Best toys for 5-year-olds

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The best toys for 5 year olds based on developmental milestones

Five-year-olds are on the cusp of a milestone: the transition from a pre-schooler to a fully-fledged school-aged child! Even if they’re not starting school just yet, they’ll be building a lot of school-ready skills, like writing letters and doing lots of cutting, pasting and creating. Art, craft and science kits really come into their own at this age.

With a stronger desire to follow rules comes greater enjoyment in sports and activities, so sporting equipment is a great buy. Plus, don’t forget all the school accessories: bags, bottles and lunch items in their favourite colours and themes.

Here are our top picks of gifts and toys for 5 year old boys and girls.

  • Make-Believe Play
  • Making Close Friends
  • Recognising Letters
  • Acting, Singing, Making Up ‘Concerts’
  • Telling Jokes
  • Dressing Themselves
  • Becoming Independent
  • Transitioning To School

  • Construction Kits
  • Early Reading And Maths Games
  • Craft Kits
  • World Globe
  • Hula Hoop
  • Skipping Rope
  • Marble Run
  • Doll Furniture

19 gifts and toys for 5 year olds

Here are our top gifts and toys for 5-year-old boys and girls.

Thrills and chills

Gifts for 5-year-old: Deadly Animal Bingo

Australia’s Deadly Animals Bingo ($35)

Jam-packed with fascinating facts about 64 of Australia’s creepiest critters, inquisitive littlies will be on the edge of their seats playing this classic game. The race is on to be the first player to mark off each species and yell ‘BINGO!’.

Enchanted places

Best Gifts and Toys for 5 Year Olds: That Little Nook Fairy Globes

That Little Nook Large Globe with Tree House (from $45)

Whether hung in a special nook or perched upon a shelf, this teeny-tiny fairy world will bring a touch of magic to bedrooms. The globe comes with handmade clay accessories and real Chrysanthemum miniature flowers for children to water and nurture.

Positive thinking

Best Gifts and Toys for 5 Year Olds: Two Little Ducklings Kids Wellbeing and Affirmation Cards

Two Little Ducklings Kids Affirmation Cards ($34.95)

Growing up comes with a lot of challenges and these thoughtful, laminated cards aim to help kids build the resilience and positivity to help them through the early years and beyond. The pack contains 32 double-sided cards.

Lovely lunches

Best Gifts for 5-Year-Olds: Little Lunch Box Co. Bento Two

Little Lunch Box Co. Bento Two (from $29.95)

Lightweight and compact, these bento boxes are perfect for little lunches and snacks. Each box is BPA-free, dishwasher safe and has two compartments that can be converted to three with the adjustable divider. Available in a rainbow of colours, they’re a must for the school bag.


Best Gifts for 5-Year-Olds: In-Wood I Am Mandala Puzzle

In-Wood I Am Mandala Puzzle ($59.95)

With the sun at the centre, this stunning wooden puzzle encourages busy kids to slow down and reflect on their emotions. The set contains 25 beautifully carved pieces made up of words that reflect feelings, and symbols of nature.

Express yourself

Chalkapella Koala chalkboard t-shirt

Chalkapella Chalk-A-Koala Tee ($39.95)

Doodle, wear, wash, repeat! This adorable koala tee makes the perfect canvas for their next masterpiece. Complete with four colourful smudge-proof chalk crayons, it’s an ideal gift for creative little critters. And when inspiration strikes, simply wash or wipe with a damp cloth to transform into a plain black canvas again.

Beautiful building

Best gifts and toys for 5 year olds: LaQ Sweet Collection Unicorn

LaQ Sweet Collection Unicorn ($25.99)

Snap and click the pieces together to create something truly magical. From fairytale castles to enchanting unicorns, this unique construction set lets little ones enjoy infinite building possibilities. Made in Japan, there are step-by-step instructions to give wee ones a helping hand.

