The 21 Best Gifts for the 6-Year-Old Boy in Your Life

The Little Pretender Walkie-Talkies is our overall best pick

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Best Gifts for 6-Year-Old Boys

The Spruce / Chloe Jeong

Children have different dispositions, passions, and hobbies, which makes the prospect of finding a gift-worthy toy for a 6-year-old boy tricky. 

We researched and tested the top toys for 6-year-old boys, evaluating age appropriateness, durability, and entertainment value. Our top pick for indoor/outdoor play, the Little Pretender Walkie Talkies, are easy to use, have clear sound quality, and feature an LED flashlight and LCD display.

Here are the best gifts for 6-year-old boys.

Little Pretender Walkie Talkies for Kids

4.8
Little Pretender Walkie Talkies for Kids

Walmart

What We Like
  • Clear sound over 2-mile range

  • Can add lines for the whole family

  • Fun flashlight

What We Don't Like
  • No volume control

  • Noisy beeping sounds

The Little Pretender Walkie-Talkies for kids will have your child saying, "Roger that!" with delight as they talk to friends through these sturdy and realistic units. This set gives you FRS functionality in a simple, easy-to-use design, earning them a glowing review from our tester and the top spot in this roundup.

They work well for neighborhood fun and have a 2-mile coverage range, so kids can get outside and stay active while using them. Our tester loved that these electronics were small enough to fit comfortably in small hands compared to competitors. There are only three channel selections, so fussing over lost signals isn't a problem. The sturdy plastic can withstand long-time use and even a few drops.

The entertainment value is high, as kids of all ages can get involved and even adults can play along. Little ones will need help putting in the three AAA batteries anyway. They are not the cheapest walkies on the market, but our testers declare them worth the money, noting the clear signal, ease of cleaning, and overall value.

Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches | Weight: 7.05 ounces | Material: Not listed | Age Range: 5-8 years

What Testers Say

"The size of these walkie-talkies is ideal. Unlike others on the market, they have a small, slender design that fit perfectly in our 6-year-old son’s hands. He was also able to easily push the talk button on the side and understand the four controls on the front panel, which allowed him to power the device on and off, turn on the built-in flashlight, call, and change channels."—Kaity Velez, Product Tester

SPACE JAM Lebron James Ultimate Tune Squad 12-inch Action Figure

A New Legacy: Lebron James Action Figure

SPACE JAM

What We Like
  • Voice sounds just like LeBron James

  • Includes basketball accessories

What We Don't Like
  • Packaging isn't great for collectors

  • The action figure may be a bit smaller than expected

The Space Jam: A New Legacy action figure looks just like LeBron James himself—the voice also sounds on point, and it even recites phrases from the movie. LeBron comes with four accessories that attach to his body, including the ACME blocker, a basketball, basket boom, and claws. You can pose LeBron's arms and legs for extensive play.

Dimensions: 2.99 x 6.26 x 12 inches | Weight: 1.17 ounces | Material: Plastic | Age Range: 4 years and up

Hot Wheels Criss Cross Crash Track Set

hot-wheels-criss-cross

Courtesy of Walmart

What We Like
  • Good for one or more players

  • Includes more than 16 feet of track

  • Provides hours of fun

What We Don't Like
  • Box only includes one car

  • Motor can be loud

This Hot Wheels track features four elevated loops for car racing fun, along with multiple ‘crash zones’ for plenty of action and excitement. Motorized wheels propel cars onto the loops of the track and kids have fun guessing which cars will go the distance to make many circuits before crashing. Just know that this toy can be a bit loud, thanks to the motor powering cars around the track and the crashing cars.

Dimensions: 2.75 x 24 x 15 inches | Weight: 1.85 pounds | Material: Not listed | Age Range: 5-9 years

Treasure X Sunken Gold Treasure Ship Playset

Treasure X Sunken Gold Treasure Ship Playset

Courtesy of Walmart

What We Like
  • 25 levels of fun and adventure

  • Encourages creative thinking

  • No batteries needed

What We Don't Like
  • One-time use

  • Kinetic sand requires clean-up

This ship has it all, from a canon to trapdoors and gold-dipped treasure at the end. Kids will love encountering different challenges as they try to rescue the captain and defeat the evil monster. There are surprises everywhere, so this toy is sure to keep their attention.

Dimensions: 16 x 5 x 11 inches | Weight: 1.58 pounds | Material: Not listed | Age Range: Varies

VTech KidiZoom Smartwatch DX

VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX

Amazon

What We Like
  • Has five games and three action challenges

  • Includes a camera with photo effects

  • Voice recorder with voice-changing effects

  • Alarm, timer, and stopwatch

What We Don't Like
  • Low screen resolution

  • Lower battery life than expected

Six-year-old boys who love tech gadgets will appreciate the VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX. This kid-friendly version of a smartwatch features rugged construction plus fun activities and games to keep kids engaged and learning. 

