Essential Toy Box for 6 & 7 Year Olds
We believe these toys are essential members of your family's toy box. Our extensive toy experience (over a decade!) plus years of customer feedback inform this no fluff guide to the very best. Explore consistent favourites that build essential life skills like creativity, emotional intelligence, problem solving and grit.
Browse the collection below for our customers' favourites or keep scrolling for a deeper dive into which toys are best at this age and why.
Ignite your child’s imagination with these adorable mice with heartwarming personalities! It's a busy world - lots of lights, noises and flashy gadgets competing for (and diluting) our attention and focus. Bring storybook whimsy to everyday moments with your child with these toys designed specifically to help children explore the pure and simple joy of imagination.
Maileg toys invite boundless imaginative play, whether it’s a mouse tea party, tucking baby mice in teeny beds or going on a wild camping adventure,.
Maileg toys are an excellent choice for supporting creativity and emotional intelligence development in your kiddo. Most kids instantly gravitate to imaginative and nurturing play with Maileg toys.
Art Supplies & Craft Kits
Engaging in art creation encourages creativity, abstract thinking, concentration and perseverance - all necessary skills for success in school and life. Generally, kids this age like colourful art supplies like pencil crayons, watercolour paints and felt pens. Origami or craft kits are fantastic options too!
Your child is now ready for more complex building options. At this age, kids can build increasingly complex creations with Connetix tiles, and are ready for smaller, more intricate blocks like Areaware.
Building with these toys promotes creativity, imagination, problem solving skills and critical thinking. These are all star educational toys!! Play figures and vehicles make excellent additions to blocks and can really bring the whole scene to vibrant life
Books are a ticket to another world and can educate, inspire and transport like nothing else! Instilling a love of reading will serve your child well for life, both personally and in the classroom. Both reading independently and being read to by an adult are important, so a mix of books they like to look at on their own and books you love to read together are a great choice.
Non fiction books build knowledge and curiosity about the world around us, while picture books expose your child to different points of view and artistic styles. Chapter books can be wonderful for either independent reading or reading together. We’ve been reading our son chapter books since he was very little, and we still love doing it now that he’s 8.
Small World Play
Boost your child’s creativity, imagination, language skills, fine motor skills and problem solving abilities with small world play. There are so many benefits to small world play we have a separate blog post all about it! Bottom line - small world play develops the brain and the heart, making it an all star in our books.
Most kids love small world play for many years, making these toys great value. Small world play simply means imagining and acting out stories with miniature scenes (either from real life or imagined) in a mini play scene created with small figures, toys and household or found objects.
Small world play is straight up awesome and kids love it!
Stuffies & Dolls
Bring comfort to your child, boost imaginative play and develop emotional intelligence. These toys are awesome for building creativity - kids love to dream up wild adventures for their stuffies and dolls from tea parties to imaginary quests.
Kids will do all kinds of creative and nurturing play with stuffed animals and dolls. They may need to tend to their stuffed animal’s wounded paw, or perhaps their doll is feeling a little under the weather and needs some extra love. This kind of play builds a child’s heart and mind.
Nature-inspired toys and kits encourage your kiddo to observe the world around them and get their hands dirty — while building curiosity and critical thinking. From bug viewers to flower presses to inspiring books, build a tool box of toys that explore nature’s beauty.
And spend as much time as you can enjoying the great outdoors, rain or shine!