Best-Loved Older Kids Toys

The best-loved kids’ toys for older kids age 9-12 years. Encourage cooperative play, independent critical thinking, confidence and resiliency with the best-loved kids’ toys organized according to physical, mental, and social abilities.

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The Older School Kids’ (Age 9-12) Physical Abilities & Interest

  • sports important to both sexes; this age range is ready for athletic and team sports, skating, swimming, sailing, tennis, fishing, and a variety of ball games including baseball and soccer
  • enjoys dexterity games pick-up sticks, marbles, jacks, darts, ring toss, tiddlywinks
  • can make complex constructions and models, and do jigsaw puzzles of 100 to 1000 pieces interested in a variety of arts and crafts; small muscle ability is essentially that of an adult
  • by age 10 may be interested in formal music, dance, and art or craft lessons

Developmental toys for older kids supporting cooperative and constructive play


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The Older School Kids’ Mental Abilities & Interest

  • able to play and carry out activities on own
  • emergence of independent critical thinking; evaluates ideas and people; may be interested ın biographies and hıstory
  • increased individual differences in abilities and interests
  • may be interested in science; increasing ability to arrange, classify and generalize
  • may enjoy hobbies, collections, or scrapbooks
  • interest in stories or plays, and acting in them
  • interest in gadgets and inventions, including computers

Developmental toys for older kids inspiring independence and multi-faceted learning


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The Older School Kids’ Social Abilities & Interest

  • can work cooperatively with others and is interested ın clubs, and in group activities & productions
  • can play complex card and table games with rules; begins to be able to lose gracefully
  • enjoys competitive games and sports
  • interest in drama and dramatic games
  • growing interest in the larger community and the world

Developmental toys helping build confidence and resiliency


“One of the greatest gifts adults can give—to their offspring and to their society—is to read to children.” —Carl Sagan


Our purpose is to make developmental toy selection easier for you. We do this through research, recommendations by experts and parents, and through the pre-selection of toys on Amazon, as reviewed by verified consumers. We welcome recommendations in helping us and other parents choose age-appropriate and developmental toys.

The Brightest Family conducts independent research, and may refer to studies from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission web site, and from non-profit organizations.

“Kids and Babies - Safety Alerts.” United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, www.cpsc.gov/safety-education/safety-guides/kids-and-babies. Accessed Aug. 2017.

Which Toy For Which Child. Washington D.C., U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Accessed Aug. 2017. A Consumer's Guide for Selecting Suitable Toys

“Age-by-Age Toy Buying Guide.” PlaySafe.org, The Toy Association, www.playsafe.org. Accessed Aug. 2017.

Developmental Toys For Older Kids

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