Our best toys for preschoolers from 3 – 4 years

Posted on November 25th, 2016

Spoil your little one with one of these fun educational gifts.

Toys for preschoolers

These toys for preschoolers are not only a lot of fun to play with, but they can also be beneficial for your little one’s development.

The Secret Lives of Pets Gidget

Age: Four years+
Available from Hamleys for R799.95

Your child can collect all the characters from this comedy film and retell the story, learning to sequence events, recall details and understand the cast’s different traits. Encourage her to write her own scenes and do impressions of the characters’ accents.

The Secret Lives of Pets Gidget

Stainless Steel Pots and Pans (Melissa & Doug)

Age: Three years+
Available from Hamleys and online toy stores for R399.95

This stainless-steel cooking set is dishwasher safe, durable and packs up onto a neat rack. The utensils look just like yours, so meal prep is shared time as your child cooks alongside you. Play food fits easily into the generous-sized pots, pans and colander.

Stainless Steel pots and pans

Barbie Endless Moves (MATTEL)

Age: Three years+
Available from Toy Zone, Game and Pick n Pay for R349.99

All Barbie fans agree that this new arrival is a great buy. If you have a little one who loves to move, this flexible toy is the perfect playmate as it encourages a healthy lifestyle, from riding a bicycle, doing yoga or even strumming a guitar.

Barbie endless moves

Melissa & Doug Lock & Latch Board (Melissa & Doug)

Age: Three years+
Available from Hamleys and online toy stores for R299.95

This sturdy wooden board provides educational entertainment for all children, including those with special needs. Fine-motor fun is fuelled as your preschooler operates the locks, latches, hooks and clasps to find the characters inside each numbered door, who she can count and recall when the doors are closed.

Latch board

Blaze and the Monster Machines Transforming Blaze (Fisher-Price)

Age: Three years+
Available from Toy Zone, Toy Kingdom, Prima Toys and Hamleys for R699.99

This is every little scientist’s dream machine, as it transforms from road vehicle to jet. Your child learns about the difference between land and air motion, observing the use of thrust to propel flying. She can also enjoy the phrases that Blaze expresses.

Blaze monster truck

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