I have a 4 year old girl in my extended family who was adopted in this past year. She's been through a lot,and we all want to make this Christmas special for her. Problem is, my youngest is a 15 year old boy...so, what does a 4 year old girl want for Christmas? I know lots of you have your finger on the pulse of this! Thanks in advance!
The little girl at my house LOVES craft things of all kinds - water colour paints, those books you can paint on with water and the colours show up magically, crayons and colouring books, beads and string ... all that stuff is a huge hit. She can play for hours.
She's also very imaginative and likes to play pretend with her little polly pocket people - they have a boat and lots of 'bits and bobs' to make up stories.
Another girl I knew was the very happy recipient of a box of dress up clothes - I went to the thrift store and got a uniform shirt, and a fancy 'first communion dress' (that for her, was like a wedding dress), and some other things and put them all in a tickle trunk.
My girl is nearly 6.
Big hits with her have been:
Art supplies - especially glitter paints/glues, stickers (get cheap ones, the point is to use a lot on one page!), her art easel, finger paints
Littlest Pet Shop (Like Polly Pockets)
Princesses and Fairies
I don't know what your budget is, but last year grandma got her a kids digital camera that was a big hit.
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Thanks for the quick replies, guys! Wow, littlest pet shop and polly pockets--my daughters are 25 and 23, and they used to play with those. Ahh, memories. How about dolls? What "life size" dolls are in these days? I will definitely get a polly pocket, but would like something a little bigger as well. A pony, well, can't ship that across the country!
My 5 year old granddaughter asks for the same thing for every Christmas or birthday....a new baby doll....Yes she has many many baby dolls but it doesn't matter to her.....I usually get something inexpensive and make a baby layette for it....bottles, diapers (with velcro), a blanket and baby outfits.
She is also a big fan of play dough.....
something soft, or sparkly. maybe a very lush wrap around scarf. (suggesting something outside of the toy category)
how about making her a delicate, but sturdy magic wand out of a dowel rod, painted or wrapped with something, 2 feet long, complete with tassels, maybe a few tiny bells on the end of ribbons, glitter covered ball or star on the tip, and a little cloth or leather name plate that hangs off on a strong ribbon that reads 'Princess Whatever'. (you didn't say her name)
My mom made me one of these one year when I was having a really bad time in life. I was much older, but I still have it, and as far as material possessions, it means the world to me.
more great ideas! I have nephews, so as for boys, I can help in the 7-11 age range. DVDs. Also gmes if they have a game system. Those are expensive, though. Also pokemon cards, bionicles (building sets, about $9) and the big thing--Bey Blades, spinning "battling" tops. Get the kind with electronic lights, about $10 if memory serves at Walmart last week. I can't believe those are still popular--like the polly pockets my girls played with, my 15 and 18 year old boys played with those tops. Legos are always popular. Hope that helped.
Okay, I just looked those things up on Amazon and the bionicles look like something they would play with. They seem to like blocks and they seem to like action figures, so those bionicles are like two in one. Thank you
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Depends on the girl. Why don't you ask her and/or her mommy? My DD doesn't particularly like dolls. Well, she likes American Girl dolls because they're large enough for her to dress and undress. Barbies are impossible for her to play. They have a type of American girl doll geared towards younger kids.
Does this girl have any fine motor problems? A lot of abused or neglected kids have developmental issues like motor problems.
Ideas: Bike, play makeup, drawing stuff, paper (typing paper is great for kids), coloring books, horsey stuff, dress up clothes, candy, music, jewelry, clothes, spending money, etc.
The thing my daughter loved at that age, and still really likes is board games. It seems to me like games would be the ideal thing. She can interact with her family, they're learning tools, and they're darned fun.
Even though you didn't ask for it I want to give you an important piece of advice. Please don't go overboard with presents. Spoiling her won't help her. It won't make her past go away and it won't help her feel like everyone else in the family. If you start with a huge Christmas she'll expect it all the time. I'd give her the kinds of presents you give all your other extended relatives.
Moms don't look at things like normal people.
My niece is 5. I guess THE "hot" toy for little girls this year is the Lalaloopsy dolls. She also likes all things Hello Kitty and dress up clothes.
When my now 17 yr old was that age she wanted books, legos, craft supplies and Brio trains. One of her favorite craft things was beginners needlepoint. The kit we got her was plastic canvas with a design printed on it, colorful yarn and a blunt plastic needle. She continued to ask for more of those kits for years.
"If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world" - Thorin Oakenshield to Bilbo Baggins, in JRR Tolkien's "The Hobbit"