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What gifts to buy for a 4-year-old

Shopping for a four-year-old just got a whole lot easier with this guide.

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Say goodbye to baby toys, baby clothing and baby essentials because your bub is now graduating! Four-year-olds are bursting with energy and excitement, so it’s the perfect time to introduce interactive and educational toys into their routine.

It’s the last year before your little one is off to big school! Here’s where you can buy a range of toys for four-year-olds, whether you are looking for something to experiment with colours, shapes or sounds.

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How to choose the best gift:

How do you really know what to buy a four-year-old? Listen to them! Most of the time, they will actually tell you what they want and what they are interested in. There are a number of toy categories to consider, so we've broken them all down for you. The gift giving process just got a whole lot easier!


Learning toys

With kindergarten just around the corner, why not look into getting your little one an educational toy. Showing kids the fun side of learning is important, especially before they get to primary school. It will also give them a head start in their education so the first day at school can hopefully go smoothly.

Kids Pretend Kitchen Toy Set Role Play Supermarket 2-in-1 Set Food 52 pcs
Kids Pretend Kitchen Toy Set Role Play Supermarket 2-in-1 Set Food 52 pcs

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Clothing

By the age of four, some kids may have developed their own fashion taste. Whether it be unicorns and glitter on everything or wearing all black, kids know what clothes they want to wear. It might be a good idea to take notice of their favourite colours, TV shows and toys – this can really help you pick what they will love!

Rock Your Kid - Swan Shortie PJ (Girls 3-8)
Rock Your Kid - Swan Shortie PJ (Girls 3-8)

David Jones

Country Road - Banded Zip Hoodie (Boys 2-12)
Country Road - Banded Zip Hoodie (Boys 2-12)

David Jones

Hatley - Robotic Dinos Organic Cotton Pajama Set
Hatley - Robotic Dinos Organic Cotton Pajama Set

David Jones

Academy Rookie - Hawk Shirt (Boys 2-7 Years)
Academy Rookie - Hawk Shirt (Boys 2-7 Years)

David Jones

Milkshake - Leaves All Over Print Chino Short
Milkshake - Leaves All Over Print Chino Short

Myer

Disney's Polynesian Resort Aloha Shirt for Kids
Disney's Polynesian Resort Aloha Shirt for Kids

Disney Store


Puzzles

Puzzles encourage kids to have fun while learning and how to challenge themselves and play independently. Giving a four-year-old a puzzle will help them learn to be more comfortable and to be entertained in their own company.

The Learning Journey Match It! Spelling Memory
The Learning Journey Match It! Spelling Memory

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Hape Quadrilla Super Spiral Marble Run
Hape Quadrilla Super Spiral Marble Run

Lime Tree Kids


Musical toys

Some four-year-olds are capable of learning instruments (at a very basic level). Their memory is developing enough for them to retain song lyrics and remember their favourite music. Their listening skills have become more sophisticated, meaning they can recognise changes in tempo, rhythm, pitch and volume.

Harmonica Educational Toy Musical Instruments
Harmonica Educational Toy Musical Instruments

Light in the box

Fisher Price Childrens Classics Record Player
Fisher Price Childrens Classics Record Player

ozgameshop.com

Hape Quadrilla Sonic Playground Marble Run
Hape Quadrilla Sonic Playground Marble Run

Lime Tree Kids


Pushing and pedalling toys

The earlier you can introduce a child to a bicycle the better. It can help with the transition from a tricycle or ride-on toy to a bike with training wheels. If they don't feel confident enough to ride a bike, then a scooter is the next best option. Bikes and scooters with a metal frame are also more durable and that's always a great thing to keep in mind with young children.

Casdon Dyson DC24 Ball Vacuum Cleaner Replica Toy - Black/Yellow
Casdon Dyson DC24 Ball Vacuum Cleaner Replica Toy - Black/Yellow

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Arts and crafts

Of course, not everything needs to be about learning. Kids love to get creative! Art can help kids process their emotions while also having fun. A four-year-old can quite easily hold a paintbrush or pencil, so these make good gift options.

Crayola Create 2 Destroy Fortress Invasion Catapult Catastrophe
Crayola Create 2 Destroy Fortress Invasion Catapult Catastrophe

eBay

Crayola Dry Erase Activity Centre
Crayola Dry Erase Activity Centre

Target Australia

Crayola Finding Dory Color Wonder Paper Markers
Crayola Finding Dory Color Wonder Paper Markers

eBay

Crayola Model Magic Creative Critters Craft Kit
Crayola Model Magic Creative Critters Craft Kit

eBay

Play-Doh Kitchen Creations Sprinkle Cookie Surprise Play Food Set
Play-Doh Kitchen Creations Sprinkle Cookie Surprise Play Food Set

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Books

If all else fails, a good book has got your back. There is never an age where you outgrow reading. Buying age-appropriate books is key, as this will get them engaged to learn how to read all on their own.

Planet Lonely - Build Your Own Dinosaur Museum
Planet Lonely - Build Your Own Dinosaur Museum

Myer

Hardie Grant - Stories from the Hundred Acre Wood
Hardie Grant - Stories from the Hundred Acre Wood

Myer

Handford Martin - Where'S Wally? Games On The Go!
Handford Martin - Where'S Wally? Games On The Go!

Myer

Scholastic - Bedtime Storybook Disney Classics
Scholastic - Bedtime Storybook Disney Classics

David Jones

Harper Collins - 100 Paper Spaceships To Fold And Fly
Harper Collins - 100 Paper Spaceships To Fold And Fly

David Jones

Scholastic - Sesame Street My First Storytime Collection
Scholastic - Sesame Street My First Storytime Collection

David Jones

Harper Collins - 100 Things to Know About History
Harper Collins - 100 Things to Know About History

David Jones


Sit-down games

At four-years-old, children are now ready to actually sit down and play a game. Doing so is great to help extend their attention span, and they can also learn how to lose and be a gracious winner.

ThinkFun Zingo! 1-2-3 Number Bingo Game
ThinkFun Zingo! 1-2-3 Number Bingo Game

Lime Tree Kids

Story Games - Ocean Explorer Board Game
Story Games - Ocean Explorer Board Game

ozgameshop.com

Brainstorm Animal Projector & Nightlight
Brainstorm Animal Projector & Nightlight

ozgameshop.com



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