And, you want it to be a gift they enjoy but doesn't break your bank, while also being something fairly clean and friendly to the environment. Oh, and you may or may not want it to teach the kid something, but then again, you may just want to give them something mindless that is pure fun for no other reason.
Sounds easy, right?
Wrong. In fact, so wrong.
It's often very difficult to find companies who are really committed to the best in kids and are worried more about the human race and Mother Earth than they are their pocketbooks. Plus, when you think about the range of development between 6- to 10-year-olds, it's wide and so the gifts you'll select will most likely vary in a lot of different things.
Essentially, picking out the best gifts for 6- to 10-year-olds is like trying to figure out what every kid at your local elementary school (1st through 5th graders) might like, and as we all know, that's quite a task.
So, we too are always on the lookout for unique, affordable, earth-friendly, kid-friendly gifts for 6- to 10-year-olds that come from companies we can feel good buying from. We're mamas, just like you, and we don't want to buy stuff for the sake of buying 'stuff,' (nor do we want to promote 'stuff' for the sake of promoting 'stuff'). We've looked at what 6- to 10-year-olds are typically like developmentally, talked with toy experts and mamas from our forums, and we've put together our favorite gifts for 6- to 10-year-olds that we believe will thrill and delight both children and their parents!
What Are 6-7 Year-Olds Like?
It's true that 6- and 7-year-olds are so much fun! They're in 'big kid' school now, first and second-grades, typically, and they really are becoming unique little people with some pretty impressive and strong opinions of their own! They're still anxiously making leprechaun traps and waiting for Santa, and they definitely count on the Tooth Fairy when their wigglers fall out.
Also, 6- and 7-year-olds are learning more in school about social norms and regulations, and this is why board games are always a hit--they love fair play and having a good time.
The fine motor skills of 6- and 7-year-olds are getting better too, as are their attention spans, which means that they're usually really into arts and crafts and drawing and writing, as well as building and creating things. They take great pride in their creations as they find themselves young inventors, and they're all about how things work so they too can make it happen.
And, 6- and 7-year-olds are getting better and better in their reading skills. They find reading a little bit like a secret superpower, as it opens them up to a world that previously they relied upon adults to help them out with. That said, though their reading skills are getting better, they're still very much into picture books, which are always fun too!
What are 8-9 Year-Olds Like?
Whew, mamas of 8- and 9-year-olds tell us that the whole 'pre-pubescent hormones are raging,' theory is legit. They are on the cusp of "Tweenhood," after all, and the struggle can be real!
At this age, 8- and 9- year-olds' brains are really developing, particularly in critical reasoning and logic skills, and they are often highly interested in imagination and fantasy play and games. Yes, video games often reign supreme, but many find good fantasy books like the Harry Potter series or The Chronicles of Narnia series fascinating and hard to put down. They can play 'roll-playing' and imaginative play games at a much more advanced level than when they were preschoolers, and they often do over the course of many days with their friends.
Speaking of friends, 8- and 9-year-olds are definitely becoming more tuned into character traits in their friends. The days of parallel play are ending, and they are choosing friends based on social traits, characteristics, likes and dislikes. Those who are more into athletics (as many this age are) tend to hang with similar birds of a feather, as do those who prefer arts or music or what have you. They really enjoy more advanced graphic novels and arts and crafts kits that require a bit more focus and problem-solving, and they are starting to move away from the 'toy,' types of gifts and into gifts that help them with experiences--dance shoes for dance club or a kayak for summer adventures, for example.
What Are 10-Year-Olds Like?
Ten-year-olds are a breed all unto themselves! Most often the oldest kids in school as they're about to move into the middle school years, they straddle the 'kid' rope in different ways. Some days, they're all about their unicorn pajamas and other days? Well, they're not about much of anything. Ahhh...the pre-middle school years at their finest.
The thing to remember about 10-year-olds is that they really are straddling a line between being super excited over a cool toy and being super nonchalant so she can keep her cool credits. It's hard to want to move away from American Girl and into Gilmore Girls, but still think that LOL dolls rock and Capture the Flag with friends is the bomb. Gifts for 10-year-olds are ones in which they can grow up, but still stay kids as long as they can, and cater to them growing out of 'toy' phase almost completely while they're moving into independence. Sigh.
