17 of the best toys for 6 year olds

Our pick of the top toys for boys and girls aged 6 and over

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best toys for 6 year olds

Your 6-year-old has a longer attention span now, so can play with an engaging toy for quite a while without getting bored or distracted.

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But they still tend to prefer structured activities to more open-ended play, so kits and builds where you produce something at the end are nearly always a good choice.

And any toy that’s funny, daft or just plain silly is always a bonus!

A number of the toys we’ve included say on the box that they’re suitable from younger than 6, but we’ve added them here because we reckon 6 is an optimal age for them.

Here’s our pick of the best toys for a 6-year-old…

lol glamper van with gold MadeForMums Awards badge

1. L.O.L Surprise 2 in 1 Glamper Playset, £99.99

Age: 3+

What it is: A big (91cm x 61cm) toy camper van that converts to a playhouse with 10 different play areas, including a bathroom (with toilet), a fashion runway, a water slide and a light-up pool. Comes with over 50 surprise bundles and an exclusive L.O.L doll.

Why we love it: There’s a lot to unwrap in this surprise-accessory-packed playset and the detailing is cute: glitter coals for the BBQ and a tiny little mascara wand and make-up brushes. Our child testers were very taken with the pink and gold toilet! We like that the cab, which doubles as a DJ booth, has a horn and working wheels and headlights. Won Gold in our MadeForMums Toy Awards 2019.

Available from: Smyths Toys and Amazon

owleez with Gold MadeForMums Toy Awards badge

2. Owleez, £50

Age: 6+

What it is: An interactive owl, with over 100 sounds and movements that you can feed berries and, if you love it, stroke it, and swoosh it through the air enough, you can teach it to fly. Comes with its own nest (with built-in USB charger). Choose from White or Pink.

Why we love it: It’s fair to say that our child testers all gasped when their owls finally flew: it really is quite something to see (though they don’t stay airborne for long). We like the noises the owls make when you feed them berries, too. Won Gold in our MadeForMums Toy Awards 2019.

Available from: Amazon and Argos

squish mallows

3. Squishmallows, £7 each

Age: 3+

What is is: Super-soft 19cm plush toys, each with its own distinctive look. There are dozens to choose from – or collect.

Why we love it: They really are incredibly, huggably soft – even our hard grown-up hearts melted when we stroked them. One of our child testers immediately called his ‘Mr Squishy’ and pretty much all of them took their Squishmallow to bed with them. Nice price – and they’re machine-washable, too. Won Silver in the Best Soft Toys category of our MadeForMums Toy Awards 2019.

Available from: The Entertainer, Smyths Toys and Amazon

blume doll

4. Blume Dolls, £9.99 each

Age: 3+

What it is: A flowerpot that comes with a little watering can – and when you water your pot, a big-haired 13cm doll will ‘grow’. Each doll comes with 10 surprise mix and match accessories and stickers. There are 22 dolls to collect.

Why we love it: It’s all about the surprise – both of seeing your doll grow out of the flowerpot and of discovering which doll you’ve grown. Saying that, the dolls themselves, with their colourful, squishy hair and cute little changeable outfits are pretty cool – and, as our child testers pointed out, the empty flowerpots make great little ‘homes’ for the dolls and their accessories.

Available from: Amazon and The Entertainer

john lewis codebreaker game

5. John Lewis Codebreaker Game, £8

Age: 6+

What it is: A problem-solving game, where 1 person creates a ‘code’ with a line of coloured pegs, and the other has 10 goes at cracking the code (with clues along the way). For 2 players, with 2 levels of difficulty.

Why we love it: For grown-ups old enough to remember the bestselling Mastermind game, this one will look familiar (though there are 8 colours in play isn this version, rather than 6). And it’s still a winner with children: a simple, low-fi game that’s great for logical thinking.

Available from: John Lewis

6. Lucky Fortune, £14.99 for a 4-pack

Age: 6+

What it is: A plastic fortune cookie that contains a paper fortune and a charm bracelet (and then doubles up as a keyring). There are over 100 different bracelets to collect and 4 levels of rarity, as well as the super-rare Ultra Lucky that contains with a gold-dipped four-leaf clover bracelet. Comes with an origami-style collector’s sheet that helps you find out what kind of luck your charm bracelet will bring.

