The Best Toys for 6 Year Old Girls in 2018
Shopping for that special 6-year-old girl in your life can be both fun and daunting.
Today there are so many different options for toys and activities that can be hard to sift through them.
On top of that girls at this age are starting to develop their self-identity, so their interests will probably be varied. Finding the perfect gift can be difficult.
Here are 10 of the best toys for 6-year-old girls to help you get a head start.
Crayola Light-Up Tracing Pad
Crayola’s Light-Up Tracing Pad (for girls) is perfect for tracing any picture. It comes with ten fashion-themed tracing sheets and 20 blank pieces of tracing paper. Its slim design makes it great for pretty much any situation including traveling. It takes three AA batteries (not included).
- Comes in Pink
- LED Lights Should Last 20 Years
- Works with Any Picture
- Requires Batteries
VIAHART Brain Flakes
These interlocking plastic discs are a different take on more outdated building toys. Unlike a lot of building type toys on the market, you don’t have to pay an arm and a leg for a large quantity. Great for developing spatial reasoning. Include idea book with instructions.
- Endless Play Possibilities
- Comes in Large Quantity (500)
- Free of BPA and Other Harmful Substances
- Choking Hazard for Younger Siblings
Micro Maxi Kick Scooter
This scooter is fun and easy to ride. A scooter is a great outdoor activity that will get girls up and moving. The base is broad and textured to avoid slipping. Also includes a back-wheel break for safety.
- Comes in Pink
- Parts are Replaceable for Longer Life
- Outdoor Activity
- Only useful in Warmer Months
Disney Princess Enchanted Cupcake Party Game
Cupcake Party is a fun game for kids of many ages. The cute cupcakes are each cleverly based on one of the Disney princesses. It has simple to slightly more complex levels of play.
Even when you aren’t following the rules, mixing and matching the cupcake elements is also lots of fun.
- Multiple Ways to Play
- Well Made, Adorable Pieces
- Great for Play Dates
- Choking Hazard for Younger Siblings
Tiny Land Princess Castle Play Tent
Play tents like this one from Tiny Land are great for both indoor and outdoor play. The cozy space they create can be used for either make believe or reading.
What girl doesn’t want their own fairy princess castle?
- Suitable for Indoor or Outdoor Play
- Fosters Imagination
- Many Different Available to Fit All Tastes
- Some Assembly Required
Melissa & Doug Dress-Up Tiaras
Let’s face it, anything from Melissa & Doug is good. They are bringing back high quality, well-made toys. These tiaras are no exception. They are very durable and can withstand years of play.
If the little girl you are shopping for likes to play princess, these are for her!
- Durable and Long Lasting
- Enough to Share with Friends
- Comfortable Tiara Design
- Headband Design can be Tight
Magnetic Building Blocks
These magnetic blocks are another new take on building toys. They are magnetic so don’t require much skill to put together. But the things you create with them won’t last long. That does not diminish the fun in playing with these. Girls don’t even have to build things with them. They can also be used on fridges or other metal surfaces to create artwork.
They do contain small magnets but are built well enough that they do not fall out. You would have to break the block to remove the magnets.
- Encourages Creativity
- Promotes Spatial Reasoning
- Comes in Large Sets
- Don’t Stay Together Well
Disney Princess Peel Off Nail Polish
Pretty much all girls love to paint their nails. This peel-off nail polish is water based and non-toxic. It won’t stain like grown-up nail polish and does not need remover to take off. It simply peels off.
Finally, your little girl can paint her nails, her friends’ nails, even your nails. An exceptional individual or group activity. Also provides opportunities for parent/daughter bonding.
- Safe and Non-Toxic
- Probably Won’t Stain
- Peels Off Easily
- Could Get Messy
Butterfly Tea Set
This charming tea set comes with a basket that is great for both storage and play. It is a classic toy that has never lost its appeal to young girls. Helps to promote both creative, and cooperative. A girl can throw a tea party for her favorite stuffed animal. And then later invite her friends over for a lemonade party.
- Includes a Basket
- Promotes Creative Play
- Great for Parties
If the 6-year-old you are shopping for like jewelry or crafts, Pop Beads would make a great gift. Unlike some jewelry kits, this one includes beads that snap together, which means you don’t need string or plastic cord.
The beads come in a verity of colors and shapes allowing for a broader range of creativity. The beads can be taken apart and reused. Pop Beans are more than just a one-time craft project.
- Promotes Creativity
- No Plastic Cord or String Required
- Choking Hazard for Younger Siblings
Frequently Asked Questions
Many questions may arise while you are shopping for toys for that special 6-year-old girl. You want to get her something fun, educational, and safe. You may be thinking:
- What do 6-year-old girls like nowadays?
- What toys will they be able to play with (developmentally appropriate)?
