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2019’s Best Toys and Gift Ideas for a 3-Year-Old Boy

by Samantha Davis |

Even though age 3 can come with attitude and temper tantrums (“threenagers” anyone?), it also comes with the joy of watching your little one find their place in the world. They are going to be interested in all that is around them, making it the perfect time to choose toys and gifts that help them learn, play, and have a great time.

We’ve done the research on this age, and we know what toys and gifts will work best. Here are the absolute best toy and gift ideas for a 3-year-old boy. You’ll find over two dozen options to engage your little one in a variety of ways.

Top 10 Toys and Gifts for a 3-Year Old BoyWhy It Is BestMom Rating
Banana Bike LTHelps kids learn balance♥♥♥♥♥
Liberty Imports Cartoon R/C Race Car Toy Teaches hand-eye coordination♥♥♥♥♥
ETI Toys Original 101 Piece Building Blocks SetUnlimited design possibilities for creativity and innovation♥♥♥♥♥
Flybar My First Foam Pogo Jumper (Blue)Large, stable base that improves balance♥♥♥♥♥
Toy Truck Transport Car Carrier By Play22Fun and interactive♥♥♥♥♥
TOP Gift Compact Shock Proof BinocularsAdult-quality binoculars in a kid-friendly package♥♥♥♥♥
68 Piece Workbench With Realistic Tools & Electric DrillRealistic, interactive play♥♥♥♥♥
Take Apart Toy Racing Car Kit by ThinkGizmosHands-on activity that encourages learning and exploring the world♥♥♥♥♥
How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Birthday?Kid-friendly design makes the book durable♥♥♥♥♥
Kids Educational Game Smart Watch (Blue)Just enough to ease your toddler into the world of technology♥♥♥♥♥

Our 28 Best Toys and Gift Ideas for 3-Year-Old Boys

1. RoyalBaby BMX Freestyle Kid’s Bike

Summary

If you live in a cold environment, you might be thinking, “Why would I buy a bicycle for my toddler for Christmas?” For us, though, a bike is a little too big of a gift for the Easter bunny and our three-year-old’s birthday falls in October. Christmas is the perfect time for Santa to leave a bike beneath the tree, especially because your little one can spend the next few months in anticipation of the tires hitting the asphalt once spring roles around.

The cost of the RoyalBaby BMX Freestyle Kid’s Bike is a little more than you might expect to pay for the average toddler bicycle but the high-quality parts are well worth it. You can buy it in five different sizes and have the option of training wheels and/or a kickstand, depending on what your three-year-old needs. The frame of this bike also grows with your child—with an adjustable seat and compatibility with all five sizes available, you can easily remove the training wheels and swap out the wheels for a larger size as your little one grows. It is also durable enough that it will last long enough for you to swap out the parts—even if your little guy is as rough as my three-year-old is. This bike also comes in six different color options, which is great for letting your little one express their personal style.

Pros

  • High-quality parts that help create a durable product
  • Extra accessories include a water bottle and holding cage, kickstand and/or training wheels, and a bell
  • Six colors available
  • Comes with assembly tools and easy instructions

Cons

  • Must assemble kickstand, seat, and training wheels yourself
  • Handbrakes may be too advanced for some young riders

What We Like About It

The brakes, drive chain, and frame are all built to last. This, and the fact that it grows with your child, makes it well worth the money spent. It is also nice that it comes in colors like red, blue, green, orange, pink, and white because it lets your little one express their favorite color.

2. Banana Bike LT

Image of the Banana Bike LT - Lightweight Balance Bike Kids - 2, 3 & 4 Year Olds (Pink)

Summary

The banana bike is aptly named for its ‘swooping’ design, with a bike frame that is curved like a banana. Unlike bikes with traditional training wheels, balance bikes help toddlers establish a sense of balance that makes transitioning to a bike without training wheels much easier. In fact, many toddlers who use a balance bike can easily make the transition to a bike without training wheels.

The Banana Bike LT – Lightweight Balance Bike for Kids is lightweight and durable, with a metal frame built to take a beating. One downside is the quality of the handlebars. After several falls, the rubber of the handlebar protectors may wear away, exposing a sharp metal edge. The adjustable seat makes it adaptable for the average toddler, however, it may not be short enough to accommodate shorter kids.

Pros

  • Teaches children to balance
  • Allows easy transition from balance bike to a bicycle without training wheels
  • Adjustable seat lets you find the perfect height for your toddler
  • Light enough that a 2-year old can lift it

Cons

  • Handlebars are not durable
  • Might not be short enough for the average two-year old or small three-year old, even at lowest setting

What We Like About It

The idea of a balance bike is ingenious. It is a great way to help your little one learn the balance they need to transition to a bicycle without training wheels. The adjustable seat is also a nice touch—since it can grow with your little one until they have the experience to make that transition.

3. Liberty Imports Cartoon R/C Race Car Toy

Image of the Liberty Imports Cartoon R/C Race Car Radio Control Toy for Toddlers (English Packaging)

Summary

We have a 3-year old and a 5-year old at home. This remote-control car for toddlers is a great choice, especially since our younger boy is so interested in the 5-year old’s toys. Its bright colors really engage the eyes, while the music and honking engages the ears. The controller has two separate buttons—one for moving forward and the other for turning and moving backward. The simplicity of two buttons make this toy easy for a three-year old (and younger) to use.

