35 Best Toys & Gift Ideas for 4 Year Old Boys

by Zane Wetzel | Last Updated: 12/23/2019

Toys are a time-honored method of keeping your little one happy and safe, but it can be hard finding the right toy for your 4 year old boy. When children reach the age of 4, they will no longer be toddlers. They’ll have mastered walking and essential verbal communication, so they’ll be able to move wherever they want. They’ll be bursting with energy and want to learn and explore the world as much as possible, so they need to stay busy.

If you’re looking for a toy that can help your child exercise their body and mind and have fun, worry not. In this list, we’ve gathered 35 of the best gifts to buy boys aged four years old.

Best Toys & Gifts for 4 Year Old Boys

1. Scoot Hands-Free Mini Drone Helicopter

Hand Operated Drones for Kids

 

These days, drones are being used less by the military and more for business and pleasure. The Scoot Hands-Free Mini Drone is only one of the thousands of affordable drones on the market, but unlike many of them, your kid won’t need a remote to fly it. They only have to toss Scoot into the air and watch him hover around the house while avoiding any obstacles.

The best part is that since the drone industry is quickly expanding, this could help foster a lifelong love for drone flying that could turn into a career.

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2. Imaginext DC Super Friends, Batbot Xtreme

Fisher-Price Imaginext DC Super Friends, Batbot Xtreme

 

This toy is what would happen if they combined Batman with the Megazords from the Power Rangers franchise. Standing at over two feet tall, the Batbot Xtreme’s almost as big as the four-year-olds it’s built for. Boys can take Batman into battle as he punches, flies, and launches missiles at the bad guys.

There’s even a voice changer to make kids sound like the Dark Knight himself. Parents and Batfans will wish that they had this toy when they were a 4 year old boy!

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3. Play-Doh Touch Shape to Life Studio

Play-Doh Touch Shape to Life Studio

 

Old school playtime meets the technology of the 21st century with Play-Doh Touch Shape to Life Studio. Boys 3 years old and up use the stampers to create characters, then they load them onto the platform and into the game. They can use their IPad to play with their creations and save them for later, and the more they make, the bigger it gets.

4 year old boys will love watching their imaginations come to life before their very eyes. Even parents can get in on the fun with Play-Doh Touch Studio

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4. Kylo Ren Rey Star Wars Duel Battler LightSaber Pack

Kylo Ren Rey Star Wars Duel Battler LightSaber Pack

 

It’s a known fact that Star Wars is one of the best-selling franchises of all time and that it has some of the coolest toys. Now boys four and up can wield the franchises’ iconic Lightsabers with this Bladebuilders dual Lightsaber pack. Kids can take their pick from the Lightsabers of Rey, Kylo Ren, or a lightdagger.

The best part about this toy for 4 year old boys is that this pack works with any other Bladebuilders sets; the customization is endless! The Force will be with your kids, always.

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5. Star Wars BladeBuilders Spin-Action Lightsaber

Star Wars BladeBuilders Spin-Action Lightsaber

 

The Lightsaber is the iconic weapon of Star Wars and has inspired awe in kids for forty years. With Star Wars Bladebuilders sets like the Spin-Action Lightsaber, boys four and up can create the Lightsaber of their dreams. Mix and match parts from different Bladebuilder sets to create a Lightsaber.

Adapting the spinning blades seen in Star Wars: Rebels, the connector hilt has a button that causes the blade to spin around. Little boys will love playing with their Lightsaber.

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6. LEGO Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter Trench Run

LEGO Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter Trench Run

 

By the age of four, a boy should be able to move on from Duplo blocks and into the realm of actual LEGO’s. Meant for girls and boys aged 2 years old and up, this set contains a modest 132 pieces which a child can build with little problems.

Not only does it improve motor skills at a crucial stage in life, but it encourages kids to be imaginative. As a bonus, it recreates the iconic trench run from the original Star Wars movie so that any little Jedi will love it.

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7. LEGO Classic Medium Creative Brick Box

LEGO Classic Medium Creative Brick Box

 

LEGO is proud to give kids from four onward the ultimate in supplemental sets, their Classic Creative Brick Box. This box comes with 484 pieces with 35 different colors of bricks, plus tires, windows, and more. There are more than enough bricks to help kids imaginations flow like the kid from The LEGO Movie.

Parents will be happy to know that the box doubles as a secure container for when the kids finish. A brilliant STEM toy for 4-year-old-boys.

