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Best Gifts for Three Year Old Boys

Updated on November 20, 2014

What gifts and toys to buy a 3 year old boy?

My son is 3 years old. Before his 3rd birthday, I have had lots of friends and relatives ask what are the best gifts and toys for a 3 year old boy as they don't have a clue what to get him. Therefore I have compiled a list of top gifts and toys for 3 year old boys based on the toys my son currently loves and and plays with.

Read on for lots of suggestions and ideas of the best gifts and toys for 3 year old boys

Top gifts for 3 year old boys : Cars and Vehicles

The best toys you can buy a 3 year old boy are quite often car and vehicle related. My son is car crazy. He can't have too many. He has lots and lots and puts different ones in his pocket when we go out and takes one to bed at night.

His grandma is buying him a toy garage for his birthday which is he so excited about. So a garage is a top toy. His other grandma is buying him a big red fire engine which he absolutley loves as well.

Other great vehicle gift ideas include remote control cars, racing tracks, diggers, trucks (these are also great for using in the sandbox and in the dirt!!).Dump trucks are brilliant. They can be used to cart things around the house and are great for outdoor play. 3 year old boys will love them.

Battat Take-A-Part Vehicle Roadster (Old Model)
Battat Take-A-Part Vehicle Roadster (Old Model)

A car toy with a difference is the battat take apart roadster toy opposite. It has a toy car which you can take apart and put back together. It comes with a drill battery powered tool with 3 bits, so they can have great fun using the drill too.


Outdoor Gift and Toys for 3 Year Old Boys

3 year old boys are often very active (my son is always on the move). Other great toys to get 3 year old boys are toys they can use outdoors.


My son received is first scooter for his 3rd birthday. He loves it and got on it straight away and started to ride it. We practised in the back yard but it wasn't long before he was zipping around everywhere on the scooter. If you would like some tips on what to look for when buying a scooters, check out this article on scooters for 3 year olds.

Micro Kickboard MM0283  Micro Mini Kick Scooter, Blue, Ages 2-5
Micro Kickboard MM0283 Micro Mini Kick Scooter, Blue, Ages 2-5

The Mini Kick Scooter featured opposite is great for kids age 3-5 and the winner of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold and Platinum Award Seals 2009. It's really lightweight (3.3 pounds) so easy for young kids to handle and control (and also easy for parents to pick up and carry when kids get fed up). The high quality polyurethane wheels offer a really smooth glide. The deck is low for kids to get on and off. It's safe but when kids build up their confidence they can really zip around on this scooter.


Stomp Rockets and More Outdoor Ideas

Other outdoor toy ideas incllude: slides, playhouse, playtents, trampolines, tball sets, bowling games, infatable pools and balls.

A nice big sandbox is another great gift. 3 year old boys love playing in the sand. Get plenty of toys to play with, buckets, spades, trucks and diggers.

Stomp Rocket The Original Jr. Glow, 4 Rockets (Packaging May Vary)
Stomp Rocket The Original Jr. Glow, 4 Rockets (Packaging May Vary)

Other great outdoor toys ideas include stomp rockets. These are great fun. We actually bought one for my son last Summer (6 months ago) but all kids will love these kits (and probably most parents will queue up ready to have a go too. You stomp on the pump at the bottom of the rocket to see how high you can shoot it in the sky.


Educational toys for three year old boys

Jigsaws make great educational toys for parents, carers and 3 year old boys to do together. Choose a jigsaw with a picture they are interested in such as fire engines or a favorite TV character.

The Melissa

Melissa & Doug See & Spell Wooden Educational Toy With 8 Double-Sided Spelling Boards and 50+ Letters
Melissa & Doug See & Spell Wooden Educational Toy With 8 Double-Sided Spelling Boards and 50+ Letters

My son has the Melissa and Doug See and Spell featured opposite. He was given it a couple of months ago and this has been a great buy. He loves fitting finding and fitting in the letters next to the pictures. It has been a good toy to help him recognise the letters. He is very engaged with the toy and he concentrates hard. As he gets older it will also help him to spell certain words. The reviews on Amazon are good too.


