Doesnt need to be "crunchy" preferably something he wouldnt have a million of and Ive heard he hates crafts. I know he's got dozens of webkinz. I got him legos last year and he wasnt thrilled.
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9/16/08 at 12:07am
This thread has great ideas. My 7yo loves his Legos, and K'Nex. We don't allow Bionicles (I think they're too scary and all about fighting, which I don't really like...) but we subbed to boys to the Brickmaster Club, and the first set that came was Bionicle.
My 7 yo also just began using his own bow (with real practice arrows), which his sister gifted to him for his Bday. He's really enjoying it, and we're looking to set up a target range with about four hay bales. (You can buy wet or damaged hay pretty cheap if you ask around).
Other stuff that never goes out of style: pogo sticks, roller blades, marble runs, and audio CDs. We love the Jim Weiss ones.
I just bought The 7 Year Wonder Book, and it's incredible! And I got him The Hobbit on audio CD, because he finished reading the book by himself.
I'll second all the great ideas on flashlights, binoculars, pocket knives, and I'll also add in tool sets (you can buy child size metal tools at dollar stores - hammer, pliers, screwdrivers, etc.). My seven year old and all his friends just thrill to that stuff (so 'grown up').
explain the real bow and arrow thing to me cause DSS age 6 says he wants to learn. where do you find a real bow/arrow for kids and how do you teach them to use it?