21 best toys for 6-year-old boys and girls 2022

Toys for 6 year olds
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The best toys for 6 year olds will help them develop the skills they have already learnt and encourage playing with others. 

Choosing toys to help 6 year olds tackle new challenges and encourage cooperation and sharing with other children is key.  Friendships are very important to children at this age. Most six years olds prefer to play in same sex groups, where girls tend to spend their time with one or two best friends, while boys prefer to be part of a large group. The best toys for 6 year old boys and girls will help kids develop their developing bonds and friendships.

It's likely that they already have a strong sense of who they are at this age and what they like, who their 'best friend' is and how they like to dress. While 6 year olds may act older than their age, it's important to remember that they are still very young. That's why baby dolls and pretend play sets are toys worth considering.

Sensory toys such as playdoh, sand and slime still continue to be popular gifts for 6 year old girls and boys. There are many colourful playdoh, slime and sand sets you can buy, each with their individual hook and in a self-contained kit to keep the mess - hopefully - contained.

For a sentimental gift, we especially love  Now We Are Six by A.A.Milne (opens in new tab) - a lovely way to mark a 6 year olds birthday.

Best toys for 6 year olds 

1. Magic Mixies Magic Cauldron playset

Magic Mixes

Magic Mixes

Age Suitability: 5 years + | Batteries required: Yes

For all kids that love magic and witches and wizards – be it Harry Potter or The Worst Witch – the Magic Mixes will be sure to delight. This real misting cauldron comes with all the spell ingredients to create the magic and items can be added to the cauldron to conjure up a spell and add to the drama. The idea is to use the wand to create your very own personalised Mixie character and with over 50+ sounds and reactions each step of the process will feel unique and enchanting.

Kids can use the spell book, then drop in the ‘sound dust’ for the Mixie inside to receive their voice. Then there’s the magic feather to give the Mixie wings and the Fizz Flower will add some colour to the potion. Kids can also give their Mixie a name by writing in the Naming scroll and dropping it in the potion. With its lights and sounds, the cauldron prompts the user with a 'tap, tap, tap' sound effect and all they need to do is tap three times on the rim of the cauldron to move onto the next step.

Once the Mixie has been created and revealed, it can be reloaded and the whole process started again.

VIEW AT AMAZON | £70 (opens in new tab)

2. Waboba Moon Ball

Waboba Moon Ball

Age Suitability: 5 years + | Batteries required: None

Simple social games like playing with a ball, hoops or skittles never fail to please children and allow them to play with children of all ages.

Outdoor toys (opens in new tab) for play in the garden or in a park have the double benefit of helping kids burn off energy and getting them out of the house for a bit while they play!

This Moonball is not just any ball. It has a gravity-defying bounce for super high launches, and its lightweight body with flat-edged design will add spin to your bounce. This novelty ball is a great idea for a birthday or even as a stocking filler too.

VIEW AT AMAZON | £5.99 (opens in new tab)

3. LEGO City Town Fire Chief Response Truck Set

Fire Chief Response Truck Set

Age Suitability: 6 years + | Batteries required: None

6 year olds tend to love playing with construction toys including cars, trucks, trains, trams, boats and barges. The Lego City Town Fire Chief Response Truck Set is the perfect challenge for a 6 year old, featuring just enough pieces - 201 in fact - that won't leave them feeling overwhelmed.

With a little guidance they should be able to follow the instructions without too much help from an adult, and feel suitably challenged. If you'd rather buy a box of Lego that doesn't come with instructions so they can freely make their own ranges, consider a classic box of Lego (opens in new tab), which can buy sub £35 on Amazon.

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VIEW AT AMAZON | £16.99 (opens in new tab)

4. Magic Maths Game by Orchard Toys

Orchard Toys Magic Maths Game for 6 year olds

Age Suitability: 5 years + | Batteries required: None | Price: £9.60

Help a 6 year old learn addition, subtraction and multiplication, while disguising it in game form with this fun maths and sums 'magic' game that gives maths a spellbinding twist. Tested by teachers and one of Orchard Toy's best-selling toys for 6 year olds, kids will love it.

To 'magically' reveal the answer, kids have to rub the cards. While it's a great game for a 6 year old, it's also a good shout for younger kids aged 5, and is one they'll no doubt be able to revisit for a few more years at that.

VIEW AT AMAZON | £9.60 (opens in new tab)

5. Galt Toys Fab Foil Art

foil art toy for 6 year olds

Age Suitability: 6 years + | Batteries required: None

6 year olds will no doubt love receiving an art set as a gift. The potential to keep them occupied and  engrossed in creating and making for hours - or at least an hour - is high. We love this Fab Foil Art kit, which includes 8 sparkly pictures to make. Inside the box you'll find 25 foil sheets in 8 assorted colours, with 8 pictures and a useful guide.