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8. The Book with No Pictures

Book with no pictures for 3 year old boy

 

People might think that a book whose title is “The Book with No Pictures” would be something kids wouldn’t want to read. That’s the secret to it, though; the title’s meant to attract kids interest. The best part, though, is that everything in the book’s to be read out loud, no matter how silly it is, like BLORK. Or BLUURF.

4-year-old boys will be in stitches when they hear an adult saying such silly things, making them want to read it over and over. When books are fun to read, then kids will read them of their own accord, and improve their reading abilities and laughing all the while.

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9. The Cat in the Hat

The cat in the hat book

 

One day, two little kids were stuck inside on a rainy day and had nothing to do, when Cat in a Hat came to town. Since its release in 1957, this book has been one of the best kids books in the world. Hearing this read aloud will inspire children to love books and encourage them to read for themselves.

Parents will enjoy reading this to children four to seven year old, too, since they may have read it when they were kids. Continue 62 years of nonsensical fun with The Cat in the Hat.

10. Pokemon Plush, Large 12″ Inch Plush Pikachu

Pikachu Plush for 3 year old kids

 

He’s small and adorable, one of the most popular video game characters of all time, and if we ever try to make real Pokemon, he’s at the top of the list. He’s also about to get his movie where that guy from Deadpool plays him; he’s Pikachu! This 12″ cuddly plush toy is a must-have for any little Pokemon trainer. Little 4 year old boys and up will love having their own Pikachu!

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11. Melissa & Doug Abacus Classic

Melissa & Doug Abacus Classic Wooden Toy

 

In the days before electric calculators and smartphones, we had the Abacus. This centuries-old invention’s as good as ever, and a great toy for boys age 4 to 5. Its colorful beads are sure to attract kids attention to give them a headstart on learning math. That, and moving the beads around for hours will boost their motor skills, which is a good idea.

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12. The Learning Journey: Match It!- Spelling

The Learning Journey match it puzzle

 

Boys and girls age four and up should be well on their way to learning how to read and building motor skills. This set of twenty puzzle pieces kills two birds with one stone. By connecting the pieces, four-year-olds will learn how to spell while the pictures reinforce the meaning behind the name.

At the same time, working with the parts will help improve their excellent motor skills. It’s a win-win for everyone

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13. The Learning Journey: Match It! – Mathematics

The Learning Journey Match It! Mathematics

 

Much like its spelling counterpart, this mathematics version of Match It! Provides the same benefits. With more than thirty pairs of puzzle pieces, boys four and up will learn how to count by matching the pictures with numbers. It’s simple, secure, and fun for kids. That makes it perfect for kids to play with.

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14. Encyclopedia Prehistorica Dinosaurs: The Definitive Pop-Up

Encyclopedia Prehistorica Dinosaurs pop up book

 

This book may be meant for ages five and up, but a four-year-old will be able to read it with few problems. Made by masters of pop-up Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart, this twelve-page book has thirty-five pop-ups on the most magnificent beasts to walk the Earth: Dinosaurs.

Watch as your little boy laughs and awes at the pop-up dinosaurs within this twelve-page book. It’s incredible how much fun there is to be had from this one book, but that’s what dinosaurs can do to people. The unique 3d experience this book provides makes this an ideal gift for 4-year-old boys.

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15. Fisher-Price Think & Learn Smart Cycle

Fisher-Price Think & Learn Smart Cycle

 

This little toy may not help your kids learn how to ride a bike, but it does something just as good! By pedaling on the Smart Cycle, children between 3 months to four years old will be able to learn essential skills. They can learn how to spell, reading and writing, and other communication skills, all before they enter pre-school.

If parents are willing to use the extra money, they can buy additional apps that feature popular Nicktoons. Just make sure your child doesn’t have access to your card.

Also, if your child loves motorcycles, see our article the best Motorcycle Rocking Horses!

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16. The Original Plasmacar by PlaSmart

The Original PlasmaCar Ride On Toy, Ages 3 years and Up

 

This fantastic little bike’s perfect for kids age four and up, and can work both indoors and outdoors. Winner of several awards and meet every safety standard in the US, Canada, and Europe, the Plasmacar relies on kinetic energy to move. Kids can move the front wheels left to right, and it will run on its own. Parents will be happy to know that it’s not only quiet but provides exercise and improves motor skills at the same time.

