Help Me Out: Gift Ideas For Brayden

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Brayden will be five next month! For the first time in his life, he is full of ideas of things he wants, but I wanted to ask you readers if you had good ideas for five year old boys. I have gotten good ideas from y’all for my girls in recent months, so I wanted to check in for this. Thanks!


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  1. Larissa Smith
    April 23, 2010 / 10:52 PM

    My 5 yo nephew just spent a week with us, and here is what seemed to interest him. Barrel of Monkeys gameBox of simple play animalsbag full of plastic balls (like in a ball pit)Mr Potato HeadHullabaloo (actual game)BackyardigansAlphabet puzzleBristle blocks

  2. Jennifer
    April 24, 2010 / 12:02 AM

    Not sure if you let your kids play with pretend guns, but we just gave my nephew a water gun for his birthday and he loved it.

  3. Angela
    April 24, 2010 / 12:06 AM

    Does he have a Tag Reader? I got one for my four-year-old son last month for his birthday, and he really loves it. He has 4-5 books that go along with it.

  4. Anika Lacerte
    April 24, 2010 / 1:58 AM

    My nephews really like the Robert Munsch CDs, stories read by the author. Books on CD may be a good idea if you spend a lot of time in a vehicle.

  5. Penny
    April 24, 2010 / 1:03 PM

    DS' favourite toys at 5:- Matchbox cars & trucks – especially car-carrying trucks- books on CD – we started this last Christmas when DS was 5.5 and he loves to listen to them at rest time, early mornings, IP, etc. The local library is a great source of new CDs- marble run/marble tower- LEGO Creator 3-in-1 vehicle sets (like this one ). DH makes the vehicle(s), DS plays with them :-)- trampoline, sandbox & sand toys, swing/slide set are used every day- 2-wheel scooter- bike- Filo lacing set like this ( ). we bought this for DD but DS has stronger fingers and more interest in it than she.Hope Brayden has a great birthday!

  6. Carrie
    April 24, 2010 / 2:27 PM

    We have three boys, so we are expert toy buyers! 🙂 Here's what's popular at our house:LegosThomas the Train (Get the wooden tracks. They are practically indestructible)Lincoln LogsA Leapster by Leapfrog (I found a brand new one really cheap on ebay for my oldest.)

  7. Jess
    April 29, 2010 / 9:24 PM

    My 5 yr old son routinely plays with/looks at the following things:~ Action figure men and any vehicles that they can fit in.~ Cars, planes, helicopters (all sizes) to race or play with.~ Bike~ 100 piece puzzles or big floor puzzles~ Magformers. These are great. Even his 3 yr old sister loves them (I have to admit that I like them too) :). They are magnetic building shapes. The kids can use their imagination to build things or follow the instruction book to make specific things. ~ Any kind of “I Spy” type of book.~ Animal Magazine Subscription for kids. My son will look at these magazines over and over again (car rides, quiet time, whenever). It’s a fun gift because he gets “mail” once a month and everyone loves mail! We have gotten him Nature Friend, Ranger Rick, and National Geographic Kids.Good luck with your gift hunt! 🙂

  8. Plowmanators
    May 6, 2010 / 2:27 PM

    Thanks for the ideas everyone!Larissa, I have seen that hullabaloo game and wondered if it was fun or not. Thanks!Jennifer, a water gun is a good idea for the start of summer, thanks!Angela, no, no tag reader. I will look ino that. That is leapfrog right? I have always liked anything we got from leapfrog.Anika & Penny, yes! Thank you. I love books on CD. We have a couple, but I would like to get more. I always like to get a book for each birthday, so I will do that for this birthday.Penny, we have one of those LEGO sets and he loves that, too. Thanks Carrie! We also have the Thomas wood tracks; love those.Jess, I have never heard of magformers. I wonder if they are like geomags? I will look into it. Thanks!

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