The Best Gifts For Kids Ages 4 Through 6

Dec 16 2018 - 10:15am

Your child's personality and passions really start to develop and grow between the ages of 4 and 6. The toddler phase begins to melt away [1] as they become a "big kid" and they start to want to play with toys that not only feature their favorite characters [2] but are also playthings their classmates have at home. If you're looking for a child in this unique stage, look no further than this guide brimming with ideas for kids with all different interests [3].

Scroll through for gifts for the awesome 4- to 6-year-old in your life.

For 4-Year-Olds: Build-A-Bear Workshop Stuffing Station

Bring the fun of going to the mall home with a Build-A-Bear Workshop Stuffing Station [5] ($19). With this exciting kit, kids can stuff and dress two furry friends without having to leave the house.

For 4-Year-Olds: Frozen MP3 Microphone

She'll be crooning out "Let It Go" regardless, so why not give her center stage? The Frozen Boom Box [6] ($30) serves as a real, functioning mic, comes preloaded with music from the movie, and can connect to any MP3 player.

For 4-Year-Olds: Gooey Louie

File this one under gross toys that kids love and parents just cringe at. Gooey Louie [7] ($18) 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!

For 4-Year-Olds: Disney Princess Play N Carry Castle Doll

Bring the fun of enchanting stories wherever you go and then pack it all away for an easy cleanup with Disney Princess Play N Carry Castle Doll [8] ($23).

For 4-Year-Olds: LeapReader

The LeapReader [9] ($33) is designed to teach kids how to read and write all in one place. As a next-generation Tag — LeapFrog 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.

For 4-Year-Olds: Fisher-Price Smart Scan Word Dash

As a part of Fisher-Price's new Think & Learn line, the Smart Scan Word Dash [10] ($17) teaches tots early literacy skills and helps tots connect animals and their habitats.

For 4-Year-Olds: Hape Super Moose

Just how steady is your tot's hand? With Hape's Super Moose [11] ($46, originally $50), kids test their dexterity and stability as they try to add antlers to the moose's head — without knocking down the wooden pieces!

For 4-Year-Olds: Magna Tiles

Magna Tiles [12] ($60 for 32-piece set) allow tots to build up and out with pieces that feature magnets on every side.

For 4-Year-Olds: Our Generation RV Seeing You Camper

They can take a page out of their parents book with the RV Seeing You Camper [13] ($65) that looks just like Mom and Dad's.

For 4-Year-Olds: Superhero Masks and Cuffs

They'll be able to take on their most evil nemesis with a DIY [14] Superhero Mask and Cuff Kit [15] ($5) that allows them to morph into their fave crime fighter.

For 4-Year-Olds: Disney's Elena of Avalor Magical Scepter of Light

Little Elena of Avalor fans will be able to reenact their favorite scenes with their very own magical scepter [16]($17).

For 4-Year-Olds: Miles From Tomorrowland Stellosphere

Miles From Tomorrowland blasted into our kids' hearts this year and the new toy line makes our hearts grow fonder. They're sweet and fun, just like Miles himself. The Photon Flyer [17] ($10) is actually Mile's go-to mode of transportation, just aim and send him off. How cute!

For 4-Year-Olds: Fisher-Price Shimmer and Shine Magic Flying Carpet Toy

Nickelodeon's Shimmer and Shine show comes to life with the Fisher-Price Shimmer and Shine Magic Flying Carpet toy [18] ($24). The motorized flying carpet plays over 40 songs and phrases from the show, while swaying to create a real flying feel. The carpet can also float across the floor.

For 4-Year-Olds: Janod Grow-with-Me Tool Bench

Set your little one up for some superconstructive fun with Janod's Grow-with-Me Tool Bench [19] ($108, originally $130). The wooden set includes every tool tots will need and is magnetic — meaning a smaller chance of lost pieces!

For 4-Year-Olds: Crate & Kids My Great Beanbag Toss

This adorable beanbag toss [20] ($39) was designed by artist Bianca Gómez exclusively for Crate & Kids. It comes with three beanbag birds and is easy to set up (and take down) in any doorway.

For 4-Year-Olds: B Toys Symphony in B Orchestra

A virtual orchestra pit, B. Toys' Symphony in B [21] ($24) 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.

