Best toys for Christmas, birthday or other holidays for kids around six years old
Need help finding a gift for the six-year-old in your life? Here are some suggestions from my six-year-old daughter!
Here is my scientific method to finding the best toys this holiday season:
I gave my daughter some toy books and showed her some toy lists to help her decide what she wanted for the holidays. Later, I compiled a list of items she was interested in that could be useful to other people with six-year-old children in their lives who enjoy animals, cute things, unicorns, slime, and similar items.
Take a look at the list below and hopefully, it will give you some ideas and help you find the best toy ideas for the little one in your life.
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1. Gabby’s Dollhouse, Gabby Cat Friend Ship, Cruise Ship Toy with 2 Toy Figures, Surprise Toys & Dollhouse Accessories, Kids Toys for Girls & Boys 3+; the ultimate out of all the best toys
Attention Gabby’s Dollhouse fans! If your child already has the dollhouse, consider this toy as a great new addition to their collection. These toys keep my daughter entertained and inspire her imagination.
6 year old reason for wanting it: “it looks really fun and it is beautiful.”
Gabby’s Dollhouse, Gabby Cat Friend Ship (affiliate link)
2. Little Live Pets – My Puppy’s Home Interactive Plush Toy Puppy & Kennel. 25+ Sounds & Reactions. Make the Kennel, Name your Puppy and SURPRISE! Puppy appears! Easy Build DIY Kennel. Batteries Included
Little Live Pets are super popular toys for kids that love animal toys. The sounds brings the little snugglies to life.
6 year old reason for wanting it: “it is so cute and I like the puppy it is so beautiful.”
3. Sleepy Sheepy Hardcover – Picture Book, January 31, 2023
This book is perfect for new readers. With just a few words on each page, children will enjoy reading along. It’s the type of book that boosts confidence as they realize they can read it independently. The adorable illustrations will also captivate any young animal lover. Books in general are always one of the “best toys” because you read them over and over!
6 year old reason for wanting it: “The sheep is so cute!”
Sleepy Sheepy Hardcover (affiliate link)
4. LEGO DUPLO Wild Animals of Europe 10979, Preschool Learning Toys for Toddlers 2 Plus Years Old with Deer, Bear, Fox Forest Animal Figures
Young Lego enthusiasts can have fun building and creating their own forest world, complete with woodland creatures to inspire imaginative stories.
6 year old reason for wanting it: “I love animals and they are so cute and they can play with my other toys.”
LEGO DUPLO Wild Animals of Europe 10979 (affiliate link)
5. PicassoTiles Marble Run 100 Piece Magnetic Tile Race Track Toy Play Set STEM Building & Learning Educational Magnet Construction Child Brain Development Kit Boys Girls Age 3 4 5 6 7 8+ Years Old Toys
These magnetic blocks are already fun on their own, but for them to have the ability to make slides is any kid’s dream blocks!
6 year old reason for wanting it: “because it looks like fun to play and I like slides and it has balls.”
6. Thames & Kosmos Gumball Machine Maker Lab – Super Stunts & Tricks | Build Your Own Gumball Machines with Lessons in Physics & Engineering | 12 Experiments | Includes Delicious Gumballs | Award Winner
What is funner than getting to chew gum? Building a cool gumball machine too!
6 year old reason for wanting it: “I want it because umm I love gumballs.”
Thames & Kosmos Gumball Machine Maker Lab (affiliate link)
7. Elmer’s All-Star Slime Kit, Includes Liquid Glue, Slime Activator, and Premade Slime, 9 Count
We already have this and she still put it on the list. But I will say it is a great slime maker for parents who are okay with making and playing with slime. I know for some parents slime is off limits but if you are cool with it this is a great kit.
6 year old reason for wanting it: “because I love slime!”
Elmer’s All-Star Slime Kit (affiliate link)
8. Elmer’s Squishies Kids’ Activity Kit, DIY Squishy Toy Kit Creates 4 Mystery Characters, 24 Piece Kit
Just like the slime kit, we have this squishie kit already but my little girl just adores it and could not resist putting it on her wishlist again! It’s so simple to use and creates the cutest little creatures that she can’t stop playing with it.
6 year old reason for wanting it: “because I love squishies and they are so cute when they are animals.”
Elmer’s Squishies Kids’ Activity Kit (affiliate link)
9. Hot Wheels RC Barbie Corvette, Battery-Operated Remote-Control Toy Car from Barbie The Movie, Holds 2 Barbie Dolls, Trunk Opens for Storage
Even though the Barbie movie was a hit this summer, my daughter’s wish list had only one Barbie item – a remote control toy car. Although I expected more Barbie toys, I am not surprised by her choice. One of her favorite activities with all her toys is to place them in vehicles and drive them around the house. It’s even better that this one is remote-controlled!
