Toys for 6-8+ Year Olds
Toy & Gift Ideas for Kids 6-8 Years Old
Middle Childhood Years - Many Changes
The age between 6 and 8 years old marks the first half of middle childhood years. (Middle childhood: 6-11 years old.) There are many changes physically, socially, and emotionally. By this age, children can dress themselves, have a growing sense of right and wrong, become more independent, and are interested in friends and social settings.
Significant Mental Development
Your child's cognitive abilities as well as fine and gross motor skills grow significantly at this time. Thus, creative interests and curiosity become more complex. Also, language skills and ability to articulate experiences advance.
Fun Gift Ideas
Consider the following fun gift ideas to help strengthen your child's positive sense of self through the middle childhood years.
- Help you child practice social skills with games and activities that teach good social norms (taking turns, waiting patientely, following rules).
- Consistenly model and encourage respect for self, others, and the greater community / environment (Good Manners or Good Citizenship flashcards, etc.)
- Encourage creativity and sense of accomplishment with arts and crafts or more complex construction toys (Erector Sets, arts and crafts, for example).
- Continue reading to your child. As your child gains reading confidence, take turns reading pages, chapters.