The best toys and gifts for 3- and 4-year-olds are those that are educational (helping them learn the basics), inspirational (launching their imaginations), and creative (giving them opportunities for self-expression)! Here, we have compiled 10 of our favorite toys and gifts for 3- and 4-year-olds.
- Examine & Treat Pet Vet Play Set
Examine & Treat Pet Vet Play Set
Why it’s great: This 24-piece pretend play collection comes with two plush pets (dog and cat), and accessories galore for kids to examine and treat any ailment. The set was recognized by the experts at the Good Housekeeping Institute for how it helps kids develop empathy.
Sweet detail: There’s even a neck “cone” to keep pets from licking!
Skills at play: Creative thinking, empathy
- Dust! Sweep! Mop!
Dust! Sweep! Mop!
Why it’s great: Kids love imitating grown-ups, and this realistic 6-piece cleaning set will have them tidying up in no time!
Sweet detail: The dust pan snaps onto any of the handles!
Skills at play: Gross motor development, confidence
- Doctor Role Play Costume Set
Doctor Role Play Costume Set
Why it’s great: This set includes everything for young doctors to take on a care-giving role in their pretend play: a fully equipped jacket and face mask, stethoscope, reflex hammer, ear scope, syringe, and a name tag to personalize.
Sweet detail: Stethoscope makes sound effects!
Skills at play: Confidence, empathy
- Spin & Swipe Wooden Cash Register
Spin & Swipe Wooden Cash Register
Why it’s great: Kids press the number buttons to see different counting pictures, then “pay” for the purchase with numbered coins to match the quantities.
Sweet detail: The coins vary in thickness so only the 1 fits in the 1 slot, 2 in 2, and so on.
Skills at play: Number sense, problem solving
- Scoop & Serve Ice Cream Counter
Scoop & Serve Ice Cream Counter
Why it’s great: Kids can pretend to work at an ice cream shop, taking and filling orders. The wooden counter holds eight wooden scoops of different-flavored ice cream, six toppings, a scooper, tongs, and a wooden spoon.
Sweet detail: The scooper first into a hole on top of the scoop to lift, stack, and release!
Skills at play: Fine motor development, creative thinking, confidence
Best Gifts That Wow for 3-4 Year Olds
- Fresh Mart Grocery Store
Fresh Mart Grocery Store
Why it’s great: So many realistic details, including a hand-crank conveyor belt, a card-swiping machine, a keypad/calculator, and a cash drawer. Kids can take turns being the grocer or the shopper. Don’t forget the Fresh Mart Grocery Store Companion Collection to help stock the shelves and add to the playful purchasing experience.
Sweet detail: The scanner really beeps!
Skills at play: Creative thinking, confidence
- Deluxe Wooden Standing Art Easel
Deluxe Wooden Standing Art Easel
Why it’s great: With a chalkboard on one side, a dry-erase board on the other, a paper roll holder, plastic storage trays, and four easy-grip clips, this easel has everything. Kids can hone their artistic skills and develop fine motor skills at the same time.
Sweet detail: Features child-safe paper cutter
Skills at play: Fine motor, creativity, confidence
- Learn-to-Play Piano
Why it’s great: This colorful upright piano features 25 keys and two full octaves! Little ones will be inspired to make music and make memories!
Sweet detail: Includes an illustrated songbook and color-coded key chart!
Skills at play: Music, confidence
Best Stocking Stuffers for 3-4 Year Olds
- Water Wow On the Go Travel Activity
Water Wow On the Go Travel Activity
Why it’s great: This paint-with-water coloring book includes four reusable pages and a refillable water pen. Kids color pages, let dry, and color again! It’s a great way to pass time in the car, at the restaurant, or anywhere! Various themes available.
Sweet detail: Chunky water pen stores in the pad’s cover.
Skills at play: Fine motor development
- Non-Roll Markers Set
Non-Roll Markers Set
Why it’s great: This set of 12 vivid markers gives kids a rainbow of nontoxic and washable colors to work with! Best of all – they won’t roll off the table!
Sweet detail: Fine-line felt tips perfect for little hands!
Skills at play: Creativity, color recognition
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