You might think parenting will be easy sailing once you have safely navigated the “terrible 2s.” That is until you realize that you now have a 3-year-old toddler who is curious, inquisitive, and constantly on the go. There’s no better time to start fostering your child’s thirst for discovery and exploration. Three-year-old boys need to be physically engaged and mentally stimulated. Plus, this is the age when they start learning by leaps and bounds, and an age-appropriate toy can help with their development. We’ve compiled this list of the best toys for 3-year-old boys to get you started.
The Best Gifts & Toys for 3 Year Old Boys
It’s never too early to instill a love of reading in your child. And this LeapFrog Word Book is specifically designed for young learners to get them hooked on reading. Learning experts specifically choose the 100 age-appropriate words found in the book so you can be sure your 3-year-old will be learning as they go.
The book includes word categories and is interactive. By touching the words on the pages, your child can play the word sound, sound effects, and fun facts. The book also comes with a button to play the Learning Friend theme song and can be switched between English and Spanish for a bilingual experience.
Over 100 age-appropriate words
In both English and Spanish
Sound effects and fun-facts
For ages 18+ months
Requires two AA batteries
- Weight1.52 pounds
Three-year-old boys love vehicles and tools. We’re not sure where it comes from but it’s been that way ever since the first toy cars and tools were introduced to the market. The Take Apart Toys with Electric Drill set is guaranteed to keep your three-year-old busy for hours. The RC-controlled, battery-powered truck has to be built from the ground up. There are three different versions that can be built and the only tool required is the toy drill that comes with the set. Once it’s built, they can drive it around with a range of 100 feet and realistic truck sounds. It requires four AA batteries (not included) and comes with a total of 44 pieces.
Build three different trucks
Range – 100-feet
Realistic truck sound
- BrandTake Apart Toys
- Weight1 pound
If your child is ready to step up to the plate and swing for the fence, this Little Tykes Toy has got them covered. This adjustable height t-ball set comes with a lightweight oversize bat and five oversize balls.
The set is lightweight and has a special “hang-on-the-wall” design for easy storage. And while your child is improving their batting skills, they will also be developing their motor skills and hand-eye coordination. They can easily play on their own, or you can join them for some bottom-of-the-ninth-inning action.
Adjustable height ‘T’
Improves batting skills, hand-eye coordination, and more
Made from hollow plastic
Five balls included
- BrandLittle Tikes
- Weight2.55 pounds
Get your child excited about engineering with this classic building blocks set. These real-wood Lincoln Logs are durable and easy to use, so your 3-year-old can start by building some basic structures and grow into more complex Lincoln Log designs.
This 100th Anniversary Tin comes with 111 pieces and a collectible tin for easy clean-up and storage. Your child can choose to either follow the included manual to build one of three designs — a tall tower, two small houses with a bonfire, or a large cabin — or they can branch out and design structures of their own.
Made from high-quality maple
Made in the USA
- BrandLincoln Logs
- Weight4.5 pounds
If you are looking for a first remote control car for your 3-year-old boy, this RC Set from Pretrex is a great option. The two-car set comes with a police car and a race car and four mini-figures so your child can stage imaginary races or police chases.
The cars make realistic siren, honking, and engine revving noises for added fun. And the steering-wheel shaped remote controls are easy for a young child to hold and operate. The cars run on different frequencies so you can race together for hours of driving entertainment.
Police car and race car
Realistic police sirens and honking sounds
Requires 10 AA batteries
- Weight5 ounces
Are you ready for a journey into the world of dinosaurs? With this activity playmat, your child can set up a Jurassic adventure and use their imagination to bring realistic dinosaur models to life.
The durable mat can be set up indoors or outdoors and comes with a sturdy carrying case for easy storage and transport. TEMI Dinosaur Toy Figure With Activity Play Mat comes with nine hand-painted dinosaur figures, a colorful activity mat, and five sets of trees so your child can set up their own unique dino world for their next adventure.
