When boys hit their tween years of 10, 11, and 12 their energy knows no bounds. This is an age of friends, learning, playing, and investigating.
Finding gifts for a ten or eleven year old boy isn't too difficult because he has an avid interest in quite a few things. He's a collector and an investigator. It's an age to be discovering how and why things work the way they do.
His hobbies are a great area to theme his gift but there are many other items to stimulate his imagination as well. This is an age of many interests, hobbies, and talents, some that he may not even be aware he has yet.
Kids love to get outside and play but they also enjoy their quiet time too. Computers, video games, and other tech gadgets are hot items with children today so expect those items to possibly top his wish list.
Generally Boys can be Quite Active
Children just naturally seem to come equipped with a ton of energy that needs to be burned off on a regular basis. This means that they require a bare minimum of one hour a day in physical play and should get in much more if they are able to.
Keeping kids active wasn't much of an issue in the past but today there are more than a few items to distract them from that goal. Computers, video games, and the T.V. can all be habits which encourage kids away from activities which would otherwise have them bouncing around in active play.
Children also spend a large part of their day at school and that can involve a lot of desk time as well. When they get home they need to exert some of the excess energy they keep bottled up during the day.
When shopping for good gift ideas for a 10 or 11 year old boy keep physical fitness in the theme.
Let's Talk Tech Because You Know it is Stuff That he Loves
Unlike our generation kids today are raised on computers. Some of the most requested gift items by kids are video games systems, a laptop, a tablet, a smart phone, and also a stereo and headphones for the music he enjoys.
The recommended age for a smart phone is 8+ so at ten or eleven he is well into the appropriate age group for this gift item. Family plans are generally the best way to introduce kids into their first phone so be sure to check out to find the best available plan to suit your family's needs.
The delightful aspect of technology gifts is that they also allow for a wealth of accessories to be added on to these products. If you know which gadgets he owns then you can accessorize with games, music CD's and gift cards, phone skins or vouchers, new keyboard, mouse, and mouse pads. If unsure just ask someone close to him and I'm sure they can let you know what he is interested in.
Minecraft is a New Game Every Time and Kids Love it
Tweens and Even Teens Still Love Lego's
Lego is a classic toy that never seems to lose its appeal. Of course the Lego creators keep their games exciting by constantly bringing out new kits and figures to align with popular movies and video games.
Minecraft, zombies, transformers, batman, star wars, and so very many more themes are available in these popular building toys and kids love to collect their favorites.
What really makes this gift so appealing is that children can never seem to have too much or too many. The sets intertwine and the more bricks he has then the larger and more complex a project he can create. Legos are great for single play or for playing with a group of friends.
Tween and teen boys enjoy using their creative skills to build all manner of futuristic vehicles and cities for their imaginative cars, boats, and planes, to soar through. It's quite time spent inventively and they will often save their completed projects for display in their room.
Yuck! Why are Kids Fascinated by such gross stuff?
Gross stuff fascinates kids because they are kids. Children are busy trying to figure out how all that disgusting stuff works but parents are busy telling them it's gross and not to talk about it. So what is a kid to do?
A kid has still gotta figure out why the body produces gas, why a nose runs like a water tap when you catch a cold, and why zombies enjoy eating brains. This is knowledge that every person should have - right?
So mom and dad lighten up. A kid's gotta know this stuff and by letting him or her figure it out you just may wind up with a doctor or a scientist when they grow up. You just know that the grosser the game or book is then the more that they are going to enjoy it.
Boogers, farts, drool, and half rotten green gruel rank high on the list of truly gross items that fascinate kids. So if your tummy is sensitive then please turn back now. We are about to feature some pretty gross stuff and it is not for the faint of heart.
If you have a boy on your birthday or Christmas list then you just might want to take a wee little peek because kids seem to naturally love this stuff.
Educational Gifts That Make Learning Fun
Of course items that focus on typical learning can be fun too. If getting an education is enjoyable then you know that he is going to learn just so very much easier so let him learn while he plays.
A telescope, microscope, a science experiment kit, solar posters, perplexing puzzles, or rock kits are all amazing gifts for boys in the tween age group.
Curiosity is a key element at this age and it has him investigating and exploring the many confusing aspects of our world. Proving that learning truly can be fun.
Mazes, lasers, and magnets are items which fascinate him. While remote control flyers, drones, boats, and monster trucks will have him grinning and giggling. He's really quite easy to please.
If in doubt as to what he wants just ask. He usually knows exactly what he is hoping to receive.
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