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This Sewing Machine Lets Kids Make Their Own Accessories Without Threading!

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By the time they’re 9 years old, girls are not really little kids anymore, but not yet tweens. They’ll turn their noses up at anything that seems too kiddie, but they still like to play, explore and learn new things. It can be hard to get gifts for kids this age, since you want them to keep their love of imagination and creativity, but you don’t want to give them anything that they’ll just toss aside because it’s “for babies” (their words, not ours).

Luckily, the Good Housekeeping Institute knows how to thread that needle. Each year, experts in the Parenting and Pets Lab evaluate the hottest new toys of the year, keeping track of trends and new releases. It calls in the favorites to evaluate each toy’s safety, educational or developmental value and quality. Then the real tests begins: The toys are sent out to be tested by real 9-year-olds, to be sure they’re actually fun to be played with. We took the top-rated toys, including some current and former Good Housekeeping Best Toy Award winners, and added in some best-sellers and editor’s picks to come up with our list for the best toys and gifts for 9-year-old girls in 2022.

This year, DIY sets were all the rage, letting 9-year-olds make everything from two-minute tie-dye shirts to their own scrunchies and accessories using a kid-sized sewing machine. STEM sets were also popular, as were the trend that never seems to go away: fidget toys (great stocking stuffer idea, by the way). But even if they’re not crafters, scientists or fidgety, they’re sure to be pleased with something on this list.

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Starlight Kitty

13.99

This creative kit is both a DIY decor project and a STEM building toy in one. The pieces, which are plastic tiles with LED wires running through, can come together to make nightlights in the shape of a cat, a mouse house, a teddy bear or a squirrel — or whatever she can dream up on her own. There are also sets available to make other animals. Ages 8+

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Washed Ashore: Making Art from Ocean Plastic

$16.99

Kids will learn to be better stewards of the environment after reading this book, which features sculptures of ocean creatures — all made out of items reclaimed from beaches. Good Housekeeping Institute testers loved picking out the different elements that went into each sculpture (there’s even a seek-and-find challenge on each page, asking readers to find objects like lip balm). Text on each page also teaches kids about animals and their habitats. Ages 6 – 10

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Moon Lamp

$13.59

This night light is 3D printed to look like the surface of the moon. It also lights up in 16 different colors, so it’ll look cool in her room. No age recommendation given.

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Stitch ‘N Style Fashion Studio

$31.49

For DIYers, this kit makes it easy to learn how to sew. There’s no threading necessary — the machine uses pre-loaded cartridges instead. And it also senses when fabric is in the machine, so there’s no pedal, either. Even the Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles Lab experts were impressed! It comes with enough pre-patterned fabric to make six accessories. Ages 8+

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Bluetooth Karaoke System

$74.99

This karaoke machine streams audio via Bluetooth, so you can bring the karaoke experience right into your living room. Your kid can control the brightness of the disco lights and record her performance to play back later.

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Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Exploration Kit

$28.99

Kids can make tons of cool projects with these pieces, including a musical doorbell, a voice-controlled lamp or an adjustable-volume alarm, all while learning about electronics and circuitry along the way. (Good Housekeeping Institute testers particularly liked making UFOs.) Plus, there’s no soldering needed — the pieces just snap together. Ages 8+

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19) Go Glam Nail Stamper Deluxe Salon

$31.49

This top Amazon toy lets her easily glam up within minutes. All she has to do is pop a pattern into the stamper, paint her nails with the kid-safe polish, let them dry, then press the stamper onto her nail for a fun print. Our testers found it worked with all sizes of nails. Ages 8+

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Claudie Doll & Book

$115.00

Like all American Girl historical dolls, Claudie has an amazing story: She’s growing up in New York City in the 1920s, right in the middle of the Harlem Renaissance. She’s surrounded by singers, poets, writers, painters, actors and musicians. This doll comes with a book that shows what it’s like in this creatively abundant era, along with a period-appropriate outfit. Ages 8+

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Designed by You Fashion Studio Kit

$35.99

This fashion kit is perfect for the budding designer because it comes with 50 pieces, including fabric samples and tools. She can learn to sketch her designs and make mock-ups of her ideas with the provided miniature mannequin. Ages 9+

