Three year olds are well aware of what birthdays mean so ideally gifts should be immediately usable. They will not want to wait to physically “grow into” a toy.
Suggestions: Peg boards and similar toys where they match a shape with a hole. Pretend toys like animals, cars, trucks, dress-ups and house toys. Creative three year olds like to draw with large crayons, dustless chalk on a chalkboard and play simple musical instruments. Toys that encourage color, size and shape identification and hand-eye coordination are popular.
Three year olds are often quite aware of gender stereotypes but that doesn't mean you have to reinforce them. If you're not sure of the child's or parent's preferences, play it safe with non-gendered toys.
- Toy Universe Australian owned and run business delivers big brand and unique toys, games and puzzles for children from birth to teenage years, Australia-wide, NZ and USA from Sydney. See their
- Coolthings – Lots of cool novelty gifts for all ages and great for prizes as well as gifts – see their gifts for children. Coolthings are based in Launceston, Tasmania with delivery Australia wide and free gift wrapping.