Figuring out what to buy when it comes to toys for 4 year old girls isn’t always the easiest thing in the world. After all, it’s such a crucial age as far as child development goes. It’s at this stage that little girls really begin to develop their imaginative play skills, including storytelling, exploration, and pretend play. Luckily for you, through hundreds of hours of research and testing, we’ve found the best toys for your little girl in every category. Toys to fuel her mind, body and spirit.
1. Ride-on Toys
Ride-on toys make for great gift ideas for 4 year old girls because they are a perfect mix of fun and entertainment while also providing quite a few developmental benefits. Toys like rocking horses, pedal (and motor) powered toy cars and trucks, and even small bicycles and tricycles all work wonders for developing both fine and gross motor skills, improving spatial awareness, and building up her sense of balance. As an added side benefit, ride-on toys are great for building up confidence and self-esteem in little girls as they encourage independent play.
Does your little girl have dreams of one day riding a pony? Help her dreams come true in with this fun toy that simulates what it’s like to ride a real pony. It can even steer left and right!
Radio Flyer 500 Ride-On with Ramp
If your little girl is a natural born thrillseeker, then the Ride-On is the perfect gift idea. Featuring a 6-foot long race track with safety guardrails, she’ll be able to get hours of entertainment out of riding down the ramp.
Power Wheels Jurassic World Jeep Wrangler
Capture the imagination of the dinosaur lover in your family with this kid-sized jeep complete with awesome dinosaur sounds and jeep “chase” sounds.
2. Toys to Build Language Skills
Even though most little girls have normally been talking for quite some time by the time they reach 4 years of age, we still quite often see large gaps in language skills among children in the same age brackets. Toys intended to help build language skills can help to bridge that gap, so long as parents remain consistent with them while also recognizing that not all language building toys are created equally. (1) Studies have found that electronic learning aids aren’t quite as educational as many parents seem to believe, which is why we recommend sticking with educational toys like flash cards instead.
Help your little girl master her speech and articulation before she even starts her first year of school with Spark Cards. They’re a great gift idea to help nurture her early love of learning as they help to build skills in several key areas.
Boley Safari Animal Set
This 12 piece safari animal set is an awesome gift idea for children who love animals. These toys serve as educational aids as well, helping her to build her vocabulary while learning all about different kinds of animals.
Speech Therapy Flashcard Games
Help fine tune your little girl's language ability with this set of 5 speech therapy flash cards. Each deck contains 23 pairs of matching cards, each with a picture, a word, and a sentence.
3. Giant Stuffed Animals
From a very young age, many children develop incredibly strong bonds with their preferred stuffed animal toys. However, as your little girl approaches preschool age, you may be surprised to learn that these stuffed toys can still offer quite a few developmental benefits. One particular study actually found that toys like teddy bears and dolls can help kids with developing good reading habits. (2)
4 Foot Giant Giraffe
I can’t see how any child wouldn’t absolutely love to play with this giant stuffed giraffe by Melissa & Doug. The giraffe is a great gift idea for encouraging learning, discovery, and the development of imagination play.
Melissa & Doug Giant Tiger
Have a daughter that goes crazy for all types of cats? Then I’m betting that she would absolutely love to get this giant stuffed tiger made by Melissa & Doug as a present. The life like stuffed animal provides numerous opportunities for play and discovery.
Giant Fluffy Sloth
Your little one will absolutely adore cuddling with this fluffy sloth stuffed animal toy. This sloth is oh so chunky and sweet, making for a fantastic gift idea for 4 year old girls.
4. Active Toys
In the modern world, it’s so important to make sure that your kids are getting plenty of active play time, while also minimizing the amount of time that they spend in front of screens. Active toys (like balance boards) make for great gift ideas to help encourage a healthy, active lifestyle. Not only that, but they also make for great educational tools, as they can help her to learn about problem solving, cause and effect, all the while helping to build both fine and gross motor skills.
Fisher-Price Think & Learn Smart Cycle
Encourage an active lifestyle from a young age with the Smart Cycle, featuring three great ways to play. This gift idea combines physical activity with mental play.
JumpOff Jo Rocksteady Balance Builder
Help your 4 year old develop the important muscle groups and gross motor skills required for walking and balancing with this builder set. It’s a great holiday gift idea that can be used both indoors and outdoors.
Wood Balance Board
With a little bit of imagination and this wooden balance board made by Little Dove, your little girl can practice yoga poses, set up a slide, practice balancing, or cuddle up with her favorite book.
5. Bedtime Books
It’s so, so important to make sure that your little girl is following a regular sleep schedule. Studies have shown time and time again that kids who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to have problems at school and develop more slowly than their peers who are getting enough sleep. (3) Help her settle into a nightly bedtime routine with a great selection of bedtime books that are intended to help instill good sleeping habits.
