At eleven years old, most kids’ taste in toys begins to shift from what it used to be just a year or two ago. This is the time when the first rays of teenage mentality and behavior start to show, and parents should adjust the gifts they give accordingly. An 11-year-old is a pre-teen; no longer a baby and not yet a teenager. This is why we have taken care to create a list of the top 20 best toys that ignite the senses and curiosity of pre-teen boys while encouraging healthy development and habits.
- Choosing the Best Toys for 11-Year-Old Boys
- Top 20 Best Toys for 11-Year-Old Boys 2023
- 1. ThinkFun Gravity Maze Marble Run
- 2. 4M Crystal Growing Science Experimental Kit
- 3. Flybar Pogo Ball for Kids
- 4. Starlux Games - Capture the Flag REDUX
- 5. USA Toyz Astroshot Zero GX
- 6. Flybar My First Foam Pogo Jumper
- 7. Klutz Lego Chain Reactions Science & Building Kit
- 8. Growsland Remote Control Car
- 9. HUSAN Mini ATM Electronic Piggy Bank
- 10. Force1 Scoot LED Hand Operated Drone
- 11. The Dangerous Book for Boys
- 12. Pokémon Kids' Watch With Flashing LED Lights
- 13. BEZGAR Electric Off-Road RC Monster Truck
- 14. Flipslide Electronic Handheld Game
- 15. Dreamingbox Compact Shock Proof Binoculars
- 16. Mattel Games UNO Minecraft Card Game
- 17. RoyalBaby Kids Freestyle Bicycle
- 18. Meketec Mini Cruiser Retro Skateboard
- 19. VTech KidiZoom Smartwatch DX2
- 20. Ourlife Kids Waterproof Action Camera
- Now Let’s Go and Play
Choosing the Best Toys for 11-Year-Old Boys
Toy shopping doesn’t need to be troublesome, but you can do better than just grab the best-looking thing you see on the store shelf or the internet. Instead, ask yourself these questions before purchasing.
Is the Toy Age-Appropriate?
Now that your child is eleven years old, terms such as “child-safety” and “child-friendly” have distinct implications. When he was younger, you probably want to make sure his toys had child-safety features like rounded edges, but an 11-year-old should have better dexterity to handle toys with non-rounded edges. You might also want to make sure the toy you’re considering appeals to your little boy not only now, but for years to come, so we’ve included a recommended age range for each gift.
Is the Toy Strong and Durable?
Most parents don’t need to be told about the importance of sturdiness in children’s toys. Even at eleven years old, boys will still be boys and that can sometimes mean playing rough. You will find toys in this list that passed government quality regulations which guarantee the said toy is tough enough to survive repeated abuse by children.
Is the Toy Safe to Use?
You will find toys in this list that are manufactured with BPA-free, lead-free, and phthalate-free materials that are safe for children. We made sure the toys on our list are safe for kids and their family’s health.
We deliberately filled this list with a wide variety of toys to make sure there’s something for every taste, budget, interests, and expectations. To do this, we asked a lot more questions than the three above. This list has toys that spark imagination and creativity, build physical and mental health, and encourage all-round development for your 11-year-old boy.
Top 20 Best Toys for 11-Year-Old Boys 2023
1. ThinkFun Gravity Maze Marble Run
The ThinkFun Gravity Maze Marble Run is a STEM toy designed to help children hone their engineering, math, physics, science, and spatial skills. With more than 50 million units sold worldwide, the Thinkfun Gravity Maze Marble Run won the 2019 Toy-of-the-Year Award. Newbies to this game can learn quickly from the easy-to-follow instruction manual that comes with the kit.
The marble gravity maze run is won by building a path through the tower to get the marble to its target. This toy will encourage your little boy to flex his creative muscles by solving the challenges. This marble run kit has 60 beginners to advanced level challenges to help children build on their logical and critical thinking skills. The toy also helps kids with their cognitive and gross motor skills development, plus, this game is plenty of challenging fun to play.
