15 Best Toys For 3 Year Olds

Best Toys For 3 Year Olds.
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Three-year-olds are learning constantly and, having passed the terrible twos, are quickly graduating to becoming their own, fully-fledged person.

As your three-year-old begins to construct sentences, express their preferences and engage with and mimic the people around them, you'll need to find a toy that can meet the needs of their rapid development. The best toys for 3-year-olds will engage them in educational, open-ended play and give them the opportunity to learn while they explore and develop their imagination.

We're sure the perfect toy for your 3-year-old is on this list, but if you're looking for more inspiration, check out our list of the best gender-neutral toys or our list of the best easels for kids.

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Kidadl's Top Pick

While all of these toys for 3-year-olds come highly recommended, if you're short on time, we've picked out the best option based on price, ease of use and educational value.

1. Play-Doh Super Colour Kit

Play-Doh Super Colour Kit.

Super cheap and packed with possibilities, three-year-old toys don't get much better than the all-time favourite Play-Doh. This awesome kit comes with 18 colours and 16 tools to help 3-year-olds create whatever they can imagine, teaching them hand-eye coordination and colours along the way. This is one of the best art toys for 3-year-olds because, while the possibilities are endless for your child to create and keep creating, it is also super easy to clean up and pack away at the end, making this is the perfect gift for a 3-year-old, girl or boy.

Main Features

  • Price: £11.00
  • Age: 3+

Best For Getting Your 3-Year-Old School Ready

2. LeapFrog LeapStart 3D Interactive Learning System

LeapFrog LeapStart 3D Interactive Learning System.

LeapFrog is leading the way with some of the best educational toys for 3-year-olds. This interactive system features a 3D-like display and touch and talk games that are perfect for getting 3-year-olds on track for school readiness. Through a combination of print, video and audio, LeapStart 3D provides an immersive learning experience and the included stylus will have your child handwriting with proper grip well before school begins. While there is a sample book included, this toy operates with LeapFrog's activity books which are sold separately, so make sure to pick up a few of these to get your child started.

Main Features

  • Price: £50.00
  • Age: 2+
  • 2 x AA batteries required (not included)

Best For Food Lovers

3. Chad Valley 120 Piece Play Food Set

Chad Valley 120 Piece Play Food Set.

This great food set from Chad Valley will accompany your child on all of their play picnics, cooking and kitchen adventures. With 120 food items, your child will never run out of exciting new foods to make and they'll learn all the important food names along the way, making this one of the best learning toys for 3-year-olds as well as a lot of fun!

Main Features

  • Price: £10.00
  • Age: 3+

Best Classic Doll Toy

4. Baby Annabell Doll

Baby Annabell Doll.

Three-year-olds love role play and in particular, they love mimicking mum. This Baby Annabell, one of the most popular toys for 3-year-olds, will give them a super lifelike experience. Baby Annabell makes realistic baby sounds and movements including burping, crying and yawning. This imaginative play toy includes a bottle, dummy, nappy and pendant.

Main Features

  • Price: £55.00
  • Age: 3+
  • 3 x AA batteries required (not included)

Best Educational Toy

5. VTech Playtime Bus with Phonics

VTech Playtime Bus with Phonics.

This interactive school bus is one of the best educational toys for 3-year-olds, complete with four modes of play to teach your child letters, numbers, phonics, counting and much more. The talking bus sings melodies, asks questions and is equipped with more than 40 buttons covering numbers, letters and sounds to develop your child's language and mathematical skills.

Main Features

  • Price: £20.00
  • Age: 2+
  • 2 x AA batteries required (included)

Best For Children With Big Imaginations

6. Fisher-Price Imaginext Shark Bite Pirate Ship Playset

Fisher-Price Imaginext Shark Bite Pirate Ship Playset.

Part pirate, part shark, this ship has features to let your child's imagination run wild and is fitted with all the pirate essentials including a spyglass and treasure. The shark's arms swim as the ship is pushed forward and power pads on the ship activate defences to fend off attackers, including a shark bite defence, cannonballs and the secret treasure hiding place. With so much possibility, you'll have a hard time saying no to joining in on pretend playtime.

Main Features

  • Price: £60.00
  • Age: 3+

Best For Dinosaur Fans

7. Chad Valley 50 Piece Dinosaur Bucket

Chad Valley 50 Piece Dinosaur Bucket.

