At five, our baby girls are becoming full-fledged kids – they’re better able to solve puzzles and play social games, and they’ve also made dramatic leaps in gross motor ability in the past year. That means they’re ready for some new toys and games that focus on their desire to continue playing socially with friends, expressing themselves creatively and being physically active.

If you’re on the hunt for the best toys for 5 year old girls, take a look at our rundown of some age-appropriate gift picks she’ll love as well as an overview of the way her current developmental needs play into making great toy and game choices.

The Winners

#1

Enchantmints Music Jewelry Box

Best Overall

Kids love hanging onto their trinkets, and the sense of personal responsibility she’s beginning to develop at five means that a special place that’s just for her to put her special things is something she can appreciate. This classic jewelry box features a brushed blush pink design and is adorned by dancing ballerinas and bursts of floral spray. It features a storage area under the flip up lid, as well as a wide lower drawer and two small side drawers. The top of the box features a beautiful fairy ballerina putting on her slippers, framed by blooming roses. When she opens the lid after winding her jewelry box, she’ll be greeted by a pop-up ballerina, who twirls as Swan Lake plays. The 6″ x 4″ box is the perfect place for her to store earrings, necklaces, and other small collectibles safely.

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#2

wing-N-Slide Cedar Brook Play Set

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How do you delight a child who always wants to go to the playground without the massive undertaking that is preparing for a park trip with the kids? You bring the play to her with this Swing-N-Slide outdoor playset from Cedar Brook, which features a swing set, climbing wall, fort, monkey bars, and a curving sliding board that will keep them busy on sunny days for years to come.

This attractive fixture, which is perfect for big backyards, has a classic redwood appearance and arrives pre-stained. There’s a lifetime warranty against cracks, and all of the metal parts of the playset are treated to prevent rust in all weather conditions. Parents should take note that, as with all outdoor wooden toys, a yearly stain and seal is necessary to preserve the appearance and integrity of the wood construction.

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#3

Hape Kid's Wooden Toy Ukulele

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Musical play helps children to learn about rhythm, express themselves creatively, and opens up the door for them to discover a lifelong love of an instrument. Simple and small, the ukulele is the ideal first stringed instrument to introduce to young children, and this bright, The sturdy pick Wooden Toy Ukulele  from Hape can find a place in any playroom. It’s just the right size for a five-year-old, and the red, orange and yellow decorated body is made from smooth, sustainably-sourced wood.

It feels and operates authentically, but has the durability to hold up to childhood play and experimentation. They’ll learn to pick, strum and create tunes with this little uke, which is a fun, unique take on kid-sized musical instruments.

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#4

Melissa & Doug Play House! Play Set

We love Melissa & Doug’s straightforward approach to encouraging kids to play creatively, and this cleaning play set facilitates the natural urge four-year-olds have to play house. Beginning to mimic roles, especially those of parents as they engage in household tasks, is a major milestone kids hit during the three to five-year-old range – it means they’re beginning to understand and be curious about the experiences of others.

They’ll love playing house with the broom, mop, duster, dustpan and brush included in this set, all of which can be neatly hung on the set’s wide-based, stable wooden pole. They’re just the right height and size for younger kids to use comfortably, plus they really work on tiny messes, so they can learn simple tasks like brushing up paper scraps after arts and crafts.

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#5

Hape Kid's Coffee Maker

Five year olds are still thriving on pretend play, which teaches important lessons about empathy and socialization. Imitating parents by playing house continues to be a common pastime at five, and this wooden coffee maker from Hape will fit nicely into her play kitchen. The set is also fun on its own, modeled after the sleek pod-style coffee brewers that have become popular additions to modern kitchens. The cheerful green coffee maker is accompanied by a blue wooden mug, a sugar canister with a scoop, and a carton of cream – all the fixings needed for your little barista to serve up a pretend gourmet latte, and the top lid even flips down to “start brewing”, just like a real pod brewer.

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#6

2-in-1 Scooter for Kids

Bikes and scooters offer a fantastic physical workout that helps kids continue to improve their balance and coordination as they grow, but their abilities and readiness to ride can vary from child to child. While many five-year-old girls may feel ready for a full scooter, this 2-in-1 adjustable scooter offers a seat as well as a deck for maximum fun at all ability levels.

The seat folds down easily, making the three-wheeled scooter function a little bit more like a balance bike. When the seat is flipped up, it rides just like a regular scooter, but the stability added by the additional front wheel makes balance easier for little riders. The durable frame stands up to repeated play, and the 130 lb weight limit means it’s a pick she can continue to enjoy until she’s ready for a big kid scooter.

