Are you looking for the perfect birthday or holiday gift for the four-year-old boy in your life? Look no further than our round-up of the top ten toys currently on the market. These extremely popular and highly rated toys are sure to become favourites for any child you purchase them for.
Before we take a closer look at the best toys for 4 year old boys, let’s talk a bit more about toys in general, and how to select the perfect toy for the child in your life.
Top Toys for Four Year Old Boys
If you’re looking for that “wow” factor with your gift, this trampoline from Kanga may be your best bet. It seems like the people at Kanga thought of everything with the design of this trampoline.
Included with your purchase are the trampoline itself, a ladder, safety net, shoe storage bag, anchors and a winter storage cover. Everything you’ll need is included. This trampoline meets all applicable EU safety standards as well, so you can rest assured that this trampoline is a safe and fun gift for the child in your life.
The entire frame has been galvanised for durability so that this item will provide many years of enjoyment. The 8-foot model appears to be Kanga’s most popular. However, they make sizes ranging from 6-12 feet if you’re looking for one a bit smaller or larger.
All of the trampolines are priced affordably considering the quality. Trampolines are an amazing source of exercise for children, and they’re a great product to own if you’re looking to help the child get up and get active.
- Meets all EU safety standards
- Heavy padding over the springs
- Includes everything you need to get started
- Takes a while to assemble
- The heavy-duty frame is difficult to move
Looking for a gift for a little tyke that already has a need for speed? This remote control car from PlayTech Logic may be perfect for you. The car is a faithful reproduction of one of the most desirable and sporty BMW cars available, the i8.
Included in the box is the car as well as the remote control. The remote is very similar to a video game controller, so your little guy won’t have any trouble at all picking up on the controls right away.
This toy is a bit of a battery sucker though, and you’ll need 5 AA batteries (not included). The detailing on the car is what separates this model apart from other RC cars. It features adjustable wheel alignment, independent spring suspension and front shocks.
The remote control has a 30-foot range and four channels. The controls include forward, reverse, stop, left and right. This toy is a great way to improve your child’s fine motor skills, spatial awareness, and coordination all while they enjoy a fun and exciting RC car.
- Beautifully reproduced down to the smallest detail
- Easy to use controls
- Uses 5 AA batteries at a time
- Only has a 30-foot range
What kid doesn’t love mini golf? This fun set from Maro Toys includes everything you’ll need to turn the yard or play room into a fun and exciting mini golf course. Included are six obstacles, two golf clubs and three golf balls.
You can set the obstacles up however you’d like to create your golf course. Since you control where the obstacles are and how you’d like to structure your course, you can make it as easy or as difficult as the child needs to ensure they’re having maximum fun!
The balls, clubs and obstacles are all made from a colourful and durable plastic that’s safe for both indoor and outdoor use. This golf set is a great way to improve a child’s hand-eye coordination, spatial reasoning and creative thinking. Plus, since it’s such a fun game to play with others, it’s a great way to develop a child’s social skills as well.
- Comes with everything you’ll need to play in one box
- No assembly required
- Only includes six obstacles, so it’s difficult to expand on your course
- Clubs are easy to damage
What birthday party would be complete without a set of Legos? This deluxe set includes over 500 different LEGO pieces in more than 40 fun and vibrant colours. Included in this kit are all of the classic LEGO shapes you know and love as well as creative new elements such as doors, windows, eyes and more.
LEGO provides blueprints to make nine different fun structures, and they have even more cool ideas available online. Best of all, there are three different difficulty levels with the blueprints, so the child will be able to build structures that are appropriate for their level of ability. They can also challenge themselves with more difficult structures as well.
Building sets like this one from LEGO are a great way to allow the child to channel their creative energy into something positive. This toy is perfect for nurturing creativity as well as improving a child’s fine motor skills and colour and shape recognition.
- Different difficulty modes in the blueprints to suit builders of different skill levels
- Has its own storage bin
- Tons of different shapes and colors
- 570 pieces means you’ll definitely be stepping on LEGO’s at some point
- Smaller pieces are easy to lose
What four-year old doesn’t fancy a game of footy? This interesting and fun toy from Betheances is sure to keep kids entertained for hours as they enjoy this football/air hockey hybrid game.
Included is one hover football that looks a bit like a Roomba vacuum, and two nets. The hover ball floats on a cloud of air and glides magically over any smooth surface including wood, linoleum, concrete, asphalt and even low pile carpet.
The hover football also features LED lights, so you can even keep the fun going at night. The ball features a foam bumper which protects kids feet as well as the walls and floor of the home.
This toy is a great way for young kids to get exercise while they work on their hand-eye coordination, motor skills and teamwork. Overall, this is one of the most interesting football toys we’ve ever seen.
- Includes hover football and two nets
- Hover football has LED lights so you can enjoy playing indoors or outside and even at night
- Foam covering on hover football protects kids as well as floors and walls
This awesome LEGO set allows your kid to build a fun and exciting battle scene features Batman and Mr Freeze. This set is ideal for most four-year olds because it provides enough of a challenge to give kids a sense of pride when they complete their build, but it’s not difficult to the point where kids will be turned off by how hard it is to build.
