4-5 year old gift guide
A list of age-appropriate toys for the child around four (roughly 3.5 to 4.5yrs). I tried to choose a variety of toys and books, keeping in mind that often children of the same age will be at different developmental stages. Also, this is just a guide with some ideas, each toy is just an example, there are similar ones in other shapes, sizes and materials that are just as age-appropriate. Please note that this list builds on the 3-year-old one. I repeated some items here, but all the pretend play items found on the earlier list are still appropriate and fun for this age group.
Mobilo. Set of 120 pieces. Great manipulative toy, very engaging and totally open-ended, each child will create completely different structures. Builds small muscles, enhances eye-hand coordination, perfects spatial relations... This is a good starter set, but be aware that it will soon not have enough pieces for all they will want to build.
A nice large set of pattern blocks minus the pattern cards which I feel only frustrate young children and limit the possibilities of what they can create (although they can be a spring board for some children). On their own, pattern blocks can be used by each child at their own level to create endless patterns.
Printed Craft Tape - Set of 10 Rolls They can't get enough tape at this age
Popular Playthings Playstix, 150 Pieces by Popular Playthings
MÅLA Drawing paper roll IKEA. Next time I'm up by Ikea i want to pick up a roll. It's only 4.99 for almost 100 ft. The article I found it in said you could let your kids color/paint on it and roll it up. Later open it up and cut out sections and use for fun wrapping paper or gift tags, etc. How fun!
Rollo de papel para pintar sin parar.
Soporte para rollo de papel de pintar.
MÅLA Almacenaje pinturas/lápices colores - IKEA
This has a permanent place in our kitchen. Chalk board one side. White board on the other side. You can buy dry erase crayons from crayola. they work well on it. It can fold flat. It has a dowel that holds a roll of paper. Has a shelf for supplies too. For $14.99 it's dirt cheap compared to other easels. Store only.
A doll with hair that can be styled and dolls that can be changed is perfect at this age. Boys might be starting to walk away from dolls and will play mostly with the small wooden ones that can be used with block buildings and a dollhouse.
Middle Eastern Block Set. Haba has several architectural sets (arabian, middle eastern...) that are great additions to a set of standard unit blocks. But be aware that not all makers of blocks use the same base measure and some of the pieces will not "fit" with other brands.