Gifts for 3-Year-Olds

Now that they’re getting more into imaginative play, go for gifts that offer lots of open-ended options that will (hopefully) keep them occupied longer!

Micro Mini Original Kick Scooter
$80
Micro Mini Original Kick Scooter
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If you’ve been to a park recently, you’ve seen that every kid has one of these, and for some reason, they all look super cool while riding them. The Mini’s wheels offer a smooth-riding experience and it’s “lean-to-steer” design helps children develop coordination as they use their body weight to turn. Only downside is they will soon leave you in the dust.

Magna-Tiles Piece Set
$120
Magna-Tiles Piece Set
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These colorful, magnetic tiles are a must-have for imaginative toddlers. The possibilities are endless, as is the amount of entertainment they offer. These sturdy, safe tiles teach 3-D shapes, encourage creativity and just may let parents eat a meal in peace at a restaurant. Pure magic.

Melissa & Doug Latches Wooden Activity Board
$21
Melissa & Doug Latches Wooden Activity Board
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Preschoolers will get to work right away on this activity board, complete with six latches that they can open and close. Great for keeping little hands busy on airplanes, in the car, or at home. But beware, now they’ll be able to open your safe too!

Melissa & Doug Solid Wood Project Workbench Play Building Set
$84
Melissa & Doug Solid Wood Project Workbench Play Building Set
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Calling all handymen and handywomen! This workbench comes with wooden tools like a saw, screwdriver and wrench and lots of construction pieces. Kids can build vehicles, robots and use their imaginations to create something brand new. Bonus, after this, they’ll be able to assemble all of your IKEA furniture.

PlasmaCar - The Original
$53
PlasmaCar - The Original
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With no electronics or motor, don’t ask us how it goes, we have no idea. All we know is, the kids love it. They can steer, twist and turn to propel the car forward, and its versatile design means it can work indoors or outside, on any flat surface. And, just putting this out there, adults can ride it too.  

Step2 Easel For Two with Bonus Magnetic Letters/Numbers
$46
Step2 Easel For Two with Bonus Magnetic Letters/Numbers
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With a magnetic dry erase board on one side, chalkboard on the other, this easel doubles the fun for little artistes! It comes with magnetic foam letters as well as a giant paper clip for holding craft paper, offering endless possibilities for crafting masterpieces. Clear some room on the fridge, and bring on the works of art!

Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Railway Train Set
$100
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Railway Train Set
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Good things never go out of style. If this wooden set looks like the kind of toy your dad would have played with as a kid, it’s because it’s a classic. This set includes easy-to-follow instructions for four different track configurations. With lots of moving parts like a cargo truck, working cranes and of course, the passenger train, kids will find endless fun coming ‘round the bend!

Easy Playhouse Castle
$30
Easy Playhouse Castle
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Who is the fairest in all the land? Anyone who enters into this sturdy and durable play castle! Made of solid cardboard and featuring doors that open and shut, little ones can decorate the outside anyway they’d like- with markers, paint, or however the reigning monarchs see fit!

Melissa & Doug Take-Along Show-Horse Stable Play Set
$25
Melissa & Doug Take-Along Show-Horse Stable Play Set
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Animal lovers everywhere will want to start horsing around with this set. The stable-turned-carrying-case houses eight realistic breeds of horses and provides for heaps of creative play for horse breeders and veterinarians alike.

Melissa & Doug Doctor Role Play Costume Dress-Up Set
$26
Melissa & Doug Doctor Role Play Costume Dress-Up Set
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Paging Doogie Howser! This doctor set is perfect for little ones who want to heal the world through imaginative play. It comes with a white lab coat, stethoscope (that plays a heartbeat) and even a play syringe. (Lollipops for brave adults  who don’t cry after getting shots not included.)



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