The Very Best Gifts for the Energetic 4-Year-Old Boy in Your Life
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The Very Best Gifts for the Energetic 4-Year-Old Boy in Your Life

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The Very Best Gifts for the Energetic 4-Year-Old Boy in Your Life
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Pint-Sized pleasures

It can be a challenge when you’re searching for a gift for a 4-year-old boy, whether it’s a son, nephew, grandson, or friend’s child or grandchild. If they’re energetic (aren’t they all?), read on for our sampling of gifts that help keep the little guys occupied, educated, and entertained.


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Budsies
Budsies

Custom Stuffed Animals

$129 from Budsies

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Bring your child's creative sketches to life with Budsies, which creates custom stuffed animals based on drawings and other artwork. Each handmade stuffed toy is transformed into a 16-inch, 3D version — though you can upgrade to a 30-inch stuffed animal — for a present that celebrates your kid's one-of-a-kind artistry.

Squigz
Fat Brain Toys

Squigz

$27 from Fat Brain Toys

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Wooden building blocks seem charmingly outdated in the face of today’s take on construction-oriented toys. Squigz is part of the new direction, a line of “fun little suckers” — suction-based construction elements — sure to spark the little one’s imagination, not to mention improve motor and problem-solving skills.


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Laradola Construction Transform Robot Kit
Amazon

Laradola Construction Transform Robot Kit

$38 from Amazon

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Surprise him this kit from the brand’s magnetic take-apart construction series and wait to see what he builds with this 5-in-1 toy. The robot transforms into elements that include a tractor, bulldozer, excavator, and more, and is designed to help with hand-eye coordination and motor skills while enhancing his imagination.

Daron NASA Space Adventure Series: Space Capsule with Lights & Figurine
Amazon

Daron NASA Space Adventure Series: Space Capsule with Lights & Figurine

$13 from Amazon

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Encourage an interest in — or help build a passion for — space exploration with this space capsule set complete with a mini astronaut. Seems like an adventurous mission is ready to blast off.


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Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. Talking Kids Microscope
Amazon

Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. Talking Kids Microscope

$25 from Amazon

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Introduce youngsters to STEM topics with this educational toy that encourages an interest in biology and botany. Some 60 full-color, up-close images of animals and plants are accompanied by narration from “Wildlife Warrior” Bindi Irwin. Youngsters can interact with play modes including “Fact” and “Quiz,” and the talking feature can be programmed in several languages.

LEGO City Wildlife Rescue Off-Roader 60301 Building Toy
Walmart

LEGO City Wildlife Rescue Off-Roader

$40 from Walmart

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One rarely goes wrong with a LEGO gift for a little boy, and this 157-piece set features an intricate setting designed for those who love both animals and imaginative play. Featured items include all that’s needed to build the scene’s interactive elements along with mini figures. Kids can really go to town activating a collapsing bridge function as well as working the off-roader’s winch.


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Kids’ Dinosaur Crew Socks
HotSox

Kids’ Dinosaur Crew Socks

$5 from HotSox

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Dinosaur dolls, dinosaur sheets, dinosaur puzzles … little guys love their dinosaurs. Keep their beloved creatures close at hand with these dino-themed socks that come in a selection of colors.

Eatsleepdoodle World Map Kids’ Coloring Tablecloth
Amazon

Eatsleepdoodle World Map Kids’ Coloring Tablecloth

$30 from Amazon

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Kids delight when family-oriented restaurants let them draw on a placemat or paper tablecloth. Bring that experience home with this eco-minded cotton tablecloth that comes with 10 double-ended, fabric-washable markers. Kids can color to their hearts’ content while learning about world geography, animals, and modern wonders … and start over again after laundry day, as it emerges from the wash ready for another go.


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Melissa & Doug Let’s Explore Fishing Play Set
Target

Melissa & Doug Let’s Explore Fishing Play Set

$27 from Target

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Kids are encouraged to connect with the natural world — and form a potential lifelong hobby — with this 21-piece play fishing set complete with rods, a net, wooden fish, a tackle box, and activity cards. Yes, there are even fake worms to use as bait.

Poo Bingo
Walmart

Poo Bingo

$25 from Walmart

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For those little boys who find, shall we say, bodily functions funny, this may be a winning gift. It’s an unexpected spin on the familiar game of bingo, here featuring an array of animals and their signature “droppings.” Expect laughs, but know in the back of your mind that they’re also learning about nature, right?


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Play-Doh Wheels Chompin’ Monster Truck Toy
honeybug

Play-Doh Wheels Chompin’ Monster Truck Toy

$17 from honeybug

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Some kids love to see things destroyed, especially if it’s part of a game (and they’re the ones doing the destroying). This set allows kids to create Play-Doh cars with the mold and then use the toy truck’s oversized tires to crush them down. It’s a scene that will likely be repeated. Often.

