It will be difficult not to notice it, but we’ll say it anyway: at the age of 4, your little boy has already become his own person. With each passing day his personality is developing as do their language skills, so they’re able to communicate with parents better, which means fewer temper tantrums.
They are, however, still children who learn by doing, and you can help them in the process by picking the right toys and playthings. Developmentally appropriate gifts and toys for 4 year old boys are many and can be difficult to choose from, which is why we’re here. We took time to put together a list of the best toys for 4 year old boys they will love.
- 1 Best Gifts for 4 Year Old Boys
- 1.1 Toy Truck Transport Car Carrier
- 1.2 68 Piece Workbench W Realistic Tools
- 1.3 LEGO DUPLO My First Number Train
- 1.4 Star Right Flash Cards Set of 4 - Numbers, Alphabets, First Words, Colors & Shapes
- 1.5 Kidwerkz Dinosaur Toys, STEM Learning
- 1.6 Finebaby 4PCS Set Tangle Free Throwing Parachute Figures
- 1.7 Vamslove Kick Scooter for Kids
- 1.8 Take A Part Dinosaur and Guns with Power Drill Toy
- 1.9 Dinosaur, DeXop Electronic Dinosaur Toys
- 1.10 VR Entertainment VR Real Feel Alien Blasters Mobile Gaming
- 1.11 LED Light Up Toy Gun Set by Art Creativity
- 1.12 BLAGOO Building Blocks 120 pcs Plastic Construction Set
- 1.13 Wooden Kids STEM Toy Tools Set Construction For Toddler
- 1.14 Learning Resources Fishing Set, 11 Pieces
- 1.15 VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX - Royal Blue
- 2 Parents’ Corner
- 3 Frequently Asked Questions
- 4 Conclusion
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Best Gifts for 4 Year Old Boys
Toy Truck Transport Car Carrier
It is around this time in their life that 4 year old boys start showing interest in collecting different things: rocks, toys, stickers… As parents, it would be wise to encourage this passion and help them turn it into a real hobby. When they are dedicated to hobby it means that children are more responsible and detail-oriented, especially if they start collecting something as small as toy cars. Still, toy car collections are usually messy, dusty, and easy to step on, which is why a nice toy car carrier is just what a 4 year old boy needs.
It can stack up to 28 cars inside, and it also comes with six different metal toy cars. The ‘trailer’ has a good handle so the toy can be carried everywhere easily, with all child’s favorite cars inside. The front cab of the truck can turn which means that it’s a toy as well as a carrier, and it’s fully detachable so the child will be able to use it while playing with other cars and trucks.
- Truck has a big handle, making it easier to carry
- Detachable front part of the truck
- The side of the carrier might be difficult for children to open on their own
68 Piece Workbench W Realistic Tools
The chances are that you’ve already noticed your boy’s fascination with everything you do: they follow you everywhere and they’re getting better at copying what you do. If they could, they would gladly join you in the garage and help you fix something. Well, you can make them feel like they’re actually helping you with this lovely set of realistic tool toys they’ll instantly fall in love with.
The set is amazing for pretend play and developing their motor skills as well as their coordination. Not only will they have a set of tools that are the right size for their small hands, but they come in a convenient box so they’ll be easy to pack and put away if need be. There is also an electronic drill which they’ll instantly be drawn to, and the best thing is that even though there are a lot of small pieces, the toy itself is very easy to put together.
- Can be an indoor as well as an outdoor toy
- Lightweight and easy to pack and move
- It can be difficult to open the drill’s battery compartment
LEGO DUPLO My First Number Train
This is the time in their life when children are still not going to school, but start asking about it more and more. They want to know what they’ll learn and if they’re going to fit in and this can make them a bit afraid. You can help them relax and look forward to going to school by teaching them about letters and numbers through play. The old-fashioned ways are overrated, and with all the wonderful learning toys such as this Number Train, a 4 year old will soon fall in love with numbers.
Educational toys can be truly fun and can keep the child’s interest for a long time, and this number learning set is a great gift idea. With extra pieces that come with the set, it’s going to be easy for a child to build something new: a tunnel or a small house, while child and dog figures will encourage pretend-play.
Another great thing about this set is that it’s small enough for their little hands to handle easily, and while pieces are easy to stack together, it takes a bit of effort to pull them apart, which means that everything they build will hold on while they play.
- Fun and educational
- Pieces stack together easily but don’t fall apart as easy
- There isn’t space for the 10th block on the car
Star Right Flash Cards Set of 4 - Numbers, Alphabets, First Words, Colors & Shapes
A pack of cards might seem less appealing than a battery operated toy with colorful lights, that’s for sure, but these cards are very educational and fun to play with. At this age, boys might start feeling a bit anxious and insecure about school, and by playing with these cards and learning, you can help him relax and understand that he’s preparing for school through play.
