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    37 Of The Best Toys And Gifts For 6-Year-Olds

    *Cue happy 6-year-old dance*

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A marble run set which provides endless possibilities to build creative structures — all while developing their problem-solving skills. They'll be ~ah-mazed~ at the results when the marbles roll through the mazes they create.

    Promising review: "This is the best money I have ever spent on a toy! My 4-year-old and 6-year-old love this! They spent the first three days we had it building different runs. The pieces fit together nicely. We built it on carpet and had no issues. I also love that I can see their brains working and growing as they play with this!" —Heather

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    2. A Lego Star Wars kit because who wouldn't want to build Baby Yoda and the Mandalorian and proudly display them on a shelf? Warning: The Force is strong with this *cute duo.*

    Baby Yoda and the Mandalorian lego figures

    Promising review: "Grandson went wild for this set, he's 6-years-old and has thousands of Legos but so far I think this is his favorite." —PJ

    Promising review: "My 6-year-old says: 'I really enjoyed this toy and the toy was really fun to build it took a while but it’s one of the coolest toys ever and I really like it because it comes with two characters and Yoda comes out of his carriage.'" —Alli

    Get it from Amazon for $14.98.

    3. A wooden puzzle equivalent to playing Tetris but in tactile form that'll ~exercise their brain~ without any screen time.


    Reviewer's say this is a great toy for all ages — from 3 to 12.

    Promising review: "This puzzle has been a huge hit with my 4-year-old and 6-year-old grandsons. Each was able to play with it in a unique and challenging way. The quality is great and it is light weight as well so it is easy to store and get out." —BoiseMom

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    4. A Crayola light board so budding artists can see their imagination come to life just like an immersive Van Gogh exhibit.


    The set includes an LED light board with removable tracing panel and and six gel markers. Just draw your masterpiece directly on to the light board — the removable back panel makes tracing images a snap. Then turn it on to light up your designs and showcase them in the dark. The board is reusable so you can wipe away old drawings and start all over again.

    Promising review: "This light board is awesome!! My 6-year-old loves to draw and absolutely loves this board. The markers nestle into the back of the board for storage which makes this mom happy, board cleans easily with a damp paper towel or wipe. This is a great car activity for traveling. Love the added feature of the removable black board for tracing — so fun! Will make a great gift for any art lover!" —Danielle Campbell

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99 (available in three colors).

    5. Or a glow sketch pillowcase that'll actually make the kiddos look forward to bedtime. The only downfall is parents might catch them creating luminescent doodles under the blanket while pretending to be fast asleep.

    Child drawing on a glowing pillow in the dark
    Illuminated Apparel GB / Etsy

    Illuminated Apparel GB is a small biz based in the UK that has developed a bespoke luminescent ink to create unique interactive clothing and pillowcases for children.

    The set includes a machine-washable pillow case and a glow pen for drawing. Glow Sketch is an interactive pillow case that brings out creativity and imagination at night. Draw by charging up the unique luminescent ink on the pillow case. Then as the glow fades the artwork will magically disappear leaving a clean canvas to create a whole new masterpiece — no mess, just fun!

    Promising review: "My granddaughter was absolutely thrilled with it. Very quick delivery. Will be using again for other grandchildren. Perfect!" —Wendy

    Get it from Illuminated Apparel GB on Etsy for $22.99.

    6. A water bottle decorating kit they can bedazzle to the max with sparkly glitter gem stickers — basically the 6-year-old equivalent to J.Lo’s blinged out Starbucks cup.


    The kit comes with everything they need to create their own personalized water bottle including a BPA free water bottle, seven sheets of rhinestone stickers and a carabiner to hang the bottle once it's done.

