When we decided to share our picks for our best outdoor toys for 4 year olds, our goal was to find a variety of toys for different budgets and different types of activities. We even found a great outdoor toy that sneaks in a bit of language arts lessons too. Without further ado, let’s get to the list.
BERG Buddy Pedal Go Kart
Berg Toys has been manufacturing some of the finest toys for over 30 years. This Dutch company takes great pride in the quality of their toys and every toy they sell is designed for years of fun and safe play.
Their riding toys are known for their durability and safety and the Berg Buddy Pedal Go Kart is no exception. It’s our top pick among our best outdoor toys for 4 year olds.
Their unique BFR system allows riders to brake with the pedals but also pedal in a reverse direction to go backwards. Both the steering wheel and saddle/seat are adjustable to grow with your child. And, unlike many cheaper pedal carts, the BERG Buddy comes with pneumatic tires and a swing axle to help smooth the ride and grip the terrain.
Dimensions of the pedal go kart are 43.3″ L x 25.6″ W x 24.8″ H. It features a powder-coated steel frame and has a weight capacity of 150 pounds. However, the strength and durability does mean that this riding toy is a bit heavier than most – weighing in at 40 pounds.
There are three different models available – orange and black, all black and white with pink.
The pedal cart does have reflective tape on the pedals but due to the low profile of this riding toy, we would recommend investing in a flag to make your child more visible to motorists. Berg makes a flag designed to fit on the Berg Buddy Pedal Go Kart. And, you might also want to check out the nifty Berg Toys Junior Trailer – a great extra for carrying toys or helping in the garden.
Kids Garden Tools Set
Speaking of helping in the garden, this cute little gardening tools set is the second toy we’ve included in our top picks for best outdoor toys for 4 year olds. It’s a truly functional set of tools, made for children-sized hands, that are made to last. No plastic here; they’re made with metal and wood and are smaller versions of the tools we adults use.
What makes this set extra cute is the three gardening hand tools come with their own little canvas tote. It has plenty of room for all three tools, seed packets, gardening gloves and even a snack.
The set is done in colors that work perfectly for both girls and boys.
It includes a 6″ hand rake, an 8″ shovel and an 8.5″ trowel.
gofindit – Outdoor nature scavenger hunt card game
Don’t have a garden? Or maybe you visit places that might not appreciate a little helper digging in the flower beds? Then the next toy on our best outdoor toys for 4 year olds might be a perfect choice. Of course, little garden helpers will love this toy too. And, we won’t tell if you won’t, this is a great language learning toy too.
The principle behind go find it is quite simple, and yet, it opens up a world of adventure to you and your children. This scavenger hunt game features a set of 33 cards (3 have the instructions and rules). The cards represent different sensations and sensory characteristics that can be found in nature.
The cards feature both images and words to encourage children to think about the nature of things. Is something round? Is it rough? Is it red? The various adjectives included in the set are generally one or two-syllable words that 4 year olds might even be able to read on their own.
As an added bonus, this game was developed by Sensory Trust; a wonderful UK-based charitable organization. All of their profits are used to help in their efforts to create accessible and engaging outdoor experiences for all people, regardless of age, ability or social circumstance.
Delta Rainbow Kite
Don’t let the price fool you on our next choice for our list of best outdoor toys for 4 year olds. The Delta Rainbow Kite was designed for kids but this beautiful kite has received rave reviews from expert kite fliers too.
The Delta Rainbow Kite was a top pick by Amazon for kites for kids and it’s easy to see why. It’s a large kite with a 43″ wingspan and a total length of 80″. There’s also two 31″ inch streamers at the edge of each wing of this bat-style kite. The kite comes with 200 feet of premium kite string and an easy-grip handle kite spool. Assembly and disassembly is easy and the kite also comes with a storage sleeve.
Even novice kite flyers are able to fly this kite, making it a wonderful choice to introduce youngsters to the joys of kite flying.
It’s designed to soar when the winds range from 5-16 mph.
Little Tikes Easy Score Soccer Set
Buying this sweet little soccer set just might be the beginning of a career that will one day rival that of Tobin Heath or Christian Pulisic. But, before you begin dreaming of screaming GOOOOOAL! at the Olympics or the World Cup, why not introduce them to the game with this perfectly kid-sized net?
It’s almost a given that any list of the best outdoor toys for 4 year olds would include something offered by Little Tikes. Their soccer set includes a goal, net, soccer ball and an air pump. The frame is constructed of heavy-duty metal. It also easily disassembles for storage and portability. It weights a little less than 6 pounds and measures 18″L X 48W X 30H.
Everything about this set is designed with smaller players in mind. The ball is softer and smaller than a regulation soccer ball. As your child gets older; you might want to upgrade the ball to a size 3 regulation ball (the smallest size); that is used by many youth soccer leagues.