Getting your kid acclimated into a world of digital technology isn’t an easy task these days. Striking a balance between letting them spend hours on a cell phone or tablet and only allowing outside play can be tough! Thankfully, nature already has a built-in method for getting kids used to new things – playing!
Toys and games are how kids learn, plain and simple. Using physical toys ensures healthy mental and physical development, without the negative effects of “vegging” out while using a screen. Still, it’s important that your boy starts learning how to operate in the world he is growing up in! The easiest way to do that is to find some fun electronics for them to play with. Electronic toys for 4-year-olds are the perfect balance between learning how to use computers and tech and sitting on a screen all day.
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Drawing and coloring are some of the best ways to express yourself and your thoughts, even as a kid. If not given surfaces to draw on, all walls beware! With the Boogie Board, you won’t have to worry about your walls becoming canvases for your kid. This board is a “smart board” that has a lot of really cool features. Essentially, it’s a digital surface that can be drawn on with an included stylus. When you draw, it marks the e-paper and displays rainbow colors. the entire paper’s surface can be cleared and used, over and over again. It’s a mess-free way to express creativity.
This toy may look familiar, but it has some modern additions to it. We’ve all played with magnetic ink drawing boards before, so the VTech shouldn’t be too tough to comprehend. With this toy, you can ensure mess-free coloring and drawing on a surface with a lot of possibilities and tech, built-in. The on-board computer has animated demonstrations that, when pressed, show your kid how to draw certain shapes and letters. This easy-to-use toy is a great way to help your boy get a headstart on his reading and writing skills.
While your 4-year-old may WANT an Apple Watch, odds are, he isn’t going to get one. What he CAN get is the VTech Smartwatch! Kids often want to have cool stuff, just like their parents. With awesome toys like this, they can feel like they have something cool to play with too. This smartwatch is specifically designed for kids and durable for the long haul. It has a few interactive games built-in, as well as challenges to get them moving. It even has apps to get your kids engaged and curious about technology.
Music is an essential part of developing as a kid. Listening, dancing, and even playing music, can all be encouraged with toys like the Kidzlane piano. If you’ve never seen a floor piano, just remember that scene from Big where Tom Hanks dances in the toy shop. This toddler piano is designed for kids, however. It’s 6-foot long and has eight different songs that can be played and used. This toy gets your kids moving and dancing, all in the name of play! If you plan on putting your little one in music lessons one day, this is an easy pickup.
Any parents of budding photographers out there? We thought so. Photography is definitely something that you should encourage your kids in, even if it’s just a hobby! With the Suhleir Camera, you can be sure they will have lots of fun without breaking the tool. Think of this camera as a GoPro for kids. It can film video in 1080p, takes photos, and comes with a 32GB memory card. It’s also completely waterproof and can be mounted on a helmet, bike, or another toy! You can be sure that your boy will have an absolute blast playing with this for years to come.
Dinosaurs are super cool, especially for 4-year-olds! What could possibly make them even cooler? LED lights! This Windy City Dino toy is the perfect addition to any toy collections that need some light-up fun. Named “Spino the Dino,” Spino walks and plays with noises and flashing lights. He’s 12 inches long and 6 inches tall and can be turned on and off with a simple switch. When you turn him on, his eyes and mouth glow red and his spine turns rainbow! This walking, moving dino is sure to capture the imagination and attention of any kid for hours.
Need to delay your boy asking for a dog a bit longer? Check out Harry the Dog. Harry is a plastic toy pet that won’t escape the fence or poop in the yard, but your toddler will still love him. Harry can walk around the ground and make lots of realistic doggy noises. When he isn’t barking, he can talk and sing, encouraging any kids around to sing along with him! He responds to touch and is a great way to encourage motor skills and sensory stimulation. Once you get used to Harry, you can even get his advertised “girlfriend,” Helen!
Getting a walkie-talkie with your friend across the street is an essential part of growing up. The Selieve walkie-talkie set is an easy entry into that! As you can imagine, this walkie-talkie set can communicate through different radio channels (22, to be exact) and offers a 3-mile range. Since these walkie talkies are designed for kids, they offer channel locking and are perfect for little hands. It’s simple push-to-talk and creates a profound moment of excitement every time you hear a beep and a voice come through the other end! You can use these for family functions or if you just want your kid to have a fun toy to use outside.
