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A child’s 4th birthday is a big milestone. For many kids, they may be celebrating during their first year of preschool. For parents, it may seem like your toddler is most definitely now a kid. And developmentally, in my opinion, age 4 tends to get really, really fun.
At age 4, kids are most likely potty trained, so getting out and about requires less supplies in your diaper bag. They’re getting more chatty; telling stories, asking thoughtful questions, and making you laugh.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, 4-year-old kids have a burst of imagination too; you may find them playing “mom” or “dad” or engaging in vivid fantasies. They are also learning to count and identify colors, and can even begin drawing figures that look like what they are (i.e.,people have heads and a body). Plus, they’ve finally grown out of that “small parts choking hazard, not for children under 3 years” warning label on toys.
With all that in mind, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite birthday gifts for 4 year olds; from learning toys based in STEM concepts to toys at-the-ready to spark their imaginations. Read on for 10 of the best 4th birthday gifts at every budget.
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Made with Crayola crayons, these personalized crayons can be customized with either bright or pastel colors.
Budget-friendly with a big impact, this art easel allows kids to choose their canvas; chalkboard, whiteboard, or paper. Add a roll of drawing paper to your order for just another $4.
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For the budding chef or artist (or both), this kid-size apron can be personalized and customized with different pocket patterns/colors.
Family game night gets a little bit more fun once you have a 4-year-old and these classic board games can help make counting, colors, and rule-following fun! Also available to purchase separately.
At age 4, kids can grasp more storylines, so it could be a great time to invest in the streaming service that's sure to be a gift that keeps on giving with show favorites like Elena of Avalor to new film releases like Raya and the Last Dragon.
Many 4-year-olds love to mimic their parents, so get them their own kid-sized digital camera to snap their own memories.
Perfect for when you want to offer your kids a space for make-believe, but you don't want it overtaking your house! By using a simple box fan, turn any room into a play-space—and when your kid is done playing, this fort collapses into a small, easy-to-store item. Just be sure to add a box fan to your shopping list if you don't already have one at home. Multiple colors available.
A bigger ticket 4th birthday gift, this fruit stand is the perfect playroom complement to a kid's kitchen set.
Another big-ticket gift, this creative take on a traditional playhouse includes a climbing wall with six rocks, bell, window, and front and back fabric "doors." Perfect to use outdoors or indoors for the 4-year-old who loves to climb!
This post was in partnership with KiwiCo but all of the opinions within are those of The Everymom editorial board. We only recommend products we genuinely love.