At 3 years old, your child is now capable of increasingly complex gross and fine motor activities.
They're also able to follow multi-step directions so you can now offer a variety of activities that require more patience and concentration.
The Best Toys and Activities for Three Year Olds
In Montessori, we always follow the child. The toys below are recommended based on the general interests of children at 3 years old. However, it's also important to observe what your child enjoys doing and offer toys based on their specific interests.
Musical instruments, especially those with multiple notes, allow children to begin to explore simple music composition.
Simple but high quality art supplies make a wonderful gift for this age group. A few quality art items provide a more satisfying experience for toddlers than a big box of crayons, which can be easily overwhelming and not that easy to use.
This is also an age where children like to explore their physical limits so it's beneficial to provide plenty of sensory experiences and climbing toys. Climbing toys like the large Pikler Triangle + ramp, Waldorf Rocker, and balance board are all well-loved items that help develop balance, coordination, and general gross motor skills in 3 year olds. Our Sensory Stepperz are also a very popular sensory toy for this age group.
At 3 years old, their interest in imaginative play is also quickly growing so open-ended toys, Some great examples of popular open-ended toys on our site are the rainbow stacker, Brooklyn House, or play kitchen.