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2022’s Best Toys and Gift Ideas for a 3-Year-Old Boy


Even though age 3 can come with attitude and temper tantrums (“threenagers” anyone?), it also comes with the joy of watching your little one find their place in the world. They are going to be interested in all that is around them, making it the perfect time to choose toys and gifts that help them learn, play, and have a great time.

We’ve done the research on this age, and we know what toys and gifts will work best. Here are the absolute best toy and gift ideas for a 3-year-old boy. You’ll find over two dozen options to engage your little one in a variety of ways.

Best Toys and Gifts for a 3-Year-Old BoyWhy It's BestRating
Flybar My First Foam Pogo JumperLarge, stable base that improves balance♥♥♥♥♥
Lascoota 2-in-1 Kick ScooterWheels light up as you ride; Handlebar and (removable) seat can be adjusted♥♥♥♥♥
ThinkGizmos Take Apart Toy Racing Car KitHands-on activity that encourages learning and exploring the world♥♥♥♥♥
Jozo Rotating Star Projector and NightlightProject stars onto the ceiling or simply use as a nightlight♥♥♥♥♥
Royalbaby BMX Freestyle Kid's BikeIncludes accessories and is available in 6 different colors♥♥♥♥♥
YISIBO Dinosaur BackpackA fun twist to a traditional backpack!♥♥♥♥♥

Our 28 Best Toys and Gift Ideas for 3-Year-Old Boys

Flybar My First Foam Pogo Jumper (Blue)

Flybar My First Foam Pogo Jumper for Kids Fun and Safe Pogo Stick, Durable Foam and Bungee Jumper for Ages 3 and up Toddler Toys, Supports up to 250lbs (Blue)
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This is a good indoor/outdoor toy for 3-year-old boys that will grow with your child because of its bungee center. The center lets it adjust to the perfect height for any child; simply step onto the block and pull up on the handlebars. The entire pogo stick is made of strong, stretchy rubber and foam materials. This lets it be used inside or outside, without worrying about scuffing the floors or damaging the block.

The Flybar My First Foam Pogo Jumper for Kids (Blue) is a great choice for kids who may not have the balance or coordination for a traditional pogo stick since it has a wide, flat base. It also makes a great gift when your little one has older siblings because the handle stretches and the stick is designed to support up to 250 pounds. This means you don’t have to worry about the older kids breaking your three-year old’s new toy.

Pros

  • Can be used indoors or outdoors
  • Designed to support up to 250 pounds
  • Constructed of durable materials that will not break or wear down
  • Easy-to-use, just step on the block, pull the handle, and jump

Cons

  • Squeaking can become annoying after a while, more so for parents than the child

What We Like About It

Though this first’ pogo stick is designed to be the perfect height for your 3-year old, it can easily be used by other members of the family. If you can get past the squeaking, it is also a great way for your little one to expel energy during the cold winter months.

2-in-1 Kick Scooter

Kick Scooters for Kids Ages 3-5 (Suitable for 2-12 Year Old) Adjustable Height Foldable Scooter Removable Seat, 3 LED Light Wheels, Rear Brake, Wide Standing Board, Outdoor Activities for Boys/Girls
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Indoors or outdoors, this little scooter is perfect for helping your toddler expel some excess energy. As they move, the lights in the wheels flash. They flash faster with more movement. The deck of the scooter is also designed to keep little ones safe, being anti-slip to help them get a grip and being designed extra wide to enhance stability. There’s even a removable seat that toddlers can sit on when riding.

Even though you have to assemble the 2-in-1 Kick Scooter yourself, it is very easy to do. As your child grows, you can raise the handlebars to accommodate their height with four adjustable height options. The seat can also be adjusted to two different height options. This toy is recommended for 2 to 8-year-olds, so your toddler can enjoy this gift for years to come.

Pros

  • Lights in wheels flash faster as you move
  • Anti-slip surface and wide deck increase your toddler’s stability
  • Easy to assemble
  • Adjustable handlebars and seat let the scooter grow with your little one
  • Removable seat
  • No batteries required
  • Choose from over 10 different colors

Cons

  • Some have complained of low quality

What We Like About It

The features of this scooter are perfect for a young child. It ticks all the boxes for safety and the light-up wheels make it a fun and interactive experience. This scooter also will not damage hard floors or carpet, so it can easily be used for expelling energy in the house.

Take Apart Toy Racing Car Kit by ThinkGizmos

Think Gizmos Take Apart Toy Car For 3 4 5 Year Old Boys & Girls – Fun Toy With Working Drill - Build Your Own Car Kit STEM Toy - Realistic Engine Sounds & Lights
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Three-year-olds are still at that critical age where they are interested in learning about the way the world works. By encouraging that natural curiosity, they develop an inquisitive nature that will carry them through life. This toy for 3-year-old boys plays tribute to that curiosity as your child takes apart the toy car, rebuilds it, and then takes it apart again.

As your child screws and unscrews the parts of the Take Apart Toy Racing Car Kit for Kids by ThinkGizmos, they are improving their hand-eye coordination and motor skills. They are also challenging their memory as they rebuild the car. In the set, you will find an electric drill and drill bit, several screws, the tires, and numerous parts for the car. The car also lights up and makes sounds when fully assembled. As an added benefit, the batteries are included for the motor of the car and the electric drill.

