6-year-old boys can be a mass of contradictions; on the one hand they start to go to parties, play dates and school events by themselves, and on the other hand they crave the security and comfort of home and parents. It is a time of change.
Whilst many 6-year-old boys will develop some kind of hobby or interest indoors, such as board games, video games, or construction activities, they also still have tons of energy and will crave and need time outdoors. As school steps up and becomes more classroom-based this time outdoors becomes even more important. Around this age lots of parents seek to involve their child in sports to keep them physically active and healthy.
If you’re looking for a gift for a 6-year-old boy there are plenty of options based on indoor and outdoor interests. We’ve put together a list that incorporates a variety of these ideas so that you can find the perfect gift for a 6-year-old boy that will also benefit his development.
1. Hot Wheels Mini Cars and Toy Garage
Part of the popular Hot Wheels range of toy cars and accessories, the Hot Wheels Mini Cars and Toy Garage is one of the biggest garages with lots of exciting features. There are parking spaces for 36 cars so if the 6-year-old you’re buying for has, or is starting, a collection of toy cars then this might just be the ideal gift; plus there’s room for plenty more cars to play!
Putting the toy garage together requires following instructions and improves construction skills and the finished product is perfect for encouraging imaginative play.
2. Lego City Downtown Fire Brigade
Lego is a brilliant choice for improving concentration and perseverance and the Lego City Downtown Fire Brigade is a suitably complex kit allowing children to build a fire station complete with lights and sounds which is bound to keep them engaged in the construction, working on following instructions and developing their fine-motor skills.
Robust and built to last, Lego is a timeless toy and its appeal will last through the ages. Like other Lego sets the Lego City Downtown Fire Brigade is compatible with any other Lego bricks allowing play to be expanded and extended, and making this an ideal gift for a Lego lover!
3. VTech Kidizoom Smart Watch
The VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch is a smart watch built just for kids, so it’s durable and splash-proof whilst also offering a good range of features that will promote different kinds of development. 6-year-olds will love having a special smart watch just like the adults in their lives.
The Kidizoom Smartwatch features a pedometer, to measure steps taken, just like many adult smart watches but also has games that involve running and jumping around to beat characters on screen, a great way of avoiding the sedentary temptations of technology! The smartwatch encourages children to tell the time through interactive, educational games. This would make a really special gift for a 6-year-old boy making him feel really special and grown-up.
4. Hudora Nest Swing
Swings are a firm childhood favorite, and the Hudora Nest Swing will last all the way through childhood due to its robust design and high weight limit. The swinging action activates the vestibular system in children, which is a soothing sensory input helping children to calm down, and develop their self-regulation skills.
The Hudora Nest Swing is a fabric swing that can be hung from most swing frames promoting time spent outdoors and physical play. The swinging action also helps to improve a child’s core strength and muscle tone. This would make a great gift for a 6-year-old boy with an outdoor play space at home.
5. SilverLit Robo Kombat
STEM skills, that is Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics skills, are in high demand! These battling robots are a way to increase interest in these kinds of subjects and skills all through having fun. Most 6-year-old boys will love experimenting with the remote-control features and learning about Artificial Intelligence.
The SilverLit Robo Kombat comes as a pack of 2 robots so there is no need to buy additional add-ons or expansion packs. With plenty of lights and sounds the SilverLit Robo Kombat is a fun, entertaining way to introduce a 6-year-old boy to robotics.
6. Playmobil Police Command Centre with Jail
Imaginative, small-world play (play with small figures and vehicles) is a great way for children to develop social skills, even when they play alone. This kind of play allows children to explore a range of social interactions and scenarios in a safe, controlled way by acting them out with the figures, which allows the child to process their thoughts and make sense of the world through play.
The Playmobil Police Command Centre is a great way for children to explore the concepts of good, bad, law and justice and is a popular play theme with 6-year-old boys. Playing in the way also allows children to develop positive values around the rule of law.
7. Hudora BigWheel
6-year-olds love scooters! Whether it’s riding them around an outdoor space at home, riding them at the park or riding them to school they are popular as both a play item and a mode of transportation. Scooters are also a great way to prompt outdoor play and increase fitness as well as physical skills. Learning to balance increases core strength and stability whilst steering requires hand-eye coordination and a developing sense of direction.
