Top 10 Educational Toys for 8 Year Old Kids 2016-2017

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2016-2017 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 2016 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.
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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.

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

1. Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100

Ages: 8 and up

A long-term favorite makes it to the #1 spot of the 2016-2017 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.

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Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Discovery Kit Standard Packaging Elenco

$23.83
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Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Discovery Kit

$26.11
End Date: Monday Mar-13-2017 7:16:33 PDT
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Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Discovery Kit

$25.08
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2. Klutz LEGO Crazy Action Contraptions

Ages: 7 – 15

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.

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Klutz LEGO Crazy Action Contraptions Craft Kit

$14.97
End Date: Monday Mar-13-2017 10:55:45 PDT
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Klutz LEGO Crazy Action Contraptions Craft Kit

$15.19
End Date: Thursday Mar-16-2017 20:32:07 PDT
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Klutz LEGO Crazy Action Contraptions Book And Parts Craft Kit 95% Complete

$9.95
End Date: Sunday Mar-5-2017 15:07:55 PST
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3. Educational Insights Nancy B’s Science Club Microscope and Activity Journal

Price: $34.53
You save: $5.46 (14 %)
6 new from $34.534 used from $23.86

Ages: 8 – 11

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.

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Educational Insights Nancy B's Science Club Microscope and Activity Journal CL71

$6.99 (0 Bids)
End Date: Sunday Feb-19-2017 15:26:42 PST
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EUC-Educational Insights Nancy B's Science Club Microscope and Activity Journal

$30.00
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Educational Insights Nancy B's Science Club Microscope and Activity Journal

$300.00
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4. Thames & Kosmos Crystal Growing Kit

Price: $27.99
You save: $2.00 (7 %)
42 new from $18.898 used from $21.88

Ages: 10 and up

Thames & Kosmos Crystal Growing Kit makes it as the fourth pick among the best 8-year-old kids’ learning toys for 2016 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.

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NEW - Thames & Kosmos Crystal Pro - Crystal Growing & Crystallography Kit

$13.99
End Date: Friday Mar-3-2017 5:47:50 PST
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Crystal Growing Experiment Kit Thames and Kosmos

$24.99
End Date: Wednesday Feb-15-2017 18:17:38 PST
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Thames & Kosmos 643522 Crystal Growing Science Experiment Kit For Kids

$34.95
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5. Snap Circuits Arcade

Price: $42.94
You save: $22.05 (34 %)
39 new from $36.280 used

Ages: 8 and up

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.

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Toys Snap Circuits Arcade Electronics Learning Discovery Educational Kit School

$53.05
End Date: Tuesday Feb-21-2017 10:35:08 PST
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Snap Circuits Arcade Electronics Discovery Kit

$51.99
End Date: Thursday Mar-16-2017 22:53:46 PDT
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Elenco Snap Circuits Arcade Electronics Science Discovery Kit

$63.07
End Date: Friday Mar-10-2017 9:59:05 PST
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6. SmartLab Squishy Human Body

Price: $21.77
You save: $0.20 (1 %)
24 new from $21.778 used from $17.85

Ages: 8 and up

Another returning favorite marks its own place at #6 of the 2016-2017 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.

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SmartLab Toys Squishy Human Body

$35.00
End Date: Friday Feb-17-2017 11:00:57 PST
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SmartLab Toys Squishy Human VISIBLE Body PARTS KIT MEDICAL TOOLS HOME SCHOOL '08

$15.96
End Date: Sunday Feb-26-2017 19:19:30 PST
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Smart Lab Squishy Human Body Teaches Biology For Kids

$19.99
End Date: Wednesday Feb-22-2017 19:06:42 PST
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7. OWI 14-in-1 Solar Robot

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1 new from $29.990 used

Ages: 8 and up

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!

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OWI 14 in 1 Solar Powered Robot DIY Transformer Toy Educational Science Kit

$30.95
End Date: Wednesday Mar-8-2017 5:49:22 PST
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OWI 14-in-1 Solar Robot , New, Free Shipping

$36.56
End Date: Sunday Feb-26-2017 0:42:57 PST
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OWI 14 in 1 Solar Powered Robot DIY Transformer Toy Educational Science Kit

$19.99
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8. K’NEX Education Intro To Simple Machines: Gears

Price: $29.98
You save: $10.01 (25 %)
32 new from $28.599 used from $24.58

Ages: 8 and up

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.

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K'NEX Education - Intro To Simple Machines: Gears! 7 Models! 198pc. 78630

$32.88
End Date: Tuesday Mar-14-2017 17:04:55 PDT
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Introduction to Simple Machines: Gears K'NEX Education STEM KNEX

$35.99
End Date: Saturday Mar-11-2017 10:57:47 PST
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K'NEX Education Introduction to Simple Machines Gears

$29.98
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9. Smithsonian Diggin’ Up Dinosaurs T-Rex

Price: $14.98
23 new from $14.667 used from $12.28

Ages: 8 and up

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!

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$17.98
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$6.39
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$18.28
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10. Makey Makey – An Invention Kit for Everyone

Price: $44.99
You save: $4.96 (10 %)
72 new from $44.999 used from $36.89

Ages: 8 and up

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.

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Makey Makey - An Invention Kit for Everyone

$36.99
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Makey Makey - An Invention Kit for Everyone

$40.48
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Makey Makey - An Invention Kit for Everyone

$49.95
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Update note: This page was modified to reflect current information on 10/11/16.

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