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Fulfill Their Wish List - Shop for 8- to 11-Year-Olds

If you're having trouble understanding your tween, don't worry, you're not alone. Children from eight to eleven years often find themselves caught between childhood and adolescence, confused about who they are and how they should act. Luckily, finding the perfect gift for your growing kid doesn't have to be a struggle.

Younger tweens still need and love imaginative play. Toys like play kitchens, doll houses, play sets, and play houses all affirm that carefree fun that makes childhood magical, while also providing opportunities to explore social relationships in a familiar and safe way. Older tweens dive into these interactions through active play with friends, making sleds or riding toys a great choice.

At the same time, the continued development of their frontal lobe allows them to think quicker and more complexly. Being able to think on their feet like this opens them up to more refined kinds of play. Whether through artistic creation at easels or activity tables, world studies with their own globe, or calmer contemplative board games like chess or backgammon, kids in this age group thrive in interactive mental play.

And sometimes all children need at this age is space. Bean bags and video game chairs give your young one a place of their own to sit and talk with friends, so they can find out that they're not alone in common adolescent dilemmas. Lucky for them, they also have you; and lucky for you, you have hayneedle.com to make gift-giving easy.

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