Birthdays, Christmas, and Hanukkah are magical, present-filled holidays for children, but the task of gift buying can be overwhelming and stressful for parents. What presents are worth the money? Which ones will have staying power? What kinds of toys will help your child learn and grow?
Stressing over all of these questions can put a damper on what should be a joyous occasion. But your stress doesn’t have to be a prerequisite for your child’s fun! Instead, try choosing a few gifts from our list of some of the best. That way, you can focus on seeing the joy on your child’s face instead of worrying about the what-ifs or the should-haves.
What to Look For in A Gift for A 6-Year-Old Girl?
- A gift that will engage her attention long term. You want a gift that will keep your girl excited and entertained. Something she will enjoy for a few weeks and then put aside is hardly worth it.
- An option that will challenge her. Kids often enjoy a small challenge they can accomplish. Consider something to challenge her intellect, her motor skills, or her creativity.
- Something that will help her socialize. With kids these days so focused on electronics, giving your girl a gift she can enjoy with friends can help her gain important social skills.
- A gift that fits her interests and personality. Depending on your girl, you might want to give a gift that fits her interests. For example, a girl who loves Disney’s “Frozen” would likely love the LEGO Disney Frozen Anna & Elsa’s Frozen Playground on this list. However, some girls like to try something outside of their usual interests.
|Crayola Light-up Tracing Pad|
|Headbands Craft Kit|
|Melissa & Doug Scratch Art|
|Go Glam Nail Stamper|
|Cat's Cradle Book Kit|
|ALEX DIY Knot-A-Quilt Pattern|
|Royal Oak Saucer Swing|
|PlasmaCar The Original|
|Huge Rainbow Kite|
|Bear Archery Scout Bow Set|
|Boochie Ball Game|
|VTech Smartwatch DX|
|Klutz Make Your Own Soap|
|Sum Swamp Game|
|Science Experiment Kit|
|Grow 'N Glow Terrarium Kit|
|Learning Resources Playground|
|Mega Gemstone Dig Kit|
|LEGO Frozen II Elsa’s Jewelry Box|
|Fairy Tale Mix-Up|
|Our Generation Doll|
|Mermaid Tail Blanket|
|M & D Magnetic Dress-Up|
|Musical Jewelry Storage Box|
|Star Projector Light|
|Wonder Woman Costume|
Creative Gifts for 6-Year-Old Girls
1. Crayola Light-up Tracing Pad
Your aspiring artist will love this illuminated tracing pad from the trusted Crayola brand. To create masterful drawings, your child can simply place one of the tracing sheets over the LED-illuminated tablet, place a blank paper on top of that, and trace the image she sees. The outside frame will hold the papers in place for easy, non-slip sketching.
After the basic image is traced, the real fun begins. Your child can use the graphite pencil and 12 colored pencils to add shading and color to her image. The package also includes 10 each of the tracing sheets–with horse and fashion show themes–and blank sheets of paper. There are also additional free, downloadable templates on the Crayola website.
2. Creativity for Kids Fashion Headbands Craft Kit
If you have a budding fashionista with her own sense of style, she’ll love making her own headbands to accessorize her outfits. This kit includes everything your child needs to make 10 unique, colorful headbands, including satin headbands in rainbow colors plus black and white, assorted ribbons, fabric flowers, a fabric butterfly, rhinestones, and craft glue.
This project is a great way for your child to express her creativity. And unlike some crafts, which get made and eventually thrown away, these headbands will get a lot of use since they can actually be worn! They also make a great group craft for a play date or party.
3. Melissa & Doug Scratch Art Rainbow Mini Notes
Make writing practice fun with these 4″ square note sheets. Using the included wooden stylus, your child can reveal the bright rainbow colors that are hiding beneath the black matte coating on top of each sheet. This set comes with 125 notes and a reusable dispenser box for convenience.
These notes are great for doodles, labeling, reminders, lists, or surprise notes for loved ones. Whatever use your child puts them to, she’s sure to have more fun doing it in colorful rainbow style.
4. Go Glam Nail Stamper
If your child likes painting her nails, she’ll love this nail art set from Cool Maker. Instead of just coloring her nails with a single color, she’ll be able to add fun designs over the top to really up her nail polish game. To use, she’ll simply paint her nails with the nail polish, select a design, stamp the pattern over the top, and seal everything with a clear top coat.
