Gift and Toy Ideas for 5-Year-Old Boys [2023]

Five-year-old boys are full of energy and imagination. These gift and toy ideas for 5-year-old boys are sure to be a hit!

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Outdoor Gifts for a 5-Year Old BoyRazor A Kick ScooterSpace Dome TentSuction Cup Archery SetJOYSTAR BMX BicycleOutdoor Explorer KitHauck Lightning - Pedal Go KartSpalding High-Bounce BallAward Winning Toys for 5-Year OldsStomp Rocket Stunt PlaneWooden Marble RunRobot Safari KitPengolooMy Body Anatomy PostersZingo! Sight WordsInexpensive Gifts for 5 Year Old BoysHighlights Pet PuzzlesLED Foam PlanesSketch BookDIY Dinosaur Night LightPaint by StickerSoccer BallAqua Magic MatTech and Learning Gifts for 5-Year Old BoysBotley the Coding Robot 2VTech KidiZoom SmartwatchOrboot Interactive GlobeVTech KidiZoom Camera PixFire 7 Kids TabletCrafting and Art Gifts for 5-Year Old BoyDino Island TerrariumLittle Dreamers Subscription BoxPlay-Doh TreehouseLight Up Tracing PadScience Art Fusion Rainbows KitPuzzles, Books, and Board Games for 5-Year OldsOutfoxed!I Can Do That! Marvel GameNational Geographic Little KidsWooden PuzzlesWhat Should Danny Do? BookSpiderman Chutes and LaddersDinosaur Search & Find PuzzleCars, Race Tracks, and RC Vehicles for 5-Year Old BoysHot Wheels Colossal Crash Track SetIndoor RC Stunt VehicleHOMOFY Dinosaur Toys 142pcs Slot Car Race Flexible Tracks 2 Dinosaurs,Create A Road Toys for 3 4 5 6 Year Old Boys Girls Toddlers Birthday GiftsTake Apart Construction TrucksHot Wheels Gift PackJohn Deere Tractor ToyBuilding Toys, Lego, and Play Sets for 5-Year Old BoysImaginext BatcaveMagnetic Tile Building SetScooby-DOO! Adventure in The Witch’s Cauldron PlaysetFinger Puppet SetCrazy FortsOther Gifts 5-Year Old Boys Will LoveNerf Blasters and TargetFingerlings Interactive DinosaurStanding Punching Bag and GlovesRaddish - Kids Cooking Subscription BoxStar Projector Night LightView on AmazonConstruction Truck Robot TransformerChild-Safe BinocularsDozen Dino Dig KitWhat to Look for in Gifts for 5 Year Old BoysPhysical DevelopmentSocial and Emotional DevelopmentEducational Development

Outdoor Gifts for a 5-Year Old Boy

Razor A Kick Scooter

The Razor Scooter is recommended for ages 5 and up. With it’s adjustable handlebar and max rider weight of 143 pounds, it’s something a five-year old can use for several years.

He’ll love zooming around on this scooter. It’s super lightweight (6 pounds) and folds up, so it can easily be carried. It also has a rear brake for quick stops.

Space Dome Tent

The Space Dome Tent comes with a waterproof floor and water-resistant taffeta, so it’s great for indoor or outdoor use. It also resists rips and tears. The 48″ x 48″ x 40″ tent can be used alone or with a play tunnel. Your child will love using this tent, whether they want somewhere cozy to read or pretend they’re in a rocketship that’s taking off to space.

There’s plenty of room for your child to play with toys or bring along a friend or two. The tent poles are sturdy and there are even mesh panels for better air circulation.

Suction Cup Archery Set

The Archery Set from Toysery comes with a light-up bow, six suction cup arrows, and a target. Any five-year old would love watching these soar across the yard while he tries to hit the target.

This set comes with a convenient quiver that he can keep the arrows in. Watch his confidence grow as he learns a new skill. As an added benefit, this helps with fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination!


