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Good Activities for 4 Year Olds

Updated June 21, 2018 152 votes 62 voters 3.6k views

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The age of four is all about learning. From letters to science experiments, this list of good activities for 4 year olds will definitely keep those little hands busy and growing minds working. 

This stage of childhood involves exploring the world, but also learning some key lessons. The trick is to make that learning feel like play time by making educational activities for 4 year olds fun. This roundup includes easy – and even silly – activities like playing dress-up and putting on a puppet show, as well as more educational activities. The classic activity of making a string can phone teaches 4 year olds about sound waves, and splashing around with oil and water shows youngsters basic scientific principles.

Fun activities for 4 year olds can also help with valuable skills like reading. Play "I Spy the ABC's," create Playdough letters, or just sit back and read a chapter book together. Encouraging your child to get comfortable with reading and letters is important, but it can also be a wonderful bonding experience.

Read on to discover even more ideas for easy activities for 4 year olds. Vote up the games and crafts that you find the most fun and educational, and vote down those that don't quite make the cut.
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    Talk on a String Phone

    Talk on a String Phone is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Good Activities for 4 Year Olds
    Photo: Tracey Kite / via Pinterest
    This string phone activity from We Made That is a great way to explain how sound waves work to curious four-year-old minds. Speaking into one can or cup creates a sound wave, which is then converted into a vibration that travels along the string. Once it reaches the other can, the vibration is converted back to a sound wave.  
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    Play Dress-Up

    Play Dress-Up is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Good Activities for 4 Year Olds
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    Make dress-up time even more fun by building this fully stocked dress-up closet from Craftiness is not an Option
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    Walk on Raw Eggs

    Walk on Raw Eggs is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Good Activities for 4 Year Olds
    Photo: Housing A Forest / via Pinterest
    As this activity from Housing A Forest proves, eggs are a lot stronger than kids may think! Simply lay a tarp down on the ground, and encourage children to walk barefoot over the raw eggs.
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    Conduct Balloon Experiments With Candy

    Conduct Balloon Experiments Wi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Good Activities for 4 Year Olds
    Photo: Learn Play Imagine / via Pinterest
    Expand a balloon by harnessing the power of Pop Rocks, Nerds, and Coca-Cola. Learn Play Imagine instructs you to pour candy into a balloon using a funnel. Then attach the balloon to a soda bottle, being careful not to spill any candy into the bottle. Then shake the contents of the balloon into the soda and watch the balloon expand. 
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