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Last Update Date: 05 November 2019

The following games are carefully selected from the categories of 4 and 5 years old intelligence games recommended by preschool specialists.

you are different brain game

This brain game for kids improves visual attention, visual scanning, comparison skills.

visual brain teaser

This magical ball is trying to hide from keen eyes! Can you find it?

you are different brain game

Only true detectives can get the best score in this card game. Are you one of them?

auditory game brain teaser

Do you trust your memory? Let's prove it with your auditory memory!

you are different brain game

Can you keep in mind the faces of the people you meet? Let's test it out!

moving-balls brain game

Can you sort the balls in the box as in the example? Of course with the least moves!

remember well brain game

Are you good at box and card games, huh? What about digital memory cards?

color blind brain game

Those with good visual skills find it at a glance. Test yourself too!


Educational and Entertaining Games For 4-Year-Olds

  1. Spot The Difference Game:  There are spotting difference games suitable for 4-year-old children just like we all have seen on puzzle pages of newspapers or in magazines all the time. You and your child can start to exercise a spot the difference game with simple images. You can prefer to play cards that are very similar but have little differences in colour or an accessory. For example: “Let’s find the different turtle.” (You probably remember the play cards that other turtles have a similar appearance but one with a different shell colours, glasses-no glasses, tail-no tail etc.). This game is quite effective for visual intelligence, analysis skill, and attention development.

  2. From the Market Game: You can name the things that you bought from the market to your child one by one. While doing this, say one item and then ask them to repeat it. Then increase the items to 2 items, 3 items, 4 items, and etc. Example:

    -Today I bought an apple from the market. Repeat Carol: what did I buy from the market today?


    -Well done. I also bought some other things. Today I bought apple and pear from the market. What did I buy?

    -Apple and pear

    -Bravo Carol! ☺ (Do not forget to congratulate every time) But I also bought some other things. Today I bought apple, pear, and grape from the market. What did I buy?

    A growing list will push her memory after a while. Mental skills are developed by pushing them (training a lot) just like muscles. Repeating constantly the updated list like “Apple, pear, grape, banana, and melon” contributes to memory development of your child.

  3. Number Blocks: You can teach your child to count numbers with numbered and coloured blocks by using fun methods. This activity is suitable for playing in kindergarten. You can even use the toy blocks you bought before by sticking numbers on the toy blocks, and also this saves you from spending money again for a new toy. If you can afford, it is more effective to buy a new set which is designed in big and small sizes according to the number on the block.

    The number 1 is written on the smallest block; the number 10 is written on the biggest block. When your children build these blocks according to their sizes, they will sort the blocks in the correct order. In this way, while learning the quantity and magnitude concepts that are expressed by the numerical values, they also learn counting the numbers effectively. This toy is also effective for correlating different concepts. Therefore, they provide mathematical intelligence development. Coloured and numbered blocks are a very useful choice in the category of 4-year-old toys.

  4. Remote-Controlled Car: Remote-controlled cars, that are one of the most favourite toys for especially toddler boys, are very important in the category of learning games for 4-year-olds. In order to help your child, you can give some tasks. Example: You may want them to drive their remote controlled car under one table and park it under another table. A simple remote controlled car is very important in 4-year-old-children for reflex development, attention and imagination. Also, it is scientifically proven that parking develops learning skills about geometric calculations. This toy is also suitable for the children older than 4-year-old however, kids younger than 3-year-old cannot use these toys effectively.


    Children who are constantly surrounded by various technological devices all around them will eventually pay close attention to technological devices because of their curiosity, or their tendency to adapt to life around them. This is sort of a need for children living in the technology age. Experts think that it is okay for children to have a certain period of time with technological devices in their daily life. Most children like cartoons. However, using the technology in this way has a relaxing effect on children rather than mental development. The children who watch cartoons are not in an interactive process and they do not think about what is needed to be done because everything is already prepared.

    Of course, relaxing and having fun are also a need for children, but if we go back to our topic, we need to talk about technological alternatives in terms of learning games for 4 -year-olds.