Take your child back to prehistoric times with this dinosaur bucket. Fit with 50 pieces, including 20 dinosaurs, one landscape and 29 plants and rocks, your child will be engaged in hours of pretend play as they conjure up Jurassic adventures with dinosaurs, learning a huge amount along the way.

Main Features

  • Price: £10.00
  • Age: 3+

Best For Barbie Lovers

8. Barbie Dreamhouse Playset With Accessories Assortment

Barbie Dreamhouse Playset With Accessories Assortment.

Dreamhouse is the perfect name for this toy from Barbie. The envy you feel that this is not your own house will quickly be replaced with the joy of having a toy that keeps your child occupied in pretend play with endless possibilities. This three storey, eight room house offers 360 degrees of play and includes five pieces of transforming furniture and 70 accessories. The working elevator, pool slide and kitchen fit with lights and sounds will have your 3-year-old dreaming up endless stories for Barbie. Make sure you've got a doll to go along with this toy as there is no Barbie included.

Main Features

  • Price: £219.99
  • Age: 3+
  • 3x AAA batteries required (not included)

Best For Real Life Learning

9. LeapFrog Scoop And Learn Ice Cream Cart

LeapFrog Scoop And Learn Ice Cream Cart.

Another one of the best learning toys for 3-year-olds, this super cute ice cream cart will have your child scooping like a pro while learning colours, numbers and much more. The playset includes six activity cards with hungry animals who will walk your child through their order, teaching them counting, sequencing and memory skills.

Main Features

  • Price: £39.99
  • Age: 2+
  • 3 x AA batteries required (not included)

Best For Outdoors

10. Kid Active Pop Up Tunnel

Kid Active Pop Up Tunnel.

If you want to get your little adventurer involved in active play, this bright tunnel is a great option.  The tunnel pops up in seconds and folds down flat, perfect for easy access and instant fun wherever you find yourself.  Giggles are guaranteed as your child and their friends crawl, slide and hide in this super fun tunnel.

Main Features

  • Price: £9.00
  • Age: 2+

Best Construction Toy

11. Melissa & Doug Wooden Blocks

Melissa & Doug Wooden Blocks.

This classic toy will provide hours of building fun for your 3-year-old. It includes 100 pieces that feature nine different shapes painted in four bright, non-toxic colours. Your child will develop their fine motor skills as they stack these blocks and with 100 pieces, your child will get the chance to build whatever they can imagine.

Main Features

  • Price: £15.00
  • Age: 3+

Best For 'Paw Patrol' Lovers

12. 'Paw Patrol' Pirate Pups, Pirate Patroller

'Paw Patrol' Pirate Pups, Pirate Patroller.

Your little one can help Robo Dog save the day with this 'Paw Patrol' Pirate Patroller. With helicopter and sea patrol modes, your 3-year-old can run rescue missions in both the air and the water. The working lights and sounds will make them feel like their rescue mission is real. Plus, with extra seats, your child's 'Paw Patrol' friends can come along for the ride.

Main Features

  • Price: £24.99
  • Age: 3-6 years
  • 3 x LR44 batteries required (included)

Best For Active Play

13. 'Peppa Pig' Space Hopper

'Peppa Pig' Space Hopper.

What could be more fun than bouncing around with Peppa Pig? Not only will your child have a blast on this inflatable hopper, they will also develop their core strength and coordination skills. The hopper takes around five minutes to inflate and when your child is all bounced out, deflates and folds for easy storage.

Main Features

  • Price: £10.00
  • Age: 3+

Best Musical Toy

14. Chad Valley Giant Floor Piano

Chad Valley Giant Floor Piano.

Big toys for 3-year-olds deliver big fun and this giant floor piano is no different. Your children won't be able to get enough of jumping up and down on the keys which play 24 notes and six animal sounds. This toy will develop your child's interest in music while teaching them hand-eye coordination and gross motor skills.

Main Features

  • Price: £10.00
  • Age: 3+
  • 3 x AA batteries required (not included)

Best Rocking Toy

15. Chad Valley Rainbow Rocking Unicorn

Chad Valley Rainbow Rocking Unicorn.

This adorable rocking unicorn will bring the magic into your playroom and help your child feel like a true princess or prince. The unicorn has a super soft, comfortable body with a built-in saddle and handles for lots of fun (and safe) adventures. This toy should always be used under the supervision of an adult.

Main Features

  • Price: £30.00
  • Age: 3+

Kidadl Best Buys selects the top parent-recommended products across the web for families of all ages. If you liked our suggestions for the best toys for three-year-olds then why not read our suggestions for beach toys or children's dungarees.

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