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34 Good Gifts for 5 Year Olds That Don’t Suck (Mom Picks)

By Kelsey

How do you go about finding the most awesome gifts for 5 year olds? Well, they’re all here in this list… from classic games like Hungry Hippos to new favorites like PJ Masks, whatever you choose will be sure to result in hours of fun for little ones.

gifts for 5 year old

LEGO Classic Medium Creative Brick Box

LEGO Classic Medium Creative Brick Box

Kids can never have too much LEGO – this medium-sized box is filled to bursting with colorful bricks for them to get creative with. Using one piece as a starting point; whether it’s a window or a wheel, they can start to build a world of adventures.

$28.00


Hungry Hungry Hippos

Hungry Hungry Hippos

Hungry Hippos is one of Hasbro’s classics, loved by adults and kids alike. Press the lever to get your hippo to try to gobble up the marbles – whoever has collected the most at the end of the game wins. It’s frenzied, fast and no end of fun.

$16.88


Paw Patrol Rocky's Recycling Truck

Paw Patrol Rocky's Recycling Truck

If you’re looking for gifts for 5 year olds or kids around kindergarten age, you can’t go wrong with Paw Patrol toys. In his green recycling truck, Rocky comes to the rescue to save the day, keeping the residents of Adventure Bay safe from harm, whilst looking after the planet, too.

$23.99


Just Play PJ Mask Rev N Rumblers Gekko Mobile Vehicle

Just Play PJ Mask Rev N Rumblers Gekko Mobile Vehicle

Kids dream of being part of PJ Masks’ gang – by day they’re just like any other kids going to school, but by night these 3 friends save the city from danger. This Gekko Mobile Vehicle includes phrases and sound effects to encourage pretend play.

$9.80


Disney Moana's Magical Seashell Necklace

Disney Moana's Magical Seashell Necklace

To a 5 year old, this necklace, like the one Disney’s Moana wears, is just as precious a gift as diamonds. The gem is the Heart of Te Fiti and lights up with one push of a button, granting life to the wearer and guaranteeing hours of fun from pretend play.

$9.99


Tonka Classic Steel Mighty Dump Truck Vehicle

Tonka Classic Steel Mighty Dump Truck Vehicle

Guaranteed for life, this steel dump truck is built for carrying heavy loads – kids will be able to fill it up with their toys, games and books in order to transport them around the house or yard, before moving the bed up and down to unload them.

$64.49


Melissa & Doug Examine and Treat Pet Vet Play Set

Melissa & Doug Examine and Treat Pet Vet Play Set

If you know a little one who wants to be a vet when they grow up, they’ll love this cute gift to help them practice. There’s every accessory needed to examine and treat poorly pets, from a stethoscope to bandages and a ‘cone of shame’, and there are even two adorable, plush patients included.

$21.99


LEGO Duplo My Town Family House Building Block Toys

LEGO Duplo My Town Family House Building Block Toys

Little ones love playing house like Mommy and Daddy, and with this Duplo set they can act out everyday routines, like preparing meals and washing the car. This toy helps them to develop role play skills as they copy what they see at home around them.

$229.99

HEXBUG Nano Nitro Bundle

HEXBUG Nano Nitro Bundle

These Nitro bugs are fired up and ready to go. Kids can race them against each other and watch them speed across the floor, or have fun creating obstacles for them to travel around. These scuttling creatures are a favorite with kids (maybe less so with parents), and there are different sets to collect.

$19.99


LEGO Juniors Jurassic World T. Rex Breakout Building Kit

LEGO Juniors Jurassic World T. Rex Breakout Building Kit

Even young kids love LEGO, and this Juniors set featuring Jurassic Park is perfect for ages 4 – 7. With larger and fewer pieces, these building kits are perfect for little hands. Your dino fan will love the massive, poseable T-Rex with opening jaw, three mini figures, and tons of accessories.

$86.94


VTech Paw Patrol Treat Time Marshall

VTech Paw Patrol Treat Time Marshall

Your little pup will love learning phonics, letters, colors, and more with Marshall, the Paw Patrol fire-fighting dog. Feed him one of 26 treats to hear sounds and music that provide fun and a rich learning experience. This cute doggie’s eyes and ears react to your child.

