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Best Toys and Gifts for 4 Year Old Boys

The 4-year-old boy in your life is getting bigger all the time. His terrible twos and twice-as-bad threes are over, and his mouth isn’t the only thing getting smarter. The gears in that young brain are turning faster as he is growing up. His brain isn’t all that’s different. His taste in toys is changing as well. Flashing lights and colors aren’t all it takes to entertain him anymore. He needs toys that are engaging on multiple levels. 

But in a world that is always producing new toys, how do you know which ones to buy? How do you keep up? The good news is you don’t have to. Check out this list of the thirty best toys and gifts for 4-year-old boys.

Your son will surely have seen car carrier trucks on the road. By now he would love a toy that carries his cars. WolVol has provided a great toy that will do that for him and much more. It does come with cars but that isn’t where the fun stops.

This carrier also comes with road signs, cones, and everything your four-year-old boy needs to pretend-play with his car carrier. There is a handle on the top and it carries more than just the cars that come with it.

What parent doesn’t love a toy that doubles as its own carrying case? This goes a step further. WolVol’s car carrier truck doesn’t just carry the cars it comes with. There’s plenty of room for your son’s other cars as well. All total, it is capable of carrying twenty-eight cars. Plus, it looks really cool.

Key Features

  • Signs, Cones, and Cars Included
  • Space to Carry 28 Cars Inside
  • Handle on Top for Easy Movement

Specifications

  • Brand: WolVol
  • Weight: 2.1 lbs

Lincoln Logs have been a part of boyhood for as long as most of us can remember. There’s a good reason for that; Lincoln Logs are great! But this specific set of Lincoln Logs brings more to the table than just the normal set of legendary building logs.

Of course, it comes with the same type of logs that we are all accustomed to, but it also has color-coded pieces. These pieces come together to build a specific structure pictured on the Logs’ storage tin. There are one-hundred and eleven pieces in all, of multi-colored design and shape.

Your 4-year-old boy can build anything his heart desires with this set, in addition to the house or log cabin pictured on the tin. The tin itself sweetens the deal. It keeps them all together and safe and looks good enough to provide a spark of decor on any boy’s shelf.

Key Features

  • 111 Piece Set
  • Multi-Colored Design
  • Decorative Tin for Easy Storage

Specifications

  • Brand: Lincoln Logs
  • Model: 854
  • Weight: 6.28 lbs.

Boys and construction go hand in hand. This playset from iPlay, iLearn provides so much potential for pretend play that it is a must-have for any four-year-old boy who loves construction vehicles. Of course, that’s pretty much all of them!

Tractors and construction trucks are cool for any boy. But that isn’t all this set brings to the conversation. There are seventy-six total pieces in this set that allows your boy to play with up to five different vehicles. More than that, there are barricades, signs, and more to allow for so much pretend construction site play you won’t believe it.

The set includes a trailer just like they use on real construction sites. Your son can actually use this to carry his cars to his pretend construction site. Want more good news? You can help your boy keep track of this great set with the storage box that comes with it.

Key Features

  • 76 Piece Set
  • 5 Vehicle Bodies
  • Storage Box Included

Specifications

  • Brand: iPlay, iLearn
  • Weight: 3.65 lbs.

If you’ve taken your son to see a Toy Story movie, you know the pain of searching out the most realistic Woody and Buzz Lightyear action figures. This Buzz Lightyear is almost as good as it would be to have a real Buzz running around. Fisher-Price has provided a Toy Story-themed toy that does more than just fall with style. 

It is shaped like a large Buzz figure but it actually provides more modes of play than just that. There is a spacecraft toy that shoots little darts, and a small Buzz figure to ride inside it to infinity and beyond.

Remember when Buzz was upset that he couldn’t shoot his laser in the first movie? Whether you do or do not, your 4-year-old boy won’t have to worry about that with this toy. It shoots red projectiles right out of the right hand that work just perfectly to be a pretend laser.

Key Features

  • Multiple Play Modes
  • Buzz Lightyear Figure Included
  • Safe Projectiles Included

Specifications

  • Brand: Fisher-Price
  • Model: GLK18
  • Weight: 4.5 lbs.