This 16″ BMX Bike by JOYSTAR makes a great gift for a 5-year old boy. He’ll love zipping around on this bike. It comes with training wheels, which is good since many kids are still a little intimidated of riding without them when they are five.

With a quick adjust bicycle seat, this will fit him for several years. The frame is made of durable steel and protected by a lifetime warranty. It also has features like a foot brake which is good for younger riders and a chain guard.

Outdoor Explorer Kit

The Outdoor Explorer Kit comes jam-packed with everything he needs to get out there and check out the world around him. It comes with a mesh cage for keeping bugs and several jars that they can be put in. There is also a critter catcher and a butterfly net. He’ll love using the different tools to learn more without having to touch insects. It even comes with a book on the life on an insect!

In addition to all the stuff he needs to learn about bugs, this also comes with binoculars for spotting animals in the wild and a magnifying glass that can be used to see tiny details on plants and insects. Some other bonuses include a safari hat, compass, flashlight, whistle, and cute carrying bag to keep everything in. He’ll love heading to the outdoors with this gift!

Hauck Lightning – Pedal Go Kart

The Pedal Go Kart by Hauck Lightning features a low-rider design that makes a 5-year old feel like he’s part of a real race. It features a sporty design, including an 8-ball style hand brake, race-inspired pedals, and 3-point sporty steering wheel.

The Hauck Lightning Pedal Kart is made from powder-coated steel tubing and rubber wheels. It also has an adjustable seat and a maximum weight of 110 pounds, so it grows with him. He’ll be racing this up and down driveways and sidewalks in this for the next several years.

Spalding High-Bounce Ball

The Spalding High-Bounce Ball 4-pack makes a super fun gift for a 5-year old boy. These are about the size of a tennis ball and have a super-bouncy design. He can easily bounce these off walls or ground and play catch with himself. They’re also great for playing games like stoop ball and stickball with friends.

In addition to being fun to play with, these balls will help with hand-eye coordination as he learns to catch them. Plus, what child doesn’t enjoy playing with a ball? Since this is a pack of 4, he’ll still have plenty to play with even if one gets lost.


Award Winning Toys for 5-Year Olds

Stomp Rocket Stunt Plane

This Stunt Plane from Stomp Rocket has won awards from Creative Child Magazine, Good Housekeeping, and many others. It comes with a launch pad, launching tripod and three foam stunt planes.

He’ll love launching this rocket in the air. After, it makes big loops, turns, and twists as a moves closer to the ground. It even encourages him to think, since he’ll need to adjust the angle of the launching tripod to get different results.

Wooden Marble Run

The Hape Marble Run Construction is highly recommended by the Wall Street Journal as a way to teach kid STEM principles and even coding basics. Your child will love putting together the different pieces and then watching the marbles race down the track. There are plenty of ways this can be configured, so it’s countless hours of fun.

Each of these durable, wooden blocks is color-coded depending on it’s function. They will last for years and years, something to pass along to younger siblings or even when he has kids of his own!

Robot Safari Kit

The Robot Safari Kit by Thames & Kosmos comes with 146 pieces that can be used to build 8 different animals, including a llama, unicorn, sea otter, crab, cat, bear, fox, and narwhal. It is Parents’ Choice recommended and comes with a motor box powered by 2AA batteries that makes each of the individual animals move.

This kit also comes with a full-color, very detailed manual. The 32-page manual is super helpful as a five-year old builds these different creatures. In addition to teaching basic engineering and STEM principles, this is a great way to get him using his fine motor skills!


Pengoloo is an award-winning memory recognition games for kids. Game play is super simple and encourages kids to use their memory. You set up the board by hiding colored balls under the penguins. Then, he’ll roll the dice to reveal his two colors and try to match them under the penguin!

This game is recommended for ages 4 and older. It’s a great game for him to play with a friend, or with as many as four people! This is a fantastic way to learn. Pengaloo has even been awarded several awards from Dr. Toy, Parenting Magazine, and Oppenheim Toy Portfolio.

