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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!
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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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
My kids play with these almost daily. It’s a big-ticket item so it might be best to ask a grandparent for it. Another great toy that can grow with your kids.
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.
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.
This is just a MUST for this age. I like to spread it out on aand 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!
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.
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.
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!
Action Air Bounce House Castle With Slide
A big-ticket item but SO worth the money!
Melissa & Doug Toy Keys and Cars Wooden Rescue Vehicles and Garage
I know my preschooler is going to love this!
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.
The 14 Best Educational Toys we Own is a great resource for this age!
Duplo Sets – A classic toy that all kids enjoy!