What to Buy a 5 Year Old Girl?

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5 year olds have a huge imagination and often like to play role play games such as doctors, being  Mommy, playing shop and playing teacher.  Some ideas of toys that facilitate imaginative and role play include figures, princess themed toys and cash registers for playing shops.
I was speaking to a friend the other day who has a 5 year old daughter who told me that everyday when she gets home from school she starts "playing school" and being the teacher.
Check out the Learning Resources school play set below.

School Play Set

This school play set and is a pop up school set which features reports cards to fill out, stickers, double-sided calendar, double-sided map, and lots of school supplies. There's a board with a pen to use and an eraser to rub it out.
Use the marker on the pen on the board. Pretend to be the monitor and tell everyone what day of the week it is and what the weather is like by using the board.

Lego Friends Set

Lego has released lots of sets aimed at girls. A good choice is the Disney Forest Waterfall setwhich is aimed at girls aged 5 plus.

It comes with LEGO Friends Andrea and Olivia mini-dolls, a squirrel figure, a scooter, campfire, marshmallow on a stick, a bridge that crosses a river and a woodland waterfall

It contains 93 building pieces so there is lots of building fun to be had. It's the perfect size for a new lego builder as it's not too big for a first kit but there is a lot of play value to have afterwards.

It's great to play with imaginatively.

LEGO City Ice Cream Truck

The lego city sets are aimed at kids aged 5 plus.

With 200 pieces, it's a great kit for young girls who are ready for a challenge.

Build an ice cream truck with plenty of imaginative play opportunities.

Marble Run


Marble runs are such fun construction toys.

Build a marble run and then have lots of fun running marbles down them.

It's a great toy for adults, siblings and kids to play with together.

It's a great toy that is super fun and  encourages creativity. ​


My 5 1/2 year old niece loves her dolls. She has a realistic baby doll which she has asked her grandparents for a bed for, last Christmas. She also loves Disney princess dolls and has a doll house where she plays with them. As dolls are popular with this age group there are lots to choose from. Take your pick from Disney princess dolls, dolls from frozen, or traditional barbies to name but a few. There are lots of playsets, houses and accessories for dolls too. 


Barbie is the classic doll that five year old girls will love. There are lots of great options including barbie in a car, babies with lots of accessories to play with and a barbie vacation house.Barbies are another favorite with my niece.​


This is a great barbie toy that you can put into water and play with in the bath, shower or pool.

Dip Barbie in warm water and her hair, body and tail transform to revela a rainbow of pretty pastels.

Dip her in ice-cold water to see her change back to her original neon bright look.

Kids will love taking her into the bath.

Barbie Baby Doctor Playset


This is a Barbie who is also a doctor. There is lots of play value with this set and Barbie is a great role model too.

Barbie baby doctor doll is ready to see patients with an exam table, accessories to care for patients and TWO adorable babies

Her office set does double duty with a care station that features two tubs, a moving mobile and storage space

There are lots of cool accessories including a stethoscope, two baby towels, a bottle and a medical chart.

Barbie Dreamhouse

The Barbie Dreamhouse is really cool. It's 3.75 feet tall.

There's three stories, a working elevator,  a pool with a slide and party room with a DJ booth.

There are lots of interactive parts in the dollhouse and play features like a bunk bed that folds down from the wall and a BBQ grill the reverses to reveal a dessert buffet.

​Outdoor Toys for 5 Year Old Girls

If you're looking for outdoor toys for 5 year old girls here are some ideas:
A scooter - great for getting children outside exercising and they love racing around on them. Razor scooters like the one featured below are popular. They offer a smooth ride and fold up for easy storage.


More Ideas…
A bike
A trampoline
Roller skates
An Ultra Stomp Rocket - Stomp on the pump at the bottom of the rocket and see how high you can shoot it in the air. Lots of fun for kids of ages and adults will want to have a go too.
A Swing Ball Set - 5 year olds will love to whack the ball around. Great for hand and eye co-ordination and getting rid of that excess energy.
Gardening set - Kids love to have a go at weeding and using a watering can. There are also mini wheelbarrows which she can push around the garden.
Pogo jumper 
Outdoor Games such as hoopla and bean bag toss. ​

Hauck Lightning Pedal Go Kart


This is a fun pedal go kart that is always ready to go. Use outdoors (or indoors if you have the space).

It's great for building strength, c0-ordination and endurance.


For the Adventurer


This kit has everything you need for exploring outside and it comes in a portable case with carry handle to keep everything organised.

