L.O.L. Surprise! Secret Message Jewelry
This is a fun jewelry kit.
Not only can you use the 400 beads and charms to create your own custom pieces of jewelry, you can also share secret messages through jewelry by adding stickers to charms and using the included decoder.
There are surprise charms featured inside and the set comes with easy to follow instructions.
Doodle Diary - Art Journal For Girls
This is a great journal for girls.
Each page has inspiration of how to link your thoughts, dreams, things you want to do and everyday activities to the journal. It gives prompts, questions and ideas of what to write, doodle and draw. Writers are encourage to be as creative as possible.
The journal suggests using all types of materials and techniques from different types of pens and pencils, to collages, to photos, word art and rubber stamps.
A doodle pillowcase is a great gift for 8 year old girls to have in their bedroom.
She can use the included pens to doodle, draw pictures and write messages to her family before bed.
Play a game of tic tac toe or hangman with a brother or sister.
When the pillowcase is washed, the drawing will be washed out ready to start again.
Light Up Tracing Pad
If she loves drawing, she will love the Crayola light up tracing pad
The set comes with 100 traceable images that kids can mix and match and color in to make their own designs.
There’s also a graphite pencil, 12 colored pencils, 10 tracing sheets and 10 blank pieces of paper
The evenly lit surface makes tracing lines easy to see
Melissa and Doug Scratch Notes
These notes are really simple but they keep kids entertained for ages.
Use the included scratch pen to scratch away the black notes to reveal the colors beneath the surfaces.
They are great for doodling, drawing pictures, writing and leaving notes.
There's 125 notes in each pack and a container to keep them all in.
This is a classic set that has been around for many years. It's stood the test of time. Kids really do love it.
It's easy for 8 year olds to use. Line up the fashion plates that you want to put together to create your fashion. Rub over the plates to imprint your design.
Have fun coloring it in. Make your own designs on the clothes.
It comes with everything you need and it also has a portable carrying case.
Hedbanz is a quick, easy and fun game for all ages. Kids and adults will both enjoy the game.
Each player wears a headband which displays a card. The cards may be animals, objects, food or other creatures.
Each player takes it in turns to ask yes or no questions and try and find out what is on their card.
There is a 2 minute timer so the race is on.
Simple but really enjoyable!
Five Second Rule Game Junior
Another fun family game is 5 second rule junior.
All you have to do is name 3 things in the specified category. It might be 3 ice cream flavours, 3 zoo animals or 3 farm animals.
Sound super easy?
Not if you ony have five seconds to do it.
The answers that pop out of people's mouths will be super funny as they try to get 3 answers while under time pressure.
Googly Eyes Game
This is a funny drawing game.
Wear the vision altering googly glasses and draw away.
Can you get your team to guess what you're drawing before time runs out?
There are simple rules and it's fast to play.
Gravity Maze is a great game to build spatial reasoning and planning skills.
There are 60 challenge cards ranking from easy to hard.
Set up towers and try and get the marble to the finish line to win the game.
It's easy to learn and great fun.
For the Sporty Girl
Electric Scooter (Razor E100)
An electric scooter is so much fun!
The E100 is a nice choice for an 8 year old. She can zip along the paths at the park or in the neighborhood.
It's designed for kids aged 8 and up and should for a a few years.
It goes on speeds up to 10 mph. Get about 40 minutes continuous use on one charge.
Trampolines are a fantastic backyard toy. 8 year old girls will love them and probably try out some gymnastic inspired moves.
Trampolines are also good for siblings and when friends and family come around to play.
Razor A Kick Scooter
The Razer a kick scooter is an awesome scooter for kids to get from a to b .
It's good for the school run, paths at the park or going to a friend's house.
It has adjustable handlebars and can be folded. The urethane wheels offer a smooth ride.
It comes in lots of different colors.
Rollerskates are another fun activity to try outdoors or at an indoor roller skating rink.
The rollerskates featured come in two different sizes and are adjustable as well so will grow with your child.
Rollerskates are great for improving balance, agility, strength and endurance so are awesome for kids fitness.
A mermaid tail is great for budding mermaids to wear around the home and pretend to be a mermaid. You can also wear in the bath for extra fun.
Or try it out in the pool (they need to be good swimmers for use in the pool).
The fabric is very comfortable and it comes in different colors.
It's machine washable too.
SKLZ Star-Kick Hands-Free Adjustable Solo Soccer Trainer
If she loves soccer and wants to improve her skills this solo soccer trainer is ideal.
Attach the belt around your waist and you can practise shooting, passing, receiving, juggling, throw-ins and more without having to chase the ball.
The ball is tethered to the player with a high-quality adjustable cord that stretches up to 18 feet
Portable for solo training so she can practise anywhere she likes.