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Gravity Maze

$46.16

This play set is a three-in-one logic game, marble run and STEM toy that builds spatial reasoning, planning and engineering skills. It offers 60 multi-level challenges that become increasingly difficult as she tackles each one. Ages 8+

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Marisol Fashion Doll

$11.21

Good Housekeeping testers loved these 11.5″ dolls because of their cool hairstyles and bold fashions. They come from The Fresh Dolls, a line of fashion dolls known for more realistic facial sculpts, different hair textures and many points of articulation for poses. Ages 3+

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Hooded Unicorn Bathrobe

$20.99

Unicorns are still all the rage, and this bathrobe comes in nine different styles and features super-soft polyester material for all-day lounging. She’ll never want to take it off! Ages 3+

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The Challenging Riddle Book For Kids

$7.99

Kids will have to use their logical thinking to solve these riddles for kids. There are 200 in all, including famous ones (like the one included in The Hobbit), and there are hints if they get stuck. Ages 9+

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Dog Crimes Logic Game

$14.99

A pup has committed a crime! Your 9-year-old can use the clues on the challenge cards to figure out which of the canine suspects did it. Playing the game helps sharpen those logic and reasoning skills while playing detective. This game is designed to be played solo, but kids can always work together as a team. Or, if she’s more of a cat person, there’s also Cat Crimes. Ages 8+

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She Believed Kids T-shirt

$19.99

Your 9-year-old girl is going to achieve great things. Show her you’re behind her with this shirt, which is inspired by the famous quote by R.S. Grey. You can also get coordinating leggings. Sizes 2 – 9/10

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Nancy Drew Starter Set

$19.79

To think that you can now put your daughter on the same detective series you loved as a child — this starter set contains classic favorites that’ll entertain aspiring detectives and longtime fans alike. Ages 8+

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Care & Repair Natural Lip Balm

$5.00

Some 9-year-old girls are starting to get into beauty gifts, and you can feel good about the ingredients in this lip balm. It’s made with mango, cocoa, and shea butter, along with things like almond oil, beeline honey and rosemary extract. (It smells nice, too!) No age recommendation given

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Good Housekeeping Amazing Science

$17.45

Budding scientists will thrill to the 83 hands-on experiments in this book, which are led by the scientists from the Good Housekeeping Institute. The book goes from room to room through a house and explains the scientific concepts behind the phenomena you might find there, like why bathroom mirrors get foggy or what makes sweaty sneakers so stinky. Then, the experiments let them dive deeper into the concepts. Ages 7+

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Unicorn 3-D Puzzle

$12.00

Some puzzles, after they’re completed, they go right back in the box. This one can stand on a shelf, so she can gaze at her accomplishment every day. It’s also made from recycled cardboard and printed with vegetable-based inks. Ages 4+

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Make Your Own: Cross-Stitch Jewelry

$24.95

Crochet stitching is a challenging but fun kid DIY activity that encourages patience and attention-to-detail. The kit, which won a previous Good Housekeeping Best Toy Award, comes with all supplies needed, plus an instruction book to guide your 9-year-old through the crafts. She’ll feel accomplished once she can wear her own jewelry! Ages 8+

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3) Just Between Us: Mother + Daughter

$16.95

As kids get older, face-to-face talks might start to get harder, but this journal makes conversation starters easy. It comes with prompts for entries that moms and daughters can both fill out, making a meaningful memory book for all involved. Ages 8+

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Spin & Spiral Art Station

$13.99

Your 9-year-old and her friends don’t need to be expert artists to create colorful masterpieces — they can simply spiral or spin markers and ink together and voilà! This previous Good Housekeeping Best Toy Award winner comes with all the art supplies you need in the box, and no batteries are required. Ages 6+

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Superstar Travel Mug

$25.00

Whether she uses this for her hot or cold drinks or just to keep her pens and markers corralled, she’ll feel like a star! It can hold 16 oz of liquid and has a slide over the opening to keep from spilling. No age recommendation given

