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    53 Of The Best Toys And Gifts That Won't Disappoint A 5-Year-Old

    They grow up so dang quickly, so make sure you get the kid in your life something they can enjoy for years to come.

    1. A Craft-tastic "Make a Fox Friend" craft kit if your child wants to learn the basics of sewing while putting together a full wardrobe of clothes and accessories for this fantastic (and fabulous) little fox stuffie. No special tools or additional supplies to buy makes this a great all-in-one gift!

    2. A Lego dinosaur set because your kid wants to bring Jurassic Park to life in their living room. It comes complete with an-easy-to-build airport, helicopter, buggy and T. rex figure that'll set the scene for their imagination to run wild as they go on a ~raw-ring adventure.~

    The Lego dinosaur set
    Lego

    Promising review: "Built this with my 4 year old sun, had a lot of fun. This is great value! For a set like this, you get a car, a dino, a dino egg and a helicopter, and boys love those!!! A lot of fun to play with that parents could have a lot of interesting conversation while playing. We had this set on our play table for more than a month. Definitely a parent saver!" —KindestFluffyBoar

    Get it from Lego for $49.99

    3. A Hape Quadrilla Super Spirals building blocks set for all the marble madness and Rube Goldberg goodness a kid could possibly enjoy.

    Adult and child models playing with block set and marbles

    4. A Crayola Inspiration Art Case packed with 64 crayons, 20 colored pencils, 40 washable markers, and 15 large pieces of paper for creative kiddies to bring their art and imagination to the world. But why does daddy look like he's crying in all these drawings?

    Colorful briefcase opened and filled with Crayola crayons, markers, and colored pencils

    5. A set of handmade satin butterfly wings that any little lepidopterist can enjoy for hours of indoor or outside pretend play. A real fly gift if we do say so!

    6. An updated Lite-Brite set that comes with more templates and pegs and is bigger and brighter than the classic 1980s version. This gift might be the most affordable time machine money can buy for kids and, in all likelihood, adults.

    Split image of two child models playing with Lite Brite, one with lights on and one with lights off

    7. A Wiwiurka wood climber triangular rope ladder available in indoor (hung from the ceiling) or outdoor (hung from a tree branch) options that's capable of holding up to 175 pounds' worth of children (or possibly one immature adult).

    Split image of children playing in triangle rope ladder outdoors and indoors

    8. A classic Lego set so your little one can build all kinds of things and let their imagination run wild.

    9. Melissa & Doug ice cream station that'll have them setting up shop, serving up plastic deliciousness, and politely asking eager beavers that scream for ice cream to quiet down and patiently wait in line. This is serious biz.

    a child model adding a topping on an ice cream cone, while the stand, a menu and pretend money sits on the table
    reviewer's child playing with the ice cream counter
    reviewer photo of them holding a toy scoop with fake ice cream on it

    The set includes a wooden ice cream counter, eight ice cream scoops, six toppings, two cones, cup, scooper, tongs, wooden spoon, reusable menu card, and six pretend dollar bills.

    Promising review: "My 5-year-old daughter has played with this non-stop for two days now. She easily hands out the menu and takes everyone’s orders. It took her a few tries but she can easily get the ice cream in the scoop and release it onto the cones. So much realistic detail. Just an overall fun and educational birthday present (memory practice, counting, money exchange, balance, social skills, etc.)." –Kat

    Get it from Amazon for $41.99.

    10. A wooden climber triangle set that'll blend in effortlessly with your farmhouse decor and entertain your budding climbing enthusiast for hours at a time. It also will make an excellent fort when they're a little older! Plus, it folds up for easy storage. Win-win-win-win!

    11. A "Role Play Fingerprint Kit" so junior gumshoes can learn "how to detect and collect fingerprints" and finally solve the mystery of who ate the last cookie from the jar. J'accuse, papa!

    12. An easy-to-use Melissa & Doug wooden multi-craft weaving loom to encourage the kids to make art that's "wearable, usable, and displayable." It's a gift that says, "Get lost, screen time, I'm making something!"

    Child model playing with loom and colorful yarn

    13. A super cool dinosaur pillowcase so your playful paleontologist can scribble some jurassic buddies to life and tucker themselves out with countless roars, all while having a convenient place to rest their head right at their fingertips!

    a child model coloring on a pillowcase displaying a scene of dinosaurs
    Uncommon Goods

    The pillowcase comes with 10 washable fabric pens.

    Promising review: "I bought this for my nephew who loves dinosaurs. It was a huge hit. He opened it at night and spent the next day filling out the whole pillowcase. The markers are vibrant and good quality." –Carolyn

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $22.

    14. A rechargeable (for up to 10 hours of play), roll-up (for easy portability) electronic drum set for beginners ready to rock steady with some block rockin' beats (or any other kind of beats for that matter). The best part of this gift, other than it not being an actual drum kit, is the included headphones for quiet playtime!