The cute driver that comes with the Liberty Imports Cartoon R/C Race Car Radio Control Toy to go along for the ride is also a nice feature. You can choose from 1 of 2 racecar drivers or what looks like a mailman or police officer. The car and driver are made from a hard plastic material and when you press down on the seat, the car honks and makes music. The antenna is soft, but durable. This toy also is great on batteries—so you don’t have to worry about breaking the bank when your little one falls in love with it.

Pros

  • Lights up and plays music
  • 2-button controller is easy for young children to use
  • Very durable
  • Comes with a driver for the car

Cons

  • Not as much maneuverability as some other remote-control cars

What We Like About It

If you little one has an older sibling, this remote-control car can keep them busy for hours. If not, they will still enjoy chasing after the car while it plays music and lights up. Its conservative battery use means that your little one will have hours of fun.

4. ETI Toys Original 101 Piece Building Blocks Set

Image of the ETI Toys | STEM Learning | Original 101 Piece Educational Construction Engineering Building Blocks Set for 3, 4 and 5+ Year Old Boys & Girls | Creative Fun Kit | Best Toy Gift for Kids Ages 3yr - 6yr

Summary

This is another toy that would make the perfect Christmas gift for a three-year old boy because it grows with your child. As your child first learns to use the toy, it will help them develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. The colorful blocks provide visual stimulation and it encourages creativity and imagination.

As you work with your child, their skills are going to grow. The blocks of the ETI Toys Original 101 Piece Educational Construction Engineering Building Blocks Set can also be used to make vehicles with moving parts. These types of designs encourage problem solving and logical thinking. The pieces are made of a hard plastic that can easily be cleaned with disinfectant spray—or even just by washing with some soap and water. As an added benefit, an eBook is available for download with purchase that has 12 different designs.

Pros

  • E-Book available for download with design ideas
  • Grows with your child
  • Easy cleaning surfaces are perfect for play dates to encourage collaboration and teamwork
  • Encourages developmental and learning skills

Cons

  • The small parts make it a poor choice for children who like to put things in their mouths

What We Like About It

As a parent, you always want the best for your child. A lot of being the ‘best’ is preparing your little one for the future. This kit helps them do that and the different shapes stimulate them a little more than the average Lego building set. It also offers several great opportunities for learning and development.

5. Flybar My First Foam Pogo Jumper (Blue)

Image of the Flybar My First Foam Pogo Jumper for Kids Fun and Safe Pogo Stick for Toddlers, Durable Foam and Bungee Jumper for Ages 3 and up, Supports up to 250lbs (Blue)

Summary

This is a good indoor/outdoor toy that will grow with your child because of its bungee center. The center lets it adjust to the perfect height for any child; simply step onto the block and pull up on the handlebars. The entire pogo stick is made of strong, stretchy rubber and foam materials. This lets it be used inside or outside, without worrying about scuffing the floors or damaging the block.

The Flybar My First Foam Pogo Jumper for Kids (Blue) is a great choice for kids who may not have the balance or coordination for a traditional pogo stick, since it has a wide, flat base. It also makes a great gift when your little one has older siblings—the handle stretches and the stick is designed to support up to 250 pounds. This means you don’t have to worry about the older kids breaking your three-year old’s new toy.

Pros

  • Can be used indoors or outdoors
  • Designed to support up to 250 pounds
  • Constructed of durable materials that will not break or wear down
  • Easy-to-use, just step on the block, pull the handle, and jump

Cons

  • Squeaking can become annoying after a while, more so for parents than the child

What We Like About It

Though this ‘first’ pogo stick is designed to be the perfect height for your 3-year old, it can easily be used by other members of the family. If you can get past the squeaking, it is also a great way for your little one to expel energy during the cold winter months.

6. Toy Truck Transport Car Carrier By Play22

Image of the Toy Truck Transport Car Carrier - Toy truck Includes 6 Toy Cars and Accessories - Toy Trucks Fits 28 Toy Car Slots - Great car toys Gift For Boys and Girls - Original - By Play22

Summary

This engaging play set comes with storage and fun all rolled into one. The set comes with six individual cars and a variety of road construction signs, cones, and blocks. These can be used to set up a racing path or for interactive play. Even though the set comes with just six cars, it has 28 different slots—4 on each side of the car. With the storage of signs and other parts of the set, there is enough room for an additional 14 cars.

The die-cast racing cars included with the Toy Truck Transport Car Carrier – Includes 6 Toy Cars and Accessories By Play22 have a sleek design and with graphics like lightning flames, and racing stripes. The cab of the truck rotates back and forth, letting your little one practice their maneuverability as they roll around. The cab is also removable.

Pros

  • Can be used to carry extra cars (up to 14 if you want to keep the construction signs with the set)
  • Carrying handle on the top makes it easier to transport
  • Die-cast racing cars

Cons

  • Small parts may not be good for kids who put things in their mouths

What We Like About It

The carrying handle on the top is a nice touch, especially since kids tend to drag around the toys they love playing with the most. All the storage slots are also nice, because it can be used with any other standard-sized cars that your child has in their collection.

