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Top 8 Toys for 3 Year Old Boys for Under $100

Updated on August 21, 2014

Helping you choose the best toy for your 3 year old bubbly boy!

When buying toys for a 3 year old boy, it’s good to keep in mind their developmental milestones and the fact that they’re growing up faster than your calendar days pass.

They’re always buzzing around with full energy and often find it hard to sit still in one place unless they’re carried away in their own little world.

Take a note of the changes in their physical, emotional, intellectual and social development so that you can get him the best toy that will not only bring happiness to his face but also help develop their growth and skills further.

Now, I spend quite a lot of time playing with kids like this little 3 year old cutie here. He is my uncle’s son and I have watched and taken notes of his development from day 1 as well as all the other bubbly boys of his age that I know of.

I have also done a lot of research on the web to study what kind of toys are the most enjoyable and beneficial for the development of boys at his age so the winner toys with best ratings and reviews are showcased here.

NO 1: Melissa & Doug 60-Piece Standard Unit Blocks

Here is a great toy to really stimulate the creativity and motor skills of little boys aged 3 and up. It’s a 60 piece standard unit block set which will allow your little boy [boys if you have more than one] to build towers and towns.

It’s made out of big solid wood blocks that are easy for his little fingers to grasp. It will provide hours of learning fun for your child and really help get the best out of his imaginary skills.

The standard unit blocks are very similar to the ones teachers use in Preschool and Kindergarten classes so it will make it easier for them to learn about the different shapes and develop some mathematical skills.

Most customers who have purchased this toy have said it is what every child needs and have also left many positive comments about the size and quality of the wood blocks.


Get to know the important developmental milestones of 3 year old kids..

Exploring: Your 3 year old sweetie is loaded with curiosity and the passion to explore everything all the time. He would love to ask questions about anything that draws his interest and would also learn in the process.

Remembering and Imitating: We might think what a little 3 year old boy is going to remember at this age but majority of the times, they will remember literally everything.

This is why it’s very important for adults to remember what they say or do in front of their kids. Your little boy will easily pick up on words and phrases that you often use and repeat it in every chance he gets.

He will also pick up some of your routines and habits if he could do them too. Toys that are not only fun but are also educational like the Leappad 2 Explorer can be very useful for him at this age.

Energy: As I’ve mentioned earlier, 3 year old boys are always buzzing with energy and would often find it very hard to keep still. This is normal for their age and there are many toys out there that will help bring out the best use of their energy level. They will thoroughly enjoy running around obstacles, climbing up the ladder or staircase and riding bicycles.

Fine motor skills: He will be able to assemble simple puzzles, copy shapes and would also enjoy playing with building block toys.

NO 2: LeapFrog LeapPad2 Explorer

Fun & Educational at the same time!

LeapFrog LeapPad2 Explorer is one of the best selling toy for kids aged 3-9 years old. It’s a toy that will help stimulate and develop the exploring skills of your little boy.

It will provide him with hours of fun as well as the opportunity to learn and develop new skills in the process.

It has a very fast processor and many cool fun and educational apps for your child. Some of the cool features of this tablet includes front and back camera/video recorders, Pet Pad writing app, Cartoon creativity app, Art studio app, Free app downloads and high quality educational contents.

You can even create maths and spelling lists into games for extra practice for your child.

LeapFrog LeapPad2 Explorer Review

NO 3: Transformers Rescue Bots Playskool Heroes Bumblebee Figure

Kids these days love Robot toys and they LOVE the super cool transformers robots. Here is the Bumble Bee robot figure from Transformers movie.

I love how he can easily convert into a vehicle mode and back into the robot again. He is ready to be the hero to help with the rest of his rescue bots. I also love what the customers who actually bought this toy are saying about its quality.

One person talked about how his son tossed it, dragged it on the ground and pulled on its parts but the Bumble bee is still going fine. He said the quality was way better than what he expected and that’s a big plus for toys like this.

NO 4: Radio Flyer Big Flyer

Does your little sweetie like riding bikes? If so, he will love this chopper style tricycle. The features of this tricycle are made in a way to provide extra stability and safety for your child while having tons of fun riding it like a little boss.

Customers love the idea that it has 3 seat adjustment positions so that the trike can grow with your child. The recommended age for this trike is 3-7 so if you have another child at the age of 4 or above they can also enjoy riding it.

NO 5: Step2 Naturally Playful Big Folding Slide

One of the major physical developmental milestones of 3 year old boys is that they are super active and love climbing up the staircase, ladder or on any tall objects.

So how will they be able to resist this big exciting slide? Buy it for him and watch that big smile on his face as he climbs up the ladder and slides down.

The green and brown colors of the slide really give it a fresh look when you place it in your backyard. It is made out of double wall resin construction and has sure grip handles to provide easy assistance for your child to climb up the ladder. Easy to fold for easy storage!

NO 6: Fisher-Price I Can Play Basketball

Featured Basketball set on Amazon

Here is a super fun Go to Pro basketball set for kids aged 2 years and up. It’s suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. Your child can play solo or with friends and family members. I just love how you can adjust the height of the hoop stand to suit your child’s height and age [3, 4, 5 and 6 Ft].

There are 2 more exciting features that I and most customers love about this basketball set:

  1. It has easy to attach ball return so your little boy doesn't have to chase after the ball after taking each shot.
  2. You can stabilize the base of the set with 50 pounds of water or sand to make sure it will never tip over so your kid can fully enjoy playing basketball without having to be conscious about knocking over the set.

NO 7: PlasmaCar Red

PlasmaCar is a multiple award winning toy for kids aged 3-6 years. No need for batteries, pedals or gears because with PlasmaCar the only thing your kid has to do is to turn the steering wheel side to side.

Suitable for both indoor and outdoor use but use it on smooth flat surfaces for easy function. It’s an excellent toy to develop the hand-eye coordination and fluid movement skills of your child.

Plasma Car Review

NO 8: Stomp Rocket Jr. Glow Kit

Featured Stomp Rocket on Amazon

This has to be one of the most popular and award winning toy for 3 year old kids. The Stomp Rocket. Jr Glow Kit has won the iParenting media award for excellent product and Top Toy of the year from Creative Child Magazine.

Suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. Your child’s stomping power is all that is needed to make it work. It comes with 4 rockets and refills are also available. It is so easy to set up anywhere and get started with the stomping fun!

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