Play is a vital, holistic component of every child’s development. Active play gets out all that excess energy while building coordination and confidence, while patterns and associations created in playtime can stimulate the imagination and improve critical thinking skills. When kids use their hands to create and construct new things, they are practicing their spatial and problem-solving skills while having loads of fun. Toys that are entertaining but provide physical and mental challenges for boys this age make great gifts and can help bring your little guy closer to his friends and family.
But with thousands of toys out there for every age and personality, choosing one (or a few!) can be overwhelming and time-consuming. To help simplify the selection process for you, we’ve rounded up some of the best gifts & toys for 5-year-old boys currently on the market. Whether you’re shopping for a holiday or birthday, we’ve got some great gifts your boy is guaranteed to love!
- Best Educational Game: ThinkFun Zingo Sight Words
- Ultimate Fort Building Kit: Crazy Forts
- Best Lego Toy: LEGO City Space Mars Research Shuttle
- Best For Dinosaur Lovers: TEMI Dinosaur Toy Figure Activity Play Mat
- Best Arts & Crafts Gift: Toyk Water Doodle Mat
- Best Interactive Learning Toy: Shifu Orboot: Augmented Reality Interactive Globe
- Best STEM Building Toy: Take Apart Toys with Electric Drill
- Best For Active Kids: The Original Stomp Rocket Stunt Planes
- Best Outdoor Exploration Kit: Small Discoverer Outdoor Exploration Set
- Best For Beginner Readers: Marvel – Spider-Man Me Reader
The Best Toys & Gifts for 5 Year Old Boys
The ThinkFun Zingo Sight Words Game is perfect for 5-year-old boys and girls who are eager to put their new reading skills to use. This award-winning, fast-paced card game teaches essential word recognition, building a foundation for a lifetime of reading in a fun and challenging way. Just slide the Zinger, make a match, and fill your card to win! Great for a family game night with the little one or in the classroom as a learning tool.
The Zingo Sight Words game comes with everything you need to play within minutes of opening the box, including instructions. As a winner of the ASTRA Best Toys for Kids Award, this is one of the coolest gifts you can give any kindergarten-age boy and is also a great gift for 5-year-old girls.
Based on bingo
Over 50 million sold
Up to six players
Winner of ASTRA Best Toys for Kids Award
- Weight1 Pound
With Crazy Forts, your 5-year-old can build an igloo, pirate ship, castle, and more. This creative building toy takes construction to a kid-size level with interconnecting pieces that create the framework for cool structures and lets kids use their imagination in the best possible way. Just toss a bedsheet over it and watch them defend their castle from invaders!
Crazy Forts comes with 44 sticks and 25 balls; everything needed to get building. Detailed instructions make construction easy, especially if the whole family or older siblings are in on the fort-building fun. With two kits, you can build even crazier forts and create a new play space every day. For more great toys your little ones will love, check out these amazing Lego cars.
Made from plastic and foam
Create endless designs
Just add bedsheets
- BrandCrazy Forts
- Weight1.98 Pounds
Journey to the red planet in the LEGO City Space Mars Research Shuttle and explore the surface with a space rover. The rover’s rocket drone collects samples and specimens to bring back to the shuttle. With two astronaut mini-figures included, your child can embark on as many space missions as he can imagine. This research shuttle is compatible with other LEGO sets and an excellent addition to your child’s LEGO collection.
The LEGO set space shuttle comes with an opening cockpit, opening cargo doors, and space drone storage. The rover comes with an articulated grappling arm, laser accompanied by tilting solar panels, and two drones. A Martian scenery completes the set. Partner up with your child to assemble this 190-piece kit.
Includes space shuttle, Mars rover, and two drones
Includes two LEGO City Mars astronaut figures
Multiple moving parts
- Weight1.3 Pounds
Hot Wheels has been around for decades but the Hot Wheels iD Race Portal has brought the franchise into the 21st Century. It attaches to an existing Hot Wheels track using the two included connectors and allows you to measure speed, count laps, and set new records. The set comes with two exclusive Hot Wheels iD vehicles – the Twin Mill and the GT Hunter – which can be scanned using the smartphone/tablet app. This lets you play mini-games, check your stats, and read the specs of each vehicle.
