Gifts for 4-Year-Olds

Creativity in all its forms is exploding now, so gifts that let them explore what they can make–or make happen–are perfect

Stomp Rocket
$15
Stomp Rocket
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This set is fully kid-powered, so no batteries are required to launch the rockets into orbit; all it takes is some leg power and toddler-sized enthusiasm. The rockets glow in the dark for bonus coolness, and they’re made of foam, so no helmets are necessary for their atmospheric re-entry.

Magna-Tiles Clear Colors Set
$120
Magna-Tiles Clear Colors Set
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Kiddos can tap their creativity and hone their spatial and fine motor skills while building cubes, pyramids, and towers of all varieties; parents can use these fun, magnetic tiles to try to envision what that kitchen remodel might look like.

STEM Learning Engineering Building Blocks
$36
STEM Learning Engineering Building Blocks
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For the kid who loves taking things apart and — if mom and dad are lucky —  putting them back together, this building set will yield hours of entertainment. The screwdriver/wrench-type tool will help them build a plane, train, or random animal-type creature.

Marble Genius Marble Run Super Set
$35
Marble Genius Marble Run Super Set
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Think of this awesome make-your-own-marble-adventure set as a reward for the kid who’s moved beyond the all-things-shall-go-into-my-mouth stage. (Just so long as said kid didn’t take the all-things-shall-go-into-my-nose detour.)

Playmobil Space Rocket with Launch Site
$98
Playmobil Space Rocket with Launch Site
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A giant leap for little humankind! Anyone can wear the NASA tee, but this set — which boasts two figures, a rocket, a launch structure, a repair robot, mechanical tools, a computer, and working lights and sounds — is for legit astronauts-to-be only. Tang for everyone!

Lite-Brite Magic Screen Toy
$14
Lite-Brite Magic Screen Toy
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Every kid loves to channel her inner artist with this classic, light-up peg toy, and rare is the mom who can resist channeling her inner child and joining in the fun. Unlike the old skool version, the modern-day edition includes blinking, pulsing, and random light-flashing modes. Rave on, baby.

Construction Plate & Utensils
$32 for set
Construction Plate & Utensils
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No hard hats required here! Whether tractor-obsessed or merely fond of playing with their food, little builders will be so charmed by the bulldozer pusher, fork(lift), and front loader spoon, they’ll forget to complain about the food. Maybe.

Melissa & Doug Double-Sided Magnetic Tabletop Art Easel
$32
Melissa & Doug Double-Sided Magnetic Tabletop Art Easel
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Drawing on the walls? SO basic. Budding Picassos will thrill over this double-sided easel, which has a magnetic dry-erase board on one side, chalkboard on the other, and paper roll holder on top. Supplies — including a dry-erase marker and eraser, chalk, paper roll, and magnets — are included. Parents, get ready for some long stretches of quiet time.  

GeoSafari Jr. Kidnoculars
$14
GeoSafari Jr. Kidnoculars
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Curious Georges can get up close and personal with plants and animals or take that live Paw Patrol experience to the next level with these super user-friendly binocs, which are focus-free and have oversized, comfy eyepieces. Educational Insights also makes a similarly awesome microscope and telescope.  

Calico Critters Cozy Cottage Starter Home
$29
Calico Critters Cozy Cottage Starter Home
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For that mini Chip or Joanna Gaines, check out this sweet dollhouse that comes with Bell Hopscotch Rabbit, a kitchen sink/stove combination (we’re picturing a nice, big island), table and chairs, a bed, and more. And while the cottage does offer a lovely open concept, it really could use some shiplap…

LEGO Juniors Mountain Police Chase Building Kit
$16
LEGO Juniors Mountain Police Chase Building Kit
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You’ve made it to Lego Junior age, and that means cool sets like this, and that means parents can enjoy hours of guilt-free, my-kids-are-entertaining-themselves-and-maybe-even-learning-something time. (Warning: the same does not apply to regular Legos; it’s understood that *parents* will be the ones putting those together, FYI.)

 



The What's Up Moms Gear Team provides unbiased picks for these products. We subjected ourselves to countless diaper pail smell tests, learned to wear every wrap on the market and lugged multiple travel cribs on family trips, all to recommend our favorite items to you. We do not get paid to include products in these reviews and only make money if you click "buy now." So do that. Please.