My Body Anatomy Posters

These interactive My Body Anatomy Posters are perfect for curious 5-year old boys. The set comes with four cards, labeled my body, my bones, my organs, and my muscles. It also comes with a clipboard with buttons that correspond to the images on the board. When he presses the different buttons, he gets to learn about human anatomy.

At the top of the poster, he can find buttons like Learn, Quiz, Volume, and Repeat. He’ll love playing with this award-winning learning toy. It has won awards from Mom’s Choice Awards, Family Choice Awards, Tillywig Toy Awards, and the Preferred Choice Awards.

Zingo! Sight Words

Zingo! by ThinkFun is perfect for a 5-year old boy who is just learning to read. Even if your child isn’t ready yet, this game helps with early sight words and letter recognition. Game play is also super simple and up to six people can play at once! All they do is wait to fill out their cards as the sight words are called out until somebody can call Zingo!

This fun, educational game won the ASTRA Best Toys Award and was a Finalist for the 2013 game of the year. It was also developed by educators, so you can be assured he’ll be learning while he plays!


Inexpensive Gifts for 5 Year Old Boys

Highlights Pet Puzzles

This Highlights Pet Puzzles book has pages to color and stickers to place on the hidden pictures in the book. I know my five-year old absolutely loves anything to do with stickers. It’s great for boys to use their brain as they try to place the stickers where they go.

Of course, anything that encourages learning is a good choice in our book! As an added benefit, this inexpensive gift has lots of pages for hours and hours of fun!

LED Foam Planes

This 2-pack of LED Foam Planes soar through the air, keeping a busy 5-year old boy entertained as he chases it around. It takes flying paper airplanes to the next level. He’ll love watching the way these light up, too!

Each airplane in this pack is 17.5″ long and has two modes of flying. The plane can be put in glider mode, so it flies easily through the air, or put in reverse mode by moving the tail wing from the lower hole to the upper hole for more stunts. With so many ways to play, he’ll love perfecting his throwing technique.

Sketch Book

The Out of This World Sketch Book encourages him to use those muscles in his fingers that are important for fine motor development. It’s also a great inexpensive gift for 5-year old boys, especially when paired with some drawing utensils.

The cover features a matte-finish and space-themed design. Inside, he’ll find 100 8″ x 11″ pieces of high-quality stock paper. These are perfect for crayons, pencils, and markers and the thick design means they won’t bleed through. I know my five-year old would love bringing his imagination to life with this sketch pad.

DIY Dinosaur Night Light

This DIY Dinosaur Night Light by Hapinest comes with everything he needs to make his own dinosaur night light. This is recommended for ages 6 and up, but it would be easy enough for him with the help of an adult. It comes with a jar and lid, 6 dinosaur stickers that can be placed inside the jar, beads, a cord, and a sharktooth for decorating the lid and jar, as well as glue, glitter dust, and a foam brush. The lid also has lights installed, which are operated with 2 AA batteries.

He’ll love the chance to make his own night light with this fun kit. It’s also really customizable, so he can create his own fun dino scene and reminisce on the time that dinosaurs walked the earth every night before bed.

Paint by Sticker

This Paint by Sticker Book makes a great gift for a 5-year old boy. He’ll use the small stickers (and his fine motor skills) to “paint” pictures, one sticker at a time!

The book comes full of ten different animal pictures, each of them ready to “color”. All he has to do is choose a sticker, peel the sticker, and put it in place! As an added benefit, each of the pages is perforated. This means it’s super easy for him to put his artwork on display once it’s finished.

Soccer Ball

There’s never a wrong time to give a ball as a gift. This Soccer Ball is recommended for kids 8 and younger, so he’ll get plenty of use out of this. It’s also a smaller-sized regulation ball, so it’s great for practicing soccer at a young age as well.

The outside of the ball is made from TPU material that resists abrasion, making the ball last longer. Inside, it has high rebound butyl rubber, which helps the ball hold it’s shape better and it’s air longer. With machine stitching, it also won’t come apart at the seams.

