Are you looking for cool Christmas or birthday gift ideas for tween girls? Speaking from experience, 8 to 12 year old girls can be a little tricky to buy for because they are outgrowing the little girl stuff and their tastes are becoming more particular. To help you out, here are some gift ideas for tween girls that are fun, cool and tween approved.
Popular And Trendy Gift Ideas For Tween Girls
CASH OR GIFT CARDS ARE AN EASY AND POPULAR GIFT FOR TWEEN GIRLS
One of the easiest gifts to give a tween girl is cash or a gift card, with the most popular being an Amazon gift card. With over a billion items to choose from on Amazon, even the fussiest and hard to buy for kid will be able to find something that is perfect for them. Girls love gift cards that they can spend on clothing, video games, toys, fast food and movies.
Gift cards that are popular with tween girls are Subway, Claire’s, Justice, Build-A-Bear, The Children’s Place, Nintendo eShop, Game Stop, Regal Entertainment and Club Penguin gift cards.
SUBWAY Gift CardClaire’s Gift CardJusticeBuild-A-Bear Gift CardThe Children’s Place Gift Cards – E-mail DeliveryNintendo eShop Gift CardDisney Club Penguin 12 Month Membership Code with Free Amazon Exclusive Bonus ItemRegal Entertainment Gift CardGamestop Gift Cards – E-mail Delivery
GIFTING CASH OR GIFT CARDS IS MORE FUN WITH A MONEY PUZZLE BOX
Giving cash or gift cards doesn’t have to be boring! The Money Maze Puzzle Box is a fun way for kids to have to use their thinking skills to to solve the puzzle and unlock the secret compartment containing their gift. These are great for birthday parties! The money puzzle boxes come in multiple colors. Stock up on a bunch to have on hand for all the birthday party invites your tween receives, or to give out to all your nieces and nephews at Christmas time. Just add some cash or a gift card to the puzzle box, and you are good to go. Super easy and so much more fun than tossing a $20 bill into an envelope!
SUPER HOT GIFT FOR TWEENS
Kids will be thrilled to receive one of these Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Film Cameras. They are our bestselling recommended product and are super hot with kids and teens. These make a wonderful gift for girls interested in photography or who just like to take selfies with her friends. They can take photos of their friends, favorite places or whatever their hearts desire and instantly print the pictures directly from the camera. The pictures measure 3.5″ x 2.3″, the perfect size for displaying in a locker, on a mirror or in a scrapbook.
NINTENDO HAS DONE IT AGAIN!
Nintendo has released another awesome game console that is super popular with the tween crowd! Nintendo Switch, a portable and home console in one, takes motion game playing to a whole new level, enabling users to play on the go, anywhere, anyplace. The Nintendo Switch Game Console includes a 6.2″ portable screen for playing on the go, plus a Switch Dock for playing on TV screens at home. It also comes with two detachable, motion sensor Joy-Con controllers. This package comes with one Switch Dock, one 6.2″ Switch console, one Splatoon 2 game download, one neon green Joy-Con controller, one neon pink Joy-Con controller, and one Splatoon edition carrying case.
DOODLE YOUR IMAGINATION TO LIFE
Tweens can have so much fun bringing their doodles and drawings to life with a 3D Doodler Pen. Not only are these pens an awesome gift idea for tween girls who love to draw, but they are great for non-artistic tweens too! 3D Printing Pens are an innovative tool for exploring just about any interest including learning math concepts, geometry, architecture, drafting, product design and sculpture building. The pen can also be used as a tool for making models or prototypes for school presentations. The possibilities are endless! Add a package or two of extra filament refills for hours and hours of creative fun and learning.
MONKEY AROUND WITH AN ADORABLE INTERACTIVE PET TOY
Fingerlings are the cutest little interactive pet toy to hit the shelves this year! Fingerlings are baby monkeys that love to interact with the world around them. They are small enough to hold onto your fingers, mug handles, pencils or whatever you can think of. These adorable interactive pets love to monkey around and be loved on. They can blink their eyes, respond when being petted, talk in monkey language, swing their tail and so much more when being interacted with. Fingerlings come in a variety of colors, and if you have more than one, they can even sing together!
FUN HOLOGRAPHIC TOY MERGES PHYSICAL AND DIGITAL WORLDS
If you grew up in the 70’s and 80’s, you probably had one of those click and view Viewmaster toys where you could insert a special disc of negatives and watch a movie by looking into the lens and clicking. Back then, virtual reality was a fantasy concept experienced only through science fiction movies. Today’s kids get to experience this fun toy on a whole new level with the Merge VR – Virtual Reality Headset. The Merge VR Goggles turn your iOS or Android smartphone into a virtual reality headset for viewing virtual reality experiences. Whether your tween wants to play games, travel the world, learn about science, watch 360 movies, or just about anything her heart desires, the Merge VR Goggles will take her there! For even more fun, add the Merge Cube for watching interactive, virtual reality worlds come to life and in the cube using your smartphone.
