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12 Best LEGO Sets for 4-Year-Olds

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Sofia Lozenko
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Sofia Lozenko
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What can you say about LEGO? It’s the best! There are a million and one different combinations you can build. You can find pleasure in building sets or go “off piste” and make structures from your imagination.

A LEGO set is the perfect gift for any 4-year-old. Putting the bricks together provides a challenge that will keep them entertained whilst developing their creative and motor skills. When the set is put together, they have an awesome toy to play with until they decide to deconstruct it and build something else. 

You’ll even find LEGO in schools nowadays — a five-year research initiative conducted by The LEGO® Foundation and the Australian Council for Educational Research found that the inclusion of “purposeful play” advanced academic nourishment for children and encourages joyful, meaningful, actively engaging, and iterative learning.

You might think you can’t go wrong when gifting LEGO, but with so many sets to choose from, it can be hard to pick one, especially for this young age group. So we’ve narrowed it down for you by picking our favorites for you to choose from.

The Top 3 LEGO Sets for 4-Year-Olds

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LEGO Classic Large Creative Brick Box 10698 Building Toy Set for Back to School, Toy Storage Solution for Classrooms, Interactive Building Toy for Kids, Boys, and Girls
LEGO City Fire Helicopter Toy 60318 for Preschool Kids, Boys and Girls 4 Plus Years Old, with Firefighter Minifigure & Starter Brick
LEGO City Wildlife Rescue Off-Roader 60301 Building Kit; Includes a City Adventures TV Series Character; New 2021 (157 Pieces)
Recommended Age
4 years and up
4 years and up
4 years and up
Pros
Works well as a first LEGO set or as an addition to any LEGO collection
The set includes a LEGO Starter Brick element – a pre-formed base from which to start your construction
Wonderful set for someone who is new to LEGO, as the instructions are step-by-step
Cons
The kit is mostly special pieces and there are not many regular bricks to use
We wish the set was a bit bigger
The building kit has small parts, and it is necessary for an adult to be with the child when assembling
Price
$33.12
$14.99
$46.00
Best Overall
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LEGO Classic Large Creative Brick Box 10698 Building Toy Set for Back to School, Toy Storage Solution for Classrooms, Interactive Building Toy for Kids, Boys, and Girls
Recommended Age
4 years and up
Pros
Works well as a first LEGO set or as an addition to any LEGO collection
Cons
The kit is mostly special pieces and there are not many regular bricks to use
Price
$33.12
More information
Best Budget Option
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LEGO City Fire Helicopter Toy 60318 for Preschool Kids, Boys and Girls 4 Plus Years Old, with Firefighter Minifigure & Starter Brick
Recommended Age
4 years and up
Pros
The set includes a LEGO Starter Brick element – a pre-formed base from which to start your construction
Cons
We wish the set was a bit bigger
Price
$14.99
More information
Best for Older Kids
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LEGO City Wildlife Rescue Off-Roader 60301 Building Kit; Includes a City Adventures TV Series Character; New 2021 (157 Pieces)
Recommended Age
4 years and up
Pros
Wonderful set for someone who is new to LEGO, as the instructions are step-by-step
Cons
The building kit has small parts, and it is necessary for an adult to be with the child when assembling
Price
$46.00
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Now that you’ve seen our top 3 check out the rest of our selections to find which set will wow the 4-year-old in your life. Whether this is their introduction to LEGO or they’re a seasoned builder, there’s something for everyone here. 

1. LEGO Classic Large Creative Brick Box

This huge box of bricks is the ideal introduction to LEGO and makes for the perfect evolution for 4-year-olds who loved to play with LEGO Duplo. But it’s not just for beginners as the LEGO Classic Large Creative Brick Box will expand the imaginations of more experienced builders who will use their creativity and skills to the maximum.

1 LEGO Classic Large Creative Brick Box

There are 790 diverse bricks in this set that will keep kids busy for hours, exploring the included building ideas or using their imagination to create new and exciting structures. Will they build a house, a castle, a car, or an airplane, the possibilities are endless.

What We Love:
❤️ There are 33 different colored bricks 
❤️ Comes with a large plastic box for storag
❤️ It comes with build ideas to get them started

What We Don’t Love:
💔 There are a lot of small pieces included so supervision is needed
💔 We wish it included more standard bricks

TIP 💡Looking for something a little more unique? Try the LEGO Classic Creative Monsters 11017 Building Kit as an alternative.

2. LEGO Star Wars Resistance X-Wing

This set is for all the little Jedi out there. The LEGO Star Wars Resistance X-Wing is a great gift for Star Wars fans and it also works well as a 4-year-old’s very first LEGO set. Don’t be fooled by the small number of pieces in this set – it’s a beginner-orientated toy and it has lots of remarkable features.

