Best toys for 4-year-olds

The best toys for 4 year olds based on developmental milestones

Four-year-olds are lively and social and kinder will help them on their way to becoming school-ready. Pre-schoolers are bursting to learn and develop. 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 top picks of toys for 4 year old boys and girls.

  • 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
  • Hair Accessories

17 gifts and toys for 4 year olds

Here are our favourite gifts and toys for 4 year old boys and girls.

A is for Australia

Best Gifts and Toys for 4 Year Olds: Buttonworks Australian Alphabet Discs

Buttonworks Australian Alphabet Discs ($38.50)

Learning the ABC has never been so fun. With each wooden disc honouring Australian treasures such as trams, quokkas and koalas, this alphabet set becomes a special keepsake as well as an educational tool for little learners.


Pint-sized and pretty

Best Gifts and Toys for 4 Year Olds: Lauren Hinkley Unicorn Carousel Bracelet

Lauren Hinkley Unicorn Carousel Bracelet ($29.95)

Inspired by the fun and joy a funfair brings, this glistening charm bracelet is sure to make little one’s smile. With pops of pretty pastels and adorable charms hanging from the chain, it’s a magical accessory for them to wear to their next adventure.


Disney by night

Best Gifts and Toys for 4 Year Olds: Disney Mini Glass Lanterns

Disney Mini Glass Lanterns (from $29.95)

Fairytales come to life with this magical collection of Disney lanterns. Let little ones re-live the stories of their favourite princesses as the candlelight softly twinkles. Featuring Anna, Ariel, Elsa and more, the hard part is choosing just one!


Build me up, buttercup

Best Gifts and Toys for 4 Year Olds: LaQ Basic Construction Set 101

LaQ Basic Construction Set 101 ($25.99)

Put those fine motor skills to good use with this brilliant construction set for inquisitive minds. Made in Japan, there are 185 pieces for them to snap and click together, and over 40 2d models for kids to create. With easy-to-follow instructions, it’s an ideal set for encouraging concentration in little learners.


Tidy treasures

Best Gifts and Toys for 4 Year Olds: Petit Luxe Bebe Velvet Storage Boxes

Petit Luxe Bebe Velvet Storage Boxes (from $149)

Taking playroom storage to the next level, these stunning velvet boxes are the perfect place to organise books and toys or for keeping treasures safe. With five dreamy hues available, choose from a set of two trunks or a lavish stool (or both!) to compliment the playroom beautifully.


Lets cook!

Best Gifts and Toys for 4 Year Olds: Little Lunch Co Kids Aprons

Little Lunch Box Co Kid’s Aprons ($24.95)

Get creative in the kitchen and look the part while doing it. Available in four fantastic patterns and colourways, these kids aprons are a must-have accessory for mini master chefs. Each apron comes with a drawstring bag to make the perfect gift.


Ahoy, Me Hearties!

Best Gifts and Toys for 4 Year Olds: Le Toy Van Barbarossa Wooden Pirate Ship

Le Toy Van Barbarossa Wooden Pirate Ship ($79.95)

Bring your sea legs and prepare for battle! Take imaginary role-play out to the seven seas with this mighty pirate ship. Complete with plank, wind-up anchor, trap door and rear-opening stern, there are hours of fun for scallywags big and small.


Fantastic friends

Best Gifts and Toys for 4 Year Olds: VTech Myla's Sparkling Friends

VTech Myla’s Sparkling Friends ($29)

Playtime becomes even more magical with the gang of glowing friends, Mia, Penny & Ava. They talk, sing and light up like a rainbow of colours, all at the touch of a button. With over 100 phrases, sounds and songs, this fab bunch of friends encourage independent play and lots of exploration.


Save the city

Best Gifts and Toys for 4 Year Olds: Happy Architect Emergency Set

Happy Architect Emergency Set ($99.95)

Spark their imaginations and be a real-life hero for the day with this colourful wooden playset. There are 20 sturdy pieces for little ones to build, move and explore while playing rescue. Open-ended play at it’s best.


Sandy essentials

Best Gifts and Toys for 4 Year Olds: Liewood Baby Beach Set

Liewood Baby Beach Set ($79)

Buckets and spades are timeless toys for 4 year olds. Days at the beach are made even better with an adorable play set to keep sandy sea-lovers busy. Complete with a bucket, spade and four cute-as-can-be sea creature moulds, this silicone beach set has us swooning.


Mechanic in the making

Best Gifts and Toys for 4 Year Olds: Plan Toys Motor Mechanic Playset

Plan Toys Motor Mechanic Playset ($324.08)

A fantastic toy for developing those all-important motor skills (pardon the pun), this spectacular wooden set has all the bells and whistles you’d expect on any ‘normal’ car. There’s a steering wheel, adjustable side mirrors, car keys, lights and more. Plus tiny mechanics are given all the tools to tinker with too.


Marbles on the move!

Best Gifts and Toys for 4 Year Olds: Haba Ball Track Funnel Jungle

Ball Track Funnel Jungle ($219.95)

A thrilling toy for 4 year olds and up, this marble run combines speed and force to give tykes a fun take on a traditional physics lesson. Watch as the marbles gain speed and transmit their force to the next before they finally drop through the funnel and knock the dominoes down.


Small hands building big

Best Gifts and Toys for 4 Year Olds: Brilo Builders Starter Set

Brio Builder Starter Set ($38.99)

With 48 pieces to join, tap, screw and wind budding builders are able to craft whatever their little hearts desire. Designed specifically for small hands, the set comes with an inspiration guide to get the creative juices flowing.


Bathtime beams

Best Gifts and Toys for 4 Year Olds: Boon Marco Light Up Bath Toy

Boon Marco Light-Up Bath Toy ($24.95)

Looking for fun toys for 4 year olds that don’t cost the earth? Bathtime toys are the answer. Nightime dips become a deep-sea exploring mission with a buddy who floats with his head above water. Marco’s water-activated colour-changing light guides the way through the bubbles and as soon as he’s dry, he’ll turn off his light. Winner.


Busy bees

Best Toys for 2-Year-Olds: Coogam Beehive Matching Game

Coogam Beehive Matching Game ($36.99)

A sweet little hive with multiple ways to play. Created to help improve all-important preschool skills, this set prompts tots to match the coloured bees to their hives while practising counting and developing hand-eye coordination.


Four-legged friend

Best Gifts and Toys for 4 Year Olds: Buddy In A Box Puppy Pal

Buddy In A Box Puppy Pal ($34.95)

He’s the fur baby they’ve always wanted. Pupperson is just like any other puppy – he loves been snuggled, groomed and taken care of. He’s the perfect pup for cuddles on the couch and adventures in the sun and comes with his very own adoption certificate too. Cute!


Another planet

Best toys for 4 year olds: Life on Mars Set, TenderLeaf Toys

Life on Mars Play Set ($77.95)

Explore their love of all things outer space with a whole wonderland capturing life on Mars. Astronauts (and cat-onauts!) rest safely in the airlock, or tend to the garden, before blasting off for more exploration.


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