Four-year-olds are at that sweet age where they want endless hours of fun, so why not incorporate gifts that seamlessly integrate playtime with education?
While researching and testing the best options available, we considered each pick's recommended age, educational value, and longevity. Our favorites include a Play-Doh kitchen set, My Little Pony dolls, and a Paw Patrol bike from Schwinn, perfect for beginners.
Here are the best gifts for 4-year-old girls.
furReal Moodwings Snow Dragon Interactive Pet Toy
One look at her color-changing eyes or tummy will reveal this robotic snow dragon's one of many moods. Through play, your little one can learn to nurture the dragon's emotions and learn social skills by using the included three surprise accessories, a bottle, a pacifier, and a toy, to interact with this pet.
Your 4-year-old will love watching Snow Dragon's glittery wings flap open and closed as her moods change based on the interaction. Multiple ages can enjoy this toy and never grow bored, thanks to the 50 included sounds she can make.
Don't fret, parents, because she has an easy-to-reach off button. Just be sure to have spare AA batteries on hand to make sure this adorable toy operates as expected. You may also want to find a storage solution for the accessories since the manufacturer provides no bag or pouch.
Price at time of publish: $54
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). You can even jump indoors, according to our tester. "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," they shared.
Price at time of publish: $18
Mattel Karma’s World Karma Fashion Doll
Based on the popular Netflix show Karma's World, this gorgeous fashion doll makes the perfect addition to any 4-year-old's toy collection. Karma comes in her signature outfit with her iconic beautiful curls that fans will recognize and love. Recreate Karma's adventures from the show with the included microphone accessory. You can also purchase her friends Winston and Switch for a full set.
Price at time of publish: $13
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. Plus, it's easy to clean, according to our tester. "The nylon fabric of this tent is easy to wipe down with a damp cloth," they confirmed.
Price at time of publish: $32
Super Smalls Everyday Royalty DIY Crown & Tiara Kit
Treat your 4-year-old like the queen she is with a DIY crown craft kit from Super Smalls. The kit includes five pre-cut crowns and tiaras, so friends and siblings can craft as well. The 300 included stickers provide endless customization possibilities. Once complete, the imaginative and pretend play begins. Don't be surprised when this foam tiara becomes a staple part of your little one's wardrobe.
Price at time of publish: $32
Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. Talking Microscope
Though this is intended for kids ages four to seven, parents will also probably play with this cool science 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.
Price at time of publish: $34
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.
Price at time of publish: $9
Smart Teddy Talking Teddy Bear for Kids
For the perfect companion for your 4-year-old, look to Smart Teddy, an adorable teddy bear friend who talks back. The tech toy knows fairy tales, lullabies, songs, riddles, and more. Program your teddy based on your daily routine to develop helpful habits revolving around potty training, teeth brushing, healthy eating, and more. Parents will love the easy-to-use app that operates as a second adult advising positive practices and teaching valuable skills.
Price at time of publish: $200
Scwinn Girls' Paw Patrol SKYE 16 in Bike
If your little one is finally ready to learn how to ride a bike, ensure she rides in style with this Paw Patrol tricycle from Scwinn. The adorable graphics feature brave Skye as she faces her fears and takes to the sidewalk. The coaster brake, single-speed drive train, and removable training wheels make this pick ideal for training. The adorable ride is suitable for kids up to 7 years old with an adjustable seat, so it grows her as her skills develop.
Price at time of publish: $16
Crate and Barrel 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.
Price at time of publish: $199
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, a compass, and a flashlight. And of course, everything fits conveniently in the accompanying drawstring backpack.
Price at time of publish: $19
Mudpuppy We Are Colorful Skin Tone Crayon Set
Update your 4-year-old's art supply stash with a set of skin tone crayons from Mudpuppy. The affordable gift sends an important message about how skin comes in many beautiful colors. Pair with a coloring book for the perfect gift set with accurate colors to represent multiple ethnicities and skin tones. Plus, the tin the crayons come in double as a storage solution.
