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6 Year Old Boy Gifts: Surprise Them With What They Really Want

Updated October 17, 2020

Raising two boys has really opened my eyes to how simple they are in pleasing them with gift giving. Loud, physical, and more or less dirty, boys are generally easy to buy for as long as they are interested in the genre of the product.

This does not go to say they are not deep thinkers or intellectuals, but much of their own learning is tied closely to tactile approaches, meaning it has a physical aspect to it. Engaging, thought provoking, and problem solving gifts are often very appropriate for elementary age boys to help encourage their discovery of the work around anthem and introduce the imaginative play.

6 year olds in particular are emerging as independent thinkers and learners as they grow in their recognition of the written word. The following gift ideas are perfect for this age group, and are worth checking out!

Rank Product Category
#1 Marvel – Spider-man 8 Sound Book Library

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Readers

#2 ThinkFun Zingo Sight Words Early Reading Game

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Readers

#3 World of Reading Avengers Boxed Set
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Readers

#4 LEGO City Space Mars Research Shuttle
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Puzzlers

#5 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Glowing Marble Run
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Puzzlers

#6 Magnet Building Tiles
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Puzzlers

#7 GoSports Bullseye Bounce Cornhole Toss Game
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Outdoor Gaming

#8 Kids Game Dart Board Set
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Outdoor Gaming

#9 Water Sports Lighted Bocce Ball Set
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Outdoor Gaming

#10 Crazy Forts
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Outdoor Gaming

#11 American Ninja Warrior Jumping Stones
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Physical Play

#12 EagleStone Dinosaur Target Shooting Games
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Physical Play

#13 ArmoGear Infrared Laser Tag Guns and Vests

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Physical Play

6 Year Old Boys and Growth

By 6 years old, most children are completing their kindergarten year and entering into 1st grade. At this point you will often see them following multiple steps of directions at a time, recognize word use and how they are used to joke, begin rudimentary reading and basic comprehension, as well as stay focused for longer than 15 minutes at a time.

Because of this, choosing engaging, thinking games and toys will help further these skills. Products that support their physical growth, such as fine and gross motor skills, balance, and hand and eye coordination stimulate mental capabilities as well.

 

Gift Ideas for 6 Year Old Boys

The following gift ideas help highlight the types of toys and games that are popular with the age set and support their mental and physical growth. These provide a sample of genres to help get you thinking about the types of purchases that will be well used, and not go to waste or tossed to the side due to not being engaging enough.

— Readers

If your child is drawn to books, and enjoys the stories found between the pages, these are awesome options to help build reading skills and instill in them a love of exploration and learning. Emerging readers are often frustrated with the challenges piecing together sounds and sentences present, but when done in a fun, and colorful manner, they soon forget they are learning a skill, and have fun.

1. Marvel – Spider-man Me Reader Electronic Reader and 8 Sound Book Library

This eight-piece library comes with an electronic reader that allows your child to interact with some of their favorite Avenger characters as the stories are read to them. It provides hands-on engagement as well as word recognition and vocabulary builders. Inserted into the store is when read electronically is added sounds to help bring the pictures and words to life.

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2. ThinkFun Zingo Sight Words Early Reading Game

Sight word recognition is one of the first things many emerging readers learn in order to help piece together sounds and sentences. This fun sight word game plays similar to BINGO and helps children quickly recognize visually and audibly skill-building words. This is also a highly supportive game for children struggling with sound recognition, as well as those who may be delayed in their learning.

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3. World of Reading Avengers Boxed Set

Children just learning to read need an engaging text that is easy to sound out and is visually appealing. Frustrations with sounding out new words is normal, but these books are excellent for both grabbing interest, and working with a parent to read through. The set includes 6 books and is brightly illustrated, telling the stories of some of their favorite Avenger Super Heros. Each book has 32 pages and all come in a durable carrying case with velcro closure. Even if your child isn’t quite ready to sound out the words, the pictures will help bring the characters to life. 

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Puzzlers

Have a child that loves to take things apart and put them back together? Toys that allow for imaginative building, direction following, and cause and effect exploration are awesome ways to build skills and keep them engaged. 

4. LEGO City Space Mars Research Shuttle

Legos are fun for children of any age, and no matter what set you choose, they are sure to keep your child busy for hours. 6 year olds in particular are definitely old enough to follow along with picture directions, and can build and create more complicated sets independently. Parents can help guide and teach them to prepare for and work in steps; all excellent metal and physical aspects that will support their education. 

