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    45 Of The Best Toys And Gifts For 4-Year-Olds

    Pooping unicorns, giant bubbles, and a car-eating dino — they'll play with these for hours (when it comes to 4-year-olds, that's a lifetime).

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A flower building activity set — a STEM-based toy (literally and figuratively) to make the imagination of horticultural enthusiasts blossom while creating bouquets and gardens.,

    Promising review: "My 4-year-old is obsessed! Ordered these because my daughter’s preschool has them and she absolutely loves them! They were delivered on Halloween so this was nice little treat for her to play with while waiting for it to get dark. Such a creative, fun, and imaginative garden set!" —Raquel Dixon

    Get it from Amazon for $12.98+ (available in two sizes).

    2. A Baby Yoda plush doll with big, puppy-dog eyes that'll melt any child's heart and ensure it's taken everywhere. The Force is strong with this one.

    Emma Lord / BuzzFeed, Target

    Promising review: "My 4-year-old loves him! His body is soft, but the head and hands are hard. As long as you don’t plan to sleep with him, it’s perfect!" —Mom of Three

    Get it from Target for $19.89.

    3. A marble run set which provides endless possibilities to build creative structures — all while developing their problem-solving skills. They'll be ~ah-mazed~ at the results when the marbles roll through the mazes they create.

    Promising review: "My 5- and 3-year-olds (and me) have spent hours building towers and watching marbles clatter down these chutes, steps, gears and spirals, HOURS! And they’re not bored yet! It’s also educational learning the physics of slopes by experience. Plus, it comes with enough marbles that losing a few doesn’t matter." —Joyce Parker

    Promising review: "This is a really neat toy that has provided literally hours and hours of enjoyment for my 4-year-old nephew (and me!). The pieces fit well together, it is very sturdy and stands up well even on carpet. There are an infinite number of ways to build these runs, and this toy never gets boring. Highly recommended." —Becca

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    4. A wooden puzzle equivalent to playing Tetris but in tactile form that'll ~exercise their brain~ without any screen time.


    Reviewer's say this is a great toy for all ages — from 3 to 12.

    Promising review: "This puzzle has been a huge hit with my 4-year-old and 6-year-old grandsons. Each was able to play with it in a unique and challenging way. The quality is great and it is light weight as well so it is easy to store and get out." —BoiseMom

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    5. A personalized superhero cape perfect for the spunky little superhero in your life who never ceases to amaze you.

    Capes and More / Etsy

    Capes and More is a small biz owned by a brother and sister duo who started making started making superhero capes for their kids. Once they realized other people wanted them as well, they started to sell them at affordable prices.

    Promising review: "I bought two of these, one each for my two nephews ages 2 and 4. They loved them and didn’t want to take them off! The fabric is nice and light so it billows behind them when they run around, perfect for the superhero look! Would definitely buy again for more nieces and nephews in the future." —Amy Turek

    Get it from Capes and More on Etsy for $16+.

    6. A glow-in-the-dark fort building kit for stimulating any future architect's imagination so they can engineer igloos, rockets, and castles and then giggle and scoot in their "secret hiding place."

    Promising review: "This set is AWESOME! My son is 4-years-old and it’s perfect for him. I stumbled across this product, looking for creative ways to spend our time at home during this pandemic. It’s been very entertaining for us the past couple of months. I was surprised at the quality of the materials upon opening the box. The rods and connecting balls are heavy duty! Very impressive. We popped together one of the pictures on the box and still had a ton of leftover pieces, so my husband made another square to connect to it. My son now has a giant fort in the living room. He loves it. My kids stay entertained for HOURS and we can create so many different shapes! it is NOT sturdy enough to climb on! However, it's plenty sturdy to hold up some sheets or blankets for privacy. The connectors can be kind of tough to put together, so adult help is required to build. It is overall a great set. Totally worth the price!" —BarbieLee

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    7. Nontoxic Disney Princess nail polishes perfect for when little divas are in the mood for a mani-pedi day.


    Promising review: "My 4-year-old LOVES these nail polishes! And I love not having to worry when she gets them all over my fingers and toes...I just quietly peel it all off when she isn’t looking and then I’m ready for her to do it again. Very fun and kid-friendly. And, of course, everything is better when it’s covered in princesses! We highly recommend." —Tiffany Lund

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    8. And, for matching bling, a Disney Princess necklace activity set with more than 30,000 5-star reviews (!!!) that'll make any child feel like true royalty.


