Finding the best toy for a 3-year old isn’t always an easy proposition. Although there’s no shortage of toys available in general, this specific age group can be difficult to buy for. That’s because a parent wants to purchase toys that are safe for their child to use but they also want to make sure that they’ll keep the child engaged.
Fortunately, we were able to find some of the best toys that are suitable for toddlers age 3-years and older. We’ve selected toys that were not only safe for that age group but also toys that would hold a child’s interest, and also provided them with enough stimulation to challenge their growing mind. With that having been said, below are our top picks.
My Top 10 Best Toys For 3 Year Olds Recommendations & Reviews
#10 VTech Drill & Learn Toolbox
This toy from Vtech provides children age 2 to 5-years old with a hands-on experience that will help them build their motor skills and their reasoning skills. It comes with a working toy drill that’s powered by 2 AA batteries, a hammer, and also play nails and screws. It also features a toolbox that holds the tools, well most of them at least. The drill doesn’t fit in the toolbox. However, the drill can be used to spin gears and to put screws into the tray’s hold. And all while that’s being done, this toy produces mechanical clicking sounds that keep the child’s interest engaged.
- It’s an interactive toy
- This toy hold’s a 3-year olds interest well
- The play drill doesn’t fit the toolbox
#9 Flybar My First Foam Pogo Jumper
With children spending so much time looking at electronic screens, sometimes it’s good for them to use a toy that’s going to engage their body as well as their mind. And this foam pogo jumper is that toy. It’s made from durable foam and allows children to jump up and down like a pogo stick, except with less of a chance of them being hurt. As the child jumps, it makes a squeaking sound that kids seem to love. This toy not only helps to develop the child’s balance, but it also helps them get a little bit of exercise, too. And all while they’re being entertained in the process.
- This toy is a lot of fun
- It helps to improve balance
- Its squeaker fails after a little while
#8 Windy City Novelties LED Walking Dinosaur
This purple and black dinosaur not only lights up very brightly, but it also walks and roars ferociously. And when we say ferociously, we mean that it’s extremely loud. Although some parents might not like just how loud this toy can get, children are going to enjoy playing with it. This toy is specifically designed for children ages 3-years and older and is powered by three AA batteries. This dinosaur’s lights light up in blue, green and red and illuminates its clear spikes, its eyes, and its tongue. And best of all, when parents get tired of listening to this toy, it comes with an on/off toggle that’s easy to operate.
- Kids love playing with it
- It lights up, walks and growls
- Might be a bit annoying to parents
#7 Free To Fly Aquadoodle Drawing Mat
This quality drawing mat comes with a dinosaur design pattern on it and is designed for children 3-years and older. It comes with not only the doodle mat, but it also comes with eight drawing molds, four templates, a drawing booklet, and four magic pens. Although the pens can be a bit difficult for young children to grasp and use, this drawing set is otherwise a great set to have. Kids can sit down on it and draw to their heart’s content, which not only keeps the kids entertained but also gives parents a much-needed break. And this set is also a great gift for anyone to give to a child, regardless of whether they’re a child, grandchild or friend’s child.
- Provides plenty of drawing fun
- Is suitable for children 3-years and older
- The pens can be difficult for younger children to use
#6 Soyee Magnetic Blocks Educational Toys
Anyone looking for a toy that will challenge their 3-year old and helps challenge their brain may want to introduce these blocks to their children. They’re made of ABS plastic, are geometrical shapes with rounded edges and are the perfect size for small hands. As children assemble them in different ways, they not only develop their motor skills but also their spatial relationship skill and creative thinking. This set comes with 16 magnetic squares, 14 magnetic triangles, a storage bag for holding all of the pieces and an idea booklet.
- Allows for imaginative play
- Perfectly sized for small hands
- Some of the magnets tend to rattle
#5 Lil Gen Dinosaur Set With Sound Book
This great dinosaur set contains everything a 3-year old needs for a prehistoric adventure. It comes with twelve dinosaur figures that come in various colors and stand approximately 7-inches tall. It also comes with a dinosaur sound book that narrates the child through the Cretaceous and Jurassic periods and provides them with the landscapes and habitats of their favorite dinosaurs. It’s a great birthday or Christmas gift and is sure to provide hours of prehistoric fun.
- Kids love the dinosaurs
- Sound book is very interactive
- It’s a toy set that’s fun and educational
- Some of the dinosaurs don’t stand up very well
#4 Peppa Pig’s Deluxe House Playset
Any child who’s a fan of the Nick Jr. shows Peppa Pig is going to love this Peppa Pig’s House Playset. Although it can be difficult to close up the house without moving a lot of the things around, it’s still a great playset that comes with a fair amount of pieces for a toy in this particular price range. This set provides children with four rooms to play in and comes with 15 total play pieces. Some of the pieces that come with this set include Peppa Pig, George, Suzy Sheep, and assorted pieces such as a fridge, bunk beds, a dinner table, a bath tub, and a BBQ.
- Comes with a lot of play pieces
- Provides children with a lot of fun
- An ideal gift for a 3-year old
- The house’s design could’ve been better
#3 VTech Care For Me Learning Carrier
This toy not only encourages children to role play with this toy dog but also helps the child learn colors, fine motor skills, and numbers. It comes with an adorable plush puppy toy that kids will love to pretend to play with and it has an interactive pet carrier that not only stores the plush pet but also provides all of this toy’s interactive features. The carrier can play over 60+ songs, sound, melodies and phrases, so kids get a jump on their learning.
- Has 60+ songs and melodies
- Encourages role-playing
- Teaches fine motor skills, colors and numbers
- 3-Year olds may quickly outgrow this toy
#2 Leap Frog Learning Friends Electronic Book
This electronic book provides not only an interactive experience for 3-years, but it also teaches them words in both English and Spanish. This book uses two AA batteries and has 100 age-appropriate words that kids can enjoy learning. These words are in categories that include food, colors, animals, outside, clothing, fruit, mealtime, and more. Although sometimes the sensors trigger a bit too early, this is still a great book that will help children this age with their language skills.
- Allows children to learn in both English & Spanish
- Has a lot of colorful pictures
- Kids love playing with it
- Sensors are overly sensitive
#1 Leap Frog Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart
Even though this toy looks like an ice cream cart, it’s an interactive toy that is not only fun to play with but will also introduce children to colors, flavors, numbers, and more. The cart might be a little short for small taller 3-year olds, but most children will play with it regardless because it’s just so much fun to use. It has a magic scooper that introduces colors and flavors of the 4 different ice cream scoops, and the 3 different toppings to the child. And children can count to ten by simply pressing the coin button or the syrup pump. Overall, it’s a quality toy that should provide many hours of fun.
- It’s bright and colorful
- Allows for interactive play
- Introduces children to colors and numbers
- This toy may be too short for some 3-year olds