Our Top Toys for 3 year olds
At 3 years of age the world of children’s toys really enters another level as children begin exploring independently, socialising, initiating conversations and letting you know what their interests are. At this age children are beginning to learn things like their basic shapes, numbers and colours and starting to engage in more in-depth pretend and imaginative play.
With this in mind when shopping for the best toys and gifts for 3-year-old, any open ended toy that fosters pretend and imaginative play is sure to be a hit. But it’s a good idea to look out for educational toys that will start getting them ready for preschool, especially if they help practice numbers, letters and shapes. Of course, 3-year-olds still have the attention spans of toddlers, so you’ll also have to find something that’s fun and engaging first and foremost.
To help, Ruth (primary school teacher, toy expert and mother to 2 young boys) has picked out her top toy gift ideas for 3 year olds that are sure to be a hit.
Discover open-ended play and learning with our 60 Piece Rainbow Starter Pack!
Featuring large and small squares, plus three types of triangles in six vibrant rainbow colours, this pack is the perfect introduction to Connetix play or as an addition to growing magnetic tile collections.
Designed to foster imagination and encourage children to explore STEAM learning through PLAY, this pack will inspire children to create 2D and 3D designs such as houses, castles, farms, zoos, car parks, rockets, towers, puzzles, sorting boxes and coin drops, plus so much more! Watch as they explore concepts of magnetism, design, shape, patterns, engineering, mathematics and colours while developing fine motor and problem-solving skills.
Recommended Age: 3+ (contains magnets and small parts)Buy Connetix Rainbow Starter Pack Now
42 brightly-coloured wooden magnetic blocks which can be arranged on the board to replicate any of the 50 full-colour puzzle cards, such as animals, faces, vehicles, flowers, structures and more! Plus, the magnetic creation surface doubles as a dry-erase board. The colourful pattern cards are numbered in order of difficulty, ranging from beginner to expert. As each pattern becomes more challenging, patience and confidence is gained through trial and error. Once recreating the patterns has been mastered, creativity takes over through free play. Imagination Patterns inspires hours of continuous play and will quickly become a household favourite! Features a sturdy wood carrying case with durable hinges and rope handles.Buy Imagination Patterns Now
The Hurlóg is the perfect gift for your 3 year old budding hurlers / camogie players. Made of a light, soft foam it is safer for younger children to use. A soft foam ball is also included. The Hurlóg is soft, light, safe and great fun to use both indoors and outdoors. The Hurlóg has been hugely popular at Cogs since we started stocking it in late 2022.Buy Hurlóg Now
A junior hockey version is also available here.
The Stomp Rocket Jr Glow provides active outdoor entertainment, day or night.
The Jr Glow version is suitable for younger children (Age 3 +).
Part of the Stomp Rocket range, it is guaranteed to provide all ages with endless hours of fun.
An excellent STEM toy which encourages learning through play and will keep the kids playing outdoors for hours.
Winner of Creative Child Magazine’s 2014 Preferred Choice Award. Multiple Award Winner , Preferred Choice Award, iParenting Media Award for Best ProductBuy Stomp Rocket Jr Glow Now
Load up the train, chuff-chuff the cargo round the winding track, but look out for changing signals and workmen on the tracks!
Kids will adore this railway set, which has all the props they need for hours of play and storytelling.
Quick to tidy, and easy to store: all 50 pieces of the set fit easily into the bucket. Both the bucket and its lid are cleverly designed as part of the railway and scenery.
Enlarge the scene with other Hape toy train sets - such as the Hape Busy City Rail Set. Then watch the kids’ pretend-play stories get bigger and even more imaginative. It’s even compatible with other companies’ train sets, so you can add it to what you already have.
The smart bucket design makes the whole railway set easy to transport and store, ideal for busy bedrooms or taking on holiday.
Age: 3+ YearsBuy the Railway Bucket Builder Set Now
Magformers My First 54 Set will introduce your 3 year old into the amazing world of magnetic constructions. My First 54 helps children to distinguish colours and shapes and explore the surrounding environment.