    Promising review: "I purchased this product as a gift for my 6-year-old granddaughter. She absolutely loved it!! She had so much fun decorating it with all the rhinestone gems. Afterwards she used it the entire time we were there. And she said “ it’s my favorite”!! I will be purchasing it again for one of my friends 6-year-old girl. I know that she will love it." —Janet B.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    7. A National Geographic geodes kit that'll blow any junior geologist's mind and give them an excuse to smash rocks with a hammer., Amazon

    This science kit includes 10 natural crystal-filled geodes, one pair of safety goggles, three display stands and one learning guide.

    Promising review: "Got these for my 6-year-old son for Christmas. He had so much fun smashing these with a hammer to break them open! We both love crystals so I was pretty excited too. A few were pretty hard to crack open but he loved it. His friend came over and was in love with it too. I will probably order these again just because they were so awesome. I did see someone say they put the geodes in a sock when they were hitting them with a hammer. That's a great idea as they can go flying when they break open. We did this outside. Definitely wear the googles." —AM888

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in three sizes).

    8. A set of 100% biodegradable water beads that soak up water to magically expand into bouncy jelly-like balls. Parent reviewers have used them for an at-home foot spa and filled balloons, pools and water tables — the squishy fun is endless.,

    Promising review: "Quarantine made me do it but I’m not sorry. Don’t bother buying the expensive name brand Orbeez — these are essentially the same and work great. My kids LOVE these! A million uses and great for all ages of kids (except for babies). We have filled up a huge bin and used cups to scoop and play. We have put them in the water table outside. We have used a funnel to fill up balloons and make homemade squishy stress balls. We have made foot spas. We have talked about filling a baby wading pool and lounging, but I’m not willing to buy enough. 😂TIPS — a small amount of these goes a LONG way. About half the beads in this container will fill up half of a Rubbermaid garage storage tub. Just pour them into your container with a large amount of water and wait, wait, wait. Did I mention WAIT — It will take ONE TO TWO DAYS for them to fully expand, so plan ahead!!! We’ve gotten hours of fun and I’ve also heard they’re good for gardens, so you can dispose of them there when you’re done (though you might want to do your own research on that one!)" —Deeber

    Get a set of 50,000 from Amazon for $7.99.

    9. An UNO Minecraft card game if you've ever asked yourself "What is the appeal of Minecraft? TBH, this might not answer the question but the combo is sure to be a hit with diehard fans.

    Promising review: "My 15-year-old and 6-year-old absolutely love this game! how could they not! Two of the favorites combined! Great way for them to spend some time together! I played it a few time as well, i am a huge Uno fan. it was actually pretty fun even though I don't know much about Minecraft ;)" —Momx4

    Get it from Amazon for $6.39.

    10. A pack of velvet scrunchies in a ~a sweet ribbon-tied bag~ that'll add instant glam to any ponytail — and because one can never have too many scrunchies (especially when you can get 60 for under $10).

    60 velvet scrunchies in a variety of colors and a bag tied with a ribbon

    Promising review: "Perfect!!!! Purchased these as a last-minute Christmas gift for my daughter and they arrived super fast. Every single one is perfect, the velvet is soft and they are well-made. They arrived in a nice bag and I received 36 different colors as stated. My daughter absolutely loves them and there is literally a color to go with everything. The colors range from some darks, medium tones, pastels and even some brights. Highly recommend, very very pleased with this purchase!!!" —Lisa S

    Get a pack of 60 from Amazon for $9.99.

    11. A stinking cute octopus popping toy perfect for keeping little fidgety hands distracted.


    Promising review: "If you have a kiddo obsessed with these fidget toys like I do. This one will definitely bring a big smile to their face. Very cute toy!" —John Stone

    Get it from Amazon for $7 (available in seven color combos).

    12. A blob seal pillow that'll stare the whole family down with its grumpy face, making them alternate between fits of giggles and an inexplicable need to cuddle it.


    Promising review: "OMG this thing. It's so poofy and the smooshy face induces giggles EVERY time I look at it, and I'm the grown up. The absolute best part about this is the fact that it's shipped vacuum sealed (lol...'sealed'), so when you open the bag it inflates to its actual size. I fully admit that it was one of the most entertaining parts of our Christmas morning. Our 6-year-old loves snuggling with it at night. It's a great size to wrap herself around and squeeze. Just all around super adorable."—Amanda K

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in three sizes).

