Christmas present ideas for an eight year old boy

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Christmas present ideas for an eight year old boy
You can find the perfect toy your eight year old boy will love. (Getty Images)

Shopping for an eight year old boy's Christmas present can be a challenge, but there are many choices in this age range for kids with a variety of interests. As you look through the science and nature toys, sports-related toys and games, you will discover the perfect Christmas present for the boy on your gift list.

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Science and nature toys

Fascinated by science and nature, many eight year old boys would love to receive a present from this category. Planet Frog, a live frog habitat from Uncle Milton Industries, Inc., is escape-proof, break-resistant and comes with plastic plants and a pond. Zero Toys offers the Zero Blaster, a toy gun that launches fog rings up to 4 m (14 feet) by using the same non-toxic liquid use to make special effects fog in films. The Voice Changer, from Schylling, lets kids change, distort, and lower their voices with push-button settings. Thames & Kosmos has a Physics Discovery Kit that comes with supplies to build 12 models that demonstrate fundamentals of mechanical physics and teaches kids about simple machines and forces.

Sports-related toys

If the eight year old boy on your list is into sports, consider the Discovery Channel's Virtual Distance Football, an American football which measures how far you throw or kick the ball. PlayTV Snowboarder, from Radica, is a plug-and-play video game that includes a realistic snowboard controller that lets the player feel like he's hitting the slopes for real. Pro Performance Sports offers a Pro Mini Hoop, a realistic-looking basketball goal that can be installed indoors on the back of a door. The Safe Aim Archery Set, from One Step Ahead, includes safe suction-cup arrows, a target, a stand, and an easy-to-pull bow.

Games

The large variety of games for this age makes this a fun shopping category. The Spill Your Guts Human Body Game, from Learning Resources, allows kids to pretend to be surgeons. Hearthsong has a best-selling game, the Domino Race Set, in which you compete to see who can make the fastest-falling domino line. Magnetic Silly Faces, from Lee Publications, lets kids mix and match magnetic facial features to make hundreds of silly faces. The Nerf Dart Tag Targeting Set is a dartboard game that encourages kids to have exciting Nerf battles.

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