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The Best Toys for 5 Year Olds

The world is so full of wonder when you are a 5 year old. At this age there’s so much to learn, see and do. Your child’s imagination is bursting with ideas and craving learning opportunities.

Your 5 year old’s pretend play is becoming more imaginative and creative, their fine motor skills are improving allowing them to better grip and handle smaller toys and complete more complex tasks

Fun Educational toys are an ideal way to support ongoing learning. At 5 years old, they’re at the ideal age to introduce more complex toys such as coding and programming robot toys, early science learning, hands-on experiments, fun outdoor play and discovery, construction and more. It’s important to remember the main thing your child needs from playing with you is to have fun. It’s important not to turn play into ‘lessons’. Try and provide an interesting environment and enough time to play, and follow your child’s lead. All of the listed toys are available instore and online at Cogs the Brain Shop.

  • Connetix Magnetic Tiles 102 Piece Creative Set

    Sparking hours of limitless creativity, fun and unstructured play, our 100 piece Creative Pack will bring imaginations to life.

    Providing endless possibilities for creativity and learning through PLAY, our Creative Pack features a variety of shapes in different colours, including fences and door frames. It is a great starter option for family play and building BIGGER Connetix creations!

    Whether playing independently or with friends and family, the Creative Pack encourages STEAM learning, fine and gross motor skills as children create bigger castles and rockets, tall walls, ball runs and coin drops, bridges and towers, as well as exploring patterns and shapes, creating colour sorting boxes, plus so much more. Our Creative Pack will also support the development of perseverance and resilience as children design larger scale builds, testing the limits of their imagination.

    Expand your collection and complement your 100 Piece Creative Pack with our 62 Piece Starter Pack and 40 Piece Expansion Pack to collect every shape in every colour – or take your magnetic tile play fun to the next level with our unique Ball Run Expansion Pack!

    Featuring large and small squares, plus three types of triangles in six vibrant rainbow colours, this pack is the perfect introduction to Connetix play or as an addition to growing magnetic tile collections.

    Designed to foster imagination and encourage children to explore STEAM learning through PLAY, this pack will inspire children to create 2D and 3D designs such as houses, castles, farms, zoos, car parks, rockets, towers, puzzles, sorting boxes and coin drops, plus so much more! Watch as they explore concepts of magnetism, design, shape, patterns, engineering, mathematics and colours while developing fine motor and problem-solving skills.

    Recommended Age: 3+ (contains magnets and small parts).

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  • Castle Escape Wooden Marble Run

    The multi-award winning wooden marble run by Hape  is sure to entertain this Christmas. This beautiful  STEM toy develops their imagination, problem solving skills, counting, color identification and more while playing while “escaping the castle walls”.

    Quadrille marble runs help children to develop spatial and reasoning abilities, and has even been highlighted as a developmental tool for computer programming by the wall street journal!

    Made from a renewable resource – you want the very best for your child and Hape delivers! This toy uses non-toxic, renewable materials that can also be recycled!

    Ages 4 +

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  • Crazy Forts Glow in the Dark

    Just add bedsheets for endless fun! Crazy Fort is powered by a child's imagination. A single Crazy Fort Kit contains 25 geometrically precise balls and 44 sticks that connect to create a multitude of possible play structures. Simply throw a bed sheet over top and watch their creativity flourish.

    Make Your Own Crazy Fort!

    Create a Cave one day, an Igloo, Pirate Ship or Castle the next put the pieces together in different configurations, that glows in the dark. Toys that promote collaborative play between boys and girls are few and far between. The more they have, the better it gets as multiple kit structures are even more impressive.

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  • Stomp Rocket Ultra

    The Stomp Rocket Ultra launches rockets up to 200 feet in the air. This super fun toy is 100% kid-powered. No batteries required. Super easy, fast assembly. The set includes 4 Ultra Stomp Rockets, Launch Stand, Launch Pad with Air Hose. The foam-tipped rockets fly up to 200 feet in the air! Fun for solo play or take turns with 2-3 kids.

    This is the perfect outdoor gift for a 5 year old and up!

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  • Outfoxed

    Outfoxed, a cooperative whodunit game is one of the most loved junior boardgames at Cogs The Brain Shop. A perfect game for family game night. Here’s the lowdown…Mrs. Plumpert’s prized pot pie has gone missing and it’s now a chicken chase to crack the case! Move around the board to gather clues and then use the special evidence scanner to rule out suspects. You’ll have to work together quickly because the guilty fox is high-tailing it towards the exit! Will you halt the hungry hooligan before it flies the coop… or will you be Outfoxed?

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  • Super Smile Dentist Kit Play Set

    Smile, the dentist will see you now! This Melissa and Doug Super Smile Dentist Kit Play Set features an over-sized set of pretend teeth so young dentists-in-training can give cleanings, treat cavities, and even fit retainers and braces! Mark the pretend teeth with “cavity” stickers, then use the vibrating tool with interchangeable polishing and drill heads, and the toothbrush to clean.

