Three cheers for 3-year-old girls! They’re sweet, silly and all kinds of sassy, but what a treat it is to watch them explore the world. They’re fascinated with new things and are starting to better understand how toys and games work. Their attention span is getting better too, and they’ll spend more and more time on one activity.
There are tons of toys that will delight a 3-year-old girl no matter if they prefer princesses or playing in the mud or perhaps both simultaneously — so now's a good... time to try out some learning toys for a double dose of fun and education. Here are eight of our favorite toys for 3-year-old girls.
This activity set is as cute as a button. By snapping small, button-like “mushroom nails” into various pattern cards, kids create fun pictures. They just match up the color of button to the color on the pattern card, and watch as the images come to life. Once they get the hang of it, they can go freestyle and create anything they can imagine.
The set comes with 10 different pattern cards, a pegboard and 46 colorful buttons. If you’re wondering just where you’re going to keep all of those colorful... little buttons, don’t worry — there’s a storage tray included as well.
It’s a great activity for developing motor skills and perfect for rainy or snowy days or during little brother’s naptime when you need a quiet indoor activity.
Tiny dancers will love this fun wooden doll dress-up set. Similar to a traditional paper doll, it allows them to dress up the doll, “Nina Ballerina,” change her clothes countless times and have all sorts of make believe fun. This doll, however, is made of sturdy wood, as are her outfits, and they’re all magnetic to make dressing and undressing her a snap.
There are six outfits to mix and match with a slew of accessories too. In all, there are 27 pieces, including skirts, shirts, pants, a tiara... and shoes, of course. There’s also a wooden stand included, so they can easily show off all of their fashionable creations and spin Nina around the floor in dances they choreograph all by themselves.
Here’s some smart-looking wrist candy for her that’s actually a smartwatch made just for kids. It has a pretty impressive set of capabilities too that are not only fun and functional but educational as well.
From games to a calculator, a step counter and a calendar, it’s all there right at their fingertips on a handy little touch screen. It also has a built-in camera so they can take photos of whatever catches their eye and add fun special effects and borders to them too.
It runs on a rechargeable... lithium ion battery (included) and will run for about five to seven days after being charged. It’s a great travel toy and a fun way for them to learn to tell time. Plus, it’s just adorable to see a three-year-old checking her watch. Oh, and if pink isn’t her thing, don’t worry; it comes in other colors too.
Every little girl wants a pony at some point, and this toy may be a good substitute if your backyard isn’t a pasture. Cute and quirky looking, Roddy the Hippity Hop Ride-on Horse is ready for action. Made of strong vinyl, Rody just needs to inflated (pump sold separately), and it’s happy trails for her.
From sitting on Rody while watching TV, galloping and trotting all over the yard to bounce, bounce, bouncing the sillies out, she’ll find plenty of uses for this toy. It will inspire all sorts of... imaginative scenarios and help her develop balance and coordination too. Designed for kids ages three to five and up to 100 pounds, Rody can be inflated to accommodate various sizes and weights of children as they grow. Giddy up!Continue to 5 of 8 below.
She can hit the links from a young age with this fantastic golf set made just for toddlers. The set includes three different types of golf clubs for the perfect shot no matter what, plus five balls. There are also golf tees and two practice holes with flags. The only thing missing is her own caddy.
Made of plastic, these clubs are safe enough to hand over to a toddler without worrying about them doing serious damage like they might with a metal club, but they still give them a good feel for the... game. Not only is the set functional, but it’s also fashionable as there’s a sporty golf bag to hold all the gear.
It’s a great way to keep little ones active and instill an interest in the game while they're young, and it can be used inside or out.
Not all little girls dream of being a princess, but for those who do, this trunk is a dream come true. There are 21 pieces in all, including shoes, crowns, dresses and jewels. It’s everything they need to transform into Belle, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White, or they can mix and match to come up with their very own looks.
Recommended for girls ages three to six, the dresses fit sizes 4-6x. They can be used for hours of creative play and Halloween costumes as well. All of the pieces... come in a beautiful storage trunk that’s just perfect for storing all of her royal attire.
These paper bag monsters will be a roaring hit with little budding artists and crafters. This kit contains everything they need to create five silly, not-so-scary monsters. From the bags to stickers, paper shapes and a glue stick, all the monster makings are labeled and ready for creative little hands. Step-by-step instructions are included to create five monsters, but the skills they learn while creating them can help them develop their own creatures and more down the road.
Once the monsters are... complete, they’ll provide lots of fun inspiration for puppet shows and other playtime activities. Fun and easy to make, this kit makes a great activity for play dates or parties or any day when a creative mood strikes.
This toy gets 90% 5-star reviews so you know it is a winner. The car wash set comes fully assembled so Mom or Dad aren't scrambling to put this together with a screaming toddler around. She can drive the cars up through the garage and into the elevator down through the car wash where her ride will get a scrub down with a roller and drying flaps. What reviewers and kids love about this set is that it has a car wash which most sets do not have.
This set encourages fine motor skills, hand-eye... coordination, problem-solving and imaginative play and is suitable for children 36 months to six years.
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