Need a gift idea for kids 6 to 9 years old? From board games and science experiments to collectible favorites, our list of gifts for elementary-aged children has something for everyone.
Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids Ages 6+
Do you find it challenging to shop for your kids as they grow? Beyond the toddler and preschool years, it can be harder to find the best age-appropriate gifts for kids in the early elementary time.
So we scoured the web to find fun, creative and educational gifts for kids 6 years and older. Check them out below and be sure to shop your favorite this holiday!
Science Magic by National Geographic
In a year with kids seeking boredom busters indoors, never underestimate the power of science experiments and magic, like these Science Magic Kits.
From the all-time favorite National Geographic brand, comes magic science, where kids learn a variety of magic tricks including, changing the color of water and bending metal to making a coin float or making snow appear in hand!
My kids have loved science since the toddler years when they started with simple vinegar and baking powder tricks — so anything that involves “real” magic tricks to show off their skills is a hit!
The detailed instructions in these specific kits, take them step-by-step through each experiment with fascinating information to teach the science behind the magic for the inquisitive learner.
Kids will love dressing the part in the magician gloves and wand while they show off new tricks using household ingredients.
You can purchase a set that includes anywhere from 10-50 experiments for exciting, educational fun at home!
Choose a kit for your needs HERE.
Go Go Bird
For an action-packed fun gift idea sure to impress, try the Go Go Bird by Zing. This remote-control powered bird for both girls and boys is sure to be a hit when you’re looking for new adventures outdoors.
The colorful bird’s flapping wings makes it look like a real bird in flight. To get going, gently toss the bird in the air and it immediately flies. Plus, Go Go Bird features a smart obstacle-avoiding module that uses infrared sensors to turn the other way when approaching an obstacle.
With the six-axis motion sensors, Go Go Bird starts flapping its wings.
And the best part, is that the toy helps kids get in control too, as they learn to fly up, down, in circles or through obstacle courses they come up with — tons of fun tricks with a touch of a button.
The toy comes with an easy to use controller, so kids can learn to fly manually fast! A great introduction to remote-control toys for ages 8 and up.
Find it in your favorite color online HERE.
Ravel Tales Collectible Plush Toy
Looking for a smaller affordable gift idea for the child that enjoys unboxing surprise toys? Look no further than Ravel Tales — a fun surprise stuffed animal pet!
To find the 12 surprises inside, kids must unwind a colorful ball of yarn.
Each playset contains goodies like a button charm, pet name tag, sewing needle, collector card, pillow bed, yarn for pom poms and bracelet crafts and a collectible plush character.
You can learn more about the collectible pets, Ravel Tales and purchase HERE!
Pizza Party ThrowDown
Whether it’s pizza night or not, this fast-flying, multi-player face-off game will have the entire family flipping pizza in your kitchen!
Pizza Party Throwdown is a new 2-4 player game for ages 4 and up, including a rotating pizza, built-in timer, four launchers and 32 ingredients.
Players have 30 seconds to toss their ingredients onto the rotating pizza game board. Beat the clock to land your pieces on the pizza before it’s done baking!
Each player chooses their color-coded ingredient (from pepperoni and peppers to mushrooms and more) and must launch it onto the pizza using a flipper.
With multiple ways to play, this fast-paced board game, is sure to be a hit whether you are a plain cheese pizza or the-works type of pizza fan.
Add it to your wishlist HERE.
Dinosaur Set by Schleich
Dinosaur-fan in the house? You most likely own a few of the popular Schleich toys — high-quality, figurines crafted with the utmost attention to details for fun imaginative play.
If you need an easy and affordable gift idea for a kid, consider the 5-piece Trex play set for the ages 4-10.
The play set features: Dino Researcher figurine, T-Rex toy figure, baby stegosaurus, tranquilizer and catch pole.
The researcher figurine features movable arms and legs and can interact with the dinosaur figurines, from running from and taming T-rex to caring for baby stegosaurus.
A simple play-set sure to provide tons of creative play this holiday season.
Grab a set online HERE.
For the kids obsessed with space crafts and building, Snap Ships is the toy for you this season.
Snap Ships are versatile spacecraft building sets for creating a number of action-packed ways to play. Let your kid’s imagination run wild as they create an armada to battle off an alien attack.
Snap Ships include core cubes for a stable base for builds and additional pieces contribute to a sleep design and movement.
All sets contain pieces that are interchangeable, allowing kids to create as they wish. From the Interceptor to the heavy fighter battle ships, your kid can choose his favorite craft to assemble and then engage in pretend play battle.
Snap Ships are recommended for ages 8+. You can learn more HERE.
EggMazing Decorating Kits
For some artistic, creative gift ideas for kids, try one of the many amazing, Eggmazing decorating kits!
These unique decorating machines, allow your child to easily decorate eggs — from Easter eggs to Dinosaur eggs.
My kids recently had the chance to check out the DinoMazing Dino Kit which has you place your egg in a contraption that spins around, while your kid holds a marker tip to the surface and creating a beautiful design!
The kit comes with a few bonus goodies — a miniature surprise dino and slime for some gooey sensory play!
You can also find a holiday twist on the decorating machine, with this clever, Tremendous Ornament Making Kit for Christmas. A super clever way to decorate ornaments at home, with a less of a mess.
The EggMazing kits are a great way to encourage fine motor skills, creativity, imaginative play for kids of all ages starting from 6+.
See all the options available from Eggmazing HERE.
Family Board Games by Amigos
Let’s face it: with more and more time spent indoors, this year has felt like the year of the board games. And it’s a GOOD thing!
Board games provide a great way to bond as a family (and reduce screen time!).
Over the past few months, we’ve had fun playing board games as a family, and some of the newest ones including the Amigos line:
- Escape from the Hidden Castle
- Connect the Thoughts
- What the Heck
With kids ranging from 4-8 it’s tough to find games all of us can play together. But we’ve made it work.
In Escape from the Hidden Castle, a thrilling game of finding a place to hide before the phantom catches up, players must roll through halls, and ducking into chambers to avoid being caught.
As the phantom moves faster and faster, and the tension mounts, it gets a little nerve-wracking!
Kids had fun with this one as they love the excitement of trying to outrun the phantom, and see who the last man standing is — my youngest needed a little help, but followed along fine!
When mommy needed a break, and the older two wanted to play with dad, What the Heck delivered.
In this strategic card game, players try to be mind-readers as they flip over a point card and compete for it! If positive, they take it…if negative, they avoid it. But, everyone starts with the same cards, so you need to work carefully against your opponent and play cards carefully.
Kid’s loved trying to reach each other’s minds and take their best guess to win.
Then there’s X-Code, a game where you must work as a team to bring back the world’s computer networks by finding a secret 12-digit code.
Players work through challenges as they identify and swap cards with each other to complete their part of the code. But there’s a catch! Each card can only be passed in one direction!
This game is great for promoting teamwork using good communication, strategy, and skills — Recommended for ages 8+!
Connect the Thoughts was another one, better suited for younger children. In this twist between your traditional matching game and a thinking game, there are two ways to play where players must collect a row of 5 matched cards to win.
The game is played at the same time at the start of a bell. Kids spread all the cards faced down around them and picks a card to start the row. Each card is picked up one at a time to see if it is a match (to either card on the outside of the row!).
A fun game as you race against each other to find the most matches!
We can’t wait to catch up on play, and add Saboteur to the list in the coming weeks during family game nights!
Check out all the array of family board games and more, HERE.
Ana, a mom to three rambunctious little boys, has supported hundreds of thousands of women throughout their pregnancy and motherhood journey since 2012 as a blogger and maternal health advocate at MommysBundle.com.