Activity mat made from non-woven fabric
Models made from non-toxic PVC
Mat dimensions – 31.5” x 27.6”
Nine hand-painted dinosaur models
- Weight1.67 pounds
If your 3-year-old loves fire trucks, this pop-up play tent is going to put a smile on their face. The collapsible FUN LITTLE TOYS Fire Truck Pop Up Play Tent is perfect for indoor or outdoor use and is portable and lightweight enough to set up anywhere. You don’t even need any tools for assembly.
The tent has a back door and two round openings in the top that your child can stand up through. And to complete their ensemble, the set comes with a red and yellow Fire Department vest so they can look and feel like a real firefighter.
Dimensions – 4.09’’(L) x 28.35’’ (W) x 28.35’’(H)
Made from non-woven polyester
Two holes in the roof
Easy-access roll-up door
Fireman vest included
- BrandFun Little Toys
- Weight1.45 pounds
Pogo sticks are great fun, no matter how old you are. But you don’t want your three-year old jumping around on a metal death trap. That’s why the Flybar My First Foam Jump and Squeak Pogo Stick is one of our favorite toys on the market. It’s made from high-quality durable foam, which means it’s safe for kids to use and won’t scratch your floors. It also provides plenty of bounce and helps your kid work on their balance. Before long, they’ll be able to progress to a full-size metal pogo stick without you worrying about their safety.
High-quality durable foam
Doesn’t scratch floors
Available in two colors
- Weight1.45 pounds
If your 3-year-old has ever asked you what sound a tyrannosaurus makes, you now have the answer. This Lil-Gen Dinosaur Sound Book will take your child on an educational adventure to learn all about these prehistoric dinosaurs.
This interactive learning experience is sure to delight any little boys who love dinosaurs. The set comes with 12 realistic dinosaur figures. In the included sound book, you and your child can follow the narrating dragonfly through the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. Along the way, you’ll learn all sorts of fun facts, including the sounds each dinosaur might have made.
Includes 12 dinosaur toys
Dinosaur sound book
Teaches about Jurassic and Cretaceous period
Made from non-toxic, BPA-free materials
- Weight2.59 pounds
What better way to help your child with their motor skill and hand-eye coordination than with a fun, interactive game? This Whack A Frog Game comes with two different game modes and 38 different speeds so you can customize the game to your child’s experience level.
The board has an LCD score display, lights, music, adjustable volume, and two soft hammers. You can set the game on single-player mode for your child to practice their skills, or flip it over to two-player mode to compete for the better score.
Two hammers included
38 different speed levels
Batteries not included
- Weight1.94 pounds
Introduce your child to colors and geometric shapes with this creative jigsaw puzzle. LiKee Wooden Pattern Blocks Animals Jigsaw Puzzle includes 36 wooden pieces and 60 pattern cards. The pieces are made from real wood and are crafted with smooth edges to make them safe and easy for small children to use.
Your child can follow the design cards to create a wide range of designs with everything from animals to vehicles. Or they can branch out and use the puzzle pieces to create their own configurations.
36 wooden pieces and 60 pattern cards
Non-toxic 100% wood
Durable storage tin
- Weight16 ounces
If you have a child who loves cars and driving, this self-contained adventure race track is certain to provide hours of entertainment. The track features eight exciting challenges for your child to navigate. The six easy-to-use controls help develop motor skills while your child works the car through the race track maze.
The CubicFun Race Tracks Car Adventure Toys set comes with three cars — a police car, an ambulance, and a fire truck. Along with the cars, there is a crane and helicopter to help maneuver the cars along the track giving your child plenty of fun and interactive playtime.
Includes three cars
Eight interactive challenges and six control buttons
No batteries required
- Weight3.31 pounds
Combine activity with music on this fun Cyiecw Music Mat. The mat has 19 piano keys to help improve hand and foot coordination. And the mat boasts settings for eight different musical instruments, including piano, saxophone, violin, accordion, trumpet, harp, vibraphone, and guitar.
The soft, non-woven fabric mat is non-toxic and durable. Your kids can dance or step on the mat or use their hands to play the different keys. And the mat is easy to clean using a soft cloth. The next time your kids want to dance or create their own musical masterpiece, simply roll out the mat and let the jam session begin.
