Six-year-old boys are starting first grade and need help with being organized. They can generally dress themselves, but they need some help planning so things go smoothly. They need consistent rules and routines for things such as play, bed time, and homework, which is new to them. Inconsistency confuses them. They can be very loving, but if they have excess energy, they can get a bit exuberant. They see themselves as grown-up and “not a baby.” If they have an older brother, they may emulate and want to tagalong with him. It’s at this age that they now widely share toys and have a group of friends who are regular playmates. Their friends are chosen because they share interests, but their friends can start influencing them.
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Six-year-old boys are discovering sports as fans and will start participating although it will take a couple of years to develop his real skills. He will pick teams and individual athletes to support and will appreciate jerseys and collectibles for those teams and athletes. It’s possible that he may focus on one sport or a variety of sports. He may collect sports cards and collectibles from those sports that go beyond just his chosen team and athlete.
He will also start participating in sports. His participation is sincere but experimental to some degree. So, buy quality equipment and gear for him to assist his performance, but wait to buy top-of-the-line equipment until he will not outgrow it and his long term participation is assured.
Just like he will emulate his older brothers, six-year-old boys will also emulate action heroes. The action heroes can be fictional characters or entertainment personas such as WWE stars. He will appreciate action figures, apparel, gear, related toys, collectible cards, and other collectibles.
Building things with a variety of materials is a favorite activity for six-year-old boys. With adult help and supervision with some items, he may use Legos, K’NEX kits, scale-model kits, erector sets, and carpentry materials.
Anything With Wheels or Treads
Six-year-old boys are drawn to all types and sizes of toy cars, trucks, trains, planes, and construction equipment. He will enjoy small diecast collectible cars and cases to hold them. Larger diecast model cars and age-appropriate scale model kits will also be appreciated. Beginner remote-controlled cars will provide hours of entertainment. Trucks of any kind as well as construction kits make great outdoor toys that he and his playmates can enjoy. Planes are another category that attracts six-year-old boys. He will learn and talk about the different planes. Some planes will be for display, and he will play with some planes. Full scale model trains are beyond his age range, but simple circular track sets can be the basis for a full scale set in the future.
Babies and toddlers are introduced to simple video-game-like learning toys. So, it is only natural for six-year-old boys to progress to a bit more advanced handheld computer or game machine video games. This is the time to start setting limits on content and playing time.
Board and Card Games
Board and card games are a fun way to provide and teach social interaction skills. Games such as Uno, Yahtzee, and Monopoly Junior can also reinforce skills such as reading, numbers, and math. Playing as a family and playing with playmates gives him the opportunity to explore different relationships. Many boys this age also develop an interest in checkers and then chess. This can develop into a lifetime of enjoyment.
Toys Others Have
His playmates are going to provide exposure to different toys and other things, and he will want some of those things himself. If it is possible and reasonable, these requests can be fulfilled. However, if you feel the answer should be no or not yet, explain why and stay firm.
Science Experiments and Magic Tricks
Science experiments and magic tricks fascinate six year old boys on the same level. Whether it is learning to make an object disappear or creating a volcano that erupts, the awe of mystery will draw a six-year-old boy. So, get him some magic kits and some science kits, and work with him to master them. He will enjoy it and enjoy sharing it with others.
Other Possible Collections
Many six-year-old develop an interest in collecting bugs. This may sound less than desirable but moving from collecting bugs and butterflies to a career in biology is a possibility. Do not discourage this interest too quickly.
If he is around another collector, he may also become interested in collecting things such as coins or stamps. Whether this is a long term interest or not, take it seriously as long as the other collector is a good influence on him. It will give him a memory of time spent with that person for his lifetime.
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The Crayola Light-up Tracing Pad will introduce your six-year-old boy to drawing. It includes the coloring board, ten tracing sheets, ten blank sheets, a graphite pencil, and 12 colored pencils. The kit provides images that are illuminated by the LED drawing tablet with a paper-locking frame to make tracing easier. The images are sports and music related, which is appropriate for a six-year-old boy. Other images can be downloaded. It measures 12″ x 1.5″ x 11″ weighs two pounds, and requires three AA batteries. Once he gains a feel for lines and an understanding of proportion, he can start drawing freehand.
The Hauck Nerf Battle Racer Ride On is a sturdy, three-wheeled, pedal-powered go kart. The Ride On has a tubular steel frame, easily adjustable bucket seat, racing-inspired pedals, forward and reverse gears, a neutral setting that lets it coast downhill, a hand brake, and a chain-drive adjustment. The sure-grip tires are low-profile, rubber-rimmed plastic, and, for quick, responsive turns, it has three-point steering. It can carry four Nerf Blasters and lots of darts that are bought separately. It measures 51″ x 23″ x 27″, weighs 33 pounds, is partly assembled, and can hold a child up to 110 pounds.
