can’t go wrong with a toy like this for an 8 year old,' says our parenting and shopping expert Heidi Scrimgeour says. 'My daughter’s favourite thing to do is paint her nails with me, and anything that keeps my expensive nail polish safe is a hit with me!'

This set includes 7 different nail colours, 1 glitter varnish, 2 nail pens and a host of stickers and gems so your 8 year old will enjoy customising their nails over and over again, with or without friends.  


Throw Throw Burrito, £18.99 - Amazon

Throw Throw Burrito, £18.99 - Amazon

Throw Throw Burrito is a family friendly party game unlike any you may have played before. That's why we've added it to our list of best toys for 8 year olds.

It's a combination of a card games and dodgeball where players go head to head collecting cards, earning points and throwing squishy toy burritos at one another. Sounds fun, right? It is! And kids will find it hilarious too. 'This is a really silly game but my kids seem to love it every time we play,' says Susie, mum to Emilie and Charlotte.


Batman All-Terrain Batmobile Remote Control 1:15 Water-Resistant Vehicle, £58.80 - Smyths

Batman All-Terrain Batmobile Remote Control 1:15 Water-Resistant Vehicle, £58.80 - Smyths

Most 8-year-olds love playing with remote control cars, which is why we've included this as one of our suggestions for best toys for 8 year olds. With the Batman All-Terrain Batmobile, all surfaces inside and out are game. You can try it on wooden floors and carpets inside and also outside on grass, mud, through puddles and in water.

It comes with a 2.4GHz dual joystick remote control, which is USB rechargeable and gives you up to 25 minutes of playtime on a 60-minute charge. The control can also be used up to 100 feet away should kids want to test the boundaries. 'My kids love anything remote controlled,' says Emily, mum to Bethany and William. 'I don't think you need to be a fan of Batman to want to play with this car as the Batman styling is very discreet. It's also a very versatile car and you won't need to worry about it getting messy.'


Hot Wires: Plug and Play Electronics Set, £49.99 - Amazon

Hot Wires: Plug and Play Electronics Set, £49.99 - Amazon

Kids can learn about electronics in a safe and fun way with this Hot Wires: Plug and Play Electronics Set.

An 8 year old really can make exciting electric circuits within minutes using this kit. The set contains a booklet that explains how to create circuits with can power a fan, radio, buzzer, light and more. 

The components are enclosed in plastic and snap together with poppers, so there is no risk involved whatsoever. Once they understand the concepts of electronics, your 8 year old can create circuits of their own too, so it's a superbly fun and educational toy. 


Art Lab Pouring Studio, £20 - Argos

Art Lab Pouring Studio, £20 - Argos

Another art medium for 8 year olds to get to grips with, the Pouring Art Studio makes it easy to create unique works. 

Inside the box you’ll find 4 canvases, 5 paint bottles and some silicone oil, tools and decorations too.

With all this in mind, this Art Lab Pouring Studio gift will make sure your 8 year old creates the most eye-catching artworks. 'What I love most about this set is that it is designed so that everything is kept neatly in place,' says Jenny, mum to Logan and Becky. 'My kids love making pictures with special effects each time they use it.'


Rainbow High Special Edition Twins - NAOMI & VERONICA STORM - Fashion Dolls, £66.99 - Amazon

Rainbow High Special Edition Twins - NAOMI & VERONICA STORM - Fashion Dolls, £66.99 - Amazon

Rainbow High Dolls are very popular with 8 year olds. The good news is there’s a vast range of designs to choose from including this Special Edition Twins set.

The dolls come in a fashion outfit and a choice of accessories to dress them in, which include necklaces, a purse, hair combs and each doll has their own stand. 'My daughter loves playing dress up herself and even more so with these Rainbow High dolls,' says Emily, mum to Bethany and William. 'My daughter loves to collect dolls and already has her eye on Winter Break Violet Willow too, which includes a pair of skis in the box that double as a stand.'


