How do you buy toys for a child who is both perfectly innocent and growing fast?
If you don’t know where to begin, we’re here to help. We have lots of combined experience shopping for our own 5-year-old boys, as well as all those birthday gifts for friends.
We’ve spent hours comparing old and new products to find toys that meet our criteria of being educational, interactive, skill-building, imaginative, and — above all — fun.
Read on to find the best toys and gift ideas for 5-year-old boys.
- Kid-friendly properties
- 4 favorite tokens
- Fun for the whole family
- Movie-inspired detail
- Easily adjustable straps
- Voice-changnig properties
- Very budget-friendly
- Simple to master
- 12-piece set
- Includes a motion sensor
- Dual cameras
- Foldable gamepad
- Age adaptive
- 5 games and 250+ levels
- No batteries required
- Includes three rockets
- Sturdy adjustable launch stand
- Award-winning game
- All-play matching
- 120 robot faces
- Rechargeable soccer ball
- Toxin-free materials
- Colorful LED lights
- Unisex square-tube frame
- Soft & adjustable bike seat
- Anti-slip resin pedal
- Easy to keep on
- Make for interesting bedroom decor
- Marvel-themed fun
Best Toys & Gifts for 5-Year-Old Boys of 2023
Here are 20 creative, interactive, and unique gift and toy ideas for 5-year-old boys.
Hasbro Monopoly Junior
Best Board Game
The fun thing about 5-year-olds is that they understand rules and cooperation. This means they can enjoy board games. What better game to start off with than Monopoly?
It’s fun, it’s competitive, and it involves the whole family. Monopoly Junior is almost exactly the same as the standard Monopoly, with a few alterations to make it more suited to younger kids.
This version includes child-friendly Peppa Pig character tokens and simple properties and locations to buy, like Peppa’s house, garden, and Potato city. But you can also choose from a wide range of character-themed options if your kids aren’t into Peppa.
Who’d have thought Monopoly could teach anything except how to rob your friends? The Junior version teaches kids about partnerships, confidence, decision-making, and consequence.
Transformers Optimus Prime Voice Changing Mask
Best Dress-Up Toy for 5-Year-Old Boys
5-year-old boys can be a bit dramatic. Their confidence starts to blossom, and their self-expression becomes energetic and imaginative. Their speech is also more concise, so this voice-changing mask could be a real hit for your boy.
The Optimus Prime mask has 21 phrases and a soundtrack programmed into it. It has adjustable straps to fit any boy’s head. However, batteries are not included in the set, so you’ll have to grab 3 AAs to go along with it.
Some parents complain that this mask is a little bit scary, so you might need to use discretion if you have a sensitive child. We think the accurate appearance and sound effects make it more fun. Optimus Prime is one of those protagonists everyone loves.
Melissa & Doug Magic in a Snap
Best Magic Set
Here’s another one that will bring out your boy’s personality. Your 5-year-old’s ability to tell truth from fiction will make this magic set all the more fun for him. He’ll know it’s a trick, but he’ll expect you to be mystified.
This set will teach your boy how to perform simple (but cool) magic tricks that are easy to learn and only require a few basic supplies. It has everything your son needs to get started.
You get a disappearing coin, mesh bag, ball, vase, prop $100 bill, and magician’s scarf. This magic set contains an easy-to-follow illustrated manual. It has 12 pieces in total.
Best of all, it’s an affordable option.
Best Product for 5-Year-Old Techies
This smartwatch is more elaborate than you might think. It’s perfect for introducing your kids to the cyber age without running the risk of exposing them to the online world.
This watch has various built-in games, including action challenges that work through a motion sensor. Your boy can take photos and videos with it. It also comes with an alarm, timer, calculator, voice recorder, and voice changer.
You can connect it to your computer via USB. It’s also water-resistant and sweatproof, though it can’t be fully submerged. And you can add more games to it by downloading them from VTech’s “Learning Lodge.”
Plugo Count STEM Math Kit
Best STEM Toy for 5-Year-Old Boys
You’ll need a device for this one, but that’s its only downside. This STEM gamepad is a great educational toy, especially for school-ready kids who’ll benefit from learning at home.
