15 Popular Toys and Best Gifts for 6-Year-Old Boy

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You may not remember much from your very early childhood, but once you hit the age of 6, you really start to retain a lot of memories for life. And for most of us, these are amazing memories – nothing to worry about, and everything to explore and enjoy.

These memories are mostly created and fueled by the people around you, your family and friends, however, sometimes toys might get stuck in your mind as well.

Peer pressure and judgment from your friends still hasn’t really kicked in, so you can even have fun with any toy you like without worrying about being ‘cool.’  This list should help you get your child the toy they will use to create beautiful memories for the rest of their life.

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Lifetime Portable Basketball System
Adjustable heightCheck Price


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Play22 Toy Truck Transport Car Carrier
Great collection starterCheck Price


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ZOOB RacerZ Car Designer
Perfect for imaginative playCheck Price


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Learning Resources Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set
Timeless designCheck Price


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Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit
Promotes scientific reasoningCheck Price


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National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Why
Easy to readCheck Price


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National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Space
128 pages in a hardcoverCheck Price


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Kids Grow 'n Glow Terrarium - Science Kit for Kids
Easy to doCheck Price


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LEGO City Heavy Cargo Transport 60183 Building Kit (310 Piece)
Versatile setCheck Price


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Crayola Silly Scents Twistables Crayons
No sharpening necessaryCheck Price


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Razor PowerWing Caster Scooter
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Hot Wheels Monster Jam Giant Grave Digger Truck
Real working suspensionCheck Price


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Nerf Super Soaker Zombie Strike Revenge Contaminator
Great rangeCheck Price


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Nerf N-Strike Elite Centurion Blaster
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Hasbro Pie Face Showdown Game
Great harmless funCheck Price

Lifetime Portable Basketball System

Nowadays it can be challenging to get your kids outside to enjoy the fresh air and a bit of exercise, what with all the tablets, video-game consoles and streaming services available.

However, if there’s something that never gets old for any generation, it’s competitive sports. In this case, we have basketball as a great way to get your boy(s) to go outside and play.

Putting one of these Portable Basketball hoops from Lifetime in your driveway will be one of the best moves you make when it comes to your kids’ physical development. As is the case with any sport, it will take hard work and discipline for your children to get really good, but they will enjoy every second.

Benefits:

  • Adjustable height
  • Built for outdoor use

Play22 Toy Truck Transport Car Carrier

We all know little boys are fascinated by fast cars, so it doesn’t get any better than this. The Toy Truck Transport Car Carrier from Play22 comes with a set of small vehicles, six of them to be exact, as well as caution signs, barrels, and road cones so any space inside or outside the house can be turned into a make-shift racetrack these little cars can race around.

Also, if you remove the extra stuff, there’s lots of room for any cars your kid already owns, so it’s not only a great collection starter but an excellent addition to a pre-existing miniature car collection. This product encourages imaginative play and social interaction and will give your child hours upon hours of great entertainment.

Benefits:

  • Great collection starter
  • Serves as storage
  • Great for social interaction

ZOOB RacerZ Car Designer

As mentioned above, nothing beats cars when it comes to toys for boys, and it doesn’t get much better than this product from ZOOB, which will let your child create 4 different vehicles, including a 12-wheel transporter. The set contains 76 pieces of a unique design, which will definitely stand-out among any other cars your kid may already have. There’s also a comprehensive instruction guide included with the set.

This is another toy that works very well in social interactions, playing with friends and siblings, but is also quite fun to play with alone, due to the different possibilities that it offers. If your kid is a little builder, he can use his imagination to create various vehicle types, and while the kit does include a guide, the possibilities are just endless in the ways that the pieces can be connected.

Benefits:

  • Perfect for imaginative play
  • Unique design

Learning Resources Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set

You’ve definitely heard of STEM toys by now since they are growing in popularity each day. Even toddlers can play and learn with STEM toys these days, as we have covered in our other articles dealing with that age category. However when your kid reaches the age of 6, their possibilities when it comes to this type of toy open up dramatically. Your boy will be using directional commands to ‘program’ the cute mouse to get the cheese at the end of the maze.

The Learning Resources Code & Go Robot Mouse is one of our favorite STEM activity sets for 6-year-old boys because it will teach your kid the basics of coding while allowing them to have lots of fun in the process.

Benefits:

  • Timeless design
  • Teaches coding

Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit

This excellent kit is meant to be used by your 6-year-old to improve his engineering, chemistry and scientific experimentation skills. There are 11 activities in total, with lab equipment provided, to encourage the development of problem-solving skills, motivate scientific inquiry and inspire curiosity. It can be used by one child, or a group, and works best when adults are also present.

The kit itself includes 20 pieces, which will allow your kid and his friends and siblings to learn about the tools that can be found in a science lab and what they are used for.  They will also learn about chemical reactions created in a lab as part of different experiments. Exploring the world of science with this kit will provide your kid with hours upon hours of good educational fun.

Benefits:

  • Promotes scientific reasoning
  • Develops problem-solving skills
  • Teaches STEM principles

National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Why

For any parent looking for something to spark their child’s interest in the outside world and scientific discovery, this bestseller is one of the most amazing children’s books you’ll ever come across.

