By age 6 little girls tend to have very much formed their personality and will have well-established interests. If they have a special occasion coming up, such as a birthday or a holiday, they are quite likely to have a wish list, or at least a few ideas about what they would like; but if they don’t then there’s no need to worry, 6-year-old girls are generally happy to give most things a try!
We’ve put together a list of the 30 best toys and gifts for 6-year-old girls to help you make your selection. The list is varied to span a wide range of personalities and interests so there’s sure to be something suitable for the 6-year-old girl you’re buying for.
1. FurReal Friends Ricky
Lots of 6-year-olds have or would like a pet. FurReal Friends Ricky, the Trick-Lovin’ Interactive Plush Pet Toy needs taking care of just like a real puppy; he can be fed, perform cool tricks, be taken for a walk and even needs cleaning up after! This might be a good way to introduce a child to the responsibility that comes along with looking after a pet, or just a realistic way for them to role-play.
Imaginative role-play that involves caring or nurturing behavior, such as taking care of a pet, also improves social skills when playing with others.
2. Osmo Genius Starter Kit for iPad
Screen time can become a source of stress for parents as 6-year-olds love all of the opportunities for entertainment that technology brings. If the 6-year-old you’re buying for has an iPad or access to an iPad then the Osmo Genius may be a good gift for them!
The Osmo Genius Starter Kit is a set of materials which can be used in conjunction with an app on the iPad. The materials are physical things that can be picked up and manipulated and interact with the games on screen. The games and materials are all educational promoting STEM subject knowledge and skills such as logic, problem solving and innovation. If you’re looking for something educational that a 6-year-old will be excited by then the Osmo Genius Starter Kit might just be the perfect gift.
3. HedBanz Game
Playing board games is a fantastic way to get the family together away from screens, and to promote interaction between everyone in the family. However, by age 6 there are lots of games that have been outgrown and lots that they are not quite ready for. HedBanz is the perfect fit; with the novelty of wearing headbands and cards on the head, but with accessible and challenging skills it is pitched at just the right level for a 6-year-old-girl.
Board games encourage a whole range of social skills like turn-taking, self-control and emotional regulation and HedBanz in particular promotes communication skills as children have to ask questions about the card they are wearing on their head in order to work out what it is. This promotes logic, critical thinking and problem solving, but also puts those linguistic skills into action as they decide how best to phrase questions.
4. Lego Friends Mia’s House
Lego Friends Mia’s house comes with 3 figures to enhance play and is a two-story house with all the features of a home as well as some exciting extras; Mia’s house has a climbing wall and an outdoor horse grooming area reflecting the character’s love of outdoor activities. The set is complex enough to provide significant challenge to a 6-year-old constructing it, so they will really have to apply their logic, construction skills and perseverance.
The Lego Friends Mia’s House set will allow children to role play imaginative scenarios based on the characters from the Lego Friends range, as well as drawing on their own experiences of home and family life.
5. Hudora All Stars 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 and that the basketball stand can be stored away and taken 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 co-ordination 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 her pursue her passion.
6. Hudora Big Wheel 205
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. The Hudora Big Wheel 205 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.
Scooters are also a great way to prompt outdoor play and increase fitness as well as physical skills. Learning to balance increase core strength and stability whilst steering requires hand-eye coordination. The Hudora Big Wheel 205 is also very easy to fold, store or carry making it an ideal gift even if there’s not much storage space available.
7. Barbie Dreamhouse
The Barbie Dreamhouse has been the toy of dreams for a few generations now; though its design has definitely evolved along the way! The Barbie Dreamhouse now features a working lift, a terrace complete with swimming pool and water slide, and all kinds of lights and sounds. The Barbie Dreamhouse is a gift which has a real wow factor and would impress any 6-year-old girl receiving it!
Compatible with other Barbie sets, and coming with over 60 different accessories there are endless ways to play so the Dreamhouse will really spark a 6-year-old girl’s creativity and imagination allowing her to act out plenty of different scenarios and enhance her storytelling ability.
8. Intex Inflatable Flamingo
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 flamingo toy they can build up their physical strength and fitness. The 2 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 Flamingo also encourages skills like pulling up, balancing, and kicking.
