It was hard to stop myself when it came to compiling this gift guide. Having a four and six year old in the house and needing to buy lots of birthday presents for this age group has given me a good idea of what kids (and parents) love receiving! If you’re stuck with gift ideas this Christmas, here is my bumper selection of fun, practical and great gifts for four to six year olds. Let’s go…
Rather than standard play dough or modelling clay, go for the wow factor with the awesome scented modelling doughs from Perth maker Dough La La. They smell amazing! Non-toxic, non-sticky, lovely to touch and a huge hit with my tornadoes, ‘flavours’ include pineapple, blueberry, berry, bubble gum, lime, lemon, orange, peppermint, strawberry, vanilla and the latest mango (my personal favourite – it smells divine!).
Everything old is new again. I loved Fashion Plates when I was a kid and was so excited when I discovered they’re coming back this Christmas. So excited that I filmed a video to show how they work. If you want to watch a dork play with cool toys, check out my short video review. The new sets feature updated styles and outfits and are great for kids aged six and over who love drawing, creating and dreaming up their own fashionable designs. There’s no technology needed with this toy! Fashion Plates arrive in Australia in late November and will be available from Toyworld stores, Newslink outlets and Dymocks Sydney.
I also recently reviewed the ClicTime LEGO watches and giant minifigure alarm clocks – perfect for kids crazy about LEGO but suitable for parents who don’t want more bricks to add to their already massive collection. The Darth Vader, Stormtrooper or Batman alarm clock would make a great addition to any kid’s room.
My tornadoes love sticky mosaic kits. They provide hours of non-messy fun and allow kids to explore their creativity as they stick coloured foam tiles to make gorgeous mosaic pictures like this bird and elephant (each kit contains two mosaic pictures to create).
Everything can be turned into a game if you have to beat the clock! This new Beat the Clock Stopwatch Set from Tiger Tribe is packed full of fun and constructive activities to get kids out and about. Great for solo play or with friends, the fun time-based activities will be sure to keep kids like my competitive tornadoes busy!
Every kid needs a skipping rope. This cute little fox is made from wood and has a long rope ready for jumping.
I love the bright and happy colours of this Lauren Hinkley tropical charm bracelet. Perfect for summer!
Lace these shoe wings into any pair of high, or low top, sneakers and show your support to kids living with or surviving cancer. Perth’s Popsicle & Co donates a percentage of all of their BRAVE products sold to Children’s Leukaemia & Cancer Research (Inc) Foundation of Western Australia. Kids will love these shoe wings, running around pretending they can fly!
Tap tap sets like this monsters one are a big hit in the kindy and pre-primary classrooms at school. Thanks to Aussie online store Lucas Loves Cars, Gift Grapevine readers will receive 15% off tap tap sets and all other products storewide until December 15, 2016 when using the discount code GIFTG15.
Also from Lucas Loves Cars, this Make a Mask notepad has 20 tear-off paper masks. Just add some crayons, markers, or paint and let the superhero fun begin.
Djeco make great puzzles for kids including this 54 piece Fairy Castle Floor Puzzle and 54 piece Pirate Adventure Puzzle – both suitable for ages five and over. The packaging is beautiful, making them perfect for gifts.
I am a huge fan of the beautiful hand-painted bicycle bells from Newcastle (NSW) based Beep Bicycle Bells. With lots of designs for kids and adults, they make a unique gift for anyone who loves riding their bike or scooter.
A funky bike helmet makes a great gift for any little speed demon. Mr TT loves the Kiddimoto helmet my Mum gave him for his fourth birthday. Kiddimoto have lots of safe and super-cool designs just for kids.
Experience gifts make great gifts for four to six year olds. Annual zoo passes, local adventure parks and science centres – experience gifts are practical gifts that can be enjoyed all year round.
Possibly Miss T’s very favourite thing in our house, this Smiggle 30 pack of pens is a bestseller and includes a mix of gel, glitter, neon and pastel pens packed in a carry case.
Don’t forget books! Books make great gifts for four to six year olds.
All Through the Year follows a young girl and her family through each month of the year. What activities do they do each month? What do they love about each month? What are their family traditions? The activities the little girl does each month follows the Australian seasons so makes it relatable for Aussie kids. There’s no mention of “Fall”!
Earlier this year, my tornadoes and I reviewed Kitchen Disco (you can read that review here). The cover art alone made me want to buy this book! It’s a fantastically fun rhyming picture book for kids aged 3 to 6 about fruit coming to life and partying in the kitchen after dark.
Nibbles The Book Monster is an absolute delight of a book. Nibbles is a very naughty book monster – he chomps, munches and nibbles his way through fairytales that don’t belong to him!
When Miss T began reading chapter books, it wasn’t long before Billie B Brown became her favourite character. The Billie B Brown series and Hey Jack! series of books by Aussie author Sally Rippin are great for first time readers as they are full of relatable stories. For Miss T’s thoughts on Billie books, check out her review here.
These are just some of my favourites but for more children’s book suggestions, check out Children’s Books Daily. Megan is a teacher librarian who has an amazing blog which I love getting lost in, full of reviews and recommendations.
Have you seen my other 2016 gift guides? You can find them here:
Gift guide 1 – Christmas themed gifts
Gift Guide 2 – Great gifts for babies
Gift Guide 3 – Great gifts for one year olds
Gift Guide 4 – Great gifts for two year olds
Gift Guide 5 – Great gifts for three year olds
Stay tuned to the blog for more gift guides throughout November. You can also stay up to date with my gift ideas on Facebook, Pinterest (I’ve got 145+ gift ideas on my ‘Gift ideas: Age 4 – 6’ board!) or Instagram.
Happy gift hunting!
Which great gifts for four to six year olds do you love to give?
What’s your favourite book for kids?
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