7. TOP Gift Compact Shock Proof Binoculars

Image of the TOP Gift Toys for Kids, Compact Shock Proof Binoculars for Kids Toys for 3-12 Year Old Boys Girls2018 Christmas Gifts for Kids Boys Girls 3-12 Stocking Fillers Orange TGUSTG5

Summary

These binoculars are built to take a beating. They are shock-proof because of the rubber coating, meaning they can be dropped without sustaining damage. The wide, ergonomic design of the binoculars makes them perfect for little hands. The eye area also has a soft, rubber around the outside of the lens that protects your little one’s eyes—even if they run into something as they are likely to do.

Even though the TOP Gift Compact Shock Proof Binoculars for Kids are built for use by kids, they do not skimp on quality. They are adjustable to match your child’s unique eye gap. Additionally, the binoculars feature a FMC prism green-coated optics system that allows for deep saturation of colors and incredible definition—you can even see individual leaves up to 100 yards away because of the 8X magnification.

Pros

  • Adult-quality lenses in a kid-safe package
  • Shock-proof outer protects the binoculars if they are dropped
  • Soft, eye protection to stop bumps
  • Wide, ergonomic design ready for little hands

Cons

  • Kids may need help adjusting them to fit their eyes

What We Like About It

Though these binoculars will last your little one for years to come, they have been perfectly designed with their needs in mind. The shock-proof outer, eye protection, and incredible detail that can be seen through the lenses all help make a great experience for your little one, whether they are walking through the woods in search of birds or just looking out your bedroom window.

8. Friction Powered Construction Vehicles Toys Set

Image of the Friction Powered Cars Push and Go Car Construction Vehicles Toys Set of 4 Tractor,Bulldozer,Cement Mixer Truck,Dumper Push Back Cartoon Play for 1 2 3 Years Old Boys Toddlers Kids Gift

Summary

These construction trucks are easy to pull back and let go, making them zoom across the floor. The pull-back action gives your little boy a chance to work on his hand-eye coordination, while the moving parts like the bed of the dump truck and the arm of the bulldozer keep him interested. With durable construction and battery-free movement, these trucks can go all over the house, to the sandbox, and anywhere else your little one wants to bring them.

The Friction Powered Push and Go Car Construction Vehicles Toys Set is also constructed with non-toxic plastic materials, so you do not have to worry about your little one being exposed to carcinogens. The trucks are also bright and colorful, helping improve sensory perception. Additionally, the construction truck set is perfect for encouraging imaginative play. As an added benefit, there is a lifetime use warranty that guarantees your little one will not be able to break these trucks.

Pros

  • Pull-and-go features are fun for making the construction trucks race
  • Made of durable, carcinogen-free materials
  • Smooth edges and well-built moving parts; will not pinch your little one’s fingers
  • Never break guarantee

Cons

  • A little smaller than you might expect when looking at photos online, but still fun to play with

What We Like About It

What little boy doesn’t love brightly colored trucks? The pull-and-go feature lets these zoom across the floor and gives plenty of opportunity to interact with their children—whether they are working at an imaginary construction site or racing across the kitchen floor.

9. 68 Piece Workbench With Realistic Tools & Electric Drill

Image of the 68 Piece Workbench W Realistic Tools & ELECTRIC DRILL for Construction Workshop Tool Bench, STEM Educational Pretend Play, Toolbox Birthday Gift toys for Boys & girls age 3, 4, 5, 6 yrs - 12 years old

Summary

This toy stands and delivers in its ability to provide interactive and imaginative play, while helping your toddler improve their coordination and motor skills. This premium workbench is designed to teach your child how tools work hands-on. It has realistic, ‘working tools’ like an adjustable pipe wrench, electric drill, saw, hammer, screwdrivers, and different sized nuts and bolts.

The many pieces of the 68 Piece Workbench With Realistic Tools & Electric Drill can be easily carried around in the included box. When the box unfolds, its legs are constructed using some of the nuts and bolts. There are also ‘hooks’ that can be installed into the back of the workbench, giving kids a great way to organize their tools and making play much more realistic.

Pros

  • 68 pieces offer hours of fun
  • Nuts and bolts are realistic and come in different sizes
  • Electric drill is stimulating and life-like
  • Tools come in the same box that folds out to create the workbench, which is convenient and makes this toy portable

Cons

  • The nuts and bolts are not a good choice for kids who like to chew on toys, as the bite marks will damage the pieces and they will become incompatible with the other pieces in the set

What We Like About It

A carrying handle makes this case easy to carry around so your little one can set up shop. They can watch dad repair in the garage or ‘fix’ their toys in interactive play. The tool sets are also a great way to improve fine motor skills.

10. Night Lights for Kids Rotating Star Projector

Image of the Night Lights for Kids, Multiple Colors Rotating Star Projector with Timing Shutdown Function, Night Light for Baby Boys and Girls

Summary

Even though nightlights are a great way to stop your child from being afraid of the dark, the light disrupts their natural sleep cycle and prevents them from falling into REM sleep, which is the most healing and restful. This nightlight has innovative features like a shutoff timer that shuts the light down automatically after 45 minutes. This means that after your little one is soothed to sleep, they can still experience the benefits of total-darkness sleeping.

