By the age of 6 most young boys are beginning to show an interest in sports and are capable of concentrating for longer periods of time on those things they are interested in. They are always eager to try new things and they often engage in imaginative play acting out various scenarios based on real life, shows or movies they’ve seen and even video games.
In this guide we have compiled a list of premium highly rated toys and gifts for 6 year old boys based on a wide variety of interests.
In a Rush? See Our Top 3 Picks Just Below
Top Pick: Train Set & Track
Runner Up: K’Nex Building Set
2nd Runner Up: Adjustable Stilts
Our Criteria for Choosing Great Toys for Six Year Old Boys
As a consumer you have the right to know the criteria we use when choosing what we perceive to be the best toys and gifts for 6 year olds. We use two main criteria in selecting toys and gifts the criteria we use are:
The first thing we look at is the educational value of each toy to aid in the child’s physical, mental and emotional growth. This includes the further development of gross and fine motor skills, learning of new skills, the ability to use their imagination, and to solve problems and reason.
We also look at the entertainment value of a toy including the toy’s ability to hold the child’s attention, it’s durability and the ability to grow with the child.
The Best Gift Ideas & Toys for 6 Year Old Boys List
1. Knex 70 Model Building Set
This K’nex 70 building set comes with 705 pieces for building all types of movable and interactive models. The rods and connectors can attach to each other in a number of different ways. The set comes in a treasure chest so you can keep all the pieces together.
The set comes with an instruction book with step by step instructions for making 70 different models to play with. The set helps children improve their ability to follow directions, solve problems and enhance their imagination and creativity.
Holds child’s attention for long periods of time
Really allows child to get creative
Many really tiny pieces
2. Marvel Super Hero set
This set of 10 Marvel collectible super heros make a great birthday or Christmas present for children who love engaging in imaginative play. These 10 figures are 2.5 inches tall and the set includes Thor, The Hulk, Captain America, The Black Widow, Ultron, The Ultron Sentry, Hawkeye, Iron Man, Nick Fury and Marvel’s Vision. The figures have several articulation points and can be posed when playing and acting out different scenarios.
Great set for small hands
Perfect for all types of adventures
Some would prefer to spend less money on an action figure set
3. Magnetic Dart Board
This magnetic dart board makes a great birthday gift for a 6 year old since this double sided dart board has a cute clown on one side. This dart board has bright colors which is appealing to young children and it comes with 6 darts 3 of each color. This dart board will help a child improve their hand/eye coordination as well as their math skills as they add up their points.
Easy for kids to use
Sometimes the target string breaks easily
4. Ice Skates
These Lake Placid beginner ice skates are size adjustable and will adjust up to 4 sizes with a simple push of a button. These skates have a stainless steel blade, comfort padding, waterproof sole, locking buckle and power strap.
Ice skating is not only an entertaining activity for children it also helps them to improve their balance and agility as well as strengthen their leg muscles and improve endurance.
Supports the child’s ankles
Easy to put on and take off
Some children have difficulty using these skates
These Geospace Wee Balance Stilt makes a great gift for young active kids. These stilts allow you to adjust the height, they have large rubber feet, and C-handles for better control. They are also made from durable steel. These stilts do need to take a bit of practice but, most children quickly learn to use these stilts and will soon be walking all over the lawn.
Helps children improve their balance and strengthen their gross motor skills.
Well made and durable
Easy to learn
Made not be a great choice for children who are easily frustrated
6. Studio in a Box
This Art Studio in a Box is great for young kids who are interested in drawing or painting. This art kit has colored pencils, water colors, paint brushes, acrylic paints, watercolor pad, mixed paper pad, pencil sharpener, markers, canvas boards.
This art kit is great for promoting kids creativity as well as developing their fine motor skills.