9. FurReal Friends Cubby The Curious Bear
FurReal Friends Cubby The Curious Bear is an interactive plush toy that looks just like a real baby bear. He has soft fur and extremely lifelike expressions likes to play and interact with the child. He can be fed and groomed, promoting imaginative role-play and pro-social, nurturing behavior. 6-year-olds love to imitate parents and play at parenting and Cubby provides them with an opportunity to do this.
Cubby the Curious Bear also has a nighttime mode where he plays soft, calming music and make sleepy sounds to encourage the child to cuddle him whilst they sleep. This makes Cubby an ideal gift for a 6-year-old girl who loves nurturing play with dolls or younger children.
10. Monopoly Junior
Monopoly is a classic board game often played by family and friends at occasions and events such as Christmas. The adult version is a little too complicated for a 6-year-old to understand though they often want to be involved in what everyone else is doing. Monopoly Junior is an ideal way to introduce a child to the game, developing their mathematical and problem-solving skills as well as all the social skills that come along with playing games such as taking turns, sharing, playing fairly and following the rules.
11. VTech Kidizoom Duo DX Children’s Camera
6-year-olds are already competent users of technology, having grown up with it around them. Most can use technology with ease and enjoy doing so; the VTech Kidizoom Duo DX Children’s Camera is a digital camera designed for kids; it has a robust ‘kid proof’ design with a tough rubber-like casing to avoid damage if dropped, yet still retains the ability to take high-quality videos and photos. By age 6 some children will also become interested in photography, and film-making and will relish the opportunity to take their own photos and begin to create their own mini-movies.
The VTech Kidizoom camera also includes fun, learning games that will keep a 6-year-old busy any time you need to wait somewhere. The dual camera means that they can also experiment with selfies, and add stickers and funny props to the photos that they take.
12. Braun Mega Hairstyling Set
At age 6 many little girls love playing hairdressers but are definitely not ready for the responsibility of hairdryers or straighteners! The Braun Mega Hairstyling Set has working accessories such as a battery powered hairdryer that blows real air and a water spray bottle that can be filled with water and sprayed. The straighteners are just for play, and the hairdryer does not produce heat meaning that the set is perfectly safe for 6-year-olds to play with independently.
The Braun Mega Hairstyling Set promotes imitation and imaginative role play and when played alongside others allows social skills to develop. It also allows the 6-year-old girl to practice brushing and styling her own hair which will increase her self-care skills.
13. Lego Friends Frozen 2 Castle
Frozen, and now Frozen 2, is still incredibly popular with 6-year-old and this Lego set based upon the Castle from the Frozen 2 movie is the ideal way to build upon their interest. The Lego Friends Frozen 2 Castle comes with 3 mini character dolls and some animal figures too so that children can recreate the storylines they have seen in the movie or create their own.
The Lego elements of this set come with full instructions so that 6-year-olds can follow them step by step and the castle itself has a modular design so that it doesn’t need to be constructed piece by piece but can be put together in layers which can then be separated for different kinds of play. This means that the construction element provides sufficient challenge and develops fine-motor skills whilst not being overwhelming, and allowing a 6-year-old sufficient independence.
14. Baby Born Styling Head Doll
6-year-olds love to role-play hairdressers but if you’re worried about them tangling brushes or accessories in their own, or their siblings, hair then the Baby Born Styling Head provides a good solution. A simple styling head with plenty of hair to play with, and 24 accessories included this is the perfect way for a 6-year-old girl to play hairdressers safely.
As well as the imagination and role-play elements of playing hairdressers, learning to tie hair, braid and operate hairclips and grips allows the child to develop their fine motor skills and dexterity. Learning to brush and style hair also helps to improve a 6-year-olds self-care skills and independence.
15. Barbie Dreamplane Playset
Barbies are an incredibly popular toy with 6-year-old girls because of the wide range of different sets available. The Barbie Dreamplane set is a barbie-sized plane with all the accessories you’d expect and can be used with dolls from any other set.
