Every parent knows it is hard to keep a young kid occupied. They usually get bored quickly, so parents are always on a quest, particularly if you want them to play with something else other than smartphones and tablets. To help, we’ve selected the best toys to stimulate their curiosity, imagination, and help them develop crucial skills.
Take a look at our list and pick out a toy best suitable for your kid.
1. Activ Life Fun Kid's Flying Rings
These flying rings promote coordination by giving your child a great intro on using a Frisbee. Activ Flyers are perfect for distances of 15 to 30 feet, but can go up to 80 feet on wind-free days and indoors! The great thing about catching Activ Flyers is that anything goes. You can come up with so many simple games for playing with a 4-year-old.
- They can’t hurt you when you catch them
- They are lightweight
- Could be more durable
2. VTech KidiZoom Camera Pix
Letting your little one borrow your smartphone can get tiring. Often, you’ll find they’ve taken lots of photos of… nothing. Now, they can have their very own camera. Who knows what interesting photos they might take! This kid-friendly camera includes all the tools budding photographers need. Take photos in a variety of exciting templates to create your own photo collages. Explore your creativity by using static and animated photo effects to enhance your pictures.
- Great starter camera for kids
- Quality build
- The battery cover is too easy to open
3. Marble Run Set
Watch and marvel as your little one creates a marble run with endless possibilities. This toy works on problem-solving skills to ensure the pieces fit correctly. It also helps children work on their creativity. There are so many possibilities, who knows what marble runs they’ll create.
- Good quality
- Reasonable price
- Assembly is tricky
4. LCD Doodle Board
LCD writing tablets encourage kids to express their artistic imagination on the board instead of the walls and furniture. If your child has a habit of drawing in the wrong places, this could help them stop. Best of all, it’s great for travel and on-the-go. It comes with two pens.
- Easy to hold
- Writing isn’t super bright
5. Thomas & Friends Fisher-Price Trackmaster, Cave Collapse
This toy brings the Thomas & Friends TV show to thrilling life! Thomas is ready to excavate and teams up with his new friend, Darcy the digger, to get the job done. Turn the crank to take Thomas up the mine shaft elevator. When he gets to the top, he will drop down on top of Darcy! The motorized Thomas engine rides on top of Darcy, who’s rotating digging attachment knocks down boulders as the pair ride through a crumbling cave!
- Hours of fun
- More interactive than competitors
- Train drains batteries fast
6. Little Tikes STEM Jr. Wonder Lab
There are so many bits and pieces to this set, and 20 fantastic experiments that require the help of an adult! Your little one will become a budding scientist, creating vampire blood, snow, bubbles and more. Electrify their natural curiosity with the STEM Jr. Wonder lab, the only STEM lab designed for preschoolers. The innovators and problem-solvers of tomorrow now have a place to discover and explore.
- Easy and informative
- Great for parent/child bonding
- Takes up a lot of space
7. Outdoor Explorer Kit & Bug Catcher Set
This is the perfect starter kit for kids venturing to the outdoors. It includes everything they need to start exploring: binoculars, a flashlight, compass, magnifying glass, butterfly net and backpack. Whether they’re out and about or in the backyard, this set encourages children to look a little closer at the world around them.
- Excellent value for money
- A great way to get kids outdoors
- Not ideal for a gift, comes unpackaged
8. Playmobil 9372 Police Station Bundle
Use your resources at the police station to catch the bad guys on land or in the sky. While the police helicopter patrols from above, the police car, with flashing lights and sound, is in pursuit below. Thanks to the pull-back motor, this thief has one quick getaway car, but he’s no match for the police. Once the thief is captured, he is brought into the station’s booking area to be photographed for his mug shot.
- Police car can be remote controlled
- Plenty of accessories
- Takes a while to assemble
9. PAW Patrol My Size Lookout Tower
Big rescues call for an even bigger tower. Help the Paw Patrol keep an eye out for trouble with this toy. Standing at an impressive two and a half feet, this tower is the perfect vantage point for your child to observe the action of the city. Push the icons on the interactive pup pad and hear each pup weigh in with their signature phrase. When it’s time to leap into action, send Chase speeding down the tower’s slide.
- It is built to last
- Comes with several interactive features
- You only get one car
10. Glowing Race Track Set
This track is excellent value for money and something your child can build on their own. This race car track set assembles easily, allowing kids, toddlers, and even adults to create tricky solo tracks or long and twisty roads with ramps, a bridge, and an intersection. Two cool glow-in-the-dark race cars are enough to keep the fun going until sundown!
- So many options for designs
- Lots of track included
- Cars demand lots of power
11. UCEC 6 Colorful Decorative Paper Edge Scissor Set
Encouraging children to work on their fine motor skills is imperative, and scissors are a great tool to get them started. These scissors are child-safe, super colorful, and easy to grip, cutting through anything from paper to cardboard. Six shapes with various effects are available.