It includes binocular, a flashlight, a multi-tool with compass, flashlight, thermometer and magnifiying glass.

A great kit for exploring outdoors whether that be in the backyard, park, hiking or camping.

It's great for for bird watching, sporting games, hunting, nature walks and wilderness expeditions

Jump rope


Jump rope is a fun activity with lots of health benefits.

The jump rope featured is 7 ft long but it can be easily adjusted to suit the height of your child.

The handles area smooth and the pink color is a winner with kids of this age.

Arts and Crafts

Many 5 year olds love arts and crafts. They will sit for ages painting, gluing, sticking, using glitter and coloring. There are some fantastic art and craft kits suitable for this age. Check out a couple of ideas below.

Melissa & Doug Scratch Art Rainbow Mini Notes


This is really fun little art toy that kids of all ages love.

Use the included stylo to scratch off the matte black surface and reaveal the color underneath. Draw, scribble, doodle, write you name and lots more.

This is a great little stocking filler or small gift for a 5 year old.

Fashion Headbands


Girls of all ages love this fashion headbands set. They are great for honing fine motor skills and creativity too.

5 year olds may need a bit of adult help but they will love doing the activity. And then afterwards they can wear their headband.

The set includes a rainbow array of satin headbands, rhinestones, flowers, feathers, a butterfly, yards of ribbon and more.

There’s stuff for 10 awesome headbands.

Art Set


This is a great art set for kids.

It's features 60 crayons, 20 short colored pencils, 20 pip-squeak washable markers, 20 fine tip washable markers, and 15 large sheets of drawing paper, all conveniently stored in a stunning graphic travel case.

The travel case has a handle making it very portable.

​Decorate-Your-Own Wooden Princess Wand Craft Kit


This is a fab craft kit for a young girl.

Decorate your own wooden princess want with the materials included.

When you've finished, enjoy playing with the wand.

Slime Kit


This kit is ideal for 5 year olds as it comes with ready made slime, so you don't have to worry about the too much mess.

However, 5 year olds can still engage their creative side by adding glitter, beads and glow in the dark powder to give slime it's own unique touch.

The slime isn't sticky to touch and it's easy to clean up.

A winner all round.

Science Kit


The Scientific Explorer's My First Mind Blowing Science Kit is a 20 piece kit allows kids to explore and learn the basics of science from chemical reactions to the use of science tools while having fun!

Errupt a color changing volcano, grow colorful crystals,  create a sunset in a test tube and lots more. ​

Game Ideas for 5 Year Old Girls


Think Fun Zingo is the perfect game for pre-readers and early readers.

It's fun take on the game of bingo. Players have to match the tiles to the pictures on the cards. The first player to fill their card yells "Zingo".

There are words next to the pictures, so it's a great way for 5 year olds to see and become familiar with certain words.

If they aren't reading yet, just use the pictures to play.

Kids love the sliding the zinger device to get the tiles.

It's fab for developing language and matching skills so very educational as well as fun!

Yeti In My Spaghetti


Yeti in My Spaghetti is a fun, silly easy to play game.

Place the noodles across the top of the bowl and sit Yeti on top.

Take turns removing the noodles one by one without letting Yeti fall.

If you make Yeti fall you loose.

It's great for developing fine motor skills. Also it's super quick to play so you can play again and again. 

Sequence for Kids


Sequence for kids is a good strategy for kids who can't read yet.

Just play a card from your hand, place a chip on a corresponding game board space and when you have 4 in a row, it's a "sequence" and you win.

​You can also use a unicorn card to place your chip anywhere or a dragon card to remove your opponent's chip. It's great for introducing strategy to young children.

Monopoly Junior Game


This is a great first monopoly set for younger kids. Easy to learn and fun to play.

It's like regular monopoly in that you own properties and make your opponents pay rent on them.

But the game is  simpler and quicker to play.

The properties are also fun. Buy an ice cream parlor and a skate park!

Pretty Pretty Princess Game

Pretty Pretty Princess was a classic game in the 90s so it has already stood the test of time. This is the Disney Princess version of the game. 

No reading is required.

Sping the spinner, move your pawn around the board. Collect the jewelery in one color and the crown to win!

Be careful of the dark ring, you can't become a princess when you win the dark ring.

More Toys Ideas


The Jada Jeep has large off road tyres which means you can drive it wherever your imagination takes you with the included full function radio control.

The Jeep comes with a sticker sheet so your creative streak can shine through by customizing the jeep to make it your own.

An adustable seat (up to 10") lets you put your own doll in the front seat.