$34.99


Fisher-Price Medical Kit

Fisher-Price Medical Kit

Your little doctor-in-training will learn healthy habits, expand their science vocabulary, enjoy creative role-play, and become more comfortable at their own doctor visits with this medical kit. It comes with seven instruments including a stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, thermometer, otoscope, syringe, and bandage, and the fabric doctor bag is a convenient place to store it all.

$18.85


PLUS PLUS Building Pieces

PLUS PLUS Building Pieces

The simple design of Plus Plus building blocks offers a world of unlimited possibilities. They are easy enough for preschoolers, yet big kids love them, too. Your little engineer can build anything her heart desires with these colorful pieces, from flat mosaics to 3D models – let her imagination soar.

$19.99

Hot Wheels Track Builder Stunt Bridge Kit

Hot Wheels Track Builder Stunt Bridge Kit

This Hot Wheels stunt bridge is the ultimate track building set and a must-have for fans of stunts. Your speedster will practice timing skills as they learn to take aim and launch cars at just the right moment to jump the bridge gap. They can even crank up the competition with friends and race side-by-side.

$25.70


Learning Resources Pretend & Play Calculator Cash Register

Learning Resources Pretend & Play Calculator Cash Register

Cha ching! Encourage beginning math and calculator skills with lots of opportunities for imaginative play. This solar-powered cash register features extra large buttons for little hands, a storage drawer, and a real working calculator. It comes with a variety of life-size coins and bills in different denominations and a pretend credit card.

$28.49


WowWee Untamed T-Rex by Fingerlings Ironjaw

WowWee Untamed T-Rex by Fingerlings Ironjaw

Give your little paleontologist a wild, untamed T-Rex. This fierce finger-gripping creature roars, hisses, and chomps in one mode, but once tamed, will nuzzle, purr, and love to be near you. These interactive dinos react to touch, motion, and sound with over 40 different sounds and animations.

$14.99


Hot Wheels Criss Cross Crash Track Set

Hot Wheels Criss Cross Crash Track Set

You know a track set called “Criss Cross Crash” is going to be fun, and with challenging intersections, hairpin turns, motorized boosters, and a huge crash zone, you’d be right! It comes with one Hot Wheels vehicle for racing fun right out of the box, but there are plenty of parking spaces for convenient storage of more.

$58.99


LEGO City Forest Tractor Building Kit

LEGO City Forest Tractor Building Kit

This LEGO forestry build kit comes with 174 pieces that feature a tractor with moving arm, working claw, and log stand. It also comes with a tree, cut tree trunks, a chainsaw, and a lumberjack figure for all kinds of forest adventures, and is compatible with other sets so your child can expand his world even more.

$43.99


Melissa & Doug Children's Astronaut Role Play Set

Melissa & Doug Children's Astronaut Role Play Set

“Houston, we do not have a problem,” and neither will you when your little astronaut suits up in this adorable costume. It includes the jumpsuit and accessories such as gloves and a space helmet, and there is a reusable name tag printed on the chest. For boys and girls, ages 3-6.

$43.00


Spin Master Games Perplexus

Spin Master Games Perplexus

Give your kid the game that easy to play, but hard to master. This challenging and fun interactive maze game allows you to rotate it 360 degrees to move the silver ball along the numbered track. Comes with over 100 challenges including a tight rope and a swinging arm.

$29.98


KD Kids Rescue Runts Husky Plush Dog

KD Kids Rescue Runts Husky Plush Dog

Rescue Runts show up sad and bedraggled, sorely in need of grooming. Once your little one cleans him up, picks out the fleas, cleans his paws, wipes his tears, and brushes his fur, he will discover a charming pup grateful to be rescued! There are four puppies to choose from. Adopt them all!

$57.99


Educational Insights Playfoam Combo Pack

Educational Insights Playfoam Combo Pack

This magical, no-stick playfoam never dries out and can be used to sculpt, squish, stretch, and shape over and over again. From animals to flowers, and everything in between, your little one will have hours of creative fun with this craft product, which comes with eight fun colors.

$8.99


Gazillion Bubbles Solution

Gazillion Bubbles Solution

It’s not a party until you add a 2 liter of Gazillion bubble solution to the mix. This eco-friendly, non-toxic mixture will not stain clothing or furniture, and comes with a 7-in-1 bubble wand for all-day fun. Your kids will run out of breath before they run out of bubbles!

