When a child reaches age nine, getting them a gift or a toy becomes more of a struggle. This is partly due to peer pressure and the general desire to fit in. At this age, children experience significant changes in their attention spans and start becoming more independent from the family, wanting to do things on their own.1
To make your job easier, we have hand-selected toys that are exciting, cool, and more importantly, educational. We’re confident that they’ll help your children gain new skills. Each toy on this list is perfectly suitable for a child of any gender.
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1. Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera (Flamingo Pink)
Kids can snap and instantly print pics with this camera. This toy helps them show their creativity, share with friends, and have fun. Instax Mini 9 promotes spontaneity and sharing in a real way with pictures that print in seconds. This instant camera provides an authentic experience that you can’t find in today’s digital world. Simply load this instant camera with film and your 9-year-old will be snapping pics in seconds.
- Easy to use out of the box
- Compact and lightweight
- The printed photos take a while to reveal the image
2. Kindle Paperwhite — Now Waterproof with 2x the Storage
The latest Kindle Paperwhite is the thinnest and lightest yet, with a sleek and modern design. Your 9-year-old will read comfortably for hours. It features a 300 PPI display, laser-quality text, and twice the storage of the previous generation. You can easily download a book and read it the moment the download finishes. Great for switching off from the TV-screen. Plus, reading improves vocabulary.
- Battery lasts for weeks
- Doesn’t have a headphone jack (although it works with bluetooth headphones)
3. Soap & Bath Bomb Making Kit
This 3-in-1 Spa Science Kit allows kids to create their very own bath bombs. The set includes mixtures for up to 10 soaps. Mix the citric acid, baking soda, Epsom salt, baby oil, coloring, and fragrance and pour the mixture into five molds to create fizzy bath bombs. Don’t forget to bury the surprise charms inside! Mix and match colors and create multi-colored layered bath bombs.
- The soaps are great quality
- Includes an illustrated learning guide
- It takes some time to clean the bath afterward
4. Disney Descendants 2 Uma Isle of the Lost Doll
Uma is one of the latest dolls from Disney’s Descendents 2. She comes with a bundle of accessories that fans see her using in the show. Your 9-year-old can reenact moments from the show with the included Descendents doll right out of the box. Put on Uma’s shoes, necklace, tiara, and outfit, and she’s ready to go. Playing with dolls also encourages imaginative play!
- Perfect addition for fans of Disney’s Descendents 2
- The accessories could be less flimsy
5. Chubby Puppies & Friends - Vacation Camper Playset
This Vacation Camper Playset transforms from mobile RV to camping playset, complete with a swinging hammock and puppy-powered kitchen. With this set, kids will have a full-sized Jack Russell Terrier Chubby Puppy and a small baby puppy to care for. The transforming camper is ideal for use at home as well as for taking over to a friend’s. This set works on imagination and pretend play, and includes all the accessories needed for a mini-pet camping trip!
- Made from durable plastic
- The puppy includes batteries
- Could use a few extra accessories
6. D DACCKIT Carrying Case Binder
This binder is a great addition for kids that collect Pokemon cards and have nowhere to store or showcase them. The binder includes 400 pockets, which is more than enough to show off shiny or rare cards. They can mix and match cards thanks to the universal pocket size. It works for collecting Yu-Gi-Oh and many other types of cards!
- High-grade water-proof PU fabric
- Vibrant and bright color design
- The overall size could be larger
7. PLAYMOBIL Fairies with Toadstool House
This set from Playmobil includes one adult fairy, two child fairies, a unicorn, unicorn foals, potion bottles, golden chest, bandage and grooming tools, a duck pond, and other fun accessories that encourage imaginative play on rainy days. In the giant toadstool home, the fairies live upstairs while the unicorns find shelter in the base. Pick some golden apples from the tree, and you’ve got a delicious snack for both the fairies and unicorns.