Good Night Yoga
Help your little one drift off to a peaceful night of sleep with this creative storybook. This is a terrific gift idea that will help teach her how to calm herself, relaxing both body and mind while also helping to develop self-confidence.
If your 4 year old is having trouble falling asleep at night, then ‘Braving Bedtime’ could be just the book you need to help save the day. All it takes is some bravery (and just a little bit of silliness)!
10 Minutes till Bedtime
Developing a regular bedtime routine is so important to help bring a sense of stability and routine in young kids. The book ‘10 Minutes till Bedtime’ makes for a great present to help little girls settle into their own nightly bedtime routine.
6. Pretend Play Costumes
Pretend play costumes are among some of our favorite gift ideas for small children because 4 year olds are all about imaginative play. Giving her the opportunity to dress up as a princess, a police officer, or even a dinosaur will help to engage both her brain and memory. Some added benefits of dress-up play are that it will help to develop empathy, motor skills, and encourage socialization.
Jurassic World T-Rex Inflatable Costume
If your child just can’t get enough of all things Jurassic World, then she’s certain to be absolutely ecstatic if she get this inflatable Jurassic World t-rex costume as a gift. It even features a battery operated fan to help keep her cool.
Wonder Woman Costume
Help your 4 year old girl discover just how strong she can be with this DC Super Heroes Wonder Woman costume. It comes with everything she needs to take on the role of Wonder Woman!
Police Dress Up Costume Set
Some little girls make up their mind about what they want to be in life from a very young age. If yoru little one is determined to become a police officer, then this dress up police officer costume set would make for a great gift idea.
7. Table Manner Toys and Books
Learning all about table manners is an important part of growing up. We tend to prefer sticking with actual books when it comes to educating our children, and some studies show that there is indeed some merit in sticking to actual books. One particular study found that toddlers prefer reading from print books over tablet screens. (4) With that in mind, this selection of table manners books all make for fantastic gift ideas.
If a Very Important Person Invited You to Lunch
Teach your kids how to behave when eating with friends and family at the dinner table with this book on table manners. It's a light-hearted way to introduce etiquette to little ones without being too intimidating.
Monster Knows Table Manners
With this light, fun-filled book, your child can say that a cute monster taught her manners. It's a creative way of introducing the rights from the wrongs at the table without being too serious.
Manners at the Table
‘Manners at the Table' is a great holiday gift idea that will help teach 4 year olds all about table manners in a fun and engaging way. It teaches not just the hows but also the whys of good manners.
8. Age-appropriate Card Games
Even though card games have been around for centuries, there are still a great many benefits to be gained from playing them in the modern world with your 4 year old. Card games work great for kids when it comes to helping them develop their fine motor skills, as it takes quite a bit of agility and dexterity for their little hands to hold the cards properly. It’s also a great way to get more social interaction in, since many card games can be played with multiple people.
Imagination Generation Set of 4 Classic Card Games
Steer her away from screen time and spend some quality time instead with this set of 4 classic children’s card games. Featuring two handsfree playing card holders, it’s a ingenious way of helping her develop her imagination.
LiKee Matching Game
Looking for a holiday gift idea for a 4 year old girl who loves to be engaged? This pattern jigsaw block set is just the thing, offering 36 shape pieces and 60 design cards that she can mix and match.
It’s never too early to start enjoying a family game night with your little girl. Uno is an all-time classic card game that makes for an awesome gift idea to and bonding activity for the family.
9. Musical Toys
It has been said that music can bring us all together, no matter what part of the world you may come from. We happen to agree with this and wholeheartedly encourage little girls to explore the world of music with this great selection of musical toys. Beyond offering up hours of fun, musical toys are great for helping with cognitive development, as music has been shown to help brain neurons fire more efficiently. (5)
Your little girl will be putting on her own symphonies in no time at all with this musical toy orchestra set, complete with 13 different musical instruments that easily fit in your 4 year old's hands.
Keep your child busy with play that encourages her imagination and creativity with this Band-in-a-Box set. This play set will help expose her to different tones, rhythms, and volumes that help develop her auditory senses.
Welcome to the Symphony Interactive Book
Need a gift idea for a little girl who simply adores music? She will absolutely love this fun and interactive book that teachers her the basics on classical music with the help of one of Beethoven's best works.
10. Dinosaur Toys
Odds are pretty good that if you weren’t obsessed with dinosaurs as a kid, then you knew somebody else who was. Not much has changed these days, as dinosaurs are still an incredibly popular gift choice for 4 year old girls. The good news is that kids who have an intense interest in specific topics, including dinosaurs, have been found to develop increased knowledge and persistence, and an improved ability to process information.