2. 4M Crystal Growing Science Experimental Kit
DIY science project toys such as this one can help young minds build resourcefulness, focus, planning, and intellectual curiosity. Your little boy will use this kit to experiment and grow 7 different crystals and then display his work in the transparent hexagonal display cases.
The 4M Crystal Growing Science Experimental Kit comes in 2 styles for you to choose from or collect: the Basic Crystal Kit and the Deluxe Crystal Kit. The crystals can be formed in numerous shapes and colors. They start growing immediately as children watch, and can reach their full size in 7 – 10 days. The formed crystals glow in the dark too.
Every chemical and tool needed to grow the crystals is provided in the kit. Every step of the process is a learning experience as children use the detailed instruction manual to create 7 different real crystals with minimal adult supervision.
Some of the chemicals pose a hazardous risk to children if ingested so it is important to closely follow the directions in the instruction manual. However, the vigilance and anticipation add to the excitement of a science experiment as kids get the opportunity to learn about the different chemicals. This toy may just be the catalyst for your child’s interest in science and geology.
3. Flybar Pogo Ball for Kids
The Flybar brand is our favorite because of its unique child-friendly and durable build. This jumper’s design is an inflatable Saturn-shaped ball firmly inserted between plastic plates. Unlike traditional pogo sticks such as the Flybar My First Foam Pogo Jumper, the Flybar Pogo Ball provides a whole other kind of jumping fun. The pogo ball jumper provides just as much health-building fun as the pogo stick. It takes a little bit of effort to master the jump, but that’s the point. This toy will help children build better balance, finesse, and coordination.
Where it comes to quality, the Flybar pogo ball did not disappoint. The deck is made with sturdy durable plastic with a built-in grip, an eye-catching aesthetic design, and cool boyish prints on the non-slip surface. The package includes a hand pump to easily inflate the rubber ball and get on with the fun. The heavy-duty rubber ball and strong plates make the Flybar pogo ball ideal for indoor and outdoor use. It can support weights of up to 160 pounds, and there are 5 colors to choose from.
4. Starlux Games - Capture the Flag REDUX
Capture the Flag REDUX is the perfect game to get everyone outside, no matter how old they are, for an hours-long fitness-building exercise. The Starlux Capture the Flag Redux is a multiple award-winning toy perfect for birthdays, youth events, church events, BBQs, gym class, and more.
The game is a battle concept where “soldiers” capture their opponent’s flag (a glowing orb in this case) and return the captured crystal to the home side without been tagged on the way home. Tagged soldiers go to jail and stay in jail until a team member breaks them out without being tagged themselves.
Teams are made up of all kinds of military personnel for espionage, scouting, and defense. If you are looking for the perfect toy to get kids to cut screen time and put their phones down, this would be the right choice. The kit comes with battery-powered jail markers, territory lights, light-up wristbands, and the glowing orb that serves as each team’s flag. The glowing orbs and other game pieces make the Starlux Capture the Flag game cool to play at night
The game can be played by a team of 4 to 20 players, making it an excellent tool to cultivate social skills while building mental and physical fitness, strength, cardiovascular health, and confidence. With this game, you are guaranteed plenty of laughter, whooping, and good ol’ sweating.
5. USA Toyz Astroshot Zero GX
The Astroshot Zero GX Glow in the Dark Shooting set is an award-winning target practice toy made in the USA. This is a cool-looking impressive concept with numerous mental and physical benefits for children. It features a 4-in-1 design for multiple different shooting modes: knockdown targets, hovering targets, rotating targets, and space-themed standing targets. Kids can play the shooting game solo or with a partner.
The set includes a training module, the Astroshot Zero-GX blaster, 12 foam darts, 10 target orbs, a detachable draft clip, and a sticker sheet—and the target is compatible with other Nerf blaster brands. This toy is made with quality non-toxic materials that are CPSC and CPSIA-compliant for ensured safety and quality.