2 LEGO Star Wars Resistance X Wing

Kids can act out their favorite scenes from the franchise as they fight for the resistance against the evil empire in the most famous battleship in the galaxy. It’s the little details that make this set fun like folding wings that move into attack formation and the included Poe and BB-8 Minifigures.

What We Love:
❤️  The action starts fast due to the starter brick chassis for a quick build
❤️  The Minifigures actually fit inside the space ship

What We Don’t Love:
💔 The set is relatively small if compared to similar ones with the same price

TIP 💡Need some bad guys to battle? Check out the LEGO Star Wars at-ST 75332 Toy Building Set.

3. LEGO Jurassic World Stygimoloch Dinosaur Escape

Inspired by The Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous animated series, the LEGO Jurassic World Stygimoloch Dinosaur Escape set is designed specifically for enthusiastic 4-year-olds. In order to capture the escaped Stygimlolch, they’ll build a treehouse/observation post, a jeep with a removable cage, and use all their resources to capture the loose asset.

3 LEGO Jurassic World Stygimoloch Dinosaur Escape

Bringing these two great franchises together, this set is an ideal start to any LEGO collection. It comes with 3 characters from the show in Minifigure form, there’s Ben, Brooklyn, and Claire Dearing as well as the cunning Stygimlolch and baby Ankylosaurus Bumpy.

What We Love:
❤️  The off-roader comes with the starter brick chassis, so it is way easier to construct it
❤️  Kids love the free-spinning wheels of the car, the removable cage, and the moving limbs of the dinosaur

What We Don’t Love:
💔 The set includes lots of tiny details which can be easily lost

TIP 💡 Why not expand the JP universe for your 4-year-old with the LEGO Jurassic World Dominion T. rex Dinosaur Breakout.

4. LEGO Marvel Spidey and His Amazing Friends – Hulk vs. Rhino Truck Showdown

Welcome to the LEGO Marvel Universe, a place where 4-year-olds can build, smash, and rebuild with their favorite superheroes Spiderman, Hulk, and Rhino. Kids can assemble a vehicle for each character as they battle it out, good vs evil.

4 LEGO Marvel Spidey and His Amazing Friends Hulk vs. Rhino Truck Showdown

Each battle truck features pieces that bring play to life; Hulk’s truck has two massive fists ready for smashing combat, while Rhino’s has a ramming horn. Spidey’s jetpack and web launcher will trap Rhino, saving the day! Will you and your kid recreate scenes from the show or make up their own superhero story?

What We Love:
❤️ Instructions are easy to follow, even for those who aren’t reading yet 
❤️ The set comes with 2 truck bases, so kids get to play quickly
❤️ The set is based on the popular Disney+ TV series, which kids love and recognize

What We Don’t Love:
💔 I’m not sure why there’s a trash can with a hotdog inside

TIP 💡The Marvel Universe is huge. If you want to expand, check out the Marvel Spidey and His Amazing Friends – Miles Morales: Spider-Man’s Techno Trike set.

5. LEGO DC Batman: Batman vs. The Joker: Batmobile Chase

If your 4-year-old is more of a DC fan than Marvel then the LEGO DC Batman: Batman vs. The Joker: Batmobile Chase is the ideal gift for them.  Let their imaginations run wild as they assemble the Batmobile, Joker’s car, and the bank vault full of money on their own thanks to the Starter Brick car chassis.

5 LEGO DC Batman Batman vs. The Joker Batmobile Chase

Kids will boost their dexterity and build confidence as The Joker makes a speedy getaway in his green hotrod with the loot whilst Batman chases him down in the infamous Batmobile followed by Batgirl on her skateboard. With loads of accessories, 4-year-olds will have lots of fun playing out new scenarios. 

What We Love:
❤️  The vehicles are of the perfect size for 4-year-olds’ little hands
❤️  The wheels of the vehicles are free-spinning

What We Don’t Love:
💔 There are many small parts

TIP 💡The Joker isn’t the only only threat to Gotham City. Check out LEGO DC Batman Versus Harley Quinn.

6. LEGO City Wildlife Rescue Off-Roader

Here 4-year-olds can join their first animal rescue team with the LEGO City Wildlife Rescue Off-Roader set! The adventures take place in a picturesque savanna setting where the loins roam with their cubs and the rivers are plentyful of fish to catch and cook for supper. Join LEGO City Adventures TV series hero Jessica Sharpe and her colleagues to rescue iconic wildlife animals.

6 LEGO City Wildlife Rescue Off Roader

Don’t forget that every adventurer needs reliable vehicles to travel the vast lands so included in the sat is a 4×4 and a water scooter for 4-year-olds to assemble. Each vehicle is tailed for this age group thanks to the helpful instruction guide.