Pros

  • Encourages an inquisitive nature
  • Great hands-on project that toddlers can do alone or with parent
  • Batteries are included
  • Develops fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and memorization

Cons

  • On/off switch for sound is located under the hood, so you need to take the car apart to turn the sounds off when your little one is done playing

What We Like About It

Research shows that children learn best through play. This car is a great hands-on project for toddlers that engages them with play. The working drill is also a nice touch, allowing kids to easily line up with the screws and either secure them or remove them.

If your son likes cars, he might like something from our best model car kits list.

Night Lights for Kids Rotating Star Projector

Night Lights for Kids Star Projector with Timer for Baby Boys and Girls
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Even though nightlights are a great way to stop your child from being afraid of the dark, the light disrupts their natural sleep cycle and prevents them from falling into REM sleep, which is the most healing and restful. This nightlight has innovative features like a shutoff timer that shuts the light down automatically after 45 minutes. This means that after your little one is soothed to sleep, they can still experience the benefits of total-darkness sleeping.

The construction of the Night Lights for Kids Rotating Star Projector with Timing Shutdown Function is solid, making it the perfect accompaniment to any playroom. There is also the option of running the light off batteries or plugging it in while using it. The batteries help keep cords out of your child’s reach, but the cord provides a nice backup if you run out of battery life. Another benefit is the several features that come with this night light, including a starry sky night light projector, single-light or multi-light nightlight, tableside lamp, or party projector.

Pros

  • Runs on battery power and a DC power supply
  • Helps kids sleep, but also great for playtime as well
  • Solid construction makes this a great choice for kids’ rooms
  • Shutoff timer conserves energy and lets your child get the REM sleep they need

Cons

  • Makes a low humming sound when on, can be distracting for some kids and soothing for others
  • High battery consumption, light likes like blue and green fade out after 1-2 hours because the battery drains

What We Like About It

This useful device is great for lulling children to sleep, but the starry sky also makes for fun party entertainment for the parents once they are off to bed. It is also nice that it is run using batteries and a DC power supply, which prevents the nightmare of ever having to tell your toddler that you do not have batteries for their favorite nightlight.

RoyalBaby BMX Freestyle Kid’s Bike

RoyalBaby Kids Bike Boys Girls Freestyle BMX Bicycle with Training Wheels Kickstand Gifts for Children Bikes 16 Inch Green
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If you live in a cold environment, you might be thinking, Why would I buy a bicycle for my toddler for Christmas? For us, though, a bike is a little too big of a gift for the Easter bunny and our three-year-old’s birthday falls in October. Christmas is the perfect time for Santa to leave a bike beneath the tree, especially because your little one can spend the next few months in anticipation of the tires hitting the asphalt once spring rolls around.

The cost of the RoyalBaby BMX Freestyle Kid’s Bike is a little more than you might expect to pay for the average toddler bicycle but the high-quality parts are well worth it. You can buy it in five different sizes and have the option of training wheels and/or a kickstand, depending on what your three-year-old needs. The frame of this bike also grows with your child with an adjustable seat and compatibility with all five sizes available, you can easily remove the training wheels and swap out the wheels for a larger size as your little one grows. It is also durable enough that it will last long enough for you to swap out part seven if your little guy is as rough as my three-year-old is. This bike also comes in six different color options, which is great for letting your little one express their personal style.

Pros

  • High-quality parts that help create a durable product
  • Extra accessories include a water bottle and holding cage, kickstand and/or training wheels, and a bell
  • Six colors available
  • Comes with assembly tools and easy instructions

Cons

  • Must assemble kickstand, seat, and training wheels yourself
  • Handbrakes may be too advanced for some young riders

What We Like About It

The brakes, drive chain, and the frame is all built to last. This, and the fact that it grows with your child, makes it well worth the money spent. It is also nice that this gift for 3-year-olds comes in colors like red, blue, green, orange, pink, and white because it lets your little one express their favorite color.

Also, check out our selection of the best bikes for 3-year-olds.

YISIBO Dinosaur Backpack

yisibo Dinosaur Backpack 14
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This cute dinosaur bag is made of bright green and orange colors, complete with spikes and sharp teeth (on some versions). When your toddler wears the bag on their back, it almost seems as if they are wearing the spikes. This makes the bag both functional and playful, as your little one can easily channel their inner dinosaur and stomp around during playtime.

The YISIBO Dinosaur Backpack is made of a soft neoprene material that is chemical-free and sturdy enough to withstand the washing machine and air dry. It also features adjustable straps so your toddler can use the bag for years to come (is recommended up to age six). Additionally, the zipper has a rubber coating that makes it easy for little fingers to grasp.

Pros

  • Bright colors and fun design
  • Easy-to-pull zipper because of rubber coating
  • Adjustable to grow with your child
  • Functional and playful; the perfect size for overnight trips

Cons

  • Straps can be slippery, not practical for long walks for some kids for this reason

What We Like About It

Toddlers can channel their inner dinosaur within seconds with this backpack. As an added benefit, they get plenty of practice using zippers as they load and unload this backpack with toys, snacks, and anything else they want to bring along on their dinosaur adventure.

