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Best Toys for 3 Year Olds!


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Our youngest child recently turned three years old so it was the perfect time to do some research for our gift guide. We’ve have gift roundups for one year olds and two years olds so it was fun researching (and polling our readers!) to find the best toys for 3 year olds! 

When I look to purchase a toy, I generally want it to be something the child can enjoy for many years, is something that stirs creativity (an open toy), or is something that will keep them occupied for long periods of time. All of the toys below fit into one or more of these criteria!

Be sure to click on the product to read more about these great toys! 

Mini Scooter
The best scooter for this age!
Classic Train Set
A great age to start a train set!
No Break Green Toys Tea Set
See our favorite porcelain tea set in our Timeless Gift Guide!
One of the best toys out there - you can't have too many!
Reversible Cape!
Any and all dress up toys for this age! Check Amazon for options.
Balance Bike with Basket
The Strider Balance Bike is a great under $100, too!
Memory Game
3 is a great age to start playing memory games and there are so many great ones!
Classic Toy Trucks
Bruder trucks are a timeless gift!
Easel with Paints and Brushes
Ikea has one for $20! Don't forget the paper roll!
Soccer Goal
A tee ball set is fun too!
Perfect doll for preschoolers
See our Baby Doll Review blog post for more favorite dolls!
Schleich Animals
A great collectible gift and ensures hours of imaginative play.
Candy Land
A classic first board game!
You can't go wrong with Play-Doh! Kinetic Sand, too!
Children love this track!
Been on our gift guide for years!
Design & Drill
Love this STEM toy and also comes in a travel version!
Leapfrog Ice Cream Cart
Entertains them for hours with learning fun!
A Vacuum that Works!
Anything to be like mom and dad!
Sneaky Squirrel Game
Another fun game for this age!
Classic Doll House
See our Doll House Review blog post for more!
Classic Legos
If they are ready to move on from Lego Duplos!
Best under $10 Toy!
They also have a bear family.
Our Favorite Cash Register
Such a great learning toy!
Grimm's Rainbow
A favorite on our Timeless Toys Gift Guide!

For her birthday my daughter received a balance bike, the ice cream cart (adorable!) and the Sneaky Squirrel game. We already have several of the toys on the guide from our other children and I can tell you that they are GREAT toys! You really can’t have enough Magnatiles and the Schleich animals are a great toy to give each birthday or Christmas. My daughters and her friends collect the dog breeds. They last forever and can be passed down to grandchildren!

Need some more ideas: our Preschool Gift Guide has more fun toys, gifts and books and our Timeless Gift Guide has the really special gifts. Plus, see our roundups of the best doll houses and baby dolls. We also have a year-round under $15 birthday gift guide that is perfect for birthday party gifts for classmates and friends. 

If you need a last minute gift, our Top 100 Classic Children’s Book List and an Amazon gift card is a great gift you can send via email or print immediately and give. 

What do you think are the best toys for 3 year olds? We love hearing reader reviews and feedback. It helps so much in putting our guides together! 

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  1. Lee- ima grandmother who’s daughter in-law told me about you and I love all your ideas and post. Keep up the good work. Love everything you say.