Four-year-old favorites

6 October 2020

With June well into her four-year-old year, I figured it was high time for an update on some of her favorites! (We last checked in right after her third birthday!) As you can see, 4 has been an absolute delight. She is funny, quick to laugh, so loving, and an excellent conversationalist. She especially adores her mama, her daddy, and her cousins, and, as I’m detailing below, a few other things!

— This camera was one of her fourth birthday presents, and it has been a constant companion on hikes ever since. We’ve never actually uploaded the photos to the computer – the real joy is in taking them, it seems – but you can, if you’d like.
— Little plastic animals like these and these (or a slightly bigger size like this, this, or this) are MVPs around our house. The kids play with them in the bath, in the sand table, in the garden beds, on trips, on hikes… they’re small enough that they’re easy to tote along or share with a friend and are great for facilitating imaginative play everywhere and anywhere.
— Current TV favorites include The Octonauts (Netflix), If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (Amazon Prime), and Clifford (Amazon Prime). Y’all know the Octonauts love goes deep around here (we love it, too – so many fun facts!) – if it’s the same at your house, I highly recommend this coloring book. June has painstakingly colored every page (sob).
— Continuing with the Octonauts theme, girl loves splashing in under-the-sea sensory bins and completing this National Geographic Ocean Animals sticker book. (She calls it National Sea-ographic :))
— Other activity favorites: these paint-by-sticker books (June can complete them without assistance), these number and alphabet activity pads, and this unicorn and mermaid sticker book (it’s really good – there’s also this boy version!). To keep those colored pencils sharp, we invested in this pencil sharpener and it is a HIT.
— In addition to Magna-Tiles (we also have Picasso Tiles – especially love the set with cars), the number one favorite toy in our house is this ice cream set. June and Shep both play with it daily with great enthusiasm, and have for more than a year. FIVE STARS!
— We use this shampoo on her hair these days and this spray-on conditioner to help with the tangles. This brush is still the best! And a big bow or smaller bows.
— These sweet princess dresses are perfect for everyday dress-up (or for a Disney trip, when those are a thing again!). A great price and adorable styles. June pairs them with her “party shoes” (also a great price – we’ve bought them in multiple sizes).
— We’ve had a Jesus Storybook Bible since before June was born, but this feels like the first year she’s really started to understand it. It’s the most beautiful retelling – a pleasure for all of us to read :)

Whew! Hopefully this gives you a few new ideas for your favorite four-year-old (or gift ideas for the holidays! :)). If you’re looking for most of my past kiddo picks in one easy place, I’ve organized them more neatly here!

Past family favorites:
The first six weeks
Five months
Eight months
One year
Fifteen months
Twenty one months
Two-and-a-half years
Three years

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October 6, 2020 8:23 am

Oooh I’m so glad she likes the unicorn and mermaid book! The other version was a big hit at our house too. And good find on those dresses, too bad for Tegan she already picked out a halloween costume!

October 7, 2020 2:31 pm

Four is also one of my favourite ages – and June is just too precious x

October 7, 2020 9:02 pm

This came just in time, Em! I just ordered some of the sticker books you recommended for a long road trip this weekend :-) Yay! Oh, and we love Schleich animals! We usually add some to our collection every year in their advent calendar. And since my daughter wants a Wild Kratts birthday, I‘m sure we’ll include some old and new ones for table decorations and the obligatory scavenger hunt. Guests or no guests, ha!

October 8, 2020 2:34 pm

Awe, June! I wish we lived closer so our almost-5-year-olds could play together. But more specific to your post, there are SO MANY great links here. Off to peruse!

October 8, 2020 8:21 pm

Thank you for sharing!! So many great ideas for my four year old’s Christmas list!

Kelly Strawberry
October 12, 2020 9:10 am

I bought the paint by sticker books last week based on your recommendation and they have been a hit!!