Best Nerf Guns for Children 4 & 5 Years Old

In this part of the series I put together a list of Nerf guns that are perfect for children 4 and 5 years old. You will find that any one of these toys will make an ideal gift for this age group. I will be using the 3 key areas of focus that we discussed in the first part of this series.

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Each one of these blasters are easy to operate. They’re lite in weight and easy to handle. Nearly all of them have some sort of handle that the child can grip and pull back to prime. Loading and reloading is also very simple.

In my opinion this list of Nerf guns are the easiest to use for children 4 and 5 years old.

Although all of these guns are suitable for young children. Some of them will be specifically align with the needs of a 4 year old.

In any case. All of them are wonderful gift ideas for this age range.

N-Strike Elite Triad

Small but very effective and a lot of fun. This compact pistol will hold up to 3 shots. To fire this pistol simple pull down on the priming handle located on the bottom of the grip. Aim it, and shoot.

Although it holds up to 3 shots you will still need to ready the gun for each shot fired. This is an easy to load Nerf gun. The darts slide right into the 3 barrels. Just make sure each dart is nice and snug in the barrel before firing.

This is one of those guns that handle really well for a 4 year old.

N-Strike Elite Jolt

Another great option for a small child. The Jolt and the Triad mentioned above are two of the easiest Nerf guns for a 4 – 5 year old to use. These 2 guns are very simple to work and easy to carry around. You could easily fit this into the pocket of a hooded sweatshirt.

The Jolt operates exactly like the triad. The only difference is this gun is a single shot pistol. Not to worry though. Reloading is fast. Darts are loaded directly into the barrel.

What I really liked about this one is that my daughter was able to participate on her own at 4 years old. No, it wasn’t big and extravagant like some of the other guns are, but that didn’t bother her. All she cared about was that she was having fun.

I think we have all heard our children say, “Let me do it!”, “Let me do it” as you’re trying to load it for them. Well this gun allows just that. Independence.

N-Strike Elite Firestrike

This is one Nerf gun that I absolutely love. Over the years my family and I have had an absolute blast with these. My son started using one of these at 5 and had no issues. My daughter on the other hand needed some help before she could shoot it. She was 4 at the time.

This gun is also easy to operate. The darts slide one at a time right into the barrel. From this point all you have to do is prime the gun to fire. To do this pull back on the handle located on the back of the blaster until it clicks and you’re ready to go.

I also noticed that this gun seemed to have a bit more shooting power and the range was really nice for a smaller pistols. We had two rooms that were adjacent to each other. We spent a lot of time shooting from one room to another and this one had no issues with that.

N-Strike Mega Bigshock

This is another nice option for this age range. All aspects of this gun are child friendly. Loading and reloading is simple. Darts load directly into the barrel just like the others. The priming handle is located on the bottom of the grip. Pull down until you hear a click and you’re ready to go.

The only drawback, if you’d like to call it a drawback, is that it takes mega style darts. These darts are much larger then normal size Nerf darts and are not interchangeable. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Just something to keep in mind while you’re shopping.

This would be best teamed up with the other Mega Nerf guns. Not that I want to downplay this one because it is no less fun then the others. It just makes it hard when one child is shooting regular size darts and the other is shooting the Mega. Instead of being able to fire back the darts that were shot at them, they would spend a lot of time collecting darts.

Zombie Strike Doublestrike

Another really fun blaster. What makes this a great gift is that it falls in line with the zombie craze. I always thought Hasbro did a really good job with the Zombie line. Something different from the norm.

Priming this gun is also a bit different then the others we have talked about. Instead of pulling back on a handle, you will operate it similar to a revolver. You’re also able to load and fire 2 shots instead of shooting a single shot, then having to reload.

This gun might pose a bit of an issue for a 4 year old. Pulling the hammer back can be a little tricky for a child that age. It really depends on the child, but a 5 year old should have no issues

Nerf Gun Features You Want to Avoid

Nerf Guns That are Hard to Prime

The grey top rail with the Nerf logo on it is the priming handle. You have to pull back on this in order to fire the gun. At 4 and 5 years old this can be a challenge to operate.

Try to avoid Nerf guns that have top rail primers. These guns are difficult for small children to get enough grip on the gun to prime it and does take a little more strength. The Strongarm pictured here is a good example of a top rail priming gun.

Try to avoid guns that require the child to use both hands to hold it up. Pistols work best because it allows the child to always have a free hand to brace them when they fall. Children in this age range seem to do that quite frequently while they’re playing.

Keep it simple. Children seem to have more fun when they’re playing and not fidgeting with their gun trying to get it to work. This will be very apparent once they start playing.

Large or Bulky Nerf Guns That Require Both Hands

The Flipfury is a great example of a Nerf gun that can cause issues for a child that is 4 and 5 years old. It will take them a lot longer to aim and fire this gun, then it will the pistols that are shown above.

Try to stay away from guns that are overly bulky for a child this age. I know they look really cool and your son/daughter might think so at first, but this could change fast.

Something I noticed when I was shooting back and forth with my son. When he used guns that were to big for him he got frustrated over the fact he had a hard time shooting and hitting me. This was due to the fact that it took him much longer to aim and fire the gun with any sort of accuracy. I found that he was having much more fun when he was actually able to hit me and interact.

I really hope this information has given you some insight into some great gift ideas.

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