The gaming kit connects to your device and uses hands-on, story-based play to teach your kids about numbers and math. The set includes a foldable gamepad, a counting spike, an instructional manual, and tokens for numbers and operations.
You’ll have to download the app, but once you do, you’ll have access to more than 250 math games. What an educational toy!
Stomp Rocket Stunt Planes
Best Indoor/Outdoor Toy
Here’s one to get your boy moving. The objective is to use your body to launch planes as far, high, or ridiculously as possible. Real aeronautical engineers designed the stunt planes in this set, so you know they mean business.
The set includes a launch pad and three different stunt planes. The Looper flies, the Glider can launch up to 100 feet, and the Wildcat does a bunch of tricks.
This can be an indoor or outdoor toy. It involves planes, stunts, and stomping. What more could a 5-year-old boy want?
Best Social Game
Here’s a competitive math skills game that 5-year-old boys are sure to enjoy.
Children will match robot faces on the board to the image depicted on the “randomizer.” It teaches kids pattern recognition, association, and cognitive reasoning.
This game is enjoyable, whether your boy can read yet or not, and everyone plays at the same time. The board, 20 tokens, and the “robot randomizer” are all included. This game will provide hours of entertainment for two to four players.
Kids Toys Hover Soccer Ball Set
Best Toy for Fitness
Here’s a classic with a twist. You might think there’s nothing special about soccer, but the manufacturer has found a way to spice it up.
This soccer set comes with a unique light-up ball and net. The rechargeable hover soccer ball has a powerful suspension system that allows it to easily float on the floor.
It’s suitable for indoor (if space allows) or outdoor play. It’s suitable for solo play, or add a few friends for a fun game.
Best Bike for 5-Year-Old Boys
Can your 5-year-old ride a bike yet? It doesn’t matter either way. This awesome bike comes with training wheels to use until your son finds his bike-riding feet. When he is ready to spread his wings, remove them, and problem solved!
With this bike, you can take your pick of various sizes, colors, and designs. We recommend the 16-inch model for 5-year-olds as it gives your son room to grow without foregoing the safety of training wheels. It’s suitable for most 4-year-olds to 7-year-olds.
This bike also includes a bell, assembly tools, non-slip pedals, and reflectors. It has a front-hand brake and a coaster brake for extra safety.
Toydaze Hulk Boxing Gloves
Best for Superhero Play
I’m in a superhero groove now. My nephew adores the Marvel heroes, so these Incredible Hulk smash hands really caught my eye.
These gloves are made with polyester, so they’re not destructive, and they cushion your boy’s hands so he won’t get hurt. They work as a toy, practice boxing gloves, or costume if your little one is ever invited to (or throws) a themed party.
They can also be decorative, adding a cool touch to your son’s room. You also get a satisfaction guarantee upon purchase.
Mattel Batman Action Figure
Best Action Figure for 5-Year-Old Boys
Sometimes all boys need is a simple superhero figurine to play with.
We often get caught up in the flashy digital toys. It’s nice to go back to basics now and then. I like this Batman action figure because it’s true to the character and it’s versatile.
It’s 12 inches tall and has 11 points of articulation. Toys like these are great for developing your boy’s imagination, allow free play, and boost confidence. This Batman figure is part of a collectible series, so if your son is a DC fan, there’s more where this came from.
Best for Imagination
Speaking of Batman, here’s another fun one: introducing the Batcopter. If your son is more fascinated by vehicles than characters, this could be the perfect toy for him.
Imagination comes easily with this toy (which is great for little boys). It has fully rotating helicopter blades and landing gear that can scoop all the bad guys up. It also includes a little Batman figure.
He’s not quite as stylish as some other action figures, but if your boy is more interested in the ‘copter, that shouldn’t matter at all.
Razor A Kick Scooter
Best Scooter for 5-Year-Old Boys
If bikes aren’t suitable for your boy yet, why not consider a scooter? Almost no skill is required to get started with them. They’ve been a staple in play since their invention.
The scooter is made with aircraft-grade aluminum and has a patented design. Its brakes allow quick stops too, which is good to know. It can hold up to 143 pounds.
The scooter has adjustable handlebars with foam grips. What a great way to get your child moving on wheels.
