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113 Gifts for 4 Year Olds

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Fisher-Price Harley-Davidson Tough Trike

It has handlebar grips as well as a nifty storage compartment.

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Melissa & Doug Wooden Building Blocks Set

This set features 100 blocks in 4 colors and 9 different shapes.

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See & Spell Learning Educational Toys

Matching letters game with 56 flashcards and 52 wooden letter blocks.

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Educational

“Press Here” Book

Teaches about color and shapes in a fun and imaginative way.

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Lego Duplo Number Train

A buildable locomotive with 3 wagons, numbered bricks, and more.

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Kids Delight Tablet

This 2-in-1 tablet can be used as a standalone or with the keyboard.

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LeapFrog Learning Friends 100 Words Book

Touch the words to hear new vocabulary, sound effects, and fun facts.

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Water Wow Coloring & Painting Book

This paint-with-water book has 4 reusable pages and a water pen.

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Ocean-Life Wall Chart

It's foldable, waterproof, tear-resistant, and has a protective film.

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Robot Baby Toy

4 toys in 1 keep kids engaged from infant to toddler to preschooler.

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MAGBLOCK Magnetic Building Blocks

Get 77 shapes made of nontoxic, durable plastic and other add-ons.

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Design & Drill Take-Along Toolkit

Kit has 60 bolts, 3 bits, a screwdriver, and a guide with 10 patterns.

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Animal Magnet Set

With 20 animal magnets to manipulate/move around on magnetic surfaces.

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Click and Learn Laptop

With 123 and ABC buttons, a shapes flipper and 40+ educational songs.

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Monkey Around Game

The game prompts hugs, high-fiving, balancing, hopping and more.

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“Roar I’m A Dinosaur” Book

Transform into a dino with this interactive mask book with eyeholes.

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Educational Interlocking Disc Shaped Building Set

500 interconnecting discs measuring 1.3” across and 1/10th inch thick.

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Numberblocks MathLink Cubes

Includes 30 preschool learning activities with building blocks.

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Melissa & Doug Wooden Building Blocks Set

This set features 100 blocks in 4 colors and 9 different shapes.

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Slotic Magnetic Wooden Fishing Game Toy

Learn your ABCs with these 36 brightly colored splinter-free pieces.

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National Geographic Kinetic Play Sand

It feels and acts like it’s wet, but leaves your hands completely dry.

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Magnetic Building Sticks

You get 100 magnetic building sticks and 30 non-magnetic steel balls.

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2 Pack LCD Writing Tablets

Write easily with the included plastic stylus and erase with 1 click.

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GeoSafari My First Telescope

A real, functional telescope that features 9x magnification.

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Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. Explorer Scope

Encourage scientific exploration with this microscope cum telescope.

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KOKODI LCD Writing Tablet

Erasable electronic drawing pads to doodle, draw, and be creative.

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Magnetic Tiles Building Blocks

Make 3D geometric figures using 46 tiles made of non-toxic plastic.

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NASHRIO Wooden Puzzles for Toddlers

An animal print 6-in-1 jigsaw puzzle kit for cognitive development.

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14 Piece Puzzle Globe for Kids

Kids learn about their world with these 6-continent puzzle pieces.

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Talking Flashcards

Improve their cognitive skills with these 112 double-sided flashcards.

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Asago Magnetic Blocks

A set of 56, 1.34" round-edged 3D blocks made of food-grade plastic.

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Take Apart Dinosaur Toys

A disassembled dinosaur toy kit for young kids to reassemble.

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GeoSafari Jr. Talking Microscope

It features 60 up-close, quality images and the voice of Bindi Irwin.

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Scissor Skills Activity Book

It teaches cutting skills safely and develops motor skills.

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Kids Piano Mat

You get 4 unique play modes and 8 musical instrument sounds.

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Learning Time – Educational Clock

Reads time out loud, plays classical music, and acts as a night light.

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See & Spell Learning Educational Toys

Matching letters game with 56 flashcards and 52 wooden letter blocks.

