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What gift for 3 year olds is the best?

It can be hard to find a great gift for a 3 year old these days. With so many TV shows, characters, apps, and games, picking one can be daunting. Who is their favorite character lately? What do they like to play? What toys will help your 3-year-old develop his brain?

With 3 Smart Stages of learning, the Fisher-Price Ultimate 4-in-1 Learning Robot is a great toy to encourage both play and education.

Choose an age-appropriate gift for a 3-year-old child

Three-year-olds are amazed and excited to discover the world around them, but they can get frustrated if a challenge is too difficult. Here are some of the things you’ll need to think about when choosing an age-appropriate gift.


At age 3, children learn to use their bodies to interact with the world around them. Some of the skills worth working on include:

  • Holding small objects like with their index finger and thumb, like puzzle pieces or pencils
  • Jump with both feet from place to place
  • Balance in one place or while walking
  • Alternate feet when climbing stairs
  • Catch and throw balls and other soft objects to improve hand-eye coordination


Three-year-olds love sorting items into categories. With that in mind, gifts that can encourage sorting skills focus on:

  • A panoply of colors
  • Different sizes
  • Common forms

Feel free to think outside the box when it comes to gifts. A set of toy cars can easily be used to compare colours, shapes and weights, while providing excellent motor skills!


When you want to encourage creativity and play, it’s easy to find gifts for 3-year-olds. At this age, children learn to tell stories. Lean into this developmental milestone with a fun gift that encourages dramatic play, arts and crafts, singing silly songs, and working creatively together.

Things to avoid

While it can be a lot of fun teaching kids new skills, 3-year-olds can get frustrated when their toys, games, and activities have lots of rules to follow.

Make sure to keep things simple and avoid toys that require a lot of physical strength, precision, or steps that need to be followed in a specific order.

By age 3, children are able to interact with the world around them in new and exciting ways. It’s a great time to find fun gifts to encourage learning, movement, and cooperation with others.

Best Interactive Gifts for 3-Year-Olds

Making playtime a learning experience enhances a child’s mind and imagination while entertaining them. Interactive gifts make for a great and entertaining learning environment.

Fisher-Price Ultimate 4-in-1 Learning Robot

This brightly colored robot changes and ‘grows’ with children and is suitable for children aged 6 months to 5 years. Kids can build the robot and hear it sing over 100 songs, phrases and sounds.

Sold by Amazon and Kohls

Official CoComelon Interactive JJ Doll

Official CoComelon Interactive JJ Doll

CoComelon is all the rage with young children right now, and it’s easy to see why. This interactive doll comes with a bowl of peas and a spoon for kids to feed him. He talks and “eats” the peas, sings songs and laughs too.

Sold by Amazon

The best ride-on toys for 3-year-olds

Children love movement, and when they can produce movement on their own, the fun increases to a whole new level. Just be prepared to exercise while trying to keep up!

bumper car toys

bumper car toys

This small electric car powered by a rechargeable battery is easily controlled by children with a simple joystick. It will even spin 360 degrees and can reach a top speed of 1-2 mph.

Sold by Wayfair

Sakar self-balancing scooter

Sakar self-balancing scooter

This self-balancing scooter features a foot-activated brake, extra-wide deck and three-wheeled platform for added safety and stability. Shoppers can choose from different designs, including ones featuring a unicorn, dragon, dinosaur, fire truck, dump truck, or cat!

Sold by Amazon

Best Bath and Bedtime Gifts for 3-Year-Olds

Some children are afraid of the dark and others don’t like to take baths. Make bath time and bedtime fun and fun with these gifts for 3-year-olds.

Snuggle Monster Hide &  Look for a storybook and a sleep aid

Snuggle Monster Hide & Seek Storybook and Sleep Aid

This adorable little plush comes with a bedtime book that will help make bedtime fun. The monster is part of the bedtime hide-and-seek game and is also a bedtime buddy to help ease fears of the dark.

Sold by Bed bath and beyond

Color the Ocean Color Magic Bath Book

Color the Ocean Color Magic Bath Book

This adorable little novelty book is made just for bath time. Colors pop throughout the pages when submerged underwater, bringing fun right to the tub.

Sold by Amazon

Best Gaming Gifts for 3 Year Olds

Playsets take kids to other worlds and places, expanding their imaginations in adventurous and fun ways.

Fisher-Price Little People Launch & Loop Raceway

Fisher-Price Little People Launch & Racecourse Loop

Perfect for kids up to 5 years old, this colorful vehicle playset features multiple different tracks, a crash zone, sounds and lights. The set also comes with two Wheelies vehicles, and additional vehicles are available separately for purchase.

Sold by Amazon

Miscellaneous gifts for 3 year olds

JoJo Siwa Bluetooth Karaoke Machine

JoJo Siwa Bluetooth Karaoke Machine

This fun interactive karaoke machine is brightly colored and has a working microphone. It uses USB port and Bluetooth power supply, and users can expand content and get more songs for little singers with unlimited sound.

Sold by Amazon

Step2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table

Step2 Rain Showers Splash Pond Water Table

This water table game encourages young children to develop their sensory skills and fine motor skills while having hours of wading fun. It features ramps, buckets and maze-like spinners that are water activated.

Sold by Bed bath and beyond and Amazon

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