The 22 Best Gifts for 6-Year-Old Boys in 2021

These gifts will hold his attention and captivate his imagination

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Best Gifts for 6-Year-Old Boys

The Spruce / Chloe Jeong

6-year-old boys have varied interests, which means that shopping for them can sometimes be difficult. Luckily, there are plenty of options out there for both active and introspective kids alike.

For the active set, bikes, scooters, and ride-on toys are great—plus help solidify coordination and motor skills, says Dr. Sanam Hafeez, a neuropsychologist in New York City. For a more low-key option, consider figurines, building blocks, LEGO sets, and other items suited for pretend play. Regardless, be sure to consider each toy's recommended age, as well as the skills it'll encourage.

Here, the best gifts for 6-year-old boys.

Our Top Picks
Your 6-year-old boy can pose LeBron whichever way he'd like, plus hear the figure recite catch phrases from the movie.
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The walkie talkies work on four different channels and include a privacy code to keep your child safe.
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Motorized wheels propel cars onto the loops of the track and kids have fun tracking which cars go the distance.
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Kids will love saving the day and finding the treasure on this ship.
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This kid-friendly version of a smartwatch features rugged construction and fun activities to keep kids engaged and learning.
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Kids four and up will love this interactive Minion that makes a ton of sounds and even snores.
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Kids can truly flex their imagination with this box of mystery parts to build one-of-a-kind robots.
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This lightweight and easy-to-maneuver scooter is also quite compact when folded.
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The kid-safe drill makes it easy to design and build their own recycling truck.
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This compact pogo jumper features a soft foam bottom that won’t harm floors.
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SPACE JAM Lebron James Ultimate Tune Squad 12-inch Action Figure

Dimensions: 2.99 x 6.26 x 12 inches | Weight: 1.17 ounces | Material: Plastic | Age Range: 4 years and up

What We Like
  • Voice sounds just like LeBron James

  • Includes basketball accessories

What We Don't Like
  • Packaging isn't great for collectors

The Space Jam: A New Legacy action figure looks just like LeBron James himself—the voice also sounds on point, and it even recites phrases and from the movie. LeBron comes with four accessories that attach to his body, including the ACME blocker, a basketball, basket boom, and claws. You can pose LeBron's arms and legs for extensive play.

Little Pretender Walkie Talkies for Kids

Little Pretender Walkie Talkies for Kids

Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches | Weight: 7.05 ounces | Material: Not listed | Age Range: 5-8 years

What We Like
  • Clear sound over 2-mile range

  • Can add lines for the whole family

  • Fun flashlight

What We Don't Like
  • No volume control

The Little Pretender Walkie Talkies for kids will have your child saying, “Roger that!” with delight as they talk to friends through these sturdy and realistic units. This set gives you FRS functionality in a simple, easy-to-use design. They work well for neighborhood fun and have a 2-mile coverage range.

What Testers Say

"The size of these walkie-talkies is ideal. Unlike others on the market, they have a small, slender design that fit perfectly in our 6-year-old son’s hands. He was also able to easily push the talk button on the side and understand the four controls on the front panel, which allowed him to power the device on and off, turn on the built-in flashlight, call, and change channels."—Kaity Velez, Product Tester

Hot Wheels Criss Cross Crash Track Set

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Dimensions: 2.75 x 24 x 15 inches | Weight: 1.85 pounds | Material: Not listed | Age Range: 5-9 years

What We Like
  • Good for one or more players

  • Includes more than 16 feet of track

  • Provides hours of fun

What We Don't Like
  • Box only includes one car

  • Motor can be loud

This Hot Wheels track features four elevated loops for car racing fun, along with multiple ‘crash zones’ for plenty of action and excitement. Motorized wheels propel cars onto the loops of the track and kids have fun guessing which cars go the distance, making many circuits before crashing. Just know that this toy can be a bit loud, thanks to the motor powering cars around the track and the crashing cars.

Treasure X Sunken Gold Treasure Ship Playset

Treasure X Sunken Gold Treasure Ship Playset

Dimensions: 16 x 5 x 11 inches | Weight: 1.58 pounds | Material: Not listed | Age Range: Varies

What We Like
  • 25 levels of fun and adventure

  • Encourages creative thinking

  • No batteries needed

What We Don't Like
  • One-time use

  • Kinetic sand requires clean-up

This ship has it all, from a canon to trapdoors and gold-dipped treasure at the end. Kids will love encountering different challenges as they try to rescue the captain and defeat the evil monster. There are surprises everywhere, so this toy is sure to keep their attention.

VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX

VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX

Dimensions: 0.6 x 8.82 x 1.8 inches | Weight: 0.96 ounces | Material: Not listed | Age Range: 4-9 years

What We Like
  • Has five games and three action challenges

  • Includes a camera with photo effects

  • Voice recorder with voice-changing effects

  • Alarm, timer, and stopwatch

What We Don't Like
  • Low screen resolution

6-year-old boys that love tech gadgets will appreciate the VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX. This kid-friendly version of a smartwatch features rugged construction and fun activities and games to keep kids engaged and learning. 

Parents find the VTech Kidizoom to be great for getting kids excited about staying active since it has games that are played with the motion sensors. It’s also useful for keeping kids occupied on car rides or running errands without needing to bring along a larger tablet.

Mattel Minions Laugh & Chatter Otto Interactive Toy

Minions: The Rise of Gru Babble Otto Large Interactive Toy For Kids Ages 4 Years & Up

Dimensions: 8.5 x 8.5 x 10 inches | Weight: 1.48 pounds | Material: Plastic | Age Range: 3 years and up

What We Like
  • Great gift for Minions fans

  • Shake Otto to hear him laugh and vibrate

  • Press hand to hear laughter and Minion Speak

  • Huggable plush toy for bedtime and traveling

What We Don't Like
  • Can be loud

This Minions toy is a fun, interactive one. Otto has more than 20 different sounds and phrases, which are activated based on how he’s moved. He even sings a lullaby and snores when he’s laid down. He comes with a stone and kids will love watching him react when it’s inserted in his pocket. 

HEXBUG JUNKBOTS Dumpster Kit

JUNKBOTS Dumpster Kit

Dimensions: 3.15 x 1.18 x 1.18 inches | Weight: 8.82 ounces | Material: Not listed | Age Range: 5 years and up

What We Like
  • Encourages STEM skills and creativity

  • Take apart the bots to create totally unique figures

  • Robots can light up and animate

What We Don't Like
  • Lots of small pieces

Kids are in for a surprise, literally, with this toy. The Hexbug dumpster comes with an assortment of more than 50 pieces that can be used to build mini figures or robots. The Junkbots can even be animated with the use of the included motor. 

Razor A2 Kick Scooter

Razor A2 Kick

Dimensions: 11.25 x 33.5 x 25.5 inches | Weight: 3.53 ounces | Material: Aluminum | Age Range: Youth

What We Like
  • Great for outdoor play

  • Adjustable handlebar height

  • Rear brake

What We Don't Like
  • No power motor

Give your 6-year-old a new set of wheels with the Razor A2 Kick Scooter. This lightweight and easy-to-maneuver scooter is popular with kids of all ages. It features a wheelie bar in the back for fun moves and a shock absorber in the front for a smooth ride. The Razor A2 supports up to 143 pounds and folds up for easy storage. It's a great way to encourage kids to get outside and stay active, as they race with friends or try new moves in the driveway.

Educational Insights Design & Drill Bolt Buddies Recycling Truck

Design & Drill Bolt Buddies Recycling Truck

Dimensions: 5.8 x 11 x 6 inches | Weight: 2.48 pounds | Material: Not listed | Age Range: 3-7 years

What We Like
  • Fun and educational STEM toy

  • Kids can build and design truck

  • Packaging box is part of the toy

What We Don't Like
  • Box pieces can get worn easily

This STEM toy is fun and educational. Kids use the drill to build the recycling truck, which when completed, has an operational lift arm. They’ll love drilling away with the 18 bolts that are included. Also, though you typically throw away the box toys come in, not with this one. The box is actually a part of the play experience. 

Flybar Foam Pogo Jumper

Flybar Foam Pogo Jumper

Dimensions: Not listed | Weight: Not listed | Material: Aluminum | Age Range: 3 years and up

What We Like
  • Adjustable handle height

  • Foam bottom won't harm floors

  • High 250-pound weight limit

What We Don't Like
  • Toy's squeaking noises can be loud

Provide a fun, safe way for your kid to let loose with the Flybar Foam Pogo Jumper. This compact pogo jumper features a soft foam bottom that won’t harm floors and a stretchy handle that enables kids of different heights to use it easily. It has a 250-pound weight limit, and plenty of parents have been known to give the Flybar Foam Pogo Jumper a test run.