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Science Lab Kit for Kids

60 STEM experiments to encourage hands-on scientific exploration.

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STEM Road Builder Game

Link paths and let the car transport the marble ball to the end.

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Outdoor

CENOVE Build a Bouquet Floral Arrangement Playset

It has 52 stem and leaf sections, 34 flower pieces and others.

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Intex Rainbow Ring Inflatable Center

Easy to inflate, made of sturdy plastic with a 200+ liter capacity.

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Eocolz Kids Ball Pit

Made from kid-safe, waterproof fabric and easy to clean and fold away.

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Excavator and Dump Truck Toy

It has real moving parts and is designed to withstand rough play.

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Mini Deluxe Scooter

With a sturdy design, lean-to-steer tech, 3-wheel support, and more.

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Bean Bag Toss Toy

Made of thick fabric with no sharp edges, 10 beanbags, balls and more.

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Small Discoverer Outdoor Exploration Set

Includes binoculars, compass, magnifying glass, flashlight, and more.

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FUN LITTLE TOYS Kids Play Tent

It includes items like a ​​battery-powered gas stove and an oil lamp.

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Toysmith Get Outside Go! Easy Catch Ball & Glove Set

Velcro strips make playing catch easy for budding baseball players.

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Green Toys Watering Can Set

A 3-piece set made of 100% recycled plastic — it’s BPA- and PVC-free.

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Kids Basketball Hoop

It has an adjustable height of 2.9 to 6.2 ft, with a sturdy design.

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Airplane Launcher

Cultivate hand-eye coordination with these toys that reach 49 feet.

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2 Pack Airplane Launcher Toy

The foam airplanes are impact-resistant and can fly 33 to 49 feet.

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WALIKI Hopper Ball for Kids

Easy to inflate, meets safety standards and has age-appropriate sizes.

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Archery Set For Kids

Develops kids hand-eye coordination and motor skills, with safe and durable materials.

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Crawl Tunnel

6 ft long, it's well-padded around the hardened spring steel wire.

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Walkie-Talkies for Kids

Easy to use, portable, and can also be used as a flashlight.

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Hover Soccer Ball Set with 2 Goals

A toy that’ll turn any floor into an air hockey or soccer surface.

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Riding

Little Tikes Horse and Carriage

Kids can take the reins and drive or parents can use them to pull.

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Kids Bike

A rugged steel frame with removable training wheels and water bottle.

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Interactive Electric Ride-on Car

Maximum speed is 1.5 mph, has a push button to drive, and plays music.

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Schwinn Koen & Elm hybrid bike

Pedals and seat position ensure less wobbling, and proper posture.

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Cyclone Kid’s Ride-On Toy

With 16" wheels, it uses arm-power action and can do 360º spins.

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Ziggle Kids Wiggle Car

To ride, toddlers need to twist the handlebars and wiggle in the back.

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Kids Beginner Mini Skateboard

The 17” wooden deck has grip tape and accommodates up to 121 lbs.

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Bath

Tub Works Bathtub Finger Paint Soap

Non-toxic, kid-friendly, and easily wipes off tub walls after play.

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USA Map in The Tub Kids Bath Activity

29 foam pieces to give kids a mini U.S. geography class while bathing.

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Arts & Crafts

My First Big Book of Coloring

With almost 200 pages of fun and appealing, child-friendly artwork.

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Play-Doh Slime Unicorn colors

A 13-pack with 7 non-toxic compounds that are differently textured.

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Draw and Doodle Classic Mat

Includes 1 aquadoodle mat, 1 pen, 4 colors, and 1 instruction manual.

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Book of Paper Airplanes Craft Kit

40 sheets of custom-designed paper can create 10 different planes.

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Sago Brothers Magic Clay

The 24-color set teaches color recognition, mixing, and matching.

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Water Doodle/Coloring Mat

Fill the magic pen with clean water and draw — no ink, paint, or mess.

