How your 4-year-old might play now

    • With a longer attention span, a new activity can keep him engaged for extended periods
    • She can learn to swim, skate, dance, ski and bounce on a trampoline
    • He can explain something that happened when you weren't there
    • She begins to grasp that people have different experiences and feelings than she does
    • As coordination improves, he can use the monkey bars at the playground, walk along a curb, and dodge when he's chased
    • She is starting to add details to her drawings
    • He may print his name on his artwork
    • Her gait is more grown-up
Dragons and dinosaurs
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    Imaginext® Mega T-Rex

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    Imaginext® Mega Apatosaurus

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    Imaginext® Apatosaurus

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Help your child learn more:

    • Use historic reference. You can teach important lessons using imagination-based figures or ones from another era, like medieval knights or dinosaurs.
    • Tell me a story. Ask your child to tell you about what he's pretending, encouraging thinking, language and communication skills. "Tell me a story about what happened today."
    • What’s happening? Let your child create his own story by taking pictures of toys in different play situations. Spread the pictures out in front of your child and ask him to put them into a story sequence: "What happened first?" "Then what happened?" Continue until your child has sorted through the photos and come up with the framework of a story that has a beginning, middle and end.

Box Car

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A simple box can turn a child into a creative genius who can learn to do wonderful things with his mind and body!


  • Large box about half the size of your child
  • Scissors or X-acto knife
  • Duct tape
  • Washable markers, crayons, paint, stickers, decals, fringe, and other decorative materials
  • Book about cars and trucks


  • Read a book about cars and trucks together and study the pictures.
  • Cut the top and bottom off a large box, leaving the sides intact.
  • Use duct tape to cover any rough edges and to reinforce corners, if needed.
  • Help your child decorate the outside of the box to look like a car or truck using felt-tip pens, paint, stickers, and so on.
  • When the car is finished, let your child take a drive around the house or yard.
  • For added fun, set up roads by laying down rope as a guide, and set up stop signs along the route.


Use caution with the scissors or X-acto knife with your child close by.

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