Gift Ideas for Boys – ages 3, 4, 5, & 6
It’s hard to keep up with young boys and their interests at this age and I have to say we learned our lesson with all of the big plastic toys. I look high and low with toys that offer the most play value and that will last the test of time. There are a few of the most “popular” toys on this list, but there are also lots of things you may have never seen before. We try and choose out highly-reviewed items for our top toys lists so you get the most for your money.
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1. Osmo Coding Game
This super neat Osmo Coding Game teaches problem solving and logic skills, it helps kids succeed in an increasingly digital world. With Osmo, coding is approachable, creative, and fun. Just snap physical blocks together to create sequences of commands and easily learn computer programming fundamentals. Works with iPad Pro 9.7 inch, all iPad Mini, all iPad Air, all iPad 2 & up. *Requires the Osmo Game System, found in any Osmo Kit. This neat game is great for kids age 5 and up.
2. Fisher Price Grow to Pro Triple Hit Baseball
With three ways to play, the Fisher-Price Grow to Pro Triple Hit Baseball set can grow along with your child—from beginner…to beyond! For beginners, simply place the ball on the tee and let your little batter take aim and swing. Once they’ve mastered the basics, convert the trainer to pop-up pitch, and balls will automatically pop-up, one after another, for rookies to hit. And for the young ‘pro’, the trainer automatically pitches three balls from up to 10 feet away! Let’s play ball!
3. Razor Kixi Mixi Scooter
Both you and your young boys will love this convertible Razor Kixi Mixi Scooter that converts from a three-wheeled scooter to a two-wheeled scooter. Your boys grow up fast, and the Mixi convertible kick scooter is ready to grow with them. The two-in-one Mixi gives kids the extra stability of three wheels while they need it, then lets parents switch it up to a standard two-wheel scooter as their child’s confidence and abilities develop.
4. Mindscope Twister Tracks
I love these cool and affordable Mindscope Twister Tracks. There are lots of different sets of track packs, plus a variety of vehicles available and your boys will love creating new track set-ups. The track snaps together easily and you can choose from neon track sets, LED track sets and so many more! There are also lots of different types of vehicles like sports cars or trucks. These cool sets are great for boys, ages 3 and up.
5. Pie Face Game
My kids love this Pie Face game and it is so much fun for kids of all ages. The hilarious game is filled with fun and suspense, and somebody’s bound to get surprised! Players load the arm with whipped cream or the included sponge, then take turns sliding their heads through the mask and spinning the spinner. But, watch out! The game unit could go off at any time giving someone a face full of whipped cream! Make sure you have a can of whipped cream handy if your kids want to play with it right away.
6. Blankie Tails Shark Blanket
Your tweens will love snuggling on the couch with these cool Blankie Tails Shark Blankets. Blankie Tails™ are perfect for movie nights, sleepover, camping, road trips and just hanging out with friends and family. They come in kid size or adult and teen size.
7. Bruder Trucks
Your young boys will love these ultra-durable, German-made Bruder Trucks. They are made to last and they will love all the unique truck styles. I love this Granite Dump Truck and the cool garbage truck. This garbage truck that works just like the real thing! Working grappler arm unloads each of the included bins into the truck body, where screw extruders move the contents to the back. Trucks feature tread tires, folding mirrors, a lift gate that opens and locks in place and a body that tilts up to dump the contents. Your young boys will love these cool trucks for years!
8. Imaginext Shark Bite Pirate Ship playset
Imaginext was one of my favorite brands when my boys were younger. Your young buccaneers will love creating exciting high seas adventures with the Imaginext Shark Bite Pirate Ship playset. They can set sail by pushing the ship along – the side fins move up and down so it looks like it’s swimming! Three Power Pads bring this toy pirate ship to life as kids defend it from surprise attacks and treasure-hungry scallywags!
9. Fisher Price Code-A-Pillar
Code-a-pillar inspires little learners to be big thinkers by encouraging preschoolers to arrange (and rearrange) the easy-to-connect segments in endless combinations, sending Code-a-pillar on his path. This learning toy encourages experimentation while developing important skills like problem solving, planning & sequencing and critical thinking. There’s no end to the combinations kids can make – mix up the segments and put them back together to send Code-a-pillar in a different direction every time! Where can you make him go next? Every time kids change and rearrange his segments, Code-a-pillar takes a different path. Every time – with cool sounds and lights wherever he goes!
