Are you looking for the perfect gift for a 6-year-old boy? Keep reading to get ideas for toys, games, books, and more!
Educational Toys For 6-Year-Old Boys
LeapFrog Magic Adventures Globe
The LeapFrog Magic Adventures Globe is a great educational gift for a six-year-old boy. This is an excellent present if you are looking for an educational gift. This interactive globe toy is made for children between the ages of 5 – 7.
It includes more than 600 videos made by the BBC. It will teach him things like the different countries of the world, their capitals, language, flags, currency, population, and area. He will also learn about world animals and habitats, famous landmarks, oceans, rivers, lakes, mountains, deserts, forests, and world cultures.
A 6-year-old boy is at the perfect age to begin to learn about the world. Now is the time to fully immerse him into different cultures and locations, teaching him about the people, land, and landmarks outside of where he lives.
Kids First Coding & Robotics Kit
The Kids First Coding & Robotics Kit is a fun introductory STEM toy for kids in kindergarten through 2nd grade. This educational toy introduces the fundamentals of robotics and coding to children so that they will be able to understand and grasp these concepts.
This is a two-piece set. There is the base coding and robotics, and there is the challenge kit. The coding and robotics come with a 64-page manual and 417 pieces to perform 30 different experiments.
The challenge set comes with a 20-page manual and 98 pieces for him to perform eight different experiments. These experiments are robots that he will build himself and then code to solve various challenges.
Highway Hog 3D Wooden Model
The Highway Hog 3D Wooden Model is another great STEM toy to give as a present! Although this is a STEM toy, it looks and feels like a classic toy as it is made with wood instead of plastic.
This highway hog is easy to assemble as no glue or other tools are needed. It is non-toxic, safe, and uses engineered wood. It comes with detailed instructions so building this 3D wooden toy will be a fun experience for him, not a frustrating one!
Thames & Kosmos Robot Safari
The Thames & Kosmos Robot Safari is a super fun STEM kit for children 5 – 7 years old. We are showing Robot Safari, but you can also choose Robot Factory or Robot Pet Shop. Robot Safari has 146 pieces and a manual of 32 pages to help him create eight different models. The eight robots he will be creating for his safari are a crab, a cat, a bear, an otter, a llama, a narwhal, a fox, and a unicorn.
The manual is fully colored and written like a storybook so it will be interesting to read and easy to follow. The actual pieces he will be working with are large building pieces – they are built for small hands.
The toy is a STEM-focused activity that will help him develop reasoning, mechanical, and visual-spatial skills.
Robot Dog Toys for Kids
The Robot Dog Toys for Kids is a DIY STEM toy for kids 6 – 12 years old. You can get this doggie robot in blue (pictured above) or brown. If you want to buy a gift that is both a hands-on project and a toy, this is an excellent choice.
This toy comes with an instruction manual and 35 pieces to put this cute robot together. Once he completes the project of putting it together, it will become a cute interactive toy in the following ways:
- When he applauds or makes similar noise, the dog will bark and his eyes will change.
- The dog can be tempted with his robotic food – it comes with a cone and if it is placed in front of his nose, the dog will make eating sounds and his eyes will change.
- If the robotic dog’s tail or head is touched, his eyes will change and the dog will bark eight times.
Maze Marble Run Building Set
The Mindware Q-BA Maze Marble Run Building Set is a fun playset for children six and up. This maze run system has more than 270 colorful interlocking pieces that are easy for little hands to connect and build with. This is the type of toy that he can spend hours building, designing, and playing with all by himself. However, he can also play with family and friends to make this a group activity.
Maze and Marble Run toys are considered STEM activities. They will build and improve their logic, imagination, creativity, and spatial skills. We are showing the stunt set, but there are a total of 7 different sets you can choose from.
Light-Up Terrarium Kit
The Light-Up Terrarium Kit is a fun STEM activity that can also double as room decor. This is also super easy for children, even young children, to set up. In the jar provided, they will layer half the soil, then the sand, then the rocks, the rest of the soil, and finally the miniatures. Now they screw on the lid, decorate the outside of the jar with stickers and wait for it to grow!