Each of the four sets is focused on a different skill: math, language, and basic skills. Colors and shapes, different vocabulary, alphabet, and numbers are all great for learning, and the best thing is that each pack comes with its own ring that can keep the cards in order so you don’t have to worry about losing any. The font is large and the accompanying drawings are realistic, so the child will love playing with them.
- Four different packs of cards in one set
- Each card is coated for protection
- Great for teaching
- Even though the cards are coated, they might be torn from the ring easily
Kidwerkz Dinosaur Toys, STEM Learning
Four year olds are inquisitive and curious, and they like taking things apart and re-assembling them later on. They love learning how things work, and while this means that many of the other toys might get damaged in the process, these charming dinosaur toys are meant to be disassembled and put back together. There are small tools that will help them take the dinosaur toys apart and build them back again.
Luckily for parents, the toys come fully assembled so the child can play with them straight away, but there are also small tools ready to be used once their curiosity takes over. Because this is basically a construction toy, it’s also a STEM toy, and it will encourage your child’s interest in engineering early on. It will also improve their hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, as well as their problem-solving skills.
- Toys come fully assembled
- The parts are interchangeable
- There aren’t any directions, so a child might need parents’ help to put the toy back together
Finebaby 4PCS Set Tangle Free Throwing Parachute Figures
There aren’t many non-battery-operated toys that are able to keep children entertained these days, but these lovely parachute figures will certainly keep them entertained for a long time. The boys will be able to throw the figurine with the parachute up and watch as the parachute unfolds and the figurine slowly drifts back to the ground.
It’s great for indoor play because it’s small and light, but it’s even better to be used outside because there’s definitely more room to move and toss the toy. Still, tossing the toy from the banister is also great and it’s a fun rainy-day activity too. Seeing as there are four toys in the set, it’s a great gift for boys with siblings because it will encourage them to share and work together. Since there aren’t any strings, the parachutes are tangle-free and the parents can relax because they won’t have to help the children de-tangle it every few minutes.
- Very affordable
- No strings to tangle
- Not battery-operated
- Since the figurines are very light, they can’t really be tossed high up
Vamslove Kick Scooter for Kids
By 4 years old, it’s likely that your boys have pretty good control of their body, which means they’ll be safer on their feet. This leads to believe that they will also want to go faster and always be on the move. While they might still be too young to ride a bike without training wheels, this three-wheel scooter might be just the thing they need. It will help improve their balance while still being stable enough for parents not to worry about their boys falling over.
It’s a great outdoor toy for 4 year old boys because it will allow them to move as fast as they like and keep up with their parents. This means that family walks will last longer, as boys won’t get too tired too soon. They will become stronger and their coordination will also improve from pushing themselves forward and steering the scooter.
- Adjustable height means it can be used for years
- Easy to take apart and store away
- It might take a while for kids to understand how brake pedal works
Take A Part Dinosaur and Guns with Power Drill Toy
There’s just something about dinosaurs that fascinates children, and you’ll be able to see boys and girls age 2 and older playing happily with their dinosaur toys and even memorizing their names. Besides fascination with dinosaurs, we already mentioned boys’ love for tools, and the best toy for boys has both: dinosaurs and tools. This is where Take A Part Dinosaur steps in and steals the show.
With power drill included, it’s going to be easy to transform the toy from a dinosaur into, not one, but two different guns. The best thing is that the drill is easy to use so the boy will be able to transform the toy on his own and fine-tune his fine motor skills in the process. This is a convenient construction toy that will be able to keep four year old boys busy for a long time, and realistic sounds will help spice up their pretend-play.
- Great for improving fine motor skills
- Batteries required but not included
Dinosaur, DeXop Electronic Dinosaur Toys
If your little boy likes dinosaurs, he will love this toy very much as it’s pretty big and a bit more realistic than other dinosaur toys. It runs on batteries and once you turn it on, it’s eyes and mouth light up and it roars. It will also move its feet and tail and make small steps, but because the steps are so small, it’s best to put it on the floor away from the carpet.
On the downside, even though the toy has an on/off switch, there isn’t a remote control, and once turned on, it will roar constantly. Children might like this, but it’s likely that the parents will fund the noise bothersome and annoying. Because it can be very loud, it’s also a good idea to make this an outdoor toy – not only will the noise be less prominent, but the children will be able to play with it on the grass and patio.
