The Best Toy and Gift Ideas for a 4 Year Old Boy of 2021

Finding the perfect gift for the 4-year-old boy can feel like a challenge. Not all boys like the same things. Some grow up in the country and some in the city. Some have dad’s that farm others are businessmen. But, when you have a 4-year-old boy in your home buying toys and gifts can be so much fun no matter what they like.

They love opening their gifts. As a grandmother of 9 boys and 2 girls, I still want a gift that means something and that they will play with over time, not just for a day. I hope you enjoy checking out my list of excellent toys for the 4-year-old in your life!

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The Best Toys & Gifts for 4-Year-Old Boys in 2021Boys BikeVTech Kidizoom SmartwatchHover Soccer Ball SetMatchbox Car SetJumbo Connect 4Truck Transport Car CarrierKids Camera Waterproof DigitalPretend & Play Fishing SetKidkraft Fire Station SetLittle Tikes Jr. Jump 'n Slide BouncerUnicorn Pool FloatTree Climbing KitCamping Outdoor SetRide On Crane DiggerNational GeographicPogo JumperTake Apart Racing Car ToysKinetic SandHand Tool KitHover Soccer Ball SetJohn Deere Farm ToysFarm SetWhack A Frog GameHarley-Davidson Tough TrikeElectric John Deere TractorDinosaur ToysWalkie Talkies for KidsTop Race Take Apart Trucks with Electric DrillRocket LauncherTake Apart ToysLearning Resources Slime Science SetGeoSafari Jr. Talking MicroscopeMicro Mini Deluxe Scooter View on AmazonBalance BikeDisney Toy Story Talking Rex FigureMelissa & Doug Pet Vet Play Set Reality Interactive GlobeLearning Resources CrittersDickie Toys 48" Mega Crane and Truck Vehicle and PlaysetLittle Tikes Basketball SetThe Candery Cotton Candy Machine and Floss BundleKids Tree House TentJunior Golf SetTrampoline with Basketball HoopFoam Bricks Building SetBuilders Set for Construction and StackingKidiBeats Drum SetWater Blaster SetWater Gun PlaneCreativity for KidsWater ShoesPaw Patrol Full Function RC MarshallFort BunkBedsLEGOPaw Patrol, Launch’N HaulPeppa Pig HouseBoys Cowboy BootsSnow Cone MachineMini Toy DroneSprinkle and Splash Play MatFlashing GlovesJohn Deere Monster TreadsWhat Brothers Do Best BookSmart CircuitsEarth! My First 4.54 Billion YearsMelissa & Doug Stained GlassBudding Builders Building SetBubble-N-Go Deluxe Toy Lawn MowerClick N Play gardening toolsUptown Espresso KitchenMelissa & Doug Shopping CartHobby Rock Tumbler KitI Spy EverythingCrazy FortsHow We Selected Gifts for 4-Year-Old BoysFAQs About Gifts for the 4-Year-Old BoyWhat is a popular toy or gift for a 4-year-old boy?What is a good outdoor gift for the 4-year-old?What are the best learning and educational toys for 4-year-olds?Gifts for Similar AgesWrap Up

The Best Toys & Gifts for 4-Year-Old Boys in 2021

Boys Bike


My little 4-year-old man learned to ride a bike early due to having a balance bike so when we bought him this bike we had no need for the training wheels. We took them off and away he went, but if your little guy still needs some balancing help, here is a great starter bike the 16″ Kids Bike. He will feel pretty cool driving this bad boy up and down the sidewalk.

VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch

VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX - Royal Blue, Great Gift for Kids, Toddlers, Toy for Boys and Girls, Ages 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

A great watch to develop your son’s imagination and creativity. What an amazing gift for him. This is a one of a kind touch screen watch that has a camera, a video camera, an alarm, a timer, and a stopwatch, a calendar, and a calculator, plus so many more fun features. Your 4-year-old son can take pictures and videos and use his imagination to discover the various editing effects on the VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch. There is a calculator to help him begin to learn and solve simple math such as addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication. It also has eight games your 4-year-old son can play using the touch screen. A cool gift to start your 4-year-old learning.

Hover Soccer Ball Set

Betheaces Kids Toys Hover Soccer Ball Set 2 Goals Gift Football Disk Toy LED Light Boys Girls Age 2, 3, 4,5,6,7,8-16 Year Old, Indoor Outdoor Sports Ball Game Children

I absolutely love this soccer set, and so do the grandkids. My son’s family loves soccer. They use it indoors on a smooth surface and outdoors on the cement. My 4-year-old grandson loves the Hover Soccer Ball Set and the whole family plays with it often.

Matchbox Car Set

Matchbox Gift Pack Assortment, Styles May Vary

Most boys love cars, and this would be the perfect gift for your boy turning 4. There are nine unique cars for him to discover and explore.  The toy cars come in different colors and have unique designs which are super cool to play with. The cars are small and can easily fit into his pockets and little hands, or any small containers. Your 4-year-old will spend tons of time playing with his new fleet of amazing cars. A great birthday gift for the 4 year old boy is the Matchbox Gift Pack.

Jumbo Connect 4

ECR4Kids Jumbo 4-to-Score Giant Game Set, Backyard Games for Kids, Jumbo Connect-All-4 Game Set, Indoor or Outdoor Game, Adult and Family Fun Game, Easy to Transport, 4 Feet Tall, Primary Colors

We have this out at our campsite. My 4-year-old and 2-year-old love it. They play for hours. It is so fun to see them work together. The 4-year-old is always teaching the rules to the 2-year-old. The Jumbo Connect-All-4 Game Set is not only for the kids, we have just as much fun!

