We have pointed out time and again that toys are not just things kids use for fun, they are extremely important tools in their development. This means that finding the right toy for your child is not just a walk in the park. It is a very important decision that may affect your little boy’s future.
The selection of toys on the market today is incredible, and sometimes that means you can be crippled by choice, meaning the sheer variety can leave you stunned and unable to decide. We have come up with this list of the highest-rated toys for 6-year-old boys in order to narrow things down for you a little and make this important decision easier.
Best Gifts For 6 Year Old Boy
ZOOB RacerZ Car Designer
If your boy likes cars, The ZOOB RacerZ Car Designer is going to be a great way to give him a better understanding of how a car actually works. It is comprised of 76 pieces, which includes 12 wheels featuring real rubber tires. The set also includes 3 booklets with instructions to help your little guy get the hang of things. He can use the guides or go ‘off script’ to make a truck, a buggy, an off-roader, or any other type of vehicle he can imagine.
As we mentioned, the set has plenty of pieces to use, which is also a great way for your kid to learn how to keep track of all of them and give him a real chance to learn how to take care of his stuff. Aside from the obvious benefits in the form of creative thinking and imagination building, we find this to be a great asset in boosting your kid’s responsibility.
- Big parts
- Teaches responsibility
- Instructions might be hard to follow
Newisland Big League Blaster Gun
After cars, the thing that little boys are most likely to enjoy is probably guns. This might sound like a stereotype, but some stereotypes are there for a reason. We understand this, and so do the people at Newisland who have made this really cool dart gun so that your kid can enjoy his preference for guns in a safe and controlled way. The pack contains 10 darts made of foam, which can be shot up to 30 feet away, depending on environmental factors. It is easy to use and has a simple mechanism, so there aren’t many ways for your kid to break it if he gets too eager.
A target is included in the package, but the darts are very good at sticking to pretty much any surface provided it is smooth enough, so your boy and his friends shouldn’t have any trouble finding cool targets to aim for.
- Safe and durable
- Easy to use
- Darts stick to any smooth surface
- Doesn’t work particularly well in windy conditions
Nerf N-Strike Blazin' Bow Blaster
Designed to look like a futuristic crossbow, this toy includes 3 large foam darts. Your kid should have no problem figuring out how to get the best shot out of this cool toy. Simply place the dart on the unit, pull back and let it fly. The darts should be able to fly up to 40 feet in perfect conditions, but we’ve found that 30 feet are a more realistic result, since the darts are really light and will be affected by any wind or air current.
The best thing about the Blazin’ Bow is the way it looks, since this is a big and dramatic toy that is designed for kids ages 6 and up and we think the kids at the younger end of the age range who care less about the performance and competitive play, and more about creating imaginative adventures, will find the toy very satisfying and entertaining.
- Great look
- Simple to operate
- Completely safe
- Accuracy and shot power greatly dependent on wind
WolVol Remote Control Robot Police
Imagine if you could have had your own personal Robocop when you were growing up. Well, your kid can with the WolVol Police Robot! If your boy cares about justice and peace, as well as going after bad guys, he is sure to enjoy playing with this toy.
The robot can perform up to 10 different tasks, all controlled by the remote control unit that comes in the box. These tasks include dancing, shooting rockets from his chest, or simply walking. The robot creates realistic sounds and flashy lights to accompany the movements, which really completes the illusion and makes this toy seem like the real deal.
If you’re looking for something different and something that your kid is guaranteed to enjoy, give him the cool looking robot friend that every boy has dreamed of ever since Terminator 2.
- Lifelike movements
- Remote controlled
- It’s a robot-cop
- Should really only be used indoors
Dinosaur Race Track
Here’s another thing boys universally love – dinosaurs! In this set, your kid can combine his love of dinosaurs with his love of cars and create fantastic-looking tracks and roads with a Jurassic theme. The tracks are actually flexible, which opens up a world of possibilities in terms of road-building ideas your kid can try out. The box contains 142 pieces of track, a hanging bridge, 4 trees, 2 slopes, a great looking car and a couple of dinosaurs. Made from the safest, environmentally friendly materials, and built to last a long time, this set can be your kid’s favorite toy for years to come and can be passed down to younger siblings to enjoy later.