    13. A wallet-friendly nerf blaster with more than 20,000 5-star reviews (!!!) perfect for declaring war on the parents or, you know, tormenting siblings...repeatedly.

    The nerf gun

    Promising review: "Great starter nerf gun! Got it for my friend's 6-year-old son for Christmas. He loves it and says it's awesome because he can shoot more than one nerf bullet without having to reload! I was shot in the forehead 3× in quick succession, so I can attest to that! Great price too!" —Tiffany D

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    14. A keepsake jewelry box with a unicorn that spins to the Somewhere Over the Rainbow tune and comes with a necklace and bracelet. It's basically all the precious stuff childhood dreams are made of.


    Promising review: "My 6-year-old daughter practically cried tears of joy when she opened this. I don't think she had any idea something so beautiful and and magical existed. This is a wonderful gift for her and any kid who loves rainbows and unicorns and jewelry!" —Katie D

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    15. Or a dancing unicorn to make all their dreams of owning a magical creature named Sparkles a reality.


    Promising review: "I got this for my 6-year-old for Christmas, and she is wild about it. She plays with it all the time; it does get kind of annoying with the sounds it makes when you're listening to it for hours, but it isn't all that loud so it's not too bad. Super cute, its horn lights up in rainbow colors and you can 'feed' it with a little cupcake that comes with it. The legs move and my kiddo is fascinated with it." —Whitney

    Get it from Amazon for $8.25.

    16. A personalized critter case to accompany the Curious George in your life on backyard adventures so they can study fascinating critters up-close — before returning them to their natural habitat.

    The personalized wooden bug case
    USA Woodshop Co. / Etsy

    USA Woodshop Co. is a small biz based in Barstow, California that specializes in handcrafted wooden items and children's furniture.

    Promising review: "My 6-year-old loves his big barn! He's put roly-polies into it and assorted verge and a piece of fruit. He carries it around with him all over the neighborhood. His friends are into it too."—chelloo

    Get it from USA Woodshop Co. on Etsy for $11.99.

    17. A hoverboard with LED lights and bluetooth speakers so they can vibe to their fave tunes while cruising around looking like the ~epitome of coolness.~, Amazon

    Promising review: "Works surprisingly well. Speakers are not very loud but they are loud enough. I bought this for my 6-year-old nephew for Christmas and I was the best aunt EVER. The whole family played with it and loved it. Battery life is good. My only regret is that I did not buy one for his brother." —Sarah Warren

    Get it from Amazon for $144.99 (available in 18 colors).

    18. A glow-in-the-dark fort building kit for stimulating any future architect's imagination so they can engineer igloos, rockets, and castles and then giggle and scoot in their "secret hiding place."

    Promising review: "My kids love this so much, they can spend hours playing with this :) My kids are 4 and 6, even though they can’t make the tent by themselves, they can still create something by using the sticks and balls :) I can use this to teach them how to build shapes too!!! And it is so much fun because it glows in the night very well." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    19. A Magna-Tiles set because studies have shown it'll hold any kid's attention wayyyy longer than most toys. JK, but seriously, any parent who has bought this cool building set will attest that it's worth.every.penny.


    The set comes with translucent magnetic pieces to build 3D creations all day. Recommended for ages 3 and up.

    Promising review: "I first bought these for my kids for Christmas two years ago. At the time, they were 6, 5, and 3 years old. I just can't say enough about what a great product this is.......well made...stand up to lots of rough play (cars crash into the buildings and come tumbling down)....are not only a standout toy to play with alone, but they are great for making 'hideouts' for batman and robin or a zoo for my daughter's animals. My kids love these so much that they were a first choice to bring on vacation for indoor play time! Well worth the price when you calculate the endless play time your kids will get out of this product.....and they will not end up in the trash after a few days of play like many toys do today!" —Green

    Get it from Amazon for $49.95 for a 32-piece set or $109.97 for a 100-piece set.

