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 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.
Code n’ Learn Kinderbot
If you’re looking for a toy that teaches early math concepts, reasoning, problem solving, and beginning coding, check out this interactive STEM toy! Kids use the buttons to code a path, press play and watch him go. Concepts include shapes, colors, early math, following directions, and problem-solving!
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?
Melissa & Doug Playhouse
Would your 4 year old boys love this Country Cottage Indoor Playhouse as much as mine? It’s a 4-foot-tall indoor playhouse made of extra-thick and sturdy corrugated cardboard with front doors and shutters that open and close on each side, plus several playful details including a chimney, working mail slot, illustrated tire swing, and vegetable garden. LOVE it!!
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.
Good Dog Memory Match
Isn’t this a charming matching game? Great for a 4 year old boy’s memory and focus.
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.
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.
Dig It Up! The Big Egg
Kids will love this enormous 7″ egg with 7 dinosaurs hidden inside! First, soak the egg in water, then chisel away the sedimentary material. An excavation guidebook is included to learn more about each dinosaur.
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.)
Little Tikes Gas ‘n Go Mower Toy
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.
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!
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.
Calafant Princess Castle
This is a cardboard castle you can color and make yourself — plus it’s great for pretend play when finished.
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!