Included with the kit is everything you’ll need to create the Batboat, Mr Freeze boat and a frozen jail cell for capturing Mr Freeze. It also includes Batman and Mr Freeze figures. The Batboat shoots foam Bat Discs, and Mr Freeze has his patented freeze ray as well. This toy is a great way to teach kids about completing projects and following instructions.
- Comprehensive instructions make it easy to build
- Creates an awesome story
- Perfect difficulty level for more four-year olds
- Foam Batdiscs are easy to lose
- Doesn’t encourage creative play as well as other LEGO toys
It’s no secret that percussive instruments are a great way to introduce children to music while also developing their hand-eye coordination and motor skills, but at what cost?
Ask any parent that’s ever purchased an acoustic drum set for their child, and they’re sure to tell you that it was an even bigger headache than they anticipated. Fortunately, this awesome electronic pad set from Wasanstore can address all of your concerns about the racket a traditional drum kit would create.
This seven pad kit has pads for the hi-hat, crash, ride, toms and snare: all of the sounds of a traditional acoustic drum kit. Also included is a pair of drumsticks, sustain pedal and USB charging cable. Best of all, the pads fold up for storage. When folded, this electronic drum set takes up about as much space as a roll of paper towels.
The kit has an integrated speaker with controls that allow you to raise or lower the volume, play through the demo mode, or even play a backing click track. At the rear of the speaker, there are ports for headphones, MP3 in, sustain pedal and a USB charging port. Kids can even hook the drum set up to a tablet, phone or computer to play fun drum games and develop their skills.
Overall, this is a great way for kids to develop a love of music while also learning how to play an instrument. Parents are sure to love that they can control the amount of noise the drum kit creates and the fact that the integrated headphone input allows kids to play with their drums in silence.
- Folds up for storage
- Headphone input for quiet play
- Has its own app to encourage learning
- The sound quality is average
This flying LED ball from Etpark is one of the most intriguing toys we’ve seen in quite some time. Essentially, this toy is a drone that you control with its built-in infrared technology. To use the drone, you simply turn it on, and it flies away.
The trick is to keep your hand near the floating LED ball so that it stays suspended in the air. The infrared technology senses objects around it and moves the ball to keep itself from hitting anything.
However, if your hand isn’t underneath the ball, it will fall to the ground. The bright, colourful LED lights provide kids with a mesmerising sensory experience. The LED ball and helicopter blades are made from a lightweight, durable and flexible ABS plastic that’s very resistant to breakage.
Best of all, they’ll be getting plenty of exercises as they chase the ball throughout the home, or outdoors.
- Incredibly easy to use and control
- Flexible plastic makes it very difficult to break
- Needs to be charged often
This RC car from Pyrus is one of the most interesting RC cars we’ve ever seen. This model defies gravity and can handle riding up walls just as well as it can ride on flat ground. Included with the toy are the car itself, remote control and a USB charging cable.
The remote control is very similar to a video game controller, so kids are sure to pick up on how to use the car right away. The car is lightweight, durable and shock resistant and includes a suction fan that allows the car to travel up walls and onto ceilings, just like they were flat ground.
Thanks to the shockproof body, this car can handle anything you can throw at it, including falls from the walls or ceilings. This toy is sure to delight the child in your life, while also teaching hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and logical thinking at the same time.
- Defies gravity
- Easy to use controls
- One of the most interesting RC cars available
- Feels a bit cheap, quality wise
This incredibly interesting educational toy is sure to be a hit with both kids and parents alike. It really does work like magic; Thanks to its onboard camera sensing technology, the magical book reader can read and speak any picture book.
All you have to do is clip the Magical Book Reader onto any picture book, and read it to the child. The book reader records the sound of your voice. The next time the child hooks the book up to the Magical Book Reader, it magically “reads” the pages back to your child in your own voice. There’s also plenty of capacity for recorded books; the Magical Book Reader can hold 250 minutes of audio, which is about 50 picture books.
The Magical Book Reader may be an ideal toy for busy parents that don’t have as much time as they’d like to read to their children. With the magic book reader, you’ll be able to strengthen your child’s love for books while teaching them to read at the same time.
- Reads picture books back to your children like magic
- Holds up to 50 books at once
- It can only read picture books
- Can’t read the book back to the child until you read the book while it’s hooked up to the reader
What Makes a Toy “Good”
What’s in a toy? With thousands upon thousands of toys on the market, it can be difficult to narrow down your search for the perfect toy. One thing that can be helpful is to identify the different characteristics that make a toy “good”. While the most important aspect of a toy is fun, there are several more aspects you’ll need to consider.
At the age of four, children are constantly learning, and they’re hungry to learn more and more. In consideration of that, you’ll also want to provide children with toys that satisfy that hunger for learning. That way, the child can continue to grow and develop important skills they’ll need later in life while they have fun and enjoy play.
