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birthday gift suggestions for my soon-to-be 6yo ds

post #1 of 16
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My ds1 will be turning 6 in August. I'm looking for some creative gift ideas. We have so many toys that I'm am struggling with wasting money on even one more.

We also have tons of basic craft supplies, but he does enjoy making crafts or artwork.

Also, I need book suggestions for him too. It seems he's outgrowing a lot of the books we have (just aging out of them). He cannot read yet. So, I'm looking for books I can read to him AND beginner reading books to get him interested in learning to read too.

Thanks!
post #2 of 16
I really like outdoor toys - does he have a bike? 6 is a good age to get one. Or a 2 wheeled scooter? Stomp Rockets are a hit too. Slip 'n Slide?

What about an experience? A train trip? A visit to a museum?

Have you read the Magic Tree House books? Those are good beginning chapter books. I also like the Mercy Watson books, Beverly Cleary books (I'd start with the Mouse & the Motor Cycle). There are quite a few book threads around with good suggestions.
post #3 of 16
My 6 year old DS is totally into Legos. He likes being read the Magic Tree House books. There is a very beginning reader series of Little Critter books out that he and his twin sister are eating up (Just if the library actually carried more of them).
post #4 of 16
My 6 y/o LOVED the Magic Tree House books. We read the whole series last year and he just couldn't get enough of them.

This year his Bday is coming up in a few weeks and he wants the "rocket fishing rod". My parents have a pond and live nearby so he can actually go fishing and use it.

Does your son have a razor scooter? My son LOVES his and his skateboard too. We're also big Legos fans here, but you said you didn't want anymore toys (and I know the Legos can make a HUGE mess around here!)
post #5 of 16
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Really, a skateboard? He's been wanting one, but I just wasn't sure he would be capable of it. Does your son have a ramp too? Or does he just use it on flat ground? He would be thrilled if he got a skateboard.
post #6 of 16
Oh if he wants a skateboard, I'd do that. You should see my 2 1/2 yo nephew on one! He just gets on and off and pushes off something while standing on it so he can glide. Or he rocks back and forth, shifting his weight from one side to another to make it go. Now my ds who is almost 8 is totally not interested. Imo, it is more about the interest than the age. My 10 yo niece and tiny nephew are just working on balancing and going. I think a ramp would be something for down the line after basic skills are mastered. Which means you'll be set with an idea for his 7th birthday if his interest holds.

Book wise, my ds LOVES Calvin and Hobbes. There is mischievousness and rudeness (hence the appeal), but the language has a great range. Some sentences are easy so an early reader could read them. Some are difficult. So it is something we read together.
post #7 of 16
Flotsam is a wordless book, so he can make his own words to go with the story.
post #8 of 16
My ds just had a bday yesterday. He LOVED K'nex, Legos and Magic School House books. We also got a human body book that he liked.
post #9 of 16
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Really, a skateboard? He's been wanting one, but I just wasn't sure he would be capable of it. Does your son have a ramp too? Or does he just use it on flat ground? He would be thrilled if he got a skateboard.
I was REALLY nervous about getting my son his skateboard about a year ago, but we broke down and got it anyway. He LOVES that thing and I am SO impressed with how well he does on it! He's supposed to wear his helmet when he uses it, mostly just to upease me, but he's never hurt himself or fallen off of it. He always manages to jump "out" if he loses his balance and catches himself fine. We don't have a ramp or anything yet, but our new driveway is on a hill and he will ride it down that without any problems. He's also taken to sitting on it, and letting his sisters sit on it in front of him and going down the driveway like that. They think it's great! Good luck!
post #10 of 16
My DS loves legos. He would love to have a skateboard. Favorite books were the Magic Treehouse series. We have them on my ipod for all our driving. Another favorite was Dragon Rider. Presently we are reading the little house books. I read to them (3 1/2 & 7) starting with Farmer Boy. When I asked if they wanted me to continue they said yes so we are in the middle of the series now. For beginner books other then library books I did buy a couple of easy reader books he selected based on movies like Star Wars and Ice Age. He loved them and that really got him going. Now he is branching out on his own. Comics are fun. My DS found all my old Garfield comic books and has been working his way through those.
post #11 of 16
I like the idea of a book gift, accompanied by a great experience...you're in Indiana, I see. The Ft. Wayne zoo, Indy kids' museum, one of the cave tours in S. Indiana, or a day trip to Chicago? (Our big outing for the summer will be the Shedd Aquarium an Field Museum next month.)
post #12 of 16
My 6 year old likes:

The Borrowers
The Littles (series)
James and the Giant Peach
The Indian in the Cupboard
Mr. Poppers Penguins
The Mouse and the Motorcycle
The Boxcar Children (series)

Hope this helps!

Not sure how you feel about it, but 6 is a perfect age for a small pet- my DD got gerbils.
post #13 of 16
The three book series, My Father's Dragon is also a great set to read to that age group. I second the Magic Treehouse Books and the Mouse and the Motorcycle.

Having the present be an activity instead of toy or object has worked out well for us in the past also. We have even done the activity in place of a party and let the child invite one friend to accompany us on the trip. A science museum, a children's musuem, a zoo...all good tips!
post #14 of 16
Favorite books of my dd (still learning to read) that she works on:

Hop on Pop
Go Dog Go
Green Eggs and Ham
The Cat in the Hat

If he is at the VERY early stages of reading, I would go for the BOB books. The ones I mentioned are long and do need a basic grasp of sounding out words. They work well though for taking turns reading. You read one page, then the child reads the next, etc.

Amy
post #15 of 16
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The three book series, My Father's Dragon is also a great set to read to that age group.
We're on the third book now with my 6-1/2 year old ds and he's loving it.

I'm just about to order a stationary kit with personalized paper, envelopes, return address stickers, etc... for ds's 7th birthday (not until Nov. but I'm ordering shoe labels for school now). He loves writing notes and letters to people.
post #16 of 16
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The three book series, My Father's Dragon is also a great set to read to that age group. I second the Magic Treehouse Books and the Mouse and the Motorcycle.

Having the present be an activity instead of toy or object has worked out well for us in the past also. We have even done the activity in place of a party and let the child invite one friend to accompany us on the trip. A science museum, a children's musuem, a zoo...all good tips!
These are good ideas

There are some fun, nonviolent graphic novels out for kids now too~ lots of pictures and even some familliar stories.
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