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22 Best Toys for 4-Year-Old Boys in 2020

Updated 9 April 2020

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Every parent knows it is hard to keep a young kid occupied. They usually get bored quickly, so parents are always on a quest to find the next best thing. It may sound easy, but on the contrary, it’s a rather difficult task. If you don’t want your little tot to stare at smartphones and tablets all day, you have to do some work. You have to know your kid very well, know what they like or dislike. It’s hard to please a 4-year-old, so that’s why 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 child.

1Activ 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.

What we love

  • Doesn’t hurt to catch them
  • Lightweight

We dont like this as much

  • A little softer than expected

2VTech 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. \they can explore their creativity by using static and animated photo effects to enhance their pictures.

What we love

  • Great starter camera for kids
  • Good quality

We dont like this as much

  • The battery cover can be easily opened

3Marble 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.

What we love

  • Good quality
  • Reasonable price

We dont like this as much

  • Assembly is a bit challenging

4 LCD Doodle Board

The Mycaron LCD Writing Tablets is the best mess-free way to encourage creativity and help improve writing and other fine motor skills. No need to worry about replacing crayons and running through reams of paper, these tablets are sure to keep your little one engaged for as long as their imagination allows. Luckily, it comes with two pens to encourage cooperative play.

What we love

  • Lightweight
  • Easy to hold

We dont like this as much

  • Writing isn’t super bright

5Thomas & Friends Fisher-Price Trackmaster, Cave Collapse

Thomas the Train comes to life with the Thomas the Train Trackmaster! Your child will build tracks and landscapes to help Thomas and his friends dig, excavate and make their way through an exciting adventure. Said to “encourage positive emotional connection” your child will feel good knowing that they helped Thomas and Darcy drill their way out of danger. They can create a chain reaction of events with the turn of a crank! Your child can enjoy this toy for hours of nonstop fun.

What we love

  • Hours of fun
  • More interactive than competitors

We dont like this as much

  • Batteries fade sooner than anticipated

6Little 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. 

With no other STEM lab available for toddlers, this Little Tikes STEM Jr Wonderlab is the perfect way to awaken the scientist in your child. They’ll work on problem-solving skills while exploring their curiosity and discovering new and exciting scientific facts.

What we love

  • Easy and informative
  • Great for parent/child bonding

We dont like this as much

  • Takes up a lot of space

7Outdoor 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.

What we love

  • Excellent value for money
  • Great way to get kids outdoors

We dont like this as much

  • Cannot be wrapped as a gift

8Playmobil 9372 Police Station Bundle

Remember playing cops and robbers as a kid? Now your child can take it to a whole new level with this PLAYMOBIL  Police Station Building Set. They can use their creativity and problem-solving skills to build an entire scene. Equipped with a police station, a police car and helicopter, four miniature people and other accessories, your child can act out anything they can imagine. Flashing lights and sounds help bring it all to life!

What we love

  • Police car can be remote controlled
  • Plenty of accessories

We dont like this as much

  • Takes a while to assemble

9PAW Patrol My Size Lookout Tower

The Paw Patrol doesn’t just save the day on television. They can also go on rescue missions right in your living room thanks to the Paw Patrol Lookout Tower. Encouraging critical thinking and engineering skills, your little one can build their tower and send the popular pups on daring missions. This tower even has buttons for you to push to hear each pup say their most common phrases.

What we love

  • It is built to last
  • Has several interactive features

We dont like this as much

  • Could use a few more accessories

10Glowing Race Track Set

Who doesn’t like racing in the dark!? This fun glow-in-the-dark race track will excite your little one as they send their racers zooming through the night. They’ll feel accomplished once they piece together their very own track design and jump right into the action. They can make the track as simple or as complex as they’d like with the included bridges, ramps and even an intersection. This toy promises hours of fun as your child can take apart and reassemble their track in any fashion.

What we love

  • So many options for designs
  • Lots of track included

We dont like this as much

  • Cars require lots of power

11UCEC 6 Colorful Decorative Paper Edge Scissor Set

Learning how to cut is one of the major milestones children reach as they work on their fine motor skills. So why not make it fun and exciting? These colorful and decorative scissors are a safe way for your child to cut beautiful designs into paper. Easy to maneuver and handle, these scissors are perfect for your little one’s first cutting experience.

What we love

  • Easy to use
  • Good variety of cutting edges

We dont like this as much

  • Has a smaller cutting span than expected

12LeapFrog LeapStart 3D Interactive Learning System

Your child can learn about numbers, colors and more with the interactive LeapFrog 3D Learning System. Designed like a laptop, but functions as a book, your child can use the attached stylus to work their way through fun 3D games and adventures with exciting sounds and music.

