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Great Gift Ideas for 6 Year-Olds

Delight newly-minted book worms and the world’s best free-players with these picks.

Josey Miller and Matt Harvey

6 Year Old Gift Guide

Around age six, many kindergarteners and first graders start to bust down the door to a fantasy-filled new world: the world of books. They’re cracking the reading code, picking up stories to explore on their own, and it’s all still so totally, uh, novel. This is a gift-giving gold mine, people! While some teenagers might not flip for books as gifts, the younger set wholeheartedly believe that independent reading makes them big kids — and that’s huge. That said, it doesn’t hurt to have some amazing toys to complement the books under the gift wrap, especially because some of the funnest games and free play toys ever made are perfect for this age group exactly.

Farts: A Spotter's Guide

When we said books, you didn’t think we were going to get all serious did you? No way — that would stink! Kids are more likely to love books about topics that interest them, and what’s more interesting to six-year-olds than farts? Ew, baby. This book unearths readers’ inner fart detective and will fill any child’s gas tank with gross-out humor galore. 

The Day the Crayons Quit

This book — about crayons who have the blues and decide to go on strike — is an instant classic. Why we love it is very black and white: It teaches problem-solving and diplomacy and inclusiveness while staying completely light and fun from start to finish. If, or should we say when, your child is tickled pink by this book, you can follow it up with The Day the Crayons Came Home and even the holiday-themed The Crayons’ Christmas. We give you the green light to collect them all. 

Ooly Color Appeel Crayons

These amazing peel-away crayons take coloring to the next level. Bright hues, high-quality wax, and an innovative design that equals fewer busted pieces. Prepare to be blinded by the artistic creativity these crayons unleash.

Toniebox Playtime Audio Player Starter Set – Light Blue (with FREE Chase Tonie)

Who said you need to know how to read to love books? No one, that’s who. And while read-alouds are sweet for teaching and bonding, blah blah blah, sometimes the grown-ups just need a break! That’s when the Tonies take over. This very six-year-old-friendly audio system with 90 minutes of endurance does the storytelling—and singing—for you. It even allows long-distance friends and family to do the reading (yes, in their own voices!).

Hair Love

The animated film that won an Academy Award by more than a hair was adapted into this story and is inching towards an HBO series adaptation. This story about a daddy-daughter relationship is a cut above, but its messages about self-acceptance and appreciating all that makes you you will resonate with all readers. Rated G for Good Hair Day. 

Do Not Lick This Book

You have to see it to believe it!...Or do you? This interactive book gives readers a close (no, really close...even closer!) look at things so teeny tiny, they’re invisible to the naked eye. Because, hey, you’re never too young to learn about microbes. Warning: Germophobes need not apply.

Julián is a Mermaid

In a stroke of luck, Julián, who loves mermaids, runs into some on the subway. And, with the help of his supportive abuela, that encounter takes him much farther than his train stop. This book encourages kids to follow their sparkle and just keep swimming. 

Barbie Extra Doll

Barbie has a timeless appeal that’s kept her on toy shelves for generations — and we gotta say, we love her latest incarnation. While Barbie’s always been a little bit extra, these days she’s completely owning her personal style with awesome hair, comfy sneaks, even an adorable pet companion — and she’s encouraging kids to express their true selves too.

Let's Fix Lunch!

If your 6 year-old gets a kick out of helping in the kitchen, this book cooks up ideas geared toward young and grown-up palates alike. Added bonus? It could also heat up eating habits for the picky ones among us. Now that’s the recipe for a good gift.

Spinforce Target Car Track Game

The Spinforce Target Car Track Game is just plain fun. From the second your kiddo drags back the self propelled car and hears that familiar ratcheting sound, they’ll be hooked. The cars race down a track, navigate a loop-the-loop, and shoot off the ramp towards the targets... yeah, it’s as awesome as it sounds!

Franklin Pro Hoops Basketball

Franklin Pro Hoops Basketball is the stuff that indoor mini dunk contest dreams are made of! Shoot for practice, play a round of H-O-R-S-E, or challenge the family to a shootout. The closet door has never been so fun!

Magna-Tiles

Magna Tiles encourage kids to build stuff from their imagination, and they’re a great tool for manipulating shapes and colors. The tiles themselves are pretty durable, and they’ll do less damage to your bare feet than Legos. The magnets are strong enough to maintain structural integrity and easy enough to separate without frustration. Educators LOVE these toys, and kids love ’em too!

Bari Lynn Glitter Cupcake Crossbody Bag

Bari Lynn accessories are some of the most popular items at CAMP stores. Bari Lynn designs appeal to kids and adults alike, and your kid will love this adorable sparkling cupcake bag, for special occasions or just Tea Party Tuesday.

Clack!

You might never have heard of this magnetic game, but Amigo (the award-winning makers of this addictive game) have outdone themselves with this one. This game is just plain fun. Every time we demo this in the CAMP stores — we sell out!

Micro Maxi Scooter

The next step up from the wildly popular Micro Mini Kickboard Scooter, this version for big kids ages 5-12 has a telescoping, adjustable handle and amazing light-up wheels, plus all the agility and steerability of the little kids' version.