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#7

Flybar Propel Pogo Stick

Pogo sticks are great toys for helping kids work on their balance and agility, and they also provide low-impact cardiovascular activity that keeps them healthy as they play. Flybar has assuaged the concerns of many parents with their safe updates on the classic toy – the Propel model features non-slip foot pegs, allowing them to keep their footing easily while they jump, even when they’re not in their sneakers. The rubber hand grips are soft and ergonomic, so it’s not uncomfortable when they’re white-knuckling it through some bigger jumps. The bounce tip also has a wide stance, which makes sticking a bounce landing and maintaining stability easier. This pogo stick has an upper weight limit of 80 lbs, so she can easily share it with siblings and continue to play with it safely as she grows.

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#8

VTech Kidi Star Karaoke Machine

Your five-year-old and her friends will be crooning their favorite tunes in no time once they step in front of this deluxe standing karaoke machine and microphone from VTech. The Kidi Star Karaoke Machine connects to your MP3 player or mobile device – consider loading up one of your older devices to protect your investments and recycle your old tech – so they can truly have the library of music they love, not just pre-installed songs. It’s not just for showing off their pipes, though; VTech loves a good educational game, and six are included with her karaoke machine. A voice changer with five different effects also lets them experiment with sound during play.

To add some stage presence to their performance, the disco light can be twisted 180 degrees and creates colorful lighting effects for a cool atmosphere while they sing and dance.

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#9

The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game

Your five-year-old’s ability to pay attention, take turns and follow rules is improving significantly, which means that board and card games that engage her mentally and provide opportunities to socialize are great picks for her developmentally. The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel game will have kids thinking and laughing as they try to be the first to fill their log with acorn snacks.

They’ll spin to determine whether they pick, steak or lose an acorn, and must think strategically in order to secure their win. The game helps them to improve their matching, sorting and planning abilities, and it can accommodate two to four players, so it’s a great pick for encouraging social opportunities with friends and siblings.

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#10

KidKraft Majestic Mansion Dollhouse

There’s a reason dollhouses are so popular with little girls – pretending and acting out stories is an important part of their of social learning and development, and dollhouses set a great stage for their narratives. This towering mansion dollhouse pick from KidKraft is impressive to the least, with four stories, 34 pieces of furniture, and a real elevator that glides up and down.

It’s a big enough pick that more than one child can use the toy simultaneously, so there’s opportunities for her to play creatively with friends. There’s plenty of realism to be found in this charming pastel dollhouse, including a piano that plays music, lamps which illuminate, a grandfather clock and a cute little kitten and more.

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#11

Melissa & Doug Fashion Design Activity Kit

Fashion plates are a classic toy that little girls love, letting them mix and match designs to show off their creativity in new ways. Melissa & Doug know that opportunities for creative expression offer cognitive boosts and hand-eye coordination improvement that are essential for five year olds, and their fashion plate activity set features nine double-sided plates that can be used interchangeably to create unique designs that will spark her imagination.

The pink and purple kit is portable, and it comes with four pencils, a crayon and a crayon holder with an easy-to-hold rubber grip. All of the pieces and tools can be stored safe and compact in the closing case, which features a handle that makes it a great toy for taking on the go.

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#12

Wireless Karaoke Microphone for Kids

If showing off her burgeoning singing, dancing and performing skills is a favorite pastime of your five-year-old girl, this cheerful pink pig-themed karaoke mic is a great addition to her toy collection. It uses Bluetooth to connect with iPhone, Android and other compatible devices to stream her favorite tunes in high-quality sound. The microphone is designed to cancel out echos and reverberation, and provides up to five hours of play time on a two hour charge, which is a good balance compared to other quick-draining electronic toys.

The durable silicone construction protects the mic against fall damage, which combines with the budget-friendly price range to make it a great first karaoke mic.

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#13

Melissa & Doug Wooden Bead Set

Hand-eye coordination is a skill that kids are still perfecting at five, and this wooden bead collection from Melissa & Doug provides opportunities for them to work on this important skill. These beautiful beads come in a variety of pink and purple hues with white accents, and letters of the alphabet, shapes including butterflies, flowers and hearts, and decorative accent beads are all included.

The kit comes with 12 laces and clasps, which means they can make at least 12 necklaces or bracelets with this set. They’re fun to wear and give away as a token of friendship, and the size of this kit makes it ideal for use during a play date or slumber party – there’s even enough letter beads to go around for small groups.

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#14

Mele & Co. Ballerina Music Jewelry Box

If she’s accumulating a jewelry collection that may someday require a walk-in closet, a kid-sized trinket box will be a welcome addition to her bedroom. The ballerina music jewelry box is covered in pastel pink with white accents, and features a pink and purple heart, star and flower theme throughout. The lid opens to reveal a twirling ballerina and spacious platform, as well as a space to hang her necklaces, which can be accessed through the front opening door.