Eight different instrumental sounds
19-key mat with record function
Requires three AA batteries (not included)
- Weight8.8 ounces
Pixar fan favorites Woody and Buzz Lightyear are here to save the day! This exciting Toy Story Train will give young imaginations plenty of room to roam. They can search for the wanted Mr. Pig or save the train from explosive destruction. Or they can imagine their own adventures with this dynamic duo.
This set comes with a toy train with opening roofs and a cactus, lasso, and toy dynamite. The LEGO Duplo pieces are large enough that even small children can build and connect the pieces. This set makes a great introduction to LEGOs for 3-year-olds.
Includes Woody, Buzz Lightyear, a toy train, cactus, lasso, and toy dynamite
Train measures 5 inches high, 7 inches long, and 2 inches wide
- Weight15.2 ounces
If you are looking for some summer fun, this Dinosaur-Themed Splash Pad will get your child outside for some water-based entertainment. This 68-inch sprinkler mat is perfect for playing in your backyard or for livening up a birthday or beach party.
Simply hook the mat up to a garden hose, and let the fun begin! The mat features a ring of sprayers, and you can adjust the height by changing the hose water pressure. Neteast made the mat out of BPA-free leakproof material so you can simply roll it out on your lawn. The pool is shallow enough for young children to enjoy while older kids will love running through the sprinklers.
Connects to garden hose
BPA-free and leakproof pad
- Weight2.05 pounds
This creative Magnetic Fishing Game is sure to spark your child’s imagination. The set comes with a board with two fishing scenes. Your child can use the magnetic cat doll to search for and fish up the wooden fish on the iced-over lake. Or flip over the board and use one of the two included magnetic fishing rods to pull the fish from the ocean.
The game is challenging enough to keep your child entertained. And you can join in on the fun! Help your child identify colors and patterns on the fish, and for the more advanced 3-year-olds, the colorful fish also have all 26-letters of the alphabet so that you can practice letter recognition as well.
Two-sided wooden playing board with ice lake and ocean scenes
Includes 26-alphabet fish, one storage bag, two fishing rods, and one magnetic cat doll
- Weight12.3 ounces
If your 3-year-old is in love with trucks and tractors, they will be absolutely thrilled by this Construction Fleet from GoStock. The set comes with a tractor, bulldozer, cement mixer, and dump truck, perfect for any at-home construction project your toddler can imagine.
Your child will love the fun interactive features like the dump truck’s raising and lowering bed and the bulldozer’s swinging arm and bucket. These friction-powered push-and-go toy trucks and tractors don’t need batteries, so you don’t have to worry about your kids running out of entertainment any time soon.
Includes tractor, bulldozer, cement mixer, and dump truck
No batteries required
Non-toxic and eco-friendly materials
- Weight1.03 pounds
If you’re looking for a fun way to entertain an active child (and perhaps wear out some of that boundless 3-year-old energy), this Talking Soccer Ball should do the trick! This interactive soccer ball has a smart sensor that can recognize a shot, pass, dribble, or kick, so as your child builds their motor skills, they will also be learning their all-star soccer moves.
The plush ball is perfect for indoor or outdoor use, and the exterior is machine-washable. The ball has music, songs, and over 40 fun sound effects, so your little tyke will have plenty to keep them entertained.
Plush machine-washable exterior
Requires three AAA batteries (included)
Plays music, songs, and 40+ sound effects
This life-like tool box is sure to inspire the toddler who loves building (or demolishing) things. The 21-piece set includes realistic tools like a hammer, ruler, wrench, saw, and an electric cutting saw that spins. The iLifeTech Construction Tool Toys set also comes with nuts and bolts, so your little one can work on their hand-eye coordination and motor skills while assembling the pieces.
The entire kit comes in a 2-in-1 storage container that they can either set up as a toolbox or use as a backpack. You can be sure that they will want to bring their tools with them wherever they go with this handy storage bag.
21-piece set with tools and DIY sticker set
2-in-1 backpack and tool chest
100% non-toxic plastic
- Weight1.66 pounds
What little boy doesn’t love a monster truck? And this push-and-go Monster Truck Set is sure to excite them even more with its bright colors and light-up, flashing LED tires. The trucks have an easy-to-operate friction motor, making it easy for little hands to send them speeding away.
