The 50 Best Toys for 5-Year-Old Boys of 2023

Our top pick is the Harry Potter Amazon Exclusive Deluxe Hogwarts Castle

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Best Toys for 5-Year-Old Boys

The Spruce / Zackary Angeline

With such dynamic personalities, here's betting that the 5-year-old boy in your life has a ton of ever-changing interests, from early science concepts and cooking, to music and art, which can make it difficult to find the perfect toy.

Luckily, we researched the best toys on the market, considering the recommended age, educational value, and activity level of each. Our top toy pick for 5-year-old boys is the Wizarding World Harry Potter, Magical Minis Amazon Exclusive Deluxe Hogwarts Castle. From an iconic brand, the set is easy to store and assemble and fosters hours of building and racing fun.

Here, are the best toys for 5-year-old boys.

Wizarding World Harry Potter, Magical Minis Amazon Exclusive Deluxe Hogwarts Castle

Hogwarts Castle Toy

Amazon

What We Like
  • Familiar characters

  • Hours of play

What We Don't Like
  • Parts that are easy to lose

Introduce your little one to the magical Wizarding World of Harry Potter. This Amazon-exclusive playset features an almost 2-foot-tall Hogwarts Castle Playset with Moaning Myrtle’s Bathroom, enchanting lights, and sounds; 22 accessories, and three Classroom Playsets. Children Hogwarts Castle with 3 3-inch collectible dolls of the golden trio.

Price at time of publish: $120

Dimensions: 24 x 7 x 15 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 5 Years and Up

MITCIEN Kids Play Tent with Campfire

Kids campset

Amazon

What We Like
  • Great for Playing Together

  • Suitable for various ages

  • Hours of play

What We Don't Like
  • Many Pieces

  • Batteries not included

Welcome the great outdoors inside with this toy that allows kids to use their imagination and learn about the wonders of camping. This pretend play camping set contains just about everything you need for a kid to kick-start imaginative play. This camping set allows children to practice the outdoors in an indoor setting and develop survival skills and have their own little outside world inside their homes.

Price at time of publish: $40

Dimensions: 14.06 x 12.99 x 5.2 inches | Material: Wood, Plastic | Recommended Age: 3 years and up

PJ Masks Transforming 2-in-1 Mobile HQ

PJ-Masks-Transforming

Courtesy of Kohls

What We Like
  • Suitable for various ages

  • Recognizable Characters

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

Fans of the PJ Masks superheroes will love the five levels of play this single toy has to offer. It stands three feet tall, can fit up to three cars (though only one is included in this set), and there's even a working elevator.

Price at time of publish: $90

Dimensions: 33 x 8.25 x 12.5 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 3 to 8 Years

Hasbro Gaming Monopoly Junior: Super Mario Edition

Monopoly Junior Mario Edition

Amazon

What We Like
  • Engaging

  • Great Bonding Activity

  • Recognizable Character

What We Don't Like
  • May be hard for kids to focus on

Adult fans of Monopoly can introduce their little ones to the beloved family board game with Monopoly Junior. Monopoly Junior is designed with children in mind and is meant to be a faster more exciting version of the game. Featuring popular characters from the Super Mario franchise, this version of Monopoly Junior has properties on the gameboard that will be familiar to young Mario fans.

Price at time of publish: $21

Dimensions: 1.61 x 13.11 x 10.51 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 5 Years and Up

Elmer's Celebration Slime Kit

Elmer’s Celebration Slime Kit

Amazon

What We Like
  • Great bonding activity

  • Hours of play

What We Don't Like
  • Can be messy

  • Requires parental supervision

Who doesn't love slime? The possibilities are endless with this slime creation kit. This kit includes five bottles of Elmer's slime activator and five bottles of Elmer's glue for mix-and-match fun. Create glow-in-the-dark slime, confetti slime, and more with this timeless gift.

