Educational 8th Birthday Gifts

    28th September, 2019

From arts and crafts to science experiments, you're sure to find something amazing for the 8 year old in your life!

Some kids are identifying as either "athletic" or "artsy" at this point in their development. They're also becoming even more independent and working through solving their own problems. They can focus for much longer periods of time, which means a single game or activity can stretch over days, rather than moments. This list of fun gift ideas for kids stilulate their minds and encourage mental growth as well.

Arduino Starter Kit - English Official Kit

* good instruction booklet that you progressively move into * good website * all the parts explained, either in the book or on the website * good range of projects * comprehensive -- has everything you need plus some spares / extras * self contained -- no soldering or tools required * nicely packaged

The Arduino Starter Kit - English Official Kit With 170 Page Book is such a fun gift for teens. It has parts and detailed instructions for 14 and 15-year-olds to build 15 different projects. Among the projects, they can create a musical instrument to play by waving their hands or tap out a secret code to open the door. Teens will love to start programming with the Arduino uno board!

littleBits Rule Your Room Kit

It has a lot of potential, and it's very versatile. It's a great creative toy. You can make art out of it. You can use it to build. The sky's the limit.

This fantastic invention kit minimizes screen time for both kids and teens - any child wanting to take some control over their room will love it. The littleBits Rule Your Room Kit helps kids and teens develop engineering and problem-solving skills while creating interactive inventions that combine the kit with anything they already own. This fun gift for teens inspires them to make many inventions but gives them step-by-step instructions for 8 of them, with a bonus challenge.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Hobby Rock Tumbler Kit

Works really well and my daughter is having great fun choosing stones from the beach and garden to polish. I was very happy with my purchase of a 'Hobby Rock Tumbler' first stage results were impressive I now look forward to the next and final stages. The kit was complete with a selection of semi precious stones, 4x grit grades and easy to follow instructions.

The NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Hobby Rock Tumbler Kit gets kids to enhance their rock collection or to start a new one. This fantastic science gift for kids includes a tumbler, sifter, learning guide, four polishing grits, plus nine types of real rough gemstones. This tumbler makes even the most irregular rocks look like dazzling gemstones with a simple, one-touch setting.

Avengers Hero Inventor Kit

My daughters and I have spent a couple hours experimenting with the Inventor Kit, and have had a great time. The companion app is intuitive and walks you through all of the steps of creating circuits, testing them, and then customizing them.

A fun gift for kids who love the Avengers movies, this toy turns them into superheroes. Suitable from age 8 through to 15, kids will be able to create unique superhero identities and powers, with electronic building blocks that snap together to turn circuits into inventions.

GeoSafari Micropro 48-Piece Microscope Set

This is really good value for the money and my daughter loves it. Seems easy enough to use, and the kit that comes with it is great, allowing for beginner exploration to spark the imagination and a desire for more.

Not a toy, but rather a scientific instrument, the Educational Insights GeoSafari Micropro 48-Piece Microscope Set makes a fantastic science gift for kids. The glass eyepieces and power settings provide users with superior precision viewing (from 50x to 600x), and high-quality components make this microscope set great for learning science.

Learning Resources Crashapult STEM Challenge

This set surprised me because it is very simple but has kept my kids entertained. I like that the box is a sturdy cardboard one that I can store everything in. It has got my kids thinking about cause and effect and problem solving. Definitely a set to get kids thinking!

This STEM-themed activity set is a fantastic way you can help kids learn about concepts such as angles, trajectories, and many other physics fundamentals. The engaging Learning Resources Crashapult STEM Challenge features challenges with multiple difficulty levels. It’s a fabulous 6th birthday gift option: the kid-powered catapult is so much fun.

Primary Science Lab Activity Set

This minilab is the cutest science gift for kids out there! With the Learning Resources Primary Science Lab Activity Set, kids will explore and experiment with real science tools, but suitable for little hands. This colorful set for beginners includes a beaker, a funnel, test tubes, magnifying glass, and more, all made of durable plastic. The kit also features some cards with fun, easy-to-do experiments .

Ravensburger GraviTrax Marble Run

I bought this set as a birthday gift for my 8-year-old nephew. It's the perfect gift for a child who likes building things. I like that you can create it 100 different ways so it doesn't get old. It's a great way to have early science discussions about gravity and force while also having fun.

This original marble run toy made with high-quality material provides fun and learning! The Ravensburger GraviTrax Marble Run and STEM Toy features 122 pieces, and the interactive track system of the game allows kids to design their own race tracks. While doing that, they use concepts of gravity, kinetics, and magnetism to propel their ball to the finish. This fantastic toy makes an excellent, screen-free 8th birthday gift.