Tiny tunes

Best Gifts and Toys for 5 Year Olds: Loog Electric Guitar

Loog Pro Electric Guitar ($320)

A three-string guitar that helps little rockers learn how to play real music from the first day they unwrap it. The Loog Guitar app and flashcards hold their hand as they start their musical journey.

Mini Masterchef

Le Petit Chef, children's knife set by Opinel

Opinel Le Petit Chef Set ($67.45)

Armed with all the tools they need to (safely) help you in the kitchen, there’ll be no stopping your 5 year old once they get cooking. Engineered to keep fingers tucked out of harm’s way, this is the kit all mini Masterchefs need.

Summertime ready

Best Gifts and Toys for 5 Year Olds: Cotton On Kids Kickboard

Cotton On Kids Kickboard & Goggles Set ($19.99)

Legs will be splish-splashing and eyes properly protected with these super handy, colour-packed kickboard sets. Plus, with a cut-out that’s perfect for popping goggles at the end of the day, you need never lose a pair again.

Pre-historic projections

Best Gifts and Toys for 5 Year Olds: IS GIFT Dinosaur Projection Torch

Dinosaur Torch Projector ($12.95)

Pint-sized paleontologists with a dinosaur in their pocket – is there anything cooler?! The torch projects dino scenes onto the wall or ceiling and the handy keychain means it goes anywhere with young explorers. A great little toy for 5 year olds.

A full flock

Best Gifts and Toys for 5 Year Olds: Flockmen Full Flock

Flockmen Full Flock 32 Pieces ($113.90)

Step aside blocks, the Flockmen are here. Handmade from timber to stand up to years of play, these interlocking playthings can be used for infinite feats of construction, or as educational tools. This set of 32 comes with a cloth bag.

Out-of-this-world ice cream

Astronaut Ice Cream ($10)

A delightfully tricky snack that real astronauts indulge in for dessert: freeze-dried ice cream! With a crunchy texture that melts in the mouth, toys for 5 year olds never looked (or tasted) so fun!

Hop, Skip and a jump

DEJU elastics

Daju Toys Rainbow Elastics ($30.95)

A classic playground game with a modern twist. Summer fun is just a jump away with this set of rainbow elastics. It contains three-metre jumping elastics as well as tips and tricks for advancing the game.

Flower power

Best Gifts and Toys for 5 Year Olds: Moulin Roty Flower Press

Moulin Roty Le Jardin Flower Press ($35.50)

Designed in France, this sweet wooden flower press encourages little ones to connect with nature and produce their very own all-natural decorations. The set contains six layers and is fastened with bolts and wing nuts.

Mic check

Best Gifts and Toys for 5 Year Olds: BlueFire Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone

BlueFire Wireless Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone ($28.99) 

It’s the ultimate gadget for minis who live to rock out. In rose-gold, it features LED lights and works as a Bluetooth speaker, loudspeaker, recorder and traditional microphone. Get set for a few concerts!

Natural hoops

Best Gifts and Toys for 5 Year Olds: Such Great Heights Hula Hoop

Such Great Heights Rattan Hula Hoops (from $32)

Hula hoops are classic toys that encourage little humans to find joy in movement and develop their coordination. These stunners are made entirely of rattan and are beautiful enough to double as interior decor.

Curtain call

Best Gifts and Toys for 5 Year Olds: Kids Charades

University Games Kids on Stage ($17.54)

Designed especially for younger kids to play, this edition of Charades is going to inspire a gazillion giggles. There are 100 topic cards included and no reading required – just flick the spinner, pick a card and play!

Pavement play

Best Gifts and Toys for 5 Year Olds: Crayola Sidewalk Chalk

Crayola Sidewalk Chalk ($9.80)

Toys for 5 year olds don’t get much more old school than this. It’s time for creativity to shine! This bumper pack of 48 vibrant, high-quality chalk will keep little artists busy outside all. Day. Long. Each piece is perfectly sized for little hands and washes off with water.

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