This Coding LEGO Robot Will Make Your Kid Feel Like a Genius

This Coding LEGO Robot Will Make Your Kid Feel Like a Genius

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By the time kids are 7 years old, you likely have a handle on their interests, whether they’re into art, STEM or sports, or some combination of everything. That helps with one of the challenges of finding the best toys and gifts for 7-year-old boys. The question remains, though: Once you’ve narrowed down your gift idea to area of interest, how do you make sure you find the best toys and gifts? You want something that your kids will play with, that will last through lots of hours of playtime and that won’t drive you nuts.

Every year, the Good Housekeeping Institute tests hundreds of toys in order to find the best gifts for kids and releases the results in its annual Good Housekeeping Institute Toy Awards. Our lab experts evaluate the most promising ones for factors like safety and quality, and then we bring in real kids to test them all out — all to help you know which ones are actually worth buying for own kids this holiday season. Here are its picks for the best toys and gifts for 7-year-old boys. And, if you have other kids on your list, be sure to check out Good Housekeeping‘s other gift guides for kids of all ages, from toys for 2-year-olds to teen gifts.

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Zero Gravity Laser Race Car

Air Hogs
walmart.com

$29.88

This car will go anywhere you point the laser — even up walls! And yet, it’s still easy enough for kids to control and handle. It comes in either red or blue. Ages 8+

2020 Good Housekeeping Toy Award Winner

KidiZoom Creator Cam

Kids love creating and editing their own videos, using special effects like green screens and animated backgrounds. Parents love that it doesn’t connect to wi-fi, so they don’t have to worry about safety and privacy. Ages 5+

Light-Up Tracing Pad

Crayola
amazon.com

$23.33

Kids can trace more than 100 images, and layer them on top of each other to make new designs. The set comes with all the art supplies he needs, including a graphite pencil for tracing, colored pencils, tracing sheets and blank paper. And the pad lights up, so he can work in his room at night before bed. Ages 6+

Cool LEGO STEM Toy

Boost Creative Toolbox

LEGO
amazon.com

With the LEGO Boost, kids can learn how to program a robot. They’ll get 847 pieces that can be used to build five different types of robots — including a guitar and cat! Using the free LEGO Boost app, they can code in order to make cool things happen (like make the robot dance, for example). Ages 7+

RELATED: 15 Best Toys and Gifts for 7-Year-Old Girls

Pass the Pigs

Winning Moves Games
amazon.com

$13.00

In this hilarious tabletop game, players roll pigs like dice and add up points based on the positions they land in, sharpening those math skills. It takes very little setup, so you can break this out at a moment’s notice, whenever there’s a lull in the action. Toy testers found this very easy to transport, too. Ages 7+

Best Family Board Game

Gnomes at Night

Peaceable Kingdom
amazon.com

$21.95

If you’re tired of sibling rivalry, get your kids this game, which challenges players to work together. Players need to cooperate to help their gnomes exit the maze before the clock runs out. Ages 6+

Best Family Board Game

Operation: Escape Room

Spy Code
amazon.com

$28.49

With this Spy Code game, you can pretend to be spies from the comfort of your living room. There are seven different tasks to complete — that might sound like no big deal, but you only have a certain amount time to set free whoever was captured! The set comes with everything you need to transform your home into an escape room. Ages 6+

Best Coding Toy for Boys

Artie 3000 The Coding Robot

Educational Insights
amazon.com

This STEM toy for kids combines coding, robots and creative arts in one product. Once you set it up — which is super easy! — Artie will draw the designs according to the code. The kit comes with the robot, activity cards, colored markers, an alignment tool (to keep the marker in place) and instructions. Ages 7+

Best Family Board Game

Kanoodle Gravity

Educational Insights
amazon.com

$19.99

If your 7-year-old enjoys playing with puzzles and games, then he’ll love this puzzle board. It contains 40 different challenges that work on skills like problem solving and strategic thinking. The game can be played with two players if he’s up for some friendly competition. Ages 7+

RELATED: The Best Board Games for the Whole Family

2020 Good Housekeeping Toy Award Winner

Stunt Shot Indoor Vehicle

Air Hogs
target.com

$24.99

This RC is designed to be driven indoors. The big wheels let it easily conquer obstacles like carpets and other toys, but they’re also super soft so they don’t damage walls or furniture. Ages 5+

STEM Family Board Game

Roller Coaster Challenge

Think Fun
amazon.com

$32.99

This game incorporates logic skills with roller coaster building for a super fun take on a STEM toy. It comes with 39 tracks, 40 challenge cards (with solutions, too) and a roller coaster car to bring all the loops and drops to life. It’s the perfect gift for budding engineers to learn essential reasoning skills that they can use throughout their life. Ages 6+

2020 Good Housekeeping Toy Award Winner

Plus-Plus Learn to Build Set

PLUS PLUS
amazon.com

$24.99

If your 7-year-old can’t get enough construction sets, add the Plus-Plus to the mix. Every piece connects easily with all the other pieces, making for limitless open-ended building, and the learn-to-build sets guide kids through multiple building projects. Ages 5+

NBA Slam Jam Over-The-Door Mini Basketball Hoop

Spalding
amazon.com

$27.99

When the weather outside is bad, your kid can still let off some steam indoors with this over-the-door basketball hoop. It’s compact enough to fit perfectly over most doors, and it even comes with a mini rubber basketball that you just need to inflate. All ages