You can easily switch between target modes on the Astroshot blaster- foam balls or pellets by adjusting a knob and flipping a switch. The dart clip fits securely on top of the guns, but kids have to reload manually which helps to train finger muscles, motor skills, and dexterity.
Get this toy for your pre-teen to play by himself or with his friends and siblings. The toy will help them develop sharper hand-eye coordination and concentration as they try to aim accurate shots through the target. Kids will build concentration, patience, and social skills while playing with this highly addictive fun game.
6. Flybar My First Foam Pogo Jumper
This is another quality product on our list from the same company that made the Flybar Pogo Ball for Kids. The experience of manufacturing toys for more than one hundred years shows in the high quality of the Flybar My First Pogo Jumper. Children use jumping to burn away all that extra energy, and the Flybar pogo jumper is a better tool than your mattress and sofa to endure hours-long jumping.
This pogo jumper is made for children 3 years and above, and the foam and bungee can support up to 250 lbs in weight. It also has a flexible bungee that is distinct from the rigid designs often found in competitor brands. You also get an adjustable handle, coupled with the flexible bungee, which allows the device to be enjoyed by children of various height, and the Flybar My First Pogo Jumper comes in 10 beautiful colors to choose from.
This product makes a squeaky sound, but you can carefully extract the squeakers from inside the foam base if the squeaky sound annoys you. The jumper can be used indoors or outdoors so we understand why you might want the squeaky sound gone. As you can expect from the Flybar brand, this pogo jumper is made with sturdy durable components.
7. Klutz Lego Chain Reactions Science & Building Kit
The Klutz Lego Chain Reactions Science & Building Kit is an excellent toy to kick start creativity in young people. This is a book-based Lego set that does more than let kids stack up a variety of creative forms. Children can use the Klutz Lego kit to build forms that perform several chain reaction tricks.
In German, “Klutz” means a wooden block. However, the building block pieces of this Nappa Silver award-winning Lego kit are made of non-toxic durable plastic.
Pat Murphy and the scientists at Klutz Labs put in a lot of thought into the making of this toy. This building kit is radically different from the usual Lego bricks stacking that kids are used to, as it’s much smaller. The kit comes in multiple colors and contains a 78-page book, 33 lego pieces, 6 balls, 6 feet of string, 8 paper ramps, 2 paper pop-up signs, 1 paper funnel ramp, 1 paper flag, 1 paper bucket, and 1 platform. If you have a preference for larger sets, we recommend the Brickyard’s Educational Construction Engineering Building Blocks.
The engineering projects to build with the Klutz kit are challenging, which allows kids to flex their creative muscles more than they typically would with typical Lego building toys. Your little boy will have to ensure precision alignment between the paper parts and the Lego motion actuators to create the chain reaction.
This is an excellent opportunity for your little boy to train sharper hand-eye coordination, patience, logical skills, and gross motor skills as he takes on and completes the variety of 10 chains reacting Lego projects in the book.
The accompanying 78-page book also doubles as an instruction manual that illustrates how to build the projects and the skills kids can learn from them such as physics, weight, momentum, angles, etc.
8. Growsland Remote Control Car
Boys love cars, no doubt about that. Boys always have an inherent need for speed, which means the faster the car, the better. The Growsland Remote Control Car is modeled after a blend of supercars, sporting everything from a Lamborghini fender to a Ferrari tail.
The car has a working headlight that turns on upon acceleration complete with a revving engine. This RC car requires 6 batteries to use; 4 AA batteries for the car and 2 AA batteries for the remote controller. If you’re wary of racing toys that run on rechargeable lithium-ion batteries which drain too quickly and takes longer to charge, then you should be happy with the quick-swap alternative that AA batteries provide. We just wish there was as an option to turn the headlight off to save battery.
