Turning three years old is a particularly influential time in a boy’s life. For the very first time, 3-year olds are learning to interact with their peers and their surroundings in entirely new ways, absorbing information and knowledge like never before, and slowly growing into their own unique personalities.
The best toys for 3-year olds are the ones that take advantage of the lightning storm of energy and creativity inside the brain of the average toddler. From drum sets to scooters, this is when toy shopping for toddlers really starts to get fun.
We’re reviewing 50 of the very best gifts for three year olds, as well as taking a closer look at some of the things we learned along the way. By the end of it all, you’ll know precisely how to shop for the most unique presents that any 3 year old boy will absolutely love!
The Best Toys & Gifts For 3-Year Old Boys (2021 Update!)
It seems like STEM-based toys are all the rage these days, and for good reason. Toys that are able to not only entertain a child but also provide some level of educational value are a no-brainer. The Write & Learn Creative Center by VTech is one such toy, providing a litany of features and functions that are designed specifically to boost your kids’ creative and intellectual development. From stenciling to doodling, letter learning to shape recognition, this little work pad can do it all. Best feature: a small digital readout screen that can show your kid how to make letters!
Most of the kids that we knew growing up never had a trampoline of their own, probably because they can be so bulky, expensive, and hard to deal with. Now, the bouncy magic of the trampoline can be given to your child in a way that is significantly cheaper, smaller, and easier to handle. The 3’ Trampoline from Little Tikes also features a sturdy crossbar for your boy to hold onto as they jump up and down, making this much safer than a full side trampoline. If you’re looking for a gift for a toddler who might have a little too much energy, this is the toy you want to go with.
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The 3-In-One Race And Learn Game is much more than just a video game. This console style driving unit is pre-loaded with three different vehicle games, including race car, fighter jet, and motorcycle. Your kid will make their way down the digital highways while hearing the realistic sounds coming from the pretend-shift stick and ignition key. The real treat here is the educational value, as each one of the playing modes will teach shapes, letters, and numbers, all without your kid even noticing. The vibrating steering wheel is a realistic touch that will have any youngster giggling up a storm.
The ‘magic; behind the Aqua Magic Drawing Board is actually just a water-activated color board, but the pictures that can be created are nothing short of amazing. All you need to do is fill one of the included magic pens with warm water, replace the cap, and then hand it to your kid. They’ll be creating brightly colored doodles instantly, and they’ll laugh in amazement as their pictures slowly fade back to white. This means that there is literally no end to the amount of pictures that can be drawn on the Aqua Magic Drawing Board.
Tyrannosaurus, stegosaurus, pterodactyl, oh my! By picking up your kid one of these Assorted Mini Dinosaur Figures Kits, you are opening a portal to a prehistoric world of fun and adventure, Standing at only about 2 inches tall, these little lizards are the perfect companion to any afternoon of fun. Because there are 60 of them in the pack, they also make a great party favor for birthdays, family reunions, and many other occasions. Is your kid already a dinosaur-nerd? No worries there … these figurines are made from updated, accurate models that will encourage your child to learn even more about the natural history of the dinosaurs.
When it comes to tabletop board games, there are only a select few that absolutely everybody knows about, and Candyland is one of them. Now that your kid is three years old, he is likely ready to experience the magic and excitement of the Kingdom of Sweet Adventures, embarking on a cross-board journey to try to reach the legendary Gumdrop Castle. Bright colors, yummy drawings, and memorable characters are just a few of the reasons that this game has managed to remain popular for so many decades. This is truly the best introductory board game out there.
Although we have not reviewed that many vehicle play toys by the relatively young toy-maker Green Toys, we have a feeling that we are going to be seeing more and more of their products hit the shelves in the months and years to come. Almost every toy that is made by Green Toys is constructed of 100% recycled plastic, meaning that parents don’t have to worry about contributing to an already saturated plastic waste problem in the world. The Car Carrier Vehicle Set has three different cars that can all fit inside or on top of the big blue truck, making playtime more mobile than ever before.
It is every little boy’s dream to be just like dad … who is able to fix just about anything as long as he has his trusty tool set with him. Now, boys as young as 3 can enjoy their own full-featured construction tool set and work bench with this incredible set by the folks at Toi Choi’s. There are over 100 pieces in this set, ranging from simple tools like hammers and pliers to more advanced pretend tools like power drills and spinning plastic saw-blades. The most impressive thing, however, is that the whole set can be broken down to fit inside of a suitcase-sized carrying case!
Kid’s love playing make-believe, and one of the games that they play most commonly is Doctor. Perhaps it is because as humans we have an innate drive to take care of one another, and there is something about the mind of a child that understand this fully. The Deluxe Kids Doctor Kit from KidzLane has everything needed for a detailed game of doctor, including a stethoscope, a pressure pump, thermometers, and a number of other detailed medicine toys (12 in all). KidzLane is one of the few toy-makers featured on our list that offers a Satisfaction Guarantee, just in case you need another reason to buy this awesome set.
In the process of putting together our list, we knew that there would be a lot of dinosaur-themed toys, and probably an equal number of race-car toys. After all, what two things could young boys possibly like more? Now, it is possible to have the best of both worlds with this incredible 142-piece Dinosaur Race Track Set by HOMOFY. With a flexible track that can be re-shaped and a collection of detailed dinosaur figurines, your kid will use the included park jeep to escape the dino-monsters and get to safety. There are even a few plastic palm trees included to complete the scene.