Lydaz Dinosaur Race Track is a great way to help develop your boy’s spatial awareness and creativity and keep him away from electronic toys, TV, and video games.
- Durable and safe materials
- Dinosaur theme
- Builds creativity
- Batteries not included
Remote Control Construction Set
With this amazing kit, your boy can build his own remote-controlled car, which we would never have imagined possible before we ran into this toy. Leave it up to your kid to choose what kind of vehicle he wants to build and we’re sure you’ll be surprised by the creative solutions he comes up with.
To be honest, we think this toy could be really fun for all ages, not just for your kid, but for you as well. In this day and age, most of us don’t have the opportunity to build something from the ground up and watch it come alive before our eyes, and this set provides exactly that. Imagine the sense of achievement your little guy will get from seeing one of his own creations work.
The set is great for improving cognitive skills as well as concentration and patience, and it is built from the highest quality, non-toxic materials.
- Really unique and different
- Bright colored
- Instructions are somewhat hard to follow
Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit
If your boy likes figuring stuff out on his own, this science kit will give him the opportunity to do so. There are eleven experiments included in this set, which will all provide different, interesting results. Most of the supplies and chemicals needed for the experiments are also provided, except some simple household objects. The supplies included are test tubes, plastic cups, an activity guide, cotton swabs, pipette and measuring cups. There’s also an illustrated guide which will help your kid understand what exactly is happening in each of the experiments and why, which can be a great educational tool for understanding the full science behind the results.
Needless to say, a set like this expands the imagination and the scientific mind of your child. Hands-on experience with experiments will let your kid get interested in science and give him a head-start in school when it comes to STEM subjects.
- 11 activities
- Supplies and chemicals included
- Great guide
- You will need some household items for some of the experiments
National Geographic Dinosaur Dig Kit
The National Geographic brand carries the expectation of a fun, educational experience, as well as high build quality. We’re happy to say that this particular set does not disappoint in any of those categories. Your kid can be a paleontologist, digging up actual dinosaur fossils to examine and study. And we do mean ACTUAL dinosaur fossils, not some plastic toys.
The kit contains a real dinosaur bone, a mosasaur tooth, and an actual fossilized dinosaur poop. How great is that?! A guide is included in this kit as well, introducing your kid to some facts about dinosaurs and the prehistoric era in general.
If your kid is interested in dinosaurs and wants to create his own collection of fossils, this kit is the place to start. The set will encourage your boy’s scientific interest, sense of exploration and adventure, and will work great as a social activity as well.
- Real, actual dinosaur fossils
- National Geographic guide
- May create a mess, it’s dirt after all
Wham o Hamper Hoops
There’s a relatively simple, yet ingenious premise to this toy. It is a way to teach your kid to pick up those socks of the floor, and put them in the hamper, through the game of basketball. The basket can be hanged from any door and has a hamper attached to the bottom to hold laundry. You can have one in your kid’s bedroom, but why not get another one for the bathroom too?
By all accounts, the toy is really durable and should stay in one piece for a long time. The way it works is pretty simple, just toss your laundry in the basket, and when the hamper fills up, just unzip the bottom and let the laundry fall into a basket to take it to the washing machine. What used to be a boring chore can become a game, and those piles of laundry on your kid’s floor will go away for good.
- Detachable hamper which unzips at the bottom
- Easy to set up
- The hoop attaches to the top of the door so it may be too high for some kids
Activ Life Best Kid’s Frisbee Rings
This lightweight pair of Frisbee rings is a great way for the whole family to spend some quality time outdoors. There are 6 different color schemes you can choose from, including a glow-in-the-dark option. The rings weigh 80% less than regular Frisbees, which makes them easier to throw and catch, and also lets them stay on the surface of the water if you choose to use them at the beach or at the pool. Another great addition to the set is a useful e-book that shows all the different activities and games which can be played with the Frisbees.
Playing with Frisbees will boost your whole family’s fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination as well as overall fitness and wellbeing.
The manufacturer also provides a money-back guarantee for a period of 90 days if you are not 100% satisfied with the product, which is always a huge plus.
