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perfect toys for kids under 5

If you’re the parent or grandparent of a child under 5, you’re likely all too familiar with the fact that they sometimes want every toy they see. Every. Single. One. Every toy on television, every toy on YouTube, every toy at the store. All of them. Whether it’s a one dollar toy or a five hundred dollar toy, they want it and they want it as soon as possible!

We also understand that buying them every toy they want is neither affordable nor practical, and it’s important, of course, to teach them that we can’t realistically have every single thing we desire. However, it’s also important to treat them to some of those toys they want so badly when the occasion calls for it. Perhaps they played with others especially nicely in daycare, or they’re not feeling their best and could use a little cheering up? Or maybe they were well-behaved through a long day of running errands, or actually let you have a 5-minute telephone conversation without interrupting? Whatever the occasion, the perfect toy to celebrate it is at five below! Let’s look at a few of our favorites for the littlest little ones...

Stuffed Animals

Shopping for toys for 1 year olds and 2 year olds can be a little tough. They’re old enough to enjoy playtime, but too young for anything complicated or with small parts they might put into their mouths. Enter the soft and snuggly solution – stuffed animals! five below has the best selection of cute and cuddly stuffed animals online, including squishmallows, teddy bears, and sleepy pals contentedly enjoying a little naptime of their own.


While they might not be quite old enough yet for musical toys, toddlers can definitely enjoy singing sweet melodies to their toy dolls (Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, anyone?) Dolls make great toys for 3 year olds, and can even play an important role in teaching them to be gentle with babies – perfect if you have another little one on the way! Just be sure to choose dolls that don’t have any small parts that might come loose. 3 year olds might be less likely than babies to put toys in their mouth, but they are still young, and it’s best to be cautious.

Toy Cars

Among our most popular toys for 4 year olds and 5 year olds, toys cars are a timeless toy that has maintained its appeal across the decades. Toy cars keep them entertained for hours, whether they’re using every angled surface in your home as a ramp, or seeing how far they can get the car across the kitchen floor with a single push. At five below you’ll find hot wheels, matchbox, and paw patrol cars to name a few, and we’ve added some other vehicles to the mix to keep things extra exciting. Just make sure to teach them the importance of putting toy cars away. If you’ve ever accidentally stepped on one and it rolled, you know how scary that moment can be!

Old Fashioned Toy Fun

Whether you’re shopping for toys for 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 year olds, you’ll find the best traditional toys for kids at five below. Give their eyes a break from those electronics and screens, and share some of the classics from your own childhood! We firmly believe in the importance of playtime, and at five below, we keep it focused on affordable fun that fits all budgets.