The 25 Best Gifts for 4-Year-Old Girls in 2021

Pick out the perfect gift for your little princess

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4-year-olds are at that sweet age where they want to have endless hours of fun, so why not incorporate gifts that seamlessly integrate playtime with education? Whether the child in your life is interested in science, cute dolls, or adventure, there's a fun, and equally educational, gift for them.

Ideally, look for toys that allow for real-world play, says Dr. Natasha Burgert, a pediatrician in South Overland Park, Kansas. These toys are foundational for social and emotional growth, plus they are open-ended and allow for tons of fun in a variety of unique ways. Toys like books, balls, building blocks, dolls, and stuffed animals, and arts and crafts are also sure hits with educational value, she explains. Just be sure to consider each pick's recommended age, educational value, and longevity while you shop.

Here, the best gifts for 4-year-old girls.

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Kids can use letters to build words that become straws they can drink out of, making spelling fun.
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This toy provides all the jumping fun of a traditional pogo stick but also includes a foam base and rubber handlebars
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Decorated with glow-in-the-dark stars, this tent is a great center for pretend play, coloring, or just taking a rest.
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This smartwatch features cameras to take videos and selfies, comes with games, and even has a pedometer.
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Your child will want to carry this sweet doll everywhere, and luckily it's completely washable.
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With 20 slides and 100 facts, this talking microscope even includes a quiz mode for added fun.
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This set includes six colors, each of which is infused with sparkly flecks, and two cutters to help kids create a masterpiece.
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For a place to escape with her thoughts, dreams, and friends, this indoor garden playhouse can't be beaten.
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Your youngest explorer will find everything they need in this six piece kit.
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Your child will love collecting these unique dolls that are full of surprises.
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Spelly Straws Reusable Drinking Straws for Kids

Everyone always says not to play with your food, but no one ever said anything about your drinks! These Spelly Straws are a smart, fun way to do just that. The pack comes with 44 colorful letters and four straw connectors that all easily snap together. Kids can spell words, their names, and anything else they can think of, then just snap on the straw ends and sip away. All of the parts are dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.

What Testers Say

"Each pack of Spelly Straws can spell 300,000 words, which should keep kids busy for a long time. Don’t be surprised if your little one keeps asking for refills, since it’s so much fun to watch the liquid filter past the words they’ve created. Even after our kids finished their drinks, they continued to spell words with the straws and had fun arranging the pieces."—Michelle Hainer, Product Tester

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Flybar My First Foam Pogo Jumper

To help get some of that endless energy out and keep kids active, check out this Flybar pogo jumper. It provides all the jumping fun of a traditional pogo stick, but with a foam base and rubber handlebars. It can be used indoors or out, and it can support up to 250 pounds, so they won’t outgrow it anytime soon (and mom and dad can take a turn, too, if they like).

What Testers Say

"The base is made of heavy yet soft foam, so our kids were able to bounce indoors without destroying our floors or leaving unsightly marks. The jumper squeaks every time they bounce, which we found slightly annoying, but thankfully you can remove the squeaker from the toy."—Michelle Hainer, Product Tester

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FoxPrint Princess Castle Glow in the Dark Foldable Pop Up Play Tent


Every little princess needs her own castle, and this pop-up tent is a perfect first one. Decorated with glow-in-the-dark stars, it’s a great center for pretend play, having a tea party, or just taking a rest. It’s easy to set up and fold down, making it simple to take along to the park, beach, or anywhere else royal adventures await.

What Testers Say

"The nylon fabric of this tent is easy to wipe down with a damp cloth. Parents can choose to keep it assembled or pack it away after each use, depending on how much free space they have. However, we found the playhouse more difficult to disassemble than it seems.."—Michelle Hainer, Product Tester

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VTech Kidizoom Kids Smartwatch DX2

VTech Kidizoom Watch

She’ll be styling and smiling with this smartwatch of her own from VTech. Not only does it feature cameras that let her take videos and selfies, but it also has games to play and a pedometer to see just how much she’s moving. It comes in two fun colors—purple and blue.

