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31 Best Gifts for 6-Year-Old Boys, According to Actual Kids

From fun, affordable toys to unique present ideas, here's what'll be on his wish list this year.

Best Toys and Gifts for 6-Year-Old Boys
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At age 6, boys are fully into elementary school — they've hit the big time. They have a better grasp of their strength, balance, coordination and fine motor skills. They're also intellectually ready for more complex games and challenges, since they can understand more sophisticated rule sets. They also enjoy playing both with family and peers. So for this age group, the best gifts are "toys that promote physical activity, attention and cognitive development," says Magdalena Oledzka, P.T., Ph.D. "Social interactions are best for this age group."

Six-year-olds also have better communication skills and love engaging in pretend play, says Gayle Kligman, M.Ed, the executive chairman of Family of Kidz. So it's great to look for toys that allow boys to continue to build on the skills they've learned at school while adding in elements of imaginative play.

But no toy can benefit a 6-year-old if they don't actually want to play with it. That's where the Good Housekeeping Institute comes in. Our product testing experts evaluate toys year round, staying on top of new toy trends, testing toys for safety and, most importantly, getting toys in to the hands of actual kids, who can give their own feedback. (The best of the best go on to win Good Housekeeping Best Toy Awards.) With all that in mind, we've put together this list of the best toys and gifts for 6-year-old boys in 2022.

What has tested well with this picky crowd? STEM toys, board games and trendy items like fidget toys are at the top of the list, along with DIY kits that let them see and do art in new ways.

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Unique Art Toy
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Sky Castle
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Crazy Forts
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Beaker Creatures Liquid Reactor Super Lab
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For Kids Who Love Cars
Hot Wheels
Race Portal
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VTech
KidiZoom Creator Cam
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Unusual Building Toy
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Light Up Tracing Pad
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Fun for Pranks
HEXBUG
Real Bugs Nanos
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PokemonTCG: Pokemon Battle Academy
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Zuru
Robo Alive Roaring Ice Dragon
Zuru
Best Artsy Gift
OMY
Magical Felt Pens
Omy
Think Fun
Roller Coaster Challenge
Think Fun
Best Outdoor Gift for 6-Year-Old Boys
Monster Jam
Grave Digger All-Terrain Remote Control Monster Truck
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Great STEM Toy for Elementary Schoolers
Educational Insights
GeoSafari Jr. Kidscope
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Best Interactive LEGO Set
LEGO
Super Mario Adventures with Luigi Starter Course
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Hot Wheels
Track Builder Unlimited Triple Loop Kit
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Think Fun
Rush Hour Junior Game
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Good Housekeeping Best Toy Award Winner
Crayola
Glow Art Studio
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Best First Cookbook
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Good Housekeeping Best Toy Award Winner
Club Mocchi Mocchi
Sonic the Hedgehog Plush
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Cooperative Family Board Game
Peaceable Kingdom
Gnomes at Night
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Osmo
Genius Kit For iPad
osmo
Unique Gift for 6-Year-Old Boys
Creativity for Kids
Grow Your Own Pizza Garden Kit
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Frances Lincoln Children's Books
A World Full of Spooky Stories
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For Kids Who Love Hands-On Science
Abrams Books for Young Readers
Ada Twist's Big Project Book for Stellar Scientists
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Studio Roof
T-Rex 3-D Puzzle
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How we choose the best toys
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Before including our favorite picks in an article, the Good Housekeeping Institute does rigorous toy testing to ensure we're recommending only the best. Many of our choices come from our yearly Toy Awards, where we test each item based on the following criteria:

✔️Safety: Our engineers and analysts make sure that each toy reaches all safety standards. They also assess things like pinch points and make sure toys won’t shatter into small pieces to pose a potential choking hazard.

✔️Ease of Use: We look at each toy to evaluate how simple it is to assemble, how well it’s constructed and how durable it is during play.

✔️Kid Approval: Aside from testing each toy for skill-building attributes, like how well it develops social-emotional skills, all our final decisions come from more than 100 children, ages 1 to 15, who assess the fun factor!

Why trust Good Housekeeping?
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For decades, the Good Housekeeping Institute has provided expert reviews and advice on everything parents and children love, including STEM toys, educational toys, sensory toys and more.

Much of the toy testing for this article was overseen by Rachel Rothman, the Good Housekeeping Institute's chief technologist and director of engineering, with the help of Marisa LaScala, Good Housekeeping's senior parenting and relationships editor. For more than 15 years, Rachel has put her training in mechanical engineering and applied mathematics to work by researching, testing and writing about parenting products. Plus, as a mom to three kids under 5, she has plenty of first-hand experience.

Marisa has covered all aspects of the world of parenting, from the postpartum years through the empty nests, since 2015, and she's pitched in with Good Housekeeping's toy coverage since 2018. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter, who are both avid toy collectors.

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