Stomp Rocket Dueling Rockets

Stomp-Rocket

Dimensions: 16 x 3.3 x 12 inches | Weight: 1.32 pounds | Material: Not listed | Age Range: 6 years and up

What We Like
  • Fun play for backyards and parks

  • Fun rocket launch competition between players

  • Launch rockets up to 20 stories high

What We Don't Like
  • Only good for two players

Stomp Rocket Dueling Rockets features four rockets and dual launching pads that are designed to be stepped, stomped, and smashed by kids looking to send the rockets high overhead. The rockets themselves are soft, but can soar to great heights. While Stomp Rocket offers a single rocket launcher, the Dueling Rockets version offers the ability for two kids to play simultaneously. Many users also found the Dueling Rockets set-up to have a sturdier base and easier rocket loading system. 

Dimensions: 14.55 x 7.05 x 7.09 inches | Weight: 2.2 pounds | Material: Plastic | Age Range: Kid

What We Like
  • Classic Legos set is great for hours of fun

  • Large 484-piece set comes with storage container

  • Great alternative to screen time

What We Don't Like
  • Lots of little pieces to clean up

These classic building blocks are among the most popular toys of all time, and many young boys enjoy the endless engineering and tinkering that comes with a set of Legos. This 484-piece set comes inside of a handy storage container, though don’t be surprised to find that the included bricks don’t fill the container to the brim. Instead, it allows plenty of room for your child to grow his Lego collection over the years.

Ozlife Adventure Kidz Outdoor Exploration Kit

Ozlife Adventure Kidz Outdoor Exploration Kit

Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 3.2 inches | Weight: 14 ounces | Material: Not listed | Age Range: 3-10 years

What We Like
  • Great for camping and hiking fun

  • Includes binoculars, flashlight, and more

  • Easy drawstring backpack

What We Don't Like
  • Not the most high-grade equipment

Does he love the great outdoors? Equip him for his next adventure with the Adventure Kidz Outdoor Exploration Kit. Along with a drawstring backpack, the set includes binoculars with 4x30 magnification, a crank-operated LED flashlight, a 3X magnifying glass, a compass, and a whistle on a lanyard. While the kit isn't filled with high-grade survival equipment, it’s fun and functional for a child.

Think Gizmos Take-Apart Racing Car

Think Gizmos Take-Apart Racing Car

Dimensions: 15.67 x 10.94 x 2.52 inches | Weight: 1.23 pounds | Material: Plastic | Age Range: 3-7 years

What We Like
  • Kids learn to build and take apart cars

  • Realistic lights and sounds

What We Don't Like
  • Needs patience and a lot of hand-eye coordination

For young motor enthusiasts, the Think Gizmos Take-Apart Racing car is a great hands-on gift. This build-your-own-car kit is designed to be assembled by your child and includes a low-speed, battery-operated drill and 30 pieces. 

While it may sound challenging for a 6-year-old, parents found it to be a fun and age-appropriate task for their child. A motion sensor allows the car to make sounds for realistic play, but you can turn this function off with a switch on the engine.

Creativity for Kids Create with Clay Dinosaurs

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Dimensions: 2.25 x 10.5 x 12.25 inches | Weight: 1.17 pounds | Material: Not listed | Age Range: 5 years and up

What We Like
  • Helps kids learn about dinosaurs

  • Promotes arts and creativity

What We Don't Like
  • Limited amount of times clay can be used

For a budding paleontologist or any little boy that loves prehistoric action, this clay dinosaur kit from Creativity for Kids is a great activity. The kit includes three plastic dinosaur skeletons and five colors of modeling clay to bring the dinosaurs to life. The clay stays moldable for quite a long time, so your child can re-configure the dinosaurs over and over for hours of fun.

Yulu Operation Escape Board Game

Operation Escape Room

Dimensions: Not listed | Weight: Not listed | Material: Plastic | Age Range: 6 years and up

What We Like
  • For solo and up to four players

  • Three escape room challenges

  • Great family game

What We Don't Like
  • Batteries not included

Challenge the mind with the Operation Escape Board Game. This logic and critical thinking game brings the excitement of an Escape Room into your living room. With three challenges to solve and varying degrees of difficulty, it appeals to children's sense of adventure.

IQ BUILDER STEM Construction Set

IQ BUILDER STEM Construction Set

Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.9 x 5.3 inches | Weight: 2.14 pounds | Material: Plastic | Age Range: All

What We Like
  • Can make small shapes and large figures and models

  • Includes eBook for more ideas

What We Don't Like
  • Will need additional parts for bigger projects

For the little boy who loves to build, the IQ Builder STEM Construction Set provides an abundance of possibilities. This introduction to engineering set helps kids build structures and shapes with 164 pieces, including building rods in various lengths, connecting balls, and wheels. Just know that if your child really takes off with this STEM construction set, they’ll probably need to add to the initial inventory of pieces to create large-scale projects or more specialized designs.

