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Best toys for 7-year-olds

If you’re on the hunt for something that will engage and inspire your child, check out our list of the best toys for seven-year-olds to buy now, as recommended by parents.

By Gemma Wilcock | Last updated May 9, 2022

Boy playing on scooter

By the age of seven, most children know what they want and like. While they probably have plenty of toys at home, there will be some activities they’ll do more than others – this may be building LEGO, doing crafts, engaging in role play or battling it out over a board game with friends.

This means buying a toy should be fairly easy as they already know what they like and dislike, but if you want to find something that encourages a new skill or interest, how do you know which ones are the best? 

There’s no shortage of options on the market catering for all kinds of budgets and interests, but to help you work out which ones will provide plenty of playtime for a seven year old, we decided to do a lot of the hard work for you.

How we chose our recommendations

Advice from real parents

Many of the recommendations for toys for seven-year-olds came from Mumsnet parents themselves whose children have spent hours of their time putting the products through their paces in everyday situations. With over 7 million users a month, there’s a lot of honest, impartial advice to help you find what you’re looking for.

Expert guidance

We then cross-checked their recommendations for the best toys for seven year olds with the latest advice from experts. We research each product thoroughly to ensure it follows expert advice and stands up to scrutiny. 

Consumer feedback

We also scour the internet, leaving no stone unturned to check out real reviews on Amazon, Argos, and Smyths from customers who have bought the products themselves and given both positive and negative feedback. This helps us to make sure the toys we’re recommended are great value, high quality, and most of all, fun. 

Celebrated best products

Finally, we cross-referenced all of the above information to find the best toys for seven year olds that have won the most accolades and recommendations across the board to bring you a selection of the best ones at various price points. We think there’s something here for everyone.

From card games to outdoor fun, here are the best toys for seven-year-olds.

What are the best toys for seven year olds? 

1. Best overall toy for 7-year-olds: Brio Pinball Machine

Brio Pinball Machine

Price: £52 | Buy now from Amazon

“The major hit from last Xmas was the Brio Pinball, and it gets played with a lot when friends come over. I really recommend it.” Tabbypawpaw

Bring the fun of the arcade to your home with Brio’s Pinball Machine. Just like the original machine, children can ping the metal marbles across the board aiming for one of the holes to score points. 

It comes with five marbles for racking up high scores. This retro toy is one that children can enjoy alone or share with friends and family and is great for helping children aged six and over develop motor skills, concentration, perception and reactions. 

Brio is well known for its range of high-quality wooden train tracks and accessories, but they also make retro games like this one, which our Mumsnetters highly rated. We also love the Scandinavian red and black wooden design which gives this retro toy a modern twist.

Pros

  • Retro toy
  • Great for playing with friends and family
  • Modern Scandinavian design
  • Solid toy
  • Helps players develop fine motor skills, patience and balance

Cons 

  • Users claim it’s not too the usual Brio standards, with more plastic parts
  • Expensive

Tech specs

  • Recommended age: 6 years +
  • Batteries: No

2. Best budget toy for 7-year-olds: UNO All Wild

UNO All Wild

Price: £8 | Buy now from Amazon 

“Uno? My two play that for hours and make up new rules.” NeverTwerkNaked

Just like the original card game but even more fast paced, UNO All Wild will keep your child entertained both at home and on the go.  

The pack of cards can be easily popped into your bag for trips away and is great for bringing the whole family together. The aim is to get rid of your cards the fastest, but there are no matching colours or number cards like in classic UNO, every card in the pack is a Wild Card forcing players to miss a go, swap cards and pick up cards which can quickly change the direction of the game.

Whether you are new to the game or you want to try this new twist, UNO All Wild is good value for money and is so fast paced and exciting that it will keep the whole family on their toes.