Price at time of publish: $11
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. Our tester loved the endless possibilities, saying "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."
Price at time of publish: $15
iPlay, iLearn Dollhouse Backpack
What if your 4-year-old's favorite dollhouse fits nicely into an adorable backpack? Well, now it can with iPlay iLearn's dreamy dollhouse that folds directly out of a beautiful and functional pink backpack. Open the backpack to reveal a multi-room playset complete with realistic accessories, an adorable doll, and stickers to decorate your space. The easily portable toy is sure to entertain her for hours as she explores the moving elements and intricate furniture.
Price at time of publish: $37
VTech Kidizoom Kids Smartwatch DX2
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. Our tester loved the camera function best, saying "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."
Price at time of publish: $63
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. According to our tester, "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 sleep...so he’d be cozy in his new home." Parents, you'll love the fact the doll is 100 percent washable.
Price at time of publish: $29
Play-Doh Sparkle Compound Collection
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.
Price at time of publish: $14
Amazon My Little Pony Toys Meet The Mane 6 Ponies Collection
She can collect the Mane 6 all in one set: Each pony, including Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Fluttershy, and Applejack comes as a 3-inch figure featuring character-inspired poses and plastic molded hair. They make a cute set to play with or display when not in use.
Price at time of publish: $27
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.
Price at time of publish: $48
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.
Price at time of publish: $25
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.
Price at time of publish: $16
Hasbro Gaming Hungry Hungry Hippos
This classic family 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.
Price at time of publish: $17
Play22 Keyboard Playmat
Toddlers, kids, and adults can have fun with this musical playmat. While she's running around making melodic sounds, she's also engaging in physical and active play. The piano mat lets her play music, record her creation, and play it back for her loved ones to hear. Note that the mat requires four AA batteries, which aren't included.
Price at time of publish: $36
Play-Doh Kitchen Creations Rising Cake Oven Bakery Playset
Your child can practice pretend-play with this toy oven—it makes real oven sounds (plays a fun bell ding) and lets her watch her creation rise before her eyes. And when the cake's ready, she can decorate her Play-Doh cakes with the included pretend sprinkles, or use the remaining clay to mold candles and candies.
Price at time of publish: $17
Magna Tiles Clear Colors 100 Piece Set
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.
Price at time of publish: $125
Playz Kids Tent Crawl Tunnel and Ball Pit with Basketball Hoop Playhouse
This play house 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.
Price at time of publish: $45
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.
Price at time of publish: $98
American Girl Kira Bailey Doll, Book & Accessories
Your girl will love this awesome and inspiring doll. Joss lives in the Australian outback where she cares for kangaroos, koalas, and other animals in need. She comes dressed in her wildlife care outfit with a koala friend, a wildlife care kit, and a book to read all about her adventures.
Price at time of publish: $177
Pottery Barn Kids Chelsea All-in-1 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.
Price at time of publish: $499
CoComelon Musical Bedtime JJ Doll
Instill nurturing skills into your 4-year-old while she's young. This little JJ doll inspired by the CoComelon series is soft and cuddly and makes the perfect bedtime friend. He comes with a little teddy bear pillow plush, and even plays seven sounds and phrases from the educational show.
Price at time of publish: $16
LeapFrog Mr. Pencil's 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.
Price at time of publish: $16
What to Look For in a Gift For a 4-Year-Old Girl
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.
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
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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This article was written and researched by Julie Evans, a writer, and editor whose work covers topics including health and wellness, parenting, and technology. Her writing has appeared on USA Today, Realtor.com, Brit + Co, and CafeMom, among others. She has nearly 20 years of experience. Additional research was done by Julia Fields a lifestyle writer for The Spruce covering all things surrounding toys, gifts, and the holidays since October 2021. Before that, she covered similar topics including toy reviews, product round-ups, expert-focused articles, and more.