The nail polish that is included has a tacky feeling to it even after it dries, which allows the stamped designs to adhere to it. It’s important to note that you must use the maker’s special nail polish; regular polishes won’t work. On the plus side, Cool Maker sells extra polishes and stamp designs, so the fun never has to end! This particular set includes blue and purple nail polishes, five stamp designs–hearts, cats, unicorns, flamingos, and cupcakes–a clear top coat, a nail file, instructions, and a bag to keep everything in. The materials are all non-toxic and safe for kids to use, and the stamper can accommodate nails of any size, from little kids to adults.
5. Cat’s Cradle Book Kit
Despite its seeming simplicity, this classic toy can entertain for hours. From the Cup and Saucer to Jacob’s Ladder, your child will learn how to make five different string figures using just her 10 fingers and a loop of colorful string. The 36-page instruction book also teaches several two-player string games your child can play with you or a friend.
This game improves hand dexterity, of course, but it also teaches about following instructions, concentration, and patience. In the end, your child will be rewarded with the satisfaction of creating recognizable images just out of string. Magic!
6. ALEX DIY Knot-A-Quilt Pattern
You can never have too many blankets around the house, and your daughter will love making her own with this no-sew quilt kit. Included in the package are 24 precut fleece squares with several cuts made along each edge to create strips of fabric. These can be tied to the strips on the other squares to create a full blanket.
The squares come in solid color, zig-zag, and polka dot prints. Your child can arrange them as she pleases to create her own design. The finished quilt measures 38.5″ x 54″ and is easy for a 6-year-old to complete using the easy, simple instructions provided.
Outdoor/Active Toys for 6-Year-Old Girls
7. Royal Oak Saucer Swing
There’s nothing more fun for a young girl than swinging in a swing or relaxing in a hammock. Combine the two and you get a saucer swing.
This swing can be hung from either a tree or a playset. With a steel frame and holding up to 700 pounds, it’s big enough for your girl and a couple of her friends (or her parents) to play on together.
You can be sure to find a swing color she will like because this comes in 11 different color options. With excellent quality fabric and commercial grade rope, this swing will last for years. It’s easy to put together and hang up.
This is sure to be a favorite among children and parents!
8. PlasmaCar The Original
Get your kid off the couch and outside for some fresh air with this fun, unique ride-on toy that has no pedals or gears. Unlike other similar toys, it is simply operated with the twist of a steering wheel located at the front. To ride it, your child just sits on the patented safety seat, puts her feet on the footrests at the front, and quickly turns the steering wheel back and forth to move forward.
This little car toy can reach up to six miles per hour on smooth, flat surfaces and can accommodate up to 220 pounds. Its quiet operation makes it ideal for outdoor or indoor use, and its design helps teach coordination and balance. It requires easy assembly to reach its completed size of 31″ x 14″ x 16″.
9. BucketBall Outdoor Game
Any game that can get your kid playing outside is better than any game she could play on a screen. (Though those games have their merits, too!) BucketBall is one such game, and it’s perfect for young kids to play with a friend or several.
To play, each team sets up their six buckets in a triangle shape, just like you would with bowling pins. Then one player from each team tries to throw a ball into one of the other team’s buckets. If they make it, that bucket gets taken out of the game. The first team to get rid of all of the other team’s buckets wins. While the rules say to separate the two teams’ buckets by 15 to 25 feet, that distance can be shortened for younger players.
This set comes with everything you need to play, and it all fits in the included the tote bag. It’s lightweight–about seven pounds–and is easy to take to the park, on a camping trip, or to the beach or pool (bonus feature–the buckets float!). With a lifetime warranty on any parts, why wouldn’t you get this game?
10. Huge Rainbow Kite
There’s possibly no kid’s toy that is as classic as a kite, and this one is both beautiful and easy to use. Designed specially for kids, it is simple to put together and has a kid-friendly handle. Its greatest feature is that it’s very stable and can be easily launched in nearly any wind conditions.
Your child will love this kite’s colorful rainbow design, while you’ll appreciate the durable fabric construction of the body and tail. And as your child develops her coordination and learns to launch and fly this kite on her own, you’ll both love the joy she feels as she experiences success.
11. Bear Archery Scout Bow Set
Whether your daughter is a big fan of Merida or you simply want to introduce her to a unique, interesting hobby, this beginner bow and arrow set is a great introduction to archery. At 33″ long, the bow is designed specifically for children 4 to 7 years old. It has an 8 to 13 pound draw weight and a draw length range from 16″ to 24″.