Toy Truck Transport Car Carrier By Play22

Play22 Toy Truck Transport Car Carrier - Toy Truck Includes 6 Toy Cars & Accessories - Toy Trucks Fits 28 Toy Car Slots - Great Car Toys Gift for Boys & Girls - Original
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This engaging playset comes with storage and fun all rolled into one. The set comes with six individual cars and a variety of road construction signs, cones, and blocks. These can be used to set up a racing path or for interactive play. Even though the set comes with just six cars, it has 28 different slots4 on each side of the car. With the storage of signs and other parts of the set, there is enough room for an additional 14 cars.

The die-cast racing cars included with the Toy Truck Transport Car Carrier – Includes 6 Toy Cars and Accessories By Play22 have a sleek design and with graphics like lightning flames and racing stripes. The cab of the truck rotates back and forth, letting your little one practice their maneuverability as they roll around. The cab is also removable.

Pros

  • Can be used to carry extra cars (up to 14 if you want to keep the construction signs with the set)
  • Carrying handle on the top makes it easier to transport
  • Die-cast racing cars

Cons

  • Small parts may not be good for kids who put things in their mouths

What We Like About It

The carrying handle on the top is a nice touch, especially since kids tend to drag around the toys they love playing with the most. All the storage slots are also nice because it can be used with any other standard-sized cars that your child has in their collection.

Magna-Tiles 32-Piece Clear Colors Set

Magna-Tiles 32-Piece Clear Colors Set, The Original Magnetic Building Tiles For Creative Open-Ended Play, Educational Toys For Children Ages 3 Years +
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These magnetic blocks for toddlers are designed to let your little one explore the concept of design without making them color in the lines. It encourages exploration and creativity and the bright colors engage the senses. When working with others, there is also the potential to teach your child teamwork. Additionally, following the instructions to create different shape provides an opportunity for logical thinking.

The Magna-Tiles 32-Piece Clear Colors Set is constructed of a non-toxic ABS plastic material that is smooth enough you never have to worry about the edges hurting your child’s hands. The base set comes with 32 pieces of clear color tiles including equilaterals, right angles, and isosceles to learn shapes and colors. Some nice added features are a storage bag that keeps all the blocks together and a book with several design concepts to start the juices flowing so you can have fun with your little one.

Pros

  • Smooth, colorful blocks are perfect for little hands
  • Works well as a base set, since these types of blocks can easily be combined with other building sets
  • Magnetic pieces allow pieces to easily attach to each other
  • Booklet of designs included 

Cons

  • Plenty of designs, but more pieces would increase the number of designs and learning fun

What We Like About It

Hands-on activities like this STEM set allow children to explore concepts like science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in a way that is fun and encourages learning. This set is a great tool for getting your little one thinking outside of the box. If you add a second set, the possibilities would be endless.

Compact Shock Proof Binoculars

Summary

These binoculars are built to take a beating. They are shock-proof because of the rubber coating, meaning they can be dropped without sustaining damage. The wide, ergonomic design of the binoculars makes them perfect for little hands. The eye area also has a soft, rubber around the outside of the lens that protects your little one’s eyes even if they run into something as they are likely to do.

Even though the Compact Shock Proof Binoculars for Kids are built for use by kids, they do not skimp on quality. They are adjustable to match your child’s unique eye gap. Additionally, the binoculars feature an FMC prism green coated optics system that allows for deep saturation of colors and incredible definition so you can even see individual leaves up to 100 yards away because of the 8X magnification.

Pros

  • Adult-quality lenses in a kid-safe package
  • Shock-proof outer protects the binoculars if they are dropped
  • Soft, eye protection to stop bumps
  • Wide, ergonomic design ready for little hands

Cons

  • Kids may need help adjusting them to fit their eyes

What We Like About It

Though these binoculars will last your little one for years to come, they have been perfectly designed with their needs in mind. The shock-proof outer, eye protection, and incredible detail that can be seen through the lenses all help make a great experience for your little one, whether they are walking through the woods in search of birds or just looking out your bedroom window.

We researched all the best binoculars for kids here.

Oh Say Can You Say Di-no-saur?: All About Dinosaurs

Oh Say Can You Say Di-no-saur?: All About Dinosaurs (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library)
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If your little one loves the Cat in the Hat and dinosaurs, this book could quickly become a favorite. The rhyming, playful words engage young ears and you can easily explain complex ideas to your toddler because of the glossary included at the end of the book. It is also packed full of fun facts about dinosaurs!

This book does not fail to deliver in true Doctor Seuss-style with illustrations that mimic Seuss’s playful and colorful designs. Between the covers of Oh Say Can You Say Di-no-saur?: All About Dinosaurs (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library), the Cat in the Hat shows up at Dick and Sally’s house atop a brachiosaurus and they quickly head off on a learning adventure.

Pros

  • Rhyming book is fun to listen to (and read)
  • Colorful, engaging pictures
  • Sticks with the characters of the original book (and more recent television show)
  • Fun way for kids to learn more about dinosaurs

Cons

  • Hardcover book, but paper pages inside might not be a good fit for all toddlers

What We Like About It

Fun facts, Dr. Seuss-style illustrations and rhymes, and the Cat in the Hat; what’s not to love? The glossary is an excellent addition and helps bridge the gap between complex concepts and young learning.

