21 Gifts That 4-Year-Olds Will Totally Love, According to Parents Who Know
Being four is great — or at least, it sure seems that way! Four-year-olds can now run, jump, and leap with all the confidence of a gazelle. They are sponges for information, and can rattle off a surprising number of facts about things like ospreys or unicorns, if you give them the chance. Their brains are firing on all cylinders as they work out how to build a dragon’s cave out of a pile of blocks or paint a picture of a sea turtle.
Like our best gift lists for one-year-olds, two-year-olds, and three-year-olds, this guide features picks from editors, experts, and most importantly fellow parents of four-year-olds, including some toys that their (now older) kids still play with. While we always share toy ideas at a range of price points, for this guide most come in under $20!
What to Look For in Toys for 4-Year-Olds
Open-ended toys that encourage creativity, curiosity, independence, and exploration are a solid bet for the four-year-old set. Also, art supplies. Multiple parents we talked to confirmed this: “My son loves any type of art project so boxes of markers, chalk, stacks of construction paper, kids scissors, stick glue. All of that stuff has been great,” said a fellow AT parent. “[My daughter] will paint anything/everything. Rocks, ceramic, blocks, etc,” said another.