Four-year-old boys love to run around, jump up and down, and even dance around. Many of them also love music. This toy combines the two with a piano mat that plays music as your boy jumps or stomps on it. In addition to the joy of stomping on a piano and having it play, there are more features to enjoy.

Instead of only having a piano to jump on, this mat has eight different music instrument sounds that can be selected at will. It also has a unique recording feature so you can show your four-year-old boy how much music he can make with his feet. A durable and simple design, this mat has a built-in speaker that will give your boy stomping musical fun until he can’t stomp any more.

Key Features

  • 8 Selectable Music Instruments
  • Built-In Speaker
  • Recording Function

Specifications

  • Brand: Cyiecw
  • Weight: 8.8 ounces

Boys love blocks. Boys love magnets. Boys love building cool things. Magna Tiles’ Ice Set gives your four-year-old boy all of this in a wonderful little package. There are sixteen shapes of blocks included in this set that all stick together in any way your boy wants to stick them.

It makes for a great way to pretend and build up the imagination. This is the ice set, which means the tiles are see-through. This makes building with them visually stimulating as well as just fun! These tile blocks will grow with him, but this is a good age to help him put shapes together. Thanks to the Magna Tiles, your son will know more about magnets and shapes than anyone else when he starts school.

Key Features

  • 16 See-Through Shapes
  • 3D Magnetic Building Pieces
  • Promotes Creativity

Specifications

  • Brand: Magna Tiles
  • Model: 18716
  • Weight: 1 lb

Sometimes you just need a castle, or a mansion, or a Batcave, with trap doors and figures and every possible thing to give you hours of pretend play. This Fisher-Price Batcave and Wayne Manor is just such a set.

It comes with figures that easily play all around the set. Also, the secret Batcave entrance waterfall is a great touch. If that isn’t enough to spark your interest, the bat-signal might be. Your boy can have someone in trouble with a villain and actually raise the bat-signal to call for Batman to save the day. You can’t go wrong with any set like this.

Key Features

  • Raisable Bat-Signal
  • Secret Waterfall Batcave Entrance
  • Figure and Vehicles Included

Specifications

  • Brand:  Fisher-Price
  • Model: FM863
  • Weight: 4.85 lbs

Many men like to work with their hands in a workshop or on a workbench. Building things starts at an early age for most boys and there is little they can do to improve their budding carpentry skills more than to play with this toy workbench. This bench includes loads of realistic tools. All of the tools integrate perfectly into the bench itself. Most tools are durable plastic standard tools.

There is an electric drill included as well, and this isn’t a fake-looking toy drill either. It looks the part and works well. The clamps, wrenches, pliers, and other tools look realistic as well. Having a vice on the workbench is a nice touch as well. This lightweight and well-made set might be your 4-year-old boy’s favorite space in the world shortly after he first sees it.

Key Features

  • Realistic Tools and Workbench
  • Electric Drill Included
  • Lightweight and Durable

Specifications

  • Brand:  ToyVelt
  • Weight: 3.6 lbs

Who doesn’t love Toy Story? What boy doesn’t love Ferris wheels? How about a playset that lets your boy recreate his very own Disney Pixar Carnival? Throw in a Sheriff Woody figure and you might just have the perfect Toy Story-themed carnival toy.

The rides included in this set aren’t just for show. They work and move. The figure that comes with the set actually rides the carnival rides as well. It just doesn’t get much cooler than that. If your boy loves carnival games, this set has what he wants there as well. A few projective carnival games are included with the set.

Key Features

  • Sheriff Woody Included
  • Figure Rides Carnival Rides
  • Small Projective Carnival Games

Specifications

  • Brand:  Fisher-Price
  • Model: GBG66
  • Weight: 2.65 lbs

Vacuum cleaners produce varied reactions in children. If your boy is one of those who loves playing house, this might just be one of the easiest ways to get him a wonderful toy that he will love for a long time. 

This replica Dyson Ball Vacuum is so convincing and such a perfect replica that you might end up wanting to use it to do your cleaning. It makes convincing sounds and rolls around as good as the real thing does. On top of all of that, this toy actually vacuums for real. It’s fun pretend-play that actually does vacuum a little bit too. What could be better? For a boy who loves this sort of thing, this might be the perfect missing piece to his playroom or bedroom.