The remote controller is designed to provide a comfortable grip for kid hands. With a 27MHz range, your child should maintain around 10 – 15 feet of proximity to the car to stay in the signal range. On the whole, the Growsland Remote Control Car provides a cool ride for racing fans.
The car can go forward and backward and make zippy turns. Made of scratch-resistant durable ABS plastic, this toy car survives plenty of bumps with room furniture without breaking apart.
The size of this toy makes it best enjoyed indoors. But if you favor meaner monster vehicles over pretty fast cars, then check out the BEZGAR 17 All Terrains Electric Off-Road RC Monster Truck.
9. HUSAN Mini ATM Electronic Piggy Bank
The HUSAN Mini ATM Electronic Piggy Bank is a password-protected personal mini ATM for kids. There are many such electronic piggy banks available, but we recommend this brand for its premium build, the compartments for paper money and coins, and its child-friendly features.
It is made from ABS Eco-friendly plastic for the safety of your child and the durability of the device. It also features colorful flashing lights and a voice-operated mode for that extra “cool” factor that fascinates children.
This toy gives parents a golden opportunity to teach kids about money and finances and help them develop a healthy savings lifestyle. The HUSAN Mini ATM Electronic Piggy Bank can store and dispense 600 coins and 100 pieces of paper money in any currency.
This mini ATM could have been your little boy’s Fort Knox except that the security is unfortunately undermined by the same frustration-free feature meant to eliminate the risk of your money getting trapped in the safe. The password to the safe can be reset to the default ‘0000’ by simply removing and replacing the batteries, which inadvertently makes this mini ATM vulnerable. Our tip: keep this information and the user manual top-secret.
10. Force1 Scoot LED Hand Operated Drone
The Force1 Scoot Hand Operated Drones features a child-friendly design with a webbed bumper guard to protect children’s precious fingers from the rotors. The bumper guard around the drone protects kids, furniture, and the drone itself.
This beginner drone looks like a spaceship out of Star Wars with its orb shape and flashing LED lights, which give the drone a cool alien ship vibe when flown at night. The Force1 Scoot Drone is hand-operated, which makes for a noticeable shift from the typical remote-controlled drone models.
As the name implies, the Force1 Scoot Hand Operated Drone is flown by scooting it along with your hands. This model has advanced motion sensors that enable the drone to quickly turn in other directions when it senses an object on its flight path. It is flown by gently tossing it in the air where it hovers and spins.
Made with CPSIA and FCC-compliant materials, the shell of the drone is impressively flexible. It can take a lot of beatings from bumping into objects or crashing to the ground without breaking.
11. The Dangerous Book for Boys
Childhood is a life stage when the stakes and consequences of risks are relatively low, which makes it the perfect time for children to familiarize and embolden themselves with risk-taking. This book does not have colorful illustrations which we think is a fitting layout for pre-teens who have exited the baby zone.
Conn and Hal Iggulden’s The Dangerous Book for Boys will teach your little man how to be a man and the surprising virtues of manliness: humility, kindness, and endurance. Far from a watered-down boy scouts handbook, this book is filled with a collection of valuable life lessons and skills that even the adults will find rather useful.
While the recommended reading level for this book is 8 to 12 years old, the lessons taught in the book can benefit younger and older children too. With almost 2 million copies sold, The Dangerous Book for boys covers broad areas of knowledge spanning science, outdoors, history, relationships, literature, fishing, how-tos, games, religion, geology, and just about everything you can think of.
12. Pokémon Kids' Watch With Flashing LED Lights
Pokémon is a popular brand beloved by children around the world. The Pokémon Kids’ Watch is a quartz digital watch with colorful lights around the dial that turns on with the push of a button. The watch also features original Pokémon characters and themes on its face and strap. This watch has an attractive design with a smooth non-irritating adjustable strap that fits comfortably around children’s wrists.
This product is made with child-friendly non-toxic materials to ensure children’s safety. As you can expect from a Pokémon product, this watch is made with durable materials for long-lasting use.
