The 20 Best Gifts for 5-Year-Olds' Development

Our top picks from Rollplay, Green Toys, Educational Insights, and more

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Five-year-olds are on the cusp of some very exciting milestones, like going to kindergarten, learning to read and write, and taking more ownership over their daily routines.

We researched the best gift options for this age group, keeping in mind the recommended age, educational value, and longevity of each. Our list features themed toys from Disney, STEM kits from Fisher-Price, and interactive card games from Skillmatics.

Here, the best gifts for 5-year-olds.

Our Top Picks

Disney Princess Disney's Raya and The Last Dragon Color Splash

Disney Princess Disney's Raya and The Last Dragon Color Splash

Amazon

Raya and dragon Sisu are included in this set, and both change colors when immersed in water. Better yet, kids can watch Sisu's dragon tail swish and sway through water—just like in the movie.

The best part about this set is that both dolls can be played during bath and pool time, plus during regular playtime for hours of entertainment and imaginative play. Users note that Sisu is even bigger than pictured, and both figures appear to be high-quality and long-lasting. You can even request stress-free packaging from Amazon so that kids can start playing right out of the box.

HOMER Explore Kits

HOMER Explore Kits

HOMER

For an interactive gift that combines hours of play with important lessons, look to HOMER's Explore Kits. HOMER offers engaging virtual learning personalized for your child's needs and age. These kits offer additional hands-on learning that goes beyond the screen to learn letters, numbers, and feelings designed for ages 3 to 6. Your 5-year-old will be having so much fun, they won't even realize they are learning.

Razor A Kick Scooter

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Razor A Kick Scooter

 Courtesy of Amazon

If your 5-year-old is eager to zip up and down the sidewalk, a razor scooter can be a fun way to let them explore. Not only will boys and girls love this toy, but parents will also enjoy that it gets their kids outside and active. With safety always the top priority, you might want to add a helmet and perhaps some knee pads with this gift to keep them safe while they're cruising along the neighborhood.

Skillmatics Found It!

Skillmatics Found It!

Skillmatics

Similar to I-Spy, Found It! challenges players ages 4 and up to find something fitting the prompts within the pictures on each card. Whoever find a pattern, something green, or something that smells good first wins that round and the game continues. Your 5-year-old could also play solo, completing the tasks on each card, boosting their logical reasoning skills as they go. This is a great portable game for car rides or a perfect indoor activity for the whole family on rainy days.

Kiddey Princess Castle Play Tent

Kiddey Princess Castle Play Tent

Courtesy of Amazon

Every kid wants their own tent that they can escape and play pretend in. This fairy princess tent will let them play indoors and out with its easy set-up that makes a great gift for families that travel a lot. All you do is open the case and pop open the tent and it's ready to play in.

Just Play Disney Doorables Multi Peek Series 7

Just Play Disney Doorables Multi Peek Series 7

Just Play

Surprise toys are always an awesome gift because you never know what you're going to get and they often start impressive collections. With Just Play's Disney Doorables, your 5-year-old can collect five, six, or seven Disney figures from the house-shaped box. These tiny figures are great for imaginative play, collecting, or trading with friends. Some even change colors when dipped in water.

LEGO Classic

LEGO Classic Medium Creative Brick Box

Courtesy of Amazon

This kit comes with a range of bricks in 35 different colors and includes window pieces, and 18 tires and wheel rims to create a range of vehicles. The storage bin has a retro vibe and helps to keep all the tiny pieces organized and easy to tote to Grandma's house or to a friend’s place for a playdate.

Native Shoes unisex-child Jefferson Junior

Native Shoes Jefferson Water Friendly Slip-On

Courtesy of Native Shoes

Spoil your 5-year-old with an adorable pair of shoes they can wear everyday. Native Shoes is dedicating to making eco-friendly lightweight shoes that prioritize comfort and breathability. The unisex Jefferson style is shock-absorbent, odor-resistant, hand-washable, and super cute. They come in kid and adult sizes and dozens of styles and colors so they whole family can match.

Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet

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All-New Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet

Amazon

Tablets can be educational and can also be a lifesaver on long trips or when frazzled parents need to keep the little ones busy for a moment. Kids can be hard on tech though, which is why the worry-free, no questions asked, replacement policy on this Fire kids tablet is so hard to beat. If it’s broken for any reason they will replace it with a new one! With a 7" IPS display and 16GB of internal storage, you’ll have plenty of space for the included 1 year of FreeTime Unlimited which ensures you will have all the apps, games and videos to keep kids entertained, including educational content from PBS Kids, Nickelodeon, and Disney.

Rollplay Mini Cooper S 6-Volt Battery Ride-On Vehicle

Rollplay Mini Cooper S 6-Volt Battery Ride-On Vehicle

Rollplay

Your 5-year-old can ride in style with this adorable Mini Cooper ride-on toy from Rollplay. Working LED headlights, button-activated horn and engine noises, plus tires with rubber traction strips, make for hours of fun outdoors. Kids can travel up to 2.5 miles per hours either forwards and backwards and the car accommodates kids ages 3 and up, weighing up to 77 pounds.

Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar Toy

Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar Toy

Amazon

This caterpillar can be assembled in a range of different ways with each of its eight segments lighting up and being programmable to travel left, right or forward, creating countless variations. It aims to help develop planning and sequencing skills as kids plot out the code-a-pillar's movements and try to get it to reach prearranged targets.

Last Stop on Market Street

Matt De La Pena Last Stop on Market Street

Matt De La Pena

Travel through a bustling city with CJ and his grandmother as they take the bus and sightsee different people, places, and scenes. As they travel, CJ speaks to his nana, sparking important conversations and learning important lessons along the way. Perfect for preschoolers to grade school children, Last Stop on Market Street is highly decorated for its stunning story and beautiful illustrations by Christian Robinson.

Madame Alexander 12" Peekaboos UniCat

Madame Alexander 12" Peekaboos UniCat

Courtesy of Amazon

Dolls, like the Madame Alexander Peekaboos Unicat, are a great way to promote creativity and encourage your little one to use her imagination. This one is offered in three different skin tones, has a soft vinyl head and fabric body, so young children can hold the doll and play with it comfortably. It features a pink unicorn onesie with a hood that lifts up and down, making it easy to play a few rounds of peek-a-boo as well.

VTech Kidizoom Action Cam

VTech Kidizoom Action Cam

Courtesy of Amazon

The VTech Kidizoom Action Cam is like a kid-sized GoPro that can be attached to the child's helmet, bike or skateboard. It’s sturdy and can handle all the inevitable bumps and knocks your little adventurer can dole out as they cycle, skate or even swim. With the included waterproof case it can be taken down to a depth of 6 feet underwater.

Green Toys Doctor Kit

Green Toys Doctor Kit

Courtesy of Amazon

Gift inspiring medical professions their very own doctor kit, perfect for 5-year-olds. This kit from Green Toys includes everything they need for healing, including an ambulance with flip-up handle, stethoscope, reflex hammer, syringe, Tweezers, thermometer, ear scope, notepad, two sticker sheets. The best part is that everything is dishwasher-safe for easy cleanup. As they engage in imaginative play, 5-year-olds foster their social and fine motor skills.

Insect Lore Butterfly Garden With Live Cup Of Caterpillars

Insect Lore Butterfly Garden With Live Cup Of Caterpillars

Courtesy of Amazon

In this engaging science kit, kids can watch their very own caterpillars blossom into beautiful butterflies. The kit includes five baby caterpillars and all the food they need to survive before metamorphosis. It also includes a pop-up habitat with a clear panel ideal for viewing. With the included butterfly observation article, 5-year-olds can document their findings as they learn more about biology and life cycles.

Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. Talking Telescope Toy

Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. Talking Telescope Toy

Educational Insights

While your 5-year-old may not be ready to explore space, they can definitely learn more about the universe with their own starting telescope made for kids. The talking telescope teaches kids about outer space with 24 beautiful images from NASA already built in. There are four different languages to choose from so kids can test out their language skills and more 5-year-olds can get in on the fun.

