Buying a gift for a 4-year-old is so much fun! Kids at this age start to show their preferences and interests. Best part is, they’re no longer sticking everything in their mouths and can play independently for hours compared to younger children.
If you are looking for the best gifts to give a 4-year-old, be it your daughter or your nephew or a godchild, here are some of the best choices you can easily pick off the toy store shelves!
Bikes and Other Outdoor Toys
This is the perfect age to start exploring the outside world. Buy your 4-year-old a bike, but this time without the training wheels so he can start developing those leg muscles.
Mini skateboards are also a good choice or roller blades. But of course, don’t forget to pair these with safety gear especially helmet, knee pads, and arm pads.
Take his attention away from the video games and interest your child with kits like Lego or Duplo. Building blocks can be used both as an educational and entertainment toy. It improves his motor skills, and stimulates his imagination. Playing building blocks gets your child to think logically. After a few tries at building something and watching the blocks topple over, your child will learn that the blocks have to be arranged and placed properly to prevent that from happening.
An older child will also realize that a stronger base can be made if you arrange most of the blocks at the bottom. Logical thinking skills are crucial in a child’s intellectual development. Some blocks can help develop their math and vocabulary skills (alphabet and number blocks). Costumes! Even kids who won’t get dressed by themselves for preschool love to play dress-up with creative clothing, especially when it’s easy to put on and allows them to transform into a superhero, doctor, or even a monster.
Games and Puzzles
Board games and puzzles are the most popular indoor games for kids especially at this age. It’s fun to play especially during the rainy days or even during staycations.
Puzzles help develop your children's physical skills particularly their hand-eye coordination, gross motor skills, and fine motor skills. Your kids will develop a keen relationship between what their eyes see, what their hands do and what their brain relates to this information. Larger puzzle pieces and stacking puzzle games can enhance their large movements to the point where they can then work on their fine motor skills. Small movements like getting a puzzle piece in exactly the right spot can lead to better handwriting and typing skills.
Your children will develop their cognitive skills as they find ways to solve the problem. At times, it can also improve emotional skills as they learn patience and are rewarded when they complete the puzzle.
Music and Art
These gifts are probably the next popular choice for gift-givers. You can never go wrong with entertaining a child with a musical or arts and crafts toys. Studies have already proven the benefits of exposing children to music and arts like improvement in cognitive skills and boosting creativity.