The Best Toys for 5-Year-Olds
Anyone who has a kindergartner in their life knows 5-year-olds are ready for something more... interesting when it comes to playtime. What worked a couple of years ago might not satisfy an active or imaginative 5-year-old who wants to learn through experience and maybe even follow a few rules (for a couple of minutes anyway). Lucky for parents or any adult searching for a birthday gift that wins all birthday parties, we're living in the golden age of toys for this age group. Little builders will love a fort-making kit while mini scientists might prefer binoculars. And if you have an active kid on your hands, now is the time to invest in a trampoline (don't worry—this one folds up and can be stored). Below, we list the absolute best toys for 5-year-olds that will ensure a happy birthday party (or at least give you an hour or so of peace and quiet).
Get your kid outside (and out of your hair) with this brilliant STEM toy meant to encourage budding birders and nature-lovers. Featuring 3x magnification, audio amplification, and a safe, breakaway strap, these binoculars help kids experience bugs, plants, and birds up close. (If you're giving as a gift, make sure to add the 2 AA batteries, which are not included.)
Build & Play Starter Kit
Fact: Kids love building forts. Up their game with this cool new pole and connector set from creative, outdoor-friendly line Antsy Pants. With 78 different pieces, kids can create a clubhouse, lemonade stand or even a tent. (Sidenote: know that the fabric covers for these structures are sold separately.) Color-coded poles and snap and click connectors make building easy (meaning you won't hear "mom" or "dad" so often as they're building).
Playmobil How To Train Your Dragon III Set
Fans of the new Dreamworks film "How to Train Your Dragon III" will love this play set's Light Fury—the new dragon character—which shoots projectiles from her mouth. A baby dragon, (Hiccup and Astrid's) two children, and accessories (like fish to feed the dragons) are also included. Kiddos can collect other dragon sets in the series to create their own miniature "Hidden World."
The louder you yell, the faster this animated, fuzzy toy moves. Yellies are hilarious little motorized toys (but also can get annoying when your kid won't stop yelling). The voice-activated critters crazily scoot around the floor; their eyes light up and their little legs move as they respond to your child's voice. Yellies! are ready to go right out of the box; batteries included.
Dinosaur Egg Excavation Kit
Budding paleontologists will be delighted by these "dinosaur eggs." The kit has 12 clay eggs complete with chisels meant to break them apart like a real scientist. 12 brushes are also included so kids can expertly clean off their finds. Break open the eggs to discover colorful plastic dinosaur figurines, which kids can look up with the included guide. These would make a great birthday party activity or gift for a budding paleontologist.
Classic Jump Rope
Available with purple, pink, or green BPA-free handles, these jump ropes from Green Toys are a classic gift choice. This is an adjustable rope made from 100% cotton and the handles are made from recycled plastic, making it an eco-friendly birthday gift option.
Kurio Watch 2.0
The Kurio Watch 2.0 is a great starter smartwatch. It features 128MB internal memory, a card slot for extra memory, USB cable, rechargeable battery, camera and video, alarm, activity tracker, games and apps, Bluetooth technology, emergency contact info, and more. It's packed with cool features, but the simple design is easy for 5-year-olds to navigate.
If you don't have the backyard space for a real trampoline, we love this portable one that folds up, making it easy to store. (Note the weight limit of 105 lbs; it's recommended that one child jump at a time.) Other features we love include a padded frame and safety enclosure.
If you have a Pokemon fan in your household, this stuffy is a necessity. This cuddly version of Pikachu, shakes, lights up, and can repeat over 15 phrases. He even responds to interaction, which the popular playing cards can't do.
Little ones love Aquabeads because they're easy to use and it doesn't take long to show off their art project. Drop the different colored beads into the included template tray. Once your design is in place, spritz with water (bottle included) and let it dry. The beads will fuse together and once dry, your kid's creation is complete.
Bunch O Balloons
This ZURU outdoor toy is genius. Hook up the nozzle to the hose and watch whole bunches of water balloons fill up at once. Over 100 balloons fill in just 60 seconds (each pack comes with three bunches of 35 balloons). When they're full they pop off and kids can start lobbing watery bombs immediately!