Role-playing going on holiday allows the 6-year-old to improve their narration and story-telling skills as well as recalling and retelling events from their own experience. Barbies are a popular toy to play with alongside other children and with space for 2 passengers and a pilot the Barbie Dreamplane Playset encourages this kind of social play.
16. Lego Friends Mia’s Tree House
Lego holds a long-lasting appeal and will be played with through the generations meaning that it represents a good investment to a family. Not only is it durable, but it is also open ended and can be used in conjunction with any other Lego sets available which really expands the range of play scenarios available.
6-year-old girls tend to love the Lego friends range because it promotes the social, imaginative play that they are so fond of. The ‘Lego friends’ are a set of girls who all have their own interests and personalities and 6-year-olds tend to be very interested in learning about others so this holds great appeal. The Tree House set is suitably complex so will encourage a 6-year-old to follow the instructions and persevere; it features a zip wire, an attic with opening roof, and a climbing net.
17. Guess Who
Guess Who is a classic family board game and around about 6 years old children will be able to begin to join in with it. 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.
18. Playmobil City Life Furnished School Building
Whilst children love to play imaginatively, they also enjoy playing with what they know and basing imaginative play in 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.
Playing imaginatively in this way not only develops creativity but also enhances speech and language skills as children often use language to tell the story or explain the scenarios. Social-skills are also improved as children explore a range of different social situations.
19. ValueTalks Kids Bike Helmet and Pads Set
If you are buying or know that a 6-year-old girl will be receiving a bike, scooter or skateboard as a gift then this set of protective equipment is the ideal accompaniment. The ValueTalks Kids Bike Helmet and Pads Set includes a Helmet which can be adjusted to achieve a good fit, knee pads, elbow pads and wrist pads.
This protective equipment can be used to keep a child safe from significant head or limb injuries when taking part in a range of different activities. With fears about safety out of the equation children can take part in all sorts of physical activities increasing their fitness and skills.
20. Unicorn Slime Kit
Following instructions and recipes is an important skill for 6-year-olds to master and this Unicorn Slime Kit allows them to do that; the end result of Unicorn themed slime should be enough to motivate the child to persevere and concentrate carefully. There are online instructional videos as well as written instructions so different kinds of learners are catered to.
Slime is a lovely opportunity for sensory play and also increases children’s scientific understanding as they see how different ingredients and materials combine to create something new with different properties.
21. Bedsure Unicorn Flannel Fleece Blanket
6-year-olds still love to snuggle and a soft fuzzy blanket will almost always be a well-received gift. The Bedsure Unicorn Flannel Fleece Blanket is lightweight and breathable, making it ideal for cuddling up whilst watching tv, or taking along on a car journey, trip to the beach or the park. This particular blanket features a cute unicorn design that 6-year-old girls will love, especially if unicorns are a particular interest of theirs. It may also co-ordinate well with bedroom décor and bedding; it’s not thick enough to use on its own but makes a great extra layer of bedding.
The Bedsure Unicorn Flannel Fleece Blanket is quick drying and wrinkle resistant making it easier to take care of too.
22. Lego Friends Heartlake Pizzeria
A pizzeria set for imaginative restaurant-based role play, the Lego Friends Heartlake Pizzeria will encourage creative social play as 6-year-old girls love to act out and experiment with different social scenarios. The set includes 2 mini figures to play with as well as plenty of accessories like pizza boxes and a scooter to make deliveries!
The Lego Friends Heartlake Pizzeria set also provides sufficient challenge for a 6-year-old girl’s construction skills with 289 pieces to be put together. This will improve fine motor skills, dexterity and strength in the fingers as well as the ability to read and follow the instruction booklet and the perseverance required.
23. Barbie Hug n Dolls Horses and Accessories
The Barbie Hug n Dolls Horses and Accessories set is perfect for any 6-year-old girl, but especially for those who have, or are developing an interest in horses. The set has 2 dolls, 2 horses and plenty of accessories so the child can act out all of the aspects of looking after and riding horses. This kind of imaginative play encourages caring, nurturing behavior which will translate into real life social skills.
Being compatible with other Barbie sets means that it’s easy for friends to bring along their Barbies and join in so play can really be extended, and playing co-operatively together also enhances communication and story-telling abilities.
