If you’re looking for the best toys for preschool boys, here’s our list of the top toys for 3-year-old and 4-year-old boys right now. These are some of the 2020 best toys for preschoolers and chances are the preschool boy in your life is dreaming of at least one of them.
From superheroes to science and creative toys, you’ll find something in the latest toy releases to make the preschool-aged boy on your gift list grin like the Cheshire Cat.
Heads up that the links below take you to Amazon and as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. That means if you buy something through a link, we may get a small commission at no extra cost to you. You can learn more here. I hope you enjoy our toy and gift suggestions!
Best Toys For Preschool Boys
A Few of Our Favorite Toys for Preschool Boys
We’re going to start our list out with some favorite, high-rating toys that preschool boys love. These would make great Christmas or birthday gifts for the 3-year-old or 4-year-old boy in your life! Then scroll on down to see some brand new and recent toys that are sure to be on his wish list.
Star Wars The Child Talking Plush ToyStar Wars The Child
Young Star Wars fans (or kids of Star Wars fans who don’t have a choice as to whether they are Star Wars fans) will love the long-awaited plush baby Yoda from The Mandalorian Disney Plus series.
His official name is The Child and he’s about 8 inches of plush cuteness. Squeeze him and he warbles his signature sounds, which will melt the heart of even non-Star Wars fans.
His head, hands and feet are plastic, but the rest of him is soft enough for little hands to hold at bedtime. He’s one of this holiday season’s top toys for preschool boys!
New Design and Drill Bolt Buddies
The Educational Insights Design & Drill toys are very popular with preschoolers and their parents. A new addition to the line is the Bolt Buddies Race Car.
Kids can take a real, working, kid-safe drill and build their own race car, then pop in the included play figures and take it for a spin.
Another new Design & Build toy is the Bolt Buddies Rocket, which also comes with two figures for imaginative play once the building is done.
The nice thing about both of these toys is that kids can take them apart and rebuild them as many times as they want and the packaging turns into a playset to be used with the toys.
Potato Head Mr. Movin’ LipsPotato Head Mr Movin’ Lips
With the release of the Toy Story 4 movie last year, came a slew of new Toy Story 4 toys for preschool-aged kids. The Potato Head Mr. Movin’ Lips by Playskool is still popular so we’re keeping it on our top toys for preschool boys list.
I’m not sure who’s going to like this guy more, the 3-year-old you buy him for or their parents! He says some funny stuff – 40 different comedic lines plus 4 song parodies.
All of his facial features are removable and he has two different sets of lips so kids will have fun giving him different looks too!
Ultimate Walking Buzz LightyearUltimate Walking Buzz Lightyear
On a slightly smaller scale, we have the brand new Ultimate Walking Buzz Lightyear. Buzz is about 7″ tall, perfect for preschool hands to play with.
Ultimate Buzz has all the characteristics of movie Buzz, like his arm laser, pop-out wings and our favorite movie phrases. His walking and moving manner is even like the movie Buzz!
You can pair Buzz up with True Talkers Woody (which is about 9″ tall) and your preschooler can create all sorts of adventures for his Toy Story buddies.
Below is one of the Toy Story 4 playsets that is still a best seller.
- Explore the carnival with Sheriff Woody—just like in Disney Pixar Toy...
- Push the Power Pad to ride the spinning rocket
- Use the projectile launcher to play the carnival game & win Ducky!
Monster Jam Dirt ArenaMonster Jam Dirt Arena
Kids can bring all the exciting Monster Jam action to life with the Monster Jam Dirt Arena. Kinetic sand makes this toy not as messy as it looks, and also makes it easy to build dirt ramps and obstacles for Monster trucks to destroy! Because isn’t that the point?
The arena is nice and wide so two kids can play together and it comes with one vehicle to get them started. You can pick up a Monster Jam 2 pack of trucks to go with it (these are the same 1:64 size as the one that comes with the arena).