The Hudora Big Wheel is a robust, high-quality model built for safety; the larger front wheel makes it more stable, and the rear-wheel friction brake is easy to operate. It is also very easy to fold, store or carry making it an ideal gift even if there’s not much storage space available.
8. Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set
This gift purposefully focuses on introducing scientific skills and coding in particular. Ideal for a 6-year-old boy who is beginning to develop an interest in computing, the Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set helps children learn to program.
The idea is to program the mouse to go through and interact with a maze and this increases problem-solving and critical thinking skills as children learn to plan ahead and then program the mouse accordingly. This makes a great educational gift, promoting skills that wouldn’t necessarily be learned in school but are becoming increasingly important.
9. Nerf Elite Titan Toy Blaster
Nerf guns and blasters are a fun favorite with 6-year-old boys who love the thrill of chasing and battling with others or trying to hit targets and the Nerf Elite Titan Toy Blaster is a great model. It has a huge dart capacity, so the child can keep on shooting without needing to reload. The fully motorized barrel makes shooting pretty easy and allows the child to focus on aiming and this improves hand-eye coordination.
Running around and wielding the Nerf Elite Titan Toy Blaster promotes physical activity, keeping children active and increasing cardiovascular health. If you’re looking to really delight a 6-year-old boy then this gift is sure to be a hit.
10. Hudora Basketball Stand
The Hudora All Stars Basketball Stand is a basketball hoop that comes complete with a stand and pole meaning that wall-mounting is not required. This basketball stand can also be stored away and brought out when needed. As well as developing an interest in sports, specifically basketball or netball, the Hudora All Stars Basketball stand will get a 6-year-old playing outdoors and keep them active, fit and healthy.
Basketball and other similar sports help to develop all-round coordination but specifically hand-eye coordination which enhances the skills used for writing. If the 6-year-old you’re buying for loves sports then this is a great way to help him pursue his passion.
11. Smart Sketcher Projector
Most 6-year-olds like the idea of art and drawing and some have a natural flair for drawing, whilst others can find the process frustrating as their own work doesn’t match up to the vision in their head. The Smart Sketcher Projector projects pictures and photographs onto paper so that the child can then trace around the shapes of the picture to create their own drawings and designs. Following the lines to achieve these results is very rewarding for children but also improves hand-eye coordination, fine-motor skills and concentration, which are all important for 6-year-olds handwriting skills.
6-year-old boys also really like producing drawings for themselves, their bedrooms, and friends and family too. The Smart Sketcher Projector is a great way to bolster 6-year-old boys’ artistic and creative skills.
12. ThinkGizmos RoboShooter
So many 6-year-old boys are interested in robotics, and playing with robots is a great way to encourage scientific skills. Since the ThinkGizmos RoboShooter is remote controlled and has features including disk firing, lights, sounds and voice recording, it encourages the use of technology skills.
The ThinkGizmos Roboshooter also speaks multiple languages and encourages plenty of imaginative and creative play, especially with the voice recording feature; children will love sending the robot all over the house to deliver messages! A great gift for a 6-year-old boy with an interest in robots or technology.
13. Lego City Police Station
As Lego is such a fantastic toy for developing fine-motor skills and imaginative play, it makes the ideal gift for a 6-year-old boy. There are plenty of different sets available to suit their needs and interests and the Lego City Police Station is a great option for boys who are interested in the police force or ‘goodies’ and ‘baddies’ play.
The Lego City Police station will require the child to follow instructions to complete its construction, helping to develop concentration and perseverance as well as the ability to follow instructions methodically. As many boys of this age are interested in Lego construction this may well be an ideal gift.
14. LeapFrog Magic Adventures Globe
A 6-year-old may not yet have an understanding of the wider world but 2D maps often don’t give a full perspective. A globe is a useful learning tool as children progress through school and this LeapFrog Magic Adventures Globe utilizes plenty of technology to really enhance geographical learning and perspective. This may be a great introduction to the concept of the wider world.
With a built-in screen, stylus and over five hours of video, children can improve their technology skills whilst they learn about the world. The LeapFrog Magic Adventures Globe allows children to retrieve information about different areas of the globe simply by touching them with the stylus. This globe represents a good educational investment piece that will also capture children’s interest.
