Holy cow. I blinked at it was the middle of October. How did that happen? Thanksgiving is in a few days with Halloween following shortly on its heels. And, of course, that means Christmas is fast approaching! I thought it was time, once again, to talk about some of the gifts that my 4 1/2 year old adores to maybe help out those of you stuck for ideas for this age group. This is NOT a sponsored post but actual items that my little girl either has or has used and loves! Keep in mind that many of these items will be loved by boys too – I’m just writing from the perspective of a mom to a little girl!
Gift Ideas for 4 and 5 Year Old Girls
Fashion Plates – AVR $29.99
Do you remember these from your childhood? I sure do. I spent hours and hours playing with my Fashion Plates. And now they are back! They haven’t changed much either. These were an instant hit in our house and the little one spends hours creating her own paper fashions.
My First Lab Du0Scope Microscope – ARV $89.00
My daughter has recently taking a huge interest in SpiderMan and one of her favorite things about the show is the science behind it. I did a lot of research before I picked out a microscope. I did’t want one that was a “toy”. This one has won several awards and my expectations were high. I was not disappointed. At four years old this does require some adult supervision but it’s really a fun thing for the whole family. And the great thing is she will be able to use it for years. It comes with a whole kit of premade slides and stuff to make your own slides with.
Operation – Jake & The Neverland Pirates or Doc McStuffins – ARV $25
We love board games in our house and the Jake and the Neverland Pirates Operation game has become one of the new favorites. It’s exactly like the Operation game that you probably had when you were a kid but with pieces that are easier manage for smaller hands. It’s a great game to work on fine motor skills.
Lego Junior – ARV $13.00 and up
Girls and boys both love building blocks. Although my little one still drags our her big set of larger blocks (Duplo) she has taken an interest in building things that are a little more advanced. The Lego Junior sets are perfect for the 4-7 year old age group. The pieces are smaller than Duplo but still large enough for those little hands to manipulate. You can get them in a wide range of themes – from princesses to super heroes and everything in between. And of course the sets all work together too.
Barbie – ARV $9.00 and up
Barbie is still a favorite in our home and I suspect she will be for some time to come. I can’t say there is one favorite Barbie or accessory, she loves them all. And there is a doll or accessory to meet just about every prince range too.
Skates – ARV $40 and up
We introduced our daughter to skating last year and she loves it. We love it. It’s great exercise and something we can all do together. We made a point of going just about every Sunday all winter long. There are a variety of options when it comes to skates. I recommend NOT starting with bob skates or double bladed skates. Go straight for the real thing. And we love these adjustable ones that she will be able to wear for at least a couple of years.
Play Doh and accessories (or modelling clay, etc)- ARV varies
I’m not sure my little one will every tire of making Play Doh creations or pieces of art with modelling clay. The possibilities with these tools really are endless with the creative minds of kids this age. And I also love that this is a very affordable activity. You can pick up brand name Play Doh and a variety of clays at most dollar stores as well as tools like cookie cutters. If you want something a little more creative Play Doh sells lots of pretty cool play sets for various age levels.
Paint your own Castle – ARV $25.00
We picked this up on a recent trip to Michaels and it’s been a huge hit. We also picked up a set of very affordable acrylic paints at the same time. We’ve spent hours painting this castle according my my daughter’s specs. It’s a little too small for Barbie dolls but she has plenty of other little figures (including My Little Ponies) that are the perfect size for this adorable castle.
Crafts – ARV varies
You just can’t go wrong having plenty of craft supplies on hand for both boys and girls in this age group. Some of ours essentials:
- jewels and beads
- glitter glue
- construction paper
- pipe cleaners
- popcycle sticks
- glue and glue tape (my favorite because it’s not messy)
- tissue and/or crepe paper (great for paper mache projects)
- crayons/markers/pencil crayons
- paint brushes and sponges
- hole punch ( requires adult supervision but comes in very handy)
- stamps and kid friendly ink
- googley eyes
For more ideas see my previous posts on gift ideas