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Best Toys for 4-Year-Olds

From board games to spaceships, here are the best gifts for the four year olds in your life.

Four is a huge milestone year for children, because it’s when many of them start preschool. But that’s not all.

By age four, your child gets more and more creative with make-believe play. According to the CDC, he cooperates with other kids, and will articulate what he likes and cares about. Playdates become your new normal. She’ll sing a song or poem from memory and can tell stories. And of course, she knows her first and last name. Your kiddo will name some colors and numbers, begin grasping the concept of time, draw an actual human with up to four body parts, and will play board games. And when you go to the park or playground, he’ll catch a ball and hop around.

See more: Best Toys for 5-Year-Olds

These are the best toys for four year old children, to help them develop their increasingly complex skills.

As long as you keep it to nine letters or less, your child gets his or her own personalized name puzzle, to help with alphabet and letter recognition.

Yes, this looks cool. But the name puzzle also makes your kid feel special, and boosts fine motor skills and letter recognition because the child has to fit the correct letter into its corresponding slot.

Unleash his or her inner artist with this high-quality, durable easel, perfect for budding creatives.

Four year olds love to draw, so here’s an easy way to help them do it. This set also includes a dry-erase board, chalkboard, a locking paper roll holder, a child-safe paper cutter, four easy-clip grips and two plastic trays for markers, chalk and other supplies.

By age four, kids recognize body parts. This set lets them create animals, faces, cars, flowers, and buildings.

This magnetic set is mess-free, and it lets four year olds use magnets to create whatever they want. From flowers to skyscrapers to dogs to mom and dad, the proverbial sky’s the limit. They can follow the enclosed puzzle cards, or freestyle. And when done, the magnets are stored in the wood carrying case.

This is imaginary play at its best, thanks to 37-piece spaceship set with four different levels of operations.

Yes, this spaceship play set has the right stuff, indeed. It transforms kids into Neil Armstrong or Sally Ride. It’s a four-story spaceship that mimics actual space shuttles with specific areas for mission control, an on-board laboratory, a living compartment and even a gym, plus a working elevator.

Yes, they do get underfoot, but these Zoob builders include gears, axels and joints that snap, click, and pop together, so you can build actual toys that you can actually play with.

These Zoobs helps kids develop hand-eye coordination, and unleash their imagination because they can create whatever they want. They’re meant for slightly older kids, but we think it’s never too early to start.

By age four, kids can throw balls over their heads. Help them build their skills by tossing beanbags through openings in this fun game.

This game is double-sided, works indoors and outside, and includes eight beanbags, plus two play options.

This popular game, for 2-8 players, helps kids develop focus, visual perception skills, speech-language skills, and fine-motor skills.

By age four, kids love board games and can follow along. While this isn’t exactly a board game, we promise, your child won’t be bored when he or she competes to spot symbols.

This activity set includes buttons, dough, crayons, doilies, flowers, feathers, eyes, bags, pipe cleaners, frames, boards, stickers, paper, tissue, and a glue stick.

No more rainy day blues, with this glorious activity set. By age four, kids can draw and even use scissors, to keep ’em busy with this fun set.

Fans of the show will love this two-sided playset, which includes 10 play pieces, phrases, sounds, and characters.

By age four, kids are fully into imaginary play. And this set, which includes a removable Octo-Alert that plays phrases and sounds, will keep ’em entertained.

No, they're not fancy. And no, they're not tricked-out. But this classic toys lets kids build whatever they want.

With 327 pieces, your kid can create an entire universe from his or her imagination.

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