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Best Toys for 4 Year Olds

Best Toys for 4 Year Olds

Imitative play takes on more complexity by the time she reaches her 4th birthday. As she gains more physical dexterity and vocabulary increases, her dramatic play becomes more elaborate and invoved. It is just about having tea, it is about having tea parties with friends complete with ceremory. There is now a storyline and characters with roles. This is a sign of growing intelligence. Among the best toys for 4 year olds then are ones that support this socio-linguistic development.

The attention span, while still fleeting, is better than that of a toddler. Yet, 4 year-olds need lots of opportunities to focus, concentrate, and explore simple problem-solving skills. Enter simple games like memory, dominoes, and spinner games where objectives are straightforward and can be reached a reasonable time frame (10 - 15 minutes). The goal here is not to develop strategic play moves, but to learn play rules, to strengthen thinking skills, as well as to learn social norms.

The benefits of puzzle play are difficult to overstate. Puzzle are among the best toys for 4 year olds. They help develop socio, cognitive and liguistic skills. They can be engrossingly fun. Floor puzzles are still a good choice for small, still relatively uncoordinated hands. Don't be surprised if your child attempts the puzzle over and over again. The sense of accomplishment is a reward worth repeating.


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