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12 Gifts 6-Year-Old Boys Will Love (+1 to Avoid)

Looking for the perfect gift idea for a 6-year-old boy? We researched hundreds of options and identified 12 top picks based on customer satisfaction.

Give your 6 year old his very first interactive robot! Dash is responsive to the world around him, and can be brought to life and modified with free apps supported by both iOS and Android. Dash lights up, makes sounds, avoids obstacles and reacts to your child’s voice. Plus, there’s numerous coding adventures for your child to try. This gift’s an award winner too, with nods from National Parenting and Time to Play Magazine.


Let your little boy get handy with a gift he has to build himself. The set includes both an electric drill and manual screwdriver, plus two unassembled dinosaurs he gets to screw together. All of the joints are enlarged Philips head screws that can be easily twisted and untwisted for a chance to remake his dino again and again. These little dinosaurs are also educational: encouraging the development of your child’s fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.


Introduce your 6 year old to the magic of music and help him create his own with various simple instruments to give him a sample of different tones, volume and rhythm. The 10-piece musical set comes with a carrying bag for easy clean up and storage. The instruments are made of high-quality non-toxic materials including wood, plastic and metal that will allow your little man to perform a wide variety of sounds. Perfect for his little hands, this set will cultivate creativity, dexterity and coordination.


Give your 6 year old the universe with this mini portable projector that will light up his wall with stars, planets and space walks. The projector itself will orbit around the room or stand stationary for closer inspection by curious fingers. It’s also easy to carry, with its own child-sized handle and disc storage that helps keep everything in one place. Turn off the lights and have him settle into bed for an adventure in space exploration from the comfort of his room.


Let your little man discover the beauty of nature, with a terrarium that he can design, build and nurture himself! Let him layer in rock, sand and soil, plant seeds, decorate with stickers and watch his hard work come to life over time. Your boy can watch his little world grow by day and glow by night with an innovative LED light that will illuminate his desktop. The kit contains a terrarium jar, LED light-up lid, USB charger and clear instructions to help him get started.

Fort building Construction Kit

This amount of fun is only limited to your little boy’s imagination with this epic fort building and construction kit! Sturdy curves, sticks and connectors comprise this 354 piece set that can be assembled and then draped in sheets and blankets for old fashioned fort building fun. Expansion packs and fabric covers are also available to extend the excitement for years to come.

Shark Attack Blanket

The Shark Attack Blanket is a fun way to get cozy. Made of an incredibly soft material with a velveteen finish, it is perfect for children up to 5 feet tall. All he’ll care about, however, is the exciting shark exterior.

Take your lawn games to the next level with this Inflatable Bowling Set. The oversized inflatables are made of a durable material that is meant to maintain their integrity season after season. Combine bowling and kickball with this unique outdoor activity.


This Glow In The Dark Slime set includes 12 small containers filled with glow in the dark slime. Kids are instantly drawn to the ooey gooey texture and the eye-catching colors, while the non-toxic nature makes it safe to play with.


If your little guy lives for adventure, this Outdoor Adventure Kit gives him all the tools he needs for his next expedition. This gift set features a compass, whistle, magnifying glass, and more, complete with a drawstring carry bag for added convenience. This fun kit encourages imaginative outdoor play and nurtures an interest in science and exploration.


This Rescue Vehicle Art Kit allows kids to combine their interest in art and all things mechanical. It features high quality wooden pieces that assemble easily into mobile toys, as well as all the tools you need to decorate them to perfection.


Create your own 3D dinosaur skeletons with this Dinosaur Puzzle Kit. It features 3mm wooden pieces that assemble to create a variety of models measuring 12” – 15” in length. He’ll be developing manual skills and problem solving all while having fun bringing dinosaurs to life. Also check out our dinosaur gift ideas for kids.


What should you avoid giving 6-year-old boys? The Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood recommends avoiding Pokemon GO products. The apps track your child’s location, from home to school, and may use this information to monetize your child’s attention.