This combines a six-year-old boy’s fascination with cars and action heroes. He will enjoy riding on it as he plays with his friends. Since it is pedal-powered, it will provide physical activity.
With the 894-piece LEGO City Police Station, your six-year-old boy can combine his passion for action heroes with his desire to build. The LEGO City Police Station is three stories high including a watch tower, a garage with a door that opens, and a jail cell that includes dynamite and a wall that blows out. Accessories include a police car, police motorcycle, helicopter, and the bad guy’s truck with a cherry picker that raises and rotates. There are four policemen and three criminals. The completed police station is 9″ high x 14″ wide x 14″ deep. The police car is 1” high x 4” long x 1” wide. The helicopter is 3” high x 7” long x 1” wide. The motorcycle 1” high x 2” long x less than 1” wide. The bad guys’ truck is 2” high x 4” long x 1” wide.
The LEGO City Police Station is compatible with other LEGO sets. Once he has built the police station, your six-year-old boy can play with the police, crooks, building, and vehicles.
The Creativity for Kids Grow ‘n Glow Terrarium is a fun project for a six-year-old boy to assemble and learn about plant life. Assemble the terrarium in the plastic jar. The kit includes potting mix, chia and wheat grass seeds, decorative sand, river stones, figurines, glow-in-the-dark stickers, a decorative lid, and a plant mister for watering. The plants should sprout in three to four days. It measures 10.5″ x 3″ x 12″ and weighs 15.8 ounces.
When your six-year-old boy sees the plants growing, he will want some more seeds to plant and maybe a little outside garden patch.
The PLAYMOBIL Ghostbusters Firehouse is another toy that combines two interests of six-year-old boys, although this kit may require adult help to build. This Ghostbusters Firehouse action hero set includes all four character: Spangler, Stantz, Janine, and Tully, along with the library ghost. It measures 17.7″ long x 10.8″ wide x 17.9″ high, and is compatible with all Playmobil sets. The Firehouse is completely furnished, including the fire pole and the Ghost Containment Unit. Accessories include lasers, proton packs, proton wands, PKE meter, ghost traps, and slime that will stick to walls. The first floor garage has a door that opens and is large enough to hold a scale model of the Ecto-1 (sold separately).
After it is assembled, your six-year-old boy will have hours of fun playing with it.
With this Magformers Challenger Set, you can make the XL Cruiser Car Set and the round ball. The set has 112 pieces in multiple colors and four geometric shapes. The pieces connect using strong Neodymium Rare-Earth Magnets. The set includes 46 squares, 48 triangles, 12 pentagons, four hexagons, and two wheels. The pieces range from 2″ x 2″ to 4″ x 4″. This set is compatible with other MAGFORMERS shapes but not the Magnets in Motion Power generator. The Magformers Challenger Set will allow your six-year-old boy to create buildings and anything else he can imagine with a new building material for children, This set will introduce him to engineering principles.
This Star Wars Bladebuilders Lightsaber with authentic lights and sounds, allows your six-year-old boy to emulate Kylo Ren from Star Wars: The Last Jedi or to be his own Jedi. There is a connector piece that allows other Bladebuilders lightsabers to be added so that he has a custom, extendable lightsaber. It requires two AA batteries.
The set of two Spy Gear Video WalkieTalkies allows your six-year-old boy to communicate with a playmate up to 160 feet away. They can pretend to be spies, action heroes, police officers, or whatever they can imagine. The walkietalkies also transmit images. By pressing the transmit button, they transmit on a radio frequency, so they do not require WiFi or use data. Plugging in the headphones, means that only he and his friend can hear the two-way communication. The walkietalkies can also be used as a hidden surveillance camera, but they will turn off after 15 minutes. To use them, they need to be synchronized. They measure 1.2″ x 5″ x 6.2″, have a total weight of 6.4 ounces, and require three AAA batteries. This is definitely a gift to consider for a six-year-old boy who likes to imitate action heroes.
Introduce your six-year-old boy to robotics with this 120-piece Robotis Play 600 Pets Kit. With this kit and some assistance at first, he can build one of seven motorized pets. If he gets tired of one pet, he can disassemble it and build another one or create his own designs. The instructions for building the puppy, bird, and cricket are available in the manual included. The instructions for the polar bear, goldfish, whale, and tank can be found using the free ROBOTIS R+ Design 3D Interactive Assembly App for iOS, Android, or PC. The kit includes a motorized controller with two-way output and an instruction manual. All Robotis’ kits offer either wheel-based or joint-based movement. It requires two AA batteries. Imagine the excitement of your six-year-old boy when he creates his first of hopefully many robots.
This Star Wars Child’s Hooded Jedi Robe allows your six-year-old boy to imitate his favorite Jedi. The 36″ long robe is made of polyester. The Jedi costume and lightsaber are not included. Since it is polyester, it is machine-washable, if you can get your six-year-old boy to take it off.