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Six-year-old boys have varied interests, which means that shopping for them can be difficult. No matter what occasion you're shopping for, we researched the best gifts that will appeal to a wide range of interests. From a remote-control robot that can walk and talk to an outdoor exploration kit, there's something on the list for everyone.
Here, the best gifts for 6-year-old boys.
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 kid-friendly design. They work well for neighborhood fun and have a 2-mile coverage range.
"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
This battery-operated robot features a remote control to coordinate his movements and launch soft foam discs from within the robot’s chest. You can also pre-program the robot to move on his own, adding to the fun. The included disks are soft, so they don't damage furniture or decor, but cats and dogs do love chasing them, so keep a close eye on pets while this toy is out.
"Our 6-year-old couldn’t wait to tear open the packaging and start playing. The bright lights and shiny exterior drew him in immediately, and he easily figured out how to load the discs into the chamber without even looking at the directions. Talk about intuitive!"—Kaity Velez, Product Tester
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.
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.
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 counts steps and 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.
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.
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.
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.
This kid-friendly and indoor-safe set includes a lightweight, air-powered hoverball that doesn’t do damage to furniture or walls, thanks to the built-in foam bumper. While some people find the goals to be a little light to stay steady, you can anchor them with a heavier object to keep them in place. This hoverball soccer set is a great choice for a sports fan or as an indoor toy for any active child.
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.
This Playmobil may be small, but it includes 72 pieces. Your youngest detective will love everything from the illuminating ghost card reader to the maps and spyglass. The characters included in the set are Fred, Daphne, and Velma. The van has fun features like a removable roof and rear and side doors that open.
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 and kid-friendly 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.
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.
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.
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 kid-friendly battery-operated drill and 30 pieces.
While it may sound challenging for a 6-year-old, most reviewers 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.
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.
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.
For the little boy who loves to build and tinker, 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.
This out-of-this-world set includes a creature filled with reusable slime and hidden surprises inside. Kids use the tweezers to find the hidden objects, including one of 18 different treasure hunter action figures. Parents appreciate the fact that the set doesn’t contain a lot of small pieces that make a mess or get lost and everything fits back inside the tube for easy storage.
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 skills. You can easily expand your Osmo learning collection with more games once you have the base, which is sold separately.
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.
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.
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.
Action Look for gifts that’ll keep a 6-year-old boy engaged and on the move. There are action-oriented toys that work on major motor skills or options for improving precision and aim. Either way, any 6-year-old will enjoy a gift that gives him a reason to run, jump, or get active during playtime.
Imagination At the age of 6, most boys 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? 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. 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.