This set comes with everything they will need for a light-up terrarium kit. It comes with a jar, a lid with an internal light, soil, blue sand, white river rocks, a miniature bunny, a miniature mushroom house, wheat seats, chia seeds, and 15 removable stickers.
Toy Pal STEM Kit
The Toy Pal STEM Toys is a wonderful educational kit that he will have a lot of fun with. This kit is made for children 6 – 8 years old. The kit will help him build one robot and six different types of vehicles. It comes with a colorful and easy-to-follow step-by-step manual and 163 pieces to build seven different models.
This is a STEM toy which is a toy that helps with a child’s development during play. It will help him develop hand-eye coordination and motor skills while using logic and problem-solving. It can also assist with creativity, imagination, and teamwork.
This is a set that he can use by himself or as a wonderful family activity.
Active Toys For 6-Year-Old Boys
My First Foam Pogo Jumper
The My First Foam Pogo Jumper is made for children 3 and up and can support up to 250 pounds. We are showing this pogo stick in green frog, but it is available in a total of 12 colors and decorations. This is a good choice if you are looking for an active toy that will also help him develop.
This toy will help with balance, hand-eye coordination, and motor skills. Active toys like this can be used indoors or outdoors and will encourage your child to have more fun things to do than electronics and excessive screen time.
Toy Rocket Launcher
The Toy Rocket Launcher is a classic, simple but fun gift for children of all ages, especially children over the age of 3. This is a nice but affordable present to get when you want to encourage children to spend more time outside and away from their screens.
This set comes with a sturdy rocket launcher (foot-operated) and eight foam rockets. Each rocket can shoot up to 100 feet, far enough to be fun and exciting but not so far that they get lost easily.
Punching Bag For Kids
If you are looking for a way for a six-year-old to get rid of excessive energy when he is stuck inside, we recommend this Punching Bag For Kids. This toy is designed for children between the ages of 3 and 8 years old so it is perfectly safe for him to play with.
The entire toy only weighs 2 pounds, and it comes with a weighted stand, a pump, a punching bag, and boxing gloves. It is also height adjustable.
This is the perfect present for when you are trying to get children away from the TV and other screens. It will also help them work out any frustrations they may have, exert energy, and will help build their hand-eye coordination.
Electronic Ball Net
If you are looking for a fun indoor or outdoor activity, you can choose this Electronic Ball Net. When looking at this toy, you might wonder what makes it electronic – well, it has fans on the bottom, which makes the net float around in the house or outside on the driveway. This makes the targets harder to hit, and it is so much more fun and challenging.
This toy comes with the goal net, a soccer ball, a basketball, a pump, and four bean bags. The goal is 25.2 inches by 12 inches by 17 inches.
This toy is suitable for alone play or as a family night game or time with friends. It can also be easily carried to travel with.
Fun Shooting Game
If you are looking for something he can play by himself, with one other person, or in teams, you should get him this Fun Shooting Game. This game is made for boys 6 to 10 years old. The target is about 3 feet tall – so the perfect height for a child to stand a good distance away and aim.
He can practice whenever he wants and then play against someone else.
This present comes with one target with four large holes decorated in a space theme, two foam guns, and 24 balls – 12 red and 12 blue.
This is a game that can be set up indoors or outdoors, and it is easy to move around and travel with.
Bow and Arrow Set
If you would like your child learn aim but want to teach him with something other than guns, you can get him thisBow and Arrow Set. Plus, bow and arrows teach better aim than shooting a gun; it takes more concentration and coordination. These toys will help with hand-eye coordination, focus, and concentration.
This archery set includes a quiver, a shooting bow, a target board, and six suction cup arrows. It has an adjustable strap, and it is easy to carry. Also, it has lighting to choose from, solid, blinking, or flashing, which is super fun for kids.
ILearn Kids Golf Toy Set
Another fun, sporty and active toy to get a six-year-old boy is the ILearn Kids Golf Toy Set. You can get this golf toy in either orange or navy blue, and it is made for children between the ages of 3 and 8 years old.
