Unsure of what to get the 6 year old girl in your life? It can be tough to buy the right toy for a child, even for a child you know well, because their developmental milestones and abilities are always changing. To help you select the perfect gift, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best toys and gift ideas for 6 year old girls, each of which was designed for maximum fun and developmental growth.
If you’re in a hurry, skip to the best gifts list below. Otherwise, read on to learn about the 6 year old developmental milestones that we considered for the list.
6 Year Old Developmental Milestones
Turning 6 years old is a big deal! It’s a year full of excitement and challenge as most 6 year old children are beginning their first year of formal education. The new demands of 1st grade and the new social setting of a more structured classroom will help push your child to meet all kinds of new milestones this year.
Cognitively, your daughter may begin to show her specific learning strengths (looking, language, listening, etc.), which you can then use to help her learn more complex concepts. You may also notice that your child is beginning to think more logically as she starts thinking through different options before making a decision. During her time at school, she’ll have a packed syllabus. Notably, she and her classmates will master counting to 100, solving simple equations, and spelling the 100 most common words.
Physically, 6 year old girls will likely see a boost in their hand eye coordination, making tasks like tying shoes and handwriting easier. Out on the playground, you’ll notice her gross motor skills are getting better and her stamina is increasing leading to more purposeful and lengthy playdates.
Socially, this year will probably be a mix of fun and frustration for your child as she learns how to initiate and maintain friendships. Her new found independence at school will also likely make her a bit more anxious than before, but don’t worry, it’s perfectly normal. Being a stable source of support and compassion is one of the best ways you can foster your child’s healthy sense of self.
With these major developmental milestones in mind, here are the top 10 toy and gift options for 6 year old girls to help them grow.
10 Best Gifts for 6 Year Old Girls
You’re no doubt familiar with the many benefits of sensory play for the younger set, but the benefits extend far beyond toddlerhood. We love the Play-Doh Kitchen Creations because it takes this toddler favorite and makes it exciting all over again for 6 year olds. The oven is outfitted with lights and sounds, making your child’s pretend play feel just a bit more realistic. Along with 6 cans of Play-Doh, the set comes fully equipped with 5 pretend baking trays, 3 cutters, a roller, knife, and utensils. And, if your daughter loves the Magical Oven, there are lots of additional Play-Doh Kitchen Creation add-ons, like the Sizzling Stovetop.
This building system encourages open-ended play which is key for the development of a healthy imagination. Squigz stick to any flat surface and each other, meaning your child can build huge structures nearly anywhere they want including, floors, tables, bathtubs, sliding glass doors, car windows and more. Because they’re made of silicone, they’re dishwasher safe and a snap to clean.
This Parent’s Choice Award winner is the perfect activity (make that 16 activities) for a party or a rainy day. Busy Box activities include: making puppets, creating and framing tissue art, animal collages, dough animals and more. The instructions provided are clear, though a little parental assistance may help for a few of the more complicated projects.
LEGOs are a classic building toy that’s great for helping kids develop problem solving skills and spatial reasoning. Olivia’s Creative Lab is our favorite LEGO Friends system for young girls because it combines great block building activities with imaginary play all in a robotics lab setting. As women are still underrepresented in science and technology, we love that LEGO is using its platform to encourage young girls to explore careers in STEM fields.
This is the second Parent’s Choice Award winner from Alex Toys on our top ten list this year and with good reason. The DIY Knot a Quilt is a fantastic crafting activity for the 6 year old who is interested in sewing but doesn’t have the fine motor skills to use a needle and thread. A great introduction to patterns and patience, your daughter will experience a sense of accomplishment when she finishes knotting this quilt. Tip: if you’re looking for a quilt large enough for a twin bed, we recommend buying three kits.
For $5, there may not be a better gift for a 6 year old girl. The Design Your Own Bracelets kit comes with four double-sided bracelets and more than 100 sparkle gems and glitter stickers to use as decoration. The bracelets can be sized for any wrist and because of the hook and loop connectors, your daughter can wear her creations over and over again.
This Lite-Brite, just like the original, is a fun way for your 6 year old to work on their fine motor skills while creating illuminated images through peg art. The white unit comes with 156 pegs, templates for your child to follow (like a sailboat and a pair of geese) and tips for freestyle designs. This toy is a fun remake of an old classic and makes a great travel toy (just remember the batteries!).
For some ambiance mixed with astronomy lessons, why not put a moon in your 6 year old’s room. This wall-mounted moon makes for a great nightlight (with an automatic timer built in), but also teaches your child about the lunar phases. A remote control will allow your child to match the moon on their wall with the moon outside as they learn about the differences between crescent, half and full moons.
Easy Steppers are definitely a silly way for your 6 year old to get about, but that’s what makes them so fun. Your daughter can step up on the 5 inch tall plastic cans and use the attached ropes to guide her steps as she wanders and wobbles around. These bucket stilts are great for improving balance and coordination all while having a great time. Note: Flat surfaces are recommended, as hills and uneven ground could be unsafe.
The Draw Like a Pro set is the perfect drawing tool for young aspiring artists. It comes with a mini projector that can be used to display 124 pre-printed design slides your child can easily trace over them. Tracing is great way to better understand drawing techniques and composition so it’s perfect for 6 year olds who are just starting to develop their drawing skills. The kit also comes with everything needed for your child to make a flipbook and their own design slides.
Toys for Other Age Ranges
For more toy and gift ideas for girls, check out our other great articles:
- Best toys for 1 year old girls
- Best toys for 2 year old girls
- Best toys for 3 year old girls
- Best toys for 4 year old girls
- Best gifts for 5 year old girls
- Best gifts for 7 year old girls
- Best gifts for 8 year old girls
Or get inspired with the best toys and gifts for boys:
- Best toys for 1 year old boys
- Best toys for 2 year old boys
- Best toys for 3 year old boys
- Best toys for 4 year old boys
- Best toys for 5 year old boys
- Best toys for 6 year old boys
- Best gifts for 7 year old boys
- Best gifts for 8 year old boys
- Best gifts for 9 year old boys
- Best gifts for 10 year old boys
- Best gifts for 11 year old boys
- Best gifts for 12 year old boys
- Best gifts for teenage boys
We hope you’ve enjoyed this list. While we don’t suggest that these are the only toys your child will ever need, we do think this list of great educational toys for girls is a strong start. If you have any suggestions or feedback, please reach out to us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Criteria for Placement
While listing the best educational resources is never an exact science, we’ve done our best find products that rank highly on the following criteria:
- Developmental impact: Many toys out there like plush dolls are somewhat limited in their developmental impact. We’ve critically evaluated the toys on this list for their impact on physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development.
- Safety: All toys on this list are safe to use, free of toxic compounds like lead and BPA
- Durability: Children love to throw, jump on, and touch everything in sight. The toys on this list are fit to withstand the bumps and hard landings.
- Price: Parenting doesn’t need to be outrageously expensive. We looked for the cheapest products that still meet our developmental and quality requirements.
- Developmental milestones for typical 2nd and 3rd graders – understood.org