Electronic Pet Dog
Best Robot Friend
Meet Harry, an interactive robot dog that can walk, bark, and respond to your touch. He’ll even do a song and dance routine for you if you touch his head.
He’s a cute little pup, at 7 inches by 6 inches. You can leave him to his own devices or play with him. And he’ll chase you if you allow him to.
This is an excellent choice for your boys, and makes a good solution for families who can’t have (or don’t want) real pets. It also works as a “practice” pet before you commit to a living one. Parents and kids agree that harry is adorable and a lot of fun.
Educational Insights GeoSafari Talking World Globe
Best Educational Toy for 5-Year-Old Boys
Expand your son’s knowledge of the world with this awesome and interactive globe.
He’ll be able to learn more than a thousand facts about the world. Topics include animals and nature, countries and cities, continents and oceans.
It comes with a stylus pen (batteries not included) that you can use to explore the globe and measure distances. There are over 10 hours of interactive audio built in, and the best part is that Bindi Irwin narrates it. You might get bitten by the travel bug, but it’s worth it.
Swind Dinosaur Race Track
Best Track Toy
Adults have strong opinions on “Jurassic World” (don’t get me started), but kids, especially boys, love it. This play set is an excellent gift for fans of the movie and dinosaur enthusiasts alike.
The dinosaur race track is versatile, with 291 pieces that can be set up any way you desire. It includes eight dinos and two military racing cars, encouraging social play.
It also comes with trees, slopes, a bridge, and dinosaur head tunnels. Easy to assemble and made from non-toxic plastic, this set should bring some excitement to your 5-year-old boy.
Lego City Vehicles
Best Lego Set for 5-Year-Old Boys
I can’t have a list of boy’s toys (or any toys) without including the legendary Lego. This set has 358 pieces, and since its theme is transportation, we think any boy will love it.
It includes a truck, a detachable trailer, ramps, and a combine harvester. The vehicles can articulate, and it comes with three minifigures: a driver, a farmer, and a scarecrow. We especially appreciate how the countryside and city come together in this one.
All pieces are compatible with other original Lego blocks.
Lego Classic Large
Best Calssic toy for 5-Year-Old Boys
If your little Lego-lover prefers to follow his own rules and let his imagination rule his play, why not revert to the classic Lego?
This massive Lego set contains 790 pieces of varying sizes in a rainbow of 33 colors. It includes two base plates, windows and doors, tires, and wheel rims. And as always, all pieces are compatible with other Lego sets.
The original Legos bricks (like those in this set) can be refreshing to play with. It’s simple, creative, and you get your money’s worth. The big yellow storage box is both charming and functional.
Assembly Bulldozer Toys
Best Construction Toy
This bulldozer is such an innovative idea. Your little boy can take it apart and put it together as often as he likes. It promotes fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and reasoning.
The set includes a toy screwdriver and assembly parts. The vehicle consists of 26 pieces per set. It’s designed for small hands, so your son won’t find this too challenging.
This toy was built to last.
Force1 Ditto Mini Talking Robots
Best Robot Toy for 5-Year-Old Boys
This interactive robot is fascinating. He records and repeats what you say to him, which can really help your child’s communication and expression.
His joints can rotate a full 360 degrees, and you can twist him any way you like. He has flashing LED light eyes that change color when you speak to him. His batteries are included, so you can have fun right out of the box.
You can choose from several robot colors in case your son isn’t a fan of neon green.
Milestones for 5-Year-Olds
By age 5, most children can do the following (1):
- Communicate clearly and concisely: This includes using complete sentences, varying tenses, story-telling, and relaying information, like names, addresses, and other details.
- Express emotion, personality, and empathy: Wanting to be a part of a group, agreeing to rules and instructions, and displaying independence. They should also be aware of their gender and be able to tell the difference between right and wrong and reality and make-believe.
- Make sense of basic cognitive concepts: Counting, shapes, patterns, letters, and logic.
- Have an awareness of society: By understanding concepts like money, school, safety, and family.
- Perform physical actions: Hopping, tumbling and rolling, jumping, swinging, climbing, using the bathroom unassisted, and using a fork and spoon.
How to Choose Toys for 5-Year-Old Boys
When shopping for 5-year-old boys, these are the key factors we look for.