It's fun to buy for these early elementary-school-aged kids because their play is generally a lot more independent from parents, but at the same time can be more social with their friends or siblings if they have them. Their worlds really start to open up around this time, and their sense of purpose blooms as some families give their 1st through 3rd graders more responsibility around the house like regular chores or more choices over their day to day lives (what to wear, what to eat, etc).

In short, our babies are growing up.

Here are the best holiday gifts for 6-8-year-olds. There's something here for every kid:

Red Toolbox's Stanley Jr. $24.99

DIY Building Kit

Few things give kids (and adults!) a deeper sense of pride than building something with their own hands. Thanks to the awesome DIY kits from DIY Kits from Red Toolbox’s Stanley Jr., you can let your kiddo take the lead, stress-free. The easy-to-assemble woodcraft kits are made from quality pre-drilled wood (so no worries they’ll get frustrated by pieces that don’t fit) and require just a hammer, screwdriver and wood glue to complete. Tap into the app for simple visual instructions and finish it off with a custom paint job.

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Honest History $17.95

Magazine Subscription

Learning has never been so cool with this colorfully illustrated magazine that focuses on historical moments but makes them attainable and fascinating for our elementary school kids. They’ll give you a story of one historical figure and then gives kids the full context around who they were and what world they lived in. They explore topics like the race to space and the rivalry between Tesla and Edison. Individual issues start at $17.95

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Stomp Rocket $29.99

Dueling Stomp Racers

As longtime fans of Stomp Rockets, we’re pretty excited about their latest launch–Stomp Racers. Honestly, the thrill of sending things flying through the air never gets old. Parents and kids alike can spend hours launching these kid-powered cars which take off via a stompable pad and hose.

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Osmo $50.99

Math Wizard and the Magical Workshop

For educational screen time everyone can agree on, we’re big fans of all things Osmo. This new offering is perfect for first and second graders to brush up on math skills while brewing magical mixtures, helping dragons take flight and more. (Osmo base required.)

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Squishmallow $19.99

Plush Wanda the Watermelon

Soft, satisfyingly squishy and available in a ton of adorable varieties, I guess it’s no surprise these Tik-Tok famous stuffies have become the must-have item of the elementary school set. They’re all very cute, but there’s something about smiling fruit that gets me every time.

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Colorforms $29.95

70th Anniversary Set

Throwback analog goodness that’s fun for the entire family. This anniversary set comes with over 500 pieces in a gorgeous color palette to create and recreate endless works of shape-based art. Family night just got a whole lot more creative.

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Crayola $22.99

Paper Butterflies Science Kit

Learn about color mixing while building and designing their own gorgeous butterflies! This science-meets-art kit teaches the concept of capillary action as the colors make their way across the paper. When they’re done, it’s ready to display for all to admire.

Piecework Puzzles $24

Green Thumb Kids Puzzle

Puzzles have a calming effect on the brain, and we could all use a little more of that, right? We love the quality pieces and matte finish of the stunning puzzles from Piecework and are thrilled they now have kid-friendly versions! This nature-inspired image so gorgeous that they may want to frame it when it’s done.

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Winning Moves Games $14.99

No Stress Chess

From building cognitive skills like problem solving, critical thinking and concentration to improving memory and building confidence, chess is more than just a board game. And while it can obviously be played at a super high level, it’s not hard to get started with the basics. This innovative approach can teach even the youngest players (and their parents!) through a set of action cards to learn the moves and powers of each piece. As they get the hang of it, you can ditch the cards and play without them.

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Super Smalls $33

Days of the Week Lip Balm Necklace

If you fondly recall your own LipSmacker collection, you know this colorful lip balm necklace is guaranteed to be a hit. With seven fun flavors and a cool chain necklace to hang them from, seven-year-old you is about to be soooo jealous.

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LEGO $38.99

LEGO DOTS Creative Designer Box

LEGO DOTS may be my favorite of the recent LEGO lines. The small scale kits offer a new creative way to play, which is more arts + crafts than towers and buildings. This 650+ piece set comes with ideas for creating things like jewelry boxes, room signs and wall art that can be taken apart and put back together in endless configurations.

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Pottery Awesomeness $37.95

"I Scream Ice Cream" Pottery Box

This is like two gifts in one for your crafty kiddo. The kit comes with a paintable ice cream cup and spoon (that are totally food safe), paint brushes, a color palette and more so that they can customize their own ice cream eating tools. We love that this helps your kiddo express their creativity while also being a practical piece of art they can use in everyday life.

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Rothy's $55

The Kids Sneaker

We’re huge fans of all things Rothy’s for ourselves, so of course their kid shoes are a no-brainer. Not only do these comfy slip ons come in a bunch of kid-approved colors and patterns, but like the grown up version, they’re made from an innovative recycled material that’s 100% machine washable. Do your worst, kids!

Spin Master Games $15.91

Hedbanz Blast Off

The simple “Who Am I” game gets a fast-paced upgrade with Hedbanz Blast Off. Sure, family game night will involve a lot of yelling, but it’s the good kind–promise.

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Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls $26.99

100 Real Life Tales of Black Girl Magic

Since the overwhelming success of their 2016 Kickstarter, Rebel Girls has graced the bedtime story routine of millions of young girls (and boys!) in 49 languages in over 85 countries. Their latest amplifies the amazing stories of 100 Black women and girls who have made their mark and celebrates Black girl magic all around the world. A thrilling addition to an ever-growing collection.

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State Bags $70

Kane Bike/Scooter Bag

From playground rocks to their Pokemon card collection, kids have got a lot of important goods to haul around. These crazy rad scooter/bike bags clip to the front of their ride and detach to be worn crossbody when they reach their destination. (And think of it this way–you won’t be the one with three pounds of rocks in the bottom of your bag that they need you to hold for them.)

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Mongoose $124.38

Expo Youth Scooter

If your kiddo has mastered and outgrown their three wheeled ride, it could be time to upgrade. The BMX style scooter from Mongoose features air-filled tires and hand brakes that allow them to take it where skate-style wheels can’t go. Bumps, jumps, and even trails are no match for this free-styling ride.

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Spot It $11.75

Spot It Classic

This easy-to-play, super portable game is a family favorite. And while there are five different ways you can play, they all come down to one simple objective–call out the matching symbol before anyone else. It’s perfect for game night, waiting rooms, camping, or even in the car.

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Bravery $18

Bravery Mag

This is one of my favorite magazines for both boys and girls. It features a female changemaker, leader, dreamer or doer in every issue. They can be inspired by the amazing women who have come before us, like the Notrious RBGFrida Kahlo and Bessie Coleman.

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Gabb Wireless $99.99

Gabb Watch

If you’re starting to give your kiddo a little more independence, the Gabb Wireless watch is the extra peace of mind you need. Their durable watch triples as a cell phone, GPS device, and interactive watch so they can stay connected no matter where they are. And since they can only interact with their custom contact list you don’t have to worry about who they’re connecting with. Plans start at $9.99 per month.

Use code Motherly for 50% off at checkout through November 2021!

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Luna $49.99

Weighted Blanket for Kids

Weighted blankets are one of our favorite ways to get more restful sleep and it’s not just adults who can reap the benefits. The cozy cloud-like blankets from Luna are specifically designed for kiddos with a lighter weight (choose from 7 and 10 pound options) and super cool prints. And better sleep for them means better sleep for you, right??

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