Create Your Own Comic Book, £8.78 - Amazon

Create Your Own Comic Book, £8.78 - Amazon

Your 8 year old may have an interest in reading and perhaps even collecting comics. With this book, 8 years olds have the skills and imaginations to create their own comics inspired by the graphic novels and stories they like to read. We think it makes a great gift for any child that loves to draw and doodle.

There are 205 blank template pages in the book, with 15 action comic book page templates included to inspire. 'I'm a big fan of doodling as a form of relaxing,' says Emily, mum to Bethany and William. 'I think if you're keen on encouraging kids to draw and colour as a way to express themselves, this makes a great gift for a child, but also for an adult too.'


Janod Lucky Charms Jewellery Kit, £25.99 - John Lewis

Janod Lucky Charms Jewellery Kit, £25.99 - John Lewis

Whether it's learning the basics of needlework for fabric crafts, painting pottery or making clay models from scratch, crafting is a great way to enhance fine motor skills and imagination. We think this Jewellery Kit is a really classy gift for an 8 year old.

The kit has everything you need to make 16 bracelets and necklaces, including real stones and step-by-step instructions, should you need them.


Karaoke Wireless Microphone, £16.97 - Amazon

Karaoke Wireless Microphone, £16.97 - Amazon

Most kids love to perform and sing songs they've heard on the radio or learnt at school. Having some noisy fun with the Karaoke Wireless Microphone is a great way to burn up some energy and have fun. Kids will love being able to sing along to their favourite tunes and dance using this clever gadget. It really comes into its own at family parties too.

This clever gadget can be used as a bluetooth microphone, speaker, recorder and player, and even has its own built-in LED lights, which change along to the beat of your music, to add to the fun.

The microphone is compatible with all bluetooth devices and connects to a wide range of apps, so your kids can enjoy this wherever they have their music stored and comes in a range of colours to suit their style too. 


Poetry for Neanderthals, £19.99 - Amazon

Poetry for Neanderthals, £19.99 - Amazon

Poetry for Neanderthals is a competitive word-guessing game where you can only give clues by speaking in single syllables. So, instead of saying 'broccoli,' you'd say something like 'green thing you eat to live long and have good health.'

If you mess up and use a big word - such as 'vegetable' - you get bopped on the head with a NO! Stick. It's a game that forces you to explain complicated ideas using simple vocabulary. In short, it's great fun for the whole family and it will no doubt make you laugh along the way.


Micro Scooter Cruiser, £129.95 - Micro Scooters

Micro Scooter Cruiser, £129.95 - Micro Scooters

If you’re looking to upgrade your child’s scooter from 3 wheels to 2, you can’t go wrong with one of the latest designs from Micro Scooter. The Cruiser comes in 6 pop colours including a bold orange, blue, teal, pink, purple and black to suit. It has adjustable handlebars to accommodate riders from 110cm to 146cm tall.

What’s noticeably good about the Micro Scooter range is how stable the scooters feel for the rider. The large 200mm wheels on the sporty Cruiser are perfect for absorbing any bumpy roads so kids can scoot fast and smoothly - be it in the town or more leafy areas. This make’s it ideal for country roads and rough terrain, as well as for gliding along the path in the local park. There’s a low footplate that aids stability, and a kickstand and simple folding body, which makes it easy to store too - especially in the boot of the car. Team it with a Micro Scooter helmet for the ultimate gift idea for an 8 year old.


Ravensburger Pokemon Labyrinth Family Board Game, £19.99 - Amazon

Ravensburger Pokemon Labyrinth Family Board Game, £19.99 - Amazon

For any Pokemon fan who loves a puzzle, the Ravensburger Pokemon Labyrinth Family Board Game is sure to be a hit. The Pokemon board game sees players having to find the shortest route through the Labyrinth to win.

Up to 4 players can have a go at navigating their way through the labyrinth with the popular Pokemon characters including Pikachu, Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle. If you love the sound of this game, you may also want to check out the Harry Potter and Super Mario-style versions too.