10. Hot Wheels Ultimate Garage Playset
The Hot Wheels Ultimate Garage Playset is one of Hot Wheels’ best sets yet, in my opinion. There is so much play value with this fun car garage. With a variety of things to do, kids will be entertained for hours! And with 36 spots to park, kids can showcase and store all of their favorite cars. Once you’ve loaded your vehicles, take them on a variety of wild adventures. From air to land to sea, this set covers it all! An included helicopter waits on the helipad for the fire engine bell to sound — and light up — so it can fly to the rescue. Or make waves at the pier. Cars coming down the spiral will want to avoid becoming shark bait — this menace likes to munch! Keep the action rolling on land with two elevators, two ramps and a classic city scene. See which car is the fastest in a side-by-side race! Fuel up and tune up at the gas station and tune-up shop, both with realistic details. This garage serves up a world of Hot Wheels excitement and hours of fun all in one epic play set.
11. Dragon Wings
Young boys will love these cool dress-up Dragon Wings. These neat wings are handpainted and are secured with straps at the shoulders and loops for hands. These wings can also be hand-washed and air-dried. Young boys will also love these cool Firebird Wings.
12. Playskool Heroes Star Wars Galactic Heroes Millennium Falcon and Figures
Your young Star Wars fans will love this Playskool Heroes Star Wars Galactic Heroes Millennium Falcon. Exciting adventures await with the Star Wars Millennium Falcon playset! Pretend to join the Han Solo, R2-D2 and Chewbacca figures as they work to save the galaxy aboard one of the most iconic vehicles in the Star Wars universe.
13. Little Tikes Tire Twister
If your younger boys are asking for a remote controlled toy, then check out this Little Tikes Tire Twister. The Little Tikes Tire Twister is the biggest, baddest, wildest tire ever – all powered by a remote controlled car inside! The easy-to-steer remote control gives kids the power to control the car forwards and backwards. The car can perform backflips inside the tire to change directions, and can even spin the tire 360 degrees! Then take the car out for wild R/C action.
14. Melissa & Doug Bold Buddies Hand Puppets
Your young boys will love this cute Melissa & Doug Bold Buddies Hand Puppets set. This four-piece hand-puppet set makes it easy for children and caregivers to role-play together! Four simple glove puppets in a coordinated theme can act out a scene together, or be used separately for simple puppet play. Either way, they are great for developing motor skills, hand-eye coordination, communication skills, self-confidence, parent-child bonding, and so much more! Made with brightly patterned, washable fabrics and built to last, these soft and sweet hand puppets are sure to be go-to toys for years to come. Bold Buddies Hand Puppets include a knight, pirate, sheriff, and superhero.
15. Melissa & Doug Fold & Go Wooden Barn
This super cute Melissa & Doug Fold & Go Wooden Barn reminds me of my childhood and the types of toys we had as kids. Young MacDonalds will enjoy “down on the farm” fun with this fully assembled, wooden barn. Two-story barn is stocked with seven realistic plastic farm animals, a wooden ladder and a folding corral. Chunky handles let you take your bit of “country” wherever you go!
16. Fisher-Price Imaginext Ultra T-Rex Ice
The Imaginext Ultra Ice Dino is big, bony and the coolest dinosaur ever for creating epic prehistoric adventures! By turning Power Pads, kids can get him walking, standing, chomping, firing arrows and launching ice bombs – all with realistic sound effects and light-up LEDs in his spikes and eyes. This ‘king’ of the dinosaurs is sure to rule over any Ice Age enemy – and every toy in your little dino lover’s collection!
17. Magna-Tiles ICE, 32 Piece Set
If you are a fan of Magna-tiles, you won’t want to miss their new Magna-Tiles ICE magnetic blocks. My kids can’t get enough of these stacking, magnetic tiles. We have over 200 pieces at home and they love to use every one to build their creations. While Magnatiles are expensive, they are a great creative toy and will get so much use in your home. This fun, 32-piece set would make a great gift idea for young boys.
18. Toysmith Beamo 30-Inch Flying Hoop
I give a lot of these neat Toysmith Beamo 30-Inch Flying Hoop outdoor toys as birthday gifts. My kids never get tired of playing outside and this would make a fun addition to your outdoor toy collection. The Toysmith Beamo Flying Hoop provides hours of active outdoor fun. This lightweight hoop is fun to use and can fly for more than 100 feet. The hoop’s soft foam ring and spandex sleeve is both safe to use and durable, designed to stand up under hours of intense play. The Beamo Flying Hoop helps develop hand-eye coordination and keeps kids on the move.