Razor Flashrider Castor Trike
The Razor Flashrider castor trike is super fun.
It can throw 360 spins and then keep on cruising. Kids can't get enough of spinning on the flashrider.
There is also a spark lever. Pull it and watch the sparks fly.
It offers a smooth ride and is easy to ride as well.
Kids love it!
This pink archery set is perfect for indoor and outdoor fun.
It comes with an arrow quiver, a bow, 6 suction arrows and a target board.
There are lights on the bow which means she can play with the bow in the day or night.
Gifts for Her Room
Some 8 year old girls love their own bedroom space and will enjoy making it their own with accessories. Some great accessories include fun clocks, door plaques, cushions and lamps.
One cool idea is a bedroom doorbell so she can vet who's coming into her room.
8 year old girls may also have the desire to keep their thoughts and stuff private from adults and siblings. She may want to keep her things away from younger kids in the family. If she often feels like this a really cool idea is the money safe featured below.
The money safe is a fab gadget for her to have in her room. She can use it to store her pocket money or birthday money and there is space for other small items, perhaps a small secret notes or a special trinket.
The money inside is protected with a four digit passcode which only means only people who know it will be able to get inside.
It can store 600 pieces of coins or 100 pieces of paper money.
Kids will enjoy putting the money through the slot which will automatically absorb banknotes.
Make Your Own Unicorn Lamp
This set contains everything she needs to make her own unicorn lamp.
Once completed it will look amazing in her room.
The battery for the LED lamp is replaceable so no wires and plugs are needed. Just replace the battery and the light will always be on when you need it.
Diary With a Lock
A lockable diary is a great place for young girls to store a record of their secrets, hopes and dreams.
She can also use it to draw, write to do list and make homework notes. It can also be used to store photos or clippings and keep them safe.
The unicorn themed diary is equipped with a lock to keep secrets safe and keep out unwanted intruders. Every diary comes with 2 keys
Light Up Diary with Invisible Ink
Keep your secrets safe with this trendy light up diary with a lock up key.
Write secret messages only you can see using the special invisible ink pen. Reveal your writing with the UV light attached.
Use your diary any time of the day with its cool light up feature.
Clothes and Accessories
Awesome 8 year old T-shirt
The t shirt featured comes in lots of different colors including green, blue, red and purple.
The t shirt reads "This is what an awesome 8 year old looks like".
It's 100% cotton and comes in different sizes.
Great for an 8th birthday gift and can be worn all year round!
This is an adorable and affordable set.
It comes with a drawstring unicorn back pack, make up bag, bracelet, inspirational necklace and hair ties.
The set comes in different designs and colors. All unicorn themed. So you can choose the one you think she will like the best.
Perfect for any young girl who loves unicorns.
Unicorn Themed Hooded Bathrobe
A cute hooded bathrobe which is perfect for who love bright colors and unicorns.
The colorful robe has 2 pockets and a tie. Super comfortable for lounging around.
It comes in different sizes and there are different designs too.
Great to use after bathtime or even perhaps for use over a bathing suit.
For the Budding Performer
Many girls this age like to perform in front of family and friends. She may be interested in making music, singing or performing magic. Check out some fab ideas for the more extroverted 8 year old girl.
Karaoke microphone - many girls this age like singing on their own and with their friends. There are some fab karaoke microphone available at the moment that will work via bluetooth with an ipad or other device.
Magic Set - there's something young children love about being able to impress their family and friends with a magic trick. There are lots of fantastic magic sets with easy to learn tricks to wow their friends. Check out the Melissa and Dog kit below.
Musical Instrument - perhaps she has musical tendencies and would like to learn a musical instrument. You can also get lessons to get her started.
This magic set has 45 amazing tricks to perform!
Kids can practice all aspects of magic with a variety of tricks.
The can make coins and balls disappear and reappear, levitate a squiggly worm, make a card balance on the back of their hand and perform a wide variety of sleight of hand card tricks
Kids also receive detailed instructions for each trick.
For The Girl Who Likes To Sing
Connect the microphone to your device via bluetooth and use it as a handheld microphone and speaker for a home karaoke party. With lots of karaoke songs available on youtube, it's easy to have a home karaoke party.
The microphone has a speaker and a recorder so it really has everything you need.
It's easy to use and features lights for an extra party atmosphere.
For the Curious Girl - Educational Toys
There is a part of all of us that would like to know how certain things work and how things are put together. Inspire the curious part in the 8 year old you are buying for by encouraging her to explore the world around her and how it all works with these toy and gift ideas.
Science kits - there are some really fun science kits which appeal to children of this of age. One brand to look out for is the scientific explorer sets which have themed sets such as magic science, disgusting science and tasty science.
