Toys for Girls Aged 8, 9 and 10
I found it difficult putting this list together, so parents of girls in this age group really do have my sympathies. There is such a lack of interesting toys for girls aged 8, 9 and 10 years old, and they can be a difficult group to please.
Highly stylized dolls are more likely to hold her attention. If Bratz have a little too much attitude for you to handle, then take a look at Monster High dolls – the offspring of the most infamous ghosts and ghouls.
A touch screen tablet with Android access may be an expensive gift initially, but because you can download the most popular apps, like Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja, for just a few pounds, and use them to play films and music, you will get a lot of life out of it. For more information, take a look at my guide to tablet computers on my other site, Toy Tracker.
Fluffy Wuffy Animals
The new Furby has enough features to hold the interest of older girls, especially as it will dance in time to any music you play it, and you can feed it via an interactive app.
Don’t overlook the classic, simple styling of Sylvannian Familes, which appeals to all ages (even adults).
And I really like the look of this new toy, Inkoo (pictured), £20. You can get a bear or and owl. Decorate with the included washable marker pens, then throw him in the wash and start all over again. It’s not a new concept, but I think the Inkoo toy has a more mature look to it, and I wouldn’t trust a younger child not to decorate EVERY toy with the pens.
Construction, craft and creativity
Take a look at my review of Harumika, a fashion creation toy. Older girls can really get the most of this kit if they have their own stash of fabric scraps and ribbons to raid.
Some of the more complex LEGO Friends sets, like Olivia’s House (pictured) should keep her occupied for a while.
Encourage exercise and fresh air with a Flikr (£80) scooter, or just have fun zooming around a Razor Electric Scooter (£250).
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