    20. Or a classic game of Jenga — IDK what's more fun, stacking the blocks higher and higher or watching them topple down.

    hand grabbing jenga block from tower

    Promising review: "My 6-year-old grandson requested this for Christmas and it had to be the 'classic Jenga.' The family played, and we all loved it. This classic game never gets old. My family played in teams, and my grandson was the self-designated 'scorekeeper and ref.' He had more fun rooting for everyone and even made his own handwritten awards to give out. This is a perfect addition for family bonding, an ice breaker, as well as competition with love and smiles." —Fenicky Female

    Get it from Amazon for $12.97 or a GIANT version for $99.95.

    21. A pack of flying rings that'll put old fashioned Frisbees to shame — they're 80% lighter, fly straighter and have a hole in the middle making them easy-to-catch for little hands. (Oh, and they float in water.),

    Promising review: "My 6-year-old LOVES these! He was hesitant to play Frisbee again after being bruised by the traditional heavy one. But when he felt how light these were and saw how well they flew he didn't stop for hours. He loves how you can stack one on the other and throw them both together. It doesn't hurt his hand when he catches it, and I'm guessing if it ever does hit his head again there will be a silly reaction but no tears. Throws far, accurate, and fun to catch like a ring toss on your arm or like a traditional frisbee. Highly recommended for kids 4 - 10!!!!"—Tom Anderson

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $13.99 (available in nine styles).

    22. A nontoxic, washable makeup kit every future Insta influencer (who keeps getting caught using their parent's expensive makeup) would love to have in their arsenal.,

    The kit comes with eight eye shadows, four blush, one blush wax, four lip glosses, two lip sticks, four nail polishes, three eyeshadow brushes, one blush brush, one powder puff, one mirror and one cosmetic case.

    Promising review: "This one arrived today and our 6-year-old couldn't have been happier! It is great quality, the case is sturdy and adorable. Our daughter loves the glitter and lipsticks the most. One huge thing with this is the makeup is EASY to remove from our daughters face!!! We will definitely recommend!" —Lisa

    Get it from Amazon for $26.97.

    23. A three-in-one 3D illusion night light that'll summon the superpowers of the Earth's mightiest heroes to vanquish any imaginary evil forces lurking in their room.

    Reviewer's photo of the lamp projecting the illusion of Spiderman, Ironman and Captain America

    Promising review: "Got this for my son's 6th birthday and he LOVES IT!!! It has three interchangeable plastic picture discs that slide in and so many colors. Every night he has to test every single color out before picking one for the night. It has a cord with a USB end that plugs into any USB block. Overall, great value for your money!!!" —Abi

    Get it from Amazon for $21.95.

    24. A remote control stunt car that'll zip its way into any thrill seeker's heart with 360 degree spins and ability to maneuver through any situation — carpet, hardwood, grass, dirt or gravel (even obstacles!),

    Promising review: "My 6-year-old son plays with this every day since we opened it up! He has brought it to the neighbors to show it to them and everyone thinks it's such a fun little toy with all the tricks it can do. I am quite impressed with how easily it glides from concrete to the grass, and over obstacles without getting stuck. Hours of fun! —Rebecca A

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99 (available in two colors).

    25. An ice cream making kit so they can learn about science in the yummiest way possible!


    The kit includes a set of measuring cups, measuring spoons, jars, towel, scoop, whisk, a "Lab Notes" notebook, and a recipe book. Food ingredients are not included.

    Promising review: "This crate was so fun for all ages in our house! Each piece was well thought out and my kids loved learning how different ingredients reacted to make ice cream." —Sydney

    Get it from KiwiCo for $29.95.

    26. An animal card game for a ~wildly fun~ family game night that'll challenge the squad to ask up to 10 questions to guess the animal on the card. Psst, the kiddos will memorize all the fun facts on the cards to win (but, hey who's complaining?)

