This week I'm sharing my handy guide to four year olds.
Four is a big year of change. Depending on where you live, a lot of children move from nursery or playgroup to pre-school or even primary school at this age. The days when he / she was just a toddler are long gone.
They're still developing new skills and abilities at an astonishing rate, but so many of their likes, dislikes and personality traits seem to be set by this point.
If you don't have the chance to spend a lot of time regularly with the children in your life, it can come as a shock to see how quickly they grow and develop.
This series of handy guides is a quick and easy way to help you to work out the best gifts to buy, and what activities or games might go down well if you don't get to visit very often.
Check out the other guides in this series:
By four years old, most kids have a similar (or possibly even better) level of coordination and balance as most adults. Getting them to stay still long enough to hold a balance is the most tricky part. Fun games such as Musical Statues, or skipping and hopping games in the park can help kids develop and enjoy their newfound skills. You might even uncover their hidden talents as a budding gymnast!
I don't know any four year olds that don't love to take part in lengthy conversations. They usually have a pretty strong opinion about most topics, and often a unique perspective on the way the world works. Their logic and reasoning is strong, although it may not always match yours!
Most four year olds can now understand and empathise with people even when they're not there in person. This can make conversations about family members or friends who aren't physically present more interesting and rewarding. If you don't live really close-by it can be hard to feel connected to the little kids in your life, but by this age they should be starting to have proper conversations on video chat. So even if you're not there to play with them in person, they can know that you are still part of their world.
Now that they have such a strong sense of self, four year olds are generally happy to let the world know who they are. He / she is proud of their creations, and will look for opportunities to show them off.
Be So Baby Create Gift Box: An easy way to buy a great gift that you know will go down well. Our create box contains lots of bits and pieces to encourage creativity and imagination.
"I wish I'd bought more 'putting together' presents, as she seems to be able to concentrate on it and spend time building things.."
Tamsin (mum of 2)
Magna-tiles: Invented in 1992 to teach children about shapes through play, each tile has magnets along its edges. Like lego, children can use this sort of puzzle to build whatever structures they can think of, and then use their imagination to create stories around them.
"The doctor's outfit & kit was the main focus on the day"
Annette (mum of 2)
Dress-up Kit: Kids of all ages love to put on fancy dress and invent characters and stories to go alongside them. By four, the roles will have become a bit more advanced and the stories can last for hours (with as many twists and turns as a soap opera!)
All this useful information and more is contained in our Beginner's Guide to Four Year Olds pdf. Sign up to our newsletter here and we will send you your own copy
Hopefully this has helped give you more of an idea about four year olds. Please leave any of your own tips and ideas in the comments!
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