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There's arguably no better feeling than finding the perfect present for the 6-year-old in your life.
We know that feeling can be elusive, especially when it seems like they have everything already. It can be especially challenging if you're not sure of exactly the type of gift that they'd get the most use out of.
Are you searching for gift ideas for your 6-year-old daughter? Or toys for a 6-year old-boy? To help you find the perfect gift, it can be helpful to think about the kind of activities and toys you know they already like. Do they love pretend play (in a mud kitchen, for example), or do they prefer maths and science kits? They may also like all these things at once, in which case fear not; there's a toy for everyone!
Toys for 6-year-olds are a great way to increase motor skills, help children learn and, most importantly, they are a fun activity. If you find something that ticks the box for them, the best toys for 6-year-olds can keep them busy for hours.
To help you find the right gift, we've rounded up the best toys for 6-year-old boys and toys for 6-year-old girls currently available.
Our Top Choice
Kidizoom Dual Camera Smart Watch, VTech
Do you know a 6-year-old that loves their gadgets and is obsessed with taking pictures? This popular VTech watch is the gift for them. It has a dual camera for taking pictures and videos that they can then add cool effects too. It also comes with 'Monster Detector', an augmented reality game where they can catch lots of wacky creatures. The splashproof design also features a pedometer, voice recorder and more, making it one of the best toys for 6-year-olds (girl or boy).
- Price: £37
- 1.4 colour touch screen
- Built-in rechargeable battery
- Motion sensor & pedometer
- Alarm clock, timer & stopwatch
- Voice recorder
Best For Personalised
Personalised Pencil Case, Rocket And Fox
The best toys make kids feel special. This handmade personalised pencil case means that they will feel like the star of the show at school. Another bonus? They're less likely to lose the precious contents inside, making it a win win.
- Price: £6.50
- Size: 21cm x 14cm
- Choice of navy or red
- Chosen name in white
Best For Families On A Budget
PlaySmart Magnetic World Map, Chad Valley
A well-priced and educational toy for 6-year-olds, this map is an interactive way of teaching kids about the countries and continents with magnetic stickers that feature monuments and animals from around the world. This is one of the best toys on this list, we love that it gets kids learning whilst they play.
- Price: £9
- Magnetic pieces
- Brightly coloured
- Illustrated design
Best For Car Fans
Corkscrew Crash Track Set, Hot Wheels
The super-fast booster cars in this set are an ideal gift for 6-year-olds that love toys at high speed. The large track has multiple loops for cars to zoom round and crash zones should they collide with another, making it a great toy for 6-year-old boy that loves to race his cars.
- Price: £37.50
- Large track with 3 loops
- 3 crash zones
- 3 high-speed booster cars
Best For Outdoors
Whale Bubble Machine, Chad Valley
This little whale is a small but mighty addition to any garden. Simply put it outside, turn it on and it will produce hundreds of bubbles within seconds.
- Price: £10
- 118ml bubble solution
- Hundreds of bubbles in seconds
- Battery operated
Best For Active Kids
Classic All Surface, Swingball
This fun and fast-paced game is a popular classic for a reason; 6-year-olds and their friends can hit the ball and use up all that excess energy playing games with a bit of healthy competition. Swingball is also water resistant so it can be left outdoors.
- Price: £30
- Carry case - easy to transport
- Water resistant
- Height adjustable steel tube
- Quality tennis ball
- 2 x 250g checkerbats
Best For Jewellery Lovers
Be U Bead Box And 5000 Beads, Chad Valley
Welcome gifts for 6-year old-girls include colourful, sparkly beads that allow them to get imaginative. They can get their creative hats on with the thousands of beads in this set that allows them to make colourful jewellery for their friends and family. It even comes in a handy storage case.
- Price: £10
- 5000 beads and charms
- 3 different sizes and 5 different colours of beads
- Plastic storage case
- 2m thread
Best For Creative Kids
Inspirational Art Case, Crayola
For any 6-year-old budding artists in your life, this is the gift for them. Coming in a cool carry case, it has all the tools they need to make fun and wacky creations fit for an art studio.
