Gifting could be one of the biggest challenges for most people out there. And when you need to buy a gift for a 5-year-old boy, things might become a tad bit more difficult. Since children tend to grow at such a rapid pace, thereby outgrowing everything that ever existed before their growth, deciding on a valuable gift might seem next to impossible.
Gifting made easy: What should I get for a five-year-old boy?
Before you begin to explore the options available on the market, it might make more sense to first understand what a 5-year-old boy could actually benefit from. By the time a kid hits age 5, they already leave the parent’s nest and are off to school. At school, they are newly introduced to this whole new environment that allows them to explore social and emotional development. They start to make friends that lead to not only interpersonal development but also deeper cognitive learning. That little one is now set to handle some complicated tasks as against a couple of years before when they could not even eat on their own!
Keeping that transition in a child’s life in mind, we have created this list of best toys for a 5-year-old boy. As a part of this list and in an attempt to help you find the best gifts, we have included toys that focus on enhancing a little boy’s creative, physical, social, emotional, and cognitive skills. For some brownie points, by the way, we have included some GH Toy Award winners too!
Without further ado, here are the 20 best toys and gifts for 5-year-old boys to pick from-
1. Remote Controlled Car: AIR HOGS
Priced at $54.20
This remote-controlled car will become the little boy’s favorite in-house companion. Ideal for indoor driving, this car can even be rolled over carpets and other domestic items owing to the large wheels. Having said that, the wheels are also soft enough to not damage anything in the house – furniture or otherwise!
2. From the future: REALLY R.A.D. ROBOTS
Priced at $39.99
This robot is a simple, easy to understand (even by a 5-year-old) quirky toy that can be taken around as a partner-in-crime! Kids can have this robot say fun, silly phrases of sorts and can even use it as their private assistant, making it pass their messages along by directly talking to it!
3. Fort Kit: CRAZY FORTS
Priced at $38.77
Who does not like to indulge in a DIY fort? Let alone kids! This DIY fort structure comes with easy to assemble instructions and once set up, bedsheets for cushions could be added to make it more ‘home!’ For kids who do not like to go by the rules, the ‘construction’ can be done however they like!
4. Let’s get creative! PLAY-DOH Treehouse Building Kit
Priced at $14.99
Whoever said PLAY-DOH is only for pre-school kids, PLAY-DOH proved them wrong! This Play-Doh set, targeted for bigger kids, can be used to create elements as diverse as a treehouse! What’s more? Kids can even create extra add ons like windows. The pack also comes included with two friendly figures!
5. Empowering Geography: SHIFU Orboot
Priced at $54.99
An unusual looking globe, sans any borders and country name labels, this globe runs on augmented reality and is what could be described as a globe from the future! Kids can point to any area on the globe via a cellphone or a tablet and find out about the history, environmental conditions, facts associated with that area. Orboot app is free on iOS and Android. Learning geography was not so fun when we were kids, eh?
6. For future scientists: GeoSafari Jr. Talking Microscope
Priced at $32.99
As kids grow and expand their vocabulary, there is another thing that is also irrationally expanding: their curiosity. They want to know everything about everything! This talking microscope curbs all curiosity of the inquisitive ones, helping them understand science, also empowering them to become smart and intelligent kids early on. This toy even has pre-fed nature facts on each of the 20 slides in the voice of Bindi Irwin. To help them further understand their progress, kids can even take objective-options based tests in the ‘quiz mode’!
7. Maths made better: Pretend & Play Calculator Cash Register
Priced at $39.99
Since kids anyway are beginning to learn math at the age of 5, why not make math – the infamous – a little more fun and interesting? While playing with this cash register with a built-in calculator, kids can learn the basic addition, subtraction, and counting of numbers as they ‘manage accounts with life-sized money!’
8. Coding is the way ahead! Botley the Coding Robot
Priced at $79.99
Coding as a study is gaining more and more popularity with each passing day. With the advent of technology and most of our lives now being dependent on technology that runs on code, it would not be a bad idea to introduce a 5-year-old to coding with Botley the Coding Robot! A great gifting educational gift, this robot comes with pre-fed challenges that get more difficult and evolve as learning enhances. It also has some top-notch advanced features such as coding up to 120 steps, programs with if/then logic, obstacle avoidance and black-line follow mode.
9. To play is to learn: Hape Quadrilla Race to The Finish Marble Run Blocks, Multicolor
Priced at $29.99
A toy that is great for enhancing a kid’s STEM principles (Creativity, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Communication) and problem-solving skills, this toy set includes sturdy wooden pieces that can be continuously reconfigured to send marbles racing. Kids can set up layouts on the basis of a mixture of spins, drops, and speed. Each color block in his set is made in a differentiated color and has a differentiated function, which also furthers improves the understanding of the color palate in kids.
10. Patience is a virtue: Lost Kitties Multipack
Priced at $19.99
If the 5-year-old boy you need to buy a gift for is infamous for their impatience early on, this could be a problem-solver you’ve been looking for! This multipack comes with five Lost kitties figurines, ten accessories, five meme stickers, and a multipack collector’s guide. All kitties are hidden inside a moldable shaping compound. The kids, as a part of the play, need to unearth the compound to find the kitties and that same clay-like compound can then later be used to create cool things for the kitties such as pretend treats and toys. If you think about it, this kit can also create a sense of compassion towards kitties and animals in general at a young age.
11. For the in-house ‘influencer’: VTech KidiZoom Creator Cam
Priced at $57.40
Does your five-year-old look unusually interested in watching YouTube videos and can be found glued to the screen at any given opportunity? Do not restrict the kid from just watching – empower them to create. With the KidiZoom Creator Cam that comes included with a green screen, a library of animated backgrounds, a kid-friendly, and even a built-in microphone, kids can now easily produce their own high-definition videos! This Creator Cam also goes a step ahead with the easy on-screen editing feature that makes ‘post-production’ as serious as it should be! The videos created on Creator Cam can even be uploaded onto a computer via the included USB cable.
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