Any suggestions as to what would be a good birthday present for a six year old boy? Or even just general categories of age appropriate toys/books? My daughter is attending her friend's party on Sunday, but she's a few years younger (and my oldest) so I'm a little lost as to what boys that age like. Not trying to gender stereotype, but the only "cool" presents I can remember from that part of my own childhood are Barbies and Baby Sitters Club books Thanks in advance for any advice.
daughter #2 10/08/10
Legos. The Melvin Beederman superhero books are great (he's a kid superhero). Outdoor toys like stomp rockets or an Aerobie. Card games like Spot It or Rat-a-tat-Cat.
Momma to 8 y.o. DS and 5 y.o. DD. Married to a Maker!
I agree that Legos are nice. If cost is no object, Lego Mindstorms would be a great gift.
What our six year old son got last week:
* Erector set
* DK book on WW II
* Axis & Allies PC game
* Nerf "laser"-sighted pistol
* ThinkFun Visual Brainstorms
* Rory's Story Cubes
* "A Wrinkle in Time"
* A Goosebumps short novel, "Creep from the Deep"
* "The Wind in the Willows"
* "One Small Square: Woods", and "Pond" by same author
* Iron Man 2 blu ray
* Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind blu ray
(We went way overboard compared to normal, but a lot of this is stuff we had bought some time ago, like those books, and decided to just give them all on his birthday; also some of these came from family)
We love stomp rockets! They are a hit from 18 months well into old age! Every time we give them or have them out all the kids and all the grown ups have a blast. Stomp Rocket Jr. are a little cheaper and I like them better because the rockets don't have a hard plastic tip. They fly just as high as the other stomp rockets.
art supplies are always a hit
bug kits (ya know, catcher, magnifying glass etc)
R/C cars like the Morphibian line by Kid Galaxy are great fun. You can drive them through puddles without shorting them out and they float. I love that the antennae are flexible so the kids don't poke anyone's eyes out AND they don't snap off like typical ones.
Thanks for all the great ideas. I ended up getting The Dangerous Book for Boys and a Melissa and Doug "decorate your own" race car bank... because I saw them in the book store and they looked kind of cool? I bought the same child Legos last year for his 5th birthday, so I didn't want to repeat the same gift.
daughter #2 10/08/10