If you’re here, you must be on the hunt for awesome toys for 12 year olds. Well, you’re in the right place because here, you’ll find everything from zoomtastic Mini Gas Bikes and Minecraft LEGO Kits, to unicorn themed craft sets, interactive robots you can code yourself, and lots more besides.
This console is probably at the top of all ‘toys for 12 year olds’ lists, so of course, we had to mention it – welcome the Nintendo Switch. It’s the perfect choice for any young gamer, and one of the newest on the market, but worry not, because there is already an abundance of awesome games available.
You won’t have to ‘force’ your Star Wars fans to love growing their very own Lightsaber crystal with this Uncle Milton Lab. Mix the simple solution up and in around 7 to 10 days the crystal will start growing and then you can light it up – will it be red or blue?
If your 12 year old has never-ending amounts of energy, tire them out before bedtime with this Skywalker 10ft round trampoline with safety enclosure. The patented design means that there aren’t any gaps between the base of the trampoline and the enclosure net, so kids can’t bounce off, no matter how hard they try.
Encourage kids to listen to their breathing rather than the TV with this Gaiam yoga mat. Designed to make yoga fun for youngsters, this mat helps them to take time out to tune in to their bodies and minds… with the hope that they’ll be calmer as a result.
Youngsters will be tearing up the neighborhood on this Monster Moto mini bike. Built to last, the durable wheels and steel frame will withstand laps around the block over rubble and grass, as kids put the bike through its paces showing it off to their friends.
If your youngster is begging you for a pet, get them this cute Fingerlings glitter dragon to take care of. These collectible interactive baby pets just want to be loved, clinging to kids’ fingers wherever they go and reacting to movement and touch with adorable dragon sounds.
When they’re out and about, make sure kids have got a supply of water and snacks to hand, along with a sweater of course, with this hydration pack from Osprey. The blinker nighttime attachment also means they’re visible to other road users if they’re hiking or riding their bike after dark.
If your kids prefer doodling to firing up a Bunsen burner, get them excited about chemistry with this set from Crayola. With 50 colorful science activities to have a go at using the art supplies in the box, they can create bright, fun projects, including an erupting volcano.
With this Clue Master Detective game, wannabe sleuths must try to solve the murder of Mr. Body; a super-sized version of Clue, youngsters must work their way around the board, piecing together the evidence to work out who killed him, where the murder happened, and what weapon was used.
With faster slam-firing than ever before, this Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm puts kids in control in combat. Holding down the trigger, kids can fire 6 darts from the rotating blaster up to 75 feet, before flipping open the barrel to reload in seconds, making sure there’s no escape for their enemies.
Speed demons won’t be able to get enough of this Anki Overdrive: Fast and Furious edition. With cutting edge features including precise maneuvering of up to 1 millimetre, kids can build one of the 8 battle tracks, before racing against Dom, Letty, Tej and the gang.
Half panda, half unicorn, kids can create this magical Pandacorn with this string art kit from Craft-tastic. Using the foam canvases included as a base to pin their strings, they can follow the pre-printed designs or freestyle to create their own 3D artwork to display with pride.
Kids might not think playing video games in their bedroom could get any better – that is until they’ve tried this wireless gaming headset. Designed for pro gamers, the headset provides unbeatable sound through the over-the-ear headphones without the inconvenience of wires, making kids feel like they’ve been transported in to the game on-screen.
Kids can construct this lovable Porg with the LEGO Star Wars building kit. Made from 811 pieces, when they press its tail, the Porg’s mouth will open and its wings will flap as it tries to fly back home to a galaxy far, far away.
Kids will have hours of fun building this giant marble run before racing their marbles down the tracks. As they watch the marbles pick up speed, kids will get a lesson in kinetic energy, as well as gravity, so they can impress their teacher in science class.
Rather than growing mold in the mugs you find in their bedroom, kids can have a go at growing these crystals – there are 7 different experiments for young geologists to try in this kit, as they watch and wait for each crystal to form.
It won’t take much to wrap your minds around this one; girls are sure to love this magical Yarn Unicorn Kit. What could be more fun than making not one, but 2 unicorns? They start by building the cardboard carcas and then wrapping them with yarn, finishing them off with a cool glittery horn.
Kick off the excitement to this year’s (2018) World Cup with this ball-shaped 3D Puzzle by Ravensburger. No matter the team they’re rooting for, this Official Match Ball is the perfect way to show their support, especially since it takes a whole lot of dedication to fit all 540 pieces together!
Fancy jazzing up your hairdo? This Glitzy Locks Hair Sparkle Kit from Alex Spa is great for doing just that. It comes with everything they could ever need to shimmer like their fav unicorns: bead and sequin applicator, over 180 butterfly beads and glittery sequins, and a comb to help easily remove them.
If you and your kids enjoy crafting together, you’re sure to enjoy the Parents Award-winning Klutz Sew Mini Treats. They’ll love working up an appetite while sewing these simply adorable foods together; there are 18 treats in total ranging from the sweetest fruits to the crunchiest of snacks.