- Feet, paws, and arms move
- Walks and makes dinosaur sounds
- Once you turn the switch on, it roars constantly and it can be annoying
VR Entertainment VR Real Feel Alien Blasters Mobile Gaming
It’s likely that you’ve already noticed children’s fascination with video games, phones, tablets, and computers, so why not get them a mobile gaming set? This mobile gaming set comes with a free iOS/Android app, a comfortable headset, as well as a Bluetooth blaster. Basically, your 4 year old boy will get a toy that going to allow him to save the world from nasty aliens.
The blaster gun is exciting as is, but when you add the fact that it actually lets you feel the recoils when you fire it will quickly make it the favorite toy. The best thing about it is that you will actually be able to unlock and use different types of guns as you level up in the game, which will be additional motivation to try harder and defeat the nasty aliens. It’s a great indoor toy that will keep your little boy busy when the weather is bad.
- Foam on the headset makes it very comfortable
- Headset is compatible with other apps
- Graphics could be a bit better
LED Light Up Toy Gun Set by Art Creativity
Even though there are many plastic pistols on the market, this toy gun set is really amazing as it’s made of high-quality materials and high-performance LEDs. When they press the trigger, children will have a full-on light and sound show. It’s a great toy because it will inspire the kids to get away from the couch, step outside, and actually put the guns to good use. Because it’s a set, it’s a great gift for boys with siblings – brothers and sisters will be equally thrilled to play with it.
Not only are there LED lights in different places, but one of the guns has a light-up spinning ball, while the other comes with a powerful laser pointer attaches to the front. It doesn’t matter if they use it to play with siblings or friends, children will love the light show as well as the sounds the guns make.
- High-quality and durable
- There are two guns in a set which is perfect for sharing
- Laser can be too strong so it’s advised not look directly at it
BLAGOO Building Blocks 120 pcs Plastic Construction Set
Building blocks are always a great gift for children because they are STEM toys, they improve their fine motor skills, and encourage problem-solving as well as logical thinking. They are not only wonderful for playing but powerful learning toys that develop children’s creative abilities too. There are 120 pieces that can be used to create anything, from letters and numbers to animals and vehicles.
Because there are so many pieces, the set is perfect for teaching kids to share in addition to developing their cognitive skills. Still, even though the pieces are many, they are easily stored into the bus-shaped toy. The best thing about the bus is that it can actually be used as a separate toy. The blocks themselves are easy to stack but equally easy to take apart, which means that you won’t have to worry about children getting frustrated by not being able to disassemble something they’ve made.
- Bus-shaped packaging can be used as a separate toy
- Made of non-toxic materials
- The stickers on the bus can be peeled off easily
Wooden Kids STEM Toy Tools Set Construction For Toddler
One of the reasons why pretend- and role-plays are great for children is because they allow them to develop their social skills as well as cognitive abilities. By coming up with different scenarios, the children are also working together on different solutions and coming up with different elaborate plots to keep their games going.
This lovely construction toy tool set contains many pieces, but they can all fit easily in the toy truck. In addition, the truck also has a string that children can use to pull it along when they want to go to another place. Because the toy truck is so compact and convenient, it can easily be taken along when you’re going on a playdate or to a park. This construction toy for 4 year old boys allows them to practice fine movements such as twisting the screws, pounding the nails, and using the wrench.
- Smooth edges
- Non-toxic paint
- Combination of quality plastic and wood
- Younger kids might need time to grasp putting shapes in their specific holes
Learning Resources Fishing Set, 11 Pieces
You won’t be able to miss your 4 year old boy’s growing interest in pretend-play and dress-up. He will love putting on your clothes and he’ll be fascinated with superhero costumes. If parents love fishing, children will naturally be interested in this activity, and this little fishing set is just what they need in order to pretend they’re having as much fun as dad.
The set includes a fishing rod and reel with magnetic bait that has a line attached, a fishing net, and a miniature fisherman’s vest. Colorful worm baits are included as well as three fish that have a small magnet inside their open mouths. Of course, all this would be a disaster if there wasn’t a fisherman’s carry box included that will keep everything in order. The toy will spark the child’s interest in fishing and the outdoors, allow them to pretend they’re grownups, and help improve their hand-eye coordination.
- Can be used as a bath as well as an outdoor toy
- Encourages sharing
- Great for pretend-play
- Little kids might have problems getting the worms on
VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX - Royal Blue
It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about kids or adults, everyone loves technology they can actually wear. Four year old boys will love this cool toy that will make them feel like spies using exciting gadgets. In addition to showing time and date, Smartwatch can take photos and record videos in small resolution (0.3 PM), can be used as a voice recorder, and has a lot of interesting and fun games.
