Play is a vital, holistic component of every child’s development. Active play gets out all that excess energy while building coordination and confidence. Patterns and associations created in playtime can stimulate the imagination and improve critical thinking skills. When kids use their hands to create and construct, they are problem-solving while having fun. Toys that provide physical and mental challenges for boys this age make great gifts and bring your little guy closer to his friends and family. With toys out there for every person and personality, choosing one can be overwhelming. We have scoured the internet to bring you this buying guide to the best toys and gifts for 5-year-old boys.
The Best Toys & Gifts for 5 Year Old Boys
The ThinkFun Zingo Sight Words Game is perfect for 5-year-olds 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 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 best 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. 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. With two kits, you can build even crazier forts and create a fun new play space every day. For more fun 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 minifigures 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 speeds, 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 experience. It might not be the same Hot Wheels we grew up playing but all of this modern tech makes it much more exciting.
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
Your 5-year-old is likely into dinosaurs. Like 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 woven fabrics has a case to keep it organized in your toy box or for travel.
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 Aqua Magic 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 Magic Mat 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 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.
Over 400 highlights & 1000 world facts
Includes passports, stamps, flag stickers, and help guide
iOS and Android compatibility
- Weight2.64 pounds
By now, your 5-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 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.
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 5-year-old can develop fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and social skills like 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. 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 child 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 comes in a sleek display box and 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 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 critical thinking and fine-motor 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 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 skills, this is a fun 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 three different 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 the 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 getting some energy out, just like any 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
The Outdoor Exploration Set gets your 5-year-old adventurer out into nature and exploring the wilderness of the backyard or beyond. 5 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 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 Dreamingbox Pull Back Dinosaur Cars prove that sometimes the simple, classic toys stand the test of time for a reason. But wait! This set puts a ferocious dino twist on the classic pull-back car. The cars are actually dinosaurs! Race them or put them on a crash course and see if the T-Rex is as hungry for victory on the track as he is for, well, everything. Roar!
The durable plastic Dinosaur Cars feature different dinosaur heads. Pull them back, let go, and watch them jet forward, no battery required. This gift is budget-friendly and fun, so you can’t go wrong. If your little one loves dinos, here are some wonderful Lego Jurassic World sets he might also like.
6 pull-back dinosaur cars
Dinosaur twist on a classic toy
- Weight9.6 ounces
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.
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.
These 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 fun 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 with the SOKY Talking Robot. This little robot for kids is easy for a young boy to use; tap his head to light up his LED eyes. He’s ready to play! Your boy’s space adventure gets even better with robot-style voice repetition and galactic sounds.
The 4.5-inch tall Talking Robot is posable, features light-up eyes, and voice repetition. His durable metal and plastic construction are perfect for your active child.
Talking robot with LED light-up eyes and voice repetition
Posable joints for any adventure
3 LR44 1.5V batteries (included)
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 control and water bottle for the fogging effect. Some assembly is required.
18.5-inch remote controlled dinosaur
7 LED modes to light up eyes and back armor
5 AA batteries required (not included)
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 Kids 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, so it is 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 the Remote Control Car. This durable and safe 1:22 scale RC will roll on any terrain, 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
Your 5-year-old is likely learning how to be a better reader, and 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. 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 you 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
- 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 critical thinking and spatial reasoning skills to last a lifetime.
The Building Blocks set comes with everything you 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 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 blocks due to their soft, interlocking bristles that stick together at any angle. This feature allows you to create countless configurations. It’s tons of fun that also improves memory, concentration, and spatial reasoning.
The Building Blocks set includes 126 assorted pieces covered in soft rubber bristles and a portable storage box.
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
Your 5-year-old will light up the night with the MAOXIAN Flashing LED Gloves. These gloves feature six different light modes to make their gloves flash and change color at the touch of a fingertip. Perfect for camping, finding your way in the dark, or simple, colorful fun.
The set includes two one-size-fits-most gloves made of a soft, flexible material.
6-mode LEDs for different colors and flashing combinations
- 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 or 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.
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
Gifts and Toys for 5-Year-Old Boys Buying Guide & FAQ
Features To Look For In Best Toys for 5-Year-Old Boys
When picking out a gift for a 5-year-old, there are many factors one can consider.
Budget - Your relationship with the child and personal finances may affect your toy choice. We have included toy choices for any budget.
Preference - Pay attention to the child’s interests and preferences. Many children have specific toys they love; some may dislike certain toys or themes. The best way to figure out the child’s areas of interest or toy preference is to consult with their parents or ask the child directly.
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. Durable toys can withstand the rigors of both.
All toys made for children must be safe and made from non-toxic materials.
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. Educational toys teach different life skills, such as problem-solving and conflict resolution, and spatial abilities like hand-eye coordination and motor skills. Playing with these toys can develop imagination, creativity, and social skills like sharing and cooperation. Toys that are both fun 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 toys are all perfect for 5-year-old boys. From cars to puzzles, these toys promote development in critical areas and are a lot of fun. We have scoured the internet to bring you a selection of toys that should make any 5-year-old a happy little guy.
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