Friendships also mean more to them, so look for gifts they can enjoy with their peers, such as collaborative art projects. Now that they’re developing abstract thinking and reasoning skills, they’re also ready for board games that are more adult not just in tone and subject matter but also in game play, involving multistep, strategic decisions and longer playing sessions. Many 10-year-olds can also tackle complicated projects without adult help and have the ability to focus and see them through—including stepping back and figuring out mistakes.
Keep in mind too that as kids get older, imagination “is something that gets neglected,” says Lisa Regalla, Director of STEM Learning & Innovation at the Center for Childhood Creativity in Sausalito, California. “We think that it’s for babies, but it’s not true. It’s your brain’s natural way to step back, process, and re-engage again.” Toys, games, and kits that encourage daydreaming, creativity, role playing, and fantasy allow space for imagination to thrive.
We considered advice from Regalla and other experts, as well as the experience of parents on our staff, to identify gifts likely to challenge, engage, and spark the imagination of 10-year-olds. If you’re looking for more kids gift ideas, check out our guides to the best gifts for 1-year-olds, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, 4-year-olds, 5-year-olds, 6-year-olds, 7-year-olds, 8-year-olds, and 9-year-olds, as well as wonderful stocking stuffers for kids. And please share your own best ideas in the comments below.
Source: NY Times – Wirecutter