Great Toys for 3 Year old Boys

Marbulous-Translucent Marble Run (48 pieces plus 16 marbles)
Marbulous-Translucent Marble Run (48 pieces plus 16 marbles)

Another of the best toys for 3 year old boys include marble runs. My son received one of these a couple of months ago and its; a toy he plays with nearly everyday. We have had to help him build the marble runs at the beginning but it's quite fun for adults to have a go as well. Now he is turning 3 he has started to be able to put the pieces together and build them himself.


Games for 3 year old boys

There are some great games for 3 year old boys. Games can be great for introducing young children to taking turns. There are many games which have lots of educational value too, such as learning colors, numbers, matching and sorting.

When choosing a game for a 3 year old boy, look for one which is simple and quick so will hold their attention.

Sneaky, Snacky, Squirrel Game

Educational Insights The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game
Educational Insights The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game

This is a fun game which is great for matching and fine motor skills.

Spin the spinner, squeeze the matching colored acorn with your squirrel squeezers, and place it into your log. Be the first to fill your log with delicious acorns and you win! You could also spin pick an acorn, steal an acorn, or lose an acorn so little ones have to be strategic too.


More gift ideas for 3 year old boys

Don't just think about traditional boys toys when buying for 3 year old boys. There are lots of other toys my son loves too. At the playgroup he goes to he quite often plays with the cash register. He is very interested in money and likes playing shop. Check one out below.

Another idea is a tea set. There is one he plays with a lot at his Grandmas house. He really enjoys making tea for everybody and pretending to drink it. He enjoys it so much we have asked a relative to buy him his own for his birthday.

Learning Resources Pretend & Play Teaching Cash Register
Learning Resources Pretend & Play Teaching Cash Register

Look for a cash register with a credit card like the one opposite as my son loves using that too.


More Imaginative Toys

My 3 year old has a huge imagination at the moment. He likes lots of pretend play. So like to fix things and to make me better (like a doctor).

He also likes puppet shows so a puppets and a puppet show theatre would be a fab gift.

In the summer, imaginative toys for outside are great ideas. Gardening kits, pretend barbecues, wheelbarrows, garden furniture, playhouse and playtents are all great for encouraging imaginative play.

For a tool set and a doctors kit check out some ideas below.

Tool Kit

Fisher-Price Drillin' Action Tool Set
Fisher-Price Drillin' Action Tool Set

A tool set with a working drill is always a good choice. My son has a drill and as well as using it for fixing things, he uses it as a pretend weapon (he has an older brother so quite often copies his play).

The Fisher Price tool kit opposite has a working drill and interchangeable drill bit. There's also a hammer and nails to pound into the take-along caddy.

Learning Resources Pretend & Play Doctor Kit for Kids, 19 Piece set, Blue
Learning Resources Pretend & Play Doctor Kit for Kids, 19 Piece set, Blue

This little doctor kit has everything you need for lots of pretend play.

It includes a stethoscope and pager with realistic sounds. And it comes with battery operated cell phone, forceps, bandages, thermometer and more


Good gift idea for 3 year old boys : train sets

My son has had a wooden train set since he was 2 1/2 and he still loves it so it would make a fantastic gift for a 3 year old boy.

My 3 year old loves putting the tracks together and will play for a long time pushing the trains around it. Its also a toy that they have at the playgroup we go to and all the boys hover around it.

Thomas the Train: TrackMaster Castle Quest Set
Thomas the Train: TrackMaster Castle Quest Set

The set features a motorised train which goes around the track but 3 year old boys have a lot to do to keep the motorised Thomas on his journey. There are obstacles that Thomas has to go through and kids have to make sure that the path is clear for Thomas. Use the crane to swing the missing track in place so Thomas and cug him through the castle before the gate drops down.

It's quite a big set which young kids will love too.