Pros

  • Good travel toy
  • Great for playing with friends and family
  • Fast paced and exciting
  • Durable plastic cards

Cons 

  • Cannot be played alone
  • Games can finish a bit too quickly

Tech specs

  • Recommended age: 7 years +
  • Batteries: No

3. Best educational toy for 7-year-olds: Bananagrams

Bananagrams

Price: £10 | Buy now from Amazon 

“UNO, Dobble and Jenga are big favourites with the five and seven year olds I look after. They also love the junior version of game of life. Bananagrams is a good one for different ages too.” NannyR

Similar to Scrabble, Bananagrams is a fun word game that also encourages your child’s literacy skills.

Players shout ‘split’ and then race to create their own word grid using the letter tiles. It’s suitable for two to six players, but children could play it alone too to help them practice their spelling. The first player to use all their tiles is crowned ‘Top Banana’. 

As the game comes in a banana shaped pouch, it’s a great option for travelling. Though it is similar to Scrabble, it’s a faster game which will keep children entertained while also developing their language and literacy skills.  

Pros

  • Pouch makes it suitable for playing on the go
  • Encourages literacy and language skills
  • Good value for money 

Cons  

  • The quality of the some of the tiles aren’t great 
  • Game can feel be quite fast-paced which some children may struggle with 

Tech specs

  • Recommended age: 7 years +
  • Batteries: No 

4. Best remote-control toy for 7-year-olds: HEXBUG Fire Ant

Hexbug Fire Ant

Price: £12 | Buy now from Amazon

“Xmas he got some HEXBUGS and they’re still played with. Out of a large cardboard box we made a maze/challenges and let them loose - was fun.” Tabbypawpaw

Combining creatures and mechanics, HEXBUGS are fun little robots that scuttle about just like the real thing. The Fire Ant would make a great start to a collection or it could be used to battle it out with others from the range.

The robot lights up and is controlled by a remote control, moving around at high speed on six custom wheels that can manoeuvre around obstacles. Children can set up challenges for it to whizz round or race against another Fire Ant or HEXBUG creature, such as the spider and scarab

HEXBUGS have been designed to help children think about the science behind them and this kind of play helps children improve fine motor skills and learn about cause and effect.

Pros

  • Small robots that move at high speed
  • Wheels allow it to manoeuvre around objects
  • Unique design elements to help children to think about science 
  • Controlled via a remote control
  • You can play with another Fire Ant or other creatures in the collection

Cons  

  • Some users found the robot stopped responding 
  • Reviewers claim it is quite fragile

Tech specs

  • Recommended age: 8 years + (but we think it is suitable for 7 year olds)
  • Batteries: 5 x LR44 batteries

5. Best STEM toy for 7-year-olds: Meccano Junior 150-piece Bucket

Meccano Junior Tub

Price: £20 | Buy now from Amazon

If your child likes building but is new to Meccano, this 150-piece bucket would make a great introduction for budding engineers.

The set comes with two tools and instructions for making three models, with parts that snap and lock together and are secured by bolts. The great thing about this set is the models can be taken apart and rebuilt and then as your child’s confidence grows, they can create their own designs.

Meccano sets have been around for many years and they are designed to aid STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning, with their Junior range aimed at children aged five and above. When they’re ready, children can move on to trying other sets in the range, such as the Deluxe Pull-Back Buggy, or more advanced sets.

Pros 

  • Aids STEM learning
  • Comes with 150 parts and tools 
  • Instructions for making three models
  • Can be disassembled to make their own creations
  • Aimed at young engineers

Cons 

  • Some children may want a more advanced build
  • Users found the bolts don’t hold tight enough
  • There doesn’t seem many parts when compared to the size of the bucket 

Tech specs

  • Recommended age: 5 – 7 years
  • Batteries: No 

6. Best science toy for 7-year-olds: Galt Space Lab

Galt Space Lab

Price: £10 | Buy now from Amazon 

“A Galt science kit set - they have ones for glow in the dark experiments and magnets for example.” Stackthecats  

Children can make glow-in-the-dark constellation models, build a telescope and launch their own rocket with the Galt Space Lab.

Galt Science kits are compatible with the National Curriculum and are well-loved by parents for encouraging children’s STEM learning. With the Space Lab, children can also experiment with shadows, mix up galaxy slime and create a solar system following the instructions in the 24-page full colour lab book. 