68 Piece Workbench With Realistic Tools & Electric Drill

ToyVelt® Kids Tool Set Toddler Workbench W Realistic Tools & Electric Drill For Construction Workshop Tool Bench, Stem Educational Pretend Play, Best Gift Toys For Boys & Girls Age 3, 4, 5, 6 and Up
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This toy stands and delivers in its ability to provide interactive and imaginative play, while helping your toddler improve their coordination and motor skills. This premium workbench is designed to teach your child how tools work hands-on. It has realistic, working tools’ like an adjustable pipe wrench, electric drill, saw, hammer, screwdrivers, and different sized nuts and bolts.

The many pieces of the 68 Piece Workbench With Realistic Tools & Electric Drill can be easily carried around in the included box. When the box unfolds, its legs are constructed using some of the nuts and bolts. There are also hooks’ that can be installed into the back of the workbench, giving kids a great way to organize their tools and making play much more realistic.

Pros

  • 68 pieces offer hours of fun
  • Nuts and bolts are realistic and come in different sizes
  • Electric drill is stimulating and life-like
  • Tools come in the same box that folds out to create the workbench, which is convenient and makes this toy portable

Cons

  • The nuts and bolts are not a good choice for kids who like to chew on toys, as the bite marks will damage the pieces and they will become incompatible with the other pieces in the set

What We Like About It

A carrying handle makes this case easy to carry around so your little one can set up a shop. They can watch dad repair in the garage or fix’ their toys in interactive play. The toolsets are also a great way to improve fine motor skills.

Liberty Imports Cartoon R/C Race Car Toy

Liberty Imports My First Cartoon RC Race Car Radio Remote Control Toy for Baby, Toddlers, Children
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We have a 3-year old and a 5-year old at home. This remote-control car for toddlers is a great choice, especially since our younger boy is so interested in the 5-year old’s toys. Its bright colors really engage the eyes, while the music and honking engage the ears. The controller has two separate buttons; one for moving forward and the other for turning and moving backward. The simplicity of two buttons makes this 3-year-old toy easy for a little boy to use.

The cute driver that comes with the Liberty Imports Cartoon R/C Race Car Radio Control Toy to go along for the ride is also a nice feature. You can choose from 1 of 2 racecar drivers or what looks like a mailman or police officer. The car and driver are made from a hard plastic material and when you press down on the seat, the car honks and makes music. The antenna is soft but durable. This toy also is great on batteries so you don’t have to worry about breaking the bank when your little one falls in love with it.

Pros

  • Lights up and plays music
  • 2-button controller is easy for young children to use
  • Very durable
  • Comes with a driver for the car

Cons

  • Not as much maneuverability as some other remote-control cars

What We Like About It

If your little one has an older sibling, this remote-control car can keep them busy for hours. If not, they will still enjoy chasing after the car while it plays music and lights up. Its conservative battery use means that your little one will have hours of fun.

See our list of the best remote control cars here.

VTech KidiZoom Smartwatch DX2

VTech KidiZoom Smartwatch DX2 (Frustration Free Packaging), Blue
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This is the perfect developmental gift to ease your child into the age of technology. It is highly functional, with the ability to tell time, track steps, take pictures and record videos, and much more. Additionally, the watch includes a calendar, alarms, and 55+ watch faces. If you are worried about this watch limiting your child’s activity level, there are active challenges included to encourage more moving around.

The VTech KidiZoom Smartwatch DX2 has a rechargeable battery that can be charged with the included micro-USB cable. Any content, like photos and videos, is secure on this smartwatch because it does not connect to WiFi or Bluetooth, so you don’t have to worry about that!

Pros

  • Many functions, including an alarm clock, camera and recorder, interactive games, and more
  • Active challenges
  • Content remains secure

Cons

  • Not waterproof

What We Like About It

This interactive gift is a great introduction to technology while avoiding the dangers that come with access to the Internet. It helps your little one learn and functions as a real phone or watch would, letting your little one take pictures, set alarms, play games, and enjoy themselves.

iPlay, iLearn Golf Toys Game Set

iPlay, iLearn Kids Golf Toys Set, Left & Right Golf Head, Indoor & Outdoor Golf Ball Game, Sports Gaming Clubs, Learning Active Exercise Gifts for 3 4 5 6 7 8 Year Olds, Toddler Boy Girl Child, Orange
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ch your child’s ligaments as they follow through on their swing.

Pros

  • Promotes physical, mental, and social development
  • Easy-to-use set provides an authentic golf-like experience
  • Can be used inside or outside, making it a great toddler gift for Christmas
  • Fun, interactive play

Cons

  • Color may vary when buying online, cannot choose the color

What We Like About It

Golf is a fun sport that teaches your child hand-eye coordination and encourages the stretching of limbs. This best gift for 3-year-old boys is a great way to encourage socializing, whether they are playing with siblings, friends, or a parent.