Truck Transport Car Carrier

Play22 Toy Truck Transport Car Carrier - Toy Truck Includes 6 Toy Cars & Accessories - Toy Trucks Fits 28 Toy Car Slots - Great Car Toys Gift for Boys & Girls - Original

The kid in all of us loves to play with cars. I still enjoy getting on the floor with my 4-year-old grandson and pretending. He has this semi and loads of vehicles. He enjoys playing with it, loading and unloading. He admires all his vehicles and makes up elaborate stories about who owns them and where they work. The Truck Transport Car Carrier is a lot of fun and an awesome gift idea for the 4-year-old, especially if you’re on a budget.

Kids Camera Waterproof Digital

PROGRACE Children Kids Camera Waterproof Digital Video HD Action Camera 1080P Sports Camera Camcorder DV for Boys Birthday Holiday Gift Learn Camera Toys 1.77'' LCD Screen (Camouflage)

Do you have an exceptionally smart 4-year old that loves to learn? I bet you do. This camera is the ultimate in fun for my 4-year-old grandson. I spent some time with him teaching him how to use it and he loves it. My grandson absolutely loves making videos or taking photos of his day to day activity. I love that it helps him express himself and encourages his creativity.

He is now a full-fledged bike rider and it mounts on his bike handles and of course, he can add it to his helmet, for even more fun when he is doing other crazy stuff outside.  Get your 4 year old the Kids Waterproof Digital Action Camera for his 4th birthday.

Pretend & Play Fishing Set

Learning Resources Pretend & Play Fishing Set, Fishing Pole & Tackle Box Toy, 11Piece, Ages 3+

I really like that this is realistic for the 4-year-old who is going fishing with dad or in the backyard. Pretend is great for a child’s mind. This set has so many fun things in it. It has the incredible vest, a tackle box, a fishing pole, worms, fishing net, and an activity guide. It is so fun and colorful it will get your 4-year-old son’s attention for hours.

It is made for safety with a magnet for a hook. It makes the sounds of real fishing; reeling and casting. Your son will love the Pretend & Play Fishing Set, so he can play dress up and join daddy on his fishing trips. It helps develop creativity through pretend play and he will learn about the basics of fishing. It can be a great toy for bath time or pool play.

Kidkraft Fire Station Set

Kidkraft Fire Station Set

Letting our children experience new ideas is an amazing tool for learning and creativity. I can see my grandson pretending to be like his father, the firefighter. Now my 4-year-old grandson can pretend to be a real-life hero and save the day. It has a cool helicopter, two vehicles, and a fire truck to be creative with. How fun.

Your son can land the helicopter on the landing pad on the roof. He can come up with new life-saving missions and be everybody’s hero. The Kidkraft Fire Station Set is a great gift for the 4-year-old boy on his birthday.

Little Tikes Jr. Jump ‘n Slide Bouncer

Little Tikes Jr. Jump 'n Slide Bouncer

So much fun inside or outside. In the winter we have this in the house for our grandsons who are under 5. They love it. I filled it with plastic balls to add to the fun. The Jump ‘n Slide Bouncer is a great birthday gift for your little 4 year old man. He will spend hours playing in it. Even more, fun to add a blanket over the top for a fort, and you have a place for a fun sleepover.

Unicorn Pool Float

Jasonwell Big Inflatable Unicorn Pool Float Floatie Ride On with Fast Valves Large Rideable Blow Up Summer Beach Swimming Pool Party Lounge Raft Decorations Toys Kids Adults

Perfect for a hot day at the lake or at the pool. I just got this for my 4-year-old grandson for the lake. He loves unicorns and was super excited to have one of his own to float on and ride. It has enough room for his little brother. They love to splash and rest on it with lemonade. The Unicorn Pool Float will have your 4 year-old son smiling and being cool.

Tree Climbing Kit

TOPNEW 12 Ninja Tree Climbing Holds for Kids Climber, Adult Climbing Rocks with 6 Ratchet Straps for Outdoor Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course Training

I cannot keep my 4-year-old grandson out of the trees. So to keep him safe I got the Ninja Tree Climbing Holds for my little ninja warrior. He loves them and now he doesn’t slip and fall and get all scratched up on the way down! A great birthday gift for that little man turning 4 who is adventurous and loves to see the top of the world.

Camping Outdoor Set

Meland Kids Camping Set with Tent 24pcs - Camping Gear Tool Pretend Play Set for Toddlers Kids Boys Girls Outdoor Toy Birthday Gift

How fun for your 4-year-old boy and his friends to sit in the backyard and pretend to camp. They have all the tools to bird watch, find bugs, sneak around with their walkie talkies, and just be creative and have fun. The Kids Camping Set will make the perfect birthday present for that hard to buy for 4-year-old boy.

Ride On Crane Digger

Ride On Crane Digger- Mechanical Digging Metal Outdoor Toy- Swing and Grab Function, Rotates 360

This is in our sandbox. It is a great way to get kids to pretend and this actually simulates a real-life construction vehicle. How cool is that? When your 4-year-old opens this up for his birthday it will be time to build stuff and have fun with this Mechanical Digging Toy. It has a swivel seat which lets your son move that dirt or sand around.  I like watching my grandsons as they create realistic experiences by pretending to do real-life construction, which encourages imagination through pretend play. It also develops your son’s hand-eye coordination and problem-solving skills building his confidence and competence.

National Geographic

Image of the National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Why (National Geographic Little Kids First Big Books)

As an educator, I am always looking for gifts that my grandchildren will learn from but enjoy. My grandson loves to learn about everything. Our favorite pastime is reading magazines and looking up how things work. The National Geographic Little Kids First Big Books is a fun, interesting book and a great gift for the 4-year-old boy in your life!