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WikkiStix: Reusable Molding and Sculpting Sticks

This sensory fidget toy can be twisted, bent, and stuck to surfaces.

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D.I.Y. Squeeze Toys

Paint your own squeeze toys made from PU foam — get 10 random toys.

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Play-Doh Modeling Compound

Shape, squish, mash-up — boost creativity with this modeling clay.

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Other Recommendations

Blume Doll

Just add water and watch a new friend bloom.

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Blume Petal Pets

Each flower has a collectible charm bracelet and a pet hiding inside.

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VTech Drum Set

Play along to 9 songs — the set also sings about letters and numbers.

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Scruff-a-Luvs Sew Surprise

Wash your scruffy, matted pet to reveal if you have a puppy or kitten.

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Toyk Road Dinosaur World

It contains 144 track pieces, including trees, dinosaurs, and cars.

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Prysyed Kids Phone

Comes with an 8 GB SD card and has 10 wallpapers and 5 desktop styles.

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Barbie Be-A-Fashion Designer Doll Dress-Up Kit

With assorted trimmings to make 5 plain dresses look stylish.

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Hicarer Nine Pieces Colorful Unicorn Bracelet

Made of fade-resistant, lightweight, crystal beads and elastic rope.

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Encanto Mirabell Doll

14-inch fashion doll including pom-pom earrings and espadrilles.

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Toy Guitar

It has 3 play modes and can sound like an electric or acoustic guitar.

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Wooden Cookie Play Food Set

These 29 realistic pieces enact cookie baking, decorating and serving.

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Ice Cream Slime Kit

25 add-ins and manual to make kid-safe ice-cream-shaped slime.

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Tea Party Set

Get 45 pieces made of kid-safe tin-coated iron and durable plastic.

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Ultimate Superhero Toy Set

A 6-piece set featuring Thor, Batman, Ironman, Hulk, and more.

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Shark Blanket for Kids

Cozy, lightweight plush throw that’s ideal for lounging on the couch.

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Buildable Toy Trucks with Drill

Build a dump, cement, or crank truck with the included 49 pieces.

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Toy Truck and Cars

The carrier truck comes with and holds 12 varied cars.

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Monster Jam Monster Dirt Starter Kit

Mold realistic ramps that your Monster Jam truck can jump over.

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Spirograph Jr.

Draw colorful, spiraling designs with gear rings and washable markers.

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Marbling Paint Art Kit

Paint on water then transfer the image to paper for dazzling artwork.

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KidiZoom PrintCam

Take photos and instantly print them as black-and-white images.

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Lite Brite Ultimate Classic Learning Toy

The battery-powered LED bulbs don’t get hot and are kid-friendly.

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LEGO Classic Creative Ocean

The kit has 333 colorful LEGO pieces and 6 ocean-themed models.

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Unicorn Head Lamp

Has a soft, adjustable elastic headband with 4 different light modes.

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“I’m NOT just a Scribble” by Diane Alber

An illustrated story about kindness and inclusion — plus 100 stickers.

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PinkSheep Little Girl Jewel Rings in Box

24 adjustable rings made of high-quality hypoallergenic materials.

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SkillMatics Card Game: Found It!

An award-winning indoor scavenger hunt game.

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Dino Projection Night Light

Has 360-degree rotation and 16 touch-controlled color combinations.

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Soggy Doggy Bath Game

If the dog shakes during the bath board game, it’s back to the start.

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Dig Up Dinosaur Eggs

Dig up the eggs and match the dinosaurs to the description cards.

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Remote Control Shark Toy

Has realistic movement simulation — with 2.4 GHz remote-control tech.

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Pindaloo Skill Game

A juggling game that improves hand-eye coordination and motor skills.

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TrueBalance Mini

With 7 magnetic rotating discs to teach kids coordination and balance.

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ORIAN Princess Castle Playhouse Tent

Made from ultra-thick polyester taffeta, with 4.5 m of 30 LED lights.

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Knight Owl by Christopher Denise

A “New York Times Bestseller” picture book about a heroic owl.

