Best Educational Toys for 5-Year-Old Boys [Top 5]

Mark Coster, BSc(Hons) PhD

Last updated: January 7, 2021

5 Year-Old Boy Playing with a STEM Toy

It is an established fact that toys play an important role in the cognitive development of a child. At the age of five, your child starts developing social skills as he meets boys of his age at school. They are also under the stress of 'fitting in' at school. For developing your child's social skills, you need to focus on his confidence. And you might be surprised to know that educational toys help boost that confidence. Children who are familiar with numbers and letters are more likely to engage in classes. If we had to pick one STEM Toy that every 5-year-old boy would love, and be challenged by, it is the Sphero Mini Soccer! However, every boy is different, and budgets vary, so read on to find out our picks for the best educational toys for five-year-old boys that will help them develop STEM skills.  

Our Rating:

  • Best for Learning: Physics, Basic Coding


Sphero Mini Soccer: App-Enabled Programmable Robot Ball - STEM Educational Toy for Kids Ages 8 & Up - Drive, Game & Code Play & Edu App

At the age of five, your child starts showing interest in organized sports. They watch it on TV and loved games that are based on sports-theme. The Sphero Mini Soccer is an app-enabled robot ball that is controlled by a mobile phone. This toy is especially suited to boys who love sports. They will learn all about physics and the laws of motion, while having with a little robot soccer ball! They can even step it up a notch and start to learn coding, using a mobile device to program the ball to do what they want!

Our Rating:

  • Best for Learning: Geography, Earth Science


BEST LEARNING i-Poster My World Interactive Map - Educational Talking Toy for Kids of Ages 5 to 12 Years

Getting your boy to learn how to read a map or a globe seems like a daunting task. How much would you appreciate the chance of having a fun toy that lets your child find countries on a map of the Earth? The i-Poster My World Interactive Map is a globe that offers interesting facts about the world to your child. Your young explorer has country names, capital cities, flags, populations, languages, landmarks and all sorts of other fun facts at their little fingertips. He can even challenge himself with built-in quizzes!

Our Rating:

  • Best for Learning: Problem Solving, Lateral Thinking


IQ Challenge Set by GamieUSA - 7 Pcs Kids Educational Toys for 5 Year Olds - Highly Stimulating Brain Teasers - Challenging IQ Games, Mental Exercises for Sharp Young Minds - 100% Child Safe ...

Kids love puzzles and many boys are competitive by nature. The IQ Challenge Set by GamieUSA is for all those boys who love challenges. The set contains seven toys - a wooden cube puzzle, a metal puzzle, an IQ puzzle ball, and four different plastic puzzle balls. This toy set is designed to train young minds in using their problem-solving and reasoning skills for solving the puzzles. The instruction guide of the set is separately emailed to parents so that they can help their children out when they're stuck. What a great idea!

Our Rating:

  • Best for Learning: Construction, Mechanical Engineering


Lakeshore Ultimate Fort Builder

Imaginative play is essential for fostering a young boy's creative skills, and you don't need to be around 5-year-old boy's for too long to realize just how amazing their imaginations can be! The Lakeshore Ultimate Fort Builder is a building set that lets your kid(s) become builders, turning what's in their imaginations into reality. This easy-to-build fort set hones your child's STEM skills in areas like construction and mechanical engineering. Yes, it might be a play for today, but who knows what structures he may build when he's a grown adult? It comes with a step-by-step guide that lets your boy set up the structure on their own or with minimum help from their parents.

Our Rating:

  • Best for Learning: Physics, Aeronautical Engineering


Stomp Rocket Stunt Planes - 3 Foam Plane Toys for Boys and Girls - Outdoor Rocket Toy Gift for Ages 5 (6, 7, 8) and Up

Five-year-old boys take a lot of interest in unstructured free play like running, skipping, jumping, throwing or catching, etc. The Stomp Rocket Stunt Planes set provides them with a fun physical activity that lets him either jump or run or stomp to set the plane flying in the air. And what boy doesn't love to launch rockets??! All of the Stomp Rockets range is excellent - kids love the idea that, the harder they stomp, the further the rocket might go! The Stunt Planes set has the added bonus that each of the three different rocket designs - Looper, Glider and Wildcat - has different aerodynamic characteristics, allowing them to do tricks.

How Will You Encourage Your Boy's Interest in STEM?

To succeed in school or be more confident, children don't only need to be well-versed in numbers or letters, they also need a hands-on learning experience of various concepts of science, technology, engineering, and maths. STEM toys offer other types of play to boys that help them reach their full potential. We hope you've found some inspiration from the list above!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best gift for a 5-year-old boy?

It's a tough choice! The great thing is that, at 5, most boys are quite adaptable, so you actually have an opportunity to shape their interests. This is why we believe STEM Toys make such great gifts. Boys love playing with them, and all the while they are learning valuable STEM skills.

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Do boys enjoy different toys to girls?

Yes,... and no. There are very minimal genetic differences in how boys and girls at the age of 5 like to play. However, there are larger societal factors that leads to different gender roles. The extent of these differences varies from child to child according to their environment and upbringing.

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Mark Coster, BSc(Hons) PhD
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