Our Top Picks
Best Robot: Click N' Play Remote Control Robot at Amazon
“A robot that can sing, dance, walk and shoots foam discs”
Best for Exploring: Kids Binoculars at Amazon
“They’re equipped with high-resolution, 8x lenses for sharp views from afar.”
Best Educational: IQ Challenge Set at Amazon
“This set of educational toys will give kids the challenge they crave.”
Best Pretend: Indoor and Outdoor Car Playhouse at Amazon
“Use it for imaginative play or hide-and-seek.”
Best for Builders: LEGO Juniors Shark Attack Building Kit at Amazon
“This set is for lovers of the movie Ninjango.”
Best for Music Lovers: Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone at Amazon
“There are no wires or cords like most karaoke machines.”
Best Game: Pie Face Cannon at Amazon
“The newest addition to the Pie Face craze is Pie Face Cannon.”
Best Interactive: furReal Munchin’ Rex at Amazon
“He'll have over 35 responses to whatever your child presents him with.”
Best Active: Little Tikes Trampoline at Walmart
"Burn off that endless energy with a mini trampoline."
01 of 09
Best Robot: Click N' Play Remote Control Robot
Your little guy will love controlling his own robot that can sing, dance, walk and shoots foam discs all at the control of a remote. When you turn him on he responds "Greetings Master I await your command!", which will give your little man a thrill.
He can set up a little obstacle course and watch the robot maneuver around it as he shoots off the flying discs that will wow the whole family. Six double A batteries are needed to operate and are not included so be sure to have some on hand when he opens this gift.
Read more reviews of the best robot toys available to purchase online.
02 of 09
Best for Exploring: Kids Binoculars
These binoculars are for the birds, birdwatching that is. They’re made just for kids, but they have many of the features and functions of adult versions. Made of rubber and aluminum, they’re durable and shock-proof in case of accidental drops, but they’re also equipped with high-resolution, 8x magnification lenses for crisp, sharp views from afar.
He’s likely to use them for so much more than birdwatching too. From sports events to camping, hunting and more, they’re a great tool for getting a better look at what the world has to offer. The set comes with a wrist strap and cleaning cloth as well as an operations manual. It makes a great gift to spark a love of nature and exploration of the great outdoors from a young age. Why not add a bird watching book for kids for a complete gift.
03 of 09
Best Educational: IQ Challenge Set by GamieUSA
For budding brainiacs this set of educational toys will give them the challenge they crave. There are seven toys in all, including an IQ puzzle ball, four different plastic puzzle balls, a metal puzzle and a wooden cube puzzle. They’re all designed to get kids to problem solve through reasoning and develop mental stamina as they try, try and try again until they solve them all.
An instruction guide is sent to parents via email, so that they can help if children get stuck along the way (phew!). As a special incentive, if they solve two puzzles in a row, parents can email before and after shots to the manufacturer for a special prize.
Check out our guide to the best educational toy gifts you can buy today.
04 of 09
Best Pretend: Indoor and Outdoor Car Playhouse
If you can’t find him, chances are he’ll be in this cool car playhouse. There are so many ways to use it, so it’s sure to become a favorite. He can use it as a fort to hide out with some of his favorite things—or a few of his friends. If he likes to play outside, you can bring it outdoors for a game of make-believe or hide-and-seek. Add some plastic balls (not included), and it becomes a mini ball pit.
This playhouse can be set up in seconds, and when he's done using it just fold it down and stash it in the carrying case. The only problem with it will be getting him to come out for dinner!Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
Best for Builders: LEGO Juniors Shark Attack 10739 Building Kit
If you haven't introduced him to the world of LEGOs now is as good of a time as any. This set is for lovers of the movie Ninjango and lets tiny hands create a training area with weapon stand, breakable blocks, spinning training dummy, motorbike with detachable flame and flag and a shark car with movable fins and dual flick missiles.
This set is age appropriate for four to seven-year-olds so they will enjoy this for a few years and can use pieces on old or new sets to come.
Check out our other reviews of the best LEGO sets available on the market today.
06 of 09
Best for Music Lovers: Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone
Little crooners can belt out tunes all day and night with this great Bluetooth karaoke microphone. There are no wires or cords like most karaoke machines, rather this one gives him free reign to sing, dance and get down, however the music moves him.
Sleek and lightweight, it can be used indoors or out. You simply charge it up, and you’re ready to go. It comes with a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery, and one two-hour charge provides about six hours of musical fun. Built-in Bluetooth means it can pair to any device so he can sing along to all of his favorite songs. Controls on the microphone make it easy for him to change and pause songs and adjust the volume.