Lego Chain Reactions Science & Building Kit

Ideal present - easy to make and lots of fun for techy minded kids. It is basically a series of small projects that link together to a larger 'Chain Reaction'.

Young LEGO lovers will adore the Lego Chain Reactions Science & Building Kit. This fantastic instructional book comes with 33 LEGO elements, 6 LEGO balls, 8 paper ramps, 1 paper funnel, 2 pop-up paper signs, and more. The 80-page book makes a fabulous 8th birthday gift - it has crystal clear instructions for children to build over 10 fantastic moving machines with their own legos and the ones included.

Learning Resources Botley the Coding Robot

What a great toy. It is very easy to demonstrate to a 5 year old. She just took off with the concepts and loves instructing Botley where to move. Really impressed with the obstacle detection of this robot and also the line following capabilities. He is really fun to play with and a good robot design.

Botley, the Coding Robot is a kid’s best friend. This fantastic screen-free play can teach kids to code, which makes Botley a tremendous 8th birthday gift to develop STEM skills. It doesn’t require phones or tablets - Botley has the Smart logic function, which allows it to identify objects and dodge them. He can also follow black-line paths, looping commands, and take on obstacle courses. He even has hidden features to unlock.

Snap Circuits Jr. Electronics Exploration Kit

These are Great for teaching young children are older children or anybody even about electricity about energy , about sensors about solar about how cameras work . This will be perfect for any parent to buy a child and teach their child all about electricity. I would consider it the number one way to teach a child about electricity. Quality product.

Kids can learn electronics by seeing firsthand how electrical circuits run the everyday devices they're familiar with. The Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Exploration Kit does that, and that's why it makes an excellent science gift for kids. This kit features over 30 components that can be used to create 101 different electronic projects, like the creation of a sound-activated switch, a voice-controlled lamp, a musical doorbell, a flying saucer, and a light police siren.

Anki Cozmo, A Fun, Educational Toy Robot for Kids

I bought this robot about a year ago and everytime that I have turned him on and played with him up to this day makes me feel so excited. What I enjoy most about cozmo is that his app gets updated very frequently and it makes you want to go and explore more about what he can do. Cozmo is a great robot and what he can do can never get old.

A real-life robot, Cozmo is any kid’s sidekick. This amazing toy is a fantastic 8th birthday gift for kids who want to learn how to code creatively. They can use Explorer Mode to see things from Cozmo’s perspective, or they can challenge it to games. Cozmo requires a compatible iOS or Android device plus the free Cozmo app, the kit includes 3 cubes and 1 charger.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Dino Fossil Dig Kit

Good fun for my 8 year old, he was very excited to fun actual fossils in the kit. I had hoped it would take him more than an hour to deal with it, but money well spent nevertheless.

Everyone knows a kid who will go nuts when they see a real dinosaur fossil. The NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Dino Fossil Dig Kit is one of the best science gifts for kids - it features 3 genuine dinosaur fossils: a dinosaur bone, mosasaur tooth, and dinosaur poop. This educational adventure allows children to dig up these fossils in some hands-on exploration and start their rock collection (if they didn’t have one already)..

Lego Chain Reactions Science & Building Kit

Ideal present - easy to make and lots of fun for techy minded kids. It is basically a series of small projects that link together to a larger 'Chain Reaction'.

Young LEGO lovers will adore the Lego Chain Reactions Science & Building Kit. This fantastic instructional book comes with 33 LEGO elements, 6 LEGO balls, 8 paper ramps, 1 paper funnel, 2 pop-up paper signs, and more. The 80-page book makes a fabulous 8th birthday gift - it has crystal clear instructions for children to build over 10 fantastic moving machines with their own legos and the ones included.

Gskyer Telescope, German Technology Telescope

Bought this as a gift for a very good friend. She was so excited. Telescope was packaged well. Has a very nice carrying case. Lens are each in a case of their own. Very fast delivery ,well packed easy to set up works well ,the grandkids and i just love it

Kids deserve a high-quality telescope to see meteor showers. The Gskyer Telescope, AZ50350 German Technology Telescope is a wonderful gift for kids who love to stargaze. It features 50mm large aperture lens that makes the images brighter and more precise, two replaceable eyepieces and a 3x Barlow lens. The carrying bag is great to keep out dust or to take the telescope and tripod on stargazing travel.

