It is birthday season at school and every other weekend your child is being invited to birthday parties. When your child has to go to a girl’s party, shopping for gifts might be fairly straightforward because there are a lot of toys marketed specifically for young girls. But when you need to shop for boys, you might find yourself wondering to get them.
Here are five ideas you can look into, the next time you need to go gift shopping for a 6-year-old boy:
- D-I-Y kits. At 6, most boys get very interested in building things themselves. There are several great toys on the market that allow children to build toy robots or cars or planes themselves. More artistic boys might art based D-I-Y kits where they can make their own fridge magnets, photo frames, etc. Unfortunately, a lot of the art based D-I-Y kits are marketed towards girls and so put many boys off, so be careful when you are selecting an art kit.
- Magic sets. Around the age of 5 and 6, young children begin to understand magic tricks better. They get excited not only when they witness a magic trick, but now they want to be magicians themselves. Find an age appropriate magic set and you might get invited soon for a private magic show.
- Cars and vehicles. 6-year-old boys enjoy more complicated toy cars and trucks. Find toy sets where the child has to build a ramp for the car to set them off, or put together their own car. If your budget permits, remote controlled vehicles are a great toy for kids this age.
- Action figures. Ask your child to find out what kind of super hero characters the birthday boy likes best. Action figures might sound uninspired, but action figures and other kinds of dolls leads children into rather complex pretend worlds. Pretend play is an important part of growing up. Nowadays technology has taken a lot of time away from such games and makes action figures can bridge the divide between TV and actual playing.
- Puzzles and board games. Around 6, children have the patience to settle down and understand the rules of board games. Similarly, you can try getting the birthday boy more complex puzzles as now they are better able to focus on a task and organize themselves.
Books are another good option when you run out of all other choices. When buying books for a child, remember to select books with large illustrations and simple words. Such books keep young readers more engaged.
If you know what sort of child you are shopping for, you will be better able to make right shopping choices. If you know that the boy is extremely active and does not like to sit down and do things with his hands, consider buying him a pair of skates, a ball game, a dartboard, etc. If the boy is very artistic, buy him art supplies that he can use and enjoy.