If you’re a parent, grandparent, or friend looking for amazing toys and gifts for 4-year-old boys that will get them thinking, moving, inventing, building, exploring, and playing, you’ll find plenty of great ideas on this curated list.
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Gifts and Toys for 4 Year Old Boys
Razor Kick Scooter Junior
Scooters build up balance and gross motor skills but kids don’t know that– they just think they’re awesome. Notice that this junior scooter has three wheels not two for more stability.
Little People Pirate Ship
Play pirates with your pirate, parrot, and cannonball in the ship with a crow’s nest, hammock, cannon, sleeping, and eating areas.
Open Very Carefully: A Book with Bite by Nick Bromley, illustrated by Nicola O’Byne
What could be a very sweet story about the Ugly Duckling quickly turns very silly, er, scary when a CROCODILE sneaks onto the pages. Gasp. Watch out! First, he eats the letters, then whole words, and finally, the sentences. It’s up to you, the reader, to get rid of him. (You might even draw a tutu on him!)
Melissa & Doug Vehicles & Dinosaur Stamp Set
Get two stamp sets to develop creativity, hand-eye coordination, and storytelling.
Coding Critters Dragon
Help your preschooler code with a magic dragon and coding storybook of adventures including monsters and a fire tornado.
Ladybug Memory Game
SO adorable — and great for fine motor skills, memory, and visual discrimination. Lift the chunky ladybugs two at a time to find a match!
The Thingity-Jig by Kathleen Doherty, illustrated by Kristyna Litten
One day Bear finds a Thingity-Jig (aka. a couch) which he thinks is wonderful as a sit-on-it, jump-on-it thing. He asks his friends to help him carry it home but they’re too fast asleep so Bear figures out some ideas to do it himself. He makes a Rolly-Rumpity! Which is a pack-it-up, heap-it-up, load-it-up thing. That isn’t enough to move the Thingit-Jig so Bear makes something else — a Lifty-Uppity. And then, a Pushy-Poppity. And at daybreak, he arrives back at home where his friends are waking up, with his special Thingity-Jig. Bingity…Bing…Boing…Bear falls asleep. Wordplay, problem-solving, and persistence all in a fun-to-read-aloud book!
Let’s Explore Camp Stove
Anyone else kind of want this for themselves because it is SO cute! It’s a 24-piece pretend play wooden camp stove with cookware and utensils. You can turn the nobs, reverse the grill and griddle, or adjust the flames.
LEGO DUPLO Alphabet Train
Stack the letter bricks and learn to recognize letters, developing fine motor skills and alphabet knowledge.
Hot Wheels Monster Truck
The oversized body and giant monster wheels make up a super cool 1:24 scale truck that any child will enjoy.
BRIO Builder STEM Set
Get your young engineer building with 136 building pieces including nuts, bolts, a hammer, a screwdriver and more.
Pets Wooden Doll House (Hape)
Open-ended and ready for a 4 year old boy’s imagination, what scenarios will your kids imagine for these darling pets?
Fire Station Playset
Build a fire station then play with its rescue truck with flashing lights and siren and 2 LEGO DUPLO firefighter figures plus more figures.
Think Gizmos Take Apart Car
Kids use the 30 parts including an engine battery and a toy drill battery to build and take apart this racecar. When the engine is turned on, this STEM toy car gives off realistic sounds and lights.
Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham
An alphabet book with a twist! Kids love this hilarious alphabet book about a very impatient moose and his kind friend, Zebra.
Magformers Police Set
Follow the directions in the booklet to build 20 police concepts including a police station, a car, an armored truck, and more. OR use your imagination and the Magformers to make your own creations.
Animals Upon Animals
You’ll love this wobbly stacking game where players race to place all their animals on the animal pile first. Roll the die to see how many animals you can stack up– or if you get to add to the base. A fun interactive game (that we love) that fosters hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.
Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall
Jabari is ready to jump off the diving board. Mostly. His dad tells Jabari that he feels scared too, and sometimes after a deep breath and telling himself he is ready, the thing stops feeling scary and feels like a surprise instead. I really like this advice. And it works for Jabari, too. Beautiful illustrations, perfect text to picture ratio, and a helpful, relatable story with a diverse main character make this book a must-read.