Jr. SC-100 Electronics Exploration Kit

I have to admit - it's better than I expected. These are Great for teaching young children are older children or anybody even about electricity about energy , about sensors about solar about how cameras work . Fantastic gift for kids

With the Snap Circuits Jr., children will play for hours, building working circuits with the game’s over 100 different projects. This fantastic game makes a thoughtful 8th birthday gift, it’s educational and develops strong STEM/STEAM abilities. The safe circuit technology allows kids to explore through different, exciting projects, gaining knowledge through fun!

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Mega Crystal Growing Lab

Excellent crystal yield and the colors remain vibrant for a longer period than most kits. Materials provided were high quality. Sample stones provided were also really cool and a nice touch.

Did you know crystals can grow? With the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Mega Crystal Growing Lab, kids can watch it happen. This fantastic science gift for kids allows them to grow crystals in 8 different colors in a super easy way - they just need water and the two ingredients included on the lab kit. The kit also features a night light display, where kids can show off their 5 favorite home-grown crystals.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Volcano Science Kit

Excellent volcano kit -very clear and easy instructions, the kids loved painting it and the volcanic eruption worked! Great kit - although it is small but my son loved doing all of this ... from mixing the clay waiting to it to set, painting it and then doing the experiment. Would definitely recommend great for any boy or girl and bonus is they learn from it

This complete science kit is one of the best hands-on experiments out there. The famous volcano from science fairs is lame compared to the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Volcano Science Kit. It makes a fantastic 8th birthday gift for science lovers, that features literally everything kids need to create a majestic volcano and make it erupt! It teaches kids about geology, earth science, and chemistry, while having a lot of fun.

Nature Bound Bug Catcher with Habitat Bucket

Such a fun kit. Lots of nice containers and tools for catching bugs. Good quality plastic containers.

The Nature Bound Bug Catcher with Habitat Bucket and 7 Piece Nature Exploration Set includes bug tongs, net, pipette, magnifying glass, tweezers, activity booklet, a storage bucket, and more. It makes a lovely science gift for kids who love to stay in contact with nature and to study bugs. The colorful activity booklet also teaches kids about various kinds of insects, which helps them learn biology concepts early on.

5,000 Awesome Facts About Everything!

This is my go to gift for children's birthdays. The pictures are colorful and the facts are very interesting and straight forward. Be prepaired to hear lots and lots of random facts all day when your child gets obsessed with this book. No, but seripusly it's a fun book my son really enjoys reading through it and learning something new. We've had this book for a few years now and its still one of his favorites.

The 5,000 Awesome Facts (About Everything!) by National Geographic Kids is a fantastic eighth birthday gift for curious children. With extremely organized two-page spreads, this is a fun-filled book that bursts with facts on topics kids love. Peanut butter and sharks are a few subjects that make this book appealing and exciting. Packed with tips about toys and games, 5,000 Awesome Facts is a must for any kid's bookshelf.

Nancy B's Science Club AquaScope Journal

Got it for a birthday kid who dreams about to become a marine biologist. Awesome educations and fun toy. Comes with a journal (pictures, projects and notes). Kid was supper happy and looking forward to explore the marine life!

With the Educational Insights Nancy B's Science Club AquaScope and Activity Journal, kids can explore the wonders of life underwater without getting wet. This excellent science gift for kids will get them to head to the shore and explore with a telescoping underwater viewer with 5x magnification featuring built-in LED lights, a ruler, and a thermometer.

LEGO MINDSTORMS Robot Kit with Remote Control

This is an awesome set and a big hit with the kids. Instructions are well laid out and easy to follow. Great Kit with Huge Learning Opportunity

One of the best available stem gifts for kids, the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 31313 Robot Kit with Remote Control for Kids, allows them to build and code a fully-functional robot that walks, talks, and even plays games and completes tasks. This STEM toy gets everyone to build a robot and learn about engineering.

AppScope Quick Attach Microscope

Kids who love science and understanding of how the world works will treasure the AppScope Quick Attach Microscope. This adorable science gift for kids features a microscope that attaches to any smart phone or tablet. When attached, it has the ability to magnify items up to 30x their regular size so that kids can take pictures from their phones!

Bit Coding Robot

My son uses ozobots at school, and he was thrilled to get his own for home. This product arrived sooner than promised and was just as described. Everything needed to get started with an ozobot is included.

The pocket-sized Bit Coding robot is a child’s best friend. This toy teaches kids color coding through some screen-free fun. This robot is a fantastic 10th birthday gift idea, great for building early STEAM skills. It offers two ways to code, and the box includes a LED light, optical sensors, a tough Polycarbonate shell, and an online activity library.

