3-year-old tots are interested in… all the things, which makes them particularly hard to shop for. As they’re perfecting the skills they already have and acquiring new ones, you want to find toys and games that make learning and exploring fun. From musical instruments to toys that foster imaginative play, we’re taking the guesswork out of your search and rounding up our absolute favorite toys for 3-year-olds.
Dress Up Set ~ $23
Not think like a dress up set to play pretend. Superhero costumes are a crowdpleaser, and we love the drawstring bag for easy cleanup.
Brio Train Set ~$350
A classic, open-ended toy system that offers endless fun and creativity — Brio’s train sets are responsibly made and made to last. This is big set, but there are many other options that are more affordable and that you can keep adding to little by little.
This gift set of rainbow letter crayons makes for a unique, personalized gift and a great way to unleash the artist in your kiddos. Made from non-toxic Crayola crayons.
Let your budding young vet take care of animals. This set is great to develop imaginative play and to foster empathy in children.
Math, but make it fun! This set introduces basic arithmetics and numeracy while also letting them practice their motor skills and concentration.
The ultimate gift for role-playing — every child needs a dollhouse to get their imaginative juice flowing. We love this house, as it comes with lots of fun accessories and even has solar panels on the roof, which is a great opportunity to discuss environmental issues.
Toy Kitchen ~ $99
Another must-have for role-playing — toy kitchens allow children to explore food in a playful way, which could spark curiosity at the dinner table too. We love this KidKraft option, which introduces the concept of farm to table.
While the illustrations and the storybook prose may leave something to be desired, the cover design on these is lovely and the concept itself is so cool: record the story yourself and your children can press the button on each page to listen to the audio story read by you! Made by a great company committed to pre-literacy.
Strider Balance Bike ~ $110
A good balance bike helps toddlers develop the skills and coordination they need to ride an actual pedal bike. We love the strider because it is both sturdy and lightweight.
Hey Clay ~ starts at $20
This clay set comes complete with an app that provides easy, intuitive, step-by-step instructions to create six farm animals. You can also choose from other sets that feature monsters, dinosaurs and so much more.
Put your little one’s memory to the test my lifting the ladybugs to find matching images. It’s a fun way to strengthen your brain and get a friendly competition going.
We hope you found something here that will keep your 3-year-old engaged, inspired and having fun!