Original Stationery Fluffy Ice Cream Slime Kit, £27.90 - Amazon

Original Stationery Fluffy Ice Cream Slime Kit, £27.90 - Amazon

This Ice Cream Slime Kit from Amazon has everything you need for a sensory, slime-play session. 'Slime delights kids and appalls parents in almost equal measure,' says mum and shopping editor Heidi Scrimgeour. 'But if you can, make your peace with slime and try to embrace your child’s love of it. After all, messy play is really good for growing brains.'

We think this tub is particularly good value for anyone wanting to embrace the slime trend and get messy. All kids love ice cream so no doubt they'll have great fun making Fluffy, Butter, Cloud and Foam slimes and more.

Fancy trying your hand at edible slime? We've got step-by-step instructions for making edible slime at home here.


Makey Makey - An Invention Kit for Everyone, £72.97 - Amazon

Makey Makey - An Invention Kit for Everyone, £72.97 - Amazon

Don't throw out the recycling! Save it for kids to team with this Makey Makey kit and get creative. Kids love to construct and this Makey Makey kit will allow them to turn everyday objects into anything.

They can use the kits to create their own controller and team is with items such as a banana, play-doh or even a graphite pencil. And if your 8 your old is a fan of this Makey Makey version, there are so many kits like this out there to choose from too for building robots, cars, droids and more.


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Ndcent Flier BMX Kids Bike, £104.99 - Robert Dyas

A bike will no doubt encourage physical activity and your 8 year old will enjoy upgrading their set of wheels with a shiny new version. A bike is something that kids can ride solo, with friends or as part of a group. A good bike will help build up a child's muscles, keep them fit and healthy and give them a sense of independence and more confidence.

We love the look of this NDcent Flier BMX Bike, which comes in a shiny pink finish. The 20inch wheel size will suit kids ranging from 7 up to 15 years, so a good value buy.

Ravensburger Scotland Yard Strategy Board Game, £14.99 - Amazon

Ravensburger Scotland Yard Strategy Board Game, £14.99 - Amazon

8 year olds like playing in groups and are better at working together at this age compared to when they were younger - we hope! A collaborative effort required by this Scotland Yard board game, that needs team effort to complete is a good way of nurturing the idea that it's ok to lose and it's good to work as part of a team.

If however you're looking for a board game for kids under 8, there's also the Ravensburger + Scotland Yard Junior you can try, which is best for kids age 6 and up.


Music Alley 1/2 Size Classical Acoustic Guitar, £29.99 - Amazon

Music Alley 1/2 Size Classical Acoustic Guitar, £29.99 - Amazon

By the age of 8, children have improved small muscle control, which makes learning and playing instruments both easier and more enjoyable. 

Nuture a child's creativity and ability to express themselves in a more artistic way by buying them musical instruments and maybe a few lessons to go with it. If you aren't able to get along to music lessons, a great place to start is by watching free guitar tutorials on YouTube.


Paint Your Own Unicorn Head Money Box, £5 - Hobbycraft

Paint Your Own Unicorn Head Money Box, £5 - Hobbycraft

Age 8 is when children may start to identify with being 'artistic', and as they build their social identities, their ability to express themselves creatively will grow. Allowing them to embrace their quickly developing artistic side and find focus and calm in arts and crafts is important. 

There are so many art kits out there to choose from, but you can't go wrong with something simple such as this Paint Your Own Unicorn, which is a snip at £5. Online, you'll find a host of other Pottery painting sets - from teapots and fairies, to animals, unicorns and rockets and more.


Monopoly Roald Dahl Edition, £32.21 - Amazon

Monopoly Roald Dahl Edition, £32.21 - Amazon

Kids loving playing board games with both friends and family as they provide an opportunity for fun quality time together. That's why another board game has made it onto our list for best toys for 8 year olds. Challenging games that require some strategic thinking are great for their development too. Plus, learning to lose and that you can't always win at everything is an important skill at this age – and one that a board game can definitely teach.