19. Boggle Junior Game
Boggle Junior Game is perfect for making learning fun. There’s no need to be boggled by words. Boggle Jr. helps children learn letters, spelling, and reading while having loads of fun! This easy version of the terrifically popular adult Boggle uses pictures and matching games to allow children to make the connection between objects and their names. With two skill levels, players can challenge themselves further as they become more adept at identifying letters and words. It will seem like no time at all before kids are begging to play their parents’ version of Boggle!
20. Radio Flyer Ziggle Ride On
Check out this highly-reviewed Radio Flyer Ziggle Ride On bike. I love this neat new design. Twist and make this ride on go and advanced riders can use the 4 caster wheels to do 360 degree spins. The Ziggle includes an adjustable seat and will last your boys from age 3 to age 8.
21. Magformers 62 Piece Set
We have this Magformers 62 Piece Set at our house. My kids have had so much fun with Magna-Tiles over the years and their grandparents picked up this set. My kids enjoy building the sphere shapes with this set and they continue to play with these fun magnetic building pieces. Magformers are pricey, but your kids will have so much fun building and creating with these. There are lots of Magformer sets, but I recommend at least this 62-piece set to start.
22. Football Guys, Baseball Guys and Soccer Guys
Your sports-minded boys will love these sports sets. Each set comes with players, a playing field and pieces to recreate the game. These award-winning sets help your boys use their imagination recreate their favorite game. Football Guys, Baseball Guys and Soccer Guys come in many different colors and you can also find some of your favorite college teams as well. These sets are recommended for ages 3 and up.
23. Spot It Disney Pixar
The regular Spot-it game is a big hit in our house and your young boys will love this Dixney Pixar Spot-it version! Everyone’s favorite Disney Pixar characters team up to boost early reading skills with this fast-paced card game. Race to spot matches between basic words and their corresponding pictures. . I love that all of the cards fit neatly in one small tin. We often take our tin of cards on trips as it’s fun to do at the Grandparents’ houses.
24. Hog Wild Monster Poppers
There are 5 different designs of these fun Hog Wild Monster Poppers and they are big fun for a small price. The harder you squeeze, the harder the further the foam ball shoot. These poppers can shoot up to 20 feet. If you have several kids at home, how fun would it be to have a popper war? These poppers are recommended for ages 4 and up.
25. Stomp Rocket Jr. Glow Kit
If your boys like to play outside and are active, this Stomp Rocket Jr. is so much fun. It comes with an air pump launcher with a foot pedal and 3 foam rockets. Load the rockets onto the launcher and stomp on the pump to shoot your rockets into the air. You can move the launcher in a certain direction to control where your rockets fly. Your boys can shoot their rockets up to 100 feet in the air.
26. Peaceable Kingdom Games
Your kids will love these cool Peaceable Kingdom Strategy and Cooperative Games. They are highly-rated, affordable and really fun for younger boys. They come in themes that they love and are perfect for their age group.
27. LEGO Juniors Race Car Rally
Your young boys will love this LEGO Juniors Race Car Rally set. Take your place on the grid for the most exciting race of the year! Build the red and blue cars and the chicanes, get the finishing stand ready, put the start/finish line together, then get ready to win the race and lift the trophy! This starter set has everything your child needs to race into a LEGO brick building career. Rebuild the set into an orange tow truck or a super-fast black racing car with finish line. Includes 2 race driver minifigures. This is the perfect starter set for young boys.
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Sheila @ BrainPowerBoy says
Nice selection of gifts for boys. I just pinned all of your boys guides 🙂
Thank you! We try really hard to bring really unique things to our gift guides. It helps that I have two boys and one girl at home! 🙂
Can we please dispense with this “gifts for boys” and “gifts for girls” crap? I see nothing on this list that requires male genitalia to be enjoyed. In fact, every single one of my nieces would have loved these toys when they were in that age range, and I think my daughter will too when she’s just a little bigger. Lists like these just perpetuate the belief that a toy must be pink or purple to be marketed to girls.
I agree that many girls would love these toys. We write them like this because that is how people search. My girls actually have the stomp rockets and love them.