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Best Toys for 5-Year-Olds

Not sure what to buy for the 5-year-old that has everything? You can't go wrong with these toys.

Five truly is a turning point for parents and kids, as the CDC points out. 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.

See more: Best Toys for 4-Year-Olds

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.

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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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