LEGO DUPLO Town My First Train Set 10507
LEGO DUPLO Town My First Train Set 10507

Combine lego and train tracks to get my first lego train set. It includes a steam train with real sound effects, station with ticket window and clock, fueling pump, DUPLO bricks and more than 22 Inch of track.

It's a battery powered train and if your boy likes it you can add more track too.


More Train Toys

Trains are a firm favorite with 3 year olds and there are tons of cool train toys that 3 year olds will love.

One of my favorites is the Thomas remote control toy below.

Thomas & Friends Steam 'n Speed R/C Thomas
Thomas & Friends Steam 'n Speed R/C Thomas

This has a really simple easy to use remote control for little hands so is the perfect first remote control toy for little ones.

Thomas also puffs real blue steam as he chugs along. There's whistles, chugging sounds and fun phrases as well.


Books for 3 Year Olds

There are lots of great books for 3 year olds that make nice gifts.

I love reading with my son and some of his favorite books are interactive ones. Books where you can lift flaps and press buttons are always popular. You can also get puppet books. Children love watching adults use the puppet and tell the story. Afterwards chidren can have a go to.

Other books which make great gifts include timeless tales such as The Hungry Caterpillar.

If you're interested in buying a book as a gift for a 3 year old boy, check out this article on best books for 3 year olds.

Turn It Up, Doris! (Puppet Pop Ups)
Turn It Up, Doris! (Puppet Pop Ups)

I love puppet books for this age.

They're really fun for parents to read to children. You use the puppet to tell the story.

Kids also love having a go as well.


More Car Toys

As my 3 year old is car crazy, I thought I would end on some more car toys for 3 year olds.

Another top toy that my 3 year old really enjoys playing with is hot wheels tracks. He loves watching is cars go whizzing around his hot wheels tracks.

My son also loves the movie Disney Cars. If your 3 year old boy hasn't seen it, the movie on DVD makes a nice gift.

Hot Wheels Energy Track Playset
Hot Wheels Energy Track Playset

One of the great things about this hot wheels race track which I like as a parent is that it doesn't need any batteries, so you don't need to keep replacing batteries to continue the fun.

For 3 year old boys, it's quick, fast and simple to use making it a perfect first race track.

Launch cars down the track through the unique double-loop before blasting through the ring-of-fire.

The other thing I really like about this race track is it comes with 3 hot wheels cars. A lot of tracks only come with 1 car which isn't great.


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      Christine 7 years ago

      Am I totally out of touch?! I'm 32, and grew up playing outside with rocks, insects...and of course stuffed animals and dolls. All those things trigger multiple senses: tactility, smells, sounds, whatever, which contributed to my creative growth as a person. How does and Ipod/pad do that?!!

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      Lisa Cooley 7 years ago

      My son has had an iTouch since he was one and now has an iPad. Yes they may be expensive toys but he love it and learns so much by using it.

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      Lucy 7 years ago

      OMG ipod for a three yr old!

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      toyslove 7 years ago

      Running Bike for Kids is an excellent first step for even kids as young as a year and half - 3 years old to learning how to ride a real bicycle

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      suzanne 7 years ago

      This is the most accurate, relevant, and best toy suggestion page I have seen on the internet. So often, it's what's new or cool, not what this age group of boys truly likes! Thanks for the additional suggestions.

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      Steph 7 years ago

      I agree with zeebees - our children all love their daddy's ipod touch. But I would never give them one of their own to play with. That would be a recipe for disaster!

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      pisethz 7 years ago

      I agree boy like car toys and outdoor toys as you mention. great ideas

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      Josh G 7 years ago

      My nephew's birthday is coming next week. Thanks for helping me.

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      zeebees 8 years ago

      train sets will entertain for a week or so, same with geotraks, scooters, any assorted toy, board game, or puzzle. the one toy my 3 year old doesn't go a day without is his ipod touch (with otterbox defender case for spills and drops). I'm not pitching apple or anything, but for watching his own movies, playing games, learning games, reading books, learning tech: its all in there in a package he knows to take diligent care of and can take with him anywhere. sounds expensive, but in the long run, it is the one toy he never tires of.


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