$17.10


Kinetic Sand and Tool Set

Kinetic Sand and Tool Set

Kinetic sand is the sensory, magical substance that flows through your fingers like a slow-moving liquid, but leaves them completely dry. It sticks to itself for moldable fun, but not to you! Wth 20 ways to play, this toy kit comes with everything you need to build the sandcastle of your dreams.

$11.99


Melissa & Doug Pattern Blocks and Boards

Melissa & Doug Pattern Blocks and Boards

A great gift for arty kids, they’ll have hours of fun filling in these colorful mosaics. There are 120 different geometric shapes to fit together, helping kids to practice their motor skills, and they can either follow the patterns on the boards or get creative and make up their own.

$15.99


LeapFrog LeapStart LeapStart Interactive Learning System

LeapFrog LeapStart LeapStart Interactive Learning System

Helping to support little ones’ progress outside of the classroom, this interactive learning system allows kids to build up a library of over 25 books at 3 different levels, starting off looking at shapes and colors right the way through to understanding logic and reasoning.

$24.99


Funslane Chef Set with Apron

Funslane Chef Set with Apron

For little ones who love helping out in the kitchen, this chef set will make sure they look the part, with a hat and cute, spotted apron. They can also have a go at baking with Mommy or Daddy, using the whisk, rolling pin and cookie cutters to make delicious treats.

$13.98


Melissa & Doug Wooden Scoop and Serve Ice Cream Counter

Melissa & Doug Wooden Scoop and Serve Ice Cream Counter

When kids start school they often think about what they want to be when they’re older. Pretend play sets like this ice-cream counter make great gifts for 5 year olds who want to try out different careers – they can have fun serving their customers and practice counting their change.

$30.49


Chalk City Jumbo Washable Sidewalk Chalk

Chalk City Jumbo Washable Sidewalk Chalk

Some kids aren’t happy unless they have the biggest, newest, shiniest gift out there… others love the simple pleasure of a piece of chalk and a sidewalk. This jumbo chalk encourages kids to unleash their creativity without being confined by borders or edges – and it can be washed away afterwards.

$9.99


Tonka Steel Bulldozer Vehicle

Tonka Steel Bulldozer Vehicle

Many kids get enjoyment from constructing the tallest tower they can from toys and books… but often not as much enjoyment as they get from knocking it down again. This steel bulldozer will demolish whatever is in its path, leaving it in a pile for kids to pick up (hopefully) and start again.

$39.00


Melissa & Doug Cutting Food Play Food Set

Melissa & Doug Cutting Food Play Food Set

Get kids practicing how to make their own lunch with this play food set – with 8 individual food items that can be cut in to 25 pieces, as well as a pretend knife and wooden cutting board, they can slice, butter, dice and chop to create their favorite sandwich.

$18.99


LEGO DUPLO Town Truck & Tracked Excavator

LEGO DUPLO Town Truck & Tracked Excavator

From excavating the land to clearing rubble, this Duplo machinery is easy to build and has working pieces. There’s double the fun with the tracked excavator, which includes a big shovel on a posable arm, along with a truck with a tipping function and extra bricks to scoop up.

$55.99


Melissa & Doug On the Go Water Wow! Activity Pads

Melissa & Doug On the Go Water Wow! Activity Pads

When traveling or on the go, these refillable water pens will keep kids entertained – this set comes with two reusable coloring books containing beautiful scenes that come to life with each line of the pen. And then as the pages dry, the pictures disappear like magic.

$8.99


Paw Patrol Skye's High Flyin' Copter

Paw Patrol Skye's High Flyin' Copter

Little girls won’t be able to get enough of this Paw Patrol ‘copter with its pink propellers – watch them spin around as Skye takes flight, extending the wings too. With her aerial view of Adventure Bay, Skye makes sure that its residents are safe and sound.

$49.89


Dinotrux Die-Cast Vehicles Bundle

Dinotrux Die-Cast Vehicles Bundle

Half-dinosaur, half-construction vehicle, don’t mess with these Dinotrux – kids will have endless fun pushing them around on the rolling wheels, re-creating scenes from the popular TV show. There are different characters for kids to collect and each one has its own personality; this multipack contains 5 toys for 5 times the fun.