At this age, kids become connected with the world around them like never before, and chances are that what they become interested in now will stay with them for the rest of their life. That’s why it’s vital to get your kid a fun book explaining scientific principles and describing the world around them in an engaging way.

The book itself covers a wide range of topics, from unique and exciting craft ideas combining crafts with science, to delivering all types of information about your kid’s immediate surroundings. There are great pictures and illustrations as well.

Benefits:

  • Easy to read
  • Great illustrations
  • Craft ideas included

National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Space

If you have a curious kid, the questions about space can be endless – pun intended, and sometimes you need a bit of help. The National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Space is here to provide that help and answer some of those burning questions. With beautiful bright images and pockets of information about planets, the Sun and the Moon, this covers all the basics for your kid’s early childhood space exploration.

Your boy will learn about how to identify what he sees in the sky, from planets to meteors and constellations. He will also learn a few notable facts about each world in the Solar System, as well as galaxies far, far away, and how space exploration is continued and handled these days.

Benefits:

  • 128 pages in a hardcover
  • Gets your kid interested in space

Kids Grow 'n Glow Terrarium - Science Kit for Kids

For kids interested in gardening, biology and growing plants, the Grow ‘n Glow Terrarium from Faber-Castell is an excellent choice. This kit will let your boy grow different plants inside what is basically a colorful Mason jar. The package includes a plastic pot, organic chia seeds, organic wheatgrass seeds, a plant mister, glow-in-the-dark stickers, clear stickers, resin figures, decorative sand, river stones, potting mix, and instructions.

Kids are meant to layer the included stones, sand and potting mix in the jar as per the instructions, then decorate the pot with the included figures and add a few seeds. Once they do that, the container should be sealed with the lid, and your boy can decorate the outside with the included stickers. It takes about three to four days for the garden to start sprouting and voila, your kid is a gardener!

Benefits:

  • Easy to do
  • Great way to develop ‘green thumbs’

LEGO City Heavy Cargo Transport 60183 Building Kit (310 Piece)

It’s time to work hard and play harder! The Heavy Cargo Transport kit from LEGO includes a total of 310 pieces and 2 mini figures – a helicopter pilot and a truck driver. The helicopter, which has spinning rotor-blades and a chain, rests on the detachable trailer. The chain can be used to lift the yellow cart or the oil barrel, which are both included in the set. Other features include a fire extinguisher, an opening cab, a mug, a wrench, a two-way radio, and a shovel.

The set is recommended for ages 5 to 12, and they will take you around 30 minutes to put together. We’re huge fans of LEGO City sets, and we’re confident your young builder will love this set as much as we did. It offers lots of possibilities and plenty of adventure, no matter where you are.

Benefits:

  • Versatile set
  • Great for creative development

Crayola Silly Scents Twistables Crayons

Another awesome crayon set from Crayola features aromatic crayons which smell really amazing. The scents included in the pack are strawberry, cherry, orange, cinnamon, lemon, buttered popcorn, lime, banana, apple, watermelon, pineapple, bay breeze, and fresh air. If you’re looking to update and improve your kid’s crayon collection, there’s no better way to do it than with these beautifully scented crayons. Your kid can create masterpieces with these simple tools and unleash all of his imagination and self-expression while also being introduced to different scents of the world.

The Crayola Silly Scents Twistables will provide hours of entertainment and creative expression for your little boy, whether he is using them for drawing, coloring or writing, or merely to enjoy the way they smell.

Benefits:

  • No sharpening necessary
  • Original design
  • Sparks creativity

Razor PowerWing Caster Scooter

This is a scooter unlike any you’ve seen before. Instead of a regular flat and linear deck, this one spreads outward, resembling a gullwing. This is meant to ensure extra stability at the back with the wide stance, allowing your little rider to be very stable, and allowing you to be able to relax about him falling over and getting injured. Once your kid gets comfortable riding, he can even include some impressive trick moves, like spin-outs and kick-outs.

Another unique feature of the PowerWing is the rear caster wheels allowing for tighter turns and side drifts due to their 360-degree rotation on the vertical axis. The frame is built from premium steel, and there’s a handbrake for maximum safety.

Benefits:

  • Supports over 140 lbs
  • Variety of colors
  • Stability

Hot Wheels Monster Jam Giant Grave Digger Truck

Unleash the monster!

The 5 inches tall toy rendition of the four-time monster jam champ Grave Digger looks like the vehicle on which it is based, and your kid will love rolling it around on its big wheels, but that’s not all it can do; flip-up both sides of wheels and turn the truck over to reveal the monster steering the handlebars!

If your kid is a Monster Jam fan, he’s going to have an absolute blast playing out all the crashing and bashing action that he sees at Monster Jam shows, and the flip-to-monster feature, which is really easy to do, adds a fun new element that will inspire a lot of imaginative storytelling for your little guy too.