Pogo Jumper

Image of the Flybar My First Foam Pogo Jumper for Kids Fun and Safe Pogo Stick, Durable Foam and Bungee Jumper for Ages 3 and up Toddler Toys, Supports up to 250lbs (Blue)

My grandchildren love to POGO. It is a great outdoor activity and gets them off the computer. We live on the farm and many toys do not work well on gravel  but the Pogo Jumper for Kids Fun works great on the cement, grass, or gravel. A great gift idea for that boy having a 4th birthday this year.

Take Apart Racing Car Toys

Image of the Take Apart Racing Car Toys - Build Your Own Toy Car with 30 Piece Constructions Set - Toy Car Comes with Engine Sounds & Lights & Drill with Toy Tools for Kids - Newest Version - Original - by Play22

We live on the farm so the men are always fixing. They take apart and re-build machinery every day. My grandson watches and always wants to help. We bought him this Take Apart Racing Toy and he loved it. Early learning has helped him develop the ability to take apart things and put them back together. I love his ability to problem solve. Toys like this create children that can look at something and figure out how it works. A great skill for your 4-year-old son as he grows and makes his way into the adult world.

Kinetic Sand

Kinetic Sand, Sandisfying Set with 2lbs of Sand and 10 Tools, for Kids Aged 3 and Up

Hours of fun with Kinetic sand and this awesome tool kid. My grandkids love their sand. My 2 and 4-year-olds play with it the most. They love to cut and shape and use all the tools. I put it in a container with a lid so they have room to play, and it contains the mess. They love getting this set-out and play with it for hours. The Kinetic Sand is especially a win on a cold or rainy day. I love this as a gift idea for the 4-year-old boy on his birthday, Easter, or any holiday.

Hand Tool Kit

CARTMAN 148-Piece Tool Set - General Household Hand Tool Kit with Plastic Toolbox Storage Case

Your thinking, “Are you kidding.” No, I am not. Kids love to learn. My grandson, at the age of 3, was using a screwdriver, under supervision, but he loved to take old broken toys apart. Do not underestimate your child’s ability to learn. I love the critical thinking, problem-solving, and fun he has when he uses his tools. He is older now and still loves them. They are a big part of his day and I can use them too. Also, they do not lay around after a few weeks because your 4-year-old is bored with the toy. The CARTMAN Tool Set will be so much fun for all of you. Get it as a birthday gift for that 4-year-old boy.

Hover Soccer Ball Set

ActiveMVP Kids Toys Rechargeable Hover Soccer Ball Set with 2 Goals, Indoor LED Light Up Fun Air Soccer Game - No Battery Needed, Strong Improved ABS Plastic Quality - Boys Girls Age 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 11+

A great gift idea for the 4-year-old boy. It is a perfect inside game for those rainy or cold days to get the kids off the couch and exercise. Fun family activity. The Hover Ball Soccer Ball Set is fun and entertaining for the 4-year-old on his birthday or as a gift on another holiday. It works on any smooth floor, even carpet that is short. Lots of fun, cool lights.

John Deere Farm Toys

TOMY John Deere Vehicle Value Set

We are farmers. One can never have too many toy tractors or farm equipment. My 4-year-old grandson builds farms every day. He spends hour imagining. We have to get out some dried beans for him to haul. We have created silage piles out of grass and even made hail bales out of aluminum foil and painted them green to look like alfalfa. TheJohn Deere Vehicle Set will build your 4 year old imagination as he creates his own farm.

Farm Set

TOMY John Deere Die-cast Farm Toy 70 Piece Value Playset

A 4-year-old boy has to have a shed and other goodies to create the perfect farm in his bedroom, just like daddies. My grandsons are always copying their dad, uncle, and grandpa. If the men are baling hay, my grandsons are out in the lawn, baling hay. If the men are combining then the boys have their combines out and it is time for grandma to get some corn or beans ready for them to load.

It is amazing how our little’s copy their family. If your 4 year old birthday boy is a next-generation farmer he will love the John Deere Die-cast Farm. You know what, even if he is not a farmers son he will still have fun learning about farming and how important it is.

Whack A Frog Game

Bu-buildup BBU.05.001 Whack a Frog Activity Game, Early Development Toy with Light and Sound, Baby Interactive Fun Toy, Gift for Kids Age 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

My grandson has this! He loves it. We play it often. It is great for his fine motor skills and really helps him learn hand-eye coordination. Plus, Whack A Frog is just fun! I love it when my 4-year-old grandson and his little brother play together. They take turns and giggle and laugh. A great gift idea for the 4-year-old birthday boy.

Harley-Davidson Tough Trike

Fisher-Price Harley-Davidson Tough Trike [Amazon Exclusive]

Put a smile on your 4-year-old son’s face when he opens this birthday gift. It has rugged tires which will help him traverse that harsh terrain in your backyard. It has a cool secret storage compartment under the seat where your 4-year-old son can keep his special toys. It is a great way to keep him exercising, and it helps develop excellent motor skills. The Harley-Davidson Tough Trike will keep your son moving for hours.

Electric John Deere Tractor

Peg Perego John Deere Ground Force Tractor with Trailer

We bought this several years ago for our 4-year-old grandson. It took about a week for him to learn to drive it. A few years later it is still running and his 2-year-old brother just figured it out and drives it now. I love a toy that lasts and gives hours of pleasure and gets the kids outside. This is a must-have. You do not need a large yard for it either. We actually brought it in the house last winter so they could ride it. I love the Ride on Tractor by Peg Perego.

Dinosaur Toys

Lydaz Race Track Dinosaur World Bridge Create A Road 142 Piece Toy Car & Flexible Track Playset Toy Cars, 2 Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs have been all the rage these past few years. My grandsons still love them. The birthday boy turning 4 will love playing with his Dinosaur Slot Car Race Track. He can do so many things with it. Change the track and rebuild it. It is a great way for a small child to develop creativity as they design new ways to build the track and then race!