A good thing about the arena is it’s modular, so other Monster Jam ramps, launchers and other accessories can attach to it to make one EPIC Monster Jam-athon! There is a lot of fun to be had for a great price with this thing. It’s a great toy for preschool-aged boys!
Fisher-Price Code ‘n Learn KinderbotCode ‘n Learn Kinderbot
The Code ‘n Learn Kinderbot is brand new this year and already getting great feedback. This colorful little guy helps prepare young ones for Kindergarten by teaching numbers, shapes, problem-solving and other skills.
Kids also learn early coding skills as they direct the Kinderbot to move in different directions. And they can “repair” their little learning robot with his tools.
The nice thing about this learning toy is it has different modes, some more challenging than others, so preschoolers can learn at whatever pace is comfortable for them.
This is a fabulous toy for 3-year old and 4-year-old boys and girls that will keep them entertained and challenged in their pre-K years.
Playskool Heroes Mega Mighties
Playskool released their Mega Mighties last year and they are great toys for 3-year-old and 4-year-old boys. At 10 inches tall, they are sturdy and easy for small hands to operate.
They are fully poseable too, so they make a good transition toy until preschoolers are ready for smaller action figures. There are several different characters available and you can check out the current selection of Mega Mighties here.
Fisher-Price Wonder Makers CampgroundWonder Makers Campground
Fisher-Price released a line of building and pretend play toys called Wonder Makers and I just LOVE these! They are simple building sets designed for preschoolers and all the sets can interconnect with one another.
I love that they help preschoolers develop their dexterity and problem-solving skills as they put the sets together and they have lots of textures to make the play experience more stimulating.
A Wonder Makers set is an awesome gift for a 3-year-old boy or girl!
Play-Doh Stamp ‘n Top Pizza OvenStamp ‘n Top Pizza Oven
When my niece and nephew were preschool-aged, they adored playing with Play-Doh sets. It kept them busy for hours. A still popular set with boys and girls both is the Stamp ‘n Top Pizza Oven .
This set comes with everything your little amore’s need to create Italian masterpieces, including fun little topping shapes and a pizza cutter.
My favorite feature is the cheese crank so they can create the perfect amount of mozzarella topping.
If the preschool boy on your gift list is a Play-Doh fan, Check out the cool Play-Doh activity table below. I love this thing because it comes with a ton of fun shapes and cutting tools and has built-in storage for Play-Doh cans and supplies.
- Fun to play, easy to store – this activity table is full of Play-Doh fun...
- Lots of cool tools to share – with more than 25 Play-Doh tools, kids can...
- Their very own play table – keep the Play-Doh fun off your tabletop as...
Play Tent With TunnelPlay Tent with Tunnel
Play tents offer a whole realm of imaginative play for preschoolers while also providing them a quiet place to read or play. Which is great for moms and dads trying to work from home.
The Kiddey Play Tent and Tunnel is colorful and appealing and just the right size for 3 and 4-year-olds to play in. It can be used indoors or out and the pieces work either together or separate.
It sets up with just a twist, and folds up small too. This tent set does not come with balls, but here’s a good deal on 200 plastic balls for it. A play tent is a super versatile toy for a preschool-aged boy or girl!
LeapFrog Rockit TwistLeapFrog RockIt Twist
LeapFrog premiered a brand new electronic handheld educational game recently that’s designed for preschool-aged kids. The LeapFrog Rockit Twist has 12 games that teach young ones math, reading, science, problem solving and other skills. Other games are available to purchase to expand the gameplay options. There’s also 3 virtual pets kids can care for and control that come with the game.
The other nice feature about the Rockit Twist is you can set up 3 profiles in it, so siblings can share it without losing their place in the games. It’s also durable enough to withstand some tough kid-handling, making it a nice electronic game toy for 4-year-old boys.
Duplo Steam Train Building SetLEGO DUPLO Steam Train
Duplo takes train sets for preschoolers to a whole new level with the Steam Train Building Set. This set is not only a fun train building experience but teaches kids the basics of coding too.
