The Best Gifts & Toys for 6 Year Old Boys

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The best gifts and toys for 6 year old boys are gifts that are fun, but also get kids moving and thinking, inventing and exploring, building and playing.

Don’t you love buying gifts and toys that your 6 year old boys will love to play with for hours, days, weeks, and months? This age is fun to shop for, don’t you think?

Don’t forget to add in books and clothes with the toys and games!

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Star Wars Toy Building Set
6 year olds will love building a posable AT-ST with a cockpit for the driver and an Ewock hideout. Plus, this kit includes other fun accessories like a catapult.

Make Your Own Dinosaur Lantern Night Light

Make a dinosaur lantern/night light with step-by-step directions. Choose where to place your dinosaurs on the vellum landscape.

Bear and Bird The Picnic by Jarvis
I adore these darling stories of friendship adventures full of miscommunications. For example, in one story, Bear forgets to pack the picnic, but instead of telling Bird, Bear figures out something better, and it all works out because the friends are adaptable. Best friends forever! If your beginning readers love Frog and Toad, try this book next!

Pokemon Pikachu Backback Set

Pokemon fans will love this backpack, lunch bag, pencil case, and water bottle.

Smart Farmer

My kids and I love Smart Games 1 player 3D logic and deduction games and this new choice is no exception. It comes with 60 challenges with horses, pigs, cows, and sheep.

Playmobil Police Cary Case
This set includes a police figure, motorcycle, helmet, police sign, and other accessories. Plus, you get a carrying case!

Animals in Pants by Suzy Levinson, illustrated by Kristen & Kevin Howdeshell
These funny poems will delight readers with their rhyming and silliness. Manatees in dungarees, kangaroos in jumpsuits, giraffes in kilts, and spiders who put on their pants one leg, one leg, one leg, times eight at a time.

Batman Bat-Tech Batcave

This batcave includes lights and sounds and an elevator!

Plasma Car
Kids (my own included) love to cruise around on this super fun car. It’s great for inside or outside, too. (Even on my hardwood floors.)

Eternia He-Man

30 points of articulation, this collectible Masterverse figure comes with a sword.

Spot It Jr. 

We aren’t the only ones who love this game — it’s easy and fun to play — and families everywhere are addicted. Each card has 6 colorful animals of different sizes for you to find the match. Give it a try, I think you’ll love it, too.

Friends Do Not Eat Friends (Thunder and Cluck)
 by Jill Esbaum, illustrated by Miles Thompson
100% hilarious fun! When a grumpy and ferocious dinosaur, Thunder, meets a positive, unafraid bird named Cluck, Thunder can NOT believe that Cluck believes they should be friends. But Cluck is determined to help Thunder believe — and before he knows it, the two of them are friends!

Balsa Wood Gliders

6 kits to build your own gliders then fly them.

Elmer’s Color Slime Kit

This kit contains all the ingredients you need to make colorful slime– and who doesn’t want to do that?

Museum Seek & Find Glow Puzzle 

Put together this 100-piece puzzle then search for the 40 hidden items. Shine the included blacklight on the puzzle to reveal hidden glow-in-the-dark objects.

Educational Insights Design and Drill Space Circuits
We highly recommend this STEM gift for kids. (Even my husband loves this toy! And he’s well above the recommended age range.) Mini engineers get to complete 20 space-themed missions by creating circuits. With over 50 pieces, kids learn engineering and problem-solving skills as they learn to light, spin simple motors, add momentary buttons and switches, and more. Plus the working power drill to build and repair circuits is THE BEST!!

Narwhal and Jelly Book and Puppet Set
If you don’t already love these sweet Narwhal friendship stories perfect for beginning readers, these are must-own books. Aren’t these adorable matching plush characters?

MindWare Dig It Up! Giant Gem

Excavate a gigantic gemstone with 12 polished gemstones hidden inside!

The Little Butterfly That Could by Ross Burach
A kind whale teaches a distressed butterfly to persevere when it gets lost from its migrating group. The whale encourages the reluctant, fearful butterfly to find its gumption and courage, kicking it out of his stomach, and reminding it to keep trying. Drawn and narrated in comic panels and dialogue bubbles, this wonderful new story is funny, emotional, and poignant.

Hot Wheels City

Store your cars in the parking garage and then speed down the side-by-side racetrack but watch out for the Robo T-Rex!

Pokémon Trading Card Game Battle Academy

Love Pokemon? This game at the Battle Academy will teach you everything Pokemon. It gives you 60 cards, a board, damage counters, and a coin plus codes for online play.

LEGO Space Mars Research Shuttle
Build your own space shuttle!

Alien Slime Lab

Get messy as you mix up batches of unidentified “alien” slime and conduct tests on them to analyze and investigate their special properties. Real science and playful science fiction come together in this wacky, activity-filled kit! For example, conduct viscosity tests on the slime, dissect it with tweezers and a plastic scalpel, cut out a brain shape, Stamp it with an alien head, and add eyes to your Alien slime! (Non-toxic.)