Because it’s so small and convenient, children will be able to wear and use the Kidizoom Smartwatch and learn to use technology through play. The toy will improve their understanding of technology and develop their intelligence, and once they get older and decide to use other devices, they won’t be afraid. It’s a nice gadget that will help them develop not only their technology intelligence but imagination and creativity too. They will be able to understand how cameras work and they will take their first steps into the world of photography.
- Has rechargeable battery
- Can be used as a calculator too
- A bit large for children’s hands
- Somewhat pricey
One of the most important things that happen to a 4 year old is their deeper understanding of emotions. They begin to understand that tantrums have negative consequences and that they can express their feelings in a different way. Their empathy also begins to emerge, and they will know how to comfort someone who is sad. This is when they become better at expressing feelings through pretend-plays, so awesome toys for 4 year old boys include life-like items such as tools and food.
At 4, boys are no longer as fragile or as clumsy as they were before, which means they can play outside longer. Being and playing outside is a great way for your boy to use his entire body and all muscle groups, so great gift ideas always include outdoor toys for 4 year old boys: trikes, cars, scooters, balls, and little skateboards. On the other hand, they still have a long way to go before they become confident and agile enough to run and play without injuring themselves, so investing in protective gear and a little first aid kit is wise. Even if they fall down, scrape their knees, and get bruises, remind yourself that they will get better soon.
Even if you know of other little boys who fell in love with a certain toy, that doesn’t have to mean that your boy will love it as much. Do try to listen to them and encourage them to play with all kinds of toys regardless of their color or shape. You never know, sometimes the best toys for a 4 year old boy include little pretend kitchens and dolls along with cars, balls, and dinosaurs.
From time to time it’s god to sit down with your boy and work on a bit of art and crafts projects, as these little things will help them develop fine motor skills such as holding a pen and a pencil, as well as deepen their interest in drawing, painting, or playing music.
Criteria we used
We can’t stress enough how serious we take the safety of children. The most important thing about all these popular toys for 4 year old boys was that they were all safe. Luckily, 4 year olds are more experienced than they used to be and they know how to play with most toys, so there’s less danger of choking or swallowing smaller toy parts. In addition to being safe, some of the best toys for 4 year old boys should be fun, yet sturdy and educational.
As they grow, boys become more active, vocal, and better coordinated, and the toys you choose to get them should be very durable and of high quality. They will want to take them apart if possible, and they will also have their favorites, and that means that they will want to play with certain toys over and over again. Good toys for one year old boy should be durable and sturdy, and they should endure months and even years of intense play and quite a bit of rough handling.
STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, and STEM toys are designed with an idea to awaken child’s interest and love for these subjects. Still, it’s not just about these subjects, but in the way they’re interconnected with each other and how they can be used in ‘the real world’. These are highly educational toys for 4 year old boys, but they are also fun and simple, and they can also encourage creative problem solving as well as sharing.
While there are many toys aimed at developing your child’s mind and cognitive abilities, we tried to focus on toys that will help develop their bodies and gross motor skills too. A lot of the toys we picked can be used both indoors and outdoors, and we focused on those with the greatest impact on the child’s fine and gross motor skills.
Frequently Asked Questions
When should I start teaching my child to read?
Children will learn to read at school so you don’t have to push them too soon, but sometimes simple games can help them learn letters of the alphabet which can be useful in future. Songs, toys such as magnetic alphabet letters and children’s books, as well as art supplies (crayons, markers, and the likes) will help the child develop reading and writing skills early on. If you and your child see reading and writing as a game, they will master the skills before they go to school without much trouble.
Sharing might be one of the most important aspects of life, but actually doing so is something that children might have problems learning. Being able to share is a vital skill they’re going to need for as long as they live, and when they know how to do so, they will make new friends more easily and be able to play freely. Encourage your child to play games and use toys that encourage cooperation: building blocks and puzzles, different role-plays, as well as sets of similar toys will be a great way for your child to practice sharing.
Should I be worried about my child’s ‘imaginary friends’?
Even though it’s not uncommon for a child to have an imaginary friend, parents often get concerned about their child playing and talking to someone they can’t see. Still, there is no need to worry as imaginary friends are a sign of child’s active imagination and their way of expressing themselves and dealing with different things. Their imaginary friends accept them and don’t judge them, they come from a place a child can control, and they will most likely outgrow them in a couple of years.
While they still have a long way to go before they can be called “big”, 4 year old boys are already complex persons with their own likes, dislikes, interests, and preferences. They are slowly becoming more independent and this is something parents both love and dread. Seeing them grow so fast can make grownups realize that time flies and that in a blink of an eye they’ll be going to school. Encourage them to be even more independent, give them educational toys that will help them learn while having fun, and allow them to remember how good it is to be a carefree 4 year old.