While it may seem like an intimidating task to find gifts that are age-appropriate, there are actually countless options available when it comes to toys for 5 year old boys. Technology has made it easier to seamlessly integrate entertainment and learning, resulting in a new wave of gadgets, interactive books, kid-sized ride-on toys, learning tools, and so much more. If you’re ready to start browsing for some gift ideas that will fuel your little boys mind and body, take a look at the best of the best below.
1. Skip and Hop Toys
Skip and hop toys double as a source of entertainment and developmental tool for 5-year-old boys. On one hand, they get the developmental benefits such as hand-eye coordination, balance, physical strength, and confidence in their own abilities, while also being something that will occupy their time for hours on end. What’s great about skip and hop toys is that they can be used solo or as a group. Taking turns with toys promotes their social skills as well, something that is very important for growing boys who will be off to school soon.
Make your own obstacle course with these colorful stepping stones. Constructed of durable non-slip rubber, kids will spend hours maneuvering through them while developing their balance, coordination and motor skills.
Stomp Rocket Stunt Planes
Chanel your child’s boundless energy into launchpad power with the ingeniously designed Stomp Rocket. Jumping or stomping on the mechanism launches foam constructed planes high into the air.
Little Tikes Pogo-It Toy
Challenge and improve your child's balance with the Pogo-It. Programmed with directions and fun music, kids will get plenty of solo or group play out of this toy.
2. Geometric Building Toys
Geometric building toys offer a lot of unique benefits to your little ones. They help develop spatial awareness and fine motor skills through the process of putting together shapes and figures. Building toys also help encourage creativity in young kids and are easier to manipulate since they were designed specially for your little one’s hand. They come blockier in size and can be easier to manipulate compared to more advanced toys with smaller components and more intricate designs.
Provide a toy platform to stimulate math, science, and creativity with these 3D magnetic tiles set recommended for 5 year olds. Intricate shapes and structures can be created with the translucent pieces.
Learning Resources Geometric Shapes Building Set
Establish a strong understanding of shapes and geometry through hands-on play with this building set. It's made of sticks, connectors, and curves for kids to build and match, applying basic geometric priciples in the process.
Stimulate your child’s brain activity with Magformers. The magnetic squares and rectangles allow a multitude of possibilities for making shapes that challenge critical and creative thinking for 5 year old kids.
3. Books to Establish Boundaries
Toys that establish boundaries tend to be a more niche category, but they’re incredibly important all the same. Establishing boundaries early on shows your child that there are certain rules to follow at a given time. By learning these boundaries early, they are given room to understand and recognize the need for them, which can result in a more respectful and courteous attitude as they get older.
Let's Talk About Body Boundaries
Establish a strong foundation for respect, boundaries and common decency with your little boy in this excellently written book. Essential social skills are emphasized to help you mold a well-mannered and caring child.
I Said No! A Kid-to-kid Guide to Keeping Private Parts Private
Instill the basics of decent behavior and establish what is unacceptable with the guide of, 'I Said No!'. This well-written book helps parents tackle these otherwise tricky and delicate subjects.
Teaching Children About Personal Boundaries
Teach your young boy to know when personal boundaries are being overstepped, and more importantly, to assert themselves when these situations occur. 'No Means No!' is a book that children 5 years of age can learn from so they are empowered to protect themselves.
4. Toy Vehicles
At 5 years old, this is probably not the first time your little boy will be handling a toy vehicle. Even still, toy cars and other vehicular objects help develop a child’s fine motor skills and dexterity. Since toy vehicles tend to be smaller toys, they require finer hand movements and skill in comparison to larger toys such as push toys that are designed more for toddlers.
Matchbox 4-level Garage
Treat your 5 year old boy to his own 4 level garage with this elaborate Matchbox product. The toy comes complete with a crane, spiral ramp, gas pump, crane, track, working elevator and even has a car wash for matchbox cars and trucks for hours of play.
KidKraft Waterfall Mountain Train Set and Table
Replicate a little town bustling with activity with this kid-sized train set. The playset is easy to set up and store, and comes complete with its own table. The components were created specifically for growing boys, allowing for an easy flow of creativity.