- Very lightweight
- Easy to catch and throw
- Floats on water
- Not suitable for dogs, as they can easily snap the rings
Educational Building Blocks by IQ BUILDER
This really great set is an excellent combination of education and fun. It contains 164 pieces of different length as well as connector balls, which give your kid the ability to create some really imaginative designs. An E-book is included to give him some idea about how to create and recreate specific objects, but the real fun with this set will come from your child’s own imagination. Your boy can try to make things on his own, or with the help of a friend, where teamwork and collaboration really come into play.
This toy has a unique ability, due to the deceptive simplicity of its design, to help your kid develop his skills in problem-solving, critical thinking and imaginative design. It is an excellent opportunity for your little one to get in touch with his creative side, as well as learn more about geometry, physics, and math.
- Endless possibilities
- Great for social play
- Develops creativity
- Needs to be kept away from small children
LEGO City Heavy Cargo Transport
Another excellent set from LEGO brings exactly the kind of quality that we’ve come to expect from this company over the years. The City Heavy Cargo Transport Kit includes a heavy truck with a flatbed trailer and a helicopter. The cab on the truck and the cockpit of the helicopter can both be opened, and the rotors on the helicopter spin like they would on the real thing. 2 figures are also included – a helicopter pilot and a truck driver.
This relatively large set of 310 pieces will give you and your boy some quality time to spend together while assembling it and will give him hours upon hours of entertainment once the build is complete. As always, this set is compatible with any LEGO product, so there are endless possibilities when it comes to creative combinations and stories for your boy to come up with.
- Proven LEGO quality
- 310 pieces overall
- Compatible with all LEGO products
- Choking hazard for small children
Ferrari Remote Control Car by Rastar
Any real gearhead loves the famous Italian prancing horse. If your kid has gasoline flowing through his veins, he will simply adore the 1/14 scale Ferrari LaFerrari remote controlled car. The remote control has the shape of the real LaFerrari steering wheel, and the attention to detail on the car itself is truly breathtaking.
The car works as well as you would expect from a Ferrari, complete with the scissor doors that open upwards, working lights as well as an independent suspension system meaning that every wheel operates on a separate spring, giving the car better handling and precision. It can reach a speed of about 10 mph and the remote should have a range of up to 30 feet. Your boy will definitely love this car, and it is a toy he can enjoy for years since you’re never really too old for a remote-controlled car.
- Working lights and functioning doors
- Fantastic look
- Short range of the remote
LEGO 31042 Super Soarer
LEGO has done it again! This fantastic set features a tinted cockpit, twin vertical stabilizers, navigation lights, large air intakes, movable wings and two engines. The build featured on the box looks a lot like the F-14 Tomcat and we like it very much because the wings fold in and out, not just by pulling on them directly, but also by utilizing the twin jet engines in the back to open and close them. There’s just enough friction between the bricks so that the wings will hold any shape that your boy chooses. Your kid can go supersonic and soar through the skies with this amazing jet.
When he’s had enough of one plane and needs a new building challenge, he can rebuild the 3 in 1 plane into one of its other designs. If your kid likes planes, this is definitely the set you want to go with.
- LEGO quality;
- 3 designs in 1 set
- Movable wings
- Smaller than most similar sets with only 100 pieces
ALEX Toys Artist Studio Draw Like A Pro
Just as its name suggests, the Artist Studio from ALEX Toys will truly help your boy draw like a pro. The tracing studio has a backlight to project images onto a drawing surface where your kid can trace it and create some awesome pictures and stories. It’s similar to the ViewMaster, except the images are meant to be traced and drawn, rather than just viewed.
If your kid likes art and has a propensity for drawing, this is a great way to foster that skill and talent. The kit comes with 6 markers, 10 sheets of paper, and most importantly – 124 slides. Playing with this toy will enhance your child’s fine motor skills as well as hand-eye coordination. It will also give your kid some inspiration and ideas to boost his creativity. On top of that, learning how to operate a projector is a skill he may need later in life.
- Video instructions available
- Fosters creativity
- Improves coordination and precision
- Batteries not included
How to Choose the Best Toy for Six Year Old Boy?