All of this adds together to make Hot Wheels a much more interactive and entertaining experience. It might not be the same toys we grew up playing with but all of this modern tech makes it much more exciting for today’s 5-year-old boys.
iD Race Portal included
Two exclusive Hot Wheels iD vehicles included
Play mini-games and track your speeds
Smartphone and tablet app
- BrandHot Wheels
- Weight1.37 Pounds
If your 5-year-old is into dinosaurs, it’s more than likely he’s really, really into them. With the TEMI Dinosaur Toy Figure Activity Play Mat, he can get among the dinos on a prehistoric park play mat. Your boy’s imagination will run wild as he explores a dino world featuring nine different dinosaurs. Roar!
The Activity Play Mat comes with nine hand-painted dinosaurs, including kid favorites like Tyrannosaurus Rex, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, Velociraptor, and Brachiosaurus. Five toy trees complete the set. The mat is 31 by 27 inches and made of soft non-woven fabric and has a case to keep it organized in your toy box or for travel. One of the best toys for 5-year olds who love their dinos!
Activity mat dimensions – 31.5” x 27.6”
Mat made from soft non-woven fabrics
Nine hand-painted dinosaur figures
Figures made from non-toxic PVC
- Weight1.74 Pounds
Tap into every kid’s inner artist with the Toyk Water Doodle Mat. Spread the large mat out on a table or the floor, fill the pen with clean water, and let the drawing fun begin. After a few minutes, what you draw disappears so that your child can draw again. Just like magic!
The set comes with a 40 by 28-inch doodle mat, six pens, eight drawing shapes, four stencils, a drawing booklet, and a mini jigsaw puzzle. The back of the mat is water-resistant; no mess, no fuss. Portable and quick to set up, this mat is also great for group play.
Mat dimension – 40” x 28”
6 pens, 8 molds, 4 templates, and more
No paint, no ink, non-toxic
- Weight1.19 Pounds
The Shifu Orboot is an innovative, interactive learning toy that takes your five-year-old boy on an augmented reality trip around the world! Use the Globe Plus app to visit new countries and learn about their history and culture. Let your child independently discover geography and environmental science in exciting and imaginative ways with this educational toy.
The iOS and Android-compatible app features over 400 highlights and 1,000 facts about the world across six different categories – cultures, monuments, inventions, animals, maps, and weather. It comes with a passport, stamps, stickers, and a detailed guide. One of the best gifts for 5-year-olds who are starting school as well as those who enjoy learning facts about the world.
Over 400 highlights & 1000 world facts
Includes passports, stamps, flag stickers, and help guide
iOS and Android compatibility
- Weight2.64 Pounds
By now, your five-year-old has probably had his fair share of toy dump trucks, cranes, and cement mixers. Take Apart Toys with Electric Drill lets your little engineer choose which remote-controlled vehicle he wants to build using his power drill and then drive his mini-masterpiece. It is so much fun and just as cool as it sounds! The electric drill used to construct the truck converts into the remote control car controller. Whoa.
The 3-in-1 set includes 44 pieces and a power drill to build the three vehicles. Your child can choose from the dump truck, crane, or cement truck, each with a 100-foot range. A perfect gift for five-year-old boys as well as younger kiddies.
Build three different vehicles
Drill turns into a remote control
Control up to 100 feet away
Realistic truck sounds
Four AA batteries
- BrandTop Race
- Weight1 Pound
Stuck choosing between an educational toy and one that gets your kid’s whacky energy out? Not anymore! With the YEEBAY Interactive Whack A Frog Game, you get the best of both worlds. Your five-year-old can develop fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, as well as cooperation and concentration while having a blast whacking frogs. When the frog lights up, you whack it!
The Whack A Frog Game features two modes, 38 levels for hours of play, includes the board, two soft hammers, and an LCD screen for scorekeeping.
38 different levels
Two soft hammers included
Sounds, music, and lights
- Weight1.85 Pounds
The KOKODI LCD Writing Tablet is a fun and engaging way to encourage artistic creativity in young boys. The doodle board uses an interactive tablet with LCD technology to make drawing fun. The screen creates colorful lines that vary in thickness depending on how hard you press – just like paper. Durable and portable, this tablet will keep your little boy busy for hours.