Key Features

  • Perfect Toy Replica
  • Real Sounds
  • Actually Vacuums

Specifications

  • Brand:  Casdon
  • Model: 64102
  • Weight: 3.9 lbs

If you think that your four-year-old boy wouldn’t love an awesome pretend kitchen, take him to see one. Let him show you how 4-year-old boys love playing with pots and pans. Cooking is cool and four-year-old boys know it. This set has several pieces of authentic-looking cookware. It also includes utensils that anyone would use for cooking and so they complete the perfect pretend playset.

But there is more to love here. Along with the great cookware and utensils, Cute Stone has included a peel and cut feature that allows for very realistic pretend-play cooking. This is great by itself and also perfect for a room where your boy loves to play house.

Key Features

  • Peel and Cut Feature
  • Multiple Piece Cookware Set
  • Various Cooking Utensils Included

Specifications

  • Brand:  Cute Stone
  • Weight: 1.9 lbs

Right up there with castles and Batcaves are pirate ships. A lot of kids love ships but boys have a thing for pirate ships in particular. This set from Fisher-Price includes a few great pieces along with a scary and awesome ship that your boy will love playing with. Two figures are included along with projectiles that really shoot.

As great as that is, it is completed by the ship’s key feature. Shaped like a shark’s head on one end, this ship is able to open and bite figures. When the ship captures these figures, they are sent straight to the ship’s hull for safekeeping. With the figures and the rest of this set, this chase and catch feature sends this toy over the top.

Key Features

  • Really Capture Figures in Ship’s Hull
  • 2 Figures Included
  • Multiple Projectiles Included

Specifications

  • Brand:  Fisher-Price
  • Model: DHH61
  • Weight: 7.14 lbs

Four-year-old boys like remote control cars but they also enjoy shoving one across the floor. That is the brilliance of this friction-powered set from CozyBomB. The trucks move as they get pushed along and don’t stop easily. Each of the three monster trucks is decorated with an insanely awesome paint job.

These trucks look amazing and would be cool on any boy’s shelf. The push-and-go, friction powered ability is a huge plus here since it will allow the trucks to last longer and move easier. The friction-powered system has the added bonus of a 360-degree stunt where the truck rotates all the way around.

Key Features

  • 360 Degree Rotating Stunt
  • Crazy Paint Jobs
  • Push and Go – Friction Powered

Specifications

  • Brand:  CozyBomB
  • Weight: 11.2 ounces

Cars that run by remote control have been amazing gifts for four-year-old boys since their invention decades ago. This toy by DOUBLE E might be one of the greatest things since then. Boys love remote control vehicles. Boys love tractor and construction site vehicles. Bingo, this toy is perfect.

It is a remote control excavator truck. The control might look a little difficult but it is shaped and designed very much like a video game controller. Your four-year-old boy has likely already held and worked one of those a few times. This control moves the excavator in four directions with realistic tracked wheels.

It features automatic pairing for easy play but the best is yet to come. You can do remote control digging with this great toy. Every boy in the world would love that and yours certainly will too. The paint job looks realistic and its functions are realistic too. All that’s left now is to get to digging.

Key Features

  • Moves in Four Directions
  • Remote Control Digging
  • Automatic Pairing

Specifications

  • Brand:  DOUBLE E
  • Weight: 2.15 lbs

Like it or not, handheld phones and electronic music players are a part of life in the world in which we live. Most of us like it well enough even if we don’t want our tiny ones to get a phone too young. Enter this great toy by VTech. It provides what the four-year-old boy in your life wants, something that will be fun to hold and play with, without the trappings of a real phone too early.

It plays music and includes learning games. Headphones work well with it as well. The design is cute and makes it clear this is a toy that is meant to be a toy and is proud of it. It plays different sounds from various and selectable music instruments. The learning games will help your child’s mind grow instead of hampering them like some smartphone games are likely to do.

