Threenagers! They can be a lot of fun and a lot of hard work – how many times can you answer the question “Why?” in a day? Here is my bumper selection of fun, practical and great gifts for three year olds who are ready to move, ready to learn and ready to immerse themselves in a world of make-believe.
For fun at the beach or in the sandpit, look no further than these take-anywhere silicon Scrunch Buckets and Hape sand moulds. We have a number of these fantastic sand moulds and my tornadoes love building cities of the future (which will totally have pyramids, Colosseums, Taj Mahals and Parthenons!). Other moulds available include a Mayan Pyramid, Eiffel Tower, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Sydney Opera House plus standard Great Castle designs.
Threading toys like these Hape String Along Shapes make great gifts for three year olds as they encourage hand-eye coordination, problem solving, fine motor, social and counting skills.
Handmade in Sydney, these Little Belle toadstool night lights are simply magical.
This wooden T-Rex table light would make a unique gift for any kid’s room. Other wooden table lights are also available in excavator, train and triceratops designs. Thanks to Aussie online store Lucas Loves Cars, Gift Grapevine readers will receive 15% off this table light and all other products storewide until December 15, 2016 when using the discount code GIFTG15.
I love this Le Toy Van 34 piece set of chunky wooden Timber Town blocks – ideal for little fingers and hands.
A wind-up, musical jewellery box makes a traditional gift for a little one. I used to keep all my treasures in mine as a kid. This pretty Tiger Tribe Musical Jewellery Box has a ballerina which spins to the tune of the Nutcracker Suite.
If spinning ballerinas aren’t your thing, this Mister Moon’s Musicbox is all sorts of awesome.
My First Autobahn road tape allows kids to make their own roads, raceways or towns. The tape will come off most surfaces without damage and it’s a fun item to take out and about (my friend taped up an tray table on a long-haul flight to keep her car-mad son busy!).
With removable velcro pieces, the Today is… fabric wall calendar is a fantastic way to introduce the days of the week, months, seasons and weather.
Handmade in Australia, I’m such a fan of the gorgeous headbands by TopKnot Girl. With lots of designs to choose from, they’d make a great stocking stuffer and practical accessory for any stylish three year old.
Melissa & Doug’s magnetic dress up sets were a favourite activity in Miss T’s classroom when she was at kindy. The magnetic wooden dress up figure comes with a wooden stand and magnetic clothing pieces. I especially love the Joey and Abby & Emma sets.
Shopping List is a fantastic memory game. I’ve lost count of the number of times I played this with my tornadoes (it still gets a regular workout with Mr TT). The aim of the game is to be the first to fill your trolley with all of the items on your shopping list.
Adrian, owner of the lovely Wild and Whimsical Things, also moonlights as a paediatric physiotherapist so she knows her stuff when it comes to picking products that help develop skills for little ones. I love the natural look of these thick Lyra pencils and ÖkoNORM crayons. Adrian says “both are great for reducing fatigue in little hands because they have a thick diameter and need very little pressure to help produce very bright colours on the page. So little ones can focus more on developing the control of the pencil/crayon rather than it slipping out of their hand or their hands getting tired too quickly.”
Great for pretend play, this Belle and Boo House Box Melamine Tea Set may just be the prettiest tea set I’ve seen.
Don’t forget books! Books make great gifts for three year olds.
The Pigeon Needs a Bath! is a firm favourite in our house and the antics of the naughty Pigeon guarantee giggles every time.
The Very Cranky Bear is a lovely rhyming tale about four animal friends who encounter a bear who just wants to get some sleep! There’s great messages about being kind and thoughtful – it’s a perfect title for kids aged three and over.
Richard Scarry books are classics – I used to love them as a kid! His Please And Thank You Book contains a series of stories featuring the animal residents of Busytown who learn useful lessons about manners, thoughtfulness and caring.
Full of fun rhyming text and bright artwork, this box set of five books from the fantastic Amazing Machines series would make a great gift for any preschooler who loves machines and learning about how things work.
Have you checked out my other 2016 gift guides? You can find them here:
Gift guide 1 – Christmas themed gifts
Gift Guide 2 – Great gifts for babies
Gift Guide 3 – Great gifts for one year olds
Gift Guide 4 – Great gifts for two year olds
Stay tuned to the blog for more gift guides throughout November. You can also stay up to date with my gift ideas on Facebook, Pinterest (I’ve got 140+ gift ideas on my ‘Gift ideas: Age 3’ board!) or Instagram.
Happy gift hunting!
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