What to Give to An Eight-Year-Old?

As part of our family’s “new tradition”, we’re doing present-swapping (naon sih bahasa Inggrisnya tuker kado? hihihi) this Christmas gathering. Each of us has to draw a number (or a letter this time) and each number represents one recipient. This year I get my eight-year-old niece. Unlike adults, an eight-year-old still go through phases of interests. One day she might be crazy over My Little Pony, and the next Bratz. To make matters worse, it’s been 22 years since I was 8… and I have no idea what’s hot and what’s not for eight-year-olds nowadays.

Ideas? (Please describe the thing, what it does, where to get it, and the price range, thank you!)
You’ve got ’til Dec 20, 2006!


23 thoughts on “What to Give to An Eight-Year-Old?

  1. I love this board game called Master Mind, where you have to guess the colors of hidden buttons.

    Try look for it in Google.

    I saw in Sarinah and it was under 100 thousands.

    Mau aku beliin ? I can drop it to your place … 🙂


    Mastermind is a simple code-breaking board game for two players, invented in 1970 by Mordecai Meirowitz, an Israeli postmaster and telecommunications expert.

    The game is played using:

    * a decoding board, with a shield at one end covering a row of four large holes, and twelve additional rows containing four large holes next to a set of four small holes;
    * code pegs of six different colors, with round heads, which will be placed in the large holes on the board; and
    * key pegs, some colored, some white, which are flat-headed and smaller than the code pegs; they will be placed in the small holes on the board.

    The two players decide in advance how many games they will play, which must be an even number. One player becomes the codemaker, the other the codebreaker. The codemaker chooses a pattern of four code pegs. Duplicates are allowed, so the player could even choose four code pegs of the same color. The chosen pattern is placed in the four holes covered by the shield, visible to the codemaker but not to the codebreaker.

    The codebreaker tries to guess the pattern, in both order and color, within twelve turns. Each guess is made by placing a row of code pegs on the decoding board. Once placed, the codemaker provides feedback by placing from zero to four key pegs in the small holes of the row with the guess. A colored key peg is placed for each code peg from the guess which is correct in both color and position; a white peg indicates the existence of a correct color peg placed in the wrong position. Once feedback is provided, another guess is made; guesses and feedback continue to alternate until either the codebreaker guesses correctly, or twelve incorrect guesses are made.

  3. i remember her mum said she likes pink (the colour, not the singer!!! :D) a lot, so i would suggest getting some pink school bag/pink clothes/pink accessories/make up (oriflame?? 😀 LOL)
    and isn't she also a bit on the creative side? 😉 bisa beliin barbie colouring/activity book or something (i liked those when i was a kid, hehehe..)
    range harga pastinya tergantung merk, but it can go as low as Rp 25.000,-, i think (can't really say, since i don't live there anymore :'< ) good luck!! 🙂

  4. umur 8 tahun kayaknya seru deh kalau hadiahnya berupa voucher supaya dia bisa ikut kursus keramik, melukis, atau apa gitu yang bermanfaat. Kalau repot, beliin buku mewarnai kayak saran Puni..Atau buku cerita bergambar yang bisa dibacanya sendiri..

  5. Hi Bee, iya aku tau kok Master Mind… Ini juga mainanku jaman dulu… Walaupun aku suka kesel soalnya mainnya sama orang dewasa (maklum deh, Puni baru brojol waktu aku 5,5 taun).
    Thanks for the idea… Nanti aku browse dulu games dan board games lainnya, I'll let you know if I'm going to need you buy the thing. 🙂

  6. Iya gue juga kebayang nyari sesuatu yang bisa buat dia beraktivitas. Tapi kalo bisa beli sendiri kayaknya gak lucu, apalagi di Singapore lebih banyak pilihannya (kali loooh…). Huh, wish you were here… Kan jadi bisa jalan2 ke Kidz Station bareng…
    Anyway, thanks sis… Keep those ideas coming… 😀

  7. Waaa… ini keren… Tapi sayangnya dia sekarang tinggal di Singapore lagi, baruuu aja pindah mid-year kemaren… Tadinya bertaun2 di sini… 😦 Jadi manalah kutau di sana ada kursus apa di mana berapa, let alone voucher-nya…
    Thanks ya idenya… Mungkin aku akan browse versi mainannya…

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