This is a super fun set that will allow him to learn how to hit a golf ball from a tee, plus it is adjustable to fit his needs. It comes with a golf club and three interchangeable heads. The heads it comes with are a driver for a lefty, a driver for a righty, and a putter head. It also comes with 15 plastic golf balls so it will not be a big deal if a few of them get lost.
Indoor/Outdoor Bean Bag Toss
Another fun but a simple toy to get kids up and moving is this Indoor/Outdoor Bean Bag Toss. This toy is made for children 4 – 8 years old, but it is a fun and simple toy that anyone can enjoy, including the parents!
This gift comes with a bean bag toss with four holes with different point values and eight weighted bean bags, four red and four blue.
The backside of the bean bag toss game is a tic tac toe board – so when he needs a quick break, he still has an activity to do in between games of bean bag toss.
This toy can be played indoors or outdoors, alone or with others.
Games For 6-Year-Old Boys
Classic Trouble Board Game
The Classic Trouble Board Game is a great introduction to family board games that anyone of any age can enjoy. This classic board game is extra fun because instead of rolling a die, players get to push down on the pop-o-matic bubble to help roll the die for them. This is a feature everyone loves, but a 6-year-old boy will especially delight in this activity.
Although rolling the single die is a lot of fun, its simple gameplay makes it easy for anyone to play. It is the perfect game to introduce a family game night, encourage family time, and learn the value of good sportsmanship during competition, even when things do not go your way.
Rush Hour Traffic Jam
The ThinkFun Rush Hour Traffic Jam is a single-player game for him to enjoy. This is the perfect combination of the mechanics of a board game and a puzzle, all meshed into one fabulously fun activity he can enjoy. What is even better is that it will teach him to think more logically, making this a simple STEM toy for him to enjoy all by himself.
This game is for children four and up, and it comes with 40 different challenge cards. The challenge cards are a colorful diagram of setting up the board with an answer on the reverse side. Don’t worry about him getting bored as there are ten cards for each of the levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and Expert. This game will grow with him!
Monopoly Junior – Dinosaur Edition
a six-year-old is just the right age for Monopoly Junior – Dinosaur Edition. The regular game of Monopoly is for children eight and up, whereas Monopoly Junior is for kids five and up. He will have two years (or more, of course) to enjoy this game and get ready to play the real adult version soon enough. To make it extra fun for little boys, it is dinosaur-themed.
This game is super cute and does an excellent job with theming. The tokens are different colored dinosaurs. All the properties are types of dinosaurs that are phonetically spelled so children can get used to saying their long and somewhat complicated names.
Guess Who? is a classic game for children six and up. Guess Who is known as the classic guessing game. It is a two-player game where the opponents are assigned one character, and they have to guess who the other person has based upon a series of elimination questions like:
- Do you have a female?
- Do they have blonde hair?
- Is their hair straight?
- Are their eyes blue?
- Do they use glasses?
Depending upon the answers to each question, the asker will eliminate possibilities; eventually, the person who guesses right first wins!
One of the extra cool thing about this set of Guess Who is that there are both people cards and pet cards – so it is like two games in one.
Mouse Trap is another classic game for children six and up. You can either get just Mouse Trap or choose a combo gift of Mouse Trap and Don’t Break The Ice!
Mouse Trap is a fun 3D game for 2 – 4 players. It comes with 25 parts and accessories for the players to build an awesome mouse trap. Each player is playing as a different colored mouse, and they are trying to get to the finish line first, as they avoid the ever-present mouse trap that is trying to halt their progress. This is the perfect choice of a board game when you want something fun and childlike but want to teach them how to play something well with others.
Another classic game is Connect Four – even though it is for ages six and up, everyone, including adults, loves this deceptively simple but strategy game.
Connect Four is a game for two players, and it comes with red and yellow discs (or checkers) to drop in the main game piece. All you need to do to win is to be the first person to get four in a row. Sounds simple, right? However, the opponent will always be thinking of getting four in a row and blocking you from getting there first.
One of the nice things about this game is that it will aid in teaching thinking, logic, and even a little creativity skills to a young child.