Tonka Classic Steel Mighty Dump Truck
Tonka reinforces its reputation for making durable toys with this large dump truck that guarantees hours of entertainment. The freewheeling vehicle brings back old-fashioned play through this tactile and functional toy that your little boy can use for his toughest loading activities.
5. Jungle Gyms
Don’t take for granted how much fun a child can have in a small jungle gym. When given complete freedom to do anything and everything they want, they can entertain themselves for hours even if it’s just a small set-up. With jungle gyms, you’re assured of a solo or group activity that boosts social interaction and self-confidence the old school way, without the need for screens and fancy gadgets.
Eezy Peezy Monkey Bars Climbing Tower
Create your own hanging bars with this elaborate climbing tower. Jungle gyms are excellent for improving balance and physical strength. Made from sturdy interlocking plastic, this play set can be easily set up in your backyard where children can play to their heart's content.
EZPlay Indoor Jungle Gym
Your child need not be limited by living space to enjoy an elaborate jungle gym at home, thanks to this indoor jungle gym. The kits come complete with a slide, swing and rope climb that train everything from his grip to his coordination. The best part is it's a breeze to set up and dismantle.
Lil' Monkey Everest Jungle Gym
This jungle gym provides tons of safe fun for your little boy in a design that's incredibly convenient to assemble. He can climb, slide down, balance, and even help build this play set thanks to its many components.
6. Ride-On Toys
Ride-on toys are an excellent source of fun and entertainment for 5 year old boys. At this age, they’re ever curious and have limitless energy, so keeping them busy with physical activities and all sorts of toys certainly helps. With ride-on toys, they can improve their fine motor skills through handling things like knobs, handles, buttons and gears. They likewise improve their gross motor skills by using their physical strength to balance, coordinating their movements, and using momentum to gain speed. (1)
Peg Perego John Deere Ground Force Tractor with Trailer
Bring out the farmer in your 5 year old boy with this tractor and trailer duo that helps train his sense of space and direction. This ride-on toy provides two speeds forward and reverse, grippy tires and even an FM radio.
Radio Flyer 500 Ride-On with Ramp
Watch your young daredevil ride away in this exciting but safely engineered ride-on. You get a ramp and a car with over 6 feet of slope to generate speed, providing just the right amount of adrenaline rush that kids will enjoy.
Kid Trax CAT Power ATV
Introduce your child to the world of off-road vehicle fun with this power ATV. Designed for 5-year-olds, this ATV toy can generate speeds up to 2.5 mph and comes with all-terrain tires for loads of backyard off-roading pleasure.
7. Toys to Broaden Vocabulary
Toys that broaden vocabulary allow our children to express themselves with more specificity and detail. It also encourages a more sociable personality since they can better communicate with other kids their age. As a parent, it’s important to recognize concerning behaviors in your child and whether or not he is able to articulate how he feels. By having the vocabulary to do so, you are giving your child a powerful communication tool that will only get better as he grows up.
Make reading a fun and exciting activity with the use of reading games. Patterned after Bingo, 5 year olds can develop their vocabulary and reading skills with this activity.
Gamenote Sight Words Flash Cards
Suitable for kids 5 years of age, these flash cards are an excellent teaching aid that enhances reading and memory skills. The easy-to-read card set comes with 3 games and 6 teaching techniques for productive reading sessions.
Sight Words Bingo
The classic game of Bingo forms the backbone of this game. Using sight words, children can improve their vocabulary and reading skills in a fun and interactive way. The set comes with 36 cards and 264 playing chips, so there's plenty for other players as well.
8. Books About Going to Kindergarten
Books about going to Kindergarten often deal with the anxieties of the first day of school… A new experience can be scary and intimidating for a 5-year-old, so it’s important that they come into it with some preparation. We say some because nothing can fully prepare your child for what’s to come, but with some imaginative storytelling and illustrative storybooks, they can have a good idea of what to expect on their first day.
Kindergarten, Here I Come!
Arouse the curiosity of your pre-schooler with this book. It delves into the many experiences to come once your child enters Kindergarten, managing both the anxieties and expectations of your youngster.
