Six-year-old girls are busy making friends at school, finding their sense of humor and testing their boundaries in all kinds of ways. They’re growing up fast, and they need toys and games that engage their growing mastery of reading and logic, their improving hand-eye coordination and their need to engage socially with peers.

We’ve put together a guide to the best gifts for 6 year old girls and taken a look at how their developmental stage plays a role in choosing a great gift, so read on for inspiration.

The Winners

#1

Little Partners  Double-sided Easel

Best Overall

If your six-year-old is turning every corner of the house into an arts and crafts corner, it may just be time for an easel. The Little Partners  Double-sided Easel from features a chalkboard on one side and a magnetic dry-erase board on the other, as well as a top-mounted paper roller and securing clips with a roll of paper included. The easel’s base holds four non-spill paint containers and has room for other all her other tools of the trade.

Further down, two sizable folding storage bins can be used to store all her paints, markers, crayons, brushes and other art supplies. This two-sided easel is great for sharing with a friend or sibling, and it makes a fun addition to playrooms and bedrooms that encourages her to express her ever-growing creativity.

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#2

Omano JuniorScope Microscope

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Toys that teach STEM skills offer cognitive developmental benefits to kids when they’re age-appropriate, and a kid-friendly microscope is great at six. The Omanouse JuniorScope  has a stable base that won’t slip or slide during viewing. The monocular microscope features 40x, 100x and 400x zoom, letting young scientists adjust for clarity and get a great look at their specimens. Visibility is also improved by the presence of an LED backlight, which makes sure they won’t miss the finest details.

The JuniorScope also has the advantage of being a complete set – it comes with the Ultimate Kid’s Science Kit, which includes slides and stains, a petri dish, forceps, a dropper, a user’s guide and more.

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#3

Crayola Light-up Tracing Pad

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Creative expression through art isn’t just fun, it offers hand-eye coordination and cognitive boosts to six-year-olds. The Light-up Tracing Pad from the art experts at Crayola features a bright LED drawing tablet which enables kids to trace the kit’s enclosed images easily. It includes 10 sheets of traceable images that feature a fashion runway model and her clothes and hairstyles, as well as a majestic horse and fun equestrian accessories.

She’ll be able to mix and match tracing sheets to draw a fun new scene every time she plays. Parents should note that while 10 blank sheets, a graphite pencil and a small colored pencil set are enclosed, she’ll need 3 AAA batteries to illuminate this toy.

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#4

Jada Toys GIRLMAZING Big Foot Jeep R/C

RC vehicles are great picks for encouraging our kids to get out and explore their world, plus they can help children to improve their their hand-eye coordination. This bright pink GIRLMAZING Jeep from Jada Toys has a classic Jeep body design that’s rugged, durable and stands up to rough terrain in a color scheme that will delight even the girly-girls. It’s a full-function RC vehicle with 4-channel motion that’s durable, zippy, and has a controller-style remote that’s easy for young users to grip and operate. This cool Jeep is just the right size for using with fashion dolls like Barbie, so it also makes a fun storytelling element during pretend play.

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#5

AmyHomie Mermaid Tail Blanket

As the cooler months draw near, snuggling up with a blanket sounds more and more appealing. She can cuddle up on the couch with a book, watch a movie or have a snooze in this soft and beautiful AmyHomie Mermaid Tail Blanket, featuring a colorful scale pattern over a magenta knit exterior which flares into a classic mermaid’s tail at the end. The back and bottom of this blanket are open rather than closed, so she can both walk and get out of the blanket easily if needed. The cotton and acrylic blend is soft and warm without being too heavy, but parents should note that since it’s crocheted, hand washing this blanket is best.

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#6

LEGO Friends Heartlake Hair Salon

Building blocks are great for encouraging kids to think logically, plus they provide that much-needed hand-eye skill development that’s ideal for six-year-olds. The Heartlake Hair Salon features stylists Emma and Natasha in their single story, blue and purple salon. After she assembles the 318 piece set, creative play opportunities abound! The salon features realistic elements like a stylist’s station with a large mirror, a rolling cart, a coffee machine and a counter display.

Also included are fun accessories like hair care products and tools, wigs, a smaller mirror, magazines, a cash register, potted plants and more. This salon is compatible with the rest of the LEGO play system, making it a great addition to her growing collection.

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#7

Kano Computer Kit

Kits that teach building and coding are great at instilling early STEM skills, enhancing their ability to think logically and solve problems. The Kano computer kit allows kids to build their very own Raspberry Pi 3-powered computer, which features a DIY case, wireless keyboard, and all the cables they’ll need to operate the device. It features cool LED lights as well as decorative stickers that kids can use to customize their computer build.

