10 Best 7 Year Old Boy Gifts | December 2016
- 50 foot control range
- simple joystick controls
- antenna is fragile
|Rating||3.8 / 5.0|
- encourages hand-eye coordination
- magnetized ball movement system
- balls get lost easily
|Rating||4.1 / 5.0|
- multiple play modes
- can balance objects while moving
- reacts to sounds
|Model||MiP Robot (White)|
|Rating||3.8 / 5.0|
- pieces snap together securely
- box doubles as a storage chest
- easy to follow building instructions
|Rating||4.1 / 5.0|
- helps improve aim
- can also be used outdoors
- good for lefties and righties
|Rating||3.9 / 5.0|
- total of 22 feet of track
- improves motor skills
- fun for adults too
|Rating||4.0 / 5.0|
- comes with 4 rockets
- extremely easy to use
- good for a wide age range of kids
|Rating||4.5 / 5.0|
- rotating camera
- easy to navigate menus
- 1 gb internal memory
|Rating||4.7 / 5.0|
- great source of exercise
- made of aircraft-grade aluminum
- quick stopping rear fender brake
|Rating||4.6 / 5.0|
- includes 2 phoenix ltx taggers
- lifelike recoil mechanism
- lasers have a 300 foot reach
|Rating||4.8 / 5.0|
Unlucky Number Seven
Seven can be a tough age for children and their parents alike. The boys aren't quite little enough to need constant supervision, and their previously emotional opinions begin to fill out with intellectual understanding and justification. This was the age when my own mother was convinced I'd become a lawyer. Sorry, Ma.
At the same time, seven isn't quite old enough to be given total autonomy, either. Even when autonomy is granted, cell phones for kids that young act as little more than electronic leashes with limited internet access. And kids around seven (as early as six, really) expect that level of technological interaction.
So, at a transitional period between the end of absolute childhood and the beginning of pubescent adolescence, with a cell phone in one hand and a whole lot of opinions in the other, a seven-year-old makes a formidable shopping target. You have to find something that appeals to them on an almost instinctive level, that allows them to revel in the play of youth, but that also has a hint of their impending responsibility to it, a responsibility that, at that age, they may seem impatient to attain.
The toys on our top ten list for seven-year-old boys all incorporate some level of complexity to engage a growing mind, physical movement to activate a growing body, or technological sophistication to prepare a your boy toward an inevitable singularity.
Play For a Personality
One of the reasons I find it difficult to shop for someone is that I'm a sensitive perfectionist. That means that I know a lot about the people for whom I'm shopping, and I get frustrated if I can't find the thing that not only appeals to what I know about them, but that also makes it clear that I know these things. After all, gift giving bears as deep a reflection on the giver as anything else.
Shopping for a child can prove even more difficult, as they (especially young boys) possess a knack for really letting you know how much they dislike a gift that doesn't fit. To help you narrow down our list toward a few possibilities your boy would love, you simply have to ask yourself a few questions about him.
Does he give a hoot about art? There are a couple of toys on our list that can bring out the Michelangelo or the Da Vinci in him, should he already be so inclined. By seven, you ought to have a sense about his artistic intentions. Whether he prefers building to destroying or drawing on paper to shredding it is actually immaterial in this sense; the artistic impulse leads the artist to either create or to destroy, so either behavior should send you toward the artsier toys.
Is your boy a ball of boundless energy? Some kids can't sit still, and that doesn't always correlate to an ADHD diagnosis. Sometimes it's just a matter of a lightning-fast metabolism, something all of us wish we could go back in time and reacquire. For such a boy, our list contains certain physical toys that demand he step away from the computer and into the sunlight outdoors. Rambunctious boys shouldn't have too much of a problem doing so, and they're likely to love a gift that takes them outside.
Finally, does your kid have a colossal cranium? Well, skull size doesn't necessarily equal intelligence, but metaphorically, should he possess a good brain, there are excellent toys on our list for the expansive mind. One of these looks suspiciously like the viewfinders I grew up with, but upon closer inspection, you'll find that it's actually an immersive introduction to the world of virtual reality.
I'm willing to bet that a lot of the boys out there fall into more than one of these categories, which means that the odds of picking a quality gift are in your favor. Check in with your kid for a moment in the next day or two, just to see where he's at and what he's been up to. If he seems to be in a groove with one of these channels in particular, you'll know what to buy him.
We're All Doomed
Every generation says the same thing as it gets older, as the next generation comes of age behind it. It's a cycle of doomsday thinking that's as old as thought, and it believes that each new generation is destined to bring about the end of times, as vapid and reckless as they are.
One of the more subtle versions of this, which sheds a little light on the envy that the older generations feel toward the newer, is the way we (I'm lumping myself in with the older now) regard the toys of the next generation. We look around at the bevvy of technological marvels and interactive games and devices with much the same awe that parents in the early 1900s viewed children's pants that closed with a zipper.
Rarely is this generational envy and its attendant grief justified, though it was when the industry of children's toys really took off. For ages, children played with simple, homemade dolls more than anything else, and from a young age they were expected to work on farms, or later in factories during the dawn of the industrial revolution.
Eventually, laws prohibited the use of child labor, and the latter days of the industrial revolution produced a growing middle class whose children had more leisure time and more family money. This new market quickly filled with independent toy makers who went on to become the behemoths of the industry today.