Gift Guide: Boys Ages 3-5

By Polly Conner
October 23, 2021

Out of all of our gift guides, I found this one was the easiest to put together. Young boys aren’t too hard to please and since I have two of them, with the help of my friends, we put together a killer list of ideas. Similar to our Girls 3-5 Year Old Gift Guide, most of these toys will make boys or girls happy!

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Boys: 3-5 Gift Guide

Kwik Stix Master Art Set, 60 pack – My boys LOVE these!

Kwik Stix Solid Tempera Paint Sticks bring all of the fun without any of the mess- simply uncap, twist and paint!

Kwik Stix have a fast drying formula that allows them to dry in 90 seconds while still leaving a paint-like finish. No cups, smocks, water or brushes required. They work on a variety of surfaces including paper, posters, wood, cardboard, windows, eggs, rocks, pumpkins, seashells, and more! This pack of 60 Colors that includes all the colors of the Kwik Stix Collection: Classic, Metallic, Neon, Pastel, Jewel and Earth tones. You won’t regret getting these!


Strider Balance Bike – This age group loves the freedom of their own ride, and a balance bike is the perfect trainer for learning to ride and stride.

Take Apart Dinosaur – Dinosaurs and tools. This is an instant hit for any dino loving boy.

Fisher Price B.B. Hoopster – This is not your ordinary kid hoop. Upping the game, the electric base moves around to challenge skill. This is one toy you might enjoy every bit as much as your kids.

Green Toys Car Carrier – BPA free, dishwasher safe and durable. Not only are these trucks built to last, but they are a huge hit with this age.

Step2 Up & Down Roller Coaster – Be the envy of every play-date with this fun roller coaster. If you have the space, this can go indoor or outdoor and easily breaks apart for storage.

Bugs in the Kitchen Game – My 4 year old loves this game! It comes with a special edition hexbug that runs through the maze while the players try to trap the bug. For 2-4 players, this one is a family game night win!

Hungry Hungry Hippos Dino Edition – A new take on this classic kid favorite!

Ziggle – A neighborhood favorite. Kids young and small love this toy! Every time someone sees my kids riding this, I get asked where it’s from. 


Bubble Leaf Blower with Solution – One of the best bubble machines we’ve found. It doesn’t leak!

Bubble leaf blower

Firetruck Pop-Up Play House – I am getting one of these for my little guy this year. I love that when stored, it isn’t a space hog either! I’ll probably get the matching fireman gear too.

Pop up fire truck

Melissa & Doug Wooden Train Set – Great for pretend play. I love that this can grow with your kids too. Ask family members for additional pieces!

Wooden train set

Joey Jump – So simple but so fun! Stomp and catch board teaches coordination, but  best of all your little will get lots of exercise!

Duplo Train Set – This was one of my 3 year old’s favorite gifts last year. He has played with it all year long. It’s battery operated and has lots of tricks it can do.

Dig a Dozen Dino Eggs – Kids love these. Just be sure to do them outside! 

dino eggs

Magnatiles – My kids play with these almost daily. It’s a big-ticket item so maybe best to ask a grandparent for it. Another great toy that can grow with your kids. 

Magna tiles

AirFort – I think this is Amazon’s best kept secret. Attach it to a simple box fan and a large fort is blown up in seconds! Such a great alternative to the big mess forts can make!

Alphabet Train Puzzle –  This is one of the few puzzles that has lasted through all three of my kids. They LOVE to put the alphabet together and it’s super long which is fun for kids.

Alphabet puzzle

Stomp Rocket – My boys had so much fun with this when they were younger. They can play with them on their own and have a lot of fun seeing how high they can shoot their rockets up in the sky. Make sure you don’t do them next to the house though. They can get stuck on the roof!

Jumbo Coloring Pads – I LOVE LOVE LOVE these. I have given them as birthday gifts and have even bought them a second time for my family. The pages are large, thick, and white. Every child of mine 4-9 still loves them. They also have girl versions if you have a preschool aged girl.

Kinetic Sand – This is just a MUST for this age. I like to spread it out on a baking sheet and let them play with it on that. It’s not messy like regular sand either. We have pretty much had Kinetic Sand in my home for the last 8 years!

Bubble Lawn Mower – I have yet to meet a kid that doesn’t love this. For sure an outside toy though!

Shovels – On a last minute whim, I got these for my kids when they were youngsters and they were the Christmas morning favorite! Perfect for snow, beach or even just digging in the dirt. (Obviously for the older end of this age group.)


Three Wheel Scooter – Available in 13 colors, the highest rated scooter on Amazon, and a good price for all the use you’ll get from it.

Magic Tracks – Snap a limitless amount of tracks together to create a fun race for multiple zippy little cars. Tip- buy extra cars and AAA batteries!


Floor Puzzles – We have this EXACT puzzle and my kids have done it over and over again. I’d recommend getting a puzzle that matches their interests but this particular one has been a hit with all of my kids.

Don’t Break the Ice – I genuinely enjoy playing this with my kids! Both of my boys LOVE this game. 

