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Gift Guide: Best Gifts For 4-Year-Olds

Nov 28 2014 - 10:27am

Your 4-year-old is quite the little kid now. She has favorite toys and characters and probably picked out what she wants for the holidays from the pile of catalogs that already arrived. That said, these fun finds — including arts and crafts projects, racing cars, and magnetic building tiles — are sure to be hits when your preschooler opens them!

Seedling x The Honest Co. Polar Bear Mask DIY Craft Kit

New Zealand-based Seedling has the most beautiful kids' craft kits, and it's partnered with The Honest Co. this season for an exclusive collaboration. This Polar Bear Mask Kit [1] ($25) would be perfect for your crafty 4-year-old.

Playskool Showcam 2-in-1 Digital Camera and Projector

For a first camera, Playskool [2]'s Showcam 2-in-1 Digital Camera and Projector [3] ($60) really does it all. It takes and stores up to 1,000 photos, allows kids to put 50 silly effects on their photos, and then projects them on the wall for everyone to see — which is a lot more fun than just leaving them on the camera like Mom does!

StoryCraft The Frog Prince

The Orb Factory's StoryCraft The Frog Prince [4] ($18) allows for creative storytelling as tots add shapes and jewels to a 10-page storybook about the Frog Prince fairy tale.

The Land of Nod My Great Beanbag Toss

This adorable beanbag toss [5] ($39) was designed by artist Bianca Gómez exclusively for The Land of Nod. It comes with three beanbag birds and is easy to set up (and take down) in any doorway.

Sofia the First Magical Talking Castle

There's no denying the popularity of Princess Sofia — Disney's hottest princess among the preschool set. The Sofia the First Magical Talking Castle [6] ($60) is the ultimate playset for little girls who love the show's characters. Sofia and Clover the Rabbit each say 10 phrases from the show, and additional characters can be added to the set, speaking their phrases as well.

Hape Super Moose

Just how steady is your tot's hand? With Hape [7]'s Super Moose [8] ($50), kids test their dexterity and stability as they try to add antlers to the moose's head — without knocking down the wooden pieces!

B Toys Symphony in B Orchestra

A virtual orchestra pit, B. Toys' Symphony in B [9] ($40) is preprogrammed with 15 songs and symphonies. It comes with 13 instruments that can be added one at a time to the "stage" to actually create the music. So if the tuba, piano, and violin are on stage, the song sounds different than it does if the sitar, cymbals, and clarinet are there. When Gisela Voss, chief toymaker at B. Toys, introduced me to it, I was mesmerized. I couldn't stop playing around with the pieces and seeing what the different combinations would make — and neither could my kids.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Stretch 'N Shout Leonardo

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back with a vengeance, and this Stretch N' Shout Figure [10] ($34) is the perfect toy for a new fan. Moving the figure's arms causes it to shout, yell out one of his signature catchphrases, or let out a sound effect.

LeapReader

The new LeapReader [11] ($50) is designed to teach kids how to read and write all in one place. As a next-generation Tag — LeapFrog [12] began phasing out the Tag system last Summer — the LeapReader continues to teach tots to sound out words and read sentences through its library of 150 or so books, while also teaching preschoolers how to write their numbers and letters through structured stroke lessons. Slimmer and easier to hold than the original Tag, the new system's reading experience feels exactly the same as the old version — place the stylus on the page, and it will sound out words, read whole words, or read entire sentences. Where the system excels is in the new writing experience and a listening experience that now includes music.

Frozen Olaf Snow Cone Maker

It's only appropriate that an Olaf Snow Cone Maker [13] ($25) exists, isn't it?! No batteries required, this takes some good old-fashioned elbow grease to crank out your icy treats.

LeapPad Ultra

The new LeapPad Ultra [14] ($150) picks up right where the LeapPad 2 stops — with WiFi! The WiFi-enabled tablet has all of the great features of its previous incarnation but now provides tots with access to the Internet. But before you balk, remember, this is LeapFrog [15], so the access is limited to kid-safe sites through a secure browser powered by Zui. The device can also connect with other LeapPad 2s so siblings can play games with each other — which is much better than a game of tug-of-war in the backseat of the car!

Gobblet Gobblers

Blue Orange's wooden toys not only help the earth (it plants two trees for every toy sold), but games like Gobblet Gobblers [16] ($22) also help teach memory and strategy skills for young learners.

The Land of Nod If I Had a Hammer Workbench

Set your little one up for some superconstructive fun with The Land of Nod's If I Had a Hammer Workbench [17] ($99). The wooden set includes 41 pieces and plenty of storage.

Frozen MP3 Microphone

She'll be crooning out "Let It Go" regardless of what's in her toy box, so why not give her center stage? The Frozen MP3 Microphone [18] ($17) serves as a real, functioning mic, comes preloaded with music from the movie, and can connect to any MP3 player.

Gooey Louie

File this one under gross toys that kids love and parents just cringe at. Gooey Louie [19] ($32) has kids pick things out of Louie's nose in hopes of finding the right object. If the wrong one's picked, Louie goes a bit crazy!

Baby Alive Wanna Walk

Your little one may not remember learning to walk, but she certainly enjoys helping other tots do so. Baby Alive Wanna Walk [20] ($55) is the latest addition to the Baby Alive line, and watching the doll wobble her way to walking — and hearing her ask for coaching — is bound to be fun for your tot!

GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine

Not all fairy tales are about princesses, as GoldieBlox and the Spinning Machine [21] ($30) proves. Part of a construction toy and book series for girls, GoldieBlox shows little ladies that engineering and fun aren't mutually exclusive. The story's star is a young inventor who fashions a belt drive out of pegs, axles, wheels, and ribbon, right alongside her readers.

LeapFrog Tag Interactive Human Body Discovery Pack

LeapFrog [22]'s Tag reading system does more than just teach tots to read. The LeapFrog Tag Interactive Human Body Discovery Pack [23] ($18) uses the Tag stylus to teach little ones how their bodies work — from the moment they put a piece of food in their mouths until it comes out the other end!

Magna Tiles

Magna Tiles [24] ($52 for 32-piece set) allow tots to build up and out with pieces that feature magnets on every side.

Play-Doh Frozen Sparkle Snow Dome

Kids can create their own Frozen Sparkle Snow Dome [25] ($15) with this well-priced set. It includes Elsa and Anna figurines, plus all of the Play-Doh and molds necessary to create a fantasy world of their very own!


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