There are five blocks coded with commands for things like lights, sound and movement. These blocks can be inserted various places in the tracks and when the train passes over them, it follows the command. Kids love watching as their train makes sounds or changes direction in the exact spot they told it to.
Plus, there’s just the good ‘ole fun of playing with a train!
The set is easy to build and works with the tracks from other Duplo sets, so your preschooler can build an EPIC track system if he wants. The train can even be remote controlled with an app!
Imaginext Jurassic World T-RexJurassic World T-Rex
In case you haven’t noticed, ginormous playsets have been top toys for preschool boys in recent years. Seriously. The bigger, the better. And the Imaginext toy line by Fisher-Price makes the most popular ginormous playsets for preschoolers of them all!
Take a look at their hit release last year, the Imaginext Jurassic World T-Rex. This thing absolutely thrills preschool-aged dinosaur lovers! What could be better than controlling your very own T-Rex as she chases her dinner and chomps on cars?
It’s still getting great reviews and is an awesome gift for a 3-year-old boy who loves dinosaurs!
Furreal Mighty Roar SimbaMighty Roar Simba
The Furreal interactive pets are always big hits with preschool-aged boys and girls. The Mighty Roar Simba toy is a adorable and is still a hit with preschoolers!
Little Simba has over 100 sound and motion combinations and the most expressive lion-eyes you’ve ever seen. He just can’t hide his lion eyes. (Sorry, couldn’t help it.)
The cutest thing about Simba is that he’ll roar back to you and munch on his stick of grubs when he’s hungry. He’s a nice gift for a 4-year-old boy who loves The Lion King!
Below are two more popular electronic pets that preschool boys will love.
- AMAZINGLY INTERACTIVE AND LIFELIKE: This delightfully curious, expressive...
- RESPONDS WITH 100+ SOUND-AND-MOTION COMBINATIONS: He can move his head,...
- INCREDIBLY SWEET EXPRESSIONS: Just look at that adorable face!
- This talented pup can perform cool tricks: fur Real Ricky, the...
- He responds with 100+ sound-and-motion combinations: he makes happy sounds,...
- Reward him with his treats: he gobbles them up and when you pet his back,...
Fisher-Price Think & Learn RocktopusThink & Learn Rocktopus
Moving on to a slightly more cerebral toy, Fisher-Prices’s Think & Learn Rocktopus won The Toy of The Year Award for 2019. This toy teaches music appreciation and math, using lights, sounds, and a not-too-annoying voice that says things like “Can you dig it?!”
It’s cool because kids learn what the different instruments sound like and how they change the whole flow of a song. Who knows, this toy may help you find out if you have a young composer on your hands!
Another fun feature is you can download an app that will create videos to go along with your preschooler’s musical creation. It’s been out a year, but it still makes our list of the best toys for preschool boys and would be a great gift for a 3-year-old boy or girl!
PAW Patrol Super Paws Mighty Lookout TowerSuper Paws Lookout Tower
The latest release to the much-loved PAW Patrol toys is the Super Paws Mighty Lookout Tower. This thing is PAWS-atively amazing!
It’s nearly 3 feet tall so there’s plenty of room for multiple kids to play. And LOTS of activities to keep little ones busy. There’s lights, sounds, an elevator, a zipline so the pups can get to their vehicles quickly, and 6 bays for their rescue vehicles to fly out of.
I mean, what more could a Paw Patrol fan want? The set comes with one vehicle and a Chase character, but the other vehicles are available separately and pretty reasonably priced.
The Mighty Lookout Tower is sure to be a top toy for 3-year-old boys and girls this Christmas, so be sure and order early if you want one for the preschooler on your list!
You should also check out the brand-new Mighty Pups Jet Command Center that is sure to be popular this year as well.
- 2-IN-1 TRANSFORMING JET: Switch from deluxe jet into mobile command...
- MINI JET AND EXCLUSIVE RYDER FIGURE: For mobile rescues, place the...
