The 21 Best Toys for 4-Year-Old Boys in 2021

Spark his curiosity and learning with these picks

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At 4 years old, your boy may have many specific interests that he can play with for hours at a time. If you are looking to break him out of his toy routine and inspire some creativity, we have a list of some favorite toys for him.

Here, the best toys for 4-year-old boys.

Our Top Picks
Siblings or best friends will love using this pair of walkie talkies, providing clear sound at up to a 3-mile range.
Budding healthcare workers can develop their empathy and imagination with this set, complete with pretend tools and accessories.
A bike is the ultimate toy for a 4-year-old.
Play with both drivers and their cars, or one at a time, for racing fun.
Bring the water park right to your home with this sprinkler toy, perfect for splashing or spattering.
If he’s a fan of building and dinosaurs, this little kit will be a hit.
Made for multiple players, Hoot Owl Hoot simultaneously teaches your tot cooperative and simple strategy skills.
Boys who love a good DIY project can start to practice their skills with this toy bench.
Adjustable to adapt to your tot's growing height, this set gives your 4-year-old a head start on developing their motor skills.
Your youngster will have a blast pretending to check out, bagging groceries, and handling the cash drawer.

Selieve Walkie Talkie Set

Selieve Walkie Talkies

Walkie talkies never get old, even with today's advanced technology. This pair can transmit up to 3 miles in a nature setting and 1 mile in a residential area, so his best bud down the street can have the second unit.

They are small, making them the right size for little hands, and have an easy-to-push button to activate. Each handset has a built-in flashlight, a light-up screen, and requires four AAA batteries. 

Tender Leaf Toys Doctor and Nurse Set

For the medical hero in training, this doctor and nurse kit comes with all the essentials for taking care of someone, including a bandage, stethoscope, thermometer, syringe, a bottle of medicine, a tube of cream, scissors, a heart, a hat, and a canvas bag to store it in. The toys are made from rubberwood and are best for kids 3 years old and up. 

JOYSTAR Totem Kids Bike with Training Wheels

If you are looking for the wow factor when gifting the 4-year-old in your life, a bike might be their favorite toy to date. Children typically learn to ride a bike between the ages of 3 and 8, so 4 years old is a great way to get an early start.

This model comes in different frame sizes to suit their age and height. The adjustable seat helps get a custom fit for their comfort level. Let them cruise around with training wheels for a bit, and when they are ready, take the wheels off and watch them fly.

Prextex Cartoon R/C Police Car and Race Car

These cartoon remote cars are great for kids as young as 3, but your 4-year-old will love them, too. The set comes with two cars, two drivers (a policeman and a race car driver), and two remote controls. They also make sounds, play music, and flash their headlights. 

Great for honing kids' fine-motor skills, these cars are great for any kid who is into things that move.

OBUBY Splash Play Mat

For the kid who can’t get enough time outside, this splash pad will keep them occupied. It’s safe for kids as young as 12 months, but it has a 68-inch diameter, so it’s definitely not a small baby toy. The mat is soft to stand on but made from durable materials so it won’t easily pop. 

GLM Brands Kidtastic Dinosaur Construct and Play

If he’s a fan of building and dinosaurs, this little kit will be a hit. There are over 100 parts in the box, but the dinosaurs are already put together so kids can play with them right out of the box and take them apart later (to then put them back together again).

Peaceable Kingdom Hoot Owl Hoot Cooperative Matching Game

This board game is great for kids between 4 and 8 years old because it’s collaborative and helps teach strategy, taking turns, and working as a team. Not to mention, it’s a lot of fun! The game can be played with as little as 2 or as many as 4 players, so it's great for a family game night

Tender Leaf Toys Tool Bench 18-Piece Construction Set

Boys who love a good DIY project can start to practice their skills with this toy bench that is great for kids 3 years old and up. It stands just under 28 inches tall and has 18 pieces, including saws, screws, a toolbox, a hammer, wrench, and more. 

Little Tikes T-Ball Set

It doesn’t get much more classic than this toy T-ball set. You can adjust the height of the tee to fit your child, and it is designed with a hole on the base for easy hanging storage. The set comes with the tee, bat, and five balls. This set is best for kids between 18 months and 6 years old. 

