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We’ve been there: Firmly committed to never allowing any type of toy gun in our space, only to rethink said stance when the mini-humans beg and plead to own one…juuuust one! Our suggestion? Lay out the usage rules, check out our list of the best Nerf guns for kids, pick out one or two of your favourites and then do your best to enjoy the palpable excitement your little ones are almost guaranteed to display.

Best for Indoors

Nerf Power Moves Iron Man Blast Gauntlet

26 Reviews

As if its Iron Man theme wasn’t cool enough, the gauntlet blaster that’s worn around the wrist and hand will appeal to any young Marvel fan who loves to play pretend.

Recommended age: 5 years and up

Best for Indoors

Fortnite Llama Nerf MicroShots Blaster

9 Reviews

Inspired by the purple pinata loot box from the Fortnite video game, this collectible mini blaster is perfect for smaller hands. It’s sold with two darts and is hand-powered (meaning no batteries are required).

Recommended age: 8 years and up

Best for Indoors

X-Shot Excel Micro Foam Dart Blaster

4 Reviews

Who needs video games when this dart gun will encourage kids to put down the controller and get active? The hand blaster is small and precise, making it convenient for indoor play. It even has dart storage on the top.

Recommended age: 8 years and up

Best for Long Distances

Adventure Force Scorpion Rotating Barrel Gatling Blaster

155 Reviews

This Adventure Force blaster has all the cool features, from a fully automated and rapid-fire rotating barrel to an ammo belt that holds 20 darts. Thanks to its battery power, it shoots a distance of 80 feet.

Recommended age: 8 years and up

Best for Long Distances

Nerf Elite 2.0 Shockwave RD-15 Blaster

121 Reviews

One of the best Nerf guns for kids wanting to shoot long distances, this pump-action blaster launches darts up to 90 feet away. Kids can rapid-fire all 15 of the darts in quick succession or release them one by one by adjusting the blaster’s rotating drum.

Recommended age: 8 years and up

Best for Long Distances

Nerf Elite 2.0 Turbine CS-18 Motorized Blaster

0 Reviews

A motorized wonder, this Nerf gun holds 18 foam darts, has multiple attachments and allows users to rapidly fire darts up to 90 feet away. It also comes with an additional 18 darts for convenient reloading. (You might also like these 25 summer activities to keep kids busy.)

Recommended age: 8 years and up

Best for Young Kids

Mighty Blasters Boom Blaster Toy Blaster

71 Reviews

Little ones will love the simple pull-back mechanism on this blaster, its colourful and super-soft power pods and the fact that they can launch the pods up to 12 feet away!

Recommended age: 3 to 6 years

Best for Young Kids

Might Blasters Mighty Bow Toy Blaster

55 Reviews

Struggling to go the gun blaster route? Try this cute bow option instead. It’s easy to load, comes with four power pods and is designed to be soft and safe for little archers.

Recommended age: 3 to 6 years

Spider-Man Web Shots Spiderbolt Nerf Powered Blaster Toy

Best for Young Kids

Spider-Man Web Shots Spiderbolt Nerf Powered Blaster Toy

34 Reviews

Inspired by ol’ Spidey himself, this cool Spider-Man hand blaster includes three darts and a handle that young kids will love to pull. It can be attached to any Nerf Web Shots Gear including the Twist Strike.

Recommended age: 5 years and up

Best for Teens

Nerf Rival Roundhouse XX-1500 Red Blaster

31 Reviews

With a velocity of up to 90 feet per second, this single-shooting, spring-action blaster holds 15 rounds and would pair perfectly with this digital target that buzzes and lights up while tracking and displaying players’ scores.

Recommended age: 14 years and up

Best for Teens

Nerf Rival Curve Shot Sideswipe XXI-1200 Blaster

14 Reviews

Not your average blaster, this one fires around corners, obstacles and barriers with curved shots. Along with a 360-degree rotating muzzle that shoots straight, left, right or down, it is adjustable and can be enjoyed by right- and left-handed teens.

Recommended age: 14 years and up

Best for Teens

Adventure Force Tactical Strike Aeon Pro Ultimate Dart Blaster

16 Reviews

Designed to offer advanced speed, distance and accuracy, this perfect-for-teens blaster shoots over 125 feet and includes 12 half-length adventure force pro darts and a half-length pro dart ammo clip and adaptor.

Recommended age: 14 years and up

Best for Water Fights

Adventure Force Saturator Water Blaster

2 Reviews

Prepare to hear squeals of delight whether you’re at the beach or in the backyard! This large-capacity water gun offers two ways to shoot water: pulling the pump handle to reach 38 feet away or pressing the trigger and pulling the pump for a multi-spray.

Recommended age: 4 years and up

Best for Water Fights

SwimWays Flood Force Tempest Water Gun

0 Reviews

Not only does this blaster shoot water up to 22 feet, but it also has two water tanks—one that’s active and one for backup—for ultra-speedy reloads. Consider it the perfect addition to any pool party or outdoor blasting session. (For something with a bit more of a learning focus, check out these 20 best educational toys.)

Recommended age: 4 years and up

Nerf Super Soaker DinoSquad Dino-Soak Water Blaster

Best for Water Fights

Nerf Super Soaker DinoSquad Dino-Soak Water Blaster

1 Review

This water blaster for dino lovers of all ages is one of our favourite Nerf guns for kids. Easily filled and fired, it’s perfect for summer days when your wee ones need a reprieve from the heat.

Recommended age: 6 years and up

Best for Laser Tag

Laser X Micro B2 Blasters

2 Reviews

Laser tag isn’t laser tag without cool lighting and sound effects, and Laser X blasters have these next-level offerings. The best part: The beams can shoot up to 100 feet and bounce off walls and mirrors to hit opponents.

Recommended age: 6 years and up

Best for Laser Tag

Incredibles 2 Laser Tag for Kids

0 Reviews

For epic battles between Incredibles 2 fans, this pair of laser blasters can’t be beaten. Each gun comes with three shooting modes, an infrared receiver on its base (so no vests are necessary to record hits) and lights that track how many lives your kiddos have left.

Recommended age: Not listed

Best for Laser Tag

eKids Avengers Endgame Laser Tag for Kids

0 Reviews

Marvel fans, rejoice! This action-packed two-player game tracks and registers hits, is perfect for indoors and out and features three firing modes that can detect shots from a full 180 degrees instead of just straight on.

Recommended age: Not listed