The life of a 4-year old boy is an exciting one, to say the very least. As boys grow out of their toddler years they begin to develop vibrant personalities of their own. They begin to develop preferences on what sorts of games they want to play, what kinds of colors they like, and opinions on whether Spider-Man could beat Batman in a fight.
Simultaneously, the world of competition comes into play, as for the first time kids are starting to engage in group-based games and activities. These are games that require 4 year olds to work consciously with or against one another, which introduces a number of compelling philosophical questions that toys and playtime can help children understand.
The best toys for 4 year old boys are going to take into account both the independent and cooperative nature of boys at this age while providing engaging entertainment and hopefully teaching something along the way.
We’ve browsed the digital toy aisles in an effort to review the best 4-year old toys on the market, and now we’re presenting you with the Top 50.
The Best And Most Unique Toys & Gifts For 4-Year Old Boys
They call themselves B. Toys, and in a single swoop, they have managed to impress us with the B. Symphony Toy Orchestra, one of the most unique toys that we have encountered in a long time. This electronic toy features 15 melodies and 13 different instruments, so the combinations are quite incredible. Simply choose a melody, and then place your desired instrument figurines into the center orchestra pit. Once you set them down, they start playing along with the melody! By rearranging instruments and timings, kids can learn to organize and arrange some of the most popular music of all time, from Beethoven to Mozart.
Because young kids love to emulate their parents, things as mundane and ‘grown up’ as a vacuum cleaner can seem fantastic and impressive to a 4 year old. The Dyson Toy Vacuum is a faithful replica of its larger real-life counterpart, save for the vibrant plastic pellets that bounce around on the inside of the chamber. What’s really impressive is that this toy has a working chamber that really picks stuff up off the floor. We have to ask ourselves … if the toy vacuum works like a regular vacuum, then this isn’t as much of a gift to your kid as it is to you.
Toy tools have come a long way in our lifetime, from simple wooden cutouts to advanced, realistic replicas that actually work a lot like real tools. This Toy Workbench from ToyVelt is one of the most complete pretend tool kits that we have had the pleasure of reviewing. There are 12 different tools in all, including a saw, drill, ratchet set, wrenches, and more. These tools are designed to work with some of the included parts, like screws, nuts, and bolts. The top feature however is the fact that everything can be disassembled and stored as a suitcase sized box.
The only bad thing that we could ever say about the Uno Card Game is that both the box and cards can get folded and bent, especially with vigorous use at family game night. The Official Uno Tin is a safe and stylish way to store your Uno cards while not in use, as well as keep everything organized during game play. If you’re not familiar with Uno, then do yourself a favor and pick up this kit anyway, because you and you and your kids have been missing out on one of the most lively family card games of all time.
The title really says it all on this one! The Whack A Frog Game from YEEBAY is a cute, interactive electronic toy that pits your child against a pond of unassuming plastic frogs. Now, we’re not sure why exactly we’re supposed to be smashing frogs with a mallet, but that’s the game, and your kid is going to love it. Each frog is fitted with a light that will illuminate at random times, indicating that it is ready to be whacked. The score is kept on a digital timer readout up top, and big friendly buttons control a series of songs and sound effects (also whackable!) which make this feel more like a real-life carnival game than a simple toy.
When shopping for that perfect holiday gift for a 3-year old, it never hurts to go back to the classics. Marbles have been a stable of kids’ entertainment for centuries, and now they seem to be making a bit of a comeback. With this awesome Wooden Marble Run from Hape, kids can construct one of several marble run track designs that will take your marble on the ride of its life. Because the pieces are dynamic and versatile, kids also have the option of designing bigger and more complex systems as they become more familiar with the toy. Bonus: it comes with marbles!
4 year olds have an innate drive to explore the natural world around them, as evidenced by their ongoing interest in everything ‘yuck’ The Yukology Slime Science Kit is a SETM-based science toy set that gives your little scientist the opportunity to make gross slime and dough using the kit’s measuring and mixing tools. A full-color printed guide can walk the kids through 6 different fun scientific activities, teaching them about the absolute basics of materials chemistry. After Yukology, be sure to check out the Yumology and Splashology kits, as they offer the same kind of scientific excitement.
Can’t decide on what kind of toy truck to get your kid this year? Skip the decision process altogether and just get him one of these 11-In-1 Engineering Construction Cars from the people at Toyard. This beast of a hauling truck opens up to reveal a full set of engineering toys, including a helicopter, bulldozer, dump truck, tank truck, asphalt car, and much, much more. This set makes your kid the construction foreman, whether he is working in the dirt out back or with a pile of Lego bricks in the play room. We love the way everything fits neatly into the carrier truck … truly a nifty design.
The world of ride-on RC toy vehicles has only been getting more and more impressive in selection, and the 12V Red Hawk Motorcycle by Big Toys is further evidence of the trend. This zippy ride-on style electric cycle uses a 21 volt battery to power its motor, providing dual speeds of 2.5 or 5 miles an hour based on the setting. Just like a real motorcycle, the motor is controlled by a handlebar-mounted throttle … simply release the throttle and the cycle will come to a fast and safe stop. The only thing missing is a cool pair of biker sunglasses and maybe the leather jacket!
Anyone who has been thinking of getting their kid a Power Wheels electric vehicle should know that you no longer need to go with a name brand toy to get awesome performance and design. The Costzon 12V Ride-On Truck is a Jeep-style toy car with big off-road wheels that can perform well even on dirt and grass. The double doors have magnetic locks for safety, or you can remove them altogether for a more Jeep-like off-road experiences. This truck can go both forwards and in reverse, and utilizes a powerful 3-speed motor with a soft-start protection system, so you don’t have to worry about your kid slamming on the gas pedal.