The lightweight, durable Writing Tablet features a 10-inch color LCD screen and comes with a stylus and replaceable battery. Press ‘erase’ to clear the screen or click the lock key to save and share your drawing with family and friends. Perfect for car and air travel, and easy to use anywhere your little one goes.
10-inch LCD screen
Six months of battery life
Up to 100,000 drawings
Save your work
Durable plastic casing
- Weight12 Ounces
The Dig a Dozen Dino Eggs Dig Kit is great for both independent and group discovery. Featuring 12 dino eggs, each with a different toy dinosaur inside, and a full-color learning card for every dino, this gift for boys is a great way to learn new and exciting facts about those prehistoric reptiles. So grab a chisel and get digging!
The Dig Kit includes 12 dino eggs containing a different toy dinosaur inside each, 12 chisel/brush tools, 12 instruction guides, and 12 learning cards. It’s one activity that can leverage your boy’s love of dinos into a lifelong love of science.
12 dino eggs with 12 different dinosaur toys inside
12 chisel/brush tools, great for a group activity
12 learning cards to teach about the different dinos
- Weight2.12 Pounds
Kids love dinosaurs, vehicles, and building things, so your 5-year-old will be in dino heaven with the Dinosaur Toys Create A Dinosaur World Road Race. Build the flexible Dinosaur World racetrack and then race dinosaur cars on it. After dark, their ferocious headlight eyes light up – watch out for the other dinos!
The Road Race comes with all the parts needed to build a dinosaur park, including 144 track pieces, two dinosaurs, two dinosaur cars, a door, and a bridge with connecting ramps. The track is also flexible and easy to assemble.
144 track pieces with bridge and connecting ramps
2 dinosaur cars
2 dinosaur models
2 AA batteries required (not included)
- Weight2.14 Pounds
The Toy Choi’s Pretend Play Series Standard Workbench is a great way to encourage your boy’s interest in engineering, architecture, and building. This high-quality workbench and toolset will prepare your little builder for the world by sharpening his motor and problem-solving skills. Use the drill to set up the workbench, and then your little man is only limited by his imagination.
The Standard Workbench comes with 83 sturdy pieces, including pieces to build the workbench, tools, and wearable equipment. Use the toolset to put the workbench together to create a workspace that features a toy bench clamp. The tools are safe for 5-year old boys and even younger kids and include a hammer, screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches, and a working drill.
83 piece workbench set featuring tools and safety equipment
2 direction toy drill with 3 interchangeable bits and LED floodlight
Safety goggles for OSHA-approved fun
Stable workbench with an extensive toolset
2 AA batteries required (not included)
- BrandToy Choi’s
- Weight3.97 Pounds
The Spider-Man Web Shots Spiderbolt Nerf Powered Blaster is a ton of fun! Kids develop coordination and social skills while playing as their favorite superhero. Help Spider-Man keep the city safe from crazy super-villains and sling webs to new heights. With tons of potential to engage in imaginative play and develop motor abilities, this is a great way to make your little guy feel like a real superhero.
The Blaster features Spiderman-inspired web designs and comes with three easy-to-launch Nerf darts. To launch, pull back the Blaster handle and push the button. The Blaster Nerf gun is compatible with other web shots gear to keep the battle going.
Marvel Spider-Man design
3 Nerf darts included
Compatible with other Nerf Web Shots gear
- Weight14.4 Ounces
The Original Stomp Rocket Stunt Planes set features three aeronautically engineered planes that perform amazing stunts. Jump, run, or stomp to launch the stunt planes – the Looper, the Glider, and the Wildcat. The Looper twirls in a giant loop, the Glider flies long distances, and the Wildcat performs crazy with stunts. Let your little one stomp to launch them all!
The set comes with three stunt planes, an adjustable launch stand, and a launch stomp pad. These stunt planes are 100% kid-powered, each stomp sending a new plane flying. This set is a great way to pique their curiosity about flight and physics while encouraging healthy physical activity. Your boy may also like some of these amazing remote control planes.
3 stunt planes – the Looper, the Glider, and the Wildcat
100% kid-powered launchpad
Adjustable launch stand
Designed by aeronautical engineers
- BrandStomp Rocket
- Weight1 Pound
The Outdoor Exploration Set from Small Discoverer gets your 5-year-old adventurer out into nature and exploring the wilderness of the backyard or beyond. Five is a wonderfully curious age, and your little one will love discovering birds and bugs. He’ll learn to use the included compass, acquire safety skills, and grow a lifelong passion for adventure.
