The best toys for boys ages 8 - 10

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The best toys for boys ages 8 - 10
Choose toys for boys that cater to their hobbies or interests. (boys 3 image by Tino Hemmann from Fotolia.com)

Finding gifts for boys can be challenging. Eight- to 10-year-olds are especially difficult to buy for because some toys may be too young for them, but they are not quite teenagers yet. Boys in this age group are beginning to develop interests in different subjects; he may be discovering his passion for science, or his love for video games. Choose toys for boys that cater to these interests, and it will be the perfect gift.

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Spy Gadgets

If you have a miniature James Bond on your hand, he will love any type of spy gadget you buy him. There are a variety of high-tech and really cool spy toys on the market that will help him be the best spy possible. A gift such as the Bionic Ear, which can be purchased at websites such as ChinaVasion.com, allows your little spy listen to conversations that take place 20 to 30 meters away. Even better, if he wants proof, he can also record up to 12 seconds of audio. The Bionic ear includes a set of headphones and a listening device, and costs around £26.

Science Gifts

Even if he's on his way to being the next Albert Einstein, he is still a boy at heart, which means he loves gross and gooey things. A great science gift for boys is a kit that allows him to make his own slime or reconstruct and sculpt a human face. These types of kits will be of interest to him because they differ from the types of experiments he does in school, and they'll benefit you because they will help him learn. Kits such as the CSI: Forensic Facial Reconstruction Kit, and the Sci-Fi Slime Kit can be found at place such as Toys R' Us or Amazon.com.

Nintendo DS

Boys between 8 and 10, and most males in general, love video games. Video games can be stimulating to the mind, and are a great gift if your son gets enough physical activity as well. The Nintendo DS is a handheld gaming system that can be taken on the go, so it's ideal for travel, waiting rooms and rainy days. The Nintendo DS also has a variety of games that are also educational. Games for the Nintendo DS include traditional action games such as Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog as well as educational games that teach problem solving and strategy.

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