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Six-year-olds can be a tricky group to shop for. You may have noticed that some of them can still have fun with their more advanced little kid toys, while others have already started eyeing up their older siblings' big kid toys. This can make finding the perfect gifts and toys for 6-year-olds feel a bit daunting — but the good news is that this is actually a great age to shop for!
Some of the best gifts for 6-year-olds can be found in the toy aisle and include board games, building sets (like LEGO), and dolls. But that doesn’t mean you’re limited to only gifting things they can play with. By the age of six most kids have started developing the skills they need to read, which means you can check out the early reader section for some books.
These kiddos are also at a very inquisitive age, so STEM, STEAM, and other science-themed gifts are especially appreciated. And as it is with most kids, sensory toys can offer hours of enjoyment.
Each of the toys we added to this list will not only bring joy to the child you’re shopping for, but they will also help with some of their early childhood development needs, allowing you to give the gift of a great head start in life.
Ysolt Usigan is a lifestyle writer and editor with 15+ years of experience working in digital media. She has created share-worthy content for publishers Shape, What To Expect, Cafe Mom, TODAY, CBS News, HuffPo, The Bump, Health, Ask Men, and Best Gifts. A working mom of two, her editorial expertise in parenting, shopping, and home are rooted in her everyday life.
Lauren Wellbank is a freelance writer based in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Huffington Post, Martha Stewart Living, and more. She has three small children, a husband, and an over eager dog at home. When she's not writing she likes to work in her garden with her family.
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