In this guide we’ll look at the best toys for 12 year old boys and girls.
We’ve compared design, build quality, educational value and cost
to give you our top recommendations.

The LEGO Simpsons: The Simpsons House is an amazing gift for twelve year old kids that love everything about The Simpsons! This set is pretty big, and will take quite a while to build. The roof is hinged, and flips up, allowing play within every room of Homer’s home. The set includes Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie and Ned Flanders! It’s such a cool set, and offers hours of imaginative play.

The LEGO Architecture United States Capitol Building Kit is an intense LEGO set, to say the least. This replica of the U.S. Capitol Building is incredible, and once completed, will make an amazing display. The model is super detailed, and includes a collectible booklet of information about the design, architecture and history of the building. What a great gift for any twelve year old history buff!

The Nanoblock Kaminarimon Temple Building Set is a whole lot of fun for twelve year olds, and involves paying attention to detail while building. Nanoblocks offer a superior building experience, as they provide a greater challenge and more attention to detail than other building sets available. This level three set will work well for kids who are experienced in building, as it can become frustrating at times.

The LEGO Technic Bucket Wheel Excavator Construction Toy is s great gift for twelve year old boys. The highly detailed two-in-one model features an array of different motorized functions, including forward and reverse driving, a rotating bucket wheel, a moving conveyor belt and rotating superstructure. This is the largest LEGO Technic set ever made!

The Mega Bloks Call of Duty Ghosts Tactical Helicopter is a super fun gift for twelve year old boys. The set is detailed and completely buildable from scratch, and comes with four poseable figurines, including a pilot, Riley, Hash and Elias. The accessories are plentiful as well. A combat vest, flashlight, walkie-talkie, digging tools and more come with this brilliant set. It’s great for any Call of Duty fan!

The Mezco Toys Annabelle Prop Replica Doll is a fantastic gift for twelve year old boys and girls that love scary movies and pranks. The doll is durable and well made, and she’s super creepy as well. Taken directly from the motion picture, Annabelle makes a great Halloween decoration. She’s also nice to have on hand for scaring siblings!

The Avalon Hill Axis & Allies Anniversary Edition Strategy Board Game is a wonderful gift for twelve year old kids that love history, and planning their next move. This historical board game is fantastic for kids who like a strategy challenge, while they secretly learn quite a bit about World War II. Bring it out at the next family game night!

The Plaid Hat Games Dead of Winter Board Game is the perfect gift for twelve year olds that are obsessed with zombies! This is a game of crossroads, and players are set to make choices throughout the duration of the game that will either help or destroy the small colony of survivors left on Earth. It’s every man for himself, and is sure to stir up a little healthy competition!

The Fantasy Flight Games Arkham Horror Game will definitely throw slumber party guests a curveball. Spooky fun for twelve year olds, this board game is set in the 1920’s, in a small Massachusetts town. Players must help uncover the mystery of missing townspeople and identify the origin of the creatures in the woods. Turn on the lights, it’s a creepy adventure for sure!

The Gloomhaven Board Game is fun for people of all ages, but makes a great gift for twelve year old boys. Players take on the role of mercenaries, with their own set of special skills. This is a game that requires teamwork, as participants work together to clean out dungeons and the forgotten ruins of the landscape. It will take more than one play session to get through the game, so be sure to remember where you’ve left off!

Tales of the Arabian Nights Board Game is so much fun, and a wonderful, thoughtful gift for twelve year old kids that love the tale of Aladdin. In this game, players will travel the land seeking fortune and their own destiny. Learn stories, share wisdom and be the first to fulfill your destiny! The best part of the game, is watching a different story unfold every time!

The Teenii STEM Physics Science Lab Basic Circuit Leaning Starter Kit calls to the twelve year olds that cannot get enough of STEM or STEAM learning. This amazing kit is a great prep for high school physics classes, and will teach kids basic circuit principles through experiments with 50 items! It’s an all around incredible learning tool.

The Ravensburger Van Gogh Cafe Terrace at Night Jigsaw Puzzle is a 1500 piece gift for twelve year old girls and boys that have a deep admiration for the arts. The puzzle is beautiful when completed, and the pieces are durable, so you can use them again and again. Every piece fits perfectly, and an anti-glare surface ensures zero eye strain. Super for rainy days and family time!

The Ravensburger The Earth 540 Piece 3D Jigsaw Puzzle Ball is nothing short of incredible once completed. A replica of a real, spinning globe, this puzzle could take anywhere from days to weeks to complete. The end result will easily teach twelve year olds the extreme satisfaction that comes from a job well done, and it’s a great way to spend time together!

The Ravensburger Disney Castle 216 Piece 3D Jigsaw Puzzle is a super gift for twelve year old girls who love all things Disney. Though the number of pieces might seem low for a jigsaw, this puzzle still has a high level of difficulty. Once the pieces are snapped together and in place, you’ll have a keepsake for as long as you want it!

Artifact Puzzles: Diego Mazzeo Mechanical Griffin Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle is a 207 piece recreation of Diego Mazzeo’s steampunk digital artwork. This is so much fun for kids to put together, and the end result is visually astounding. The puzzle pieces are durable, thick cut, and easy to put together. However, the irregular edges will provide just enough challenge for kids that excel at puzzles!

This Artifact Puzzles: Bruce Riley Stem Cell Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle, is a really good gift for twelve year old kids who love puzzles…and a challenge. Probably one of the most unique puzzles ever, this 191 wooden jigsaw puzzle is a replica of Bruce Riley’s painting “Stem Cell”. Kids will certainly have to put on their thinking caps to put this one together!

The FLEXIFOIL 2.05m Power Kite is a perfect addition to summer days at the park or beach. A wonderful gift for twelve year olds that love outdoor play, this kite is a great introductory kite to any kid that is unfamiliar with power kiting. It’s quick, easy to fly and 100 percent stable. It will make you work to keep it up in the sky, and can help kids to stay active and fit over the lazy summer months.

The National Geographic Pro-Series Metal Detector is such a fun gift for twelve year olds. Boys and girl alike will spend hours of their time tracking down treasure at the park, the beach, or right at home in their own neighborhoods. To use it, all you have to do is unfold it and go! There are settings available from beginner to advanced, so anyone can use it. Talk about hours of time spent outside!

This Razor A5 LUX Kick Scooter is blue, but will make a perfect gift for twelve year old girls, and boys as well! Designed by pro riders, this scooter is super durable (it holds up to 220 pounds), easy to maneuver, and made of aircraft-grade aluminum for safety. The handlebars are adjustable, and it folds up for easy transportation.