Walkie Talkies for Kids

Image of the Selieve Toys for 3-12 Year Old Boys, Walkie Talkies for Kids 22 Channels 2 Way Radio Toy with Backlit LCD Flashlight, 3 Miles Range for Outside, Camping, Hiking

We just bought our grandsons Walkie Talkies for camping. What fun has that been? When they head down to the playground they can still talk to us as we relax in a chair. They love to play pretend and hide and seek using their walkie talkies. A lot of fun for the whole family. Buy 2 sets to make it even more fun when your out hiking or the kids are upstairs. A fun birthday gift for the 4-year-old boy. The adventures are limitless!

Top Race Take Apart Trucks with Electric Drill

Take Apart Toys with Electric Drill | Converts to Remote Control Car | 3 in one Construction Truck Take Apart Toy for Boys | Gift Toys for Boys 3,4,5,6,7 Year Olds | Kids Stem Building Toy

This was hours and years of fun! We bought our 4-year-old grandson this set at Christmas. He loved it. Grandpa and dad had so much fun helping him. It did not take long for him to figure it out. He spent hours every day playing with it. The pieces are strong and were easy enough for him to do but held the challenge of having to think. I love that. There is nothing better than a fun toy that actually builds the skills they will need as an adult. These Top Race Take Apart Trucks with Electric Drill are fun, long-lasting and a great gift idea for your 4 year old boy.

Rocket Launcher

Image of the Play22 Toy Rocket Launcher - Jump Rocket Set Includes 6 Rockets - Play Rocket Soars Up to 100 Feet - Missile Launcher Best Gift for Boys and Girls - Air Rocket Great for Outdoor Play - Original

What 4-year-old boy would not like this. Definitely get a couple of sets so they can have competitions with the neighbor kids. The Play22 Rocket Launcher is so much fun. Any toy that gets the kids outside and off of social media or away from the television is a win-win. This is a great way to get them outside moving as they race to get their rockets back and ready to re-launch. A fun birthday gift for the boy turning 4. He will love it.

Take Apart Toys

Image of the Take Apart Toys with Electric Drill | Converts to Remote Control Car | 3 in one Construction Truck Take Apart Toy for Boys | Gift Toys for Boys 3,4,5,6,7 Year Olds | Kids Stem Building Toy

Does your 4-year-old’s daddy work in construction? Then he will love this. He can pretend to be just like daddy. I love the little drill that works. Your 4-year-old will feel proud as he learns to take the 3 in one Construction Truck apart and puts it back together. A great way to teach the kids which way to turn to get a bolt or nut off too! Right tighty, Lefty Loosie! Then once they have it together they can drive it around using the remote control.

Learning Resources Slime Science Set

Image of the Learning Resources Yuckology Slime Science Set, Early Science Skills, DIY Slime, STEM Skills, Measurement, Color Mixing, Easter Basket Toy, Ages 4+

What 4-year-old doesn’t like to get messy and play with slime. Looks fun to me. I am all for the learning toys. How fun to make your own slime. The Yuckology Slime Science Set is a great way for 4-year-olds to explore science and how to make slime. Fun and learning are awesome.

GeoSafari Jr. Talking Microscope

Image of the Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. Talking Microscope—Featuring Bindi Irwin, Microscope for Kids

How many of you remember Steve Irwin. Loved his shows. His daughter Bindi is featured as the voice on the Talking Microscope a fun way to learn about science and let your 4-year-old be his own explorer.

Micro Mini Deluxe Scooter

Image of the Micro Mini Deluxe Aqua…

A great ride for the 4-year-old learning to balance. Your son will enjoy opening this up on his birthday. The Micro Mini Deluxe Aqua is a fun outdoor toy and a great way to get your 4-year-old exercising. They can zoom up and down those sidewalks!

Balance Bike

TheCroco Lightweight Balance Bike for Toddlers and Kids… (Orange, Premium Aluminum)

We got the balance bike for our grandson and he loved it. His little brother now uses it. The balance bike worked perfectly for our 4-year-old to move right onto a real bike. The balance bike worked. Our grandson got on a 12 inch bike for the first time and rode away. We did not have to teach him how to ride. The Balance Bike did all the hard work for us. Plus, it allowed our little man to ride beside his big sister until he could manage a real bike. We never had to use training wheels. Really a great gift for the 4-year-old boy!

Disney Toy Story Talking Rex Figure

Image of the Disney Toy Story Talking Rex Figure

Interactive toys are always fun for those little 4-year-old boys. They can play pretend and the dinosaur keeps them entertained for hours. The Talking Rex Figure is a gift that your little guy will enjoy. Little boys around the age of 4 begin interacting with friends, so a good toy is something they can use to role-play.  Improving our children’s social interactions is important when they reach 4. The talking Rex will help them develop their social skills and imagination.

Melissa & Doug Pet Vet Play Set

Image of the Melissa & Doug Pet Vet Play Set

As a farmers wife, the vet is very important to us, as we have cattle. Our grandsons love to play imagination. Pretending to be the vet is one of the things they like to do. We have a black lab who gets to play the part of a Holstein cow. Their imagination and creativity in fixing a “pretend” broken leg in our lab are fun to watch. The Pet Vet Play Set is so much fun to get your 4-year-old imagining great ways to heal and help animals. I love when they are old enough to play with other kids and this vet set helps them play with each other instead of beside each other.