The Exploration Set comes with everything your kiddo needs to get out and hit the trail, including kid-friendly 4 by 30 mm binoculars, 3 by 60 mm magnifying glass, LED hand-crank flashlight, whistle, compass, and backpack. Grab your water bottle and head out for your expedition today!
High-quality optics – 4 x 30 mm binoculars for kids and 3 x 60 mm magnifying glass
Safety equipment – LED hand-crank flashlight and whistle
Compass for orienteering
Backpack for exploration and storage
- BrandSmall Discoverer
- Weight14.4 Ounces
Fun in the sun on a hot summer day! Every kid loves it. With the KKONES Sprinkler Pad & Splash Play Mat, your 5-year-old can beat the heat in style. This ocean-themed mat connects to your hose to give your little guy 5 feet of splash pad fun. Control the splash height with the hose; it’s safe, durable, and a great addition to your backyard summer games.
68-inch splash play mat made of durable PVC material
Connects to a standard garden hose for backyard fun
Adjustable water splash height
- Weight2.14 Pounds
The Monster Truck Toys are monster fun in a mini package. In fact, this package comes with three small stunt trucks ready to surprise you with their 360-degree rotating stunts and upright tricks. Stand up and spin! Great on sand, grass, mud, or rocky trails, these monster trucks are ready to take on any challenge. Just pull them back to propel them over any terrain!
The Trucks come with three splash-proof, weather-proof stunt trucks in colorful, graffiti-inspired designs. Shockproof springs and rubber tires make these trucks go anywhere, just like any of these kids electric cars. This gift is budget-friendly and suitable for almost any age group, from toddlers to five-year-olds to big kids.
3 mini monster stunt trucks
360-degree spin and upright running stunt
Shockproof springs and rubber tires for all terrains
Splash-proof and weather-proof
- Weight10.4 Ounces
Get your kid in on the drone craze with CPSYUB Hand Operated Drones. These UFO-style drones launch from the palm of your hand and fly – no remote control required. Instead, these self-flying drones use infrared sensors to avoid obstacles. The one-key remote gets you flying quickly, and LED lights ramp-up the excitement when the lights go off.
The hand-operated drones are easy to use right out of the box. They charge up in less than an hour and take off and land with the push of a button or gentle toss. A protective webbed shell keeps furniture and fingers safe, but you can always get some extra drone accessories, too.
Handheld self-flying drone
5 sensors to control flight
Indoor or outdoor play
Rechargeable battery and charging cable
- Weight4.2 Ounces
Introduce your 5-year-old to robotics and encourage imaginative play with the Sopu Rechargeable Robot Toy. This little robot for kids is easy for any young boy to use; just tap his head twice to light up his LED eyes and listen to him repeat anything you say! As a bonus, it can be used as a cell phone stand.
The 4.5-inch tall talking robot is flexible and features light-up eyes and voice repetition for maximum entertainment. His durable metal and plastic construction makes it the perfect toy for any active child.
Talking robot with LED light-up eyes and voice repetition
Flexible and 360°rotatable joints for any adventure
3 LR44 1.5V batteries (included)
- Weight5.6 Ounces
Is your 5-year-old asking for a pet? Give him the Dinosaur Walking Toy! The 18-inch dino roars, has seven different LED light modes, and when you pour a little water in the top of his head, he sprays fog out of his mouth. This dino comes with a simple remote control that is sized perfectly for little hands. Let your kid control his dinosaur and make his dino dream come true!
The Dinosaur Toy comes with a remote controller and water bottle for the fogging effect. Some assembly is required but it’s well worth it if your five-year-old is into dinosaurs.
18.5-inch remote controlled dinosaur
7 LED modes to light up eyes and back armor
5 AA batteries required (not included)
- Weight1.63 Pounds
The Coodoo Kids Camera is a perfect way to introduce your little one to the joys of photography. The durable, kid-safe camera is easy to use and features a 2-inch LCD screen. Your little guy can take photos and videos and add funny frames and magic filters. Great for travel near and far.