The set comes with two 6-inch trucks. Note that the truck colors may vary, but regardless of the color you get, your kiddo is sure to be impressed by the giant light-up wheels, the large bullbars, and the chrome accents on these super-cool monster trucks.
Includes two 6-inch trucks (colors may vary)
Multi-color LED tire lights
100% satisfaction guarantee
- Weight9.1 ounces
If you have a car-crazy kiddo, this Tuko Car Carrier is going to make your child’s day. The flame-embellished semi-truck carries 12 die-cast cars. The truck functions as a storage container complete with a snap-close lid making it easy for your child to carry their fleet of vehicles around.
This set includes six colorful alloy cars, three animal-print cars, and three numbered cars. It also comes with traffic accessories like cones and traffic signs so your child can set up an imaginary race track or driving challenge.
Includes toy truck carrier, 12 die-cast race cars, and nine traffic accessories
Truck includes carrying handle and detachable front
Storage container fits Matchbox and Hot Wheels cars
- Weight1.4 pounds
This Button Art Game is perfect if you’ve got a budding artist in the family or if your child enjoys solving puzzles. The brightly colored pegboard comes with 46 colored buttons, 10 picture designs, and a storage container.
Your kids will love creating these colorful pegboard art pieces. And along the way, they’ll be learning their color matching and developing motor skills with the chunky match-and-snap buttons. A great way to encourage creative thinking, this button artboard is sure to be a hit.
Includes 46 colored buttons, 10 picture designs, one pegboard, and one storage box
Non-toxic ABS plastic
Smooth-edged snap-in buttons
- Weight1.35 pounds
These Building Blocks from Smarkids are the perfect educational gift for young learners. This hands-on set is a great way for your toddler to develop their problem-solving skills and fine motor control. They can build cars, trucks, robots, animals, and anything else they can imagine!
The set includes 176-pieces, and each ball has 26 connecting points allowing for nearly infinite design configurations. The pieces are easy to snap together and disconnect. The set comes with a booklet with easy-to-follow instructions to design some cool creations, or your little engineer can branch out and build their own 3D masterpiece. And the kit comes with a sturdy carrying case for easy clean-up and storage.
Non-toxic, BPA-free plastic
Includes plastic carrying case and design booklet
Hand-wash with warm water
- Weight2.11 pounds
This drill activity center is a great toy for busy toddlers who enjoy getting hands-on. The Activity Pegboard comes with 20 patterns and 120 colored bolts so your child can create a host of colorful designs.
The kid-friendly reversible power drill comes with three interchangeable drill bits so your child can have fun operating a life-like tool. Education Insights designed the Activity Center with spatial awareness and motor skill development in mind, making it perfect for 3-year-olds who enjoy building things and have a creative imagination.
Includes 120 bolts, 20 pattern cards, one pegboard,
Comes with one drill, one wrench, and one screwdriver
Requires three AA batteries (not included)
- BrandEducational Insights
- Weight3 pounds
These 3D Building Blocks from Bristle are easy for little hands to use. The soft, flexible blocks have a bristle shape that makes them easy to stick together at nearly any angle. Your 3-year-old will love the bright colors and fun texture of these interlocking blocks.
The set comes with a large plastic storage container for easy storage and transport. Your child can use the 126-pieces to create everything from airplanes to cars to robots and more! Perfect for developing hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills, the blocks will provide hours of entertainment. And they are easy to clean using warm, soapy water so your child can play with them inside and outside without worry of getting them dirty.
Includes 126 pieces and portable carrying case
Hand wash with warm soapy water
- Weight2.69 pounds
This unique toy from Vatos lets your child build their own toy from the ground up! Specifically designed for children 3 years old and up, this little bulldozer is perfect for tiny engineers developing their problem-solving and fine motor skills.
The VATOS Take Apart Car set comes with a manual drill and a kid-friendly power drill that will make your kid feel like the grown-ups as they assemble the wheels, cab, and front loader on the bulldozer. Plus, the fun doesn’t stop once they finish building, as the dozer has a working motor and plays music, making it fun for hours of playtime after assembled.