 Reality Interactive Globe

Image of the Shifu Orboot (App Based): Augmented Reality Interactive Globe For Kids, Stem Toy For Boys & Girls Ages 4+ Educational Toy Gift (No Borders, No Names On Globe)

Learning. A great tool to help your child grow into an amazing adult. My grandson cannot get enough of learning about the world or the animals in it. He loves National Geographic and he is five. But, we started learning and using tools like the Interactive Globe several years ago and he still loves learning. A great way to get them interested in the world and saving the planet and the animals in it. The globe will make an amazing gift to help build your 4-year-olds linguistics, knowledge, and cognitive skills!

Learning Resources Critters

Image of the Learning Resources Coding Critters Rumble & Bumble, Toy of the Year Award Winner, Interactive STEM Coding Toy, Early Coding Toy for Kids, 23 Piece Set, Ages 4+

Every Stem toy I have bought for my grandsons has taught them something new. Coding is a big deal in 2021. You see many toys that teach these skills to our little’s. They can create an endless array of challenges for Rumble and Bumble, having fun and learning at the same time. The Coding Critters Rumble & Bumble make a good educational gift for the 4-year-old on his birthday. So many fun things to do.

Dickie Toys 48″ Mega Crane and Truck Vehicle and Playset

Image of the Dickie Toys 48

Our kids learn through play. They discover what they are good at and what they love. It builds their confidence and creates their future. Play is how children discover what they are good at and what they like. The Mega Crane Playset offers your 4-year-old a chance to develop his knowledge of cranes in a close-up experience. Usually, he will only see them at a worksite, as you drive by on the freeway. Let him play with a fun crane that is simple to use, and builds his imagination. He can move supplies around for building the greatest creation in the world.

Little Tikes Basketball Set

Image of the Little Tikes Easy Score Basketball Set, Blue, 3 Balls - Amazon Exclusive

Little boys and girls love to shoot hoops and play basketball like the big kids. Every little 4-year-old boy should have the Tikes Easy Score Basketball Set so he can experience making the perfect shot. A great basketball hoop he can reach and have success every time he throws! A future MBA player in the making.

The Candery Cotton Candy Machine and Floss Bundle

The Candery Cotton Candy Machine and Floss Bundles (Machine with 5 Flavors Floss)

So much fun in a little machine. My grandkids love our cotton candy machine. They love to make their own. It gets them excited. My 4-year-old grandson will say, “Grandma, am I smart.” He can make his own so I tell him he sure is. What a great way to spend time together as you may this fluffy delight with your little’s. This kit comes with sugar floss in fun colors and flavors, too! The Candery Cotton Candy Machine is something you will be glad you bought for your 4-year-old boy on his birthday or for Christmas.I know I am glad I did.

Kids Tree House Tent

Pacific Play Tents 19790 Kids Tree House Bed Tent Playhouse - Twin Size

This has been a great hit in my house for my 2 and 4-year-old grandsons. They love to go in there to play. All I hear is giggles and they peek out at me. I have found the tent to be durable. We have had it for a little over 3 years and it is still in great shape. The boys love it. They go in there and color, play kinetic sand, read, have a snack, and hide from each other. The Play Tent even fits a crib mattress in there so we have taken it camping for a fun nights sleep.

Junior Golf Set

Wilson Golf Profile JGI Junior Complete Golf Set — Large, Blue, Right Hand

I literally just bought these for my 4-year-old grandson for his birthday. I like to golf and he had been using my golf clubs to play. It was too big and I could see he really enjoyed the sport, so decided to get him his own set. He loved it so much we actually made a small golf course in the back yard. Worked great. He golfed every night. He was so proud of his golf set.

An awesome gift idea for that 4-year-old. It is easy for him to carry and he loves the legs so it stands up. Even fits in the golf cart holder. Make sure your 4-year-old gets the Wilson Golf Set for his 4th birthday or as a Christmas gift this year.

Trampoline with Basketball Hoop

Lovely Snail Trampoline with Basketball Hoop-Trampoline for Kids-Green-5 Feet

Fun! Fun! Fun! I just purchased the small trampoline for my backyard this spring. The grandkids have a blast in it! The three youngest get in there and jump and shoot hoops, all I hear is laughter and giggles. I really like the net to keep them safe and it closes up so our dog doesn’t get in there. He thinks it is his bed. TheTrampoline with Basketball Hoop is just the right size for your 4 year old and a perfect fit for your small backyard. We even had it in the house over the winter. A great toy to get them exercising when it is cold outside.

Foam Bricks Building Set

Playlearn Foam Brick Building Blocks for Kids - 50 Pack - Actual Brick Size, Builders Set for Construction and Stacking

I gave these to my 4-year-old grandson for Christmas this year. OMG! He was so excited. He has built and rebuilt forts like nobodies business. I even love to help him. We like them so much we bought more of them and some other kinds to help us create the perfect fort. The Foam Brick Building Blocks are fun and help teach them to problem solve and think critically as they determine how to make a sturdy wall. He learned so fast and became an expert builder. Maybe he will work for OSHA someday.

Builders Set for Construction and Stacking

Playlearn Foam Building Blocks for Kids - 20 Pack - Jumbo Size (Not Life Size) Extra-Thick Cinder Block, Builders Set for Construction and Stacking

This is another set of bricks we bought for our 4-year-old grandson as we loved them so much. Hours of fun. He loved using the foam boards and being able to extend the distance he could reach with all his bricks. His forts became more and more elaborate. They are really easy to store and just gave him hours of delight and educational playtime.

He got out his tools and used his level and tape measure to determine how he would build. It was fascinating to watch and be his employee on the building site using the Builders Set for Construction and Stacking.

KidiBeats Drum Set

Image of the VTech KidiBeats Drum Set (Frustration Free Packaging), Great Gift For Kids, Toddlers, Toy for Boys and Girls, Ages 2, 3, 4, 5

Music is an amazing gift to give to your 4-year-old son or nephew having a birthday. Kids love to beat on things so give them a cool drum set to start their musical career. The VTech Drum Set is a cool toy that will pique your child’s musical interest. It is interactive which makes it even better. Your 4-year-old can learn their letters and numbers as they play.