    The animal planet card game

    Promising review: "My nearly 6-year-old loves these! We've had so much fun playing with them and it's really encouraging him to want to read on his own to be able to play independently. I'm also just grateful that it's something we can all do together to enjoy without a screen."—Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $13.98 (available in 14 styles).

    27. A tortilla blanket perfect for the child with a weird sense of humor who may have outgrown the swaddle but will always say "yes, please" to being wrapped up like a cheesy *human burrito.*, Amazon

    Promising review: "My 6-year-old son loves flour tortillas. We bought this for him as a joke, and he absolutely loves it. He constantly makes himself into a burrito and a quesadilla. Super soft and cozy. It’s taken a lot of abuse and is still holding up well." —A Nelson

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99 (available in 12 styles and four sizes).

    28. Or a snuggly mermaid tale blanket to transport any Ariel-loving kids on your list to a tropical island so they can live out their ~mermazing fantasies.~, Amazon

    Bonus: The rainbow glitter version comes with an adorable sleep mask.

    Promising review: "This mermaid blanket is perfect, soft and cozy. Our 6-year-old granddaughter sleeps in it everyday to read her books or watch movies.
    It's the perfect size. Her feet fit in the tail section for her wave around like a mermaid. The mermaid tail blanket is similar to a sleeping bag that you slip into, no zippers, very soft and appears to be well made. Would definitely recommend." —staples

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (available in sizes 18 months–12 years and in 13 colors).

    29. A unicorn slime kit with over 30,000 5-star reviews (!!!) that prove kids + slime + glitter + beads = win.,

    The kit comes with everything the kiddos need to make their own slime: glue, 100% safe slime activator, unicorn beads, inks, textures, slime containers and instructions.

    Promising review: "This was one of my 6-year-old's favorite Christmas gifts. I am not a huge fan of slime, but the colors and recipes for different textures made for a memorable few afternoons over the holiday break." —Melissa Libretta

    Get it from Amazon for $23.45.

    30. A set of luxe, personalized silky pajama set because they're SO over character PJs.

    Little Loves By Kirsty / Etsy

    Little Loves By Kirsty is a small biz based in the UK that specializes in children’s clothing and was started by a mom of two during maternity leave.

    To personalize, add the name and font you'd like in the personalization box.

    Promising review: "This was the perfect PJ set for my 6-year-old. We got tons of compliments, its exactly what I wanted and the quality was great. Will definitely recommend. Thank you" —franshescamartinez

    Get it from Little Loves By Kirsty on Etsy for $28.83 (available in sizes 3-14 and in three colors).

    31. A DIY rock climbing wall set that'll take playtime ~up a notch~ and challenge the kiddos to get off the couch and scale new heights.,

    The set includes 25 hand and foot grips, two climbing handles, and a knotted climbing rope.

    Promising review: "My girls absolutely love this! We’ve been wanting to give them some things inside the house to climb and jump on since it’s cold here and we’re stuck in the house most days. We haven’t installed the rope yet but plan to do so soon. The climbing holds are very durable and seem pretty sturdy. They are also a good size, making it easy for my girls to hold on to. I would definitely recommend this to as it’s a lot of fun!" —KKL—L&L’s Little Shop of Goodies- Living Life RV Rentals

    Get a set from Amazon for $39.99.

    32. A realistic moon lamp that'll emanate a warm, ambient glow to show any kiddo that you love them to ~the moon and back.~,

    You can use the lamp without a cord after it's charged. And all it takes is a tap of your finger to adjust the intensity and color.

    Promising review: "This is the best gift I could have given my solar system loving 6-year-old. She loves it, even when you charge it, it turns blue. She uses it every night and thinks it is the coolest thing. It doesn’t last as long as I wish it did without charging but I usually turn it off once she’s sleeping anyway. " —flor

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in four sizes).

