By the time they reach age 4, little girls tend to be interested in absolutely everything. They are curious about how things happen and why they work and their cognitive development is happening at a really rapid pace. Social skills and development become incredibly important at this age as 4-year-olds are beginning to understand much more of the social world and take an interest in other’s opinions, lives and preferences. Around age 4, imitation and play-acting scenarios are typical types of play and many of the gifts on this list will support this kind of play and the development of social skills.
With so many different products and great options on the market it can be overwhelming to try and choose a gift for a 4-year-old girl. This list showcases a range of different options to help you pick something out.
1. VTech Kidizoom Duo DX Children’s Camera
By age 4 most children are already pros with technology having been surrounded by it since birth, it seems to come very naturally to many. The VTech Kidizoom Duo DX Children’s Camera is a digital camera designed for kids; it has a robust ‘kid proof’ design with a tough rubber-like casing to avoid damage if dropped, yet still retains the ability to take high-quality videos and photos which means that the photos and videos taken by the 4-year-old girl in question can be printed out and valued just as easily as those taken by adults.
The VTech Kidizoom camera also includes fun, learning games making it ideal to take along on a day out, as the games will keep a 4-year-old busy whilst waiting for lunch, or traveling by train. The dual cameras also increase children’s creativity and expression as children take photographs, selfies and record their own shows!
2. Hudora BigWheel 205
4-year-olds seem to be full of endless energy and are always running, jumping or climbing on something. Riding a scooter is a great skill to add to their repertoire and is also a useful way for parents to get kids around; by age 4 children have long outgrown the stroller and yet that endless energy seems to disappear when it’s time to walk to school or run an errand! Taking the scooter might be a solution to this problem and is a good way to keep kids physically active and healthy.
The Hudora BigWheel 205 is a 2 wheel scooter, requiring more balance and core strength than a 3 wheel counterpart but by age 4 most children will be ready for the challenge. The larger front wheel provides more stability than a traditional 2 wheel scooter so this model is a great option. It also has a height adjustable handle and can be used for riders up to 100kg, so grown-ups can have a go too. The Hudora BigWheel 205 is made from lightweight aluminum, can be folded and has a shoulder carry-strap too.
3. FurReal Friends Cubby The Curious Bear Interactive Plush Toy
Going way beyond a traditional teddy bear FurReal Friends Cubby The Curious Bear is an interactive plush toy that looks just like a real baby bear. He has soft fur and extremely lifelike expressions and is sure to melt the heart of a 4-year-old. Cubby the Curious Bear likes to play and interact with the child in the day, and can be fed and groomed, promoting imaginative role-play and pro-social, nurturing behavior.
Cubby the Curious Bear also has a nighttime mode where he plays soft, calming music and make sleepy sounds to encourage the child to cuddle him whilst they sleep, perhaps saving the child’s parents from a bit of bedtime drama!
4. Baby Born Soft Touch Girl
Baby born dolls are extremely popular with little girls and the Baby Born Soft Touch Girl is a really lovely doll with a soft body and flexible limbs she feels much more lifelike than a hard, plastic doll. She can also function just like a real baby; drinking water from a bottle, crying real tears and even going to the potty! These features are sure to delight a 4-year-old girl as she includes the doll in her imaginative role play and takes on the role of mummy or big sister, caring for the baby and developing her social skills along the way.
5. Brio World Cargo Railway Deluxe Set
Train sets are a brilliant toy at almost any stage of childhood, and by age 4 children are likely to have developed enough physical skill to lay, connect and rearrange track independently as well as begin to plan and design track layouts. This set includes crane, bridges and ramps to add extra dimensions to imaginative, open-ended play.
Brio track tends to be slightly more expensive than other brands but its name is synonymous with quality and longevity; many grandparents have Brio track stashed away in the attic from when their children were young! The Cargo railway deluxe set can also be connected to any other sets of wooden track the child has, expanding play even further.
6. Bikestar Premium Safety Sport Kids Bike
Around about age 4, a child may be ready to learn to ride a 2 wheel bike; the Bikestar Premium Safety Sport Kids Bike is just the right size for a 4-year-old girl and can be adjusted to achieve a more personalized fit too. The safe, child friendly brakes are easy to operate with small hands so the child can easily be taught to stop the bike as they learn to ride.
Believe it or not, riding a bike is a great pre-cursor to handwriting! As children develop physical strength in their core, arms and wrists and increase their balance, coordination and special awareness all of these things combine to help them manipulate and control a pencil for handwriting. Bike riding is also a fun way to keep children active, and improve their cardiovascular health.