BELIEVE IN UNICORNS AND MAGIC WILL HAPPEN
Unicorns are very trendy and popular with kids of all ages. Tween girls can unleash their imaginations and creativity with 6 unicorn themed crafts. The Unicorn Craft Kit includes projects for sewing your own unicorn stuffy, making a unicorn tail, making a unicorn magic necklace, making rainbow garland, and making a rainbow pompom backpack charm. So much magical fun to be had!
START THE NEW YEAR OFF WITH A NEW CALENDAR
A popular gift for tweens, especially at Christmas, is a brand new 2018 wall calendar to start the new year off fresh. Timeless and ever popular choices for tween girls choices this year include the annual Kids Awesome Activity Calendar and the Shades Of Color Kids Calendar. More popular themes this year are unicorns and superheros. Movie themed calendars are always a hit with tweens. Girls are crazy for the new Descendants 2 movie!
The Kid’s Awesome Activity Wall Calendar 2018Shades of Color Kids 2018 African American Calendar2018 Polar Express Rail Events Calendar – Special EditionDC Superhero Girls 2018 Wall Calendar2018 Sparkle On: Unicorns Wall Calendar2018 Disney Descendants 2 Wall Calendar
AN ELECTRONIC NOTEBOOK CAN HELP KEEP KIDS ORGANIZED
Kids can keep organized, practice spelling and math facts or pass time doodling with a Boogie Board Writing Tablet. It is an electronic paperless notepad that can be erased with the push of a button. No more wasting paper unnecessarily.
The tablet is a very thin LCD screen that you write on with a stylus. When you want to clear the screen, just push a button. It is great for taking notes at school or for keeping busy during long waits. My kids love leaving notes around the house and I can see them having a blast leaving silly messages and drawings for each other on these Boogie Boards.
AWESOME GIFT FOR KIDS WHO LOVE MINECRAFT
Do you have a tween who is interested in videography and loves geeking out on Minecraft? They may enjoy directing their own Minecraft movies using a smart phone or tablet with the Minecraft Stop-Motion Animation Studio.
The animation studio includes a movie stage, 6 different backgrounds, 3 mini-figures, a device holder for your phone or tablet to rest on and over 18 other accessories for making one-of-a kind movies. Set the stage, take still photos and combine them all together using the free Minecraft Stop-motion Movie Creator app to make the images appear to move across the screen.
FIRE KIDS IS A GREAT STARTER TABLET FOR KIDS
If you are in the market for a tablet for your tween, the Fire Kids Edition Tablet is an excellent choice. It is a full-featured tablet with a few extra kid-friendly bonuses thrown in.
The 7″ tablet includes unlimited, free access to 10,000 kid-friendly books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games with 1 year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, a blue or pink kid-proof case and 2-year worry-free replacement guarantee.
Amazon FreeTime creates a safe environment for kids to enjoy digital content. Kids do not have access to in-app purchases, email, or social media features. Parents can create their own password protected account for parental controls that allow you to manage usage limits and content access. When your daughter outgrows the parental controls, she can use it as a regular tablet. Another great feature is that it allows kids to set educational goals.
There can be up to 4 individual child profiles personalized for each child. This is a great feature for siblings who are sharing.
THIS IS A MUST FOR KIDS WHO LOVE VIDEO GAMES
The Nintendo Wii U Super Mario Maker Game turns the game player into the game designer. Kids can spend an infinite amount of hours designing playable Super Mario levels and worlds.
Tweens can unleash their imaginations building Mario levels using the Wii U GamePad controller touch screen to add enemies, blocks, pipes, and more using their own creative touch. They can share these levels and challenge others to try and beat them, or they can play other people’s levels.
If your family enjoys playing the Mario Brothers games and you are thinking of purchasing a Wii U gaming system, you can purchase the Nintendo Wii U Super Mario Maker Console Deluxe Bundle which includes the console, a Wii U GamePad controller and the game. Lots of fun for the whole family!
CUTE AND COZY GIFT IDEA FOR GIRLS WHO LOVE MERMAIDS
Do you have a tween who wishes she were a mermaid so she could swim with the fishes in the sea? These Mermaid Tail Blankets are so stinking cute and the perfect gift for girls who love mermaids!
The soft, minky fabric of the mermaid tail blankets will keep your girls cozy and warm. And they look extra darling while wearing the blankets too!
The footless blankets are available in three fun color combinations; ocean blue & aqua, pink & periwinkle and purple & seafoam. What is your favorite color? My daughter loves the purple and sea foam one!
COOL GIFT IDEA GIRLS AND BOYS OF ALL AGES WILL LOVE
Zoku has a cool and hip line of frozen dessert products that are fun for the whole family, especially for kids. We own most of the Zoku products and my kids love the Zoku Slush And Shake Makers.
Kids can make homemade slushies using real fruit and juice that are ready to eat in just 10 minutes. The Zoku Slush Makers are instant freeze cups that are stored in the freezer.
These cups are a fun way to get your kids to eat more fruit. Just have them fill the frozen cup with their favorite combination of fruit juices and fruit to make healthier versions of slushies that are kid and parent approved. Stir for 10 minutes and enjoy! The slush makers are available in 5 colors, plus they now have a new Coca-Cola Slush Float & Slushie Maker added to their lineup. Pick one up for each person in your family.
