If you are looking for the best or at least the most innovative gift to give your 4-year-old this year, there are several different options to choose from. As a matter of fact, one report lists all of the best gifts that you can buy this year to help boost their development. After all, play time is about using the imagination.
According to The Today Show, here are just a few toys that will help the 4-year-old in your life play for endless hours while also developing their motor skills and hand-eye coordination, while also encouraging them to interact with others.
LEGO Classic Medium Creative Brick Box, Target $28
Many educational experts suggest that when you buy LEGO for your children, just buy regular LEGO . Parents shouldn’t feel the need to buy pink LEGO for their daughters or blue LEGO for their sons. This creative brick box is the perfect gift for every toddler in your life.
"The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors" by Drew Daywalt and Adam Rex, Barnes and Nobles, $9
Rock is the invincible champion of the Kingdom of Backyard, but he tends to win a little too easily. This new book by Drew Daywalt and Adam Rex is getting rave reviews from parents for several different reasons. Some are even calling it the “new classic.”
Green Toys Jump Rope, Amazon $11
This is a classic, old-fashioned favorite that will definitely bring memories for parents who used to spend endless hours outside skipping rope or playing with chalk on the sidewalk.
Not only does it help promote gross motor activity, but it also gets your child moving!
Marble Run Toys 60 Pieces Wooden Classic Ramps Track Building Construction Set, Amazon $36
If you have a little budding engineer in your family, this construction set will help him or her find ways to create their latest architectural masterpiece. The toy helps children develop and understand basic principles of art, engineering and architecture.
If you are looking for other ways to help your child’s development through play, keep these things in mind. You can encourage your child to use a range of toys throughout the day. Also, use neutral toys that aren’t gender specific and limit your child’s exposure to stereotype-reinforcing media. And most importantly, communicate with your child as often as you can and get down on the floor and play with them.
The best memories you can make as a parent are the ones in which you are the most present, hands-on, and active.
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