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Gifts for 5-Year-Olds

Five-year-olds are learning machines who are often just discovering how to really play along with — not just alongside — others, so anything from a silly game to an educational erector set should earn big smiles.

 

Brain Flakes Interlocking Plastic Disc Set
$15
Brain Flakes Interlocking Plastic Disc Set
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Despite the exceptionally strange name, these “brain flakes” are irresistible to little builders. Their interlocking design and countless combinations will keep even the busiest hands occupied, and the 500 (yes, 500) pieces in every set will keep parents… busy too.  

Playmobil NHL Hockey Arena
$60
Playmobil NHL Hockey Arena
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With players, sticks, pucks, and logos for all 30 NHL teams, it’s all of the fun with none of the mouthguards. Perfect for play dates, family game nights, and introducing a little life lesson we like to call The Penalty Box.

VTech Kidizoom Action Cam
$50
VTech Kidizoom Action Cam
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Ideal for the future social media influencer or YouTube star, this awesome action cam can attach to a bike or skateboard and is waterproof, so every adventure can be documented, uploaded, posted, go viral, and bring fame and fortune. Or something like that.

Hasbro Pie Face Game
$13
Hasbro Pie Face Game
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Wouldn’t it be great if you actually could smash a pie in someone’s face? Well now you can! This game will keep the kiddos giggling (and the washing machine running) for hours.

National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Why
$10
National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Why
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Any parent will tell you that their kid’s favorite question is why?, so why not let Nat Geo provide the answers? Kids will love the info, games, recipes, and crafts, and parents will love having easy access to the answers to questions they absolutely do not know the answers to. (Pro tip: the entire Nat Geo series is amazing and all the books make a great investment.)

Crayola Inspiration Art Case
$25
Crayola Inspiration Art Case
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There is nothing like a new box of crisp, colorful crayons. And this set, which includes crayons, colored pencils, washable markers, and paper, is awesome to the power of awesome. Plus, the sleek storage case means it’s ideal for travel. Awesome-infinity.

Spirograph Design Tin Set
$13
Spirograph Design Tin Set
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Nostalgia alert! This dizzy-making doodle doodad is as delightful as you remember. (Warning: may cause parents to start sentences with the phrase, “When I was your age…”)

RoyalBaby BMX Freestyle Kid's Bike
$88
RoyalBaby BMX Freestyle Kid's Bike
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Earn eternal hero status when you gift this sweet ride! With training wheels and an easily adjustable seat, it’ll be the fave mode of transport for years to come. Throw in a helmet, and revel in the knowledge that You. Nailed. It.

Where's Waldo
$7
Where's Waldo
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The times may have changed since Waldo first hit the scene thirty years ago, but his outfit hasn’t. This anniversary edition is every bit as frustratingly fun as the original.

Guess Who Board Game
$16
Guess Who Board Game
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It’s a major milestone when kids can start participating in board games, and this one is actually fun (no offense, Candyland). There’s even a Princess Version, for the Elsa-obsessed. (Which begs the question… are we the only ones who think Anna is, like, infinitely cooler than Elsa?)



The What's Up Moms Gear Team provides unbiased picks for these products. We subjected ourselves to countless diaper pail smell tests, learned to wear every wrap on the market and lugged multiple travel cribs on family trips, all to recommend our favorite items to you. We do not get paid to include products in these reviews and only make money if you click "buy now." So do that. Please.