Best Gifts for 5-Year-Olds - Baby Chick

Best Gifts for 5-Year-Olds

gift guidesUpdated June 30, 2023

by Catherine Lessman

Early Child Development Specialist


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When buying gifts for 5-year-olds, sometimes going back to the basics is what they all need. Developmentally, by age five, your child should be able to speak in simple sentences, count beyond 10, and recognize most shapes, letters, and numbers.1 Their gross and fine motor skills have grown to a point where they need more challenge. Imagination skills thrive at this age, and self-care and independence are important to them. Purchasing toys that help our 5-year-olds feel like they are big kids and model the behavior we are always trying to teach is also helpful.

I have rounded up my top picks of the best toys for 5-year-olds to help foster these exciting developmental milestones!

Best Toys For 5-Year-Olds


Outdoor Play

Walkie Talkies

Archery Set

Tree Swing

Bounce House


Walkie-Talkies: This simple toy will give endless hours of fun. This toy is great for most ages if you have a house of multiples. Allowing siblings to play together and maybe even do it peacefully!

Archery Set: Expand their outdoor play with this archery set that will help them make the mark.

Tree Swing: This new way of swinging from a backyard tree is fun and fits more than one child!

Outdoor Inflatable Bounce House: There is no need to rent one when you can bring your own bounce house to your backyard.


Quiet Time Toys

Sensory Bin

Mindfulness Cards

Hey Clay

Build-A-Track Brain Teaser

Light Up Tracing Pad


Tabletop Sensory Bin: Creating a sensory bin is a great way for your child to calm down and have some quiet time.

Mindfulness Cards:  These simple cards will allow your child to recenter and relax during quiet time independently.

Hey Clay: Take modeling dough to a new level and different themes with these kits.

Build-A-Track Brain Teaser Puzzle: A brain teaser game with 118 challenges to solve across 4 difficulty levels, keeping young minds engaged, challenged, and having fun! Awesome for kids who love STEM learning.

Light Up Tracing Pad: A perfect quiet time activity, the evenly lit surface makes tracing lines easy to see and will keep your child quietly occupied and entertained.


Puzzles & Games

Connect Four

Wooden Brain Teaser

Tumbling Tower Game

Busy Idea Cards

Outfoxed Game


Connect Four: This old-school game, which we used to play as children, teaches about strategizing and predicting, taking turns, and working with others, to name a few.

Wooden Puzzle Brain Teaser: This puzzle will help your child learn patience while expanding their mind.

Tumbling Tower Game: This colorful take on Jenga will be a hit!

Busy Idea Cards: These interactive cards with various games will keep your child guessing for the next activity.

Outfoxed Game: This game works on being cooperative, a skill most 5-year-olds are building on.


Arts & Crafts

Tabletop Easel

Wiki Sticks

Gem Keychain Kit

Easy Bake Oven

Ultimate Craft Kit

Marbling Paint Kit

Inspiration Art Case


Tabletop Easel: This tabletop easel is perfect for on-the-go crafting and more.

Wiki Sticks Starter Kit: Let their imagination soar with no mess!

Gem Key Chain Making Kit: This kit will be so fun to use to decorate their school bag and more!

Easy Bake Oven: This more modern design will be fun to reminisce about with your child.

Ultimate Craft Kit: This kit includes any material you need to create a masterpiece, allowing their creative juices to flow!

Marbling Paint Kit: Your child can use this marbling craft kit to make wonderful water painting art on their own. This fun activity will help them develop their creativity and imagination while creating beautiful art!

Inspiration Art Case: This beginner art set provides starter craft essentials and drawing supplies that encourage kids to express, create, and connect through colorful play. With 140 pieces, there is a spot for everything. This crayon and marker art box keeps your child’s supplies neatly organized.



How Things Work

Awesome Jokes Every 5 Year Old Should Know

Be Kind

I Spy Everything

The Kissing Hand


How Things Work: This book will help answer all their questions when exploring and more.

Awesome Jokes Every 5-Year-Old Should Know: They will be hit at the lunch table with this book.

Be Kind: The perfect book to help promote social-emotional awareness.

I Spy Everything: This book is excellent for on-the-go or makes reading time more of a game.

The Kissing Hand: The perfect book to help with separation anxiety and growing up for child and parent.



Plus Plus Building Set

LEGO Chain Reactions

Talking Microscope

Creative Fort


Plus Plus Building Set: Move over legos. There is a new friend in town! You are missing out if you haven’t discovered this STEM-friendly toy.

LEGO Chain Reactions: Helping learn the concept of cause and effect, they are sure to have a ball.

Talking Microscope: Let their inner scientist explore everything with this microscope and tools.

Creative Fort: Tons of family fun ahead with this creative fort kit. Using this DIY kit to build a big and complex fort can be full of challenges and fun for kids and parents.



Crazy Forts

Ninja Obstacle Course

Frisbee Golf

Ping Pong Table


Crazy Forts: This creative kit allows your child to create a hideaway and escape reality, all while not using your throw blanket and dining room chairs- making it a win-win for everyone.

Ultimate Ninja Obstacle Course: Create a warrior obstacle course in the backyard.

Frisbee Golf: Taking different sports and combining them into a whole new world of fun.

Ping Pong Table: This child version is perfect and also allows for solo play!


Dress Up

Princess Shoe Closet

Out of This World

Pretty and Posh Vanity




Princess Shoe Closet: This trunk full of princess shoes is a dream come true!

Out of this World Dress Up: Make them feel like they are flying to space or saving the planet with this dress-up kit!

Step2 Pretty and Posh Vanity: Dress-up is not complete without the whole look, so let this vanity help them find their entire look with hair and makeup.

Fireman Dress-Up: The ultimate community hero dress-up kit.

Doctor Kit: Fixing boo-boos easily using this portable doctor kit with all the tools you need!




Kid Camera





Toniebox: This new-age boombox gives your child the independence to choose what they wish to listen to, all while being filtered by you.

Vtech Kids Camera: Most children are used to using our smartphones to take a picture. Instead of handing over your phone to your child, this camera is perfect for them.

Osmo: Coming in all different themed kits, this new educational toy will surely be a hit!

Fitbit: This child-designed fitness tracker will encourage them to get moving with daily activities.

Vtech Kids Smartwatch: Introduce them to the world of wearable technology with this kid-centric watch.

TickTalk 4 Kids Smart Watch: This premium smartwatch for kids has everything, from GPS Tracker, Video, Voice, and Wi-Fi Calling, Messaging to 2X Cameras & Free Streaming Music.

Age-appropriate toy lists are always a go-to for parents when they are at a loss for what to get their children (or what to tell grandma to get them!). They are helpful when we want to steer our kids away from a theme they have become obsessed with, or we want to broaden their horizons.

If you were wondering what the best gifts for 5-year-olds are for their birthday or the holidays or just want to prepare your little one for kindergarten with a few educational learning toys, hopefully, this list was helpful. It may seem simple, but sometimes simple is so beneficial in this season of parenthood.

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