Top Toys for Girls age 4-8
It’s 2017 and never has there been a better choice of toys for girls on the shelves. Long gone are the days where girls were only encouraged to play with dolls and make-up or brightly-colored pink toys. Nowadays kids have a plethora of decisions to make when it comes to toys to play with.
With so many fantastic toys for girls to choose from, it can be almost impossible to decide what to buy. Here at GetQurious, we’ve tried to make your lives easier by trawling through the virtual shelves to compile a list of our top picks for toys for girls age 4-8.
The difference between ages 4 and 8 is huge. Between pre-school and 3rd/4th grade, children develop at a rapid rate and you’ll see many changes in your child. They go from being these wonderfully dependent, talkative, curious preschoolers to super social, independent, confident young girls. As they develop mentally, socially and physically, so do their requirements and tastes. As such, we’ve split up our list of top toys for girls into 4-6 years and 6-8 years in line with their developmental milestones.
Playing is hugely important in early childhood through to adolescence and even adulthood. Play can be structured or unstructured – from playing sports, to board games, to decorating cakes, to having pillow fights, to a game of cards – it takes on many forms. Play isn’t just fun, it’s essential for human development. For more on the value of play and the essential role it plays in human development, check out our recent blog post.
Our full roundup of the best toys for girls age 4-6
Girls toys age 4-6: Alex Jr. Woodland Wonders Activity Center
We love this – it has so much to stimulate the brain – with its vibrant colors and array of different activities from buttons to push, to levers to pull, as well as tracks to navigate around. What’s more, several kids can play on it at once as it has 7 sides of fun! This hexagonal prism of delight can help teach children about letters and numbers and even how to tell the time while helping develop their fine motor skills.
Girls toys age 4-6: Melissa & Doug Hi-Rise Wooden Dollhouse
This high-quality wooden dollhouse will entertain your daughter and all her friends for many years to come. With a garage to park the car in and an elevator to ride up and down in, children can let their imaginations run loose. Standing at 27.8 inches tall, it has open sides allowing easy access to every room from multiple sides. It comes with 14 pieces of furniture including a bed, kitchen, sofa and bath tub; and three play people.
Girls toys age 4-6: Tumblin’ Monkeys
The Tumbin’ Monkeys game from Little Treasures is a great toy for girls and boys and adults alike. For little ones, it practices hand-eye coordination while requiring a little bit of strategic thinking, patience and some deep breaths as you try to extract the colored sticks without causing the monkeys to come tumbling down the tree. Hours of fun for all! Age 4+.
Girls toys age 4-6: Hungry Hungry Hippos
It’s a feeding frenzy for the very hungry hippos. With up to 4 players at a time, this classic game from Hasbro requires speed as you aim to chomp down on as many marbles as possible! Using hand-eye coordination and counting skills, this fast-paced game will cause a ton of giggles. Age 4+
Girls toys age 4-6: Elefun
It’s time to get physical as your child will be jumping up down as she tries to catch as many butterflies as she can. Simply fill the elephant’s 3-ft trunk with the colorful paper butterflies, wait for his trumpet call, and watch the butterflies fly up in the air before your child activates her hand-eye coordination skills and scoops them all up in a plastic net! Another great game for all ages. She can then put her counting skills to test to see how many butterflies she caught! Up to 3 players at a time. Age 3+.
Girls toys age 4-6: Think & Learn Alpha SlideWriter
Time to put that pincer grip to practice with this educational toy from Fisher-Price. Kids can move the tiles around to form words, and practice holding a pencil and writing out letters on a mess-free erasable screen. Unlike some other letter writing toys on the market, this one has the dashed lines to use as a guide so she can try and get her letters the same size.
Girls toys age 4-6: Shopping List Memory Game
The Shopping List Memory Game by British toy brand Orchard Toys has to be in our best girls toys picks as it is a great way to practice memory skills as well as personal and social skills while learning about healthy nutrition. Kids will race around the store, trying to fill up their carts/shopping baskets in an attempt to be the first to get everything on their shopping list. Using either the images or the words (depending on their reading level), they need to match up what’s on their shopping list with the cards provided. It’s an engaging game that requires a little concentration and a lot of fun. 2-4 players. Ages 3-7.
