If you are stuck in a rut shopping for the best toys for 4 year old boys, you have come to the right spot. We have found the most epic toys that both little guy and his parents can agree on. Many of these toys are great choices for girls as well and it is never too early to start planning for Christmas, especially if you’ve got a bigger family, and all of these toys can be purchased online to avoid those impending holiday lines!
We know you do not want your home cluttered with toys that are never touched, so we have picked out only the very best in hopes of keeping a 4 year old’s attention for as long as possible.
Best Toys for 4 Year Old Boys
Modern kids have moved on from traditional block building to bigger and better things, and this is one change I think we can all get on board with. These magnetic blocks allow a child’s imagination to run wild with creation while promoting motor skill development.
They are so entertaining parents will probably find themselves spending extra time with their children creating new buildings and designs. We are huge fans of magnetic blocks as it has entertained our kids from 2-10 years old.
This is one of my little girl’s favorite toys. Mad Matt-R will have all your kiddos obsessed. It is much better than Kinetic sand and NEVER DRIES OUT. This is a great sensory toy and our kids absolutely love it.
These name crayons are all the rage this year and make for a colorful stocking stuffer! They are ideal for small hands due to their large design. The best part is that they come in a box with the recipient’s name written on the front and a yarn bow, so you won’t have to wrap this gift!
This Etsy shop is the original designer of crayon name sets, and they place a premium on quality. They’ve been featured in Forbes and Buzzfeed, and they were a finalist in the Etsy Design Awards’ Kids Category. Check them out here!
You might be thinking a four year old boy with a pogo stick just screams disaster, but this is actually a very safe option as long as your child is wearing proper pads and a helmet. The bottom is a thick foam pad to cushion every jump and the stick is a stretchy bungee so it will match up perfectly to any height.
This Pogo Jumper will get even the most rambunctious 4-year-old’s energy out all while building strength and balance.
The best toys for 4-year-old boys will keep a little guy’s attention and keep his wheels turning. That’s why the gift of a STEM learning set is a nearly fail-proof gift idea. With the included pieces, your kiddo can build so many different things from trucks to robots and helicopters.
This toy will last for years because as your child further develops, there are more and more advanced options to build.
The Lite Brite is always a hot Christmas item, so get a jump on it! It is basically peg art with a backlight that makes your creation glow. There are 156 pegs in 6 different colors, making it possible for you to create just about anything you can think of. It makes all your creations come to life and can even create a light show for you.
To get someone as young as 4 years old started, there are guides included. This allows them to just choose a picture and simply put the pegs in to make it come to life.
You can up the stakes of tag and dodgeball by combining them into a whole new game by giving this set as a gift. It includes 2 vests and soft balls. When you get a ball to stick to your opponent’s vest, that’s a hit! It’s a simple game, but really fun nonetheless and easy to store.
All of us, including a 4 year old, can relate to a book full of mistakes. The Book Of Mistakes is all about how mistakes are part of the creative process and are not necessarily a bad thing at all. We think that’s a pretty important message to gift a 4 year old!
Board games are always a good gift idea, especially because they are really for the whole family. Zingo! is a kid-friendly version of bingo and is a super fun way to encourage matching skills and vocabulary growth. It’s really fast-paced which will help to keep the kiddos’ attention.
Little boys and bugs tend to go hand in hand. Any boy mom will have at least a couple of stories to tell you about this. If you want these encounters to be in a controlled environment, check out this butterfly kit. Through the mesh container, you will be able to see the five stages of metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly.
It can stand on a table or hang, making it easy to find a spot in your home. Once they turn into butterflies, you will be able to release them back into the wild which will surely be a lifelong memory for any child.
This is a great toy to inspire children’s inquisitiveness and interests by providing them with tools and open-ended learning experiences. Little guys love experimenting and this kit offers a variety of safe and engaging tools which stimulates creativity and the spirit of scientific thinking. This toy was specifically developed for Preschoolers and kindergartners.
At 4, your little one has probably stopped putting small objects in their mouth, meaning you can now introduce the smaller LEGO pieces. LEGO’s are a great way to develop hand-eye coordination. The Klutz Lego Gadgets is a twist on traditional Legos as this toy helps your little guy build 11 different machines ranging from practical to silly.
Bunchems are a super fun sensory toy for your little one. You can squish, connect, and create with Bunchems! They stick to each other and build fun characters. This is a great toy to let your child’s imagination run wild.
Magnets, Blocks, Robots. All rolled into one. The Tegu brand of blocks is made in Central America with sustainably sourced hardwoods. They are gaining popularity for their quality and durability. Four-year-olds love magnets and this set along with all Tegu sets are no exception. Best of all have learning built-in.
This active game is easy to set up and store. It helps with coordination and hand-eye coordination. Fun for the whole family to get outside (or use indoors during bad weather) and engage in a little bit of friendly competition.
Tubelox are life-size building tubes and connectors that allow children to build just about anything they want. From forts to slides to jungle gyms to easels, the sky’s the limit. It’s a different spin on building toys, but all about that engineering, which we love.
If you’re new to kinetic sand, this is the perfect starter set for you. Kinetic sand provides a satisfying sensory experience with hours of creative fun. Unlike regular sand, kinetic sand molds easily and can be manipulated in countless ways. It comes in a variety of colors.
Your dinosaur lover’s dream toy set– The Temi dinosaur play kit includes a floor mat, dinosaur figures, and trees. The mat is made from fabric (versus plastic) and fits 2 to 4 people comfortably. Best of all, it comes with a carrying case that fits all of the parts, making clean-up and transport a breeze.
This fun farm floor puzzle (say that 10 times fast!) from Melissa and Doug is perfect for your preschool-aged child. Children love the large-scale pieces of this puzzle, along with the beautiful art and realistic-looking animals. Melissa and Doug have been around for 30+ years and always develop quality toys to last. This puzzle is no exception.
If you have a yard with a tree, this is a must-have for your four-year-old. A rope swing and climber in one! It’s great for motor development, and will surely have your child playing outdoors for hours. This rope swing comes with everything you need to install, making it an easy all-in-one purchase.
Kiwi Crate will deliver fun, enriching science and art projects right to your door. These boxes come with everything you need, supplies, instructions, etc. to make a science and/or art project at home. If your child is an older four, the kiwi crate box is probably best for him. If he’s a younger four, you might want to consider their subscription for 2-4-year-olds, koala crate.
The best part about this gift is that you can give a subscription of either 1, 3, 6, or 12 months depending on your budget.
This fun play on the vintage “teeter-totter” is a movement toy that has little suctions on the bottom that makes popping sounds when the child rocks back and forth. Children can sit, stand, rock, wobble, and air surf–all with this one device. Great for getting those wiggles out!
Praised by the Wall Street Journal as one of the top toys to teach kids code and STEM principles, this marble run is one that will last for years of family fun. Hape Toy finishes are all non-toxic, child safe, of the highest quality, and get raving reviews from families. Logistics, engineering, creativity, and more–your four year old will be busy trying different combinations to make the perfect run!
If you’re shopping for a four year old, you cannot go wrong with any one of these gifts. I can see all of my children happily playing with these toys for long periods of time. What’s great is that so many of them foster deep thinking skills like creativity, problem-solving, engineering and more.
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