Osmo - Detective Agency: Osmo A Search & Find Mystery

Osmo A Search & Find Mystery

Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.25 inches | Weight: 3.52 ounces | Material: Plastic | Age Range: 5-12 years

What We Like
  • Helps kids learn geography and history

  • Detective game gives visual and audio clues

What We Don't Like
  • Not compatible with all tablets

Osmo creates interactive games that combine a hands-on board and pieces with the expansive learning opportunities available through a tablet. Compatible with an iPad or Fire Tablet, parents love how the Osmo Detective Agency game helps kids learn more about geography while using critical thinking to solve puzzles. You can easily expand your Osmo learning collection with more games once you have the base, which is sold separately.

Marvel Spider-Man Super Web Slinger

spider man glove

Dimensions: 2.01 x 9.96 x 8.98 inches | Weight: 1.07 ounces | Material: Not listed | Age Range: 5 years and up

What We Like
  • Great for fans of Spiderman

  • Shoots water or silly string for fun

What We Don't Like
  • Glove is one size and may not fit everyone

Let your 6-year-old’s imagination run wild with the Marvel Spider-Man Super Web Slinger. Simply slip on the special Spidey glove and attach the canister and holster to sling webs or spray water. The set includes a can of web fluid—which is similar to silly string. Once the canister runs out, you can buy replacements but it’s nice to know that the sprayer also works with water. This Spider-Man Super Web Slinger takes playtime to a whole new level, and parents like that it’s not necessary to keep replacing the web fluid for the glove to remain fun.

3Doodler Start Make Your Own HEXBUG Creature 3D Pen Set

3DoodlerHexbug

Dimensions: 8.07 x 5.75 x 2.76 inches | Weight: 10.2 ounces | Material: Plastic | Age Range: 6 years and up

What We Like
  • Make robotic creatures

  • Use included motor to propel the bugs

  • Hours of hands-on playtime

What We Don't Like
  • Replacement filaments can be expensive

Creativity is the name of the game with the 3Doodler. Kids use the 3D pen to create wings, legs, and more that are then added to the insect molds. The pen doesn’t get hot, is BPA-free, and easy to use. After creating the creepy crawler of their dreams, the included motors can be used to propel the bugs forward.

Hasbro Gaming Connect 4 Game

Connect4

Dimensions: 1.61 x 10.51 x 10.98 inches | Weight: 1 pound | Material: Plastic | Age Range: 6 years and up

What We Like
  • Great for team playing and family fun

  • Ready to play out of the box

  • Three ways to win

What We Don't Like
  • Pieces can get stuck in game structure

Introduce your child to a classic game for hours of fun. Hasbro’s Connect 4 is a top seller that is simple to learn but offers competitive gameplay. It’s the perfect game for keeping kids occupied on rainy days or to play with parents during a family game night. What people love most about Connect 4 for kids is that it’s ready to play out of the box and a quick round can be played in a few minutes or longer tournaments can lead to an hour or more of fun.

What to Look for in a Gift for a 6-Year-Old Boy

Action

Look for gifts that’ll keep a 6-year-old boy engaged and on the move. Starting at age 6, strength and muscle coordination begins to improve rapidly for your little one. Thus, some 6-year-olds will enjoy a gift that gives them a reason to run, jump, or get active during playtime.

Imagination

At the age of 6, boys may have an active imagination. Put their creativity to use with a toy or game that has multiple configurations or outcomes, allowing them to think outside the box and make creative decisions for themselves.

STEM skills

Who says learning can’t be fun? But to make sure your son will be really engaged in actually building the toy, studies show that you should keep gendered packaging in mind. Help your 6-year-old boy to learn more about science, technology, engineering, or math with fun gifts that teach skills in these useful areas. These are subjects sure to engage as your child is now of the age where he is developing a more mature and logical way of thinking. Many STEM toys and games involve robotics, fun chemistry experiments, or building play structures like forts while using basic principles of engineering. Just be sure to choose an age-appropriate gift and be around to give a helping hand if your child needs help mastering a certain skill.

Recommended Age

Even if a toy looks just right for the 6-year-old in your life, make sure to take a quick look at the age rating on the toy you’re considering to make sure it’s both stimulating and safe, says Kristin Morency Goldman, senior advisor of strategic communications for The Toy Association.

Why Trust The Spruce?

This article was written by Erica Puisis, a freelance writer who has written for The Spruce since 2017. To make this list, she considered each toy's level of action and STEM skills, as well as if it encourages a child's imagination.

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