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.
Our versatile Pattern Play blocks are a great introduction to math concepts like sorting, matching, symmetry, congruence and fractions. This high-quality set fits just-so into its wood tray, with vibrant colors and unusual shapes that build spatial skills. Mindware, Pattern Block, Wood Block, Block Age, Pattern Plays, Colors, Toys, Plays Block, Kids
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
Alphabet Stamp Set. When the interest in print kicks in, stamps are a fun toy and a simple way to become familiar with the shapes of the letters.
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! For Kids, Wrapping Papers, Paper Rolls, Plays Rooms, Gift Ideas, Ikea Playrooms, Ikea Trips, Måla Drawing, Ikea Drawing Paper
Rollo de papel para pintar sin parar.
One the best investments that can be made for a budding artist. I have used this in my classrooms and at home! A roll of paper from IKEA is only $4.99...so with this item being only $6.99 it fits into any budget! Crafts Paper, Paper Holders, Art Crafts, Ikea Crafts, Gift Ideas, Crafts Spaces, Kids Crafts, Tabletop Paper, Christmas Gift
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. Art Stuff, Plays Rooms, Alex Playrooms, Children Toys, Kids, Ikea Mala, Folding Chairs, Classroom Ideas, Mala Easel
Colored masking tape. 4-year-olds use them all the time for tons of creative projects.
Ostheimer wooden figures. Great for the blocks, for the Nativity, by themselves... A little animal collection will be much used, for example.
Wooden road set. My students can't get enough of these, if given enough pieces, the roads can take over the classroom.
A few old necklaces (you know, the kind that never sees the outside of you jewelry box) are perfect for the dress-up trunk.
More hat ideas for the dress-up trunk
Play Silks. Simple pieces of hemmed fabric will be used for dress up (capes, aprons, dresses...), to make houses draped over tables or chairs, or simply laid on the floor as beds, gardens or whatever they are pretending at any given time. Playsilks, Plays Silk, Dresses Up, Gift Ideas, Waldorf, Toys, Dramatic Plays, Pretend Play, Sarah Silk
A trunk filled with pieces of fabric, hats, necklaces and scarves will provide hours of entertainment. There are plenty to be found in thrift stores. Wicker ones are less expensive.
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.
Small wooden dolls are perfect for block or dollhouse play. If you are purchasing for a dollhouse, just make sure they are the right size to fit.
A simple wooden dollhouse will be much played with. Just today I saw a few of my boys in the classroom playing there for 45 minutes with their animals.
Animal Sets. Good size for block play and good quality. Safari has other sets of this size (ocean, farm...).
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.