For 4-Year-Olds: Lite Brite Magic Screen

Lite Brite got a makeover! The new set [22] ($27) comes with new piece shapes — including elbows, triangles, and fish — four light modes, and a translucent carrying case to make finding pieces easier (especially on the go).

For 4-Year-Olds: B. Toys Parum Pum Pum

Your little one will be moving to the beat thanks to this Parum Pum Pum [23] ($22) that comes with drumsticks, jingle bells, a maraca with clacker, a tambourine, and a shaker egg. Added bonus: all the instruments have adorable animal designs.

For 5-Year-Olds: Reptangles

How many turtles can you stack? With Reptangles [24] ($28), builders can create more than 1,000 items by snapping and sliding the colorful turtles together.

For 5-Year-Olds: Mega Marbles Marble Fun Run 58 Piece Set

Marble runs are always fun and the FS-USA/Mega Marbles Marble Fun Run 80 Piece Set [25] ($12, originally $16) is full of enough twists and turns to keep kids watching for hours.

For 5-Year-Olds: Sbyke P16

Part bike, part scooter, the Sbyke P16 [26] ($110, originally $150) is a self-standing scooter that teaches kids to balance while rolling around town.

For 5-Year-Olds: DC Super-Villains Figurines Set

The DC Super-Villains Figurines Set [27] ($24) playset is the ultimate cool toy/decor item for a kid-room.

For 5-Year-Olds: Disney Cars Flag Finish Lightning McQueen

Your kiddo can see Lightning McQueen's [28] ($38) victory dance after making him race competitively for first place.

For 5-Year-Olds: Pinhole Press Flash Cards

Kindergartners are starting to learn sight words — or words they don't have to sound out to read. Pinhole Press's Flash Cards [29] ($25) are a great way to make that memorization fun. Simply upload the photos, add in the words, and watch as your tot has fun with this early-stage reading activity.

For 5-Year-Olds: My Golden Ticket

Take your kid through Willy Wonka's famous chocolate factory with a personalized copy of My Golden Ticket [30] ($30, softcover; $36, hardcover), made just for them.

For 5-Year-Olds: Hot Wheels R/C Star Wars Darth Vader Vehicle

What's cooler than a remote control car? One that's outfitted with lightsabers on the side! The Hot Wheels R/C Star Wars Darth Vader Vehicle [31] ($14) is packed with authentic sounds from the movie as well as glowing light sabers and the ability to steer forward, left, or right!

For 5-Year-Olds: Mega Bloks Minions Flying Hot Dogs

The Minions get themselves into the funniest situations, and we have a feeling this Mega Bloks Minions Flying Hot Dogs set [32] ($10) was probably inspired by a very funny scene!

For 5-Year-Olds: FurReal Munchin Rex

The For 5-Year-Olds: FurReal Munchin Rex [33] ($48) is all of the fun of having a real pet dinosaur (OK, so we don't know what that would be like). Rex slurps on his bottle, chomps his treats, and moves in response to your child's touch.

For 5-Year-Olds: Crayola Crayon Factory

If your tot has ever said that they wished they could make their own crayons, here's their chance. The Crayola Crayon Factory [34] ($20) allows kids to create the crayons of their dreams with recycled, broken crayons. Simply stick the wax in the maker and wait for the final product — shaped like a car, puppy, or heart — to be finished.

For 5-Year-Olds: Lego Juniors Jurassic World Raptor Rescue Truck

This Lego Juniors Jurassic World Raptor Rescue Truck Set [35] ($22) has 85 pieces to put together.

For 5-Year-Olds: Marvel Captain America: Civil War Iron Man Tech FX Mask

With the Marvel Captain America: Civil War Iron Man Tech FX Mask [36] ($20) your child can engage in some seriously cool imaginative play.

For 5-Year-Olds: Seedling Make Your Own Snow Globe

Everyone loves shaking snow globes, but what about making your own? Seedling's Make Your Own Snow Globe Kit [37] ($25) is a fun way for kids to put their own touch on the classic toy.

For 5-Year-Olds: Outside the Lines

A coloring book that nurtures an active imagination, Outside the Lines [38] ($17) features one-of-a-kind illustrations from the likes of everyone from Keith Haring and Shepard Fairey to Jesse LeDoux and Logan Hicks. With a little guidance from some of the contemporary art world's most renowned talents, your kids will have the confidence to get creative!

