Top 10 Educational Toys for 8 Year Old Kids 2017


8 year old kids in circle and looking down

2017 Best Educational Toys for 8 Year Old Boys and Girls

 
Kids in a group laughingFor both 8 year old girls and boys, there are some pretty amazing educational toys available this year. Whether delving into subjects such as electronics, physics, paleontology or other subjects, these toys are not only great for learning – they’re also just plain fun!

What’s here: On this page are the ten best learning toys for 8 year olds (girls and boys) for the 2017 Christmas holiday season and into 2017. Rankings for the list are based on overall popularity by sales, then choosing the toys and sets with better-than-average consumer ratings and reviews.
.
For shoppers: For each of the toys on this page, one or more online shopping links have been provided – merchants hand-picked for low price, trustworthy reputation and product availability. Links to product reviews have also been included, where available.

 Post Updated: April 9th, 2017


What’s Here:

1. Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100
2. Klutz LEGO Crazy Action Contraptions
3. Educational Insights Nancy B’s Science Club Microscope and Activity Journal
4. Thames & Kosmos Crystal Growing Kit
5. Snap Circuits Arcade
6. SmartLab Squishy Human Body
7. OWI 14-in-1 Solar Robot
8. K’NEX Education Intro To Simple Machines: Gears
9. Smithsonian Diggin’ Up Dinosaurs T-Rex
10. Makey Makey – An Invention Kit for Everyone

Top 10 Educational Toys for 8 Year Old Kids:


1. Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100

Ages: 8 and up

Read Parent Reviews | Check Best Prices

A long-term favorite makes it to the #1 spot of the 2017 top 10 toys for 8 year old kids – Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100.

The Snap Circuits set, perhaps my favorite science toy, is a board with over 30 connectable segments, creating over 100 snap-together projects. Kids can build their own burglar alarm, motion detectors, doorbells, and so much more by safely connecting circuits.

 

 

Check Prices & Options Get More Info

^ Back to top

2. Klutz LEGO Crazy Action Contraptions

Ages: 7 – 15

Read Parent Reviews | Check Best Prices

Klutz LEGO Crazy Action Contraptions marks the second spot of the best educational toys for 8 year olds this year.

Crazy Contraptions is exactly what you think of when talking about quirky inventions. Inclusive of wheels, gears, axles, and lots-a LEGO bricks, kiddos can build over 16 crazy, cool contraptions from 105 pieces. Includes a detailed, thorough 50-page instructions manual.

 

 

Check Prices & Options Get More Info

^ Back to top

3. Educational Insights Nancy B’s Science Club Microscope and Activity Journal

Price: $29.02
You save: $10.93 (27 %)
35 new from $29.021 used from $25.25

Ages: 8 – 11

Read Parent Reviews | Check Best Prices

Next up on the list – Educational Insights Nancy B’s Science Club Microscope and Activity Journal.

Lovin’ the awesome teal and purple design. This microscope is a first for little scientists-to-be. There are several “zoom in” levels, a magnification light, and pre-loaded slides, so curious minds can jump in. Also includes blank slides and specimen tubes.

 

 

 

Check Prices & Options Get More Info

^ Back to top

4. Thames & Kosmos Crystal Growing Kit

Price: $29.95
You save: $0.01 ( %)
42 new from $15.007 used from $16.71

Ages: 10 and up

Read Parent Reviews | Check Best Prices

Thames & Kosmos Crystal Growing Kit makes it as the fourth pick among the best 8-year-old kids’ learning toys for 2017 and into 2017.

With the Crystal Growing setup, youngsters learn tons about geometry and nature. There are lots-a crystals to grow, each with dazzling, shimmering elements in different colors. Plus, there are fun-shaped molds that kids can use to grow custom, rainbow-colored crystals.

 

 

Check Prices & Options Get More Info

^ Back to top

5. Snap Circuits Arcade

Price: $37.87
You save: $27.12 (42 %)
35 new from $29.160 used

Ages: 8 and up

Read Parent Reviews | Check Best Prices

Another great toy from this company – Snap Circuits Arcade also makes a “best pick” favorite toy for kids age 8.

Snap Circuits, the arcade edition, is perfect for both science lovers and gamers. There are over 30 snap-together segments to build 200 exciting games and projects. Some buildable games are interactive, where others are programmable with words, lights, and sounds.

 

 

 

Check Prices & Options Get More Info

^ Back to top

6. SmartLab Squishy Human Body

Price: $27.28
32 new from Too low to display4 used from $22.37

Ages: 8 and up

Read Parent Reviews | Check Best Prices

Another returning favorite marks its own place at #6 of the 2017 top educational toys for 8 year olds.

Some kiddos, and parents, might consider this squishy, squeezable human body a little bit gross, but it’s educational and fun too. There are several layers, all a replica of the average adult anatomy from the inside. Lots-a dissectible, learning fun.

 

 

 

Check Prices & Options Get More Info

^ Back to top

7. OWI 14-in-1 Solar Robot

Price: $27.28
32 new from Too low to display4 used from $22.37

Ages: 8 and up

Read Parent Reviews | Check Best Prices

Always a hit – OWI 14-in-1 Solar Robot comes in next on the list.

The Solar Robot, one of my science favorites, can be made 14 different ways with the same collection of buildable elements. There are solar panels, of course, that catch sunshine and power up each robotic mode. Includes two levels of building fun for beginners and advanced inventors. Perfect science curriculum!

 

 

Check Prices & Options Get More Info

^ Back to top

8. K’NEX Education Intro To Simple Machines: Gears

Price: $28.99
You save: $11.00 (28 %)
19 new from $28.595 used from $23.77

Ages: 8 and up

Read Parent Reviews | Check Best Prices

I love this line of toys – K’NEX Education Intro To Simple Machines: Gears holds the 8th spot of the ten best educational toys for 8 year old boys and girls.

K’NEX has always been a brand favorite for me because of their Education collection. Like this one—a buildable, thorough guide on gears, simple machines, and how things work. Kids will learn about motion through hands-on projects and gear configurations.

 

 

 

Check Prices & Options Get More Info

^ Back to top

9. Smithsonian Diggin’ Up Dinosaurs T-Rex

Price: $15.05
17 new from $14.664 used from $13.09

Ages: 8 and up

Read Parent Reviews | Check Best Prices

And hitting #9 on the list – Smithsonian Diggin’ Up Dinosaurs T-Rex.

For little paleontologists-to-be, the Diggin’ Up set comes with a mound of rocks, encasing a full (scaled down) T-Rex skeleton. As youngsters chisel away at the boulders, they find the bones, piece by piece. Then they assemble the entire skeleton. I think this is such a cool and explorative idea!

 

 

Check Prices & Options Get More Info

^ Back to top

10. Makey Makey – An Invention Kit for Everyone

Price: $49.95
68 new from $44.963 used from $40.96

Ages: 8 and up

Read Parent Reviews | Check Best Prices

The final pick of this year’s top ten educational toys for eight year olds – Makey Makey – An Invention Kit for Everyone.

From the awesome Makey Makey collection, this Invention Kit for Everyone uses science to transform everyday objects into amazing gadgets. For example, did you ever think a banana could be a video game touchpad? No software required. Plug the machine into a computer, and revel in the thousands of possibilities.

 

Check Prices & Options Get More Info

^ Back to top

This Top 10 Educational Toys for 8 Year Old Kids page was modified to reflect current information on April 9th, 2017.