Now that we've reminded you a bit about what 6- to 10-year-olds are like, let's dig into the best gifts for 6- to 10-year-olds!
The Best Gifts For 6- to 10-Year-Olds
Guardian Ethos Bike
Whether they're six-years-old or ten-years-old, a bike is a great gift! A bike gets kids of all ages out and about, and caters to their growing independence and sense of adventure. Most kids are learning to ride (or already know how) their first pedal bikes and they love the sense of freedom a bike gives them. For parents, though, we're of course worried about a sense of safety too, and that's why Guardian's Ethos bike is a solid buy. We spoke with Guardian Bike founder Kyle Jansen, who told us his whole company's mission is about kids being safe while they enjoy their childhoods.
Kyle told us that Guardian came to be after a serious head-over-handlebar accident. He and his partners were inspired to create the safest technology they could design to prevent anyone from ever having to endure such an accident. In that process, they learned they could create premium bikes that gave kids a fun and safe time. Guardian's SureStop Brake system is like none other that we've seen in kids' bikes, and Kyle says that is the key purpose in their company-keeping kids safe as they enjoy the great outdoors.
Guardian's RideSizer feature makes sure you get the perfect size for your favorite 6- to 10-year-old, and we love that Guardian is committed to creating products in eco-friendly ways that allow their company to give back to local charities too. It's not a childhood without a bike, and this is a great one to consider if you're looking for the best gifts for 6- to 10-year-olds.
The One Smart Piano Keyboard With Lighted Keys
We already know that music lessons for kids are beneficial for so many different reasons. So, if you've been thinking about music lessons, the One Smart Piano is in the great gifts for the 6- to 10-year-olds category! It is a portable way to learn piano (in case you're not ready to plunk out the money on an in-home piano yet), and the synced LED lights on the keyboard help even young musicians to start playing music, and quickly.
The ONE Smart Piano app lets kids take lessons and learn songs with light-up keys leading the way, and it also allows those who have tickled the ivory some to choose from thousands of free sheet music with over 128 instrument sounds. There are over 4,000+ free variations of the LED-guided sheet music, or you can buy your favorite songs to play whenever you want. Kids love the gaming mode that has arcade-style scoring too, and The ONE Light Piano makes practicing a ton of fun in the process.
The ONE Music Group is an award-winning music education technology company that wants to make playing the piano more accessible. The ONE Light Piano helps bring cost, difficulty and access to a full-sized piano out of the picture when it comes to piano-playing roadblocks, and The ONE Music Group has already helped millions of people learn to play instruments.
Prospek Blue Light Glasses
Since 6- to 10-year-olds are spending increased time in front of screens (televisions, computer screens at school or devices when they're given screen time), protecting their eyes is important.
Prospek's blue light blocking glasses for kids are super fun-lightweight and comfortable and in fun colors that kids really love. They don't even realize they're protecting their eyes from the harmful effects of blue light, and that you're protecting their precious eyesight. Spektrum Glasses is a Canadian company that pattened their lenses to protect against blue light from digital devices. They have 3rd party testing to ensure they're protecting as they should, and even if your kids have minimal exposure to blue light, the more their eyes are protected, the better you're preserving their vision.
Blue light exposure is a relatively new issue we worry about as our world rapidly evolves, and Prospek Glasses make sure that we protect our kids as best we can! Prospek also makes adult blue light glasses that are in the same/similar patterns, so you can be a great role model for your favorite 6- to 10-year-olds! They're a thoughtful and unique gift, and super reasonably priced!
HERBIE AeroGarden With Pizza Kit
You've most likely heard of AeroGarden, but have you met HERBIE? When it comes to the best gifts for 6- to 10-year-olds, HERBIE makes a super fun friend and learning experience. And, it teaches kids about sustainability, planting and harvesting as well as the dynamics behind hydroponic gardening.
