50 battery-free gift ideas for boys ages 8-11

We live in a world full of technology and screens. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, in fact, I think it’s pretty awesome, but sometimes it’s nice to have a break from screen time and enjoy toys and activities that don’t need to be charged or plugged in. Battery free toys encourage and enrich imaginative play, which is the main reason I love them, but some days it’s nice to also have toys that don’t make noise!


Here are some of our top picks for battery-free toys. We’ve even split them into sections to make it easier to find the perfect gift!


Classic lego brick box

You can’t go wrong with a box of classic bricks. Get their imaginations going and let them figure out fun things to build.


Awesome Ideas Book

Get some fun ideas of things to build with this book.


Lego Chain reactions

I have to admit I’ve never checked this out, but I’ve been interested in it for awhile because my son loves Rube Golberg machines and Legos. It’s a fun combination of both.


Assorted mini Lego figures

We’ve ordered these a few times and we think they’re so fun! Each figure comes in it’s own little pouch and you have to assemble the whole thing. It’s a good price for a random assortment of little guys. Perfect for a stocking!


Lego Millenium Falcon


Lego Creator

Lego Creators are usually a bit cheaper than other types and they come with instructions to build three different things, so I feel like you get more for your money.


Lego City

We like Lego City because there are so many familiar and cool things to build.



Star Wars Legos

You can’t go wrong with Star Wars Legos! There are many options to choose from.


Star Wars Micro Machines ultimate saga

My son loves Micro Machines and the funny thing is I remember my little brother loving them too…about 20 years ago.


Star Wars 8 puzzle pack


Pop Star Wars figures


Star Wars figurine set


Reveal SnapTite Build & Play Star Wars Millennium Falcon

there are so many options for Star Wars SnapTite models, but my boys especially loved this Millennium Falcon.


Star Wars Folded Flyers – these are perfect for the Star Wars fanatic that also loves paper airplanes! I know my boys could make paper airplanes all day long.


Also, check out these books for the Star Wars fanatic!

30 books for a young star wars fanatic


Minecraft Legos

Trying to find the perfect gift for someone who love Minecraft and Legos? Minecraft Legos combine two favorites into one perfectly awesome gift. I love that my boys can continue playing and talking about their love for Minecraft without having a screen in front of their faces!


Foam Sword and Pickaxe 


Minecraft card game

The fun keeps building with the Minecraft Card Game! Based on the hit video game, players have the opportunity to mine, craft or reserve to win. Players “mine” Resource Cards of Wood, Stone, Iron, Diamond, or Gold and then use those cards to “craft” Craft Cards for points.screen-shot-2016-11-02-at-2-15-25-pm

Ocelot jacket

My son always talks about the different characters and animals on Minecraft and he always mentions his love for ocelots because they are just so cute. He would go crazy for this ocelot jacket!


Minecraft animals


Wall torch

Okay, so I added this to the list because my son has one and he loves it and then I remembered that it has batteries in it so that it really lights up like a torch. I decided to cheat and leave it on the list because it doesn’t make noise and it’s awesome. Sorry I’m a cheater. This can be used without batteries if you prefer. It can also be hung on a wall just like a real wall torch in the game!


For more ideas check out these books for the Minecraft fanatic.

15 books for Minecraft fanatics

gift ideas for the gamer

Plants vs. Zombies pea shooter


Minecraft plush animals


Pokemon Cards


Pokemon Headbanz game


Angry Birds K’NEX


Plush Plants vs. Zombies set


Melissa & Doug Deluxe Magic Set



K’NEX model building set

Stimulate your child’s imagination the fun way with the K’NEX 70 Model Building Set! With over 700 classic K’NEX pieces, this building toy gives them an outlet to learn and enjoy playing at the same time.


K’NEX thrill rides

The slingshot launcher sends the coaster car up the hill and spiraling through the track – no batteries needed!


Marble run

This has been a favorite of my son’s for years and years. He never gets sick of it because the possibilities are endless when it comes to different marble runs you can build. He has so much fun with it.



My son has been a huge domino fan for as long as I can remember. He watches so many domino YouTube videos and to my amazement is pretty good at recreating them. I’m always surprised how much his friends love to play with dominos when they come over.


Perplexus Original

This is a challenging and fun maze game full of twists, turns and obstacles. My boys LOVE this thing. It keeps them entertained for hours. I love that it’s a quite, non-video game boredom buster. These are also great on car trips.



Snugly fitting, non-warped pieces that don’t have breaks or skips, meaning the ball will never move unpredictably or careen off. Guaranteed to entertain rather than frustrate!


Be Amazing Big Bag of Science

Introduce your child to the exciting world of science with the Big Bag of Science. Kids aged 8 years and older can perform more than 70 experiments with this kit, allowing them to explore mind-stretching science principles while having fun.


Kidz Labs Volcano and Crystal Mining

Build a solid volcano and use it to perform a stunning volcanic eruption on your table top! Excavate to unearth beautiful crystals which are formed after the volcanic eruptions long ago. Collect these natural treasures! Experience the unlimited fun of geological science!


Keva Contraptions 

Young thinkers can design unbelievable ball track structures via simple, stacking planks. No glue, no connectors-just loads of constructive fun! The 50-Plank Set helps kids get things rolling with two balls and an instruction book detailing how to build a “Shooting Gallery,” “Turbine,” “Step Curve” and more.


Aircraft engineer

Read the amusing story of two inquisitive kids and build simple models of the aircraft they discover on their hilarious family vacation. Along this roundabout trip, the kids build various flying machines to help the people they encounter solve problems and complete tasks. As you follow the story, you can build models of the 10 vehicles in the story.


Honorable mention:

My boys love these Electronic Snap Circuits! They are such an awesome toy, but they do need batteries. So they shouldn’t be on this battery free list, but we love them so I had to add them. There are all sorts of different options to choose from too.



Nerf Zombie Strike

Eradicate entire hordes of zombies at one time with this hardcore Zombie Strike Doominator blaster! The blaster’s 4 flipping drums hold 6 Zombie Strike darts apiece and they rotate as you fire so you can fire up to 24 darts without reloading.screen-shot-2016-11-04-at-10-50-23-pm

Flag football set

Enough flags for two teams of five.


Basketball guys


Indoor 2-in-1 goal set

This is a fun toy even if you aren’t a hockey player!


Football skill challenge game

Three games in one, perfect for the football lover.


Boochie ball game

Get ready for this all new action-packed family game that will have you tossing, kicking, bowling, and throwing like never before! First toss out the soft foam Boochie target and then try to land your ball and hoop as close to it as possible. Keep score on a special wrist tracker that gives you a different outrageous throwing challenge every round.


gift guide for the little artist

Harry Potter Coloring book

I want this coloring book for myself, but these would be perfect for any kid that loves Harry Potter.


Colored pencils

An awesome variety of pencils for any coloring book.



Qixels are easy and fun to use. You can use the designs they include in the box or you can make your own design.


Art set

A nice art set that any budding artist would love.



Spirographs are so fun and a little mesmerizing. Create so many cool designs!


String art

A fun art project that is fun to display when you’re done.


Scratch art set

Scratch art is so cool. We have directions on how to make your own scratch art, but it’s cool to have a set that is already made and ready to go.


Crayola color caddy

All the basics in one caddy.


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