Updated on February 26, 2021 by Asher Fergusson
Young boys are at a perfect age for simple, inexpensive gifts that encourage curiosity and exploration. They are amazed by how things work and are itching to unleash their creativity. Solving a puzzle, building a tower, playing with bugs, or taking something apart provides hours of fun and discovery. Our list of killer toys for 4-year-old boys fits all types of personalities and budgets. Check it out!
26 Unique gifts for 4-year-old boys
Part puzzle, part brain teaser, part art project, this tangram game challenges toddlers to recreate the images on a card by using the wooden shapes provided. Tangrams are colorful and engaging. Kids work from 120 different patterns that include animals, numbers, letters, and shapes. Added bonus, this game teaches kids hand-eye coordination, color perception, and shape recognition. The 60 cards and seven high-quality wooden plates are easily stored in the metal box.
Few things seem as exciting to a young boy as blasting through the star-studded sky in a spaceship. Let their imaginations go wild with an astronaut dress up set from Melissa and Doug! This set includes a white zippered jumpsuit, silver gloves, a shiny space helmet, and a reusable name tag. The well-made suit will provide your child with an out-of-this-world experience as they explore new planets and discover alien life.
Be the first to fill your card, and call Zingo! This award-winning Thinkfun version of Bingo helps kids to match images and words during this fast-paced game. Slide the Zinger to reveal a tile, holler if the tile matches a picture on your board, and be the first one to match all the images on your board with tiles to win. Parents and teachers love this high-quality game that helps toddlers develop critical thinking, language, and matching skills.
What’s better than playing with a toy airplane? Taking one apart! Battat turns your little boy into an instant mechanic as he quickly learns to use different bits on his power drill to disassemble, then reassemble, his toy plane. Modeled right after a grown-up’s power drill, this tool teaches children how to match patterns and use mechanical skills. The durable pieces allow kids to play with this toy over and over again. Battat also offers take-apart trucks and a roadster.
All the color with none of the mess! This individual art desk inspires creativity for kids while also making parents happy. The desk features five mess-free markers, five themed stamps, a 12-page drawing pad, an ink pad, stamper holder, and an art desk with storage. These markers and stampers won’t stain clothings or other fabric and only appear on the Color Wonder paper. Then, pack up all the materials in the storage of the art desk. This kit is great at home, in the car, or wherever your child feels an urge for color and creativity.
All the parents’ childhood classics are back and better than ever! The Fisher Price Imaginext series now includes Scooby Doo and his ghost town, providing toddlers with a colorful and interactive playset that features Scooby and the ghost miner. As Scooby works to uncover the mystery, your child will send him down a track, avoid booby traps, uncover hidden entrances, and more! This playset introduces your toddler to all the excitement of the beloved cartoon.
This chopper-style trike with a low center of gravity provides endless fun as your toddler races along. The award-winning design includes an adjustable seat, chrome handlebars, and a large 16-inch front tire with performance grip. Radio Flyer’s sleek trike is especially great for kids who are in the transition between trike and bike, as it’s easy to pedal and steer with a different feel on the pavement while riding. Plus, you get the backing of a trusted American company that’s been at this for over 100 years!
It’s hard to escape the popularity of Paw Patrol with toddlers. The puppy appeal is contagious. This 2½-foot My Size Lookout Tower gets your child in on the Paw Patrol action, giving them a pup’s eye view and easy access to all the tower controls. The base fits all their favorite pup’s vehicles, as the Paw Patrol slides down the tower, ready for action. The interactive Toy of the Year winner includes the tower, Chase, his vehicle, and two pup packs, along with Marshall and two pup packs.
Indoors or out, this realistic remote control dump truck puts kids in the middle of the construction scene. The fully functioning dump truck is great outside in dirt and rocks, or indoors with LEGOs and blocks. The truck moves in all directions, lights up, and plays sounds. It’s detailed in its movements with an operable truck bed, letting kids create their own mini construction zone. Great for indoor or outdoor use, the dump truck is played with best where it should be—in the sand and dirt!
Introduce your child to a popular sport with this basketball hoop that will grow with him. The Step2 Shootin Hoops set easily adjusts from 48 to 72 inches, giving it a longer life than similar brands. The set includes a basketball hoop with an oversized backboard, a base, and basketball. The base can be weighted down with water or sand, and features a place to set a water bottle and ball. Step2 sports equipment gets young kids outside and active as they learn coordination, fine motor skills, and communication.
Under $25 Gifts
Simplicity can lead to some of the most creative projects with kids. ALEX Toys finds that balance, and the Paper Tube Ocean kit shows that a few basic materials can open up a child’s imagination. The kit includes paper tubes, stickers and shapes, pipe cleaners, tissue paper squares, a glue stick, and more to create four different colorful sea creatures. ALEX inspires learning development, patience, creativity, and crafting through simple tools at a young age.
Does Joey want to be a policeman? A pirate? A superhero? Your toddler gets to decide with this pretend play magnetic kit. This eight-inch wooden doll has 26 different clothing pieces to choose from, including tops, pants, shoes, and hats. Kids get to send Joey on an adventure every time they dress him, learning skills like sorting, coordination, communication, and independent play.
