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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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.

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!

Some of the toys here will still require help from an adult, of course, – though hopefully we’ve chosen ones that are simple enough to work and set up.

And a number of the toys we’ve included are 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 your 6-year-old…

1. VTech Kidizoom Duo 5.0, £39.99

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GOLD winner, Best Portable/Travel Toy, 2018 MadeForMums Toy Awards

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, 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

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2. Harry Potter Sorting Hat, £29.99

Age: 5+

What it is: A Harry-Potter style hat measuring 41cm in diameter. Wear the hat and get told which house you’ll be in. It has 5 phrases. 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

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3. Monster Smash-Ups, £34.99

Age: 3+

What it is: A range of 3 high-speed radio-controlled tilt-turn monster trucks (choose from Raptor, Viper and Rhino) that, thrillingly, you’re actually meant to crash into a wall – or another monster truck – at up to 15 kmph. Recharges with a USB cord  and offers up to 30 minutes run time, and the trucks come with stickers, cones and flags.

Why we love it: Active, high-octane and totally OK to smash (the drivers are ejected into the air mid-crash). The easy-to-reassemble building block bodies are a novel idea and make racing against friends extra entertaining. Works equally well over gravel and carpet, and the regulation vroom vroom noises are surprisingly bearable.

It won the MadeForMums Best Toy Vehicle award in 2017 – with our child testers saying they loved how well and how fast they drove – as well as how ‘epicly’ they crashed.

Available from: Amazon

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4. Fingerlings Hugs, £29.99

GOLD winner, Best Soft Toy, 2018 MadeForMums Toy Awards

Age: 2+

What it is: An oversized (38cm) soft version of the original 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.Batteries required: 4 x AAA (included). You can also get a Fingerlings Hugs unicorn, sloth, or the monkey in various colours.

Why we love it: There are lots of reasons Fingerlings Hugs won our Gold award for Best Soft Toy. Our child testers loved the noises it made – it makes fart noises (lovely) and snores – as well as the fact it yelps with glee, kisses and giggles. Others had a lot of fun with the recording option – which means you can get your monkey to make loads of funny noises and get him or her to giggle about it afterwards. They also loved the big soft hug you get when you velcro those long arms together. All in all, cuddly and funny and a worthy winner.

Available from: Amazon, Very and Smyths Toys

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5.  PLAYMOBIL Aquarium, £49.99

JOINT BRONZE winner, Best Playset, 2018 MadeForMums Toy Awards

Age: 5+

What it is: This aquarium features a pool, visitor terrace, deep sea caves, an adventure dome and panoramic windows. It measures 40cm x 43cm x 16cm and comes with 3 figures and aquatic accessories including cute seals.

Why we love it: We love the detail and the size of this playset – and that you can actually fill it with water. One of our child toy testers particularly loved creating sea lion shows with it over and over again.

Available from: Playmobil 

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6. Blume Dolls, £9.99

Age: 3+

What it is: Add water to the flower pots and a doll will grow! Each kit comes with a 9.9cm x 13.3cm doll to grow, 10 surprise mix and match accessories, stickers and a watering can. There are 22 dolls to collect.

Why we love it: Growing your own doll feels pretty magical. When you water it, the first glimpse you’ll get of your doll as it grows is its crazy hairdo – each doll has a different one. When your doll has grown, its pot turns into a playset for the doll and all its accessories.

Available from:  Amazon and The Entertainer

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7. Sphero Specdrums App Enabled Musical Rings, £64.99

Age: 5+

What it is: It is an app-enabled musical ring-shaped toy that turns colours into sounds. It can fit on your finger – it is only 2.2cm x 3.2cm – then you can tap it on your clothes, a drawing, or any favourite colourful scene, to create and mix your own beats and sounds that play through your mobile phone. Requires 1 lithium ion battery (included).

Why we love it: This little music maker is an amazing piece of technology! Children can create endless songs with it, and it comes with a few different sound packages, too, so they can make them (almost) any style of music they want.

Available from: Amazon

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8. Playmobil Swimming Pool, £29.99

Age: 4 +

What it is: This 38.5 x 28.4 x 7.5 cm Playmobil set is designed to be a water-play toy. The pool can be filled, it has a functioning shower, which works when a pump is pressed. It also has a floating raft and a squirty octopus toy.

Why we love it: Our favourite part is the squirting octopus! But the whole set, which comes with loads of accessories, is really well-designed. Kids love water play, and this toy gives them a place to explore it and keep the water contained(ish!).

Available from: Playmobil and Argos


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9. Ultra Dash Game, £21.99

Age: 6+

What it is: A super fun game where players have to move fast. It comes with 5 targets and 1 tagger. You can play solo, one on one or as teams and there are 3 different game modes: Beat the Clock, Target Tally and Relay Race. Requires 3 AAA batteries (not included).