Benefits:

  • Real working suspension
  • Classic styling
  • Perfect addition to any collection

Nerf Super Soaker Zombie Strike Revenge Contaminator

The first thing you’re going to notice about the Super Soaker Zombie Strike Revenge Contaminator from Nerf (aside from its very long name) is that the aesthetics are entirely on point.

The toy looks contaminated and corroded like it is rusting out and falling apart, which is obviously perfect for a post-apocalyptic zombie scenario.

It comes in at a 24 fluid ounce capacity and a range of 38 feet and features a rounded magazine, a comfortable handle with no trigger, meaning that it’s a pump-to-shoot water gun.

The stock is also perfect for a 6-year-old sized shoulder, so your kid can comfortably shoot for hours on end.

Benefits:

  • Great range
  • Amazing look
  • Lightweight

Nerf N-Strike Elite Centurion Blaster

The biggest and baddest Nerf ever comes from the Nerf N-Strike Elite line, and it’s called a Mega Series Centurion. It’s a Mega Series because it fires larger whistler darts, which are noticeably different from your typical Nerf Elite dart. This means they can shoot a whole lot further as well – about 100 feet plus!

As any Nerf gun, this doesn’t require any batteries, it has a secure clip that pops in and out and will hold up to 6 Mega darts. You just pop it right it, take aim, crank and fire! The set also includes a bipod if you need some extra sturdiness and you want to have better aim. This is one of our favorite Nerf guns, and we’re sure your kid will love it just as much as we did.

Benefits:

  • Long distance fire
  • Easy to use

Hasbro Pie Face Showdown Game

You’ll need to be fast if you don’t want pie in the face! This is a face-to-face competitive game meant for two people, where you have to put your face in the designated spot and press the button on your side of the toy as quickly as possible to avoid getting hit in the face with a wet sponge or whipped cream.

Players press their buttons at the same time as fast as they can to try to move the hand holding the whipped cream/sponge/ whatever else you want closer to their opponent. When the hand gets close enough to one side, it’ll shoot up, and that player will get ‘pie-faced.’ If you enjoyed the tension of the original Pie Face game, this takes things to a whole new level.

Benefits:

  • Great harmless fun
  • Whipped cream is delicious

How to Choose the Best Gifts for Six Year Old Boy

When kids reach the age of 6, their development really starts to skyrocket. They are already able to understand pretty well how most things in the real world function, and also have a clear grasp of the fact that different people share different beliefs. Kids of this age also know that rules may differ depending on who they are with and that everything is relative. Boys, in particular, tend to take advantage of this in certain situations.

Another thing they start to do around this age is to express their thoughts, feelings, and ideas more coherently. Therefore, the most appropriate toys are those that help them express themselves as best as possible, but also ones that help them get a clearer picture of the world around them. On top of that, toys that provide some structure and establish some rules may help solidify their belief in the rule-based system parents are keen to employ.

Physical development is also a huge factor at this stage, and you’ll notice that your boy’s fine motor skills have improved dramatically over the past year or so. Toys that allow them to draw and write, but also run, jump and perform complex movements should be given top priority. Establishing coordination and balance is a crucial component.

Criteria We Used

Young boys often learn most about social interaction through playing with other children, which sets them apart from girls, who mostly like to expand their social circle through conversation. Boys are really action-focused and love competitive sports, especially team-based ones, where their primal pack mentality comes into play. In these situations, they tend to develop their sense of responsibility toward their teammates as well as the fighting spirit they will undoubtedly need in their adult life.

Aside from social interaction, an important factor we considered when choosing these toys was quality over quantity in terms of time spent with the toy. At the age of 6, boys are introduced to their first real-life responsibilities like balancing school and their sports activities with their social and leisure time. A well-chosen toy can help develop your child’s communicative skills while taking him away from screens and bolstering his approach to structured learning.

FAQ

What’s more important – educational or entertainment value?

Make sure you include both in your decision-making process, but try to put more emphasis on the development side of things, as long as you make sure that the toy is entertaining enough to hold your boy’s attention for long enough to actually experience any of the educational benefits the toy is meant to provide. You’ll want to get as much value as you can out of your purchases, and that means carefully balancing fun and education.

How much time should my boy spend playing each day?

That really depends on a few factors, but if we’re talking about playing which involves some sort of physical activity, the answer is usually – as much as possible. The scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that boys and girls of this age should engage in a form of physical exercise for at least one hour each day. They also suggest that parents get involved in their children’s play and restrict the use of electronic devices and the TV to less than two hours per day.

Conclusion

It’s essential to provide your kid with the right tools and resources that will help him develop and continue to grow. There are many excellent products on the market today, and this can lead to choice paralysis, but that’s what we’re here for. As with any age, choosing the perfect toy for your 6-year-old boy can be an arduous task, made no easier by the fact that there are countless affordable toys just a few clicks away. However, we are confident that this list will be beneficial in determining which toy is the right one for your little guy.

Author: Catherine Evans
Author: Catherine Evans

Catherine is a writer from Canada who simply loves toys, collectibles and superhero figurines. Writing is her passion, but she also loves reading, enjoying her “me time” and finding new ways to improve her work and ways to entertain the readers.

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