THE NEXT GENERATION OF BRACELET MAKING IS SUPER FUN FOR GIRLS
If you have a tween who enjoys making friendship bracelets, she will love this hot new toy. Girls can learn, make and share countless possibilities of friendship bracelets with the i-loom Device & App and an iPad.
Place an iPad in the i-loom device to organize and hold the colored strings. Follow along using the app to learn various knotting techniques to complete simple to complex projects. Browse the ever-growing library of bracelet i-Patterns or create your own using the unique Pattern Creator.
The i-loom is a great visual hands-on tool for making friendship bracelets. The i-loom supports any size iPad and the app is compatible with the different generations. You can purchase add-on packs for even more fun. Kids can keep their collection of string and bracelet fastenings organized with an i-loom tote case.
Musical Gift Ideas For Tween Girls Who Like To Sing, Dance And Play Music
BRING THE FUN OF KARAOKE TO YOUR LIVING ROOM WITH A KARAOKE MACHINE
Karaoke is super popular with preteens and this Singing Machine Karaoke System is an excellent gift idea for girls who love to sing. The top loading CD-G player plays all your favorite CD-G karaoke CDS.
Simply plug the machine into a television (cable included) to view the scrolling lyrics. The machine delivers good quality sound output without being too loud and comes with an echo feature you can turn on and off. It only comes with one microphone, but it does come equipped with two microphone jacks with separate volume controls to accommodate two people.
HOT NEW DANCE VIDEO GAME FOR TWEEN AND TEEN GIRLS
Just Dance 2018 is sure to be one of the hottest games of the year for tween girls. The Just Dance 2018 promises to deliver their best tracklist ever featuring hits from artists including Bruno Mars, Ariana Grande, Beyoncé, and whole bunch more awesome songs the whole family can groove to.
Challenge your friends to beat your score or you can challenge yourself to beat your previous scores. There is also lots of new fun to be had including 6 different modes to match your mood.
The Just Dance video game series make great gift ideas for tween girls who love music and are available on Switch, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Nintendo Wii and Nintendo Wii U.
GIRLS CAN EXPERIENCE THE THRILL OF SINGING ON THE VOICE
Does your tween dream of appearing on The Voice, the popular television singing competition where music stars coach amateur singers into stardom? Bring the excitement of the show into your living room with The Voice video game. Girls will have a blast competing for a coach to pick them to be on their team in the Blind Auditions. Once they are on a team, they can go on to compete in the Battle Rounds and Finale rounds to be named The Voice just like on the TV program. The songs on the game include popular hits from the rock, R&B, pop and country genres.
The Voice video game is available for the Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles.
GREAT GIFT FOR YOUNG GIRLS WANTING TO LEARN A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT
Does your tween dream of learning to play a musical instrument? This Guitar Starter Kit And Instructional Course is perfect for beginners and includes everything to get started and will have your daughter strumming her own tunes in no time.
The starter kit includes a 3/4 size Firebrand classical acoustic nylon string guitar with spruce top, basswood back and sides, and rosewood fretboard for full, rich tone, a guitar bag with carrying straps, electric tuner, 3 guitar picks and Alfred’s Kid’s Guitar Course.
The multimedia instruction series for kids includes a 48 page book, a CD that is PC/MAC compatible and can be downloaded onto an iPod or MP3 player and a DVD. Kids will learn the chords, how to read music, how to tune the guitar and how to play a few simple melodies.
Outrageously Fun Games For Tween Girls
THE SKILL IS IN THE HAND IN THIS ADDICTIVE GAME
Bounce-Off is a super fun game for tweens! Girls can have some crazy fun in head-to-head competitions trying to be the first the bounce their balls into the grid in the shape of the pattern pictured on a card in the high energy Bounce-Off Game.
This game can be played with two or four players and is recommended for kids age 7 to 15 years old, although adults and families have a blast playing this game too. The game includes 9 pattern cards to complete and the first person to earn 3 cards by completing the patterns wins. Bounce-Off is a highly addictive game and one that will your kids laughing and playing for hours. Not only is it fun, but it is also great for improving eye-hand coordination.
Continue the fun with 5 different versions to choose from. Try one or try them all!
DISGUSTING FUN THAT WILL HAVE GIRLS SQUEALING AND GIGGLING
The Jelly Belly Bean Boozled Spinner Game is a hysterical and disgustingly fun game for kids! Spin the wheel to pick your color of jelly bean to eat, but beware, each color has a “good” flavor and a “bad” flavor. The object of the game is to not pick the gross flavors. You can’t tell which is which based on color or smell. You have to bite into the jelly bean to find out. Purely based on chance and luck.
Some of the gross flavors include toothpaste, vomit, pencil shavings, baby wipes, skunk smell, booger, rotten eggs, pencil shavings, skunk smell, centipede and rotten eggs. Eew!
It is a super fun game for parties or family game nights. Guaranteed to provide loads of giggles and squeals. I highly recommend picking up a refill pack for more hours of entertainment.