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17. Tonka Classic Steel Mighty Dump Truck

Tonka Classic Steel Mighty Dump Truck for 2 - 3 year old boys

 

When you buy a toy from Tonka, you know you’re purchasing Tonka Tough for life. This massive dump truck’s made from sturdy steel that can stand the toughest playtime for kids 4 years old and up. Boys will love using that steel bed to carry and dump things in their sandbox or playroom. This toy’s a classic for boys from four to fifteen.

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18. 18VTech Write & Learn Creative Center

18VTech Write & Learn Creative Center for boys

 

Between the ages of 4 and 6, it’s vital for children to learn how to write and draw. The VTech Write & Learn uses technology and animation to teach kids how to correctly write, even their name. If they don’t want to write, they can use the stencils to learn how to draw. With VTech Write & Learn, kids can unleash their creativity

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19. Toysmith Monster Bus

Toysmith Monster Bus

 

It may be intended for boys five and up, but there’s no reason why a four-year-old boy can’t use the Monster Bus. At five inches in length and made from die-cast metal, the difference between this and a regular school bus is the giant wheels. Pull the bus back on its wheels, and watch it zoom forward. Plus, boys will love the fact that it’s a school bus with monster truck wheels. That is pretty cool!

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20. Learning Resources Puzzle Globe Toy

Learning Resources Puzzle Globe Toy

 

It’s never too early for children to learn about this vast wide world we call home. As the name implies, this Puzzle Globe Toy doesn’t just teach boys four to ten about geography; it doubles as a puzzle. All the continents can be inserted into the globe, reinforcing their locations while improving kids motor skills.

The piece de resistance is the images of exotic animals and famous landmarks on the pieces. Parents will love helping their kids learn about their home planet!

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21. FUNTOK Marble Run Toy

FUNTOK Marble Run Toy

 

Playing with marbles and watching them move can be a lot of fun for kids at the age of 4 and up, and this toy plays on that. The FUNTOK Marble Run Toy has 105 pieces, and best of all, no set assembly. This best gift for 4 year-old-boys will be able to improve their motor skills as they master the art of space and building.

There’s even room for friends to get in on the fun, encouraging social interaction and teamwork. Parents, please remember to supervise children when they play with this, as small parts are present.

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22. Hot Wheels Deluxe Track Pack

Hot Wheels Deluxe Track Pack

 

For fifty years, Hot Wheels has been bringing the joy of cars, real and fiction, to boys around the world. This takes that up to eleven and doesn’t hit the brakes. Boys of all ages use the remotes to send their favorite car speeding down the track and into the winner’s circle. Parents will be happy to know that this track’s portable so that it can go anywhere.

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23. National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Why

National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Why

 

Once they learn to talk, children want to learn as much as they can about the world, often through “why” or “how.” Nat Geo brings its popular kid’s almanac to a pre-school audience to cultivate the curiosity of children ages 4 to 7. Using pictures and an interactive question-and-answer system, this book teaches kids about the world they live in. It’s fun and entertaining at the same time

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24. VTech 3-in-1 Race and Learn

VTech 3-in-1 Race and Learn

This three-in-one toy helps kids learn while doing something fun: racing. With three ways to play, car, jet, and motorcycle, and nine courses, boys from four to six will love this. They’ll learn about spelling, numbers, and shapes while putting the pedal to the metal for hours.

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25. Little Tikes 3′ Trampoline

Little Tikes 3' Trampoline for 4 year olds

 

At this age, kids have a lot of energy that they need to burn off, and that can be a pain for parents. Since kids are already bouncing off the walls, this Little Tikes trampoline gives them another outlet. At three feet in width, there’s plenty of surface for jumping, and the handlebar provides needed stability. Parents will love seeing kids aged between 4 – 6 years old get the exercise they need, and kids will love bouncing around.

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26. Toysery Dinosaur Bubble Shooter Gun

Toysery Dinosaur Bubble Shooter Gun

 

This toy combines two things that little boys four and up love: dinosaurs and bubble blowing. This easy to assemble dinosaur bubble blower’s powered by three AA batteries and has LED flashing lights. The best part is that when kids pull the trigger, the dinosaur will roar as it blows bubbles. Two fun things for the price of one.

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27. Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears!

Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears!

 

A great learning toy, Gears! Gears! Gears! helps teach kids 4 years old and up basic STEM concepts. There are more than 100 pieces in this set that allows for a great deal of customization.

Little boys will be able to learn the basics of design, counting, grouping, and above all, machinery and building. The gear may not always work together, but this can be used to encourage kids to learn what will and won’t work when building something.