Another tried and true classic for children is Perfection. Perfection is a one-player game, so this is an activity that a child can play all by themselves. However, it can also be fun to take turns while playing. Although, it is essential to note that this is not a completely quiet activity. There is semi quiet timer counting down, and if he does not get all the pieces in the slots before time runs out, they pop up and out of the game. This is part frustrating and part really fun for a young child.
MENSA has reviewed this game for kids, and it will help children develop motor skills, concentration, and focus.
Our final board game suggestion is Life Junior. This is another excellent choice for when you are looking for a junior version or a real family game that you will want to introduce to him in a few years.
This game is easy to set up and is for 2 to 4 players, five years and up. It is just like the adult version of the game of life with a fun colored spinner, cars to travel his unique life path, life cards, play money, and more!
Books For 6-Year-Old Boys
The BoxCar Children Gift Set
The BoxCar Children Gift Set is the first 12 books in this series. The Boxcar Children is a classic children series written for kiddos 6 to 9 years old. This series was initially published in 1942, but new generations of kids are constantly falling in love with its captivating storytelling and loveable characters.
This set has the first 12 books in the series, but there are more than 150 books to read about the boxcar kids. This gift is available as a paperback set or on the Kindle. Choosing paperback comes with the first 12 books and a poster, bookmark, and activities. As a bonus, the box it comes in can be extended to hold 32 books.
My Weird School 21 Book Set
A more modern book series to get a six-year-old is the My Weird School 21 Book Set. The entire box set has 2100 pages so this is a great set to keep him busy for quite a while. My Weird School is written for children between the ages of 6 and 8 years old or children up to 5th grade. It is the perfect elementary school-aged book collection. The books in this collection are:
- 1: Miss Daisy Is Crazy!
- 2: Mr. Klutz Is Nuts!
- 3: Mrs. Roopy Is Loopy!
- 4: Ms. Hannah Is Bananas!
- 5: Miss Small Is off the Wall!
- 6: Mr. Hynde Is Out of His Mind!
- 7: Mrs. Cooney Is Loony!
- 8: Ms. LaGrange Is Strange!
- 9: Miss Lazar Is Bizarre!
- 10: Mr. Docker Is Off His Rocker!
- 11: Mrs. Kormel Is Not Normal!
- 12: Ms. Todd Is Odd!
- 13: Mrs. Patty Is Batty!
- 14: Miss Holly Is Too Jolly!
- 15: Mr. Macky Is Wacky!
- 16: Ms. Coco Is Loco!
- 17: Miss Suki Is Kooky!
- 18: Mrs. Yonkers Is Bonkers!
- 19: Dr. Carbles Is Losing His Marbles!
- 20: Mr. Louie Is Screwy!
- 21: Ms. Krup Cracks Me Up!
Magic Tree House Boxed Set Books 1-4
The Magic Tree House Boxed Set Books 1-4 is a wonderful present for little boys. The Magic Tree House series is one of the most popular book series for children over the last several decades. It has sold more than 100 million copies and currently has more than 50 books in the series.
The number of books available is excellent when trying to encourage a child to read. If they love this series, they will be thrilled to know that they can continue going on adventures with these characters for a long, long time.
This set is the first four books in the series and is really affordable, making it a great choice when trying out a new series!
Flat Stanley Collection Box
The Flat Stanley Collection Box is another excellent choice when you are looking for a book series for young children. This boxed set has four books with 400 pages total. It is written for children 5 – 8 years old or elementary school-aged.
This book set is available on Kindle, as an Audiobook, or in paperback. The four books in this set are:
- Flat Stanley
- Invisible Stanley
- Stanley in Space
- Stanley, Flat Again!
This series is about a formally ordinary boy named Stanley. He was perfectly normal until one day when a bulletin board fell onto him, making him Flat Stanley. This is the beginning of the adventures that readers will go on with Stanley. Of course, other things will happen – like Stanley turning invisible, becoming normal (not flat), and then becoming flat again!
