Social Butterflies: Top 39 Toys for 4-Year-Olds

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The best toys for 4 year olds based on developmental milestones | Mum's Grapevine

Before you hit the shops, read our curated list of the best toys for 4-year-olds in Australia to help get you started in your search.

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.

What they’re doing

  • 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!)

Gifts they’ll love

  • Puppets
  • Garden Tools
  • Matching Games
  • Toolboxes and kits
  • Construction Sets
  • Figurines
  • Hair Accessories

39 gifts and toys for 4 year olds

With over 15 years of experience and a community boasting over 100,000 Australian mums, we’re committed to helping you find the perfect toy for your four-year-old.

Below, you’ll find 39 of our favourite picks presented in no particular order. Some are newcomers to the scene, while others are tried-and-true favourites. Rest assured, each recommendation has either crossed our path, found a place in our own experiences, or been enthusiastically vouched for by our Grapeviner community.


two children sitting on a play couch shaped like a car

The Whatsie Play Couch ($499)

More than just a play couch, the Whatsie is proud to be a place to learn and harness old-fashioned fun. With years of open-ended play ahead of them, not only do we love their stain-resistant fabric but also their creative design and fun pieces.

Buy Now from Whatsie

Twirl ‘n tasty

Four Gobe snack spinners showing different colours and snack ideas

GoBe Snack Spinner ($79.95)

Brand new to Australia and already incredibly popular! The GoBe Snack Spinner is making mealtimes a fun and enjoyable experience, kids will love their snacks moving around and space for all their options. It’s also available in 5 different colours.

Buy Now from The Bento Buzz


Little girl with the Silver Cross Ranger Doll Pram

Silver Cross Ranger Doll Pram ($99)

Just like the real thing, this SilverCross Ranger Pram is perfect for on-the-go play. It’s light, easy to fold and perfect for travel. With a mesh storage basket, foldable hood, removable apron and height adjustable handle, this pram will nurture role play and imagination for years.

Buy Now from Silver Cross

Scribble ‘n scrub

girl colouring in a scribble mat

Reusable Scribble Mats ($35)

The solution we all needed for the toys on the go, Scribble Mat is a reusable colouring mat with four dry-erase markers (the perfect amount to not leave one behind), that wipes clean with a damp cloth ready to start all over again.

Buy Now from Scribble Mat

To the rescue

The George's Fire & Rescue Garage

George’s Fire & Rescue Garage ($213.95)

George’s Fire and Rescue Garage is just the open-ended, imaginative play that kids love. They’ll be ready for any emergency with this fire station, with its working bell, lift, doors and ramps, they’ll love pretending to be their communities’ heroes.

Buy Now from Amazon

Dear deer

book cover for Good Morning My Dear by Mel Amon

Good Morning, My Deer ($19.99)

Illustrated by superstar Sophie Beer and with brilliantly fun words by debut author Mel Amon. This book is perfect for ages 3-7! Enjoy a colourful picture book that plays with puns and homophones to create a delightfully absurd day out.

Buy Now from Scribble Kids Books

Kindy party

Penny Scallan Kindy Starter Kit - Koala

Penny Scallan Kindy Pack ($184.95)

Whether starting a day of learning at Kinder or just embarking on a different adventure, this pack has everything your tot needs for a smooth sailing day. With a large backpack, drink bottle, hat, bento box and lunch bag all in matching bright and colourful designs.

Buy Now from Penny Scallan


Six variations of the Trido Magnetic Block shapes and creations

Trido Magnetic Art (from $95)

Meet Trido – the building blocks of boundless creativity! Craft artistic shapes and creatures with these magnetic, triangle and diamond-shaped wonders. High-end and gorgeously packaged, Trido turns playtime into a vibrant journey of colourful possibilities.

Buy Now from Uniche Collective

Ready for takeoff

Flexa Airport sitting on a sidetable showing all the elements in the set

Flexa Wooden Airport ($99.95)

Prepare for takeoff with the Flexa Wooden Airport. Crafted for mini aviators, it’s a runway to the imagination with a wooden plane, control tower and a runway – endless adventures await. Buckle up for playtime liftoff!

Buy Now from Danish by Design

Housten …

young boy wearing a Fabelab astronaut dress up suit pointing a toy laser beam

Fabelab Little Astronaut Costume ($85.95)

Blast off into fun with the Fabelab Little Astronaut Costume. Soft, cozy and perfect for intergalactic adventures, your little one will transform into a space explorer, sparking dreams that reach for the stars. Ready for lift-off, Captain Cutie!

Buy Now from HipKids

Petite pirouettes

three young girls wearing tutus

Flo Dancewear Ballet Dresses & Tutus (from $44.95)

A little girl’s dream! These tutus will delight any little dancer. With the softest of pinks and stretchy leotard fit, these comfy designs will have your little ones dancing for joy with delicate-looking tulle tutu skirts and dresses and adorable appliques.

Buy Now from Flo Dancewear

Palette play

art easel showing backboard one side and white board the other

TikkTokk Little Boss 4-in-1 Easel ($112.99)

A state-of-the-art upgrade on the classic easel we all adore, children will love to draw, write and paint with ease using the Little Boss 4-in-1 Easel. The magnetic chalkboard, whiteboard and clipboard mean there are endless choices for budding little artists.