    My preschooler is OBSESSED with making these necklaces and I love that it keeps her off the screen. She totes her creations around in the adorable carry case and enjoys making mommy (and daddy!) wear them.

    Promising review: "My 4-year-old daughter and I just opened this up and made EVERY necklace, with plenty of beads to spare. May i just say how wonderful of a surprise this was. This is a great activity to have that special mommy-daughter time." —Jessica Richardson

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in 16 styles).

    9. A rainbow-colored saucer swing guaranteed to add a pop of color to any room and become the kiddo's fave ~hangout~ spot in the playroom or yard.,

    Promising review: "This swing is awesome! It super sturdy. I have a 5-year-old (almost 6), 4-year-old, and 2-year-old and they all fit nicely on it together and it’s tons of fun! Was easy to put together, took 15 mins if that." —RALPH

    Get it from Amazon for $52.99.

    10. A Hot Wheels garage that can park more than 100 cars and has a racetrack — BUT watch out for the hungry T-Rex looking to devour the cars. Heck yes, adding to cart now.


    Promising review: "I cringed spending this much on a Hot Wheels set, but this garage has absolutely become a favorite toy. It works well for racing cars, can store a huge number of hot wheels vehicles in 'parking spots' which makes cleaning up and displaying them fun, and has a bunch of activity possibilities with places to attach additional hotwheels tracks, a small carwash and body shop on the base, etc. My son loves it and plays with it almost daily, and it's reduced the number of hot wheels underfoot as they all have a place to park now. I call that a winner!" —Meg MacDougall

    Promising review: "I got this for my 4-year-old for Christmas, and he has played with it for hours every day ever since! I even like playing with it — it’s such a cool track! I was able to empty a whole bin of cars onto it (makes up for how big it is). Easy to set up, even easier to use. I have two friends who gave this to their 4-year-old boys as well and shared the same feedback. Worth every single penny!" —Sarah

    Get it from Amazon for $89.

    11. Or a Lego set that'll win you fave status with any dino-lovin' kid, letting them create three different dinosaurs with majorly realistic teeth and claws.


    Promising review: "My sons have many, many lego sets. This is definitely one of my favorites. The details are amazing (especially the teeth and claws). We have only assembled it as the T-Rex so far, but it is so cool. This is a no-brainer for any 4- to 6-year old (girl or boy) as a birthday gift." —Arakashi

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    12. A set of Crayola Scribble Scrubbie pets that can be reused over and over again (unlike one and done sets). This will keep budding artists busy coloring the cute pets, scrubbing them, and coloring all over again.


    The Peculiar Pets set includes: 1 Dragon, 1 Narwhal, 1 Yeti, and 1 Unicorn toy, 1 sparkly scrub tub, 1 scrub brush, 9 washable markers, 1 standing play mat, and an instruction sheet.

    Promising review: "My daughter LOVES coloring, stickers, drawing, etc. so when I saw this prior to her fourth birthday, I thought she would enjoy it. It was a HUGE hit and it will regularly keep her occupied for an hour or so at a time coloring, cleaning and coloring again (with only minor help when asked for more help cleaning and drying). Even my 6-year-old son who doesn't usually color or draw will join her periodically and seems to enjoy it. The markers are short and skinny, great for small hands." —a.b.

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in five styles).

    13. A large castle tent with sheer drapes and starry lights for an enchanting hideaway that'll impress even the most hard-to-impress princess on your list.


    Promising review: "I brought this girl tent for my best friend’s little girl who is 4-years-old. When we set up she was super excited, jumping, laughing and running all around the tent. I felt it was really worth the money. The product is well made, it is sturdy and good quality, the LED lights are bright. The lights part is what I like the most of this product, it gives the tent a fairy tale feeling, the little girl definitely felt like a princess. Super easy to assemble, all the parts match what the seller list on the website. So you sure know what you will get in the box before buying the tent. If you are looking for a gift for a little girl, it will make a perfect gift!!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $39.94.

    14. A Lil' Dippers Fish for the kid who has been begging for a fish for months but isn't ready to care for a real one.


    Promising review: "This is by far one of the coolest kid toys for water right now. My 4-year-old was thrilled and I was impressed." —Pamela

    Get it from Amazon for $16.85 (available in nine styles).

