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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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    Melt Ice Using Salt

    Melt Ice Using Salt
    Photo: Buzzfeed / via Pinterest
    Freeze water overnight in bowls. Then, as The Artful Parent instructs, have your kids pour a small amount of salt over the ice. Use eye-droppers to add the watercolor so they can see the ravines that salt has made. 
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    Explore How Water Travels Through Leaves

    Explore How Water Travels Through Leaves
    Photo: Buggy and Buddy / via Pinterest
    Buggy and Buddy suggests having your child add red food coloring to some water, snipping the end of a leaf, and then watching over the next few days to see how the leaf absorbs the water. 
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    Go on a Backyard Treasure Hunt

    Go on a Backyard Treasure Hunt
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    According to Purple Trail, "creating a nature themed treasure hunt is a great way to teach your children about the natural habitat surrounding your home." Treasures can include leaves, something yellow, and a bird's nest. 
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    Sculpt The Alphabet With Playdough

    Sculpt The Alphabet With Playdough
    Photo: confessionsofahomeschooler.com / via Pinterest
    This is a great way for your four year old to practice his or her alphabet. You can print out these alphabet cards from Learning 4 Kids. Then have your little one sculpt the letters on the cards with Playdough. 
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