When shopping for 5-year-olds you want to think about toys that are developmentally-appropriate — such as those that focus on manual dexterity, early reading and STEM skills, and that may allow for social engagement (think games, or toys that multiple children can play with together).
Zingo ~ $19
Helps kids learn to spell and read! The perfect game for pre- and early readers, and fun for siblings or parents and children to play together.
This kit includes everything your child needs to create artistic masterpieces! Bonus: with so many different pieces, it lasts forever!
My two 5-year-olds are OBSESSED with these Elmer’s slime making kits! They are super easy to make, fun to play with, and not terribly messy! Plus, this one changes colors. That counts as science (right?!).
Lego Sets ~$ Price Varies
As they get a little older, your child will be ready for more challenging Lego sets that require them to follow multi-step directions, use more manual dexterity, and a greater level of focus, concentration and imagination.
The Floor is Lava Game ~ $16
Quick! Jump up! The floor is lava! This fun family game will get you and your kids laughing hysterically as you jump around the room to stay off the lava!
A cooperative whodunit game that the whole family can play.
My kids LOVE their Hidden Pictures books! They could spend hours searching for the hidden items, and then cheering each other on when they find one. Here’s a secret: I think they’re super fun too!
For all the explorers out there — this is a real, working telescope that offers 9x magnification, and two extra large eye pieces perfect for young faces. Kids can get a close-up view of everything around them: bugs, plants, animals and even outer space!
Awesome for little engineers, Joinks pieces are vibrant and fun! The brightly colored connectors reach out in all directions, and the sticks can bend and flex to make unique geometric shapes and designs. Comes with 76 different pieces.
Hopefully this list gave you some ideas for fun toys for your 5-year-old. Enjoy!