Fun Learning Toys for 8 Year Olds

Getting fun toys for 8 Year Olds that are educational is a big deal. Make sure the toys match a child's development. Do this, and the child will have fun while they grow and learn.

Resource Guide for 8 Year Olds & Child Development

Great toys for 8 Year Olds are easy to find. We know 8 Year Olds. Lots of them. And we know what they want. But before we give you the answers, here is what the 8 Year Olds are up to. Then you'll know why we selected the toys and books and games that we did, and matched them to an 8 Year Olds development. First things first, we're dealing with 3rd graders. Wow, they grow up so fast. And a 3rd grader can count to a 1,000. Their problem solving skills are getting way more advanced and they are getting strategic. Independence is really taking center stage as their concentration skills allow them to sit without the ants-in-their-pants of just a short while ago. They can read fluently. And going to watch an 8 Year Old play sports just got a whole lot more fun. These kids are really getting good. Our Child-Experts had a ton of fun playing with these toys for 8 Year Olds (as well as reading the books that they are reading — gotta stay current). We hope you have as much fun as we did when you look through our collection.

A few 8 Year Old toy recommendations. Remember, these 8 Year Olds are really getting coordinated. To make sure we keep them happy, we focused on Skateboards, Scooters and anything to help them "GO". For the fashionistas, we keep adding to our Arts & Crafts with more advanced "stuff" — lots of "Make Your Own", "Paint Your Own", and "Design Your Own". Oh, now Electronic Toys really kick into gear. 8 Year Olds can fly their own Helicopter (make sure they get their pilots license) and Science Kits are way beyond basic.

Your Road-Map for picking the right learning toys for 8 Year Olds:

  1. Target Age: When you are looking at toys, be sure to refer to the Target Age — the age when a child starts to get the most enjoyment.
  2. Developmental Milestones:
    Learn more about 8 Year Olds and the toys that make them grow & learn.
  3. Expert advice: Our child-experts matched all our toys, books and games to a child's development.
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Understanding the Different Modes/Styles of Learning

By Shari Harpaz, CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist

As adults, we all have various strengths and weaknesses. The same is true when it comes to styles of learning — there are some styles that are very effective for us and some that don’t work as well. Sometimes we lose sight of this when it comes to our children. Once a child enters school, we often assume that they are going to learn all subjects with equal ease, not taking into account the method by which their teacher chooses to teach them. Since this is clearly not a fair assumption to make, it is important to understand how different learning cues can help your child throughout their school-aged years.

Children use a combination of modalities to help them learn and as they grow they may start favoring one learning style over another. For example, newborns will rely heavily on tactile (touch) input to relate to the world around them, but as they develop, they will begin to use visual, motor, and auditory (sounds) cues with greater frequency.

By the time they are toddlers tactile cues are used less frequently (e.g. they will no longer mouth objects) and they will more readily seek visual, motor, and/or auditory input. Children’s songs such as Wheels on the Bus and Itsy Bitsy Spider are a great example of auditory, motor, tactile, and visual cues used in combination to sustain the toddler's attention and interest.

As a child moves towards the pre-school and school-aged years, the majority of input will be through visual and auditory cues and less so through tactile and motor stimulation.

As children progress through their school years, they may have a stronger preference for one modality over another in helping them learn. For example: If your child has an easier time copying a design after you have demonstrated it, they may be more of a visual learner. However, if your child is able to listen to your directions and create the intended design on their own, they may be more of an auditory learner. Thus by understanding your child’s preferred cues, you can better assist them in their schoolwork and in achieving their highest potential.

Please keep in mind that for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers it is ideal to use cues from as many modalities as possible in helping them learn about the world around them. However, as your child progresses through the school age years, you may want to supplement what they are learning in school using the modes/strategies that favor your child's strengths.

For further information regarding styles of learning, I recommend A Mind at a Time by Mel Levine, MD.

Below is a brief description of the different modalities and how they may impact learning:

  1. Tactile (touch): This includes all the ways that things in the environment feel: textures (silky, rough, hard, soft etc.), size, wet/dry, slippery to name a few. We can also feel motion (i.e. the direction an object rotates).
  2. Motor: Once a child begins moving around in their environment, their ability to explore increases infinitely. They obtain a better sense of themselves as related to the world around them and can now reach objects that were not available to them when stationary.
  3. Visual: Visual input includes everyday objects and images, pictures, facial expressions, gestures (i.e. waving hello). The visual cues may help add context and meaning to the spoken word and help us remember the information better. However, too much visual input (i.e. flying paper airplanes) may distract us from what is being said and cause us to miss portions of the spoken word.
  4. Auditory: The sounds we hear come in many different forms: melody, intonation, sounds, words, sentences, ‘white noise’, sirens etc. Our brain receives all of this input and sifts through what is relevant information vs. ambient noise. With ample background noise (children moving desks or whispering in a classroom) it may be more difficult to hone in on the salient information that we need (i.e. a teacher giving directions).