By 5-years-old, little girls reach an in-between stage of childhood, they are no longer little pre-schoolers or toddlers but aren’t quite “big kids” yet either. By 5 many children will have started school and as such will feel much more grown up and able to control themselves, and their behavior, better as they listen to their teachers in school. However, emotional outbursts will still be common as self-regulation is only just beginning.
Physically you will notice plenty of changes in a 5-year-old as they slim out, become taller and demonstrate so much more coordination and skill in their movements. Keeping children active and healthy at this age sets up good habits for years to come. The gifts included in this list take into account a 5-year-old girl’s stage of development and are carefully selected to help support this as well as appealing to a range of different interests.
1. Juno Interactive Baby Elephant
The Juno Interactive Baby Elephant is an adorable, interactive elephant toy that moves and makes sounds. This kind of toy appeals to 5-year-old girls’ interest in nurturing and looking after things but is something a little different to the baby dolls she probably already owns.
With interactive accessories, such as a toy peanut, a 5-year-old girl can really pretend to take care of the Juno Interactive Baby Elephant, with plenty of opportunity for imaginative play. All the while, learning how different elements of the product work together increases an understanding of and interest in technology.
2. Sphero Mini Activity Kit
Science and technology skills are more and more in demand in today’s world, and women especially are being encouraged to enter these industries. By exposing girls to these kinds of toys and projects early on in life we can open up a whole range of opportunities to them.
The Sphero Mini Activity Kit is a clever way of combining real-world play with technology as it connects a little robot with an app, and allows children to guide the robot through a range of obstacles. This kit is a brilliant way to encourage or build an interest in robotics and makes a great, unusual gift for a 5-year-old girl.
3. Shifu Orboot
Globes are a fantastic learning resource that will last a child through their school years, adding context to children’s learning and realism to their understanding of locations. The Shifu Orboot takes this a step further, adding an extra layer of interest with augmented reality access via an app.
As children hold their device up to the globe, they are able to access a huge range of information improving their technology skills and promoting a positive use of technology. The Shifu Orboot is compatible with both iOS and Android devices and helps to build children’s interest in geography and their knowledge of the wider world.
4. Playmobil Lucky’s Happy Home
Playmobil is a great way of encouraging children to play imaginatively and socially. With many different sets available there are plenty of different imaginative scenarios that children can experiment with. The Playmobil Lucky’s Happy Home is based on the popular DreamWorks ‘Spirit’ film and allows children to act out their favorite parts of the film.
Playmobil is a toy that can be played with friends too as children can assign each other figures and play the role of different characters. This can help children to develop pro-social behaviors like turn-taking and conflict resolution. The Playmobil Lucky’s Happy Home is a great set for a 5-year-old girl who has an interest in horses or is a fan of the DreamWorks ‘Spirit’ film.
5. Micro Maxi Deluxe 3-Wheel Scooter
Scooters are a toy that seem to be popular throughout childhood, and if the 5-year-old you’re buying for has had one for a few years then around about age 5 is a great time for an upgrade. If the 5-year-old girl you’re buying a gift for hasn’t had a scooter before then now is the ideal time to learn how to ride.
The Micro Maxi Deluxe 3 Wheel Scooter has a stable 3-wheel design that grows with the child, with its height-adjustable handle. Scooters are a good way to keep children active and healthy and provide a convenient way to get around when walking feels a bit too slow! Skills like balance, coordination and spatial awareness can also be developed through learning to ride a scooter.
6. Crayola Sprinkle Art Shaker
Craft sets are very popular with 5-year-olds who love to be creative and make art of their own. The Crayola Sprinkle Art Shaker set is a portable art set that includes clear instructions for children to follow. Learning to read and follow instructions is an important skill for children to gain as it allows them to become much more independent in accessing activities.
The Crayola Sprinkle Art Shaker set encourages creativity whilst keeping mess to a minimum, as everything is self-contained. This set would make an ideal gift for a creative 5-year-old girl.
7. Lego Disney Princess Ariel, Aurora and Tiana’s Royal Celebration
Playing with Lego gives children plenty of opportunities for imaginative play and as Lego sets can all be connected together, these opportunities are expanded with each Lego set a child has. The Lego Disney Princess Ariel, Aurora and Tiana’s Royal Celebration is a great set for 5-year-old girls who love Disney princesses as it is themed around Ariel, Aurora and Tiana.
