As I pondered shopping for gifts for my younger son, 4 years old, I mistakenly thought it would be easy. But as I sat down to think about his gifts, I realized, I had the same dilemma as with my older son! He’s got LEGO on the brain and can’t seem to imagine enjoying anything else! But there has to be something else for him – doesn’t there???? So I sat down and came up with this ultimate gift guide for young boys. All gifts are 100% approved by my son.
Now don’t get me wrong – I love LEGOs and I love the creativity, imagination, and fine motor skills that children develop while playing with LEGOs. And I have some great ideas for LEGOs as well. I guarantee if you are looking beyond LEGO for your little guy – you’ll find it here; plus some ultra cool LEGO ideas too! I’ve divided everything up into: Building, Art, Brick Building, Outside Play, Dramatic Play, Gifts to Share with friends and family, and Good Reads. I’ve snuck in a few things that we already have that are huge hits!
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BUILDING | Gift Guide for Young Boys
Melissa & Doug 60-Piece Standard Unit Blocks are the one thing I would pick if I could pick only one thing for this age group – boys or girls. Sixty natural-finish, smooth-sanded hardwood blocks are packaged in a handsome wooden crate for easy storage. Ideal for building, balancing, and hands-on early-math learning. Great value!
The 22 Piece Tegu Endeavor Magnetic Wooden Block Set will awaken your budding builder with the Endeavor Set! Towers and skyscrapers have never been easier. Build as high as you can, and Tegu’s magical magnets keep your creations from crashing to the ground. This set includes 22 blocks in four shapes: 8 Medium Columns, 6 Mega Planks, 4 Long Planks, and 4 Short Planks.
ART | Gift Guide for Young Boys
Sax Concentrate Washable Liquid Watercolor Paints – 8 Ounce – Set of 8 – Assorted Colors – If you haven’t tried liquid water colors – you must try them! You’ll want to make sure that you use watercolor paper. It’s heavier and won’t tear when the watercolors are added.
Sax liquid watercolor paint set is used for art education and activities. The paint is concentrated for using straight from the bottle to provide intense, brilliant colors or diluting to maintain vibrant, bright colors. The paints are intermixable for creating a range of colors, and washable from most fabrics for avoiding stains. The paints are in eight colors– blue-green, red-violet, blue-violet, fuchsia, coral, pink, yellow-orange, and yellow-green–in 8.0 oz. bottles with spouts for ease of application. The paints meet Art & Creative Materials Institute, Inc. (ACMI) certification standards for quality and non-toxicity.
Melissa and Doug Deluxe Standing Easel inspires artistic talents! Inspire your young Picasso with the Melissa and Doug Deluxe Standing Easel. This easel will fuel your child’s imaginative side and gives them the freedom to create with an extra-large chalkboard, dry-erase board, and easy-load paper roller. Your budding artist will be inspired by free-form expression and spend hours drawing, painting, sketching, and doodling. It is also an excellent educational item and children love playing school with the chalkboard side. This work station is ideal for kids ages four through 10 and has an adjustable height to accommodate the little ones as they grow.
We love doing arts and crafts with natural materials that we find outside – pine cones, pine straw, leaves, nuts, acorn “hats,” sticks, lichen – you name it! While we are creating our crafts, we also like to add some sparkle! Elmer’s Washable Glitter Glue Pens, Pack of 10 Pens allows us to glue our objects in any way that we want, and still to add some bling!
Finally, if either you or your budding artist could use some inspiration, The Artful Parent: Simple Ways to Fill Your Child’s Life with Art and Creativity has all you could ever ask for! Art making is a wonderfully fun way for young children to tap into their imagination, deepen their creativity, and explore new materials, all while strengthening their fine motor skills and developing self-confidence. The Artful Parent has all the tools and information you need to encourage your children’s creativity through art. You’ll learn how to set up an art space, how to talk to children about their artwork, how to choose the best art supplies (without breaking the bank), how to repurpose and organize the piles of art created, and even how to use kids’ art activities to soften everyday transitions.