Melissa & Doug Pet Vet Play Set

Melissa & Doug Examine and Treat Pet Vet Play Set (24 pcs)
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Teach your toddler about animal care with the adorable Melissa & Doug Pet Vet Play Set. Learning to care for others helps children to learn about empathy which is a skill they need. The 24-piece collection includes all the veterinarian tools your little one needs in addition to a plush dog AND cat and a travel bag to keep everything together.

If your toddlers aren’t super nice to the family dog or cat, consider this toy to show them the right way to treat living beings. Moreover, it’s from a quality brand you know and love. It’s the perfect gift for children ages 3 to 5 years old for hours of nurturing fun. 

Pros

  • 24-piece set
  • Comes with two plush animals (a dog and a cat)
  • Teaches empathy and nurturing
  • Quality materials

Cons

  • Lots of pieces to lose around the house
  • More jars than some feel are necessary

What We Like About It

Children love little animals and if you don’t have any pets, the Melissa & Doug Pet Vet Play Set is a great way to toddlers to practice taking care of small animals and being gentle with them.

ZOKEA Night Lights 3D Dinosaur Night Light

ZOKEA Dinosaur Toys, Dinosaur Gifts for Boys 7 Colors Changing 3D Dinosaur Night Light (4 Patterns) with Timer & Remote Control & Smart Touch, Gifts for Boys Girls Age 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Year Old Boy Gifts
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What better way to keep your toddler safe from things that go bump in the night than with a realistic dinosaur nightlight? This nightlight projects upward from the base, creating a 3D dinosaur that can watch over your little one while they sleep. It has features like an energy-saving battery, the option of USB mode or battery mode, and a 7-color display so your little one can choose their favorite color or switch things up.

The ZOKEA Night Lights for Kids Dinosaur 3D Night Light with Remote Control is also convenient to use. It features a smart touch button for easy on/off, as well as a remote control that lets you adjust the color display. This is a good choice for parents who want to turn off the nightlight, but don’t want to creep across their child’s room and risk waking them up. As an added benefit, a 180-day guarantee policy ensures your toddler loves it or your money back.

Pros

  • Lights up or gradual changing and has plenty of color options
  • Easy on/off or remote control display
  • Nightlight that shows personality and makes a good companion for your little one
  • Not overly distracting, encourages sleep

Cons

  • Goes through batteries quickly, only lasts a couple of days

What We Like About It

This is unlike any nightlight that we have ever seen. The 3-D dinosaur that is projected from the light makes the perfect companion for chasing away monsters at bedtime. In addition to this triceratops model, the company has a wide array of other designs, as well as a Spinosaurus and Stegosaurus. The option for a USB charge is also nice, especially since the batteries don’t last too long.

Paw Patrol My Size Lookout Tower 

Paw Patrol - My Size Lookout Tower with Exclusive Vehicle, Rotating Periscope and Lights and Sounds
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If your 3-year-old boy loves Paw Patrol, then they will for sure love pretending to be apart of the squad with the Paw Patrol My Size Lookout Tower. This tower is over 2.5 feet tall, allowing your toddler to play with the pups right at his level. He can enjoy lights and hearing the sounds of favorite Paw Patrol phrases in addition to playing with a Chase, Marshall, and vehicle and pup packs. Parents love this Lookout Tower and say their kids play with it for hours.

Pros

  • Includes Chase, Marshall, vehicle, and pup packs
  • Tower is over 2.5 feet tall
  • Features lights and sounds

Cons

  • Batteries will need to be replaced

What We Like About It

It’s easy to please a 3-year-old with a Paw Patrol toy when they are Paw Patrol lovers! This is a great toy for the Paw Patrol lover in your life and additional pups can be purchased separately.

How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Birthday?

How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Birthday?
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Birthdays can be equal parts exciting and confusing for toddlers, who are just starting to understand the concept. Storytime is a great way to explain this especially since they do not even realize they are learning. This fun and colorful book is perfect for inquiring minds who may not understand the concept of a birthday and it will quickly become a favorite in their collection.

The How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Birthday? book has colorful, kid-friendly illustrations. With a board-book construct, it withstands the quick movements that younger children may use when flipping through the pages. As a bonus, if your little one does love it, this is only one book out of an entire series.

Pros

  • Fun and engaging way to learn about birthdays
  • Colorful illustrations help explain the concept to your little one
  • Small design fits into the average toddler’s hands
  • Board books are sturdy enough to withstand the quick, rough movements that three-year-olds may use when turning pages

Cons

  • We couldn’t find any!

What We Like About It

This little board book is perfect for little hands. Its sturdy construction helps it withstand some of the abuse that books often face at the hands of toddlers.

Brickyard 101 Piece STEM Toys Kit

Brickyard Building Blocks STEM Toys - Educational Building Toys for Kids Ages 4-8 with 101 Pieces, Tools, Design Guide and Toy Storage Box for Kids
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This is another toy that would make the perfect Christmas gift for a three-year-old boy because it grows with your child. As your child first learns to use the toy, it will help them develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. The colorful building blocks provide visual stimulation and it encourages creativity and imagination.

