The gift guide: Toys for a five year old

As they head toward another developmental milestone, five year olds are all about testing boundaries, asserting their independence and being as socially interactive as they can be. If you’re looking to buy toys for five year olds, read on to find out how you can harness their new-found confidence.
 
By age five, children have a much clearer sense of identity. They’re thriving bundles of joy who take great delight in telling stories and putting into practice new skills learned. The best toys for five-year-old boys and girls build on these newly acquired skills from school learning and propel that ever-growing confidence. Here, we discuss our favourite toys to keep up with the child who’s always on the move and never stops learning.
 
Crazy Blender Game

The hilarious Crazy Blender (£16.99) brings hours of fast-paced fun. Players take turns feeding the matching fruit cards into the blender before it spits them back out at random. Whoever is the first to get rid of all their cards is the winner – but players have to be quick. Youngsters will giggle all the way through this fun game.
 

 
Crazy Toaster Game

The fun, colourful Crazy Toaster (£16.99) makes for an entertaining time as children move quickly to catch the toasted bread as it pop up. The game includes 25 fruit pieces and is suitable for two to four players – so ideal for group play. Whether you’re considering presents for a five-year-old boy or girl, this one is up there with the best of them.
 

 
Hot Hoops

Encourage competitive play with this fast-paced double-sided basketball game that five year olds will adore. Hot Hoops (£19.99) provides non-stop action that’ll have them giggling for hours as they aim, shoot and score. It’s ideal for one or two players so is great for group play and encouraging social skills.
 

 
Build-a-House

At five years old, children are particularly eager to learn and love nothing more than exploring and creating. Build-a-house (£199.99) gets little ones’ minds ticking and gives them more than standard playhouses – it lets them create their dream house. Children have a choice of finishes, as they build their house using interchangeable panels and easy-to-use tools. And the fun comes in pulling it apart and re-building it in other variations. Ideal for indoor and outdoor play, this is the perfect playhouse to stoke those imaginations.
 

 
2-in-1 Food Truck

This charming Food Truck (£149.99) gives little entrepreneurs the inspiration to open their very own business. It has two themes – ice creams or hot dogs – and comes with over 40 accessories, including a cash register, chalkboard and order notepad. Watch as they play shop and enjoy taking orders and serving delicious food.
 

 
Gas ‘n Go Mower

Little ones can help mummy and daddy out in the garden with the Gas ‘n Go Mower (£19.99). They’ll love how real it looks and how grown up they feel as they keep the grass around their playhouse in check. Listen to its mechanical sounds as it’s pushed back and forth. Plus, kids can open the tethered gas cap and pretend to fill the mower.

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