When purchasing a toy for our children, we always ask ourselves the question, “Are they going to play with this?” By the time our children reach the age of 5, they have found many subjects that interest them. Maybe they are in love with dinosaurs or Frozen-themed toys have taken up your entire house. We may find ourselves as parents trying to weed out the toys that keep getting pushed to the bottom of the toy box or caving in and buying just more of the same.
When buying toys or play items for children, sometimes going back to the basics is what they all need. Developmentally, by the age of five, your child should be able to speak in simple sentences, count beyond 10, and recognize most shapes, letters, and numbers. Their gross and fine motor skills have grown to a point where they need some more challenge. Imagination skills are thriving 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 behavior we are always trying to teach is helpful as well.
I have rounded up some of my top picks of the best toys to purchase for your 5-year-old to help foster all of these exciting developmental milestones!
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.
Age-appropriate toy lists are always a go-to for parents when they are at a loss of what to get their children (or what to tell grandma to get the kids!). 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 to get a 5-year-old 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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