Melissa & Doug Camo Chameleon Bean Bag Toss
Kohl's

Melissa & Doug Camo Chameleon Bean Bag Toss

$30 from Kohl’s

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There’s no screen time involved in this old-fashioned game: It’s all about hands-on play and interacting with others. The indoor/outdoor setup features a chameleon-eating-bugs theme, a nature lesson that’s also designed to encourage a laugh from the littlest players.


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Zoo on the Loose
MindWare

Zoo on the Loose

$32 from MindWare

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This hide-and-seek, card-based adventure game plays out on a colorful mat that helps kids identify colors and become familiar with spatial relationships. From the looks of it, they’ll also have plenty of fun with the little plush animal characters.

Comfy Critters Blanket Hoodie for Kids
Amazon

Comfy Critters Blanket Hoodie for Kids

$35 from Amazon

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Kids can easily get tired out but sometimes balk at the suggestion of a nap. Avoid that scenario with this playful blanket-pillow combination that folds up after use and is completely machine-washable. We love the Chomp the Great White Shark for a little guy, but there are 10 additional choices to choose from as well.


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Little People Fisher-Price Pirate Ship Vehicle and Accessories Set
Kohl's

Little People Fisher-Price Pirate Ship Vehicle and Accessories Set

$30 from Kohl’s

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Ahoy, matey! Role-play games and toys encourage creativity and a spirit of adventure, key elements to this set designed for junior swashbucklers. They’ll set sail on a search for buried treasure — or simply command the high seas — with this interactive kit that includes everything from a tiny pirate and his parrot to a crow’s nest, cannon and, yes, that ol’ plank to walk.

Little Tikes Inflatable Baseball Trainer
Amazon
The Maze Cube
Lakeshore

The Maze Cube

$20 from Lakeshore 

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Brainy little guys will likely be captivated by this colorful challenge, an intricate maze where they launch a ball and have to guide it through twists and turns to the finish. One five-star review notes that the item never fails to please its young players: “They enjoyed the initial learning curve of figuring out the layout of the maze and trying to solve it. But no matter how many times they correctly solve it, they are always excited to do it again.”

Supercross, Race and Wheelie Competition Set
Amazon

Supercross, Race and Wheelie Competition Set

$20 from Amazon

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You’d never allow a 4-year-old onto a Supercross course, but this game set allows them to experience that excitement without any of the danger. Two bikes — representing real-life competitors Ricky Carmichael and Ken Roczen — and a deluxe ramp provide all the makings for a home course. 


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Little Tikes Gas ’n Go Mower
Walmart

Little Tikes Gas ’n Go Mower

$26 from Walmart

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“Can I mow the lawn for you?” That might be a question your little guy asks in the future thanks to this play set that makes your little helper feel productive as he gets some welcome physical activity. It’s also a clever way to explore the concepts of chores and home maintenance.

LeapFrog LeapStart 3D Learn to Read Volume 1
Amazon

LeapFrog LeapStart 3D Learn to Read Volume 1

$20 from Amazon

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Make a child’s time in front of those ever-present screens educational with this set, compatible with all LeapStart Learning Systems. It’s a collection of six storybooks designed to introduce different elements of reading skills while making it fun along the way.

Alloet Kids Dentist Playset
Walmart
Start-Up Circuits
MindWare

Start-Up Circuits

$25 from MindWare

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Kids who like to make things, explore, and experiment will likely be stimulated by this toy that gently introduces STEM principles at an early age, teaching the concepts of circuits in a safe way.

Spin & Slide Spooner Board
Lakeshore

Spin & Slide Spooner Board

$45 from Lakeshore

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Can you tell your little guy’s going to be a daredevil? This sturdy little piece of sporting equipment is designed to build balance and coordination, laying the groundwork for skills that will be needed, one day, for skateboarding, surfing, and snowboarding.

3-in-1 Game Set
HearthSong

3-in-1 Game Set

$50 from HearthSong

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Physical activity is good no matter one’s age. This introduction to three classic outdoor sports (tennis, volleyball, and badminton) has youngsters in mind with oversized components designed just for them. They’ll build skills and confidence as they get to participate on their own level.


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Disney Pixar Cars Radiator Springs Mountain Race Track Set
Target

Disney Pixar Cars Radiator Springs Mountain Race Track Set

$35 from Target

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For every adult who has fond memories of playing with Matchbox cars, this set offers a way to pass that kind of fun down to the newest generation. Kids will likely be tickled by this elaborate scene, a Radiator Springs-themed course based on Disney and Pixar’s “Cars.”

TOPZONE Deluxe Chef Set
Amazon

TOPZONE Deluxe Chef Set

$14 from Amazon

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Do you know a little guy who may just grow up to be the next Bobby Flay? If that boy is already making his way in the kitchen, encourage that passion (and perhaps a future career) with this play set that includes an apron, chef’s hat, and tools and accessories ranging from oven mitts and rolling pins to whisks and wooden spoons.

Cowboy Activity Book
Amazon

Cowboy Activity Book

$7 from Amazon

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The classic adventures of the Wild West are highlighted in this activity book filled with cowboy-themed options, from coloring pages to puzzles and word searches to mazes.