There are so many different ways to keep kids entertained with art set toys, however. As well as foil or felt art kits, you can choose from mosaic-picture making kits to T-shirt painting kits and more.

VIEW AT AMAZON | £3.94 (opens in new tab)

6. My First Picture Atlas Children's Book

my first picture atlas children's book

Age Suitability: 4 years + | Batteries required: None

There's something so satisfying about watching a child look at a book and trying to sound out the letters and comment on the pictures. At the age of 6 they will be getting to grips with the world of reading and looking for new books to engage them daily. Sitting with them while they look at books or reading to them is vital to encouraging the development of this essential skill, so you can't go wrong with a book as a gift.

Kids will love the pictures and beautifully illustrated maps in this My First Picture Atlas book. It's full of pictures and interesting snippets of information that will help them understand about their own little worlds.

VIEW AT AMAZON | £4.86 (opens in new tab)

7. My 1st Years Wooden Mini Guitar

wooden guitar toy for 6 year olds

Age Suitability: 3 years + | Batteries required: None

Age 6 is a wonderful time to introduce children to their first, real musical instrument - in miniature size! Where as toddlers they may have shown a love of music through musical toys, play mats or plastic toy instruments, by the age of 6 kids have developed the fine motor skills and hand-to-eye coordination needed to begin learning the basics of playing a musical instrument for real.

It may be that they have taken up music lessons at school and are keen to explore lots of different instruments. This gorgeous guitar makes a lovely gift as it can also be personalised.

VIEW AT MY 1ST YEARS | £45 (opens in new tab)

8. Galt Toys First Pottery

First pottery kit for kids

Age Suitability: 6 years + | Batteries required: None

Anything that gets kid productive and encourages them to learn a new skill makes for a great toy for a 6 year old. Pottery making and painting kits are great for continuing to develop fine motor skills and hand-to-eye coordination, as well as encouraging a child's individual creativity and expression. You can also buy a pack of Das modelling Clay on Amazon for around £4. But this First Pottery Set comes with added extras such as ceramic paint and instructions on how to make pinch pots.

VIEW AT AMAZON | £12.99 (opens in new tab)

9. LEGO 41449 Friends Andrea's Family House

Lego doll house toy for 6 year olds

Age Suitability: 6 years + | Batteries required: None

Toys that help with problem-solving are always a fail-safe bet when it comes to buying gifts for kids - particularly 6 year olds. As they reach the age of 6 and up, you can swap the Duplo building blocks they enjoyed playing with as toddlers to more mechanical, technical building toys such as Lego.

Lego is a great tool for inspiring imaginative play. There is such an ample selection of Lego to choose from, but you can't go wrong with a social set up such as this dolls house with swimming pool. It also comes with 5 figures for kids to play with once they've built the doll house and swimming pool.

VIEW AT AMAZON | £47.99 (opens in new tab)

10. AirBrush Plush Unicorn

Airbrush Plush

Age Suitability: 6 years + | Batteries required: Yes

A 6 year old would be in crafty heaven using this Airbrush Plush colourful spray gun, which provides another creative medium to add to their art skills. The set comes with a cute Unicorn toy that can be decorated using the spray gun that comes in the box. There's a range of stencils to guide them or they can just go freestyle and design a pattern themselves. 'The best feature about this toy is that you don’t have to worry about making a mess as the chalk paint can be easily washed off,' says Emily, mum to William and Bethany. 'The unicorn can be used to decorate again and again so, thankfully, it's not a toy they will disregard after one use.'

VIEW AT AMAZON | £20 (opens in new tab)

11. Galt Toys Science Lab Kit

Age Suitability: 6 years + | Batteries required: None

Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) toys are great for 6 year olds. They will help inspire an interest in these subjects and give them some skills that they can build on at school. Fun science experiment kits make some of the best STEM toys for 6 year olds. Kids will love getting stuck in to messy play while learning some of the most basic and fundamental principals of science and how the world works.

VIEW AT AMAZON | £13 (opens in new tab)

12. Hatchimals Pixie Riders

Age Suitability: 3 years + | Batteries required: None

Most parents will be familiar with Hatchimals because kids just love them. They're cute, cuddly and collectable - three things that really appeal to children of this age. These Hatchimals Pixie Riders are one of the more popular Hatchimals choices on Amazon. It's surprising just how much joy a simple surprise egg can give a 6 year old, so you won't go wrong with a gift such as this.

'My kids love collecting these Hatchimals toys and I'm always surprised at how well they look after them and each piece,' says Susie, mum to Charlotte and Emilie. 'They really want to try the Hatchimals Crystal Starlight Idols next, which can fly!'

VIEW AT AMAZON | £20  (opens in new tab)

13. Science Mad SM51 Weather Station