Girls toys age 4-6: Great Gourmet Kitchen Set
Available in two different colors – neutral and pink, and sold exclusively at Toys R Us, this kitchen set is a must-have for any kid. This well-designed play kitchen promotes creative playing while using fine motor skills and cooking up some imagination. It features a modern, upscale design with a bunch of realistic-looking kitchen appliances including a double oven; electronic stove top with lights and sounds; microwave, coffee pot; and refrigerator with water maker; storage baskets; cooking utensils; food produce; and more. All that’s required is a couple AA batteries and a ton of creativity and fun. There’s even a chalk board to make a grocery list on! They’ll be whipping up a smile in no time with this play kitchen from Step2.
Girls toys age 4-6: Doctor Nurse Medical Kit Playset
Whether your child wants to be an astronaut or a police officer, a doctor or a dentist, there’s bound to be a fancy dress outfit or a play kit to suit her. But why limit her options just yet? With this complete medical accessories play kit from Gamzoo, she can be a doctor, a nurse and a dentist in one! Included in the kit are 25 high quality medical tools which make realistic sounds, there’s enough in this medical kit for your daughter and her friends to play with. With each kit containing all the accessories your child will need to practice her dentistry skills, or diagnose your ailments and fix you back up as a nurse or doctor, there’s plenty of hours of imaginative play to be had. This has the added benefit of getting your child used to the equipment so she’ll be less wary of her next doctor or dentist appointment.
Girls toys age 4-6: Superhero Kids Toys Costumes Children Capes and Masks Glow Logo for girls
These totally cool glow-in-the-dark superhero costumes are a great addition to our girls toys picks. With the return of female superheroes on TV and at the movies, it’s never too early to empower our own little female superheroes. This set includes 4 vibrant capes and masks with matching headbands.
Girls toys age 4-6: Splish Splash Seas Water Table with Umbrella
How cute is this addition to our girls toys list? With a sun umbrella for shade, let your kids sail the seas with this fun water table from Fisher-Price. Your child will have hours of sensory fun and imaginative play as she spins the water wheel carousel and fills up the bucket with water and watches it meander around the table.
Girls toys age 4-6: LEGO® Juniors Emma’s Ice Cream Truck
No matter whether your daughter is into superheroes, Disney Princesses, Pixar’s Cars, animals, or construction, the LEGO Juniors range is aimed at kids aged 4-7 and has a little something for everyone. With just 136 pieces, this set will put her eye-hand coordination to practice as she builds her set using age-appropriate instructions. This easy-to-build model is part of the LEGO Friends range and features an ice cream truck with open roof and side, ice cream sign, table with seats and parasol, and a large ice cream display. A great way to introduce your child to LEGO.
Girls toys age 4-6: Play-Doh Ice Cream Castle
Who doesn’t love Play-Doh? It’s been around for decades and is still a firm favorite among kids. Play-Doh is fun to play with or without the accessories. What’s more, all the squeezing and stretching, and pushing and pulling is great for practicing fine motor skills and providing a valuable sensory experience. There’s a wide range of sets to choose from but most of all this one made us crave ice cream! It has 6 ice cream discs, 5 spoons, 4 dishes, 2 cones, roller and 6 cans of Play-Doh. So get creating and make some delicious looking swirls of Play-Doh soft serve.
Girls toys age 4-6: Sticky Mosaics
The Orb Factory has a great selection of colorful sticky mosaics from unicorns to fish to monsters to pirates to robots. Whatever the preference, they’re great for hand-eye coordination and are simple to make. Each box comes with 4 different mosaic sheets to keep your child entertained. Age 5+.
Girls toys age 4-6: Maker Box from GetQurious
We couldn’t compile a list of top toys fir girls without including our very own, newly launched connected toy for kids age 4-7. Great for hand-eye coordination, dexterity, fine motor skills and creative play, we introduce you to our engaging, hands-on creative play experience.
The Get Qurious Maker Box and Augmented Reality app bring the Three Little Pigs’ adventures to life! Children can play with each activity on their own, but new animations pop up when they scan them with the corresponding app on their mobile device. They can read along with the animated stories, put on a mask and record their own versions of the story, enjoy the various colorful 3D animations of their finished puzzle, plus add reusable stickers to the sticker book, and enjoy the various new animated tales they create.
Each Maker box comes with 12 story cards, 2 role-playing masks, double-sided puzzle (7 pieces; 14 sides), a storybook with 12 reusable stickers and an activity & instruction card, ensuring your child has hours of creative fun.
