Take the hard work out of gift-giving this Christmas with our Gift Guide for 5 & 6 Year-olds! You’ll find plenty of inspiration and ideas whatever your budget. Looking for more ideas? Check out our Toy and Gift Guides page for more inspiration.
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Choosing Toys for Kids
In a world where there are so many options it can be difficult to know which toys to invest in! Here are 5 principles that I try to stick to when choosing toys for my own children.
What toys should I Choose for my Kids?
- Toys that are open-ended– these are toys that can be used in a variety of ways and leave room for imagination;
- Toys that grow with your child– This is about avoiding the latest ‘toy fad’ but choosing toys they’ll come back to again and again;
- Toys that are varied– Give your kids a broad range of toys so that they build a variety of skills and interests;
- Toys that have purpose– Think about the purpose behind a toy. How will it benefit my child to own it?
- Toys that last– Choose good quality toys that will stand the test of time.
A word on the Gift Guides…
These guides are meant to inspire, rather than be a list of everything your child must have! Many of these toys and books we own ourselves, or are made by brands we trust and love, but there’s a few new toys that I’ve come across that I’m excited to share with you too.
I’ve arranged the guides into age brackets but children rarely follow a linear path of development. So do check out the guides before and after too. Also many of the gifts featured in the guides will grow with your child and are suitable for multiple ages. For example, a lot of the preschool gifts will still be enjoyed beyond these years.
The Best Gifts for 5 & 6 Year Olds
One of the best toys we own, and loved by kids of all ages, are our Magnetic Tiles. I’ve written an in-depth post about why I think they are so brilliant. I’ve also reviewed two leading brands. You can read my review here.
My kids love Squigz for building with and sticking to lots of different surfaces. You can buy various add-on packs with different shaped Squigz for even more building fun.
Puzzles, Games & Activities
Dobble & Uno are brilliant games to introduce at this age. And it’s so exciting that they now make a version of Bananagrams for kids! My First Bananagrams is on my 6 year-old’s Christmas list this year.
Laurence King make the most gorgeous set of bingo games that will help your kids (and you!) learn the names of lots of weird and wonderful creatures.
And it’s worth checking out the gofindit game– an outdoor nature treasure hunt. You can read my review of it here.
Arts, Crafts & Creative Play
Air Drying Clay is top of our arts and crafts recommendations. This is a bit like the fimo we used to enjoy as kids but so much easier to manipulate. We’ve used ours to make animals, mini food for the doll’s house and all sorts. It’s easy enough for 3 and 4 year-olds to use but I think it comes into it’s own around the age of 5 when children have the dexterity to work on detailed projects.
The Toniebox is a popular audiobook & music player in Europe that’s recently been launched in the UK. It is really simple for little ones to operate by placing a ‘tonie’ on the box. All sorts of tonies are available for lots of popular stories like The Gruffalo & The Jungle Book. The Toniebox starter set comes with a Creative Tonie. This has 90 minutes of space to fill with whatever you want, including your own recordings of their favourite stories.
For more art and craft gift ideas for kids check out my Guide for Arty & Crafty Kids.
We love E.a.R.L, our coding robot from Hope Education and he gets a lot of attention from my kids! You can program E.a.R.L to follow a series of instructions that include movement, lights and sound. He’s also compatible with scratch, the coding program that most schools use.
Tech Will Save Us do a brilliant range of STEM kits. They also have some for bigger kids too so check them out on Amazon.
Books for Bigger Kids
There are many brilliant non-fiction books that are great from around the age of 5 or 6. We love the gorgeous book Maps and could spend forever pouring over the pictures. There’s always something new to notice.
The Street Beneath My Feet and The Skies Above my Eyes are unique foldout books, full of interesting facts about the world around us.
The girls got a Wobbel Board last year as a joint Christmas present. It is a pricey gift but we love it and get a lot of use out of it. As well as balancing and rocking, mine use it in their small world play and as a ramp for cars, amongst other things.
We’ve not tried these pogo sticks but I thought I’d include them as they have good reviews and look lots of fun!
Flying a kite is a childhood must! We have this parafoil kite below and it flies brilliantly. It also folds up into a little bag and doesn’t involve putting rods together before you get it in the air.
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