- What safety concerns are there?
- What other factors should guide my decision?
Below you will find the answer to these questions.
What Do 6-year-old Girls Like?
According to PBS.org at the age of 6, children are still practicing and developing their motor skills. So, they like to move. Games such as tag and kickball are popular. Kids at this age also love to show off their particular talents. (Every parent who has had to sit in the living room and watch a performance by their 6-year-old know all too well.)
If the 6-year-old girl in your life has some already developed talents and interest, you could choose a toy that falls into that category. If she loves to craft buy her a crafting project. If she is really into soccer, a soccer ball might be a good option.
What if you don’t know what the girl you are shopping for likes, or you want to help her explore other activities. In that case, choose a toy in the area you want her to try. For example, building blocks or puzzles to see if she is mechanically minded.
Books are always a good gift for a child of any age. Reading develops the brain and helps kids understand and learn about new topics.
STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are essential skills to develop in girls at this age. Soon, they will decide how smart they think they are. Giving them lots of exposure to “smart” subjects will help avoid them thinking less of their mental abilities than they should. Do not be afraid to choose traditionally “boy” toys for any 6-year-old in your life. They may discover their future career from one.
On the flip side, encouraging a girl’s natural tendency to be girly is not a bad thing either. Girls love makeup and dolls, and anything pink! Don’t be afraid to buy the cutest, most girly toy you can find for that 6-year-old. She will probably squeal with excitement.
And if all else fails—just ask yourself what you liked (or would have liked) when you were six.
What Toys are Developmentally Appropriate for 6-Year-Old Girls?
A particularly disturbing study by Bain, Leslie, and Cimpian, by the age of six, girls don’t think their brilliant. They are already starting to see boys as being smarter than them. Any toy that allows a girl to see how smart she is and development new mental abilities are not only developmentally appropriate—but essential.
According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children, (NAEYC) the best toys for 6-year-olds incorporate:
- Problem Solving
- Pretend Play
These types of toys align with the skills, and cognitive development 6-year-olds are developing.
Along those lines: WebMD says that board games are good for a child’s cognitive development. Playing board games with your children, or buying them for your nieces and nephews, will help them learn many skills. They can learn turn-taking, problem-solving, math, decision making, and even empathy from playing board games.
What Safety Concerns are There?
By the age of six, the number of safety concerns decreases significantly. You don’t have to worry about things like choking hazards. But there are things that you should keep in mind about safety.
If you are choosing an outdoor toy, such as a scooter, consider how easy it is to control. What is the likelihood of it failing? Both these things introduce a potential for danger. To keep the 6-year-old girl you are shopping for safe, make sure you investigate toys for possible quality issues.
Avoid sharp things that could be dangerous. If it looks like it would be easy for the 6-year-old to hurt herself or someone else with the toy, consider giving it a pass.
The potential for being burned is also a concern. Many projects and toys at this age might incorporate heat in some way. These toys are not something you have to avoid altogether. Be aware that while using them the child will need adult supervision.
What Other Factors Should Guide My Decisions?
If you are shopping for your own child, or for the child of someone who has a parent you like, there are several other things you can consider.
For example, noise level. Is the toy you are planning to buy going to give other people in the house a headache? Or drive them mad with repetitive sounds? Of course, if you dislike the parent of the child—choosing a toy that is very noisy or obnoxious might be a good passive-aggressive move.
Is There a Potential for Messiness?
How much work will the child (read “parent”) going to have to do to clean up after using the toy or the activity? Glitter, for example, is a difficult thing to contain. And the messes take forever to clean up. Even then, little bits of glitter will be found everywhere for weeks. Glitter is an excellent choice if you are single and the people in your family keep putting you in charge of the activities for the young ones. Just be advised that once you have children of your own, there will be retributions.
Is Parental Supervision Required?
Though projects and toys that need parent supervision are a not forbidden—you might want to think about this when choosing a toy. If you are shopping for your own child, stop and think about how much time you will have to spend supervising this project. You might want to choose something that the 6-year-old can play with by herself.
Some of the best toys for 6-year-old girls are things that they can on their own. Look for something with good instructions and simple steps.
You may also find that other considerations might impact your choice. Like the child’s favorite things (color, animal, shape and so on). Remember that in most cases, 6-year-old girls aren’t too picky.
Girls in today’s world will have many opportunities. There are so many paths their lives could take. It may seem like the toys they play with when they are six won’t affect their futures. But the best toys for 6-year-old girls will encourage them to explore with their imagination and intellect.
By six they are already starting to form opinions about themselves and their abilities. The more they are supported, the more they can grow to their full potential. It is up to us to help girls, through play, discover the wonders of STEM subjects and believe that they can succeed in these areas as well as any boy.