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.
(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?
(3) Arts and Crafts Materials – Break out the glue! Kids love open-ended materials that they can put together in whatever way their imagination takes them.
(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.
(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!
(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.
(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.
(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.
(9) Floor Puzzle – Puzzles can be a 3-year-old’s obsession as they get better and better with practice.
(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.