Buying gifts for a four year old is so much fun! They are picking up new skills at lightening speed, are able to tell you what interests them, and are for the most part, extremely social and enjoy the company of others.
When shopping for your four year old think of the toys you currently own. If you already have a set of blocks, chances are you don’t need another. Consider your child’s interests and developmental needs too. We like to have a mix of gifts for our four year old that includes electronics, sports toys, pretend play, and creative exploration (and maybe a few new outfits too!).
4 Year Old Birthday Gift Ideas for Camera’s and Electronic Toys
4 Year Old Birthday Gift Ideas for Gross Motor
4 Year Old Birthday Gift Ideas for Pretend Play and Learning
My son got a set of dress up capes for his 4th birthday. THEY WERE A HIT and have been worn MANY times! They are easy to put on vest-cape combo with a tie in the back around the waist. We also have several other community helper costumes in our dress-up box for the kids to pretend with.
Dolls can be used to model health habits and positive behaviors through role playing. I know when my 4 year old was scared of the dark, we would first tuck his doll into bed and let the baby doll know that he was safe and sound because we were nearby. Then we would do the same for our 4 year old. Soon, he was tucking in his baby and the fear of going to bed in the dark subsided.
In my kindergarten classroom, I used to have a doll highchair, bed, and kitchen area for pretend play and learning.