10 Exciting Gifts That Encourage Learning for 3-4 Year Old Kids + GIVEAWAY 22

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10 Exciting Toys that Encourage Learning in 3-4 year olds - Play Dough & Popsicles

“The important thing is not to stop questioning.” – Albert Einstein

Toys play a major role in many children’s lives. Many toys help children learn to grow up, pretending and playing out adult actions. Toys are the tools that children need to encourage their creativity and growth of their mind. Any toy can do this. Any toy can be something different for a child.

It is important for me, though, to ensure that the toys my daughter does play with have some learning aspects to them. Something that will encourage her to grow and develop in some way.

This list is my top 10 favorite toys that will not only entertain your little one but educate them as well.

 Why Tad Hills is my new favorite Children's Author - Play Dough & Popsicles

Children’s Books.

Books are incredibly important for children. The list of pros for books is beyond this blog post.
My newest favorite children’s author/illustrator is Tad Hills. He is passionate, talented, and you can tell he cares about what he is doing.
To read about a few of his books and more about him check this post I wrote all about him and his fun children’s books (and plush toys): Why Tad Hills Is My New Favorite Children’s Author

Where to buy: Tad Hills on Amazon
Price Range: $-$$

10 Entertaining Toys That Encourage Learning for 3-4 Year Olds

Magic Moves

I need one of these magic wands for me. It is such a fun and upbeat way to get kids moving indoors. You simply push the button and catchy music comes on with your first ‘instruction’ or move. With over 90 movements and 3 surprises, this is perfect for at home or preschool! This magic wand also encourages creative thinking. The tasks that it asks you to do are not all completely common. It is fun to see my daughter figuring out the best way to complete the task. Oh and did I mention it lights up and flashes? It is AWESOME!

Where to Buy: Playopolis Toys: Magic Moves
Price Range: $$
Ways We Play With Wikki Stix + FREE Printables - Play Dough & Popsicles

Wikki Stix

Oh my gosh! I had heard of Wikki Stix but never played with them. I am obsessed! These wax covered strings stick to paper, other wikki stix pieces, everything. But not in a permanent way. My hands were clean after playing with them.
We made barbie dresses, home scenes, and more.. there is no end to the possibilities of play with wikki stix. I also created a Free Printable of Wikki Stix Dot-to-Dot mats that can be printed here: 5 Ways We Play with Wikki Stix.

Where to Buy: Playopolis Toys
Price Range: $


Tea Parties, Towers, & Train Tracks with Brackitz

Brackitz Creator Pack

Brackitz are endless fun for all ages. We kept making and tearing down and making again. You can see our first experience with Brackitz in this post: Tea Party, Towers, and Train Tracks: Exploring Brackitz. This pack comes with wooden slats and plastic connectors. Two different styles of connectors and the fun, bright colors make for interesting creations. Over and Over. Brackitz sells a variety of different kits, depending on your building needs.

Where To Buy: Brackitz
Price Range: $$-$$$ (Depending on Kit Size)



10 Entertaining Toys that Encourage Learning - Play Dough & Popsicles

 Opposites Puzzle

Puzzles are always fun. They are great for so many things. This puzzle is a little bit different from the traditional, multiple piece puzzles. I am so glad that it is, though. Opposites are so hard for me to explain. I mean, I can give examples of opposites for day, but how to get down to the most simple explanation of an opposite, I have no idea. An opposite is something different, but the opposite. I DON’T KNOW!

Playing with this puzzle was the first time that we had worked heavily on opposites. She did so well, I am so proud.

Where to Buy: Playopolis Toys
Price Range: $

 10 Entertaining Toys that Encourage Learning for 3-4 Year Old Kids - Play Dough & Popsicles


 Brain Noodles

These fuzzy sticks can be bent, folded, and twisted into any shape or design. They are covered in soft, silky fibers so they are fun to touch. They come in a 12 pack so the options are endless. The colors and designs are fun. We made letters & numbers, had a sword fight, made vase full of flowers, and even built a little house. Even though we played together this first time, these will be great for independent play also.

Where To Buy: Playopolis Toys
Price Range: $


 10 Entertaining Toys that Encourage Learning in 3-4 year olds - Play Dough and Popsicles

Sensory Bin Tools

We always have so much fun with sensory bins. If you aren’t familiar with what sensory bins are and the benefits of them, I have an entire Pinterest Board dedicated to them. See It Here: Pinterest Board: Sensory BinsIt is hard to find manipulators and other tools for small hands. My daughter does have adults size spoons and scoops, but it is also nice to have child size ones as well. These are amazing! 

Where To Buy: Amazon
Price Range: $$


10 Entertaining Toys that Encourage Learning for 3-4 Year Old - Play Dough & Popsicles

ALEX Toys Little Hands My Giant Busy Box

We do a lot of crafting in our house. I love crafting with my daughter. Sometimes, though, when she wants to ‘make a craft’ (as she calls it) I am in the middle of something and can’t help her collect all the supplies for her. Thankfully we have one of these ALEX Toys Little Hands My Giant Busy Boxes. It can be a life saver sometimes. It comes with everything you’d need and each project is sealed in its own see through envelope type thing. It is very convenient. It also makes her feel good because she can start a project from a to z without mom standing over her shoulder. This particular one has 16 different projects. That’s AWESOME!

Where To Buy: Amazon
rice Range: $$

10 Entertaining Toys that Encourage Learning for 3-4 year old kids - Play Dough & Popsicles

 Leap TV

We love our leap TV. This is also something that I can play with her or it can be independent play. The great thing about this is the ‘games’ come in characters that she knows. Sophia the First, Frozen, Paw Patrol, etc. So that is exciting in itself. She wants to play the game with these characters. She doesn’t know, though, that they are packed full of learning opportunities. She just thinks she’s playing the Monster’s Inc game.

Where To Buy: Amazon
Price Range: $$$$


10 Entertaining Toys that Encourage Learning for 3 - 4 year old kids - Play Dough & Popsicles

Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. My First Microscope

We don’t have this microscope, but it has been on my list for quite some time now. I foresee much fun and exploring with this. We will probably go on nature walks and collect ‘treasure’ and come home and check it out. It may not have super powerful magnification but for a preschooler it is perfect. My daughter is getting one of these this year!

Where to Buy: Amazon
Price Range: $



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