The Best Toys for 4 Year Old Girls – 2019 Gift Ideas & FAQ
The little girl you know and love are coming into her own and leaving her toddler days behind. Having a 4 year old girl around means lots of questions, invitations to play, and a ton of imagination. It’s the beginning of the magic years.
If you’re looking for a gift, there are a few options that you can’t go wrong with for little girls. Focus on toys that encourage fine motor skill development and cultivate creativity!
Play-Doh 2-in-1 Sweet Shoppe Cake Mountain Cake Set
A mountain of cake, this Play-Doh set is all your little one needs for hours of entertainment.
- Encourages creativity
- Relies on fine motor skills
- Contains Wheat
- Not easy to clean
Multiple colors of Play-Doh allow for a stack of sweets covered in frosting. The cake machine with a stand is the primary piece. But the set also includes 3 cake molds, a knife, fork, rollers, 6 sticks and 5 tubs of Play-Doh.
As with any Play-Doh set, the key is to clean the toy immediately, so the Play-Doh doesn’t dry. The Play-Doh itself also has wheat which is important to note for those with allergies. But besides that, this play set is a great way to entertain your little one. They can play either by themselves or with others!
Lhinsight’s Princess Castle Play Tent with Large Star Lights
Indoor or outdoor this castle play tent is big enough for a few girls to play princess together.
- Lights are small and large
- Carrying bag and USB charger included
- Easy setup
- Polyester is difficult to clean
A castle play tent can let a 4 year old play with the illusion of privacy and any fort can serve as “their space.” The carrying bag and lights are benefits for the adults at stake as the little girl can play for hours and it can travel with them.
Introducing a fort style toy allows the 4 year old girl in your life to play without restrictions. The fort is about 53” tall and 55” long in a hexagon shape.
FunsLane Chef Set for Kids Cooking Set with Apron
Complete set with several cooking utensils, cookie cutters, pot holders, apron and chef’s hat this set is ready to put to use.
- Open-ended toy
- Encourages pretending
- Perfect for dress up
- You might find your little one in the kitchen more often
There are virtually no downsides to these types of playsets. The chef’s playset allows your little girl to explore her prowess in the kitchen. As your little one attempts to recreate realistic scenarios, encourage them to help you in real life.
More than just a dress-up pack, your little one can follow you right into the kitchen with this set. Give them a mixing bowl, and you can host Junior Iron Chef in your kitchen.
Baby Doll with 4 Complete Outfits and Accessories
Baby dolls are great ways to reinforce pretend to play with limited props.
- Multiple skins and hair tones
- Includes many accessories
- Easy to clean
- Not a soft doll
- May be difficult to find additional clothes in the future
As 4 year old girls begin to focus on recreating realistic scenarios. The Dolls to Play line also includes several accessories such as strollers which make it easy to add to this toy later. This baby doll is about 12” tall and is easy for little hands to carry.
This doll is great for introducing realistic play scenarios where the little 4 year old girl in your life can express love and affection. A 4 year old girl will also learn independence in dressing and grooming from a baby doll like this one as they “teach” it to dress itself and brush its hair.
Skoolzy Jumbo Nuts and Bolts Set with Backpack
A non-toxic, BPA free, STEM toy that helps your preschooler with their fine motor skills.
- Depicts spatial reasoning
- Uses many colors and shapes for counting and matching games
- Many pieces mean that some will eventually get lost
- Needs regular cleaning because of grooves in the plastic
Skoolzy does it again and delivers a high-quality toy that is engaging and open-ended enough to provide many games. The 4 year old girl in your life will enjoy matching colors and shapes and begin understanding basic math with counting games.
These nuts and bolts are a step up from the building blocks of their toddler days as they require them to exercise muscles within their fingers and wrists to screw and unscrew. These construction toys help 4 year old learn how pieces interact with each other.
Aqua Doodle Mat Pad – Large
If the 4 year old in your life is a Picasso in the making, this doodle mat will keep them busy for hours.
- Room enough for 2 to play
- 4 Bright and familiar colors
- No-mess, and non-toxic
- Pens require filling with water and are difficult to open
- Image disappears
One of the best things for little 4 year old girls is coloring, and this doodle mat keeps it clean, contained, and colorful. The ink is all water-based, and the pens are difficult to open so there’s no risk your child will get into them. The mat is about 30.3” by 30.3” which is more than enough space to color to their heart’s content. The ink magically disappears in about 5 to 10 minutes.
With no clean up necessary the only requirement on nearby adults is to fill the pens with water. However, if your little one takes pride in their masterpieces, you probably want to take a few photos of their work before it disappears!
Discovery Kids 24-Pieces Magnetic Tile Building Blocks Kit
Discovery Kids does it again and brings together both open-ended play that encourages pretending with an engineering side.
- Exercises fine-motor skills
- Relies on shape and color recognition
- Multiple pieces are easy to lose
The Discovery Kids toy that is a great fit for any 4 year old, the magnetic pieces are less frustrating for small children when compared to smaller Legos. The alternative is mega blocks or large Legos which have a toddler feel to them. Discovery Kids building blocks lets your little one build and play while between mega blocks and the more advanced Lego sets.
The magnetic tile building blocks kit has 12 triangles and 12 squares that lock together with strong magnets. Anything is possible!
Flybar Foam Pogo Jumper
There’s nothing more fun for a four year old girl than jumping on a foam pogo stick. With the help of this pogo jumper, your girl will be able to bob up and down for as long as she likes.
- Cheerful pink exterior
- Endless bouncing fun
- Great active play
- Makes an annoying squeaking noise
The pogo jumper is an easy way to introduce more active play for your very young child. By building the habit of active play at a young age, your girl won’t need to force herself to exercise later on in life. The foam construction makes this pogo stick safe and easy for a small child to use.
