Toddlers 3 – 4 Years

Best Toys for Three-Year-Olds

Your 3-year-old is a complex person now, with thoughts, interests, and greater control of her body. She’s also got a longer attention span, so she can focus on make-believe, games, craft projects, and more. Here, some great toys for 3-year-olds that kids just love.

(1) Dollhouse – You may make the rules in your house, but kids love having a playhouse where they’re in charge. Add some play figures, and watch your kids go to town making up scenes and stories.

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(2) Play-Doh – This soft, squishy stuff has been thrilling preschoolers for more than 50 years. Because it’s open-ended, there’s no limit to what your child will create with it. Play-Doh spaghetti anyone?

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(3) Arts and Crafts MaterialsBreak out the glue! Kids love open-ended materials that they can put together in whatever way their imagination takes them.

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(4) Memory Games – These days, your child can sit still for a bit longer and take turns — the perfect time to introduce him to board games like Concentration, which build memorization skills.

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(5) Playhouse – Whether you build a fort out of cushions or set your kids up with a pre-fab structure, they’ll get a kick out of having a place to call their own — no parents allowed!

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(6) Doctor’s Kit – Now that kids understand more, they also fear more. Not only is a doctor’s kit a wonderful tool for make-believe, it can help them feel more in-the-know and in control at the pediatrician’s office.

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(7) ABC Help – He’s mastered the song, and now he’s learning letters by sight. He’s also figuring out that you put letters together in different combinations to make words — a crucial pre-reading skill.

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(8) Scooter – She’ll feel like a big-kid on a scooter — and it provides a nice solution to that in-between stage when they’re getting too big for a stroller but aren’t ready for long walks on their own.

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(9) Floor Puzzle – Puzzles can be a 3-year-old’s obsession as they get better and better with practice.

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(10) Books With a Message – Your 3-year-old has probably demonstrated some not-so-lovely behavior like hitting and biting — and might pick up even more with the start of preschool. It’s time to really focus on nipping antisocial behaviors in the bud.

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