Whether a young lad enjoys animated and interactive toys, trucks and other "boy" types of toys or even a combination of both, there are some treats on this list that are some great choices.
Here are the best toys for boys 4 years old coming into the 2010 holiday season and into 2011 (based on consumer popularity and toy merchant predictions on hot sellers for this year):
1. Fisher Price Imaginext Bigfoot
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It is reeeeeeeeeeally hard not to love this guy. He is animated (in a number of ways) and can be controlled by kids with a remote.
Merchant Info: * The Imaginext Big Foot includes a remote control, ball, speech and lots of personality
* Remote toggle allows him to walk forward and backwards and the six buttons are happy, angry, sleep, fun, ball, and exercise
* Hear him roar and watch him pound his fists or raise his arms above his head and shake his fists
* Press the ball button and hear him say things like "play" and watch him throw the ball
The Imaginext Big Foot includes a remote control, ball, speech and lots of personality. The remote control has a toggle and seven buttons. The toggle allows him to walk forward and backwards and the six buttons are happy, angry, sleep, fun, ball, and exercise. Press the happy button to hear him laugh, press the angry button to hear him roar and watch him pound his fists or raise his arms above his head and shake his fists. The sleep button makes him go to sleep and features fun sounds like snoring. Big Foot also dreams. Press any of the emotion buttons while he sleeps and hear him dream. Don't forget the fun button for a variety of sounds and words or even watch him "rap". The exercise button makes Big Foot work out. Watch him "lift weights" and make totally different SFX, but watch out. If he works out too much he will say "No More." Press the ball button and hear him say things like "play" and watch him throw the ball. Big Foot also features two interaction buttons on his body: belly and mouth. Press the button on his belly and hear him laugh, the button in his mouth makes him chew and burp (don't worry, he remembers to say "excuse me.").
2. Leapster Explorer Learning System
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Technology - it sure does evolve! Not only for adults, but for kids as well. This gadget is great for learning and with all of the different features it is probably lining up to be one of the favorite toys for just about any young child.
Merchant Info: * Leapster Explorer offers endless ways to play and learn
* A library of more than 40 games and activities includes cartridge games
* Children can learn school skills like reading, math, science and geography
* Expand the fun and learning in LeapWorld--a safe, online world of learning games and activities
* For use only with LeapFrog Explorer software. Not compatible with any other LeapFrog platform software.
3. Playskool Alphie - The Robot
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Again technology strikes the lineup of the most popular toys for 4 year old boys this year - Playskool Alphie. This little guy is cute, and has quite a number of fun ways for kids to start into basic learning of reading and math.
Merchant Info: * There's a whole lot to discover when you're a preschooler and this Alphie figure shares one of the most important lessons, too
* Fun and engaging electronic robot figure
* Introduce your child to letters, math skills, special reasoning, cause and effect and much more
* Robot figure sings and plays music and features light up buttons
* Robot figure comes with 30 double-sided cards
Who better to explore the world with than someone who’s new to it? This ALPHIE robot figure is on a “field trip” from his home planet and, with a kooky grin and funny faces, it’s his “mission” to introduce your child to learning. There’s practically nothing this little dynamo doesn’t want to “talk about” — from letter sounds and shape sorting to patterns, cause and effect, vocabulary development and much more, your ALPHIE figure is a whole big classroom in one little portable robot buddy. As his buttons light up, and as he “sings” and plays music, your child’s brain is stretching, growing and helping turn him or her into a super-duper learner and problem-solver. Educational fun on-the-go is as easy as can be, too, with this little guy’s handled noggin and storage spot for his cards in his backpack.
4. Stinky the Garbage Truck
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This is definitely a first -- a toy for kids called "Stinky?" Yes - and he is quite a character, in addition to being a very cool truck for kids to play with.
Merchant Info: * Stinky is the name, gobbling garbage is his game!
* Newest addition to the Big Rig Buddies assortment is every boy's best friend
* A real working garbage truck brought to life!
* Best features and interactive qualities of his buddy Rocky the Robot Truck
* This interactive buddy talks, tells jokes, eats, exercises and sings!
5. iXL 6-in-1 Learning System from Fisher Price
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Anoooooooooother technology toy? My first reaction to finding this out what exactly that -- until I found out more about this toy. Even though it is similar in that it is a learning toy and uses technology, it is quite unique in itself and appears to be a wonderful toy.
Merchant Info: * iXL is the ultimate handheld learning tool designed for kids
* 6 ways to play: Digital Reader, Game Player, Note Pad, Art Studio, MP3 Player and Photo Viewer
* Comes with pre-loaded software for the various applications
* Opens like a book, exposing a 3.5" TFT QVGA color screen
* Additional features include: built in speaker, action button, tethered stylus, headphone jack, SD memory card slot, and built-in memory
The iXL 6 in 1 Learning System by Fisher Price is the ultimate and coolest handheld learning system designed for kids 3-7.The iXL Learning System has six great applications for kids: Digital Book Reader, Game Player, Digital Art Book, MP3 Music Player, Notepad and Photo Viewer. The base device comes with pre-loaded software for the various applications listed. Story Book: Features 1 animated story with 15 pages and 2 modes - read to me mode and interact with me mode.
These are actually some pretty amazing toys -- the top 5 toys for 4 year old boys are a great example of exactly what is offered to kids these days -- pretty amazing stuff!