Essential Toy Box for 3 Year Olds
We believe these toys are essential members of your family's toy box. Our extensive toy experience (over a decade!) plus years of customer feedback inform this no fluff guide to the very best. Explore consistent favourites that build essential life skills like creativity, emotional intelligence, problem solving and grit.
Browse the collection below for our customers' favourites or keep scrolling for a deeper dive into which toys are best at this age and why.
Ignite your 3 year old's imagination with these adorable mice with heartwarming personality! It's a busy world - lots of lights, noises and flashy gadgets competing for (and diluting) our attention and focus. Bring storybook whimsy to everyday moments with your child with toys designed specifically to help children explore the pure and simple joy of imagination. Whether it’s a mouse tea party, tucking baby mice in teeny beds or going on a wild camping adventure, Maileg toys invite boundless imaginative play.
Most kids instantly gravitate to imaginative and nurturing play with these mice, so Maileg toys are an excellent choice for supporting Creativity and Emotional Intelligence development in your kiddo.
Building & Construction Toys
The ultimate educational toys, blocks and construction toys have endless imaginative play possibilities. What will your 3 year old build? A fairyland? A parking garage? A castle? An animal hospital? It could be anything.
Construction play builds problem solving skills (how can I make my tower more stable?), creativity (what can I create next?) and spatial awareness (how can I make the picture in my mind a 3D reality?). Play figures and vehicles make excellent additions to blocks and can really bring the whole scene to vibrant life.
Stuffies & Dolls
Bring comfort to your 3 year old, boost imaginative play and develop emotional intelligence. These toys are awesome for building creativity - kids love to dream up wild adventures for their stuffies and dolls from tea parties to imaginary quests. And watching your child tenderly kiss their favourite stuffie or doll’s boo boos all better is perhaps the most heartwarming thing you’ll ever see (and an incredible way for them to practice nurturing).
Dollhouses & Play Structures
A great dollhouse can spark your kiddo’s imagination for years of play and nurtures everything from creative thinking to emotional intelligence to language development. Whether acting out everyday scenarios like cooking and putting the kids to bed or being transported to a magical forest land, playing with these toys will help your child act out their dreams, feelings and fears and create a miniature world all their own. What stories will your child tell?
Loose Parts Play
Grapat toys excel at promoting imaginative open ended play. Place the pieces in beautiful patterns just for the fun of it, or create a magical land for your play figures to navigate. Or sort into gorgeous little piles of colourful treasure. Use the pieces as "money" in a play shop. Pretend it's food for your dolls. Make a treasure trail to tempt a fairy or a unicorn…your kiddo will come up with tonnes of ideas of what these loose parts can be. Loose parts play is also an incredible opportunity for slowing down, focusing on the elements at hand, and sinking into the present moment. This is mindful play that encourages focus and patience.