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Gifts for 5 year old boys.

Updated on November 19, 2013

Best gifts for 5 year old boys

One of the most important things to remember when choosing toys for children is that they change rapidly, particularly in the first few years, and that a toy which entertains a 2 year old, will not entertain a 5 year old and vice versa. It is very important that the toy chosen for a child is appropriate to his age as children need different stimuli as they develop. If the toy is too advanced, he will not know how to play with it. If the toy is too primitive, he will be easily bored.

Contrary to what parents expect, sometimes the more basic a toy –like simple cars or plastic dinosaurs- the more possibility it leaves for a child’s imagination as they help develop his creativity. Remember that one of the ways in which you can encourage your child’s development is fostering creative play; after all, the natural way for a child to learn is through play. The best toys are ones that fascinate a child, and to which he will return again an again.

My boy and Betty Boop
My boy and Betty Boop

The Five Year Old Boy

The five year old boy shows and increasing interest in reading, writing and simple sums. He also is curious about the world and the way it works, and likes to engage in “grown up” activities. Five year old boys are also more interested in social activities and like to play with friends.

In a couple of months my boy will be 5 years old and these are the toys that he already has and enjoys the most and some of the toys that he has requested on his Christmas letter for this year.


Disney Mack Truck Playset
Disney Mack Truck Playset
Disney Mack Truck Playset open
Disney Mack Truck Playset open

Best Gifts for 5 year old boys

Disney Mack Truck Playset

Manufacturer Recommended Age: 4 - 8 years

Inspired by the hit Disney/Pixar movie, Cars, the Mack Truck Playset expresses the racy personality of Lightning McQueen, the leading car in the film. In the movie, McQueen gets waylaid on his way to a big race, and ends up in Radiator Springs. It's a little run down for this flashy hot rod, but the eccentric small-town folk-mobiles teach McQueen all about friends, family and love.

Now kids can bring these loveable characters home and recreate their favourites scenes from the movie with this detailed play set.

The play set opens to reveal a truck bed pad packed with play features (including a carwash, a video game area, a weighing scale and more), where McQueen™ crashes after a long day of racing.

Lightning McQueen vehicle sold separately.

Mac Truck playset

Simba Nature World Dinosaur Playset

Dinosaurs, the Best Gift for Boys

Simba Nature World Dinosaur Playset

Recommended Age: 6 years and up.

Nature World Dinosaur Playset includes dinosaurs, plants, and trees for hours of prehistoric fun! The Set includes 16 assorted dinosaurs, 6 palm trees, 2 plants and a "stone" platform. Dinosaur figures range from 1.5" tall to 5.5" tall. Stone platform measures 15"L x 4.75"W x 12.25"H.

As long as imagination is there the kids will have fun with this set.

Dozen Jumbo Dinosaurs up to 6 inches long

This was another hit with my boy who is dinosaurs mad.

Manufacturer Recommended Age:5 years and up

Fisher-Price Imaginext Systems Raider the Allosaurus

My boy had this Allosaurus for his 4th birthday. He loved it and still plays with it almost a year later. A very sturdy, unbreakable toy.

This dinosaur features realistic head motions, tail motions and roaring. It looks very realistic, specially when he walks towards the Lego castle ready to eat king and knights!

Recommended Age:36 months - 5 years

The Big Book of Dinosaurs

The Big Book of Dinosaurs

The Dk Big Book of Dinosaurs
The Dk Big Book of Dinosaurs

Big format, big pictures. The kids will love it. The double-page spreads with gorgeously illustrated dinosaurs are sure to hold a child's attention, and the text is easy enough for young children. From PreSchool to Grade 3


Encouraging your Child to Read

You are more certain to create in your child a desire to read if he finds reading books an enjoyable experience. Choose books of the appropriate interest level for your child, books that are visually appealing with good illustrations. A good example is this Dinosaur book. What boy is not interested in dinosaurs? Children of these age like pictures of animals. Encourage your child to notice things in the pictures, question him.

If your child is already reading, do not stop reading to him as he will continue to enjoy the luxury of having you spending time with him sharing his favourite subject.

The Big Book of Dinosaurs

This is a highly informative book. The text is brief and succinct, only conveying facts that children aged 4 to 7 find interesting. It has lots of pictures with short, quick captions which makes it a perfect read-aloud for young children, or a browsing item for older kids who want good illustrations with little text.

My boy loved it!

LEGO® Castle King's Castle Siege

LEGO Castle King's Castle Siege

You can never go wrong with Lego.

My boy had this last year and it has provided him with endless hours of play. Soon it became his favourite toy along with his dinosaurs that he sticks in the castle!

The Lego Castle (974 Pieces) is recommended for children from 7 to 12 years old but if your child has good manual dexterity or an older brother to help, this is a fantastic gift. The castle has movable walls for multiple build and play scenarios, working drawbridge, firing catapults and boulders and knock-down bridge. It includes heroic king and knights, skeleton warriors and constructible dragon.

The Castle measures 12" (31cm) tall and 15" (38cm) wide

For this year, my boy wants a Lego Pirate Boat to add to his castle.

Scooby Doo

Scooby Doo (Ultimate Sticker Books) (Paperback)

This is a fantastic stocking filler for boys aged 4 to 7.

Christmas Gift Ideas For 5 Year Old Boys

What is your Child's favorite toy?

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      6 years ago

      Thank you, I would love to visit Spain. Hopefully in the near future.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      6 years ago from France

      briarose8: The Betty Boop picture was taken at a gift shop in Mijas Pueblo, Malaga in Spain. It is a small gift shop up the steps to the Bullring just off the main Square in Mijas Pueblo.

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      6 years ago

      Hi, loved the pictures, especially the one with Betty Boop. Is this a gift store? Could you tell me the name of the store? You gave me a wonderful idea for a great birthday gift for my great-nephew. This is a very interesting Hub.

      Thank you,


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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      7 years ago from France

      helene: dinosaurs are an excellent gift for boys, you cannot go wrong with anything "dinosaury" :-)

      David: Yes, that's right you need to be very careful with small pieces when there are younger children around. However, it doesn't mean that the older child cannot play with toys and games which involve small pieces, it just means that the older child and the caregivers need to be extra careful with the younger sibling.

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      David Roy  

      7 years ago

      I think Legos are pretty cool however when that five years old boy has a two years old baby girl I don't think its a very good idea because she might swallow them.

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      7 years ago

      Nice hub and great set of gifts. I remember that my nephew really loves dinosaurs and this hub reminded me that.

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      8 years ago from France

      Goji: Legos are always fun, even I like them :-)

      nikitha: it was based on my 5 year old boy's likes, so I guess it is rather accurate :-) Thanks for the visit

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      nikitha p 

      8 years ago from India

      I love this hub because you give me a wonderful gift idea for children.

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      8 years ago from Roanoke, Virginia

      Legos are a great choice! In our family, playing legos was for "big kids"--that is not babies!! :P

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      8 years ago from France

      ciidoctor: I hope it helps!

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      8 years ago

      nice hub

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      9 years ago from France

      eovery: I liked Elmo :)

      ratnaveera: thanks for stopping to comment. Chosing a child's gift should always take into account age and personal interest as well as practicalities.

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      9 years ago from Cumbum

      Thanks for adding great tips to gift our children according to their ages. Yes, we have to study their interest when choosing the gifts for them.

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      9 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      Check out Elmo Live, that would work too. I have it at my hub


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