KiwiCo Paper Dolls Kit

KiwiCo Paper Dolls

KiwiCo

Inspire your 5-year-old's creativity with an age-appropriate craft kit like this one from KiwiCo. Kids can create six paper dolls then create a closet full of clothes with the included paper, scissors, and markers. Mix and match your doll's outfits then put on a show in front of seasonal scenes for hours of creative and imaginative play that conveniently wraps up in a travel case for bringing on-the-go.

Dan&Darci Paint and Plant Flower Growing Kit

Dan&Darci Paint and Plant Flower Growing Kit

Amazon

Foster your child's green thumb with this flower growing kit. This kit includes everything they need to build their own small garden indoors or outdoors, with a tin planter, plastic liner, soil, and three seed packets for Marigold, Cosmos, and Zinnia flowers. Before planting, decorate your planter and markers with the included paint and brushes. Then, get to work sowing your seeds with the shovel, watering can, and instructional booklet before watching your flowers bloom.

Globe Electric Multicolor Silicone Night Light Lamp

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Tommy Dinosaur Multicolor LED Night Light
Courtesy of Amazon.

Add a bit of prehistoric fun to your 5-year-old's bedroom with this dinosaur night light. Whether they are afraid of the dark or not, they will love having this adorable friend on their dresser or nightstand to hang out with through the night. Simply press the dino's head to switch between four colors and simply recharge with a USB when needed.

What to Look For in Gifts For 5-Year-Olds

Recommended Age

When shopping for a 5-year-old, be sure to glance at the toy’s age rating, says Kristin Morency Goldman, senior advisor of strategic communications for The Toy Association. This marker is there to help guide you towards the right products—for both safety reasons and engagement.

Educational Value

Look for toys that help advance the skills your 5-year-old is honing in a fun and interactive way that feels more like play than overt learning. Even traditional toys—like a pretend cash register, for example—can teach real skills like counting, math, and even social interaction.

Though your choices are nearly endless, keep an eye out for toys that allow real-world play, says Dr. Natasha Burgert, a pediatrician in South Overland Park, Kansas. These toys are crucial for social and emotional growth, plus they allow for hours of open-ended play. Look for things like building blocks, dolls and stuffed animals, pretend play sets, and arts and crafts in particular, she explains. 

Longevity

Five-year-olds may begin to evolve both physically and emotionally, so look for toys that will grow with your child in both respects. Toys suited for open-ended play, like dolls, and toys with adjustable sizes, like scooters and bikes, are great.

FAQ
  • How many Christmas gifts should you give a 5-year-old?

    Set reasonable expectations for a 5-year-old by not overloading them with gifts. Teach your 5-year-old the value of quality over quantity and the planet-saving virtues of limiting consumption with one well-chosen gift, or up to three small gifts if you prefer. More than that and you risk overwhelming the child and making each gift less special and enjoyable.

  • What do you gift a 5-year-old boy?

    Five-year-old boys are full of energy and eager to explore the world. They may already have clearly defined interests in science or star-gazing, animals or sports. There are endless gift possibilities for a 5-year-old boy, from games, puzzles, books, clothes, ride-on toys, building sets, modeling clay, or framed artwork, a colorful new set of sheets, or other decor and accessories for their rooms. 

  • What kinds of gifts are popular for 5-year-olds?

    Five-year-olds are at a stage of development where they will benefit from gifts that are tailored to their budding interests, allow them to use their increasing motor skills, or to encourage them to socialize with others. Depending on the personality and preferences of the child, a popular gift might include a set of Legos, a kiddie microscope that allows them to examine every dead bug in the yard, a board game or sports equipment they can use to play with friends. 

Why Trust the Spruce?

This article was written by Julia Fields a lifestyle writer for The Spruce covering all things surrounding toys, gifts, and the holidays since October 2021. Before that, she covered similar topics including toy reviews, product round-ups, expert-focused articles, and more.

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