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    47 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).

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    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.

    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.

    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.

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

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

    6. A glow-in-the-dark fort building kit to flex their future architect muscles by building huts, igloos, rockets, tunnels, and any other not-so-secret hiding spots.

    reviewer photo of their child standing inside of a fort
    reviewer photo of their kid sitting inside of a fort

    Promising review: "My 4 year old grandson loves these. He can easily manipulate the parts putting together and taking apart. He is always making something with his. He loves that they glow in the dark." –Tracey R. Pierce

    Get it from Amazon for $31.99+ (available in two styles). 

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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    15. A foam pogo jumper far safer than 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.

    16. A giant bubble wands kit because what is a 4-year-old going to say? "No, ginormous bubbles don't really do it for me." As if!

    reviewer photo of their child using the bubble wand to blow a giant bubble
    reviewer photo of two giant bubbles floating outside

    Promising review: "So easy to set up. This would be perfect to take traveling if you're planning on camping or renting a house, because it is so compact. My son and his cousins are aged 4 and under and they had a blast with this" –VAcosta23

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in five styles).

    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

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

    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?).

    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!

    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.

    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.

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

    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.

    25. A wooden puzzle to take junior space aficionados on a journey to outer space to explore the planets in our solar system. It's also a superb option if you're looking for toys and gifts under $50.

    A child playing with the wooden solar system puzzle

    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 🌱

    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!

    28. Lite-Brite set that's retro in spirit but bigger and brighter than the original. It's equipped with even more templates and pegs, so they can keep on designing to their heart's content! Heck, you might even want to get in on the action, too.

    reviewer photo of their kid holding a Lite-Brite with a flower design on it and a heart-eye emoji covering their face
    reviewer photo of a completed Lite-Brite template of a boat

    Promising review: "The mixed reviews scared me, but I couldn't be happier with it. My 4-year-old can push the pegs in with no help at all. The Lite-Brite came with four paper designs. I even bought a 12 pack of extra designs and fit just fine. The holes lined right up with the designs. It is battery-operated, which is nice for travel. The pegs come with a storage case that connects to either side of the Lite-Brite for righty or lefty. The light can stay on, blink, or light up randomly like Christmas lights. I'm glad I bought it, such an improvement on the old one I had as a kid." —Monica Chiarappi (Morann)

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    29. 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

    30. 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