Melissa & Doug Wooden Fresh Mart Grocery Store

Your kiddo can open up their own little grocery store with this checkout lane that comes with a moving conveyor belt (hand-cranked), scanner, cash drawer, credit card machine, and bagging area. It also has plenty of shelving space to display items for “sale.”

Melissa & Doug Double-Sided Magnetic Tabletop Art Easel

This double-sided easel is great for families with kids 3 years old and up that don’t have a lot of floor space to spare because it sits on top of a table. One side of the easel is a whiteboard, and the other is a chalkboard. There is a spool of paper that you can tear off for coloring. It comes with magnets, chalk, a dry-erase marker, and an eraser.

TEMI Dinosaur Toy Figures with Activity Play Mat

Dinosaur lovers will have a ton of fun with this kit that comes with nine dinosaur figurines, a mat, and a carrying case. The mat measures 31.5 inches x 27.6 inches, leaving plenty of room to invite friends to play. The carrying case fits all the figurines and the mat (folded up) and has a handle so your kiddo can transport it easily. 

Marvel Spider-man Electronic Me Reader and 8 Sound Book Library

This kit comes with eight books and one “Me Reader” which reads the stories to your child (much like old-school books on tape). Each button on the reader has a color and shape which corresponds with a page in the books so your child can read along and work on their colors, shapes, and matching skills. These books are best for kids between 3 and 7 years old. 

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Multi-Activity Play Table

This is basically the dream table for kids 3 years old and up who like to play with trains or build blocks. It has jumbo drawers that pull out and have enough space to store their big toys. The top of the table is large enough for multiple kids to play around it, whether together or separate. 

ThinkFun Zingo Sight Words

This game is fun and educational, the best combo! It’s best for kids between pre-K and 1st grade who are working on learning sight words for reading. Instructions are easy to follow, and the game can be played with two to six people. 

Melissa & Doug Magnetic Car Loader Wooden Toy Set

If you have a little fan of cars and trucks on your hands, this is the toy for them. The flatbed truck has a crane with a magnet attached that allows it to lift the cars up and place them nicely on tracks. The kit comes with one truck and four cars and is perfect for kids between 3 and 6 years old. 

Magna Tiles Metropolis Set

Magna-Tiles Metropolis 110 Piece Set

This kit comes with 110 pieces and is safe for kids 3 years old and up who love to build but are a little burned out from their LEGOs. Each tile has magnets along its perimeter which allows your kid to build 3D towers, buildings, and whatever else they can dream up.  

Melissa & Doug Construction Worker Role Play Costume

This little construction worker costume is made for kids between 3 and 6 years old, which means your 4-year-old is the perfect age to enjoy a game of pretend with it. The set comes with a hard hat, orange vest, tool belt, safety goggles, and tools. 

Stomp Rocket The Original Jr. Glow Rocket Launcher

Whether they have a fascination with physics or just need to get some aggression out by stomping, this toy is for them.

It’s a solo-play game with a rocket launcher that’s powered by your kid jumping on a pad (which forces air to the launcher); the harder they jump, the higher the rockets will go. Each pack comes with the launcher and four rockets. 

Pressman Let's Go Fishin' Combo Game

You get two games in one with this pack that comes with Let’s Go Fishin’ and Go Fish. The card set has everything you need to play the legendary card game, and Let’s Go Fishin’ comes with 21 colorful fish who rotate around, opening and closing their mouths, while up to four people (4 years old and up) try to catch them with little fishing poles. 

Melissa & Doug Rocket Ship Indoor Playhouse

It’s a playhouse to call their own, and it’s a rocket ship. How much better does it get? Kids will have tons of adventures in this 4.7-feet-tall spaceship. It has window cutouts at the top and a door that actually opens and closes. It’s made from thick cardboard and can be stood straight up or on its side.

Final Verdict

There is something for every interest on this list, but if you’re not sure what your favorite 4-year-old boy likes, you can't go wrong with the Hoot Owl Hoot board game, Marble Run Coaster set, or the Stomp Rocket.

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