HERBIE is the first indoor countertop hydroponic garden that was designed specifically for kids 6-years-old and up to grow vegetables, herbs and flowers. Kids go on an indoor adventure for three months, and at the end of their 'work, they end up with all the homegrown herbs they'll need to make their very own delicious pizza sauce for a pizza party.
HERBIE includes 18 different educational and fun activities that teach young gardeners botanical concepts while keeping a fun purpose in mind, and it's something they can easily do all themselves (with possibly a little set-up help from an adult) from planting the seed to harvesting. The view-through window keeps kids in the know for what's going on every day, and we bet one 'harvest season' and they'll be ready to grow some more!
My Gnome on the Roam® Adventure Kit
Let us introduce you to what is sure to be one of the best gifts for 6- to 10-year-olds. Kids will get to meet their very own 'Gnome,' with this adventure kit created by a busy working mom and middle school teacher, Anne Armstrong.
Anne wanted to create tools for busy families to connect, explore and create, and the Adventure kit includes an award-winning storybook, an adventure journal with blank pages for endless opportunity and a colorless gnome who is ready to be decorated with a magical pen. It's a super fun way to introduce kids to adventure and the world around them, and Anne hopes that after kids read the storybook, they and their families use the My Gnome on the Roam app and social sites to document, record and share their adventures and memories with others. Anne says the mission of My Gnome on the Roam is to help families carve out as few as 30 minutes a week to build adventures and create fun memories.
Kids will begin their adventures by giving their gnome a name and design. They'll read his story, color the pages (if they want) or they can print their own coloring pages. Then, they'll plan adventures to take their gnome along with, and write stories and document with pictures. Kids will share their adventures in their journals and can add souvenirs and other memorabilia of the adventure, and kids learn that adventures come in all sorts of situations--as long as there is FAMILY connection and engagement.You bet we're all in on this award-winning kit, and 6- to 10-year-olds will dig it too!
Y'Art Masterpiece: Starry Night By Van Gogh
Who doesn't love creating masterpieces? This incredible kit from Y'Art lets 6- t0 10-year-olds be artistic geniuses...or at least follow the style of Van Gogh's iconic Starry Night picture with a kit that they will be proud of! Y'Art combines the skill of coloring by number with the textured look of art, as the yarn 'magically' clings to the grip-n-stick Y'Artboard canvas. The magic Y'Art pen will have kids putting the yarn in as they 'color' (it's totally oops-proof too; they simply lift the yarn and reposition if they make mistakes) and when they're done? It's in impressive masterpiece they can frame. It's on a poster-sized canvas, and 6- to 10-year-olds absolutely love twirling, swirling, zigging and zagging with the Y'Art pen to watch creative genius appear right before their eyes!
Kiwi Co. Atlas Crate
Kiwi Co.'s Atlas Crate was designed by child experts and kid-tested. It's perfectly purposed for kids 6- to 11- year-olds, and it is a fun and amazing way to encourage your kiddos to be global citizens. Everything they need to create, learn and explore new places in the world is delivered straight to your door, and this crate specifically focuses on the desire of most 6-- to 11-year-olds to explore through creative play. Kids can be part of the bigger world around them as they learn to appreciate a new culture each month, and they learn what it feels like to belong to a global citizenship of fellow humans. It's hands-on learning and discovery through art and science and kids go wild when their box shows up in the mail!
Vivobarefoot Primus Junior Shoes
These shoes are a way to get 6- to 10-year-olds something they need AND want!
Vivobarefoot's company is born of three core principles: Think on your feet, innovate sustainably and move 'in nature' more. All three are core principles we're on board with as well, and we can't tell you how much we love these lightweight, uber comfy shoes for kids. They're made with the natural shape of a child's foot in mind, but we love that they're made from PET plastic bottles that have been recycled into a durable yarn! We love when companies figure out how to do great things for consumers and the environment and these vegan uppers with super-thin soles let kids get into nature and exploration in a comfy and safe shoe that loves the earth too. It has toggle-lace fastening so kids can adjust their shoes easily, and our only complaint is that kids love them so much they want to sleep in them!
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