What Testers Say

"Our niece loved playing with the camera most of all...She had a blast taking photos of her own surroundings and had even more fun taking selfies. There is also a voice recording function that she used non-stop."—Cheyenne Elwell, Product Tester

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Adora Playtime "Little Prince" 13 inch Baby Boy Doll

Adora Playtime "Little Prince" 13 inch Baby Boy Doll

She'll absolutely adore this Adora baby doll. Measuring 13 inches tall, the doll can suck his thumb and has eyes that open and close. It has a slightly weighted bean bag bottom to mimic the feel of a real baby, but it's still light and easy to carry. Parents, you'll love the fact the doll is 100 percent washable.

What Testers Say

"Right out of the box, the Adora PlayTime Baby Doll was a huge hit with both my 3-year-old daughter and my 6-year-old son. Each thought the Little Prince version we selected was adorable and immediately went about building him his own place to he’d be cozy in his new home."—Nicholas McClelland, Product Tester

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Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. Talking Microscope

Educational Insights Microscope

Though this is intended for kids ages four to seven, parents will also probably play with this cool toy, at least once. This talking microscope includes 20 slides and more than 100 facts. Kids can learn all about animals and plants and there's even a quiz mode to test their knowledge. Just remember to buy the three AAA batteries, which aren't included.

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Play-Doh Sparkle Compound Collection

Play-Doh Sparkle

Classic Play-Doh gets a fancy twist with this sparkly upgrade. This set includes six pretty colors, each of which is infused with sparkling flecks. It also includes two cutters to help kids create fun masterpieces. It’s a great inexpensive option if you’re looking for a little something for the little girl in your life. 

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Crate and Barrel Indoor Garden Playhouse

Indoor Garden Playhouse

This fun twist on a play tent is the best gift for a 4-year-old girl who wants a cozy place to play by herself or with friends. The outside is decorated to look like a greenhouse, complete with flowers, a door, and plants galore. The roof is made of see-through mesh to let in light and air as she plays.  

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Ozlife Adventure Kidz Outdoor Exploration Kit

Ozlife Adventure Kidz Outdoor Exploration Kit

When it's time to explore the outdoors, there's no better gift than this. Whether you plan to go hiking or just roam the neighborhood, this kit includes binoculars, a magnifying glass, compass, and flashlight. And of course everything fits conveniently in the accompanying drawstring backpack.

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Skyrocket Blume Doll

A sweet surprise is in store for any girl lucky enough to receive a Blume Doll. It's literally a surprise. Just add some water to the pot and a doll sprouts. She'll have a funky hairstyle, stickers, and fun accessories. The entire collection has 22 unique dolls so your little one will love collecting them.

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Osmo Little Genius Starter Kit for iPad

little genius starter kit

An iPad can be a launchpad for learning with this fun starter kit from Osmo. It contains a ton of fun games and activities, including stories, ideas for pretend play, and games that teach important skills such as letter formation, problem-solving, and more. An iPad isn’t included, but it’s compatible with most iPads models.

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American Girl Joss™ Doll & Book


Your girl will love this awesome and inspiring doll. Joss is a hearing impaired surfer girl who also loves to cheer. She comes dressed in shorts, a hoodie, and swimsuit and her hearing aid also has a carrying case.

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Best Choice Products 37-Key Kids Electronic Musical Instrument

This toy will strike just the right note for little ones who love music. It allows kids to not only play but also record their musical creations using a variety of instrument sounds, including piano, violin, and trumpet. To amp things up more, they can add one of eight rhythms, such as rock, disco, or samba, and add in drum beats, animal sounds, and more. There’s no telling what kind of masterpieces she’ll compose.

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Magna Tiles Clear Colors 100 Piece Set

Magna Tiles

Magna-Tiles make a magnificent gift. This set contains 100 pieces in all, which is perfect as a starter kit or to add to a box of tiles she may already have. The 3D magnetic tiles allow her to build limitless creations. While she’s having fun constructing, she’s also building important STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills.

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Fisher-Price Smart Scan Word Dash

This seek-and-find toy is sure to keep kids busy and learning along the way. The scanner prompts them to find discs that start with certain letters and then there's a mini lesson on the word. The game also plays music and can inspire children to create their own stories.

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VTech LeapFrog Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart

LeapFrog Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart

She’ll scream with delight for this fun ice cream cart from LeapFrog. It comes with a magnetic scoop that lets her create deliciously colorful creations with sprinkles and other toppings while fun, upbeat music sets the mood. As she's having all that fun in her world of make-believe, she’ll be building important skills like counting and identifying colors.

