Gifts for 6-Year-Old

Getting fun developmental learning gifts for a 6-year-old child that is educational is a big deal. Here at ebeanstalk we provide the largest selection of developmental, education and fun gifts for children. Find that special gift for 6-year old boys and 6-year old girls at ebeanstalk.

Gift Resource Guide

Things are getting kinda hectic for these 6 Year Olds, especially as it relates to gifts. Getting the appropriate present for a Six Year Olds can be tough. Is a book for a 6 Year Old boy good? Or a Bead Kit right for a 6 Year Old girl? FYI, 6 Year Olds will want gifts that will push beyond their capabilities. And we kept this in mind when we selected just the right stuff for them.

Here are some hints for great gifts for 6 Year Olds that also make for unique gift ideas. Given their active imaginations we like toys to really challenge the 6 Year Olds. Advanced Arts & Crafts (Bead Making, Drawing, Jewelry Making) make cool gifts. Go beyond the typical Football and Basketball with "Design Your Own" type activities that are really unique gift ideas. Many times these 6 Year Olds are feeling less secure, and whenever you can add to their sense of self worth (through projects where they make things) will add to their sense of security.

It's interesting, often a 6 Year Old will appear LESS coordinated than a 5 Year Old because they are constantly on the go. So be patient and keep an eye on 'em as they run, jump and throw things around. Mom always says, "Don't play ball in the house."

Also, as we've said before, these kids will push themselves to potentially go beyond their abilities. So help them with this desire. Set goals beyond what they are used to, but don't stretch them too far. Make sure (with practice) that they can achieve their goals. Oh yeah, 6 Year Olds crave attention from their parents and teachers, so being involved in goal setting, positive reinforcement (now more than ever) will really help them through this transitional year.

After some potential challenges this year, your little one is really growing and developing and taking on much more complicated tasks and tackling and experiencing more complicated emotions. Here are a few unique gift ideas that also are pretty cool gifts, too boot.

Your Road-Map for picking the right gifts for 6 Year Olds:

  1. Target Age: Our target age ensures you'll get cool gifts matched to the child's development.
  2. Developmental Milestones to help you pick some cool gifts:
    Learn more about 6 Year Olds and the toys that make them grow & learn.
  3. Expert advice on unique gift ideas: Our child-experts matched all our toys, books and games to a child's development.
    Meet Our Child-Experts

Just So You Know:

For all other ages at ebeanstalk, we match the toys to the 3 month developmental milestones. For 6 Year Olds, we match the toys "to the year". We do this because development gets less predictable down to the 3 month increment. As you look through ebeanstalk's selection of great presents for Six Year Olds, try to keep these things in mind (if you want more detail on what toys and gifts are appropriate for 6 year olds, please check out our developmental milestones for Six Year Olds).

Using Time Outs Properly and Effectively

By Andy Eig, PhD. Clinical Psychologist

When it comes to their toddlers and preschoolers, parents ask me more questions about time outs than any other issue. Parents often get confused as to when to try them and how to implement them. I have seen them used very effectively. But, more times than not, I have seen them misused. Let us see if we can clarify how to employ this powerful parenting tool.

Time Outs: What are they?

Let us start with what they are not — punishments. A time out is intended to remove the child from a disruptive way of behaving so that the child can calm him or herself and reflect upon what he or she has done. Time outs are not intended to be harsh or noxious in any way. For example, 6 Year Old Theo is pushing his friends at the playground. The other children have repeatedly told him to stop and so have the adult caretakers. Theo's mom then steps in and gives Theo a time out for pushing and not listening. Theo and his mom go to a playground bench away from the action, and Theo sits and collects himself. When Theo and his mom decide that he is ready, he returns to his friends and apologizes to them for pushing. Theo's mom has been calm but assertive. She doesn't say that Theo is "bad" or that he is punished. She merely says that Theo is in time out until he is ready to listen and stop pushing. She may even ask Theo to use his words rather than to push.

Time Outs: Who are they for?

In my opinion, time outs are for any kid that can understand what a time out is. An 18 month old child is too young for a time out. They view it as abandonment not a time where they can collect themselves. Time outs apply mainly to children who are three and older. Some children are more assertive and defiant and may need time-outs (many of them) to help contain them. Other kids are more mellow and cooperative and do not require disciplining in this manner at all. The fact that a child requires frequent time outs or none at all does not make them or their parents deficient in any way, it is often simply a reflection of a child's personality. Each child may need certain types of parenting at different times in their lives.

Time Outs: How to give them

For most pre-schoolers, a warning that if they do not stop a behavior, they will be in time out is best. Once the warning is given and the child fails to respond, then a time out should be given. Backing down or not following through just confuses the child. Here are some tips for giving time out...

  1. Take the child to a quiet part of the room.
  2. Tell them they are in time out and stay with them.
  3. Kids at a pre-school age need to see a caregiver or parent while they are in time out. Having them go to their room alone can be too anxiety provoking for someone this age.
  4. The time out should end when the child is calm and acknowledges that he or she is ready to go back and play.
  5. When the time out is over, remind your son or daughter why they were given a time out and tell them that you love them and have them go back to their activity.

Time Outs: Prevention

As I mentioned before, some kids just need the structure of time outs and they will get many of them during the day until they can monitor themselves better. Although some children will require somewhat frequent time outs, most do not. If you find yourself doling them out left and right and you are more of a referee than a parent, it is time to re-evaluate your parenting game plan. Make sure your children are well fed, rested, and have a structured schedule that keeps them interested and engaged in the world around them. Bored, tired, and hungry children are a recipe for a time out disaster.

Perhaps the best way to prevent timeouts is to use a reward system. Motivate your child with positive rewards. For instance, if your daughter always screams and cries when she goes to the market with you, remind her before and during the trip that if she behaves she gets something special (stickers, a favorite dinner, or a healthy treat).

How Children Grow & Learn

Getting appropriate gifts for 6 year olds can be tough. FYI, these kids want gifts that will push beyond their capabilities. And we kept this in mind when we selected just the right stuff for them. They are moving quickly towards abstract thinking. Socially, a six-year-old can be rigid AND a lot more competitive and independent. But, you can really get some pretty advanced, cool gifts for these kids as long as you know what's right.