Eager, energetic, curious and creative, 5- and 6-year-old girls are fun to shop for, because they'll love most anything you buy. The best toys challenge a girl's physical and mental skills, fit her personal preferences and interests and are safe. Before buying a gift, talk to the girl and her parents to find out what she's currently interested in -- whether it's riding her bike, playing with dolls or cooking -- and also ask what she already owns.
Gifts to Encourage Activity
Toys and gift certificates for physical classes engage kindergarten-age girls. Check with the parks department in the girl's town to find classes in dance, swimming, gymnastics, basketball or T-ball that might be of interest. Before buying a gift certificate, check in with the girl's parents about dates and scheduling. Present the certificate along with a dancing figurine, ball or new swimsuit. A two-wheel bike with training wheels or large, plastic rackets and foam balls also make great active gifts.
Craft and art project kits, costume accessories packed in a decorated suitcase or a puppet theater are all gifts that tap into a 5-year-old's creative spirit. A gift of music does the same and can take the form of a simple instrument, such as a recorder or drum set, or a ticket to a children's concert; again, check with her parent's first. A set of earphones and music from a bestselling children's musician also are good creative gifts; kindergartners like all sorts of music, according to PBS Parents.
Gifts to Challenge Her Mind
Give a kindergarten girl a board game to challenge her mind and exercise her mathematical skills such as sorting, matching and moving a board piece the number of spaces appearing on a die. Classic board games include dominoes, matching games or colorful games with pieces to move around a board. Or choose games endorsed by the Parent's Choice Foundation, such matching and puzzle games.
Kindergarten girls love animals, either stuffed or real. Carolyn Ievers-Landis, an associate professor of pediatrics at Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in Cleveland, says that 5 or 6 is the ideal age for a child to get a pet. If giving a live animal isn't feasible, opt for a stuffed or plastic horse, dolphin or unicorn, says Peggy Orenstein, author of "Cinderella Ate My Daughter." These animals tap into a girl's sense of power, motion and imagination.