Three-year-olds are ready for toys that foster lots of imaginative play, Singh says. So, playthings that are open-ended and encourage storytelling and creative engagement are better than one-trick ponies that just light up and sing songs about life as a dump truck. Toys and costumes that allow for role-playing and board games that encourage group interaction nurture 3-year-olds’ developing social skills. And many 3-year-olds are ready for speedier, sleeker movement toys—like scooters, trikes, and bikes—that reward their growing physical confidence.
We included toy suggestions from Singh and other educators below; members of our staff added the kind of memory-making gifts that have gone over best with the 3-year-olds in their lives. If you’re looking for more kids gift ideas, check out our guides to the best gifts for 1-year-olds, 2-year-olds, 4-year-olds, 5-year-olds, 6-year-olds, 7-year-olds, 8-year-olds, 9-year-olds, and 10-year-olds, as well as wonderful stocking stuffers for kids. And please share your own best ideas in the comments below.
source: NY Times – Wirecutter