As you work with your child, their skills are going to grow. The blocks of the Brickyard 101 Piece STEM Toys Kit can also be used to make vehicles with moving parts. These types of designs encourage problem-solving and logical thinking. The pieces are made of a hard plastic that can easily be cleaned with a disinfectant spray even just by washing with some soap and water. As an added benefit, 4 building tools and a colorful guide of how to make 42 different designs is included.

Pros

  • Includes 4 building tools and guide for making 42 designs
  • 101 total pieces
  • Grows with your child
  • Easy cleaning surfaces are perfect for playdates to encourage collaboration and teamwork
  • Encourages developmental and learning skills

Cons

  • The small parts make it a poor choice for children who like to put things in their mouths

What We Like About It

As a parent, you always want the best for your child. A lot of being the best in preparing your little one for the future. This kit helps them do that and the different shapes stimulate them a little more than the average Lego building set. It also offers several great opportunities for learning and development.

Looking for more building block ideas? See our list here.

Little Tikes Easy Score Soccer Set

Little Tikes Easy Score Soccer Set Game Outdoor Toys for Backyard Fun Summer Play - Goal with Net, Soccer Ball, and Pump Included - Lawn Activities for Kids, Toddlers, Boys Girls Ages 2+
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Even when you’re in the middle of what feels like a never-ending winter, you can hype your 3-year old for summer by getting him this soccer set. A brightly colored goal with netting, soccer ball, and air pump are included in this set; basically, everything that you need to set up a fun game of soccer with the neighborhood kids. Once the winter is over and everyone is eager to get outside, your toddler will be making friends left and right as he engages other kids in play.

Sports like soccer are incredibly beneficial for motor skills and coordination, as well as learning social skills like playing well with others. The Little Tikes Easy Score Soccer Set also has a little room to grow with your child, as it has an adjustable height. It is not the most durable soccer goal, but it will serve its purpose; just make sure to take it inside when your little one is done playing to avoid exposure to the elements. This will be relatively simple since the goal is easy to erect and disassemble.

Pros

  • Comes with everything you need to set up the goal and play a game of soccer
  • Improves motor skills and coordination
  • Great toy for encouraging your child to play with others and practice their social skills
  • Adjustable height

Cons

  • Could be a little more durable

What We Like About It

Any excuse for your child to make friends makes for a great toy. This encourages playing with others while teaching critical motor skills and coordination. The adjustability is also a nice feature since the size of the goal can be changed to make it easier (or more difficult) for the child that is playing.

Strider 12 Sport Balance Bike

Strider - 12 Sport Balance Bike, Ages 18 Months to 5 Years, Black
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The banana bike is aptly named for its swooping’ design, with a bike frame that is curved like a banana. Unlike bikes with traditional training wheels, balance bikes help toddlers establish a sense of balance that makes transitioning to a bike without training wheels much easier. In fact, many toddlers who use a balance bike can easily make the transition to a bike without training wheels.

The Strider 12 Sport Balance Bike is lightweight and durable, with a steel frame built to take a beating. As your child grows, you can adjust the handlebar and seat height up to 5 years old (or 20″ inseam). You can choose from 8 different Strider Balance Bike colors and parents say the Strider 12 Sport Balance Bike is easy to assemble.

Pros

  • Teaches children to balance
  • Allows easy transition from balance bike to a bicycle without training wheels
  • Adjustable seat and handlebar lets you find the perfect height for your toddler
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to assemble

Cons

  • Higher price than some other balance bikes

What We Like About It

The idea of a balance bike is ingenious. It is a great way to help your little one learn the balance they need to transition to a bicycle without training wheels. The adjustable seat and handlebar is also a nice touch since it can grow with your little one until they have the experience to make that transition.

Radio Flyer Deluxe Big Flyer

Radio Flyer Deluxe Big Flyer, Outdoor Toy for Kids Ages 3-7 , Red
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Introduce your toddler to a classic ride with the Radio Flyer Deluxe Big Flyer. The handlebars are ergonomically designed to help your little one grip easily and the large 16″ front tire is designed with grip to help prevent your boy from spinning out. The adjustable seat is also nice, as it allows the tricycle to grow with your little one up to 7 years of age.

The Big Flyer is easy to assemble and easy for toddlers to jump on and ride without any prior bicycling experience. It’s also a good way to introduce your 3-year-old to pedaling before moving them up to a tricycle or small bicycle. 

Pros

  • Large front tire that helps prevent spinning out
  • Adjustable seat
  • Low to the ground 

Cons

  • Plastic construction means it may not last a long time

What We Like About It

Children learn at their own pace. This Big Flyer introduces toddlers to bicycling without intimidating them. The seat can be adjusted easily as your 3-year-old grows.

EVNEED Paint Sponges Set

EVNEED Paint Sponges for Kids,29 pcs of Fun Paint Brushes for Toddlers.Coming with Sponge Brush, Flower Pattern Brush, Brush Set, Long Sleeve Waterproof Apron with 3 Roomy Pockets
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The long winter or a super rainy day always presents a challenge to parents of toddlers, especially toddlers that are physically active outdoors. The best way to keep your little one out of trouble is with plenty of engaging activities and painting is incredibly fun especially with this set. Unlike a plain paintbrush and paint, this set comes with a variety of brushes including shaped brushes that help your little one create trees, houses, ladybugs, and more, as well as rollers and stampers for making fun patterns. This kit has everything but the paper that you need for hours and hours of painting fun.

