Toy Gift Ideas for 5-6 year olds


5-6 Year old toy gift ideas


This is another one of my favorite toys to talk about besides preschool toys


Why you may ask?


Because along with having a preschooler, I have a kindergartener! 


Oh, I can write about this all day! 🙂



Just a little reminder: If your 5-6 year old has a younger/older sibling , you may want to check out gift ideas for 1 year olds, toddlers and preschoolers!


What is the best gift for a 5 year old? 


A toy that brings out their creative juices. 


These are better known as open ended toys


These types of toys are usually hands on, loose play, and spark their imagination!



What is the best gift for a 6 year old boy? 


Children that are 5-6 will benefit greatly from open ended toys. 


How so? 


  • The bridge and little town they built from a set of blocks manifested from using their imagination. 

  • The magnetic tiles they used to create a make believe house for their figures was sparked by creativity. 


If you have not checked out my other lists, for the best toys for toddlers and the best toys for preschoolers, please do.

Those same open ended toys within those lists work well for kindergarteners too! 


How so?


Because open ended toys grow with your child. They are not meant for one specific age range.


These toys spark imagination. 


They spark creativity. 


And so, what works well in the list for a preschooler will work just the same for a 5 year old. 



What are good gifts for a 5 year old boy?


Keep in mind, these toys are not meant for “only” boys or girls.


These toys are meant for both boys “and” girls. They are gender neutral.


This is wonderful as it does not give the hint that it has to be only for a boy or that it has to be only for a girl. 


Open ended toys will work well for both boys and girls simultaneously. 



So, which open ended toys are great for 5-6 year olds? 


Below are the best gift ideas for 5-6 year olds:

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Kids Camera 


Does your kindergartener love the art of taking pictures? Mine do. This is a wonderful toy for sparking your 5-6 year olds creative side. 



Board Games 


Connect 4, Candy Land, Jenga and Guess who have been childhood favorite games of mine. Guess what? I brought it forth so y 6 year old can play too. She loves it as much as making puzzles! 


Art Easel


Art easels are wonderful for creating an art masterpiece. 5 and 6 year olds love to color and an easel is a great gift for them. 



Scooters are great for gross motor. They are great for getting outdoors and exploring the world around them. 


Walkie Talkies 


These are great for siblings and friends of 5 and 6 year olds! They are great little tools and totally spark up your child’s imagination. 


Pretend Play Outfits 


My 6 year old loves to imagine little restaurant shop or pizza parlor games with her little sister. Pretend Play costumes work well for setting the shop or parlor mood just right. 


Lego Duplo


Legos are wonderful little gems. They are great for building up creative things and work well for motivating your child’s imagination to create something epic!


Wood Blocks


Wood blocks are amazing little pieces. These come multi colored and with cards so your child can create what is on the card. Really fun!


Butterfly Kit


Watching a butterfly grow from egg to butterfly is incredibly fun for 5 and 6 year olds. We’ve tried it and loved setting them free in the end. 


Wavee Boards


Wavee boards are great open ended toys. They work well with these bendable roads, they are great for imaginative play and for some gross motor play! 


**What is gross motor play: Skills that require entire body movement. 


Magnet Tiles

Magnet tiles are great open ended toys. They work well for 5 and 6 year olds as they help them engineer something epic using them. They work just as well for preschoolers and are toys that work well as they grow. 


Uno Cards


5-6Remember these from your childhood? They are not only great for playing the actual uno game but the cards work well for learning about important match skills too! We love these!


Cube Blocks


Cubes are amazing little things, i tell ya! They work well for learning about counting, colors, they can be little people. These are very open ended and grow with your preschooler for eventually learning about ten frames, counting 1-100 and even addition/subtraction. 


The best toys for 5 and 6 year olds


Open ended toys spark creativity and imagination. 


They help children play and learn which is what a great toy is all about! 



Which open ended toy is your favorite?

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5-6 Year old toy gift ideas


Don’t forget: If your 5-6 year old has a younger/older sibling , you may want to check out gift ideas for 1 year olds, toddlers and preschoolers!

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