Whether you’re buying for your child or someone else’s, it’s always hard to know what the best gifts for a three-year-old boy or girl are.
It’s a loveable age, where children are confident on their feet, picking up speech at a pace, and most certainly know what they want (and how to get it!).
What gifts to get toddlers?
Key toys to consider for this age group are those that are problem solving, refine motor skills, pretend play, promote speech or just bring pretend play to life, among a few of the great things to look out for.
- Favourite Characters
If you’re looking for toys or merchandise that appeal to young children, then it’s best to ask their parents what they are in to first. Every child has its own unique taste which can often change overnight! These can range from Thomas & Friends to Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol to Fireman Sam.
- Imaginative Play
Imaginative play is important for child development.
To help with the all-important coordination, look out for toys that use shapes, patterns and building to inspire imaginations and help with problem solving. This could include wooden block or plastic blocks.
Think of practical gifts that parents will love to. For instance, our kids dinner plates are also great picky plates for fussy eaters and make mealtimes fun with a built-in play track. Designed for toddlers, they're a major hit with families.
Another big family hit is Play-Doh, and it's always a hit with kids too, bringing fun and helping with fine motor skills and creative play. There’s a wide selection to choose from, including underwater creatures to cars.
- Musical Toys
Singing, dancing and having fun is a great way to grow confidence and speech. And the good news is that there’s a huge host of musical toys to enjoy. There are great toddler toys for boys and girls to get involved with, from drums to guitars, cymbals and whistles. Just be sure to attach a lifetime’s supply of batteries as well!
- Reading Materials
Books by Julia Donaldson, always help capture children’s hearts and minds, from The Gruffalo to Room on the Broom!
The Book Trust also recommends; The Weaver (Qian Shi), Things that make me happy (Amy Schwartz) and Bizzy Bear Racing Driver (Benji Davies) specifically for this age group.
This list is by no means exhaustive but should help inspire the all-important birthday gift for the three-year old in your life!