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Shopping for Isla is getting so much more fun as she gets older. These 6 year old gift ideas are a hint of nostalgia since so many of the toys I played with at her age are cool again. But, of course, there are still some new things that I never would have even dreamed of.
These are a mix of things she currently has and loves, and a mix of things she is asking for this year. I have to admit, I am not a fun mom and have completely banned anything with the word “slime” in it. I also tend to favor toys that can get multiple uses or forms of play out of them or toys that encourage physical movement. But, of course, there are still a few things in there I know she will love too.
6 Year Old Gift Ideas
For The Active Kid
Isla asked for a pair of roller skates for her birthday back in September and she has loved them! I like that this pair can be swapped out for in-line wheels, and that they span a few sizes so they should last a while.
We also grabbed this set of pads, because falls are inevitable. These were the perfect size for a 6 year old.
This unicorn helmet has been such a hit, and she gets a compliment every time we are out on a bike ride.
If you have a kiddo with sensory needs, this platform swing is incredible. The weight limit is up to 400 pounds, so multiple kids can go on and once, and I’d be lying if I said I haven’t been on it a few hundred times. We put it on our swing set, but I have also seen frames sold separately. A bit of an investment, but so invaluable to get those wiggles out!
We took walkie talkies camping and we were all shocked at how much the kids loved them. This set looks fun…if used outside, LOL!
This gemstone excavation kit was another thing that seemed so simple, yet so thrilling for my kids. Even better- it takes a while to complete it. I love when a toy last more than 5 minutes! Pro tip- do it outside, or on a tray to catch the dust. The gems that come out are really pretty and Isla has been using them in her pretend play as treasures, so the fun really goes beyond the excavation activity too!
For The Book Lover
I always love to add a few books under the tree. Not only for the kids, but for AJ and I too. Reading the same three books at bedtime gets old! And The People Stayed Home looks like a fun way to remember 2020. Plus, I’m a sucker for a beautifully illustrated book.
Isla can read on her own, but she’s still building the confidence to do it more frequently. We looove Mo Willems books in our house, but these Elephant and Piggie books are especially great for new readers. Waiting Isn’t Easy is a favorite in our house because we’re always working on increasing our patience.
This gratitude journal looks like a really fun thing to do together. We are always trying to instill gratitude in our children, and I think practicing it together is a great way to increase that. I was thinking of getting this one to myself and having us do it together.
For The Crafter
Isla is really into crafts now and it has given us endless options on those “I’m bored” days! An increased attention span and better fine motor skills is really a game changer.
I loved fuse beads when I was a kids, and Isla does too. Who am I kidding? I still love to sit down and do them with her!
Art is another favorite, and she is forever churning out masterpieces that all must be displayed. These string light clips have been awesome for her to display her work (in her room and off the kitchen table!).
I love that LEGO has really increased the products they have for girls. I know toys don’t have genders, but to see them be more inclusive of characters that interest girls is pretty cool. Whatever gets the girls building! These Disney Princess Story Book Adventures are reminiscent of Polly Pockets, hit the imaginary princess play note every 6 year old girl wants, but also increases their spatial/building/engineering skills. Plus, they fold up like little books which is adorable.
For The Girly Girl
This unicorn umbrella is great for rainy walks to and from school, and is way sturdier than I expected a kid’s umbrella to be.
An Orbeez Foot Spa is the perfect girly girl gift. It even comes with toe separators and nail polish for the full spa experience.
Isla got a big Rainbocorn egg for Christmas last year, and her love has not wavered since. This year she is asking for the Sweet Shake Surprise Rainbocorn. I’ll admit, I don’t love these. They are full of little trinkets that get lost and never used, but she really loves them. And if it’s her request from Santa, what can ya do? At least this one isn’t the size of suitcase.
For her big gift this year, we got her an American Girl Wellie Wishers doll. She has really been into dolls and babies lately and I love to support and extend her imaginary play. These are definitely an investment, but I found this great deal for a set at Costco, and they should last a few years. They are almost sold out online, but I’ve seen a few in stores lately.