TEMI Dinosaur Play Mat & Dinosaur Figures
This dinosaur toy and activity play mat set is just the gift you need for kids who love to role-play and tell stories. Featuring 9 dinosaur figures and a dinosaur park themed play mat, this set provides ample material for endless storylines.
Giant T-Rex Stuffed Animal
If your little girl loves dinosaurs and she loves to cuddle, then we’ve got just the toy you need for that perfect holiday gift. This giant stuffed T-Rex is hand crafted in fine detail and and even comes with a 100% happiness guarantee.
Boley Dinosaur Figures
Encourage your little girl’s love of dinosaurs while also helping to develop her imagination with this pack of 12 educational dinosaur toys. She’ll be a dinosaur expert in no time thanks to the fact that all of the figures have their names stamped right on their bellies.
Tricycles are a great “in between” step for little girls who aren’t quite ready to ride a bicycle unassisted just yet. They are incredibly effective for helping her to improve her coordination and balance, while also helping to nurture confidence and independence in her from a young age. The experience riding a tricycle will help to prepare her for riding a bicycle as well, as she’ll be used to where the pedals, brakes, and handlebars are all located.
Radio Flyer Red Rider Trike
Get your little girl outside and away from screens with the this child-sized tricycle. She will be able to get years of riding fun out of this riding toy thanks to the adjustable ‘grow with me’ seat.
Fisher-Price Harley-Davidson Tough Trike
Show her that little girls can ride bikes too with this Harley Davidson children's trike! She can roll from one fun adventure to the next in this delightful child-sized motorbike.
Radio Flyer Classic Pink Dual Deck Tricycle
What 4 year old little girl wouldn’t want a brand new pink tricycle as a present? Thanks to its three wheels, she will have no problem keeping her balance.
12. Electronic Learning Toys
While we have mentioned time and time again that we try to steer our kids away from screen time as much as possible, there are still occasions where it can be beneficial. When used in moderation, electronic learning toys can be quite a helpful learning aid to go along with more traditional measures. Many electronic learning aids are quite affordable, and they come fully equipped with games, puzzles, and quizzes that will keep your little one engaged with her learning.
One of the best gifts you can give your little girl is to help prepare her for school. This ‘Ready for School’ tablet is the perfect aid that can help her feel engaged and motivated with learning.
LeapFrog Mr. Pencil Scribble and Write
It's never too early to start learning how to read and write. Mr. Pencil’s Scribble and Write tablet toy will help her to write numbers, letters, and more, all with step-by-step instructions.
Screen time that's educational and entertaining for your child? It's possible with the Inno Pad. Offering up tons of learning opportunities, musical lessons, and even basic and advanced quizzes, your little one will be kept busy in the best possible way.
13. Age-appropriate Board Games
We definitely recommend aiming to have a family game night as often as you reasonably can. Playing age-appropriate board games with your 4 year old girl isn’t just a ton of fun for both of you. It will provide her with plenty of developmental benefits as well. It will help her learn vital social skills, develop her decision making and problem solving abilities, and even teach her all about achieving goals.
Peaceable Kingdom Alphabet Bingo
She’ll always cherish the memories of family board game nights, especially when you get her a gift like this ‘Alphabet Bingo!’ letter learning game for kids. It will help her to learn and recognize letters while enjoying quality time with the fam.
Little Detective Memory Game
Ditch the TV set and screens in favor of some quality bonding time with this VATOS Little Detective Board Game. Offering up 180 different colorful cartoon patterns and clue cards, it’s an excellent tool for developing memory and concentration.
The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game
Playing board games with your 4 year old can be tons of fun. The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game will have both you and her laughing together while you play and build memories that will last a lifetime.
14. Drawing Books
It seems like almost all children are interested in drawing or scribbling at some point in their early childhood. The good news is that taking a set of crayons and scribbling away provides a wide range of developmental benefits for your little one. Getting her a few drawing books as a present is a great way to help improve her concentration, encourage creativity, and increase her general sense of self-confidence.
Help develop your child's artistic side while also teaching her that we all see God differently with the book ‘Drawing God’. This is a great gift idea to help her recognize the limitless potential and faith within her.
How to Draw 101 Animals
Combine her love of drawing with her love for animals with this drawing book. It offers easy, step-by-step directions to make it easy for little girls to draw with confidence.
Cute Unicorn Kawaii Sketchbook
Encourage your child's creativity and imagination by giving her this brilliantly pink ‘Cute Unicorn Kawaii Sketchbook for Girls’. It has over 100 pages for her to learn to draw, doodle, or just scribble whatever her little heart desires.
