Three-year-old toddlers have busy minds and busy fingers. Anything that will keep those fingers busy will be a favourite toy. Age 3 is a slightly awkward age. The toddler is too old for baby toys, but not old enough for the more complicated toys. A 3-year-old has a very inquisitive mind and wants to see, feel and touch everything. This is the ideal age for learning letters and numbers.
Teddy bears are one of the first plush toys many children have. Snuggling with a teddy bear or other stuffed animal makes them feel secure. Plush character toys such as ones from television shows or cartoon characters are also favourites. Well-made plush toys will last a child several years, until they are outgrown. Other types of plush toys are balls and ring toss games. Little girls like teddy bears, but they also favour dolls.
Mechanical and Battery-Operated Toys
Mechanical and battery-operated vehicles such as cars, trucks, tractors and trains will fascinate a 3-year-old for hours. Boys like aeroplanes, transformers and anything involving superheroes or robot toys. Three-year-old girls tend to like anything that pertains to housekeeping and family care. Dolls that crawl, talk and walk will always be popular. Play kitchen appliances that make realistic sounds, or anything that helps them be like Mommy, are preferred.
Three-year-old boys and girls alike prefer any type of sit-and-ride toy. Swings and slides on outdoor gym sets are appealing. Merry-go-rounds and hobby horses are old favourites. Any outdoor toy, such as gardening or mechanical tools, that will help them be more like Mommy or Daddy, are well-liked. A sandbox with plastic pails and shovels will keep any 3-year-old occupied. They are fascinated by pouring and dumping the sand.
Creative learning toys, such as a child's first computer, helps them feel grown-up. A 3-year-old is intrigued by talking and musical toys. There are several types of toys that require an action from the child. The child must push or pull a button or knob to create animal farm or vehicle sounds. These toys help the child relate a certain action to a certain sound. Number and letter boards that require the toddler to move or slide tabs are particularly liked.
Blocks, Books and Picture Puzzles
Picture puzzles with large-size pieces are well -iked by most 3-year-olds. Almost every child likes building blocks or toys that can be stacked up and knocked over. Picture books, cloth books and thick-paged books are popular. Toddlers especially like soft- sculptured building blocks that are lettered or numbered, and small pillows that they can feel are theirs alone.
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