Six-year-old boys can be hard to buy gifts for, especially if all they seem to love are video games and television shows. Instead of buying them gifts that promote sedentary play, try some active toys that will encourage them to get exercise. Kids will love jumping, balancing, and cruising around with these active gifts.
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Six-year-olds can jump high, but they may need equipment to motivate them to do so. You can buy them a basic trampoline, especially one outfitted with a bar that they can hold on to, which will keep them jumping for hours. Less expensive options include a Super Skipper, which is essentially a revolving metal bar for kids to jump over to the beat of the music, and a Hop Ball, which is a large ball with a handle that kids can sit on.
Kids as young as 6 will enjoy playing with a skateboard, but it may be tough for them to manage most of the tricks. The Yo Baby Kick Flipper helps meet this need. A skateboard without wheels, the Kick Flipper gives you all of the fun of a skateboard, even though it can only be used on carpet, sand, or grass. It comes with a free DVD to teach your 6-year-old some basic tricks, but many kids come up with their own tricks as well.
You might be surprised to find a mechanical rocket on a list of active toys, but the stomp rocket does encourage your child to exert energy. The harder he leaps onto the launching pad of the rocket, the farther it flies into the sky. He'll have to race to retrieve the rocket from where it falls as well. The rocket has foam tips, which means it rarely harms anything that it hits, no matter how bad the child's aim is.
Other gift ideas include toys that help the child practice balancing. For example, kids like to jump around on a Wobble Deck, which requires them to balance on a platform that sits on top of a ball. You can also buy them some cheap stilts, or the more modern-looking plastic "Steppers." The Roylco Stepping Stones Exercise Balance Kit also helps kids learn how to balance by imitating posed pictures while standing on plastic "stones."
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