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Gifts for 6-Year-Olds

Kids are developing their own interests around this age; they’re also keenly curious about how stuff works. Science experiments, games, and Barbie and Star Wars-themed toys are all likely to earn big smiles.

Mini-Explorer Light-Up Terrarium Kit
$25
Mini-Explorer Light-Up Terrarium Kit
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The dirt-curious will dig this cool terrarium that includes everything you need to build an awesome mini-garden. The plants grow quickly, so every day brings new excitement… and the LED light means kids can keep an eye on their creations even after lights-out. Which might make for a more peaceful goodnight. Hey, it’s possible.

Uncle Milton's Moon In My Room
$28
Uncle Milton's Moon In My Room
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Even on the cloudiest night, stargazers can enjoy the light of the moon with this wall-mount model that is realistic with its lunar landscape featuring glowing lights that progress sequentially through the moon’s phases. We like that it’s remote-controlled and turns off automatically to avoid interfering with anyone’s zzzs.

Razor RipRider 360 Caster Trike
$79
Razor RipRider 360 Caster Trike
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With its super-rugged construction, flat-free front tire, and dual-inclined rear casters that allow for smooth drifting and spinning, this sweet trike — think vintage Big Wheels, on steroids — will have every kid around lining up for a turn. So if the giftee is cool with sharing, they’ll be the most popular kid on the block.

Stomp Rocket Dueling Rockets
$21
Stomp Rocket Dueling Rockets
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Whose will fly highest? The only thing better than one stomp rocket is two stomp rockets, and this set, which allows two to be launched at the same time, encourages friendly competition between the rivalry-est of siblings, the rowdiest of buddies, and the playful-est of parents.   

Mattel Rock'Em Sock'Em Robots Game
$20
Mattel Rock'Em Sock'Em Robots Game
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This classic boxing toy lets kids duke it out without actually duking it out, because life is just so much better when play dates don’t end in a black eye — or, in the case of this battle between Red Rocker and Blue Bomber, a head knocked clean off.

Operation Game
$11
Operation Game
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Scalpel! This timeless game puts the fun in… major surgery. Use tweezers to remove Cavity Sam’s ailing organs while avoiding the buzzer, and go ahead and ponder the age-old question what good is an appendix anyway?

Gloween Hover Soccer Ball
$8
Gloween Hover Soccer Ball
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Mom may have always said, “Don’t play ball in the house,” but she never addressed hover balls, now did she? #Loophole! This battery-operated (though not included) light-up ball floats on a cushion of air, turning any smooth surface into a playground while sparing furniture and finishes, thanks to its soft sides.    

Mattel Blokus Strategy Game
$15
Mattel Blokus Strategy Game
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This Tetris-adjacent strategy game is one of those rare treats that’s simple to understand, but far from easy, making it genuinely entertaining for everyone on family game night. And for that, any Hungry Hungry Hippos-weary parent will thank you.

Spot It!
$10
Spot It!
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This fast-paced game tests kiddos’ powers of observation and speed of reflexes as they compete to be the first to find the matching symbol on each of two symbol-loaded cards. Up to eight can play at once, so it’s great for a brood. And while it’s not the sort of game that’ll keep kids quiet, it’ll definitely keep them occupied, which is almost as good.

Star Wars Furbacca
$57
Star Wars Furbacca
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You can’t give that Jedi-in-training a lightsaber for every occasion, so mix things up with this cuddly warrior Furby. It even comes with a companion app that lets kids explore the galaxy and collect virtual Furblings, which will keep them entertained while their parents try to figure out what, exactly, a Furbling is.

Barbie Star Light Adventure Hover Girl
$48
Barbie Star Light Adventure Hover Girl
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This hoverboard leaves the Dream Car in the dust as it takes Barbie off the road and into the skies for out-of-this-world adventures. Automatic launch and land features make those a cinch, while the remote control joystick lets kids go for it once she’s in flight. So much cooler than waiting around for Ken to call.

Diggin Soccer Challenge Game
$49
Diggin Soccer Challenge Game
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GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAL! This game is a score for kiddos who are serious about soccer. The mat hangs on a wall, keeps score, and deploys sound effects as kids kick the soft soccer ball at it to earn points. As for parents who aren’t thrilled at the prospect of indoor footie… perhaps point out that it’s better to kick a ball than a sibling?

Sound-Activated Light Blocks
$30-$100
Sound-Activated Light Blocks
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Electrify the usual Lego session with these light-up interlocking blocks. The power base infuses the creations with an awesome glow, kinda turning the whole thing into a DIY night light that’s cool enough for big kids.



The What's Up Moms Gear Team provides unbiased picks for these products. We subjected ourselves to countless diaper pail smell tests, learned to wear every wrap on the market and lugged multiple travel cribs on family trips, all to recommend our favorite items to you. We do not get paid to include products in these reviews and only make money if you click "buy now." So do that. Please.