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Wasn’t it just yesterday that your 4-year-old girl was learning to walk? Now she’s growing faster than ever. It can be tough to know exactly what toys and gifts are right for her. We know you want to give her the best toys that will not only keep her entertained, but will also help her reach critical developmental milestones. Luckily, we’ve done the research and collected the 10 best toys for 4 year old girls that are both educational and fun.
If you’re short on time, jump down to the 10 best toys for 4 year old girls list below. Otherwise, read on to learn about the most common developmental milestones for 4 year old girls that this list focuses on achieving.
You’ll notice that there’s an abundance of physical toys on this particular list. Since girls soar ahead of boys in terms of their fine motor skills, cognitive skills, and even social skills at this age, they tend to fall behind in regards to gross motor skills. Many of the toys on this list will help them improve in that area while they’re smiling and laughing and having the time of their lives!
4-Year-Old Developmental Milestones
Welcome to the year of “why?” It may help you stockpile patience to know that this is an expected, normal, and important developmental milestone. Her curiosity and questioning shows she’s building a vocabulary of more than 1,000 words and using complicated sentences that combine more than one thought.
At 4, your girl’s language skills are developing at an explosive rate. She’ll be able to make up stories and goofy words, rhyme, and sing silly songs. You’ll probably even notice that she can pronounce most sounds correctly – but maybe not so much s, w, and r sounds – follow simple, unrelated directions, and ask you the meaning of unfamiliar words. And try not to laugh at the utter cuteness when she vehemently argues with you even though her argument is completely illogical! It’s an important skill that she’s learning and will enable her to question and reason as she grows.
Your 4-year-old girl will now, sometime before her 5th birthday, be able to understand abstract ideas such as bigger, less, later, ago, and soon and know the difference between real and make believe. She can think in logical steps, focus on a task for 10 to 15 minutes at a time, and see the consequences of an action.
And those gross motor skills that she’s working on? While 4-year-old boys may pull ahead in this area, she can still throw and bounce a ball, jump over objects and climb playground ladders, pedal and steer a tricycle or bike, do log rolls and somersaults, and even skip and trot. With a little encouragement and opportunity – even though she really loves painting or pretending or puzzles – she could soon break even with those boys, and maybe even outdo them!
The most enjoyable part of this year will be watching her hit her social and emotional milestones. Be aware that she’ll start telling small lies to get out of trouble, even though she knows it’s wrong, and do or say things she shouldn’t just to see what your reaction will be. And grab a Kleenex because you’ll need it when she shares, cooperates, tries to be helpful, and takes turns with others – especially when she finds an imaginary friend and plays the same imaginary games over and over. Most of all, enjoy your many belly laughs as she tells silly jokes and laughs herself silly over things she can now find funny!
Remember, though, that all children are different. While your 4-year-old girl should eventually hit all these milestones, they all do it in their own time and on their own terms. They all have different interests and talents that will manifest at different times. Sit back and relax and enjoy the process knowing that you’ve given her the best chance at developing in a healthy fashion by choosing the best toys for her development and happiness. Read on and choose your favorites to buy your 4 year old girl. And don’t forget to jump in and join her fun!
10 Best Toys & Gifts for 4 Year Old Girls
Watch as she masters basic skills such as hand-eye coordination, balance, and strength, and listen as she giggles relentlessly at the squeaking noise the foam makes every time she lands on it. What better way to encourage a healthy, physical lifestyle at the same time as allowing your 4 year old the freedom of endless fun?
One of the most highly rated toys of the year, this $17 jumper is a simple take on the pogo stick you enjoyed – even if you never did master it. Remember trying to beat your best count before you fell over? This junior version made with a soft durable foam base, strong stretchy bungee “spring,” and soft comfortable foam grip handles is great for any surface and will give her the skills and confidence to one day graduate to the big Pogo stick – or just to keep enjoying physical activity.
Your 4-year-old girl still loves to mimic what she sees, and now she loves to play pretend because she knows the difference between real and make believe. Now she can play out scenarios – by herself or with her imaginary friend(s) – with this $45 fold-up home that includes mom, dad, and daughter characters and interactive additions such as the push-in alarm clock that pops the daughter out of bed as it rings and the bluebird you slide to see the kitty pop up in the window on one side – and what the weather’s like on the other! All the lights, fun phrases, and 4 songs will hold her interest for hours.
Younger children love this 5-star toy too, and so do older children – even mom, dad, grandma, and grandpa! No one ever gets tired of the alarm clock that pushes the characters out of bed or the flushing toilet!
The age of 4 is the perfect age for her to enjoy learning to ride a bike like this. While older kids start to ride bigger bikes and lose their mastery of the different skill it takes to ride on one like this, your 4-year-old girl will thrill at the freedom and speed she discovers as she rides this up and down the sidewalk or driveway!
Now she can improve those pedalling and steering skills plus her physical activity level while you breathe easy knowing you only spent $30!
Simple name, simple concept! This attractive, multi-colored set of suction-cup balls will fascinate her for hours!