Kano Harry Potter Coding Kit

I bought this wand as a present a 9 year old and am delighted with it! Opening the box had a real wow factor for both my niece and myself (she loved the spells poster and the stickers - very nice touch). The Harry Potter challenges and spells are super fun and are entertaining enough to keep the kids interest up trying to solve the puzzles.

A must for Harry Potter lovers, the Kano Harry Potter Coding Kit is a fantastic DIY kit that shows kids ways to use a Bluetooth Coding Wand. By doing that, they can make magic, with a wave, a twirl, and a twist, and learn to code with 70+ step-by-step creative challenges. This fantastic 8th, 9th or 10th birthday gift allows kids to make feathers fly, fire flow, goblets multiply, pumpkins grow, and more!

Kid Athletes: Tales of Childhood from Sports Legends

I bought several copies of this for the young athletes, in our family. They had favorites, in the book, and have enjoyed the read! This was just another way to expose our kids to great athletes and it shows how they, too, have everyday lives and struggles.

Children should read biographies to get inspired by other people’s experiences in life. That’s why the “Kid Athletes: True Tales of Childhood from Sports Legends” makes an excellent 8th birthday gift idea. Kids will find out that Danica Patrick, the race car champion, fended off bullies who told her “girls can’t drive,” that the baseball legend Babe was a troublemaker, and more. The stories are described along with full-color cartoon illustrations on every page.

Snap Circuits Sound Electronics Exploration Kit

My 9 year old son absolutely loves Snap Circuits. He loves to use the instruction book to build/make different designs and has started to explain to me how all the parts fit to make a circuit. I have to admit I'm clueless at how to make any of those but he is obsessed with them and plays with them all the time. They also are very durable.

This amazing sound exploration kit includes DIY projects where kids can understand the nature of sound and build their own instruments. Snap Circuits Sound Electronics Exploration Kit is a lovely science gift for kids who like music, especially. It features a keyboard with an optical theremin and includes echo effects, color changing light, voice recorder, and changer.

Crazy Forts - 69 Pieces

This is one of the coolest toys I have ever purchased for my kids. This has been by far my son's favorite Christmas gift this year and I'm sure we'll get plenty more use out of this set. Recommended! This is an ideal toy for any child that likes to build dens. Lots of fun had making different styles and keeps kids entertained for hours. Recommended.

Kids love to build forts - the Crazy Forts toy makes everything easier and funnier. This set features 69 pieces, which include 44 reinforced sticks and 25 geometrically precise balls made of solid plastic. The Crazy Forts set makes a fantastic 8th birthday gift for a child - it’s durable, portable, easy to build, and promotes collaborative play. More sets may be added for even more fun and bigger forts!

Thames and Kosmos Air-Stream Machines Science Kit

The Thames and Kosmos Air-Stream Machines Science Kit uses nothing but air power and some AA batteries to make magic happen. This excellent science gift for kids gets them to build a working hovercraft and many other air-driven vehicles - they can glide across flat waters or smooth floors, on cushions of air.

Why? Over 1,111 Answers to Everything

This is a stellar book for young readers. The colors and overall presentation are engaging. This is a great way to give kids a taste of science - to peak their initial interest and encourage them to perform additional research.

Children are curious enough to ask the 1,111 questions this book can answer. The "National Geographic Kids Why?: Over 1,111 Answers to Everything" is an incredible 8th birthday gift option for those who seek reliable information or just want to learn some additional fun facts to share with their friends. This book is jam-packed with info like weird-but-true facts, top ten lists, cool activities, and explorer profiles.

Laser Maze Logic Game and STEM Toy

My 10 year old son is obsessed with this game. He loves figuring out each maze. It makes him use problem solving skills and logic. This is a great toy for an only child whose parents can't entertain the child every minute. He choses this over video games! Now that is saying something.

This logic game is super easy to learn and poses many challenges for kids. The ThinkFun Laser Maze (Class 1) Logic Game and STEM Toy for Boys and Girls is a laser maze, that builds reasoning and planning skills with its multilevel challenges, and provides a stealth learning experience for young players. It makes a fantastic science gift for kids who love lasers and problem-solving games.

GoldieBlox and The Spinning Machine

Great idea/concept of matching story with the toy. I love that it encourages little girls to get involved with building and things that are typically deemed “boy“ activities. I love it so much I gave it to my niece for Christmas too!

The lovely science gift for kids introduces the real-life STEM concept of a belt drive. GoldieBlox and The Spinning Machine features GoldieBloc, the world's first girl engineer character. It makes a fantastic gift for kids, who will learn some engineering concepts and principles through screen-free play. This award-winning toy features 34 pieces, including a 49-page storybook, 5 animal figurines, and 9 additional build ideas.