The Ballpark Mysteries: The Dugout Boxed Set (Books 1 – 4) is an excellent series for children who love mysteries set in different locations. These books are made for children 6 – 9 years old. The books in this series are:
- Ballpark Mysteries #1: The Fenway Foul-Up
- Ballpark Mysteries #2: The Pinstripe Ghost
- Ballpark Mysteries #3: The L.A. Dodger
- Ballpark Mysteries #4: The Astro Outlaw. Batter up!
Of course, one of the added draws to this series is that it mixes mystery with a baseball theme. So, if the little guy you are shopping for loves baseball or sports in general, this is an excellent series to get him interested in reading chapter books.
The Complete Adventures of the Borrowers
Our final book suggestion for a six-year-old boy is The Complete Adventures of the Borrowers. This is a classic fantasy series that people have been enjoying for generations. The series is about a family of little people who live under the kitchen floor in an English country home. It follows them through many adventures and will get children to enjoy reading and use their imagination.
This series is suitable for children as young as six years old, but even younger middle school children will enjoy it. It is available in paperback or hardcover, and the following five books come in this collection:
- The Borrowers
- The Borrowers Afield
- The Borrowers Afloat
- The Borrowers Aloft
- The Borrowers Avenged.
Other Toys and Gifts For 6-Year-Old Boys
PLAYMOBIL Take Along Fire Station
The PLAYMOBIL Take Along Fire Station is a classic toy for little boys. If you are looking for a pretend play toy to encourage imagination and creativity, this fire station is a good choice. It is a toy that can be played at home or thrown in the trunk of a vehicle to take to family and friends’ houses.
The pieces easily snap together so assembly is quick and easy. This toy’s central piece is a play firehouse, but it also comes with two firefighters, fire gear, a motorcycle, motorcycle helmet, a fire hydrant, a fan, a fire extinguisher, and more!
Washable Dot Markers
The Washable Dot Markers is a fun, artistic activity that comes with an activity book. This ten pack of dot markers are available in bright (pictured above) or shimmer. The activity book will allow them to get started quickly with these markers. The book has 50 pages with five different activities to color the pages with these markers.
These markers are mess-free with no leakage problems and are water-based. Being water-based makes these markers easy to clean off of little hands and bodies for when he gets a little too excited in his artwork!
Hot Wheels Track Builder
The Hot Wheels Track Builder is the perfect build and playset for children 6 – 12 years old. This is the triple loop building set – so he will be able to build a super fun looped track and then use it with his Hot Wheels.
Although it is essential for children to have fun, we know the parents do not want a mess and cars flying everywhere. Hot wheels have thought about this potential issue as well! A bucket will catch the flying car at the end of this trick, so kids, pets, walls, and furniture will remain safe!
This set is 11.81 inches by 19.69 inches by 22.83 inches and can easily be moved around the house or taken with him wherever he goes.
Basic Fun Pound Puppies
The Basic Fun Pound Puppies is a classic stuffed animal present for children this age. We are showing a pound puppy who is white with brown spots, but you can choose different puppies as well. Also available are beige puppies, beige puppies with brown spots, gray puppies, light brown with dark spots, or dark brown with black spots.
These pound puppies are reproductions of the popular 1980’s toys. They come with the puppy, the cute box they come in, and an adoption packet. The adoption packet comes with a name tag, adoption certificate, and a sticker sheet. The adoption certificate will allow him to write in the name they choose for their brand new puppy.
The pound puppy will be 17 inches long by 12 inches wide by 4.5 inches tall.
Yoto Player – Kids Audio & Music Player
The Yoto Player – Kids Audio & Music Player .is a fun introduction to music and storytelling. We are showing the Yoto player by itself, but you can also get it in a package with different cards. The cards are inserted into the card slot to play music or tell audio stories.
There are all kinds of different music and literary content that you can buy for this audio player. The physical cards are easy to use, making young kids feel like big kids when they can use this system. While the books or music is playing, the kids can look at a pixel display of what is being played.
It is also Bluetooth connectable and includes a handy nightlight.