Price at time of publish: $55

Dimensions: ‎3.06 x 11.25 x 7.19 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: Not Listed

Hauck Batmobile Pedal Go Kart, Superhero Ride-On Batman Vehicle

Batmobile Pedal Go Kart

Hauck

What We Like
  • Easy to assemble

  • Suitable for indoor or outdoor use

  • Cool and recognizable design

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

  • Difficult to maneuver on uneven ground

Superhero-obsessed 5-year-olds will love this mini batmobile perfect for riding the streets of Gotham City (aka their own front yard). This sleek ride-on toy has a sporty three-point steering for speedy and responsive turns as well as an adjustable seat to suit variously sized kids or grow with them as they get bigger. Kids can ride in style indoors or outdoors as they fight crime and defeat bad guys.

Price at time of publish: $200

Dimensions: 44 x 21 x 22 inches | Material: Plastic, Rubber | Recommended Age: 4 years and up

Treasure X Monster Gold

Treasure X Monster Gold- Monster Coffin

Amazon

What We Like
  • Multiple ways to play

  • Includes slime element

  • Collectible figures inside

What We Don't Like
  • Instructions can be difficult to follow

Dive into the unknown with this Monster Gold Coffin that has treasures buried within it. Search through spiderweb slime and multiple compartments of the coffin to find collectible figures to display, trade, and collect. The only downside of this toy is you may need to buy more and more to satisfy your now treasure-hunter child as they race to collect all of the monsters.

Price at time of publish: $16

Dimensions: 3.78 x 3.78 x 8.27 inches | Material: Not Listed | Recommended Age: 5 years and up

HEXBUG JUNKBOTS Dumpster Kit

JUNKBOTS Dumpster Kit

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • STEM-based

  • Great bonding activity

What We Don't Like
  • Can be difficult for young kids to assemble on their own

This is a toy that truly lets kids use their imagination and building skills. Each Junkbots dumpster includes more than 50 pieces which kids can use to construct a robot or figure. There are enough pieces to make at least four bots, which can be animated using energy and motion modules, as well as a light up core.

Price at time of publish: $14

Dimensions: 3.15 x 1.18 x 1.18 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 3 years and up

Gamewright Outfoxed! Game

Gameright Outfoxed!

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Fosters collaboration

  • Tests kids' logic and memory skills

  • Suitable for various ages

What We Don't Like
  • Some reviewers reported receiving a defective version of the game

This is the perfect collaborative board game for kids five and up. Two to four players have to work together to find Mrs. Plumpert's pot pie before they get outfoxed by the sly thief. The game includes an evidence scanner and dozens of clue cards. A single round lasts 20 to 30 minutes.

Price at time of publish: $24

Dimensions: 9.5 x 9.5 x 2.25 inches | Material: Not Listed | Recommended Age: 5 years and up

Osmo Pizza Co.

Osmo Pizza Co.

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Fun way to learn math concepts

  • Connects to a tablet game for multiple play options

  • Collaborative activity

What We Don't Like
  • Can be difficult for young kids to understand

If you've been searching for an interactive game that connects to your tablet, here you go. The Osmo base (sold separately) attaches to a tablet and kids take pizza orders and give change to their virtual customers. The set includes a pizza board, more than 40 toppings, and money tiles. This is a great way to learn about adding, subtracting, and communication.

Price at time of publish: $50

Dimensions: 5.55 x 2.2 x 9.15 inches | Material: Not Listed | Recommended Age: 5 years and up

VTech KidiZoom Camera Pix

VTech KidiZoom Camera Pix

Amazon

What We Like
  • Great starter camera

  • Camera makes shutter sound and includes filter options

  • Durable rubber exterior

What We Don't Like
  • Low image quality

Instead of handing over your phone or an expensive DSLR to your child, this VTech camera is perfect for them. It's durable, so no need to worry about breaking the device after a few drops, and snaps 2MP digital photos. It has more than 30 photo effects, games, and even a video mode.

Price at time of publish: $45

Dimensions: 1.97 x 5.97 x 3.36 inches | Material: Not Listed | Recommended Age: 3 years and up


Educational Insights Design & Drill Space Circuits

Educational Insights Design & Drill Space Circuits

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Educational

  • Suitable for various ages

  • STEM-based

What We Don't Like
  • Might be difficult for younger kids to use

Needless to say, your 5-year-old won't be operating an actual drill, but this STEM-based set from Educational Insights is the next best thing. It includes a kid-friendly drill that can be used to complete space-themed missions and repair circuits. Kids will love watching the bolts and connectors light up as they complete the 10 challenge cards.

