Oh, what are the best gifts for 5-year-olds? It can be a confounding question because five truly is a turning point for parents and kids, as the CDC points out. And hence, find the best toys for 5 year olds can be a challenge. For starters, it’s bye-bye diapers, because your kid is using the potty. Plus, your child has friends and wants to be like them and play with them. She likes to sing and dance. He can tell a simple story using full sentences, can count to ten or beyond, will draw a person with actual body parts, and can copy geometric shapes. Plus, she can skip and even do a somersault. Table manners are suddenly a thing, with kids using forks and spoons. And they’re loving to climb just about everything. From toy cars to interactive pets to STEM toys, there’s plenty on this list to excite any kindergartener.
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Meet the latest player in the surprise toys category. Blume Dolls sport fabulous fashion hairstyles and outfits that kids can mix and match. You just add water and see what blooms. Get it?
Kids open the pot, add water, and discover what sprouts out. And they’ll be wowed and dazzled by the surprise factor.
The cutest bear cub in the land, Cubby responds with 100+ sound-and-motion combinations. He can move his head, eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and make a ton of sounds.
This cub hugs kids, plays peek-a-boo, and in general, is the latest and greatest in robotic pets.
Kids download the free app and their two inch tall plush Hatchimals come to life.
Unlike regular old Hatchimals, these guys let kids build and create magical places for the critters via the app. Each one comes with a secret code.
The great thing about this STEM toy is that it's completely screen-free. There's no phone or tablet required because Botley's easy-to-use remote programmer transmits kids' commands.
Kids use a remote control to operate Botley. Plus, they get a STEM toy with detachable robot arms, 40 coding cards, 6 double-sided tiles, 27 obstacle building pieces and a starter guide with coding challenges.
A perfect toy for five year olds, this is a science lab that doubles as a working science set, complete with experiments and surprise toys.
This is a surprise toy, with a STEM twist. Kids place one of two creatures into included Reactor Pod within the chamber, pump in the reactor liquid, and reveal their very own creatures. Plus, kids can perform their own science experiments.
This 22-piece play set lets kids design their own coding challenges and play fetch, hide and seek, and more with Ranger the dog.
Each coding animal comes with a storybook full of coding challenges. Kids can code Ranger and play with him, and care for him as they would a real pet.
Players compete to create the most insane face. You spin the spinner and choose from the nutty assortment of reusable colorforms to stick on the face card. The crazier, the better.
The whole family plays together to see who can come up with the wackiest face. What’s not to love? And you can do it over and over again.
This set is totally on pointe. The updated version of paper dolls includes three sheets of interchangeable magnets.
No more messy paper dolls. Instead, stick magnetic outfits on this ballerina, which comes with three a slew of different clothing options and different magnetic backgrounds. It’s a perfect travel toy, too.
Yet another version of the surprise toy is the Hairdorable doll. Kids unwrap the dolls, and each package includes a doll, and 10 surprises. There are 36 dolls to collect.
Instead of big eyes, these surprise toy dolls have big hair, which comes in many, many colors. Needless to say, kids love unwrapping them.
Robo Wunderkind is a STEM robotics kit that gives kids the chance to build their own robots and program them however they want.
Ideal for kids five and up, the Robo Wunderkind comes with 23 different parts for building and customization. Kids can program and remotely control the robot, attach bricks to the robot, and have it perform simple projects. The cool thing is, because you can keep adding bricks and combine them with iterconnecting rods and parts, this robot never becomes boring.
It's ping pong, but sans table. The door pong set is great for one kid or two, attaches to any doorframe, and has an adjustable string length.
Kids slam the ball back and forth. And while doing it, they happen to develop their hand-eye coordination.
Ah, surprise toys. Add these to your must-have list. They're soft and cuddly donut plushies that are scented, and guess what? There are more than 40 DoughMis to collect across the whole range. Have fun!
Each of these jumbo sets includes either the sparkly cat, the fluffy hedgehog, the fuzzy llama or the magical unicorn. Plus, kids get the donut vessel, one surprise item, a stand, and a special message.
Aspiring wizards will be into this interactive Harry Potter Great Hall set, which includes Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, and Albus Dumbledore mini figures. And when kids press a button, they trigger one of six unique light patterns.
