Gift Ideas for 6-Year-Olds

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At age six, children show radical advances in their social and intellectual skills. Their desire to play meets their ability to understand more complicated concepts and accomplish certain tasks. While they're far from over the excitement of noises and lights, they're also capable of having fun on a higher plane. Presents for a six-year-old can recognise and encourage the development of the child's new-found abilities.

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Consider a magic set or card tricks. Magic sets (provided they agree with the parents' religious convictions) promote a six-year-old's developing dexterity. They also reinforce the child's ability to know the difference between fantasy and reality, and they encourage performance skills (some magic sets come with a script to help the child present the trick). Magic sets tap into the child's interest in toys with an object or goal.

The Arts

Children at age six may have more than a passing interest in drawing, playing music and the theatre arts. Whereas crayons and toy instruments entertain younger children with colour and noise, a six-year old may be ready for something a bit more sophisticated. Children's painting sets (which feature pallets, easels and non-toxic paints) or a set of high-quality coloured pencils can encourage a child's predisposition to create.

As for music, consider a child-size starter guitar made by a professional manufacturer and a month's worth of lessons.

Children at age six have increasingly sophisticated motor skills and may enjoy playing with mechanical puppets or marionettes. They may also thrive in dance lessons. While dance lessons are available to both genders, girls may be more interested--six is an age where boys and girls begin to segregate themselves in recreation.


At age six, children typically attend the first grade, where they learn the basic purposes and practices of science. Children's versions of scientific implements, such as microscopes and telescopes, entertain them and encourage their academic interests, as can child-safe chemistry sets (those that do not contain or produce toxic substances).

Active Toys

Six-year-olds love to play and may be driven to compete. Presents that encourage physical activity include backyard gyms with swings, rings and slides. Sports gifts include age-appropriate soccer balls; basketballs; ice skates; hockey sticks and rubber practice pucks; and baseball gloves, balls and batting tees.

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