Aqua Magic Mat

The Aqua Magic Mat is perfect for inspiring a 5-year old boys inner artist. Unlike traditional drawing paper, he can let the mat dry and then draw again and again. As an added bonus, there’s no ink and no mess, so it’s great for encouraging creativity when you can’t supervise really closely.

In addition the mat, this comes with three water pens, three stencils, ten foam stamps, and even a drawing book! The Aqua Doodle Mat is large enough for two kids to sit and draw at once. It also has a fun outer space theme around the outside.


Tech and Learning Gifts for 5-Year Old Boys

Botley the Coding Robot 2

Botley the Coding Robot 2 by Learning Resources is a super-fun way for your child to learn about coding. As an added benefit, they’ll be having screen-free play time! Botley is super smart and fun to play with. In addition to following looping commands, he follows black-line paths, tackles obstacle courses, and even detects objects to avoid them.

Botley comes with the robot and a remote that your child can use to program different commands. It also comes with 40 coding cards, 6 double-sided tiles, and 27 obstacles building pieces. If your child doesn’t know where to get started, he can use the included start guide, complete with fun challenges to complete!

VTech KidiZoom Smartwatch

The KidiZoom Smartwatch by VTECH makes a great gift for a 5-year old boy. It’s a great introduction to technology and is something that he’ll really enjoy playing with.

Some of the things he can do with the watch include tell time, track his steps, and play fun games. There’s even an AR experience that lets him catch monsters in the real world! He’ll also love taking selfies and customizing them with funny pictures. Don’t worry, there isn’t any way to share these unless you upload them to a computer!

Orboot Interactive Globe

This Interactive Globe by Orboot works with an app on a tablet or iPhone. It’s a great learning tool for kids interested in the world around them. It also gives a 5-year old boy a sense of how big the world around him really is.

He can use the app to learn about world facts in different categories, including animals, cultures, inventions, cuisines, monuments, and maps. There are even fun quizzes to test what he learned. The included globe also comes with a passport and stamper, so he can track his geography journey, and country flag stickers to help him label the globe.

VTech KidiZoom Camera Pix

Does the 5-year old in your life love taking pictures? Get them their own camera with the KidiZoom Camera Pix by VTech. He’ll love using the camera with it’s built in features including zoom, selfie mode to detect faces, and a video recorder. Parents will love that this has a durable design to protect from drops and plenty of storage with built-in memory and a microSD slot.

This VTech Kid Camera also works with 4 creative apps on the computer. He’ll be able to make photo collages, animate his pictures, and use fun photo effects. He will need a Micro USB cable to connect the camera to a computer.

Fire 7 Kids Tablet

We spent a lot of time traveling by car and plane this year. The Fire 7 Kids Tablet was one of the best gifts that I could have bought my 5-year old. I loved that he had access to a kid-friendly app store. He could even download movies from Netflix to keep him occupied on long car rides.

Any five-year old would love to have this as a gift. Parents will love that it comes in a thick, rubber case that keeps it safe from drops and falls. It even helps protect it from water a little. It also comes with a 2-year warranty and works with a Family App. You can set it up so your child has to ask permission for downloads, set sleep times, and more. It makes it super simple to know what they are doing on their tablet.


Crafting and Art Gifts for 5-Year Old Boy

Dino Island Terrarium

This Dino Island Terrarium by Little Growers is a project that any five-year old would love to tackle. He can plant seeds in the 9″ x 6″ dome and watch them grow. While he’s waiting, he’ll have fun painting on the included dinosaurs. After everything’s in place, he can flip a switch and watch the terrarium light up!

This terrarium comes with everything he needs to get started. As an added bonus, he can find some cool ideas in the easy-start guide.

Little Dreamers Subscription Box

This Little Dreamers Subscription Box is a fun, creative way for your child to learn about reading, practice their fine motor skills, and so much more. It’s a bi-monthly box, so it’s delivered every other month. Each box has at least six different activities, so you can be sure there will be something to do that he loves.

