Activities to Do With a 6-Year-Old Girl

By Erica Loop
Young girl reading a book with her mother.
Young girl reading a book with her mother.

Age 6 marks a milestone for many children, as they move from the preschool-kindergarten time into the grade school years. Attention span increases, language skills grow more sophisticated and motor abilities become more refined, making your daughter seem less like a "little kid." Play to these developing areas with fun-filled art, reading and movement-based activities that bridge your daughter's growing interests.

Draw Parent-Child Portraits

By age 6, most children are developmentally ready to create artwork that includes combinations of shapes and lines, according to PBS Parents. Encourage your child's developing art skills with an activity that the two of you can do together. Sit across from each other and draw portraits, using pencils or markers. Don't worry if you aren't an artist. The idea behind this activity is to get creative and explore the basics, such as form and color. Use crayons, oil pastels or tempera paints to color in the portraits. Make the portraits mixed-media masterpieces by adding extra materials. For example, have your child glue on yarn as hair and then decorate the portrait's head with ribbons or bows.

Engage in a Role Playing Game

At age 6, children begin to understand that other people think and act differently than they do, according to the website Scholastic Parents. Explore your daughter's growing ability to take on someone else's perspective with a realistic -- but still imaginative -- role-playing game. Create an at-home play in which she takes on the role of mom and you play her or one of her siblings. This gives her the opportunity to explore an adult's role or bring up issues that she might otherwise not know how to address. For example, if she doesn't understand why you ask her to help set the table, stage a dinner scene in which she plays the busy mommy who is rushing around.

Start a Book Club for Girls

Your 6-year-old is moving from being read to, to reading books on her own. This doesn't mean that you should hand her a book, send her to her room and let her read alone. Make reading a parent-child activity. Create your own book club with just the two of you, or invite a few of her girlfriends from school to join. Make the club "girls only" and pick titles that appeal more to girls than to boys. For example, "Amazing Grace," by Mary Hoffman, includes three generations of women, and "The Babysitters Club" series, by Ann M. Martin, focuses on a girl cast of characters. Other titles to try include Jane O' Connor's "Fancy Nancy," Herman Parish's "Amelia Bedelia" books and the "Princess Posey" books of Stephanie Greene and Stephanie Roth Sisson. Discuss the books. Ask questions such as, "Who were the main characters?" or "Can you give me your opinion of the book?"

Stage a Backyard Dance Game

Your child needs at least one hour of physical activity every day, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. You don't have to throw a baseball in the backyard or play a game of flag football to get physical. Even though girls also enjoy these typically "boy" games, the two of you can try something more creative. For example, if your daughter loves to dance, turn on the tunes and set up a silly dance obstacle course outside. Race your daughter around lawn chairs while skipping, or twirl in circles under the oak tree after leaping across the yard.

About the Author

Based in Pittsburgh, Erica Loop has been writing education, child development and parenting articles since 2009. Her articles have appeared in "Pittsburgh Parent Magazine" and the website PBS Parents. She has a Master of Science in applied developmental psychology from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Education.