    15. A foam pogo jumper far safer that the good ol' pogo stick, with a sturdy foam base to stand on, so little hurricanes can burn off their energy hopping from room to room as grownups secretly wait their turn.


    Promising review: "I was happily astonished upon receipt of this pogo stick. It kept my 4-year-old grandson busy for hours at a time during the bitter cold days of this holiday season. It is well made and adjustable as children grow in height. It encourages developing a fine sense of balance. The material is tough enough to withstand use outdoors, but gentle enough to be used on hardwood floors or rugs. It is a great birthday gift for any child 4 to 8 years old." —frankie

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (available in 13 colors).

    16. A child-safe wooden knife for sous chefs who are eager to help in the kitchen. This tool will keep their little fingers protected as they learn all about cooking.

    Two child models cutting apple slices with the maple wood chopper with handle
    JUstenbois / Etsy

    JUstenbois is a Canadian small biz specializing in eco-friendly and zero-waste tableware made from maple wood for babies, children and adults.

    Promising review: "Made in Canada — check. Actually works well — check (4-year-old was chopping potatoes and carrots easily. The 2-year-old was better at throwing the pieces in the pot, but she will learn lol) Received in a reasonable time — check." —Cindy McDonald 

    Get it from JUstenbois on Etsy for $16.40.

    17. A reasonably priced KidKraft dollhouse that combines rainbows, unicorns and mermaids (*gasp*) to give off seriously magical vibes.

    A model playing with the rainbow unicorn mermaid wooden dollhouse

    Promising review: "The KidKraft Rainbow Dreamers Unicorn Mermaid dollhouse is the kind of thing little girls dreams are made of! The quality is incredible with most main pieces being made out of solid wood. Construction was fairly simple taking approximately 30 minutes to build — mainly because I wanted to make sure I was doing everything right and once built, it's very sturdy. The entire thing stands almost four feet tall and over two feet wide. It's huge and features three main rooms, two porches, a large purple, sparkly slide and a swing. It has pretty foil accents throughout and easily accommodates any of your smaller play dolls up to 12 inches in height. I was surprised to find that it came with so many accessories. Aside from a giant slide and swing it also came with literally EVERYTHING pictured on the box! There's a pink treasure chest, stools and table, a mouse and tiny bed for him, a doll-sized larger bed and blanket, birthday cake and my favorite: two mermaid clam shell chairs with cushions. This set is just too precious and the girls LOVE playing with it!" —Heatherrr

    Get it from Walmart for $98.

    18. Or a unicorn slime kit with over 30,000 5-star reviews (!!!) that prove kids + slime + glitter + beads = win.,

    The kit comes with everything the kiddos need to make their own slime: glue, 100% safe slime activator, unicorn beads, inks, textures, slime containers and instructions.

    Promising review: "I got this for my 4-year-old daughter. She had so much fun adding colors, scents, beads, and sparkles! I love that this kit comes with several little cups (with lids) to keep her creations in, and it all comes in a plastic bin for storage." —crystal landis

    Get it from Amazon for $23.45.

    19. A pooping unicorn Play-Doh ice cream maker perfect for any kid who absolutely delights in toilet humor (isn't that all 4-year-olds?).


    Promising review: "This toy is a lot of fun for a 4-year-old. The ice cream comes out just like it would from an ice cream dispensing machine, and at the end, the little unicorn 'toots,' which my granddaughter found hilarious. She spent at least 30 minutes passing out ice cream sundaes and cones to everyone. The toy is well made, the Play-Doh comes out easily without too much effort (I did have to help her at times to press hard on the lever for the Play-Doh to come thru) but all in all...this toy was a huge hit! Comes with Play-Doh." —Love the Lake

    Get it from Amazon for $22.96.

    20. A Bluey playset that includes the entire family, house, and a BBQ set so kiddos can reenact scenes from their fave TV show. Reviewers say this bundle is great value!