- DISC LAUNCHER AND REAL LIGHTS AND SOUNDS: Load the disc launcher with the 5...
PAW Patrol Ultimate Rescue Fire TruckUltimate Rescue Fire Truck
Have I mentioned PAW Patrol toys are always among the best toys for preschool boys? I know this because both my niece and nephew (ages 3 and 5) LOVE these toys.
The Ultimate Rescue Fire Truck was last year’s PAW Patrol toy hit and is another 2019 Toy Of The Year Award winner. Preschoolers love all the things they can do with this thing, from pushing it along with its lights and siren, to extending the lookout cab for a rescue, to launching water cannons to put out fires!
And there’s lots of working parts on it, to keep those little hands and minds busy. Most importantly, preschoolers love making up adventures for their favorite characters and acting them out with this cool rescue fire truck!
Imaginext Transforming Batmobile R/CTransforming Batmobile R/C
Another new Imaginext addition is the Remote Controlled Transforming Batmobile. This thing is WAY cool! And so easy for preschoolers to operate too!
With the remote, kids can transform the Batmobile from vehicle mode to battle mode and even fire the discs with the remote!
In vehicle mode, the remote controls the car forward, back, left and right AND spins it in circles! COOL!
With the lights and sounds and all the action, this will keep preschoolers entertained for sure. It’s one of my favorite toy releases for preschool-aged boys this year!
If you buy this toy for a 3 or 4-year-old boy, don’t be surprised if the oldest boy in the house takes it over. Yeah, I’m talking about dad.
Imaginext Buzz Lightyear RobotImaginext Buzz Lightyear Robot
Another new toy from the Imaginext line is the Toy Story 4 Buzz Lightyear Robot. The name is a little deceiving because it’s not really a robot, but like the other ginormous Imaginext sets, it’s a playset for kids to act out adventures with their favorite character.
It comes with a mini Buzz and the top part of the set detaches to become a space shuttle for Buzz to fly off into infinity…and beyond.
Kids can launch missiles with his left arm and use the claw on his right arm to save the little 3-eyed aliens (one of which comes with it!).
Preschooler boys and girls will love creating adventures for Buzz with this fun toy!
Melissa & Doug Tabletop EaselTabletop Easel
Preschool boys need a little quiet time sometimes (and so do mom and dad!) and the Melissa & Doug Tabletop Easel is the perfect toy for those times.
It’s a 3-in-1 easel, with a chalkboard, magnetic whiteboard, and paper roll, so preschoolers get a variety of ways to express that creativity. It comes with magnetic letters too, so they can learn words and spelling and start working on their Kindergarten skills.
Parents love that this folds right up and tucks away, so it’s a great gift for a family that doesn’t have a lot of space.
These foam magnets work well with the magnetic board to give preschoolers even more ways to use it. For the price, this is a great Christmas gift for a preschool boy that his parents will thank you for.
The award-winning PlasmaCar has been around several years now, but is still getting almost perfect ratings from kids and parents.
How it works with no pedals or batteries, I have no idea, but it can get up to 6 miles per hour!
It’s super quiet, so if you have the room, kids can even use this thing indoors. And it supports up to 220 pounds, so your preschoolers older siblings will have a blast on it too, not too mention their parents!
It’s a great toy for preschool boys to develop their balance and coordination skills too.
Below are two more highly rated ride-on toys for preschool boys that would be awesome Christmas or birthday gifts for the 3 or 4-year-old boy on your list.
VTech Kidizoom Duo CameraVTech Kidizoom Camera
Budding photographers don’t have to wait until they’re old enough for a cell phone to practice their photography skills. The VTech Kidizoom Duo Camera is extra durable and easy to use for preschoolers.
When you give a 3 or 4-year-old a camera, they look a little closer at the world around them to see what they can capture. It inspires creativity as they try different angles to get just the right shot of their toy, sibling, or best friend. And parents get lots of memories captured on film, from their child’s perspective.