15. Dance Toys and Games
Toys and games that encourage your 4 year old to get up and dance work wonders for getting her active and engaged. Dancing and music are a lot more than just a fun way for our kids to entertain themselves though. Dancing has been shown to help kids with their development by helping them to express themselves and communicate better, while also giving a boost to their cognitive development and social skills as well.
Mickey Mouse Hot Dog Dance Break Mickey
If your 4 year old little girl is obsessed with the ‘hot dog song’, then we have just the gift idea for you this holiday season. This toy will be great to sing and dance to as she finds her natural rhythm.
Gigantic Keyboard Play Mat
With this gigantic keyboard play mat, your child can make her own music without difficulty. With 8 different musical instrument sounds to choose from along with 4 different play modes, she'll be expressing herself through music in ways that she was never able to before.
Fisher-Price Linkimals Smooth Moves Sloth
Your 4 year old will love learning side-by-side with this sloth toy. The interactive sloth lights up while clapping his hands and bobbing his head, combining learning and play time into one incredibly fun time for her.
16. Chore Charts/Toys
There are few things that work out as well for boosting your 4 year olds sense of confidence and self-esteem than giving them their own set of chores to do. This selection of chore charts and toys will go a long way towards helping your little one realize the importance of completing assigned tasks, while also teaching her the value of keeping things neat and tidy. In addition, it can help to give her more of a sense of belonging by making her feel like part of the “team” around the house.
Melissa & Doug Magnetic Responsibility and Chore Chart
Start building good habits from a young age with this ‘My Magnetic Responsibility Chart’ for keeping track of chores. It comes with reward magnets intended to inspire and motivate with the use of positive feedback.
Make doing chores an activity that's filled with surprises with these chore sticks. Your little one will be running back to you with excitement for her next chore thanks to this set-up.
Pajama Pets Topsy Turvy Chore Turtle
Looking for a unique gift idea that will help teach your little girl a bit more about being responsible? Look no further than this children's toy. It will help teach her about putting her pajamas away and making her bed on a daily basis.
17. Toys to Learn Personal Care
One of the most important parts about growing up is learning all about personal hygiene and how to properly take care of yourself. Help your little one along with these important developmental milestones with this great selection of toys that will help to teach her all about why it’s so important to brush her teeth regularly and have a daily bath. You will find everything from stuffed dental buddies to reward charts that will give her something to look forward to for staying on top of her personal care.
Lion Dental Puppet
Getting your 4 year old to brush her teeth regularly can be a little challenging, but not if you have this tiger puppet. Its oversized mouth makes brushing and flossing so convenient.
Toothbrushing Rewards Chart
Give your child some incentive to stay on top of her dental hygiene with this personal care chart. If she can see the rewards waiting for her at the end, she will be far more likely to brush and floss every day!
Skip Hop Moby Bath Spout Cover
She will be looking forward to bath time everyday with this bath spout cover. The toy comes with an adjustable strap that makes it a breeze to fit over most tub spouts.
18. Books About Emotions
Our little ones experience a whirlwind of emotions on a daily basis as they grow up, and they aren’t always prepared with how to deal with the different ways they feel. That’s exactly why books that can teach her all about emotions are such a huge help. These educational books are a great gift idea that can help her to understand and process feelings like happiness, sadness, fear, anger, and more.
The Way I Feel
Growing up and learning to process all of the emotions that come along with it can be a tall task for little girls. Help her learn to properly express her feelings with the book ‘The Way I Feel’.
Zoo of Emotions
If your 4 year old girl loves animals, then what better way to start teaching her about the variety of emotions that we all feel than with this delightful ‘Zoo of Emotions’ book?
Inside Out Box of Mixed Emotions
Teach your little girl that it’s okay to experience a wide range of emotions as she grows up with this fantastic boxed gift set. The set comes with 5 great books that will teach her how to cope with Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Disgust.
Lego DUPLO toys are a great stepping stone for 4 year olds who aren’t quite ready for full blown Lego sets yet. These play sets feature thicker and wider blocks that make it easier for smaller children to assemble. Most DUPLO sets are designed to encourage creativity and imaginative construction as opposed to more advanced Lego sets that require a more specific design.
LEGO DUPLO Large Playground Brick Box
Spend some quality time through building a toy treehouse together. This brick box set comes with 2 Lego DUPLO figures, a treehouse with slide, and much more.
Disney Frozen Ice Castle
Help make her Frozen dreams come true by giving her this Ice Castle set as a gift this holiday season. It’s the perfect seasonal gift for aspiring Disney princesses who love to role-play and tell stories.
DUPLO Town Tropical Island
Your little girl will love getting to exercise her imagination with this Lego play set. It comes with 3 DUPLO figures plus 6 toy animal figures, along with a treehouse, caretaker’s building, and more for hours of imaginative play.