Why we love it: The charm bracelets are actually very sweet (and size-adjustable) and the collector’s sheet that turns into a fortune teller is a lovely way to turn a blind-pack surprise toy into something a little more interesting. A hit with all our child testers. Won Gold for Best Collectible Toy in our MadeForMums Toy Awards 2019.

Available from: Amazon, Argos and Smyths Toys

kidizoom duo camera

7. VTech Kidizoom Duo 5.0, £39.99

Age: 3+

What it is: This 11.4cm camera has a dual lens and large screen that takes high quality photos and videos. Features include a 4x digital zoom, age-appropriate games, a voice recorder, a wacky photo shaker and photo editor. Comes in Pink and Blue. Stores up to 128MB. Requires 4 AA batteries (included).

Why we love it: Our child testers loved this camera (it won a MadeForMums Toy Award in 2018), not only for the fact it takes great shots and video, but also because it has games on it – including a fish game which was really popular. One child tester said she couldn’t wait to take it on holiday and get family selfies with it.

Available from: Amazon

rizmo

8. Rizmo, £59.99

Age: 6+

What it is: An interactive toy that starts as a baby (a bundle of fur), then transforms into a kid (a bundle of fur with hair) and then a grown-up (as in our picture, with 1 or 2 ears) as you cuddle, sing and play with it. Plays 7 games, changing its eye colour to show you which one it’s playing. Choose from Berry (pictured), Aqua and Snow. Requires 4 AA batteries (included).

Why we love it: It’s very appealing – though it does like to sing a lot – and the way it grows and interacts is very clever. We like the way you don’t know if you’ve got a one-eared or two-eared Rizmo until it’s all ‘grown up’.

Available from: Smyths Toys, John Lewis and Very

9. Harry Potter Sorting Hat, £29.99

Age: 5+

What it is: A 41cm-diameter sorting hat that, when you put it on (and turn it on) will tell you which Hogwarts house you belong in. Requires 4 AA batteries (included).

Why we love it: The hat looks amazing – really old and weathered – and it talks from the crease, just like in the movies. There’s also hours of fun to be had as you pass it around and laugh as people get sorted into Slytherin (NOT Slytherin!). But don’t worry: you won’t always get the same answer…

Available from: Smyths Toys and Argos

10. Monster Smash-Ups, £34.99

Age: 3+

What it is: A range of 3 high-speed radio-controlled tilt-turn monster trucks (choose from yellow Raptor, blue Viper, pictured, and red Rhino) that, thrillingly, you’re actually meant to crash into a wall – or another monster truck – at up to 15 mph (the ‘drivers’ are ejected into the air mid-crash). Comes with stickers, cones and flags, and a USB charger. Up to 20 minutes run time.

Why we love it: Active, high-octane and works equally well over gravel and carpet. The regulation vroom vroom noises are surprisingly bearable. To a girl and boy, our child testers loved how ‘epicly’ their trucks crashed.

Available from: Amazon

fingerlings hugs

11. Fingerlings Hugs, £29.99

Age: 2+

What it is: An oversized (38cm) soft version of the original interactive Fingerlings monkey we’ve come to know and love. It has long arms and velcro paws you can wrap around for super-soft hug times. Comes in Pink, Purple and Blue. Requires 4 AAA batteries.

Why we love it: Our child testers loved the noises it makes – especially the  fart noises (lovely) and snores – as well as the fact it yelps with glee, kisses and giggles. Some of them had a lot of fun with the recording option and they all adored the big soft hug you get when you Velcro those long arms together. All in all, cuddly and funny, and a worthy winner of a MadeForMums Gold Award in 2018.

Available from: Amazon, Very and Smyths Toys

12.  PLAYMOBIL Aquarium, £49.99

Age: 5+

What it is: A 40cm x 43cm x 16cm aquarium that you can fill with water. Features a visitor terrace, viewing caves, and a carousel platform. Comes with 3 figures, 2 sea lion, and accessories including sea plants, fish, a seahorse, a feeding bucket and a ball.

Why we love it: We love the detail and the size of this playset – and, of course, that you can actually fill it with water. One of our child toy testers spent all day creating sea-lion shows with it, over and over again. Won Gold for Best Playset in our 2018 MadeForMums Toy Awards.