The kid’s camera is rugged and ready right out of the box. It offers 5-MP clarity and records video in 1080p resolution and comes with a 16 GB SD card and USB cable for charging and transferring images and videos. A lanyard keeps the camera close, making it a perfect travel camera for your boy.
Rugged, kid-friendly design with lanyard
5 MP camera with 1080p video resolution
5 funny frames and 6 magic filters for photos
16 GB SD memory card
- Weight4.8 Ounces
Give your 5-year-old a realistic racing experience with this Remote Control Car that looks remarkably like a real racing car. This durable and safe 1:22 scale RC will roll on any terrain, so it’s perfect for a boy who wants to build obstacles and sweet jumps. With a little bit of creativity and some help, he can have hours of fun – indoors or outside.
The Remote Control Car comes with everything you need, including the remote control car, a console-style remote control, and rechargeable batteries. Get ready for all-terrain fun!
1:22 scale all-terrain remote control car
27 MHz console-style remote control
- Weight11.2 Ounces
If your 5-year-old is learning how to be a better reader, the Marvel – Spider-Man Me Reader can help. This electronic reader helps kids learn by reading the books aloud, opening the door to independent reading that builds confidence in young readers. Best of all, kids can hear the whole story with sound effects as they follow along. Connecting words and pictures builds their vocabulary, and with Spider-Man as the hero, every boy is sure to be enthralled.
The Me Reader comes with eight illustrated books and the Me Reader Module. Just choose a book and press the matching page buttons to hear the story. Who better to teach your little one than superheroes? If your kid is a real fan, here are some wonderful Marvel Lego sets he will adore, for sure.
Me Reader module
8 illustrated hardcover books
Spider-Man stories featuring Marvel Avengers
Connect words and pictures to build vocabulary
- Weight2.5 Pounds
- Author:Jennifer H Keast
Most 5-year-olds know their way around a building block set, but the Smarkids Building Blocks are a bit different. The connecting balls come with connecting rods in varying lengths, wheels and wheel connections, and snap-in shapes – enough for your boy to build whatever he can imagine in his playpen! Using the design booklet to guide his initial builds, your little one will develop thinking and spatial reasoning skills to last a lifetime.
The Building Blocks set comes with everything kids need to start building 3D models, including 100 connecting rods in four lengths, 36 connecting balls, four wheels and wheel connections, and various snap-in shapes. A hand storage box keeps everything organized and portable. What a great way to get your little engineer interested in building!
100 connecting rods in 4 lengths and 36 connecting balls
Snap-in shapes and wheels with connectors included
Creative design booklet to guide building
- Weight1.9 Pounds
The QIMYGIFT Cool Superhero Dress-up Costumes is an excellent gift for your 5-year-old or 6-year old and his siblings or friends. With multiple superhero costumes to choose from, your boy can pick his hero and save the day. Inspired by popular comic book characters, these superhero costumes are a great way to inspire creativity and let your child’s imagination run wild. With a flip of his cape, your little hero is off to rescue another citizen in distress!
The Costumes include four sets of high-quality felt masks and satin capes. The masks adjust to fit growing faces, and the capes are 27 inches long. Get the kids outside and flying around with these super cool superhero costumes.
Superhero costumes inspired by popular comic book characters
High-quality fabrics – felt masks and satin capes
Adjustable mask for little or big faces
The Bristle Interlocking Building Blocks are different from other building sets due to their soft, interlocking bristles that stick together at any angle. This feature allows your little one to create countless configurations with zero frustration. The blocks are such a fun activity for all five-year-olds kids, especially those into building. At the same time, they help improve memory, concentration, and spatial reasoning.
The Building Blocks set includes 126 assorted pieces covered in soft rubber bristles, all in various shapes and colors for maximum entertainment. Oh, and there’s a portable storage box that’s easy to carry.
126-piece building kit with that uses bristles to connect
Soft, interlocking bristles are kid-safe
Great for all kids – younger or older
Compatible with other similar building blocks
- Weight2.69 Pounds
Let your 5-year-old light up the night with the MAOXIAN Flashing LED Gloves! These gloves feature six different light modes that flash and soft-change color at the touch of a fingertip; perfect for camping, finding your way in the dark, or simple, colorful fun.