Lots of supplies for children to work with
Supplies are good quality
The case the supplies come in is not too durable
7. Science Experiment Kit
This Learn and Climb science kit for kids has 21 fun experiments that will help bring science alive and increase their interest in science. This kit makes a great Christmas or birthday gift for any young boy and can provide hours of fun while learning. Each experiment has step by step instructions for the child to follow while they create a volcano, lava lamp, or perform other fun experiments.
This kit will aid children in following directions and in seeing how the world works while having fun with hands-on experiences.
Most of the supplies are provided
Directions are well written
Box is just thin cardboard and doesn’t hold up well
8. Remote Control Build A Truck Kit
This is a fun gift for any young man for Christmas or a special birthday since they actually get to build their own remote controlled truck. Choosing to either build a pick up truck or a racing truck. All of the 353 pieces are made from ABS plastic. The truck can be built over and over again.
Once the truck is built the toy can be raced across any flat surface and the RC will work for 12 meters. You do need 3AA batteries for the truck and 3 more for the remote. Kids get practice following directions and in problem solving
Builds kids self esteem when they complete building their own toy
The truck doesn’t seem to go too far
9. Electric Train Set
This electric train set comes with a steam engine, passenger car, coal car, and cargo car. This train set comes with 8 pieces of curved track and 2 pieces of straight track. This train has realistic train sounds, odorless smoke, and a working headlight. Kids can build the track anyway they would like. The train requires 4- 1.5 volt AA batteries. This train set makes a great gift for birthdays or Christmas and is sure to be fun for young kids to play railroad.
Great first train set for young children
Easy for young children to assemble
Should come with more track
10. Ring Toss Games
With families and children spending much more time at home these days, giving a child a Christmas or birthday gift that keeps them entertained in their own yard is a great idea. This ring toss game is a great game that is easy to put together and that the whole family can play together or a young child can practice on their own.
This game has 5 posts and comes with 8 rope rings and 8 plastic rings . This game will help the child improve their hand/eye coordination, sportsmanship and math skills. The game with a handy storage bag.
Sturdy game set up
Can travel with you
Some people experienced posts breaking
11. Bow and Arrow Set
This bow and arrow set comes with a bow, 6 arrows with suction cup tips, a quiver to hold the arrows and an easy to hang target. When the string is pulled back the whole bow lights up making using this set in the dark a great deal of fun for young kids. This will make a great Christmas gift for any young boy on your shopping list.
The bow and arrows are made from ABS plastic.
Bow is easy to use
Made to be safe for young kids to use
Some users feel the bow and arrow are cheaply made
What Are Good Gifts for a 6 Year Old That Has Everything?
Some 6 year olds have more toys that can actually enjoy playing with. If that is the case with a young man on your shopping list then here are some alternative gift ideas that will make great Christmas gifts or birthday presents.
1. The Magic Tree House Book Set
This Magic Tree House Book set makes for the perfect gift for any 6 year old boy on your shopping list. This set comes with a total of 28 books and covers a number of different exciting subjects that young children enjoy.
Books encourage a love of reading
Children learn about places and different times
Some users got some of the books damaged
2. BookCase and Toy Bin Combo
Kids love getting items for their room and this book case toy box combo makes for a great birthday or Christmas gift for boy on your shopping list. There are at the top there are two bookshelves, with 3 storage drawers just below and at the bottom are 3 storage slots. This piece of furniture will help the child keep his room neater and tidier. You can choose from white, gray or espresso depending on which color matches your childs room best.
Easy to assemble
At this age some parents may want to spend less money on a bookcase/toy box for their child
Tips for Finding the Best Toys and Gifts for a 6 Year Old Boy
- When choosing toys and gifts for boy age 6 consider their growing skills and interests.
- Choose toys for young children that encourage them to get exercise through active play
- Try and choose a toy can be used in more than one way so that the child won’t get bored with the toy as easily.
Wrapping up Our List of Excellent Christmas and 6th Birthday Gifts
It is our hope that this list of gifts for 6 year old boys will help you find the perfect gift for the young man in your life.