Parenting a 3-year-old is so much fun. I loved transitioning from the baby stage to having a little person! They’re growing, on the move, and communicating more than ever. However it can be hard to keep toddlers entertained. Because of this, when you are choosing toys for your 3 year old it’s important to select toys that keep their attention, help them continue to develop, and get them eager to learn. We gathered up a bunch of rambunctious 3 year old boys to test out these toys (that was exhausting) and have determined the 15 best toys for 3 year old boys. They are toys that help children stretch their imagination while learning how to share, communicate, and play independently as well as together.
Types of Toys to Look for
This list is organized into categories to help target specific play with each item. While all these toys are educational in their own way, we have grouped them together by type to make it easier for you to find exactly what you are looking for.
- Imagination toys get the child playing pretend to expand their creativity and let them dream. These toys will bring you so much joy as a parent, especially if you let your imagination run wild, too!
- Together toys are toys that teach your little one them to take turns and share. Your sweet 3-year-old might turn into a bit of a monster when asked to share, but don’t fret because this is totally normal. These toys will help you show them that taking turns really isn’t so bad after all.
- Creative toys can be used as a platform to build and imagine. Encouraging creativity in your little guy is more important than you probably think, and will benefit him in the long run.
- Active toys get children moving both inside and outdoors. We know how hard it can be to wear out your 3 year old by nap time. Hopefully, these toys will help!
- Interactive toys are those with moving parts, lights, and buttons that teach while entertaining. These are great if your 3 year old has a short attention span because the toy is constantly changing.
Toys that Encourage Imagination
1: Pretend Play Construction Set
Playing pretend is a fun way for children to follow after the adults and play, which is why the Play Construction Set is a great toy for 3-year-old boys. This tools set has an electric drill, safety glasses, hammer, and tape measure, everything any tool box needs. The carrying case keeps everything together and adds to the realistic look. He will be featured on HGTV in no time! Check current pricing here.
2: Rocket Ship Tent
The Rocket Ship Play Tent is a fun toy for a private space to play and pretend. The tent is easy to set up, easy to put away. and has a small footprint so it works well in any room, from playroom to family space. Kids will have fun playing pretend or using this to enjoy other toys as well. It’s a great option for a fun themed sleep over, even if it’s just a night with mom or dad. Check it out!
3: Toy Food Cutting Set
Another great pretend option is a pretend Food Cutting Set. Children can play kitchen, serve food, and even cut the fruits and vegetables in half with this plastic magnetic set. The pieces all come in a carrying case which makes it easy to play pretend anywhere and enjoy serving food to friends. This is a great addition if you have a kitchen set, and your child will continue to play with this through their 5th birthday. Buy here!
Best Toys for 3 Year Old Boys that Encourage Sharing
4: Loops n’ Swoops Amusement Park
This taller, tower-like structure is the perfect car ramp and teaches teamwork, sharing, and independent play. The Loops n’ Swoops Amusement Park comes with two cars that fit down the ramps, but many other vehicles may fit as well. This is a fun toy for any child interested in cars and builds fine motor skills. I am kind of obsessed with how cute these little cars are. Aren’t you? Check current pricing here.
5: Amazing Machines Book Set
The Amazing Machines Book Set is a collection of 10 picture books with interesting themes from rockets to digger trucks, tractors, and other vehicles. This is a great option for curious 3 year olds with an interest in machines or vehicles and is a way to spend time together reading and learning. Make reading together a fun and educational way to bond! Click here to get your set!
6: Bowling Friends
This indoor bowling game will help young children learn about teamwork, taking turns, and working together to play. The Bowling Friends set has six animal themed pins and one ball for easy set up and a carrying case for keeping all the pieces together. Turn any hallway or large indoor space into your child’s private bowling alley. Current pricing here.
Best Creative Toys
7: Duplo Train Set
One creative toy option is the Duplo Train Set. Children can build their own train and put it on the track to make a stop and pick up a friend. This small set has an engine with one car and there are lights and sounds to make the final product more interactive. It is a great first train set and might just inspire a lifelong love of building. Check it out!
8: Dinosaur Take Apart Toys
For those that like to build things, the Dinosaur Take Apart Toys are another great toy. This kit allows you to build six different dinosaurs using plastic pieces and a toy screwdriver and wrench. Children can practice building or fixing and use the final product in everyday play. Current pricing here.
9: Pull back Vehicles
Young boys tend to gravitate towards cars, trucks, and other heavy-duty vehicles. These Pull Back Vehicles allow children to drive their own vehicles with a simple pull back mechanism. They can get creative by adding these vehicles to their own towns or play mats, or use everyday objects as roads. Take a look here.
Active Toys for 3 Year Olds
10: VTech Smart Shots Sports Center
The VTech Smart Shots Sports Center brings all the fun outdoor sports inside with a basketball hoop and soccer goal. This toy keeps score, has sounds and lights, and teaches your 3-year-old about teamwork and fun competition with interactive elements throughout. Check current pricing here!
11: Banana Bike
For children who are eager to get up and move the Banana Bike is a great first bicycle. Designed with younger children in mind, this pedal-less bike rides just like a classic bike but makes it easier for 3 year olds to navigate and power. This is a great step up from the tricycle and a good in-between before a pedal bike. If your 3-year-old has older siblings they want to keep up with, this will most likely satisfy them. Click here to learn more!
12: Kids Ball pit, tent, and Tunnel
Another great active toy is the Kids Ball Pit, Tent, and Tunnel set. This pop up activity center brings the fun indoors with a tent, tunnel, and ball pit to crawl through. Each end also has interactive games from tossing balls and taking the ball pit to the next level. It’s easy to assemble and stores nicely. Buy your very own ball pit here.
Best Interactive Toys for 3 Year Old Boys
13: VTech KidiBeats Drum Set
Musical toys are a staple for any age, but the VTech KidiBeats Drum Set lets children feel like they’re playing the real thing. With three drums and two symbols this toy has a realistic design and makes all sorts of drum noises with plenty of buttons. There are 4 settings which range from free play to letters, numbers, and follow the lights drumming. Check current pricing.
14: Remote Control Car with Music
Boys seem to be curious about how things work and making things go, so a remote control car is a great toy for this age. This Remote Control Car with Music is designed for toddlers and younger kids with a steering wheel remote and buttons on the car that make noise and play music. Get your remote control car here!
15: VTech Tote and Go Laptop
The VTech Tote and Go Laptop is a great interactive learning toy. With 20 different activities children can begin to learn words, spelling, shapes, and logic. This is a pre-school type toy and definitely has some grow with me potential as the child develops from age 3 into ages 4 and 5. No needing to stop at the Apple Store for this guy, click here for current pricing!
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