Kids First Science Laboratory
4 year old boys will love these large, plastic scientific tools for long-lasting fun and exploration. The tools include a unique, multipurpose 14-piece screw-together system with tubes, funnels, lids, connectors, and perforated disks that can be used in a multitude of ways. Also included are large and small measuring spoons, a test tube rack, a pipette, a hand magnifier, magnetic rings and stand set, and more.
LEGO Duplo Town Family Camping Van Adventure
A playset for building, playing and learning that includes 4 figures, a van, a tent, and more!
Bubble Pop Fidget Toy
Great for fine motor skills, these bubble pop toys are tons of fun.
Kids (my own included) love to cruise around on this super fun car. It’s great for inside or outside, too. (Even on my hardwood floors.)
The Original AirFort
Quickly and easily inflate this roomy 4″+ tall fort with a box fan! Then play inside for hours!
Road Rug Play Set
Spend hours of playtime on this washable activity rug with both town and country scenes and 49 wooden play pieces. The set includes 15 vehicles, 8 town buildings, 8 farm structures, 6 animals, 7 people, 4 traffic signs, bridge.
Chutes and Ladders
Another classic game that remains a favorite for 4 year old kids — my own included. The first player to reach the 100 square wins. It’s a game of chance but for some reason, my kids always win. What’s up with that?
King Hugo’s Huge Ego by Chris Van Dusen
Your 4 year old boys will LOVE this funny rhyming book about a king who thinks VERY highly of himself and, as a result, is cursed by a witch. The curse means that every time he utters more self-important words, his head inflates. Surprisingly, the king doesn’t mind because that means there is more of him to love. How will the king ever learn his valuable lesson in humility? Kids love this delightful story with a fantastic moral. (We read this book EVERY night for months.)
What preschooler doesn’t love this push toy mower with popping beads? Not only do my own kids love racing around the back yard but so do all their friends. Get those wiggles out with this entertaining toy.
Melissa and Doug Colorblast No Mess
So fun! Use the magic pens to color in the pictures and do the activities.
Pretend Play Doctor and Veterinarian Kit
Great for stuffed animals and doll play. Help your friends stay healthy with a stethoscope, cell phone, forceps, 3 bandages, eyeglasses, name tag, scalpel, thermometer, tweezers, syringe, blood pressure cuff, scissors, reflex hammer, bedpan, ear scope, and dental mirror.
CozyBomB Magnetic Wooden Fishing Game
Use the fishing poles to catch fish with the 26 letters of the alphabet. Also, develop fine motor skills!
Melissa and Doug Pizza Play Set
This pizza kitchen toy set is perfect for 4 year old boys! High-quality wooden design with a brightly colored tray, a pizza cutter, a spatula, and a wooden box for storage, and the pizza makes “slicing” noises when cut. Great for many hours of open-ended play!
Jurrasic World Raptor
This extra-large raptor is 9.1 inches tall. Its legs and arms move, too!
Farm Railway Set
I honestly think this is the BEST toy for 4 year olds. Build, imagine, and problem-solve with the farm railway set that comes with 20 pieces including a train engine with cargo car, farm tractor with trailer, double-height barn with magnetic crane, track crossing, cow, hay and fencing.
Melissa & Doug ABC 123 Wild Animals Dot-to-Dot Coloring Pad
Follow the letters or numbers to complete the scenes. This does double duty — it’s both fun and educational!
Kids First Aircraft Engineer Kit
Budding engineers will love to design 10 different models of airplanes using the 73 colorful, chunky building pieces with simple assembly instructions.
Fresh Mart Grocery Store
Imagine the hours of pretend play opportunities with this sturdy wooden grocery store that includes a hand-cranked conveyor belt, a bagging area, card swipe machine, a realistic beeping scanner, and cash drawer.
An award-winning cooperative game that includes many types of play: dramatic, communication, creative, interpretive, competitive, teamwork. It’s FUN and silly and perfect for 4 year old boys!
An adorable, interactive robot is great for educating kids by playing songs, telling stories, and more! Parents will also love using the connected app that allows them to set daily routines and make special voice messages.
Animal Cube Puzzle
6 puzzles in 1 wooden cube puzzle. Sturdy and will grow with your child.
Geomag Magnetic Toys
Building blocks with letters will help your kids learn letters and start to build words as they grow older. Playful learning at its best!
LeapFrog Scribble and Write
Kids learn to write upper and lower case letters A – Z and numbers 1 – 10. Instant feedback gives kids help and this adapts to your child’s skills offering a range of levels.
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