7. Flybar My First Foam Pogo Jumper for Kids
The Flybar My First Pogo Jumper for Kids makes an ideal gift as it’s something novel, that children are not likely to have, or have used, already, keeping the excitement levels high. This pogo jumper removes much of the danger of a traditional pogo stick, using a padded bar to spread the load and make jumping a little easier for younger children. This also means that you can use the jumper both indoors and out as it won’t damage household flooring surfaces. However, the stick still provides plenty of challenge for 4-year-olds as they learn to balance, increase their core strength and gross motor skills, and stay active.
8. Barbie Camper
Barbies are another toy that seem to have lasted through generations. Many 4-year-old girls will spend hours changing their outfits, brushing their hair and acting out different scenarios with them. The Barbie Camper comes with lots of different accessories to expand that imaginative play and can be used in a variety of ways, as well as in combination with any other Barbie sets the little girl may have.
Acting out scenarios with dolls, figures, and vehicles, or ‘small world play’ as it is known to professionals, is a safe way for children to experiment with different social situations and build up their social skills. Playing alongside other children also encourages children’s social skills as they learn to negotiate, cooperate and discuss ideas.
9. Fisher-Price DoodlePro
4-year-olds are often in the process of learning to form letters and this can cause a lot of paper waste! The Fisher-Price DoodlePro is an ideal solution to this. Making an ideal gift for a 4-year-old girl the Fisher-Price DoodlePro is a plastic board and pen that uses magnetism to make marks, which can then be wiped away when the child is done. This not only saves paper but is mess-free and ideal for taking on the go.
Practicing drawing, doodling and letter formation improves the strength and flexibility in hands, wrists and fingers and improves children’s writing.
10. Lego Classic Medium Creative Brick Box
Kids love Lego, and its durable, indestructible nature means that it’s really built to last and will hold its appeal for years to come. The Lego Classic Medium Creative Brick Box comes with a storage box to keep all of the small pieces contained, and some instructions for small models that can be made using the pieces however, it is open-ended enough to allow children to construct and play their own way.
By age 4, most children will have the fine motor skills required to construct with traditional Lego, and doing so will improve those fine motor skills further, building strength in the fingers and hands which will translate to letter formation and writing.
11. Melissa & Doug Hi-Rise Wooden Dollhouse
A doll’s house is a classic childhood toy and one that will last for years as children’s imaginative play becomes more sophisticated. As children play with small figures, they act out social scenarios, testing their knowledge and understanding of the world. This Melissa & Doug Hi-Rise Wooden Dollhouse is tall, open-sided with 6 rooms and comes with dolls and furniture so the set is ready to play with straight away!
The Melissa & Doug Hi-Rise Wooden Dollhouse is made using high-quality materials and decorated in fresh colors with lots of natural wood on display. This makes it suitable for both boys and girls, and means that it should last for years.
12. Kidkraft Vintage Kitchen Pink
Most children love play kitchens and the opportunity to re-enact their family life. As children learn through imitation play kitchens are a great way for them to experiment with the skills they have seen their parents using in the real kitchen. The Kidkraft Vintage Kitchen comes in pink, which may match the décor of a 4-year-old girls bedroom or playroom, and is built using wood making it a robust piece of equipment that is designed to last.
As children role-play in the kitchen they process and make sense of their own experiences of life and, if they play alongside others, develop their social skills and understanding. 4-year-olds will love to imitate stirring, whisking, frying and baking, and using their wrists in these ways also helps to develop strength and control needed for handwriting!
13. Fatmoose Playground
Any 4-year-old would love the opportunity to have this Fatmoose Playground in their garden or yard. Whilst it is certainly an investment piece, it’s built to last. Not only is the Fatmoose Playground made from high quality pressure treated wood with a 10-year warranty, but it also has enough variety to see children through a variety of different ages and stages and is perfect for using with siblings or friends.
Playing outdoors is vitally important to children’s overall health and wellbeing and a piece of equipment like this will encourage them to get outside and stay active. With a slide, climbing wall, basketball net, swings and more, the range of physical skills that can be developed is absolutely huge! This Fatmoose Playground is sure to provide hours of fun, physical play.
14. Aquabeads Beginners Studio
Aquabeads are tiny little beads that can be carefully placed into a range of beautiful designs. Children can design their own patterns and shapes or follow templates provided in the set to create shapes, animals, vehicles and more. Templates can also be downloaded, giving a wide range of ways to play. Unlike similar toys, no heat is needed to bond the beads together. Instead they are simply sprayed with water and left to dry, after which they have bonded together and can be lifted from the tray. The Aquabeads Beginners Studio is ideal for storing the collection as it comes with a storage tray as well as a work surface.
As children use fingers or small tools to position their Aquabeads they develop their fine motor skills, and strength and flexibility in the hands ready for writing. They also develop patience and perseverance, important social skills for the rest of life and their hard work is rewarded by a sense of pride in the shape and pattern they have created. This is an ideal gift to keep them busy!
