Toys for an Active 9 Year Old

Gift ideas for a 9 year old boy

I had a request recently for toy suggestions for a nine year old boy’s birthday so I thought I’d share the request and my reply, in case it helps other people choose toys. 

So, here’s the e-mail, I received:

Hi Suzie. Wondering what you might have for 9 year old boy – he’s interested in football but books also – He has 2 younger brothers so an active house !! As in delicate toys wouldn’t last ! 

I saw a great ball on uk website that counts as you do ‘tricks ‘ or do you have kites or old fashioned ‘jacks’ ( the game of metal pieces .. With small ball) … or any suggestions welcome please !! I need it for this week Thank you . A”

And here’s my reply (with added links and images)

Hi A,
Thanks for checking in.

That ball sounds amazing. I don’t stock it but I have something a little bit similar. It’s called Return Ball and it’s like a tennis ball that’s attached to your wrist with a piece of elastic. You throw the ball and it comes back. It’s great for learning catching.

Gametime Return Ball



This ‘Design your own Superhero Comic‘ is also very popular for this age group.


Marbles can be very popular for this age group as they play precision games indoors and outside. I stock a net with 100 marbles and also smaller nets with 20 marbles.


Setting up a Domino Track can be a good challenge for children this age and great fun if they succeed in knocking them down in one go. This set of 247 Wooden Dominoes should keep them busy!

If he likes playing GAA, he might really enjoy the Bainisteoir Board Game.

Bainisteoir Board Game

Buzz the Wire Game is a great game for developing hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. It’s also great fun to play.

Buzz the Wire Game of Skill

If they live near anywhere you can go Crab Fishing, a Crab Fishing Line is a must. It’s so much fun for all age groups.

Crab fishing line

Making your own Superhero Comic might also interest him. This kit comes with a blank comic, tips on how to proceed, stickers and so much more.

Design your own Superhero Comic Book

These Foot Bags (also known as Hacky Sacs) are great fun for this age group.

Foot back, hacky sac, bean ball

If he likes football, he might really enjoy playing this general knowledge board game on football called Go Genius.

Go Genius - Football

My final recommendation is a set of Juggling balls.


If he likes science, you might find a suitable kit/experiment in this blog wrote a blog with toy ideas for children that like science toys.

Last year I wrote this blog with travel toys for his age group 

Finally, you can find all the toys that I think are suitable for 9 year olds here 

Thanks again. If you want to it to arrive by Friday, try and order it by noon on Wednesday just to give it an extra day to make sure it arrives on time. Also, don’t forget the eircode. The number 1 reason why orders are delayed in arriving with customers is that the eircode hasn’t been supplied! 

Thanks for coming back, I hope you can find something suitable
Kind Regards,

P.S. If you liked this blog, you might also like this gift guide ‘What can you give a 10 year old?’


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