I’m so excited to share an updated list of toys for boys and girls ages 5-9 years old!
I strongly believe that toys should grow with your children and not just be five minutes of play then tossed. Toy companies (and toy marketing departments) are in the business of selling toys. They want you to buy more of their toys, so buying “open ended” and non-gender specific, good quality can provide years of play with children. Instead of having closets full of toys or a toy room full of half broken toys, wouldn’t it be better to have toys that last a long time? Toys that “play for your child” your child observes and watches, instead of toys that open your child’s imagine, will quickly loose their appeal. Let’s look at some fun gift ideas to include on your wish lists.
Children who are age 5 and older are most likely in elementary school. Even preschool children are introduced to STEM toys, but elementary school children have an amazing opportunity to really start to dive into STEM because of amazing brain and fine motor development. Children are often able to recognize all the letters in the alphabet, many can write their full name and some are even able to read simple sentences!
These newly acquired skills open up the doors to cognitive skills, like logical reasoning, critical thinking and problem solving which means they are able to build with legos, solve more complex puzzles and start building bigger and more amazing structures! “Play Is The Work of the Child” Maria Montessori
We love this toy at our house. We got this for Christmas last year, our then 5 year old, built it with her dad. A year later she can easily follow the directions and build every project within the guide book by herself.
There are many different brands of magnet building tiles. And they are not all created equal. Although they can be a significant investment into a toy set, so depending on your budget shop what fits your family budget best. The set I’ve linked are highly rated, ours were a gift and we love them.
This hidden gem builder construction set is going on our wish list. The kit has easy-to-use construction tools such as hammers, screwdrivers and wrenches, wooden and plastic parts as well as wheels, pivots and bolts – everything a young inquisitive mind needs.
Is your child ready for their own real tools? Then these are perfect for small hands that are ready to build! Most schools are no longer teaching building in school, but with appropriate super vision at home this is the perfect way to DIY together! (Tools are not toys and should always be used with adult supervision.)
Wooden Marble Run Construction
Award Winning Hape Quadrilla Wooden Marble Run Construction – The Cyclone is another item going on our wish list this year. I have friends with this toy and their children spend so much time playing with this and building such elaborate runs for their marbles.
This beginner compound microscope is a fun way to children to explore the tiniest things around them as they start to ask questions about the natural world around them.
A microscope on the go! Compact, Lightweight and Portable. Young explorers can use this simple hand held pocket microscope. High optical clarity make it a great field microscope for professionals and hobbyists as well. Look at plants, look at microscopic wildlife from a nearby pond or everyday objects become amazing discoveries!
By age five many children are ready for classic legos. Award winning and loved by children and adults alike enjoy building with this building toy. While there are countless kits, this basic lego box has many of the pieces that are a great set to start with. There is a book with ideas to build, but I love watching our daughter build using her own imagination. Insider tip: this kit includes a block separator!
Think tetris, but your kids touch and move real pieces! Our 6 year old uses this game during quiet time or between activities when we need a little downtime. I love that it is not a screen, play changes each time and it comes with a really nice carrying case.
Stomp Rocket Original Dueling Rocket Launcher
Several of the kids in our neighborhood have stomp rockets, so we don’t actually own one. But they come our nearly every time the children get together to play. It’s so much fun and the kids can play independently for almost an hour taking turns.
Stomp Rocket Original Dueling Rocket Launcher
Several of the kids in our neighborhood have stomp rockets, so we do not have a set. But every time the children get together to play these come out! I love that the kids can play independently for nearly an hour! They do a great job taking turns and have so much fun.
Goodmiton is fun outdoor paddle game (or maybe in a garage or large open indoor space). It comes with 2 wood paddles, the real tip here is that it comes with 4 birdies, 2 slow speed and 2 fast speed. I love this step approach of learning the game with slow birdies first. It’s great for developing hand, eye coordination and an introduction to paddle sports.
Get away from screen time and let your kid be their ow hero! Archery helps develop fine motor skills, accuracy skills and hand eye-coordination. This kid friendly set is really cool!
We got walkie talkies before the girls were ready to use them, we just knew they were going to be a big hit! And last summer we took them out and our two girls have had so much fun playing with them together and with friends and family who come to visit.
A classic game that works on memory and family competition! We have a small travel size Simon we like to take on trips that fits into a side backpack pocket.
A classic game pinball style game that is great size for any table and still easy enough to pack and bring along on family trips or a game night at a friend’s house!
Another classic game to get kids away from screens is this maze. Labyrinth is perfect for developing motor skills, concentration, perception, reasoning and most of all, patience!
A road trip must have! Played with two, or as a group game, this entertaining card game is perfect for family games for game night, camping games, beach games or road trips. It has tons of 5 star reviews, and is super easy to teach to a group of people. It’s defiantly going on our wish list this year!
It’s like “where’s waldo” or “I spy” but in a game with pieces. If your kids like i spy books, then they’ll have so much fun with this game! This game is a hidden gem and gaining in popularity. Great for after school or in between activities or when you need a little downtime.
Our six year old received a Crayola light up tracing pad for her birthday this year, it continues to be such a well loved “toy.” Often seen sitting on her desk or even by her bed, she loves to create (trace) pictures from the templates we got with the pad. Super tip: There are even more templates that you can download from the Crayola website. We have animals, horses and fashion dolls.
I’ll admit this isn’t a “forever toy” it is a lot of fun activity. Our girls got this as a gift and although it says age 8 and up, younger kids are able to do it with supervision.
Ok, so I want this for myself, it looks so cozy, great for snuggling during quiet time or enjoy gently swinging indoor or outdoor! Pro tip: order an extra cushion.
That’s the end, if you made it this far, give yourself a pat on the back! Tomorrow Amazon’s Black Friday starts, but most importantly its Thanksgiving! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving day and enjoy spending time with the people you love. Don’t let the shopping get in the way of making memories.
I’ll leave a link to my Amazon Black Friday shopping list here: https://a.co/cT5LglN
I’ll be updating it throughout the day as I see deals pop up! Thank you for your support of my blog and for sticking around to the end!