HILARIOUS AND SILLY CARD GAMES FOR KIDS
Okay, I promise no kittens are harmed in this outrageously fun and silly card game!! Exploding Kittens: A Card Game For People Who Are Into Kittens and Explosions and Laser Beams And Sometimes Goats is a hilarious game for families to play on game nights or at a party.
The game is a lot like UNO. Players take turns drawing cards until someone draws an Exploding Kitten, at which point they explode meaning they are out of the game unless they have a Defuse card, which can defuse the Kitten using things like laser pointers, belly rubs, and catnip sandwiches.
The rest of the cards in the deck are used to shuffle, skip and attack to avoid the Exploding Kittens. The last person alive wins the game. Overall, it is an explosive good time for kids! There is also an expansion pack, Imploding Kittens, for even more game fun!
ANOTHER HILARIOUS GAME FROM THE CREATORS OF EXPLODING KITTENS
From the creators of Exploding Kittens comes another awesome and hilariously fun game for kids! Bears VS Babies Card Game promises hours of outrageous fun while building monsters who eat babies. The monster to eat the most babies wins! No real babies are eaten, I promise!! Even includes a fun, faux fur game box that is unlike any other game out there.
This strategic card game is recommended for kids 10 and up, and can be played with 2-5 players. Each game take about 20 minutes to play, but I guarantee you won’t stop at just one round. It is highly addictive and fun for the whole family!
DODGE THE LASER BEAMS AND DIFFUSE THE BOMB IN THIS FUN SPY GAME
Do you have a future spy in your family? This Chrono Bomb Action Game is a blast for kids! Kids can pretend to be stealthy spies on a secret mission trying to navigate tricky laser fields.
Kids use string and clamps to create a laser field. They have to crawl through the laser field without touching the strings to reach and diffuse the bomb on the other side before the timer is up. If you touch the strings, the bomb timer speeds up.
Includes a free app where you can access two bonus secret missions for more play value. Great game for playing with groups of kids and spy parties.
EXERCISING THE BRAIN JUST GOT MORE EXCITING WITH THIS IMMERSIVE MEMORY GAME
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Gift Ideas For Girls Who Like To Draw
The Crayola Sketch Wizard makes a wonderful gift for girls who have an interest in drawing. This unique sketching device helps create realistic drawings from 2D images or 3D objects, helping young artists master the basics of drawing through the technique of tracing. You can even use images from a tablet or smartphone. By looking through the eye piece, the image or object is reflected back onto to your paper which can easily be traced into a drawing.
The Sketch Wizard is recommended for children 8 and older who have a keen interest in drawing. It requires a fair amount of patience, skill, diligence and time to successfully recreate projected images into drawings, so I would recommend this product only for kids who can sit still for long periods of time and enjoy working with details.
Girls who are obsessed with My Little Pony and love to draw will love this Equestria Girls Fashion Design Sketch Portfolio. It comes with 5 stencil sheets, 100 stickers and 40 sketch sheets for hours of entertainment designing different fashion styles for the Equestria Girls.
Girls will have fun creating stylish outfits for Twilight Sparkle, Rarity, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy and Apple Jack using the stencils. After designing the outfits, they can accessorize the outfits with the colorful stickers provided.
The Crayola Color Alive Easy Animation Studio makes a great gift for girls who are interested in animation and making stop-action movies.
Girls can color the characters and backgrounds included in the 30-page booklet and then scan them into the studio with the free app that is compatible with iOS and android devices.
Kids can make their characters come alive and control their movements by posing the mannequin to make their own stop-motion animated movies.
Girls who love fashion and are learning to sketch designs will love the My Fabulous Look Book: Fashion Drawing Made Easy Book. The book includes lightly sketched outlines of people and accessories for designing their own outfits, makeup, hairstyles, and accessories.
The end of the book includes a look book with die-cut frames for girls to display their best designs. They can show off their portfolio just like a real designer.
The book also includes a set of colored pencils so they can get started designing fabulous fashions right away.
More Drawing Activity Sets For Tweens
Darice 120-Piece Deluxe Art SetCrayola My Virtual Fashion ShowFashion Plates Deluxe KitKlutz Fashionably Me a Journal That’s Just My Style Book KitFashion Angels Fashion Design Sketch Portfolio Artist SetThe Usborne Book of Drawing, Doodling and Coloring for Girls
Crafting And Activity Kits For Tween Girls
The Make Clay Charms Kit is so much fun for tween girls. My daughter and her friends spent hours creating fun charms for a charm bracelet they were proud to show off and wear.
The kits comes with 8 colors of oven bake clay, a charm bracelet, jewelry fastenings, glaze and applicator brush, a drying tray and a 60-page instructional booklet.
The clay is very soft and pliable to work with and the instructions are clear and easy for tween girls to follow. Over 35 fun designs for girls to make including cute food and animals.
Girls can make a stylish fleece pillow for decorating their room with this Giant Knot And Stitch Pillow Kit. It would look cute perched on her bed or on her favorite chair.