The only downside of this jumper is that it can make a squeaking sound that becomes annoying very quickly to an adult’s ears whenever it’s within earshot. So, you may want to encourage your girl to play outside while using this toy, if only for the sake of your sanity.
Animal Mini Travel Bag
By four years old, your little girl is already accumulating possessions that she wants to keep with her at all times. So, this Animal Mini Travel Bag might be a good way of keeping her things organized in one cute package which she’ll love to wear.
- Many animals to choose from
- A cute and convenient way of carrying things
- Not very durable
Your girl will get to choose from a smattering of different animals, including unicorns, bees, ladybugs, pigs, puppies, cats, lions, hedgehogs, foxes, and elephants. This means that it’ll be easy to find the right animal for your girl.
The construction quality of this bag is more or less what you’d expect from a child’s backpack. It’s sufficient to carry whatever your girl could need to take with her, but it probably won’t last for more than a couple of years — but that’s fine anyway at a very young age.
LYLKD Little Girls Layered Rainbow Tutu Skirt With Unicorn Horn Headband
Girls love dressing up as ballerinas. But they also love unicorns and beautiful rainbow colors. With this rainbow tutu, she’ll get everything she wants in one delightfully cute package.
- Selection of beautiful colors to choose from
- Great for creative play and active play
- Extremely cute
- Can’t be machine washed
- May be hard to find the right size
The tutu comes in a handful of different color combinations, so if your girl isn’t crazy about a rainbow-colored unicorn, she can also dress up in a handful of other prismatic pastiches.
The headband with the unicorn horn is delightfully cute, and it also changes color depending on the tutu. If your girl wants to play pretend, she could also use the headband in isolation if her tutu is a bit too fancy for the occasion.
The main downside of this tutu is that it isn’t machine washable. So, if your girl spends a lot of time dancing around and playing pretend, you’ll need to spend a little bit of time yourself cleaning it by hand.
A 4 year old girl surely has her preferences and favorite things. By the time most kids hit 4 they have a favorite toy, and color. These preferences make shopping a little bit easier, but their pickiness can also kick in. Having strong dislikes is the downfall of many 4 year old birthday parties.
Go for easy options that cater to many different preferences to stay in the clear of a toy they distinctly dislike. How do you do that? We’ve answered the most frequent questions here to guide you towards gifting success!
What Do 4 Year Old Girls Like?
Right around their 4th birthday, little girls begin to establish solid likes and dislikes. Although their preferences changed regularly during toddler years as they are now a big girl they hold onto favorites and reject disliked objects.
Establishing strong preferences means that shopping for them is trickier than it was last year. Little girls from ages 3 to 5 typically prefer playtime that encourages pretending over anything else. Don’t discount your standard toys or games, but a focus on dress-up, costumes, and pretend centers offer more engagement. These play centers can also hold their attention for longer.
The biggest difference in open-ended play for a 4 year old girl is that they want variety. You can now expect to hear more requests for doll clothes than for new dolls. A bonus with little girls is that they more willingly hold on to older toys, opting for upgrades to accessories.
You can benefit their strong preferences, inclination towards upgrades and offer open-ended toys with well-loved options such as Play-doh, Legos, and Little People. Focusing on bringing new playsets to accompany the toys they already have reinforces story building and understanding multiple step process.
What Toys Are Safe for 4 year olds?
Of course, you should always follow the recommended age range on the toy, but there are a few other things to consider as well. Entering 4 years old you don’t have to worry so much about choking on small pieces anymore. But, there are other areas of concern with toys now.
First, ensure that any stuffed toys are easy to clean. As they cart stuffed bears, bunnies, and cats around, they will get dirty. Your life is easier if you can throw them in the wash, but it’s also a safety issue. Stuffed animals are known for holding onto bacteria, and airborne sickness.
As your little one tests out their artistic side, be sure that all their art supplies say non-toxic. There is a standard acknowledgment for this, and it shows as “ASTM D-4236”. This stamp shows that the supplies were evaluated by the American Society for Testing and Materials.
Even though you don’t have to worry about choking on small parts you still want to actively avoid balls under 1.75” in diameter, coins, and round game pieces. Even if accidentally put in their mouth, these pieces can completely restrict breathing.
What Milestones to Expect from 4 Year Old Girls
The emerging young lady in your life should show signs of independence and confidence between the ages of 4 and 5. With your help, these traits can last them into adulthood and help them throughout their life. But, let’s start small and focus on toys that allow them to exercise their independence and act with confidence.
Creativity continues to emerge throughout their childhood but takes a different role in their 4th year of life. Because they begin to play with other children and understand multiple steps they develop the ability to bring creativity into everything they do.
A fun milestone for 4 year old girls is that they begin to recognize letters and numbers. They can repeat numbers in a pattern and all that time spent with ABC focused toys is paying off finally. It’s best to keep educational toys around to reinforce what they already know and help them build on this knowledge.
Part of the fun with 4 years old’s is they focus their creativity on reenacting home life scenarios. You can watch as they play with dolls or draw that their imagination is now blending fantasy and reality. With this type of play, you can interact without impeding on their creativity, take it as an invitation.
A sassy, creative, or adventurous 4 year old will enjoy any opportunity to play with others. It’s important at this age that they create and explore. If you’re looking for the perfect gift, look for a toy that can switch between solo and cooperative play.
This year might be your last of going without expensive electronics and can still entertain them with simple system toys. Remember that it’s important to allow them to utilize their foot coordination as well, which many electronic toys don’t permit.
Enjoy your little one as she enters childhood and leaves her time as a toddler behind. The emerging young lady is fully coming into her personality, and the toys she plays with will help her through many milestones this year.