The Best Gifts and Toys for 4-Year-olds
Preschoolers love playing pretend, creating and building, and of course, jumping around for way longer than you can last on the treadmill. Which is exactly why we rounded up the best toys on the market right now based purely on 4-year-old fun. (Hint: when in doubt always go with a Pogo stick.) Plus, all of these toys are available on Amazon, because parenting a preschooler is enough work as it is.
Cutest Coffee Maker
Complete your kiddo's play kitchen with this adorable coffee set. Your 4-year-old can brew a cup of coffee just like mommy or daddy (if only this were true!) , or some hot chocolate, and even serve up a croissant. Barista-level accessories include whipped cream toppings, sugar and cream containers, and coffee pods.
For 'T.O.T.S.' Fans
Disney Jr.'s latest hit show "T.O.T.S" (Tiny Ones Transport Service) is about bird friends who deliver baby animals to their parents. Fans of the show will recognize the nursery headquarters, where the babies are taken care of before their journey. The play set includes an elevator, slide, and fuzzy figurines Mia the kitten, Marty the monkey, and Bella the bunny.
Best Baby Dolls
Boys and girls alike will love caring for these realistic dolls from iconic doll company Madame Alexander (remember those?). The set includes a brown-eyed baby dressed in blue and a blue-eyed baby dressed in pink. Each snuggly 16 inch doll has distinct facial expressions and comes with a baby hat, a little stuffed animal, and "adoption certificates."
"PJ Masks" fans will love playing out scenes from the popular animated series with this portable play set. The foldable HQ also includes kid superheroes Catboy, Gekko, Owlette, and even the devious Romeo. There's also a ladder, a fur ball catapult, a fur ball hurtling through the air, and three crates.
For Calico Critter Lovers
Do you have a Calico Critter-crazed 4-year-old? If so you'll want the latest Calico Critters set, which includes a furry Persian cat, a chipmunk baby, and a hopscotch rabbit. Each figure includes a fun accessory, a removable outfit, and a pair of itty bitty shoes.
For Little Coders
Get them started on coding early with this educational toy from Learning Resources. Choose from a dog, dinosaur, or cat, and watch your 4-year-old learn to code while caring for their interactive pet. Coding challenges help foster connections, and there's also a play mode, just for fun. We love that no screens are needed, and a storybook is included.
This particular Playmobil set packs up into a handy carrying case (not to mention it's a steal at $10). Also? It's adorable and comes with four bunnies, fencing, a bunny hutch, and carrots. It can be combined with other Playmobil pieces definitely/probably not sorted in your 4-year-old's room.
The No-Fail Gift
This particular pogo stick has soft foam handles and a wide foam base so that it's easier and safer than the ones from our youths. It's perfect for little ones that don't yet have the coordination for an actual pogo stick. This one also lights up and squeaks with every jump and that's never not fun. (Unless, maybe, you're the parent).
Best Art Play
Basically catnip for 4-year-olds, this glowing art pad is practically made for plane rides and road trips. Drawings and doodles are illuminated on the MagicPad. The new deluxe version comes with four dual-sided markers, 42 stencils, an eraser cloth, and a storage case. Kids can use the included stencils or draw freehand, then press the color-change button to choose from eight different light effects.