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Harry Potter Coding Kit

$99.95

With this Kano kit, your 9-year-old can learn to code programs that translate into super cool, on-screen Hogwarts-inspired spells, like making feathers fly across the screen. It also comes with an easy-to-follow manual in case she’s a coding beginner. Ages 6+

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WATINC Random 10 Pcs DIY Squeeze Toys Cream Scented Kawaii Simulation Lovely Toy Medium Mini Soft Food Squeeze Bread Toys Keychains, Phone Straps, Bonus Random Stickers

$11.99

What’s better than getting a pack of new squishies? Getting to color in the squishies yourself! This comes with 10 cream-scented squishies that can be colored in and painted in however she likes (though the paint and brushes are not included). She can make a one-of-a-kind creation! Ages 4+

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$26.10

Kids love personalizing their rooms, and there’s nothing more personalized than a neon sign declaring their name! To make it even more to their tastes, you can customize the size, color and font, and even choose a symbol for the end. No age recommendation given

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Food Network Magazine The Big, Fun Kids Baking Book

$12.87

If she likes to bake, Food Network magazine’s first-ever baking book might be the best treat. Written by the publication’s editors, this baking book is filled with recipes for yummy desserts, like S ‘mores Cake and Butterscotch Blondies. “They are the types of foods that children are interested in eating so they will be attracted to baking them,” says one satisfied Amazon reviewer.

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LetsGlow Studio

$18.45

Light up her TikTok and YouTube videos with this custom accessory kit. From sticker sheets and nail stickers to tape and hair clips, she can create her own glow-in-the-dark designs, then light it all up with the LED clip. There’s no app to use — it just works! Ages 8+

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Shape-Shifting Box

$25.00

This combines all the best parts of a fidget toy with the mind workout of a brain puzzle. It can unfold and twist into different shapes, revealing different patterns on the inside. Then it becomes a challenge to get it back into box form again. Ages 8+

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13 Dead End Drive

$21.05

It’s a game of “Whodunit?” With this 3-D mansion board, she can grab her best friends and play as Aunt Agatha’s friends and employees. As they guard their identities and work their way through the mansion, watch out for mystery challenges and curious quests. Ages 8+

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DoodleJamz JellyPics

$9.99

It’s so simple, yet so fun! This board has beads suspended in gel, and kids can move the beads around to dress up the background photo. It comes with a double-sided background, but kids can print and make their own. Ages 5+

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Professor Maxwell’s VR Science Lab

$54.99

This STEM set connects to an iOS or Android app, so the projects become enhanced with augmented reality. The previous Good Housekeeping Toy Award winner comes with equipment like beakers, measuring cups, baking soda and a paint brush, along with inspiration for 25 science projects. Ages 8+

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Super Mario Adventures with Peach Starter Course

$59.99

Bring the fun of Super Mario Bros. into the real world! Kids can build the course with LEGO bricks, and then send the included Princess Peach figure through the paces. Peach has sensors and LCD screens on her face and belly, so she responds to the obstacles on the course and collects digital coins. Ages 6+

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Mini 3-String Electric Guitar

$149.99

This electric guitar comes with three strings, which is perfect for beginners to play and learn. It features perfect intonation and low string action for quality sound. The guitar’s fully assembled and ready to play right out the box. Ages 8+

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Two-Minute Tie Dye

$6.22

Nine-year-olds love doing their own DIY projects, but are also short on patience. This tie-dye kit works in the microwave in two minutes without the need for soaking clothes in soda ash. She’ll love making her own outfits and accessories! No age recommendation given

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Light-Up Soccer Ball

$39.99

Now she can practice her penalty kicks even after the sun goes down. LEDs keep this soccer ball illuminated so it’s easy to see at night, and if soccer isn’t her sport, you can get a football, basketball or volleyball. No age recommendation given

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Paint Your Own Stepping Stone: Paw Print

$29.95

Stocked with paints, brushes and a mixing instruction guide, this DIY painting stepping stone kit includes everything she needs to tap into her inner artist. Simply bake the painted stepping stone to ensure long-lasting quality. Showcase her work in the backyard after! Ages 8+