The construction of the Night Lights for Kids Rotating Star Projector with Timing Shutdown Function is solid, making it the perfect accompaniment to any playroom. There is also the option of running the light off batteries or plugging it in while using it—the batteries help keep cords out of your child’s reach, but the cord provides a nice backup if you run out of battery life. Another benefit is the several features that come with this night light, including a starry sky night light projector, single-light or multi-light nightlight, tableside lamp, or party projector.

Pros

  • Runs on battery power and a DC power supply
  • Helps kids sleep, but also great for play time as well
  • Solid construction makes this a great choice for kids’ rooms
  • Shutoff timer conserves energy and lets your child get the REM sleep they need

Cons

  • Makes a low humming sound when on, can be distracting for some kids and soothing for others
  • High battery consumption, light likes like blue and green fade out after 1-2 hours because battery drains

What We Like About It

This useful device is great for lulling children to sleep, but the starry sky also makes for fun party entertainment for the parents once they are off to bed. It is also nice that it is run using batteries and a DC power supply, which prevents the nightmare of ever having to tell your toddler that you do not have batteries for their favorite nightlight.

11. Take Apart Toy Racing Car Kit by ThinkGizmos

Image of the Take Apart Toy Racing Car Kit for Kids TG642 (Version3!!) - Build Your Own Car Kit Toy for Boys & Girls Aged 3+ - 30 Parts with Realistic Sounds & Lights by ThinkGizmos (Trademark Protected)

Summary

Three-year olds are still at that critical age where they are interested in learning about the way the world works. By encouraging that natural curiosity, they develop an inquisitive nature that will carry them through life. This toy plays tribute to that curiosity as your child takes apart the toy car, rebuilds it, and then takes it apart again.

As your child screws and unscrews the parts of the Take Apart Toy Racing Car Kit for Kids by ThinkGizmos, they are improving their hand-eye coordination and motor skills. They are also challenging their memory as they rebuild the car. In the set, you will find an electric drill and drill bit, several screws, the tires, and numerous parts for the car. The car also lights up and makes sounds when fully assembled. As an added benefit, the batteries are included for the motor of the car and the electric drill.

Pros

  • Encourages an inquisitive nature
  • Great hands-on project that toddlers can do alone or with parent
  • Batteries are included
  • Develops fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and memorization

Cons

  • On/off switch for sound is located under the hood, so you need to take the car apart to turn the sounds off when your little one is done playing

What We Like About It

Research shows that children learn best through play. This car is a great hands-on project for toddlers that engages them with play. The working drill is also a nice touch, allowing kids to easily line up with the screws and either secure them or remove them.

12. 24 Piece Magnetic Tiles Set by Coodoo

Image of the Magnetic Blocks STEM Educational Toys Magnet Building Block Tiles Set for Boys and Girls by Coodoo-24pcs

Summary

These magnetic blocks for toddlers are designed to let your little one explore the concept of design without making them color in the lines. It encourages exploration and creativity and the bright colors engage the senses. When working with others, there is also a potential to teach your child team work. Additionally, following the instructions to create different shape provides an opportunity for logical thinking.

The 24 Piece Magnetic Building Block Tiles Set by Coodoo is constructed of a non-toxic ABS plastic material that is smooth enough you never have to worry about the edges hurting your child’s hands. The base set comes with 24 pieces, including 8 non-magnetic fixture tiles, 8 magnetic triangles, and 8 quadrangles. Some nice added features are a storage bag that keeps all the blocks together and a book with several design concepts to start the juices flowing so you can have fun with your little one.

Pros

  • Smooth, colorful blocks are perfect for little hands
  • Works well as a base set, since these types of blocks can easily be combined with other building sets
  • Magnetic pieces allow pieces to easily attach to each other
  • Booklet of designs included to get you started

Cons

  • Plenty of designs, but more pieces would increase the number of designs and learning fun

What We Like About It

Hands-on activities like this STEM set allow children to explore concepts like science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in a way that is fun and encourages learning. This set is a great tool for getting your little one thinking outside of the box. If you add a second set, the possibilities would be endless.

13. Little Tikes Easy Score Soccer Set

Image of the MGA Little Tikes Easy Score Soccer Set, Primary Colors

Summary

Even when you’re in the middle of what feels like a never-ending winter, you can hype your 3-year old for summer by getting him this soccer set. A brightly colored goal with netting, soccer ball, and air pump are included in this set—basically everything that you need to set up a fun game of soccer with the neighborhood kids. Once the winter is over and everyone is eager to get outside, your toddler will be making friends left and right as he engages other kids in play.

Sports like soccer are incredibly beneficial for motor skills and coordination, as well as learning social skills like playing well with others. The Little Tikes Easy Score Soccer Set also has a little room to grow with your child, as it has an adjustable height. It is not the most durable soccer goal, but it will serve its purpose—just make sure to take it inside when your little one is done playing to avoid exposure to the elements. This will be relatively simple, since the goal is easy to erect and disassemble.

Pros

  • Comes with everything you need to set up the goal and play a game of soccer
  • Improves motor skills and coordination
  • Great toy for encouraging your child to play with others and practice their social skills
  • Adjustable height

Cons

  • Could be a little more durable

What We Like About It

Any excuse for your child to make friends makes for a great toy. This encourages playing with others, while teaching critical motor skills and coordination. The adjustability is also a nice feature, since the size of the goal can be changed to make it easier (or more difficult) for the child that is playing.