The Night Before Kindergarten
Familiarize your child before entering pre-school with this book that looks into every aspect of the first day at school and the days that follow. This way your child knows exactly what to expect and he'll be less likely to be anxious about the experience.
On the First Day of Kindergarten
Minimize or avoid any first day of school jitters with this book. It's well-written and worded in a way that alleviates any stressful feelings your little boy may have about Kindergarten.
9. Musical Toys
Knowing how crucial the 5 year mark is for our kids, it’s important to take advantage of learning tools and educational methods that have been proven to work. Studies show that music helps with everything from cognitive development to better memory in early childhood development. (2) It’s no wonder musical toys have become more and more popular over the years among kids and educators alike.
Osmo Coding Jam Music Creation
Coding jam is an interactive system that interfaces with your tablet. Provided at your fingertips is the ability to create short phrases of beats, rhythms, and melodies, introducing 5 year olds to the world of sequencing and coding.
Musical Instrument Set
Introduce your child to world of music with a musical set. This basic percussion set combines many handheld instruments that encourage the development of beats and rhythms In a range of difficulties designed specially for 5 year olds.
VTech Rock and Bop Music Player
Integrated into this little device are games that help teach your 5 year old about music, numbers, the alphabet, and more. It's a stand-alone unit with kid-friendly screen and earphones to enhance the learning process.
10. Toys to Reinforce Good Behavior
Every parent has a different parenting style, and it’s up to you to decide how best to instill discipline and good behavior in your children. Certain toys and activity games help teach kids good behavior by using reward systems in a fun and interactive way. Using these toys can reinforce lessons and values that you’re already teaching them, but in a more subtle way.
TimeTokens to Limit Your Child's Screen Time
Simple but ingenious in concept, Time Tokens allow you and your child to manage screen time in a responsible and rewarding way. Cards with designated time allocations and a timer allow your child to track and manage total time on gadget screens.
The Talking, Feeling, & Doing Good Behavior Card Game
Designed for 5 year olds, this card game is meant to help children express their feelings to adults. Such openness will help develop their communication skills at this early stage in their development.
Playing CBT Therapy Game
Channel your child's emotional stress and coping mechanism through this board game that was created to help enhance self-control. Children can benefit from improved social and coping skills especially once they enter Kindergarten.
11. Singing Toys
Singing toys are an excellent exercise for building self-confidence and self-expression in your child. At this age, little boys are exploring their newfound talents and abilities. Singing might be one of them, along with playing musical instruments or even sports. Singing toys tend to have programmed sounds within the mic or instrument, so your little one can simply follow along to the tune.
VTech Kidi Star Karaoke Machine
Bring out the musician in your little one with this fun-filled karaoke gadget. The device can also connect to an mp3 player or mobile device to access your song library. Voice effects add to the fun along with a disco light and 5-minute audio recorder.
Karaoke Microphone with LED Lights
This bluetooth karaoke microphone is a powerful gadget that can be paired with a multitude of devices and platforms. You even get an LED light display that adds to the singing experience of your little rockstar.
KOMVOX Karaoke Microphone
Children will delight in the professional sound produced by this microphone. It comes with a built-in microphon and speaker as well as voice effects that your little boy can tweak and explore as he discovers the world of music.
12. Toys to Build Independence
As your little boy grows up, he’s going to want to be more independent. But as his parent, it’s only normal for you to fear for his safety whenever he decides to test one of his boundaries. With these toys, he can continue developing his independence in a safe and controlled environment so that you can take a step back and allow him to discover his new abilities for himself.
Melissa & Doug Magnetic Responsibility Chart
Develop your child's sense of responsibility and independence this responsibility chart. Designed for kids 5 years of age, the chart tabulates and records a child’s performance and behavior, showing them their good work and accomplishments.
Farmers Market Basket
Indulge your child’s imagination with this detailed market basket that comes with assorted fruits, vegetables, cutting board, play knives and basket. This is a great way to teach your child the basics of making food and eating healthy.
