Four year old boys and girls are brimming with imagination and eager to learn new things. But it can be challenging to find gifts that children really enjoy and also learn from (even if they’re not aware of it!) Luckily, we’ve compiled this list of the best fun and educational toys for 4 year olds. Can’t give the present in person? Let us gift wrap and send it direct!
Top Tried & Tested Toys
- World Map Pillowcase
- My First Microscope
- Grow It Rainbow Veg
- Cycle Gears
- My Magnetic Daily Calendar
- Wildlife Detective Kit
- Alphabet Butterfly Jigsaw Puzzle
- Ready, Set, Bodies
- My First Stamp Set
- Human Body Cube Book
- Pirate Ship Alphabet Wooden Jigsaw
Around the world in 10 colours
Go on an adventure around the world from the comfort of bed! Children can learn all about geography while colouring in this gorgeous map. The pillowcase map is packed full of fun facts, wild animals and exotic sea creatures. This fantastic kit comes with ten bright washable pens. Pop the pillowcase in the machine, and start fresh — endless fun!
Science in miniature
Have you got a young scientist in the family? They’ll love this fully functional and easy-to-use microscope, which features a chunky design, perfect for small hands. The extra-large dual rubberised eyepieces eliminate the need to close one eye. The LED light enhances close-up viewing, and there are no slides required. Take a look at everything from a totally new perspective!
Grow your own five-a-day
Learn about gardening and nutrition with this DIY kit, which contains everything you need to grow your own vegetables. Comes with an instruction booklet, compost discs, and seed packets of purple carrots, yellow courgettes, stripy tomatoes, and more. All you need to provide is water! A very creative way to encourage children to eat their veg!
Explore the world of engineering with this chunky, colourful set. Build motorcycles that move as the gears turn and the wheels spin. The 30 gears snap together in various ways, enabling almost endless creative possibilities! This kit is a perfect way to build STEM and critical-thinking skills, with an emphasis on cause and effect. Vroom vroom!
Monday, Tuesday, happy days…
This colourful wooden magnetic calendar helps children learn the days of the week, weather, seasons and holidays. Just take one of the 82 pre-printed magnetic pieces from the lower magnetic board and place it on the calendar to fill in the correct daily information. A wonderful, tactile way to keep children learning and having fun!
Fall in love with the great outdoors! Investigate the behaviour of garden animals with this brilliant kit. The box contains animal info cards, tweezers, a bug viewer, specimen bags measuring cups, a plaster kit and a full-colour guidebook. Children can also use the knowledge wheel to quiz themselves on what they’ve learned. Great garden fun!
Jigsaws are great fun, and this one is also a great way to learn! This 30-piece puzzle helps children learn their ABC’s. It is handcrafted and hand-painted, and it comes with a cotton bag so you won’t lose any pieces. Start with a caterpillar and watch it grow into a beautiful butterfly before your eyes! Magical!
Biology + crafts = fun!
Get a head start on studying biology with this creative DIY kit! The 328-piece set includes everything you need to complete eight amazing body-themed activities. Connect the bones of a skeleton with pipe cleaners, or make a lung from a paper bag. The kit also comes with printed shapes, stickers, glue, tape and plenty of crafty accessories. Hands-on learning never looked so good!
Create your own fun scenes with eight vehicle stamps, including a fire engine, aeroplane and tractor. The flat wooden handles are comfortable for four-year-olds to grip, and children can choose between the red or blue washable ink pads. Make some transport masterpieces, and when you’re done having fun, store the stamps safely away in the wooden crate. All aboard for some stamping fun!
Biology in a block
Is your 4-year-old a future doctor? They’ll love this clever cube book! The fact-filled pages contain illustrations and fascinating facts about the human body and all the major organ systems. For example, did you know that it takes 40 muscles to frown and only 15 to smile? Tactile and just as addictive as a Rubik’s cube! Keep turning to keep learning!
A is for Ahoy, Matey!
Dexterity, logic and the alphabet all combine in this fun pirate-ship jigsaw puzzle! This challenging wooden jigsaw is hand-cut and hand-painted. The bright pirate ship is comprised of chunky pieces that fit together in the most satisfying way. When you’re done sailing the high seas, put the pieces in the cotton bag for safekeeping. A pirate’s life for me!
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What’s a pirate’s favourite subject in school? Arrrrrrrrrrrt!