The 10 Best 5 Year Old Boy Gifts

Updated November 29, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

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We spent 40 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top options for this wiki. Gift buying for one of the younger members of your family, or one of his friends, just got a whole lot easier with our varied selection of 5-year-old boy gifts. We've included an eclectic mix of toys and games, so whether you favor something a little more educational or something that is pure fun, you'll find what you are looking for here. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best 5 year old boy gift on Amazon.

10. WolVol Electric Toy Train

The WolVol Electric Toy Train is made with high speed wheels and vivid flashing LED lights to capture, and keep, a kid's attention. It's even designed so that when it bumps into something, it will automatically turn and continue on another path.
  • multiple sound effects
  • extra long battery life
  • doesn't work well on carpet
Brand WolVol
Model pending
Weight 9.6 ounces
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

9. Hasbro Pie Face Game

The Hasbro Pie Face Game provides kids with one of the most basic pleasures in life - splattering a pie in someone's face. Whether they are playing with friends or family, get ready for some hilarious fun, and a huge mess, too, so this isn't for neat freaks.
  • suspenseful game play is intense
  • teaches concept of risk-reward
  • gets boring after a few rounds
Brand Hasbro
Model B7063
Weight 1.2 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

8. Gears! Gears! Gears!

Gears! Gears! Gears! introduces children to the world of construction and movement with bright colors and easy-to-assemble pieces that can be used to create complex objects. It helps encourage their creativity as they build bases, rows, pyramids, zigzags and more.
  • includes an activity guide
  • helps boost fine motor skills
  • small pieces can be easily lost
Brand Learning Resources
Model LER9162
Weight 2.6 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

7. Matchbox On A Mission

Matchbox On A Mission is a 20-piece car set featuring realistic models at 1:64-scale of their real-life counterparts, They have authentic details and decals, plus they are die-cast and solidly built, so can withstand years of rough play without ever getting damaged.
  • smooth rolling wheels
  • deliver hours of imaginative play
  • great value on a per vehicle basis
Brand Matchbox
Model N5424
Weight 2 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

6. My First Flybar

The My First Flybar lets your little boy use up all of his excess energy in a safe and healthy way. It features a built-in squeaker that makes noise with every jump and makes it easy for your son to count his hops, which also motivates him to break his previous record.
  • soft durable foam base
  • stretchy bungee cord is super strong
  • comfortable foam grip handles
Brand Flybar
Model MFF-B
Weight 1.1 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

5. Paw Patrol Zoomer Marshall

The Paw Patrol Zoomer Marshall is an interactive toy that gives your child the joy of dog ownership without you having to deal with caring for a real one. He produces more than 150 real Paw Patrol phrases and sounds, and rolls around the house on his own.
  • responds to hand gestures
  • spring-loaded water cannon launchers
  • more than 80 interactive missions
Brand zoomer
Model 6034099.0
Weight 3.6 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

4. Fisher-Price Super Hero Flight City

The Fisher-Price Super Hero Flight City is the perfect gift for kids who love superheroes. It features components from both Gotham City & Metropolis, so your child can play as both Superman and Batman, & includes projectile launchers, landing pads, a flight tower, & more.
  • 360-degree flying action
  • durable enough for rough play
  • makes fun noises and lights up
Brand Fisher-Price
Model DHT62
Weight 11.3 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

3. Fisher-Price Power Wheels Dune Racer

The Fisher-Price Power Wheels Dune Racer allows your son and a friend to zoom around at 2.5 or 5 MPH as he becomes the envy of every other child on the block. It can cover any type of terrain, from wet grass to hard surfaces, with its monster truck traction system.
  • comfortable bucket seats
  • metal side bars for safety
  • power-lock brake system
Brand Fisher-Price
Model W2602
Weight 68.7 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

2. Kidwinz Shockproof Binoculars

The Kidwinz Shockproof Binoculars are built tough enough to withstand all of the abuse you just know your kids are going to put them through. The eyepieces are coated with rubber for safety, and they are designed to be easy for little hands to focus.
  • include a two-foot neck strap
  • adjust to the size of a kid's face
  • capable of eight times magnification
Brand Kidwinz
Model pending
Weight 8 ounces
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

1. Micro Maxi Deluxe

If you want to get your kid off the couch and outside playing, the Micro Maxi Deluxe can certainly accomplish that. Not only will he find it tons of fun, its adjustable-height handlebar means it can grow with him over the next few years.
  • stable three-wheel design
  • comes in eight color choices
  • helps kids improve coordination
Brand Micro Kickboard
Model MMD022
Weight 7.5 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

Aging Into Independence

If memory serves, five was the age at which I finally began to feel a significant independence from my parents. A lot of kids cry their first day of school, and when I first went to preschool at the age of four, I'm sure I shed my share of tears. But hey, I was only four. I remember looking with disdain at my fellow five-year-olds who entered my classroom on the first day of kindergarten in swollen masks of blubbery misery. I'd grown up; why couldn't they?