The kit also includes tools and accessories to aid children’s scientific discoveries, including glow stars, telescope lenses, a constellation guide and fun glow planet stickers. There’s also a lab notepad for recording results, just like a real scientist! 

Sets like this not only encourage scientific thinking but promote creative problem solving and inspire young imaginations.

Pros

  • Aids STEM learning
  • Includes instructions for 12 experiments 
  • Tools and accessories for assisting scientific learning
  • Notepad for recording results

Cons 

  • You’ll need to check what other items you need at home to complete the experiments
  • Children may need help from parents

Tech specs

  • Recommended age: 6-12 years
  • Batteries: No

7. Best construction toy for 7-year-olds: LEGO 71360 Super Mario Adventures Starter Course Set

Super Mario Lego set

Price: £30 | Buy now from Amazon

“My son has found the Super Mario LEGO a good bridge between traditional toys and tech.” Tobypercy

Fans of Super Mario Brothers can play with their favourite characters in this fun, interactive LEGO set. Just like the video game, the Super Mario Adventures Starter Course Set sets up challenges for Mario. 

Children can create their own course for Mario to run and jump over, collecting coins and touching action bricks as he goes. Connect the Mario figure to the app via Bluetooth and he uses colour sensors and LCD screens in his eyes, mouth and belly to respond to movement with over 100 different reactions. There’s also a speaker that plays sounds and music they’ll recognise from the video game.  

The set can be combined with other expansion sets and power up packs for even more construction play. LEGO is great for building concentration, inspiring creative thinking and encouraging hand-eye coordination and, if your child loves playing the Super Mario Brothers video game, this will offer a great alternative to screen time. 

Pros

  • 231-piece set
  • Interactive course with action blocks, sounds and music
  • Mario figure responds to movement
  • Combine with expansion sets for even more fun
  • Great alternative to screen time

Cons 

  • Pricey
  • Mario can sometimes give a wrong response 

Tech specs 

  • Recommended age: 6 years+
  • Batteries: ‎2 x AAA batteries 

8. Best craft toy for 7-year-olds: Galt Flower Lights

Galt Flower Lights

Price: £11 | Buy now from Amazon

“DD 7 is getting a Switch and a stunt scooter this year. She also loves Lego friends, craft sets and she’s just starting to get into Harry Potter.” Snuzzle 

At seven, children get a lot of fun from crafts, especially kits that they can put together themselves. With this set from Galt, children can make a string of flower lights to show off in their bedroom. 

The set comes with instructions and accessories for making ten LED lights, with pre-cut paper flowers, leaves and pens so children can add their own colour and design. Some users do complain that the flowers don’t stay together well and fall off, so you may need to use your own tape or glue for securing them. 

This set is part of Galt’s huge range of Creative Cases that have been designed for children aged between five and eight, including painting, pottery and sewing to encourage children to learn new skills – and, maybe more importantly, keep them busy! 

Pros 

  • Kit includes accessories for making ten flower lights
  • Children can add their own colour and design
  • Encourages creativity and helps improve fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination
  • Other sets in the range designed to help children learn new skills

Cons 

  • Some users found the flowers don’t stay on the lights
  • Children may need help completing this set 

Tech specs 

  • Recommended age: 6 – 12 years
  • Batteries: 2 X AA

9. Best outdoor toy for 7-year-olds: The Den Kit Company The Original Den Kit

Den Making Kit

Price: £45 | Buy now from Amazon

“One of my nieces is the same age. She is quite outdoorsy and would love a den making kit or pretty lights to hand in the garden or out around her own window.” HintOfVintagePink

Children love to make dens and with The Den Kit Company’s The Original Den Kit you can avoid them making a mess of your living room! 

The set has been designed to encourage children to play outdoors which will appeal to parents who want an alternative to screen time. The kit has everything children need to make a den, including a camouflage tarpaulin and groundsheet, a handmade wooden mallet, rope and tent pegs. As the den doesn’t come with many instructions, children can use their imaginations to create their own play.

