6 years old! Six year olds are off to school, thinking about reading, writing, playing and making friends. At this age, some are more aware of “boys toys” and “girls toys” and the toys that their friends have but you don't have to reinforce that.
Safety is still important – be careful of bicycles and similar toys unless the child has a safe place to use them away from traffic and other hazards. Make sure sport equipment is well-made.
Suggestions: Imaginative play with puppets and puppet theatre or dollshouses, more complicated jigsaw puzzles and games that require some reading. 6 year-olds may like to help around the house with lightweight tool sets, garden tools or cooking equipment. Art and play becomes more formal with flower presses and craft sets or simple science sets (magnets etc). Pretend and dress-up toys can be used to act out situations they see in real life: playing shop, television characters, etc. Most six year olds are reading so short novels and non-fiction books will be popular. Check to see if they have a passion like dinosaurs, animals or trains.
6th Birthday Gift Ideas
- Toy Universe Australian owned and run business delivers big brand and unique toys, games and puzzles for children from birth to teenage years, Australia-wide, NZ and USA from Sydney.
- Coolthings – Lots of cool novelty gifts for all ages and great for prizes as well as gifts – see their gifts for children. Coolthings are based in Launceston, Tasmania with delivery Australia wide and free gift wrapping.
- Gifts Australia – massive range of gifts for all ages. Based in Sydney, delivers Australia wide. Check out their
- Booktopia Australian online bookshop with a massive range of books, ebooks and DVDs including lots of Australian titles. Ship as many physical books as you like and save with their flat rate for parcel mail with tracking for anyone with an Australian delivery address. Shipping to New Zealand and international available. See their