The kit includes materials for making one double-sided 16″ fleece pillow. One side of the pillow spells the word HOPE with a peace symbol and the other side spells the word LOVE with a heart shape. Girls will have a blast stitching the pre-punched letters and shapes onto the material, then knotting the pieces together and stuffing it to form a pillow.
Included in the kit is 2 fringed fleece squares, 19 pre-cut, pre-punched letters and shapes, 8 felt strips, 20 fleece strips, 2 needles and embroidery floss, stuffing and 60 metallic beads for decorating the fringe on the outer edge of the pillow.
The Groovy Scrapbook Kit is a fun and creative gift for girls to preserve the memories of their friendships and special events into a scrapbook designed by them.
The kit includes a 10″ x 10″ spiral hardcover book filled with 48 colorful pages for girls to add their favorite photos. Girls can add their own personality and flair to the book with the stickers, sticky gems, pre-cut shapes, patterned paper, ribbons, washi tape, buttons, zig zag scissors, stencils, marker and glue that is included in the kit.
Costing less than $20 dollars, these make great gifts for children’s parties too. My daughter gave these as gifts to all the birthday parties she was invited to one year and her friends all loved them.
Does your tween like the idea of sewing, but ends up in a tangled mess? Now, girls can learn to sew by creating all kinds of cute projects with a threadless Sew Cool Sewing Machine. This sewing machine uses no thread, therefore there are no more tangled thread messes to unravel or a finicky foot petal to control.
Follow along the dotted lines and the sewing machine will stitch the materials together using a threadless seam. Very easy to use and is perfect for beginner sewers. With dozens of Sew Cool Refill Kits available which include fabric swatches and pre-cut character projects, kids will never run out of ideas of fun sew cool crafts to make. There is even more free patterns and ideas available for download on their website.
More Popular Crafting Kits For Girls 8 to 12 Years Old
Twirled PaperKlutz Felted Friends: Create Your Own Soft, Fuzzy Animals Craft KitALEX Toys DIY Wear So Many Headbands, 10 headbandsMidwest Products Mosaic Flip Flop Stepping Stone KitMelissa & Doug Deluxe Combo Scratch Art Set: 16 Boards, 2 Stylus Tools, 3 FramesCrayola Model Magic Jewelry StudioKlutz Shrink & Link Jewelry Craft KitKlutz Pom-Pom Puppies: Make Your Own Adorable Dogs Craft KitKlutz The Cootie Catcher Book Craft Kit
Hair, Nail And Beauty Gifts For Tween Girls
Tween girls love experimenting with makeup, nail polish and hair accessories. They are at an age where they are developing their own sense of style and uniqueness which they like to express through their clothing choices, hairstyles and such. Girls can have fun adding colorful streaks of color and bling to their hair with hair chalk and beads. Or let them experiment with wearing makeup on special occasions with a kid’s makeup kit. One of my daughter’s favorite activities is painting her nails. A nail art kit is a great gift for girls to get as crazy as they want experimenting with bright colors and fun designs. And what tween doesn’t want a tattoo? Get them a temporary tattoo kit to curb that argument until they are a teenager at least.
Hair Chalk Salon KitUltimate Hair Accessories SalonUltimate Glitter Tattoo Party Craft KitTotally Henna KitSketch It Nail Pens SalonShimmer N Sparkle 3D Candy NailsDisney Frozen Complete Beauty KitCarry All Musical Colors Make up KitBarbie Make-Up Artist
Popular Dolls For Girls 8 To 12 Years Old
Is your tween crazy for the American Girl Dolls? Meet Gabriela, American Doll of the Year 2017, the newest doll in the collection. Grace is a spunky nine year old girl who loves to bake up a storm in the kitchen when she is not jet setting across the ocean to visit with her family in France.
She stands 18″ tall, has dark brown hair with highlights, blue eyes and a smattering of freckles across the bridge of her nose. She comes with a ‘Welcome to Paris’ outfit which includes a white shirt with a sparkly logo of the Eiffel Tower on the front, a pink skirt with a black bow, gray ankle boots, pink underwear and a charm bracelet. She also comes a paperback book, “Grace”, the first book in her series. All in all, she makes a wonderful keepsake gift for girls who are very into playing and collecting dolls.
Smart is the new cool with these brilliant Project Mc2 S.T.E.M. Dolls that include a real science experiment for girls to complete in their own kitchen. These are not your regular fashion dolls – these dolls portray smart girls that love science and learning real skills.
Meet McKeyla McAlister, one of 4 super-smart and unique girls who likes to use her sharp brain, real life skills, knowledge and love of science to complete spy missions for NOV8, a top-secret organization.
The McKeyla McAlister doll comes with a fun, interactive lava lamp science project for girls to experiment with at home.
Check out all the Project Mc2 S.T.E.M. dolls and accessories available. These make totally cool gifts for girls who love science and playing with dolls.
Educational S.T.E.M. Toys For Girls 8 To 12 Years Old Who Love Science, Technology, Engineering And Math
The ZOOB S.T.E.M. Challenge Building Set is a fun and exciting building set that applies science, math, technology and engineering principles for designing and building creations that encourage thinking and problem solving.