There’s also an enamel mug and face paint for even more outdoor fun. The khaki haversack satchel has a shoulder strap for easily taking on adventures and for storing it all away. We like that this kit comes from a small UK business and the parts are ethically sourced, where possible, from the UK. 

Pros 

  • Waterproof materials
  • Bag can be machine or hand washed
  • Materials have been ethically sourced
  • Encourages outdoor play
  • Inspires imaginations

Cons 

  • Some users claim the quality of the materials aren’t great
  • It’s not very big
  • Expensive

Tech specs

  • Recommended age: 6 years+
  • Batteries: No

10. Best writing toy for 7-year-olds: FunLockets Secret Diary Journal

Funlockets Secret Diary

Price: £20 | Buy now from Amazon

“My 7yo would love a lockable diary that she could write in herself.” Evilharpy

Children can jot down their thoughts and ideas and lock them away in the FunLockets Secret Diary Journal, which also has more than 30 surprises for adding to the fun.

While there are lots of diaries around, this one is more than just somewhere to write. There’s a heart box, notebook, bookmark, a unicorn charm keyring and hidden keys so your child can lock them all away. There’s also over 80 stickers, tape, glitter pencils and stencils, and more, so children can make their own creations. 

By seven, children are more confident writers and readers so they will have lots of fun writing down their thoughts and secrets and locking them away – although it’s worth noting though that some users did find the lock broke easily.

Pros 

  • Lockable journal
  • Small enough to fit in a backpack
  • Comes with over 30 surprises 
  • Encourages writing and reading skills
  • Children can design their own creations

Cons 

  • Some users found the lock doesn’t work very well
  • Reviewers claim it is made from cheap plastic

Tech specs

  • Recommended age: 6 years +
  • Batteries: No

11. Best ride on toy for 7-year-olds: Micro MX Trixx Stunt Scooter

Micro Scooter Trix

Price: £133 | Buy now from Amazon 

“Another fan of Micro scooters - we've had the toddler one, the bigger 3 wheeler and the 2 wheeled stunt scooter. They're easy to use and so well made.” OnTheEdgeOfTheNight  

Whether your child is already a fan of stunting or they’re ready to move on from three wheels, the Micro MX Trixx Stunt Scooter will soon have them practising fun and exciting tricks.

The scooter suits intermediate riders and has a good age range, suitable from the age of five up to 12, so children have plenty of time to become more confident at jumping, hopping and racing up and down ramps at the skatepark. 

It comes with a set of stunt pegs which can be attached to the front and back wheel for more extreme stunts. The frame is lightweight for younger children, the footplate is shorter and the bar is made of one solid piece so that the scooter maintains strength when performing tricks - so if you’re looking for a folding scooter then this isn’t the one.

Micro Scooters always come recommended by Mumsnetters and one of the things we love about them is that all the parts are replaceable, so if it does happen to break you can easily repair rather than fork out for a new one.

Pros 

  • Good age range
  • Solid frame for performing tricks
  • Can be bought in a range of colours
  • Comes with stunt pegs for extreme stunts
  • All parts are replaceable

Cons  

  • Expensive
  • Doesn’t fold down for storage

Tech specs

  • Recommended age: 5 (125cm) – 12 years
  • Batteries: No

12. Best creative toy for 7-year-olds: LEGO DOTS Creative Party Set with Cupcakes

LEGO Dots

Price: £18 | Buy now from Amazon

“A camera. Lots of books. LEGO DOTS.” AlwaysColdHands 

Combining arts and crafts with construction, the LEGO DOTS range has all the fun of standard LEGO but with even more creativity. With this Creative Party Set, children can create their own cupcakes using colourful tiles, removable toppings, candles and stickers. 

To begin with, children can use the design ideas to decorate the eight cupcakes and then as their confidence and skills grow, they can start creating their own. This is a great toy for playing alone or sharing with friends and when they’re done, children can host a tea party to show off all their tasty treats.  