You’ve probably seen the awesome self-sealing Bunch O Balloons, well now they come supercharged and ready for some splashing action with the ZURU Slingshot. With this bad boy, they can fire the water balloons up to 100ft – how impressive is that? Let the water battles commence!
Whether they’re huge fans of the popular game Overwatch or they just like collecting neat Funko POP figures, you can’t go wrong with this super-sized Overwatch D.VA and Meka pack. Not only does it come with the awesome duo, but Meka even fits inside the D.VA – making it a must-have.
Hand weaving is fun, though it can be time-consuming, so try out this Easy Weaving Loom. All you have to do is weave in and out while switching the lever – it couldn’t get any simpler than that! In no time at all you’ll have cozy scarves and socks, or even snazzy phone cases.
Your little chefs will love growing herbs with Herbie AeroGarden. The kit comes with everything kids will need to plant, grow, and harvest their yummy herbs – simply water them, turn the LED lights on and off in the morning and evening, and in no time at all they’ll be ready for their exciting pizza party.
If they’re a fan of the game, then this Minecraft toy for 12 year olds is the perfect choice, plus you can’t ever go wrong with a LEGO kit – most kids enjoy them. The Farm comes with Steve and Skeleton with a bow, not forgetting the sheep and cow – what are you waiting for? Get ‘moooving’.
This kit will certainly give kids a ‘grasp’ of building tech. The UBTECH Jimu Builderbots Kit is one of the coolest toys out there; not only do they have the fun of building but they can also interact with it and use Blockly Code to make it pick objects up, drive around, and navigate obstacles.
Have them learn all about coding with the seriously awesome Evo App-Connected Robot. You can interact with your little Evo socialite by naming it and using the app to control it, or it also follows colored markers. Connect with other Evo owners through the app and learn tips and tricks from each other.
Have you ever seen those glass bottle ornaments with objects inside and wondered how on earth they got there? Well now you know, they used the magic of LEGO, of course, and with the LEGO Ideas Ship In a Bottle Set, you can now make your own – aharrghhh!
Made right here in the USA is the ‘mazing Monster Moto Gas Mini Bike. Growl around town on this and you’ll capture everyone’s attention with how cool it is. Use it around the dirt course and you will have the smoothest of rides with its reinforced frame, powerful performance, front suspension and off-road tires.
Who said science had to be boring? Well, this chemistry lesson certainly isn’t, and it’s even edible – what could be better? Everyone’s always told not to play with their food, but on this occasion, it’s allowed because you have to use your taste buds. Change the color of jelly, create fizzy drinks and more.
Have yourself a horse enthusiast? Then you won’t find a better gift for them than the Breyer Lily Interactive Horse Toy. Lily needs a checkup with the vet – aka you – so check her heartbeat, clean and pick her hooves while her tail swishes, brush her mane while she sighs happily, and give important shots.
The OgoBild Pod isn’t your usual building toy, becausethis innovative construction set has children creating in ways they never have before. Instead of bricks, rubber balls are used to join the bendy plastic rods together, so there’s no chance of anything snapping, and what’s more, they can even bounce – try making a huge ball!
Earlier, we mentioned the incredible Nintendo Switch console, well here’s a must-have game you can’t possibly go without should you decide to purchase it. Imagine the fun they’ll have with this bot-tastic Nintendo Labo Robot Kit. You wouldn’t believe that the Switch becomes even more interactive with Labo – it’s insane amounts of fun for everyone.
With 11 machines to build, there’s unlimited joy to be had with the Klutz LEGO Gadgets Activity Kit. Each nifty machine promotes STEM learning, as they create gadgets that spin, drop, punch, cruise and whirl. As complicated as they sound, though, with the easy instructions they make the perfect toys for 12 year olds.
Card games are great, that is until someone accidentally spills a drink or they get chewed by the dog – you wanted a durable game that lasts, and now you’ve got it with this revved-up waterproof version of UNO, the game everyone knows and loves, only this time there’s no chance of anything being destroyed.
Go cruising in style with these Intex Explorer 200 inflatable boats. Each boat has the capacity for 2 people, and this pack of 3 boats means the whole family can get out and active on the water, whether it’s the pool or a local lake – everyone’s sure to enjoy having a splashing time.
Ever fancied yourself as a fashion designer? Well, now your dreams can come true with the Fashion Angels Design Portfolio Sketch Set. Included are 40 sketch sheets, a pack of Chroma Stix which are brilliant for drawing different textures, 4 stencils, and a whopping 142 stickers – the ultimate designer’s fantasy!
Ever drawn something so cool you wish you could bring it to life? Whether it’s an adorable pet or an army fighting zombie robot you can now create your very own sculptures with this futuristic 3D pen. It comes with colorful refills and even glow-in-the-dark ones, perfect for crazy extraterrestrial creatures.
Are you and your kids always off on family hikes together? Then you definitely need this essential. The CamelBak Kids Mini Hydration Pack holds 50oz of water so they have plenty to drink on long walks or any other outdoor activity. It also has a handy on/off lever so there are no leaks.