Vtech Kidizoom Watch


The Vtech Kidizoom smartwatch which is great at introducing the time with 50 plus clock face designs to choose from. But it offers so much more than that too.

Take photos, shoot video, record your voice and play games. There's action challenges and a pedometer.

​ It has a touchscreen and is splash proof too.

Vtech Kidizoom Camera

 There are digital cameras designed for kids that will take a lot of rough and tumble. They often take photos and edit them with special effects. Check one out below. ​


The Vtech Kidizoom camera featured is a 2.0 megapixel camera with 4.0 digital zoom which takes photos with funny stamps, borders, or silly photo effects.
The camera has a built in memory which will stores photos and the camera comes with a micro SD slot for memory expansion too.
It also takes video. There's also a selfie mode detects your face and automatically takes the perfect picture.
You can record your voice with the camera.
There's even 4 cool games which can be played.
​It's a fantastic toy for taking on vacation. Not only can she take her own photos and video but it will entertain her with the games too.
Kids will have so much fun using the photo collage templates in addition to static and animated photo effects to enhance the pictures. There are more than 35 fun photo effects and 4 creative apps to use with the camera.
It's designed to withstand the rough and tumble play of kids. It's big so easy for them to hold and use. It also has an easy to use interface which kids should have no problem figuring out

Action Cam


The Vtech Kidizoom allows young kids to create their own videos.

The camera comes with animated backgrounds. Kids can be chased by a T-Rex or go to outer space.

It's easy to edit the video they shoot on the camera. Additionally there is a tripod which converts into a selfie stick for easy video filming.

Crayola Scribble Scrubbie Pets


This Crayola Scribble Scrubbie pet set is great for creative 5 year olds.

Color in the pets with the pens provided with your own scribbles and designs. Then wash the pets in the bath and remove the colors to start all over again!

Walkie Talkies

These walkie talkies are easy to use which makes them a good choice for younger children. They feature an uncomplicated push to talk button.

They are great to play with around the house or to keep in touch with from the backyard, while camping or at the supermarket




This is a fun book for the inquisitive and curious child. It’s interesting for an adult to read as well!

It gives answers to many obscure questions that kids quite often ask such as What makes a car go? How does mushy dough become a crispy cookie? What does the doctor see in my throat?

There's tons of colorful illustrations that help answer the questions and keep kids interested.

Rosie Revere - Engineer


This is a pleasure for adults to read and for kids to enjoy. It gives a powerful message which is particularly inspiring to girls.

It tells the story of Rosie who likes inventing things from junk in her bedroom. However, she is so scared of failing that she hides her inventions under her bed. That is until her Great Great Aunt Rose  (AKA Rosie the Riveter!) comes to see her.

Aunt Rose shows her that the first flop isn’t something to fear—it’s something to celebrate. You can only truly fail, if you quit.

Popular Toys

Popular toys are often influenced by what little ones are watching on television or at the movies. At the moment, Paw Patrol and L.O.L dolls are top picks with 5 year old girls.

LOL Dolls

LOL dolls are super stylish and Skylar is no exception.
She comes with 2 winter outfits that she can change or mix and match.

 LCD Writing Tablet ​


An LCD writing tablet is portable creative fun.

She can doodle on the tablet everywhere and anywhere (in the car, at home or at a friend's house).

Click the erase button of the tablet to start again.

Parents no longer have to bring paper and pens with them for drawing fun on the go.

My First Magic Set


This magic set is aimed at the 4 to 8 year old age group so is the perfect beginner set for a 5 year old girl.

There are 25 easy to learn tricks which include making candy disappear, vanishing a coin, making crayons travel and much more.

The set includes 31 props and pieces to perform the 25 tricks with instructions.

Disney Princess Create-A-Scene Sticker Activity Pad ​

Many 5 year olds love sticking, coloring and Frozen so this makes an amazing gift.

There are 16 full color sticker play scenes and kids can use the stickers from the 6 sticker sheets to make them the scenes their own.

It's great for imaginative play and creation.

Lockable Journal


5 year olds are beginning to learn to write and enjoy practicing writing.

Why not give them a fun way to write and draw with a lockable journal?

The journal featured is a bright furry, pink kitty diary.

It has 160 lined pages and a lock and key to keep away prying eyes.


Brain Flakes



Brain flakes are a fantastic construction toy which helps improve fine motor skills and creativity.

The original Brain Flakes set includes over 500 interconnecting discs and a durable plastic jar for easy storage.

Every set comes with an idea booklet with instructions to build a Brain Flakes ball.

The discs easily click together for ages 5+.

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