While the Pokémon themes are fun and playful, the watch is fully functional and can help children learn to tell time accurately.
13. BEZGAR Electric Off-Road RC Monster Truck
This truck is an upgraded version with a larger size, a more stylish design, and a faster motor speed of up to 25 km/h. If you have a preference for mean-looking off-road vehicles with pronounced suspenders and a propensity for rough terrains, the BEZGAR Electric Off-Road RC Monster Truck is hard to beat.
You get a stylish remote controller with a 2.4 GHz frequency that gives this truck a better signal range than the competitors. The truck also features an anti-jamming function which allows multiple users to have their own truck without interfering with the signal.
Made with a mix of alloy frame and metal components, the truck is very durable with a chassis that mirrors the innards- pneumatic tires, shock absorbers, and bumper brackets- of all-terrain vehicles. It navigates nicely on various terrains and is built tough to survive bumps, crashes, and collisions. The flashing headlight makes it easy to play with at night. It also doubles as a flashing indicator that notifies you when the battery is running low on the car or the remote controller.
The BEZGAR Electric Off-Road RC Monster Truck comes with two 6V battery packs each with an 800mAh capacity. The downside of this toy is the 20 minutes runtime on a full battery charge that takes 3 hours to complete. If you have an impatient kid and you want a race car with AA batteries you can easily swap when they die, then go for the Growsland Remote Control Car.
14. Flipslide Electronic Handheld Game
The Flipslide Electronic Handheld Game by Moose Racing is an electronic brain gaming console with a simple but challenging concept. Kids play the game by flipping and sliding the side blocks into place to match the color of the front cubes with flashing indicator lights. This game is an innovative toy designed to help children develop better concentration, finger muscles, creativity, and gross motor skills.
The Flipslide Electronic Handheld Game can be played in 4 modes: Level Mode to build your playing skill, Memory Mode to stretch your memory, Speed Mode where the player has to beat the clock, and the Multi-player mode to enjoy with friends and family.
The device is portable and just the right size for children’s hands to grip. It also has volume control for when the adults want some silence. The device runs on 2 AA batteries.
15. Dreamingbox Compact Shock Proof Binoculars
Got a curious kid? What better gift for him than a pair of binoculars? The Dreamingbox Compact Shock Proof Binoculars is just the right tool to introduce new worlds for kids to explore whether at home, in the backyard, or when on hiking, fishing, or birdwatching trip.
We recommend this product for its lightweight and shock-absorbing features. The rubber eye protection also provides additional safety for your child’s eyes in case of accidents. Better still, the binoculars are waterproof and scratch-resistant. This will come in handy for when siblings wrangle for possession of this device.
The design looks like a plaything for James Bond, although the built-in finger-holding ridges that provide a firm grip are as functional as the sci-fi design. Sadly, this binoculars lags in precision, but it offers adjustable high-quality views.
Thankfully, the Dreamingbox Compact Shock Proof Binoculars are reasonably priced, so you can buy one for each kid in your family without breaking the bank.
16. Mattel Games UNO Minecraft Card Game
If your little boy enjoy playing UNO card games, then he’ll love this specially designed Minecraft-themed version. The pack is played like the usual UNO card game, but with Minecraft characters and a special Creeper rule card. The Creeper card requires a player to alert the other players when the creeper card it is drawn, then the other players must draw 3 more cards from the Draw pile.
UNO games have helped strengthen family ties for years, and card games can sharpen your little boy’s math skills while also helping kids develop better memory and spatial thinking as well as enhanced social skills.
17. RoyalBaby Kids Freestyle Bicycle
The RoyalBaby Kids Freestyle Bicycle has many bells and whistles engineered to provide as much comfortable cycling as possible for your little boy. This bike ticks all the boxes for a safe and comfortable design. The 20-inch wheel size with a kickstand is suitable for pre-teens while younger riders get the ones with back wheel trainers.