This makes LEGO DOTS not only a great toy for aiding fine-motor skills and creativity but inspiring children’s imaginations too. You can add this set to others in the range so they can design even more exciting creations.

Pros

  • Eight customisable cupcakes 
  • It can be played with alone or shared with friends
  • Inspires creativity and imagination
  • Can be added to other sets in the range to inspire even more creativity 

Cons 

  • Box isn’t great for storage
  • Some users complained there should be more tiles 

Tech specs

  • Recommended age: 6 years +
  • Batteries: No

13. Best imagination toy for 7-year-olds: Sylvanian Families Red Roof Country Home

Sylvanian Families House

Price: £58 | Buy now from Amazon

“Sylvanian Families is a great call. My 10-year-old DD still likes a sneaky play of her younger sister's sets when no one is looking.” Lipsandlashes

This is a toy that you may remember from your own childhood! Sylvanian Families are cute animal figures and sets that inspire imaginary play, and we think the Red Roof Country Home would make a great addition to any toy collection.

The two-floor house can be opened to play with removable parts and roof to make accessing the house even easier. The thing that makes Sylvanian Families toys stand out is the detail and accessories and the house’s coloured walls and lights that turn on and off give it a homely feel.

Children can design their own layout and, when added to the Red Roof Cosy Cottage, they can make a large three-storey house. It’s a great toy for a range of ages so it can be shared with friends and siblings. 

The downside to this set is that it doesn’t come with any furniture or figures so you’ll need to buy these separately.

Pros 

  • Cute animal figures
  • Two-storey house
  • Lights that turn on and off
  • Removable parts for designing own layout
  • Inspires imaginary play
  • Even more imaginary play when added to other sets

Cons 

  • Expensive
  • Furniture and figures need to be bought separately 

Tech specs

  •  Recommended age: 3 – 12 years
  • Batteries: 2 X AA

14. Best games console for 7-year-olds: Nintendo Switch

Nintendo Switch

Price: £305 | Buy now from Amazon

“My 7-year-old is getting a Switch, a few games for the Switch.” Curtains15

You may find that lots of children are getting the Nintendo Switch and there's a good reason for it. This is a games console that is really child friendly and can be played anytime and anywhere.

The latest model comes with a 7-inch OLED screen and an adjustable stand for playing with on the go. When children are at home, they can play games through the TV with the removable Joy-Con controllers.

With the choice to connect up to eight controllers, the Nintendo Switch is great for bringing the family together and encouraging social interaction. You can choose from a huge variety of games, including the popular Super Mario Brothers, Pokemon and Minecraft and, with motion sensors on the controls, games like Just Dance, will get the whole family showing off their moves.

It has 64 GB of internal storage for saving games and the Switch’s parental controls will give peace of mind about your child’s online safety. With so many fun games to play, the only problem you may have is getting them off it! 

Pros

  • Colourful OLED 7-inch screen
  • Can be played with at home or on the go
  • Child-friendly controls
  • Parental controls to ensure online safety
  • Up to eight people can play at one time
  • Encourage social interaction 

Cons 

  • Very pricey
  • You may need to limit screen time
  • Users claim the latest upgrade isn’t hugely different from the previous (cheaper) Nintendo Switch

Tech specs

  •  Recommended age: 6 years + (but there are games that are suitable from the age of three)
  • Batteries: 3 x Lithium ion batteries

15. Best magic toy for 7-year-olds: Melissa & Doug Deluxe Magic Set

Melissa and Doug Magic Set

Price: £31 | Buy now from Amazon

“Melissa and Doug magic set for the 7yo.” SSOYS  

Your child can channel their inner magician with this Melissa and Doug Deluxe Magic Set. From a disappearing ball and magic coin box to the great escape and magic number prediction, the kit comes with tools for performing ten classic tricks.

The box opens up to be used as a prop for the performance and then stores everything away when the show is over. As we’ve come to expect from any Melissa and Doug toy – which are well-loved by our Mumsnetters and their children - the box and most of the accessories are made of wood which makes this set stand out from many others on the market. 