14. Blankie Tails Shark Blanket

Image of the Blankie Tails Shark Blanket, Gray and Deep Blue

Summary

If you can’t think about ocean critters without hearing the ‘Baby Shark’ song, then your little one will love this shark blanket. It is 56” high and 27” wide, being the perfect height to accommodate kids up to 4’ 11”. It is the perfect blend of fun and comfort, made of a double-sided, extra-plush mink material with cartoonish shark features, including fins and some (not-so) sharp teeth.

Most kids have a lot of blankets, but this sleeping bag-style one is perfect for lounging while watching a movie or curling up and reading a book. The Blankie Tails Shark Blanket comes in five different color options, as well as the option of returning for a full refund if you return within 30 days.

Pros

  • Perfect to go along with the current ‘Baby Shark’ fad
  • Room for your little one to grow
  • Wraps around their toes for warmth, especially during winter months
  • Soft and imaginative—the perfect blanket

Cons

  • Unauthorized sellers create similar blankets that will rip easily because of the shoddy sewing

What We Like About It

If you are going to buy your little one a blanket for Christmas, it should stand out from all the other ones that will end up at the bottom of the closet a couple months after you buy it. This is a blanket with personality and the wraparound style of the bottom is perfect for keeping your little one’s feet toasty. They are also machine washable, so A+ for an easy clean-up!

15. iPlay, iLearn Golf Toys Game Set

Summary

Golf is a finicky sport, requiring you to consider how hard you tap the ball, the angle that you hit it at, and your follow-through. This golf set is designed with the authenticity of the golf game in mind, creating an experience using accurately sized plastic golf balls and authentic club design that will help your toddler work on their swing. It comes with two golf heads, twelve golf balls, and a golf ball machine that holds and positions balls.

The golf machine included with the iPlay, iLearn Golf Toys Game Set is interactive, as it is easy to take apart and put back together. This is also a fun game that your little one can play with you, their friends or siblings, or by themselves. When they are ready for a new ball, they only have to push down on the foot pedal and the ball rolls out and is positioned on the tee-off. If you set up golf holes and keep score, this can also become a great way for your little one to practice their counting skills. When positioned outside, this set helps stretch your child’s ligaments as they follow through on their swing.

Pros

  • Promotes physical, mental, and social development
  • Easy-to-use set provides an authentic golf-like experience
  • Can be used inside or outside, making it a great toddler gift for Christmas
  • Fun, interactive play

Cons

  • Color may vary when buying online, cannot choose the color

What We Like About It

Golf is a fun sport that teaches your child hand-eye coordination and encourages the stretching of limbs. It is also a great way to help your child socialize, whether they are playing with siblings, friends, or a parent.

16. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Lights & Sounds Trike

Summary

Your toddler will feel like part of the Ninja Turtle gang with this tricycle. It is highly interactive, with sounds, music, lights, and even a ‘walkie talkie’. The handlebars are ergonomically designed to help your little one grip easily—and there is even a secret storage compartment in the top of the handlebars. The adjustable seat is also nice, as it allows the tricycle to grow with your little one through three stages.

The Fisher-Price Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Lights & Sounds Trike is designed with large, solid tires that will let your toddler ride for miles. However, the big, flat design of the tire is not the best choice for asphalt or concrete, as the tire may skip. The big foot pedals are also nice because it makes it easy for even the smallest feet to press down on the pedals and send themselves forward. The interactive features make it great for children who may not yet be interested in a tricycle but may be in the future. They can scoot around the house until then.

Pros

  • Storage compartment for your little one to store their gear
  • Big foot pedals to help even the smallest feet push the bike forward
  • Interactive sounds, music, and lights to entertain your little one
  • Ergonomically designed handlebars for the perfect grip

Cons

  • Plastic construction of the front tire can make it skip on concrete or asphalt, which can make it hard to get a grip

What We Like About It

Children learn at their own pace. This tricycle caters to the kid who likes interactive play but does not want to get on the trike yet, as well as the toddler who wants to push themselves around instead of using the pedals. It grows as your toddler grows and if they are not ready to use it as a tricycle, they can still have fun with the bike while they are waiting.

17. ZOKEA Night Lights 3D Dinosaur Night Light

Image of the ZOKEA Night Lights for Kids Dinosaur 3D Night Light Bedside Lamp 7 Colors Changing with Remote Control Best Birthday Gifts for Boys Girls Kids Baby (Dinosaur Triceratops)

Summary

What better way to keep your toddler safe from things that go bump in the night than with a realistic dinosaur nightlight? This nightlight projects upward from the base, creating a 3D dinosaur that can watch over your little one while they sleep. It has features like energy-saving battery, the option of USB mode or battery mode, and a 7-color display so your little one can choose their favorite color or switch things up.

The ZOKEA Night Lights for Kids Dinosaur 3D Night Light with Remote Control is also convenient to use. It features a smart touch button for easy on/off, as well as a remote control that lets you adjust the color display. This is a good choice for parents who want to turn off the nightlight, but don’t want to creep across their child’s room and risk waking them up. As an added benefit, a 180-day guarantee policy ensures your toddler loves it—or your money back.