    Promising review: "This was a gift for my son's fourth birthday. He LOVES Bluey and both he and his big brother (6) have been playing with this set non-stop since he got it. The set comes with a lot of furniture which is great. They actually love using all the pieces and building their own houses out of magnet tiles. We come from a LEGO and superhero loving family and it was refreshing to see my boys use their imagination to play with these characters. We also purchased several other of the smaller Bluey sets to go along with this. The best part is that this set included the whole family of characters plus Dad's grilling setup. To get all of these characters and pieces you would have to buy the house, Dad's grilling set and then the family of 4 which would cost you more. So if you can find this set for about $50, it's well worth it. Very sturdy. The handle works great to carry it around and all the pieces tuck into the downstairs nicely." —Erika

    Get it from Amazon for $54.99.

    21. A Tutu Du Monde dupe tulle dress with layers of ruffles to give any young royal that luxe look on their birthday without spending nearly $200 for a dress.,

    Promising review: "Love, love, love, this feather ballerina dress. My daughter's birthday is coming up, and I ordered this product hoping that it fit and will arrive before her birthday. The dress arrived way earlier than expected, and it fit my three year old, who is going to be turning four, perfectly!!! This is a very beautiful dress and is good quality. The dress stretches, and the fluff of the dress is amazing, not itchy at all. I ordered the dress in the size for 2- to 3-years old, and I would definitely recommend this dress!!!" —Diamond

    Promising review: "It’s soooo much fuller than I thought and absolutely ADORABLE!! Oh my gosh I am In LOVE!! And so is my 4-year-old!!"—Lashawnda M.

    **Get it from Amazon for $10.22+ (available in sizes 6 months–9 years and in 24 styles).

    22. A Melissa & Doug magnetic calendar to help kiddos keep track of the week, date, weather, and special events. They'll look forward to updating it every morning.


    Promising review: "My 4-year-old love love loves this! He gets excited to change the magnets every morning. I had some magnet strips and made additional magnets for activities (preschool, zoo, library, grandmas house). I am really happy I bought this and it has helped teach him months, and days of the week. Determining the weather is fun too. One day we came home after school and he couldn't wait to change the weather from sunny to raining. I highly recommend this for preschoolers, it's a lot of fun." —Hammyg3

    Get it from Amazon for $17.51.

    23. A Dyson Ball toy vacuum with ~working suction~ because believe it or not, kids this age actually *enjoy* cleaning the house.


    Promising review: "My 4.5-year-old loves it! We have the adult version of it and that makes it even better. She cannot stop vacuuming the house. And loves to mimic everything I do when we vacuum. It’s not supposed to actually pick up stuff. But it does pick up the occasional dust ball or something. I think this was intended to train the kid to empty the vacuum when it gets too full.." —Josh A.

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

    24. An LCD writing tablet that'll encourage little Einsteins to practice their numbers and letters. Added bonus: They might even consider trading their iPad for this cool gadget.


    Promising review: "This tablet has entertained my 4-year-old grandson, for hours at a time. He loves that he can erase at will, and that the drawings are multi-colored. I highly recommend this item for 18 month old and up. I bought a pink one for our 18-month-old granddaughter, and she too is just enthralled with it, and the 'power' she has to erase, create, erase, create! They loved them so much, that we bought another set of two different colors, so that they would have them at home as well as at 'Grammy's.'" —Kindle Customer Red Heart

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    25. A wooden puzzle to take junior space aficionados on a journey to outer space to explore the planets in our solar system.

    A child playing with the wooden solar system puzzle
    Busy Puzzle / Etsy

    Busy Puzzle is a small biz based in Ukraine owned by a mom whose mission is to create puzzles that use play time effectively.

    You can add an engraved message on the back of the puzzle. Simply add the message in the box before you add to cart.  

    Promising review: "Absolutely beautiful for my 4-year-old nephew! He loves it! Great, fantastic quality and fast shipping! You will not be disappointed." —Gia Rome

    Get it from Busy Puzzle on Etsy for $19+ (available in four styles and with a stand or engraving).

    26. A light-up terrarium kit that involves planting a miniature garden, watering it daily and watching it grow (in just three days!) to help *sprout* a fascination with nature 🌱,,

    Promising review: "I sent this to my 4-year-old granddaughter and she sent me a photo of it two weeks later, lit up with the plants growing strongly. It is a joy for her and she waters it and takes care of it without prompting. A great gift." —deidre harvey

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    27. A National Geographic volcano kit because what kid doesn't ~lava~ watching volcanos erupt? This DIY kit lets junior scientists cast their own volcano, paint it, and then make it erupt!,

    The volcano kit includes plaster, volcano mold, paints and paintbrush, eruption powder for three eruptions, pop crystals for exciting sounds, two volcanic rock specimens (geode and pumice) and a learning guide with easy-to-follow instructions.