$37.99


Hasbro Connect 4 Game

Hasbro Connect 4 Game

A classic game that both kids and adults go crazy for, Connect 4 is a gift that’ll bring the family together. The rules are simple, but that doesn’t mean it won’t get competitive. As well as being fun to play, it also helps kids to practice forward-thinking… and being a gracious loser.

Prices Vary


Melissa & Doug Slice and Bake Wooden Cookie Play Food Set

Melissa & Doug Slice and Bake Wooden Cookie Play Food Set

If you can’t keep kids’ little hands out of the cookie jar, this gift might distract them for a while – the Slice & Bake Cookie Set lets children pretend to bake, decorate and serve up delicious cookies, just like Mommy makes (or buys from the store).

$18.99


Playskool Flash Cards Value Pack

Playskool Flash Cards Value Pack

At kindergarten age, it might be a challenge to encourage kids to keep up the learning outside of the classroom – fun gifts for 5 year olds like these flash cards turn learning in to a game that kids can’t get enough of, especially when there are stickers as a reward.

$9.99


Moonlite Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Reel

Moonlite Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Reel

With this gift, you won’t just be giving a storybook with printed words and pictures, but a whole new world that can be brought to life through the Moonlite projector. This wonderful tale for their library is one that kids will want to hear again and again.

$13.69


Melissa & Doug Decorate-Your-Own Wooden Butterfly Magnets

Melissa & Doug Decorate-Your-Own Wooden Butterfly Magnets

These butterfly magnets aren’t beautiful yet, but creative kids know just what it takes to make them shine – using the 4 paints, stickers, plastic gems and glitter glue they can get to work to make sure they look as pretty as a picture in no time.

$9.99


KidKraft Tasty Treats Play Food Set

KidKraft Tasty Treats Play Food Set

Kids’ minds are always on their next snack – this set of a whopping 115 pieces of plastic food including fruit, vegetables, waffles and pizza, will keep them distracted, whether they create a world of pretend play as a chef or use the set in their Kid Kraft kitchen.

$24.99


Matchbox Mission 4-Level Garage Playset

Matchbox Mission 4-Level Garage Playset

For kids who have an impressive collection of Matchbox vehicles, this 4-level garage play set is the ultimate gift. Cars can stop and refuel before riding the crane to the top of the garage on the working elevator, and there’s a tow truck included for cars in need of repair.

$42.99


Just Play Vampirina B&B

Just Play Vampirina B&B

For Vampirina lovers, there’s the Scare B&B Playset with 3-floors of terrifyingly awesome fun. Kids can watch the spooky goings on in the house happen in front of their eyes, such as the magically rising food in the kitchen and the spinning TV. Play if you dare.

Prices Vary


LEGO DUPLO Princess Belle´s Tea Party Building Kit

LEGO DUPLO Princess Belle´s Tea Party Building Kit

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is a timeless movie and now it seems like there are hundreds of themed toys available to buy. But even the biggest fans are unlikely to have this awesome LEGO set, complete with their favorite characters Belle, Mrs Potts, Chip and Cogsworth.

$49.79


EMIDO Building Blocks

EMIDO Building Blocks

More fun to play with than the average set of building blocks, these EMIDO blocks can be used to create different geometric shapes, from colorful patterns to flowers, animals and cars. Suitable to be used as part of the STEM learning program, they help kids to practice key motor skills too.

Prices Vary


National Geographic Play Sand with Castle Molds

National Geographic Play Sand with Castle Molds

This play sand isn’t like the sand you’d find at the beach – it can be molded, sliced and shaped and comes with 6 fun molds to try out (including a castle of course). The kinetic sand means that it doesn’t dry out and only sticks to itself, rather than kids’ clothes or your furniture.

$29.99


My Little Pony Necklace Activity Set

My Little Pony Necklace Activity Set

Lovers of My Little Pony will go wild for these necklace sets, making them lovely gifts for 5 year olds – each set includes colorful beads and character charms to make unique, stylish necklaces, and the silicone chains can be reused each time little ones want to change the design to match a different outfit.

Prices Vary


Paw Patrol Everest's Rescue Snowmobile and Figure

Paw Patrol Everest's Rescue Snowmobile and Figure

Paw Patrol is the trend of the moment and kids can’t get enough of these toys. With her friends beside her, no job is too big for Everest – riding around on her snow plow on rescue missions, she bravely protects the residents of Adventure Bay.