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DoodleJamz Jelly Pics

Create pictures with the sensory pad’s non-toxic gel and color beads.

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5 Pack Egg Slime Toy

It won’t stick to hands, clothes, or carpets and is easy to clean up.

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Bowling Pin Set

Reset the pins with the push of a button — easy for kids to handle.

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Kids Keyboard

Enjoy playing 10 demos, 4 rhythms, 4 tones, and 5 percussions.

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LED Gloves

Made from stretchable cotton fabric and with 6 light flashing modes.

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OleFun Fort Building Kit for Kids

Includes 30-pcs durable connector balls, 64 rods, and 8 connectors.

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At 4 years old, the curiosity of kids begins to heighten. It is a peculiar time for ingenuity as the attention span of kids improves. The most important thing is that youngsters this age should have fun while learning and developing their skills. For this gift guide focused on 4-year-olds, we’re covering all the categories from creative to educational and even bath toys. 

Choosing the best gifts for 4-year-olds

Your 4-year-old is exiting the toddler stage and may be exhibiting new and exciting capabilities. By now, they’re singing songs, able to draw shapes, able to identify body parts, understand the difference between fantasy and reality, and becoming more dexterous.

Their speech patterns are also slowly becoming more complex, which can be very exciting for parents. They’re able to make themselves clear, express thoughts and feelings better, and are likely to come up with stories and songs. Concepts and abstract ideas are also becoming clearer. Physically, they’re refining their skills in things like running, throwing, jumping, and kicking. Encouraging physical activity is important to developing healthy growth and building confidence as they learn more tricks and skills. 

At 4 years old, their ability to learn and pick up new things is expanding at an increasing rate. This is a great time to introduce interactive educational toys, and for them to begin to learn the foundations of subjects like math and verbal skills. Fantasy play and dress-up are also becoming an important part of their lives as they are able to visualize themselves as different characters and in various professions. 

Great toys for this age are art kits, DIY kits, and building blocks as they learn to navigate shapes and structures. Other options include computerized toys that focus on educational subjects, easy board games, figurines, costumes, items that encourage physical activity, and games that help them with imaginative play.

How we identified the best toys for 4-year-olds

When we evaluated the best toys for 4-year-olds, we took note of how they aided their development and which milestones were being activated. 

We focused on important concepts that need to be learned at an early age such as mechanical, shape-sorting, and building toys that help develop hand-eye coordination, and problem-solving skills. Our selection of role-play toys helps children learn more about how the world around them works, as they can recreate real-life scenarios. Figurines and dolls encourage pretend play, which in turn develops social and emotional skills by teaching them how to express emotion, as well as instilling a sense of caring for something other than themselves. 

Our arts and crafts sections again focus on refining those motor skills. Being creative in areas like drawing, painting, and pasting fosters self-esteem and further develops coordination.

We included riding and outdoor toys to promote healthy muscle growth and ensure physical activity is seen as fun rather than a chore. 

Card games and board games introduce them to the idea of strategy, turn-taking, and how to follow rules. The science toys we included promote learning in a fun and creative way, which develops imagination and encourages discovery. It’s also an introduction to more difficult subjects such as mathematics. 

Tips for buying the best toys for 4-year-olds

  1. Choose toys that encourage exploration
    At this age, kids need toys that encourage them to problem-solve and discover things on their own. This helps to boost self-esteem and confidence and also fosters a love for learning about things. These kinds of toys also help to develop spatial-relations skills as well as refine the fine motor skills they’ve already developed. 
  2. Think of longevity
    Nobody wants to buy a toy that’s going to be discarded in a matter of days, so when choosing a toy for your 4-year-old, think of toys that have longevity like dolls, figurines, games, and computerized toys. 
  3. Creativity is key
    At this stage, you want toys that boost your child’s creativity levels and imagination skills. It’s important to find toys that encourage pretend play as this helps develop language and literacy skills as well as sequencing whereby they put events in logical order.