  6. MentalUP Learning Games for 4-Year-Olds: Let's briefly explain what it is: It is kind of digital versions of the games that we mentioned above such as spot the difference, number blocks, and etc. which provide attention and memory development, and so on. The biggest advantage of this application is that it provides multi-faceted exercises rather than unidirectional exercises. MentalUP is an application which is designed for the development of visual, verbal, and mathematical intelligence, and attention, concentration, analytical thinking skills, and more.

    MentalUP Learning Games includes dozens of exercises (games) for 4-year-old children. Because MentalUP Learning Activities are designed by the academicians who are specialized in their fields, certificated (official) as Pedagogical product, and a reliable application, they are very different and more useful than their counterparts.

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  8. Hot-Cold Game: This is one of the funniest games that can be played with a group of children or family members. One of the children closes her/his eyes, and someone else hides a toy somewhere. Then, the child opens her/his eyes and tries to find the hidden toy by looking around randomly. If the child comes closer to the hidden object, others say 'hot'. Like otherwise, if the child moves away from the hidden toy, then other people say 'cold' as a clue for the child. When the child finds the toy, then she/he chooses someone else. So, the game starts all over again with the new player. Thanks to this game, children are both socialized and have fun, as well as they learn to follow instructions and evaluate the clues.

  9. Night-Day Game: This is one of the most popular attention games. The game starts when one of the children gives the instructions. When the child says 'night', other kids close their eyes by going down to the table and putting their forehead to their wrist. Then, they stand upright and open their eyes when the child says 'day'. The night-and-day game is really exciting for children among learning games for 4-year-olds. As the game speeds up, chances of making mistakes increases. The children who go to the wrong positions will be eliminated during the game.

  10. Playing house games: Why do you think playing house that we have also mentioned in our previous articles is so important? Playing house contains many cognitive learning games. These games do not have certain rules and children can act as any characters and take any responsibilities they want. While this game is tiring out the children by physically, it also relaxes and restores them mentally. For children, being physically active means developing muscles and growing up healthy. Some benefits of playing house on mental development of children are improving creativity, development of vocabulary skill and linguistic performance, developing a sense of responsibility, expressing thoughts easier, the ability of composition, development of attention and focusing on an object, and etc.

  12. Puzzle: We always talk about puzzle because there are many options for all ages. Adults might have puzzles made of thousands of pieces. However, for children, puzzles mostly consist of 10-20 pieces. While as children grow up, the number of pieces of puzzles also increases. Puzzles improve problem solving ability and analytical thinking skills of children. It is one of the best memory games.

  13. Playdough: This is also suitable for many ages and provides various benefits. Playdough develops creativity, design and artistic skills. Of course, it also helps handcraft skills. For children at the age of 4, play dough is brain developer. On the other hand, it is used to develop hand muscles and get them ready for writing for those children at the age of 5-6.


4 year-old is the age that dynamism and questioning reach to the highest level. Therefore, while choosing learning games for 4-year-olds, it would be a good idea to choose the games that require energy-consuming, wondering and attracting .when choosing learning games for 4-year-olds.

As you know, “children do not only need games for fun; but also they need games for healthy development.” We have already mentioned this in our previous articles. It is good to make a short reminder.

learning games for 4 year olds

Reminder about the Benefits of Games on Child Development

Preschool education starts in the family before kindergartens. And the essential thing for preschool education is games. Both family games and the games and toys that children can play together provide cognitive, physical, language, attention, and social and emotional development. Of course, choosing the right games and toys is a very important detail. In this scientific article, we will discuss the topic of learning games for 4-year-olds. You can keep reading about suitable games for all ages and their benefits on mental development of children on the MentalUP BLOG page.

When choosing toys and games, you need to consider hand-eye coordination, motor skills and cognitive skills of a 4-year-old child. We shared some of the 4-year-old toys, in our “Report Card Gift Ideas” article under the title of “preschool toys”.