This large set includes 175 ZOOB pieces for designing and building all kinds of creations, gadgets, contraptions and machines for solving challenges that you not only build, but you can play with too. Girls can learn how to make a zip-line, a trampoline, a catapult or any of the other 40 creations that are included in the instruction booklets.
The ZOOB S.T.E.M. Challenge building set will provide hours of educational fun and imaginative play for kids who love to create. There are dozens of different ZOOB building sets to choose from!
The Zometools Crazy Bubble Kit provides hours of mind-blowing, bubbly fun for kids! Girls can create different geometric shaped bubbles using the zome spheres building pieces included in the kit.
Kids have to apply math, science, technology, engineering and art skills to construct shapes that will make square, spiral, cubic and pyramid shaped bubbles. Perfect for a science project, home-school curriculum, a rainy day activity or a party.
This starter kit includes 52 zome spheres and sticks for building 3-D models that you dip into a bubble solution to create geometric bubbles that will blow your mind with their awesomeness. Girls can have fun creating all the bubble shapes in the step-by-step instruction booklet or they can come up with their own designs. Bubble solution is sold separately.
Put your kid’s critical thinking, visual perception and reasoning skills to the test with Gravity Maze, a fun and challenging falling marble logic game.
Provides hours of entertainment building mazes out of towers in order to successfully move the marble from the start position to the finish position without it falling off the blocks along the way.
The Gravity Maze game comes with over 60 levels ranging from easy to expert to challenge you to put your thinking cap on to solve the fun puzzles. Each person picks a card with a pre-determined start and finish position and then has to figure out how to arrange the towers in between so the marble can travel through the maze safely without tumbling off. So much fun for the whole family!
More Critical Thinking S.T.E.M. Games For Tween Girls
How awesome and amazing is this Meccano MeccaNoid G15 KS Personal Robot!? Girls who enjoy learning about science and engineering will love building, programming and interacting with her very own four foot tall, life-like robot.
It comes with over 1200 pieces, 10 motors, 64 megabits of flash memory and Learned Intelligent Movement (LIM) technology for building an intelligent robot that is full of personality shaped by you.
Meccanoid comes pre-programmed with over 1000 phrases, voice recognition software and the Motion Capture app for smart devices which all allow you to teach the robot to record and repeat back your words and mirror your movements for a truly interactive experience. Recommended for girls 10 and older.
Technology has advanced toys to a whole new level and this new Sphero Special Edition BB-8 App-Enabled Droid with Force Band is sure to impress and wow everyone in the family, especially Star Wars fans. This smart phone enable droid is recommended for ages 8 and up, making this a great starter droid toy for tweens and teens.
More Popular Interactive Robot Toys For Tweens
Interactive Toys For Girls
Cute and colorful, interactive Furby toys are popular with tweens. If you have a tween who loves Furby and Star Wars, they will love the new Star Wars Furbacca toy.
Kids can have fun exploring the intergalactic digital world with this fully integrated toy and app that makes wookiee sounds like Chewbacca, hums Star Wars theme songs, shoots lasers, collects virtual Star Wars Furby Furblings, and plays virtual activities via a mobile device. It would make a great gift for fans of Star Wars, especially for those with a fondness for Chewbacca and the wookies
Is your tween obsessed with the digital-reality virtual Pokemon game? Enhance the game play with a Pokemon Z-Ring and interchangeable Z-Crystals. Compatible with the latest video game titles in the POKÉMON series for Nintendo 3DS Family Systems: Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon.
Science Kits For Tweens
This Crystal Growing Kit is a great gift idea for a tween interested in geology. Kids can perform 7 different experiments to grow their own dazzling crystals. This kit is perfect for using as a starting base for a science fair project or as a homeschooling science lesson.
Growing crystals does take a little patience, but kids will be thrilled to watch their experiments grow into beautiful, geometric formations. The kit includes special display cases for kids to showcase the crystals and admire their beauty when they have finished growing.
For kids who have a keen interest in science, the Smithsonian Mega Science Lab is a great kit that includes 6 fun and engaging experiments for them to complete.
The kit includes everything needed to learn hands-on about volcanoes, the weather, outer space, dinosaurs, microscopic science and growing crystals.
Create an erupting volcano, track the weather, dig for dinosaurs fossils, paint a model of the earth and tend to a bug habitat. Lots of interesting fun is included in this science kit.
What kid doesn’t love ice cream? With this Ice Cream Science Kit, kids can make one tasty experiment! Kids get a lesson in chemistry while they learn to make ice cream from scratch using salt, ice and energy to freeze the ingredients.
Just mix the ingredients using your own flavor combinations and pour into a plastic bag. Now comes the fun part which kids love the most. Place the bag of ice cream ingredients into the center of a t-shirt, along with a separate bag of ice and salt. Gather the sides of the t-shirt together and shake for 5 minutes until you have perfectly frozen ice cream. The t-shirt is the ice cream maker. How cool is that?
Tween girls will love learning chemistry with the Spa’mazing Kit. The kit includes 10 spa experiments for making luxurious spa and bath products that will leave their skin soft and smelling sweet.