 

What we love

  • Vibrant screen and images
  • Great for on-the-go

We dont like this as much

  • Requires a bit of setting up before use

13 GeoSafari Jr. Talking Microscope

Given a more vibrant look different from the original, the GeoSafari Jr. Talking Microscope takes your preschooler on a learning adventure as they explore the world on a microscopic level. They will view exciting images on 20 different slides and can toggle between Facts mode (to learn new things) or Quiz Mode (to test their knowledge). This newer version also comes with the addition of a second eyepiece, so your 4-year-old can use both of their eyes to view the cool images.

What we love

  • The facts are interesting
  • The microscope talks in four languages

We dont like this as much

  • Needs 3 AAA batteries

14LeapFrog LeapStart Go

LeapStart Go by LeapFrog is the perfect addition to early-learning for your 4-year-old. With interactive videos, more than 750 replayable activities, your little one will learn and grow all while having fun. They will encounter math and reading games that increase in difficulty as your child ages. Thanks to the interactive screen, you can even zoom in on the LCD screen with a tap and use the interactive stylus to guide you through it all. There truly is no other educational interactive book this high tech for preschoolers.

What we love

  • Great storage
  • Easy to set up

We dont like this as much

  • Pen tip is thin and could become damaged over time

15Disney Pixar's Toy Story 4 RV Vacation 10769 Building Kit

Your 4-year-old can take Jessie and other friends from Toy Story on an awesome camping adventure. This set includes an RV that your child will gladly use for imaginative play with the whole gang. There’s even a park building that your child can piece together quite easily thanks to the starter brick pieces. This set is simple enough that your 4-year-old should be able to put it together without much help. Watch their eyes light up as they complete the build and start plying.

What we love

  • Comes in a beautiful light-blue box
  • Figures are all interesting

We dont like this as much

  • T-Rex's hands aren’t as strong as anticipated

16PJ Masks PJ Seeker

Almost all kids love PJ Masks, and this is the perfect toy for them. Your child can help the gang catch the bad guys using this villain seeker.  This toy can hold four vehicles and three of our heroes. The searchlight will allow your little one to help the crew find the bad guys while using the disk launcher to catch them and bring them to justice. Catching bad guys have never been more fun!

What we love

  • Robust build
  • Great for PJ Masks fans

We dont like this as much

  • The characters do not sit in the seats

17 Mr Potato Head Playskool Movin' Lips

Mr. Potato Head takes on today’s pop music and sings four different parodies, while his lips move to over 40 other phrases and songs. This hilarious toy will make your 4-year-old laugh with delight as they press the buttons and watch Mr. Potato Head be very silly.

What we love

  • Talks, sings and tells jokes
  • His lips move

We dont like this as much

  • No body storage

18Assorted Miniature Dinosaur Toy Figures

This 60-piece dinosaur set is perfect for any 4-year-old that is currently obsessed with the prehistoric giants. These plastic toys are a good way to encourage imaginative play and help your child become familiar with 12 special creatures from our past.

What we love

  • Great variety
  • High quality

We dont like this as much

  • Smaller than expected

19VTech Touch and Learn Activity Desk Deluxe

This all-in-one desk is sure to expand your 4-year-old’s horizon as they explore 12 different toys in one area. Each toy teaches them about colors, animals, numbers, and more! Your child can even dabble in human anatomy and basic reading. Simply swap out the mats to have them learn a new subject. With so much to do on this desk, your child can never grow bored.

What we love

  • Very educational
  • Reasonable price

We dont like this as much

  • Could catch fingers in desk

20Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar Toy

They’re never too young to start coding. The Code-a-Pillar is the best form of introduction to coding for  4-year-olds. They will build their Code-a-Pillar by assembling the segments piece by piece which will determine how the Code-a-Pillar moves. Your child can arrange the segments in any way they like. They’ll use problem-solving, critical thinking, and engineering skills to maneuver the Code-a-Pillar in the direction they want. There are literally thousands of possibilities, and your child will have a blast experimenting with them.

What we love

  • Incredible battery life
  • Great for all the family

We dont like this as much

  • Rubber wheels pick up dirt

21BUSYBAGS Hours of Quiet Activities

This travel bag has everything your 4-year-old needs to stay busy and engaged. Whether it’s for long flights, car rides, or general waiting, this bag will not fail to keep them calm. Equipped with Play-Doh, crayons, racing cars,  books, and more, they’ll never run out of things to do.

What we love

  • Fabulous for airplane travel
  • Playdough is great

We dont like this as much

  • The plastic container is thin

22 Skillmatics Educational Game: Boredom Buster

Skillmatics Boredom Buster has the perfect name as it does exactly what its name suggests., busts boredom! This package contains puzzles, doodling, and more to keep your child entertained for hours. You should never leave home without it because it will never fail to keep your 4-year-old occupied. 

What we love

  • Perfect for on-the-go
  • Great price

We dont like this as much

  • 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 “can not sit still” category, why not consider choosing one of the toys we covered above? If our list has helped you find the perfect toy, let us know in the comments below!