Seven-year-olds are also developing more spatial awareness, so look for toys and kits that inspire them to think about how pieces fit together, says Hilary Conklin, associate professor at DePaul University’s College of Education. Puzzles are great for kids of any age, but for 7-year-olds, they can help build not just spatial reasoning skills but confidence. Challenging puzzles “foster a sense of accomplishment [when things go right], and resilience when things go wrong,” Conklin says. Kids this age may also be ready for toys that introduce them to the basics of coding, especially those that help them explore fundamental programming concepts in a tangible way. And there’s also space for one-and-done craft or project kits, which can be launching pads to new hobbies and interests.
We relied on Mayer, Conklin, and other toy and child development experts, as well as on the collective experience of parents and other caregivers on our staff, for gift ideas that will not only get 7-year-olds thinking but engage them over and over again. 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, 8-year-olds, 9-year-olds, and 10-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