Kids can try their hand at blending fragrances and organic materials together to make fizzy bath bombs, oatmeal facial masks, bath oils, oatmeal soap, bath salts, shampoo, lotion and more.
This kit makes a wonderful bonding activity for a mother and daughter to do together. Best friends would also have a blast making these fragrant products together during a sleepover.
Delight your tween girls with an Enchanted Fairy Garden Kit for creating a magical fairy land to house their very own fairy, all while learning how things grow.
Kids get to have fun painting the garden pot and fairy accessories before planting their garden. Once the pot is ready, kids get to fill it with soil and plant the seeds, arranging them where they want them to grow.
Add the fairy accessories to make it a warm and inviting home for a fairy. Give it a sprinkling of water and fairy dust and watch the plants grow into a beautiful, magical fairy garden.
How fun is this Anatomical Gummi Bear for girls who love gummi bear candies and are curious about anatomy? Of course, gummi bears don’t have organs and bones, but that is what makes this gift so much fun!
Girls can learn all about the anatomy of their favorite gelatin gummy candy with this 41-piece model kit. The kit includes everything you need to fully assemble the innards of a gummi bear including skeleton bones and skull, the organs – brain, heart, lungs, intestines, stomach, liver, spinal cord, and esophagus – and an outer skin that keeps everything tucked neatly inside.
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Popular LEGO Sets For Tween Girls
LEGO sets make wonderful gifts for tween girls. The LEGO Disney Princess Elsa’s Sparkling Ice Castle building set is perfect for girls who are obsessed with Frozen and the lovable characters of Anna, Elsa and Olaf. Girls will have buckets of frosty fun building Elsa’s sparkling ice castle for hours of imaginative play.
Included in the 292 piece set are Queen Elsa, Princess Anna and Olaf the snowman mini figurines, an ice hill for sledding and skiing, a hidden staircase within the ice castle, an ice cream bar, an icicle tree, a sleigh, skis, ice skates plus a few more cool accessories. This Disney Princess Frozen LEGO set is recommended for children 6 to 12 years old, but older Frozen fans will adore this set too!
Check out all the Disney Princess Building Sets that are available to see if there is a set for your tween’s favorite princess.
Girls can enter the magical World of the Elves and join Emily Jones and her elvish friends on her quest to find the magic portal that sends her back the human world with this LEGO Elves Skyra’s Mysterious Sky Castle Building Kit.
The 808 piece set contains magical accessories including strawberry smoothies, fruit, cookies, a magic map and 4 magic keys. Also included are 3 LEGO mini elves figurines, Emily, Naida Riverheart and Skyra, plus Golden Glow the Pegasus and Nascha the owl.
Helping Emily and her elf friends find the magic keys to open the magic portal to the human world provide hours of entertainment for kids as they explore the nooks and crannies of the mysterious castle.
Check out all the LEGO Elves Building Sets that are available for more magical fun.
Does your tween dreaming of becoming a pop star or touring around with their favorite pop band? Girls can live out their dream by touring around with Livi in her LEGO Friends Pop Star Tour Bus.
This 682 piece LEGO set includes a pop star tour bus featuring a living area, TV, bed, pull-out stage, outdoor party and rehearsal stage area, DJ decks and a hot tub.
The set comes with 3 LEGO mini-doll figures; Livi, Stephanie and Mia. Girls will be entertained for hours going on adventures in their wildest imagination. You never know, they may even get to meet the boys of One Direction in their travels!
Check out all the LEGO Friends Pop Star Building Sets that are all the rage with tween girls right now.
Popular Movies For Tween Girls
Magazine Subscriptions For Tween Girls
A magazine subscription is a gift that keeps on giving all year long. These make great gifts for grandparents, uncles, aunts and long-distance family to gift to kids.
Subscriptions can be ordered online through Amazon and shipped directly to the tween’s mailing address. And the shipping is always free!
These are some of the magazine subscriptions popular with tween girls. Every issue is filled with crafts, recipes, activities, advice, fashion and style ideas and quizzes. Most subscriptions are for 6 or 12 issues.
The Discovery Girls magazine is a leading choice among both tweens and parents. You can purchase a one-year subscription for only $8.00 and free shipping through Amazon which is a super great deal at over 70% off the cover price.
Popular Books For Tweens
This beautifully illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling makes a wonderful gift for a child who is being introduced to the magical series for the first time or as a gift for a loyal Harry Potter fan.
The hardcover book contains over 100 illustrations, bringing the magical story of Harry Potter to life in all it’s charming glory.
This book is already flying off the shelves like hot cakes, so if you are planning to buy it for a Christmas gift, you should reserve your copy now to avoid disappointment.
More Popular Books For Tween Girls Ages 8 To 12
The Isle of the Lost: A Descendants NovelThe Thing About JellyfishDrive Me CrazyThe Fourteenth GoldfishCrenshawFish in a TreeEver After High: Once Upon a Pet: A Collection of Little Pet StoriesCold As Ice (Whatever After )Hello Stars (Faithgirlz / Lena in the Spotlight)
Trendy Bedroom Decor For Tween Girls
Tweens are in love with cool and trendy bedroom decor that adds a ton of personality and flare to a room. Bright, bold colors are super hot with girls right now – the more colorful, the better! Here are some fun selections that are popular with preteen girls right now.
