Lil fans of PBS's Dinosaur Train will love Learning Curve's InterAction Buddy ($15). The entire line of characters recognizes each other and can "speak" to each other when nearby. The collaboration between Wild Planet and Crayola has resulted in a fun line of Crayon Town sets ($20) that combine coloring and 3D play, where the actual wax crayons fit into the scenes. Magna Tiles ($52 for 32 piece set) allow tots to build up and out with pieces that feature magnets on every side. Blue Orange's wooden toys not only help the earth (they plant two trees for every toy sold), games like Gobblet Gobblers ($15) help teach memory and strategy skills for lil learners. What's better than a Muppet? A Muppet your tot designed on her own! The Muppet Whatnot Gift Package ($130) allows budding puppeteers to create their own puppet on the computer and then see it come to life when it arrives a few weeks later!
Preschoolers have a mind of their own, and 4-year-olds can be pretty outspoken about what they like! Gift them toys that allow them to express their creativity and games that give them a chance to experience winning and losing.