Price at time of publish: $55

Dimensions: 11.6 x 12.2 x 3.3 inches | Material: Not Listed | Recommended Age: 5 years and up

Treasure X Sunken Gold Treasure Ship Playset

Treasure X Sunken Gold Treasure Ship Playset

Courtesy of Walmart

What We Like
  • Multiple ways to play

  • Interactive

  • Great bonding activity

What We Don't Like
  • Playtime can be short after finishing the treasure hunt

This ship playset has 25 levels of adventure for your little boy to discover. He can explode the hatch, rescue the captain, fire the cannon, and in the end, find the gold-dipped treasure. Because of the small pieces, this is a toy suited for ages five and up.

Price at time of publish: $43

Dimensions: 16 x 5 x 11 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 5 years and up

Hasbro Connect 4 Game

Hasbro Connect 4 Game

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Teaches strategy

  • Suitable for all ages

  • Perfect for playing together

What We Don't Like
  • Materials can be flimsy

The iconic game Connect 4, which you probably also played as a kid, teaches children about strategizing and predicting, as well as the importance of winning and losing gracefully. Parents will be glad to know that just like in the old days, you can still release the chips so they fall from the rack with a satisfying clatter.

Price at time of publish: $12

Dimensions: 2.13 x 10.51 x 10.51 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 6 years and up

LEGO Juniors Shark Attack 10739 Building Kit

LEGO Shark Attack

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Great bonding activity

  • Inexpensive compared to to other Lego sets

  • Designed for younger builders

What We Don't Like
  • Kids may need help assembling

If you haven't introduced him to the world of Lego sets, 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 a weapon stand, breakable blocks, a spinning training dummy, a motorbike with detachable flame, and a shark car with movable fins and dual flick missiles.

Price at time of publish: $36

Dimensions: 1.81 x 8.07 x 7.52 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 4 years and up

Hot Wheels Track Builder Total Turbo Takeover Track Set

Hot Wheels Track Builder Total Turbo Takeover Track Set

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Easy to assemble

  • Interactive

  • Compatible with other Hot Wheels tracks

What We Don't Like
  • Only comes with one car

  • Some users found it hard for the included car to go through the track

This car toy set can be used with other Hot Wheels sets, and 5-year-olds can customize their own layout by setting up races and stunt challenges, such as a boulder avalanche and two loop-de-loops. It also comes with a pullback launcher and two-way booster that enables cars to move in both directions, as well as one die-cast Hot Wheels car.

Price at time of publish: $49

Dimensions: 3 x 24 x 15 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 4 years and up

Plus-Plus Construction Building Toy

Plus-Plus Construction Building Toy

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Easy to store

  • Multiple ways to play

  • Fosters imagination

What We Don't Like
  • Pieces may be too small for younger children

Plus-Plus construction kits are made up of flat, jigsaw-type pieces that can be used to build both 2D and 3D creations. Just think of it as a Tetris game brought to life. This set comes with 240 brightly colored pieces as well as two baseplates. A clear carrying tube corrals the pieces when not in use.

Price at time of publish: $27

Dimensions: 12.1 x 8.5 x 3.5 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 5 years and up

Lakeshore Learning Materials Lakeshore Ultimate Fort Builder

Lakeshore Learning Materials Lakeshore Ultimate F

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Versatile

  • Easy to assemble

  • High quality materials

What We Don't Like
  • Extra materials needed to complete your fort

If you are looking for a toy for a 5-year-old that will inspire creativity and help hone those STEM skills this fort builder is the ultimate buy. Like peanut butter and jelly, kids and forts just go together perfectly. Yes, they could build a structure using dining room chairs or a table, but this versatile fort-building kit makes it way more entertaining, with poles, connectors, and an illustrated guide with inspiring ideas like a castle or igloo.

Price at time of publish: $95

Dimensions: 10.63 x 5.51 x 18.11 inches | Material: Not Listed | Recommended Age: 4 years and up

Marky Sparky Blast Pad Rocket Launcher

Marky Sparky Blast Pad Rocket Launcher

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Perfect for outdoor use

  • Engaging

What We Don't Like
  • Material can be flimsy

There are only so many times you can play soccer or frisbee in the park. This stomp rocket provides an engaging alternative outdoor toy for kids five and up who will love leaping onto the launcher and seeing how high they can get the foam missiles to fly (in some cases, more than 200 feet).