Includes: 12 x triangles, 24 x squares, 6 x diamonds, 6 x traipziods and 6 x rectangles. A colourful themed model booklet with construction ideas and shape matching activity cards are included and I added a photo of the goods and keywords.
Age: 3+Buy Magformers My First 54 Pieces Set Now
One of Cogs The Brain Shops all time best seller, Squigz are fun little suckers! Construction with suction! Apply pressure to two Squigz. Air rushes out and the fun rushes in! Named Best in Play by Parenting Magazine, these fun, flexible little suckers come in eight different shapes and stick to each other and any flat, non-porous surface without leaving a mark. Just break out your creativity and fine motor skills to make anything your pliable little mind can dream up. Build a tree, a rocket ship, an octopus.Buy Squigz 22 Piece Set Now
There are as many ways to play with this house as there families in the world. Six rooms, moveable stairs, and a reversible winter/summer-themed, solar-paneled roof inspire year-round activities. Includes four room sets: Master Bedroom, Family Bathroom, Media Room and Kitchen.
The house has unique home furnishings and household appliances that are easy to move and can be arranged as you like.
Recipient of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Seal Award.
Age: 3+ Years.Buy All Season Doll House
Smile, the dentist will see you now! This Melissa and Doug Super Smile Dentist Kit Play Set features an over-sized set of pretend teeth so young dentists-in-training can give cleanings, treat cavities, and even fit retainers and braces! Mark the pretend teeth with cavity stickers, then use the vibrating tool with interchangeable polishing and drill heads, and the toothbrush to clean.
The set includes realistic instruments like a pick, mirror, floss, a dental rinse bottle and cup, 2 gauze pads, 2 tooth polish cups, and an instrument tray to keep organised. A mask, reusable ID tag on a lanyard, and a double-sided reusable activity card round out the dentists office experience. The play set is a fun and engaging way to teach good dental health practices, and to ease kids fears or feelings of stress associated with a visit to the dentist. Spark a childs creativity and imagination and inspire young dentists for years to come.Buy Melissa & Doug Super Smile Dentist Kit Play Set
This easy-to-learn game is ideal for 3-year-olds because it involves no reading and no dice with numbers to count — instead, there’s a spinner to flick on a coloured wheel and matching acorns to pick up — yet it still fosters learning in a quick-paced setup, teaching about colours and improving fine motor control. Games like this also teach the skills of sharing, turn-taking, and handling frustration when losing.Buy The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game Now
Give dress-up playtime a creative boost with costumes and role play accessories from Melissa & Doug. Dress up as your favourite career specialist – Fire Chief, Pediatric Nurse, Doctor, Police Officer, Veterinarian, Pilot, Astronaut, Scientist, Chef, Cowboy or Construction Worker. These dress-up-and-play sets come with everything a child needs to look the part, plus exciting accessories to spur imaginative play. Recommended for ages 3 to 6.Buy A Melissa & Doug Role Play Costume Set Now
Read the funny story of two inquisitive kids, Ty and Karlie, and build simple, non-motorized models of the robots they construct and fix during their adventure to an automated candy factory! During this zany outing, Ty and Karlie build various robots to perform tasks and solve problems in the factory. The robots have moving parts, wheels, and gears, so kids can learn first hand about simple machines and gear trains. As you follow the story, you can build models of the ten robots featured in the story. Large, colorful plastic building pieces make it easy for small hands to put the models together.Buy Kids First Robot Engineer And Storybook Now
Have fun scooping up some cool treats for your friends and family with this adorable Wooden Ice Cream Counter. The sturdy all-inclusive, 28-piece tabletop counter holds eight wooden scoops of different-flavoured ice cream, six assorted toppings, two cones, a plastic cup, an ice cream scooper, tongs, and a wooden spoon. The scooper fits into a hole on top of the scoops to lift, stack, and release. Take orders on the reusable menu card, pay with play money, and serve up delicious fun!Buy Wooden Ice Cream Counter Now
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