Animal and insect exploration - kids love ant farms and they are truly fascinating to watch and learn from. There are also butterfly kits where you can grow your own butterflies and let them fly away at the end.
Electronic kits - check out snap circuits below.
Snap circuits is a well designed kit that is fun to use and really teaches kids about electronics. After they've finished building different circuits there's always a sense of achievement as well.
The circuits are really easy to build. The included parts as the name of the toy suggests just snap together. Each piece is numbered and color-coded to make identifying them easy.
The components combine to create working circuit boards just like the ones found inside televisions, radios, and other electronic devices.
The projects include a sound-activated switch, a musical doorbell, a voice-controlled lamp, a flying saucer, and a light police siren
Mega Slime Kit & Putty Lab
This is a great slime and putty kit with lots of varieties of slime and putty to explore.
There's eight amazing varieties of slime and putty including premade magnetic putty, fluffy slime, glow-in-the-dark putty, liquid slime, color changing putty, snotty slime, bouncing putty and 1 DIY glow-in-the-dark slime lab plus cool accessories.
There's also a learning guide for interesting slime and putty facts. Fine out what makes putty so stretchable? Why does slime drip and ooze? And much more.
Ice Cream Slime Kit
Slime kits are super fun. This ice cream themed slime kit contains everything you need to create ice cream parlour slime.
Make slimes like fluffy, butter, cloud and foam slimes.
Use sprinkles and squash your slime into ice cream cones.
There's lots of step by step recipes included.
Mind Blowing Science Kit
Introduce science to young children in a very engaging, fun and easy way with the mind blowing science kit.
There are 11 experiments to do in total. Experiments include creating a sunset in a test tube and making a color-changing volcano.
The perfect way to introduce young children to the basics of science. Keeps them interested and lots of fun.
Girls Only Secret Message Lab
Secret message lab keeps secrets safe and teaches the science behind the mystery!
This crafty science lab comes with two cases and contains everything girls need to know to create codes and write secret messages.
Girls will discover 25 ways to use science to share secrets, such as applying chemistry skills to make invisible ink and reveal mysterious messages.
Additionally they can learn basic coding skills to write and decipher custom secret codes.
This beginner kit from AmScope includes a microscope with magnification ranging from 120x to 1200x.
It's portable and comes with LED illumination.
In addition, it comes with a 52-piece accessory kit which includes sample slides, tweezers, a plastic scalpel, specimen vials, adjustable lenses, collecting vials, plus a sturdy hard case for easy storage and travel.
Rainbow Gummy Candy Lab
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This kit allows you to make your own delicious unicorn, cloud, and rainbow-shaped gummies
Make different flavors and colors and personalize your gummies.
Investigate the scientific properties of natural polymers as you cook up the gummies.
Learn about colors and color mixing as you make a yummy gummy rainbow.
For the Girly Girl
Is she a girly girl at heart? Does she like traditional girls toys such as dolls. Or does she love to dress up, paint her nails and is talking about accessories. Here are a few ideas:
Dolls - some 8 year old girls are growing out of the doll phase but others still love to play with dolls and their accessories. Nowadays there are many brands of dolls aimed at older children such as the Monster High range of dolls so these may be worth checking out. And barbie is still popular with some 8 year olds as well. Some 8 year old girls love to play being mommy still too.
Nail painting - 8 year old girls are still too young for full blown make up in many people's opinon. However, an alternative to this is a nail painting kit where she can paint her and her friend's nails different colors. It's a nice mother and daughter activity as well.
Hair accessories and gadgets - if she likes doing her hair there are lots of kits which have headbands and other accessories or what about the hair gem jeweler below.
Soap & Bath Bomb Making Kit
Create 10 soaps and 10 bath bombs with this science lab kit.
Mix the wax, coloring, fragrance, and glitter, and pour into the 4 lovely molds to create beautiful soap
Mix the citric acid, baking soda, Epsom salt, baby oil, coloring, and fragrance and pour into the 5 molds to create fizzy bath bombs (don't forget to put the surprise charms inside!)
DIY Charm Bracelet Kit
Create and design your own Juicy Couture bracelet with this DIY jewelry kit.
Mix and match a variety of beautiful charms, beads & cords to get a personalizedlook.
Jewelry making helps young girls develop fine-motor, visual, and tactile-sensory skills and have fun at the same time.
ALEX Spa Hair Chalk Salon
Hair chalk is a way of adding temporary color to hair and is a nice way for 8 year old girls to experiment as it will wash out.
The hair chalk can be applied easily and it washes out with shampoo.
The set includes 10 hair chalks.
8 year olds will love bathtime when putting a bath bomb in their bath.
It's super fun and will fizz and change the color of the water.
There's 6 in the set featured and they all have different colors and scents, keeping bathtime interesting.
