6th Birthday Present Ideas

Written by thomas k. arnold
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Finding birthday gifts for a child turning 6 can be a challenge, as they have outgrown the simple toddler toys but aren't quite ready for the more complex games, building and craft sets, and electronic gadgets favoured by older kids. The best bet is to remember what the child played with the most when he was younger and expand on that, such as giving an HO-scale train set to a boy who loved Thomas the Tank Engine.

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Books

When children turn 6, they invariably are at the age when they are beginning to read on their own. That makes it a great birthday to present the birthday girl with cherished childhood classics she can read on her own, like Dr. Seuss or Berenstain Bears.

Webkinz

Webkinz are stuffed animals with a brain. They are lovable, huggable creatures with a computer code inside that lets kids log onto a special website, where they can play various games with their "pet." Sound complicated? It's not---at least not for your 6-year-old, who gets the added value of learning how to use a computer. You'll be surprised at how quickly they catch on.

I DIG Treasures' Curse of Pirate Island Excavation Adventure

This play set lets kids hunt for buried pirate treasure. They can use a stainless-steel hammer and chisel to dig to their hearts content around a sand-based "island" that contains an assortment of buried treasure, from jewels to gold. The set even comes with a little treasure chest where kids can store their finds.

Play-Doh: Fun Factory Deluxe Set

You'd think Play-Doh is aimed at the preschool set, but too often toddlers will eat Play-Doh instead of build with it. At 6, kids are finally past that stage and ready to harness their budding creativity by building stuff. The Fun Factory includes six jars of Play-Doh, each a different colour, and more than 30 shaping tools.

Wobble Deck

The Wobble Deck lets kids sharpen their balancing skills. The pentagon-shaped balance board has five lights, each of them a different colour. There are three games to play, including Memory Match, in which the lights flash in a specific pattern and the object of the game is to follow that same pattern with your feet---without falling off the board. There are two other games, Freestyle and Speed Play. Each is not only a lot of fun, but also helps improve a child's balance, reflexes and coordination.

Other Ideas

There are all sorts of other good birthday gift ideas for 6-year-olds. For boys, try a remote-control car, a Hot Wheels or Matchbox racetrack, or a Creepy Crawlers set that lets the birthday boy, with dad or mom's assistance, pour goop into a dish, stick in into a little low-powered oven, and create his own creepy crawler. For girls, consider craft sets, including ones with lots of beads, or an American Girl doll. A day outing to the local zoo, game arcade or amusement park also is a great gift idea, as kids at the age of 6 value nothing so much as some personal attention from a caring adult.

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