The Duo works in front facing and selfie mode and records video too. It also has fun photo effects and even some games.
Kids and parents are loving the Kidizoom Duo, making it a top toy choice for preschoolers this year!
Melissa & Doug Get Well Activity CenterGet Well Activity Center
The Melissa & Doug line of pretend play toys are always among the best toys for preschoolers. Each year, I can’t wait to see what new wooden playsets they release.
This year, their latest addition is the Get Well Doctor Activity Center. It features a patient exam bench, a doctor’s seat and a sink and storage area for the nurse. So yeah, it’s plenty big enough for multiple kids to play together.
What a fun way to teach young ones what happens at the doctor’s office and allay any fears. Plus, it just might set your preschooler on the path of a healthcare career – you never know!
Pretend play is so important for preschoolers! Below are two more popular wooden pretend play sets that preschool boys and girls love. I really like the Melissa & Doug Diner because it’s a table on one side and a mini-restaurant kitchen on the other!
- Kid sized grocery store: Melissa & doug’s freestanding, sturdy wooden...
- Creative playtime: This wooden grocery store is designed to inspire...
- Designed for maximum safety: Our kids play kitchen includes ample shelving...
- Your purchase includes One Melissa & Doug Star Diner Restaurant with Sign...
- Adult Assembly required | Product dimensions: 35" H x 43.5" L x 23" W |...
- Melissa & Doug’s Star Diner Restaurant is a full-service diner play set...
Related: Compare the Best Wooden Play Kitchen Sets for Preschoolers
Tasty Jr. Bake ‘N Share Kitchen
Speaking of pretend play – kitchen playsets are always popular with preschool-aged boys and girls. Brand new from Little Tikes comes the Tasty Jr. Bake ‘N Share kitchen playset.
Two things I really like about this play kitchen – one is that it comes with over 40 accessories right out of the box, so you don’t have to buy those separately (although they have more accessory sets available if you want more variety).
The second thing is that the height is adjustable as your child grows. Just push the two side pieces together and the counter is raised up to fit older kids – so convenient!
The “share” feature is pretty neat too – there’s a cellphone holder built-in so you can capture and share those adorable moments when your kids are playing nicely together!
VTech KidiBeats Kids Drum SetKidiBeats Drum Set
It’s never too early to ignite dreams of stardom in the preschooler on your gift list. After all, you could have another Dave Grohl on your hands and not even realize it yet.
Budding drummers will have fun learning to keep a beat, plus their letters, numbers and other valuable lessons, with the KidiBeats Kids Drum Set for preschoolers. This toy was a top Christmas toy for preschoolers last year and continues to get rave reviews.
And here’s a link to some Tylenol for mom and dad.
VTech musical toys seem to always make the list for best toys for preschool boys. Below are two more popular musical toys from VTech.
Little Tikes Easy Score Basketball SetEasy Score Basketball Set
Little Tikes is known for making some of the best toys for preschool boys. Their toys are durable and many (like this one) can be placed indoors or out. Great for those bad weather days.
Young swooshers are loving this Easy Score Basketball Set. Preschool boys can burn off some of that endless energy while working on their coordination and balance skills too.
Parents also love this set because the height is adjustable, so it works for a wide range of ages. Perfect gift for families with multiple kids!
Age 18 months – 5 years
Super Hero Games are Awesome Gifts for Preschool Boys
Games are good gifts for preschool boys because they build social skills and can keep a group of preschoolers busy and having fun for a little while. And when the theme is super heroes, the game becomes epically cool!
The Marvel I Can Do That Game gives kids funny challenges to see if they’d make a good superhero. It gets them active and laughing at the same time. Win-win!
The Marvel Matching Game is a fun twist on the classic matching game that helps preschoolers hone their memory skills. Both of these games get great reviews from parents and kids!
Thomas & Friends Super Station PlaysetThomas & Friends Super Station
The Thomas & Friends toys are well-loved and among the best toys for preschool boys.
