Best Gifts for 6-Year-Olds
If you're looking for a perfect gift for a 6-year-old but are worried you'll end up with yet another piece of plastic that just gets lodged underneath his or her dresser collecting dust, don't worry. We've searched far and wide (okay, on the internet) to find the right kind of toys for this particular age. Developmentally, 6-year-olds are social, creative and curious, and they're into following rules and playing with others. Below, we've rounded up the best gender-neutral toys for this age group that are not only meant to keep them entertained but stimulated (or better yet, get them nice and tired). The best part is if you have a birthday party coming up or just want to get your kid a special treat for nailing first grade, you can order all of these online last minute, because, you know, parenting life.
This fun STEM set from Learning Resources includes 39 pieces of magnetic fun. Science-loving 6-year-olds love the "magic" of magnets and can experiment with various pieces to see how they react to one another. Included is a magnetic wand, magnet horseshoe and 10 brain-teasing challenges.
Cute little Springlings are plush animals that pop out of their cases, and are very popular. It's definitely hitting on the unboxing trend, but the fun part is that kids can "unbox" and play with their new friend over and over again. Once the animal is revealed, it can be stuffed back into its "house." Press the button and your Springling pops right out again.
If you have a chef-in-the-making on your hands, this "frappuccino" maker will satisfy their kitchen craving. Choose from the included apple, mango, or strawberry cream mixes, then add milk (or milk substitute) to the frappe maker cup and whip up a frozen drink. Kids will love pouring their homemade beverage into the included frappe cup — it looks like it's from a real coffee shop.
Horse Stable Set
Little horse enthusiasts will love this quality playset from trusted horse toy purveyor Breyer (their first toy horse was sold in 1950). Two Breyer horse figures are included with a detailed red stable, plus fencing and accessories. Giddyup!
Little kids can't resist these fun can steppers. (Fun fact: In the 70s these were called Romper Stompers.) Braided plastic handles ensure kids have a good when they're stomping around five inches taller, no less. Not only are these cans fun, they promote balance, exercise, and gross motor skills and encourage cooped up children to head outside.
Playmobil Pet Hotel
Maybe the 6-year-old you're buying a gift for wants a puppy. If that's not going to happen anytime soon, go with this Playmobil set that offers all the tiny accessories and animals necessary for hours pretend puppy training. It's the perfect gift for a young dog lover (besides an actual puppy).
Guess Who? Game
It's the classic guessing game from the 80s — ask questions to determine which character your game partner has.
Does he have a mustache? Does he wear glasses? By asking "yes" or "no" questions, players can eliminate characters until they guess which mystery face card their opponent has.
You can make a real rainbow in your child's bedroom with this light projector that throws up an amazing rainbow on the wall using LED lights. Rather than rain and sun, this rainbow requires 4 AAA batteries, but it can also use an AC adapter. The auto shut-off feature makes it ideal for use as a night light, and the price makes it a great birthday gift.
Mic Stand and Machine
This VTech toy connects to an MP3 or smartphone so your kiddos can play their favorite tunes. And Music Magic mode turns down the original vocals so he or she can sing away. Other features include a disco light, 6 games, a voice changer, a recorder, and fun sound effects.
Moj Moj Claw Machine
This is the kind of nostalgia-drenched toy you wish they had when you were a kid. This sought-after toy includes six Moj Moj mystery packs — inside are surprise squishy toys. The cute Moj Moj toys are tucked into the plastic balls — you can get one of over 95 different slow-rise animal characters. Insert the plastic coins, then use the multi-directional joystick to grab and win a toy. Beat the music or lose your turn.