Price at time of publish: $25

Dimensions: ‎14.41 x 10.67 x 2.64 inches | Material: Foam | Recommended Age: 6 years and up

Obuby Walkie-Talkies for Kids 3 Pack

Obuby Walkie Talkies for Kids 3 Pack

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Great for playing together

  • High audio quality

  • Lots of channels to choose from

What We Don't Like
  • Multiple buttons may be difficult for young children to get the hang of

Whether the kids are in the backyard or playing around the house, this set of walkie-talkies will get tons of playtime. It's lightweight, its buttons are designed for small hands, and it has a range of close to two miles. There's even a built-in flashlight.

Price at time of publish: $40

Dimensions: 5.5 x 2.5 x 2 inches | Material: Not Listed | Recommended Age: 3 years and up

Shakespeare Youth Fishing Kits

Shakespeare Youth Fishing Kits

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Lightweight and easy to travel with

  • Perfect introductory fishing rod

  • Easy to use

What We Don't Like
  • Line can tangle easily

Budding anglers are sure to get excited about fishing with one of these rod-and-reel combination sets, which come with designs such as Marvel's Captain America, Disney's Cars, and Thomas the Tank Engine (there are 12 options total). The 30-inch length is comfortable for small hands, and the rod has a round knob, thumb button, and finger guard to help kids practice proper casting techniques.

Price at time of publish: $15

Dimensions: 31 x 5 x 4 inches | Material: Plastic, Aluminum | Recommended Age: Not Listed

Treewant Kids Hair Salon Playset, Wooden Makeup Toy Set

Kids' wooden salon set

Amazon

What We Like
  • Hours of play

  • Engaging

  • Carrying Case for Easy Storage

What We Don't Like
  • Wooden

Let's explore this wooden beauty salon set. This pretend play salon kit allows your child to fully immerse themselves in imaginative play in their pretend barber shop. This set includes a brush, hair dryer, mirror, scissors, comb, and more.

Price at time of publish: $25

Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.81 x 3.35 inches | Material: Not Listed | Recommended Age: 3 years and up

TEUVO Pet Care Play Set Doctor Kit for Kids

Pet Care Playset

Amazon

What We Like
  • Carrying case for easy storage

  • Imaginative play

What We Don't Like
  • Small Pieces

  • Reviewers say product isn't durable

This 16-piece vet set includes a plush dog, pet case, plastic scissors, hair dryer, gel shower, and more. This pretend play vet set not only introduces children to the world of being pet owners, but it also gives them an idea of what proper animal care is like.

Price at time of publish: $30

Dimensions: 9.41 x 7.24 x 3.94 inches | Material: Not Listed | Recommended Age: 3 years and up

Magic4U Toy Tool Set for Boys

Toy Tool Set

Amazon

What We Like
  • Durable

  • Realistic

  • Hours of play

What We Don't Like
  • Small Pieces

  • Reviewers say tool bag may not fit every tool

This play set will let your child pretend to be a repairman while learning about construction tools during play. This set includes a tool backpack, tool belt, electric drill, realistic tape measure, pair of gloves, goggles, earmuffs, and much more. Children will be busy playing for hours trying various small tools to repair around the house.

Price at time of publish: $41

Dimensions: 10.67 x 9.25 x 4.88 inches | Material: ABS, Plastic | Recommended Age: 3 years and up

Schleich Tyrannosaurus Rex

Schleich Tyrannosaurus Rex

Walmart

What We Like
  • Realistic

  • Promotes STEM curiosity

What We Don't Like
  • Can scare small children

The best dinosaur toys inspire imagination. This singular, hand-painted dinosaur will introduce your tiny tot to a prehistoric world never before imagine or your young dino lover would love to add this toy to their collection - no amount of T-rex's is too many.

