10 Best Gifts And Toys For Five Year Old Boys – 2018 Guide

The five-year-old boy may be looking forward to starting school before the year is done. They often are anxious about reaching this milestone while still looking forward to getting to spend more time with their friends. While you may notice an independent streak emerge sometimes, they really desire to be like their peers. They may engage in imaginative play, and their ability to tell a story has vastly improved. While they still need adult supervision, they can complete simple tasks on their own without constantly being watched.

Physically, boys develop quickly during their fifth year. They can usually stand on one foot for 10 seconds, although getting them to be that still may be a challenge. Most boys can do a somersault and can hop while some are learning to skip. Most five-year-old boys love to climb, swing, and use their large muscles constantly.

Many boys have learned numerous things by the time that they are five. They can usually count to 10 and may be able to count much higher. They can usually draw a person with at least six body parts. Many are beginning to write letters and numbers. Some will be able to write their names. By the time they turn six, they should be able to tell you their complete name and address.

Five-year-old boys will enjoy playing with a variety of toys. Choosing toys that are fun is important. Those chosen, however, should help the boy continue to develop cognitively, physically or emotionally. Here are some choices you may want to consider.

 

Best Gifts And Toys For Five Year Old Boys – Reviewed

PlayShire Brain Flakes Toy Set

This set of over 600 building pieces that easily snap together. Boys can use their own imagination to construct a variety of things or they can follow the directions in the 30-page instruction book. Boys may enjoy building octopuses amusement parks, balls, houses and many other items with this set. The pieces are sturdy enough that finished products can be moved without them collapsing. With over 600 pieces, it is easy to invite friends to play along making this a great toy to learn to play cooperatively. Ten different colors allow for lots of different choices. Boys can also learn to sort by color using these brain flakes. The complete set comes in a jar, so storage is extremely easy.

The drawback of this set is that it has 600 pieces. If your boy still has trouble picking up after himself, then you may want to create a corner where these can be left loose after playing. This set does not come with a base, so a table or other flat surface may be necessary when starting a project.

 

 

Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears! Movin’ Monkeys Building Set

Five-year-old boys will love assembling this building set so that the six monkeys swing from the palm trees, dance around in circles and perform many other activities. In fact, they will be having so much fun that they may never realize that they are conquering basic science concepts like how gears work. This 136-piece set can be put together in many different ways encouraging each boy to use his own creativity. They will also gain a basic understanding of spatial concepts.

While easy-to-follow directions make this set a snap to put together the first time, boys will also want to use their own imagination to expand, change and figure out what works together in this well-constructed set. The six monkeys also encourage a variety of dramatic play and help to develop language skills as the boy tells a story to go along with the monkey’s actions. This set combines easily with other sets from this manufacturer allowing for an infinite amount of possibilities.

The main drawback of this set is that it comes with only the original cardboard box as a storage container. Therefore, parents may want to consider getting a plastic tub or some type of storage basket for these pieces.

 

 

Fat Brain Toys Teeter Popper

Available in a variety of colors, the Fat Brain Toys Teeter Popper is like an individualized teeter-totter. Five-year-old boys can stand with one foot on each side to practice their balancing while being rewarded by the sound of the suction cups located on its bottom getting stuck to the floor. More pressure on the suction cups equates to a louder popping sound allowing boys to easily annoy older siblings. Boys can also sit on this board while rocking back and forth. It is also possible to run on and off the board and use it in a variety of other physical ways encouraging the strengthening of large muscle groups through fun play.

While the suction cups will not stick on a carpet, there are still a variety of indoor and outdoor surfaces where this toy can be used. Sidewalks, asphalt driveways, hardwood floors and tile floors are all possibilities. Additionally, the toy can still be used to practice balancing.

 

 

Cozmo

Cozmo may be the perfect robot for those five-year-old boys who want to learn to code. This friendly robot made up of over 300 parts loves to get to know you, and he will recognize your face, tell the boy his name and love doing many activities alongside the young adventurer. Boys can use a compatible iOS or Android device to code activities for Cozmo to do. This white robot is equipped with many different games that he can play with a five-year-old boy. New levels are unlocked the more a boy plays with the robot. Developers are encouraged to create new games and activities for Cozmo and share them with others. Cozmo even shows emotions on his screen, and he can be programmed to interact with his power blocks.

