Eight-year-olds have a mind of their own. Their interests are set and they know what they want, but that doesn't mean they are closed to new ideas. These picks may help spark an interest in a new area and you never know where that may lead!

Clockwise from top left: The whole family can rock out to popular hits like Ga Ga and Miley with the Kidz Bop Dance Party for Wii ($39). The fast-paced Scrabble Flash ($20) uses RFID technology to reinvent the classic game. Hot Wheels are back with the new Hot Wheels R/C Stealth Rides ($25) that downsize remote control cars into pocket-sized toys. Experience science through 79 experiments that can be done with a soda bottle ($14). Star Wars fanatics will flip for the new LEGO Star Wars At-At Walker ($110).