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gifts for 9 year old boy who is way too smart for his age

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Initial post: Nov 16, 2008 9:54:22 PM PST
C. Smith says:
My little brother is a complete nerd. He reads at a jr. high level, he sometimes likes to talk like British royalty, he is really sarcastic and smart and very hard to please. He reads Harry Potter type books and likes batman, He is not very outdoorsy or interested in sports. He wants video games for Christmas, but I want to get him something that will engage his brain not turn it into squish. Any suggestions?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 16, 2008 11:20:42 PM PST
Young@Heart says:
Scientific Explorer Disgusting Science Kit

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2008 8:45:33 AM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2008 4:28:26 PM PST
Brain Quest for the Nintendo DS is pretty good. Just get him one for grades above his grade if he is more advanced. Even if he doesnt know the answers he will learn them through the game and know in the future.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 21, 2008 4:49:38 AM PST
Blokus Trigon! But then you'll have to play it with him.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 23, 2008 9:18:48 PM PST
AuntieDada says:
How about a science kit.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 25, 2008 10:46:31 AM PST
C. Rieser says:
It's funny you mention that you think video games will turn your brothers brain into squish, haha. I'm in college now and my friend is actually writing a research paper on why video games actually help develop skills such as short term memory and cognitive thinking. Here is a reference paper I found on google.

Hope this gives you a different perspective on things.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2008 4:30:33 AM PST
Jennifer says:
How about The Guiness Book of World Records 2009?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 26, 2008 5:02:14 PM PST
How about the "Dangerous Book for Boys" book and board game set for $35? If you don't want to spend that much you could just get him the book. Or there's the Blokus Triagon game that's great for brainy kids. I found a WowWee Robotic Dragonfly that got pretty good reviews and looks like fun ($24.99). Or there's the Techno Source Rubics Cube for $9.50. There's the Knex building systems, some of which look pretty intense... they come in a variety of sizes and prices.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2008 12:34:55 PM PST
Free_4_2 says:
How about LEGO batman videogame? if he doesn't own one yet. It's got great review. My kids (11.5 and almost 9) LOVE Star Wars, particularly the new Clone Wars series: LEGO sets, DVD, and the iTunes TV shows download.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 28, 2008 2:01:24 PM PST
C. M. Alcott says:
I have 3 very smart boys, most of whom are not outdoorsy or sportsy. I can tell you one great thing is Snap Circuits, or Snap Circuits Jr. This a fun, but easy. You can make a cool fan, alarms, motion sensors, and other neat projects. This is a great alternative to video games!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2008 6:48:22 AM PST
Beth Brock says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2008 7:03:13 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2008 7:08:21 PM PST
T. Brown says:
Would he like a Snap Circuits set. You create a circuit board and switches. search Snap Circuits on Amazon

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2008 5:17:02 PM PST
S. T. Thio says:
Just in case your brother hasn't yet read it yet, I can recommend "A wrinkle in time" by Madeleine L'Engle. Good science fiction, well written; makes you try to wrap your brain around the idea of four dimensions; the tesseract, a four-dimensional cube, features prominently in this book. Come to think of it, there is also "Flatland", by Edwin Abbott; one edition is the companion book to the new snazzy movie.

Anything by M.C. Escher is pretty brain-stretching, as well as beautiful. For something to build, try "Kaleidocycles" which takes Escher's drawings into three dimensions. Also, a quick search for "polyhedra" at Amazon came up with a bunch of books that teach you how to build them, from tetrahedra and cubes to buckeyballs, out of cardboard, origami, wood, take your pick. They look great in Christmas trees (for next year, I guess).

Posted on Nov 24, 2012 4:37:44 AM PST
Terri says:
I need gifts ideas for my 13 grandson...very creative -smart (taking college math courses)-geek style more . I need help !!!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 3, 2014 1:01:50 PM PDT
cluttered says:
I have been appointed as the spell check sheriff for the week. Beth, maybe a spelling course is in order for you.
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Discussion in:  Holiday Toy List
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Initial post:  Nov 16, 2008
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