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Scoot Hand-Operated Drone

$24.99

There’s no remote for this drone — it’s all done by hand controls. She just has to toss it in the air and it’ll hover above her hands. Soon, she’ll be able to master tricks and flips. Ages 8+

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Crayola Marker Maker

$25.98

If she’s into DIY projects, now she can create her own art materials to go with it and make her own color blends. This set comes with enough materials to come with 16 markers and even design her own label. Ages 8+

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Rainbow Scratch Books Craft Kit

$14.99

You know how it goes: Just scratch off the outer layer, and she’ll be able to make rainbow-colored designs from the pattern showing through underneath. This set gives her lots of tools to get her creativity flowing, including two drawing pads, five stencil sets, four scratching tools and a box to keep it all in. Ages 3+

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Brainwaves: The Wise Whale

$11.99

Whether she wants to play with the family or challenge herself with solo play, this memory card game exercises her brain for a sharper mind. The portable size of this set makes it easy for play on-the-go. Ages 8+

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Extreme Rocket

$19.99

Jump, stomp and launch! This 100% kid-powered outdoor rocket can fly up to 400 feet in the air. All she needs to do is stomp on the launcher to release the rocket. The set includes six high performance rockets and stickers. Ages 9+

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Minecraft Llama Village

$129.99

For the Minecraft lover on your list, this set brings to life the game with characters and scenery, coupled with the creative benefits of Lego. This reconfigurable llama playset is cute to look at and fun to build. Complete with 1,252 pieces, baby llamas and sheep, six minecraft figures and more, this set ensures hours of exciting play. You can even make the llama spit at hostile mobs in a unique defense tactic. Or, for a smaller Minecraft LEGO set, you can go with the Mushroom House ($25). Ages 9+

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Funko Last Defense! Board Game

$19.99

When you have just a little bit of time, you can break out this board game — it’s designed to be played in 20 minutes or less. Players take on the role of villagers fighting against sci-fi bad guys like space aliens and sentient plants, and they have to work together to free the scientists and save the planet before the clock runs out. Ages 8+

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Gravitrax Marble Run Starter Set

$59.95

They can build a series of action-packed tracks using the GraviTrax PRO Starter Set’s 153 elements. Its selection of wall, pillar and balcony attachments form together to create 3-D marble run race tracks, and expansion sets allow the marble so do even more tricks. Kids in our Parenting and Pets Lab were super receptive and loved engaging with it. Ages 8+

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13) Why trust Good Housekeeping?

Before including our favorite picks in an article, the Good Housekeeping Institute does rigorous toy testing to ensure we’re recommending only the best. Many of our choices come from our yearly Toy Awards, where we test each item based on the following criteria:

✔️Safety: Our engineers and analysts make sure that each toy reaches all safety standards. They also assess things like pinch points and make sure toys won’t shatter into small pieces to pose a potential choking hazard.

✔️Ease of Use: We look at each toy to evaluate how simple it is to assemble, how well it’s constructed and how durable it is during play.

✔️Kid Approval: Aside from testing each toy for skill-building attributes, like how well it develops social-emotional skills, all our final decisions come from more than 100 children, ages 1 to 15, who assess the fun factor!

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For decades, the Good Housekeeping Institute has provided expert reviews and advice on everything parents and children love, including STEM toys, educational toys, sensory toys and more.

Much of the toy testing for this article was overseen by Rachel Rothman, the Good Housekeeping Institute’s chief technologist and director of engineering, with the help of Marisa LaScala, Good Housekeeping’s senior parenting and relationships editor. For more than 15 years, Rachel has put her training in mechanical engineering and applied mathematics to work by researching, testing and writing about parenting products. Plus, as a mom to three kids under 5, she has plenty of first-hand experience.

Marisa has covered all aspects of the world of parenting, from the postpartum years through the empty nests, since 2015, and she’s pitched in with Good Housekeeping’s toy coverage since 2018. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter, who are both avid toy collectors.

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Looking for more great gifts for kids? Let the experts do all the hard work for you! The Good Housekeeping Institute’s Parenting Lab has expert-tested, kid-approved picks for the best toys and gifts for kids of every age, including:

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