Key Features

  • Musical Learning Feature
  • Choose From Different Instruments
  • Automatic Pairing

Specifications

  • Brand:  VTech
  • Model: 80-196200
  • Weight: 11.2 ounces

our-year-old boys and fire trucks go as well together as 4-year-old boys and construction sets and building blocks. Sure, the real thing might be a little loud but they still enjoy watching a fire truck zoom by on the road. They sure love little fire truck toys and even pretending to be a firefighter

This great set from iPlay, iLearn provides so many pretend-play options that your boy can set up an entire firefighting scene or his own fire station. The regular fire truck, the ladder truck, the bigger ladder truck, this set has them all and more. It even comes with a big red crane for fighting those higher fires.

Various props and vehicles are included. Barricades and signs can cordon off the emergency area. The crane can be set up and the large ladder truck brought in. There are so many options here, there isn’t enough time to explore them all. It’s a great pretend playset for any 4-year-old boy to enjoy.

Key Features

  • Crane Included
  • Multiple Emergency Vehicles
  • Many Props for Pretend Fire Fighting

Specifications

  • Brand:  iPlay, iLearn
  • Weight: 3.9 lbs

Actually paying the bills and having big boy responsibilities might not always be fun, but playing house is a different story. Melissa & Doug have been making toys long enough to know that and they have provided a simple but perfect pretend play option with this set.

It comes with a broom and a mop. Think of all the times you’ve wanted to sweep or mop and your boy comes along with another mop or broom and goes right along with you. It happens a lot in most four-year-old boy homes. Instead of him accidentally messing up your trash pile, give him his own set of cleanup toys and turn him loose.

There is a stand that holds all of the cleanup toys in one location. That’s worth twice the money right there if you’ve had the terror of not being able to find your little one’s pretend broom before. All total there are six pieces, including a dustpan that really latches onto the broom. It is easy to clean up and easy to store. In other words, perfect.

Key Features

  • 6-Piece Pretend Play Set
  • Realistic Mop and Broom
  • Easy to Store and Clean-up

Specifications

  • Brand: Melissa & Doug
  • Weight: 3.9 lbs

While playing house is fun, playing a doctor is also a ton of fun. Nothing gives your boy more options for taking his stuffed animals and action figures to the doctor than this toy medical kit by Cute Stone.

It includes thirty pieces all total and they each have their own wonderful little job in the pretend doctor’s office. Check blood pressure. Look into the eyes and ears of those furry little stuffed animals. There are truly so many options, it would take a small book to explore them. 

There are even dentist tools in here too. Hey, why not open a pretend dentist’s office while he’s at it? The dental kit includes a big red mouth with teeth to brush and examine as well. That would be amazing all together, but there are also light and sound effects included in the pieces where it is most needed. You can’t go wrong here.

Key Features

  • 30 Pieces Included
  • Easy Storage Container
  • Realistic Sound and Light Effects

Specifications

  • Brand: Cute Stone
  • Weight: 2 lbs

We all enjoy the technological advances that have come to the toy world. It gives our little ones a better chance to learn more and learn faster than we ever could. Sometimes we make things too difficult though. Want your 4-year-old boy to have a ton of fun outside? How about putting him on a John Deere tractor and letting him scoot around?

Seriously, this can be as fun as the most advanced set of pretend-play toys on the market because boys love tractors. This one is painted perfectly to look like a John Deere tractor and has a wide wheelbase. The easy to scoot tractor will travel all across your house or your yard with ease.

Imagine the smile on his face as he pretends to dig up your flowers or destroy your yard. The keyword there is “pretend”. There isn’t anything on this toy that can hurt flowers or your 4-year-old boy. It is a perfect little scoot-and-ride tractor for any four-year-old boy to easily enjoy.

Key Features

  • Wide Wheel Base
  • John Deere Colors
  • Stable Easy to Scoot

Specifications

  • Brand: TOMY
  • Weight: 3.95 lbs

Have you ever watched your kids at the grocery store? Of course, you have, but have you seen how much fun the sights and sounds of checking out are for them? They want to put things on the belt. If you use self-checkout, they always want to help and hear that beep. They even like the idea of helping you pay.

Melissa & Doug provide a pretend-play grocery store here that includes everything your boy loves about the store. The conveyor belt is easy to hand crank so that the groceries move down just like in real life. The scanner really beeps! Can you imagine?

