The 10 Best 6 Year Old Boy Gifts
10. Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears!
9. VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2
8. Original Stomp Rocket Ultra
7. Magformers Standard Set
6. Crayola Light-up Tracing Pad
5. Marky Sparky Doinkit Darts
4. LEGO Super Heroes Daily Bugle Showdown
3. Air Kicks Walkaroo Stilts
2. Scientific Explorer Magic Science
1. Kano Computer Kit
Choosing Gifts For The Blossoming Child
A child's sixth birthday, and the year that follows, is an amazing time indeed. For most children, this is the first birthday during which they are enrolled in a full time school. Ages five and six are a time of great transition, with the carefree years of early childhood segueing into the years of elementary education.
The parent, caregiver, relative, or family friend of a child at this age is put in a unique position when considering the right gift for a six year old child. On the one hand, it's tempting to stick with toys and games that are designed purely for fun without any larger significance or intention to their conception. On the other hand, there are so many gift options available that can stimulate and challenge the malleable and rapidly developing mind of a child at this age.
The best route when choosing a gift for a six year old is to consider the child as an individual, not merely as an age. This starts by acknowledging that often a young boy will cleave to gifts his female peers might not and vice versa. When choosing the perfect gift for a young boy, consider his potential energy and enthusiasm along with his likely innate desire to understand how things work.
If the child for whom you are shopping is physical and athletic, consider a gift like a pair of stilts, a basic throwing game that relies on hand-eye coordination, or another toy designed for outdoor use and hands on engagement. Keep the function of the toy or game simple enough that a child can grasp its use conceptually quickly, this minimizing frustration and jump starting their quest toward mastery. Kids like a challenge, but usually do not like an activity that is hard to even commence. (It's easy to understand how one uses stilts and to start practicing with them, for example, even if perfecting balance can take a while.)
For a toy suitable for use indoors during quieter play time or on rainy or cold days, two great categories for a young man include art sets and building sets. If you have a young artist on your hands, consider an art set with activities that have definite guidelines; tracing and color by numbers activities are better for a six year old than the prospect of a blank sheet of paper, e.g. For the young builder, on the other hand, semi open ended building sets are a great choice. Look for sets in which the blocks, gears, or other units can be attached to one another in myriad ways, letting the youngster feel empowered creatively while they build and design structures, vehicles, "machines," and more using a medium designed to be easy for small hands still lacking full fine motor development.
Motor Skills Of The Six Year Old Boy
By their sixth year, most boys are shedding any of the residual body fat colloquially referred to as "baby fat" and are beginning to gain muscle and to develop the longer, leaner frame they will have during later adolescence. Some six year old children are already deft and nimble, capable of accurately kicking or throwing balls and possessed of decent balance and agility. Other youngster are still quite clumsy at this age, lacking the coordination to play ball sports well and still often stumbling or even falling down when running or while playing actively. Gross motor skills, in short, are still developing at this age.
In terms of fine motor skills, most six year old boys will be able to properly grasp a pen or pencil, creating letters that are legible and more or less in line (they may or may not yet have an actual grasp over writing and reading, of course) and will be able to use scissors and other such basic tools with competence, it not mastery. Most six year olds can be taught to tie their own shoes, button a shirt, and complete tasks such as brushing their own teeth and combing their own hair.
If any of these skills are lacking, it's not necessarily a cause for alarm or even concern, but rather presents an opportunity for the parent or caregiver to help foster motor skills development. One of the best ways to help reduce a deficiency in a given motor skill is to encourage the child to use that skill thanks to a toy, an activity, or a game he enjoys.
Cognitive Thinking At Age Six
The mind of a six year old child is a complicated place. Children of this age begin to develop the self control younger kids lack, yet they still want a surfeit of attention and praise, and still want to be the center of attention. Six year old boys tend to prefer structured activities and do well to have a regular schedule largely free of surprises.
A six year old boy will usually have the attention span to complete a given activity, such as an art project, a game, or a building project. Especially if you can choose activities that already appeal to the child, you can often see that child fully engage with the project or play object for a good amount of time.
Six year olds should have at least basic reading and mathematical skills, and these abilities can be parlayed into playtime activities.
Keep in mind that, as holds true for all ages, a child cannot develop an interest in something they did now know existed. Expose your six year old boy to everything from music to books to arts to sports. He will make it clear which activities, games, and hobbies he likes best, and you can respond attentively to create challenging, rewarding, and educational experiences that dovetail with his interests.