Best Toys for 6-7 year Old Children

From ages 6-7, you are being given the walk-through. Here is when you are given the chance to develop socially and personally.

Your child may be discovering the difference between close friends and acquaintances, and will need to learn about sharing, playing together, and social mores. We can help them to develop socially by ensuring that they have toys which can be used by more than one person, and using these toys to reinforce the lessons you are verbally communicating. For example, your child’s action figures may play out sharing, or you can choose to play board games that require teamwork and cooperation.

At this age your child makes another huge social leap. They move from you as the center of their world, to realizing there is a wide range of social positions for them to aspire to. You may have heard your child go from wanting to be a mommy or daddy, to wanting to be a police officer. And now the focus changes again.

To friends, teachers, even their schoolyard rivals. Your kid may now have an extensive list of career options, but are only just beginning to discover what type of a person do they want to be. Fostering good habits and emotions, and allowing them to mull over both good and bad social experiences, tells them what they want to be and what they do not want to be. Now is a time to encourage social play with toys that encourage your child to talk to you, re-enact their daily social experiences, and learn what their core values are.

You will know your child is at this stage if they have become suddenly self-conscious and obsessed with the belongings, habits, and lives of their friends. They may develop their first best friend around this time too.

Toy 21: Action Figures

What are they?

Action figures are the next step up from dolls. They are moveable, posable, and come with accessories that encourage more active, but directional, play. For these purposes, you could also consider career Barbies to be action figures.

What do they do?

These toys are the next step up from playing dress up and playing with dolls. Now your child is showing more of an interest in broader society, they are more likely to enact completely imaginary scenes that they are not part of, rather than copy you or pretend to be someone else.

When will they grow out of this toy?

Like with other role playing and dress up, your children will slowly phase this out as they develop more social skills.

What features do I need to look for?

Look for action figures which pique your child’s interests. These will most likely be based on the television or films they enjoy.

Can I make one myself?

Not realistically, as these are quite a step up from dolls.

Do I need to be cautious of anything?

Make sure that these are actual toys for playing with and not display models, as display models will break easily.

Toy 22: Basic Remote Controlled Cars

Remote Controlled CarsWhat are they?

Remote controlled cars, or any remote controlled item, can be great fun to play with. Many children start asking for them around this age, and there are many age-appropriate ones on the market.

What do they do?

These cars will be an excellent tool for teaching your children proper driving etiquette, as well as finishing the job of honing their hand eye coordination.

When will they grow out of this toy?

Many kids will get more and more interested in remote control vehicles and machines, moving onto more and more complex ones, and then suddenly lose interest in their mid-teens to twenties.

What features do I need to look for?

Look for cars that are fun, with simple controls, and robust, so they will not break even if your kid drives them in a risky manner, or in strange places.

Can I make one myself?

Not realistically.

Do I need to be cautious of anything?

Not all remote controlled cars are suitable for children at this developmental stage. Make sure you have chosen one that is, so that it will not hurt anyone or break. And do not give children of this age remote control items that fly, as they are a serious hazard.

Toy 23: Board And Table Top Games

What are they?

Board and table top games are exactly what they sound like: games you play at the table.

What do they do?

These games involve multiple players, sometimes even in teams. This competition and cooperation is important for developing healthy social bonds as they move onwards towards a stage in their lives where having social skills is very important.

When will they grow out of this toy?

Not really, though they may get bored of them during their teenage years and return to them again as adults.

What features do I need to look for?

Make sure there is a wide variety of these games, as children all have different interests, and something that was exciting for a long time may get boring all of a sudden.

Can I make one myself?

Yes, there are instructions for all sorts of traditional and original board games online, and you can make them by printing them out onto card.

Do I need to be cautious of anything?

Make sure the game is age-appropriate. With games like Cards Against Humanity around, it can be easy to confuse an adult game for a child-friendly game. So, stick to what the labels recommend.

Toy 24: Coloring Sets

coloring setsWhat are they?

As your child grows older they may develop a deeper interest in art. A good coloring set, with a wide range of different materials and tones, will help them with that.

What do they do?

Children at this age have sudden spikes in interest and we need to seize them and make sure they use them, so that our children can be well-rounded adults. Make sure you have coloring materials in at all times for when these moods strike.

When will they grow out of this toy?

Some children will lose interest in art over time, whereas for others it may be a lifelong passion.

What features do I need to look for?

Look for something that interests your child. All children are different. Whether yours loves anime, watercolor, or just messy crafts, get them something they will love.

Can I make one myself?

Not realistically.

Do I need to be cautious of anything?

Not really.

Toy 25: Walkie Talkies

What are they?

Although many kids, even at this age, have phones, a free-to-use walkie talkie is far more practical for games.

What do they do?

Another aspect of communication is communication in games and distance communication. Walkie talkies teach children the importance of good communication, and how to organize themselves using only words.

When will they grow out of this toy?

Some will grow out of it in weeks, for others it will be a lifelong passion.

What features do I need to look for?

Look for ones that are easy to use, have good range, and are robust and water-resistant. At this age there will be many drops and accidents, so you want your walkie talkies to last a while.

Can I make one myself?

Not really.

Do I need to be cautious of anything?

Not really.

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