Why we love it: It will get the kids (and you!) running around and doing some exercise while having a laugh, plus – EVERYONE will love competing for the best race times. We love that there are 3 different game options that kids can enjoy.

Available from: Argos and Amazon

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

GOLD winner, Best Interactive Toy, 2018 MadeForMums Toy Awards

Age: 5+

What it is: Myla is a 14.6cm x 22.9cm x 40cm velvet-coated unicorn that has a (pretend) make-up brush and palette so you can ‘paint’ her wings, eyes and horn with – they light up in different colours. She is interactive, too – stroke her back and she’ll tell you your lucky colour for the day. In addition she moves her head, blinks and sings. Requires 4 AA batteries (included).

Why we love it: The light-up makeup brush is really fun and NOT messy (hurrah!). Our child testers particularly liked the ‘sing with me’ function, and one family even found she was great as a bedtime companion. Yes indeed – some of the songs are quite relaxing, so you too might actually find your child enjoys singing with her before going to sleep.

Take a look at all of our best interactive toys winners

Available from: Smyth’s Toys and Argos

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11. 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

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12. Ricky the Trick-Lovin Pet, £49.99

Age: 18 months+

What it is: A 21.6cm x 50.8cm x 44.4cm interactive dog with more than 100 sounds and motions – from balancing a biscuit on his nose to tilting his head, to giving you a paw shake. Requires 4 C batteries (not included).

Why we love it: Ricky’s super soft and cuddly and will quickly become your child’s best friend: he really has a personality as he does so much (he even high fives you). While there are lots of interactive pet toys out there, we’ve heard plenty that suggests Ricky ticks more boxes than most as a substitute for a real dog if you absolutely can’t get one or are still thinking it over. So, he could just prove to be invaluable if you’re at the “Mummy, please can we get a puppy?” phase and you don’t have the heart to say no.

Available from: Amazon and Smyths Toys

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13. Outfoxed, £17.49

BRONZE winner, Best Board Game, 2018 MadeForMums Toy Awards

Age: 6+

What it is: A game for 2 to 4 players where the object is to work out which fox stole Mrs Plumpert’s pie. It comes with sleuthing cards, dice and figures. It has a playing time of around 20 minutes.

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. Some of our testers worried that the fact the rules are a little bit complicated might put their kids off – but it didn’t. And everyone playing will enjoy discovering who the culprit is as they’ve all been part of a team to work it out. 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

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

Age: 5+

What it is: A pack of pre-cut space shapes that comes with 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 awesome and appeals to children of all art abilities. You can scratch off all the coating (always pretty) or scratch your own patterns to reveal a rainbow design of your own. The added bonus with this kit is that you can hang up the space shapes afterwards to make a mini space mobile.

Available at: Baker Ross and Amazon

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15. Ravensburger 100-piece Moana puzzle, £12.19

Age: 6+

What it is: A 49cm x 36cm 100-piece large jigsaw that pieces together to make this beautiful scene from Moana. It is made from sturdy cardboard.

Why we love it: You end up with a beautiful picture – if your child is a Moana fan, we think they’ll love this. It’s a fairly big puzzle too, so help might be needed which means there could be some nice bonding time while you put it together. Ravensburger are puzzle experts, so their pieces are always good quality – and these are large, too, so are nice for smaller fingers to handle.

Available at: Amazon and Ravensburger

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16. Heartlake City Pet Centre, £54.99

Age: 6+

What it is: A LEGO pet centre measuring 14cm x 25cm x 7cm when built, with 3 human figures and pet figures including Mimì the bird, Harry the hamster, Lady the poodle, Bubbles the turtle and Mini the bunny. There are 474 pieces. It also comes with 18 stickers.

Why we love it: There’s some great attention to detail in this set – from the little grooming parlour, to the weighing scales and the perfume on the receptionist’s desk. Any child who loves animals will have fun with this particular LEGO set even if they’re new to LEGO – a nice way to introduce it to some kids. Some parts are little tricky to assemble, and may require help from a grown-up, which means some nice crafty together time.

Available from: Amazon, Lego and John Lewis

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17. Aquabeads Magical Unicorn Set, £14.99

Age: 4+

What it is: A bead kit which Includes more than 2,000 solid and jewel beads in 14 colours, a bead storage case, a layout tray, a sprayer, templates, 5 joint pieces (so you can move the unicorns’ wings and necks), and a play mat. There’s also a display stand to show off your creations.

Why we love it: This kit has a MASSIVE number of beads – and we like that your child can spray them with water to set them (it only takes 10 minutes), rather than giving them over to you to iron.

Available from: Amazon and Hobbycraft

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