Price at time of publish: $25

Dimensions: 11 x 3.7 x 5.5 inches | Material: Not Listed | Recommended Age: 4-12 Years

Melissa & Doug Wooden Snacks and Sweets Food Cart

Melissa & Doug wooden snack cart

Amazon

What We Like
  • Engaging

  • Bonding Acitivity

  • Durable

What We Don't Like
  • Price

This interactive sweets cart allows your child to serve you pretend sweet treats and snacks. This cart includes over 40 play food pieces from popsicles to pretzels, ice cream cones to condiments. Flip the awning and menu to "Hot Dogs" or "Ice Cream" and ring up customers at the register — or give you a snack for free!

Price at time of publish: $240

Dimensions: 8 x 25 x 22 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 3 Years and Up

Star Wars Mission Fleet 2.5-Inch-Scale Action Figure 10-Pack

Star Wars mini action figures

Amazon

What We Like
  • Recognizable Characters

What We Don't Like
  • Small detachable parts

Blast off into galactic action and adventure with the Star Wars Mission Fleet figures. This 10-pack features notable Star Wars characters such as Darth Vader, Grogu and The Mandalorian from "The Mandalorian", Luke Skywalker, and more. Boys will love charing into intergalactic battles with this action figure set. Look out for other Star Wars Mission Fleet figures and vehicles to add to your child's collection.

Price at time of publish: $56

Dimensions: 1.5 x 8.37 x 6.12 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 4 Years and Up

TeeTurtle The Original Reversible Octopus Plushie

TeeTurtle Reversible Octopus Plushie Dark and Light Pink

Amazon

What We Like
  • Adorable

  • Durable

  • Aids in emotional expression

What We Don't Like
  • Potential to get dirty

TeeTurtle is the home of the original Reversible Octopus Plushie made popular on TikTok. The super soft, plushy Octopi are easy to flip inside out and have two different faces to help you express yourself. This toy is perfect for playing, collecting, and cuddling.

Price at time of publish: $15

Dimensions: 4 x 4 x 3 inches | Material: Plush | Recommended Age: 3 Years and Up

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Sparkle & Shine Cleaning Play Set

Children's Play Cleaning Set

Amazon

What We Like
  • Suitable for multiple ages

  • Teaches life skills

  • Realistic

What We Don't Like
  • May get boring after a while

Give your tiny tot the tools to help your clean around the house with this timeless cleaning set. This 11-piece set includes a wooden-handled broom, dustpan, sweeper-mop, duster, sponge, spray bottle, and more. The convenient wooden storing stand allows you to tuck these tiny cleaning supplies away where your child can access them.

Price at time of publish: $65

Dimensions: 6.5 x 12.51 x 20.51 inches | Material: Wood | Recommended Age: 3-9 years

Mattel Lightyear Toys Disney Pixar Lightyear Hyperspeed Series XL-15 Spaceship & Buzz Lightyear Figure

Mattel Lightyear Toys Disney Pixar Lightyear Hyperspeed Series XL-15 Spaceship & Buzz Lightyear Figure

Amazon

What We Like
  • Recognizable character

  • Detailed

  • Collectable

What We Don't Like
  • Small pieces

This toy is a perfect gift for space enthusiasts and Buzz Lightyear fans. Fan of the Disney movie will love to have their own little Buzz to fly around in his ship. Look out for other "Lightyear" figures and vehicles to add to your child's collection.

Price at time of publish: $12

Dimensions: 6 x 3.74 x 1.57 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 4 Years and Up

Smashers Epic Dino Egg Collectibles Triceratops

Smashable Dinosaur Egg Toy

Amazon

What We Like
  • Promotes STEM curiosity

  • Great bonding activity

What We Don't Like
  • Small parts

  • Can be messy

This interesting dinosaur excavation set includes a few eggs and compounds for your child to smash, squeeze and fizzle their way through. The kit also includes a scratch map that will guide your child through creating their very own exclusive Dinosaur.

Price at time of publish: $20

Dimensions: 6.89 x 8.27 x 11.02 inches | Material: Polypropylene | Recommended Age: 5 to 15 Years


Jurassic World Toys Jurassic World Dominion Dinosaur T Rex Toy, Thrash ‘N Devour

T-Rex Figure
What We Like
  • Realistic

  • Promotes interest in STEM

What We Don't Like
  • Might scare small children

Your kids don't have to be familiar with the "Jurassic World" franchise to enjoy this toy. The T-Rex is the dinosaur that most kids know and love and this toy has all kinds of impressive effects, including a chomping jaw, moveable joints, and realistic sounds.

