Toys & Gifts For 5-Year-Olds: The Tot Guide
At five, life is all about finding adventure, learning how the world works and self-expression. From an interactive book & wand set that teaches kids a new language to a personalized Levi’s denim jacket to a giant wooden block set, we’ve got a whole list of gift ideas any five year old will love.
Around the age of five, children really start to get the hang of things, which is why we’re big fans of choosing gifts that help them use the skills they’ve been mastering while continuing to strengthen their muscles and minds.
Child development at age 5
At five, a child’s balance is better. Their reasoning skills are more developed. They can mimic movements, shapes and words. They can also begin to express themselves more clearly. Whether that’s through music, fashion, art, sport or reading, a five year old can start showing their sense of humor, demonstrate their ability to sympathize and articulate what they’re passionate about.
They’re also much better at playing in a group or a one on one game with a friend instead of simply parallel playing. The imagination of a five year old is going full steam ahead so gifts that allow children to embrace their creativity and enable them to interact with the world around them is key.
While many five year olds want to seek out adventure in the backyard or driveway with friends, others may feel more comfortable inside or simply playing solo. No matter their preference on how they want to play or who they want to play with, we have both indoor and outdoor toys, clothing and crafting kits that cater for everyone.
Best toys and gifts for 5-year-olds
Whether you’re shopping for the holidays or a birthday present for a 5-year-old, here are some of our gift recommendations:
- Yoga card memory game
- Color-In PJ set
- Story scene + play people
- Wooden outdoor building blocks
- Literacy & numeracy set
- Wooden workbench
- Wooden role play sets
- Bedding Set
- Balance board
- Non-toxic play dough
- Personalized denim jacket
- Construction toys
- Dentist toys
- Doll house
- Play kitchen
- Gardening kit
- The Tot Stocking Stuffer Gift Sets
Scroll down to see the options we’ve pulled for each of these gift ideas and shop below!
Waking up to a classic tokyobike will be a memory that sticks with both you and your child forever! Available in a range of colors, it’s the perfect first pedal bike!
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Ranging from $49 – $59
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Memory games are great because they help develop a child’s ability to focus and retain information. Yoga is important because it teaches mindfulness. That’s why we’re obsessed with the Mindful & Co. Kids Yoga Memory Card Game that combines both!
Complete with instructional flash cards, jamming out just got a whole lot cuter (and easier) thanks to this adorable acoustic guitar from Loog Guitars.
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Not only are Selfie Clothing Co’s Color-In PJs super soft and cozy, they’re also interactive!! With a variety of prints available, like Dinosaurs and Bunnies, kids get to be part of the design by coloring them in!
Wonderful for encouraging small world play and big imaginations, this wooden set from Let Them Play will set the scene for hours of woodland adventures!
A great toy for budding engineers, the Wooden Hollow Block Set from Guidecraft can be fun on your own as well as with friends!
Want to build a house? Need a store-front? Simply need to build a towering city for your cars to race through? These hollow blocks are exactly what you need! Available in two sets, indoor and out, they take block play to the next level!
This gorgeous wooden literacy and numeracy set from Zephyr’s Nest is a great way to help your five year old prepare for kindergarten or practice their new skills. It can also be a fun prop for when playing make-believe “teachers.”
Looking for teacher-recommended activities and educational toys? The Tot Play & Learn Set is for you!
Featuring a booklet of engaging activities and advice on childhood milestones as well as six toys to help your tot find their sense of self in the world, this set is hand-selected just for five year olds.
The Tender Leaf Toys Table Top Tool Bench is just the thing kids need to expand their vocabulary, hone their hand-eye coordination and engage in imaginative play!
Make Me Iconic’s Role Play Sets are a keepsake toy that will last through all of your children’s years of playing dress-ups, shops, and Moms and Dads. Made from wood instead of plastic, they’re designed to be a timeless addition to their toy collection that invites imagination into your home, and into their play.
Since most five-year-olds like to be on the move, try getting them a scooter to dash down the driveway on! We love the Maxi Deluxe from Micro Kickboards because the handle is adjustable, allowing it to grow with your child.
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Sleepovers just got a whole lot cooler thanks to these epic duvet covers that put kids right into their dreams!
Great for helping kids learn to balance while encouraging active play, the Wobbel Balance Board can also be used as a stool, ramp, slide, yoga mat, lounger and more! It’s available with felt backing for wood/tile floors as well as raw for carpet.
Learn about the planets of our solar system and their orbits with this fabulous wooden puzzle by Stuka Puka! Perfect for budding astronomists, this puzzle is equal parts educational and fun.
Easy to travel with or unpack after school, the Kitpas Crayons set will let your tot get creative while honing their fine motor skills.
For those who love discovering how things work and can’t get enough of building and constructing, the Matador Construction Set is just the thing!
Ranging from $39.99 – $229.99
Small world play can keep kids busy for hours! If you’re shopping for a lover of all things equine, then you’re going to want to know about The Stables play set from Tender Leaf Toys!
The PlanToys mini foosball game will have the whole family channeling their inner David Beckham and Mia Hamm!
Play dough is a fantastic activity for honing fine motor skills and encouraging creative and calm play. Take your gift giving a step further with these personalized double sided name mats and dough sets from Dough Parlour.
You don’t need a green thumb to make this garden grow! This kit from Gardenuity includes everything you need to start a veggie patch.
A look that will never go out of style is now customizable. Exclusively available at The Tot, Levi’s is making personalized denim jackets that will literally have your tot’s name on it.
The Milton & Goose Essential Play Kitchen will make you want to renovate your own! Beautifully designed and completely Pinterest-worthy, it is a great item to encourage role playing and vocabulary skills.
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Wagons aren’t going anywhere anytime soon because kids LOVE THEM. With three handle positions, the Wishbone Wagon offers longevity as well as hours of both indoor and outdoor fun. Bonus – it can also double as toy storage or décor!
This interactive way to learn Spanish and/or Chinese is a total hit with kids age 3 to 10! Featuring four books and an interactive smart pen (don’t worry – you can plug in headphones), kids will be on their way to learning a second language in no time.
The Little People, Big Dreams series has captured our hearts yet again with their Music Stars gift set! Featuring three books about Ella Fitzgerald, Dolly Parton and Josephine Baker, little readers will be inspired by these game-changing performers.
Made of renewable rubberwood and painted with non-toxic paints, this sweet dollhouse from Tender Leaf Toys will facilitate hours of imaginative play.
If you’re looking for stocking stuffers, you’re going to want to know about our stocking stuffer gift sets! Designed with age, interests and price points in mind, there are loads to choose from!