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toys for tweens and teens

There are few age groups more difficult to shop for than tweens and young teens. Just when you thought you finally had a handle on their interests, they reach the middle school years and everything changes in an instant! As a parent or grandparent, it can seem impossible to keep up with what’s cool and on trend. But fret not, because five below has an entire team dedicated to doing just that!

Our professional toy shoppers always have their finger on the pulse of what’s in, what’s out, and what’s next, and our selection of toys for 11 year olds, 12 year olds, and 13 year olds is definitely what’s now and next! Let’s take a look at some popular picks…

Toys for 11 Year Olds

One thing you might notice as your child moves into the middle school years is they stop fighting you on bath time. Now, we can’t say this goes for every kiddo, but as they get a little older they tend to realize that smelling nice isn’t so bad after all! To celebrate this milestone that every parent appreciates, consider treating them to one of five below’s fun and fresh beauty craft kits! One of our most popular picks is this diy bath bomb kit, complete with all the ingredients they’ll need to create 3 fizzing bath bombs.

Toys for 12 Year Olds

Among our most timeless 12 year old toys are our paint sets. On the brink between childhood and their young adult years, 12 year old minds are swirling with creativity, new ideas, and entirely new ways of interpreting the world around them. And there’s no better way to capture that than with a paintbrush and paper!

We also love puzzle books as classic gifts for 12 year olds. While many are geared toward younger children, our crossword puzzle and word search books are fun for all ages. Puzzle books help to keep your mind fresh and sharp, but can also be a welcome break from our everyday stresses. And if you think 12 year olds aren’t stressed, you don’t remember middle school as well as we do! Growing up is hard, but it can be a lot of fun, too. And our 12 year old toys are designed to make the most of those fun possibilities!

Toys for 13 Year Olds

Have a 13 year old sitting on the couch during summer vacation lamenting that they’re “bored” and “there’s nothing to do?” Yeah…we’ve been there! And we’ve found that one of the best ways to get them truly enjoying their time away from studies is to get them outside!

There will always be time in the day for the internet and video games, but getting up and moving is essential for a healthy body and mind. Our fun and engaging outdoor 13 year old toys give their eyes a break from the screen, and get them out in the sun where they can soak up some Vitamin D and good times with friends and family. Whether you opt for a franklin football for a simple game of catch, or a friendly battle with water guns, you’ll find all the awesome toys you’re looking for here at five below!