15. Mindscope Neo Tracks Twister Tracks
These tracks are brilliant for 6-year-old boys, not only are they fun and exciting but they also help to improve creativity and construction skills as they require assembling. The assembly itself is relatively simple so the child can do it independently but with 228 pieces of track included in the Mindscope Neo Tracks Twister Tracks there’s plenty of room for creativity.
The battery powered cars will automatically follow the tracks so children can experiment with creating different roadways for them. The Mindscope Neo Tracks Twister Tracks can also go up and down steps or stairs, or over objects so there’s plenty of fun to be had by creating different hills and slopes.
16. Osmo Genius Starter Kit for iPad
Children absolutely love technology, unfortunately with technology comes a lot of screen time, which can become a source of stress and conflict for parents of 6-year-olds. If the 6-year-old you’re buying for has an iPad or access to an iPad then the Osmo Genius Starter Kit may be a good gift for them because it promotes a positive kind of screen-time.
The Osmo Genius Starter Kit is a set of materials which can be used in conjunction with a program on the tablet. The materials are physical things that can be picked up and manipulated and they interact with the games on screen. The games and materials are all educational promoting scientific subject knowledge and skills such as logic, problem-solving and innovation.
17. Guess Who
Guess Who is a classic family board game and around about 6 years old children will be able to begin to play it properly. Guess Who requires players to use a process of elimination to determine the character that the other player has selected, this requires logic and problem-solving skills. It also improves children’s speech and language skills as they ask questions to find out information about the other players’ characters, and think carefully about how to gain the most useful information.
Playing board games with others also requires that children learn the etiquette and rules of playing games and promotes pro-social skills such as turn-taking, winning and losing gracefully, and following the rules. This is a great way to get a 6-year-old involved with family games.
18. Playmobil Porsche
Based on Playmobil the movie, the Playmobil Porsche can also be used with other Playmobil sets to encourage imaginative, social play. The Porsche, figures and accessories can be used to ‘act out’ scenes from the movie or other social scenarios, helping to sort through understanding of social situations.
The Playmobil Porsche is also remote controlled, increasing children’s use of and mastery over technology. This set could make a great starting point for a Playmobil collection, or an addition to an already growing one, especially for fans of the movie.
19. Intex Inflatable Duck
Swimming is a great exercise for young children and at 6-years-old many children are beginning to feel more confident in the water. Under adult supervision, using this fun, inflatable duck toy they can build up their physical strength and fitness. The two handles increase the float’s stability in the water meaning that it is less likely to tip, further increasing children’s confidence.
Swimming also improves children’s gross motor skills as they learn to move their body through the water, and the Intex Inflatable duck also encourages skills like pulling up, balancing, and kicking which in turn increases the strength and control needed for writing.
20. Lego City Cargo Train Set
Lego and train sets are both classic toys which promote different kinds of construction skills and this Lego City Cargo Train Set combines both! It also includes six mini figures to promote imaginative play once the set has been constructed.
An ideal gift for 6-year-old boys who love Lego and trains, the Lego City Cargo Train Set comes with a motorized train that can be remote-controlled using Bluetooth, and is compatible with any other Lego brick sets which means that children’s imaginations can really run wild.
21. Brio Labyrinth
Sometimes it’s nice to get back to basics in this age of interactive electronics, technology and screen time. The Brio Labyrinth is a traditional maze game, which encourages hand-eye coordination. The child must use twisting knobs to tilt the board in order to lead a small ball through a maze.
This requires skill, patience and logic too. It also improves fine motor skills by building up flexibility and the small muscles in the fingers which in turn improves handwriting skills. The Brio Labyrinth is made of wood, adding to the traditional feel and representing an eco-friendlier approach. A lovely gift for a 6-year-old boy who already has all of the modern, technological gadgets!
22. ValueTalks Kids Helmet and Pads Set
If you know that 6-year-old you’re buying for has, or is going to be gifted, a scooter, bike or skateboard or is a bit of a daredevil then the ValueTalks Kids Bike Helmet and Pads Set is a great gift to buy to complement that. This set provides all-round protection for participating in a range of sports and activities.
With adjustable straps the set is suitable for children aged 3 to 12 years and is comfortable to wear whilst having hard, robust outer materials so the child remains safe while having fun on outdoor adventures!