Lego also improves construction skills, builds an ability to follow instructions to achieve the desired effect and begins to shape an early interest in engineering or architecture. The Lego Disney Princess Ariel, Aurora and Tiana’s Royal Celebration comes with mini-doll figures and animal figures to enhance play.
8. KidKraft Heart Table and Chairs
An ideal addition to a little girls’ bedroom, the KidKraft Heart Table and Chairs is likely to fit in with their décor theme and is built to last. A 5-year-old will get plenty of use out of this little table and chairs set, built especially to be child-sized and versatile.
The table can be used for arts and crafts, games, tea parties and more. As she gets older and expressed an interest in drawing and learning to write the set will keep her in a good, ergonomic position for this, and is ideal as a space for completing homework! The KidKraft Heart Table and Chairs is easy to assemble and comes with full instructions.
9. FurReal Friends Bootsie
Lots of 5-year-olds have or would like a pet. The FurReal Friends Bootsie needs taking care of just like a real cat; it can be fed, taken for a walk and played with. This might be a good way to introduce a child to the responsibility that comes along with looking after a pet, or just a realistic way for them to role-play.
Imaginative role-play that involves caring or nurturing behavior, such as taking care of a pet, also improves social skills when playing with others. This would make a great gift for a 5-year-old girl who loves animals.
10. Schleich Horse Club Riding Centre
Horse-riding and equestrian care are popular with 5-year-old girls, many of whom love the idea of having a pony to look after. The Schleich Horse Club Riding Centre is a great toy that fits into this interest. This encourages imaginative role-play around the theme of horses and horse riding.
The Schleich Horse Club Riding Centre features detailed modeling and realistic elements that help to build an understanding of the reality of equestrian care. This set would make an ideal gift for a 5-year-old girl who is interested in horses or horse-riding.
11. ThinkFun Robot Turtles
A fun board game for 2-5 players the ThinkFun Robot Turtles offers a huge array of benefits to children and would make an excellent gift for 5-year-old girls. This board game offers all the benefits of traditional board games; teaching children to take turns, follow rules and win and lose with emotional regulation.
However, the ThinkFun Robot Turtles also helps children to learn about technology and coding, promoting those sought-after technological skills. Designed to be played with parents, children write code using cards, but no screen is needed! An ideal educational gift for a 5-year-old girl.
12. Lego City Town Fun Fair People Pack
If the 5-year-old girl you’re buying for is interested in Lego and has a few sets already, then this could be the perfect gift. The Lego City Fun Fair Town People Pack is a pack of 14 mini-figures that can be used with all Lego sets to enhance and improve the play experience. With a range of different people and accessories included this set helps to encourage social play, by providing plenty of characters to share with friends or siblings.
The Lego City Town Fun Fair People Pack mini-figures have interchangeable body parts so the child can mix and match outfits as needed. Perfect for any Lego fan this is a practical gift that adds something extra to play.
13. Jewelkeeper Unicorn Musical jewelry Box
By age 5 most little girls will have amassed a collection of jewelry they have been given, or have made for themselves with craft sets. Giving the gift of a jewelry box means that she will have somewhere to store her jewelry, as well as all the other treasures that little girls seem to collect.
The Jewelkeeper Girl’s Musical jewelry Storage Box with Spinning Unicorn has the added benefit of an attractive unicorn design, a spinning unicorn and music that plays when the box is opened, so it is not a purely practical gift but will also delight a 5-year-old girl.
14. Disney Large Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh is a really popular children’s character and this official Disney toy is a great way to gift something based on this interest and theme. Made with super soft materials this toy is extremely huggable providing comfort to a 5-year-old.
The Disney Large Winnie the Pooh is also suitable as bedroom décor due to its large size it would make a great feature in a child’s bedroom or playroom, and may spark imagination and imaginative play. If the 5-year-old girl you’re buying for is a fan of Disney’s Winnie the Pooh then this gift could be perfect for her.
15. Playmobil Summer Fun Water Park with Slides
Playmobil is a popular type of play within this age group, and so is playing with water, the Playmobil Summer Fun Water park with Slides set is designed to combine both of these elements so is sure to please a 5-year-old girl receiving the set as a gift.
Compatible with other Playmobil sets and figures the Playmobil Summer Fun Water Park with Slides has mechanical features that increase understanding of mechanics, how things happen and why things work and encourages exciting imaginative, social play.