Each box comes with a book, DIY projects, and crafting supplies. There’s also a themed badge with each box. It’s a great way to encourage family time, fun, and learning! Plus, if he loves this gift, there’s a Little Dreamers Subscription box for ages 6-8, too!

Play-Doh Treehouse

The Play-Doh Treehouse builder kit lets your child build their own treehouse out of Play-Doh. All they do is press the Play-Doh into the included mold and pull it together! The treehouse comes with seven different colors of Play-Doh and lots of ways to play.

In addition to the Play-Doh and tree house, this comes with two different plastic figures. There are also fun accessories including a tire swing and  slide they can play with. Any five-year old boy would love to have this as a gift!

Light Up Tracing Pad

This Light Up Tracing Pad by Crayola is something that budding artists are sure to appreciate. This comes with 150 sheets of tracing paper, so he can trace all kinds of creatures and characters!

With this tracing pad, he can use print-outs, coloring pages, and book pages and trace virtually anything. He’ll love that he can create his own art with this pad. As an added bonus, he’s learning motor skills and practicing drawing basic shapes as he traces.

Science Art Fusion Rainbows Kit

The Science Art Fusion Rainbows Kit by The Young Scientists Club is another great way to teach a 5-year old about basic STEM principles while having fun. It comes with everything he needs to make a rainbow art gallery. Some of the included crafts are a rainbow chromatography snake, rainbow butterflies, and rainbow ice.

This kit will give him countless hours of fun. Each of the projects come with it’s own instructions and they are all displayed on a convenient poster! He can hang this alongside his completed projects and reflect on the science behind it whenever he’d like.


Puzzles, Books, and Board Games for 5-Year Olds


Outfoxed! by Gamewright is a cooperative-style board game where you work with your 5-year old. Collect clues and move around the board, trying to find out who stole Mrs. Plumpert’s pot pie.

Game play only takes 20-30 minutes, so it’s great for some quick quality time. It also encourages collaboration and problem-solving, both skills that will be very helpful to him in the future!

I Can Do That! Marvel Game

The I Can Do That! Game by Wonder Forge is great for families. It comes with lots of cool accessories and the cards needed to play the game. Each player takes their turn flipping over three cards, then they follow the instructions to complete their objective. Not only is it great for early reading and learning, but game also encourages him to get active.

This comes with 45 cards, so it’s super easy to mix and match a unique game. He’ll love sneaking through the archway and using props like Thor’s hammer or Captain America’s Shield to take out the villain.

National Geographic Little Kids

My five-year old loves learning about all the creatures and creepy crawlies in the world. The National Geographic Little Kids magazine subscription encourages him to keep learning.

This features puzzles and questions, lots of information, and bright, vivid illustrations. As an added bonus, a full year subscription is really affordable. Give the gift of learning and fun.

Wooden Puzzles

These Wooden Puzzles by Quokka make a great gift for a 5-year old boy. I know my son would put these together over and over again!

The puzzle pieces are made from wood painted with water-resistant and scratch-resistant paints, so they’re super durable. He’ll also love the bright colors in the design! This set has space, jungle, and construction themed puzzles. They’re a great way to encourage fine motor skills and problem solving!

What Should Danny Do? Book

The What Should Danny Do? series is perfect for young readers, with a target age of 4-7. Danny is a super-hero in training that relies on the reader to get him to the end of the book. It’s a choose your own adventure style of book, with 9 different books built into this one. It also gets a 5-year old thinking about the way that his day-to-day decisions affect his life.

This is a hardcover copy of the book, so he can read it again and again. He’ll love listening to the different stories and seeing how he can help Danny the super-hero in training.

Spiderman Chutes and Ladders

Little boys love super heroes and they love having fun playing games with friends and family. The Spiderman Chutes and Ladders board game from Hasbro lets him enjoy both those things. There’s lots of Marvel characters on the themed board, with the same simple game play for younger kids.