15. Baby Born Soft Touch Boy
For some reason most dolls tend to be baby girls, Baby born offers this baby boy as a way to add some diversity into imaginative role-play games. If the 4-year-old girl you’re buying for has, or will soon have, a baby brother or male cousin then this may be even more ideal.
Just like the Baby Born Soft Touch Girl, the Boy also has a soft body and flexible limbs that make him more lifelike, and all of the same functions; eating, crying real tears, going to the potty and can be bathed too. Imaginative role play supports social skills, encouraging kind and nurturing behavior. Great for most 4-year-old girls, but a doll is especially ideal if a new sibling is on their way.
16. Retevis RT388 Walkie Talkie
A fun piece of kit that also encourages a 4-year-olds communication skills, social skills and understanding of technology, the Retevis RT388 Walkie Talkie is durable and built for use by kids meaning that you don’t have to be extremely delicate with them and can just get on with having fun!
The Retevis RT388 Walkie Talkie is legal and safe to use without a license and has additional privacy settings so you don’t have to worry about strangers being able to access the devices. The batteries are rechargeable which means you won’t have to keep paying out for replacements too. As children learn to operate the Walkie-Talkies they will learn to speak clearly and slowly, and about turn-taking in conversation, which are important social skills, whilst really sparking their imaginations and having a lot of fun.
17. Paw Patrol Main Quartier
Paw Patrol is a major hit with 4-year-olds and this playset based on the TV series will delight them! Being able to play with something familiar gives them a base from which to create play scenarios and as they act out the different missions of the Paw Patrol they will be able to explore different social scenarios and develop problem solving skills.
The Paw Patrol Main Quartier fits with the basic Paw Patrol vehicles, which are sold separately so this may make a good collaborative gift to give a 4-year-old girl. It also features lights and sounds to add an extra dimension to play.
18. VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2
Children love to imitate adults, and 4-year-olds may already have seen adults they know wearing and using smart-watches and express an interest in features like the pedometer or the games! The VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch is built just for kids, so it’s durable and splash-proof whilst also offering a good range of features that will promote different kinds of development.
The Kidizoom Smartwatch features a pedometer, to measure steps taken, just like many adult smart watches but also has games that involve running and jumping around to beat characters on screen, a great way of avoiding the sedentary temptations of technology! The Smartwatch also teaches children to tell the time through an interactive, educational game and through their general interest in looking at their new watch!
19. Playmobil Large Dollhouse
Dollhouses are a great way to promote small world imaginative play where children can use figures to act out and imitate a range of different scenarios and through this, they develop their social skills. As the Playmobile Large Dollhouse is made by Playmobile it is designed to be just the right size to work with other Playmobile sets, extending the range of scenes and scenarios a child can create.
Open-ended play through toys like doll houses is much better for children’s imagination and creativity than toys which are really only designed to be used in one way. Playmobile is also really durable and built to last and holds its appeal across generations so whilst this piece is a little more expensive than others it will represent a good investment.
20. Piano Toy Keyboard for Kids
This Piano Toy Keyboard is ideal for extending the musical skill and learning of a 4-year-old. Many 4-year-olds love music and this toy will help extend their knowledge of different sounds and beats with its range of different instrumental sounds available.
You can also connect an audio device to the 3.5 mm audio cable in the keyboard so that the child can play along with their favorite tracks. The Piano Toy Keyboard also promotes listening and attention skills as the child begins to notice the different qualities of instrumental sounds and notes and picks out their favorites.
21. Green Toys Jump Rope
Outdoor play and physical skills are really important for 4-year-olds; not only are they part of a healthy lifestyle, improving children’s strength, flexibility and fitness, but they also form the foundations of early writing skills. In order to be able to hold and manipulate a pencil well enough to write a child must have a good base of gross motor skills, large scale movements and control over their body. The Green Toys Jump Rope is a fantastic way to encourage children to play outdoors and develop different kinds of physical skills.
The rope is 7 feet long and can be adjusted to suit the size of the user, so even adults can have a go! Or it can be used by multiple children as a long rope to play skipping games.
22. Melissa & Doug Fire Chief Role Play Costume Set
4-year-olds love to role play both the familiar and unfamiliar aspects of life. Whilst they may enjoy imitating their parents by playing mums and dads or cooking in a play kitchen, young children also enjoy experimenting with different types of scenarios and occupations.
Fire-fighters are a popular choice and the Melissa & Doug Fire Chief Role Play Costume Set will allow the child to both dress up as a fire fighter, and use accessories to play imaginatively. It’s washable and wipeable too so it’s easy to keep clean, and practicing putting costumes on and taking them off is also a great way to promote independence and self-care skills.