Bug Scouts Out in the Wild
 by Mike Lowery (graphic novel)
Beginning readers will love this exciting and hilarious friendship adventure graphic novel–with incredible art from author/illustrator Mike Lowery! Three bug friends have a super secret headquarters where they get to earn bug badges. The friends start on their first badge–foraging, but then they spy a frog!! And frogs EAT bugs! These bug scouts find a great solution– they use the spider’s hammock web to trap the frog. Hmmm…what badge can you earn for that?

Walkie Talkies

Easy to use and fun to play with, walkie talkies make great gifts for 6 year old boys.

Chutes and Ladders

Another classic game that remains a favorite for kids — my own included, Chutes and Ladders is one of the best gifts for 6 year old boys. The first player to reach the 100 square wins. It’s a game of chance, but for some reason, my kids always win. What’s up with that?

LEGO Star Wars: A New Hope by Emma Grange
Read the exciting story of the original Star War (Episode IV ) movie retold using mini-figures and sets. (These DK readers are a favorite at my school library!)

zoob 250 piece set

If you want the best, open-ended toy for 6 year old boys, get Zoobs! 250 piece building set– my kids spend hours of play with Zoob and it’s been fun for years.

Robot Pet Shop

Use the step-by-step assembly instructions guide children to build 8 motorized robots from the storybook, including an owl, french bulldog, sloth, panda, chameleon, cat, turtle, and rabbit.

Alphabet Slap Jack

Help children learn their upper and lowercase ABCs while playing a fun card game of SlapJack, Go Fish, and Matching games.

Playmobil Ambulance

Sirens and flashing lights! Plus, the ambulance doors open. and the roof is removable. Lots of cool features that will help you pretend to be paramedics.

Gears, Gears, Gears Robot Factory
My kids and their friends love this gears kit SO MUCH. Parents, you’ll love to see how the gears inspire creativity through building and engineering. See my full review here.

Nerf Sports Dude Perfect Mini Hoop
Do your own trick shots like the Dude Perfect team with this cool net!

Mad Libs Junior
Super Silly Mad Libs Junior

Perfect for the youngest readers and writers, these are hilarious fill in the blank stories that remind kids about parts of speech and storytelling. Older kids, buy The Best of Mad Libs.


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Guess Who? 
Two players, deductive reasoning, communication, and fun! Try to guess your opponent’s mystery player. This game will be a favorite choice for YEARS to come.

Heads Talk Tails Walk
ThinkFun Heads Talk Tails Walk
Can you walk like a chicken while meowing like a cat? Match bodies with heads! But if you make a mismatch, everyone makes the mismatched animal’s sounds and motions! Hilarious! This is one of the best games I’ve seen for preschoolers.

Melissa & Doug See & Spell
50+ piece colorful wooden puzzle with easy-to-handle letters that fit into 8 2 sided cutout boards to spell 3 and 4 letter words.

Coding Critters Dragon

Help your preschooler code with a magic dragon and coding storybook of adventures including monsters and a fire tornado.

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National Geographic Mega Fossil Dig Kit
Get your 6 year old boys to spend hours using paleontology tools like a chisel and a brush to dig up REAL dinosaur fossils!

Connect 4

Get two players, pick a color, and start dropping in the discs. When you get 4 discs in a row you win!

6 year olds love these scented pencils! And, they’re very motivating to write with.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: A Puzzle Adventure
by Aleksandra Artymowska
Help Captain Nemo search for adventure and treasure. Each intricately illustrated page gives readers specific tasks. For example, you might be asked to find a diving helmet that is different from the others. Or find identical seashells. It’s so fun!

Good Dog
by Cam Higgins, illustrated by Ariel Landy
A sweet beginning illustrated chapter book written from Bo the dog’s point of view! Enthusiastic and full of personality, Bo adores his loving family and his life on the farm. But he worries when his dog tag goes missing. He searches the farm with the help of all the farm animals and his spider friends help him find it. Your readers will love this new series with a darling doggie narrator! Get the first 4 books in 1!

Playmobil Mission Rocket with Launch Site
Would your kids love to play with this rocket? It includes two astronauts, a transport container, a space capsule, and lights and sounds!

The Original AirFort

Quickly and easily inflate this roomy 4″+ tall fort with a box fan! Then play inside for hours!

Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great
Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great
by Bob Shea
Goat is very irritated when Unicorn moves to town and seems to shows up Goat. Goat made marshmallow squares but Unicorn makes it rain cupcakes. That makes Goat feel very jealous. But when Unicorn prances by, he’s amazed by Goat’s cheese, goat’s ability to eat garbage, his ability to head-butt the soccer ball and his cloven hooves. And before you know it, the two are best friends. Goat says, “You know something, Unicorn? I had a feeling we’d be friends.” HA.

Air Hogs Super Soft Stunt Shot

Kids love this remote-controlled stunt car that does spins, wheelies, rebounds off walls, and more!

Reading Headlamp

Headlamps beat book lamps for reading hands down. Why? Because they’re hands-free AND have much better light! (All over the page light, not just in one spot.) Plus, how cool are you when you sit in bed with a headlamp?! Gift this reading gift along with a new book for your next holiday.

Story Time Chess

Learn to play chess with chess pieces that have unique stories and 30 mini-games, all of which teach children the rules of the chess game.

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