Best Gifts for 5 Year Old Boys (That They’ll Love)

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Discover amazing toys and gifts for 5 year old boys that will get kids moving, thinking, inventing, exploring, building, and playing.

Don’t forget to consider a variety of books, games, toys, and clothes.

Best Gifts for 5 Year Old Boys (That They'll Love)

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The Best Gifts for 5 Year Old Boys

The Best Gifts for 5 Year Old Boys
Plasma Car
Kids (my own included) love to cruise around on this super fun car. It’s great for inside or outside, too. (Even on my hardwood floors.)

Hurry Up, Chicken Butt
See how many activities you can complete before the timer goes off. Fast-paced and fun, this game encourages quick thinking, creativity, and physical activity.

Kids adore this literacy game– it’s a fun way to build reading skills for pre-readers and beginning readers!

Pets Alive Chirpy Birds
Crack open the plastic egg to see which Chirpy Bird you’ve adopted — this one is Owl! It will mimic what you say and say it back to you.

LEGO Mickey Castle

Do you like castles and Disney? Build a medieval castle for Mickey and his friends, including a buildable dragon.

The Best Gifts for 5 Year Old Boys
Gears, Gears, Gears Robot Factory
My kids and their friends love this gear kit SO MUCH. Parents, you’ll love to see how the gears inspire creativity through building and engineering. See my full review here. I recommend this gift for 5 year old boys and girls.

LeapFrog Magic Adventure Globe

This is an interactive globe. Tap on it with the stylus to learn about places, cultures, languages, animals, and more.

Hot Wheels Batman 5-pack
Hot Wheels Batman 5-Pack

Boys and girls absolutely love Hot Wheels vehicles; they make great stocking stuffers, too.

Bakugan GeoForge Dragonoid 7 in 1

Battle Geogan Bakugan and use the 8 cards to power it up.

Story Time Chess

Let your five year olds learn to play chess with chess pieces with unique stories and 30 mini-games, all of which teach children the rules of the chess game.

Pizza with Everything on It
Pizza with Everything on It
by Kyle Scheele, illustrated by Andy J. Pizza
What happens when a pizza-loving boy decides he should add EVERYTHING on top of his pizza? Pickles and apples, books and pencils, the White House, and a particle accelerator…so many toppings! Before long, the pizza begins to collapse in on itself and turns into a black hole!! Will it ever become a pizza again?

Primal Rock Jaw

Rock Jaw is in the primal form of a crocodile. Watch as his goo changes and stretches him up to three times his size.

Shark Floor Puzzle

A shark-shaped puzzle made of sturdy pieces with shiny foil accents.

Imaginext Pirate Ship

Pretend play pirates with swords who capture prisoners in the ship’s hull. Or, launch cannons and make someone walk the plank.

Uncle Milton Moon In My Room

Watch the moon’s lunar phases that you can change with a remote control.

Highlights Hidden Pictures Sticker Book
Use the stickers to find the hidden objects. It’s fun! My kids always preferred the sticker hidden picture books to the color books.

Dragons Slips and Ladders

For 2 – 4 players, this is a fun fantasy version of Chutes and Ladders with knights, princesses, and dragons.


Hot Wheels Garage Playset
This cool garage comes with a car wash, elevator, loop stunt, a dragon, and 50 parking spots. Includes 2 hot wheels!

Counting Puzzles
Kids need to learn to match the number word to the numeral, and these ten pairs of puzzles will help.

My First Castle Panic
For 1 to 4 players, stop the monsters from smashing the castle!

Razor Kick Scooter Junior
Scooters build up balance and gross motor skills but 5 year old kids don’t know that– they just think they’re awesome. Notice that this junior scooter has three wheels not two for more stability.


Chutes and Ladders

Another classic game that remains a favorite for kids — my own included. The first player to reach the 100 square wins. It’s a game of chance, but for some reason, my kids always win. What’s up with that?

Animal Village Create a Story

Cards with woodland animal characters, locations, and props encourage imagination and storytelling.

Don’t Eat Bees (Life Lessons from Chip the Dog)
by Mike Boldt
HILARIOUS! Narrated by Chip, a dog with a big personality, Chip helpfully gives us the dos and don’ts for life.Do: Eat Socks…Don’t eat bees.” 5 year old kids will crack up through the whole story and will love the clever ending.

Crayola Pip-Squeaks Washable Markers
This carrying case makes it easy to carry your markers anywhere. And washable markers are a must-buy arts and crafts gift for creative kids!