These colorful bath pipes will have your child playing in the water until he is sufficiently wrinkly! The five pipes come with different shapes and features. Your child can pour water through each one individually or build a chain to discover how the water will move from one pipe to the other. Each pipe suctions to the bathtub wall, keeping all the water fun in the tub and off the floor.
Bubbles, bubbles everywhere, thanks to this realistic leaf bubble blower! The motorized bubble blower looks and sounds like a real leaf blower, but sends out a stream of large bubbles. There is something magical about a bubble lightly floating through the air, and the wonder that kids embody when surrounded by bubbles is a joy to behold. The bubble toy includes a 4-ounce bottle of bubble solution.
Moldable, squishy Play Doh creates a perfect construction zone for your toddler to wreck and rebuild. The bright green dump truck can haul Play Doh rocks while the steam roller smooths out a road. A gravel grinder molds rocks for the next construction project. This set comes with two vehicles, the gravel grinder, and four containers of Play Doh, providing hours of imaginative fun.
16. Stomp Rocket — $
This simple toy provides an inexpensive and easy form of entertainment for hours. No batteries, no plugs, just purely kid-powered fun! The award-winning rocket only requires a run, jump, and stomp to launch up to 20 stories in the air. Stomp Rockets encourage outdoor play, and can be paired with the Stomp Rockets STEM book to explore science activities. Four rockets and a base are included.
Bring a real science lab right into your kitchen, with easy experiments and authentic tools! This activity set is a great way to introduce young children to scientific concepts and let them observe what happens during an experiment. Ten included cards feature activities on the scientific process, physical science, the senses, and more. With 22 tools, your child becomes familiar with beakers, tweezers, goggles, an eye dropper, and test tubes while exploring and learning.
Nature provides the perfect playground and educational adventure for young boys! This outdoor explorer kit invites young children to discover the wonders of their own backyard to learn about bugs, plants, rocks, and more. The kit includes working tools like a compass, binoculars, flashlight, magnifying glass, butterfly net, and bug containers. Kids will learn sensory exploration, appreciation for the environment, interaction with nature, a sense of direction, and more.
The bright, chunky design of this microscope makes it an attractive and easy-to-use first scientific tool for toddlers. Looking through the extra-large eyepiece, kids can magnify an object up to eight times! Young children will discover how anything from a leaf to a crayon looks when it’s blown up in size. The award-winning microscope introduces children to a staple scientific tool in the comfort of their own home.
Help your 4-year-old prepare for kindergarten in a fun and interactive way. This Write and Learn Creative Center provides young kids with a magnetic drawing board where they can trace letters or doodle pictures. The on-screen instructions will walk your child through the steps to write upper and lowercase letters or their names, and draw 26 different objects. Included stamps and stencils and added music provide additional creative play.
This is interactive reading at its finest! LeapFrog’s LeapStart Go System includes a stylus that brings books to life through activities, questions, vocabulary, and more. A small video screen at the top of the stylus plays footage of the planets, human body, and other topics by just touching the pages of a book. The compact system is great on the go and grows with your child, allowing them to advance to more difficult activities as they learn.
Step2 and Hot Wheels joined forces to create the perfect raceway for a growing toddler. This toy combines a sturdy and safe Step2-style play table with the turns, twists, and speed of a Hot Wheels track. Kids can start their vehicles at the top of a tower, watching them race down to the extended track and off onto the floor. The raceway includes two Hot Wheels and two storage bins. Additional Hot Wheels tracks can be purchased to further extend the track off the table.
LEGO features popular Disney characters in this Toy Story 4 roller coaster set specifically designed for younger LEGO builders. The simplicity of this toddler set allows younger kids to jump into the world of LEGO building with easy instructions and engaging scenes. The Toy Story set features a bright three-car coaster, six pieces of track, a roller coaster base, a snack cart, Buzz Lightyear, and his alien friend. Whether sticking to the easy instructions or getting creative with the building plans, this is sure to keep your child entertained.
Create the perfect arts and crafts corner for your child with the Step2 Doodle Desk. This activity center keeps all the essentials in one place for your child to explore coloring, painting, crafting and more. Medium and large bins and molded-in trays provide plenty of spaces to keep crayons, brushes, paints, and coloring books organized. Your child can stand and draw at the easel or simply pull down the easel to become a desktop where they can sit on the included stool for their next project.
Be ready for the first snow day of the season! This inexpensive holiday treat has everything kids need to enjoy a good snow. The kit includes a small sled, snow brick maker, snow digger and mold, two snowball makers, and storage. Kids can easily pack the snow into the molds to build a sturdy fort, then have the ultimate snowball fight with perfectly sculpted snowballs! This is sure to provide hours of brisk snow day fun.
Spark your child’s imagination with a high-quality train set from Brio. These sets provide hours of creativity and fun as kids build new tracks and obstacles. The Brio Rail and Road Loading Set features two trucks and a train with a crane wagon that lifts and loads magnetic boulders. With 32 pieces included, your child can construct a train track and road, then add new Brio sets to extend their scene. This set is made to last for long-term enjoyment.
From art projects to remote dump trucks to building sets, 4-year-old boys will find plenty to engage their minds and spark their imaginations on this list. Preschoolers are at a great age for exploration, and these gifts will both entertain and help them grow. Whether you’re stumped for a quick and inexpensive treat or looking for a durable toy that will keep their attention for years to come, you’ll discover something that you and your young child will enjoy.
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