- High-grade quality and design
- Can be combined with other sets
- The instructions could be clearer
8. Springee 6ft Balance Beam
If you’re searching for an at-home training device, or just a fun, easy piece of equipment to get your child to be more active, the Springee gymnastics beam is perfect for a variety of different skill levels practicing on a raised gymnastic beam. Watch your child go from teetering and tip-toeing to handstands and cartwheels as they develop confidence and stability. This toy will improve your child’s focus and hand-eye coordination.
- Padding and height make it safe and easy
- Folds easily
- Plastic feet could be made of metal
9. Aceshin Adjustable Inline Skates
If your 9-year-old has been asking to try their hand at roller-blading, these inline skates from Aceshin are a great choice. They are easily adjustable with the touch of a button, a velcro strap, and a brake on the right foot will enable your child to stop quickly. Best of all, they light up, so your child can see where they’re going and you can spot her when following behind!
- Strong materials ensure a smooth ride
- Outdoor or indoor use
- The fit is a little narrow, could be wider
10. Canal Toys - So Slime DIY Caddy
This slime kit makes it fun and easy to create custom slime without a mess. Combine slime colors, confetti, glitter and surprise figurines for the coolest slime around! Everything you need is included. Just add water. No glue required. Simply pour one slime powder pack, glitter, and water into the shaker cup and shake! Kids can mix and combine slime colors to create their own style.
- Enough supplies to make six slimes
- Cool storage case
- The instructions could be easier to follow
11. $45 Nintendo eShop Gift Card [Digital Code]
A Nintendo eStore gift card is perfect for those times when you just don’t know what to get a 9-year-old. As long as they have a Nintendo device such as a Switch, 3DS or 2DS, kids can use this voucher as credit towards a game or app of their choice. With Nintendo’s online subscription service, this voucher could be enough for an entire year of Nintendo services.
- Great as birthday filler gifts
- Wide variety of designs available
- The code delivery is not always instant
12. Littlest Pet Shop Pet Jet
With Littlest Pet Shop toys, kids can tell pet-lovin’ stories their way. This LPS Jet is the ultimate vehicle for taking pets all over the world, especially to the famous Pet Fest celebration. Before takeoff, open up the jet to check out all the pre-flight entertainment. They can pretend that pets are hanging out, getting some exercise, enjoying a snack, or sliding around inside the plane all with a nap area in the back.
- Perfect for fans of LPS and newcomers
- Lots of accessories
- The pieces could fit together better
13. GirlZone: Make Your Own Lip Balm Fun Makeup Set
- This make-your-own-lip-balm set from Girlzone will keep kids entertained for hours. The set includes 21 pieces, five customizable pots, three glitter pots, two large sticker sheets, six mixing tools, one balm base and full instructions! They can use their own creativity to make up to five different lip balms that look and smell amazing!
- Instructions are easy to follow
- Comes in a handy bag
- There could be more flavors and scents
14. Polly Pocket Tiny Pocket World, Polly & Dolphin
This Polly Pocket set is great for kids just starting out with these toys and for those with an existing collection. Each compact opens to reveal a fun location and is small enough to take anywhere for great Polly Pocket adventures. Inside each set is a specific location, two secret reveals, three accessories, a micro-figure, and one hidden accessory. Take Tiny Pocket Places on-the-go for Polly Pocket fun, anytime, anywhere!
- Kept in a travel case
- Fit perfectly into smaller hands
- Much smaller than described
15. LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall
Expecto Patronum! The LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall collection comes complete with house banners, a movable spiral staircase, a potions room, a treasure room, and magic items. This is a great addition to the LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts collection for any 9-year-old. LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall castle recreates scenes and locations from the iconic Harry Potter film series. It’s the perfect toy for any child who enjoys advanced building.