The bath bombs keep fizzing for about 3 minutes. You will see a surprise toy once the bath bombs fizz out.
Sometimes the classic gifts are the best.
A jewerly box can be very much appreciated by a young girl who would like somewhere to organise and store her jewelry. Perhaps it is jewelry she has made herself with a craft kift.
The spinning ballerina in this jewelry box twirls to the sound of "Swan Lake."
It's interior lined in a soft pink fabric, one pullout storage drawer, oval shaped mirror, and ring rolls
L.O.L. Surprise! Glitter Globe Doll
Young girls love opening all the surprise in the LOL Surprise doll balls
Many 8 year olds love collecting all the dolls in different series and you can display them in the glitter globe balls they arrive in.
This one includes (1) secret message, (2) bubble pacifier, (3) bottle, (4) accessory, (5) outfit, (6) shoes, (7) glitter globe doll, (8) glitter hair.
For the Girl Who Wants A Pet
Many 8 year old girls love animals and some even want a dog or cat. However, for many it's not possible but there are some fantastic interactive pet toys which make a fantastic back up choice.
There are toys more electronic pets where you use a smartphone or remote control to move the creature. One example is the Miposaur which you can actually move using hand gestures.
The Furreal Friends pets include puppies, kittens and the pony featured below.
FurReal Friends Butterscotch, My Walkin' Pony Pet
The walkin pony does what it says, she walks on it's own.
She can also be groomed and it's fairly easy to comb her hair. There are included combs and a flower to put on her ear.
If you pet her head she will nuzzle up to you.
The pony also makes munching sounds when you feed her her "carrot"
The best thing about this "pet" is that no real work is involved. When you have had enough just switch her to save on the batteries.
For the Girl Who's Interested in Photography
This is a fab little portable camera which prints credit sized photos instantly.
You can use the photos for scrapbooking, keeping as momentoes, giving to friends or family or sticking on a bedroom wall.
It's perfect for 8 year olds to take selfies and pictures with her friends.
There is a case, camera and 10 exposures of instant mini film included in the pack.
For the Girl Who Likes To Read
Some girls love to curl up with a good book and are avid readers. If you want to buy a gift for a girl like this, then here are some ideas:
Kindle - 8 years old is not too young to buy a kindle. The great thing about having a kindle is that e-books tend to be cheaper so if she goes through lots of books than you will be able to spend less to keep up with demand. She can store all her books on a kindle so less space will be needed in her bedroom for all her books and she will be able to take her books with her on vacation or when she goes to a friend's house too.
A book voucher - of course nothing beats going into the book store and looking at physical versions of kid's books too. Sometimes it's nice to have a mixture of e-books and physical books. A voucher will enable her to go and choose exactly what she wants to read next. Of course if she has a kindle than an amazon voucher will enable her to buy e-books too.
A new book / book series - buy her a new book or a new series of books that she will love. Not sure what to buy? See what is currently among the top selling books for her age group by looking at the children's middlegrade New York Times Bestsellers.
Why?: Over 1,111 Answers to Everything
This is an awesome, colourful book with tons of questions that kids (and adults) will be curious about.
It's the perfect book to dip in and out of but there's no reason why you can't read it cover to cover as well.
It's interesting, full of visual images and perfect for kids to read independently or with an adult.
Girls Book of Adventure
An awesome choice of book for girls who like craft activities as well as outdoor adventures.
Colorful illustrations break up the text making it easy to read.
The book includes a whole host of ideas including outdoor games, ideas for hiking trips and nature watching, first-aid instruction, making herbal teas and delicious fruit desserts, making paper jewelry, taking professional-looking photos and create good-looking photo albums, identifying seasonal fruits, vegetables, and herbs and lots more!
Bedtime Stories for Rebel Girls
Read stories of amazing women to 8 year old girls with this brilliant book.
The book is filled with 100 stories of inspiring women accompanied by a full page color portrait of each one.
Delve into a story each night before bed and learn about inspiring women from the past and present.
LEGO Friends Forest House
This set is a nice one for young kids to build independently.
It's also has excellent play value once completed.
It features an art stand trailer that opens up in 3 different ways, with a sales hatch, postcard stand and a cat bed, plus a scooter and separate painting area with easel.
There are many lego friends sets of varying sizes to choose from which are very popular with tween girls.
Lego Creator 3 in 1 Set
If she loves legos, the 3 in 1 creator sets are awesome.
Use the same set of bricks to build three different creatures.
The builds that come with the kit are a T-Rex, a Triceratops and a Pterodactyl.
There are a variety of dinosaur accessories included, such as bright orange eyes, posable joints and head, large claws and an opening mouth with pointed teeth. Plus, dinosaur prey that comes in the form of a buildable rib cage
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