Toys for 3 year olds

Toys for 3 year old  should be critical thinking. They have longer attention span and likes and dislikes now. Pretend play games are best for imaginative play. Also toys that are more structured and requires more instructions are good. Toys that teach fine motor, hand eye coordination, turn taking are the toys of choice at this age. 
As special needs parents our need are a bit different, we need the toy to provide stimulation as well as be a part of therapy.

I have found these toys to be most useful.

Alpha Pops


  • 2-piece pops strengthen hand muscles and increase coordination while promoting imaginative play

  • Alpha pops click together, so little ones can match lowercase to uppercase letters, and vice versa

Pop Up Pirate


  • Take turns sliding the colorful swords into the barrel

  • Beware - if the pirate pops up on your turn, you are out

  • Kids love the popping action of the pirate flying out of the barrel

Melissa & Doug Bead Sequencing Set


  • Promotes matching, sequencing, and fine motor skills.

FingerMax Paintbrushes


  • Encourages artistic expression, exploration, manual dexterity

Hippos Hungry


Great for hand strength and lots of giggle as family. 



  • Placing the pieces in order also helps with counting, number and color recognition.

  • They will explore their creativity as they experiment with different formations while Exercising fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

  • Helps children develop a sense of balance, hand-eye coordination, and dexterity, while promoting creativity.

Feed the Woozle


  • Mixed-up moves with 3play levels so it will grow with your child

  • Players work together to feed the hungry big-mouth Woozle

  • Learn motor skills and social development skills with no reading required

  • Includes 1 stand up woozle, spinner, spoon, die and game cards

Stack Up!


  • An award winning game of tower building with three play levels so it will grow with your child

  • Players work together to stack 12 blocks before the Block Smasher arrives and topples the tower

  • Children learn color matching and hand-eye coordination with no reading required

Pancake Pile-Up!


  • style, and piling up pancakes in precisely the right order.

  • Stack and serve your pancakes to match your order cards. Be the first to correctly complete a pancake stack and top it with a pat of butter!

  • Teaches following a sequence, a beginning math skill, and helps develop gross motor skills, balance, and coordination.

  • Includes 10 pancakes in 5 flavors, 2 pats of butter, 2 plates, 2 spatulas, 10 order cards, and griddle game board (box bottom).

  • Encourages active, physical play

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