Toys for 5 year olds can be simple or complex, but they always need to be challenging. Our list of games, books, activities, and toys offers a wide variety of choices that focus on early reading, sight words, spelling, and printing. The world is more competitive every day, and children deserve every advantage.
Whether your kiddo is precocious or not, the LeapFrog LeapStart Interactive Learning System is just the ticket for an eager young mind to get a head start on basic skills like reading, writing, and ‘rithmetic. There are over twenty available books to step up the challenges with 400+ learning activities.
Bingo is a fun game for almost any age. This is a cool twist on a family favorite to help youngsters learn to read words by sight. Having them out of context assures that they’re not memorizing the order in a list, but actually recognizing individual letter combinations as words.
English is a complicated language, even for native speakers. This set of colorful photo flash cards helps little ones learn their positional prepositions with the fun pictures. When learning is fun, kids retain the information better. These cards are great for classrooms, tutors, or home use to give your child an edge.
Disney knows kids, and kids know Disney! It makes sense for their favorite characters to appear in their favorite books and movies. Now they’re in their favorite learning aids, too. The Disney Learning Phonics set has recognizable pictures which kids can use to remember letters and sounds as they begin reading.
PlayMonster believes that while it’s always fun, playtime can be serious, too. This brightly colored set has tiles to match onto the mats to learn initial sounds and blends. The Lauri Educational phonics kit has everything in one convenient storage box to introduce beginning reading skills, then repeat to reinforce.
At what age should one start journaling? The Determination Journal is recommended for kids ages three to six to start. This journal encourages youngsters to trace and draw shapes and letters. Everything is included to help a youngster build confidence, and experience emotional growth while developing fine motor and language skills.
Learning a second language is easier for kids than for adults, so it stands to reason that American Sign Language would be easy for them, too. This cool book and poster set teaches one hundred basic ASL signs in useful categories, such as animals and colors. What a great skill to develop.
Not all toys for 5 year olds are educational. This magnetic set teaches sight words and punctuation, so you and your early reader can use them to build sentences. Take those sentences and create paragraphs, then stories. Next thing you know, you have a confident reader and a competent writer blossoming by your side.
Flashcards are great for teaching and reinforcing letters, words, musical notes — so why not the signs one uses in American Sign Language? Teach at Daycare offers this detailed laminated set of flashcards that have a drawing of a sign and the word it represents. Children learn to sign and read simultaneously.
What a clever idea! Listen to the Listening Lotto CD and place tokens on cards for words that match the pictures. It’s like bingo, except photos of objects around the house are covered instead of numbers. It’s a crazy (but fun) way to develop listening skills. Fun for the whole family.
LeapFrog jumps ahead again with the Scribble and Write interactive tablet for youngsters. With a special stylus, they will learn proper pencil position as they trace and learn numerals and letters, including uppercase and lowercase letters. The tablet also gives feedback on correct printing strokes in order as well as simple phonics.
Sixty puzzle pieces are featured in the Star Right self-correcting spelling puzzle set. Twenty colorful pictures represent the three-letter words that can be formed, and each word has only one correct combination. It helps kids develop fine motor skills as they work with letter recognition and beginning spelling.
Lauri pocket chart cards from PlayMonster are fun for learning sight words. This set does even more with color coding to identify parts of speech, such as nouns, prepositions, and verbs. Children can combine the cards to make sentences. How creative can they get? With 118 double-sided cards, the possibilities are astronomical.
How many toys for 5 year olds are bilingual? There are a few, but this one goes a step further — lovely artwork is depicted on each of twenty-six cards with the name printed in English and in Spanish! It combines sight words with learning a second language all on one convenient, portable ring.
Learning to read involves more than letter recognition and sight words, kids also need to learn grammar. It seems like a lot to take in all at once. The Key Education Sentence Building set has interlocking color-coded cards featuring words or pictures and punctuation marks designed to develop skills with fun games.
Mr. Pencil’s Scribble and Write from LeapFrog encourages youngsters to draw freehand, or trace numerals and letters with instant feedback, which helps them repeat the shapes correctly and develop muscle memory. Once they get them right, a tap on the screen triggers fun animations, so learning to spell is even more fun.
Learning to read is as easy as A-B-C, and Link4Fun agrees. Printed cards featuring captioned pictures of food make Bingo fun. Preschoolers and up can play, learning sight words and developing listening skills. There’s also a free caller’s app which can step up your game in six different languages.
PlayMonster has a solution for a display to better utilize flashcards for fun word recognition and sentence building. A 28” x 28” hanging mat with six clear horizontal pockets makes it easy to display multiple word cards, and easy for kids to locate and arrange them in properly formatted sentences.
This deluxe set features common nouns in nine basic categories on 350 beautiful high-resolution photo cards designed for advanced language learning. These cards are perfect for vocabulary building with any preschooler, and are ideal for helping people with different cognitive abilities, or to teach English as a second language.
English is a tough language with complex grammar rules. It’s always a boon to find toys for 5 year olds that can help them master the composition skills appropriate for their age. Silly Sentences is a cool puzzle game that lets them link pictures and words to see whose sentence is most absurd.
Write on, wipe off, repeat. The key is repetition. As they say, practice makes perfect, and that goes for learning to print letters to make words. This clever set features specially lined pages to help little hands master uppercase and lowercase characters. Then wipe off and try again. It’s fun and eco-friendly.
The Learning Journey features picture cards with words printed on the back for fun flashcard activity. But wait, there’s more. There are also cards with multiple photos for matching bingo excitement. That’s not all, folks! Playing improves language skills, boosts reading sight words, and encourages social interaction by learning to follow rules.
Who would’ve thought you’d find toys for 5 year olds that teach four-letter words? And three-letter words, too! The Learning Journey Match it! spelling game has twenty fun self-correcting puzzles with cute graphics and printed letters to match up and form words. Boosts reading skills, employs fine motor skills, and keeps kids on task.
Normally, we disapprove of our children writing on their picture books. The Wipe Clean Letters board book actually comes with a special marker and encourages kids to practice writing letters and other activities to help with character and word recognition as they begin reading. Then wipe clean, and start all over again.
The Lakeshore Draw and Write Journal is ideal for kids who are just starting to write. They can draw, color, and script their memorable activities, or express their emotions in a just-right book with primary lined pages and space to draw or paste in pictures or other mementos.
Some toys are so cool kids don’t realize they’re learning. The Junior Learning Sentence is just such a toy. Photos with captions are attached to the board via spiral rings. Your child flips the cards in each of four positions to create new, and sometimes funny, sentences while learning parts of speech.
Mary Poppins had it right; make it a game and then it’s not a chore – it’s just fun. Feed The Dog is a DIY printable to teach Fry’s First 100 words. Kids read each word, then “feed” the adorable pup. Challenge them to print or spell aloud to boost their skill set.
Using large interconnecting blocks, print words on “bases” and letters on single blocks to match up to make words. Then grab a DIY printable to record all the words your little learner builds. So many skills come into play with this fun idea, like word recognition, spelling, and printing.
Sight Word Soup is a great DIY for parents to reinforce beginning reading skills without resorting to yet another set of flash cards. Make it a game for two and kids also learn to take turns. Simple words offer lots of opportunities to learn reading, spelling, and how to compose sentences.