How to Entertain a 3-Year-Old

When your toddler reaches the age of three, you may find yourself dealing with preschooler boredom. All of your standby entertainment suddenly seems boring and mundane to your little busybody. In order to entertain a 3-year-old, you have to understand what kids are into at this age, and then how to capitalize on that for hours and hours of fun.

Pretend play. Your 3-year-old is busy learning how the world works, which is why pretend play is crucial to his development. Puppet shows, pretend grocery trips and playing house are all fun ways to help him learn about the world around him. Creating the crafts and props for pretend play is another easy way to entertain a 3-year-old.

Teach her to play board games. She should be old enough to start learning the basic rules of some preschool board games like Candyland and Chutes and Ladders. Sit down with her and learn how to play together, and remember that many 3-year-olds are notoriously poor losers.

Watch a movie. If you need to entertain a 3-year-old for a couple of hours, pop in his favorite cartoon or children's movie. You're guaranteed at least 2 hours of uninterrupted fun.

Explore the world of crafts. A 3-year-old is coordinated enough to really try her hand at arts and crafts, so try some simple projects together. You can create pasta necklaces, paint pictures and other simple crafts.

Get cooking. Toddlers love mixing things and helping in the kitchen, so try baking a batch of cookies or a loaf of bread for good wholesome fun.


When in doubt, ask him what he wants to do. You might be surprised at what he has to say.

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