To complete the scene, the credit card scanner looks so authentic that you might find yourself swiping a card through there. Okay, probably not, but what is certain is that your boy and any boy would get tons of hours of playtime out of a great and complete set like this one.

Key Features

  • Hand-Cranked Conveyor Belt
  • Beeping Scanner
  • Realistic Card Swipe Machine

Specifications

  • Brand: Melissa & Doug
  • Model: 9340
  • Weight: 46.2 lbs

Just when you thought cars and trucks on tracks were a thing of the past, they have all new types of tracks for cars and trucks. KKONES’ engineering track has everything a boy loves: tracks, trucks, rolling balls, ramps, and bridges.

This one-hundred and sixty-one piece set comes with track pieces that fit easily together. You might want to help a little but it is easy enough for him to build a track of his own liking as well. A couple of construction trucks come with the set and roll easily around whatever track is built, be it the one in the instructions or one of your own creation.

Included also are various props that can be placed around the track to complete the scene. From there, your boy can roll trucks and balls and props all over the track. The trucks can slam through the gate, knock the stone down the track, or do any number of pretend play ideas.

Key Features

  • Easy to Assemble Track Pieces
  • 161 Piece Set
  • Varied Props Included

Specifications

  • Brand: KKONES
  • Weight: 2.1 lbs

Imagine the look on your 4-year-old boy’s face when he sees an elevated train or a subway train zoom past for the first time. Think of how the monorail at Disney is one of the best attractions for any child. How amazing would it be for them to have their own little electric train toy to zoom around the room?

It would be great of course. This train from WolVol is just that toy. It rolls around anywhere inside with ease. If it bumps into the wall or something else, the bump and roll feature forces it to adjust and keep going. 

Through the roof and the windows, the train lights up and flashes in a display that is equal parts beautiful and awesome. It won’t just fall apart the first time it touches something either, as it is created with durable materials as well.

Key Features

  • Bump and Roll Feature
  • Flashing Lights
  • Music Included

Specifications

  • Brand: WolVol
  • Weight: 8.8 ounces

Toysery has crafted a durable toy airplane that is not only built to last but built also for fun and easy safe play. Boys love plans too, it is just difficult sometimes to find the right plane toy for them. This one has all they need to enjoy time flying around the house.

When it is rolling around, it senses when it is about to hit something and changes direction all by itself. This allows for easy play and it keeps it from crashing as well. The realistic sounds give it an aura of realism that your boy will love.

Not only that but there is a great light display as well. All total, this is a smart and safe plane toy that will roll itself away from walls, light up, and sound realistically all the while. Your boy will thank you if you give this toy a chance.

Key Features

  • Motion Sensor Technology
  • Authentic Lights and Sounds
  • Durable Build

Specifications

  • Brand: Toysery
  • Weight: 13.6 ounces

Archery can be at once fun, fulfilling, and great for building natural hand-eye coordination. The standing archery toy set from Kiddie Play gives your boy a quick start on that fun and those advances in hand-eye skills. All of it comes in a safe package that will fit anywhere in your house or even outdoors.

The target stands up, sturdy and easy to see. Suction cup arrows make for a simple and safe way to pull back the bow and blast the target. This is a fun and safe set and can be a great tool for sporting skill building even at an early age. They don’t have to know they are advancing their skill sets while they play, just let them have fun and the rest takes care of itself.

Key Features

  • Stand-Up Target
  • Easy, Soft Shooting Bow
  • Suction Cup Arrows

Specifications

  • Brand: Kiddie Play
  • Weight: 2.9 lbs

All boys are interested in playing with construction trucks and toys but some might be more interested than others in the realistic play provided by these iPlay, iLearn toys. The realistic to-scale toys give a great sense of what real-life vehicles do on real-life construction sites.

There are several vehicles included. The metal tractor toy can scoot around easily and do what real life tractors do.The dump truck dumps real stuff, like a real-life dump truck does. The excavator is to scale and works at excavating, though it might not go as deep as a real-life one will. The digger digs. This set is not only great for realistic play but also for pretend play. They look great and they are durable.

