For 10 years now I’ve been sharing my favorite products and gifts for kids are a specific age. Now that my oldest is about to turn 10, I’m ready to share some favorite gift ideas she’s received or used this past year as an active 9 year old.
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As always, this list is brought down by common categories and is easy to shop for the 9 year old in your life: Games, arts and crafts, outdoor items, accessories and books. Sift through the list to find a gift for a 9 year old you love!
- Rubix Cube – Seems so basic but this was one of my 9 year old’s favorite toys last year! We watched a youtube video teaching how to solve it and it became her obsession, beating her time. She can do it under one minute making this a great fidget toy for the car or at home.
- Timer – Ok this isn’t a game persay, but we do use it a lot in our house for game play. How long she’s allowed on the computer, how fast she can complete a game, how quickly she can solve the above listed Rubix cube. You’d be surprised how much you can use a timer like this, especially a cute pink one!
- Tapple – This fast word game is fun to do with the topics in the card pack or to make up your own! You have a certain amount of time to name things that fit the topic starting with the remaining letters in the game. Example: Pizza toppings, School Subjects or Ice Cream Flavors. Fun for adults and kids alike.
- Farkle Dice Game – I’ll admit that the instructions took up a game or two to fully understand but once we did, we were hooked! It became a game we played for our family game night before bed and is another one I’d say it fun for kids and adults alike!
- Sunglasses – These came courtesy of the Easter bunny but I happen to have a hook up on where we got it. (wink wink) My 9 year old has a smaller size face and the 46 mm fit her fine, but if your 9 year old is a little on the more average to large size, you might opt for the 49mm. They had a mirrored front, comfort ear grips and came with both a soft case and cleaning cloth. They look much more mature than the junky plastic glasses you find at the Target dollar spot.
- Shower cap – With an active sports schedule, there are times when the kids need a quick shower but don’t need to necessary wash their hair. This 4 pack of shower caps comes in adorable prints and fits both my 9 and 7 year olds.
ARTS AND CRAFTS/STEM
- Hapi nest Make Your Own Flower Crowns – This was a cute kit she got for her 9th birthday and we saved for a spring day. The kit was easy enough to complete with limited adult supervision and was enjoyed by her and her 7 year old sister.
- GAVIYE Clay beads kit –This bead kit is pretty cool as they actually look trendy and not just plastic junk once you make them! My 9 year old does need help starting and finishing it with the clasps, but I have jewelry tools in my craft collection to help with that part.
- 4M Crystal Science Kit – I love seeing science through my kids eyes! Fair warning, like most crystal growing kits, it should be noted that this isn’t an immediate science kit but one that’s more about check ins and reviews. But the kids loved to do the actual material setting process and checking on their growth over a week. Afterwards we ended up with the crystals seen above!
- Klutz Make Clay Charms Kit – This instructional book and craft kit is very easy for kids to follow! I love that the book shows you the exact size ball you need of each clay color, plus step by step instructions to create the mini food, animal and character charms seen inside. We use a piece of wax paper down at our kitchen island as their working mat and my 9 year old made them all summer.
- Sisters by Raina Telgemeier – I know from my time volunteering at my daughters’ elementary school that lots of girls love these “graphic novels” from Raina Telgemeier. Smile and Guts are also popular titles by this author that they have checked out repeatedly from our town and school libraries during the school year.
- Click by Kayla Miller – Another graphic novel author featuring a 5th grade girl and her friends. My 9 year old has also checked out and read Camp by this author.
My 9 year old played travel softball and recreation basketball but many of these sports items cross over for multiple sports and are, of course, not gender specific!
- Cooling Towel – We spend a lot of time on the softball field on hot spring and summer days so she loves having her cooling towel there! We add water and put it in a Ziploc bag and it keeps cool for a while. I wash it and as it dries it gets stiff. Wet it again and it’s all good for another day on the field!
- Snow Bib Pants – If you’re in an area known for snowy days, these are the snow big pants that we love! I top is made of a fleece style zip up vest with velcro to adjust the tightness on the shoulders. The pants then are made like any snow pant which are wind and water resistant. We’ve owned these for several winters and love them for ice skating rinks too!
As I shared, I’ve been doing this list since she was born so feel free to peruse the lists for younger age groups and save this post for the holiday season!