Parents find the VTech Kidizoom to be great for getting kids excited about staying active since it has games that are played with the motion sensors. It’s also useful for keeping kids occupied on car rides or running errands without needing to bring along a larger tablet.

Dimensions: 0.6 x 8.82 x 1.8 inches | Weight: 0.96 ounces | Material: Not listed | Age Range: 4-9 years

Mattel Minions Laugh & Chatter Otto Interactive Toy

Minions: The Rise of Gru Babble Otto Large Interactive Toy For Kids Ages 4 Years & Up

Courtesy of Walmart

What We Like
  • Great gift for Minions fans

  • Shake Otto to hear him laugh and vibrate

  • Press hand to hear laughter and Minion Speak

  • Huggable plush toy for bedtime and traveling

What We Don't Like
  • Can be loud

  • Batteries wear out quickly

This Minions toy is a fun, interactive one. Otto has more than 20 different sounds and phrases, which are activated based on how he’s moved. He even sings a lullaby and snores when he’s laid down. He comes with a stone and kids will love watching him react when it’s inserted in his pocket. 

Dimensions: 8.5 x 8.5 x 10 inches | Weight: 1.48 pounds | Material: Plastic | Age Range: 3 years and up

HEXBUG JUNKBOTS Dumpster Kit

JUNKBOTS Dumpster Kit

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Encourages STEM skills and creativity

  • Take apart the bots to create totally unique figures

  • Robots can light up and animate

What We Don't Like
  • Lots of small pieces

  • May be too complex for some

Kids are in for a surprise, literally, with this toy. The Hexbug dumpster comes with an assortment of more than 50 pieces that can be used to build mini figures or robots. The Junkbots can even be animated with the use of the included motor. 

Dimensions: 3.15 x 1.18 x 1.18 inches | Weight: 8.82 ounces | Material: Not listed | Age Range: 5 years and up

Razor A2 Kick Scooter

Razor A2 Kick

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Great for outdoor play

  • Adjustable handlebar height

  • Rear brake

What We Don't Like
  • No power motor

  • No kickstand

Give your 6-year-old a new set of wheels with the Razor A2 Kick Scooter. This lightweight and easy-to-maneuver scooter is popular with kids of all ages. It features a wheelie bar in the back for fun moves and a shock absorber in the front for a smooth ride. The Razor A2 supports up to 143 pounds and folds up for easy storage. It's a great way to encourage kids to get outside and stay active, as they race with friends or try new moves in the driveway.

Dimensions: 11.25 x 33.5 x 25.5 inches | Weight: 3.53 ounces | Material: Aluminum | Age Range: Youth

Educational Insights Design & Drill Bolt Buddies Pick-It-Up Truck

Design & Drill Bolt Buddies Recycling Truck

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Fun and educational STEM toy

  • Kids can build and design truck

  • Packaging box is part of the toy

What We Don't Like
  • Box pieces can get worn easily

  • Back door of truck won't stay shut

This STEM toy is fun and educational. Kids use the drill to build the recycling truck, which when completed, has an operational lift arm. They’ll love drilling away with the 18 bolts that are included. Also, though you typically throw away the box toys come in, not with this one. The box is actually a part of the play experience. 

Dimensions: 5.8 x 11 x 6 inches | Weight: 2.48 pounds | Material: Not listed | Age Range: 3-7 years

Flybar Foam Pogo Jumper

Flybar Foam Pogo Jumper

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Adjustable handle height

  • Foam bottom won't harm floors

  • High 250-pound weight limit

What We Don't Like
  • Toy's squeaking noises can be loud

  • The stick is floppy, not fixed upright

Provide a fun, safe way for your kid to let loose with the Flybar Foam Pogo Jumper. This compact pogo jumper features a soft foam bottom that won’t harm floors and a stretchy handle that enables kids of different heights to use it easily. It has a 250-pound weight limit, and plenty of parents have been known to give the Flybar Foam Pogo Jumper a test run.

Dimensions: Not listed | Weight: Not listed | Material: Aluminum | Age Range: 3 years and up

Stomp Rocket Dueling Rockets

Stomp-Rocket

Courtesy of Walmart

What We Like
  • Fun play for backyards and parks

  • Fun rocket launch competition between players

  • Launch rockets up to 20 stories high

What We Don't Like
  • Only good for two players

  • Lightweight kids may not be able to launch rockets high

Stomp Rocket Dueling Rockets features four rockets and dual launching pads that are designed to be stepped, stomped, and smashed by kids looking to send the rockets high overhead. The rockets themselves are soft, but can soar to great heights. While Stomp Rocket offers a single rocket launcher, the Dueling Rockets version offers the ability for two kids to play simultaneously. Many users also found the Dueling Rockets set-up to have a sturdier base and easier rocket loading system. 