Key Features

  • Several Vehicles Included
  • Accurate Scale Model
  • Great for Pretend Play

Specifications

  • Brand: iPlay, iLearn
  • Weight: 2.9 lbs

Think of all the fun you and yours have at carnivals around town that have bean bag toss games. What four-year-old boy doesn’t love throwing that hefty bean bag at the target or the hole or whatever happens to be on the other end? They all do. Now you can bring the same fun home.

This Melissa & Doug Turtle Target Game looks cute and will be a great target for your boy to throw towards. It isn’t too big to be inside but it can also be put outside on the patio or the grass if you prefer not to have your boy throwing bean bags inside. Either way, the target is a big turtle shell. What’s not to love? There are four bean bags included and the theme is right out of some 4-year-old boy’s imagination. Next time you want to take your kids outside, allow them to aim away from the house and toss away.

Key Features

  • Bean Bag Toss Game
  • Great for Indoor or Outdoor
  • Four Bean Bags Included

Specifications

  • Brand: Melissa & Doug
  • Model: 6688
  • Weight: 1.2 lbs

Boys love yard work as much as boys have ever loved yard work. This is a staple in any young man’s outside group of toys. The ToyVelt version of the bubble lawnmower rolls easily, no matter what surface. You might not want bubbles floating around inside your house, but that’s up to you. Either way, your boy will have a blast with this. The sounds are realistic and the mower rumbles along as he pushes it. Bubbles then come out of it if you have one of the bubble bottles attached to the mower.

There are four bubble bottles included which ups the value you get for your money with this toy. It is durable and fits nicely in the outside toy storage area or even in an inside closet. Your little one is going to love this lawnmower. Just make sure you disconnect the bubble bottle before he turns it over to pretend to work on it.

Key Features

  • Four Bubble Bottles Included
  • Great Lawn Mower Sounds
  • Rolls Easily on Grass or Carpet

Specifications

  • Brand: ToyVelt
  • Weight: 2.55 lbs

There isn’t much that can be said to make this sound better than it obviously is. Your boy stomps on the launcher for a glowing rocket and it launches into the air. Seriously, does it get more simple than this awesome toy?

Your boy will love the way it looks when it glows in the dark or even the way it looks when it isn’t dark. There are seven rockets total included in the toy. All of them glow and are soft and safe. While being soft and light, they also launch well into the air.

Any time your boy wants to play rocket launcher, imagine the freedom of sending him to play with this cool set. He’ll get to have fun playing rocket launcher and you’ll feel great knowing that it is safe and easy to clean up. That is, assuming they don’t launch into space. That might be more difficult to clean up.

Key Features

  • Seven Rockets Included
  • Rockets Actually Launch
  • Glowing Rockets

Specifications

  • Brand: Stomp Rocket
  • Model: 24182
  • Weight: 12 ounces

Just looking at this chair tells you all you need to know. It is a desk perfect for doodling or even homeschooling. If your child has a little bit of homework, this desk can make even that fun. A cup holder rests on the top and will hold pens, pencils, and more.

It also is themed after Mickey Mouse which is always a win for most any kid. At the bottom rests a storage bin that is removable and easy to reach for keeping any important books, notebooks, coloring books, or papers in. Desks can be fun and functional. Among fun desks, this one is probably one of the most fun of all.

Key Features

  • Mickey Mouse Theme
  • Cup Holder Included
  • Removable Storage Bin

Specifications

  • Brand: Delta Children
  • Model TC85664MM
  • Weight: 12.99 lbs

Give your boy a steering wheel and watch him drive into an afternoon of blissful pretend play and games. This NASCAR sponsored, eKids steering wheel brings a ton of fun and optional play in a compact and simple toy with a great look.

First, the NASCAR racing wheel is interactive and easy to play with. Your son can press the buttons and it interacts as he turns it and moves it around. But it isn’t all simple car sounds and turning, as it also includes interactive games.

This looks great and it plays great as well. If you want, he can even have it on a long trip and pretend he is the one driving along. Other than that, it would be great for watching a race and pretending that he is racing right along with them. There are a lot of fun options.

Key Features

  • Reactive Steering Wheel
  • Interactive Play and Games
  • Great for Pretend Play

Specifications

  • Brand: eKids
  • Weight: 1.38 lbs