Three years old is a great age. It can also be one of the most challenging. I feel like my kids hit their terrible twos late. Three was really when they started challenging authority and pushing boundaries. However, their minds are so interesting and open to new ideas. Finding great gifts for 3 year olds is actually pretty easy. They are still so interested in learning about the world and enjoying life that all of my 3 year olds have been far from picky.
For our oldest child, being 3 years old started as being all about facts and information. Over time, it gradually became all about make-believe. Right around his third birthday, our son was mostly into non-fiction books. His favorites were on subjects like dinosaurs, space, emergency vehicles, anything really. He also enjoyed watching nature shows like Planet Earth.
He was mildly interested in fantasy on this third birthday. However, over the course of the year, this was the age when, “I made you a sandwich, mom” turned into “I made you a chicken sandwich, mom, with tomato and lettuce. Please drive to my restaurant and a waiter will take your order. Be sure to ask for what I made you.”
Of course, as with any age, great gifts for 3 year olds also include arts and crafts, games, puzzles, and anything that lets them expend energy.
Probably my absolute favorite gift for a 3 year old is a horse hopper. Nearly every child that walks into our home plays with it regardless of age.
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