As girls reach the age of four, it’s not uncommon for them to play more often with other children. Many of the best toys for 4-year-old girls involve some kind of friendly competition and role play. When putting our list together, we came up with select products that promote role play, encourage education, and support creative thinking. Although our guide is aimed at girls, that’s not to say boys won’t enjoy these too.
1. Leapfrog Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Set
Hours of fun are to be had with this ice cream cart. It promotes imaginative play as children scoop ice cream for their friends and family. Three syrup flavors, four ice cream flavors, and three toppings are included.
- Pretty realistic for children
- Shorter than expected
- Magnetic feature missing on ice cream scoops
2. Peaceable Kingdom Alphabet Bingo!
Children and adults love to play bingo. In this alphabet version, instead of a bingo caller shouting numbers, players reach into a bag to select a letter. If they have that letter on their card, they cross it off. Four in a row gets them a win!
- Great game for the family
- Great for different ages
- Disc pieces get stuck occasionally
Mystery toys are all the rage right now. Any 4-year old loves the idea of the unknown! A soft and cuddly animal wrapped in a blanket is waiting inside the Cutetitos wrapping, which is supposed to look like a burrito!
- Soft and cute
- Packaging is so creative
- Hard to wrap up again
4. Unicorn Coloring Book
Another trend in the 4-year-old world right now is unicorns. This coloring book is perfect for promoting fine motor skills, and your child surely will enjoy choosing the colors of their unicorns.
- A nice variety of pictures
- Great price
- Only has six coloring sheets
5. Mini Micro Original
With a lean and steer design, this scooter helps children learn how to shift their weight to keep their balance and promotes coordination.
- Easy to ride
- Great brakes
- Maneuvering takes practice
6. Twisty Petz
As the name suggests, Twisty Petz are small animals, such as unicorns, that can be twisted and snapped together to make different shapes. These pets encourage logical thinking in children as they experiment with the different shapes they can make from their pets.
- Beads can be turned into little characters
- They can connect to make a necklace
- The materials could be longer lasting
7. TECBOSS Microphone
Let’s face it, children love noise. For children that do not necessarily want to play an instrument, this is the ideal toy for them to sing their heart out with. The included echo mode also helps children hear what they sound like and will be all the rage at birthday parties!
- Great sound quality
- Syncs up quickly
- Mic is pretty heavy
- Have to sing close to the mic
8. B. Toys by Battat - B. Pet Vet Toy
Children who love tiny animals and the idea of being a doctor will adore this cute little set. Included is everything they need to nurse their furry friends back to perfect health. The set includes a clinic, a thermometer, X-rays, a syringe, and a stethoscope.
- Promotes dexterity
- Has a multitude of educational activities
- Could include more pets
9. Littolo - Unicorn Adventure Kit
The Unicorn Adventure Kit comes with everything a child could wish for during their outdoor exploration. Binoculars, a bug catcher, and a magnifying glass are just some of the items included to help your child to investigate the world around them.
- The CUTEST unicorn gift
- Keeps young minds active outdoors
- Could be more durable
10. Klutz Make Your Own Soap
Bath bombs and funky soaps are on many wish lists right now. Now, kids can create their own attractive–looking soaps. With a little adult supervision, children can create up to ten different soaps. Be warned, though. It can get messy!
- Everything pictured you can make
- Soap smells great
- Instructions could be clearer
11. Activ-Life Activ Flyer Flying Rings
What better way to get your children outside instead of in front of the TV? These flying rings promote coordination by giving your child a great introduction to using a Frisbee.
- Don’t hurt when you catch them
- Could be more durable
12. VTech Kidizoom Camera Pix
It can get tiring letting your little one borrow your smartphone only to find they’ve taken lots of photos of… nothing! Now, they can have their very own camera. Who knows what interesting photos they might take.
- Great starter camera for kids
- Quality built
- The battery cover is too easy to open
13. FoxPrint Princess Castle Play Tent
Your little one can be the queen of her very own castle. This pop-up tent promotes roleplay and imagination, perfect for when friends are over to meet the royalty at home.
- Kids love playing in the tent
- Does not tip over easily
- It takes up some room
14. Busy Bags Hours of Quiet Activities
Whether you’re taking an airplane journey or a trip in the car, this set will ensure your child does not get bored. It contains everything to keep your child occupied for hours: a coloring book, a chalkboard, a sticker book and even Play-Dough.
- Fabulous for airplane travel
- Play-Dough is great
- The plastic container is too thin
15. Fisher-Price Barbie Tough Trike
If your child finds the concept of her first bike daunting, this Barbie Tough Trike could be a great introduction. It’s got all the colors your girl will love, and it’s another way of enjoying some outdoor time.
- Easy to assemble
- Paddles easier to use for kids with long legs
16. Advanced Play Fairy Garden Kit
If the idea of growing their own garden is on your child’s wish list, this is the one to choose. It comes with everything you need to create a real-life fairy garden. Plant the seeds, water them, and watch them grow.
- Fun and easy
- Fun to watch grow
- Could do with more soil
17. Toyk Aqua Magic Mat
This is the perfect educational entry on our list. It promotes imaginative play thanks to the Magic Mat, offering a jigsaw, a drawing booklet, and a drawing template. Best of all, it’s mess–free!
- No mess
- Encourages creative play
- Drawing area could be bigger
18. Marble Run Set 105 Pcs
Watch and marvel as your little one creates a marble run with endless possibilities. This toy works on your child’s problem-solving skills to ensure the pieces fit correctly. It also works on their creativity.
- Good quality
- Reasonable price
- Instructions had no written directions
19. Click N' Play 8 Piece Girls Pretend Play Purse
Girls love the idea of wearing the same makeup as their mummy, and now they can! This set is great to work on your child’s imagination and comes with pretend lipstick, a hairbrush, car keys, a handbag, and more.
- Innovative and interactive
- No mess
- Needs batteries that are not supplied
20. Little Tikes Spiralin' Seas Waterpark Play Table
Using fun characters, this play table helps to improve early fine motor skills, as well as ‘’put and take’’ skills.
- Great for outside play
- Easy to assemble
- Drain plug could be stronger
21. Playfoam Combo 8-Pack
If the idea of making shapes and squashing things excites your child, then this is the toy for them. It won’t stick to surfaces and doesn’t make too much mess if used correctly.
- Lots of fun
- Great quality
- Hard to shape the foam
22. LCD Doodle Board
Writing tablets are high up on children’s wish lists right now. Kids can draw and write on the tablet and then erase their work once finished. It comes with two pens in case one is misplaced, and also saves on paper.
- Easy to hold
- Writing isn’t super bright
- Writing doesn’t come out as bright as in the description
23. Disney Princess Travel Suitcase Play Set
Your kid will feel like a real-life princess with this set, and the best thing is they can take it away on holiday with them. The suitcase has plenty of storage and comes with a total of 17 play pieces.
- Perfect for travel
- Super cute
- Easy to catch fingers when shutting
24. Qaba Kids Plush Toy Rocking Horse Pony
It’s many a child’s dream to own a pony. Thanks to this rocking horse pony, they’ll be one step closer. With realistic sounds and rolling wheels, kids can go around the home or out in the garden in style.
- The fur is very soft
- Sounds aren’t very loud
Summary: Best Toys for 4-Year-Olds
4-year-olds love friendly competition and role play, so we’ve chosen toys that will help them do just that. By selecting a toy that encourages learning and having fun at the same time, you can help your kids develop their social and motor skills whilst having a lot of fun!