Gifts for 9 Year Old Boys
A Guide to the Best Gifts for 9 Year Old Boys
Now that your son is 9 years old, he will be changing and growing everyday. This year your son will grow about 6cm and will put on approximately 3 kg in weight! He will lose about 4 baby teeth which will be replaced by adult teeth. You’re probably wondering where the time has gone since he appears to be growing so fast. Our children grow at an alarming rate and so it is crucial to encourage and influence their development with toys and through play. At this age they will begin to take an interest in their own development and their communication skills will be very good and will be able to maintain good conversations. They will have made solid friendships, be more aware of their emotions and will sometimes feel the stress of school.
Your son is likely to be interested in sport by now and may want to explore the various sports such as football, tennis or martial arts. It is also important to encourage other types of exercise, especially if your son isn’t really interested in sport (which is perfectly normal for some boys). He may be interested in skateboarding, cycling or roller skating instead. Make sure to listen to your child, don’t push them towards something they don’t want because they will not stick at the sport if they don’t enjoy it. Encouraging enjoyment through exercise will instill a positive outlook on exercise that they will take with them into adulthood.
You may already know what your son enjoys, in terms of being creative but there is nothing wrong with introducing other forms of creativity if your child is interested. If you haven’t already encouraged your son to take up music, now is a good time. Children at this age are often attracted to the cooler instruments like guitar, bass or drums. Maybe your child enjoys at certain type of music or has a favourite band, this is always a good start in peeking their interest in music. Your son may enjoy art over music, in which case there are a multitude of paints, crafts and tools you can provide in order to influence your son’s artistic talents.
Our child’s confidence is developed through reward and recognition of talents and contributions in the home. It is very important to identify and recognise your son’s talents and verbally express your approval when you see them. Providing nourishment for those talents is equally as important so you must provide the relevant tools and gifts to improve their talents.
If you have not already, it may be a good time to introduce your son to the art of model building. Young boys sometimes enjoy building model aeroplanes, trains or cars and there is a vast array of choices when it comes to modelling. Maybe they would be more interested in something modern like building robots, spacecrafts or other machines. Modelling can be introduced in many different ways such as with arts and crafts (clay, dough or wood) or maybe with specially designed kits where all the materials and tools are included. Always check the desired age range on any models you buy for your children.
Now that your son is 9, his cognitive capabilities are strengthening. He will understand longer words and will be able to calculate more difficult math equations. Ensure you keep your books up to date and make sure you are challenging your son at every opportunity. Reading is great nourishment for the mind and will develop your son’s imagination. There are also board games that encourage learning, so make sure you look at games that include facts and information.
We talked about sports at the beginning and sports are a great way to encourage your son to be social. Group sports and games are important to develop those social skills, skills that will be priceless when your child becomes an adult. Skills developed now will be taken in to adulthood and will form the basis of their personality. This is why it is of utmost importance. Social skills can also be achieved through computer games but it is important to encourage face to face, physical play and not just allow your child to socialise online.