Pros

  • Lights up or gradual changing, has plenty of color options
  • Easy on/off or remote control display
  • Nightlight that shows personality and makes a good companion for your little one
  • Not overly distracting, encourages sleep

Cons

  • Goes through batteries quickly, only lasts a couple days

What We Like About It

This is unlike any nightlight that we have ever seen. The 3-D dinosaur that is projected from the light makes the perfect companion for chasing away monsters at bedtime. In addition to this triceratops model, the company has a wide array of other designs, as well as a Spinosaurus and Stegosaurus. The option for a USB charge is also nice, especially since the batteries don’t last too long.

18. EVNEED Paint Sponges Set

Image of the EVNEED Paint Sponges for Kids,29 pcs of Fun Paint Brushes for Toddlers.Coming with Sponge Brush, Flower Pattern Brush, Brush Set, Long Sleeve Waterproof Apron with 3 Roomy Pockets

Summary

The long winter always presents a challenge to parents of toddlers, especially toddlers that are physically active outdoors. The best way to keep your little one out of trouble is with plenty of engaging activities and painting is incredibly fun—especially with this set. Unlike a plain paintbrush and paint, this set comes with a variety of brushes including shaped brushes that help your little one create trees, houses, ladybugs, and more, as well as rollers and stampers for making fun patterns. This kit has everything but the paper that you need for hours and hours of painting fun.

The EVNEED Paint Sponges for Kids,29 pcs Set also include an apron to minimize the mess. The long sleeves will protect your little one from getting covered in pain and the three pockets are the perfect place for them to store their paintbrushes while not in use. As an added benefit, the brushes are easy to clean and dry

Pros

  • Painting brushes and rollers make art time an interactive process
  • Great activity for the long winter months when your little one may be bored inside
  • Shaped sponges and patterned sponges
  • Large, long-sleeve apron with pockets included

Cons

  • Foam pieces are not a good choice for children who bite and chew—even though the paint is non-toxic, the brushes are easily damaged

What We Like About It

Kids who are engaged are generally happy, well-behaved kids. This paint set keeps our little one out of trouble. It is the perfect activity to get the mind calm and relaxed before his nightly bath, so he can have some fun and then get clean.

19. WIKI LED Finger Lighting Gloves

Summary

These finger-lighting gloves are a great choice for kids (and adults). Help your little one put on the gloves and encourage them to put on a light show, having them pay attention to the movement of the lights as they move their corresponding fingers. Turn off the lights and draw big circles, little squares, and everything in between.

The WIKI LED Colorful Flashing Finger Lighting Gloves ST01 come with three solid colors and 6 different flashing light modes for interactive play. They are made of a soft, stretchable material that can stretch to fit the average 3-12-year old hands. As an added benefit, four extra batteries are included for easier replacement. You do have to push and hold the button to turn it off, so this is a toy that should be played with under supervision if you do not want to burn through batteries.

Pros

  • Soft, stretchy material accommodates small-to-medium hands
  • Flashing colors are visually stimulating and encourage your child to use their finger muscles
  • Great way for kids to get creative without making a mess
  • Can also be used for walking at night, bike riding, and other activities to make your little one safer

Cons

  • Hard for children to turn the gloves off

What We Like About It

This isn’t your average gift for toddlers, but it can be a lot of fun and will definitely stand out among all the toys your little one gets. It involves finger movement that is critical to building muscles that will help your little one with writing and other fine motor activities.

20. Simbans Magbuilder Magnetic Blocks, Letters and Wheels Gift Set

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Summary

This magnetic building set is twice the size of the one mentioned previously, making it a good investment for parents who are positive their toddler will enjoy this toy. It can be used for building trucks because of the included wheels, as well as building words because this set comes with letters.

Another advantage of the Simbans Magbuilder 66 Pcs Magnetic Blocks, Letters and Wheels Gift Set is the different types of shapes included in this set, including hexagons, rectangles, triangles, and squares, as well as alphabet cards. The wide range of colors is visually stimulating and there are many opportunities for learning when you sit down and play with your child. These are all made of a smooth, non-toxic plastic that are little-finger-friendly.

Pros

  • Letter tiles increase the opportunities for learning
  • Greater variety of shapes than previous set
  • Lots of fun, interactive colors
  • Magnetic shapes are made of smooth, non-toxic materials

Cons

  • Could come with more variety of shapes, or additional shapes that were not the basic triangle or quadrilateral
  • Included letter ‘tiles’ are more like cards that can be set on the shapes, not as durable

What We Like About It

This set is considerably bigger than the other one mentioned above, which offers more options for fun. The addition of the letter tiles can also be used to encourage your three-year old to practice phonetic sounds and even basic spelling.

21. Tiny Captain Toddler Boy Non Slip Socks

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Summary

If you’re going to buy socks for your little one for a birthday or Christmas, they should be a little more special than the average pack that you can pick up in the grocery store. These socks meet that brief, having fun patterns and a non-skid grid on the bottom. This grid helps your toddler grip down on the floor, so you don’t have to worry about them losing traction while they are running on the hard floors of your home.

As an added benefit, the Tiny Captain Toddler Boy Non Slip Socks are made of a thick, soft material that will provide comfort and warmth through the winter. This set comes with black and white patterns, but there are other color options available.

