Now I am really entering uncharted territory. All of the boys I’ve shopped for so far, for the most part, have been itty-bitty, so I had to do some real digging. I think there are some great ideas here, but I’m not a 7-year-old boy, so I’d love to hear your feedback!
Deluxe Legends of Magic, $56.99: This complete kit contains all the props your son will need to master over 250 different tricks, and it all comes in a heavy duty cardstock trunk that doubles as a performance table.
To the Rescue! Fire Station, $49.95: This fire station is large and full of authentic details, from flashing lights to a working loudspeaker to three vehicles, including a fire truck with a working hose! Looking for a wooden version? This supersized Ultimate Fire Station virtually guarantees a happy kid, and it comes complete with firefighters, vehicles, and furniture, $179.99. This wooden firehouse play station has similar features in a slightly scaled down size, for $149.99. For more portable firefighting fun, pick the 26-piece Ready to Roll Firefighters Set, $37.99, which features a dozen vehicles, firefighters, and extinguishers for hours of pretend play.
Quadrilla Complete Set, $220: You can start with the basic version of this set for $69.98, or splurge on the whole big production. Either way, your little guy will have a great time building horizontal structures and then sending marbles careening down his creations. Or he might prefer this motorized version, with lots of gears, tunnels, and spinners, for $69.95.
Interactive Electronic Games, $34.99-49.99: These talking, educational games alllow young players to interact while picking up new facts on one of three different categories: Insects, USA Map, Planetarium or Dinosaurs! Great for travel!
TV Superstar Games, $49.95-69.95: Kids will have fun and burn off some energy dancing and playing music with their on-screen selves, or drawing and interacting with the game characters.
Microscope Set, $39.99: This metal microscope is an essential tool for budding scientists, with a high quality eyepiece, a light, and a mirror. The slide sets, available separately, come prepared with plant, insect and veggie specimens!
Mack Crane Truck, $119.99: This 26″ long truck has working doors and a hood, sturdy legs, and a crane that extends over four feet high!
Big Red Barn, $99.99: Animal lovers will adore this beautiful, big red wooden barn, with sliding doors and an open rear side. Big plastic farm animals sold separately, $19.99/set. Looking for a less expensive option? This Big Barn Play Set has tons of great features, 7 farm hands,and 28 animals, all for $47.99.
Everglade Patrol, $51.99: Your child doesn’t have to be a Floridian to appreciate this fun play set, which features a crew of four, a seaplane, a swamp boat, a tent and more!
Animal Building Sets, $29.95: These ingenious sets allow little builders the opportunity to create coloful 3-D animal charactes, from dragons and reptiles to marine creatures and wild savannah animals, out of high density foam. Educational and fun!
Skyscraper Building Set, $59.95: This Tekton Tower Girder and Panel Set gives young architects the tools to create buildings and skyscrapers. Fire Station Sets and Bank Buildind Sets are also available, $29.95 each.
Building Blocks, $139: Educators agree that blocks are essential playthings for young children, and these Romanesque wood blocks are beautiful and offer endless options for creativity. Looking for a bargain? This set of 100 brightly colored wooden blocks in a wooden box is a steal at only $24.98, and appeals to everyone from babies to elementary age kids.
Construction Depot, $84.99: Future builders will love this construction site, which features a 3 foot high crane, a dump truck, 4-wheel loader and lots of other accessories. Or for fun on the go, choose the Let’s-Go construction set, $43.99, a portable case that houses 12 vehicles, poseable figures, cones and loads of other accessories for imaginative play!
Classic Castle, $109.99: This grand, wooden castle is large in scale, and in pretend play potential. It also comes with a royal family, eight nights, and two horses.
Remote Control Transbotix, $35.99: This robot transforms into a semi that moves, and a remote control gives your son the power to direct it.
Tower of Doom, $159.95: This massive wooden castle features surprises on all four sides, plus a working trapdoor, drawbridge and even a dungeon. Comes with four play figures.
Remote Control Dinosaurs, $59: Your child controls these prehistoric pals with a simple remote, which allows him to make them turn, roar and bite!
Not Out of the Woods Play Scene, $48: This beautiful, modern play scene features an assortment of wooden animals against a natural backdrop. If your child won’t play with this, you could always use it to decorate his room!
Car Design Workshop, $24.98: All boys love cars, and this kit features all the tools they need to imagine and design their own!