    Promising review: "This was awesome! Best purchase I've made in a while, and that's saying a lot since I buy stuff off Amazon like every other day. I set up little activities for my 4-year-old to do during summer and this was a huge hit! It's easy to use, fun and a great learning experience. Four is a little too young, but it was good to learn the importance of being patient and careful while conducting experiments. It comes with enough stuff that you could do the experiment three times with just one set, and it comes with three sets, so thats a lot of eruptions! Great for the price too! —Mel V

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    28. An interactive The Floor is Lava game that'll create a sense of urgency in couch potatoes, leaving them with no choice but to jump to the right foam pieces to pretend to escape the molten hot lava.


    Players must imagine the floor is made of lava and their only hope of survival is to spin the color wheel in order to find out which colored foam “safety stone” to jump to, while avoiding touching the floor — because that would mean certain death (aka the player loses).

    Recommended for up to 6 players, ages 5+ (That being said, my 4-year-old understood the game right away and plays it at least once a week).

    Promising review: "My daughter ADORES this game. It’s a great version of kids jumping in furniture with “the floor is hot lava” and gets the family involved. Even my son who doesn’t quite get the concept will jump around with his sister." —Amanda Dixon

    Get it from Amazon for $16.97.

    29. Or an award-winning game that's a fun twist on Bingo for preschoolers to help build language through matching.

    The kid-friendly "Zingo" game

    If your kiddo is ready to move beyond basic matching games, Zingo is the toddler/preschooler version of Bingo that takes the matching challenge up a notch with language, sight-reading, and speed.

    Recommended for up to 7 players, ages 4+.

    Promising review: "Zingo is one of the greatest games for young children! It teaches them patience while waiting a turn, as well as numbers, letters, sight words/pictures, and it is very easy to operate. I have 3 kids 2, 4, 6 - and they all love playing this game together. My 2-year-old does lose interest by the end, but that is expected for her age. She does have a fun time for the first 15-20 minutes though. My boys think this is the greatest game though, and it is one you can play with the whole family." —Jennifer L. Tyner

    Promising review: "This game is perfect for my 4.5-year-old's speech. He has apraxia and this is doing wonders to help him practice his words in a timely fashion. Also, learning how to take turns and that you don’t always win!" —Eleni

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    30. A talking microscope for a peek inside nature. It comes with slides that you place under the microscope, then the microscope tells you fact about critters, plants and more!

    A child looking into the microscope

    The microscope talks in three languages in addition to English — you can choose between two options: Mandarin/Japanese/Korean or Spanish/French/German.

    Promising review: "This is by far one of the coolest products I’ve ever seen! My 4-year-old loves this talking microscope! Every day while her baby sister naps I spend some quality one on one time with her and this was the perfect product for our special time together! She didn’t want to stop looking at all the different slides and I love how each slide has three images and the fact mode shares fun facts about the slide chosen! I love that she was learning new facts while looking at it up closely! She has been having so much fun using it and asks me daily to use her new microscope! This is such a great learning tool in a fun, different way for a 4 year old and it is a big win in my book especially because it can be used for many, many years! It also includes a quiz mode that we haven’t used yet but it’s nice that it has different modes for older kids. Highly recommend for all preschoolers and older kids!" —JC Mommy

    Get it from Amazon for $33.82.

    31. A globe that connects to your tablet or smartphone to take little explorers on virtual trips. Before you know it, they'll be spewing fun facts about this fascinating world we live in.

    A model scanning the globe with an iPad which is displaying an elephant

    Promising review: "I read reviews religiously before purchasing products I’m not familiar with. I was a bit skeptical about such positive reviews but after receiving our Orboot, I’m convinced they’re authentic.The first thing I liked about the Orboot is the packing materials aren’t excessive (read: eco-friendly). My children just turned 4 and 6 and took to this immediately (even figuring out features on the app that were over my head). They were excited to 'travel' the globe and the included passport and stamp were a nice touch. Best: while on a recent trip to DC, we saw a helicopter overhead and my 6-year-old excitedly told us they were invented in Russia. I love having a toy that engages them, is educational, and gives me less screen-time guilt! I’m excited to see the new features on the horizon." —Paul F

    Get it from Amazon for $54.99.

