Our picks for six+ year olds (2016)

A pet plant

Fluid Growers Water Garden

Feed the fish and pick herbs at the same time! This clever Water Garden ($129.99) is a 2-in-1 fish tank and planter box.

Knit one, time two

Knit Shock Watch

Knit your own watch kits. Knit Shock watches ($45)

Eye spy excitement

Real Binoculars Seedling Blackbird and Fox

Equip kids for adventure with a pair of real binoculars by Seedling ($27.95). Wildlife will look closer than ever!

Catwalk kids

Captain Robbo Colour in adventure pants

Move over, Marc Jacobs! Every kid is a fashion designer with these funky Colour Your Own Adventure Pants ($55).

Family Fun

To Do Family Game

A collection of creative, innovative and fun activities for families to do. Together. The To Do Game ($37.50).

Along for the journey

Lonely Planet Kids Travel Journal

Take the road more journaled! Junior explorers can plan their holiday and record the highlights with their very own travel journal by Lonely Planet kids ($14.95).

Create-a-card

Janod Sand Art kit

Create fairytale cards with a sprinkle of coloured sand, a splash of inspiration and a cool carry case. These Janod Tales Sand Cards ($28.45) have creativity in spades.

Bags of fun

Sackme Sleep Sacks

Sleepovers and camping trips just got stylish. These funky Sack Me! Sleeping Bags ($199) are a joy to jump into!

Science for starters

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Build a rocket, make a volcano and launch 363 more missions with this 365 Incredible Science Experiments book ($14.95).

A virtual gift

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The future is in their hands! This DIY Virtual Reality Viewer by Seedling ($32) sees bambinos creating modern art and using the Maze app to bring creations to life.

What a score!

SunnyLife Beach Cricket Set

Hit the sand and hit a six with this beach cricket set from Zanui ($89.95).

Dear diary…

Dear Little Diary

Secrets are safe in this Dear Little Diary and Dear Little Treasure Box ($48.95 each). With a lock and timber case, siblings don’t get a look in!

A-maze-ing

Seedling Design Your Own Marble Maze

This Seedling Design Your Own Marble Maze ($63) is a bambino brain booster. It’s a DIY maze game that’s played in the real – and virtual – world.

Retro rollers

Roller Skates

Roller derby anyone? Get the retro vibes happening with these funky Disco Roller Skates ($125).

The ultimate booster seat

Giant Bouncer

Warning: Hilarious hijinks ahead! This Giant Bouncer ($49.95) is just the thing for a giant spring.

Collectable critters

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Collect animal cards and go wild with Zoolu Card Game ($19.50). Keep little critters busy at home and on holiday!

Delicious designs

Cotton On Yummy Handbag

These Cotton On Yummy Handbag ($16.95) look good enough to eat. Donut please!

It’s a wonderful world

Short Story Paper colour in globe

This Short Story DIY Paper Globe ‘Colour Me In’ ($49.95) opens up a world of fun. With geography, origami and colouring at play, junior jetsetters will jump right in.

Vintage chic

Joyfolie Rose Sunglasses from Adorn the Fawn

Keep those peepers protected with these super cool, vintage-style Joyfolie Rosie Sunglasses ($39.95).

What’s the time, Mr Wolf?

Cactus Kids Watch

Dial into time-keeping with the Cactus Summer Splash Watch ($59.95). It’s water-resistant and bright as a button.

Coming through!

Beep Bicycle Bells

Turn heads with these Beep Bicycle Bells (from $16.95). With ring-a-ding-ding designs and sound, the coast is clear for little riders.

Art unplugged

Seedling DIY headphones

Turn up the fun dial with this Design Your Own Headphones Kit ($32.95). Add colour, then music.

Brain training

Smart Games North Pole Logic Game

Boot up lil’ brains! They’ll be working overtime to keep the fish wet and polar bears dry in this North Pole Expedition from Smart Games ($34.95)

Foosball fever

Football Table

Kick a gift-giving goal with this Traditional Table Football ($140). It’s a fan favourite.

Balancing act

Janod Diabolo

Run home and join the circus with this Diabolo by Janod ($34.95). Related to the Chinese yoyo, this wooden juggling toy gets tykes doing tricks.

Engineering for everyone

Build life-sized toys with the TubeLox Deluxe Set ($289) and see the clever kit in action above.

Up, up and away

Outdoor Bird Nest Swing

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s an Outdoor Nest Swing ($54.99) and it’s super fun for young’uns.

Book some studio time

Tech Will Save Us D.I.Y. Speaker Kit

This Tech Will Save Us D.I.Y. Speaker Kit ($69.95) teaches mini-musos about sound, then transforms everyday objects into speakers (including a balloon!).

Ready to rumble

DOIY Glow in the Dark wrestling masks

Gear up for wrestle mania with these DOIY Glow in the Dark Wrestling Masks ($29.95).

Twitter with a twist

Haba Terra Kids Nesting Construction Kit

Build a home, sweet, home for feathered friends. Animal lovers will be flap happy with this HABA Nesting Box Construction Kit ($44.95).