16. SilverLit Robo Dash Remote Control Dog
If the 5-year-old you’re buying for is just longing for a pet then maybe a remote-controlled dog will do the trick. The SilverLit Robo Dash Remote Control Dog is a high-tech, high-quality alternative to a real, furry friend. As well as allowing for plenty of imaginative role-play and experimenting with pet care there are plenty of other learning opportunities.
Using the remote control allows children to improve their technology skills, and the SilverLit Robo Dash Remote Control Dog’s built-in object detection not only keeps the dog safe but will also build a child’s interest in robotics.
17. Lego Toy Story 4 Buzz and Woody’s Carnival Mania
Based on the popular Toy Story characters Buzz and Woody the Lego Toy Story 4 Buzz and Woody’s Carnival Mania set allows children to recreate scenes from the Toy Story 4 movie, as well as play imaginatively.
Following the instructions to construct the carnival from the movie is sure to capture the interest of a 5-year-old and improve their concentration, perseverance and construction skills. As the Lego Toy Story 4 Buzz and Woody’s Carnival Mania set is compatible with other Lego bricks, she can incorporate other sets or bricks that she has to extend the play and her imagination too
18. KidKraft Pastel Nantucket Wooden Storage Bench
It is always tempting to buy children toys because they get that wow reaction, but any parent knows that with every birthday or special event that passes comes a challenge; storage. As children accumulate more toys it can be difficult to know where to store them neatly. The KidKraft Pastel Nantucket Wooden Storage Bench is a practical solution to this problem.
As well as being visually pleasing, and likely to fit in with the décor of a 5-year-old girl’s bedroom or playroom, the KidKraft Pastel Nantucket Wooden Storage Bench comes with storage boxes included and easy to follow assembly instructions.
19. VTech Kidi Super Star
Around age 5 a little girl may begin to show an interest in, and a natural flair for, the performing arts. If the 5-year-old girl you’re buying for loves to sing and dance and this is something that you want to encourage then the VTech Kidi Super Star could be a fantastic choice of gift.
The VTech Kidi Super Star is a kids’ karaoke machine, designed with children in mind it has a height-adjustable stand and features plenty of lights and sounds. With a built-in stand to hold a phone or mp3 player to sing along to a 5-year-old girl will be delighted with this gift!
20. Rubie’s Official Supergirl Deluxe Costume
Imaginative role-play and dressing up is a big part of childhood and this officially licensed Supergirl costume will be well received by most 5-year-old girls. Whether she puts it to work in her play at home or uses it for dressing up at parties or on special days at school it is sure to make a welcome addition to her dressing up box.
Being an official, licensed product, Rubie’s official Supergirl Deluxe Costume, is made of high-quality materials and has been tested to both EU and UK standards so you can be sure that it will last. By age 5 most children can manage dressing fairly well but dressing up costumes are a great way to have her practice her skills.
21. Playmobil The Movie Del’s Food Truck
Based on Playmobil the movie this set allows children to re-enact popular scenes from the film. The Playmobil The Movie Del’s Food Truck is perfectly sized for 5-year-olds as it is small enough to feel like a more ‘grown-up’ toy whilst simultaneously being easy to hold.
Compatible with other Playmobil, and Playmobil the movie, sets play can be continuously expanded encouraging using plenty of imagination and creativity and improving storytelling skills as the 5-year-old uses language to narrate the theme of the play and the storyline. The Playmobil the Movie Del’s Food Truck would make an ideal gift for a 5-year-old girl who has seen and enjoyed Playmobil the Movie.
22. Lego Juniors Stephanie’s Lakeside House
The Lego Juniors Stephanie’s Lakeside Home is ideal for younger children as it features bigger, modular pieces that help with construction by making it easier to build the house quickly. The set is compatible with all other Lego sets though, so if the 5-year-old girl you’re buying for wants to give some more complex construction a go then she can always add to the set!
Homes and houses are popular play themes for 5-year-olds as it allows them to play based on their own experiences of home, family and friends. Lego is a popular and timeless toy for very good reason and will last for years to come. This set makes a great gift for a 5-year-old girl.
23. Geospace The Original Deluxe Bungee Boing
5-year-olds are still pretty physical creatures and have plenty of energy that needs burning off during the day. Sometimes that energy has to be burnt off at home and the Geospace Original Deluxe Bungee Boing is an ideal way to do this, it is a beginner’s pogo stick allowing children to bounce without the need for intensive balancing.
The Geospace Original Deluxe Bungee Boing is safe for younger children as it has a stable, flat bottom to allow children to work on their balance and coordination safely. The flat bottom also means that the Bungee Boing can be used indoors without risking damage to the flooring. A great gift for a 5-year-old girl who has heaps of energy and loves to show off her physical skills.
