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Best Educational Toys for 3 year olds

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Best Learning toys for 3 year old boys and girls

Looking for Best Learning toys for 3 year olds? Need some gift ideas for 3 year old girls and boys? We handpicked the best toddler toys that inspire creativity, encourage pretend play, and stimulate physical and intellectual development. At 3 years old, toddlers can be introduced to a wider variety of toys, since choking hazard becomes less of a concern. So what are the best learning toys for 3 year olds? Our top picks include educational toys from Melissa & Doug, PlanToys, Green Toys, Learning Resources, Alex, and a few other toy manufactures who put learning first. Educational toys are not only the ones that will teach a child the basics of math, reading, and spelling, but also the toys that help them build and improve social skills, help them develop imagination and problem-solving skills. Educational toys featured in this article help promote intellectual, physical, and emotional development as well as build and improve academic skills.

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Best learning toys for 3 year olds

3 year old toddlers enjoy block building, puzzles, playing dress up, and so much more... Electronic toys are fun, but 3 year olds also crave activities that offer challenges and inspire imagination. Help your toddler reach new highs by offering plenty of stimulation for the developing brain. Small accomplishments boost toddler's confidence and spark curiosity to try new things.

Pretend Play Toys for 3 year olds

Encourage pretend play with toy cash register, doctor set, supermarket and office play sets. Kids learn by imitating adults, so make sure to provide them with plenty of opportunities for pretend/ role play.

Eco-Friendly "green" learning toys for 3 year olds

Eco-Friendly and Safe, PlanToys toys for preschoolers are designed to enhance child development. Help your 3 year old develop fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, matching and sorting skills, and introduce them to numbers and alphabet with a variety of PlanToys toys available. PlanToys games like dominoes are a great introduction to classic games - it teaches kids how to take turns, follow rules, and deal with loss. Green Toys also makes fun and educational toys for preschoolers. Our top pick is the Build-a-Bouquet Floral Arrangement Playset below.

Melissa and Doug Top learning toy spotlight

"See & Spell" puzzle by Melissa & Doug will make a great educational gift for a 3 year old. This fun learning toy will help your toddler build up matching, spelling, and early reading skills. Learning is fun with Melissa and Doug's "See and Spell".

More learning toys from Melissa & Doug - Well-loved by kids and parent approved

Melissa & Doug toys are well-known for educational value. They are great for story telling, developing imagination, matching, fine motor and problem-solving skills. The toy developers at M & D toys are very well-educated about children's learning needs and are very creative when it comes to making learning fun.

Electronic Educational Toy Best Sellers - 2012-2013 Best-Selling Toys: InnoTab and LeapPad

The Tablets for kids are great learning devices for preschoolers and will be enjoyed for years to come, with plenty of learning apps available for different ages. Which tablet is better? InnoTab 2 vs LeapPad 2.The newest LeapPad Ultra and Innotab 3S are more advanced but are also more costly. The older versions of the two tablets are more affordable. Although some of the newer apps will not work on the older devices, there are still plenty of great educational apps compatible with all 3 generations of kids tablets (please note that you can't download Android apps onto the devices - apps have to be purchased from the Tablet manufacturers - LeapPad apps from Leapfrog and InnoTab apps from VTech).

LeapPad

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Best Educational Toys for Toddlers - LeapFrog Toys make great Christmas and Birthday gifts for 3 year olds

LeapFrog makes some of the best toys that will help you introduce your toddler to letters and numbers. I highly recommend the Letter Factory Phonics - kids absolutely love singing the ABC song and listening to the letter names and sounds that the letters make. The toy builds core learning skills including early vocabulary, literacy, and fine motor skills.

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educationalfun on December 12, 2013:

What a great recommendation of educational toys! Thank you for sharing this. You can also try visiting educationalfun.info for related educational tools. The site offers a variety of materials and activities that are really engaging and fun that makes learning more enjoyable for children.

