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#1 of 8 Old 03-25-2003, 11:42 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I'm going to visit my friend who has a 4 year old daughter - what's a good present for her? Any book recommendations? Thanks!

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My daughters all love the Magnadoodle. Yes, it's plastic, and yes, it has a limited life span, but it's a great toy. They can use it at home, in the car, in waiting rooms, anywhere.

Art supplies are always a nice gift. Right now my girls are at the kitchen table using Magic Nuudles. Great fun, not too much mess to clean up afterward.

http://www.magicnuudles.com/home.htm

As far as books, anything by Eric Carle is a hit in my house. Another favorite here for pre-readers is Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. (A child who is reading might think it's too babyish, though.)

Hope this helps,
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Sam and the Firefly is my all time favorite kids book!

Stellaluna is awsome too.

Have you looked at www.magiccabin.com for "natural" toys?

I love to give summery gifts at this time of year. how about roller skates? they have the ones that attach to your shoes. You could get her a litting jump rope that's just her size or a hoola hoop (they make them for little people too).

You could get her a bug catcher kit! A little net and a mesh "cage" to keep her bugs in for a little while. just make sure she know she has to let them go. I think a Firefly lantern could be cool!

Don't know how much you want to spend. You could get her a CD of fun dancing music...or how about BUBBLES??? Bubbles are always a hit!

Etch-a-sketch, Sit N Spin, a mini tent she could set up in her room and camp out in. how about a sleeping bag? They have great sleeping bags for little people.

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Little animal figurines -- they're usually made of plastic or resin but sometimes you can find wood or felt ones. Whatever they are made of, they are what my 4-year-old's grubby paws are always clutching, LOL. She can't get enough of them. She uses them for everything.

For books, anything recommended for that age group on http://chinaberry.com/ is wonderful. Anything.
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I second the art supplies. Maybe get a cute little basket or bag and fill it with paints and brushes glitter glue and glitter pens.
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I have a 4 year old. She loves art supplies -- blank paper, stencils, markers, pencil crayons, tape, glue, anything along those lines. Inexpensive picture frames with materials to decorate are a fun craft project. She also loves puzzles, she does one's that are 60 - 100 pieces. Other favourites are sidewalk chalk (warm weather is coming!!!), books, workbooks (she loves to do mazes, connect the dots) and CD-Rom games.


It's a fun age to shop for!

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I have a four-year-old girl!

Our all-time favorite author is Kevin Henkes. Some of his books are Chester's Way, Wemberly Worried, Owen, A Weekend With Wendell, Jessica, and Chrysanthemum.

My daughter loves anything small she can give a personality to and use to act out stories. She plays a lot with dollhouse dolls, and not necessarily in the dollhouse. She also loves to draw, so I'll add my vote for art supplies. And dress-up clothes are a huge hit, especially for playdates - we have a whole trunkful of stuff, from firefighter hats to princess costumes.

Games are great at this age, too. We have the usual Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders, Hi-Ho Cherry-O, etc., but also some less common ones like Sequence for Kids and some German made games that can be found in "natural toy" catalogs like Magic Cabin.

And last suggestion - outdoor play stuff - balls, sidewalk chalk, bubbles, hula hoops, gardening tools, bug collecting kits...

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Felt boards and pieces. She loves these. Telling stories, making up different picture games. She has two boards and a variety of pieces -- farm, people, ocean, Madeline, etc. I think it's FeltKids makes really cool sets that have a zippered pouch that clips to the board for easy clean-up, storage and travel. We also buy felt and make pieces for certain things (pumpkins, ghosts, etc. at Hallowe'en). Hours of fun!!!


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