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30 Best Toys and Gifts for 5-Year-Old Boys Who Seem to Have Everything Already

Unusual, educational and, of course, 2022 award-winning ideas that are inexpensive.

lego sets and stomp rockets are great toys for 5 year old boys
LEGO/Stomp Rocket

While it may seem that the toddler years were here just a minute ago, your now-5-year-old is headed off to school. That means a whole variety of new skills to sharpen, new friends to make and play with and new interests to explore — something to keep in mind when shopping for gifts for kids starting their elementary school journeys.

"At this age, they should be able to maintain a longer play sequence with multiple steps and multiple partners," says Gayle Kligman, M.Ed, the executive chairman of Family of Kidz. "They can negotiate among themselves who will have specific roles. They are more verbal with each other and are able to do more symbolic play."

The best toys and gifts for kids in this age group will stimulate movement in space, challenge their cognition, help to develop balance and coordination, encourage pretend play and help them practice those early reading skills, says Magdalena Oledzka, PT. It's why they'll enjoy toys like sports equipment and outdoor toys, building blocks, activity books, art supplies, role-play items that encourage imaginative games and beginner board games.

With those growing brains and bodies in mind, the experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute regularly tests and evaluate toys in all areas of interest. First, the Parenting Lab experts check the toys to make sure they're safe and well-constructed, then hand them off to kids who make sure they're fun to play with. Here's our picks for the best toys and unusual gifts for 5-year-old boys in 2022.


Many of these picks have earned top marks at the Good Housekeeping Institute's tests, and many are even past Good Housekeeping Toy Award winners. We've also added in a few editor's picks, bestsellers and hot toys of 2022 to keep the list as up-to-date as possible for the lucky kindergarteners out there. Add them to your carts before Black Friday, and you'll be at a huge advantage in your holiday shopping.

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Creative Building Toy for 5-Year-Old Boys
Crazy Forts
Crazy Forts
Crazy Forts
Good Housekeeping Kids' Book Award Winner
Christy Ottaviano Books
Knight Owl
Christy Ottaviano Books
Best Outdoor Toy for 5-Year-Old Boys
Stomp Rocket
Stunt Planes Set
Stomp Rocket
Unusual Gift for 5-Year-Old Boys
Sky Castle
DoodleJamz JellyPics
Sky Castle
Good Housekeeping Best Toy Award Winner
hand2mind
Express Your Feelings Sensory Bottles
hand2mind
Now 15% off
Best Indoor RC
Air Hogs
Stunt Shot Indoor RC Stunt Vehicle
Air Hogs
Cool STEM Toy for 5-Year-Old Boys
Educational Insights
GeoSafari Jr. Kidscope
Educational Insights
Fun Interactive Toy
WowWee
Untamed Raptor by Fingerlings
WowWee
Best Coding Toy for 5-Year-Olds
Learning Resources
Botley the Coding Robot
Learning Resources
Best Cooperative Family Board Game
Wonder Forge
World of Disney Eye Found It Board Game
Ravensburger
Unique Art Toy for 5-Year-Old Boys
Flycatcher
smART Sketcher 2.0 Kit
Flycatcher
Best Educational Toy for 5-Year-Olds
Shifu
Orboot Globe
Shifu
For Pranksters
HEXBUG
Real Bugs Nanos
HEXBUG
Top Creative Toy
Crayola
Light Up Activity Board
Crayola
For Car Collectors
Hot Wheels
Criss Cross Crash Set
Hot Wheels
For Pretend Play
Learning Resources
Pretend & Play Calculator Cash Register
Learning Resources
Hape
Quadrilla Race to the Finish Marble Run
Hape
Best New 'Star Wars' Toy
Hasbro
L0-LA59 (Lola) Droid Toy
Star Wars
Inexpensive Gift for 5-Year-Old Boys
LEGO
Creative Ocean Fun Building Kit
LEGO
For Future Directors
VTech
KidiZoom Creator Cam
Good Stocking Stuffer
Melissa & Doug
Scissor Skills Activity Pad
Melissa & Doug
Retro Toy
Top Secret Toys
Giga Pets T-Rex
Top Secret Toys
Best Puzzle for 5-Year-Olds
Studio Roof
Stegosaurus 3-D Puzzle
Studio Roof
Best First Cookbook
Hearst Home Kids
Good Housekeeping 123 Cook!
Hearst Home Kids
Now 10% off
Good Housekeeping Best Toy Award Winner
Toy Monster
Jurassic World Captivz Mega Egg Clash Edition
Toy Monster
Best Gift on Amazon
Kellytoy
Squishmallows Plush Mystery Box
Squishmallows
Puzzle With a Twist
Upbounders
The Fun Shop Look & See Puzzle
Upbounders
For Science Enthusiasts
Abrams Books for Young Readers
Ada Twist's Big Project Book for Stellar Scientists
Abrams Books for Young Readers
For Family Matching PJs
Hanna Andersson
Pokémon Holiday Long John Pajama Set
Hanna Andersson
For DIY Kids
OMY
3D Shark Mask
OMY
How we choose the best toys
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Before including our favorite picks in an article, the Good Housekeeping Institute does rigorous toy testing to ensure we're recommending only the best. Many of our choices come from our yearly Toy Awards, where we test each item based on the following criteria:

✔️Safety: Our engineers and analysts make sure that each toy reaches all safety standards. They also assess things like pinch points and make sure toys won’t shatter into small pieces to pose a potential choking hazard.

✔️Ease of Use: We look at each toy to evaluate how simple it is to assemble, how well it’s constructed and how durable it is during play.

✔️Kid Approval: Aside from testing each toy for skill-building attributes, like how well it develops social-emotional skills, all our final decisions come from more than 100 children, ages 1 to 15, who assess the fun factor!

Why trust Good Housekeeping?
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For decades, the Good Housekeeping Institute has provided expert reviews and advice on everything parents and children love, including STEM toys, educational toys, sensory toys and more.

Much of the toy testing for this article was overseen by Rachel Rothman, the Good Housekeeping Institute's chief technologist and director of engineering, with the help of Marisa LaScala, Good Housekeeping's senior parenting and relationships editor. For more than 15 years, Rachel has put her training in mechanical engineering and applied mathematics to work by researching, testing and writing about parenting products. Plus, as a mom to three kids under 5, she has plenty of first-hand experience.

Marisa has covered all aspects of the world of parenting, from the postpartum years through the empty nests, since 2015, and she's pitched in with Good Housekeeping's toy coverage since 2018. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter, who are both avid toy collectors.

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