Best Multi-Sensory Toys for 4-Year-Olds

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This is a satisfying Slinky-like toy that can gently glide and flow up and down your arms. It is a perfect sensory toy for those who need some more visual and tactile stimulation. The rings come in multiple metallic colors that are visually appealing as they move. Moving these rings up and down your arm is a great way to relieve stress and calm down.

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Kinetic Sand is a unique toy that feels just like wet beach sand but doesn’t stick or make messes. The sand is dry and flows freely, but can still be molded to create sandcastles, just like at the beach. This is a great tactile experience for children and allows them to explore their creativity. It is made with real sand and never dries out. Plus, the kit includes some molds and rakes, so kids can add texture and height to their creations. There are 3 pounds of sand in this set and the box it comes in provides the perfect container for holding the sand while kids play with it.

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With this set of water beads from Sensory Jungle, the fun begins as soon as they are placed in water. Children will love watching the beads as they absorb the water and grow, multiplying in size. Once the beads have completely absorbed the water, they become a toy that stimulates children’s sense of touch. Playing around with the different colored beads can also help children learn skills such as counting, sorting and color recognition. Recommended for children ages 3 and up.

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TickiT Silishapes sensory circles are a great option for children who love to feel different textures. A variety of textures are available in this set, from a disc with a bristled surface to another with a series of raised concentric circles. Each of the larger discs in the set comes paired with a smaller counterpart, helping kids build color recognition skills as they match each of the pairs together. The discs are made from safe materials and are incredibly durable. Recommended for children ages 3 and up.

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The 41 pieces in the BizyBeez Magstix set come in many different shapes and colors, from blue spheres to green tubes. Each of the magnetic pieces easily connects together so children can build whatever they dream up. The set also comes with a drawstring storage bag, which makes clean-up a breeze. Recommended for children ages 3 and up.

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Educational Insights Playfoam Go! provides children with a unique, textured material comprised of thousands of small foam beads. This material, in addition to being safe for young children, offers a fun tactile experience sure to engage any little one. The foam doesn’t dry out and can be easily stored away in the carrying case included with the set. Recommended for children ages 3 and older.

Expert Commentary

“These are must-have toys for pre-K children. These highly engaging toys are bound to dazzle and occupy your child while teaching them along the way. Four is a very tactile age, so take advantage of this time to allow your child to connect to learning through their hands.”