Want to thrill a 3-year-old? The good news: by their third birthday, there's loads more variety for gift-giving. They're getting super imaginative, plus they have more physical confidence and much nimbler fingers than their toddler selves. Whatever you pick, any of these great gift ideas for 3-year-olds would make birthday girl or boy very happy.
INSPIRE YOUR BABY BANKSY
By now they'll have a well-developed pincer grip (neccessary for holding a pencil) which means their artistic abilities should have moved on from the wild daubings of toddlerhood. An easel or blackboard makes a great pressie because it gives them their very own canvas upon which to get creative. Some pens, paints or crayons make for nice add-ons and are always welcome to top up the craft drawer.
GET THEIR COGS WHIRRING
To stimulate junior grey matter, simple games and puzzles really come into their own at this age. Balancing and fishing games help to develop their dexterity and they're good for teaching turn-taking too. Oh, and they're loads of fun. (Which is, let's not forget, kind of important!)
PUZZLE ME THIS
Second stage puzzles will be a welcome addition to the toy shelf. By 'second stage' we mean ones with added value - that include ABCs or numbers, have a 'find the object' observation element, double sided puzzles and ones with an added element of game-play. We love Barcelona-based brand Londji because everything they make is fun and multi-layered and charming to look at too. Janod also makes loads of great puzzles in handy carry cases, which makes them good picks for travel toys too.
SEND IN THE SCOOTERS
If your 3-year-old is pretty typical of the breed, they'll be feeling a need for speed. Combine that with a parent or carer's obligation get to nursery or pre-school before the bell and a scooter can be a pressie that ticks everyone's boxes. We have a brilliant range, including cool brands like Scoot & Ride, Globber and Micro Scooters. They already have wheels? Helmets and accessories make great gifts too.
They're ready for more involved role play now, so if you're looking for a big ticket present, a kitchen will give them years of fun and can be added to every subsequent birthday or Christmas, with crates of toy fruit or veg or other appliances - like food mixers, toasters and coffee machines. We have loads of beautful models to choose from too. (WARNING: Adult kitchen envy might ensue!)
So we hope that's helped you pick something special for that special 3-year-old in your life. We’ve also put together gift finders for newborns, first birthdays, 2 year olds, 4 year olds and 5 year olds too.
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