Made of knitting yard with high elasticity, they’re both durable and flexible and will keep your little guy warm during the cold months. The set includes two one-size-fits-most gloves plus batteries.
6-mode LEDs for different colors and flashing combinations
Made of stretchable knitting yard
- Weight3.2 Ounces
Give your 5-year-old a head start in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills with the Kid Pal Building Toys Kit. This 5-in-1 building kit gives a hands-on building experience that goes beyond the brick. With this kit, your child can build five different models, including a racing car, buggy, robot, crane, and excavator. Add in the battery-powered motor, and a world of possibilities opens up, so we are sure even 6-year olds and 7-year-olds will be entertained with this toy.
The Building Toys Kit comes with 113 pieces, a battery-powered motor, building instructions for five different models, and a storage case. A great toy for hands-on logical thinking and imaginative play!
5-in-1 building kit with 113 pieces
Battery-powered motor brings your vehicles to life
Encourages STEM learning and building
2 AA batteries required (not included)
- Weight2.05 Pounds
Why Trust Us
Because we understand how important games and toys are for kids of all ages. Aside from keeping them entertained and occupied, quality toys and games can also help your little ones develop motor and problem-solving skills, as well as nurture their creativity and teach them about sharing. To give you the very best toys for 5-year-old boys, we've scoured the internet for the best deals, spending over 15 hours on research and editing. We've also consulted with members of our staff who are parents of boys and have loads of experience with the subject.
Who This Is For
This guide is for anyone who has or knows a little guy whom they want to make happy! Whether you're looking for entertaining lego kits that let your boy build new worlds, stomp rockets that help burn off excess energy, or educational games that teach new concepts in simple but entertaining ways, we've got you and your boy covered.
How We Picked
By age 5, most boys can use fine motor skills to draw, play, dress on their own, etc. Kids this age also tend to enjoy more dramatic play, including singing, dancing, acting, as well as building new things and practicing new crafts. This is why when choosing gifts for this guide, we focused on games and toys that both stimulate the mind and encourage healthy physical exertion. We also tried to accommodate varying needs, preferences, and budgets, so our list contains a wide variety of great gifts, games, and activities that most boys are guaranteed to love.
Features To Look For In Best Toys For 5-Year-Old Boys
When picking out gifts for 5-year-olds, there are many factors one can consider, including the temperament of the child, his interests, hobbies, behavior, etc. Does your little one enjoy building things? Maybe he prefers playing with cars? Perhaps he's interested in learning all about animals?
If you're unsure where to start, here are the most important features to consider.
Preference - Pay attention to the child’s interests and preferences. Many kids have specific toys they love; some may dislike certain games or themes. The best way to figure out the child’s areas of interest or toy preference is to consult with their parents or, if you're a parent yourself, to ask the child directly. Many boys this age are already well-aware of their likes as well as dislikes.
Durability - Let’s face it, 5-year-olds are rough on toys. A toy is more durable if made with strong materials such as wood, steel, or specialty plastic. Flimsy plastic rarely lasts very long and can break down in the sun and with rough play. The best toys for 5-year-old boys are durable and can withstand the rigors of both. Of course, all toys made for children must be safe and made from non-toxic materials too (beware of choking hazards too!).
Budget - Your relationship with the child and personal finances will probably affect your toy choice. Luckily, we have included toys and gifts for 5-year-olds for practically any budget!
Toys for 5-Year-Old Boys FAQ
Q: Why are toys important for young children?
A: Research shows that learning by play is an important part of a child’s development. Enough playtime and the right toys can provide significant benefits to your child and your family. For example, educational toys teach different life skills, such as critical thinking and conflict resolution, and spatial abilities like hand-eye coordination and motor abilities. Playing with these toys can develop imagination, creativity, and social skills like sharing and cooperation. Toys that are both interesting and educational should be in focus when shopping for a 5-year-old boy.
Q: What type of toys do 5-year-old boys like?
A: All the above-listed are perfect for 5-year-old boys! From cars to puzzles to STEM toys, these promote development in critical areas and are a lot of fun. We have scoured the internet to bring you a selection of gifts that should make any 5-year-old a happy little guy. Whether you're looking for a simple dino toy or a more complex board game for kids, bear in mind that the best toys for 5-year olds should be both entertaining and educating.