The 9 Best Gifts to Buy for 5-Year-Olds in 2018

The perfect presents for kindergarten graduation, birthdays and more

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Kids go through fads and trends so quickly it can be difficult to know what they are interested in at all. But 5-year-olds, in particular, can be especially tricky. As they start school and develop from a toddler to a big kid they will put away many of their old favorite toys and deem them ‘babyish’ as they now explore their new independence at Kindergarten. You can help them to develop a range of new skills from language expansion, artistic ability, spatial awareness and imagination with the...MORE following top picks for the best gifts for 5-year-olds.


  • Personalized Trendsetter Backpack

    Graduating (or starting) Kindergarten is your child's first step towards academic success, this represents an exciting time as they prepare for grade school. You can help to ease any anxiety and help your 5-year-old to be excited for this new chapter by sending them back to school with all the resources and supplies they’ll need in a cute personalized backpack.

    This Trendsetter bag from Dibsies comes in eight designs and features an inside pocket for all those letters home and important...MORE forms. It also has mesh pockets on both sides for water bottles or toys and cushioned adjustable straps for total comfort. Your child’s name will be embroidered on the front of the bag at no extra cost and there are also additional matching items such as water bottles available for purchase.

  • Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet, 7" Display, 16 GB

    Tablets can be educational and teach children a range of school-ready skills like letter and number recognition, they 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,...MORE 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.

    The battery lasts up to 8 hours so movies won't need to be interrupted for recharging. Parents can add additional content from YouTube and Netflix and the schoolyard favorite Minecraft. The kid-safe browser offers peace of mind to know that inappropriate content will be kept out of reach. Then when playtime is over parents can use the dashboard to see exactly what their children have been viewing and learning about while using the tablet. This sturdy and reliable tablet comes with a kid-proof case in fun, bright colors of blue, pink and yellow.

  • Little Tikes 2-in-1 Food Truck

    Pretend play sparks creativity and allows children to relate to their peers developing tactics of negotiation and compromise whilst practicing their verbal skills. This 2-in-1 food truck, serving either hot dogs or ice creams, takes the cool trend of mobile restaurants and allows kids to make believe they have their very own trendy food truck. The ‘order up’ bell and cash register lend a feeling of authenticity plus 40 pieces of food and utensil accessories ensure they are ready for any customer...MORE request. At just 10 pounds this multi-functional toy can be picked up and moved to different areas of the house with ease.

  • Hatchimals Glittering Garden Hatching Egg by Spin Master

    Hatchimals Glittering Garden Hatching Egg by Spin Master

    Hatchimals arrive as an egg which holds a secret, a little creature that your child won't meet until the egg cracks open and the baby animal hatches.

    Before that happens though, kids can hear a heartbeat from outside, if they tap on the shell the creature inside will tap back in reply and will only hatch if their “owner” helps them with tactile care making this a truly interactive experience. The fun doesn't stop once life outside the egg begins as the baby chick will need the care to...MORE grow in three distinct stages marked by birthday songs and the acquisition of new skills. Kids will help their pet to walk, talk and even dance! Hatchimals are 10" tall and come ready to play with the three LR44 included batteries.

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  • Lego Classic

    You just can't beat Lego, invented back in 1932 it has delighted children for generations and helped them to use their imagination to create whole new worlds. You can now get Lego kits inspired and licensed by major movie franchises, superhero characters and more but the classic bricks will always be appreciated by the Kindergarten crowd. 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...MORE 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.

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

    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.

    Kids will develop planning and sequencing skills as they plot out the code-a-pillars movements and try to get it to reach prearranged targets. The motorized head makes cute sounds as kids problem solve to get their new pet to travel in a variety of ways. It’s suitable for children ages three to eight but...MORE is a big hit with Kindergarteners looking to take charge and call the shots.

  • Crayola Silly Scents Marker Maker, Scented Markers

    It’s no secret that kids love to draw and color but this kit allows them to actually make their own markers in a unique customised way and with a scratch and sniff feature they even smell great! Your five-year-old can either follow the enclosed guide with the bottles of blue, red, and yellow fruit-scented ink, which tells them exactly how to make some of the most popular colors or they can go off script and design their own mixes.

    The set, which allows them to make 16 pens, comes with a sticker...MORE kit to name and label the markers and coloring pages to try them out. Kids will probably need a little adult help to make sure they don't get too messy when making the markers but once they are assembled they can create their beautiful artwork totally solo, giving parents some rare quiet time.

  • VTech Kidizoom Action Cam

    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' underwater. The 1.4-inch color screen can capture video and still pictures including the ability to take stop-motion videos and time-lapse photos to keep your little...MORE future filmmaker busy for hours. It comes with an included micro USB cable so that they can upload their movies as soon as they get home. 

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  • Lammily Doll

    Children love playing with dolls but some of the traditional branded dolls have been accused of promoting unhealthy and unrealistic standards of beauty. The Lammily doll, however, is the first fashion doll designed with real people's body dimensions in mind. Kids can choose between a male or two female dolls, each coming complete with their own backstory of an animal rescuer, traveler or photographer.

    Kindergartners can use their imagination to act out role-play scenarios with characters that...MORE may actually look like real people they know. Each doll stands 11" tall and has articulated elbows, hands, knees and feet for a full range of movement.

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