Top 25 Best Toys for 3-Year-Olds


The article titled “Top 25 Best Toys for 3-Year-Olds” provides a comprehensive list of the most engaging and entertaining toys for children of this age group. The introduction highlights the versatility of playtime for 3-year-olds, emphasizing that anything can be a toy at this stage. The article then proceeds to introduce a wide range of toys, including educational and STEM toys, outdoor toys, Montessori toys, and ride-on toys. Each toy is described in detail, along with a captivating image and a link to purchase. This article is a valuable resource for parents and caregivers looking for the perfect toys to engage and entertain their 3-year-olds.

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2 Educational and STEM Toys for 3-Year-Olds

Who doesn’t love toys that are fun and double as educational opportunities? Here are two great picks for STEM toys for 3-year-olds.

1. Boogie Board Reusable Writing Tablet

Boogie Board Reusable Writing Tablet

Remember the Etch-A-Sketch? It was one of my favorite toys growing up and caused many fights between my sister and me. Boogie Board tablets are the 21st-century version of this childhood favorite. With a specialized pen and one button to erase, this provides plenty of entertainment, especially on the road or in the air. It’s a must-have 3-year-old toy and a staple in our travel bag.

2. Toddler Water Lab Science Kit

Toddler Water Lab Science Kit

Are you looking for a gift for the little scientist in your life? Splashology is the perfect STEM toy for 3-year-olds and an excellent way for kids to learn while having fun. The science kit gives kids seven hands-on experiments they can do in a sink, bathtub, or water table. It’s a gift your kids will love, and you’ll feel good about helping them learn!

6 Outdoor Toys for 3-Year-Olds

Get your toddlers outside as much as you can! They can run, chase, kick, bounce, whatever you can imagine, and get that 3-year-old energy out. Here are six top outdoor toys that every 3-year-old will love.

1. Bubble Machine

Bubble Machine

There’s little that my 3-year-old cares about more than bubbles. We recently bought a bubble machine without thinking much of it. It turns out that it provides more entertainment than we ever expected! They are simple, easy to set up, and inexpensive (this “fancy” one is $20). Even better, it’s a toy that extends to ages above and below 3. Win-win!

2. Little Tikes Trampoline

Little Tikes Trampoline

Does your 3-year-old have seemingly endless energy? Of course, they do. An excellent way to burn that energy is a mini trampoline. In our case, Adley loves jumping on it every chance she gets. She’s jumping on it now while I write this article. That should help you understand why this 3-year-old toy will surely be a crowd-pleaser!

3. Bounce House

Bounce House

If you’ve been to kids’ birthday parties, you know nothing gets 3-year-olds more excited than a bounce house. I once thought these were just things you rented for big events, but they are more affordable than you might think. You can find all kinds of bounce houses on Amazon, including several designed to be used indoors. This big-ticket item requires a lot of space, so it won’t be for everyone. But if you’re looking for that jaw-dropping gift that will likely get used for a long time, this could be it!

4. Reusable Water Balloons

Reusable Water Balloons

Parenting is all about highs and lows. The high of watching your kids have an absolute blast playing with water balloons . . . and the low of cleaning up a million little pieces of balloon afterward. Enter reusable water balloons. It’s a simple solution that works great and is very popular at my house. Another plus is that they are very easy to fill. So much so that my 3-year-old regularly does it on her own. This gift is a can’t-miss.

5. Zip String

Zip String

I like to think of myself as an educated guy. I went to college, read, and watch the news occasionally. However, I do not understand the science behind how Zip String works. What I do know is it’s awesome! Zip String is a long loop of string that easily attaches to a handheld controller and then floats in the air at the push of a button. It is a toy for all ages, and Adley has quickly shown it to her friends when they come over. This gift will make you the family’s cool mom/dad/aunt/uncle/cousin.

6. Elefun Butterfly Catcher

Elefun Butterfly Catcher

This toy has been around for decades and has aged well. An elephant that shoots paper butterflies out of an extended chute that kids catch with a net? It’s that simple and provides hours of entertainment. I even have fun doing this with my daughter.

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2 Montessori Toys for 3-Year-Olds

You can’t go wrong with Montessori toys! Your 3-year-old likely will love figuring out puzzles and other learning activities; give one of these a chance.

1. Lovevery Subscription Play Kit

Lovevery Subscription Play Kit

This box won’t be for everyone because of the price (about $120 per kit). But I can honestly say it is worth it. This is your jam if you’re interested in Montessori toys for 3-year-olds. The kits arrive every three months with activities, games, and learning toys for kids. They are specifically designed for each age group and are very well-made. We’ve been using Lovevery since Adley was a baby and will continue to use it when our second child arrives.

2. Wooden Puzzles

Wooden Puzzles

Adley is at a stage where she loves puzzles. I show her the pieces and how they are supposed to go, and she figures the rest out pretty quickly. These are well-made with cool designs and affordable (under $20). Sometimes, the best gifts are the simplest ones.

2 Ride-On Toys for 3-Year-Olds

Ride-on toys are fun at any age, especially with 3-year-olds who always want to be moving. Try one of these ride-on toys for your 3-year-old and watch them cruise in style!

1. Micro Mini Scooter

Micro Mini Scooter

I’ve learned never to underestimate a toddler’s coordination. When my parents wanted to get Adley the Micro Mini Scooter not long after she turned 2, I wondered whether she had the coordination and dexterity to ride it. Within 20 minutes, she was cruising around the neighborhood with a big smile. It’s a great outdoor toy for 3-year-olds that helps kids develop balance, among other skills. Nearly a year later, Adley still rides it several times a week.

2. Battery-Powered Tractor

Battery-Powered Tractor

If your 3-year-old is a fan of tractors and outdoor play, a battery-powered tractor is a perfect ride-on toy. They can feel like a real farmer as they drive around the yard. It’s a fun and exciting toy that will spark their imagination and provide hours of entertainment.

These are just a few options for toys that are perfect for 3-year-olds. Whether you choose educational and STEM toys, outdoor toys, Montessori toys, or ride-on toys, the most important thing is to choose toys that will engage and entertain your child while promoting their development and growth.

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