The RoyalBaby Freestyle Bicycle offers cycling comfort with an adjustable ergonomic seat and a saddle bar. Other features include a unique easy-grip brake lever, 2 brake systems (front caliper and rear coaster brakes), non-slip pedals, protective chain guard, back wheel light, front headlight, and more. The welds are solid with a perfect finish that complements its durable components.
This bike stands out from the competition by ticking so many boxes we just can’t ignore, including a free water bottle—as if the water bottle holder on the bike isn’t enough. The wide tires also provide smooth travel on different terrains.
The bike comes 95% assembled with installation tools and an assembly manual included, and is available in your choice of 7 colors.
18. Meketec Mini Cruiser Retro Skateboard
If you are looking for the best beginner boards to encourage your little boy to hone his skateboarding skills, look no further than the Meketec Mini Cruiser Retro Skateboard. These boards sport stylish designs you can hardly find in budget skateboards.
The boards are built with extra-durable materials that are CE-certified and suitable for beginner to advanced riders. It also comes with a wide and bendable polypropylene deck that measures 22.5 inches in length and 6 inches wide.
The wide and sturdy deck promotes a balanced and sturdy skateboard ride for young ones. Even so, the size of this board makes it a mini skateboard so adults should resist the temptation to roll around in one of these cool boards even though they can support up to 200 lbs
The Meketec Mini Cruiser Retro Skateboard comes in 23 eye-catching colors to choose from, from plain solid colors to intricate designs.
19. VTech KidiZoom Smartwatch DX2
The VTech KidiZoom Smartwatch DX was touted as the world’s smartest children’s watch until the DX2 came along. It now has two cameras, one of which is a selfie camera. Your little boy can take photos and shoot videos with this watch and store them in the 256MB built-in memory. The memory is expandable via a micro SD card slot on the watch.
This watch has no phone call, text message, or GPS functions, but children can play the preinstalled educational games, and of course, tell or learn to tell time with the watch.
You can go to the VTech Learning Lodge to download more games and educational content. This may be a kid’s watch but it is as functional as adult timepieces. And do you really want your 11-year-old to hang around with a GPS-enabled watch on his wrist these days when you care very much about protecting his privacy?
Kids will love customizing their VTech KidiZoom Smartwatch DX2 with any of the more than 50 watch faces in analog or digital styles. The DX2 has more cool features like sound effects and an inbuilt pedometer. You can connect the watch to a computer using the USB cable included in the package to share/export files stored in the watch. The USB cable also doubles as a charging cable for the watch.
If you prefer an uncomplicated digital watch for children, we recommend the Pokémon Kids’ Watch with Flashing LED Lights.
20. Ourlife Kids Waterproof Action Camera
The 1080P 8MP Ourlife Kids Waterproof Action Child Camera delivers high-quality photos and videos that rival some smartphone cameras. Photography can enhance a child’s curiosity, improve visual capability, and develop critical skills.
Children’s cameras should be strong and durable and this product does not disappoint in those regards at all. This product comes with two casings to support both dry use and wet use. Kids can go swimming with their Ourlife Kids Waterproof Action Child Camera. The camera can survive submerged in water for up to 100 feet.
The camera is compact, sturdy, and packs useful functions such as a self-timer, continuous shots function, automatic face detection, anti-glare function, selfie camera, fill light for nighttime shots, a 2.4-inch view screen, and more.
Kids can also retouch their photos with the camera’s inbuilt frames and filters. What you get in the box includes; the camera, a silicone case, a waterproof housing case, an 8GB SD card, a tripod bracket, a bicycle mount, a card reader, a neck strap, 1 USB cable, and a user guide in English and Spanish.
Now Let’s Go and Play
Great toys provide a fun way to teach life lessons and build skills children while also letting them have some fun. Kids generally start losing interest in their old toys during the pre-teen and early teen years, which makes this a great time to find something new that your little one will love. Don’t forget to check back next year and read our list of the best toys for 12-year-old boys.