At this period in his life, your boy is developing his interests, through learning from his peers, as well as his teachers and the adults in his life. Some boys will like experimenting with science, others will enjoy sports or playing with action figures and remote control cars. Your kid’s social life is getting more and more important as time goes on and this is the stage when he will begin to ask for a particular toy or item just because “everyone has it”. If he isn’t already, this is really the time when he is going to become hugely involved in the world of computer games, but board games and card games can be equally intriguing. So how do you make the right choice in a world of endless possibilities?
Make sure the toy you’re getting is age-appropriate
Most toys have a recommended age printed on the box or in the instructions, giving you a nice, easy way to determine whether a toy is appropriate for your boy, however, this is not set in stone and the final decision is yours to make depending on your own assessment of your child’s abilities. Try to be realistic when judging the age-appropriateness of a certain toy with regards to your kid, setting your expectations too high will only frustrate your child and may serve only to stifle his progress.
Watch out for toxic and unsafe toys
Even if a toy seems safe, you need to make sure that it is not made with harmful chemicals and materials that can hurt your child. Some plastic toys are made with toxic, unsafe plastic, so look at the box or check the reviews to see which materials were used. Some red flags when it comes to this are lead, cadmium, mercury, and arsenic, so make absolutely sure these are nowhere to be found in your kid’s toys.
Criteria we used
If you want your kid to keep playing with a toy for years to come, or pass it down to his siblings and cousins, make sure that it is well-made. After prolonged use, toys can become frayed or worn which can sometimes be dangerous for your child and others. Check all toys for plastic parts, eyes, ribbons, beads or buttons that could be easily snapped off or chewed. Make sure the tail and other body-parts on stuffed animals are sewn on securely and any seams are reinforced. This goes for any other type of toy, just make sure the parts are securely attached and that the paint isn’t peeling off of them and that there are no sharp edges.
An important thing to consider when choosing a toy for your child is how it will aid in his development. While there are a number of toys that claim to develop your boy’s mental abilities, we think it’s important to also keep in mind the ones that help develop his body, spatial awareness, and motor skills. We try to pick toys that are equally appropriate for indoor and outdoor use and we generally focus on those that have an impact on both your kid’s physical and mental growth.
This should always be your number-one concern when it comes to anything regarding your child, and we’re sure you know that by now. When it comes to toys, the most important thing, as we mentioned before, is that they are made from safe materials. Another thing we also mentioned is that the build quality also plays a huge part in the overall safety of a toy. Generally speaking, you should be able to use common sense to determine which toys are or aren’t appropriate for your child, but you can be sure that any that make it through our selection process are safe to buy and play with.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I look for toys that encourage social interaction?
At this time of his life, your boy is working on his social skills. On one hand, he is learning to be more assertive, come up with solutions and perform tasks on his own, and on the other, he is practicing patience, learning how to admit mistakes and express emotions in a socially acceptable way. This is a crucial period for your child’s social development, and group play is an excellent way to hone these very important life skills. However, not every child is the same, and boys will socialize in different ways, whether that be through sports or other physical games, so make sure to figure out what your child enjoys before you decide which toy to go for.
How important is choosing an age-appropriate toy?
Many would argue that this is one of the most important decisions when it comes to buying a new toy for your kid. Whether or not you make the right decision with regards to age-appropriateness can go a long way in supporting your boy’s development and growth. Nowadays, it is not that difficult to choose a toy of an appropriate age-range since most toys have the recommended age printed on the packaging.
However, as we previously pointed out, not every child is the same, and your kid may have a different speed of development relative to other children when it comes to certain skills, so you should always do your own research, online or otherwise before making the final call on a toy. You can go below or above the recommended range to give a toy maximum longevity while making sure your kid gets the most out of it in terms of enjoyment and fun. The internet can help you make the right decision in this regard.
The toys on this list have been selected from an uncountable number of products we’ve looked at and reviewed over time, and these have proven to be the most worthy. For each toy we reviewed, we looked at safety, age-appropriateness and overall build quality, as well as how much fun kids who already own the toy are having with it. Another important aspect in our selection was the trustworthiness and reputation of the manufacturer and seller, as well as cost. The decision is ultimately up to you and we cannot make it for you, but we hope we have at least been able to make it easier.