Pros

  • Anti-slip bottom helps prevent slipping accidents
  • Designed with fun patterns
  • Thick, soft sock that keeps your little one’s feet warm in the winter

Cons

  • May not fit children with especially large feet

What We Like About It

Gifts that are functional and fun should stand out—and that’s what these socks do. They keep your little one’s feet warm, while the grip helps prevent slipping accidents while they are running through the house.

22. Magic Water Large Doodle Mat Set

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Summary

Magic water drawing products are a great option for parents who want to encourage their child’s art interest, but do not always have time to closely monitor them. This set comes with two water pens, a large mat for drawing fun, and stencils to guide your little one as they draw. Additionally, as the markers do not need covered, you never have to worry about losing the lids.

The large size of the drawing mat included with the Magic Water Large Doodle with 4 Pens and 8 Molds makes it perfect for drawing with friends, siblings, or even parents! It is designed with various animals and shapes around the edges, creating an engaging design. The mat can also be easily folded, which is great for storage.

Pros

  • Big enough to encourage sharing and collaborative play
  • Mat can be folded when it is stored, without damaging it
  • Water pens do not stain clothes, carpets, or walls

Cons

  • Some kids get mad when their painting disappears as the water evaporates, so know your child and if this would be a good fit (my toddler might have a meltdown over this)

What We Like About It

Even though painting is a great activity to do with your child, it is not always practical when you are trying to clean up around the house, cook dinner, or are on the phone. This mat is a great alternative because it prevents disasters like paint in the carpet on coloring on the walls, while still engaging your little one in creative play. The mat is also big enough that they can play with a friend.

23. How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Birthday?

Summary

Birthdays can be equal parts exciting and confusing for toddlers, who are just starting to understand the concept. Storytime is a great way to explain this—especially since they do not even realize they are learning. This fun and colorful book is perfect for inquiring minds who may not understand the concept of a birthday—and it will quickly become a favorite in their collection.

The How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Birthday? book has colorful, kid-friendly illustrations. With a board-book construct, it withstands the quick movements that younger children may use when flipping through the pages. As a bonus, if your little one does love it, this is only one book out of an entire series.

Pros

  • Fun, engaging way to learn about birthdays
  • Colorful illustrations help explain the concept to your little one
  • Small design fits into the average toddler’s hands
  • Board books are sturdy enough to withstand the quick, rough movements that three-year olds may use when turning pages

Cons

  • We couldn’t find any!

What We Like About It

This little board book is perfect for little hands. Its sturdy construction helps it withstand some of the abuse that books often face at the hands of toddlers.

24. Kids Education Game Smart Watch (Blue)

Summary

This is the perfect developmental gift to ease your child into the age of technology. It is highly functional, with the ability to tell time, work as a calculator, take picture and record video, and set alarms. Additionally, the watch includes 10 built-in puzzles that can help children learn. If you are worried about too many games, there is also an option for limiting daily game time.

Unlike cellphones and other technology, the Kids Educational Game Smart Watch (Blue) has a powerful battery and will last 5-7 days on standby. The watch strap is comfortable to wear. Additionally, the watch functions using an HD touchscreen display that is easy for kids to learn how to use.

Pros

  • HD touchscreen display is easy to use
  • Parents can set controls for how long children can play games each day
  • Watch strap is comfortable and soft against toddler skin
  • Many functions, including alarm clock, camera and recorder, calculator, interactive games, and more

Cons

  • Not water resistant or waterproof, which can be problematic when your little one is washing their hands

What We Like About It

This is a great introduction to technology, while avoiding the dangers that come with access to the Internet. It helps your little one learn and functions as a real phone or watch would, letting your little one take pictures, set alarms, use the calculator, and enjoy themselves.

25. Oh Say Can You Say Di-no-saur?: All About Dinosaurs

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Summary

If your little one loves the Cat in the Hat and dinosaurs, this book could quickly become a favorite. The rhyming, playful words engage young ears and you can easily explain complex ideas to your toddler because of the glossary included at the end of the book. It is also packed full of fun facts about dinosaurs!

This book does not fail to deliver in true Doctor Seuss-style with illustrations that mimic Seuss’s playful and colorful designs. Between the covers of Oh Say Can You Say Di-no-saur?: All About Dinosaurs (Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library), the Cat in the Hat shows up at Dick and Sally’s house atop a brachiosaurus and they quickly head off on a learning adventure.

Pros

  • Rhyming book is fun to listen to (and read)
  • Colorful, engaging pictures
  • Sticks with the characters of the original book (and more recent television show)
  • Fun way for kids to learn more about dinosaurs

Cons

  • Hardcover book, but paper pages inside might not be a good fit for all toddlers

What We Like About It

Fun facts, Dr. Seuss-style illustrations and rhymes, and the Cat in the Hat—what’s not to love? The glossary is an excellent addition—it helps bridge the gap between complex concepts and young learning.

26. Coavas Dinosaur Backpack – Green

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Summary

This cute dinosaur bag is made of bright green and orange colors, complete with ‘spikes’ and sharp teeth. When your toddler wears the bag on their back, it almost seems as if they are wearing the spikes. This makes the bag both functional and playful, as your little one can easily channel their inner dinosaur and stomp around during playtime.

