From an unbreakable radio to a crafting fox and the most stylish superhero, we’ve picked some great gifts for busy 5-year-olds.
1. Let kids get British humour down pat with Mr Rouse Builds His House, a twisty tale that takes the reader through various inventions and meets quirky characters along the way.
2. Let the children control the music for once with their own virtually unbreakable Lexon Tykho radio (which comes in various colours).
3. Deceptively simple, Kapla are classic Dutch wooden construction blocks – all cut to identical dimensions – which challenge children’s creativity and last them for years. This octo-colour set is a fun twist on the standard pine sets.
4. A big, brilliant puzzle, Up To The Moon that will capture the attention of 5-year-olds for at least the time it takes to listen to the Queen’s speech.
5. Learning to tell the time takes time, but this cool, interactive wall-hanging clock with detachable hands by Corby Tindersticks will help – and it looks great too.
6. Indulge the Lego addiction without buying more blocks with these brilliant handmade Lego man crayons. (Not longer available but find similar on Easy)
7. Great to slouch, read or play, the Marrakech zigzag bean bag by Nobodinoz will brighten up the playroom and can easily be carried from room to room.
8. Even the most reluctant performer needs a costume or two for world book day or Halloween. A firm favourite is this superhero cape and mask – throw it over normal clothes and they can shrug it off when they’re done.
9. The appeal of marbles seems to live on: whether to fill a jar for good behaviour, or just to collect different colours, these handmade marbles should go down a storm. (No longer available but competitive families will love House of Marble’s retro marble games kit)
10. Perfectly on theme around here, this Rusty The Fox felt craft kit is a great stocking gift to encourage independent crafting (and has plastic threading needles so you don’t need to hover). £12.95