- Mini-figures have great detailing
- Straightforward to build
- Would be better if it were enclosed
16. Klutz Nail Art Craft Kit
This nail art craft set from Klutz includes everything girls need for fantastic looking nails. The set comes with a 56-page book, 35+ designs, six colors of kid-friendly nail polish, and a fine-tipped detail brush. From happy faces to spotted monsters, there’s something here to please even the most finicky fingers. Creating the varnishes and painting nails works on fine motor skills. Beware though, kids may opt to paint their parent’s nails too!
- Varnish peel off easily
- Polishes are non-toxic
- Instructions book could be easier to keep open while following
17. Nintendo Switch Lite - Coral
A Nintendo Switch Lite is a (lighter) version of the original Switch console with much of the same game library but it’s made for playing on-the-go. This is a great alternative to the original Switch, and kids can take their console in the car or on the plane. They can also download a game or insert a game cartridge and get started right away!
- Compact and lighter than alternatives
- Huge library of age-appropriate games
- The Joy-Cons are not detachable
18. John Adams Chocolate Lolly Maker
Melt, mold and wrap four fun chocolate lolly shapes with this fantastic workstation: a flower, heart, horse, and rabbit. It’s quick and easy. Simply melt and pour the chocolate into the molds and add a secret message to the back. Wrap your lolly in the shiny bags and tie on ribbons provided for a fabulous finishing touch. Kids can create lollies for themselves or the rest of the family.
- Includes 20 sticks and wrappers
- Ideal-sized lollies for the fridge
- The molds could be a little more solid
19. Playz Ridiculous Inventions Science Kit
This Ridiculous science kit from Playz allows kids to learn about circuits, switches, sound propagation and static electricity using home-made boomerangs, magnetic force fields, spectrum rainbows, telegraphic messages, whirling windmills, levitating serpents and robotic turtles! The fact-filled colorful lab guide is full of pictures and information, giving kids hours of fun in their own homemade science lab. This is definitely a fun way to educate kids!
- Great quality
- Instruction guide is easy to follow
- Requires extra resources, like water and a flashlight
20. Winning Moves Games Rubik's 2 x 2 Cube
Don’t let the size of the Rubik’s 2×2 Cube fool you. With over 3.6 million possible permutations and only one solution, this is a brain teaser that will challenge your 9-year-old again and again. Perfect for any budding Rubik’s Cuber! The 2x2x2 Rubik’s Cube features excellent corner-cutting and can be twisted and turned with ease. It has a reworked mechanism to make it faster, smoother and more reliable than ever.
- Easier than the 4x4 cube, but still challenging
- High quality materials
- Pieces often pop out, causing the need to rebuild
21. U.S. Art Supply 82 Piece Deluxe Art Creativity Set
This 82-piece art supply set contains everything little kids need to let their creative spark shine. Included are the following: 24 colored pencils, 24 oil pastels, 24 watercolor cakes, three mixing trays, two paint brushes, a sharpener, a sanding block, and an eraser. Art sets are great for working on fine motor skills and seeing where your child’s imagination can take them.
- Ideal for beginners and advanced artists
- Solid wooden storage box
- The coloring pencils could be thicker
22. Tomameri - Portable MP3/MP4 Player
This MP3 player from Tomameri is small and lightweight enough to fit into a pocket, purse, wallet or handbag. It is also easy to carry, so music-lovers can enjoy their favorite music whenever and wherever they are. Just copy and paste the MP3 files from a PC to the MP3 player and they are ready to go. It gives your 9-year-old a more user-friendly experience. It can also be used as a Micro SD card reader and memory card.
- Adding songs is straightforward
- Includes charger, earbuds, and instructions
- The included earbuds could be better quality
Summary: Buying Toys for Nine Year Old Girls
It’s not easy finding the perfect gift for a 9-year-old, particularly those who want to be ahead of the coolest trends. Fortunately, the list we’ve created has been put together using feedback from real-life parents across a variety of platforms. These are the most age-appropriate toys on the market right now. We hope our list has helped you out. If you used our guide and found the perfect toy, please let us know in the comments below.