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Ava’s top 10: gift ideas for 4-year-olds

by | Jul 29, 2021 | Gift Guides, Just Kids | 0 comments

We love a good gift guide. Especially one created WITH the kids and seeing as we’ve just celebrated Ava’s 4th birthday we thought it would be a great time to share all the presents she’s been enjoying and playing with the most! Maybe her TOP 10 will provide a few gift ideas for 4-year-olds that you may be shopping for too…

Like most 4-year-olds Ava loves exploring and trying new things. She’s also far better at playing WITH other than a year ago. Some of her favourite games include roleplay, dressing up but also dressing and undressing her dolls. Fantasy and pretend play has also started tickling her interest BUT she can still be very overwhelmed by the unknown. Better social skills also mean more group play with her sisters and friends. It’s an exciting age with loads of fun to be had!

Ava’s TOP 10 gift ideas for 4-year-olds – the things she loves most!

gift ideas for 4 year olds

Where to shop Ava’s TOP 10

1. PLAN TOYS FLOWER POTS SET available from Soufi

Top of Ava’s list was flowers. Gardening is a great sensory play activity enjoyed by both boys and girls alike and this set is a wonderful “green” choice for little nature lovers. 4 Colourful pots made from reclaimed rubber tree wood, one wooden gardening fork and a wooden spade. Simply add plants from your local nursery and you’re done.

2. MINILAND DOLLS available from Timeless Toys

Most kids love playing “mom and dad” at this age. The Miniland dolls are incredible and designed to develop social skills that help children understand the concept of family, groups, relationships and coexistence and, most importantly, respect for diversity. Boys, girls, Caucasian, African, Asian and Latin American – these doll covers such a broad spectrum and look true to human form with adorable baby bellies and full cheeks. “Stella” hasn’t left Ava’s side since she arrived!

3. PLAN TOYS PRETEND PLAY SETS available from Soufi and DOLL CLOTHES from Nomad & Grace

Every parent needs the basics to keep their baby happy. The PLAN TOYS DOLL FEEDING SET comes with a food-storage container, spoon, bib, water bottle, feeding bottle and diaper bag. The bag can even be hung on a stroller – just like mom does it! And don’t forget the cute outfits… Namad & Grace has the prettiest sellection of locally, handmade doll clothing especially designed to fit the Miniland Doll collection. You can even order matching outfit for your little one to match with his/her doll. Who doesn’t like a bit of “mini-and-me” twinning?

* CLICK HERE for more pretend play toys available from Soufi.

4. LOTTIE & FINN dolls available from Timeless Toys & Make Believe Co.

These dolls are inspired by real children and celebrate childhood. Designed and made with the proportions of a nine-year-old child in mind Lottie represents kids of various races from all over the world. She also doesn’t wear makeup, jewellery or high heels. Focused on play and adventure Lottie has a male counterpart called Finn. Be bold, be brave, be YOU!

5. IMAGIMAGS magnetic tiles available from Timeless ToYS

These 3D magnetic building tiles inspire kids to use their imaginations through open-ended play. Imagimags are beautiful – a rainbow of luminosity, holding a word of possibilities! Fast-moving vehicles, spectacularly engineered buildings, complex domino runs, 3D animals, beautiful mandalas, hearts and flowers… You can never stop creating with these and our girls play with their set daily. It’s actually the perfect gift for any age.

6. PLAN TOYS WATER BLOCKS available from Soufi

Take traditional block play to the next level by adding a set of these. Opening up a world of new enriched learning and play opportunities. The combination of 2 colours to make a 3rd. The use of interesting shapes and seeing the water move and reshape… Water blocks are great for colour, light and movement exploration.

7. LITTLE BEE HIVE cardboard creations

Now that Ava’s imagination has started taking flight she really enjoys living out different experiences such as owning her own shop or house, being a princess or traveling to the moon. Little Bee Hive DIY cardboard houses, castles and rockets is an affordable, fun, creative and eco-friendly option. Kids get to play out all of these experiences and more and also have fun while painting and decorating their creations.

8. Little People, Big Dreams My 1ST BOOKS available from Make Believe

This empowering series celebrates the important life stories of outstanding people of the world. All of them went on to achieve incredible things, yet each of them began life as a little child with a big dream. These books make the lives of these role models accessible for children, providing a powerful message to inspire the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world! Choose from heros such as: Coco Chanel, Steve Jobs, David Bowie, Jane Goodall, Stephan Hawkin, Maya Angelou and more.

9. No Nasties KIDS PLAY MAKEUP available from Make Believe

All natural kids play makeup. No harmful chemicals and synthetic colours to be digested or absorbed through your little one’s delicate skin. Just all the fun, the pretty and the glittery our little one love so much.

10. Last but not least… LEGO!

Enough said.

Just a reminder…

Our Soufi discount code is still active. Use “JUSTAMAMMA20” for 20% off all orders from the Soufi Wedsite! But you have to be quick, this discount code is only valid till the end of the month (July 31st, 2021)

gift ideas for 4 year olds

Looking for more gift ideas? CLICK HERE for our wooden toy gift guide, the best open-ended toys available locally, eco-friendly options and more!

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