The Thomas & Friends Super Station playset features several of their favorite character cars and multiple configuration options to fit in a variety of spaces.
This is such a nice playset because it’s plenty large enough for multiple kids to play with. Even mom and dad will want to relive their childhood and play trains with the kids!
There’s lots of room to add additional tracks and cars too, so you’re all set for future gift ideas for your Thomas & Friends fan.
Matchbox Rescue Headquarters PlaysetMatchbox Rescue Headquarters
Ever notice how little kids are fascinated with rescue vehicles? Fire trucks, police cars, ambulances – they hear those sirens and can’t take their eyes off them as they whiz past!
That’s why preschool boys love the Matchbox Rescue Headquarters Set. They can act out their own rescue stories and they love all the working parts, like lights, elevator and real microphone!
It comes with three vehicles and a helicopter, but you can buy extra rescue vehicles for it too.
This is an awesome gift for the preschool boy in your life!
Magformers Set (62 pcs)Magformers
Magformers are the coolest building sets for kids! They’re one of the best toys for preschool boys because they encourage both creative and STEM skills.
Magformers are magnetic shapes that connect together in all kinds of configurations for unique 3D creations.
The 62 Piece Standard Magformers Set has plenty of pieces for kids to play with, but if that’s a bit overwhelming, there is a less expensive 30 piece Magformers set that is a good starter set for preschoolers.
Hape Discovery Space Center Wooden PlaysetDiscovery Space Center
I adore Hape wooden toys! Their Discovery Space Center Playset is beautiful, full of detail and built to last through multiple kids.
Introduce the preschool boy or girl on your gift list to the wonders of space with this set. They’ll love blasting off with the rocket, working the gadgets on each level, and keeping things ship-shape on ground control.
The circular shape is perfect for multiple kids to play together and best of all…it’s quiet! Just pure imagination with this one. It’s a wonderful Christmas toy for 3-year-old and 4-year-old boys and girls!
Little Tikes Stem Jr Wonder LabSTEM Jr. Wonder Lab
Little Tikes is known for making some of the best toys for preschool-aged boys. Last year they released the Stem Jr Wonder Lab which wound up winning a Toy of The Year award for 2019.
Preschoolers can do tons of simple experiments, from concocting a witch’s brew to building a cool maze. It holds their attention with sounds and phrases and offers lots of ways to keep those little hands busy.
The experiments mostly require common household items, but if you want to make sure you have them on hand, this helpful reviewer lists all of the ingredients necessary.
This is a nice toy for families with multiple kids because it appeals to a wide range of ages. Younger kids may need a little help, but even grade school kids will like doing these experiments with their siblings.
Below are two more highly-rated science toys designed just for preschoolers!
Coding Critters Ranger & ZipCoding Critters – Ranger & Zip
Learning Resources released a new coding toy for preschoolers, Coding Critters. These look like just cute little animal playsets that young ones will love all on their own, but actually teach simple coding and logic skills too.
Ranger and Zip is the latest addition to the Coding Critters, but all of the animal sets are super cute and fun to play with. Each one has a storybook to add to the experience and includes a main creature they can code, plus a sidekick.
Preschoolers will love watching Ranger respond to their commands, dance, and make cute puppy noises. On top of being so entertaining and educational, Coding Critters are less expensive than other coding toys I’ve seen too. This would be an awesome gift for the 4-year-old boy in your life!
We hope this list of the best toys for preschool boys helps you to find the perfect toy for the little man in your life.
Don’t forget to check out the Best Toys for Preschool Girls list, because it contains some of the best toys for preschoolers too! Many of the toys are gender neutral and 3 and 4-year-old boys may like them as much as the girls do.
Shopping for boys of other ages too? Check out our Top Toys for Boys age 6 to 8 gift guide!
**Details: Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on amazon.com at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. Certain content that appears on this site comes from Amazon. This content is provided “as is” and is subject to change or removal at any time.