    Electronic drum set with brightly colored circles and headphones as well as a pair of drumsticks

    15. A 6-pound combo pack of nontoxic National Geographic kinetic play sand that stays "wet" for all sorts of (easy-to-clean) building and shaping fun. Comes with six molds including castles and pyramids.

    16. A magic bean garden kit that makes it super easy for kids to earn their green thumb — either from painting the pot or planting the seeds that reveal a "secret" message. Give the gift of horticulture!

    17. A Play-Doh Kitchen Creations "Rising Cake Oven Bakery" play set that even Paul Hollywood might approve of (might) for aspiring young bakers. Plus you can give a firm handshake for a job well done as a bonus gift! 

    Child model playing with Play-Doh bakery set
    Amazon

    Includes five Play-Doh colors. 

    Promising review: "This is a great Play-Doh set. Super adorable, LOVE how you can fill the pan with 'cake batter,' then lock it into the stove and use the lever to make the cake 'rise.' The kids are thrilled with it. Couple of things to note: Make sure the cake pan is locked into the oven by sliding its lower edge under the notches. After pulling the lever, you need to put it back into its original position BEFORE trying to open the oven door. Don't force it or it could break. Also note that the set will need additional Play-Doh if you want to make any color of cake other than pink. It comes with enough pink Play-Doh to make a cake but not enough of any other colors to make a cake. That wasn't a problem for us, we have PLENTY of Play-Doh..." —elise

    Get it from Amazon for $10.89.

    18. A Grouch Couch game for teaching children the importance of never losing the remote control! But seriously, they're going to love this seat (get it, loveseat!).

    Two child models playing with red plastic couch game

    19. A passcode-protected, electronic piggy bank (sans the swine) that eats cash like an ATM (and coins too) and is a great way to teach kids about saving. When giving as a gift, don't forget to include a couple of bucks.

    Toy piggy bank safe in gold, silver, and pink options

    20. An indoor/outdoor galaxy dome tent playhouse made of durable and breathable materials so little tykes (and little Tycho Brahes) can camp out under the shining stars in the sky or the glow-in-the-dark stars stuck to the ceiling.

    21. An outdoor explorer bug catcher kit for taking the creepy out of creepy crawlies while teaching entry-level entomology. But we all know the toy insects will be used for practical jokes. This gift has it all!

    Reviewer's photo of complete bug catcher kit

    22. A Learning Resources Botley The Coding Robot 2.0 activity set because it's never too early to get the kids into coding. Botley can be programmed to follow a sequence of up to 150 steps including following plotted courses and avoiding obstacles. The best part, it's all screen free!

    23. A subscription to Little Spoon "Plates" balanced and preservative-free toddler meals (with plenty of hidden veggies) starting at under $5 a plate delivered directly to their door. What better gift is there than a well-fed child you didn't have to actually cook for? 

    Split image of Little Spoon Meals and child model pulling faces with a stack of plates above his head
    Little Spoon

    Plates will launch with over 15 different recipes — from chicken pot stickers with quinoa veggie stir fry and edamame to broccoli bites with sweet potato carrot poppers and green beans. Yum! 

    Promising review: "We appreciate that the dishes are easy to warm up, the size and portion is right for the age group, and the plates can be recycled or reused. In terms of nutrition, I was very impressed with the ingredients, the lack of preservatives, and the mix of food in each plate. We loved the plates!" —Jenee 

    Get a subscription from Little Spoon: $120 (for 24 meals/delivery = $4.99/meal) to $52 (for 8 meals/delivery = $6.49/meal). Digital and physical gift cards are available in amounts from $50–$500. 

    24. A super-affordable LCD writing tablet doodle board that cuts down on paper waste and gives the kiddos their own tech to play with (re: destroy). Just make sure they write a nice thank-you note on it!

    Split image of reviewer's hand hold tablet powered off and powered on with writing

    25. A Melissa & Doug wooden pirate chest pretend play set so would-be buccaneers can actually hide some of their most prized (albeit tiny) possessions in a hidden compartment! Yo, ho, ho! Avast! And other assorted pirate lingo!

    Child model holding pirate flag with toy chest and coins

    26. A set of handmade, matte-finish vinyl dinosaur wall decals to Jurassic up any boring wall in a dino-loving child's room. Also, they're easy to remove and won't take the paint off with them.

    Three green dinosaur wall decals with trees in various shades of blue

    27. A "Speak & Spell" electronic game that can only be described as a "retro-tablet from the '80s" for teaching kids how to spell. The best part is the old-school speech synthesizer that's been used in quite a few song samples (looking at you, Beck!).

    Red Speak & Spell toy with black screen