Included in the set are the bow itself, finger rollers, a sight pin, two Safetyglass arrows, a quiver, and an arm guard. The bow can be used by either right-handed or left-handed children, and it can easily transition to a youth compound bow if your child continues to be interested in archery as she grows.
If she decides not to pursue archery, this affordable set is still a much better choice than the toy bow and arrow sets out there, which cost about as much but don’t shoot straight and typically break after a few uses. If your daughter enjoys other outside activities she might enjoy the Girl Scouts.
12. Boochie Ball Game
Designed for two to four players with a 15-minute average playing time, this lawn game is similar to bocce ball–but a little more fun. The set comes with four rings, four balls, a 12-sided target, four wrist trackers, and a travel bag to store everything in.
The game starts with someone throwing out the target. Then each player takes turns tossing her ball and then hoop, trying to get each one as close to the target as possible. The wrist trackers not only keep score for each person but also give the players silly challenges for how to throw–behind the back, over the head, lying down, between the legs, with eyes closed, and more!
Each wrist tracker has a different set of challenges, so the game is different for the players every time. Your child is sure to have a blast with this easy-to-understand outdoor game.
STEM/Learning Toys for 6-Year-Old Girls
13. VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX
If you have a kid who loves technology but isn’t quite ready for a smartphone, this smartwatch is the perfect interim gift. In addition to teaching how to tell time on both a digital and an analog clock, it has an alarm, a timer, and a calendar for additional learning experiences. If your kid loves to play, she’ll enjoy the activity challenges, motion-controlled games, and mini logic puzzles as well.
With two cameras–one on the side and one at the front–your child can use this smartwatch to take videos, pictures, and selfies. These can all then be customized using filters, frames, and stamps to be set as new watch faces for fun customization.
The watch boasts 256 megabytes of memory and has a built-in rechargeable battery. It is also splash-proof and comes with a micro-USB charging cable for uploading and downloading.
14. Klutz Make Your Own Soap Science Kit
Make science fun and practical with this kit for making colorful, fun-shaped soaps. Everything your child needs to make 10 different beautiful soaps is found in the package, including 20 color tablets; 20 blocks of clear soap base; soap molds for making stars, emoji cats, peace signs, cupcakes, swirls, and hexagons; cosmetic-grade glitter; non-irritating soap stickers; and coconut papaya fragrance.
The kit also includes cellophane, ribbon, a gift box, a gift tag, two paper boats, and toy fish. These supplies are great for giving the one-of-a-kind soaps as gifts to loved ones. A 36-page book includes detailed instructions and ideas as well as chemistry facts and easy, soapy science experiments your child can do at home.
15. Learning Resources Sum Swamp Game
The best way to teach a child is to turn the lesson into a game. That’s exactly the theory behind this fun, math-based game from Learning Resources. In order for players to make their way through the swamp, they will have to perform basic mathematical functions of addition and subtraction.
The box comes with a 17″ x 12″ gameboard, four game pieces made to look like swamp creatures, two number dice, and a math symbol die. To determine how many spaces to move on each turn, players roll the number dice and the symbol die and solve the math problem to get their answer.
Designed for two to four players, this game is perfect for kids who are starting to learn basic math. As they play, they’ll be practicing their math skills without even realizing it!
16. My First Mind Blowing Science Kit
Make STEM fun with this 20-piece introductory science kit that allows your 6-year-old girl to conduct 11 different experiments. She can make a volcano that changes color as it erupts, create a sunset in a test tube, and grow colorful crystals, among other fun experiments.
This kit comes with corn starch, crosslinked polyacrylate copolymer, red cabbage powder, three color tablets, and vegetable oil. It also comes with two cotton swabs, two measuring spoons, pipette, three plastic cups, two sticks, and three test tubes with a stand.
Best of all, when your child turns to you and asks how or why a certain reaction occurred, you can turn to the included activity guide for the answers! No need to be a scientist yourself.
17. Grow ‘n Glow Terrarium
Your child will love playing gardener with this all-inclusive kit for growing wheatgrass and chia plants. In addition to the seeds, the package includes a 4″ x 6″ terrarium jar, step-by-step instructions, soil, blue sand, river rocks, seeds. It has a wooden stick to help with planting, a spray bottle for watering, bunny and mushroom house figurines, and 15 stickers for decoration.