Chutes and ladders is great for 5-year old boys who are just learning to count. This comes with the gameboard, 8 different characters, 4 stands for the characters, and a spinner. He can have fun while he moves Spiderman and friends around the board, practicing his counting skills and trying to be the first to reach the end.

Dinosaur Search & Find Puzzle

The Mudpuppy Dinosaur Search & Find Jigsaw Puzzle, 64 Pieces, Ages 4-7, 23” x 15.5”, Multicolor Dinosaur Illustrations, Model Number: 9780735355804 by Mudpuppy has 64 pieces, so it’s challenging but not overwhelming. Once he puts the 23″ x 15.5″ dinosaur puzzle together, he can complete the search & find activity. This is two gifts in one!

The puzzle pieces are precision cut and made with great attention to detail. They fit together easily and the vibrant colors won’t fade with time, so he can rebuild this again and again.


Cars, Race Tracks, and RC Vehicles for 5-Year Old Boys

Hot Wheels Colossal Crash Track Set

Any five-year old would love taking his Hot Wheels for a spin on this Colossal Crash Track. The track set has a double figure-eight design for maximum collisions. It even has levers to launch cars through the air and crash!

Parents will love the frustration-free packaging and that this folds up out of the way when it isn’t being played with. As an added benefit, picking up the cars and moving them around the track helps your child exercise their fine motor skills!

Indoor RC Stunt Vehicle

This Indoor Stunt Vehicle by Air Hogs is great for indoor use because of the large, soft foam wheels on the RC vehicle. It won’t scratch or damage floors, walls, or furniture inside while it does wheelies, rebounds, 360-degree spins, and more! It can even drive over objects and race down the stairs.

The remote that comes with the video is really easy to use and understand, so he’ll be chasing this around the house in no time. As an added bonus, the vehicle is rechargeable instead of taking batteries and it comes with stickers so he can decorate the vehicle!

HOMOFY Dinosaur Toys 142pcs Slot Car Race Flexible Tracks 2 Dinosaurs,Create A Road Toys for 3 4 5 6 Year Old Boys Girls Toddlers Birthday Gifts

Any 5-year old would love playing with this 142-piece dinosaur-themed Race Track by HOMOFY. The set comes with a battery-powered car with LED lights that travels around the track. It also comes with two dinosaur figures, features like a door and bridge, and a few palm trees. It’s everything a little boy needs to create his own dinosaur adventure!

He’ll love shaping the flexible tracks and playing with the car and dinosaurs. He can be the dinosaurs and stomp around after them or pretend he’s in the car, driving around the park and feeding them. The possibilities are endless!

Take Apart Construction Trucks

This Take Apart Trucks set comes with an electric drill and three construction vehicles he can take apart and put back together. When he reassembles everything, he’ll be able to use the electric drill as a remote and race his vehicles around!

This 3-in-1 trucks comes with 44 pieces that can be used to create a dump truck, crane, or cement truck. As he builds, he’ll use his problem-solving skills and his fine motor skills. It’s the perfect toy for sparking curiosity and teaching critical STEM skills.

Hot Wheels Gift Pack

The Hot Wheels Gift Pack has 20 vehicles included, all of them modeled on a 1:64 scale. Any five-year old boy would love pushing these around. They make a great gift whether he already has a race track or he just loves pushing them around on the floor.

These Hot Wheels cars are made using the same durable materials as always. Pushing the cars around also improve fine motor skills, which will be important as he learns to write.

John Deere Tractor Toy

This 8-inch John Deere Tractor Toy by TOMY comes with a tractor and pull-along rider. It also has bonus features including a movable front hitch, steerable front axle, working rear hitch, opening tail gate, and die cast hood. As the 5-year old in your life plays with this, there’s plenty of opportunities for him to work on fine motor skills.

What little boy wouldn’t love pulling around a tractor? He can even put some toys in the back and haul them around. It’s completely up to him!