Multi Voice Changer
The Toysmith Tech Gear Multi Voice Changer is perfect when you are looking for an affordable and simple toy that will entertain them for hours. This will allow a child to experiment with different voice synthesizers. It features ten different voice modifiers that can be changed by a simple flick of a button.
Surprisingly, it will not only be fun for him but also for the adults in his life. He will love talking to people through this toy, but he will also laugh and giggle when his parents and other family members use this toy as well.
It is a perfect way to spend time together, one which does not take a lot of time or effort to have fun and make memories!
I absolutely know this is true as my teenage daughter just saw this toy on my screen (we had one when she was little), and she mentioned how much fun that was and how we should get another one – memories and nostalgia to last a lifetime.
DIY Dinosaur Lantern Kit
The Happiest DIY Dinosaur Lantern Kit is the perfect art project which turns into fun dinosaur decor for his bedroom. This is an arts and crafts project that is suitable for children 6 – 10 years old. This lantern kit comes with easy-to-follow instructions as well as a jar, a lighted lid, a lantern handle, a black cord, a dinosaur tooth, six dinosaur stickers, beads, dust, vellum landscape, a foam brush, and glue.
It can be easily customized by the stickers that the child chooses to use when they are creating their lantern. It also lights up in different colors, which can match his mood or what he is using the lantern for at any given time.
He can use this for outside adventures, bedroom decor, or just a really cool night light.
Sketch Book for Boys
The Sketch Book for Boys is a boy themed sketchbook. This will help to encourage him to nurture his artistic talents and let him know that art is not just for girls. This sketchbook is a paperback which is 8 inches by 10 inches by .25 inches and it has 110 pages.
Kids tend to go through sketch books quickly so you may want to pick up a few sketch books at a time. This is perfect to use with crayons, gel pens, or colored pencils.
What to Look for in Gifts for 6 Year Old Boys
Are you shopping for a present for a six-year-old boy and unsure what to get him? Children at this age are so much fun to shop for – they love gifts and just about anything will probably be a good choice. But if you are still unsure, we are here to help you!
Shopping for anyone, including a little boy, boils down to asking yourself a few questions and shopping based on your answers. Here are a few questions you should consider:
- What do they want?
- What do they need?
- Do they have some favorite things?
- Are they developing new hobbies?
- What milestones are they reaching now or soon?
Those are the basic questions – let’s go through each one and see what kind of answers you might be coming up with.
What do they want? At this age, it is highly likely that they either have a wishlist or they openly talk about things they really want. Use this information. With a young child, they may have been direct and said “I really want a (specific) Lego set” or they may have just excitedly talked about a toy they say on TV, in a store, or one their friend has.
What do they need? Shopping for needs instead of wants can be a choice. For instance, maybe they need a winter coat, sporting equipment for their after-school programs, or a new bedding set.
Do they have some favorite things? For instance, do they love books by Dr. Seuss, a specific color, a particular superhero, or have a favorite sporting team? Use the things they love the most to develop fantastic gifts wholly tailored to him.
Are they developing new hobbies? They are still discovering what they do and do not like; however, you may notice that they are certainly leaning towards certain things. Some hobbies they may develop include playing certain sports, collecting trading cards, becoming artistic, or discovering a love of reading.
What milestones are they reaching now or soon? The final but perhaps most important consideration is growth and milestones. From birth through late teens, children rapidly grow and change. It is always a good idea to shop for their age and the milestone group they are in.
According to the CDC, a 6-year-old is in middle childhood, which is for children 6 – 8 years old. In this age group, he will be going through emotional and social changes and thinking and learning changes.
Some of the emotional and social changes he may experience include:
- Becoming more independent from his parents and family.
- Placing more importance on friendships.
- Beginning to think about the future.
If you want to shop for gifts related to these changes, you may want to get independent toys and games he can play on his own away from his family. You should also consider anything that can be used with friends, such as sporting equipment, board games, nerf guns, or other multiplayer activities.
At this age, he will also experience growth in regards to thinking and learning. Some examples are the fast development of mental abilities, using different forms of communication, and caring about others. When shopping for learning and thinking, you should consider all types of educational toys, especially STEM toys, activities, and kits.