It’s great for play dates, parties or just a rainy afternoon when he wants to sing the blues. He can even record himself and save his performances to the device that’s paired to the microphone.
07 of 09
Best Game: Pie Face Cannon
The newest addition to the Pie Face craze is Pie Face Cannon. What is great about these games is it gets your kid away from the screen and into family fun. With this version, you will have to try and aim the cannon at the person's face so this might get even messier, but adds a level of challenge for children (and adults!).
This game is rated for children ages 5 and up, and those closer to 5 might need a little help with it. The game comes with everything you need, just not the whipped cream, so be sure to purchase some before you give the gift.
08 of 09
Best Interactive: furReal Munchin’ Rex
While your kid will think this is a toy—you'll actually be teaching them a valuable lesson on how to care for things. This little dinosaur eats treats like broccoli (yes even dinosaurs like their broccoli!), drinks from a bottle, and even munches on cookies. He'll have over 35 responses to whatever your child presents him with.
A great gift for the dinosaur loving kid or anyone who is fans of the furReal collection of toys, this toy is great because it moves around but it is also cuddly and soft.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
Best Active: Little Tikes 3' Trampoline
Help them burn off that endless energy with a mini trampoline that will have them bouncing away till bedtime. Suitable for children ages 3 to 6 this trampoline has a max weight of 55 pounds (sorry Dad) and has a handlebar so they can hold on for added safety. Besides being fun, your kid will get some exercise working those legs and getting away from the television.
Parents love that their kids can stay active even indoors on a rainy day. Some assembly is required.
Products Tested by The Spruce
How We Tested
We bought three of our readers’ favorite toys for 5-year-old boys and our reviewers tested them for 15 hours. We asked our testers to consider the most important features when using these toys, from their age appropriateness to their educational value. We’ve outlined the key takeaways here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.
What to Look for in Toys for 5-Year-Old Boys
Age appropriateness Even though they may think they’re big kids, 5-year-old boys are still pretty young and might not be ready for certain toys. Games with mature themes and overly complex products aren’t a good idea for this age group, so make sure you check the age rating on the toy you’re considering to make sure it’s an appropriate fit.
Educational value As 5-year-old boys advance to kindergarten, they’ll be learning to read, write, tell time, and count. A toy that helps advance any of these skills in a fun, interactive way will definitely be appreciated not only by the young boy in your life, but by his parents, too.
Activeness It often seems as though 5-year-olds are balls of energy, so a toy that helps to get them up and moving is always a good thing. Consider products that will encourage young boys to play outside, run around, and otherwise expend energy as they explore and create.
Test Results: Click N' Play Remote Control Disc Firing Toy Robot (Best Robot)
What We Like
Realistic movements and noise
What We Don't Like
No volume control
Foam discs can get stuck
This robot was a huge hit for our testers, with one of our reviewers noting that her nephew declared it “pretty awesome.” Our testers said their kids found the shooting discs to be particularly entertaining and mentioned that the discs “are super soft,” so they're safe. However, one of our testers warned, “The fact that the robot talks and makes other noises is cool for the kids, but it can be pretty loud for the adults.” While one of our reviewers said there was some difficulty with the foam discs getting stuck over time, she found that, overall, “the kids were impressed by it.”
Test Results: Kids Binoculars (Best for Exploring)
What We Like
What We Don't Like
Only a few color options
“After using these on some backyard exploring, a few neighborhood scavenger hunts, and at Disney on Ice, we give them two thumbs up,” one of our testers gushed about the binoculars. In addition to the fact that they functioned as real binoculars, our reviewers liked that they were “super easy for a child to hold and use” and have a rubber exterior that “helps protect them if dropped or banged around.” One of our testers wished the binoculars came with “a sturdier case” for storage purposes and more color options.
Test Results: IQ Challenge Set by GamieUSA (Best Educational)
What We Like
Great for kids who enjoy challenge
Many people can play at the same time
Sturdy box to store the toys
What We Don't Like
Some puzzles made with cheap-looking material
Too difficult at times
“I think this product is worth buying,” declared one of our testers, “especially for those kids — and adults! — who enjoy a challenge. It really makes you think.” Our reviewers also liked that it came with a sturdy storage box included, and one tester pointed out because it comes with seven puzzles, many people can play at once. On the other hand, according to one of our reviewers, “the materials for a few of the puzzles looked a bit cheap.” Also, one tester thought they might not be age-appropriate: “The puzzles are actually tough to complete,” she said, “and it can become frustrating for kids and adults alike.”