The youngest of my four kids is about to turn 4. Since he will be my last child, it is a bittersweet age. His babyhood has almost completely worn off, but he is still sweet and cuddly. He is fully ready to enjoy big kid toys, while needing help to appreciate them fully. There are so many options for great gifts for four year olds.
Kids this age are finally ready to enjoy board games that adults can enjoy too. Their coordination is improving so they can learn skills like how to ride a bike. They still enjoy make-believe, but it is evolving and becoming more sophisticated. Instead of just large scale fantasy, like playing restaurant, they can act out scenes using small scale figures.
My kids have always called the two forms of fantasy play “big guys” and “little guys.” Big guys includes things like having a Harry Potter style wand duel or pretending to be ninjas. Little guys is when the gather their action figures or dolls and have their “little guys” talk to each other. My 3 and 5 year olds still play “little guys” all the time and my 7 year old will sometimes join them.
Below are a few suggestions for great gifts for 4 year olds that both my own children and other 4 year olds that visited our house have enjoyed.
One of my favorite gifts for 4 year olds that I have given many times is a Magformer set. These are great to take to restaurants or waiting rooms as they a lot of fun and easy to clean up.
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