Price at time of publish: $50

Dimensions: 21 x 6.75 x 8.4 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 4 Years and Up

TOY Life Light Up Saber - 3 Pack

Three toy lightsbaers in blue, red, and green

Amazon

What We Like
  • Hours of play

  • Suitable for multiple ages

  • Great bonding activity

What We Don't Like
  • Makes noise

  • Batteries not included

Calling all sci-fi fans! These light-up swords are small and perfect for little children. Great for hours of play, join your child in fun battle reenactments of their favorite sci-fi shows and movies.

Price at time of publish: $28

Dimensions: 16.02 x 6.26 x 1.93 inches | Material: Not Listed | Recommended Age: 3 Years and Up

Pokemon Charizard Deluxe Feature Figure

Pokemon Charizard Toy

Amazon

What We Like
  • Recognizable character

  • Collectible

What We Don't Like
  • Figure launcher may cause harm

Your kids don't have to be Pokemon fans to enjoy this toy. This Charizard figurine features all kinds of impressive effects, including a chomping jaw, moveable joints, and realistic sounds. Start your little one on their pokemon journey and be on the lookout for other collectible figurines - gotta catch 'em all.

Price at time of publish: $33

Dimensions: 6.5 x 3 x 8 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 4 Years and Up

DC Comics Black Adam and Justice Society Set

Black Adam Action Figure Set

Amazon

What We Like
  • Recognizable characters

  • Collectible

What We Don't Like
  • Small parts

Little fans of DC will love this action figure set, featuring notable characters from "Black Adam" Black Adam, Hawkman, Dr. Fate, Atom Smasher, and Cyclone. The possibilities are endless with this superhero set making space for hours of taking down imaginary evil and keeping our world safe.

Price at time of publish: $39

Dimensions: 3 x 15 x 10.5 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 4 to 15 Years

Hot Wheels Criss Cross Crash Track Set

hot-wheels-criss-cross

Courtesy of Walmart

What We Like
  • Interactive

  • Hours of Play

  • Collectible

What We Don't Like
  • Assembly required

Your child will have hours of imaginative play with this race track with intersection crash zones. Little racers can indulge in 16 feet worth of track with twists, turns, and boosters for high-speed action that make near-misses or complete crashes.

Price at time of publish: $58

Dimensions: 2.75 x 24 x 15 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 5 years and Up

Little Tikes 3-Foot Trampoline

Little Tikes Trampoline

Courtesy of Target

What We Like
  • Designed for indoor use

  • well-known toy brand

What We Don't Like
  • Not easily stored

Kids have a lot of energy to burn and this mini trampoline is a great way to keep your child busy indoors. The large surface, handlebars, and short distance from the ground are fantastic for your little one to jump safely. Embrace the budding gymnast in your child with this trampoline.

Price at time of publish: $80

Dimensions: 36 x 36 x 33.5 inches | Material: Plastic, Metal | Recommended Age: 3 to 6 Years

Hot Wheels Track Set and 2 1:64 Scale Toy Cars

Hot Wheels Garage Playset

Amazon

What We Like
  • Hours of play

  • Collectible

What We Don't Like
  • Large

  • Assembly required

This Hot Wheels City set is the ultimate piece to add to your child's budding car collection. Offering hours of play and storytelling, your child can store dozens of their toy cars in this garage, dodge a snapping robotic T-Rex, and connect it to existing Hot Wheels tracks.

Price at time of publish: $124

Dimensions: 16 x 29 x 35.4 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 5 to 8 Years

Power Rangers Dino Fury 5 Ranger Team Multipack

Power Ranger action figure multipack

Amazon

What We Like
  • Recognizable characters

  • Hours of play

  • Collectible

What We Don't Like
  • Small parts

This Power Rangers multipack comes with 5 figurines for young fans to enjoy hours of play creating adventures for these heroes. The Power Rangers have brought fun to generations of fans and this gift is a great way to introduce your child to something parents enjoyed as children.