6 year old reason for wanting it: “because it is pink and my Barbies and LOLs love to drive around.”
Hot Wheels RC Barbie Corvette (affiliate link)
10. MGA’s Miniverse MGA Entertainment Make It Mini Food Diner Series 2 Mini Collectibles, Blind Packaging, DIY, Resin Play, Replica Food, NOT Edible, Collectors, 8+
It’s no surprise that kids adore small toys, especially miniature food replicas. My daughter is no exception, as she loves collecting these cute little food items for her L.O.L. Surprise Dolls and other dolls. They complement the tiny kitchen setups that she already has for her toys.
6 year old reason for wanting it: “because my dolls need to eat too!” She also mentioned they are “cute” but I am sure you already knew that by now.
11. Mattel Disney The Little Mermaid Transforming Ariel Fashion Doll, Switch from Human to Mermaid, Toys Inspired by the Movie
My daughter already owns two Ariel dolls from the latest mermaid movie, yet this one still made it onto her wishlist. I assumed it was because of the additional fin and dress included with the doll. However, you can see her reasoning below.
6 year old reason for wanting it: “because she is beautiful.”
Mattel Disney The Little Mermaid Transforming Ariel Fashion Doll (affiliate link)
12. Breyer Horses Unicorn Magic Wooden Stable Playset with 6 Unicorns | 6 Piece | 6 Stablemates Unicorns Included | 6” H x 9” L x 2.5” D | 1:32 Scale | Model #59218, Multicolor
A portable wooden stable is excellent for on-the-go kids like my daughter, who loves to go everywhere with me. We’re always looking for non-digital toys to keep her entertained.
6 year old reason for wanting it: “I LOVE unicorns!”
Breyer Horses Unicorn Magic Wooden Stable Playset (affiliate link)
13. Disney Frozen by Mattel Disney Frozen Snow Color Reveal Small Doll & Accessories, 6 Surprises Include Character Figure Inspired by Disney Movies
Kids love anything with a surprise element or a fun reveal, so rather than choose a fancy Frozen toy, my daughter was attracted to this for the surprise.
6 year old reason for wanting it: “It’s a surprise toy and I can play water with it.”
14. Mattel Disney Princess Toys, Ultimate Castle 4 Ft Tall with Lights & Sounds, 3 Levels, 10 Play Areas and 25+ Furniture & Pieces, Inspired by Disney Movies
When a six-year-old sees a princess dollhouse…she wants a princess dollhouse simple as that. To be honest, this one looks beautiful. When my daughter was three, she played with her Disney princess dolls nonstop, and I could totally see her playing with this castle setup for a very long time.
6 year old reason for wanting it: “because it looks beautiful”
15. Disney’s Wish Asha & Dahlia Dress Up Trunk, Best Friends Role Play Set, Fits Sizes 4-6X [Amazon Exclusive]
Purple dresses are all my daughter ever wants, and so when she saw this dress it was immediately put on her list. It gets double points for being from the movie Wish. She has not seen it yet but the main character wears purple so she will be a fan.
6 year old reason for wanting it: “I love purple dresses! I want to wear the purple one!”
Disney’s Wish Asha & Dahlia Dress Up Trunk (affiliate link)
16. Monster High Dolls:
Amped Up Frankie Stein Draculaura Doll in Monster Ball Party Dress and Abbey Bominable Yeti with Pet Mammoth Tundra
The latest Monster High Movie came out in October, just in time for Halloween. My daughter and I watched it together, so of course, we must recreate the movie with the toys. She chose the Frankie doll, Draculaura and Abbey Bominable. They are all sold separately and we may get her just one because she already has a few Monster High Dolls. But I will say that she really does enjoy playing with these dolls which is why we will probably buy a few of them this season.
6 year old reason for wanting them: “so we can use them to play with the Monster High cafe!”
Amped Up Frankie (affiliate link)
Draculaura Doll (affiliate link)
Abbey Bominable (affiliate link)
17. Barbie Cutie Reveal Gift Set with 2 Dolls & 2 Pets, Cozy Cute Tees Slumber Party with 35+ Surprises, Color Change & Costume Sleeping Bags
It’s not surprising that she picked another reveal toy. The Barbie reveal toys are really cute. Their outfits are the reveal, and they come with adorable accessories, including a cute pet. I know that having a pet is a huge factor in why my daughter chooses her toys. If a toy comes with a pet, she is more likely to choose it.It’s not surprising that she picked another reveal toy.
The Barbie reveal toys are really cute. Their outfits (or in this case the sleeping bags) are the reveal, and they come with adorable accessories, including a cute pet. I know that having a pet is a huge factor in why my daughter chooses her toys. If a toy comes with a pet, she is more likely to choose it.