- Easy to use
- Good variety of cutting edges
- Has a cutting span of only 2"
12. LeapFrog LeapStart 3D Interactive Learning System
This toy is an all-in-one learning system. At first glance, it looks like a laptop, but it actually opens like a book. Books are brought to life with vibrant images and audio. Using 3D animations combined with a stylus helps your child read and learn through touch and talk games.
- Vibrant screen and images
- Portable, great when you’re out and about
- Lengthy setup
13. GeoSafari Jr. Talking Microscope
This new, colorful update to the original GeoSafari Jr. Talking Microscope by Educational Insights introduces preschoolers to even more amazing animals, plants, and household items. There are 5 times more images to view and learn about and 20 slides. Little ones choose from Fact Mode to learn about the items on a slide or Quiz Mode to test their scientific skills. Now with two comfortable eyepieces, there’s no need to close one eye to explore.
- The facts are interesting
- The microscope talks in four languages
- Needs 3 AAA batteries that are not supplied
14. LeapFrog LeapStart Go
LeapFrog has developed this toy with school starters in mind, teaching children what they need to know through the use of audio, video and books. Using the LCD screen, kids can zoom in with a single tap, watch videos and more. Hundreds of activities across various levels from kindergarten age to first-year school-goers are available, including problem-solving, reading and maths.
- Great storage
- Easy to set up
- Top of the pen is thin and could break easily
15. Disney Pixar's Toy Story 4 RV Vacation 10769 Building Kit
This jaunty set was developed to be fun and easy for preschoolers and youngsters, featuring a recreational vehicle (RV) with special Starter Brick chassis, removable roof and interior with bed, toilet and sink. There is also a park building wall with a special Starter Brick baseplate, tree, picnic table and grill. The Starter Brick pieces help even first-time builders experience the pride of building vehicles, structures and more, all on their own.
- Comes in a beautiful light-blue box
- The figures are all interesting
- T-Rex's hands are fragile
16. PJ Masks PJ Seeker
Be on the lookout for the nighttime villains! Featuring lights, sounds, and a show-inspired design, this toy can fit up to four vehicles in the detachable carrier and up to three figures in the cabin. Spot the nighttime villains in the dark with the light-up searchlight. Save the day and stop them in their tracks with the disk launcher. Kids can even trap villains in the detachable cage!
- Robust build
- Great for PJ Masks fans
- The characters do not sit in the seats
17. Mr Potato Head Playskool Movin' Lips
This interactive talking toy is fun and entertaining for kids as well as adults. Just attach his mouth and press the buttons. His lips synchronize to wacky songs and some really funny phrases! The talking toy features more than 40 phrases and four parodies of popular songs, including a parody of the song “Lips Are Movin” by Meghan Trainor.
- Talks, sings and tells jokes
- His lips move
- No body storage
18. Assorted Miniature Dinosaur Toy Figures
Go prehistoric with Terra’s collection of dinosaur toys in a tube! The 60-piece miniature figurine set brings 12 different plastic dinosaurs straight from the Jurassic era to your playroom! There are T-Rexes, stegosauruses, pterodactyls, raptors, and more! Miniature dinosaurs for kids are great educational toys for learning about these fascinating prehistoric predators. They’re also the perfect cake toppers and goodie bag stuffers for a Jurassic birthday party!
- Great variety
- High quality
- Quite small
19. VTech Touch and Learn Activity Desk Deluxe
This desk has endless possibilities, almost lifting it out of the toy genre! It’s twelve toys in one. Kids can use it with crayons, chalk, paints and so much more. Music, the alphabet and the human body are just some of the topics your child can learn thanks to the interchangeable mats.
- Very educational
- Reasonable price
- Could catch fingers in desk
20. Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar Toy
The Code-a-Pillar inspires little learners to be big thinkers by encouraging preschoolers to arrange (and rearrange) the easy-to-connect segments in endless combinations, sending the toy on its path. This learning toy encourages experimentation while helping children develop important skills like problem-solving, planning, sequencing and critical thinking. There’s no end to the combinations kids can make. Mix up the segments and put them back together to send Code-a-Pillar in a different direction every time!
- Incredible battery life
- Great for all the family
- Rubber wheels pick up dirt
21. BUSYBAGS Hours of Quiet Activities
Keeping a child occupied when out and about is no easy task, but this bag comes with everything needed to make sure your kid is entertained on long journeys. Crayons, Play-Doh, a set of cars and much more is kept neat and tidy in a backpack.
- Fabulous for airplane travel
- Playdough is great
- The plastic container is thin
22. Skillmatics Educational Game: Boredom Buster
Skillmatics Boredom Buster is the perfect companion to keep your little one occupied. The highly engaging activities are carefully designed to ensure that your child practices key concepts while having loads of fun! This holistic pack is easy to carry around and will ensure your child is never bored again!
- Perfect for on-the-go
- Great price
- Doesn’t erase very well
Summary: 22 Best Toys for 4-Year-Old Boys
Four-year-old boys often move from one activity to another without even thinking about it, making it more challenging to find a toy that keeps them interested for longer periods of time. If your child fits into the ‘cannot sit still’ category, why not consider choosing one of the toys we covered above? It’d be great to hear if our list has helped you.