For 6-Year-Olds: Crayola Fashion Superstar

Crayola Fashion Superstar [39] ($13)

For 6-Year-Olds: Barbie Hover Girl

In the latest movie, Barbie the space explorer rides her hover board to save the day, and your child will be able to relive the movie scenes and spend hours of fun with this remote-controlHover Girl [40] ($40).

For 6-Year-Olds: Mancala For Kids

The age-old game of mancala is still entertaining kids, and this Mancala For Kids [41] ($12) uses animal-shaped playing pieces instead of the traditional pebbles to make it a great find for kids this age.

For 6-Year-Olds: Crayola Meltdown Art Set

Inspired by all of the images on Pinterest, Crayola's Meltdown Art Set [42] ($12) comes with materials for three melting crayon projects that simply need a hairdryer to work.

For 6-Year-Olds: MindWare Q-Ba-Maze Big Box

All marble runs are not the same. With MindWare Q-Ba-Maze Big Box [43] ($40), kids not only design their mazes themselves, they can also create them in animal, geometric, and virtually any shape they like.

For 6-Year-Olds: S.W.A.K. Interactive Kissable Key Chain

These adorable S.W.A.K. Interactive Kissable Key Chain [44] ($6) come in 12 different versions!

For 6-Year-Olds: Stomp Rocket Dueling Rocket Kit

Kids get to literally launch into hours of fun with this fun Stomp Rocket Dueling Rocket Kit [45] ($20) that lets them launch colored rockets up to 200 feet into the air.

For 6-Year-Olds: Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Boppers

Your favorite '90s game is back and better than ever. Kids get to watch the Red Rocker duke it out against the Blue Bomber in their very own Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Boppers Set [46] ($18).

For 6-Year-Olds: Cinderella's Magical Transforming Carriage

Cinderella fans can now reenact the exact moment when her carriage transforms into a pumpkin thanks to Cinderella's Magical Transforming Carriage [47] ($16).

For 6-Year-Olds: Boogie Board

Remember the wax writing pads we used to write on with the plastic piece on top? You'd lift it and it would clear the writing? Think of the Boogie Board [48] ($2, originally $30) as the modern-age version. The LCD tablets are great for sketches, handwriting practice, list making, and so much more!

For 6-Year-Olds: Creativity For Kids X-Treme Sticker Maker Set

What child wouldn't love making their own stickers? With the Xyron Sticker Maker [49] ($10), they'll be able to make colorful, fun stickers for their friends and family.

For 6-Year-Olds: Spiderman Marvel Web City Showdown Play Set

Batman and Superman aren't the only superheroes getting new playsets this year. Spiderman will have a whole lineup of goods from Hasbro [50] ($40).

For 6-Year-Olds: Disney's Moana Adventure Collection

Moana hits the big screen this year and the dolls associated with the flick [51] ($24, originally $75) are sure to be hits — especially Mali (who is voiced by The Rock in the film) and the boat, which projects light onto the wall.

For 6-Year-Olds: Fur Real Friends Pax My Poopin' Pup

Yup, his name really explains what he does. Pax may look adorable, but after feeding him some "treats," your little one will be cleaning up after the furReal My Poopin' Pup [52] ($19). Maybe it's good practice for a live family pet!

For 6-Year-Olds: Nerf Firevision Sports Football

Just because the sun has set doesn't mean your tot has to pack in the football game. With Nerf's Firevision Sports Football [53] ($34), simply put on the enclosed glasses and watch as the ball creates a glowing streak of light up to 100 feet away. The set comes with two glasses so a game of quarterback and receiver can continue well into the evening!

For 6-Year-Olds: Brad Meltzer's Ordinary People Change the World Books

The Ordinary People Change the World Box Set [54] ($28) is made up of four short, illustrated biographies — Abraham Lincoln, Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks, and Albert Einstein — designed to introduce real-life heroes to a new generation of readers. The series was born out of a shopping venture Brad Meltzer took with his daughter [55]. "All I could find were clothes with princesses on them. I was tired of my own kids looking at reality TV show stars and thinking that's a hero. . . . I said, 'I have so many better heroes in history that I can give them.'"

For 6-Year-Olds: Battleship Board Game

Your kids will learn the real meaning of the term "Battle Royale" thanks to a classic Battleship Board Game [56] ($12) that'll take you back to the glory days. Don't forget to keep an eye on that tug boat.

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