My experience with toys in those days echoed this newfound independence. For the first four years of my life, my toy collection was comprised almost entirely of stuffed animals and Ninja Turtles action figures. Anything else I owned was designed for the interaction of parent and child around the toy at hand. At five, however, my toys took on more of a personal flair, and I found myself playing with those toys alone or alongside friends in the absence of parental supervision.

The toys on our list for five-year-old boys include a little something for every personality type. The one constant from toy to toy, though, is a sense of responsibility, a sense that these toys are meant for your boy to use on his own or with friends, without a mommy or daddy there to help or to supervise.

Some of the toys bear designs that will help with your boy's continually developing motor skills, teaching him new ways to employ his spacial relations and his building prowess. Others are more electronic in nature, as your boy begins to grow into the technological wizard he will inevitably seem like with each passing year. His generation is going to have a deeper involvement with technology than any other before it, so it'd be wise to give him a head start.

The thing about being five, however, is that you're still a kid. You still have a zany sensibility about you that laughs heartily and shamelessly at slapstick violence, at fart jokes, etc., and there are one or two gifts on this list that are simply fun. They don't hold a pretense about education or development; they're just about having a good time, and preserving that sense of childish wonder as long as humanly possible.

Anxiety Of Influence

Without question, the biggest influences in my taste in toys as a young boy were the films I watched. The Ninja Turtles movies came out when I was extremely little, and they meant everything to me, as did Ghostbusters. That all changed when a certain legendary director decided to adapt a little novel about the recreation of an extinct species of giant, prehistoric lizards set on a remote Costa Rican island in the middle of a tropical storm.

I'm talking, of course, about Jurassic Park, a film whose impact on my generation could only be compared to the impact Star Wars had on the children of the 70s. From the day I first saw it (and I went back to see it again and again), my entire toy collection, my wardrobe, my sheets, my school notebooks–anything and everything they could possibly merchandise–was covered in dinosaurs.

A hit movie could come out a month before you read this in which a kid uses a walkie-talkie in two scenes. That's more than enough for you to know what kind of toy to get. Another Jurassic Park movie is right around the corner, and that'll take you toward dinosaurs.

If you keep your ear to the ground about what media your kids are being exposed to, you're liable to make a more informed decision about what toys might strike a chord in their attempts to live out moments from that media. It's a simple way to go about selecting a gift, especially if the kid in question already had a bent toward a certain kind of play.

We may rate the gifts on our list by a rubric that takes overall value, price-to-quality ratio, durability, replay value, and more into account, but none of our calculations can match the simple knowledge of a boy's likes and dislikes, of the popular things circulating at his school and on his playground. If you so much as catch a whiff of that intel, you're bound to find something on this list that'll be perfect.

Time To Milk The Cows

Most of us grow up in a time when childhood play is considered a human right. It's expected, practically mandated, that we have fun growing up, It's part of the American Dream to create a life for your children that's better (read more comfortable, less work-intensive) than the one we led.

Whether the continued progress of that dream is economically or mathematically feasible is not for this poor writer to say, but moving backward along the timeline we certainly find a long stretch of human life during which children either worked or they learned. There wasn't a lot of time for very much else.

The industrial revolution began a tide that would change all that. It didn't change much in and of itself, merely because it took the kids off of their farms and put them to work in factories, mines, and mills. After enough of them were injured, maimed, and killed, laws came along to prohibit the use of child labor.

At right around this time, the first generation or two of the industrialized workforce began to see the fruits of their work and of their savings, as the generations coming up behind them had just a little more leisure time and a bit more money to spend. From that moment in history, toys evolved from the occasional doll or football to the absolute sea of colorful plastic insanity that is the modern toy market.

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Last updated on November 29, 2017 by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as behind the computer screen, Brett can either be found hacking furiously away at the keyboard or perhaps enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He hopes to one day become a modern day renaissance man.

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