Price at time of publish: $56

Dimensions: 12.25 x 4.25 x 12.13 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 4 Years and Up

Disney Pixar Cars Radiator Springs Mountain Race Playset with 2 Vehicles

Disney Pixar Cars Toy Playset

Amazon

What We Like
  • Hours of play

What We Don't Like
  • Assembly required

"Cars" fans can be transported to the familiar town of Radiator Springs with this playset. This two-car race playset features little caves, buildings, and the Wheel Well Motel from the movie.

Price at time of publish: $38

Dimensions: 22.99 x 15.98 x 17.99 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 4 Years and Up

LEGO Disney Mickey and Friends Castle Defenders

LEGO disney castle set

Amazon

What We Like
  • Recognizable characters

  • Collectible

What We Don't Like
  • Small parts

Kids can enjoy hours of adventure with Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Daisy in this castle setting. Help Mickey and his friends defend their castle in this set featuring a castle wall with 2 towers, 4 small builds including a stable area to spark nurture play, a buildable dragon, and more. Larger brick pieces make building a breeze

Price at time of publish: $55

Dimensions: 13.94 x 7.52 x 2.76 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 4 and Up

Magna-Tiles Arctic Animals 25 Piece Set

Magna-Tiles Arctic Animals Set

Amazon

What We Like
  • Collectible

  • Larger parts

What We Don't Like
  • May get boring after a while

Introduce your child to Arctic animals with this Magna-Tiles® set. Be on the lookout for more Magna-Tiles® sets to grow your child's animal collection and allow their imagination to go wild.

Price at time of publish: $40

Dimensions: 12.5 x 2.5 x 12 inches | Material: Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene | Recommended Age: 3 Years and Up

Inklings Math and Memory Card Game for Kids

Inklings Math and Memory Card Game

Amazon

What We Like
  • STEM-based

  • Great bonding activity

What We Don't Like
  • Some reviewers say directions are unclear

This card game, created by two children in spring of 2020 when the pandemic shut their school down, allows your tiny tot to flex their memorization skills. This game is great for at-home learning and a fun yet educational way to play with your children.

Price at time of publish: $25

Dimensions: 3.94 x 2.68 x 1.18 inches | Material: Not Listed| Recommended Age: 5 Years and Up

Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. Kidnoculars

Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. Kidnoculars
Courtesy of Amazon.com.
What We Like
  • Easy to use

  • STEM-based

What We Don't Like
  • May get boring after a while

These binoculars are designed specifically for young children without the additional presence of varying buttons and nobs to change the magnification. Perfect for backyard exploration or visits to the park, GeoSafari Jr. Kidnoculars encourage exploration and discovery anytime, anywhere.

Price at time of publish: $15

Dimensions: 7 x 5.75 x 2.8 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 3 to 7 Years

Kinetic Sand Treasure Hunt Surprise

Kinetic Sand Treasure Hunt Surprise

Amazon

What We Like
  • Hours of play

  • Encourages sensory play

What We Don't Like
  • Can be messy

Forget the trauma of sticky beach sand: Kinetic Sand isn't anything like those grains that get everywhere/ Kinetic Sand stimulates sensory skills as it holds well when pressed together but functions similarly to a liquid when pressure isn't present. This treasure hunt set is sure to keep your child busy for hours.

Price at time of publish: $20

Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.13 x 6.75 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 3-12 Years

CoolSand 3D Sandbox

Coolsand 3D Sandbox

 Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Long playtime

  • Easy to clean and store

What We Don't Like
  • Sand box can be flimsy

Boys will enjoy this sandbox which has them searching for dinosaurs in moldable sand. He can dig, learn, and explore all while looking for extinct creatures. But no need to worry about this being a messy toy. The sand sticks to itself, not hands or clothes.

Price at time of publish: $35

Dimensions: 11.5 x 10 x 2.25 inches | Material: Plastic, CoolSand | Recommended Age: 3 years and up

Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Stunt Tire Play Set

Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Stunt Tire Play Set

Amazon

What We Like
  • Can be folded up for easy storage

  • Easy to assemble

What We Don't Like
  • Trucks don't launch as well as the cars

Perfect for easy storage or on-the-go play, this buildable race track is ideal for 5-year-old boys to build and take apart over and over again for extended play. In between builds, the tracks come apart easily and pack into the included tire-shaped case for easy travel, although some users note that folding up the tracks can be tricky at first. After they create their perfect design, young boys can launch the cars and trucks and watch them race through the track again and again.

