30 Best Gifts for 5-Year-Olds, According to Real Parents
Believe it or not, but choosing the best gifts for 5-year-olds is trickier than picking out any musical instrument to gift a one-year-old or two-year-old or giving the budding artist an arts and crafts kit that’s actually a better present for a three-year-old (or four-year-old). Having outgrown their toddler phase and now in their Big Kid Era, Kelly Oriard, licensed family therapist, former school counselor, and co-founder of Slumberkins says that “at this age, they usually have specific interests, maybe even characters, animals, or colors that they love and obsess over.” She says now is when they also fall in love with “games that they feel they can work at and master.”
Parents will agree that kids at this stage are far more opinionated and aware of their likes and dislikes—especially since they’re also entering kindergarten, which’ll help expand their cognitive and social skills. All of a sudden they can write their names (maybe even read a few simple sentences!), better understand the concept of time, distinguish fantasy from reality, tell longer stories, and maybe even count to 100 or more. Some may even be starting to play organized sports, quickly improving their physicality.
Our Top Picks
- Best Overall: Tiny Land Kids’ Fort Building Kit, $40
- Best Budget: Lewo Wooden Stacking Board Game, $13
- Best Educational: PlayShifu Educational Globe, $53
- Best Arts & Craft: Paint & Plant Flower Kit, $17
- Best Musical Toy: Loog Mini Acoustic Guitar, $89
- Best STEM Toy: KiwiCo Science of Cooking: Ice Cream, $35
- Best Active: New Bounce Pogo Stick, $35
The right toys will keep those wheels turning, helping your child stay entertained while also fostering new interests. That’s why we tapped real parents to share what their own 5-year-olds play with—and corralled this list of thoughtful gift ideas for you to shop below. Some great contenders? Make-your-own puffy stickers to hone fine motor skills, tree climbing kits that guarantee they’ll be the coolest kid in the nabe, and a robotic globe that teaches them all about the world.
Whether you’re sourcing presents for the holidays, their birthday, or an achievement reward, these are the best gifts for 5-year-olds, according to parents who’ve gifted them first.
(P.S. Shopping for newborns or soon-to-be mamas? We also rounded up the best baby gifts, the best presents for pregnant women, and the best gifts for new moms.)
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