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The Ultimate Guide to Best Toys for 4 Year Old Boys

Updated on September 17, 2014

A Guide to the Best Toys for 4 Year Old Boys

We love toys around our house. We have a lot of them! This is a guide to the best toys for 4 year boys. These are toys that get played with a lot by my 4 year old son.

I tend to look for toys that have long term play possibilities. I learned a long time ago that the toys that are trendy and doing only one thing, usually have short term appeal with my kids. Building toys, toys for pretend play, play vehicles and trains, and board games get the most mileage in our home. The toys on this page reflect that.

Click here to view a list of dozens of great toys for 4 year old boys!

A Toy Parking Garage - The Perfect Toy for Car Lovers

KidKraft Deluxe Garage Set
KidKraft Deluxe Garage Set

Little boys certainly love toy cars. Both my sons have spent countless hours playing with theirs. A toy parking garage like the KidKraft Deluxe Garage Set makes playing with those toy cars even more fun for them.

The Kidkraft Garage has ramps for driving cars up and down, three levels of parking, and an elevator. It also comes with a helicopter and a rooftop helipad. A car wash provides additional fun and even has scrubbers that move. This toy garage also has a repair shop as well as a ticket booth and attendant. The other accessories it comes with includes wooden cars and a gas station.


Gear Toys - Building Fun for Four Year Old Boys

Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears! Movin' Monkeys Building Set, 136 Pieces
Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears! Movin' Monkeys Building Set, 136 Pieces

This 136 piece gear toy set with a fun jungle/monkey theme is a great building toy to keep a 4 year old boy happy and occupied. The Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears! Movin' Monkeys is an opened building toy that allows them to create gear creations and then make them turn. It's a really great toy for problem solving and creativity skills. They can plan out there jungle with the gears and then watch the monkeys swing through the trees as they make them turn.


More Building Fun for 4 Year Old Boys - Beginning Lego Sets

LEGO Bricks & More 10662 Creative Bucket
LEGO Bricks & More 10662 Creative Bucket

Four years old is a great age to introduce regular Lego sets to your little boy. If you child has been playing with the Lego Duplo sets and enjoying them, they will likely enjoy playing with standard Legos as well. One really great set to get them started is the Lego Bricks and More Creative Bucket set. Included in this set is 607 pieces to get their Lego collection started and allow them to build a variety of things. Suggestions include houses and farm animals and the set comes with an instruction booklet that gives ideas and inspiration to young builders.


Pretend Play Fun - Playmobil Sets

PLAYMOBIL Family Motorhome (Discontinued by manufacturer)
PLAYMOBIL Family Motorhome (Discontinued by manufacturer)

If you haven't heard of Playmobil before, you really should check them out. Playmobil Play Sets are designed for kids ages 4 and up and they encourage them to use their imaginations and engage in pretend play. There are all sorts of different themed Playmobil sets from castles to houses to water parks and even an RV Camper. Each set comes a variety of accessories like people, animals, and other objects to make play time fun and engaging for kids. It really promotes them using their imaginations.

We own several Playmobil sets in our home. By far the favorite of both my sons is the Playmobil Family Camper. It gets played with all the time.


Science Fun - A Dinosaur Science Kit

Scientific Explorer My First Dino Kit
Scientific Explorer My First Dino Kit

Four is a good age to start introducing science toys to your little one. A great one to start with is Scientific Explorer's My First Dinosaur Science Kit. This dinosaur themed science kit offers several dinosaur related projects for your child to do. The main activity involves them being able to excavate their own dinosaur skeleton and then putting it together.


Fort Building Fun


Both my sons love to build forts. They used to take apart the couches on a regular basis to do it. Last Christmas, I bought them two EZ-Fort building sets. These fort building sets have been a lot of fun for them. They use the pieces to build their fort frames and then we get a bed sheet or two and throw them over the top. They can easily spend a whole afternoon building and playing in their fort.


Riding Toy Fun for 4 Year Olds - Toy Scooter

Radio Flyer My 1st Scooter
Radio Flyer My 1st Scooter

Riding toys are a must have for every kid. Kids are active and riding toys give them a fun way to burn off some energy while outdoors. One fun riding toy that many 4 year old boys enjoy owning is a scooter. A toy scooter is a fun way for them to get them exercise while at the same time they are working on their coordination skills. One great scooter for 4 year olds is the Radio Flyer My 1st Scooter Red. This scooter's three wheel design and safety features make it a great first scooter for little kids. It's extra wide platform gives it more stability and it folds up easily for storing or taking places.


More Riding Toy Fun - Power Wheels

Power Wheels Disney/Pixar Cars 2 Lightning McQueen
Power Wheels Disney/Pixar Cars 2 Lightning McQueen

Fisher Price has been making fun Power Wheels ride on toys for years. These Ride On Toys are extremely popular with kids ages two to six. A great Power Wheels toy for a 4 year old boy is the Disney Cars Lightning McQueen Power Wheels. This Power Wheels features the Lightning McQueen race car from Disney's popular Cars movies. The battery operated car can go up to 3.5 mph. It goes forward as well as in reverse. It also makes sounds and can go on several surfaces.


Choo Choo Fun - Cool Train Toys for 4 Year Olds

KidKraft Ride Around Train Set and Table
KidKraft Ride Around Train Set and Table

Many four year olds have a fascination with trains. Thomas the Tank Engine has helped make train toys more popular in recent years. One really popular train toy for 4 year old boys is the train table. If you are considering a train table for your 4 year old, the KidKraft Ride Around Train Set and Table is a great option. It comes with a wooden train set as well as bins to store the pieces in. The train set is compatible with other popular train set brands including Thomas and Brio.


Classic Toys for 4 Year Olds - Play Doh Fun

Play-Doh Doctor Drill 'N Fill (Discontinued by manufacturer)
Play-Doh Doctor Drill 'N Fill (Discontinued by manufacturer)

Play Doh has long been a hit with the preschool crowd. This Play Doh Doctor Drill 'N Fill is a fun and affordable kit. Kids can play dentist making teeth and filling cavities with the included dental tools. The electric drill really works and there are other tools including tweezers and a mirror. The set comes with three cans of Play Doh as well.


Another Fun Classic Toy for 4 Year Old Boys - Mr. Potato Head

Playskool Mr.Potato Head Tater Tub Set
Playskool Mr.Potato Head Tater Tub Set

Another fun classic toy that is great for 4 year old boys is Mr. Potato Head. Mr. Potato Head gained new notoriety when he was featured in the Toy Story trilogy of movies but he has always been a kid favorite. What's not fun about putting together silly creations with his various body pieces?


The Best Activity Book for a 4 Year Old Boy

Richard Scarry's Big Busy Sticker & Activity Book
Richard Scarry's Big Busy Sticker & Activity Book

My 4 year old loves the Richard Scarry's Big Busy Sticker & Activity Book. It is loaded with sticker activities to keep him busy. He LOVES stickers :-) What 4 year old doesn't? It comes with something like 900 stickers in it.

The book also has simple activities like mazes and dot to dot pages to do too. It took us a couple months to work through this book, working on a page or two a day. It was really a great buy. He would pull it out and come sit on the couch with me while I explained to him what he needed to do on the page he picked and then helped him find the stickers he needed for it.


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