Early2ReadMom on October 22, 2013:

Great lens! Kids love to play with toys that let them be creative.

At the advice of a friend, I got my kids started early to readâ¦before they ever entered kindergarten. I'm so glad I did it. I canât overstate how much it helped their overall confidence level in all subjects. My boy started reading at age 3. As he entered first grade and they told me he was reading on the 5th grade level. Kids love reading when they can learn with no pressure.

Diana S.

Early2Read.com

tonyaalves3 on August 13, 2013:

You have a good selection of educational toys. Thanks for sharing

dudokdudok on April 07, 2013:

Love this lens, great summary of educational toys for parents and other relatives.

WriterJanis2 on March 18, 2013:

You have a lot of fun choices.

Takkhis on March 06, 2013:

Great selection! :)

WindyWintersHubs from Vancouver Island, BC on March 04, 2013:

I have a little niece in this age group and it's hard to know what she would enjoy. This is an awesome selection! Blessed!

Linda Pogue from Missouri on February 15, 2013:

You have a good selection of educational toys for 3 year olds. Blessed.

Sue-DN on January 24, 2013:

My grand-daughter is coming up to 18 months but she's very bright so we tend to buy ahead of time! You have

some lovely ideas here.

onlyforwork on January 05, 2013:

Really a nice lens, Inspire me to create one :)

seosmm on December 24, 2012:

Very Nice Lens. Happy Holidays!

anonymous on December 17, 2012:

wonderful collection

momsfunny on December 17, 2012:

Kids will surely love the wide variety of educational toys in your lens.

taliasmith23 on December 05, 2012:

great collection, ill have to check out melissa and doug they seem to make a lot of cool stuff

GeorgeRayes on December 03, 2012:

Wow! Huge collection! Gathered some gift ideas for my four-year-old daughter :)

mistaben on November 24, 2012:

Great choices!

spids lm on October 21, 2012:

These are great! What a fun talent to have!

anonymous on October 18, 2012:

Cool lens with good information on educational toys.

SheilaMilne from Kent, UK on September 01, 2012:

My granddaughter is about to have her 3rd birthday so these are very timely ideas for me. :)

sukkran trichy from Trichy/Tamil Nadu on June 19, 2012:

nice educational toys collection. love it.

anonymous on June 17, 2012:

I liked this list and learned a lot. Just a note, the Busy Bugs Learning Set is not available at the link you provided (or I would have bought it.)

Scaevola on May 12, 2012:

Woow! That is a big list of educational toys, awesome!

Buchamar on May 06, 2012:

3 is a great age! Great content for little ones! I review educational iPad apps in my lens' - Come visit!

JoshK47 on January 19, 2012:

Excellent picks!

Hypersapien2 from U.S. on January 17, 2012:

Great selections. I have some of these on my own lens for educational toys and gifts.

anonymous on January 13, 2012:

online shopping for a gift right now, I'll have to show these to my wife and see what she things.

anonymous on January 09, 2012:

That vintage play kitchen got my little girl heart going pitty-pat once again....doing a fresh fly by on the best educational toys for 3 year olds!

Blackspaniel1 on December 19, 2011:

You have a nice selection here.

smithlights on December 15, 2011:

Great lens. Thanks for writing your own personal thoughts and reviews for the items!

elyria on November 13, 2011:

I've been quite fascinated with space and astronauts when I was little, so my favorite would be the play pretend space station :)

KimGiancaterino on November 13, 2011:

Oooh, that kitchen is great. A long way from the cardboard one I adored as a child.

anonymous on October 28, 2011:

Oh what wonderful education play fun three year olds will have with your toy selections. That is the sweetest play kitchen I have ever seen and there will be hours of contented home making skills being developed.

Tony Payne from Southampton, UK on October 07, 2011:

My daughters really enjoyed playing with their kitchen and food. My eldest had a Barney computer that helped her learn colors, shapes and numbers, and she learned it inside out. Good ideas here.

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