When it comes to individual toys, it’s important that the toy meets at least one of the criteria below.
One important aspect of what makes a toy “good” is its ability to foster creativity. The best toys allow a child to embrace their creativity while using the toy in a way that facilitates their creativity. However, a child wants to use a toy is, however, they should be able to use it. Toys that do a great job of fostering creativity include art supplies, rhythmic instruments and building blocks and toys.
It goes without saying, but we’ll mention it anyway: Exercise is important! Toys that allow children to get up and get active are always a great choice. That way, kids can be active while they enjoy playing time. There are many outdoor game sets, which are especially perfect to play during summer, including: Football, cricket, tennis, badminton
Toys that allow children to tap into the land of make-believe are another great option for kids this age. Imaginary play and pretending help kids develop a wide range of different skills including social, emotional, language and thinking skills. Plus, it’s a great way for kids to be creative and feed their vivid imaginations. Buying your child a play tent or even a play house is a perfect way to help them use their imagination
Toys that allow kids to solve problems are a great way to feed their young minds while they engage in play. These types of toys pay dividends later in life by helping children to develop skills they’ll need when they’re in school. Toys that help foster creative thinking and problem solving include puzzles, building blocks and interactive games.
Appropriate For Their Age
Another important consideration you’ll need to make is whether or not the toy is age-appropriate for the child. Toys that are intended for younger children won’t do a good job keeping the child engaged, playing and learning. On the other hand, if a toy is intended for older kids, it’s going to end up discouraging your child because they haven’t developed the skills necessary to enjoy the toy yet.
If your child isn’t quite four yet, it may be worth checking our other round ups for younger boys:
Ease of Use
A final thing to consider is the ease of use of a toy. If a toy is poorly designed, clunky or otherwise difficult to use, it’s not going to captivate a child in the way that’s intended to. Toys that are poorly designed and difficult to use end up as nothing more than expensive paperweights. In short, you’ll want a toy that’s easy to figure out, that has a limited learning curve and will allow kids to achieve an advanced level of competency very quickly.
Why Are Toys So Important?
First and most importantly, they’re fun! Beyond fun, there’s many reasons why toys are critical to a child’s development. Toys help children develop a wide range of different skills that will be of paramount importance as they grow up.
Toys help children develop a wide range of skills that are imperative to their development including cognitive, social and emotional thinking skills such as creative thinking, adaptability, communication, problem-solving, decision making, consequences, empathy and more.
A Note About Safety
Fun is important, but we can’t forget that safety is the most important thing when it comes to picking out a toy for a child. We’re quick to assume that if a toy makes it to market, then it must be safe.
Too often this isn’t the case. While the government does a great job of regulating product safety, there are thousands of injuries that children in England sustain each year as a result of toys malfunctioning or being used improperly.
Supervision is the best way to keep children safe while they play, but there are going to be times where a child is playing unsupervised, and it’s extremely important that you provide kids with safe toys to reduce the risk of potential injury. Here are some things you’ll want to look for when evaluating how safe a toy is.
- Stuffed toys or dolls should be washable
- Art materials must be certified as non-toxic. Wherever possible, select art supplies that are washable.
- Provide toys that are age-appropriate.
- Any fabric on the toy should be fire retardant.
- Any paint on a toy should be non-toxic and lead-free.
- Small parts can be a choking hazard, even for older children. Avoid any toy that has removable parts smaller than 4 centimetres in diameter such as coins, beads, balls, marbles or other small parts.
- Toys with batteries should have screw in battery doors to prevent children from opening the door and manipulating the batteries.
- Hand-me-down or used toys should be carefully checked to ensure that the toy is still in good working order.
We’ve covered ten truly awesome toys that all make great options for any four-year old boy. But, there has to be a clear winner for the best toy for four-year old boys. Our favourite this year is the Wasanstore Seven Piece Roll Up Electronic Drum Kit.
This drum kit allows kids to channel their creative energy in an extremely positive manner. At the same time, it keeps the racket down to a minimum, which is sure to delight parents, neighbours, and anyone within earshot.
Included with this kit is a seven pad drum set which includes pads for the hi-hat, ride, crash, snare drum, small tom-tom, large tom-tom and floor tom. Also included is a set of drumsticks and a sustain pedal.
Integrated into the pad is a stereo speaker system which includes controls for volume, click track, demo mode and more. On the rear of the speaker system, you’ll find inputs for the sustain pedal, an MP3 player so your kid can play along to their favourite songs, and a USB port.
The USB port allows you to charge the pad, and it also allows you to connect the pad to a computer, phone or tablet to play fun drum games that will help the child learn their way around the kit.
Not only does this toy foster creativity, but it also allows the child to develop a love for music, learn an instrument and develop hand-eye coordination all at once. Plus, it’s affordable too. It’s our favourite toy for four-year olds, it has great reviews online, and there’s even a one year warranty, so you’ll have peace of mind knowing that it’s been built to last.