There are also two crushed cars included for even more ways to play with or without the track. For even more action, you can connect this set to other Hot Wheels tracks.

Rough play is no big deal, according to users who reported that their set continuously held up for months, even with rambunctious 5-year-olds that are usually prone to breaking toys.

Price at time of publish: $39

Dimensions: 4.25 x 17 x 10 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 4 years and up

KidKraft Ultimate Corner Play Kitchen

KidKraft Ultimate Corner Play Kitchen with Lights & Sounds

Amazon

What We Like
  • Engaging

  • Bonding activity

  • Teaches life skills

  • Hours of play

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

  • Requires lots of space

Indulge your little chef-to-be with this realistic, modern play kitchen. Featuring burners with realistic lights and sound, shelving for pots and pans, oven, microwave, and much more - with so much to explore, kids will feel like they're cooking just like mom and dad!

Price at time of publish: $293

Dimensions: 42.5 x 32.5 x 36.75 inches| Material: MDF Solid Wood Plastic | Recommended Age:  3 Years and Up

Marvel Black Panther Legacy Wakanda FX Battle Claws with Lights and Sounds

Black Panther Claws

Amazon

What We Like
  • Recognizable character

  • Hours of play

What We Don't Like
  • Requires batteries

With Black Panther: Wakanda Forever coming to theaters this year, you can't go wrong with gifting the superhero in your life this movie-accurate set of claws inspired by the Marvel hero. With lights, sounds, and retractable claws activated by the famous wakanda salute, your child can dress up as the Black Panther and spend hours imagining themselves protecting the world from villains.

Price at time of publish: $39

Dimensions: 3.19 x 16 x 12 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 5 Years and Up

LEGO City Fire Station

Lego City Fire Station

Courtesy of Walmart

What We Like
  • Easy to follow instructions

  • STEM-based

  • Pieces are organized by project

What We Don't Like
  • Reviewers found it smaller than expected

This set comes together with more than 500 pieces, and it's perfect for 5-year-old boys who can't get enough of the blaze-battling heroes and Legos. Mini-figures include a fire chief, two firefighters, and a Dalmatian dog. One of the coolest features is the truck's special brick that flashes lights and plays siren sounds. The garage door opens and closes to allow the truck to come and go, and there's a separate water scooter (with its own dock) as well as a toy drone.

Price at time of publish: $95

Dimensions: 13.94 x 14.88 x 2.78 inches | Material: Plastic | Recommended Age: 5 years and up

What to Look For in Toys For 5-Year-Old Boys

Recommended Age

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. Make sure to glance at the age rating on the toy you’re considering to make sure it’s an appropriate fit, says Kristin Morency Goldman, senior advisor of strategic communications for The Toy Association.

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. He'll be ready for kindergarten before you know it.

Figurines, building blocks, LEGO sets, and other toys that encourage pretend play are also great, says Dr. Sanam Hafeez, a neuropsychologist in New York City, because they foster imagination, providing children with the tools they need to create their own worlds.

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. As a bonus, these toys help solidify gross motor skills, as well as hand-eye coordination.

Why Trust The Spruce?

This roundup was written by Patrice J. Williams. She has contributed gift guides to The Spruce since 2020. In addition to her work for The Spruce, she writes commerce articles, including product suggestions and reviews, for other outlets as well as appearing on air for The Today Show, WEtv, and she was the Savvy Shopper reporter for WPIX in New York City. Additional research was done by Megan McCarty, a writer for The Spruce and MyDomaine with over 13 years of experience in both print and digital media. She regularly contributes to design-focused outlets such as Architectural Digest, Domino, House & Home, and Hunker.

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Julia Fields
Julia Fields The Spruce

Julia is the Assistant Commerce Editor at The Spruce, covering all things toys, gifts, and holiday. She studied English and minored in Journalism and Gender and Sexuality Studies at New York University. 

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