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5. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Glowing Marble Run

Marble runs are a fun task for any age, and these colorful, easy to piece together sets allows children to watch their own creations come to life. With endless possibilities, this set can keep children busy for hours, and even engage siblings or parents in a little friendly race rivalry. This is a great way to work on motor skills and help introduce problem solving, as well as fair, competitive play.

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6. Magnet Building Tiles

Let imagination come to life with magnet building tiles sets. These are a new and fun way to provide ways to build and follow directions to create buildings, vehicles, and even shapes using magnets that seem to defy gravity. It also is an excellent way to introduce basic science and the rules of magnetism, and allows them to explore these concepts.

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Outdoor Gaming 

Outdoor play and physical engagement is important to a growing body. It also helps children make connections between their own body control. Things like hand-eye coordination, body strengthening, and learning to overcome weaknesses when trying something new are important parts of outdoor play. Not to mention how awesome and healthy fresh air is for children.

7. GoSports Bullseye Bounce Cornhole Toss Game

Support hand-eye coordination and the concept of fair play with a basic corn hole style gaming set. For those children who can count, it is also a great way to help teach them to keep score. The soft board and beanbags are easy to put together, and after a bit of help the first time, a 6-year-old should have no trouble doing it themselves, and taking responsibility for putting it away after they are done playing. It also comes with nice storage and an easy to carry case. 

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8. Kids Game Dart Board Set

Dartboards are amusing to all ages, but throwing a party is a bit of a challenge for many children. This set provides sticky velcro balls that help create better hand-eye coordination and the number scores are perfect to help teach adding to 100, a skill that is approached in first grade. Lightweight and easy to hang, this is great for both indoor and outdoor use.

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9. Water Sports Lighted Bocce Ball Set

Bocce ball is another favorite for just about anyone who picks up the colorful balls for a fun round of the competition. This set provides a fun twist to the original design, and is lightweight for small hands, plus they light up to make them a fun addition for late evenings and nighttime play! Perfect for learning how to control their own toss, and hand-eye coordination, this game is sure to be a family favorite for backyard, beach, or park play. A carrying case makes it easy to take with you as well. 

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10. Crazy Forts

Fort building seems to be a childhood necessity, and if you are tired of watching your children take apart couches and drag chairs across the house to build fort frames, consider a fort building kit that can be used both indoors, or out. Hours of fun can be held with these durable stick and ball connections that are waterproof and perfect for draping with blankets, lengths of material, or tarps.  The possibilities of play are endless, as you can build igloos, rocket ships, castles, and many others. Combine kits for even more ideas and larger designs!

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Physical Play

Boys love to move, and engaging them in a meaningful manner helps build physical strength as well as allow them to explore their own limitations to help them grow. Kids will often find ways to involve themselves in meaningful ways to the environment, but there is no reason why you can’t provide some fun options to inspire their play. 

11. American Ninja Warrior Jumping Stones

Set up your own obstacle course and use these jumping stones to get from one area to the next, Lightweight, durable, and weatherproof, they come in a set of 4 that are easy to stack for storage. Use them to help build balance, create races, or control their body as they weave in and out. Combine with other fun options, such as a climbing net, balance beams, and trampolines to create an entire course.

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12. EagleStone Dinosaur Target Shooting Games

Nerf gun lovers unite. Target shooting practice is a fun way to engage and provide hand-eye strengthening skills. This fun dinosaur mouth opens and closes, and keeps track of your score on a digital display. Tie into an obstacle course, or make a series of targets for your child to move through for some unique competition. 

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13. ArmoGear Infrared Laser Tag Guns and Vests

Available in sets of 2 and 4, these laser tag guns and vests are perfect for long term play. Including invisibility mode, voice-guided directions, night vision, and a 150-foot shooting range, you can stay busy for hours, night or day, trying to beat your components. They also have multiple weapon modes depending on the area you are playing in.

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Conclusion

If you have been stuck on what to buy your favorite 6-year-old boy, hopefully, this list provides some awesome options that are either perfect, or inspirational for the perfect gift. Always, take into account the interests of the child involved as well, such as trains, cars, buildings, or even art to help pick the choice designed with them in mind.