Building Toys, Lego, and Play Sets for 5-Year Old Boys

Imaginext Batcave

The Imaginext Tranforming Batcave by Fisher Price will keep a five-year old playing pretend for hours. When he turns the power pad, the cave opens up and reveals the Batcomputer. The Batwings spread and the eyes wake up!

This play set comes with figures for Batman and Joker. He’ll also love playing with the included armor and projectile launcher. Plus, all Fisher-Price Imaginext play sets are compatible, so he can add more figures to his collection over time!

Magnetic Tile Building Set

The Magnetic Tile Building Blocks by Jasonwell is wonderful for building houses, trucks, animals, and more. The different colors and shapes can even be used to practice patterns! As he builds, the 5-year old in your life will also be building fine motor skills and using his imagination to create almost anything with these blocks.

This set comes with 108 different pieces, so there’s lots of ways he can build. He can build alone or share with a friend. As an added benefit, an idea booklet is included to help get him started!


Scooby-DOO! Adventure in The Witch’s Cauldron Playset

The Scooby-DOO Playset by Playmobil comes with everything a boy needs to re-enact the Adventure in the Witch’s Cauldron episode of Scooby Doo. It comes with 38 pieces including Scooby, Velma, and the Zeb Witch, whose real identity will be revealed when he rotates her face. The set also comes with a collectible ghost card, cauldron, and other magical accessories.

Five-years olds love playing pretend and it’s great for their social skills, creativity, and early communication, too! Any boy would be thrilled to receive this as a gift.

Finger Puppet Set

This Finger Puppet Set comes with a set of 10 animals and 6 people for him to play with. He’ll love playing pretend with you or a friend. You can hide behind the couch or create a stage and he can even put on a show!

As he plays pretends, it encourages him to explore the relationships between different people and animals. It’s also a great set to bring along on play dates. It has a super small size and with 16 different pieces, there’s more puppets than he has fingers.

Crazy Forts

This glow in the dark Crazy Forts Set by Everest Toys comes with 69 pieces. The pieces include straight, round pieces that stick into multi-sided balls. Then, all he has to do is stretch a few sheets over the top!

I know my five-year old is always asking me to build him forts. This is a lot safer, since he doesn’t have to use chairs, dressers, and other furniture to build a fort. It also makes it easier for him to build more independently, though it still makes a fun project to do together, too!


Other Gifts 5-Year Old Boys Will Love

Nerf Blasters and Target

This Zombie Target Shooting Game from Nerf comes with two toy Nerf guns, 100 foam darts, and a zombie shooting target. Five-year olds will love practicing their aim by shooting at this zombie target. It’s also a great game for them to play with friends, especially since the target folds down to a smaller size for easy transportation.

I really love that this comes with 100 darts, especially as a mom of two boys who are always losing their Nerf darts. It’s also made from durable mesh that also wipes clean easily if it gets dirty outside.

Fingerlings Interactive Dinosaur

The Fingerlings Interactive Dinosaur by WowWee is something a five-year old boy will love. This cute raptor’s name is Razor and he clings tightly to little fingers. He’ll love that he reacts to motion, sound, and touch. Razor even chomps, roars, and passes a little Dinosaur gas.

This interactive dinosaur also works with the Untamed creatures app. He can bring it to life in the battle arena and train it on the app. It is also available in Blue (named Fury) and Green (named Stealth).

Standing Punching Bag and Gloves

Boxing is a healthy way for kids to express their emotion, build strength, and release energy. This Standing Punching Bag and Gloves set by Whoobli comes with everything he needs to get started boxing. The stand is adjustable, so it can grow with him. This is also recommended for ages 3 to 8, so it’s sure to grow with him, too!

The weighted stand is free-standing, so it’s super easy to set up. It comes with a very durable punching bag, so it’s ready to take any kind of beating. As an added bonus, he’ll also get the gloves he needs and a pump to inflate the punching bag is included.

Raddish – Kids Cooking Subscription Box

My five-year old loves getting in the kitchen with mom. Raddish is a cooking subscription box designed just for kids! As they create the different recipes, they’ll learn about math, science, and critical life skills. Plus, it’s never too late to start a lifelong love of cooking!

