Gift Guide for a 4 Year Old
My eldest is turning 4 in a month! Yikes! I can’t believe my little baby boy is getting so big. But with his birthday inevitably coming up, I’m thinking about how I want to
spoil celebrate him. So I thought I’d do a little guide of what I was thinking in general for kids his age.
Don’t worry; I’m not buying all of these things, or even most of these things. But I distinctly remember being very unfamiliar with what to get a four year old when we were invited to a party before we had reached this stage. So whether you just need some fresh ideas for the kids in your life or if you have no clue what to get someone, hopefully this will be a starting point.
4 year olds are ready to learn how to ride two wheelers (for the most part), and this size bike gives them some room to grow, but shouldn’t be too big for the average-sized 4 year old.
This is a great gift for the future, for when the training wheels come off. Give them a gift that will get them excited to move to the next stage.
Safety never takes a holiday, but you can make it fun with a cool helmet. What kid doesn’t want to wear a shark or their favorite character on their heads?
By 4 years old, I think most kids are ready to graduate to the “real’ lego sets. But start with something easy that won’t overwhelm them at first.
And if we are going to be building, it’s always fun to have something to build on. These are great if your kid is a project saver.
Think markers, crayons, coloring books, construction paper, stickers. All of these things get used on a regular basis around my house, and it would be super great if I didn’t have to replenish them every time. Besides, there is some kind of magic to getting to use a fresh box of crayons.
Let’s face it, kids dig their favorite characters. So let them wear it. If you are unsure on the stylings of the parent, socks and underwear (relatively unseen things, but still mighty cool) are a safe way to go.
Kids love things sized for them. This is a practical gift but will make them feel just like mommy and daddy.
You can go with the classic games like Chutes and Ladders and Candyland, but feel free to branch out to other games with simple rules. The child’s parents will thank you.
Size 3 soccer balls are perfect for this age, but you could also think about a net or baseball gear. Or for winter time, a sled could be a great choice. But don’t forget about some of the classic non-traditional sports items like jump ropes, stilts, and trampolines.
This can be as elaborate as you’d like. You can buy premade sets, or you can put together sets of your own from thrift store finds. Brownie points if you also include a trunk of some sort to store it all in.
A magnifying glass is a great starter piece of equipment, but for more serious scientists, you could go with a microscope, telescope, or beaker set. I also think that anything having to do with catching and exploring bugs are a big hit with this age.
Learning to tell time is popular at this age (and helpful for parents!). So encourage it with a personal watch or perhaps a projection wall clock.
This has the potential for hours of fun, just be sure that if there are younger kids in the household that the parents won’t despise you for buying this.
You can go as classic as The Boxcar Children or you can branch out to new chapter books. Just make sure the chapters aren’t too long, and pictures are a plus. Even if your kid is not a reader yet (most aren’t), they are starting to have the attention span and imagination to appreciate chapter books, so cultivate that!
Another practical gift but a good one, especially if your kid travels to see family a lot. Make them tote their own things!