Too Many Pigs and One Big Bad Wolf by Davide Cali and Marianna Balducci
Clever, hilarious, and filled with so many juicy things like counting and storytelling with a demanding reader, this 2022 picture book begs for multiple readings. The narrator begins with a short, 2-sentence story about the three little pigs on the abacus that the wolf eats. Except– the reader demands a longer story. So the narrator tries again, adding more pigs to the abacus and more short stories. Count all the pigs and notice the pigs grouped by colors and numbers. Fantastic!

Dinosaur World Road Race

Create a dinosaur track for your two dinosaur racecars.

Kids First Science Laboratory
5 year old boys will love these large, plastic scientific tools for long-lasting fun and exploration. The tools include a unique, multipurpose 14-piece screw-together system with tubes, funnels, lids, connectors, and perforated disks that can be used in a multitude of ways. Also included are large and small measuring spoons, a test tube rack, a pipette, a hand magnifier, magnetic rings and stand set, and more.

zoob 250 piece set
ZOOB 250 Piece Set

ZOOBs are colorful snap-together plastic gears, axels, and joint pieces. They’re not electronic; they’re totally battery-free. AND WE LOVE THEM!  Without a doubt, ZOOBs are one of our most-played with, favorite open-ended toys that have lasted for years of childhood! (If you can’t tell, we highly recommend them.)

The Best Gifts for 5 Year Old Boys
Are You Scared, Darth Vader?
by Adam Rex
HILARIOUS — and a guaranteed new read-aloud favorite for your kids. The narrator is trying to find out if Darth Vader is scared of anything. Maybe when this wolfman pops out? Or bites him? Or a vampire? Or a ghost? Black cats? “I AM NOT SCARED. I WILL NEVER BE SCARED. WHO COULD POSSIBLY SCARE LORD VADER?” Apparently, nothing will scare Darth Vader. There’s an unexpectedly tender moment when Darth Vader reveals that he is cursed…and seems sad. Then a surprise ending with what actually displeases, er, scares Darth Vader. What do you think it is? And there’s a second surprise ending, too!

Design & Drill Bolt Buddies Barn

Use a kid-safe toy drill to build a farm with crops, fences, and animal friends.

Guess How Much I Love You Toy and Book Set
Guess How Much I Love You Toy + Book Set

Read this favorite story to your children and let them play with this cute rabbit plush. A playful reading gift for young readers.

My ABC Keepsake Book
I think the My ABC Book Keepsake is so cute —  it’s filled with eye-catching stickers, punch-out’s and artwork. Create an activity for “A,” a birthday bash for “B”, and a celebration for “C!”

MindWare Dig It Up! Giant Gem

Excavate a gigantic gem stone with 12 polished gemstones hidden inside!

The Best Gifts for 5 Year Old Boys
My Toothbrush is Missing
 by Jan Thomas
Dog tells his friends that his toothbrush is missing. Donkey asks Dog to describe it. Which leads to hilarious fun! Because for every description Dog shares (bristles, long handle), Donkey thinks he’s found it — but he finds other things that also fit those descriptions (Fat Cat, a broom, an egg beater, …) Entertaining dialogue, brilliant brightly-colored comic-style illustrations, and a funny, funny ending. Perfection. (Can you tell I love Jan Thomas?)

Hot Wheels Monster Truck

The oversized body and giant monster wheels make up a super cool 1:24 scale truck that any child will enjoy.

Playmobil Pirates
X marks the spot on Treasure Island. Watch out for rats and cannonballs!

STEM gifts for five year old boys
Balance Beans 
We think this STEM math and science game is AWESOME. It’s a one-player game that gets us to balance the seesaw, learning physics and logic at the same time.

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Lego City Town City Square
Build your own little town, from its trucks to its coffee shop to its street stands! This LEGO set is full of never ending building fun that will keep children entertained all day!

Jack and the Beanstalk

A brain-boosting 1 player 3D logic and deduction game with 60 challenges!

The Original AirFort

Quickly and easily inflate this roomy 4″+ tall fort with a box fan! Then play inside for hours!

Create with Clay Mythical Creatures
Create a unicorn, dragon and phoenix sculptures with this colorful clay set!

Playstix interlock with a snap-and-lock feature and are color-coded to make building easy. This kit includes 150 Playsitx and an idea booklet with instructions and examples of things you can build.

LEGO Space Mars Research Shuttle
Build your own space shuttle!






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