Water Blaster Set

Max Liquidator 6-Pack Water Blaster Set

These are fun! My 4-year-old grandson and his 2-year-old brother love playing with these in the pool and when we go to the lake. They are easy to handle and fill. The boys love how far they squirt and also how slow this grandma runs. They always get me. Wink. wink. I love spending time with my grandsons. They grow up fast. they will always remember the times they sprayed this slow grandma with their Max Liquidator Blasters, I love making memories.

Water Gun Plane

Intex Water Gun Plane Ride-On, 52

We spend a lot of time at the lake. We have our family camper down there. The grandsons love floating out in the water on their floaters. They love these. The built-in water guns are a blast. They have competitions and just love shooting the water to see how far it will go. they love just floating. Give your 4 year old something exciting like the Water Gun Plane Ride-On for his 4th birthday. They come with 2 in the pack so there was one for the little brother.

Creativity for Kids

Image of the Creativity for Kids Create with Clay Mythical Creatures – Sensory Arts & Crafts for Kids

How much fun are sensory toys and activities? A great way to get their imagination going as they make unicorns, dragons, and a Phoenix sculpture with this clay set. It has some fun skeletons, colored clay, and decorations included. The Clay Mythical Creatures is a way to spark your 4-year-olds imagination. This is a perfect gift for kids who want to make the perfect Mythical creature and then do it over and over again! Also, it will not hurt it if it is left out! Score!

Water Shoes

JIASUQI Kids Boys Girls Beach Aqua Water Shoes for Outdoor Easy Green US 12.5-13 M Little Kid

Check these bad boys out for a gift for your little lake swimmer on his 4th birthday. I love that they roll up into a little ball for storage and you can quickly slip them into your pocket when he is done using them. We go to the lake a lot. Where we live there are rocks in the water, so we have to be careful of little feet. My grandsons always wear their water shoes to protect their feet and make the water play easier and fun. The Boys Beach Water Shoe is a great gift idea for the 4 year old boy this year.

Paw Patrol Full Function RC Marshall

Image of the Jamn Products Paw Patrol Full Function RC Marshall

I love Paw Patrol and so do my grandsons. They have tons of the toys and the remote control Marshall is a blast for that 4-year-old. He will learn to multi-task, which is a needed skill. A lot of fun to drive these around. The Jamn Paw Patrol is a great way to get your 4-year-old playing with other kids as they race their Marshall around the house or outside!

Fort BunkBeds

DONCO Twin over Full Campsite Loft BUNKBED Rustic Dirty Grey

My grandkids spend a lot of time at my house, so last year we bought these fun bunk beds for our 2 and 4-year-olds so they had a really cool place to sleep. The boys love them. Once we got them to put together they played in them for hours. They feel safe when they sleep in them. I made little curtains for the windows so they could feel like they are in a fort. They are made really well and really look like a fort. So much fun to be had when we can be creative. Our little’s need a personal space that fits their personalities. The Campsite Loft Bunkbeds were a win at my house!


Image of the LEGO | Disney Pixar’s Toy Story 4 RV Vacation 10769 Building Kit (178 Pieces)

You can never go wrong with Lego’s. Every 4-year-old boy loves them. Lego’s have so many fun things to build. They can build a cool recreational vehicle with all the amenities. The Toy Story 4 RV Vacation is fun to get them thinking about that camping trip. Keep them busy in the camper on the way to your campsite or once you get there. Legos are always a great gift on a 4th birthday for your special boy.

Paw Patrol, Launch’N Haul

Paw Patrol, Launch’N Haul PAW Patroller, Transforming 2-in-1 Track Set for True Metal Die-Cast Vehicles

Paw Patrol has been a favorite in my house since my grandsons decided to like watching cartoons. My 4-year-old grandson fell in love with Paw Patrol and we have many of the toys. He loves them all. I enjoy seeing him use his imagination and act like the characters in the cartoon. If your 4-year-old son loves Paw Patrol then the Paw Patrol, Launch’N Haul Patroller will be a big hit on his 4th birthday.

Peppa Pig House

Peppa Pig Lights & Sounds Family Home Feature Playset

My 4-year-old and 2-year-old grandsons have a thing for Peppa Pig. I love listening to them oink like Peppa. It is so funny and they are good at it. They love the Peppa Pig toys and spend hours setting them up, pretending and playing. The Peppa Pig Lights & Sounds Family Home is a great gift idea for your Peppa lover on his 4th birthday or for Christmas.

Boys Cowboy Boots

Smoky Mountain Children Boys Monterey Western Cowboy Boots Brown/Black, 11M

Every 4-year-old boy I know loves cowboy boots. All 9 of my grandsons wore cowboy boots when they were little, some still do. I think they like to pretend they can rope up the horses and cows. Maybe it makes them feel like dad but the Smoky Mountain Cowboy Boots will make your little boy of 4 smiles and gallop around the house.

Snow Cone Machine

Cuisinart Snow Cone Maker, One Size, Red

Every little 4-year-old loves a good snow cone! We had a snow cone machine and I am ready to buy this one again for my little’s. It lasted for years and we used it a lot! The kiddo’s favorite thing to do when they got home from daycare was to help me make snow cones. We sat outside on the screen porch, ate our snow cones and they told me all the fun things that happened that day. Food brings us together. Snow cones excite the little 4-year-old and get him talking. Give your 4-year-old boy the gift of time and an awesome snow cone, buy him the Cuisinart Snow Cone Maker for his 4th birthday.