23. Lego Friends Juice Truck
Lego helps to build imagination, support imaginative play and can be very open-ended. This Lego Friends Juice Truck is a specific set that allows the child to construct a Juice Truck which can then be played with; however it fits with other Lego bricks so can be used in collaboration with other sets the child may have or be given in the future.
The Lego friends range is a fantastic way to introduce 4-year-old girls to Lego, as it features appealing designs and ‘starter’ bricks which are larger, joined pieces to make instructions shorter and easier to follow.
24. Sgile Magnetic Drawing Board
By 4 years old children are starting to master their grip and control over a pencil ready for writing, some may even be expressing interest in writing letters or their name. Practice really does make perfect and finding new and exciting ways for children to practice the skills they need for letter formation is key to making sure that their interest is maintained.
The Sgile Magnetic Drawing Board is a large board, allowing plenty of space for large scale drawing and mark-making. It also uses different colors on the display unlike traditional magnetic drawing boards, adding interest for the child.
25. Bedsure Unicorn Flannel Fleece Blanket
Soft fuzzy blankets are great for children to use to cuddle up whilst watching tv, or in the car or take along to the beach or the park to sit on. The Bedsure Unicorn Flannel Fleece Blanket features a cute unicorn design that 4-year-old girls will love and might enhance their bedroom décor. Whilst it is not thick enough to use on its own it makes a great extra level of bedding.
The Bedsure Unicorn Flannel Fleece Blanket is quick drying and wrinkle resistant making it easier to take care of.
26. Barbie Careers Care Clinic Ambulance
The Barbie Careers Care Clinic Ambulance is an ambulance vehicle which folds out into a 3-room hospital setting with details such as an X-ray machine. This allows children to explore a range of different roles within the medical profession and role-play imaginatively, creating a range of different scenarios.
This set is compatible with other sets by Barbie so can be used in collaboration with others, promoting social play and speech and language development as children talk to one another to decide what will happen next, use storytelling and narration and take on different personas and play-act. If the 4-year-old girl you’re buying for likes Barbie products then this is a great set to give variety to her play.
27. Melissa & Doug Stamp-a-Scene Stamp Set
Most 4-year-olds love creative art projects and the Melissa & Doug Stamp-a-Scene Stamp Set provides something a little bit different to add to their art and craft collection. Available in a few different ‘themes’ the set promotes creativity and is open ended as it can be used for a variety of different projects. With 20 stamps to choose from, using the stamp and ink pad to carefully print designs will increase a 4-year-old’s hand-eye coordination and control, which are important skills for writing all whilst providing entertainment and the opportunity to get creative!
28. Insect Lore Deluxe Butterfly Garden Gift
The Insect Lore Deluxe Butterfly Garden Gift is certainly something that will stand out from the other gifts a 4-year-old receives. This set is the opportunity for some real-life scientific learning! Children can use the voucher enclosed in the set to send off and receive 3-5 baby caterpillars by post. Once the caterpillars have arrived children can gain observational skills as they watch how the caterpillars grow and change over the course of a few days.
Eventually the caterpillars will transform into chrysalises and then emerge as painted lady butterflies. The butterflies can be kept in the mesh container for a few days before being released into the wild. Children can learn about the butterfly life cycle through this 3-5 week process.
29. Unicorn Charm Jewellery
Threading is a fantastic skill to encourage and this Unicorn Charm Jewellery craft kit does just that. Children are able to create more than 10 pieces of jewelry by following the patterns provided in the instructions or using their imaginations to create their own, the beads and charms provided must be threaded carefully onto elastic string allowing children to hone their all-important fine motor skills whilst crafting!
4-year-olds are very motivated by the end product, so take the time to concentrate and really persevere to create these pieces of jewelry which they will love to store away, use for dressing up and give as gifts to friends and family.
30. My Fairy Garden
My Fairy Garden is a lovely gift for a 4-year-old girl. The set provides a range of miniature buildings and features that can be used to create a beautiful garden for fairies to come and inhabit. There is also a packet of grass seed that needs to be planted and cared for. Children can then watch the grass begin to grow as the fairy garden comes to life!
This set encourages small-world imaginative play and promotes creativity. It comes with a 12-page activity guide to help children understand what they need to do to look after their fairy garden, which in turn, develops scientific understanding of what plants need to grow and survive. The set also gives access to online games, puzzles and activities.
4-year-old girls are at a wonderful stage in their development when they are seeking to become more and more independent and want to explore a wide range of toys, crafts and games. They are also full of a real zeal for life which means they often have quite broad interests and lots of them. In some ways this makes buying a gift for them easier, whilst in other ways it may become overwhelming with such a wide variety of products on the market!
This list of 30 ideas captures a range of quality products available as gifts for 4-year-old-girls so will hopefully help you as you consider what might make a good gift for the 4-year-old girl you have in mind!