My 4 year old and 5 year old gift guide has a little of everything! From open-ended building to role play to learning and practical life tools and so much more! Some of these are our must-have items that get constant play and others are things we are considering adding to our own home.
As I was sitting down to make my gift guide for 5 year olds I realized that honestly, I was recommending the EXACT same items as my 4 year old guide… Developmentally they are at similar places and enjoying the same toys. True they are no longer preschoolers and are in Kindergarten but beyond that I just wasn’t finding enough different ideas to make it work a new post. So below you will find a little bit of everything for any 4 year old or 5 year old in your life!
My gift guide takes longer than you would think to compile…
I always keep a running list of ideas that I add to as I think of things over the year, especially now that we are homeschooling. – you can check out our must-haves for homeschool preschool here if you’re in a similar boat!
Inevitably I end up searching the internet to see if there are any new gems I may be missing or things that I want to pick up for us to grow into. I try my hardest to make my 4 year old and 5 year old gift guide products that you may not have seen before but are still well-rated or well-loved in our home.
A little bit of everything to meet the needs of most anyone!
I created my 4 year old and 5 year old gift guide to cover all the basics I could think of for a preschooler or kindergartener who spends the majority of their time at home. I am in no way suggesting you NEED all of the items I list below I am nearly listing our favorites or our personal wish list items. Hopefully, this sparks some ideas for your own kiddo’s wish list!
Looking for a different age?!
I list what I know, and I have only ever known shopping for a little girl…
My list may be slightly geared towards ‘traditionally’ girl items, but lots of the things on my 4-year-old and 5 year old gift guide are just open-ended, loved by all toys, or at the very least come in other colors and patterns if unicorns and glitter aren’t your kid’s thing! They are SO our thing around here
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FREE PLAY TOYS
- Barbie Dolls – Made to move, mermaid, carrer path
- Travel Barbie House – this is a great way to sorta test the waters with a barbie house
- 18 in doll – we have an our generation, but most all stores now carry some option
- Janod MagnetiBook – Faces, transporation or seasons are my personal favorites
- Play Mobile – SO many different sets and sizes of sets available! I love the family fun line, space line, and city life
- Polly pocket
- Desk bells
- Kids camera
- Family builders magnets
- Animal figures – schleich, pabo, safari LTD are my go-to brands
- Character figures – my little pony, Bluey, superhero, this is the time to lean into their interests and favorite shows
- Play silks
- Wooden Loose parts
- Classic Light bright
- Magnetic Pattern blocks
- DJECO Geonimo Tap Tap Play Set
- Tea Party Set
- Dr. Set
- Tool Set
- Cash Register
- Play Food – a basic meal set, a hot cocoa set and ice cream cone set – but honestly ALL of their play food sets are awesome!
- Dress up Clothes – these nightgowns are perfect for dresses and a carrer set is always a good idea too
- Lego Box of Bricks
- Lego themed set – city, friends, space
- Picasso tiles ball run
- Geomag sticks and balls
- Kids K’nex
SPECILTY BUILDING BLOCKS
These babies are BEAUTIFUL. They are also spendy. It can be hard to justify spending so much on a toy, so I would only consider these if you already have a block lover or multiple kids that will use them.
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- Grimms Rainbow
- Rainbow Planks and Semi-circles
- Grimms Large Stepped pyramid
- Bauspiel Street with a View
- Bauspiel Lucent Cubes
- Glueckskaefer Rainbow Building Slats
- My Body Systems Layered Puzzle
- Magnetic maze
- Pattern Play
- Search and find floor puzzle
- Sequencing puzzles
- Coogam wooden brain teaser puzzle
LEARNING TOOLS AND TOYS
- Science experiement set
- Osmo Little Genius Starter kit – you will need a tablet to make use of this item
- Coding Critters
- Magnetic World Puzzle
- Mathlink Cubes
- GeoSafari Jr. Globe
- Stepping stones
- Foam Pogo
- Petal Bike
- Nugget – *not affiliated we just love ours a bunch
- Hopper ball
- Glitter Glue
- Washi Tape
- Oolly Art Tools – Glitter Gel Crayons, Color Change Markers, chalk crayons – honestly I want so many of their products!!!
- Boogie Board
- Stencil Set
- Liquid Watercolors
- The Magical Yet
- Hey Ho to Mars We’ll Go
- Lola Dutch
- First Big Book of Why
- Highlights hidden pictures
- Ultimate book of Planet Earth – a bunch of other similar titles to suite your kiddo as well
I wanted to give our Usborne favorites a special section all to themselves for a couple of reasons.
1. they are without a doubt some of the most used books in the house and are well-loved by us all and without a doubt deserve a special shout out on the 4 year old gift guide! I tried really hard to pick our TOP 6, but I have soooooo many that we really love that this was really hard and I feel like I am leaving out some of our must-haves…I may have to do a separate post on that soon… 😉
2. I am an Usborne consultant and If you choose to purchase anything through one of my links below know that I will make a small commission at NO cost to you and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for choosing to help support my family!
- Big Book line – amazing oversized books with fold-out pages chocked full of facts
- Big Picture Atlas
- Look inside line – so many flaps filled with so many fun things to learn
- Lift the Flap first questions line – flaps make everything better, even all those questions kids ask about why this and how that
- Wipe and clean books – SO many different themes and different skill levels available
- Sticker Books – again they have TONS of differnt themes to suit any kid!
Did I forget any MUST HAVES in the 4 year old and 5 year old gift guide!?
I hope my gift guide gave you a couple of fun new ideas for the preschooler or kindergartener in your life! Please share any other ideas for a 4 year old or 5 year old gift guide you have! I love knowing what the cream of the crop are when it comes to toys!