Gifts for 8 Year Old Boys
Your 8 year old boy and how to choose the best gift for him
At 8 years old your boy is starting to show signs of the adult he is becoming. It is important to do all that is necessary to aid this development in the best way possible in order to give him a happy and healthy future. Development can be broken down into multiple categories each with equal importance and those being, social skills, confidence, creativity, knowledge, dexterity, health and fitness. Here at Good Old Gifts we have put together a selection of gifts that can aid in the development in each of these areas as well as picking out the most popular, highest rated and the ones that we think he will enjoy them most.
Social and communication skills are so important in an adult life and essential in all top level careers. In order to get the best out of your 8 year old’s social skills, it is a good idea to consider gifts than can be used multiplayer or as part of a team. This can include anything from board games to sports equipment as successfully competing or winning as part of a team can only be achieved by communication or and awareness and understanding of the other players.
It is important for your boy to gain confidence in what he does best whether that is creativity, social skills, intellect or dexterity. This can be done by encouraging his best skills and help him gain confidence with positive reinforcement. By the age of 8 you will know what areas he naturally excels in and so confidence will come once putting these skills to use and being told how well he does it.
When people think of creativity they usually think of art and lean towards gifts based on painting and drawing. Whilst this is a perfectly suitable option if your 8 year old boy enjoys arts and crafts it is worth also noting that his creativity can also be expressed through other means too. Kids have a wild imagination that in some cases stay with them for life and how best to develop their creativity than through this? Gifts such as construction sets and Lego allow him to build anything he can think of and toys that encourage pretend play such as dress up items, masks and props are all great ways to encourage the use of his imagination and therefore express his creativity.
It can be argued that knowledge is up there with the most useful of traits a young child can take through to adulthood. We’ve all heard the term “start them young” and there’s a good reason for this. Children’s brains are different to that of a full grown adult, they are like a sponge for knowledge, most of what they learn at this age will stay with them for life. For this reason it is a great idea to consider books based on a topic that your 8 year old boy has an interest in. There are also many games that can be played based on general knowledge or topics that could prove useful to help him learn for school such as history or geography. Science based gifts such as chemistry sets can also be a great way to have fun and learn at the same time.
Health and Fitness
Your boy’s health and fitness can be best helped by encouraging them to be physically active. By the age of 8 you’ll find that a lot of boys now love playing xbox, playstation or can be glued to gaming on a tablet and while this is not bad for motor skills such as hand eye coordination, it can cause them to be sedentary for long periods of time. It is important to encourage them to ‘get outside’, minimise that screen time and be active for a set amount of time each day. Not only will this keep them fit and help develop their growing muscles, but will also allow them to spend energy which will allow them to sleep better at night. When considering gifts in this area, think about sports equipment such as balls or baseball sets, props that allow pretend play and items that allow full body engagement like water slides or paddling pools.
2-Pack Laser Tag Game
Lazer tag guns are an action packed and fun multiplayer game. They can be played with safely indoors or outdoors.
There’s no need to wear a vest or buy ammo because the gun recognizes when you’ve been shot by a lazer and sends a reactive vibration. The blasters have some cool features. When the blaster is fired, there is a recoil that simulates a real gun. You also only have 10 shots before having to initiate the reload function.
All blasters are compatible with each other, so more than 2 players can play in a game. The manufacturer recommends it’s suitable for children ages 8+, however, there are no small parts and the guns are easy to operate. You can also set the number of lives for each player so older children can have a handicap if necessary.