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10 really cool gifts for a 4 year old boy

It isn’t hard to please someone that is about to turn 4. In fact, just spending some time together reading a book or sticking stickers on a paper might be all that it takes to make his day. But if you are looking for meaningful and fun gifts for a 4 year old boy you might find the following tips useful. They have all been approved by a real 3.5 year old with the 4th birthday coming up…




1. Kick bike

The bikes with 3 wheels that are meant to pick forward are steady and perfect for use in a yard or a safe place in a park. The kick scooter should be low and very stable and have nice rubber wheels. This is one of the best gifts for a 4 year old boy that likes to move and perhaps has older siblings already swishing along on 2 wheelers.

kick bike

2. Bike without pedals, strider

Learning to bike can be done on a smaller real bike with support wheels or with the smart innovations that have no pedals at all. The strider is low and built to be safe to roll forwards on while working on the balance. A lot of fun and a great preparation for the real thing.

Here are some tips for how to teach the kid to ride on the balance bike:

3. Big pedal car
Many 4 year old boys adore cars and they love big ones. In fact, anything with wheels like fire engines, trucks and sport cars are of interest. Perhaps even the type of car the boy can sit and drive with pedals in. A fire truck pedal car will certainly be a wonder to him!

4. Play pool
When summer is around the corner a great activity for this age group is to play with water. A nice play pool that is shallow and safe, with inflatable toys, makes a perfect place for spilling water from cup to cup, on others and on ourselves. Of course, a grown up must always be present during bath time even if the water is very shallow.

5. Life size bear

There is something magical about a teddy bear that is the same size as you, a life size bear! This is one of the classical gifts for 4 year old boys. It doesn’t have to be a bear. All cuddly animals are of interest and they will make a great prop in his room as well as in the living room for cozy moments.

stuffed animals

Stuffed animals are great gifts for 4 year old boys!

6. Recorder and singing machine

Let him record himself singing! A singing machine is a lot of fun and when you choose a recorder for kids it comes with colorful buttons and things that makes it easy to understand how to use it. Digital variants might be easier to use than the older ones with tapes but no matter which version you go for this is a toy that will be put to use, also by siblings.

7. Tablet with games

Popping balloons, putting things on their right shelf, sounding out words and naming objects… There is so much fun for a 4 year old on a kids tablet. Get him his own that he can use now and then to enjoy colorful games and music without risking your favorite gadget.

8. Fishing game

This is also a classic and a pretty simple toy. The fish spin around and pop up and down opening their mouths. The 4 year old boy will find it thrilling to try to get the hook in their before the jaws close again. The fishing game can be played over and over again.

9. Train set

Go for a train set in wood. Brands like Brio have fantastic sets of very high quality. These are the kind of toys he will enjoy for years. Then you put them away to bring out again once the grandchildren are on the scene.

10. Tent with balls

Get a tent full of balls! This is a ball bath of sorts and a lot of fun for boys that are about to turn 4. In fact, they usually love ball so even a colorful big bouncy ball will have him extremely happy and it is a very good birthday gift for a 4 year old boy that you might not know all that well.

Snowday – what should we do?

To some, the snow is not about sitting inside with little kids wondering what to do as they are struggling being without power. But for those of us lucky enough to have power and a comfortable warm home the question of how to entertain the little ones becomes highly relevant.

Here are some ideas for what to do when you can’t go out with the kids:

  • Create a game. Cut out cards and decorate them and make a game of this. You can make your own Taki or even a regular card deck for the fun of it.
  • Dance and sing. Make a fun dance or exercise class. If you don’t know what to do you can use the Internet and watch a Youtube video or two. Zumba, aerobics with balls, step… there are so many possibilities…
  • Draw. Sit down and draw and paint. This is something most kids enjoy. If you have more advanced stuff like window paint you can create fun messages to the snow on the window.
  • Cook and bake. Get busy in the kitchen and let the kids take part of the fun!
  • Organize. Take a closet and start organizing together sorting and discussing stuff as you go along.
  • Read a story. Or make one up by letting everyone fill in their part. You an also tell your kids something that happened when you were their age. Perhaps a story of being stuck in the snow…

Once the storm calms out there you can get dressed and go out to play. If it is evening you can make snow lanterns by the house to watch from your window as you round the day up with a steaming cup of hot cocoa.




Save money with replacement windows in New Jersey

As the summer comes to an end and the kids finally go back to school we parents are left to think real thoughts again. If the summer meant a lot of costly activities and maybe a trip or two now it is really time to rack our brains and try to figure out good ways to save money. If you are looking for something that can affect your energy bills you should consider replacement windows NJ that will keep the heat in the house. Yes, new windows are quite an investment, but face it, New Jersey is not going to get summer weather this fall and winter so doing something about the energy that leaks out through the old windows might actually be a great way to save.

Will replacement windows save you money?

Before you go and spend a few thousand dollars on new windows for your home you want to know if this will really be worth it. You should know that good energy efficient windows NJ could save you as much as 40% off your energy bill and perhaps even more. If you count month by month, you’ll realize that this could become a tidy little sum of money and even more so when you look at the savings over several years. The good thing about modern windows designed for the climate in New Jersey is that they are made to last and require minimal maintenance.

Should you get new windows or seal the leaks?

Some people say that windows that leak the heat during the winter and the cold during the summer aren’t the main reason for high electrical bills. There is definitely something to this and you should go over your house and see just where you might need to do some simple DIY work to seal drafty areas or actual holes. But the quality of your windows also matters and those who have invested in replacement windows in New Jersey see a difference in energy costs fairly quickly.

The question of whether or not you should get new windows for your home to save money really boils down to the type of budget you have for this right now. Keep in mind what you will have to pay for the heating this winter when you calculate whether it will be worth it to invest in quality energy efficient windows. With a payment plan you might actually see that you get a big chunk of money back by not having to pay for unnecessary heating.

Start online

You can save even more money by researching your options online. Today it is easy to order replacement windows online to your New Jersey address. You can also make sure that the cost of the new windows includes installation by skilled professionals. If you are not a competent carpenter it is always wiser to let the pros help with this so that you get the most out of your new energy efficient windows.

So how’s that for a money saving tip for this fall? A bit costly yes, but well worth it for most, and don’t forget the good feeling you will have with new frames and glass that fills your home with healthy light without letting the heat or the cold out.

Gift when wife gives birth?

What a great idea! Of course you should give your wife a gift when she gives birth. Go for something that she really likes. Perhaps her favorite food… If you want to really gladden her heart you might want to opt for some jewelry. Perhaps you paid attention last time she eyed some jewelry and said she really liked it. Get it for her now.

But you don’t have to go for big and expensive things to make a statement. A bouquet of flowers can be just right as she rests up after the birth. This will remind her of your love and care.