The EVNEED Paint Sponges for Kids,29 pcs Set also include an apron to minimize the mess. The long sleeves will protect your little one from getting covered in paint and the three pockets are the perfect place for them to store their paintbrushes while not in use. As an added benefit, the brushes are easy to clean and dry

Pros

  • Painting brushes and rollers make art time an interactive process
  • Great activity for the long winter months when your little one may be bored inside
  • Shaped sponges and patterned sponges
  • Large, long-sleeve apron with pockets included

Cons

  • Foam pieces are not a good choice for children who bite and chew; even though the paint is non-toxic, the brushes are easily damaged

What We Like About It

Kids who are engaged are generally happy, well-behaved kids. This paint set keeps our little one out of trouble. It is the perfect activity to get the mind calm and relaxed before his nightly bath, so he can have some fun and then get clean.

TOPTOY Flashing LED Gloves

ATOPDREAM Cool Fun Toys for 3-12 Year Old Boys Girls, Flashing LED Light Gloves Glow Gloves Autism Toys for Age 3-12 Boys Girls Birthdays Halloween Christmas Carnival Gifts
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These finger-lighting gloves are a great choice for kids (and adults). Help your little one put on the gloves and encourage them to put on a light show, having them pay attention to the movement of the lights as they move their corresponding fingers. Turn off the lights and draw big circles, little squares, and everything in between.

The TOPTOY Flashing LED Gloves light up 5 different colors – one per each finger. Enjoy 6 different flashing modes: 3 strobe, 3 color morphing, and 3 color trailing. They are made of a soft and stretchable material that fits most children’s hands. As an added benefit, four extra batteries are included for easier replacement. You do have to push and hold the button to turn it off, so this is a toy that should be played with under supervision if you do not want to burn through batteries.

Pros

  • Soft, stretchy material 
  • Flashing colors are visually stimulating and encourage your child to use their finger muscles
  • Great way for kids to get creative without making a mess
  • Can also be used for walking at night, bike riding, and other activities to make your little one safer

Cons

  • Wires can come loose easily
  • Possible to light up the middle finger only

What We Like About It

This isn’t your average gift for 3-year-olds, but it can be a lot of fun and will definitely stand out among all the toys your little one gets. It involves finger movement that is critical to building muscles that will help your little one with writing and other fine motor activities.

ITCMEE Walkie-Talkies for Kids

Summary

Walkie-talkies are always a great investment for kids who have a fascination with phones. This set includes two walkie-talkies, though you could easily buy more and set them to the same channel for family fun. It comes in two different camouflage colors, including green and blue so kids can tell them apart. 

These ITCMEE Walkie Talkies for Kids have full functioning with a child-friendly design. Despite being lightweight, they are sturdy enough to withstand being dropped. A belt clip lets kids attach the walkie-talkie to their clothing, while features like auto-squelch that mutes background noise and volume control allow for crystal clear sounds.

Pros

  • Durable enough to withstand the abuse of the average toddler
  • 2-Mile range gives plenty of playtime opportunities
  • Four color options
  • Crystal clear sound

Cons

  • They may be complex for toddlers, something that you can teach your little one with time but you may need to reset the settings
  • Feedback if the walkie talkies are too close to each other

What We Like About it

These walkie-talkies encourage your toddler to communicate with you and offer plenty of options for interactive playtime. Play hide-and-seek around the house, giving your little one clues to your location, or play army guys. The possibilities are endless.

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CozyBomB Shark Tails Animal Blanket

CozyBomB Shark Tails Animal Blanket for Kids - Cozy Smooth One Piece Design - Durable Seamless Snuggle Plush Throw Enlarged Size Gray Sleeping Bag with Blankie Fun Fin - Boys and Girls
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If you can’t think about ocean critters without hearing the Baby Shark’ song, then your little one will love this shark blanket. It is 60″ high and 20″ wide, being the perfect height to accommodate kids up to 5 feet tall. It is the perfect blend of fun and comfort, made of a double-sided, fleece-like material with cartoonish shark features, including fins and some (not-so) sharp teeth.

Most kids have a lot of blankets, but this sleeping bag-style one is perfect for lounging while watching a movie or curling up and reading a book. The CozyBomB Shark Tails Animal Blanket is durable, cozy, and offers a full refund within 30 days if you’re unhappy with this purchase.

Pros

  • Perfect to go along with the current Baby Shark’ fad
  • Room for your little one to grow
  • Wraps around their toes for warmth, especially during winter months
  • Soft and imaginative 

Cons

  • Some say this blanket feels small

What We Like About It

If you are going to buy your little one a blanket for Christmas, it should stand out from all the other ones that will end up at the bottom of the closet a couple of months after you buy it. This is a blanket with personality and the wraparound style of the bottom is perfect for keeping your little one’s feet toasty. They are also machine washable.

Friction Powered Construction Vehicles Toys Set

Friction Powered Cars Construction Vehicles Push and Go Truck toys for Boys Baby Toddlers Gifts
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These construction trucks are easy to pull back and let go, making them zoom across the floor. The pull-back action gives your little boy a chance to work on his hand-eye coordination, while the moving parts like the bed of the dump truck and the arm of the bulldozer keep him interested. With durable construction and battery-free movement, these trucks can go all over the house, to the sandbox, and anywhere else your little one wants to bring them.