Buy Now from Infa Group


Young child inside the Petite Maison table tent

Petite Maison Table Tents ($199)

Create a world of wonders with Petite Maison Table Tents when you transform any space into the Aussie Bush, a cozy shop front or home, or even a roaring fire truck. Super easy to set up, these tents transform ordinary furniture into extraordinary adventures – let the storytelling begin!

Buy Now from Petite Maison Play

Smart startLeapFrog LeapPad Academy tablets

LeapFrog LeapPad Academy ($249)

A learning tablet that turns playtime into an educational adventure, the LeapFrog LeapPad Academy is packed with games, activities, and a dash of magic. It’s the perfect companion for little scholars who are growing on their learning journey.

Buy Now from Selected Retailers

Tiny town

Lubulona town city

Lubulona Town Sets (from $59)

Say hello to Lubu Town Sets—a playful, educational construction set for little builders. With stackable houses, cars and roofs, each set sparks creativity in their vibrant colours. Let the building adventures and imaginative play begin!

Buy Now from The Doll House Boutique

Hippity hoppity

OyOy Hopscotch Floor Rug

OYOY Rabbit Hopscotch Rug ($344.95)

Hop, skip and play with the OYOY Rabbit Hopscotch Rug, a whimsical world underfoot, inviting little ones to jump for joy. Soft and stylish this rug might just be perfect in any playroom for any adventure.

Buy Now from Nordic Fusion

Ice ice baby

The SunnyLife Inflatable Ice Cream Van from the side view

SUNNYLiFE Ice Cream Van Inflatable Cubby ($129.99)

Your little one will have the coolest play spot on the block with this Inflatable Ice Cream Van. Where inflatable fun meets sweet imagination, the van can be used indoors and outdoors, creating the ultimate summertime paradise.

Buy Now from SUNNYLiFE

Cozy friends

Sage & Clare Kids Cushions

Sage + Clare Cushions ($99)

A cuddly companion that adds whimsy to any space, Joey Carrot, Judie Bear and CeeCee Strawberry are ready for snuggle time. With their playful designs and pops of colour, Joey, Judie and Ceecee give the most perfect cuddles for little dreamers.

Buy Now from Sage & Clare

Part of their world

 two little girls wearing the Neon Mermaid Hair

The Neon Mermaid Straight Ponytails ($35.95)

The Neon Mermaid Straight Ponytail will have your little mermaid diving into the sea with dazzling hair of shimmer and colour. Easy to tie in and reuse again and again, these ponytails will be sure to give a splash of magic.

Buy Now from The Hairy Fairy

Let the pony tales begin

the Maileg Design Pony and Unicorn

Maileg Design Pony and Unicorn Soft Toys (from $63.95)

Saddle up with the Maileg Design Pony or Unicorn Soft Toy. While the Unicorn comes with a leash so she doesn’t fly away, the Pony is made from a beautiful corduroy with a saddle on its back. These huggable friends are crafted with love and ready for imaginative play.

Buy Now from Nordic Fusion

Fabric fun

a child playing with the Curious Columbus Fabric Away We Go Book next to all of the activity books

Curious Columbus Fabric Activity Books (from $34.95)

Unwrap the world of learning with Curious Columbus Fabric Activity Books. Bursting with ten soft, interactive pages and more accessories, these best-selling books are perfect for tiny hands and curious minds. Let the adventures in reading begin!

Buy Now from Amazon

Buzzing beauty

Honeystick Art Set

Honeysticks Ultimate Activity Pack ($99.99)

Lovingly made in New Zealand using 100% natural, food-grade ingredients, this exciting pack includes crayons, bath drops, watercolours and a colouring book. Crayons are easy to grip and difficult to snap, and everything is easily cleaned too.

Buy Now from Honeysticks

Puzzle parade

Two of the Journey of Something May Gibbs x Kasey Rainbow 24 piece puzzles

Journey of Something 24-Piece Puzzle ($25)

Cuteness meets the Aussie bush in the May Gibbs x Kasey Rainbow collab. With 24 pieces of pure kid delight, it’s a nostalgic Aussie treat in a sweet magnetic box. Unbox the charm and let the cuteness unfold!

Buy Now from Journey of Something

Flexi track

Waytoplay Flexi Car Track

Waytoplay Flexi Car Track (from $19.50)

Perfect for little rev-heads, Waytoplay offers a whole world of imaginative play. Kids can build their own roads, highways, streets and intersections with this flexible (and waterproof!) rubber road that consists of super easy-to-connect road parts.

Buy Now from Honeybee Toys

Mechanic in the making

Plan Toys Motor Mechanic Playset

Plan Toys Motor Mechanic Playset ($319)

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.

Buy Now from Amazon

Snazzy scenes

Two of the Janod Magnetibooks

Janod Magnetibooks ($42.95)

Kids can create all sorts of faces using these magnetic book sets from Janod. They come with 30 magnetic pieces and 10 instruction cards but they can mix and match to create their own designs. Storage and playset in one, this makes a great travel toy.

Buy Now from Amazon

Squiggly line

Know a toy suitable for a 4 year old we should add to our list? Contact us and let us know, we’ve been curating Australia’s best baby products into helpful lists for over 15 years and we’re always happy to support new brands and businesses.

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