    The set includes realistic instruments like a pick, mirror, floss, a dental rinse bottle and cup, 2 gauze pads, 2 tooth polish cups, and an instrument tray to keep organised. A mask, reusable ID tag on a lanyard, and a double-sided reusable activity card round out the dentists office experience. The play set is a fun and engaging way to teach good dental health practices, and to ease kids fears or feelings of stress associated with a visit to the dentist. Spark a childs creativity and imagination and inspire young dentists for years to come.

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  • Lottie Dolls

    Designed in Donegal, Ireland, Lottie Dolls are very popular and have featured on the Late Late Toy Show on a number of occasions including 2023.

    Lottie Dolls are based on the average proportions of a nine-year-old child rather than those of an adult, celebrate childhood and promote the empowerment of children by encouraging kids: to be themselves, to play – imaginatively and adventurously, to have fun!

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  • Code & Go Robot Mouse Activity Set

    The race is on to build hands-on coding skills! Build your maze, and then use the coding cards to create a step-by-step path for Colby, the Programmable Robot Mouse. Program the sequence of steps, and then watch Colby race to find the cheese! This deluxe set includes 30 double-sided coding cards, 10 double-sided activity cards, cheese wedge, and Activity Guide to provide the perfect hands-on introduction to coding concepts. Create your path with 16 maze grids to create a 20′ x 20′ maze board, 22 maze walls, and 3 tunnels for endless possibilities. Colby lights-up, makes sounds, and features 2 speeds along with colorful buttons to match coding cards for easy programming and sequencing.

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  • Snap Circuits SCB-20 Beginner Electronics Discovery Kit

    Begin your Snap Circuits experience with a wonderful introduction to problem solving, following directions, and the satisfaction of a job well done.

    This kit includes 14 parts and you can build more than 20 project learning the basics of how switches and circuits work. Plus the skills needed to complete, troubleshoot and solve problems and enjoy the satisfaction of a job well done.

    The included colour manual was created just for younger engineers,(age 5 and up), with very few words and lots of step-by-step diagrams. Parts have extra safety features integrated for safety. Projects build in complexity as Different concepts are reinforced. Snap Circuits beginner is part of the award winning line of Snap Circuits from Elenco electronics. Elenco has been developing and delivering educational kits, tools and test equipment to universities and schools for over 30 years.

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  • The Amazing Flower Kit

    The Amazing Flower Kit from The Happy Puzzle Company is a fabulous puzzle craft kit that will keep children entertained for hours. The set contains everything you need to create a beautiful bouquet of 48 colourful flowers. 8 different flowers to make. Everything you need to make the flowers is included – no glue or scissors required – it all just pops apart and goes creatively together.

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  • Kids First Plants Science Kit

    Budding botanists will love getting their hands dirty in this unique biological science experiment kit. Learn about plants and seeds by conducting experiments in a specially designed botanical laboratory with greenhouse domes. Assemble the domed greenhouses, complete with thermometers and ventilation. Construct an automatic watering system to keep your plants from getting too thirsty. Grow beans, cress, and Zinnia flowers, and learn how each plant has different needs. Experiment with plant cells and capillary action. Learn how roots work to transport water and nutrients throughout a plant. Conduct experiments that demonstrate how Plants need water, light, and heat to grow. Discover the strength of a bean and how leaves sweat. See why grass grows back after it is cut and how cuttings can grow roots. Germinate fruit and vegetable plants from the seeds in your kitchen. Grow a flower garden. Make tiny plaster bugs to decorate your garden. Collect seeds with your socks, and grow a funny grass head. Make leaf and bark rubbings. Learn how you can force budded branches to bloom in winter. With a 48-page, full-color illustrated guidebook, this kit teaches botany fundamentals with step-by-step instructions for the hands-on experiments as well as growing information for many common plants.

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  • Apple Twist Puzzle Game

    Players are challenged to fit the caterpillars on the gameboard – which TWISTS to create different puzzles! And it’s all in the same compact, portable travel case. Apple Twist is perfect for kids and adults ages 5 and up. Even though this puzzle was designed to be a single-player game, you can turn it into a family affair and take turns. People often solve challenges in collaboration, especially in schools. Seeing who can solve challenges the fastest results in some interesting game nights!

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  • Bee Genius Kids Logic Game

    The Queen Bee is leading her worker bees in the construction of their new honeycomb and they need help! Roll the six dice to determine the locations of the worker bees. The challenge is then to fit all 11 of the coloured shapes around the bees, with no gaps, to complete the perfect honeycomb! There are 46,656 unique possible combinations in which the dice can fall and all of them have at least one possible solution. Some combinations will be easier to solve, some much harder. Bee Genius is a non-competitive game, devised to help children to develop their thinking skills. Every puzzle solved will help a child to build their skills and grow their self-confidence, as they start to realise that they too can BEE GENIUS!

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