The Best Toys for 6-Year-Olds
Most 6-year-olds have one foot in the land of make-believe and the comforts of home, and the other foot in first grade and the ‘real’ world beyond their playroom. School life, learning how to read, and socializing with their peers are now at the forefront. Kids this age love to feel like they can take care of business themselves, whether it be tying their own shoes, blowing a bubble with bubblegum, or learning how to ride a bike. They also love using their imagination and their problem-solving skills to explore life.
This expertly curated list of toys and gifts will appeal to 6 year-olds with a wide variety of interests while encouraging their development and ensuring they have a ton of fun along the way.
What to Look For in Toys for 6-Year-Olds
The most important factor in choosing a great toy for any recipient is taking their likes and interests into account. Keep in mind that 6 year-olds are starting to enjoy more independence as they learn new skills and branch out into sports and extracurricular activities. They are also developing more social, emotional and cognitive skills.
Look for gifts that will help them build confidence both intellectually and physically, like books and scooters. Choose toys that will enable them to pursue and learn more about their individual interests while encouraging them to believe in themselves. Most of all, find toys that will inspire them and appeal to their imagination, since 6 year-olds are still deeply rooted in play as a means to learn and socialize with others!
Our Top Pick
Our top pick is the BlissLights Sky Light LED Star Projector. We love it because it never fails to inspire both calm and awe in kids of all ages, from six years old to sixteen! Apartment Therapy CEO Maxwell Ryan first gave this to his daughter when she was a little girl, and it was a huge hit then and continued to be for many years after. As he writes here, “It’s the ONLY thing that has appealed to her at all ages, and that I didn’t expect. Consider this the gift that keeps giving.”
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