Squigz will help her develop her creativity, fine motor skills, interaction, and playful experimentation anywhere: a table, floor, bathtub, wall, window, anywhere that has a flat surface. And these suckers (literally!) defy gravity while leaving no trace that they were ever there. She can make any shape or creature she can think up, and when she’s done, she’ll laugh and laugh at the pop! sound they make as she takes them apart. At $28 for the starter set, you might find yourself losing some time creating too!
You’ll definitely be getting great bang for your buck with this $18 toy that will encourage her stringing, patterning, and designing skills, develop her fine motor skills, cognitive skills, and social skills. Stringing beads also requires a pincer grasp, which she’ll need to master before moving on to being able to achieve the tripod grip she’ll be developing next year so she can learn to write with a pencil and thinner crayon.
The 250 wooden, painted beads and 5 strings are just the right size for her hands and can make endless combinations of necklaces that she’ll love to proudly display. And when she tires of this kit, Melissa & Doug have many more string bead sets, big and small!
This toy ticks off most of your educational boxes plus her enjoyment boxes! Its 8 two-sided wooden play boards and 50 vibrant letters allow her to create 16 playful pictures. Your 4-year-old girl will be engrossed for hours fitting the pieces into each puzzle. Little will she know that she’ll be developing a whopping amount of skills: learning the alphabet, letter recognition, recognizing letter sounds, associating letters with words and objects, matching words to pictures, spelling, exploring the sounds of advanced vowel combinations, putting together short sentences, honing fine motor skills, and even building confidence.
The $20 you spent on this toy will be well justified when she comes to you and tells you the words she just finished putting together! You’ll know that you gave her that literacy edge before she even started kindergarten.
You 4-year-old will be hitting home runs right before your eyes! Watch her improve her gross motor skills and build her confidence as she steps up to this sturdy, adjustable T-Ball set and smacks the oversized ball right past you with the oversized bat. And if she uses the bat as a mallet, hammer, or percussion instrument? It can take it! Playing T-ball even has the added benefit of letting her improve her running and coordination if you play a miniature, modified baseball game.
The best part about this $20 toy is that when she tires of it, the balls can snap right into their holder at the base. It’s even designed so you can hang it on the wall!
What goes best with a T-Ball set? That’s right! A made-to-last, just-the-right-size baseball mitt (with ball!) in colors she’ll love. She’ll have fond memories of her very first baseball glove when you give her this $20 pink, purple, lime, and yellow glove. You don’t even have to worry about breaking it in because the webbing was created to make the glove easy for little hands to squeeze.
Now you can play a time-honored game of catch with your 4 year old once she tires of the T-ball set, or during if you pull in the siblings and play that mini baseball game with her!
Power tools aren’t just for boys anymore! Let her get used to using power tools with this pretty pink drill set that lets her make beautiful garden-inspired pictures. This $28 set will help her develop her hand-eye coordination, matching, patterning, problem-solving, construction skills, fine motor skills – and her imagination!
Winner of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold and Toy Insider awards, this drill set comes with not only a power drill but also a fold-up flower board, 60 bolts, 6 designer plates, a butterfly clasp, a Phillips bit, a flower bit, and a guide with 12 patterns. It’s never too early to encourage STEM learning, and she can take this kit anywhere – just like her dad’s drill kit!
And now for the grand finale! What top 10 toy list would be complete without a book designed to prepare her for starting school? This book is different from most other getting-ready-for-school books in that it doesn’t begin with letters and letter recognition, it starts with circles and all the other shapes that come into play when writing letters. Its eye-catching illustrations and color-coded sections make it easy and inviting where others are quite often intimidating or boring.
The $20 you spend on this book will be the best investment you ever made, and she’ll enjoy every one of the more than 300 activities as they unfold in a continuing journey. She’ll never know she’s gaining a readiness in so many important basic skills, including colors, shapes, the alphabet, basic phonics, early math, and more. The best part is the activities appear in order of increasing difficulty so she’s always challenged and never overwhelmed.
Toys for Other Age Ranges
For more toy and gift ideas for girls, check out our other great articles:
Or get inspired with the best toys for boys:
- Best toys for 1 year old boys
- Best toys for 2 year old boys
- Best toys for 3 year old boys
- Best toys for 4 year old boys
- Best toys for 5 year old boys
- Best toys for 6 year old boys
- Best toys for 7 year old boys
- Best toys for 8 year old boys
- Best toys for 9 year old boys
- Best toys for 10 year old boys
- Best toys for 11 year old boys
- Best toys for 12 year old boys
We hope you’ve enjoyed this list. While we don’t suggest that these are the only toys your child will ever need, we do think this list of great educational toys for girls is a strong start. If you have any suggestions or feedback, please reach out to us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Criteria for Placement
While listing the best educational resources is never an exact science, we’ve done our best find products that rank highly on the following criteria:
- Developmental impact: Many toys out there like plush dolls are somewhat limited in their developmental impact. We’ve critically evaluated the toys on this list for their impact on physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development.
- Safety: All toys on this list are safe to use, free of toxic compounds like lead and BPA
- Durability: Children love to throw, jump on, and touch everything in sight. The toys on this list are fit to withstand the bumps and hard landings.
- Price: Parenting doesn’t need to be outrageously expensive. We looked for the cheapest products that still meet our developmental and quality requirements.
- Developmental milestones for typical 4-year-olds – understood.org