Eight-year-old boys and girls are curious and love to learn, which is why educational toys make great gifts! Looking for some brilliant educational games for 8 year olds? We’ve asked our expert panel of kids for their top picks. From STEM kits and brain teasers to art sets, here’s what they recommend!
Art made easy!
Budding artist in the family? They’ll have loads of fun with this fantastic set! Just follow the step-by-step instructions to learn to draw 28 different animals, from a tiger and a whale to an adorable meerkat! Sharpen your skills with the included sketchpad, pencil and colouring pencils. A wonderful way to encourage creativity and fine motor skills at home!
Geography has never looked so lovely! This fun pack comes with a pillowcase and ten wash-out pens so little explorers can doodle, wash and doodle again to their heart’s content. The gorgeous map design features fun facts, wild animals and exotic sea creatures. Learn about the world and give your bedroom a makeover — convenient!
This 84-piece STEM jigsaw encourages children to develop a deeper understanding of the human body, from bones and organs to essential functions. Once you’ve put the pieces together, you can attempt the mission cards and identify different body parts. Can you find the sternum? How about the manubrium? Don’t forget to use the special UV torchlight to reveal what can’t be seen with the naked eye. Brilliant biology!
A fun physics lesson!
Looking for a building project? This brilliant plywood marble run comes in laser-cut sheets — follow the picture instructions to push-fit them together. Once that’s done, assemble the spiral run and add the electric motor. Finally, watch as the marbles rise up and shoot down the spiral and zig-zag track — over and over again, thanks to the power of perpetual motion! A satisfying and mesmerising twist on a textbook physics lesson.
Brain teasers in a box
This deceptively small set is bursting with 50 tricky geometric puzzles. Ready to challenge your IQ and your powers of deduction? Try turning four of the included (non-flammable) matches into fifteen without breaking any. Or how about changing the direction that a fish is facing by moving only three matches? If you’re stumped, don’t worry — all of the puzzle cards have solutions on the back. Truly illuminating!
A glittery science experiment
This amazing kit makes it easy to grow your own gorgeous crystal terrarium. Just add the magic tree, growing powder and water to the base. Then, it’s time to decorate! Use the glitter, coloured stones and figurines to transform your terrarium into a stunning mini-landscape. The crystal tree develops and blossoms over twelve hours — it’s science, but it sure looks like magic!
Anatomy in cube form
Future doctors will have hours of fun turning and learning with this amazing cube book! The six ‘pages’ turn inside out to reveal six more pages, all filled with incredible facts about the human body’s major systems: the heart, lungs, digestion, blood, brain, nerves and more. Irresistibly tactile and totally addictive! Next stop: medical school.
Test your mind and spatial reasoning
Want to give your brain a nice workout? This exciting set of mind-boggling puzzles is exactly what you need! Simply arrange the pieces to match the shapes on the front of the box. Oh, did we say simply? It’s actually much more challenging than it sounds! Educational, entertaining and extremely satisfying!
Around the world in eighty scratches…
This high-quality wall map features a scratchable surface so kids can record the places they’ve visited (or learned about in geography class). Scratch away the foil to reveal a whole new world of vibrant colour and geographical detail. Flip the map over to enjoy all kinds of fascinating, illustrated facts and figures from around the globe. A unique gift idea for any eight-year-old!