Includes manual and power drill
Requires two AA batteries for the drill and three AA batteries for the bulldozer (not included)
- Weight9.6 ounces
This Big Preschool Workbook is perfect for little learners. Packed with all sorts of engaging exercises to make learning fun, you will be setting your child up for success in their future educational endeavors. Along the way, they will learn colors, shapes, the alphabet, primary phonics, numbers, early math, and much more!
This 320-page workbook is specific to children ages 3 to 5. The lessons have simple instructions and creative, colorful illustrations so your young learner will enjoy tackling these lessons.
Teaches pre-writing and early math skills
For children ages 3 to 5
- BrandSchool Zone
- Weight1.45 pounds
Your little adventurer will love this Boxed Book set from PAW Patrol. Whether you are reading with them or flipping through the books on their own, they are sure to be delighted by the colorful illustrations and exciting stories featuring their favorite characters from PAW Patrol.
This pack features four small, sturdy board books with a total of 96 pages. They come in a convenient case with a small carrying handle so your child can take the books with them wherever they go. This set is a great way to inspire a lifelong love of reading.
Includes four board books
Features characters from Nickelodeon’s PAW Patrol
- BrandRandom House
- Weight1.2 pounds
If your child dreams of being a firefighter when they grow up, you can make that dream come true for them with this Fireman Costume. The playset includes a neon vest, fire extinguisher, ax, badge, whistle, and name tag.
To top off your child’s excitement, the fire extinguisher shoots real water. Simply fill it up and send them off to save the day!
Set comes with fire extinguisher, ax, badge, whistle, and name tag
Fire extinguisher shoots water
- Weight1.2 pounds
These Kidtastic Dinosaurs are the perfect combination of science and technology. Your toddler will love playing with and building the three dinosaurs figures. The 106-piece set comes with three tools and three dinosaurs.
The set comes pre-assembled, so your toddler can play with the dinos right out of the toy box. And when they are ready for a bit more of a challenge, they can use the included tools to deconstruct and rebuild the dinosaurs in no time at all.
Set includes three dinos, three screwdrivers, and bonus coloring book
Dinosaurs measure between 4 and 7 inches tall
- ModelBN – 194
- Weight13 ounces
Toy for 3 Year Old Boys Buying Guide
Three is a developmental milestone. At this age, your child will now have the ability to play with other children, not just by himself or supervised by a parent.
To build on your child’s budding social skills, like how to cooperate, share, and wait his turn, you can introduce them to fun playtime activities with other children and siblings. Toys and games that foster teamwork, problem-solving, and sharing are good to incorporate at this age.
Toys should also instill a sense of confidence in your child. And this is an ideal age to look for toys that can help them develop their motor skills, spatial awareness, problem-solving, and creative skills. And, of course, toys should be fun and help your child be active.
Features to Look for in the Best Toys for 3-Year-Old Boys
Three-year-olds are quick learners. At this age, most children can master new age-appropriate activities quickly. The best gifts and toys for 3-year-old boys will introduce creativity, along with some cognitive challenges to playtime.
Toys for 3-year-old boys need to be interesting enough to engage their curiosity and stimulate their inquisitive minds. And perhaps even more importantly, from a frazzled parent’s perspective, the best ideas for toys for a 3-year-old boy are toys that will hold their attention span. At this age, kids are almost constantly on-the-go in pursuit of stimulation and adventure.
Three is a fantastic age for fun and exploration. It’s also the age when children commonly (and a little annoyingly) start asking the “why” question! So if you are looking for gifts for the 3-year-old boy who has everything, give them engaging, exciting, and interactive toys that will appeal to that sense of curiosity.
And don’t forget – the best gifts for a 3-year-old boy will also encourage them to get outside and move. Not only will you be helping them develop motor skills and coordination, but you’ll also be burning off some of that infamous 3-year-old energy which seems to be in endless supply.
Lastly, don’t overlook toys that encourage early learning. Three is a great age to introduce your child to colors, shapes, numbers, and the alphabet, and there are plenty of great toys on the market that can make learning fun.
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