If you're looking for gift ideas for 9-year old, 10-year old, 11-year old and 12-year old girls, you're in the right spot! We sifted through 2019's hottest new toys and books for tweens, as well as some old favorites, so you won't have to.
Below are recommendations for gifts that encourage girls to grow up to be strong and successful. For girls age 9-12, we focused on toys and books that feature strong female role models and/or characters that reinforce a healthy body image, inspire confidence, and/or encourage STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills.
Artie 3000 The Coding Robot
Coding robots are all the rage right now, but this one stands out for us because it has an art focus. Basically, kids collaborate with Artie to create art—kids design the code and Artie draws the lines. Options and instructions are included for beginner and advanced coders. American Mensa named Artie 3000 an Honorary Mensa member and worked with Educational Insights to create some of the coding activities and programs. One note—kids will need to use a laptop, tablet or phone to do the coding. For age 7 to 12.
Crayola Arctic Color Chemistry Set
This colorful chemistry set for kids contains everything kids need for 50 winter-themed science experiments. The kit includes instructions for making rainbow color snow, designing a snow globe, creating a frosted/flocked tree, and more. Age 7 and up.
This beginner slackline encourages girls to build confidence and strength. All you need to do is mount it between two sturdy trees or poles. The slackline is fun for all ages, and can be a great activity for girls to do alone or with family and friends.
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
This book includes illustrations and short biographies of 100 incredible women from history and today. The biographies featured in this New York Times bestseller are written in a compelling, bedtime story format. For girls that already have/love this book check out Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls 2.
Klutz Lego Make Your Own Movie Activity Kit
This is such a cool idea for creative kids! This kit makes it easy for kids to create their own stop-motion animated movies with legos! The kit contains projects designed to introduce kids to this style of film-making and make it easy. Kids can use this kit and free apps to make a mini movie in an hour or so. We like how this kit combines engineering (building with legos) with art (filmmaking). It’s the perfect STEAM gift! For age 8 and up.
Gravitrax Marble Run
This is a great gift for girls that like to build. Girls can use this 122 piece track system to make their own marble runs. It’s a fun way for kids to learn about gravity, magnetism, and kinetics, and build spatial reasoning/planning skills. For age 8 and up.
This award-winning robot is a fun way to introduce girls to robotics and programming (STEM skills). Girls can use a smart phone or tablet to program the robot to dance, light up, make sounds, avoid obstacles, and react to their voice. There's even a special app girls can use to program Dash to be a robotic pet. There are a number of different apps/ways to code Dash that vary by age/interest, so girls can get years of play out of this one toy.
Secret Formula Lab
This lab kit helps budding chemists build STEM skills. Girls can conduct science experiments using basic kitchen ingredients and the chemicals provided. The kit includes test tubes, a beaker, a petri dish, and more. This is a great option for introducing girls to chemistry.
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I Am Confident, Brave & Beautiful: A Coloring Book for Girls
This groundbreaking coloring book is all about building a girl's confidence, imagination, and spirit! The 22+ coloring pages encourage girls to think beyond social conventions and inspire conversations with adults about what it really means to be confident, brave, and beautiful.
Science! STEM Sticker Adventure
Spark your little girl's interest in science with Science! STEM Sticker Adventure by Hopscotch Girls. The world of science is an exciting place for little girls who dream big. This fun sticker book is packed with activities that will empower your daughters, granddaughters and the special little girls in your life to ask questions, seek answers and explore the natural world.
Outdoor Sports Sticker Adventure
Unlock the spirit of adventure in your little girl with this confidence-building sticker book! Outdoor Sports Sticker Adventure was designed to encourage girls ages 4-8 to be courageous and bold. This book uses strong and confident female role models to empower girls and show them that they can do anything - even climb mountains!