Build and play your very own games with Snap Circuits Arcade Kit. This electrical kit is sure to give any tech fanatic a ‘buzz’ as they snap the color-coded pieces together to create real working circuit projects like a spinning programmable word fan, PICAXE microcontroller, and more.
Being one of the smallest longboards, the Mini Longboard from Eggboards is easily the most portable – you can take it with you everywhere as it fits in your backpack, meaning you can ride it to school, and even take it onto the bus. Quality isn’t compromised though, it still has a smooth as ever ride.
Meet the Nintendo Labo Variety kit – the family-friendly, insanely fun construction kit that really does bring gaming to life. Before the games even start the projects have to be made up from the cardboard cutouts, and they can even be customized with stickers, paints, markers and more – how exciting.
Inspired by the lovable new Disney movie Coco is this divine Spruce Mini Cordoba Guitar with etched design. Perfectly portable, the mini guitar is ready to be taken with you on your musical journeys, whether it’s gigs at the park or just practicing at school; it even comes with its own protective bag.
If you don’t have a Rollplay Tornado, you’re definitely missing out, they are THE way to ride around right now. Being battery powered, there’s no tiring pedaling; instead, it’s just easy-going fast fun as it goes up to 12MPH, so you can get to your destination quickly – even if it is just the candy store.
Kids will love making their own DIY toys for 12 year olds with the Klutz My Pom-Pom Pet Shop Craft Kit. With 100 pieces, there’s plenty enough to get the kids around the table for crafting creativity as this kit can make 10 adorable pom-pom pets. There are even punch-out bowls and a pet carrier.
Fitness fanatics can’t go without a Fitbit Ace – the watch tracks daily steps, sleep, active minutes, and you can see how you’re doing on the app or with just a quick tap on its screen. Parents can also set up a safe account for them where they even get celebratory messages for hitting their goals.
Every young girl’s dream is to visit a magical garden, full of magic, fairies and best of all, UNICORNS! And while unfortunately we can’t magic up one of those, they can make their own amazing Unicorn Garden with this lovely kit from Creative Roots. There are 5 painted figurines included, so get creating.
Are you really a parent if you haven’t heard of the ever-so-popular squishy toys? You’ll be sure to blow their minds with this jumbo pack of 3 insanely adorable kawaii squishies. There are 2 ever so cute unicorn cakes, one blue and one white, as well as a scrumptious looking cupcake squishy.
Design mini motors with the Circuit Cubes Wacky Wheels Kit. All you have to do is supply the building bricks; it supports all types so you can use your LEGO or Megabloks and get to making the hands-on zoomeriffic projects that teach STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) and problem-solving skills.
L.O.L. Surprise collectors won’t want to miss their cool color changing lip gloss pack. It comes with decorative stickers and 5 different colored bases that all supply a color-changing surprise every time you apply. You can even flavor them with yummy Very Cherry, Cotton Candy, Oh So Citrus, and Blue Berry droppers.
If crazy contraptions are your sort of thing then this is the kit for you. Included is everything you’ll need, right down to the gears, to create and build 16 high-performance projects. While they may look daunting at first you can rest assured all instructions are crystal-clear and easy to understand, making building a breeze.
Help them safely practice baseball with this net. It’s made of fiberglass, iron, and polyester so you just know that it’s durable, ready for years of use, though you can breathe a bit easier knowing it has a full year of warranty. It’s also easy to put up as you don’t need any tools.
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Mothers and daughters will love making this cute craft together – with moms sewing expertize and the kid’s stylish eye, you’ll make the perfect team to make a super cute Zipper Card Pouch. You’ll need to get your hands on some funky canvas material, get enough and you can make matching card pouches.
From ‘Yours Truly, G’ is this useful DIY Paper Wallet tutorial. This is one super quick make, taking just 5 minutes so you haven’t any excuse not to give this a go! Plus, the wallets also make a cute way to gift anyone vouchers or money. All you need is paper, scissors and glue.
Have a map going spare? Then you almost have everything you need to make this DIY Map Wallet; take it everywhere with you and you won’t get lost either – result! Or you could use other patterned paper onstead, maybe even one to match your school backpack or purse.
If you’ve got a drawer filled with tangled cords from old phone and laptop chargers (and those are the ones you can identify) keep them tidy with this clever cord roll. Have a look at this post to find a quick, cheap solution to help you de-clutter your life.
Jazz up your kids’ school lockers with the ideas in this post. As well as creating more storage for their belongings with these easy-to-fit wooden shelves, you can paint them with their favorite color to personalize their locker, making kids the envy of their classmates.
Great for handmade birthday or Christmas presents for your kids’ school friends, or even to say thank you to their teacher at the end of the semester, check out this post to see how you can make beautiful, laminated paper bookmarks to make reading even more fun.
As kids hit their tweens, they start to want to show their individuality by personalizing their school bags. Read this article to see how to create this DIY keychain that will make them stand out from their classmates; try a design that includes their initial or the crest of their football team.
If your kids watch movies at home on their smartphone, check out this post to find out how to make a simple phone amplifier to improve the experience using paper cups and cardboard toilet rolls – with the lights turned off and a bowl of popcorn, it’ll be just like a night at the movies…