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Best Gifts for 6-Year-Old Boys and Girls, According to Child Development Experts

Your first grader will love these picks.

Wow, so your kid has turned six, which means it’s time to start finding gifts for six year old boys and girls. And let us tell you that you need to do some serious digging to unearth the best toys for six year olds. By now, you have a good idea what this age means, because your child has started first grade. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), kids this age 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. The National Association for the Education of Young Children has some clear guidelines on the types of toys that will resonate with this age group.

  • Toys that help with problem-solving, like puzzles and building blocks.
  • Toys that facilitate pretend play, like transportation toys, construction sets, child-sized furniture, dress-up clothes, dolls with accessories, puppets, and sand and water play toys.
  • Toys that help kids create stuff, like art sets and modeling clay.
  • Toys that encourage physical activity, like balls and bikes.

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

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Best Gifts For 6 Year Old Boys and Girls 

This upgraded take on modeling clay is made with organic flour.

With this four-piece set of modeling clay, kids can create whatever they dream up. We’re talking endless amounts of pretend play here.

This gorgeous three-string guitar is perfect for beginner shredders.

This musical stunner is made from wood, has low string action and classic nylon strings, and comes fully assembled, tuned up, and ready to play. Learning a new song helps kids this age feel competent and accomplished.

Because this bike is a single speed, new riders can get the hang of biking having to shift gears.

This great starter bike has 16 inch wheels for young riders, and fits kids 38 to 45 inches tall. It’s a solid investment to help kids stay physically active.

Kids can hatch this new supersized Hatchimal over and over and over again.

Unlike the one and done Hatchimals of the past, this new one is the first one kids can re-hatch. You just put her back in the egg and she’ll greet the world with one of her 10 moods. When she’s ready to emerge, in about five minutes or less, the Hatchimal Wow will stretch out her neck and push the egg top off.

Open-ended play is the best play and with this set, kids can build the roller coasters and cars of their fantasies.

This killer set includes a motor, which powers whatever your kids build. Speaking of building, kids get 529 parts, including different sizes of connectors, rods, and wheels that click together for whatever configuration they want.

The ingenious gravitrax interactive track system lets kids design and build their own race tracks and experiment with gravity, magnetism, and kinetics.

What you get is a next-level marble run that comes with 240 pieces and teaches kids all about gravity and spatial reasoning.

This five foot wide Hot Wheels set has a double figure-eight design with high speed boosters that lets kids race multiple cars and smash them into each other.

The best part of this track: Kids can use the levers to send cars through the ground-level crash zone or into the air for stunning collisions.

This robot doubles as your kid's stealth super-spy sidekick.

Kids send the gold robot to serve canapes on his serving tray. He can also pull pranks and comes pre-loaded loaded with over 50 functions and sound effects.

Your four year old will go bananas for Juno the robotic elephant, who loves kids, her peanut, plays games, and makes kissing sounds.

Juno takes the robot toys to the next level. Not only is she exceptionally well-made but she has 150 sounds and movements in her repertoire. And she’s perfectly sized for kids’ hands.

This super-cool set gives Lego builders a play experience that combines the endless possibilities of LEGO construction bricks with a continuously updated augmented reality game app.

Once kids are done building the ghost lab, they can scan the LEGO model with a phone to make it come alive and see crazy things happen.

Perfect for a rainy day, this crafting kit lets kids make things not found in nature: A pandacorn, a meowmaid and a narwhal.

The shapes of these oddball yet cute animals are pre-sewn felt shapes so kids only need to stuff them and decorate them. No sewing, no needles.

If your kids are into dolls and surprise toys, they'll be into this Baby Born baby bottle house that includes 20+ surprises. And dolls themselves help kids learn nurturing behaviors.

This Baby Born set includes a doll with color change hair and a swaddle, plus a real working bathtub that squirts water. It even includes a swaddle, a baby bottle, a teddy bear, a brush, and powder and shampoo. Basically, it’s your kid’s portable doll nursery. 

We love any toys that connect kids and nature. Kids can build a miniature garden in a container, watch it grow, and have it glow at night courtesy of LED lights.

The garden glows like something magical. But in fact, kids are growing their very own indoor garden. They layer soil, blue sand, river rocks, wheatgrass, and chia seeds to create a miniature paradise.

No, you won't let your kid go wild in your kitchen. So get them this STEM set to teach them about acids, bases, pH scale, DNA, electricity, and diffusion through volcanic activities powered by lemon fuel.

Kids can learn to make their own LED lights, citrus rockets, and orange peel candles, among the 26 possible experiments. Cleanup is all you.

These are the most badass binoculars for kids. They amplify sight and sound with built-in audio amplification and triple the visual magnification.

Intrepid explorers will tackle the wilds (of your backyard) with these binoculars, which kids can see and hear with. Seriously.

What your kids imagine, they can build. The magnetic tiles easily connect, and thanks to a huge assortment of shapes and sizes, kids can create whatever they think up.

These 100 magnetic blocks and tiles blow boredom out of the water. Kids can build castles and forts and bridges and anything else they visualize. They can install windows or spell their names. While these tiles are ostensibly for younger kids, the older they are, the more they’re able to really get a handle on them.

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 teach 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.

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. 

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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