Mini Toy Drone

Hand Operated Mini Toy Drone for Kids, Upgraded UFO Flying Ball Toy with LEDs, USB Rechargeable Indoor Drone, Most Popular 2021 Birthday Gift for 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, Year Old Boys and Girls

The Mini Toy Drone will be fun for the boy turning 4. They will love the flashing lights. The Mini Toy Drone is a fun interactive gift to get them off the couch and up and playing. It can be used indoors and outdoors; so that is fun. I like the gifts for my grandson, that is 4, to be user-friendly no matter the weather.

Sprinkle and Splash Play Mat

OBUBY Sprinkle & Splash Play Mat, Sprinkler for Kids,Upgraded 68' Summer Outdoor Water Toys Wading Pool Splash pad for Toddlers Baby, Outside Water Play Mat fo (Blue)

Nothing better on a hot day than playing in the water. It is nice to have a pool for the little ones, but this makes it a whole lot better. The Sprinkle and Splash Play Mat is a perfect birthday gift for your son turning 4. He will have hours of fun, and so will you; staying cool. Tons of giggles to be had. The Sprinkle and Splash work great for almost all ages of children. I just love it.

Flashing Gloves

LED Gloves, 12 Color Flashing Finger Light Up Gloves with 4 Extra Batteries, Theefun LED Gloves for Kids, Cool Party Favor Toys Halloween Christmas Birthday Gifts for 8-14 Years Old Boys Girls, 1 Pair

These are just fun. we bought several sets and use them to play Hide-n-Seek and the kids love them for so many other things. They use them when they ride a bike down at the camper, to just be cool when we go somewhere. They are always a hit. The Light Up Gloves are a fun, entertaining gift for the little boy turning 4. He will love them and wear them all the time. Make sure you buy more than one. You will want a pair also.

John Deere Monster Treads

TOMY John Deere Monster Treads Lightning Wheels Tractor, Green

I got this sweet deal a couple of years ago when my grandson was about to turn 4. He loved it. A quick learner, it took him a whole 5 minutes to be running the Monster Lightning Wheels Tractor all over our yard. We took it down to the camper and he played for hours with it. Every kid in the campground was over watching. It also taught my 4-year-old to share. He let many of the other kids give it a try. Proud grandma here.

What Brothers Do Best Book

What Brothers Do Best: (Big Brother Books for Kids, Brotherhood Books for Kids, Sibling Books for Kids)

My 4-year-old grandson has a 2-year-old brother. I am always trying to teach him to be kind, and protect his brother. My brother protected me. My oldest son always protected his little brother. My brother is still my best friend. My sons are best friends.

I want my grandsons to be best friends. Teaching them to take care of each other, being kind, sharing, and helping is how we keep our families together. The What Brothers Do Best is a great example of what our brothers should do best, and that is too be a big brother.

Smart Circuits

Smart Circuits

These are fun! I purchased some Smart Circuits a couple of years ago for my grandsons. They were 1 and 3 at the time. The 3-year-old loves these. At first, he needed my help, which was super fun, but he quickly got the hang of building circuits. Some made a fan turn on, others made noises and others lite up when done correctly.

Even if not done correctly it is great to hand and eye coordination. The Smart Circuits will be a amazing learning gift for the boy turning 4. He will love building science experiments with them. Super cool.

Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years

Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years (Our Universe (1))

As an educator, I probably overdo the learning curb in my home. I love to teach my grandchildren about the world, the body, and the mind. So, when I see a book on the earth I grab it up. My 4-year-old grandson especially loves to learn about our world. He currently is going to be an astronaut so I have to encourage that type of self-esteem.

Last month it was a golfer so, who knows. I just keep teaching until he figures it out. The Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years will be a good educationally fun read. Help create ideas in your 4-year-olds mind. Give him the world by teaching him about it.

Melissa & Doug Stained Glass

Melissa & Doug Stained Glass Made Easy - Butterfly

Is your 4-year-old boy artsy? I have always liked the Melissa and Doug products and the stained glass is such a fun project for your little dreamer. They are so proud when they finish and get to hang it up to admire. We need to encourage our children to be creative and follow their dreams. If your 4 year old loves to paint then the Melissa & Doug Stained Glass is an easy project for him. A great birthday gift.

Budding Builders Building Set

Kid K’NEX – Budding Builders Building Set – 100 Pieces – Ages 3 and Up – Preschool Educational Toy

Kids love to build, especially the boys. I really like the K’nex sets. they will give your 4-year-old sons or grandsons the opportunity to use their critical thinking skills, as they plan their build. K’nex offers ideas, but I love it when the boys in my life come up with their own. The Kid K’NEX – Budding Builders  Set is a great preschool educational toy and your 4-year-old will love it on his birthday.

Bubble-N-Go Deluxe Toy Lawn Mower

Sunny Days Entertainment Bubble-N-Go Deluxe Toy Bubble Lawn Mower with 4 oz Bubble Solution | No Batteries Required | Push Bubble Machine - Maxx Bubbles

What is it about bubbles that kids love. My grandsons love to learn about science and the human body and yet when they get outside they grab their bubble mowers and away they go. We cannot keep enough bubbles around here. They race, and chase each other. Bubbles everywhere. A great competition to see who can make the most. I love the Bubble-N-Go Deluxe Toy Lawn Mower on a warm sunny day it keeps the kids playing and happy. A wonderful gift for the 4-year-old on his birthday.

Click N Play gardening tools

Click N Play gardening tools for kids (set of 4)

We originally only bought one set of these for in the play yard. We soon found out how popular they were with our 2 young grandsons, especially in the sandbox. We are farmers so who knew these could be used to farm, they dig, rake and develop a whole operation in the sandbox. My grandsons are under 5 and love these. We ordered another set so they could double their efforts. The Click N Play gardening tools are an excellent gift for a 4 year old boy. He will love them as he works in the back yard.