They can complete over a hundred coding challenges, engage with unique learning apps, write stories, create digital art, and even hack Minecraft to use it in a new way. It plugs into any HDMI screen, which means just about every modern monitor or television can be used with this kit.

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#8

Melissa & Doug Fashion Plate Set

Parents look to Melissa & Doug for well crafted toys that encourage kids to use their imagination in new ways. This portable fashion plate set will bring out her inner fashionista, and features nine double-sided plates which can be flipped and alternated to create the outfit of her choosing. Four pencils, a rubbing crayon and a convenient crayon holder are also included. When she’s found her design of choice, she can simply place her paper on the fashion plate and make a crayon rubbing that she can then color and design further.

There’s lots of mix and match potential here, and the durability and convenient handle of this purple and pink kit make it a great pick for road trips and on-the-go playtime.

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#9

ZagGit Deluxe Art Supplies Set

There’s lots of good things about giving six year olds ways to express themselves creatively. Not only do they reap cognitive boosts and hand-eye coordination development, you’ll also be the proud recipient of many of their early works. The ZagGit Deluxe Art Supplies Set will give them a chance to engage with mediums that may be new to them, like watercolor paints and oil pastel crayons.

Also present are 60 standard crayons and 24 colored pencils, great for adding pep and detail to their artistic creations. A kneaded eraser, two drawing/lining pencils and a sharpener round out this set, which is stored in a stately mahogany case that latches to seal and is easy to take on the go.

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#10

Razor A5 LUX Kick Scooter

When it comes to quality, safety and speed, Razor has been a top name in the scooter world for decades. Their Razor A5 LUX Kick Scooter features a space-inspired pink deck design with white starbursts as well as a pink and white body with soft, easy-to-grasp black handlebars. It features a convenient kickstand for when she’s not in motion, and the lightweight body design makes this scooter easy to fold and carry.

The fast ride is made exceptionally smooth by the extra-large urethane wheels, and Razor’s signature rear fender brake is easy for her to master. The handlebars can be adjusted to accommodate her height, and because this pick is designed for tall riders and has a max weight limit of 220 lbs, she can share it easily and continue to enjoy it for quite a few years to come.

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#11

aGreatLife Bunny Skipping Rope

Jumping rope isn’t just for kids – the countless physical benefits of the vigorous activity have made it a popular cardio pick among fitness enthusiasts for many years. Despite being decidedly good for you, it’s still a favored childhood pastime, and this unique bunny skipping rope from aGreatLife is a shift away from the usual synthetic bargain bin jump ropes. The wooden handles are carved and painted to resemble rabbits and are non-slip and easy to grip, plus the durable rope is made from 100% eco-friendly cotton.

The jump rope comes in a sturdy cotton pouch to protect it when its not in use, and its length can be adjusted up to the size of a full adult jump rope, so she can continue to enjoy it as she grows.

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#12

Zen Laboratory Jumbo Slime Kit

Ooey gooey and tons of fun, slime is one of the most popular toys for kids right now. Simply playing with the goopy substance is hand-eye coordination boosting fun, but when they make their very own with the Zen Laboratory Jumbo Slime Kit, they’ll also be using cause and effect and exercising their planning skills. The kit comes with 18 colors of slippery slime as well as 12 shades of iridescent glitter, foam beads and baubles, plastic fruit slices, sea creature shapes and other cool additions for their creation.

There’s even glow-in-the-dark powder, so they can make goop that’ll shine all night long! Slime sculpting tools are also included, which can be used to manipulate and move their amorphous creations.

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#13

Hooded Unicorn Throw Blanket

Hooded blankets are extra comfortable and cozy, wrapping around the wearer like a bathrobe to keep them warm and snug. This super-soft Hooded Unicorn Throw Blanket features a fluttering maine with matching tail, shimmering silver foil design, sparkly horn, and inner hand pockets, creating thick insulation that’s great for keeping her warm during the chilly Winter months. There’s lots of extra fabric for her to wrap up in, so it’s a blanket she can continue to enjoy even as she starts to grow taller.

Parents should note that while this blanket can be washed on the gentle cycle in cold water, it may diminish the shine of the gold features, so hand-washing is recommended by the manufacturer.

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#14

USA Toyz LED Constellation Globe

Globes make great educational toys that also double as classic decor in a bedroom or playroom. The USA Toyz LED Constellation Globe not only lets kids see the continents, oceans and features of our planet, it also transitions into an illuminated display of the constellations in the night sky. 88 stellar formations are identified with names and navigational lines, making this globe a gift that educates kids not only on geography, but astronomy as well.

It also functions as a plug-in nightlight, and a handy app and illustrated booklet encourage kids to explore the features of their globe and learn more about both their planet and the space beyond. At 13.5″ tall, it’s big enough for them to learn and read from without taking up too much space in smaller rooms.