BRICK BUILDING|Gift Guide for Young Boys
LEGO Juniors Fire Emergency 10671 Building Set gets your little one to sound the alarm! A trash can is on fire and it’s time to call in the brave firefighters! Slide down the fire station chute, jump in the fire truck and get that fire under control! This fun, fire-themed set is perfect for first-time LEGO brick builders and features a big fire station with an office and a bed for a firefighter to take a nap on, an Easy to Build fire truck with fire hose and lots of colorful bricks. The LEGO Juniors Fire Emergency set also includes inspiring building instructions that will motivate your child to build and create endless play possibilities. Includes 2 firefighter minifigures.
LEGO Juniors use the same size blocks as traditional LEGOs. (So make sure younger children will not put them in their mouths…) However, there are larger pieces in the Junior sets that are already assembled – making them perfect for young LEGO builders!
Laser Pegs 6-in-1 Monster Truck Building Set is for slightly older builders (5 and up). Crush the competition with this powerful 6 in 1 Monster Truck kit from Laser Pegs! Get behind the wheel of some bad to the bone models like the Monster Truck, Pro Stock Puller, Rock Climber and many more. Can the competition see you coming? No. Then light up your creations with the exclusive Zippy Do power base so they can see you coming a mile away! Includes Zippy Do Power Base, 1 Laser Peg and 66 Tinted Construction Bricks.
OUTSIDE PLAY | Gift Guide for Young Boys
The Micro Kickboard Mini Scooter is the quality choice in children’s scooters. Winner of the Oppenheimer Toy Portfolio Gold and Platinum Award Seals for Best Toy in 2010, as well as the Parent’s Choice Approved Seal. What makes the Mini unique and fun is its quality construction and ‘lean-to-steer’ design, which allows children to use their body weight to control the steering, giving them the feeling of ‘surfing’ the sidewalk, as they gently curve from right to left. The lean-to-steer adds an element of stability and fun, while helping children learn balance and coordination. The Mini’s 3 wheels make it stable enough for even the youngest children to ride. The rear brake adds to the safety and fun. The Mini can be ridden inside while learning (or waiting for Spring) as the quality wheels, made especially for Micro, are non marking.
The Lifetime Geometric Dome Climber Play Center provides a 10-Foot Radius climbing structure for 3 to 10 year old children. If you’re looking for big toys to keep the kids entertained in your own backyard, check out this awesome big toy from Lifetime–the geometric Dome Climber. This is a big toy that several kids can enjoy at the same time. Big toys like our Dome Climber help your child to develop strong muscles and coordination. Our Dome Climber is a fun, geometric design with real rock climbing hand grips. It is constructed of powder-coated steel to prevent rusting and peeling. Like all of our big toys, the Dome Climber is made from top-quality construction and built to last–a big toy that will be a backyard attraction for many years. Constructed with 1.5″ diameter and 33″ lengths of tubing.
The Mini Glider allows children to gain confidence, improve motor skills, increase coordination, and learn balance at their own pace all while having fun! The Mini Glider does not have training wheels or pedals to get in the way, so children learn the important first step in riding a bike- BALANCE! Glide Bikes also incorporates a unique foot peg system to allow kids to have a place to rest their feet while gliding. These pegs can be locked into place with one simple to use, tool-free pin allowing the foot pegs to be installed or removed in seconds. The patented Mini Glider has slow speed design, mountain bike geometry, removable foot pegs, and a child size handbrake, all designed to make a child’s experience a safe and fun one. For the taller guys, there’s also a larger version called the Go Glider Kids Balance Bike.
DRAMATIC PLAY | Gift Guide for Young Boys
Bruder Scania R-Serie Fire Engine with Water Pump and L and S Module makes playing fireman super exciting! The newest vehicle in the BRUDER fire brigade range is the Scania R-series Fire engine with telescoping ladder. As well as many small details such as opening doors and mirrors that fold back, the vehicle has an integrated water tank that can be easily filled.