Children will have hours of fun putting on a show and wowing you with their new magic skills, which not only helps inspire their imaginations and creativity, but can help them build up their self-confidence and create critical thinking.

Pros

  • Wooden toy
  • Instructions for ten classic magic tricks
  • Box doubles up as a prop and storage
  • Promotes imaginative play and creativity
  • Can help build up self-confidence

Cons 

  • Some users found the parts broke easily
  • Reviewers claim the tricks are a bit flimsy 
  • Children may need help with following the instructions

Tech specs

  • Recommended age: 8 years + (but we think it will be suitable for seven-year-olds)
  • Batteries: No

How do I choose the best toy for a 7-year-old? 

Safety

Make sure to check the manufacturer’s age recommendation to ensure that the toy is age appropriate. Also, look at how solid and sturdy it is so that it doesn’t break easily during play. 

If the toy has the CE symbol this means that it meets all the relevant regulatory requirements. Some toys also have the British Toy and Hobby Association’s (BTHA) Lion Mark which shows that it has met all the safety requirements to be a member. 

Interests 

As children get older, they know what they like and dislike so this can be really helpful when you’re shopping for a new toy. If you want to make sure that it gets plenty of playtime, look for a toy that caters to their interests – for example, do they like learning about science? Do they enjoy craft play or building things? 

Make sure that it offers something different though, maybe a toy that encourages a new interest or skill or advances a skill they already have. Seven-year-olds are very sociable so toys that can be shared with friends are always going to be a hit.

Milestones

While they’ll still depend on you for a lot of things, a seven-year-old is also hitting the age where they are becoming much more independent. Now speaking in full, complex sentences, they can articulate their thoughts and feelings which means they can sometimes act older than they are - however, they still enjoy playing.

At seven, children are very sociable and want to spend time with their friends so think about getting them a toy they can share as well as play with on their own. They’ll be asking lots of questions about the world so a toy that helps them expand their learning in some way will be really beneficial.

They’re now also developing their reading and maths skills, so they may enjoy toys that help to extend their learning at school, such as STEM sets. 

How many toys should a 7-year-old have?

There is no set amount, but it’s thought that children who have too many toys can find it harder to focus and concentrate on learning a new skill.

Rather than having lots of the same thing, aim to have a good variety of toys that encourage different skills and cater for different interests. If you feel you have too many toys at home, try decluttering and getting rid of any that your child no longer plays with. You can also store some away and rotate the toys so they don’t get too overwhelmed.

What is the best toy for 7-year-olds?  

When it comes to keeping children entertained, we think the Brio Pinball Machine is the best toy for seven-year-olds. A retro game that can be played alone or shared with friends, children will have lots of fun pinging the marble around the board trying to score as many points as possible. We also think the Scandinavian wooden design gives this toy a modern twist.

How we chose our recommendations 

When compiling our list of recommendations, our trusted and experienced parenting journalists spend hours researching each product category, using a variety of sources to evaluate which products are the best. Many of the recommendations for toys for seven-year-olds came from Mumsnet parents themselves whose children have spent hours of their time putting the products through their paces in everyday situations. 

We searched the Mumsnet forums for posts about which toys Mumsnetters really rated and then consulted expert review sites and retailers, such as Argos, Amazon and Smyths, to help us whittle down our list of tried-and-tested products. During our research, we vetted each toy, considering the quality, safety, value for money, extra features and material to ensure each one performed well across the board.

Why you should trust us

We work hard to provide unbiased, independent advice you can trust. We do sometimes earn revenue through affiliate (click-to-buy) links in our articles. This helps us fund more helpful articles like this one.

About Gemma Wilcock

Freelance writer Gemma has worked for national magazines and online publications for more than 15 years. As a busy mum of two young children, aged seven and five, she draws on her own experiences when writing about toys, parenting, health, money, lifestyle, specialising in product reviews for Mumsnet. She has also written for Prima Baby, Woman’s Own and Bella.