23. GeoSafari Talking Microscope
Increase a 6-year-olds interest in, and understanding of, science with a child friendly microscope. The GeoSafari Talking Microscope has a two-piece eye piece so that children can simply look through it rather than trying to master the art of closing just one eye at a time! The Microscope is interactive with buttons providing commentary for scientific learning, and this commentary is available in several different languages.
With 20 pre-prepared slides there is plenty for children to explore, building important scientific skills and interest, this makes an ideal, educational gift for a 6-year-old.
24. LogicRoots Ocean Raiders Math Game
Board games are a great way for children to learn all sorts of important skills and to join in with an activity for the whole family. The LogicRoots Ocean Raiders Math Game is a board game specially designed to increase children’s mathematical skills and learning. It also supports building problem-solving skills and logic as children learn to think ahead and strategize.
Playing board games with the family also helps to improve children’s social skills and the LogicRoots Ocean Raiders Math Game will help children to develop the necessary skills to follow the rules, control their emotions and win and lose gracefully.
25. Hot Wheels City Gator Car Wash
The Hot Wheels City Gator Car Wash is part of the popular Hot Wheels range and can be used in conjunction with other Hot Wheels sets to extend and expand play. This car wash toy is large, with lots of different and exciting features, like color changing components.
Putting the set together helps to improve construction skills and improves motor skills as does pushing cars along in and around obstacles. The Hot Wheels City Gator Car Wash is a great gift for a 6-year-old boy who loves playing with cars and will give him plenty of opportunities to engage in imaginative play.
26. Playmobil City Life Furnished School Building
Whilst children love to play imaginatively, they also enjoy playing with what they know and basing imaginative play on real-life scenarios. The Playmobil City Life Furnished School Building allows them to do just that! Set over two floors with stairs, a lift, and all the furniture and accessories you’d expect to find in a real school, children can apply their real-life knowledge of school and the school day to their play.
When 6-year-old boys are playing in this way they are also improving their speech and language skills as children often use language to tell the story or explain the scenarios they are acting out with figures.
27. Cluedo Junior
Cluedo is a great family board game and the Hasbro Cluedo Junior has made a version that’s especially tailored to younger children. Removing the violence and murder from the game participants must instead focus on solving who has stolen and eaten cake! This means that it is family friendly, and can be used as part of a family games night or with friends.
Playing with others encourages the development of social skills whilst the game itself focuses on increasing critical thinking, logic and problem-solving skills through careful deduction. This is a game that will last children through until they are mature enough for the original version.
28. Monsters Paint Set
Sold as an expansion set, the Monsters paint set allows children to paint small models to play with. The set includes 36 paints which are non-toxic and safe for children to use. In painting on a small-scale figure, children can not only exercise their creativity but also hone their fine motor skills by focusing on small details and exercising the tiny muscles in their fingers which make significant contributions to writing skills.
6-year-old boys will enjoy the rewarding process of painting their own models and then using them for imaginative small-world play.
29. Smart Games IQ Puzzler Pro
6-year-olds are at a stage where their cognitive abilities are expanding very rapidly, which explains why they interested in anything and everything and have so many questions about life. The Smart Games IQ Puzzler Pro is a set of 101 different logic puzzles and challenges. The challenges become progressively harder so the child can continue to build their skills.
The set provides storage for all the materials needed for the challenges and is compact and portable making it ideal to take along on car journeys or to restaurants to make waiting time less boring!
30. Minecraft Core Player Survival Pack Action Figure
Minecraft is incredibly popular with young children and many are fans, either because they play the game themselves or watch others playing it. If you’re looking for a gift for a 6-year-old boy who is a fan of the Minecraft computer game, but don’t want to buy a digital product, then the Minecraft Core Player Survival Pack Action Figure might be a good bet.
The Minecraft Core Player Survival Pack Action Figure is an action figure and accessories based on the Minecraft game, so it is a physical product that children can play imaginatively with, using storytelling skills to recreate scenes and scenarios from the video game.
This collection of toys and gifts for 6-year-old boys has a wide and varied selection of products which play into children’s different interests and needs. All of them promote different types of development and skills without necessarily being overtly educational.
As you search through this list looking for the perfect gift for the 6-year-old boy you are buying for, hopefully you have been inspired to consider a few different options that you may not have heard of before or thought of gifting.