    33. A L.O.L. Surprise! set if they eat, sleep and breathe L.O.L. dolls. This one takes the unboxing to the next level because they'll need to dissolve a heart-shaped fizzer in water to reveal a doll, a pet and accessories. *Gasp*

    The sparkly orange surprise toy purse with a handle

    Promising review: "This was so fun! The fizz was exciting and the color change is like a whole extra outfit. What a great deal for what you get compared to most LOL sets. Our daughter was absolutely thrilled with everything!"—Jesseanne

    Get it from Amazon for $29.88.

    34. Or a Barbie Color Reveal set with 50+ secret surprises including dolls and pets that transform when dipped in water. This is literally the gift that keeps on giving.


    Promising review: "My young daughters were ecstatic to receive their Barbie Color Reveal Surprise Party Set. This set is huge, with 50 surprises, a Barbie doll, a Chelsea doll, and two pets. Unlike other unboxing toys we've done, this one came with a little game. You spin the enclosed spinner and it tells you which surprise to unbox. My girls loved doing that, and I thought it was nice how doing so made the unboxing last longer, since they weren't just ripping through the surprises. The first thing my girls did was, one at a time, they put their color reveal dolls and pets in the included cylinder and filled it with cool water. Before our eyes, their dolls and pets were revealed. Next, they played the game I mentioned earlier to reveal the surprises. The surprises were clothes, shoes and accessories for the dolls, as well as their hair to snap on. There are also many accessories that you would expect to see at a party, including punchbowl and ladle, cups, photo booth, disco ball, plastic toy balloons, pretend camera with a tripod for dolls, and many other fun items. The game board from the unboxing game flips over to become a dance floor. The replay value of this set has been great. They continue to play with this set with the dolls included, as well as their other Barbie dolls, every day." —Cottontail

    Get it from Walmart for $37.49.

    35. A Sight Words Bingo game that should be basically mandatory on family game nights because it makes building vocabulary *actually* fun.

    The Sight Words Bingo game with word board, cards, and red circles

    The set comes with 36 playing cards, 264 playing chips, caller's mat and cards and a storage box. This version is a fun twist on the classic, but instead of calling out numbers, the leader calls out words (there are 46 most-used words), players search their cards for a match and place a red chip on the match. Once a player has covered the spaces on their card needed to win, they call BINGO! 

    Promising review: "My 6-year-old loves this game. He begs to play it everyday. I don't think he even realizes it is educational. We play it so much I went ahead and ordered the rest of the sight word Bingo games." —cayla

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99

    36. Or an ingenious trampoline sprinkler hose that'll install in minutes to turn any yard into a ~thrilling waterpark~ — and spare weary adults from having to hold the hose to spray the kids for their entire jumping sesh.,

    Setup is a breeze. Just attach the sprinkler hose to the netting with the provided zip ties and then connect the sprinkler to your regular hose. Boom — you're done!

    Promising review: "This item is an absolute game changer. My kids are 13, 9, and 6 and finding things for the back yard that work for older children is a challenge. This trampoline water park was super easy to install, my 6-year-old even helped do half of it. Absolutely worth every penny."Renee Duffin

    Get it from Amazon for $23.95+ (available in five styles).

    37. The Nugget foam play couch that's equal parts furniture and toy and universally loved by parents for helping them do the bare minimum at playtime (JK). But seriously, the kiddos will not stop building pirate ships, forts, bridges...anytime soon.

    Two models playing on the blue nugget

    Orders are estimated to ship within 3-4 weeks, so plan ahead.

    Promising review: "I’m always skeptical of things that are suddenly super trendy and didn’t understand the price tag on the nugget. I held out for a long time. Finally got the kids a nugget this summer and it’s amazing. I get the hype. My 7-year-old and 4-year-old play on it together and have such a great time climbing and jumping and making obstacle courses; they keep saying “this is the most fun we’ve had in a long time!” Plus it makes a nice looking couch when not in use." —Katherine M.

    Get it from Nugget Comfort for $229.

    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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