What do 7 year olds like to play with?

I’ve recently had another baby – that makes three now. The second youngest is 2, and the oldest is now reach that tricky age of 7. It’s his birthday next week, and I’ve been racking my brains on ideas for gifts that I can get him to celebrate his 7th birthday.

Of course, the first thing that came to my mind was technology. All kids nowadays seem to want what their friends have, and as Joseph (my sons) friend just got a new tablet, this is what he wanted too. But, I took a vow not to let my kids have tablets and mobile phones until they were a little older, so this isn’t going to be of any use to me!

Here’s my short list of ideas of what 7 year olds like to play with. FYI – I have a niece who’s 7 too, so although this list might seem biased towards boys – she likes the same toys my son does too!

Toy Guns

My youngest is obsessed with toy guns, but I’ve held off from giving him anything that you can actually fire yet. I’m a little dubious of giving him something that actually has ammo, but I might treat him to paintball soon. For this reason, I think that getting a good laser tag set might be the best option for a 7 year old if they’re interested in that type of stuff.

Get them a long range set for laser tag too and you can get them outside so they’re not cooped up indoors all day. One of the hardest things about raising kids nowadays is keeping them outside before they come in and go on their games consoles!

Toy Games

Although my oldest doesn’t like most games, there are a few that I can convince him in to playing pretty easily. I try to steer clear of anything intellectually stiimulating as a gift – I don’t think the kids would be too happy getting chess as a birthday gift! But things like giant jenga are an awesome gift for a 7 year old. If you’re on a budget, you can also look at making your own DIY jenga too!

I try not to get my kid too many console games otherwise I’d never get him out of his bedroom!

GO Kart Racing

Not all gifts have to be something physical. Another good idea is to get your kids a day out that you can spend with them (again, getting them out of the house!).

Go kart racing is a great idea that is fun for the entire family. It isn’t super expensive, and you don’t need to be worried about the speed of the go karts if you find a good place to go. Of course, if you don’t want to go on the go karts yourself then it’s a good idea to invite some of your kids friends to play with them Nothing worse than karting alone!


These are just a few of the idea that I’ve had recently that I think will make awesome presents for my kid in the future – especially with my youngests birthday approaching fast!

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