Learning Resources Pretend & Play School Set
Bring the classroom environment right into your home with this play school set. Simulate the role of teacher and student with this comprehensive set that includes crayons, various sheets, a tri-fold board, and other school-related tools for a realistic classroom feel.
13. Age-Appropriate Games
Card games have been around for quite some time, but not many people are aware that there are many benefits to them. Card games are great for young kids in helping them develop their fine motor skills. It takes some grip and dexterity to handle the cards properly, especially during games that require flipping or shuffling cards. Kid-friendly card games are also a great opportunity for social interaction and family bonding since many card games can be played with multiple players.
Children and adults too will have lots of fun playing Twister Ultimate. Liven up parties by involving your guests in this classic game that physically challenges participants into silly contortions.
Do you need a new Uno card set? This Uno Tin set comes loaded with all the classic qualities you remember playing. It's still the same family game that involves amusing strategy to beat the competition.
Apples to Apples Junior
Watch players crack up over silly comparisons as they also improve their vocabulary skills. The Apples to Apples set includes 576 cards that embody hours of old-fashioned enjoyment.
14. Books and Toys to Teach Good Nutrition and Healthy Eating
The cornerstone of a healthy life is eating properly. Books and toys that teach good nutrition and healthy eating habits early on in life help establish lifelong habits. (3) Children will be able to make informed choices about what they eat as early as 5 years of age, and this can only improve as they get older.
A Tale of Two Brothers: A Rhyming Story About Making Healthy Choices
Instill the value of healthy eating with the help of the story in A Tale of Two Brothers. The book imparts lifelong lessons that children can take with them as they grow older.
Learning Resources Fresh Picked Fruit & Veggie Tote
Familiarize kids with the benefits of fruits, vegetables, and other all-natural foods as early as possible. The playset comes with a small tote bag to easily bring the set around, while also inspiring conversation about recycling.
No Ordinary Apple: A Story About Eating Mindfully
No Ordinary Apple carries with it an invaluable story for kids on how there is a lot of benefit in slowing down and appreciating the small things in life. It teaches kids how to eat mindfully no matter what foods they like to eat.
15. Acting Toys
Acting toys are some of our favorite gift ideas for 5 year olds because they tend to really enjoy anything that has to do with imaginative play. Giving your kids the opportunity to create stories about their favorite animals, characters and objects will help engage their recognition skills as well as their ability to think ahead. Also, having acting toys will help create more realistic emotions in your kids, which can develop their empathy and self-awareness.
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Puppet Theater
Tap into the world of role-playing and make-believe with this deluxe theater puppet. Using these tools, your child can create his own scenarios to enhance his creativity and imagination.
Charades Kids on Stage Tin
Classic games will never fail to entertain, and Charades Kids is a prime example. Kids 5 years of age will be challenged to develop communication skills and to also become more inventive with their non-verbal skills.
Safari Buddies Hand Puppets Puppet Set
Encourage your children to imagine their own make-believe scenarios and events with the help of these hand puppets that perfectly into your 5 year old's hands. The set includes key safari animals like an elephant, tiger, giraffe, and many more.
16. Counting Toys
Aside from the ABC’s, counting from 1 to 5 is another important milestone in a child’s life. From there, it gets progressively more advanced and parents sometimes feel overwhelmed. Luckily, there are countless counting toys that can help you teach your kids in a fun and interative way. Counting toys help establish number recognition, which is an important skill to have once they enter Kindergarten. Some schools expect their kids to be able to count to twenty or fifty by the time they enter since they will be applying this knowledge regularly in school.
Battat Cash Register
Children adore playing cashier, and this cash register playset has all the bells and whistles. It has a light-up scanner, conveyor belt, and a lockable drawer for his added security.
Allow your children to understand the fundamentals of math more thoroughly with a classic abacus from Melissa & Doug. This brightly colored product has 10 levels and is recommended for 5 year olds to help teach basic math principles.
Learning Resources One To Ten Counting Cans
Teach the fundamentals of counting with the aid of this counting toy set. The numbers are labeled and spelled out, and a total of 55 plastic fruits are included to reinforce counting concepts.