What We Love:
❤️  If you lose the instructions you can retrieve them with the LEGO Builder app on Apple or Google Play  
❤️Contains loads of accessories like a camera and lion feeding stick
❤️ Comes with 3 Minifigures and 3 wild animals 

What We Don’t Love:
💔 Not good for vegatarians who don’t eat fish

TIP 💡If the race cars are more their thing, check out the LEGO City Race Car set.

7. LEGO City Construction Bulldozer

One great thing about LEGO is, after you’ve built stuff, you can then knock it down. The best way to do that is by using this LEGO City Construction Bulldozer set. 4-year-olds will first assemble their bulldozer with a working bucket, a toy crane with a wrecking ball, and a cement mixer before any destruction takes place.

7 LEGO City Construction Bulldozer

Watch them use special bricks to build the wall and then smash it with the wrecking ball! Just don’t forget to cordon off the site. There’s also a cement mixer to spin and a lot more fun for the youngsters’ imagination. Just add the two construction worker Minifiguresd to the game and enjoy the fun.

What We Love:
❤️  Ideal for kids who like building toys
❤️  Comes with a drill and cones

What We Don’t Love:
💔  I wish the wrecking ball could reach further

TIP 💡Why not expand the building site with the LEGO City Cement Mixer Truck set.

8. LEGO City Fire Helicopter

When a fire engine just isn’t to put out those furious flames, hope into your very own LEGO City Fire Helicopter. This set is perfect gift for 4-year-olds who are fascinated by LEGO, firefighters, and flying vehicles as it includes everything they’ll need to put out the fire caused by the careless hotdog vender.

8 LEGO City Fire Helicopter

Inside this set you get an easy to build helicopter with spinning rotors, as well as a firefighter and vendor Minifigures. What could have caused the fire? How will the brave firefighter save the day? It’s all up to your 4-year-old’s imagination!

What We Love:
❤️ It’s a great intro to LEGO with only 53 pieces to construct
❤️ Comes with LEGO water and flames to add realism

What We Don’t Love:
💔 The spinning rotors come unattached easily

TIP 💡 If you are searching a present for a young firefighter,  try the LEGO City Fire Ladder Truck.

9. LEGO Disney Mickey Mouse Propeller Plane Set

Prepare for an exciting flight along with your new best friend, the legendary Mickey Mouse! Watch your 4-year-old gain confidence and boost their fine motor skills as they assemble this LEGO Disney Mickey Mouse Propeller Plane Set with an exclusive Mickey Mouse silhouette tile!

9 LEGO Disney Mickey Mouse Propeller Plane Set

This colorful Disney set features Mickey in full pilot uniform ready to explore the skies above and perform neat stunt tricks like loop-the-loop and barrel roles. There’s even more fun thanks to interesting details like a maintenance tool rack with a wrench, a spray bottle, and a flag element. 

What We Love:
❤️ The decorated parts are printed, meaning there are no stickers
❤️ Mickey fits into the plane comfortably

What We Don’t Love:
💔 It doesn’t take long to build

TIP 💡 If you enjoy Micky Mouse themed LEGO sets, try the LEGO Disney Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse’s Camping Trip Building Toy.

10. LEGO Ninjago Legacy Final Flight of Destiny’s Bounty Ship

If your 4-year-old is fascinated by the Ninjago series, then the LEGO Ninjago Legacy Final Flight of Destiny’s Bounty Ship set makes the perfect gift for young LEGO fans. A great toy for expert and beginner builders, this kit has got everything needed for an imaginative, endurable, and creative play.

10 LEGO Ninjago Legacy Final Flight of Destinys Bounty Ship

This bright set contains a LEGO NINJAGO ship, a jet ski, a dragon figure with moving wings, a treasure chest, and an island with a brick-built prison. There also are Kai, Zane, Jay, and their enemy Ghost Ninja Karenn minifigures, plus weapons: a sword, trident, and 2 Golden Weapons of Spinjitzu to broaden the range of role-playing options. 

What We Love:
❤️ LEGO Ninjago Fans can assemble this set by themselves with ease
❤️ The Minifigures can ride the dragon

What We Don’t Love:
💔 The ship could do with a bit more detailing

TIP 💡 If you’re seeking something ninjago, don’t miss LEGO NINJAGO Legacy Kai’s Fire Dragon

11. LEGO City Oceans Ocean Mini-Submarine

Did you know that more than 80% of our ocean is unmapped. It’s time for 4-year-olds to explore and discover what lies beneath the uncharted territory with the LEGO City Oceans Ocean Mini-Submarine. It features an iconic yellow submarine, a gray hammerhead shark figure with opening jaws, an explorer figure, and even treasures to uncover.

11 LEGO City Oceans Ocean Mini Submarine 1

Kids will easily assemble the submarine with the help from its special starter brick and large bricks which are ideal for smaller hands. But be careful because the shark may be closer than you think as you uncover endless roleplaying possibilities with this underwater adventure.