Don't break the ice

Stepping Stones – I got some of these for my crew years ago and they still get pulled out to play with. They use them both inside and outside and they can be used for almost any age!

More Ideas:

BOARD GAMES: With the help of our kids, we have rounded up our favorite board games! Hop over here to see the amazing roundup for all ages.

Bounce House – A big-ticket item but SO worth the money!

Melissa & Dog Keys & Rescue Vehicle – I know my preschooler is going to love this!

The 14 Best Educational Toys we Own is a great resource for this age!

Duplo Sets – A classic toy that all kids enjoy!

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134 replies
  1. Terri says:

    Kinetic sand looks like fun for my twin grandsons. Played with some at a children’s museum last year, but that’s no more now😢

  2. Megan Watson says:

    Great suggestions! We have several of these items and I think my guy’s favorite is probably the stomp rockets. I need to check out the Dino eggs and kinetic sand.

  3. Brandy Lutz says:

    Magnatiles can give a mom a long break while the kids are playing with them. There are so many creative things to do with them.

  4. Debbie says:

    The basket ball stand was very popular for both indoors and outside, nice that it can be adjusted as the child grows, so lasts for several years. Then firetruck play house was also very popular!

  5. Tammy Gonzalez says:

    I really like # 3. It looks very cool. I think my special ed elementary students would enjoy it. I’s going to look it up. Thank you.

  6. Sarah Oser says:

    #13 The Stomp Rockets. I have 2 grandsons and a granddaughter that are very sports/active in anything. These would be great for them!

  7. Angela says:

    My son loves the magniblocks. He plays all the time with them. I am thinking about the fort with the fan for Christmas for him too. We have a huge basement.

  8. Amy Minkin says:

    I thought my boys might be too old for some of these at almost 6 but got some great ideas! Love the stomp rocket and other ideas!

  9. Hickory nut says:

    I have 3 boys and have a lot of the items on your list. The stomp rocket is a must have. It goes unbelievably high and the boys have so many laughs trying to catch it. Such a simple concept but guaranteed fun.

  10. Traci says:

    My nephew would love the Dino eggs and stomp rocket! Love the ages specific ideas! Looking forward go shopping more of your guides!

  11. Laura Konrade says:

    I have four boys (ages 4-9) and we have so many of these items! Our favorite, though, are the Magnatiles. They are played with daily and fun for many ages!!

  12. Kelly B says:

    These are all great! Boy #3 (turning four) is hard to come up with new and fresh ideas. I like the Kinetic Sand and Kwik Stix — I get tired of the mess of playdoh, paint, etc. so these could help with that!

  13. Keely Langer says:

    I love so many of these, but the quick stix look awesome. My little guy always wants to paint, but I don’t like the clean up. These are perfect!

  14. Haley says:

    Magnatiles are the BEST!! And totally worth every penny! They provide hours of entertainment and promote creative play. And even adults love to play with them!

  15. Stephanie Robinett says:

    My son would be so excited for the Stomp Rocket. Plus he broke his shovel last winter, so that will need to be replaced. He loved playing with is last year.

  16. Debbie says:

    It’s hard to choose a favorite from this guide because there are so many good choices! That being said, my boys loved their bubble mower and would push it around the yard all the time!

  17. Melissa says:

    What great ideas! My son will be 3 in March so I’m keeping all of these in mind for both Christmas and his bday. I think he’s especially love the Magic Tracks!

  18. Renee says:

    We have a lot of these gifts and love them! I’m adding the jumbo coloring books to our list. We have been loving art time lately!

  19. Railey says:

    Love the Magnatiles! We have two boys joining us next week from Foster Care ages 3 and 5. This would be great to have at Christmas for them. So many good ideas on this list! Thank you!

  20. Hilary says:

    Those jumbo coloring books are a favorite around here! It’s about time we get some more, so this is great timing! The magnatiles are also on our wish list!

  21. Jessica Bernhardt says:

    We have a lot of the toys on this list, but I will say our top 3 are the Airfort, Magnatiles and the wooden train set. We like those the most because even though the suggested age range on your list is for Boys 3-5 all our kids play with those, Our ages range from 2-10 boys and girls 🙂

  22. Kate B. says:

    Magnatiles are the best! My oldest played with them daily at preschool at age 3, and my kids are now 10 and 6 and still make so many creations and find other fun uses for them all the time!

  23. Hope McCarroll says:

    We love kinetic sand!! I prefer the non colored because we don’t have as many tears about what color each kid gets!

  24. Krysta says:

    All ages are fun, but this age is especially exciting! I can’t believe stomp rockets are back…I had one as a kid in the 90s. I plan on getting the jumbo color pads for a couple kids in my life.

  25. Ashlee says:

    The air fort looks amazing! And so much easier than pulling sheets and blankets out and rearranging a whole room to make a fort! Will definitely have to consider that as a gift idea!

  26. Ashley Renner says:

    We love the Bubble Mower and leaf blower! It’s a great way to encourage helping in the yard, even if it is more fun than work 🙂

  27. Melissa says:

    I love the air fort! Folds into the smallest bag and kids have hours of fun! We had ours 5 years now and it’s still played with.