What are the Most Popular Toys for Boys?
Great toys for your little big man
I don’t believe it’s necessary to be too gender specific when choosing toys. This is especially the case for boys aged between two and four.
It’s often we grown-ups who show too much of a bias when selecting a correct toy for a boy.
In these reviews you’ll see what other people have picked as gifts for their young boys.
Seeing what are the most popular toys for boys can give you ideas as to what will be a great toy for your little big man. .
Active, noisy, cooperative pretenders?
It’s not easy to generalize on the factors that make a toy popular with boys.
Boys aged between two and four years love physical active play. Push along or pedal driven ride on toys provide a great opportunity for this. Toys designed to be climbed on or jumped on are also a great hit.
Toddler boys show an increasing interest in pretend play. They love to imitate and copy their grown ups. Dressing up costumes and replica grown up equipment – like toy tool kits – will encourage them in their pretend play.
Boys prefer action toys. Toys that produce movement or sounds as a result of their own efforts. Horns that sound, bells that ring, toys that make engine noises all fit the bill.
This age sees the beginning of cooperative social play. Toys that encourage two or more children to play together cooperatively are a big hit. Train sets and play farms fit this requirement as do ride on toys with trailers.
You will see examples of all of these in our reviews of what are the most popular toys for boys.
Keeping a clean house.
My grandson loves to help with cleaning house especially using the vacuum cleaner.
Our vacuum cleaner seems to have a particular appeal. It’s a bright Ferrari red color, with a long black hose. It’s quite old now and very noisy – boys love noise.
Our machine has, with my grandsons help, developed quite a personality of its own. He’s very busy, complains about the rubbish that’s been left on the floor and often bumps into people and things. He’s called “Uva”.
Sometimes he refuses to clean up a particular piece of cotton or fluff. He says it’s because of the person who dropped it and not because he can’t do it. We have to help with these bits.
Besides cleaning up Uva can be quite mischievous. If you’re not careful he will chase you across the room – just for fun. If there’s a ball around a game of “Uva ball” can quickly develop.
We’ve added some additional features to Uva including two large paper eyes which have been stuck on his face. A number three and a drawing of a house have been drawn on the box in which he lives.
Like all boys, my grandson was very quick in learning Uva’s controls. The large on/off switch was mastered at once. Cleaning in our house now demands a little more patience as the machine must be turned on and off rather a lot.
Watch out for these.
When choosing from what are the most popular toys for boys.
Boys of this age prefer more realistic toys. These make pretend play more appealing and spur your boys imagination.
Toys should meet the safety regulations
for this age
Check particularly :
- Toys are sturdy, unbreakable, and unlikely to break into small pieces. They need to be strong enough for you child to stand on or in.
- Made from non-toxic materials.
- Have no sharp points or edges
- Are too large to be lodged in a toddlers windpipe, ears, or nostrils.
- Have no detachable small parts.
- Do not have parts that could pinch or entrap fingers, toes, hair etc
- Are not put together with easily exposed straight pins, sharp wires or nails.
- Beware of electrical parts and supervise play with these toys.
Boy toddlers pay attention to the qualities of objects and prefer toys that have working parts.
Toys should be lightweight enough for easy lifting, carrying. Young boys have a tendency to over estimate their strength. Especially if they are a fireman or construction worker today.
Bright colors always add to the appeal of a toy.
Can you name the Lost Boys?
One of my all time favorite stories is Peter Pan, by J M Barrie. I grew up with this book and it always seemed to be around our house when I was a boy.
Many times, I have been accused of following Peter’s example and of never having really grown up.
Peter Pan ran away when he was born because he didn’t want to grow up. He now lives in Neverland – where time stands still – and is the leader of the Lost Boys. He can be gentle and kind, but is often mischievous.
The Lost Boys are:
- Tootles : who fell out of his pram when a baby. He is “not the least brave but the most unfortunate”.
- Nibs: who is smart and debonair.
- Slightly: The “brightest of the boys” because he can remember the days before they were lost.
- Curley: Often in trouble with Peter – “Guilty or Not”
- Twins 1 & 2: Each twin “cannot be described“ – because in doing so we would probably be describing his brother.
I loved the film “Finding Neverland” starring Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet. I thought the scene where Barrie deliberately seeds his audience with young orphans was delightful. We grown ups need young children to show us the wonder in this world.
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