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Playz Kids Tent Crawl Tunnel and Ball Pit with Basketball Hoop Playhouse

This playhouse and tunnel set is packed with potential for fun. It comes with five pieces in all, including two tunnels, a tent, and a ball pit equipped with a basketball hoop. The ball pit can hold up to 1,000 balls, though you’ll have to purchase those separately. All the pieces can be used separately or combined in countless ways. 

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Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears! Build & Bloom Building Set

Fun will bloom with this great garden-themed gear set. There are 117 pieces in all, including colorful gears, butterflies, flowers, bees, ladybugs, and more. All of them can be combined so kids create an almost endless amount of designs using their imaginations.

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Pottery Barn Kids Chelsea All-in-1 Kitchen

All in one play kitchen

Made of fiberboard and solid wood, this kitchen set from Pottery Barn is sturdy and stylish with great, realistic details that will make it the star of any playroom. It features a refrigerator, oven, a stovetop, and a sink with storage underneath. Fun will definitely be on the menu for hours and hours.

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LeapFrog Mr. Pencil's Scribble and Write

Leap Frog Scribble and Write

Kids can use the attached pencil, Mr. Pencil, that is, to complete fun activities that include writing, drawing, and spelling, which are accompanied by adorable animations. It runs on three AA batteries, which are included, so the fun can begin right out of the box. 

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Skoolzy Preschool Learning Toys

She'll be having so much fun with this letter garden, she won't even realize she's learning from it. Flowers are stacked on top of stems, and each is printed with a letter (lower case on one side and upper case on the other).

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Hasbro Gaming Hungry Hungry Hippos

Hungry Hungry Hippos

This classic game is a gobbling good time. Players press the levers over and over trying to get their hippo to chomp up the most marbles in as little time as possible. It’s not the quietest game on the shelf, but it’s one of the most fun.

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Toyk Aqua Magic Mat

Toyk Aqua Magic Mat

This magic mat offers all the creative fun of markers and paints, but with none of the mess. Kids use the magic, water-filled pens to create amazing masterpieces on the mat. Those creations stay on the mat because the pens only work there—not on your carpet, couch, or anywhere else. When the water dries, kids' designs disappear, and they can start all over again.

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KidKraft My Dreamy Dollhouse with Furniture

Dreamy, indeed! This KidKraft My Dreamy Dollhouse is packed with potential for all sorts of pretend adventures. It comes with 14 pieces of furniture, including a grand piano and a toilet that makes flushing sounds. There’s even a hanging plant!

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Radio Flyer Big Flyer Sport Chopper Tricycle

Radioflyer Big Flyer Sport Chopper Tricycle

Radio Flyer is such an iconic brand, so why not gift your youngster with a set of classic wheels? This tricycle is intended for ages three and up (with a max weight of 65 pounds) and includes an easily adjustable seat to work with your child's height. The chrome handlebars and smooth wheels have such a sleek look and is sure to provide hours of cruise in style.

How We Tested

We bought three top-rated gifts for 4-year-old girls and our reviewers tested them for weeks on end. We asked our testers to consider the most important features when using these gifts, from their educational value to their age-appropriateness. We’ve outlined the key takeaways here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.

What to Look For in a Gift For a 4-Year-Old Girl

Recommended Age

When shopping for a 4-year-old, check a toy’s age rating to ensure that it’s a good fit, says Kristin Morency Goldman, senior advisor of strategic communications for The Toy Association. Toys for toddlers might not keep a 4-year-old engaged, but a product that’s too complicated may leave her frustrated.

Educational Value

The best gifts aren’t just fun— they’re educational, too. That doesn’t mean you have to buy her a textbook, though, says Dr. Jody LeVos, chief learning officer for HOMER. Many of today’s top toys encourage creativity, critical thinking, and STEM skills. Look for one that’s the perfect combination of educational and entertaining.


4-year-olds are growing rapidly—both developmentally and physically. To get the most use out of any toy you purchase, look for items that encourage open-ended play and can be tailored to a child’s development level. It also pays to look for toys like bikes and scooters with adjustable seats and handlebars, so they can better grow with your child.

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