The playing child is at the centre of BRUDER Spielwaren’s philosophy. It is through playing that children make experiences in the adult world which they can use for their own development. The development of BRUDER toy vehicles involves the use of state-of-the-art CAD computer applications, 3D design workstations, CNC milling machines, and CNC injection moulding machines
BRUDER has a full line of vehicles including: garbage truck, tractor, cement mixer, crane, excavator, flatbed truck, tow truck, and so many more! BRUDER vehicles are true to scale replicas of actual vehicles! They are sturdy and will be able to be passed down to all the children in your family!
The Hape All Seasons Doll House is beautifully designed to provide inspiration for your child to role play and imagine. WAIT! A DOLL HOUSE??? Thought this list was for boys? Never fear – my almost five year old loves this house! He uses it as his fire station! So, now back to our regularly scheduled gift guide…
Featuring six uniquely designed rooms, moveable stairs, and a reversible themed solar-paneled roof, the different options for play are unique and varied! The house features four complete room sets: master bedroom, family bathroom, media room, and kitchen. Durable child safe paint finish and solid wood construction make this a toy your child will love for years to come. Hape toys stimulate children through every stage of development and help nurture and develop their natural abilities. All Hape products sold in North America meet or exceed all applicable safety standards.
Melissa & Doug Knight Role Play Costume Set consists of a fabric tunic, a “chain mail” helmet, and durable foam sword and shield that will transform your young adventurer into a valiant knight! With authentic medieval details, these role-play accessories encourage lots of exciting pretend play.
FAMILY GAMES | Gift Guide for Young Boys
Spot It Juniorteaches you to be on the lookout for creatures of the land, sky, and sea. Designed especially for ages 4 to 7, the Junior edition of the popular card game Spot it! has an adorable animal theme that kids love. This travel-friendly matching game can be played five different ways.
Feed the Woozle is an Award Winning Game of Silly Snacks and Mixed Up Moves! Chocolate covered flies and hairy pickles? Yummy! The big mouth Woozle is hungry. Can you feed him 12 silly snacks from the spoon before all the snacks are gone? Play together, work together, and have some monstrous fun! Feed the Woozle teaches important developmental skills through cooperative game play. Kids develop skills like body awareness, counting and fine and gross motor skills. They also learn basic game playing skills like taking turns, rolling a die, spinning a spinner and playing together!
In the Journey Through Time Eye Found It! Game, players work together as a team of historians; scientists; and adventurers solving the world’s greatest mysteries! Venture forth and find hidden objects throughout time from the Prehistoric Era to the Present Day. Race to the end of the giant 6-foot game board before your Timecraft runs out of fuel! But be careful not to go too far and end up in The Future!
Bugs in the Kitchen! There is a bug in the kitchen! Quick! Who’ll catch it first? This bug is on the loose and moving fast! Guide the bug into your trap – One wrong turn and he’ll get past!
GOOD READS | Gift Guide for Young Boys
My boys both love to read! The best books, and most of our family favorites, come from either Usborne Books or Barefoot Books. Here’s a great video showing some great Usborne books for older children. Their books are beautiful, long lasting, and I think of them as heirloom quality books with beautiful appropriate subject matter that you will never have to worry about!
We also love Barefoot Books and they are definitely on to something! If you want to expose your children to a lot of multicultural images and stories – Barefoot Books is the place to look! Many of their books are tales, folktales, and myths from around the world. Images are lovely and they are definitely attention getters! Again, Barefoot Books contain subject matter that is always age appropriate and shouldn’t cause you any worry when your son is in his room reading for hours!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this gift guide for young boys. I know that I enjoyed creating it and I also can promise that my 4 year old boy has personally approved everything on this list! He has now officially revised his list to include these choices! Success!