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Best Toys for 6-Year-Old Boys and Girls

Your first grader will love these picks.

Wow, so your kid has turned six. By now, you have a good idea what this means, because your child has started first grade. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), kids can dress themselves, catch a ball more easily using only their hands, and tie their shoes.

The six year old is more independent, has friends, and is developing major confidence. They enjoy teamwork. They talk about their thoughts and feelings. And they actually think about how their actions impact others.

These are some solid toys to keep them engaged, entertained, and immersed.

Sorry parents. We know slime sucks, but kids love it. And this kit is the BMW of slime.

Kids create their very own slime lab, making eight varieties of slime and putty including fluffy slime, glow-in-the-dark putty, liquid slime, color changing putty, snotty slime, bouncing putty and so much more. Cleaning service not included. 

Kids love surprise toys, and these in particular team them to care for something beside themselves.

By age six, your child shows concern for beings other than him- or herself. And once he or she washes this toy, brushes it, and cares for it, he or she will watch it transform from a rumpled little thing into one very cute bunny rabbit. The more you groom them, the cuter they look. Cause and effect!

Encourage your budding Annie Leibovitz or Ansel Adams with this easy-to-use starter camera for kids.

Your kid can drop this on the ground, throw it down, kick it around (not that we encourage these things but hey, we’re realists), and it will hold up. It’s an actual digital camera with a 2.4 inch color LCD screen and can take photos and videos and, of course, selfies. 

Some Legos can be overly complex for kids this age. Not this Creator set, which is a collection of kooky sea creatures.

With 230 pieces, this Lego set is manageable for a kids who’s six. He or she can build and rebuild three ocean-themed Legos, going from a shark to a squid to an angler fish.

Another super-cool Lego set, this one lets your motor-mad kid build a fast car with a powerful pull-back motor, front bumper, large rear spoiler, black rims with low profile tires and an engine that pops out on impact.

This Lego set has 135 pieces and is a great set for playdates, something that two kids can build together. And it’s a solid segue from the toy cars your kid has outgrown.

Yes, painted rocks are still a thing. This set is a great gateway to self-expression, not to mention a solid group activity.

This rock painting kit includes eight waterproof paint colors, transfer designs and tracking stickers perfect for beginner rock painting, for kids six and older. 

Because you can never have enough, this set includes an exclusive L.O.L. Surprise doll and a pet.

Yes, you can buy your kid a doll. Fine. But instead, you heighten the excitement with an  L.O.L. Surprise! doll and pet hidden inside a heart-shaped fizzy ball that dissolves in water to unveil what’s inside. Note: this is not a bath bomb.

Start building your kid's interest in science and nature with this DIY terrarium, which allows him or her to craft, plant, water and grow their own terrarium tabletop garden.

It’s easy. You get a kit that includes a plastic mason-style jar, decorative lid, potting mix, organic chia and wheat grass seeds, garden figurines, decorative sand, river stones and a plant mister to keep the terrarium watered. Set it up and watch it flourish. Bonus: no dog walking or pet care required.

In this kid version of the classic game, you shift blocking cars and trucks out of your way to clear a path to the exit to develop and hone problem-solving skills.

This game is challenging, because kids have to use their logic and navigational skills to deal with traffic jams, and is easy to set up and use right out of the box.

Damn, this thing is just cool. You connect it to the corresponding app, and go to town. It picks up bricks. It has a camera so you can spy on people. And it's a fantastic group toy.

Cozmo expresses emotions. Remembers your kids’ name. He lifts his cubes, plays games, and does your bidding. He’s awesome.

No pump? No problem. This unpoppable soccer ball is made of ultra durable popfoam and will never go flat.

Six year olds are starting to seriously get into group sports. So this soccer ball, which won’t ever pop, is a great investment. It comes in a slew of cool colors, too.

Yet another winner of a toy from a top brand. This set features 10 magic tricks, including the great escape and the vanishing coin, for kids to learn and perform at home.

This magic set includes 10 tricks, plus easy-to-follow instructions, and a wood box that both serves as a performance space and stores all the magic must-haves. It’s imaginary play at its finest, and great to share with friends.

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