Active and inquisitive this is the age when a boy is busy exploring. Learning is fun play and a chance to discover new concepts and ideals is a challenge he is only to happy to take on.
How things work and why they work? He'll investigate to uncover the reasons. It can be tough to tell if he is more of a mechanic or a scientist.
He is thrilled to have friends over to play with but can also be just as happy quietly playing video games or toy cars by himself.
If you are searching for gift ideas for an 8 or 9 year old boy then your search will be a relatively easy one. He has so many interests at this age that there are a limitless number of gift items for you to select from.
Gifts of Physical Fitness are Important
Get him active! There is no better time than now to set him onto a path of fitness and good health.
Most kids are more than happy to get outdoors and play if they are encouraged to. There are many ways for kids to have fun while they get fit and your gift can help in this quest.
Getting active can be more than a little fun with a little encouragement in that direction. Basketball, hockey, swimming, skateboarding, or riding a bike.
Boys of 8 and 9 years of age are quite competitive so it is little wonder they enjoy video games. Striving to discover their abilities these kids love a challenge. They are also beginning to truly appreciate and enjoy the companionship that other children can provide to them so are at an age where active games, sports, and competitions are their favorite activities.
To satisfy the competitive edge to his personality a gift of sports equipment, an interactive video game system, or a puzzle to solve will suit him ideally.
Video Games Offer More Than Just Fun
The advantage to electronic gifts is that they can usually be played alone or with a friend. Unlike the old fashioned board games of yesteryear you do not require a companion to be able to pick up the game and play.
When purchasing your gift keep in mind that the eight or nine year old boy is just as apt to be playing alone as he is to be playing with other boys in his age group. Today's video games are great that way. Most allow for single or multi-player game play.
Children who play video games show up as having greater problem solving, dexterity, and coordination skills as they move forward into programs or jobs that require these skills. Video game played increased their visual awareness as well making it easier for them to locate and point out objects as requested.
Kids who participated in video game play were better able to multi-task than were adults and children who did not have access to video game play.
If you are not too familiar with which products are currently popular with8 and 9 year old boys just take a trip to your local Electronics store. Most clerks will be only too happy to bring you up to speed on the latest available gadgets.
Electronic stores usually also carry a large range of remote control vehicles which are another favorite toy of this age group.
Skills Learned as a Child are Carried Forward
Although very social at this age a seven or eight year old boy will also be quite content to go off to play alone. Which brings up the fact that kids do need to be able to have some quiet time alone.
Inquisitive and imaginative gifts that stimulate his curiosity and imagination will encourage the 8 or 9 year old boy to detect and develop the many facets of his developing personality. If you know what his interests are then theme your gift choices around these.
Seven and eight year old boys enjoy collecting special items and these could be anything from his favorite toy cars to bugs he finds out in the back yard. From extra large rugged monster trucks to small desktop racing cars and hand operated vehicles, toy cars are on his collectibles list.
Tickets to a Monster Truck Rally, Racing Event, Hockey Game, or local movie theater are all wonderful gift items for boys of any age. Want to get him excited send him out to a planned adventure.
Say Yes to Children's Science Gifts
Set his curiosity in motion with binoculars, a set of magnets, a magnifying glass, magic tricks, a time capsule to bury for future generations to find, a desk telescope for viewing bugs and germs, or a large telescope for viewing the planets and the stars.
He is imaginative and creative and science gifts will encourage him to investigate and discover the world around him.
As he is just discovering the joy of reading, a young boy will also spend hours alone reading and rereading his favorite books.
Stimulate his imagination with stories of mystery and adventure, books that he can read at night before bed, and play act out during the day. Provide him with books that explain how airplanes fly and motors work.
Buying Clothes for Him? Choose Selectively
Just remember that buying him clothing can be a touchy area so insure that any apparel has the theme of his favorite superhero or his favorite sports or collectibles on it.
If purchasing him any type of clothing it is nice to add in a secondary gift in for him. A gift card or a few dollars popped in with an item of clothing make it a much more acceptable gift. Kids love having a few dollars in their pocket to spend.
Gift ideas for a eight and nine year old boys are endless. These boys have such a wide range of interests that they are at quite an easy age to purchase for.
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