There are a lot of good things that come with turning six, including the fact that the toys available to you start to get a lot cooler. At this age, small and complicated pieces pose less of a threat, so more complex building sets and board games are totally possible.
In addition, cool new ‘big-kid’ sporting toys like realistic basketball hoops and 1-on-1 street hockey sets provide an avenue for those rowdy six-year olds to spend some of that excess energy.
We’re counting down 50 of the best toys and gifts for 6-year old boys, whether you are shopping for a son or a nephew, for a birthday or for a holiday. Afterwards, we’ll share some of the things that we learned in the process of writing our review, as well as reveal a few of our team’s very favorite picks.
The Best, Most Unique Gift Ideas For 6-Year Old Boys
If you’re looking for a whole barrel of laughs, then look no further. This Pop Up Pirate by TOMY games is one of the cutest and most adventuresome pirates on the high seas, and he is here to entertain the children for hours at a time. This little pirate is hiding inside of a barrel, presumably with all of the stolen treasure. Kids will take turns skewering the barrel with plastic swords in an effort to draw the pirate out from hiding. You don’t know which sword is going to do the trick, which makes the excitement truly palpable for the whole family.
The best way for your kid to start working towards that North Carolina basketball scholarship is with the officially-licenses Pop-A-Shot dual basketball arcade game. This classic 2-player hoop game is the kind that you used to only be able to find in arcades and at carnivals, but now all the sporting action can be brought to the living room or play room more easily and affordably than ever before. An electronic readout display will count the score as your kid takes on their siblings or friends for some 1v1 scoring games. A variable height configuration helps make sure that this will fit in any home.
Toy cars and building kits are two of the most popular varieties of toys for 6 year olds, so it is perhaps no surprise that the RacerZ Car Designer Kit from ZOOB is currently one of the highest selling toys on Amazon. This innovative yet simplistic building kit lets kids construct their own vehicles using interlocking plastic components. With 76 individual pieces in total and 12 wheels, there is virtually no limit to the amount of variations possible with this set. Also, these pieces work perfectly with other ZOOB brand building kits, giving parents a good opportunity to jump-start a larger ZOOB collection.
Whether it is marching against the bad guys or simply a mission to annoy the little sister, there is no toy that is quite as awesome as the RoboShooter RC Robot by ThinkGizmos. This walking, talking, dancing robot is entirely remote controlled, and had more than a couple special tricks hidden up his sleeve. His chests holds a special chamber for small plastic discs, each of which can be fired out of the slot with a simple press of a button. He is also fully programmable, which means that kids will be able to impress their friends and family with their growing programming abilities.
Here is a classic game that even older parents might recognize. Mattel’s classic fighter game Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots is back and better than ever, with all the same high-octane plastic brawling that we have come to expect from the franchise, as well as a few base-level design improvements that makes it even better. The game is controlled by two different buttons, each of which control’s one of the robot’s arm. The goal here is to knock your opponent’s block off, a victory that will cause a raucous cheer every single time. Don’t be surprised if the whole family gets into this one!
One of the coolest new building kits of the year also happens to be one of the most challenging table-top board games. The Roller Coaster Challenge Game is the latest ThinkFun toy to blend both building and puzzle solving in one compact kit. Kids can work on their critical thinking and problem solving skills as they work their way through 40 challenges of increasing difficulty, each one requiring a new structure, a new build-out, and new rules and restrictions that will keep everything exciting. Over 50 million ThinkFun games have been sold worldwide, which is a big indicator of how well-loved they are by children everywhere.
Six years old might be a tad too young for a dog, but it’s the perfect age to start experiencing the excitement and responsibility that comes with caring for other living creatures. This cool new Roly Poly Farm from the Pocket Pets company allows kids to maintain their own real growing chia farm, as well as manage up to 10 real life “Roly Poly” bugs that will happily keep the Chia sprouts nice and trimmed. Kids will be able to learn a lot about biology, ecology, and responsibility as they take care of their very own adorable bug pets. A specialized wall enclosure means that these little guys aren’t going to be able to escape and crawl all over the house.
If you have never experienced the fun of a classic Stomp Rocket, then you are your child are both missing out. Stomp Rocket has been loved by kids for decades because of how easy it is to setup and use. Simply mount one of the foam rockets on the launch pad, jump on the launcher panel, and watch in amazement as the rockets go flying. This “kid-powered” form of entertainment is great for any parent who is concerned about too much screen time. This ‘Ultra’ version of the classic Stomp Rocket can soar an amazing 200 feet, as much as a 20 story building in windless conditions! Comes with 4 safe, foam-tipped rockets that are not dangerous when they fall to the ground.
Can’t go out to the ball game? Can’t go out to the crowd? Then consider bringing all the magic of the ballpark to your kids play room with the Super Stadium Baseball Game, one of the most addictive non-electronic games that we have ever had the pleasure of playing. A series of levers and contraptions keep this game exciting the entire time. Real pitch & swing action is handles by the levers and switches, giving this a pinball-style type of play with all the fun of real baseball. With the pitching lever, it is possible to control both the curve and speed of the ball, making 1v1 play really exciting.
It is around the age of 6 when boys really start to feel the call to adventure. Toys that encourage outdoor play and exploration are not only good forms of exercise, but they can help encourage lasting healthy habits and hobbies. The Survival Knots Set is part of the Backyard Safari Adventures series, a group of toys aimed at stimulating the natural outdoorsman in kids. 5 multicolored paracords are the perfect training ground for 12 basic knots, each one an essential piece of knowledge for any young adventurer. Colored reference cards make the knots easy to remember, and a cool Knot-Shaped patch is a way for your kid to display their new knowledge.