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Transitioning into adolescence, eleven year olds are gaining a sense of their own strengths, interests, likes and dislikes. While still imaginative, eleven-year-olds engage in less pretend play and lean toward more concrete activities and educational toys. Sports toys, open-ended kits, skill building projects and games that encourage cooperation and social interaction will have the most play value for children ages 11 years old and up!
Toys for 11 Year Olds Buying Guide
As your child transitions to adolescence, he'll start to define his own interests, personality and talents. He's learning social skills, forming deeper friendships and questioning rules at school and at home.
Gender stereotypes shouldn't control your choices when it comes to buying toys! Children can benefit from a variety of logical toys, creative toys and active toys. We know that sometimes when you're shopping for a child you might not know his or her interests and that's when it can helps to sort toys by gender.
Popular toys for 11 year old boys include advanced science kits in fields like chemistry and physics. Active sports toys, advanced drawing books, magic kits and board games are other popular options. Many 11 year old girls enjoy design. Fashion kits, drawing books and painting kits are popular for this age group. And for girls that are interested in beauty products, there are plenty of unique chemistry kits that let kids make their own spa products!
You can view our best selling toys for girls or boys by selecting the gender and “most popular” from the drop down menu on the green bar in the center of the page.
You've probably noticed that your child has needed you less and less during play in the last few years. By age eleven, he is fully able to entertain himself and work on activities with a minimal amount of assistance. He is probably spending more time playing with friends than hanging out with family members. Don't worry! It doesn't mean you'll never play together again. It just means you'll be playing differently.
Now the two of you are on equal footing when it comes to play. Instead of chasing him around the yard or feeding him new storylines for his pretend play, you can play advanced board games that require strategy and planning, like Settlers of Catan, Risk or Chess. And don't be surprised when he starts to win!
When you're looking for ways to spend time with an increasingly independent child, consider his interests or take up a new hobby together. Consider things like pottery classes, camping or cycling. Try writing and filming a silly movie together and let him take the lead with its direction. Having shared interests will help the two of you stay connected through the tumultuous years on the horizon.
Play together once or twice a week, but remember that your child needs to do things without you in order to grow. The most important thing you can do is be available when he needs someone to listen. You're still the most important person in his life, even when he acts like you're the least cool thing on the planet.
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