Muggles can connect with their inner witch or wizard courtesy of this very neat set. They can make the food vanish after eating, or make the snake show up on the table. Plus, there’s the sorting hat, too.
Kids five and up are obsessed with slime. This all-in-one kit includes eight type of slime and putty. We're talking premade magnetic putty, fluffy slime, glow-in-the-dark putty, liquid slime, color changing putty, snotty slime, bouncing putty and DIY slime lab. Clean-up is all you.
Slime is gross. Slime is magical. And now, under your watchful eye, kids can make their own, and experiment with all the wondrous varieties out there.
Your kid will be into this mind-melding game, which is for two or more players. Kids have to get the wooden animals across the river, but they can only cross one at a time and only in the right sequence. Once all the animals are safe, mission accomplished.
It’s a fun multi-player game that helps build object recognition, sequencing skills, matching abilities, logic, plus creative thinking. And after all, who doesn’t love animals?
Air Dough is a lightweight modeling compound that lets kids create the models pictured, or whatever else they imagine. It's nontoxic and easy to clean up.
Air Dough is a great new type of modeling clay that’s easy for little hands to mold. They can make either the animals pictured, or whatever else they imagine. It dries overnight. Each set includes vibrant colors, googly eyes, and instructions to build each creature.
Set your kid's imagine on fire with the Plus-Plus shapes, each of which connects to the next and so on and so forth. You can make mosaics or 3D shapes or detailed buildings and cars.
As kids start to have more and more play dates, this Plus-Plus set is an ideal way to keep them busy. It encourages explorative play with 300 basic pieces, 100 neon pieces, a baseplate, and a idea guide to get their creativity going. All of the pieces connect and allow kids to create whatever they can dream up.
This aquarium is filled with real water, so you can watch the action and see the fish swim by.
This ingenious set includes an actual aquarium that you will with actual aqua, and you get three seals, colorful fish and sea creatures, a bucket with fish, coral, recycle bins, and a feeding time clock.
No, really, who doesn't love sharks and dramatic underwater creatures?
A perfect kids’ set, allowing them to build three ocean-themed creatures, ranging from a shark to a squid to a giant-mouthed angler fish.
Pirasta’s illustrators create intricate, whimsical line drawings.
You can buy them as 63- by 36-inch posters or as a book of 14- by 10-inch sheets that can be pieced together to form the full image. Both are printed with vegetable ink on recycled paper, and provide hours of fun for young coloring book aficionados along with something impressive to show for it once they’re done. Kids this age love to draw, so let them get creative.
You get all the joys of owning a cat, without having your furniture trashed or having to clean a litterbox.
This cat gives great side-eye. Plus, she responds when someone simply waves at her, taps her mouth twice or pets her on the forehead to discover her mood.
Automoblox allows kids to customize their rides by mixing and matching modern design elements with old-school wood frames and real rubber tires.
Available models include hot rods, police and fire vehicles, trucks, and even a sensible minivan for dad. You help kids build hand-eye coordination, plus encourage them to play together, as opposed to parallel.
Unleash your kid's inner Indiana Jones, and let him or her chip and dig through different layers to reveal the secret treasure inside.
Yet another surprise toy that rewards your child with a treasure he or she unearths inside the box.
Yes, they can get messy and yes, they get underfoot. But Zoobs really do prove that with imagination, the sky is the limit.
Kids can create towers and monsters and cranes and houses and whatever else they can dream up. And you can buy more Zoobs if they run out.
You get one set with 140 art supplies, including 64 Crayola crayons, 20 short colored pencils, 40 washable markers, an art storage case, and 15 large sheets of paper.
We have this set, and it’s truly a one-stop shop for all things artsy and creative. There’s literally no room for boredom.
This egg carton contains 10 in-egg and two out-of-egg Hatchimals for your kids to discover.
The phenomenon of surprise toys shows no signs of receding. So feed the beast with these Mermal Hatchimals, which open after some kiddie TLC.
This kit lets kids craft, plant, water and grow their own terrarium tabletop garden.
You see grown after about four days, and the kit comes with everything you need for two full plant life cycles, including a plastic mason-style jar, potting mix, organic chia and wheat grass seeds, garden figurines, decorative sand, river stones and a plant mister.
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