6 year old reason for wanting it: “because it has a cute little pet.”
Barbie Cutie Reveal Gift Set (affiliate link)
18. Barbie Toy Boat Playset, Dream Boat with 20+ Pieces Including Pool, Slide & Dolphin, Ocean-Themed Accessories
Honestly, I did not expect her to want a Barbie boat. But it does look like a pretty fun toy, and it comes with many accessories. Barbie products are good quality, especially compared to other brands. So this is on the maybe list for us.
6 year old reason for wanting it: “because I like water and a boat can go in water.” Not to worry, fellow parents. I told her it would not go in the water, although that has never stopped her before…
Barbie Toy Boat Playset (affiliate link)
19. Barbie Dreamhouse 2023, Pool Party Doll House with 75+ Pieces and 3-Story Slide, Barbie House Playset, Pet Elevator and Puppy Play Areas
This playset is perfect for six-year-olds who love water and pets, featuring a pool and a puppy play area. It includes everything my child loves for imaginative play.
6 year old reason for wanting it: “because it is a puppy house and has a pool!”
Barbie Dreamhouse 2023 (affiliate link)
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20. Wild Republic Fennec Fox Plush, Stuffed Animal, Plush Toy, Gifts for Kids, Cuddlekins, 12 Inches
If it were up to my daughter, we would have our house filled to the brim with stuffed animals. However, I have managed to limit the number as best as I can. Despite my efforts, my daughter has still managed to sneak a few plushies onto her wish list. She already owns a sloth from the reputable brand Wild Republic, so I am confident that the quality of this stuffed animal will be just as good.
6 year old reason for wanting it: “it is such a cute little fox.”
21. My Little Pony Unicorn and Pegasus Plush – Firefly – Collector Plushie, Retro Stuffed Toy Animal, Kid, Toddler, Girl, Boy, Mom, Birthday, Ages 3+
If you have scrolled down this low, it is safe to assume that my daughter really did pick these items. They all follow the same similar themes. They are animals, or cute, or beautiful. I think this My Little Pony hits all three points, and it is no surprise that she put it on her list. This My Little Pony is so cool and retro that I will probably end up getting it for her during the holidays this year.
6 year old reason for wanting it: “it is just so adorable.”
My Little Pony Unicorn and Pegasus Plush (affiliate link)
22. Pets Alive Pooping Puppies (Husky) by ZURU Surprise Puppy Plush, Ultra Soft Plushies, Interactive Toy Pets, Electronic Pet Puppy for Girls and Children
We have missed one important topic in this entire article – poop and farts! It’s hard to believe. But of course, a toy that poops is a must-have! My daughter owns the Pets Alive puppy that you can walk and it poops; therefore, I assume that this toy is similar. You feed the toy from one end, and it comes out of the other end. This husky is extra cute with those big eyes!
6 year old reason for wanting it: “its just so cute!”
Pets Alive Pooping Puppies (Husky) (affiliate link)
23. Furby Purple, 15 Fashion Accessories, Interactive Plush Toys, Voice Activated Animatronic, Christmas Gifts for Kids, Ages 6+
I must say, this Furby toy is one of the cutest I have ever seen! Although I have never owned one, my daughter circled it in the catalog because of its bright purple fur. I’m not sure if she knows what a Furby does, but I’m sure she’d love to interact with it. Interestingly, the new Furbies come in a variety of colors such as a lovely rainbow color and coral color.
6 year old reason for wanting it: “because it looks like a lot of fun.”
Furby Purple, 15 Fashion Accessories, Interactive Plush Toys (affiliate link)
24. Gabby’s Dollhouse, Purr-ific Pool Playset with Gabby and MerCat Figures, Color-Changing Mermaid Tails and Pool Accessories Kids Toys for Ages 3 and Up
As you can tell from above, my little one, like many kids her age, loves the Gabby Cats and MerCat. So the slide with pool is a perfect complement to her Gabby Dollhouse.
6 year old reason for wanting it: “I can play with it while I watch the show.”
Gabby’s Dollhouse, Purr-iffic Pool Playset (affiliate link)
25. Original Stationery Ice Cream Slime Kit for Girls, Amazing Ice Cream Slime Making Kit to Make Butter Slime, Cloud Slime and Foam Slimes
We have a great time playing with toys that allow us to be creative! Although we tend to make a mess, my daughter enjoys making slime, and I enjoy making it with her. We can always clean up afterward, or dad can handle the cleaning.
6 year old reason for wanting it: “I love slime and ice cream.”
Original Stationery Ice Cream Slime Kit (affiliate link)