What We Love:
❤️ The instructions are detailed and easy to follow
❤️ Kids absolutely love the shark figure

What We Don’t Love:
💔 The submarine is claimed to be rather bulky

TIP 💡 The depths of the ocean a little too deep? Why not try hitting the sky with the LEGO 60275 City Police Helicopter instead.

12. LEGO Minions: The Rise of Gru: Minion Pilot in Training

Welcome to Minion Airlines, we know you’ll enjoy this flight as young LEGO fanatics assemble an aircraft with a removable play roof and meet adorable Minions Stuart and Bob. The LEGO Minions: The Rise of Gru: Minion Pilot in Training set includes everything needed to recreate scenes from the movie!

12 LEGO Minions The Rise of Gru Minion Pilot in Training 1

4-year-olds can play both inside and outside of this fun aircraft as the special Minifigures learn how to fly. This set also comes with all the necessary Minion accessories: a toy suitcase, banana, hotdog, peanut bag and, of course, the well-known Minion fart blaster. 

What We Love:
❤️ The instructions are also available on the LEGO Builder app on Apple or Google Play 
❤️ The wheels move for a smooth landing everytime

What We Don’t Love:
💔 We wish the accessories were not that easy to lose

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LEGO Minions: The Rise of Gru: Minion Pilot in Training (75547) Toy Plane Building Kit for Kids, a Great Present for Kids Who Love Minions Toys and Minion Figures, New 2021 (119 Pieces)
  • A fun Minions toy plane building set (75547), featuring Stuart (in pilot outfit) and Bob LEGO figures. Kids can build the plane, then recreate thrilling scenes from the Minions: The Rise of Gru movie
  • There’s lots to discover in this fun toy set. Minions fans will love the Bob and Stuart LEGO figures and the cool accessories for creative play – including a banana, hotdog, peanut bag, suitcase and fart blaster!
  • Creative fun is easy with this toy playset. The detachable roof lets kids explore the plane along with the Minions. Put Stuart in the cockpit or let Bob’s sweet and subversive nature play out in the passenger cabin
  • This set is a great choice for kids aged 4 and up; And with Instructions PLUS, learning to build is even more fun
  • This buildable plane set with Minion figures measures over 4” (11cm) high, 9” (24cm) long and 9” (24cm) wide, making it the perfect size for kids who love to play with toy planes

TIP 💡 If LEGO Minions is your 4-year-old’s piece of cake, try the Minions in Gru’s Lab Building set.

Frequently Asked Questions About LEGO

🙋‍♂️ Is LEGO suitable for 4-year-olds?

LEGO is known and loved for its diversity. LEGO Duplo, LEGO City, LEGO Friends…while the great variety of options makes these bricks unique, it also makes them a bit confusing. What to do if your 4-year-old has outgrown LEGO Duplo and wants to play with the “big kids LEGO’’, which may be far too tiny and complicated for the little fingers? All sets on this list are specially designed for such cases! LEGO 4+ is known for its handy size and a Starter Brick Element which makes the process easier. Help kids feel the pride of constructing their world with age-appropriate LEGO sets!

🙋‍♂️ What can playing with LEGO teach a child? 

In 2020, ”Forbes” called LEGO “The biggest educating company on Earth”. We conducted a brief list of things LEGO can teach your child:

  • Fine motor skills. While playing with LEGO pieces of different shapes and sizes, kids learn to complete more complicated tasks with greater ease over time
  • Sense of accomplishment. Young creators can see the result of their work after they assemble the set and play with it to their liking! A great way not to lose the motivation
  • Persistence and patience. The little builders learn to stick to the process till the very end and not to abandon what they’ve started 
  • Teamwork and communication. Kids of different ages can collaborate to build exciting constructions and enhance their communication skills by playing together afterward
  • Problem-solving. In the process of construction, kids face dozens of problems and learn to solve them
  • Overcoming frustration. Seeing your creation collapse because of a single small move may be frustrating. But as children do not give up and build it all again, they learn to cope with frustration 
  • And, most importantly, kids enjoy what they do! What could be more beneficial than learning while having fun with your favorite characters?

So… What LEGO Set Should I Get?

Are you buying a set for a little superhero? Pay closer attention to LEGO Marvel Spidey and His Amazing Friends Hulk vs. Rhino Truck Showdown or LEGO DC Batman: Batman vs. The Joker: Batmobile ChaseIs your 4-year-old keen on everyday heroes? Consider the LEGO City Fire Helicopter, LEGO City Wildlife Rescue Off-Roader, and the LEGO City Construction Bulldozer. If your little one is a Disney fan, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse’s Camping Trip Building Toy and Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse’s Space Rocket will delight them.

LEGO has something to everyone’s liking! Do you know some awesome LEGO sets for 4-year-olds that we missed? Don’t forget to let us know!

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