17. Books to Strengthen Reading Skills
Books that serve to strengthen the reading skills of kids are an important part of growing up. We tend to overlook basic skills like reading and writing, but they are cornerstones in any child’s development. Books help with reading comprehension, vocabulary, and creativity, and certain types of books can help to further strengthen word recognition in beginner readers.
Funny Mix Superhero Phonics Game
This research-based phonics game helps helps beginner readers sharpen their reading skills. The set is the only patented game of its kind and comes complete with all 26 letters of the alphabet for spelling and reading activities.
Matching Letter Game
Developing both cognition and word power, the Matching Letter Game reinforces word and object association. Preschool-age children enhance strategic thinking, sociability, memory skills, spelling, and sight-reading.
LeapFrog LeapReader System
This innovativelearning system allows children to read with the help of its interactive features. When the leap reader pen touches parts of the page, letters are sounded out, providing children a model sound to imitate.
18. Karate Toys
Karate is a martial arts discipline centered around fighting and self-defense. To facilitate the activities related to it, you’ll need certain equipment like mats and kickpads. For kids who are showing interest in martial arts, you may want to start with karate toys. These are safe for your child to use, while still showing them an idea of what martial arts could be like when they’re older.
Taekwondo Kick Pads
Protect yourself and your kids while learning various martial arts skills using these Taekwondo kick pads. Worn on the forearms, these sponge filled cushions soften blows and strikes to avoid injuries.
Martial Arts Belt Holder Hanging Display
Showcase your little boy's awards and accolades with this finely crafted display piece. Made of sturdy materials and with 8 levels, multiple medals and awards can be displayed at the same time.
Interlocking EVA Foam Martial Arts Mats
Create a safe and soft playing or exercise surface with this puzzle exercise mat for kids. The interlocking pieces come in various thicknesses and sizes so you can customize it to any room floor area. Kids can likewise use this as a floor mat for any of their other physical activities for added comfort.
19. Drawing Books and Toys
A lot of children go through a phase where they seem to want to draw on every available surface imaginable. At 5 years old, this could still happen of course, but instead of allowing your kids to draw on walls and tables, make sure to direct their efforts towards drawing books and toys instead. There are plenty of options available for easy clean-up and minimal waste. As an added bonus, they can use different tools to create artistic masterpieces. Drawing helps boost your child’s concentration, while also increasing confidence and creativity.
Award Winning Hape All-in-One Wooden Art Easel
To bolster your child's creativity, provide a flawless surface to work on like this 2-in-1 easel. The product is height adjustable, has a replaceable paper roll and it comes with a whiteboard and blackboard. Your child can use chalk, an erasable marker or any of the 3 paint colors included.
Osmo Creative Kit
Mesmerize your children with this wonderful creative kit. The product interfaces a writing surface with an iPad or fire tablet, creating an interactive environment where manual drawings appear on the screen with an animated touch. Your kids can draw to their heart's content, anywhere, anytime.
Scratch & Sketch Extreme
Surprise yourself and your kids as you trace along the images of a wolf, mandala, night sky, unicorn, and other images. Your child can practice his dexterity and fine motor skills with ease through sketching activities.
20. Personalized Name Toys and Gifts
Personalized name toys and gifts are a great touch, especially during the holiday season. It shows that the gift is unique and thoughtful, while still providing some benefit. For kids, having something personalized just for them shows them that their identity is one-of-a-kind, and that there is no one else like them in the world. Likewise, personalized items show them the importance of ownership and personal space.
Wooden Personalized Name Puzzle
Have your name made in a customized frame that can be pieced together like a puzzle. This one-of-a-kind item is educational for your toddler and is also quite a decorative piece for anyone of any age.
Wooden Pirate Chest
If your child has ever wanted a pirate chest , here is his chance to have his very own personalized one. Designed in great detail to look and feel like the real thing, the chest comes complete with pirate paraphernalia like an eye patch, bandana, loot bag, and plastic gold doubloons.
Melissa & Doug Personalized Farm Train Set
What could be better than a classic wooden train set, but a version that has your child's name on it. The train comes with 3 linking cars and a cow, cow milk, and a cargo of fruits and vegetables for him to choose from.
