The Best Toys for 5-Year-Olds
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Five years old is such a magical age. Kids are still young enough to be little, but they’re also quickly maturing and coming into themselves. Thankfully, they’re not too old to spend an afternoon playing dress-up or make-believe. In fact, they often need a nice long play break when they get home from a long day at school.
Like our best toys lists for one-year-olds, two-year-olds, three-year-olds, and four-year-olds, this guide features favorite toy picks from editors, experts, and parents alike. Let’s get to it!
What to Look for in Toys for 5-Year-Olds
Five-year-olds create vast and complex play worlds, and as such, open-ended toys are usually right up their alley. Many five-year-olds are starting formal school for the first time, too. While educational toys are important, you may want to look for toys that really encourage fun and play.
As five-year-olds are starting to solidify their interests, it’s increasingly important to keep the individual child in mind when selecting a toy. Think about the type of play they are most likely to engage in, and start your toy search there.
Our Top Pick
Our top pick, Crazy Forts, is $44. We love it because it challenges kids to make a play structure, and then it encourages them to use their imagination. It’s also easy to store, which is always a plus.
In this article: Toys Under $20 | Toys $20-$40 | Toys $40+
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