However, the best feature of this miniature garden is the LED light built in under the lid. When the sun has set, flipping a small switch will transform your child’s terranium into a magical, glowing garden. During the day, an included micro-USB cable charges the light so it’s all ready for nighttime again.
18. Learning Resources Playground Engineering & Design STEM Set
The only thing can could be more fun than going to the playground is building your own! And that’s exactly what this building toy from Learning Resources allows your child to do. With 104 plastic pieces to work with, your child can build anything from a swing set, seesaw, or bridge to a twisty slide, merry-go-round, or tire swing.
Included in this set are 10 challenge cards to show your child some things she can build. Once she’s mastered them, she can create her own designs and keep on building. There are even two little kid figures that can test out the different features of the playground.
The activity guide has several worksheets you can copy for repeated use, and there are more than enough connecting pieces for your child to create the playground of her dreams. Here are a few more online resources for science activities for girls.
19. My USA Interactive Map
Teach your child all about the good ol’ US of A with this interactive map of the United States. A multi-award winning toy, it can be hung on the wall or laid on the floor. With just the push of her little finger, your child can learn the name, capital, largest city, climate, historical facts, and fun trivia about each of the 50 states. There are more than 500 facts in all!
The mat also sings the national anthem, so your child can learn to sing it herself. There is also a quiz mode with two levels, basic and advanced, in which the map states a fact and your child touches the appropriate state to give her answer.
It requires three AAA batteries, which are included, and has a two-minute automatic shutoff to save those batteries from being drained.
20. National Geographic Mega Gemstone Mine
For some reason, kids seem to love gemstones. That’s what makes this gift an absolute goldmine (hah, a pun!). Your child will feel like a real miner as she uses her chisel, brush, and magnifying glass. Digging through a brick of dirt, she will find 15 beautiful gemstones. From pyrite, tiger’s eye, and quartz to amethyst, obsidian, and aventurine, your child is sure to love adding these gems to her collection, if she has one, or starting one if she doesn’t!
This set also comes with a 16-page guide that names each type of gem, thereby aiding in the identification process. It also teaches about how gemstones are formed and then mined. If your daughter wants to learn more about rocks, visit National Geographic’s Geology 101.
Character/Imagination Gifts for 6-Year-Old Girls
21. LEGO Disney Frozen II Elsa’s Jewelry Box
Your girl can bring to life the Frozen magic with this beautiful LEGO set. Made of 300 pieces, this jewelry box is both functional and fun. The drawer can hold the included friendship rings as well as any other jewelry or small treasure a young girl has. There is also a locking function to keep anyone else out of the jewelry box!
This stunning piece showcases Elsa and an ice horse. Both characters are on a turn table and can spin when the wheel is turned.
Once built, this set measures over 9″ tall, 5″ wide, and 4″ deep. The instructions are well written and have excellent diagrams, making this a great build for girls 6 and older.
22. Create and Tell Me A Story Cards
If you have an imaginative storyteller on your hands, consider getting her these simple story cards. They will provide hours of creative pretend play. Included in this deck of 36 fairytale-themed cards, there are three different categories–characters, locations, and objects. The purpose of the game is to create a story, either logical or silly, using one card from each of the categories.
Your child’s critical thinking skills and imagination will be stretched and strengthened as she builds unique stories. In addition to the cards, the box comes with instructions for different games and activities. A sliding tray box keeps the cards safe and contained when not in use.
23. Our Generation Doll
Sometimes the best toy for a little girl is a simple doll. With a lifelike look, styleable hair, trendy clothes, and fun accessories, an Our Generation doll isn’t exactly simple, but it is awesome. There are tons of different dolls to choose from in the collection. Your daughter can pick one that looks like her or one that has the same interests.
Whichever doll she picks, your child will love dressing her up to play pretend. All of the dolls are 18″ tall with soft bodies and easy-to-clean vinyl arms, legs, and heads. Their hair is soft and fun to style as well. And with accessories that can be purchased separately, the possibilities for gift-giving are endless!
The deluxe version of this doll comes with additional accessories. It also includes a book featuring the doll as the main character, making her truly come to life.
24. PixieCrush Mermaid Tail Blanket
Deep down, nearly every little girl wishes she were a mermaid. Heck, sometimes I still wish I were a mermaid! That’s what makes these mermaid tail blankets such a great gift for little girls. Plus they’re warm and cozy. So where’s the bad?
