educational gifts for 5 year olds

Educational gifts for 5 year olds

Let’s turn children who love to play into children who love to learn

As parents or caregivers, it is our responsibility to provide our children with the best education possible, both in and out of the classroom. We want to give them a strong foundation that will allow them to excel academically and in other aspects of their lives – and one of the best ways for children to learn is through play with educational gifts.

At the age of 5, children are at the stage in their development where they really hone their fine motor skillsand begin to show more interest in board games and other educational toys. With this in mind, we have compiled a list of educational toys for 5 year olds that will aid in their development and bring hours of fun!

Each child is unique, and they have their own pace of learning. Discover what works best for them. The fundamental aspect of learning through play is to connect and communicate with your child.

Building Blocks

Building blocks are an excellent gift for 5 year olds as they encourage fine motor skills, spatial awareness and problem-solving skills. Edx Education’s Interlocking Cubes come in a handy jar with infinite building options. With our Pattern Blocks, younger learners will enjoy making ‘shape pictures’ using the shapes themselves or drawing around them to create interesting shape patterns.


Puzzles are great educational gifts for 5 year olds. They help to develop problem-solving skills, patience and hand-eye coordination. Puzzles come in a variety of sizes and themes, so you can choose one that matches your child’s interests to keep them engaged and motivated until completion. You could offer a reward for finishing as a little extra encouragement to stick with it!

Board Games

Board games are an excellent way to spend quality time with your child while also teaching them valuable skills including taking turns and problem solving. Our Fun Play Geo Pegs and Geo Pegs & Board Set are a fun and interactive way to learn colours, improve fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and reasoning – all while having fun. Or try our Hundred Board Activity Set which is a fun and interactive way for your child to develop their number sense.

Modelling Clay

This is a fun and interactive way for children to develop their fine motor skills. They can use their imagination to create different shapes and figures, which helps to develop their creativity. Add an educational twist by incorporating letter cutters, or just various cutters and rollers for maximum fun. Play Doh pizza anyone?!

Art Supplies

Art supplies such as crayons, coloured pencils and paints are essential for children to express their creativity. They help to develop hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills while allowing children to explore their artistic side. Create and learn with our Alphabet Stampers Lowercase easy-grip stampers. The sturdy grips are perfect for little hands and are ideal for letter recognition and learning letter formation.

Science Kits

5 is a great age to start science activities. The Edx education Measuring Bottle Set is an essential set of 5 measuring bottles with colourful lids. A fun way for children to learn about volume. Our 1 Litre Pan Balance is a great visual tool to help children to learn that something can be the same size, such as the containers, but they can be different weights. The pans are a good size for small hands to easily pour and measure.

Math Games

Math games are an excellent tool for helping 5 year olds develop essential mathematical skills in a fun and interactive way. Our Maths Home Learning Set – Ages 5 to 6 Years is a great place to start. It is ideal for learning important early mathematical concepts and developing skills in counting, addition, sorting, classifying, identifying geometric shapes and objects, problem solving and reasoning.

Interactive Books

These are a great way to teach children valuable skills while also having fun. Interactive books encourage active participation by allowing children to make choices, answer questions and complete activities within the book. These toys are designed to enhance vocabulary, improving memory skills. And they are great to do whilst having a cuddle too!

Musical Instruments

Drums, xylophones and keyboards are all a great way to introduce children to the world of music. They help to develop hand-eye coordination and musical skills, and they encourage children to explore their creativity. Children can join in with our Dancing Ribbons which are ideal for music and movement, coordination and physical play.

Construction Sets

Construction sets are excellent for developing fine motor skills, spatial awareness and problem-solving skills. Children can use their creativity to build different structures and shapes, and it helps to develop their hand-eye coordination. Edx Education’s Fun Play Construction Cubes  are not only great for constructing but the bright colours are great for sorting, pattern making, counting and basic measuring.  Our Theme Park Construction Set will enable your child to have all the fun of the fair whilst developing their fine motor skills and creative design skills.

Outdoor Toys

Outdoor toys such as bikes, scooters and balls are great for developing gross motor skills and encouraging physical activity. They help to develop balance, coordination and strength, and they encourage children to explore the great outdoors. With our Step-a-Forest, Step-A-Stones and Step-A-Log – your outdoor area is ready to go! Other great gifts to have in the garden are Traffic Signs and our Go Wheelie which will stimulate every child’s imagination through encouraging roleplay and communication skills.

Read more about how educational gifts are great for child development including in our blog. Children love exploring and learning through play – which is also our philosophy!

Choosing educational gifts for 5 year olds is so much fun! Select items that will aid in their development like board games that teach counting and colour recognition, and construction sets that encourage creativity and critical thinking. Remember, the most important thing is to choose toys that your child will enjoy as well as develop new skills.

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