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Looking for birthday presents for 4-year-olds, or fancy getting ahead of the Christmas rush?
Selecting gifts for 4-year-olds can be hard. They often have been given lots of toys and hand-me downs already, meaning finding a 4-year-old birthday present that they will really treasure can be a challenge.
In this case, it's helpful to consider what their interests are; do they like playing with garden toys outside? Do they like typical 4-year old boy toys, or do they love pretend play with toy dolls? Thinking about their personalities can help guide you toward toys for 4-year olds that they will get lots of use out of.
Fear not: they are gifts to satisfy even the fussiest of 4-year-olds. We've rounded up the 15 best toys for 4-year-old boys and best toys for 4-year-old girls to help you find a toy that they will be delighted to receive when the special day arrives.
Our Top Choice
Crayola 70-Piece Stationery Set
This stationery set is bursting full of artistic materials at an inexpensive cost. The variety of materials, including crayons, pencils, graphite pencils and markers, has everything a 4-year-old needs to begin creating works of art (or scribbles will do).
- Price: £10
- Classic crayons
- Colouring pencils
- Twistable graphite pencils
- Thick and thin line markers
Best For Creativity
Magnetic Building Blocks Tiles, Desire Deluxe
This magnetic building blocks set will get 4-year-olds' imaginations running wild as they can build lots of different 3D shapes and designs in colourful plastic. It's a great option for kids who like to have their hands busy and encourages them to think about how they can channel their energy into building a truck, house or even a castle. If they stop long enough to listen, the magnets are an opportunity for a simple science lesson too.
- Price: £27.90
- Magnetic building blocks
- Powerful magnets
- Non-toxic and durable plastic
- Round-edge design - no sharp edges
Best For The Child That Has Everything
Orboot Globe, Shifu
It's a tricky business buying gifts for 4-year-olds that seems to have it all. However, we think we might have found it. The fun Orboot Globe uses augmented reality technology to take children on a journey around the world. Using the accompanying app on a smartphone or iPad, children can scan over the globe to discover over 1,000 facts about monuments, inventions, animals, weather and more from every part of the world.
- Price: £49.99
- 10 inch globe
- 400+ highlights and 1000+ facts across 6 categories
- Stamp and country flag stickers
- Detailed help guide
Best For Eco-Friendly
Car Carrier Vehicle Set, Green Toys
Encourage a child's motor skills (literally) with this lovely 100% recycled carrier vehicle set that comes with a large blue carrying truck and three smaller vehicles. Whilst they are great for zooming around inside, they are safe for outdoor play too.
- Price: £21.97
- 100% recycled plastic
- Safe for indoor and outdoor play
- Includes 3 mini cars
- 2 slide-out ramps
- Dishwasher safe for easy cleaning
Best For Wooden Toys
Take-Along Tool Kit, Melissa & Doug
Melissa & Doug are renowned for their high-quality children's toys that encourage brain development, and this wooden tool kit is a prime example. The tool kit comes with 24 pieces so children can play at fixing all the broken things around the house whilst the durable-wood will withstand plenty of hammering.
- Price: £12.99
- Durable wood
- 24-piece tool kit
- Includes child-size play hammer, screws and spanner
- 100% happiness guarantee
Best For Arts And Crafts
Super Colour Kit, Play-Doh
The ever-popular classic Play-Doh allows kids to get creative. With an assortment of colourful modelling compound and plenty of tools and accessories, they can produce the most wacky and wonderful designs to keep them amused for hours.
- Price: £11
- 18 colours of modelling compound
- 16 tools and accessories for cutting out stars, butterflies and more
- Includes roller and knife
Best For Jewellery
Personalised Unicorn And Rainbow Bracelet Making Kit, Cotton Twist
Why not go for a handmade and personalised option with this unique bracelet making kit? The lovely box of beads has a unicorn and rainbow theme, allowing kids to make jewellery for themselves or for others. A thoughtful and creative gift.
- Price: £16.95
- Selection of hearts, unicorn and geometric beads
- Make up to 10 bracelets
- Unicorn and rainbow theme
- Elastic to thread beads
- Personalised box with name and message
- Made by hand
Best For Nature Lovers
Geo Safari Junior Talking Microscope, Learning Resources
For the curious four-year-old always keen to learn more, this talking microscope could be a hit. Specifically built for small hands and eyes, it takes them on an adventure from their own home and allows them to get up-close with bugs and plants from around the world. The voice of wildlife conservationist Bindi Irwin guides them through the slides, with facts and knowledge quizzes related to the special specimen they are viewing.
- Price: £37.76
- 20 slides featuring 60 images
- 2 child-friendly eye pieces
- Features voice of Bindi Irwin
- 2 modes of learning: facts and quiz
- Multilingual audio, packaging and activity guide
Best For Educational Toys
Coding Critters: Rumble & Bumble, Learning Resources
Coding is a great skill to have, and this toy makes it easy for kids to practice a simplified and fun version. They can play games and go on adventures accompanied by the coding storybook, or they can design their own coding challenges with the dinosaur-themed playset.
- Price: £33.98
- 23-piece playset
- Screen-free coding
- Storybook coding challenges
- Design your own code games
Best For Pretend Play
My Laptop, Vtech
No doubt four-year-olds will see family members doing important things on their laptops and jump at the chance to do the same with their own preschool version. As well as looking cool, this one has lots of fun and educational activities to help teach computer skills, counting and spelling. They can also choose their own screen wallpaper, opening tune and create a personal avatar.
- Price: £22
- Child-friendly mouse
- Age-appropriate curriculum
- 5 progressive learning categories
- Customisable experience
Best For Ice Cream Lovers
Wooden Scoop & Serve Ice Cream Counter, Melissa & Doug
Hours of fun are to be had with this adorable wooden counter allowing kids to play pretend at serving up tasty treats, complete with scoops, toppings, pretend banknotes and menu.
- Price: £39.76
- 8 ice cream scoops
- 6 toppings
- 2 cone cups
- Scooper, tongs, spoon and pretend banknotes
- Reusable menu
Best For Imaginative Play
Laugh & Learn Food Truck, Fischer-Price
This toddler-friendly food truck with a kitchen and vehicle side has something for every four-year-old, and they may earn some money in the process! They can scan the menu, work the till and make 'orders' on the light-up grill. The music button means they can even select the right songs to keep their customers happy.
- Price: £67.50
- 20+ removable play pieces
- 125+ songs and sounds
- Food prep area
- Service bell
- Interactive cash register
Best For Games
Wooden Tumble Tower, Nene Toys
A fun game that the whole family can enjoy, this tower with cute animal-design has four games in one and helps children develop their problem-solving skills.
- Price: £14.99
- 4 games in 1
- Includes cards
- Develops cognitive skills
Best For Building
Marble Run, Ucradle
Children can build a masterpiece marble run with this 152-piece set. The colours and freedom to design their own layout means they can get as imaginative as possible.
Kidadl Best Buys selects the top parent-recommended products across the web for families of all ages. If you liked our suggestions for the top toys for 4-year-olds, boy and girl, then why not take a look at our guide to the best Harry Potter gifts for kids or the best gifts for the baby girl with everything.
- Price: £21.59
- 90 action pieces
- 30 glass marbles
- 32 white marbles
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