Gift Guide: Best gift ideas for four year olds

Gift guide for 4 year olds

Your pre-schooler is bursting to learn and develop. Four-year-olds are lively and social and kinder will help them on their way to becoming school-ready. They’re curious about the world, they love ‘helping’ and they are keen to learn new concepts. Constructing marble runs or giant jigsaws is super fun!

Here are our picks of the best gift ideas for four-year-olds: things to make, read and play with.

  • Climbing
  • Swinging
  • Skipping
  • Imaginative Pretend Play
  • Creative And Artistic Play
  • Helping With Cooking And Gardening
  • Drawing People And Shapes
  • Cutting And Pasting
  • Counting
  • Talking (A Lot!)

  • Puppets
  • Garden Tools
  • Matching Games
  • Cooking Sets
  • Construction Sets
  • Figurines
  • Music CDs
  • Hair Accessories

Do you doodle?

Tiger Tribe Oodle Doodle Animal Crayon Set

Oodle Doodle Animal Crayon Set ($16.95): Stackable and easy for chubby little hands to hold, use the clever crayons to colour in the adorable animal doodles or let their little imaginations run wild.


Home away from home

Holdie Dolls House

Holdie House ($89): A lightweight wonder, this sublime toy house is a take-anywhere beauty that can be easily toted by toddlers.


The memory game

Wooden memory game

Memory Game Mix ($54): A beautifully designed twist on a classic childhood game that the whole family can play, perfect for keeping young (and not so young) minds sharp.


What treasures

These Little Treasures, Lenny & Lola Dolls

These Little Treasures Dolls & Accessories (from $120): Oh, my heart how Lola and Lenny have captured our imaginations, and are sure to do the same with older kiddos who appreciate true craftsmanship and beauty.


Sweet dreams

adairs sleeping bags

Snuggle Sleeping Bag (from $39.99): Super soft and warm these super cute sleeping bags provide the ultimate comfort for your child.


Magnetic madness

Geoform Magnetic Puzzle ($64.95): A portable, magnetic playbox with magnetic pieces and cards to follow. Re-create the images or go rogue and make a one-off masterpiece.


Watch things grow

Mr Fothergills Mini Gardeners Kit

Kids All-in-One Kits (from $5.95): Teaching little ones patience is a huge life lesson and growing seeds is a fun way to do it – from mini veggie gardens to bright and cheerful sunflowers.


What a funny fart

No One Likes A Fart, Zoe Foster Blake

No One Likes A Fart ($11.98): Because when you’re a kid, farts are the funniest. Sure to become the new leader on the most-read bedtime books list at your place.


A small bag for big days

My Family, Backpacks

My Family Backpack ($29.95): I’m a big kid now! Little big people off to kinder or daycare will feel super special with their very own backpack.


The tools to help

EverEarth Gardening Bag with Tools

Garden Bag with Tools ($44.50): Or get them helping out on a veggie garden that will feed the whole tribe – because what kiddo doesn’t love playing in dirt?!


Take flight

Red Blossom Boutique fairy wings and dragon wings

Dress Up Wings ($25): Help them spread their wings with these flowy dress ups that turn any outfit into something magical.


An indoor adventure

Make Me Iconic Camp Fire Set

Australian Camp Fire ($89.99): Ah the smell of a campfire, it’s an Aussie childhood rite of passage. Introduce your tots to cooking snags on the open fire and boiling a billy on their very own wooden play set.


The balancing act

Kinderfeets Kinderboard

Kinderfeets KinderBoard ($137.95): A simple wooden board with wonderous abilities to ignite imaginations. It starts by honing their balance and continues to evolve into a plaything of unlimited variables.


Art in the tub

Bath Crayons ($9.95): There’ll be no tears at bathtime, just giggles of delight as little ones hone their fine motor skills and have a ripper of a time drawing on the bath and tiles (don’t worry, a damp cloth makes everything disappear).


Play and pop

Play Food Popcorn Machine ($69.95): There’s nothing quite like the smell of fresh popcorn on home movie night, so get those creative play juices flowing with this stellar playset that makes movie time with teddies and dolls super sweet.


Letters they’ll love

Alphabet Wooden Letters ($4.50 each): Beautifully crafted, these letters are the bomb for creating a whimsical alphabet wall or simply spelling your kiddo’s name on their door.


Happy packing

Pack Your Bags Game ($39.95): A fabulously fun pack and play game – be the first traveller to get your suitcase packed – the race is on!


Find more gift ideas:

We’ve collected a treasure trove of amazing gift ideas, from the latest must-haves from leading brands to the quirky but practical boutique finds. There’s something for everybody.

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