With all of their great qualities, there are a lot of mermaid tail blankets on the market. This one is special in that it has a multicolored scale design rather than being just a solid color. They are also made from thick, soft fleece, and their enclosed design prevents heat from escaping. Double stitching at the seams ensures they won’t fall apart.
Whether your child wants to use her mermaid tail as a blanket for cozy reading, car or airplane travel, sleepovers, or pretend mermaid play, she won’t be able to get enough of it.
25. Melissa & Doug Magnetic Wooden Dress-Up Dolls
If your little girl loves changing her outfit five times a day, consider getting her these dress-up dolls. It will cut down on your loads of laundry. With two 8″ wooden dolls to dress and accessorize, she’s sure to have hours of fun. The 56 magnetic wooden clothing items and accessories give endless combination possibilities.
Each doll comes with her own stand, making it easy for your child to dress her. Having two dolls in the set allows for pretend play formed by the ensembles she puts them in. The dolls and all the parts fit neatly in the 10-tray storage box.
26. Musical Jewelry Box
Parents of little girls know that literally everything is “special” to them–every paper they’ve made a mark on, every rock they’ve collected, and every cardboard box. For those items that are truly special, your daughter would love a designated box to keep them in. This jewelry box, constructed from pine fiberboard and lined with soft velvet, is the perfect place to keep her favorite trinkets safe and secure.
With a unicorn design that also includes a castle, rainbows, stars, hearts, flowers, and butterflies, pretty much every traditionally girly favorite can be found on this box. When it’s opened, it plays music as a little unicorn spins in front of a star-shaped mirror. There’s something magical about a musical jewelry box! Measuring 7.15″ by 5.25″ by 3.9″ when closed and including a second pull-out drawer on the bottom, there’s plenty of space for the most important of your girl’s special items.
**not available27. Star Projector Light
If your daughter has trouble falling asleep, or even if she doesn’t but she uses a night light, try upgrading her bedtime light situation with this projector. It has two different modes–the night light mode produces a soft, white glow, and the projection mode covers the walls and ceiling of a normal bedroom with stars and moons.
Within the projection mode, you can choose from different solid colors or a mix of colors. Or, if your child prefers, she can set it to automatically cycle through the different color options. The projector mode also allows you to choose between keeping the image still or having it rotate 360 degrees so the shapes move across the room. Finally, the stars can also blink or stay on continuously.
The lights are not overly bright, the spinning mechanism functions quietly, and the images move slowly, making it perfect for helping your child feel calm so she can drift off to sleep under the stars. You can choose from a number of different base colors to match your child’s favorite color or the decor of her room. And while the light has a power cord, it can also be powered by batteries.
28. Wonder Woman Costume
Your 6-year-old girl will harness her inner super hero wearing this officially licensed DC Comics Wonder Woman costume! She will particularly love it if she is a fan of the popular movies or shows because of all the realistic pieces that are included. Not only does it come with a polyester sleeveless dress but also a red cape, golden belt, silver wrist gauntlets, golden tiara, and white boot covers–everything she needs to look just like Wonder Woman for every day dress ups or for a Halloween costume!
Carefully read through the sizing information provided to make sure that you select the appropriate size for your 6-year-old. This costume runs small so it is best to order up a size, especially if you want it to be big enough to last a while. Keep in mind that the skirt is short just like the character’s costume on the screen.
How can parents encourage creativity in a 6-year-old girl?
By providing young girls with plenty of crafts, parents can help foster their daughter’s creativity. If there are creative, artistic activities available around the house, girls are bound to develop their expressiveness. Parents can also encourage creativity by engaging in art projects with their daughters.
What are good STEM toys for young girls?
Since young girls are often very clever, they will appreciate all sorts of STEM toys that appeal to their curiosity. For example, a soap making kit, interactive map, or engineering set would all appeal to a 6-year-old girl. There are plenty of diverse STEM toys for young girls on the market, but some of the best options are on our list.
What outdoor activities do 6-year-old girls enjoy?
Most 6-year-girls are active and full of energy which means they enjoy outdoor activities. Gifts which can be played outside with friends are sure to be a hit, such as frisbees or lawn games. Young girls would also enjoy outdoor activities such as flying a kite, learning archery, or scooting around on a plasma car.