- Price: £20
- 64 crayons
- 20 coloured pencils
- 40 washable markers
- 15 paper sheets
- Storage cas
Best For Mini Artists
Double Easel, Crayola
Every artist needs a good base, and this double-sided easel has a magnetic board, whiteboard and chalkboard and lots of space for art supplies. This gift comes with lots of magnetic letters, chalk sticks and stickers and has a special name tag feature.
- Price: 39.99
- Spacious tray
- Foldable for easy storage
- 77 magnetic letters, 4 chalk sticks, 10 stickers
Best For Educational Toys
Rainbow Lab Kit, Galt Toys
6-year-olds can get messy and learn with this science kit gift that teaches them wacky experiments; they can have a go at making jelly-crystals and even learn how to create a rainbow in a test tube.
- Price: £12.99
- 24-page colour lab book with 12 experiments
- 3 test tubes
- Test tube rack
- Food colourings
Best For Eco-Friendly
Build A Bouquet Flower Set, Green Toys
This brilliant toy set does good for the planet whilst doing good for your 6-year-old's budding flower arranging skills. Made from 100% recycled plastic milk containers, children can play with over 40 colourful flower pieces and design a bouquet that they love.
- Price: £69.94
- 100% recycled plastic
- 44 piece set including 16 stems and 24 flower pieces
- Lilies, petunias and daisies
Best For Something Unique
Personalised Rainbow Children’s Mug, Sparks & Daughters
Rainbow lovers will like the size and design of this mug, which can be personalised with your chosen name in rainbow writing. This mug is a unique find that they are sure to be drinking from for years and years.
- Price: £9.95
- Size: H7cm approx
- 100% ceramic
- Dishwasher safe
- Personalise with chosen name
Best For Future Superstars
Kidi Superstar DJ, VTech
Kidi Superstar DJ, VTech
- Price: £50
- In-built sound effects and songs
- Vocal reduction and removal technology
- Microphone stand
- Colour-changing light
- Record and playback
Best For Building
Classic Large Brick Box, Lego
The best toys allow 6-year-olds to use their imagination to create something magical. This always-popular Lego set has everything they need to construct buildings, cars, or something weird and wonderful, to keep them entertained for hours.
- Price: £29.99
- 790 pieces
- 33 different colours
- Includes windows and doors
- Special pieces include eyes, tyres and wheel rims
Best For Pretend Play
Isabelle's Doll House, Smyths Toys
Perfect for pretend play, this highly decorated dolls house comes with 10 pieces of furniture for children to create their own ideal home layout. With lots of room for their favourite dolls, they can spend hours of the day in their dream doll world.
- Price: £79.99
- 10 pieces of furniture
- 123cm tall
- Highly detailed
- Fits dolls up to 29cm tall
Best For Book Lovers
'Awesome Jokes That Every 6-Year Old Should Know!', Mat Waugh
What kind of key opens a banana? A monkey! Just one of the jokes that features in this joke book for 6-year-olds, they'll have their family and friends laughing in no time and will have this book to thank for it.
- Price: £4.99
- Kindle edition available
- 69 pages
Best For Explorers
Walkie Talkies For Kids, Eutoyz
For those that love playing outdoors, these walkie talkies mean they can chat to friends and parents up to three miles away and make sure that their secret missions are all going to plan.
- Price: £14.43
- 3+ miles range
- 22 channels
- LED flashlight
Best For Tech Lovers
Kidizoom Duo Camera, VTech
This is great choice for a first camera with its five megapixel lens that takes high quality photos, videos and voice recordings. It allows kids to edit their pictures or apply effects too, giving them full directorial control.
Kidadl Best Buys selects the top parent-recommended products across the web for families of all ages. If you liked our suggestions for the top toys for 6-year-olds, then why not take a look at our guide to the top easels for kids, or the best bouncy castles to buy now.
- Price: £41.89
- 5 megapixel lens
- Movie recording
- Voice recording
- Front and rear facing cameras
- Learning games, editing and effects
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