Christmas toys for five year-olds

October 15, 2016 Published by

Five year-olds will be mastering lots of new skills (e.g. writing) - every accomplishment will fill them with pride and they will want to show off their new-found skills. Educational toys will support them in school and encourage a love of learning right from the start.

 This Christmas, we want good quality toys children will enjoy again and again. So rather than spending a small fortune on a toy that  is destined to gather dust, why not get some inspiration from our Good Toy Guide experts? These little elves spend all year trying out tons of toys - with the help of children, parents, and child carers - to add some sparkle to your gift list this Christmas.

Dancing Eggs by HABA

(RRP: £15.99)

  • A hilarious game that can be played as a family
  • Gets everyone actively competing with one another, helping children learn to win and lose respectfully
  • Playing and laughing together is great for teaching children social skills and building friendships

Dancing Eggs is a funny fast-paced game from Haba, which had our testers in fits of giggles. The aim of Dancing Eggs is to grab as many eggs as possible, while crowing like a cockerel and running around the table. Every egg you earn has to then be held in various nooks and crannies of your body – under the chin, between your knees, in your armpit. Then the game begins again, and the challenge is to be just as quick, but this time while trying not to drop the egg.

Gee Whizz - The Magical Box of Tricks by Drumond Park

(RRP: £19.99)

  • An array of wonderful magic tricks, including a wand, a parrot in a cage, a zig zag rope, and more
  • An easy way for children to become performers, encouraging confidence
  • Fun for older siblings too

Our testers were amazed and astounded by the Gee Whizz magic set. The box comes with everything needed to put on a good show - no intensive learning required. It's great fun and gets everyone wondering how the tricks worked.

Gears! Gears! Gears! Build and Bloom Flower Garden by Learning Resources

(RRP: £34.95)

  • Ideal for getting more reluctant children learning about the mechanics of gears
  • Lets children learn at their own pace through a hands-on creative activity
  • Encourages logical thinking and problem solving, as children work out for themselves how to connect the gears to make them rotate correctly

This Gears! Gears! Gears! set lets children learn about the mechanics of gears by building a beautiful, colourful garden. Joining together the interchangeable gears, flowers, butterflies, bees, ladybirds and wiggly stems means children can learn by doing. The garden theme is particularly good for children who are more reluctant to learn about science.

Trugs at Home - Box 1 by Trugs

(RRP: £34.99)

  • Helps children learn the phonics needed for reading
  • Multiple level games give children the excitement of competition and the chance to progress their skills as confidence builds
  • Playing together is a great way for parents to support learning and build their child's vocabulary

A fun and interactive way to practise phonics for reading, the Trugs at Home box set includes three card games - Get It, Match It, and Take It. Our testers enjoyed the challenge of the different games, and the competitive element made it all the more exciting. The set is divided into five stages, which is ideal for children to progress their skills as their confidence grows.

The Claudia Doll by Bonnie & Pearl

(RRP: £79.99)

  • Beautifully made, children can have a doll that looks just like them
  • A range of outfits are also available
  • Great for imaginative, nurturing play

Bonnie & Pearl dolls are lovingly designed and manufactured to last. They're designed to be a companion that children can grow up with. Our testers loved the attention to detail, and particularly enjoyed having a doll whose hair and skin colour matched their own; this made the doll more special to them.


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