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Cool gifts for kids: Ages 6 to 10

Picking out gifts for kids under 10 can be tough. Experts provide insight into this age range and share some fun, creative gift ideas to get you started.

Cool gifts for kids: Ages 6 to 10

Buying gifts for kids can be tough — especially when it’s for a cool grade-schooler. At this age, many of their favorite games and activities depend heavily on what’s “in” and what their friends like to play.

“When kids reach the 6 to 10 age range, their toys really start to reflect their personalities,” says Marissa Silva, editor in chief of the Toy Insider. “They are highly influenced by entertainment, and their favorite characters from TV and movies will play a huge role in what they’re playing with,” she adds.

So when you’re searching for kids gift ideas, tapping into the big kid’s interests will guarantee that you pick the perfect present. Here are some ideas when thinking about gifts for kids under 10.

1. Art supplies

Gifts for 6 to 10 year old kids
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If you think art supplies are just crayons and markers, think again. Look for items that let kids take charge and get their creative juices flowing. “For kids in this age group, I highly recommend seeking products that foster lots of processed-based or open-ended art,” says play expert Valerie Deneen, creator of Inner Child Fun.

Where to buy: Personalized 150-Piece Art Set ($54, Custom Giant Gifts/Etsy)

2. Building sets

Gifts for 6 to 10 year old kids
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It’s no surprise that building sets make the list for great gifts for kids since they promote creative thinking and an increased attention span. The variety of kits is nearly endless — try a set based around their favorite movie or opt for a classic set that allows them to use lots of imagination.

Where to buy: FAO Schwarz Roller Coaster Build Set ($40, Target)

3. Pretend play sets

Gift ideas for 6 to 10 year old kids
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You are never too old for pretend play, but older kids may want to swap the dress-up costumes for more streamlined accessories, such as this play doctor’s kit. Smaller items like this facilitate imaginative make-believe in any location, from the backyard to the car.

Where to buy: Doctor’s Medical Kit ($50, Le Toy Van)

4. Dolls

Gift ideas for 6 to 10 year old kids
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Grade-school kids have traded their baby dolls for more realistic versions. Many lines, such as the Our Generation Dolls, come with extra accessories to keep kids interested. Look for versions that offer matching kid-size clothing, pets and outfits, which allow your child to dream up a whole new world for their new best friend.

Where to buy: Our Generation Tyanna with Rolling Luggage & Accessories 18″ Travel Doll ($30, Target)

5. Makers kits

Gift ideas for 6 to 10 year old kids
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Older kids are developing a serious sense of personal creativity and style. Let them design their own fashion accessories or write and illustrate their own comic books with the help of kits.

Where to buy: My Comic Book ($30, Lulu)

6. Sports equipment

Gifts for 6 to 10 year old kids
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Get kids up and out of the house. If the child likes a specific sport, buy them a new basketball or new baseball glove. Or introduce them to a new outdoor activity with a versatile gift that promotes creative outdoor play. These Wingman discs fly easily over 130 feet! That’s fun and good exercise.

Where to buy: Waboba Wingman Disc ($8 for 2 discs, Fat Brain Toys)

7. Problem-solving games

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This totally genius box of clues makes every day a good day for a scavenger hunt. Each wooden coin has a fun clue that will ask kids to think, analyze and go in search of — all good developmental activities.

Where to buy: The Idea Box Kids Scavenger Hunt Game ($25, nature + nurture)

8. Monthly subscription boxes for kids

What kid wouldn’t want to receive a gift every month? Deneen suggests “considering a monthly subscription box that incorporates important STEM skills,” but there are options to fit any interest. Kids subscription boxes from KiwiCo, X Workbox, Steve Spangler Science or Kidstir arrive packed full of fun hands-on projects for them to do alone or with grown-ups, and they’ll get a kick out of receiving a special piece of mail just for them every month.