Category: for 4-year-olds

  • Backyardigans

    [amazon_link asins=’B001NGPLA4,B003MEBTYW,B003P5GDM6,B003PVBJL0′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’47b9e070-40bd-11e7-9175-efbf230205ba’] This is a Nick Jr. cartoon that was very popular with our kids. The music is particularly good. 5 animal friends play together with a different theme (Egypt, under-the-sea, space, cowboy, etc.) each episode. The friends take turns being the ‘good guys’ and ‘bad guys’ and the overall tone […]

  • Dinosaur Train

    [amazon_link asins=’B00H540LD0,B003M986JI,B005MAG8SQ,B01KJ5ZFRS,B0194EXGU8,B004AR4VQ8′ template=’ProductCarousel’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’c8a1fa43-40bb-11e7-b1f9-13a9ffc7cbc0′] This is a series run by Jim Henson’s daughter Lisa, who seems to be in charge of at least half of all children’s TV programming these days. You can watch the series for free at PBSKids.com or via the PBS Kids app (also free). Neither the site nor the […]

  • Spiderman 1967 series

    [amazon_link asins=’B0001I55O2′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’08afa41b-40bb-11e7-99fd-cfc1450c8bc4′] We watched a bunch of these on YouTube. They’re corny and dated but the kids loved them. And the old cartoons from the 60s seem so much less violent than those from other decades. The animation style is pretty simple, so older kids probably won’t be into it. But […]

  • The Color Kittens by Margaret Wise Brown

    [amazon_link asins=’0307021416′ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’14267f1c-3fe4-11e7-a719-333ac525808e’] This was my dad’s favorite book when he was a kid, but I didn’t know it until I happened to see it among a set of Little Golden Books at the grocery store. Little Golden Books were a big part of my childhood but lately the brand has been […]

  • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! board game

    [amazon_link asins=’B003G9QEGG’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’ba76799a-3fe0-11e7-a4e5-7b688ea79bac’] This is based on a book by Mo Willems. None of us were familiar with his stuff until after we got the game, but that didn’t matter. The box says it’s for ages 3 and up, but the rules are too complicated for our 3-year-old. However, the board and […]

  • Ranger Rick Jr. magazine

    [amazon_link asins=’B003I7HS5M’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’60c5fd88-3fdd-11e7-9c35-19d322f914de’] In this digital age, tangible media like postcards and magazines are special for children. I like magazine subscriptions as gifts because they continue being a part of the child’s life for months later. Ranger Rick Jr. is the version of Ranger Rick for younger kids and comes out 10 […]

  • Wallace and Gromit

    [amazon_link asins=’B003V8II2A,6303521517,B002RZ0V6E,B003V8IH26′ template=’ProductGrid’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’8d406508-3fd9-11e7-98d4-7d9ab68c2887′] I remember seeing “A Grand Day Out” at an animation festival around 1990, and then seeing “The Wrong Trousers” and “A Close Shave” a few years later. I was so thrilled by them (not least by the incredible chase scenes toward the end of ‘Trousers’ and ‘Shave’) that I […]

  • Moo Baa La La La by Sandra Boynton

    [amazon_link asins=’067144901X’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’6f4a8572-3fd8-11e7-afe3-432baad77e90′] It’s hard to know what books will resonate with a child, but this one sure did. Even a year or two after first reading it, our four-year-old still pulls it off the shelf and wants us to read it.

  • Smithsonian Folkways Children’s Collection

    [amazon_link asins=’B000001DOB’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’bd3df570-3fc9-11e7-98b0-394ac395dc6c’] This was a Christmas gift and a surprise huge hit with the kids. We had it in the car for a long road trip to their grandpa and nana’s house and we ended up playing it over and over and for weeks later. It is one of very few […]

  • LeapPad Ultra

    [amazon_link asins=’B00CS1WDBI’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’matchstickkidboo’ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’cda524b4-3f5d-11e7-9c2a-4d2b722af7c0′] We got this second-hand. It’s pretty expensive and we wouldn’t have bought it new. The kids love it, to the point where we have to confiscate it when screen time gets out of hand, and we can use it as a bargaining tool. It’s basically a computer tablet, like […]