    32. A Paw Patrol lookout tower loaded with ~paw-riffic~ features like a working elevator, zip line, vehicle launcher, lights and sounds to spark hours of imaginative play.


    Promising review: "This was a gift for our granddaughter's fourth birthday. Her mother called the next day to thank us since she barely left her room that day, she was so engaged with playing with the tower. I babysat yesterday and it is definitely still her favorite toy three weeks later. I can't speak to the assembly of it since her father took care of that but I never heard a complaint from him." —Cozy in New England

    Get it from Amazon for $95.

    33. A Melissa & Doug puzzle you can count on to be the perfect, vibrant antidote to screen time.


    Promising review: "I gave this as a birthday gift to my niece (4 years old) and both she and her brother (7 years old) enjoyed it immensely. Both were identifying the kinds of fish from each piece as they put the whole thing together. I thought it would be a great gift, and it was one that more than exceeded my expectations!"—R. Eavenson

    Get it from Amazon for $9.89.

    34. A L.O.L. Surprise! set for kiddos who eat, sleep and breathe L.O.L. dolls. This one takes the unboxing to the next level because they'll need to dissolve a heart-shaped fizzer in water to reveal a doll, a pet and accessories.

    The sparkly orange surprise toy purse with a handle

    Promising review: "This was so fun! The fizz was exciting and the color change is like a whole extra outfit. What a great deal for what you get compared to most LOL sets. Our daughter was absolutely thrilled with everything!" —Jesseanne

    Get it from Amazon for $29.88.

    35. A felt cupcake counting game that'll tempt them into learning numbers by matching the numbers on the cupcake bottoms to the tops. The only downfall is these look so yummy they'll try to sneak a bite.

    The white and brown felt cupcakes with embroidered numbers
    Ann's Craft House / Etsy

    Ann's Craft House is a small biz based in Colorado Springs, Colorado that specializes in playful, eco-friendly toys and games for kids, toddlers and preschool age children — all handmade in the USA. 

    Promising review: "Love. My almost 4-year-old plays happily with these for a while. The dots being scattered and not just in straight lines (like on flashcards) helps her really work on her counting since she has to kind of move her finger around to count the dots. Love these. Excellent quality." —Christina O'Neill 

    Get it from Ann's Craft House on Etsy for $19.95.

    36. A piece of Frozen 2-inspired rolling luggage because faced with the prospect of eternal winter, little ones will be excited to head for warmer weather with this iridescent accessory in tow.

    The Elsa and Anna rolling luggage with sparkling silver glitter and an iridescent trim

    Promising review: "My daughter loves the white glitter in front of the luggage. She is so excited to show it off at the airport and when we arrive to our Disney trip!" —Jassy0120

    Get it from ShopDisney for $49.99.

    37. A working vending machine from a YouTube influencer basically every kid is obsessed with. They'll get to feed the coins into the Panda's mouth and it dispenses a snack that holds a surprise. Honestly, I wish I could take credit for inventing this.

    Ryan Kaji holding a doll next to the Ryan's World Vending Surprise set

    Promising review: "As a grandmother of many grandkids, I try hard to select toys for my house that the grandkids will absolutely LOVE. On a scale of one to five, I would give this a 10!! One of my 4-year-old grandsons and my 5-year-old granddaughter played it for the first time yesterday. They did not want to stop playing it. I wanted to play with it too!" —Diane

    Get it from Walmart for $39.82.

    38. A construction-themed folding playset that contains kinetic sand, a dump truck toy, and a working crane with wrecking ball and bucket attachments so they can dig, build and crush to their heart's content without making a colossal mess indoors.


    Promising review: "Received this as a gift for my 4-year-old and he LOVES it and could spend an hour with it at a time. It has become an outdoor toy, due to not wanting sand in my house — it’s definitely cleaner than regular sand, but let’s be realistic, it’s still sand so it does have the potential to get out of the box. Love the case for it, it closes up tightly. The trucks and molds are cute. We also got the two expansion kits, which are great, as well. I do suggest getting an extra bag of sand." —Sam I Am

    Get it from Amazon for $24.49.

