When you’re looking for a cool birthday gift for a 6-year-old, it’s all about fun. Kindergarteners and first-graders are ready for more complex toys and games that stretch their imaginations, and sometimes even their bodies.
We love gifts for 6 year olds that get them thinking, moving, and — most importantly — having fun. While it’s also worth looking at our ideas for cool birthday gifts for 5 year olds and cool birthday gifts for 7 year olds, here are just some of our (very many) favorite cool gift ideas that we created specifically with 6 year olds in mind.
You’re sure to find something perfect that goes beyond the expected.
Be sure to see our full list of the coolest birthday gifts for kids by age
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($149 at Amazon)
Kids six and up will blow you away with their creativity with this, one of our all-time favorite coding toys for kids. It really does grow with them thanks to the 5 free educational apps, plus add-on bundles and accessories you can get later. In fact our own kids still play with their robots into their tweens and early teens.
($98 at Amazon)
With seven obstacles to traverse, energetic kids 6 and up will have a blast trying to become ninja warrior of their own backyard with this great starter kit.
($7.99 + $6.21 at Amazon)
No kid can have too many art supplies, and there’s something so delightful about a fresh set of point, untouched, beautiful colored pencils. At this price, toss in a favorite coloring book too — for girls, we love I Am Confident, Brave and Beautiful.
($29.95, Chalk of the Town)
Kids are flipping out over these t-shirts that let you doodle, draw, or write your own message with special chalk pens included in the kit — then wash and start again.
America’s most popular kids show — still! — is a delightfully fun musical, and if you missed the Broadway run (shown above), you may be able to catch it at a venue near you.
($13.05 on sale at Amazon)
Can you think of a more fun way to do science experiments than getting to eat the results at the end? Love this kit from Thames & Kosmos because you know, anything with “gross” in the name.
($159 at Crate & Barrel plus $10 for personalization)
This personalized teepee in a modern black and white stripe gives your growing kid a private space to read, to imagine, to play with a friend or sibling.
($29, Barbie website)
Man, where were Barbies like this when we were kids? Love this whole series that pays tribute to real life heroines like NASA scientist Katherine Johnson of Hidden Figures fame.
($44.91 at Amazon)
They’ll be pinball wizards in no time with this high-quality, no-batteries-needed, tabletop pinball machine from Brio with a cool space theme.
($13.49 at Amazon)
These 3 kids’ journals will get the creativity flowing whether they’re exploring a new country, or their own neighborhoods. Simple illustrations, writing and doodling prompts and other activities make it perfect for 6-year-olds of all writing and reading levels
($48.99 and up at Zappos)
One of our Spawned Podcast cool picks of the week, we love the high-tops featuring your kid’s favorite house (i.e. Gryffindor) — but there are lots of styles including a cool Golden Snitch low-top.
($199 at Infento)
Kids six and up will get loads of fun out of this clever kit, which can be used to make a skateboard, scooter or drifter, all the while teaching kids valuable technical skills while they put it together — with your help.
($14.85 at Amazon)
Add “qualify for the World Sport Stacking Association competition” to their list of goals. Yes, that’s a real sport!
($69.99 at Amazon)
If you’re an Alexa household, the latest Echo Dot Kids is so fabulous in rainbow, and has loads of safety features made just for younger kids — it filters music, limits calls to approved numbers, and can be set up with time limits. Which we adults could probably use too.
It also comes with a year of Free Time Unlimited, so consider a new Fire 7 Kids Tablet ($99) too.
($27.99 at Target)
Another cool craft and science kits from Thames & Kosmos: an experimental greenhouse kit to help get kids excited about the outdoors. Or maybe it’s a birthday gift for a city kid who wants their own little piece of green, even if it is on a windowsill.
(from $37 at The Felted Tree)
if you’re a fan of Waldorf style toys or you have a kid who adores tiny things, this lovely DIY fairy garden kit is worth a look. Iit comes in its own container ready to be set up indoors or out. Just add soil, plant, and magic.
($88+, Courtney Courtney)
Handmade and 100% one-of-a-kind, we love all of Courtney’s dresses — but especially her custom birthday number dresses that let girls show off their new “big kid” age. In this case: six.