21. Books About Friendship
It’s never too early to teach your child the importance of friendship. At 5 years old, they may not have many friends yet, but learning the value of friendship will also develop their empathy towards others. Books about friendship explain the concept in a very eloquent way while also providing some form of entertainment in the form of illustrations.
A mouse, rooster, and pig are the main characters in this story that details how friends spend time with each other and share many experiences. It also shows how friends always manage to find each other.
How to Lose All Your Friends
This book takes a humorous look at how behaving badly can result in becoming extremely unpopular. It's a must-read for kids to develop good character.
How to Make Friends with a Ghost
Not a horror story at all, this book is more a tale of how to make friends. It also takes any scary stigma away from ghosts and instead, shows how they can be potentially adorable friends.
22. Gymnastic Toys
Gymnastic toys provide a safe and controlled way to introduce more complex movements and actions to children. Unlike jungle gyms which usually have stairs, a slide and a bridge for kids to climb on, gymnastic toys are more challenging, especially to a child’s balance and grip. Gymnastic toys are an excellent confidence builder and physical activity in one, challenging your child’s gross motor skills and hand-eye coordination with each new skill he learns.
Folding Gymnastics Tumbling Mat with Handles
Protect yourself and your family from harm when doing floor related exercise or activity with this mat. Its smart 4-panel design allows for easy installation and storage. This would be great for physical activities like martial arts, tumbling, gymnastics, or just plain horsing around at home.
Gym1 Deluxe Indoor Playground
Now you can replicate what you have in your playground with this indoor gymnastics rig. Using your door frame, a swing, plastic rings, trapeze bar, climbing ladder, and swinging rope can be enjoyed by your little one right at home.
This versatile foam wedge allows your child to perform many floor exercises safely. It has a unique angle that provides great support for many floor maneuvers.
23. Pretend Play Costumes
Pretend play costumes are always fun for 5 year olds because they’re all about imaginative play at this age. It gives kids the ability to dress up as a fireman, a policeman, a race car driver, or even a dinosaur in an inflatable suit! With pretend play, they can explore their creativity, improve their communication skills, and enhance their social skills.
The Ghostbuster’s franchise continues to fascinate new generations of kids, and this Ghostbusters Child's Costume by Rubie’s is as close to authentic as possible with its details and textures. This was made specially to fit 5 year olds so they can move around and role-play with ease.
Inflatable Velociraptor Costume
No doubt, the Velociraptor is one of the surprise star characters to emerge from Jurassic World, and this dinosaur costume is a great representation of the vicious beast. Available in children's and adult sizes, it even has a cooling fan to keep you well-ventilated inside.
Melissa & Doug Fire Chief Role Play Costume Set
One of our everyday heroes are firemen, and we can guarantee your little boy will love role-playing in this well-crafted costume. The set comes with fireman paraphernalia like a red jacket, helmet, bullhorn, badge, fire extinguisher, and name tag for the full effect.
24. Dinosaur Toys
Speaking of dinosaurs, make sure you’re aware of all the dinosaur-themed toys out there because there are a lot to choose from. From inflatable toy suits to kid-sized Jeeps, dinosaur-themed toys are almost always a hit among young kids. Great for solo or group play, these toys help facilitate learning through better self-expression, improved communication, and better motor skills.
Jurassic World Mosasaurus
Children fascinated with dinosaurs will love this realistic model of the Mosasaurus from Jurassic World. Its articulation, very real skin and texture make it incredibly life-like, and will serve as a great tool for any role-playing activities.
ZipBin 160 Dinosaur Collector Toy Box and Figures
This smartly designed storage box opens up to become a play mat too. Made to simulate prehistoric times, your child gets a two-in-one package that will fuel his creativity and excitement for dinosaur-themed play.
Prextex Realistic Looking Dinosaurs
These jumbo dinosaur toys will help bring any story to life thanks to its realistic detailing and workmanship. Kids will love handling these larger figures because they fit perfectly in their hands which will allow for more dramatic storytelling.
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