Dimensions: 16 x 3.3 x 12 inches | Weight: 1.32 pounds | Material: Not listed | Age Range: 6 years and up

LEGO Classic

LEGO Classic Medium Creative Brick Box

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Classic Legos set is great for hours of fun

  • Large 484-piece set comes with storage container

  • Great alternative to screen time

What We Don't Like
  • Lots of little pieces to clean up

  • Pieces are smaller than expected

These classic building blocks are among the most popular toys of all time, and many young boys enjoy the endless engineering and tinkering that comes with a set of Legos. This 484-piece set comes inside of a handy storage container, though don’t be surprised to find that the included bricks don’t fill the container to the brim. Instead, it allows plenty of room for your child to grow his Lego collection over the years.

Dimensions: 14.55 x 7.05 x 7.09 inches | Weight: 2.2 pounds | Material: Plastic | Age Range: Kid

Ozlife Adventure Kidz Outdoor Exploration Kit

Ozlife Adventure Kidz Outdoor Exploration Kit

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Great for camping and hiking fun

  • Includes binoculars, flashlight, and more

  • Easy drawstring backpack

What We Don't Like
  • Not the most high-grade equipment

  • Smaller than expected

Does he love the great outdoors? Equip him for his next adventure with the Adventure Kidz Outdoor Exploration Kit. Along with a drawstring backpack, the set includes binoculars with 4x30 magnification, a crank-operated LED flashlight, a 3X magnifying glass, a compass, and a whistle on a lanyard. While the kit isn't filled with high-grade survival equipment, it’s fun and functional for a child.

Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 3.2 inches | Weight: 14 ounces | Material: Not listed | Age Range: 3-10 years

Think Gizmos Take-Apart Racing Car

Think Gizmos Take-Apart Racing Car

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Kids learn to build and take apart cars

  • Realistic lights and sounds

What We Don't Like
  • Needs patience and a lot of hand-eye coordination

  • Drill handle may be too large for little hands

For young motor enthusiasts, the Think Gizmos Take-Apart Racing car is a great hands-on gift. This build-your-own-car kit is designed to be assembled by your child and includes a low-speed, battery-operated drill, and 30 pieces. 

While it may sound challenging for a 6-year-old, parents found it to be a fun and age-appropriate task for their child. A motion sensor allows the car to make sounds for realistic play, but you can turn this function off with a switch on the engine.

Dimensions: 15.67 x 10.94 x 2.52 inches | Weight: 1.23 pounds | Material: Plastic | Age Range: 3-7 years

Creativity for Kids Create with Clay Dinosaurs

Create-with-clay-dinosaurs
What We Like
  • Helps kids learn about dinosaurs

  • Promotes arts and creativity

What We Don't Like
  • Limited amount of times clay can be used

  • Very messy toy

For a budding paleontologist or any little boy that loves prehistoric action, this clay dinosaur kit from Creativity for Kids is a great activity. The kit includes three plastic dinosaur skeletons and five colors of modeling clay to bring the dinosaurs to life. The clay stays moldable for quite a long time, so your child can re-configure the dinosaurs over and over for hours of fun.

Dimensions: 2.25 x 10.5 x 12.25 inches | Weight: 1.17 pounds | Material: Not listed | Age Range: 5 years and up

Yulu Operation Escape Board Game

Operation Escape Room

Yulu 

What We Like
  • For solo and up to four players

  • Three escape room challenges

  • Great family game

What We Don't Like
  • Batteries not included

Challenge the mind with the Operation Escape Board Game. This logic and critical thinking game brings the excitement of an Escape Room into your living room. With three challenges to solve and varying degrees of difficulty, it appeals to children's sense of adventure.

Dimensions: Not listed | Weight: Not listed | Material: Plastic | Age Range: 6 years and up

IQ BUILDER STEM Learning Construction Set

IQ BUILDER STEM Learning Construction Set

Amazon

What We Like
  • Can make small shapes and large figures and models

  • Includes eBook for more ideas

What We Don't Like
  • Will need additional parts for bigger projects

  • Booklet that comes with the toy is unhelpful

For the little boy who loves to build, the IQ Builder STEM Construction Set provides an abundance of possibilities. This introduction to engineering set helps kids build structures and shapes with 164 pieces, including building rods in various lengths, connecting balls, and wheels. Just know that if your child really takes off with this STEM construction set, they’ll probably need to add to the initial inventory of pieces to create large-scale projects or more specialized designs.

Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.9 x 5.3 inches | Weight: 2.14 pounds | Material: Plastic | Age Range: All

Osmo - Detective Agency: Osmo A Search & Find Mystery

Osmo A Search & Find Mystery

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Helps kids learn geography and history

  • Detective game gives visual and audio clues

What We Don't Like
  • Not compatible with all tablets

  • Game can be repetitive

Osmo creates interactive games that combine a hands-on board and pieces with the expansive learning opportunities available through a tablet. Compatible with an iPad or Fire Tablet, parents love how the Osmo Detective Agency game helps kids learn more about geography while using critical thinking to solve puzzles. You can easily expand your Osmo learning collection with more games once you have the base, which is sold separately.

Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.25 inches | Weight: 3.52 ounces | Material: Plastic | Age Range: 5-12 years

Marvel Spider-Man Super Web Slinger

spider man glove

Marvel 

What We Like
  • Great for fans of Spiderman

  • Shoots water or silly string for fun

What We Don't Like
  • Glove is one size and may not fit everyone

  • Silly string runs out fast

Let your 6-year-old’s imagination run wild with the Marvel Spider-Man Super Web Slinger. Simply slip on the special Spidey glove and attach the canister and holster to sling webs or spray water. The set includes a can of web fluid—which is similar to silly string. Once the canister runs out, you can buy replacements but it’s nice to know that the sprayer also works with water. This Spider-Man Super Web Slinger takes playtime to a whole new level, and parents like that it’s not necessary to keep replacing the web fluid for the glove to remain fun.

Dimensions: 2.01 x 9.96 x 8.98 inches | Weight: 1.07 ounces | Material: Not listed | Age Range: 5 years and up

3Doodler Start Make Your Own HEXBUG Creature 3D Pen Set

3DoodlerHexbug

Courtesy of Barnes and Noble

What We Like
  • Make robotic creatures

  • Use included motor to propel the bugs

  • Hours of hands-on playtime

What We Don't Like
  • Replacement filaments can be expensive

Creativity is the name of the game with the 3Doodler. Kids use the 3D pen to create wings, legs, and more that are then added to the insect molds. The pen doesn’t get hot, is BPA-free, and easy to use. After creating the creepy crawler of their dreams, the included motors can be used to propel the bugs forward.

Dimensions: 8.07 x 5.75 x 2.76 inches | Weight: 10.2 ounces | Material: Plastic | Age Range: 6 years and up

Hasbro Gaming Connect 4 Game

Connect4

Courtesy of Walmart

What We Like
  • Great for team playing and family fun

  • Ready to play out of the box

  • Three ways to win

What We Don't Like
  • Pieces can get stuck in game structure

  • Structure could be more durable

Introduce your child to a classic game for hours of fun. Hasbro’s Connect 4 is a top seller that is simple to learn but offers competitive gameplay. It’s the perfect game for keeping kids occupied on rainy days or to play with parents during a family game night. What people love most about Connect 4 for kids is that it’s ready to play out of the box and a quick round can be played in a few minutes or longer tournaments can lead to an hour or more of fun.

Dimensions: 1.61 x 10.51 x 10.98 inches | Weight: 1 pound | Material: Plastic | Age Range: 6 years and up

What to Look for in a Gift for a 6-Year-Old Boy

Action

Look for gifts that’ll keep a 6-year-old boy engaged and on the move. Starting at age 6, strength and muscle coordination begins to improve rapidly for your little one. Thus, some 6-year-olds will enjoy a gift that gives them a reason to run, jump, or get active during playtime.

Imagination

At the age of 6, boys may have an active imagination. Put their creativity to use with a toy or game that has multiple configurations or outcomes, allowing them to think outside the box and make creative decisions for themselves.

STEM skills

Who says learning can’t be fun? But to make sure your little boy will be really engaged in actually building the toy, studies show that you should keep gendered packaging in mind. Help your 6-year-old boy to learn more about science, technology, engineering, or math with fun gifts that teach skills in these useful areas. These are subjects sure to engage as your child is now of the age where he is developing a more mature and logical way of thinking. Many STEM toys and games involve robotics, fun chemistry experiments, or building play structures like forts while using basic principles of engineering. Just be sure to choose an age-appropriate gift and stay around to give a helping hand if your child needs help mastering a certain skill.

Recommended Age

Even if a toy looks just right for the 6-year-old in your life, make sure to take a quick look at the age rating on the toy you’re considering to make sure it’s both stimulating and safe, says Kristin Morency Goldman, senior advisor of strategic communications for The Toy Association.

Why Trust The Spruce?

This article was written by Erica Puisis, a freelance writer who has written for The Spruce since 2017. To make this list, she considered each toy's level of action and STEM skills, as well as if it encourages a child's imagination.

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