Available from: Playmobil and Amazon

13. Sphero Specdrums (1 Ring), £64.99

Age: 5+

What it is: An app-enabled musical ring that fits on your finger (it’s only 2cm x 3cm) and turns colours into sounds: you tap it on your clothes, a drawing or the included Play Pad to create and mix your own beats (with the associated MIX app) and play through your tablet or phone (iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy or Google Pixel). Requires 1 lithium ion battery (included).

Why we love it: This little music maker is an amazing piece of technology! It’s light, compact and looks very cool. And our child testers had lots of fun creating music to play back to the rest of the family.

Available from: Amazon and John Lewis

14. Ultra Dash Game, £21.99

Age: 6+

What it is: An active electronic family game: you spread differently coloured targets around a room or garden and then, when the tagger light flashes a particular colour, you have to rush to dock it in the target of the same colour. There are 3 game modes: Beat the Clock, Target Tally and Relay Race. Comes with tagger, 5 target and a set of rules. You can play solo, head-to-head or as a team. Requires 3 AAA batteries (not included).

Why we love it: It’s huge fun, easy to pick up and gets everyone moving. Our child testers particularly loved playing Beat the Clock it in the dark (you can see the lights better, though maybe not your path to the targets!) We might have got slightly over-competitive playing it with them…

Available from: Argos and Amazon

myla the magical make-up unicorn

15. Vtech Myla the Magical Make-Up Unicorn, £38.99

Age: 5+

What it is: A 14cm x 23cm x 40cm interactive velvet-coated unicorn that has a (pretend) make-up brush and palette so you can ‘paint’ her wings, eyes and horn and they’ll light up in those colours. She moves her head, blinks and sings, and, if you stroke her back and she’ll tell you your lucky colour for the day. Requires 4 AA batteries (included).

Why we love it: The light-up makeup brush is really fun and our child testers particularly liked the ‘sing with me’ function. One tester even took Myla to bed with her but we think she’s maybe not quite soft enough to be a full-time bedtime companion. Won Gold for in our 2018 MadeForMums Toy Awards.

Available from: Smyths Toys and Argos

16. So Bomb DIY Bath Bomb Factory, £19.99

Age: 6+

What it is: A kit that lets you make 6 bath bombs, with some little charms you can pop inside them as a ‘surprise’. It comes with 3 storage tubes, a moulding shape, pipette and measuring spoon, 12 bags of brightly coloured powder, 2 bags of decorations, and 4 surprise figurines.

Why we like it: It actually makes super fizzing bombs! They really did implode incredibly well in the bath. But we’d advise leaving the bath bombs to set for longer than the 30 minutes it says on the box – as otherwise they can crumble quite easily.

Available at: Smyths Toys and Amazon

outfoxed game

17. Outfoxed, £17.49

Age: 6+

What it is: A 20-minute board game where the object is to work out which fox stole Mrs Plumpert’s pie. Comes with sleuthing cards, dice and figures. For 2 to 4 players

Why we love it: The thing we really like about this game is that’s it’s a cooperative one: all players work together to try and discover which naughty fox is a stealer. The rules can seem a little bit complicated at first but it definitely didn’t put our child testers off (in fact they awarded it a Gold in the 2018 MadeForMums Toy Awards). Great if you’re not mad on competitive games – or if they can cause a bit of a row in your house.

Available from: Amazon and Board Game Monster

18. Solar System Scratch Art, £4.75 for a 10-pack

Age: 5+

What it is: A pack of 10 pre-cut space shapes and a scratch tool which you use to scrape off the specially coated black surface to reveal lovely rainbow colours. Comes with hanging ribbons.

Why we love it: Scratch art is appeals to children of all art abilities (you can just scratch off all the coating or leave some bits black or scratch your own patterns into the coating to reveal a rainbow design of your own). The added bonus with this kit is that you can hang up the space shapes afterwards.

Available at: Baker Ross and Amazon

19. Aquabeads Beginners Studio, £14.99

Age: 4+

What it is: A craft kit which 840 beads in 16 colours, a table tray, a palette, a bead peeler, 2 double-sided template sheets, a bead pen and sprayer.

Why we love it: We like the Aquabeads thing that your child can spray their creations with water to set them (it only takes 10 minutes) rather than giving them over to you to iron. And this set, with its tray and storage areas for the beads, is a deserved bestseller.

Available from: Amazon and Hobbycraft

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