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#15

Gotrovo Treasure Hunt Game

Board and card games are ideal picks for engaging six-year-olds cognitively and socially, and ones that get them up and moving away from the table are even more developmentally beneficial. The Gotrovo Treasure Hunt game works just like a traditional scavenger hunt, with trails that are designed to never be the same twice.

The unique design of this indoor and outdoor scavenger hunt game gives it a ton of replay value, and play engages kids in important critical thinking and observational skills that can lead them to victory. It’s a screen-free way to encourage them to play and bond with friends or siblings while they engage with and contemplate the world around them.

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How to Pick the Perfect Gift for A 5-YEAR-OLD Boy

Consider Their Developmental Stage

At six years old, children have developed the majority of their gross and fine motor skills. They’re running, jumping and skipping with steady balance, and it’s likely that they’re using bikes and scooters, too. Outdoor physical play is great for tackling the boundless energy your six-year-old may seem to have, and the throwing and catching that happens during sports play is great for helping her continue to refine her hand-eye coordination, a skill she’s continuing to develop.

From a cognitive standpoint, her attention span is increasing significantly, preparing her for success in her school years. She’s more able to tackle complex games, puzzles, projects and kits that may have frustrated her a year ago, and she may be using her newfound language skills to tell stories. She’s developing a sense of right and wrong and personal responsibility, and may both test boundaries with her behavior and report back on others they feel are breaking rules.

Socially and emotionally, her ability to get along with and befriend her peers is improving with every passing year. She’s feeling more comfortable with sharing, and she’s craving the acceptance of her peers, sometimes over her parents, and she’s also showing more independence from the family unit. Separation anxiety is at a low, and she’ll be excited for any opportunity to play creatively with friends or sit down for a board or card game.

Entertainment vs. Education

Self-expression, socialization and physical activity are all important parts of keeping six year olds healthy and happy. Educationally, toys that focus on their growing reading and math skills in a way that’s fun can engage them and keep them focused on learning. Entertaining toys that round up a group and encourage imagination are equally important now, as they’re still learning through creative pretend play and will thrive on fun times spent with friends.

Entertainment vs. Education

At six, your child has the balance, strength and coordination for bikes, scooters and plenty of outdoor sports games. All of these options are excellent additions to her collection, as developing a love of athletic play and being outside can be a factor in creating lifelong healthy habits. They also have the potential to facilitate socialization with peers, which is a major part of her development at this stage.

Mentally, her growing ability to solve complex puzzles, read and use logic makes card and board games great picks that also encourage time spent with friends. Age-appropriate books on her favorite topics will help to expand her growing vocabulary and phonics skills. She’s understanding more sophisticated concepts, and she may be expressing the urge to take her own bath and dress herself independently – if so, items like cute towels and jewelry boxes that are just for her are something she’ll enjoy.

Socially, she’s more emotionally aware and empathetic than ever. She wants to be accepted by her peers, and tries her best to practice the emotional regulation and good behavior necessary to be an accepted part of the group. She thrives on opportunities for creative and social play, so free-standing play sets that encourage playing roles, costumes for dress-up and sit-down games that require a group are all perfect for her now.

Digital vs. Manual

At six, kids are beginning to learn reading and math skills that can be bolstered through the use of digital toys. Picks that make learning fun through games that move through different educational spaces are a great supplement to what they’re learning at school, but should still be used at a minimum compared to manual toys that encourage building, problem solving, creative play and healthy outdoor physical activity.

Wrapping Up

Six-year-old girls keep us on our toes with their growing understanding of the world and their desire to learn and achieve. They’re more aware socially, more adept physically, and more flexible mentally, and the best toys for 6 year old girls will keep them moving, thinking, having fun with friends and using their imaginations. Now that you know what she needs to succeed, let the unique magic of her personality guide you though making your choice so it’ll be sure to be a gift she’ll treasure.

Quick Decision

Little Partners  Double-sided Easel  – Best Overall
Our best overall awardee  is makes a fun addition to playrooms and bedrooms that encourages her to express her ever-growing creativity.

Omanouse JuniorScope – Upgrade Choice
This friendly microscope is great at six as it teaches STEM skills offer cognitive developmental benefits to kids when they’re age-appropriate, and a kid-

Light-up Tracing Pad – Best Budget Buy
Our budget pick features a bright LED drawing tablet which enables kids to trace the kit’s enclosed images easily.

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Hannah H.

Hannah H.

Hannah is both a parent and a freelance journalist and author. You go, girl! She is an impeccable wordsmith and her warm and witty outlook on life makes her pieces a joy to read.

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