Christmas toys for three year-olds
Children at this age often have a favourite story or television programme, and this can be a useful starting point for toy buying. However, it’s important to make sure the toys you buy are good toys in their own right and are not just popular because of the characters they are associated with. Good character toys can be a brilliant springboard for children’s imaginations and get them engaged in learning too.
This Christmas, we want good quality toys children will enjoy again and again. So rather than spending a small fortune on a toy that is destined to gather dust, why not get some inspiration from our Good Toy Guide experts? These little elves spend all year trying out tons of toys - with the help of children, parents, and child carers - to add some sparkle to your gift list this Christmas.
- Versatile toys that can be used with sand and water for even more imaginative play opportunities
- Can be used to introduce children to a wider range of animals, and encourage an interest in nature
- Children can be encouraged to talk about the animals, developing their speech and language
This collection of high quality rubber animals from Schleich was very popular with our young testers. The animals are hugely versatile so can be used indoors and out; sand and water can be used to create small worlds for the animals.
- A simple game to encourage taking turns - an important skill for making friends
- Adults can join in too
- Carefully removing the blocks develops logical thinking, concentration, and hand-eye coordination skills
An ideal starter game for children, particularly fans of Thomas and Friends. Simply roll the colour dice and remove the matching colour block - be careful not to make it topple. This is a great challenge and our testers loved the excitment of the tower falling over.
(RRP: £24.99 - £44.99)
- Helps children to understand forces
- Good for problem solving in young children
- A construction toy that allows children to be creative
SmartMax is an award winning pre-school construction system allowing children from the age of one the chance to explore the world of magnetism in a fun and safe way. The products are safe and durable and made from the highest quality materials, the magnets are incredible strong and can carry up to 6o times their own weight. Smart Games is launching two new sets for children aged three – the Playground XL and Power Vehicles sets.
- A great set for role play which encourages children to care for others
- Helps children learn about medical care, and what happens when people visit the doctor; this is especially helpful for children who are nervous about visiting the doctor
- The handy bag helps keep all of the accessories together
Young children love playing doctors, and this set from Le Toy Van has everything they need to get started. The vintage style fabric bag can be used to carry around all of their medical equipment, which includes a stethescope, scissors and a wooden syringe. Our little testers really enjoyed having so many accesories to play with.
- A lightweight balance bike specially designed for young children, with mini grip handlebars
- Helps children learn to ride a bike gradually, boosting their confidence
- Encourages children to get active and gives them some independence
The sturdy Strider balance bike is a great first step towards learning to ride a bike. Its simple, lightweight design means children can build their confidence in moving, balancing and steering without having to worry about pedalling at the same time.
- A private play space for children to play together, with loads of opportunities for imaginative play
- Comes with a carry-bag for taking with you anywhere
- Big enough for young teens too, so it can be enjoyed for years to come
A beautifully made canvas tent perfect for privacy during play time, Myweeteepee is the ideal secret space for everything from role play to storytelling. There are lots of colours and patterns to choose from - will you go for the flowery pink or the stripey dinosaur?
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This post was written by Anna Taylor