Uptown Espresso Kitchen

KidKraft Uptown Espresso Kitchen – Amazon Exclusive

My daughter-in-law purchased this for my grandsons. Every time I went to watch them they were playing with their kitchen set. They have had it for almost 3 years and it is still not getting old to them. They love this thing and all the fun stuff you can get to go along with it. I like a toy that keeps their attention and develops imagination. With the Uptown Espresso Kitchen my imaginary stomach is always full. Really good gift idea grandmas for your 4-year-old grandson. Do not forget the carts and goodies!

Melissa & Doug Shopping Cart

Melissa & Doug Shopping Cart

Here is the toughest shopping cart I know of to go with that fun kitchen set. My grandsons have 2 of them. They load them up with everything when they go shopping. It is a hoot. The Melissa & Doug Shopping Cart are a great gift idea for the 4 year old that loves to play pretend. They also work awesome for putting the toys away. Grandma is always thinking.

Hobby Rock Tumbler Kit

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Hobby Rock Tumbler Kit - Includes Rough Gemstones, 4 Polishing Grits, Jewelry Fastenings and Detailed Learning Guide - Great STEM Science Kit for Mineralogy and Geology Enthusiasts

We live in a rural area and my grandson is always picking up pretty rocks, or so he thinks. To be honest I got tired of finding rocks all over my house. So grandma did what grandma does best, I got him this NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Hobby Rock Tumbler because if we are keeping rocks I need them to be pretty too. Humor intended. Now all those rocks have turned into a beautiful container full of all the gems he really collected. He loves his rock tumbler. This would make a great birthday gift for a 4-year-old who loves rocks, science, and being creative. Coolest toy ever!

I Spy Everything

I Spy - Everything!: A Fun Guessing Game for 2-4 Year Olds

My elderly neighbor had an adult I Spy book she liked to work in. We were over there one day and my grandson picked it up and sat down. I never thought anything of it, but then he walks over and asks me, “Grandma, is this a kangaroo,” as he points to a small picture of a kangaroo among hundreds of pictures. I said, “Sure is.” He circles it and goes back to sit down. An hour later he still has his head in this book. So I got him the I Spy – Everything! as a gift for Easter. He loves it. What a great way to keep your 4-year-old learning. It amazes me how smart our children really are. Give your 4-year-old the gift of education on his 4th birthday. He will love it.

Crazy Forts

Crazy Forts,Purple, 69 pieces

As kids, we all built forts with blankets, towels, sheets, and whatever else we could find. Mom would tolerate it a few days then we had to move it because it fell down or she needed something we had used. I wish we would have had toys like this when we were kids, our forts would have been incredible.

Building forts is a great way to get your child motivated and use their imagination. It will get them away from their electronics. The amount of fun can be had by all. This is a family activity. Dad will love fort building with his 4-year-old son! I would definitely get a couple of kits so you can build an amazing fort for the whole family! The Crazy Forts will be a wonderful 4th birthday gift that can be enjoyed by all.

How We Selected Gifts for 4-Year-Old Boys

I am always looking for educational toys and gifts. The ones that help a child develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. I like a toy that lasts, but one they will play with for more than a day. Children lose interest in new toys quickly. I look for toys that will have that long-lasting interaction to keep a child’s mind engaged.

FAQs About Gifts for the 4-Year-Old Boy

The ultimate best gift ever is the John Deere Ground Force Tractor with Trailer. It is quality and my grandsons still love it after 3 years of riding it. It only took about 2 weeks for my 2-year-old grandson to conquer it. Our 5-year-old grandson had it first and he has ridden it for the last 3 years. We now purchased another one so they both have one. My 10-year-old granddaughter still hops on it for a ride. Excellent gift for the 4-year-old!

What is a good outdoor gift for the 4-year-old?

I love the ease of climbing my grandson has used his Ninja Tree Climbing Holds. He uses them every day. We put them on several trees in the yard. So much fun to watch him play. A great birthday gift for that little man turning 4 who is adventurous and loves to see the top of the world.

The balance bike is incredible for getting your little one outside. It amazes me how they learn to balance and can go from the Balance Bike to a real bike in an instant. the balance bike did all the hard work for us.

What are the best learning and educational toys for 4-year-olds?

I really like the adventure that comes with the Interactive Globe and watching my 4-year-old grandson get excited about learning; feels amazing. After playing with his globe he always wants to know more. We have to google the animal. It is a great way to get them thinking and learning.

The Coding Critters Rumble & Bumble is another learning toy that is fun for the boy turning 4. It offers some cool critical thinking skills, as your child uses coding to interact with these little guys.

Gifts for Similar Ages

Wrap Up

These are the best toys and gifts for 4-year-old boys, according to parents and experts. These gift ideas for toddler boys include:

  • The National Geographic Little Kids First Big Books is a fun, interesting book and a great gift for the 4-year-old boy in your life!
  • The Play22 Rocket Launcher is so much fun.
  • The Mega Crane Playset offers your 4-year-old a chance to develop his knowledge of cranes in a close-up experience.
  • The Toy Story 4 RV Vacation is fun to get them thinking about that camping trip.
  • The Tikes Easy Score Basketball Set so he can experience making the perfect shot.
  • The Micro Mini Deluxe Aqua is a fun outdoor toy and a great way to get your 4-year-old exercising.

Terri Mielitz

I have eleven grandchildren ranging from 2 to 25 years of age. I watch 3 of the toddlers everyday. I am an educator and a firm believer in learning, even with playtime.

I put a lot of thought into gift buying. Gifts tell a story and I want the loved ones in my life to have a positive story of belonging.