$19.99


Magformers Standard Set

Magformers Standard Set

Get little ones’ imaginations going with these magnetic building blocks – the colorful squares and triangles can be used to make 2D patterns or 3D constructions, like houses, towers, or the Magformers magic ball. Then when it’s time to tidy up, the magnetic power can be used to stack and store them away.

$49.95

13 Fun Diy Gifts and Toys for 5 Year Olds

Diy No Sew Dragon Sock Puppet

Diy No Sew Dragon Sock Puppet

Have fun spending time with your little one making this mischievous sock puppet together. The ‘no sew’ design means that kids can get stuck in to help with a lot of the work and you won’t need to get your needle and thread out. There’s a printable pattern on the site too.

Diy Racetrack Mat

Diy Racetrack Mat

Take a look at this post to learn how you can cleverly turn a cheap, white bath mat in to a cool racing track for kids, giving them somewhere to race their huge collection of toy cars and protecting your floors at the same time.

Diy Glitter Playdough

Diy Glitter Playdough

Kids are like magpies – they love anything shiny. This blog post gives tips on adding sparkle to play dough, as well as using safe ingredients, like food coloring and vanilla essence, to make it look and smell great. Perfect for parties, little ones can use cookie cutters to make different shapes out of the dough.

Diy Dinosaur Play Dough Kit

Diy Dinosaur Play Dough Kit

Check out these adorable dinosaur play dough kits. Follow the recipe to make several earth-toned clays for grass, dirt, mountains, and more. Add embellishments such as smooth glass stones, small rocks, pieces of sticks, plus some tiny dinosaurs, package it all up in a cute container, and you have a great activity set.

Diy Nature Exploration Kit

Diy Nature Exploration Kit

These nature explorer kits are the perfect gift for an outdoorsy kid and a great activity set for a birthday party or group outing. Grab a canvas tote bag or backpack and fill with a flashlight, binoculars, camera, sketchbook, colored pencils, nature guide books, and other items. Guaranteed to provide hours of adventurous fun.

Diy Home Science Kit for Kids

Diy Home Science Kit for Kids

Sure, you can buy science kits, but they can be expensive and the ingredients are questionable. Check out this blog for a detailed list of items and experiments that you can put together for your little scientist. You’ll get better quality and more for your money, plus they are educational and fun, a winning combination.

Diy Matchbox Cars Track

Diy Matchbox Cars Track

Head to the hardware store for supplies and get ready to use your woodworking skills to create this cute race car track that works with Matchbox vehicles or any miniature cars. This would make an extra special present because, unlike all the other plastic toys, this is something your child will cherish for years to come.

Diy Tire Swing

Diy Tire Swing

A magical childhood must include a tire swing, and this sweet little tutorial shows you how to turn an ordinary tire into a charming ladybug swing that your kids will love. Use your imagination and design one with any theme you like – just grab some hardware and install for years of laughter.

Diy Natural Finger Paint

Diy Natural Finger Paint

Give your little artist finger paint that you can feel good about by using this all-natural, homemade recipe. Though it’s not meant to be a snack, it is made from human-grade ingredients such as sugar, starch, water, and food coloring so you don’t have to worry about an accidental taste or two.

Diy Snow Slime

Diy Snow Slime

Now you can have Christmas in July, or anytime of year, with this DIY snow slime. Cool, frosty, and studded with snowflake glitter, this stuff is fun to make and to play with. Make it a mom and kid snowy day activity when it’s too cold to go outside in the real stuff.

Diy Drawstring Backpack

Diy Drawstring Backpack

This DIY drawstring backpack is adorable. Your little one will love having a special bag to carry all her treasures when going to a playdate or Grandma’s house, and you can make them from any patterns or colors that appeal to your child. You might end up making them for your friends’ kids too.

Diy Jet Pack and Space Food

Diy Jet Pack and Space Food

This tutorial for making a DIY jetpack costume accessory is nothing short of inspired. Using two-liter soda bottles and some top-notch design skills, you can create a costume piece for your little space explorer that is guaranteed to impress all the other kids – and their moms, too.

Diy Hopscotch Mat

Diy Hopscotch Mat

Use your crafty skills to make this adorable felt and fabric hopscotch mat perfect for playing active games inside. When the weather isn’t good for going out, grab this game and let the kids burn off some energy as they hop and they scotch down this clever idea.

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