The Coavas Dinosaur Backpack – Green is made of a soft neoprene material that is chemical-free and sturdy enough to withstand the washing machine and air dry. It also features adjustable straps so your toddler can use the bag for years to come (is recommended up to age six). Additionally, the zipper has a rubber coating that makes it easy for little fingers to grasp.

Pros

  • Bright colors and fun design
  • Easy-to-pull zipper because of rubber coating
  • Adjustable to grow with your child
  • Functional and playful—the perfect size for overnight trips

Cons

  • Straps can be slippery, not practical for long walks for some kids for this reason

What We Like About It

Toddlers can channel their inner dinosaur within seconds with this backpack. As an added benefit, they get plenty of practice using zippers as they load and unload this backpack with toys, snacks, and anything else they want to bring along on their dinosaur adventure.

27. Vamslove Kick Scooter

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Summary

Indoors or outdoors, this little scooter is perfect for helping your toddler expel some excess energy. As they move, the lights in the wheels flash. They flash faster with more movement. The deck of the scooter is also designed to keep little one’s safe, being anti-slip to help them get a grip and being designed extra wide to enhance stability.

Even though you have to assemble the Vamslove Kick Scooter yourself, it is very easy to do. As your child grows, you can raise the handlebars to accommodate their height. This toy is recommended for use by 3-8-year olds, so your toddler can enjoy this gift for years to come.

Pros

  • Lights in wheels flash faster as you move
  • Anti-slip surface and wide deck increase your toddler’s stability
  • Easy to assemble
  • Adjustable handlebars let the scooter grow with your little one

Cons

  • Batteries in wheels will eventually need replaced, can be a little difficult

What We Like About It

The features of this scooter are perfect for a young child. It ticks all the boxes for safety and the light-up wheels make it a fun and interactive experience. This scooter also will not damage hard floors or carpeting, so it can easily be used for expelling energy in the house.

28. DIMY Walkie Talkies for Kids

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Summary

Walkie talkies are always a great investment for kids who have a fascination with phones. This set includes two walkie talkies, though you could easily buy more and set them to the same channel for family fun. It comes in five different camouflage colors, including yellow, blue, green, pink, and purple.

These DIMY Walkie Talkies for Kids have full functioning with a child-friendly design. Despite being lightweight, they are sturdy enough to withstand being dropped. A belt clip lets kids attach the walkie talkie to their clothing, while features like auto-squelch that mutes background noise and volume control allows for crystal clear sounds.

Pros

  • Durable enough to withstand abuse of the average toddler
  • 2-mile range gives plenty of playtime opportunities
  • Four color options
  • Crystal clear sound

Cons

  • May be complex for toddlers, something that you can teach your little one with time but you may need to reset the settings
  • Feedback if the walkie talkies are too close to each other

What We Like About it

These walkie talkies encourage your toddler to communicate with you and offer plenty of options for interactive play time. Play hide-and-seek around the house, giving your little one clues to your location or play army guys. The possibilities are endless.

Gifts for Similar Ages

FAQs When Buying Toys and Gifts for 3-Year-Old Boys

Whether you are a new parent who wants the best for your child or an experienced parent trying to keep up with today’s world, finding the right toys for your toddler can help them develop life-long skills and habits. Here are some quick answers to some questions you might have as you look for gift ideas for a 3-year old boy:

Do age recommendations for toys matter?

Age recommendations for toys only matter to an extent. Sometimes, age recommendations are put in place because of safety. Other times, they should be used as an indicator for the average advancement of your child. For example, one three-year old may prefer toys for the 18-24 month range while another may prefer toys made for the average 4-year old. Children develop at different rates, s just be sure that all toys are safe. Just beware of pinching parts, sharp edges, and swallowable pieces in toys designed for older children.

How do I choose a toy my child will like?

Chances are, your child has already shown interests in things like painting, building, cars, or something else. You can choose toys based on their interest or encourage them to try new things. Choosing toys that let your child burn physical activity is beneficial as well because it promotes a healthy lifestyle. Something else to consider is what your child already has. Choosing variety can help your toddler learn more about the world around.

What are the best learning toys?

At the critical age of three, your little one is a sponge. The best learning toys are the ones that help your child explore the world around them and learn critical thinking skills along the way. By engaging your child’s unique interests, you can help them grow into their personality and advance naturally. However, play time does not always have to be about learning. Being active, exploring creativity, and just having fun also have incredible benefits.

Toys and Gifts Wrap Up

Ultimately, the thing that matters most as you choose special gifts for your toddler is knowing your child. Encourage them to explore their interests by selecting gifts that encourage learning about the world around them. When they aren’t exploring, encourage active play. There is also nothing wrong with a gift that is functional! Kids will be thrilled to unwrap nearly anything! Also, don’t be afraid to choose a variety of toys for your home; they will keep your little one interested and out of trouble.

Samantha Davis
Samantha Davis is a part-time writer and a full-time mommy of two boys, Apollo (age 3) and Adrien (age 5). She has been working as a writer for five years and one day plans to run her own writing company. For now, Samantha is content working as a writer and spending all her free time with her little boys. They live together with dad in Ohio and spend their free time crafting, hiking, and baking.