ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Games, Toys, and Hobbies»
  • Toys for Kids

The Best Toys For 3 Year Olds

Updated on December 1, 2011

Best Toys For 3 Year Olds

Finding the right toy for 3 year olds that both educates and entertains can be a delicate affair. In this article I will look at a selection of updated and hand-picked toys that I feel do the trick by both stimulating cognitive growth and creativity, and offer hours of good old fashioned fun.

In my opinion that best toys for 3 year olds should be those that ease the transition from babyhood to childhood. Specifically, supplementing (or creating) the child's new-found independence from their parents, and also encouraging social and co-operative play with other children. Games which catalyze advanced forms of creativity (which tickle the senses), and allow children to begin to learn how to take-turns and empathize with others are particularly important to this age bracket.

I have done my utmost to strike a healthy balance with this selection, but as parents you will ultimately know which kind of toy will benefit your child the most. I look forward to hearing your suggestions and reactions in the comments section!

Up & Down Roller Coaster

As mundane as a little up and down slide may seem to an adult, its easy to see why a three year old's jaw would drop in anticipation at giving this game a run. Balance and motion are still a little uncertain given the age, which makes this colorful slide something of a thrilling roller-coaster to kids.

For parents who are frowning at the idea of constant bruises, customer feedback seems to be overwhelmingly positive in this regarding, although bumps and bruises obviously do occur. Children are never more than a few inches from the ground, and the stairs leading to the top are slip-proof. Despite these assurances you can expect a bump now and then.

Pros: Kids will undoubtedly find the ride thrilling and sociable. The car itself can be fun to dash around in independently of the ride up and down the hill. The hill itself can double as a slide which they can drop marbles or other objects down. In short, the game is something of a three-in-one.

Cons: Some customers say that their kids only ever play on it for 20-30 minutes at a time before getting bored. The potential for scrapes and bruises. If the weather doesn't permit you setting it up outdoors, it can take up quite a lot of space (over 10ft).

Qwirkle Board Game

Qwirkle is multi-player game for kids that is similar in nature to dominos. Happily for children, however, that is where the similarities end. Qwirkle features 108 high-contrast, colorful blocks which are instantly striking, tickling the senses and heightening creativity.

Kids must align the blocks by either shape or color, thus promoting pattern recognition. My only worry here is that as the game develops and becomes more complex, it may become a little to complicated for 3 year olds, thus making it something of a long-term investment that will become gradually less challenging as they get older.

The plus side to this is that a three year old will nevertheless find the blocks and colors appealing, and will start to make shapes and "castles" with them. I suggest this to any parent that has more than one child, 3 and up (the game itself is advertised as 6 and up!).

Pros: Learning how to take turns, creativity and social co-operation.

Cons: Not suitable for children under 3 as the game contains smaller parts. May be a little too complex in the later stages of the game for a 3 year old!

Sesame Street Let's Rock Elmo

Elmo is a lovable and integral part of many 3 year olds' lives. What better way to stimulate creativity by allowing kids the chance to have their own band and the ability to play along to the music with different instruments?

Kids can hand Elmo an instrument (usually the one they don't want to play) and Elmo will sing one of his 6 complete songs allowing the kids to play along with their own instruments. The set includes:

  • The elmo toy.
  • A microphone.
  • Tambourine.
  • Drums.
  • Instructions.

The drums and tambourine are ergonomically designed to fit the small hands of a child which is 18 months and older.

Pros: A fun interactive introduction to singing-along, and a creative vent in music playing.

Cons: This can be a noisy past time, and parents who thrive off calm and quiet households may become annoyed after awhile.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Journey * profile image

      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 6 years ago from USA

      I've never noticed that up and down rollercoaster before. I like it! Thanks for sharing the information.

    • GoodLady profile image

      Penelope Hart 6 years ago from Rome, Italy

      We like Muffin and Samuel and that Muffin series lots! Thanks for your tips.

      My grand daughter is in Milan so I can't catch up with things as I'd like...so very useful, thanks

    • andreivan profile image

      andreivan 6 years ago from New York, USA

      This is quite interesting. Great toys especially for this holiday season..

    • profile image

      Phoebe Pike 6 years ago

      Another great toy for three-year-olds, that I find always entertains the kiddies, is one of those toy tents... it's small, but kids love playing in it and they like to hide. It's like they are going camping, but indoors. Perfect for them to play with toys inside a confined area, but without feeling restricted.

    • profile image

      sestasik 6 years ago

      Great info on some toys for kids. My nephew would ADORE that roller coaster thing. I'll have to send this to my brother.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is used to quickly and efficiently deliver files such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisements has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)