The boy cannot play with Cozmo unless it is connected to a tablet or other device. That device cannot be used for other things while playing with Cozmo. The robot does not have a camera or the ability to talk.

 

 

Faber-Castell Do Art Travel Easel

The five-year-old boy who loves creating his own art projects will love this art kit containing crayons, dry erase markers, colored pencils, a sharpener, sponge and a sketch pad. Boys can use the sturdy case as a lap board, whiteboard or chalkboard giving them lots of options to display their artwork. Once they have finished playing, all supplies tuck neatly inside making it an easy-to-grab toy for that unexpected trip. Your budding artist will be sure to find many things that they want to draw. The great news is that once the included paper is used up, inexpensive copy paper easily fits in this kit. This kit may also be used to teach children how to stay organized. Others suggest that there is plenty of room in this easel to throw in a pair of kid-friendly scissors for the budding artist to use.

Some users find the whiteboard difficult to erase. Using a baby wipe allows young five-year-old boy artists to easily accomplish this task.

 

 

Fantasy Fort Kit

Five-year-old boys will love building forts with this kit that contains 32 pieces of fiberboard with each one measuring 22 X 22 inches. Velcro connectors on each side of the boards allow this fort to go together in an infinite number of ways. Boys can even use it to build two-story forts. The company offers both 16 and 32 piece kits allowing different size forts to be constructed. After playing with the fort, the boy can easily snap six pieces together to form a storage box for the pieces.

This kit is for indoor use only as it will not stand up well to harsh weather conditions. Keep in mind that the pieces are fiberboard, so climbing on top of the fort may cause the pieces to break.

 

 

AMOSTING Engineering Toys STEM Construction Building Blocks Set

The little engineer that you love will have fun building up to five different vehicles with this kit including a race car, push dozer, jet boat, airship and helicopter. The five-year-old boy will learn to work with tools including a screwdriver and a wrench while helping to develop their fine-muscle skills. The included instruction sheet allows children to learn to follow directions. The bright orange and yellow colors make this a kit that will easily hold their attention, and it can be quickly torn apart allowing children the fun of building it again. They will love using their imagination to tell an imaginative tale after putting the pieces together helping to build their vocabulary. These flexible materials will not hurt feet even when stepped on barefoot.

This toy can be difficult for children to assemble the first time alone. Therefore, it may be best reserved as a special activity for when adults and children want to spend some quality time together.

 

 

Puzzle Train 3D Jigsaw Puzzle

If the five-year-old boy loves trains, then this 30-piece puzzle may be right for them. The train is made out of laminate wood, and it comes in sheets. The boy punches out the sheets and assembles the train. He may enjoy coloring the pieces before putting the train together. The train can be rebuilt several times if the child desires. You may want to take a cardboard box and cut it to the right size allowing it to serve as a base for the train.

While the pieces seem reasonably sturdy, they may wallop over time. Therefore, the train could not be built again. Colored pencils and markers work best for coloring on wood.

 

 

Peaceable Kingdom Snug as a Bug in A Rug Game

Help the five-year-old boy learn to play well with others along with reinforcing skills like counting, colors, numbers and shapes with this fun game designed for children four to eight. Players work together to try to get all bugs hidden under the rug before three stink bugs show up to ruin the game. There are three different levels of gameplay, so this game expands as the child is ready to conquer new challenges. Boys will naturally build their eye-hand coordination and small muscles as they flick the spinner when it is their turn. Additionally, waiting for their turn helps to build patience in boys.

This game is meant to be played with two to four players. While it can be played with more, the game would be over very quickly. Boys who often play by themselves may find it difficult to find someone to play this game with them.

 

 

African Gourd Kalimba Mbira Thumb Piano

These handmade gourd pianos are the perfect way to introduce a five-year-old to the piano while giving him an appreciation for musical instruments from around the world. Each gourd has seven to nine metal keys that are easy to play with just the thumb on its top along with one or two holes for amplification and resonance. No two instruments are alike because they have hand-painted designs on their top and sides by people who live in Ghana. Many can be tuned to play scales allowing the child to play simple tunes on them.

Parents will need to tune these instruments when they arrive by using pliers to slide the metal keys closer or further away from the metal bridge. Care should be exercised so that the gourd does not get broken.

 

 

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