Our full roundup of the best toys for girls age 6-8
Girls toys age 6-8: LEGO Friends Heartlake Lighthouse
With just under 500 pieces, the Heartlake Lighthouse is aimed at 6-12 year olds. It’s fun to build and features an ice cream shop, a pier, a rowboat and a friendly seal. The set also includes two mini-doll figures: Kate and Stephanie. It’s a great way to further practice fine motor skills and stretch her imagination as she explores the secret room with her treasure map. But if the LEGO Friends range has too much pastel for your daughter’s tastes, then check out other LEGO sets that she’s bound to love.
Girls toys age 6-8: My First Sewing Kit
This adorable seeing kit from Alex Toys is a great introduction to sewing. It’ll help her hand-eye coordination and the dexterity in her fingers as she gets the hang of threading a needle and learning to sew. She’ll enjoy creating her own designs and is a perfect rainy day activity.
Girls toys age 6-8: Twister
She may need help distinguishing her left from her right, but this timeless game will wear her out, improve her gross motor skills, balance, flexibility and coordination. It’s guaranteed to have her and her friends in heaps of giggles.
Girls toys age 6-8: Connect 4
Another timeless classic. Sometimes the oldies are the best! Connect 4 is a game of strategy, observance and competitiveness as you compete to be the first to get a row of 3. Line up the discs and go for the win. It’s simple, it’s fun and it’s quick.
Girls toys age 6-8: USA Map Floor Puzzle
We love this floor puzzle from Melissa & Doug. Aimed at ages 6+, it’s a puzzle and a map in one. Teach your daughter about the map of the USA and significant landmarks while developing her fine and gross motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Puzzles are a great way to develop problem-solving skills and logical thinking.
Girls toys age 6-8: Stepper
Put those gross motor skills to use and get outside and enjoy the fresh air with these simple can stilts from Just Jump It.
Practice balance and coordination while trying to walk. Available in multiple colors.
Girls toys age 6-8: Guess Who?
A game of memory, clues, patience and perception. Two players each chose a mystery person of their choice based on the selection given and take turns to ask polar questions (yes-no type questions) to guess who the other person is. Winner is the first person to guess correctly. Age 6+
Girls toys age 6-8: Pretend & Play School Set
Stretch her imagination and give her a chance to enjoy some creative role-playing with this awesome set from Learning Resources. Build up her enthusiasm for school and let her channel her inner teacher with this trifold set. Children can present lessons, reward a job well done with stickers, and fill out report cards. It gets an A+ from us!
Girls toys age 6-8: Rollerblade Spitfire XT Adjustable Girls Inline Skates (2017)
Learning to balance and exercising her gross motor skills can be done with these well-made, high quality inline skates designed for beginners. Protect her with the necessary safety gear (helmet, knee/elbow/wrist pads) and watch her roll. It’s a great exercise and a fun way to get around. As she improves, you can even take her ice skating so she can show off her new moves!
Girls toys age 6-8: Simon Game
Great for focus and memory. Your daughter will enjoy trying to beat her record as she tries hard to memorize and relay a sequence of patterns using colors and sounds in Hasbro’s electronic Simon game. Age 8+
Girls toys age 6-8: Creativity for Kids Grow ‘n Glow Terrarium
Your daughter can grow her own eco-system with her first Terrarium. With real plants and tiny figurines, she can turn the contents of the box into a living habitat. This interactive kit even includes translucent and glow-in-the-dark stickers so she can hold it up to the light and watch the fireflies glow. Perfect for kids aged 6+.
Girls toys age 6-8: Crayola® Color Spinout
As much fun for adults as it is for kids. It’s portable, it’s versatile and it’s a great way to express the artist within us. Get creative as you crank the wheel and watch as your colorful designs appear. Your daughter can even practice her cutting skills as she makes extra paper discs. Box include: 40 paper discs, 6 Pip-Squeaks Skinnies markers, drawing gear arms, 1 tracing disc, 1 base unit, design guide and instruction sheet.
Girls toys age 6-8: Operation
Practice surgery skills, learn parts of the body, have nerves of steel and a steady hand with Hasbro’s Operation game. Aimed at kids 6+, it’ll put her hand eye coordination, pincer grip and dexterity to the test as she tries to make Cavity Sam better without setting off the buzzer. For one or more players. The player who removes the most ailments wins!