    39. A matching game that'll get them to put down the iPad and *actually* pay attention — whether they're currently obsessed with Marvel superheroes or Disney princesses.

    The disney classic characters matching game

    Promising review: "This was the best quarantine purchase I’ve ever made. I play with my 4-year-old at least once a day. The cards are very high quality and thick. They haven’t frayed around the edges like some other match games." —Gabrielle W.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in nine styles).

    40. A stomp rocket launcher that'll teach the kids basic physics (without suspecting it!). They'll have such a *blast* as they jump on the launch pad, countdown to lift off, and watch the rockets soar up to 200 feet high.

    The stomp rocket launcher

    Promising review: "My 4-year-old goes nuts over this. He’s so loud with excitement, it draws out the neighborhood kids and next thing I know the neighbors are over chatting outside with me while their kids are COMPLETELY occupied playing this thing. The assembly is EXTREMELY easy. The rockets launch well above my two-story home that I have to make sure it’s not too close so one doesn’t land on the roof. It’s actually fun for the adults as well. My son loves to watch me really launch one. This is a great outside activity for any boy or girl. You don’t have to chase the kids around and they get plenty of exercise running to get the rockets after they’ve landed. Fun for everyone. Well worth the 20 bucks I spent on it." —Geno

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    41. A Melissa & Doug activity book with a pair of safe scissors to channel their (ahem, destructive) energy into a creative activity.


    Promising review: "Scissors skills are important both in and of themselves and because it strengthens the hand muscles to be used for learning to write. My 4-year-old LOVES this book. We received it this week and she has used it for a couple of hours each day. Many of the pages are cutting things out and putting them together (four-scoop ice cream cone, pizza with pepperonis, the components to build a house or a car, puzzles). We've used tape or glue to put the components together. This book is interesting enough to have caught the attention of my older children as well, although I make them let her do the cutting. :D Would make a great gift as it is so unique." —Mom of 7

    Get it from Amazon for $6.49.

    42. The Nugget foam play couch that's equal parts furniture and toy and universally loved by parents for helping them do the bare minimum at playtime (JK). But seriously, the kiddos will not stop building pirate ships, forts, bridges...anytime soon.

    Two models playing on the blue nugget

    Orders are estimated to ship within 3-4 weeks, so plan ahead.

    Promising review: "I’m always skeptical of things that are suddenly super trendy and didn’t understand the price tag on the nugget. I held out for a long time. Finally got the kids a nugget this summer and it’s amazing. I get the hype. My 7- year-old and 4-year-old play on it together and have such a great time climbing and jumping and making obstacle courses; they keep saying “this is the most fun we’ve had in a long time!” Plus it makes a nice looking couch when not in use." —Katherine M.

    Get it from Nugget Comfort for $229 (available in 18 colors).

    43. A Razor scooter that'll appeal to little daredevils who would love nothing more than to zip around the block and show off stunts.

    Heather Braga / BuzzFeed, Amazon

    Promising review: "Bought two of these, one for my 4-year-old, one for my 6-year-old. They both love this scooter! Adjustable handlebar at its lowest is perfect for the 4 year old. At 5'4" (and slightly under the recommended weight limit), I've also used this just fine! Folds up easily to store. Great first scooter" —KCT

    Get it from Amazon for $29+ (available in eight colors and with or without a wheelie bar).

    44. A solar-powered Pretend and Play calculator cash register that makes a "cha-ching" noise every time the drawer opens — perfect for pretending to play store and teaching them how to count (without boring them to tears).

    A plastic, primary-colored cash register that's open with play cash and change

    Promising review: "Bought for my 4-year-old daughter so she could start recognizing real money, being a math teacher I hated her playing with the make believe stuff that didn’t look real. It fits real money great and the money it comes with looks so realistic. Learning Resources toys have been great to holding up to the beating a child can give so even though this was more expensive then other registers I was looking at I knew it was worth it. Knowing that the calculator is also part of this machine I know it will be something that will keep her learning for years to come."—Stina

    Get it from Amazon for $38.75.

    45. The Wonderful Things You Will Be, a book that celebrates the *limitless possibilities* for every child that parent reviewers say is nearly impossible to read aloud without getting ~a little choked up.~

    "The Wonderful Things You Will Be" book cover

    Get it from Amazon for $8.55 or from Bookshop for $16.55.

    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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