Make saving money a fun task for your kids with one of these ultra cool sneaker money banks. The sneaker money bank is hand painted with artsy doodles and is laced up with a real shoelace. It comes with a slot in the top for coins and a plug on the bottom for emptying the bank. They are available in three bright colors; lime green, turquoise and fuchsia.
These sneaker money banks make a fun and colorful addition for a tween or teen girls’ bedroom and they are practical too!
If you have spent any amount of time around a tween girl, you will notice they seem to speak their own language of emoji’s and acronyms, though if you were to ask them what an acronym is, they will likely have no idea!
This unique Text Me! Throw Pillow is the perfect addition for a tween girl’s bedroom. It is a square black pillow with colored messages boxes filled with texting acronyms. A really fun design for tweens! This is one of my own designs I made for my daughter and you can only get it online at Zazzle. You won’t find it any stores.
The pillows are available in two sizes, 16″ x 16″ and 20″ x 20″, and you have a choice between cotton or polyester.
Tween girls will love these ridiculously cute, interactive Game Pillows. Pillows are an easy way to add color and style to a bedroom without spending a ton of money. These pillows are not only for decoration or sleeping. Kids can play a game of hangman, tic-tac-toe or checkers on these bright, colorful pillows. The pillows come with game pieces and a pouch on the back of the pillow for storing the game pieces.
If your tween has a sweet tooth, The Claw Candy Toy Grabber Machine is a ridiculously fun way to make her work for the candy before she gets to eat it.
It is a mini version of the popular and extremely addicting claw toy grabber machine that kids are always begging to play that is found in arcades, carnivals and malls, but this one won’t break the bank. It even lights up with flashing LED lights and plays music for more insane fun.
Fill the machine with her favorite candy or small toys and sit back watch as she has a blast navigating the claw arm left, right, up, down, forward and backward until she grabs her coveted prize.
Gift Ideas For Girls Who Love To Bake And Cook
Do you have tween who loves to bake cookies? Kids can have hours of fun baking and decorating yummy cookies with the Press Dough! Super Mega Make & Decorate Cookie Kit (As Seen on TV).
The kit includes 70 pieces for making and decorating hundreds of different cookies. In the box, you will find 2 cookie dough presses, 4 magic cookie shapers, 8 frosting tips, 2 shakers, 2 rolling pins, 12 character molds, 12 shape molds, 24 shaping cards, 2 cutting wheels, 2 spatulas and a tips and tricks guide.
There are no special mixes to buy or add-ons to purchase. Uses your favorite homemade or store bought cookie dough and frosting. Great for girls who love to bake and create or for parties and sleepovers.
This Chocolate Bar Maker is a lot of fun for kids. They can make and design their own chocolate bars using a variety of candies and melted chocolate.
The kit includes an easy to squeeze deco pen, 6 silicone chocolate bar molds, 3 stamps for imprinting fancy designs onto the tops of the bars and 4 wrappers for wrapping them up for gifting.
The kit does not include chocolate or candy. You need to purchase that separately. Let your kids imaginations run wild finding things in your cupboards like chocolate chips, marshmallows, caramel sauce, cereal, nuts, peanut butter and dried fruit to make their own crazy chocolate bar creations.
This Cutie Cupcake Baker is the perfect set for beginner bakers. Kids can have fun baking mini cupcakes and decorating them with yummy frosting to share with friends or to eat them all themselves.
The kit includes a non-stick, dishwasher safe cupcake pan, 200 cupcake liners, an icing decorator, 6 decorative tips and a recipe book to get started.
This would make a great gift for the birthday child having an American Girl Grace or baking themed birthday party. Or for girls who dream of competing one day in fun baking competitions like Cupcake Wars or opening their own bakery.
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Girls can learn techniques and tips for decorating cookies with this new Cookie Decorating Book that includes easy to follow instructions and rich photographs and illustrations.
Kids will learn to bake basic cookies and various techniques for decorating cookies that are simple enough for young bakers. They will learn all about the many types of frostings and toppings that are used for cookie decorating.
The book is not yet in stores but it is set to be released on March 1, 2016. It is available for pre-order through Amazon. This makes a great gift for a young baker who has an upcoming birthday in the spring.
Gift Ideas $10 And Under For Tween Girls
Project Runway PortfolioMr. Sketch Washable Scented Watercolor MarkersCobra Bracelet KitCupcake Latch Hook KitAll About Me Lock and Key DiaryAmerican Girl Paper Chain Friendship Bracelet KitTutti Frutti Gel PensMonster High Sticker StylistSlumber Party Box of QuestionsMonkey Manicure Nail Polish Blower DryerGroovy Tie Dye KitRainbow Nerds Lip BalmsCrayola Color Alive Action Coloring Pages – BarbieCrayola Window MarkersCrayola Neon Extreme Monster High Coloring KitEver After High Enchanted Picnic Blondie Lockes DollPerler Beads 6,000 Count Bucket