24. Hatchimals Wow
Hatchimal toys are really popular with 5-year-old girls, something about the combination of a surprise and the opportunity to nurture a cute creature appeals to the nature of 5-year-olds. Some of the Hatchimal toys, break out of their egg and the egg is then thrown away, but the Hatchimals Wow has a reusable egg that the little Hatchimal creature can be put in and ‘rehatched’ each time it comes out in a different mood as a surprise.
Hatchimals need taking care of, with their eye color and behavior changing to signal what they need. 5-year-old girls will have hours of fun working out how best to look after their new little pet.
25. Rubik´s Race Game
Rubik’s cubes are a classic toy for honing logic skills but they can be a little complex for 5-year-olds! The Rubik’s race game is designed for children and allows 2 players to compete, racing against the clock to imitate a pattern shown on the card.
The players must slide pieces around in order to display the same pattern as the card shows, this not only increases finger strength and fine motor skill but also helps to build neural pathways in the brain related to pattern recognition, which is an important foundation for mathematical skill.
26. Singcube Bluetooth Karaoke Machine
If the 5-year-old you’re buying for takes her singing performance very seriously then perhaps a Karaoke machine would make a good gift! The Singcube Bluetooth Karaoke Machine is wireless and uses Bluetooth connectivity, so it is compatible with a wide range of devices.
With a 12-watt speaker, allowing sound to fill a medium to large room the Singcube Bluetooth Karaoke Machine is the ideal way to encourage creativity and the performing arts. Being easily portable, this karaoke machine is ideal for taking along to friends’ houses or family gatherings so that more people can join in the fun.
27. Melissa & Doug The Original Pretend Play Cleaning Set
Children love to play with what they know, and what is familiar to them and 5-year-olds especially enjoy imitating what they have seen adults doing as they long to be considered’ grown up’ enough to join in with adult activities. The Melissa & Doug Housekeeping Set is a set of child-sized housekeeping tools that will allow the child to join in with what their parents are doing around the house.
The Melissa & Doug Housekeeping set is fully functional and can help to build up children’s confidence as they feel part of running the household, laying down great foundations for chores! The set is also useful for children’s imaginative play, as playing families is a popular motif at this age.
28. Aquabeads Beadtastic
Aquabeads are a great craft resource for children around this age as they are an activity that children can complete relatively independently. Unlike other similar crafts, these beads do not require ironing or any heat source to hold them in place. Instead, they bond together using just a sprinkle of water (a tool for doing this is included!) so most parents will be happy for their children to get on with this independently.
The Aquabeads Beadtastic set includes templates and over 2000 beads in an array of colors so a 5-year-old girl will be kept happy and entertained for many hours, and as a bonus will significantly improve her fine motor skills and dexterity.
29. Green Toys Skipping Rope
Keeping kids active can be a real challenge but the Green Toys Skipping Rope is a great resource for encouraging children to improve their physical skills and fitness. Green Toys have a well-deserved reputation for high-quality, eco-friendly toys that are also completely safe and non-toxic with no BPA or phthalates.
The Green Toys skipping rope can be used either individually or for skipping games with a friend and helps to build strength and muscle tone in the arms and legs as well as improving cardiovascular fitness. An ideal small gift for an active 5-year-old girl.
30. Hasbro Gaming Perfection Game
Board games are a great way to build social skills as children learn to get along with others, take turns and play fairly. However, one of the major drawbacks is that there isn’t always someone around to play with, the Hasbro Gaming Perfection Game solves this problem as it can be played both individually and with others.
Reviewed by MENSA for Kids, the Hasbro Gaming Perfection Game has plenty of learning opportunities and is especially good for developing early maths skills. It also has built-in storage as all of the pieces fit into, and can be stored in, the game itself. A great gift for child who loves playing games but doesn’t always have another player to hand.
When it comes to buying a gift for a 5-year-old girl there really are a lot of options! Luckily, 5-year-olds still have quite wide and varied interests, so the ideas listed here may give you some pointers in picking out a gift by presenting options you hadn’t considered or didn’t know about.
Many of the options are educational and improve important skills for school whilst not seeming like obvious schoolwork, so they are bound to be a hit with parents and children alike, and all of the gifts presented here have contributions to children’s development. We hope that this list has been helpful, as you consider which gift to pick out for the 5-year-old girl you have in mind.