Are you looking for some educational gifts for five years olds? Five is a big, big year for kids. It’s often the year kids start kindergarten and now for the first time, it takes a whole handful of fingers to show just how old they are.
When looking for educational gifts for kids there are two things to keep in mind.
The first is what is this age group attracted to?
The second is what skills and concepts will kids this age be tackling soon?
Now to find the perfect, look for educational gifts that address a combination of the two.
Here’s an example:
Five year olds are often fans of community helpers and their transportation like firemen and firewomen and their fire trucks. Five year olds are also soon learning to write and need to develop spatial relationship (how things fit together) skills. This is why the Melissa & Doug Giant Fire Truck Floor Puzzle will be a hit gift for five year olds.
Five year olds often become obsessed with kid’s movies like The Incredibles or kid’s shows like Blues Clues. Five year olds are also learning to read and need to see and hear print often. This is what makes the Story Reader, along with book and cartridge sets starring kid’s favorite movie and television characters great gift ideas for five year olds.
Here are 5 Top Educational Gifts for 5 Year Olds:
Dress up clothes:
Dress up clothes encourage dramatic play but they also allow five year olds to practice tying, buttoning, snapping and zipping. So while your young child is buttoning up their cowboy vest, they are also corralling some fine motor skills. These are skills they’ll need to become more independent as they head for kindergarten.
It’s almost time to learn to tell time, which makes a play clock or clock puzzle like the Melissa & Doug Wooden Clock Puzzle a great toy and teaching tool for five year olds. Finding a wall clock for your child’s room that features their favorite character or theme can encourage them to be interested in reading a clock.
Five year olds love to play store which a cash register like the Learning Resources Cash Register a great educational gift for five year olds. You can count on the learning and fun with these pretend play cash registers.
Floor puzzles work on spatial relationship skills and fine motor skills all needed for learning to write. Kids this age love floor puzzles because they are “big just like me.” Along with fire trucks, dinosaurs are also a popular theme with five year olds. Alphabet puzzles have the added benefit of reinforcing ABC order.
Because this age group loves to be independent, loves operating their own electronics and need to make print and sound associations for reading, reading systems like The Story Reader and the Leap Frog Tag reading system are also great gift ideas for this group. While read to me systems are a great teaching tool for five year olds, they should never replace reading together with your child or time spent with picture books.