Three drawers are also included, which are perfect for storing her bracelets, rings and other small keepsakes. When wound, the ballerina in this 8″ box twirls to beautiful Swan Lake, completing the look and feel of this classic girls’ jewelry wardrobe.

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#15

LEGO & Disney's Frozen Anna & Elsa's Playground

LEGO playsets are great picks for five-year-olds for a few reasons – they encourage logical thinking and strategy, they boost hand-eye coordination, and when they come in cool themes like this Frozen playground featuring Anna and Elsa, they also encourage creative role play.

This 94 piece set has just the right complexity level for their abilities and creates a beautiful blue miniature ice castle including an ice slide, a treasure chest, a snowball catapult, and even a sweet polar bear cub. It’s compatible with the rest of the LEGO play system, and detailed Anna and Elsa figures are included with the set.

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Consider Their Developmental Stage

Developmentally speaking, five-year-old girls have come a long way in one year. It’s a period where growth spurts are common, and she’s beginning to look less like a baby and more like a kid. Physically, her coordination is continuing to improve, and she can play hopscotch and other hopping and skipping games with ease. Her small motor skills are also advancing, making her better at writing, drawing, dressing herself and using utensils.

From a cognitive standpoint, she’s speaking in full sentences using all of the parts of speech, and her vocabulary is likely over 2,000 words. She has a greater sense of personal responsibility and emotional regulation, and she thinks about things with more depth. She likes to learn, and a lot of that learning is still done through pretend role-play. She’s outgrowing fearful and aggressive behaviors common in the toddler years, and may often gravitate toward cooperative, people-pleasing behavior.

Socially, your five-year-old girl is eager to make friends, fit in, and follow rules in most circumstances. She’s learning the social value of being cooperative and taking turns, and prizes being praised and rewarded for good behavior and achievements. Regular opportunities to socialize with other children are especially important now, and this is a time when many parents choose to enroll their children in Kindergarten to ensure that their social and educational needs are being met.

Entertainment vs. Education

The significant physical, cognitive and social developments that have taken place over the past year have rewarded your five-year-old with the ability to master new skills and concepts. They find tackling new challenges fun and exciting, which means that entertainment and education often go hand in hand – five year olds learn through playing, which means that some of the best learning toys are likely to be quick, fun favorites with continual entertainment value.

Physical vs. Cognitive vs. Social

Physically, your five-year-old has changed a lot in just a year. She’s taller, and despite gaining a few pounds, she’s losing her baby fat and looking like a big kid. Both her small and gross motor skills have reached a developmental peak, and from here, physical activity becomes more about staying social and fit while having fun. Jungle gyms, bikes and toys that require balancing will help them continue to build strength and skill.

She’s also made significant cognitive strides, and her ability to focus on longer activities, play counting and matching games and solve puzzles is improving. She’s better at taking turns during board and card games, which are perfect picks for offering cognitive stimulus while also providing opportunities for socialization.

She’s especially blossoming socially, and if she’s enrolled in school, she’s no doubt already found her tribe of friends. She likes being part of a group and making others happy, so physical and cognitive games with social elements give her developmental boosts while satisfying her urge to play with other kids. Pretend play is still very important to her at this age, and it’s something she’s doing with friends more than ever, so free-standing playsets that encourage creative role-play are excellent picks now.

Digital vs. Manual

By five, it’s less important that kids be focused on refining motor skills, so it’s not essential that toys have a manual focus. That said, five-year-old kids still often learn better and imagine more with toys that are manual or feature both digital and manual elements. What’s most important right now is that they’re being challenged in a fun way, encouraged to stay physically active and socialized with friends, so both digital and manual picks that hit those marks are great.

Wrapping Up

As she prepares to enter her school years, your clever, independent five-year-old girl is becoming more empathetic, curious and aware with each passing day. The best gifts for 5 year old girls will engage her new physical and cognitive abilities in exciting ways that keep her coming back for more – they’re even better if there’s room for friends. Now that you know what’s best developmentally, let her unique personality guide you toward a pick she’ll absolutely love.

Quick Decision

Enchantmints Music Jewelry Box – Best Overall
Our best overall awardee is a perfect gift for her to store earrings, necklaces, and other small collectibles safely.

Swing-N-Slide Cedar Brook Play Set– Upgrade Choice
Our upgrade pick features a swing set, climbing wall, fort, monkey bars, and a curving sliding board that will keep them busy on sunny days for years to come.

Hape Kid’s Wooden Toy Ukulele – Best Budget Buy
Our budget pick is a musical toy that helps children to learn about rhythm, express themselves creatively to discover a lifelong love of an instrument.

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Hannah H.

Hannah H.

Hannah is both a parent and a freelance journalist and author. You go, girl! She is an impeccable wordsmith and her warm and witty outlook on life makes her pieces a joy to read.

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