The Friction Powered Push and Go Car Construction Vehicles Toys Set is also constructed with non-toxic plastic materials, so you do not have to worry about your little one being exposed to carcinogens. The trucks are also bright and colorful, helping improve sensory perception. Additionally, the construction truck set is perfect for encouraging imaginative play. As an added benefit, there is a lifetime use warranty that guarantees your little one will not be able to break these trucks.

Pros

  • Pull-and-go features are fun for making the construction trucks race
  • Made of durable, carcinogen-free materials
  • Smooth edges and well-built moving parts; will not pinch your little one’s fingers
  • Never break guarantee

Cons

  • A little smaller than you might expect when looking at photos online, but still fun to play with

What We Like About It

What little boy doesn’t love brightly colored trucks? The pull-and-go feature lets these zoom across the floor and gives plenty of opportunities to interact with their children whether they are working at an imaginary construction site or racing across the kitchen floor. Trucks always make great gifts for 3-year-old boys.

Jasonwell Aqua Magic Doodle Mat

Jasonwell Aqua Magic Doodle Mat 40 X 32 Inches Extra Large Water Drawing Doodling Mat Coloring Mat Educational Toys Gifts for Kids Toddlers Boys Girls Age 3 4 5 6 7 8 Year Old
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Magic water drawing products are a great option for parents who want to encourage their child’s art interest but do not always have time to closely monitor them. This set comes with two water pens, a large mat for drawing fun, and stencils to guide your little one as they draw. Additionally, as the markers do not need to be covered, you never have to worry about losing the lids.

The large size of the drawing mat included with the Jasonwell Aqua Magic Doodle Mat makes it perfect for drawing with friends, siblings, or even parents! It is designed with various animals and shapes around the edges, creating an engaging design. The mat can also be easily folded, which is great for storage.

Pros

  • Big enough to encourage sharing and collaborative play
  • Mat can be folded when it is stored, without damaging it
  • Water pens do not stain clothes, carpets, or walls

Cons

  • Some kids get mad when their painting disappears as the water evaporates, so know your child and if this would be a good fit (my toddler might have a meltdown over this)

What We Like About It

Even though painting is a great activity to do with your child, it is not always practical when you are trying to clean up around the house, cook dinner, or are on the phone. This mat is a great alternative because it prevents disasters like paint in the carpet on coloring on the walls, while still engaging your little one in creative play. The mat is also big enough that they can play with a friend.

Gifts for Similar Ages

FAQs When Buying Toys and Gifts for 3-Year-Old Boys

Whether you are a new parent who wants the best for your child or an experienced parent trying to keep up with today’s world, finding the right toys for your toddler can help them develop life-long skills and habits. Here are some quick answers to some questions you might have as you look for gift ideas for a 3-year old boy:

Do age recommendations for toys matter?

Age recommendations for toys only matter to an extent. Sometimes, age recommendations are put in place because of safety. Other times, they should be used as an indicator of the average advancement of your child. For example, one three-year-old may prefer toys for the 18-24 month range while another may prefer toys made for the average 4-year old. Children develop at different rates, s just be sure that all toys are safe. Just beware of pinching parts, sharp edges, and small pieces in toys designed for older children.

How do I choose a toy my child will like?

Chances are, your child has already shown interest in things like painting, building, cars, or something else. You can choose toys based on their interest or encourage them to try new things. Choosing toys that let your child burn physical activity is beneficial as well because it promotes a healthy lifestyle. Something else to consider is what your child already has. Choosing a variety can help your toddler learn more about the world around you.

What are the best learning toys?

At the critical age of three, your little one is a sponge. The best learning toys for 3-year-olds are the ones that help your child explore the world around them and learn critical thinking skills along the way. By engaging your child’s unique interests, you can help them grow into their personality and advance naturally. However, playtime does not always have to be about learning. Being active, exploring creativity, and just having fun also have incredible benefits.

Puzzles are great learning toys and help with cognitive development. 

Toys and Gifts Wrap Up

Ultimately, the thing that matters most as you choose special gifts for your toddler is knowing your child. Encourage them to explore their interests by selecting gifts that encourage learning about the world around them. When they aren’t exploring, encourage active play. There is also nothing wrong with a gift that is functional! Kids will be thrilled to unwrap nearly anything! Also, don’t be afraid to choose a variety of toys for your home; they will keep your little one interested and out of trouble.

Sources

  1. Reading Skills by Age, www.readingbrightstart.org
  2. Choosing Safe Toys for Toddlers and Preschoolers (for Parents), kidshealth.org
  3. Developing Thinking Skills From 24-36 Months • ZERO TO THREE, www.zerotothree.org

Samantha Davis is a part-time writer and a full-time mommy of two boys, Apollo (age 5) and Adrien (age 7). She has been working as a writer for seven years and loves the freedom it gives her to spend time with her boys and fiance.and do things like camping, swimming, and painting. She is also a parent to three fur babies- two dogs and a cat!