Lightsaber Academy Interactive Battle Lightsaber

Star Wars
walmart.com

$34.99

This lightsaber interacts with the lightsaber app, which lets kids train with Jedi masters or go on fun missions. The hilt has an accelerometer, a gyroscope and a barometer, so it really tracks the moves your kids make. Ages 5+

Dash

Wonder Workshop
amazon.com

$149.95

This robot from Wonder Workshop helps promote STEM skills and keep kids busy for hours using the included suite of free apps. Kids can get comfortable with all of Dash’s functions first, and then they can explore various levels of robotics and coding. Good news, parents: The robot comes charged right out of the box. Ages 6+

MiBRO

Really R.A.D. Robots
amazon.com

$39.99

Some cyborgs are all about coding and programming — this robot is all about the pranks. Kids can project their voices through his microphone, listen to conversations in another room with its hidden speaker and make silly sound effects. It also can carry a tray, like a little butler. Ages 5+

MLB Slammin’ Sluggers

Fat Brain Toys
amazon.com

Perfect for baseball fans, this game includes a mechanical pitcher and batter for a realistic game. It helps kids improve their fine motor skills, concentration and reflexes without needing to actually be outside on the field. They can even work on their math skills by keeping score! Ages 6+

RELATED: 14 Best Toys and Gifts for 6-Year-Old Boys

2020 Good Housekeeping Toy Award Winner

LEGO Super Mario Adventures Starter Course

This LEGO set combines IRL building with a screen-time fave. Kids can construct the game levels out of LEGO bricks. Then, the Mario works with an app so he can complete challenges and collect virtual coins. The Mario figure also has an embedded speaker and LED screens in his face and belly to give instant feedback. Ages 6+ 

Roaring Ice Dragon

This ice-blue creature won a Good Housekeeping Toy Award last year after impressing a lot of dragon-loving kids. Its realistic actions (it roars, walks, and has cool LED lights) had testers going back to play with it over and over again. Ages 5+

RELATED: The 2019 Good Housekeeping Best Toy Awards

Best Family Board Game

HedBanz

Spin Master Games
amazon.com

$14.79

Perfect for family game nights, this guessing board game can be played with anywhere from two to four players. To play, you try to guess what cartoon is on your headband (so you can’t see what it is) and get one minute on the timer to figure out what it is. The catch? You can only ask your teammates yes or no questions! Ages 7+

Electro Guitar Kit

Technology Will Save Us
amazon.com

With this electric-guitar kit, kids learn about the science of sound while building their own, working instrument. Then they can use apps and videos to learn how to play or recording in the online Recording Studio. Ages 8+

Treasure X Adventure Pack

Moose Toys
amazon.com

$33.52

Your 7-year-old probably loves digging, unboxing and any other type of adventure, so this gift will allow him to use a map to dig for treasures. There are plenty of different adventures that he might get, so he can try to collect all of the action figures. (There are 24 total!) Just soak the brick in water for 30 seconds, then he can start digging with the included tool. Ages 5+

Hidden Side Newbury Abandoned Prison

What makes this building set stand out from the rest is that it’s interactive. It combines traditional LEGO play with augmented reality using an app on a phone of tablet. With it, your 7-year-old can solve mysteries and hunt ghosts after the set is built. Ages 7+

These durable soccer goals come in sets of two, so your kids can play a quick soccer game right in the backyard. They come in three different sizes and six different colors. The pop-up design means they’re easy to store and transport, so you just need to expand them when it’s game time. Ages 6+

Fun Programmable Toy

SPRK+

Sphero
amazon.com

This mini robotic ball is one of our lab experts’ favorite STEM toys. It connects to the Sphero app to move around, play games and code using JavaScript. The SPRK+ is around the size of a baseball, so it’s easy to take on-the-go. It has a 60-minute battery life, so your 7-year-old can learn programming for an hour at a time. Ages 5+

Outdoor Gift for Kids

Junior Stinger Lacrosse Stick

This lacrosse stick is ideal for younger kids who might still be experimenting with the sport, since it isn’t too expensive. It’s even designed to be easier to hold for smaller kids thanks to its shorter length and thinner handle than typical lacrosse sticks. Ages 6+

Blokus

Blokus
walmart.com

$19.97

In order to play this game, the players take turns putting their 21 pieces on the board. Your 7-year-old will try to make all of their game pieces fit strategically while also blocking his opponent’s. Another game that’s perfect for family game nights! Ages 7+

Best Family Board Game

Wits & Wagers Family Edition

North Star Games
walmart.com

$15.88

The best part about this trivia game is definitely the fact that you don’t need to know all the answers to win. It comes with 125 cards filled with family-friendly questions. Then each player writes down their answer and places a «Meeple» on whichever they think is closest. You need at least three players to start, so it’s great for parties and family game nights. Ages 6+

Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet

When you invest in a tablet for your kids, it opens up the door for them to play and learn on the same device. The Fire HD 8 Tablet is a super durable option thanks to the included case. When you purchase one of these tablets, your kid gets access to tons of content (like apps, videos, and games) with Kids+, which is free for a year, then it’s just $3/month. Ages 3+

RELATED: 8 Best Tablets for Kids, According to Parents and Tech Experts

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