24. Make Your Own Soap Set
Craft sets are a great way to keep 6-year-olds entertained as they are now old enough to follow the instructions and enjoy the process of making a final product. The Make Your Own Soap Set does exactly as it says and gives the child the opportunity to design and make their very own soap. This particular set includes body-safe glitter to really delight any 6-year-old!
The process of combining the ingredients will require some help as some parts need melting, but watching the process of combining different materials and seeing their properties change will increase children’s scientific understanding, and making their own soap will have them wanting to hop into the bath or shower to test it out
25. Unicorn Eclipse Pro Bristle Dartboard
It may not be an obvious choice for a 6-year-old girl but playing darts can actually have a lot of benefits! Not only is it a game that can be played as a family, increasing interaction and time together, but it also allows for the development of important hand-eye co-ordination skills which in turn can improve handwriting!
The Unicorn Eclipse Pro Bristle Dartboard is a championship quality board, so is built to last and stand up to regular usage. It will need to be wall mounted but can be used indoors for family games, building the skills of turn, taking, winning and losing and playing by the rules as well as building awareness of scoring, and improving mathematical skills.
26. Mermaid Blanket
Blankets are actually very popular with 6-year-olds who love the chance to get all snuggled up to watch a movie or have a slumber party. The blanket is designed to be worn as a mermaid tail, being pulled up over the legs; kind of sensory input can be important to children as they become better at self-regulating and gaining control of their emotions.
The Mermaid blanket is made with eco-friendly material but is still durable and high-quality. It is made to fit children age 3-8 when worn as a mermaid’s tail. It can also double up as a ‘dressing up’ costume for imaginative role-play.
27. Hasbro Jenga Classic
Jenga is a classic game that can be played with the whole family. Made of wood it is an extremely durable and timeless toy that can be used to play the game intended or for different kinds of construction-based play.
Hasbro Jenga classic involves stacking the wooden blocks into a tower and then players take turns to carefully remove one block at a time, the player who knocks the tower down loses. The game requires plenty of special awareness, and hand-eye co-ordination as well as control and patience. Game playing as a family helps to improve children’s social skills as they learn to take turns and play fairly, and Jenga, in particular, can help develop self-regulation as it is extremely frustrating when the tower falls and this gives children the opportunity to practice appropriate reactions!
28. Just My Style Personalized ABC Beads
6-year-olds love jewelry and crafting and this Just My Style Personalized ABC Beads combines the two, allowing the child to get creative and make their own Jewelry. It features cute colorful beads which will appeal to the interests of many 6-year-old girls who like to express themselves.
The set teaches 8 different jewelry making skills including braiding, threading and macramé, which improve children’s fine motor skills, finger strength and dexterity as well as their hand-eye coordination. This also gives them new crafting skills to add to their repertoire, and take forward into other craft projects. The Just My Style Personalized ABC Beads set is an ideal way to give a 6-year-old girl hours of fun while learning new skills.
29. Pomsies Patches Plush Interactive Toys
Using interactive technology, the Pomsies Patches Plush Interactive toys need looking after, they can be played with, petted and talked to and will respond to all of these actions. This promotes kind, caring and nurturing behavior which can then be used in everyday life with younger children or peers. 6-year-olds are intuitively very nurturing and caring and will love the opportunity to look after these cute interactive toys which resemble a big ball of fluff with a tail!
As well as prompting caring role-play the Pomsies Patches Plush Interactive toys can also be worn as fun fashion accessories, clipping onto bags, wrists, ankles, even hair so this gift is sure to be a big hit with any 6-year-old girl.
30. Hasbro 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.
When it comes to buying a gift for a 6-year-old girl there really are a lot of options. Trying to select something that she will like, will be used and she doesn’t already have can be overwhelming. The ideas listed here may give you some pointers in picking out a gift by presenting options you hadn’t considered or didn’t know about.
Many of the options are educational and improve important skills for school whilst not seeming like obvious schoolwork, so they are bound to be a hit with parents and children alike. We hope that this list has been helpful, and that you have been able to select the perfect gift for the 6-year-old girl you’re buying for!