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The Gifted Child: Toys for 6-Month Olds

Going to your local toy store and asking the sales help for advice on a gift for a six-month-old can provide you with more opinions and deep explanations than you bargained for, never mind the fact that half the items are never in stock. Rather than risk disappointing the child’s parents, and wasting your time, stick with one of these items that is sure to make everyone happy (plus, you can just order them online and be done with your shopping!).

The colors and variety of activities on the LeapFrog Learn and Groove Musical Table ($40) encourage kids to pull themselves into the standing position. Once they are standing they can groove to the different musical instruments, turn the pages of the book and hum along to the songs.

The adorable Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Learning Puppy ($22) lights up as he sings familiar songs and encourages your child to hug him and play along. You'll hear "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" and "Patty Cake," as well as a funny little sneeze that to this day keeps my son laughing.

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From the lights to the fun Caribbean-style music, the iPlay Flash Beat Drum ($22) gets your child to start banging the drum, or rolling it across the floor, with music that you won’t tire of either.

The entire Fisher Price Peek-a-Blocks ($32) collection is fun for little ones who like the colorful animals that are hidden in the blocks. The Sing and Sounds Farm model ($30) plays the familiar "Old McDonald’s Farm," which every child seems to love.

The lights and music from the Little Tikes Discover Sounds Boombox ($13) will mesmerize your little one and help you teach him or her how to push and spin. As your child becomes more mobile, it is an easy toy for them to tote around with them like a real "boombox."

I have always been a believer in buying gifts up to one age group up from a child's age. Either the parents can put them away for a later date, or they can help the child start to learn how to use the toy. The Playskool: Busy Basics - Busy Ball Popper ($20) is one of those toys that a six-month-old will definitely grow into. While a bit noisy, the sound of the balls popping out of the machine and the chaos they create will keep your little one mesmerized for hours.

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lickety-split lickety-split 8 years
we had that top one and it was great. kept the child engaged and held up to so pretty heavy abuse :)
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 8 years
My daughter has the music table, learning puppy and the incredi-blocks. She LOVES the music table, even now that she is 19 months I definitely recommend that to anyone, the puppy just gets forgotten - its definitely not my fav and the blocks are fantastic! Each block has something in it so they can shake them and make noise and later on they can stack them up - which is what my daughter does now :)
Samnella Samnella 8 years
My daughter has the puppy and the music table. They are wonderful. My husband is a musician and he loves to groove with our daughter. I highly recommend this toy!
macgirl macgirl 8 years
Perfect timing for me too, 6 months as of yesterday! These toys look so much more fun than what he has been playing with :-) I like the looks of the activity table and the ball popper.
smhooper smhooper 8 years
My nephew has the learning puppy and the busy ball popper...he LOVES both of them, but the learning puppy is probably his favorite toy he has out of everything!!
schnappycat schnappycat 8 years
Woo! Perfect post for me as my son will be 6 months in 2 days (wow, how time flies!). And we have that puppy!
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