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28. Imaginext DC Super Friends, Batcopter

Imaginext DC Super Friends, Batcopter

 

Batman’s one of the world’s greatest heroes, and he has no shortage of gadgets and vehicles to help him fight villains. Introducing the Batcopter from the DC Super Friends line by Imaginext. This toy for boys aged 4 and up contains the Dark Knight himself, landing gear to capture the bad guys, and the blades rotate.

This outdoor summer toy for 4 year-old-boys will have them will spend hours pretending to be Batman and enjoying themselves!

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29. Hot Wheels 9-Car Pack

 

Hot Wheels 9-Car Pack

 

Another great pick from Hot Wheels, this little beauty comes with nine, die-cast cars to play with. Kids from the ages of four to twelve will love being able to race them around the house or build their fresh tracks. They may not come with any records, but with imagination, that can be fixed.

Continue the fifty-year-old tradition of Hot Wheels, but remember not to let your kids leave them lying around.

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30. Melissa & Doug Wooden Building Blocks Set

Melissa & Doug Wooden Building Blocks Set

 

Another beautiful product by Melissa & Doug, this set has 100 different blocks of shapes and sizes. They’re not only colorful but round and smooth, helping to reduce the risk of splinters. As boys from 4  – 8 years old play with them, they’ll boost their motor skills while they learn about how to build and create new things. Parents will love being able to give their kids something fun to do

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31. Wind Up Chatter Teeth with Eyes

Wind Up Chatter Teeth with Eyes

 

The good old fashioned chattering teeth, a classic joke toy from the parent’s age. Kids aged four years old and up will love watching them chatter and dance around the floor. Wind them up, and then they will start dancing all over the place. The best part is that every order comes with a dozen Chatter Teeth, so there’s more than enough o go around

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32. Betheaces Water Guns 2 Pack Super Soaker

Betheaces Water Guns Toys for Kids

 

A lightweight squirt gun, this pack of two water guns may not look like much, but it packs a punch. All it has to do is soak up the water by pulling back the pump, and then it will let loose. Kids 4 years old and above can fire up to 32 feet away, making it great for water wars.

This is an excellent toy for 4 year olds boys to play away the hot summer days with.

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33. GIGGLE N GO Inflatable Bowling Pins

GIGGLE N GO Inflatable Bowling Pins

 

Bowling’s made easy, and fun with the GIGGLE N GO bowling set. Made from high-quality plastic, these pins and the ball are lightweight and easy to carry, while the pins are weighted with sand on the bottom. They can stand up in the light wind, so they’re great for outdoor parties. If only there were ten pins, then it would be perfect

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34. Playskool Heroes Marvel Super Hero Adventures Ultimate Super Hero Set

Playskool Heroes Marvel Super Hero Adventures Ultimate Super Hero Set

 

Avengers assemble with Playskool Heroes set. Based on the movie Avengers: Age of Ultron, this set of ten toys includes the Avengers, Nick Fury, Ultron, and an Ultron Sentry. Their appearances are based on their comic book versions, though, so they carry part of Marvel’s long history with them. They have enough possibility for 4 year old boys to create their adventures with Earth’s mightiest heroes.

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35. Learning Resources Pretend & Play Teaching Cash Register

Learning Resources Pretend & Play Teaching Cash Register

 

With more than 73 pieces that match the size of real-life money, so parents can use this to teach their kids about money. For an added effect, this cash register has a bunch of lights and sounds for added realism. Parents will be happy to teach their kids basic math and understand the value of money at an early age, making this an excellent buy

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Did you find the best toy for your 4 year old boy on this list? Don’t worry if you haven’t. At the age of four, kids will be starting to enter pre-school and learning everything they need to know to live in this world. It’s imperative they have a grasp on the basics of writing, spelling, and math before they enter pre-school. At the same time, they need to develop their bodies and learn how to play with others. Keep those things in mind when purchasing toys for your little boy, and make sure that they have fun while they play.

Zane Wetzel

Article by Zane Wetzel

Voted by his high school class as "kid at heart", Zane Wetzel has always tried to remain connected to his inner child. A life-long lover of toys and games, Zane has an encyclopedic knowledge on classic toys and video games, and is always looking for chances to expand on that. Since graduating from college, Zane has worked as a contributor for the popular pop-culture news website FANDOM, a freelance writer, and aspiring historian. When he's not working, he likes playing video games, watching old cartoons, and keeping up with pop culture.