The time has come – your kid is ready to start learning to read! It’s part of the big journey to growing up, and it can be really rough for little ones to get a grasp sometimes. With toys like the Just Smarty, however, you can give your little one a head start. Their interactive wall is intentionally designed to help your toddler learn their letters and start associating certain words with them. While they play games, they are slowly learning the meaning behind certain letters and numbers! Throw in music and some fun challenges and you have a kid who loves to learn instead of dreads it.
Technology isn’t all bad. With toys like the Osmo, you can easily see how your kid has opportuniti3s to learn unlike any you’ve ever experienced. The Osmo is an interactive learning set that works in tandem with iPads. Simply hook up the projector and attach the base to get started! Using the Osmo app, your toddler can draw, learn, and create in an incredibly interactive environment. The app teaches kids how to problem solve, write letters, draw, and learn phonics. This STEM toy is perfect for parents wanting to turn their iPad into more than just a thing to play games on, but a device for learning and fun.
Robots are just cool – no way around it! You boy probably thinks so, too! With this RC robot toy, you can nurture your kid’s desire to learn alongside their love for all things sci-fi. This toy has sensors on its body and eyes to react to certain gestures and respond in kind. The remote control has options for walking your robot around and moving different parts of its body. One of the coolest features is the Patrol Mode option. With the press of a button, your robot will walk around by itself, avoiding obstacles and collisions.
Having a budding pit-crew fan in your house? The Gizmos car set is the perfect buy for you then. What separates this toy from other car toys is the ability to totally break it down into different parts! Imagine this as a 3-d car puzzle for kids. To take it apart, use the included drill to remove certain sections of the car, revealing further elements to play with and learn how to use! Your kid will play a real pit crew as he takes the tires, hood, and doors off this car. Apart from being fun, this toy is great for curious minds and kids who love to find out how things work. While they play, they develop motor and critical thinking skills.
Our second kids smartwatch on the list, the Tobi smartwatch is a fun way piece of tech that is as cool as it is useful. “Tobi” is the animated character built into the watch and he loves to talk to you! When you turn him on, you can expect him to move his arms and legs, talk, make jokes, and express his personality. He’s great for helping kids learn time and he comes with a stopwatch feature, timer, alarm, calendar, and more. Tobi’s super customizable, too, featuring over 50 watch faces your child can choose from. If that isn’t cool enough, it even has two cameras built into the watch to take photos and shoot video.
Most of us grew up watching or hearing about a certain “transforming” toy line that could turn from certain vehicles into well-known characters. If you want an awesome transforming toy for your 4-year-old, check out the VTech Velociraptor! This toy starts as a mean-looking green and black velociraptor that can transform into a rolling attack helicopter. When it’s in Dino mode, the eyes light up green and make it look especially fierce. There are role-playing sounds, and it even features an LCD screen on the front that turns into a pilot when in helicopter mode and a scary face when in dino mode.
As we’ve mentioned already, Dinosaurs are awesome and a boy’s dream come true. With this RC dinosaur toy, your kid can control his own ancient reptile (with a modern spin, of course). One of the coolest functions of this toy is the different modes you can set it in. One of the modes is known as “battle mode” and allows you to lower the dinos head and launch a suction dart at a target! This is basically a military drone for kids and they will love it. You can drive it around using the remote control, all while it rears its heads and roars like a t-rex.
Yea, we know that iPads and phones have all the games you could ever want on them… but are they nostalgic? Will they give your kid a sense of the bygone era of video-gaming? We didn’t think so. The My Arcade Pac-Man game is a literal mini version of the classic arcade game you would find at nearly any restaurant back in the day. It’s just over 6 inches tall and offers a 2.75-inch full-color display. You can play with the joystick or the directional pad, and it even features a 3.5mm audio jack to use with a pair of headphones. It is powered by a micro-USB cable or 4 AA batteries, making it portable when needed.
It’s truly never too early to get your toddler interested in music! With the Casio 44-key, you can turn music into a fun learning activity without them getting bored. This keyboard features 44 mini-sized keys with five distinct percussion pads. It has 100 sounds that can be programmed onto the keys and 50 different rhythm patterns to play along with. It also features an LCD display that shows off whatever sound you have programmed to the keys. The keyboard has onboard speakers but can be hooked up to a larger set if needed. If you are looking for a basic keyboard to start your kid on piano lessons with, this Casio is a great option.