Monopoly comes in such a large range of Junior themes including Star Wars, Frozen, Trolls, Super Mario and more but we particularly like this classic Roald Dahl version. It's sure to be a hit if a child has read all the books first.


Enuff Skully Complete Skateboard, £37.95 - Skate Hut

Enuff Skully Complete Skateboard, £37.95 - Skate Hut

We all know that children grow up fast – one minute you're helping them get to grips with their very first balance bike, the next minute they come home from a friend's house having tried out skating for the very first time. 8 year olds have the balance and coordination skills to begin to master how to ride a skateboard, and with the right safety equipment, you can have peace of mind while they do it too.

We love this Enuff Skully Mini Skateboard from Skate Hut, which comes vibrantly finished with an Enuff Skully graphic, in either blue, green, black or pink. It features sturdy 129mm Decade trucks and high-quality components that will make skating as smooth as possible.


Loopy Looper Hoop Fidget Toy, £4.31 - Amazon

Loopy Looper Hoop Fidget Toy, £4.31 - Amazon

Help your 8 year old channel all that unexplained energy with the latest fidget toy to hit the shelves - the Loopy Looper. You may have seen Pob 'n' Flip bubble-popping fidget games and Squishy Bead Balls doing the rounds in the playground, but the Loopy Looper Hoop is the latest design to give kids - and adults - a bit of a challenge.

Once you’ve spun the toy, you have to try and land the marble ball in the hoop. It’s surprisingly satisfying and great as an office toy for adults as well as a fun gift for 8 year olds.


Build Your Own Beautiful Ladybird Kit, £9.99 - Amazon

Build Your Own Beautiful Ladybird Kit, £9.99 - Amazon

We love any toy that encourages mindfulness while building on those fine motor skills. Build Your Own combines both these qualities with its range of cardboard construction kits. This wonderful Mini Builds Ladybird kit, for example, is part of a range of mini-beast kits that also includes a honey bee, stag beetle and dragonfly that make for a great gift idea.

Each kit has a fun pull-tab action to bring the creation to life and up to 27 pieces to slot together. The great thing about these kits is that there is no glue involved, which keeps mess to a minimum and they provide the perfect task for any child aged 8 and up who is game for a challenge.


BuddyPhones Cosmos+, £85.99 - Amazon

BuddyPhones Cosmos+, £85.99 - Amazon

Noise-cancelling headphones with micro-usb charger, travel bag, blue-tooth capability, and long battery life (up to 24 hours on one charge). What's not to love. Well, let's  be honest the price may make you wince but according to our mum reviewer they're worth it. 

Our Family Editor Stephanie Lowe, reviewed these headphones for her 4-year-old son on a flight recently; "Yep, the cost made me low-level whistle too. But, trust me when I say these are worth it. My son used them throughout a week away, the flight, at dinner tables, in the morning when we needed a lie in and not once did he complain they hurt his ears; the padding is something else. He calls them his 'ear muffles' and he's not wrong, the noise cancelling is amazing. Another big tick for me is that they have safe audio volume limit, which means he won't damage his ears with all his button pressing accidentally turning the sound up. I love that the technology of the headphones will take your kids through to their gaming years, but the design isn't removable/changeable. At this cost I'd like the headphones to last him a fair few years."


While you're shopping for the best toys for eight-year-olds, you might also be interested in our guide to choosing the best toys for seven-year-olds. We've also got guides on choosing the best toys for nine-year-olds, the best toys for 10-year-olds and if you've got an Elsa fan, we've rounded up the best Frozen toys.

Emily Peck
Consumer Writer

Emily Peck is a lifestyle journalist with over 20 years’ experience writing for magazines, newspapers and websites. Emily writes in-depth reviews and features for Goodto covering the latest must-have products for the home, lifestyle, garden, parent and child. She has previously worked as in-house writer for BBC Good Homes and 25 Beautiful Homes and features editors at Ideal Home. 

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