Each month, three step-by-step recipe cards come in the box. These are broken down into easy-to-follow steps and fully illustrated, so the instructions are clear. The cards are even laminated so your child can keep them as long as they’d like! Each month follows a cool theme as he learns about cuisine from around the world and it even comes with some quality kitchen tools that he can add to his collection!

Star Projector Night Light

Night Lights for Kids Star Projector with Timer for Baby Boys and Girls

This Star Projector Night Light will make bedtime a little more magical for him! This well-constructed nightlight has smooth edges and no hot spots, so it’s safe to keep in his bedroom. It has four soothing color options, including warm white, blue, green, and red. He can choose a solid color or use the multicolor option.

Something else that’s great about this nightlight is the automatic shut off feature. This shuts the light off after 45 minutes, ensuring that the little boy still gets a solid night of sleep.

Construction Truck Robot Transformer

This Construction Truck Robot Transformer is multiple toys in one. The set has five different construction trucks that he’ll love pushing around the floor. When he’s done, he can put all these trucks together and they transform into one giant robot! He even lights up and talks!

Any 5-year old boy would love to receive this 5-in-1 toy as a gift. As he takes it apart and puts it back together, he’s working his fine motor skills and practicing early STEM skills. The set also uses the power of magnets to hold everything together, so it’s a great learning opportunity for that reason as well.

Child-Safe Binoculars

Five-year olds are still very curious about the world around them. These Kid-Safe Binoculars from Eagle Eye Explorer are shock-proof and waterproof, which is perfect for little fingers. He can use these to watch birds or other animals in the wild and check out everything that’s going on around him!

The binoculars are made durable with scratch-resistant materials and a rubber outer that resists damage from falls. They also have soft rubber eye-cups to protect his eyes and an adjustable 8×21 magnification. Some added extras include a carrying case, wrist strap, and cleaning cloth.

Dozen Dino Dig Kit

This Dozen Dino Dig Kit is something that I’ve bought a few times for my boys. They love using the little tools to become archaeologists for the day, unearthing 12 different dinosaurs. Each model also comes with a collectible information card, so he can learn more about his dinosaurs!

With 12 different eggs, this is also a great gift for parties or sleepovers. He’ll enjoy undigging dinos with friends or family. As an added benefit, the little tools will have him using his fine motor skills, too!


What to Look for in Gifts for 5 Year Old Boys

Physical Development

Five-year old boys are starting to get better control of their bodies. Children start learning how to work their smaller muscles in their hands and fingers, in addition to the larger muscles in their limbs. It’s around this age that they’ll be learning to write and draw. His hand-eye coordination is also going to start improving, especially with practice.

Toys that encourage physical development are those that might help him get active, like outdoor toys. It’s also helpful to work the smaller muscle groups. Playing with Play-Doh, making the pinching motion to pick up small cars, and similar activities are great for strengthening these skills. We recommended several toys for physical development above.

Social and Emotional Development

While five-year old boys may like to play on their own, they may also enjoy playing with others. Playing with others is great for increasing his ability to collaborate and work with others. However, his alone time also helps encourage his own creativity and foster independence.

Another benefit of this age is that children are grasping the difference between right and wrong more easily. They are better able to play with others and might practice early conflict resolution. They are also eager to please (parents and friends) and are more likely to follow the rules. It’s also the perfect age for playing pretend, so 5-year old boys should have toys that encourage this, too.

Educational Development

Cognitively, five-year olds are still grasping early problem-solving skills. It’s important to encourage them to tackle activities that encourage critical thinking and problem-solving. This is also a great time to start introducing STEM principles, especially in today’s technology-driven world. Many fields requiring principles of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics are in-demand and these skills have real-world application.

Five-year olds are also grasping better control of early language and may even be able to recognize some words. Some also read at this age. Books and magazine encourage reading and early language skills, as do board games.