From the age of six and up, a child is becoming a little person. Their lives revolve around school and friendships, play dates and birthday parties, team sports and dance lessons. They still love a lot of the same activities as before, but they’re growing fast and might need a bigger bike or a new helmet.
Look for toys, games and kits that challenge them – they’re ready for it! Here are our top picks for six-year-olds and up: toys to educate, entertain and keep them occupied for hours.
Here are our picks for six-year-old gifts.
What they’re doing …
- Rapidly expanding their vocabulary
- Learning numeracy concepts
- Riding a bike (maybe without training wheels!)
- Monkeying on monkey bars
- Team sports and lessons
- Making up dance routines
- Going on play dates by themselves
- Developing strong friendships
- Latching onto the latest toy fad!
Gifts they’ll love …
- A bigger bike or next-step scooter
- Magic set
- Fairy door
- CD player
- Inexpensive camera
- Toy microscope
- Knitting or sewing kits
- Jewellery-making kits
- Sleeping bag
- Sports equipment
- Boogie board or skim board
- First watch
- Hula hoop
- Skipping rope
- Construction kits
- Science kits
- Dolls with clothes and accessories
A pet plant
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 your own watch kits. Knit Shock watches ($45)
Eye spy excitement
Equip kids for adventure with a pair of real binoculars by Seedling ($27.95). Wildlife will look closer than ever!
Move over, Marc Jacobs! Every kid is a fashion designer with these funky Colour Your Own Adventure Pants ($55).
A collection of creative, innovative and fun activities for families to do. Together. The To Do Game ($37.50).
Along for the journey
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 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
Sleepovers and camping trips just got stylish. These funky Sack Me! Sleeping Bags ($199) are a joy to jump into!
Science for starters
Build a rocket, make a volcano and launch 363 more missions with this 365 Incredible Science Experiments book ($14.95).
A virtual gift
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!
Hit the sand and hit a six with this beach cricket set from Zanui ($89.95).
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!
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.
Roller derby anyone? Get the retro vibes happening with these funky Disco Roller Skates ($125).
The ultimate booster seat
Warning: Hilarious hijinks ahead! This Giant Bouncer ($49.95) is just the thing for a giant spring.
Collect animal cards and go wild with Zoolu Card Game ($19.50). Keep little critters busy at home and on holiday!
These Cotton On Yummy Handbag ($16.95) look good enough to eat. Donut please!
It’s a wonderful world
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.
Keep those peepers protected with these super cool, vintage-style Joyfolie Rosie Sunglasses ($39.95).
What’s the time, Mr Wolf?
Dial into time-keeping with the Cactus Summer Splash Watch ($59.95). It’s water-resistant and bright as a button.
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.
Turn up the fun dial with this Design Your Own Headphones Kit ($32.95). Add colour, then music.
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)
Kick a gift-giving goal with this Traditional Table Football ($140). It’s a fan favourite.
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
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
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
Gear up for wrestle mania with these DOIY Glow in the Dark Wrestling Masks ($29.95).
Twitter with a twist
Build a home, sweet, home for feathered friends. Animal lovers will be flap happy with this HABA Nesting Box Construction Kit ($44.95).