The Toys Your 9-Year Old Will Love, According to Experts
Since 9-year-olds are breaking out of that in-between stage — they're almost in the double-digit ages — they probably want to play with all kinds of toys and games that might actually be meant for kids outside of their age group. But don't worry: We've got recommendations for age-appropriate, exciting toys and gifts for 9-year-old boys that they'll still find cool, from laser-chasing race cars to robots that can transform into something entirely different to drones that can actually be controlled by a 9-year-old.
In order to find the very best gifts for kids, the Good Housekeeping Institute regularly evaluates toys to make sure they're well-constructed, easy to assemble and safe to play with. Each summer, we bring kid testers to our "Little Lab" to help us decide which toys are the best overall (and which ones we should skip altogether), based on how often they return to a toy or game and how long they stayed engaged with it — that's how you know you can trust all of our recommendations below. (The best of the best are included in our Good Housekeeping Best Toy Awards.)
But if you do want to veer into toys and games that are a little older or younger, you can also see our recommendations for best toys and gifts for 9-year-old girls, 8-year-old boys, 8-year-old girls, 10-year-old boys and 10-year-old girls. Or, if you have more kids on your list, you can check out Good Housekeeping's other gift guides for kids of all ages, from toys for 2-year-olds to gifts for teen boys.
These are the best toys and gifts for 9-year-old boys in 2021:
The best toys and gifts for 9-year-old boys include cars, robots, STEM toys, games and more — according to kids, parents and parenting experts.