As well as developing their vocabulary and learning more and more every day, at three years old, children's personality really starts to come through. Their imagination truly runs wild, which makes playing with toys even more fun. If you're after a gift for a special little girl or simply want to encourage their development, we've got the best toys for 3-year-old girls.
What type of toys should three-year-olds play with?
You'll want to ensure the toy you choose is developmentally appropriate for your little one. One meant for a younger age bracket may not be challenging enough while she may struggle to use a toy aimed at older children. It could also be potentially hazardous too. Here are a few types of toys to look out for...
• Building and construction toys: Creating structures and building things is enjoyed by bother little girls and boys and encourages interest in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths). You'll want to go for building blocks, magnets, gears and water play toys.
• Problem-solving toys: These skills start being developed from two years old so toys such as puzzles, board games and memory games will be a huge help.
• Imaginative toys: Roleplay is an important way for children to learn and imaginative toys help them learn and get used to the world around them. Think shop sets, dressing-up clothes, kitchen sets and food toys.
• Creative toys: Children are generally very creatvie and these toys will allow their talents to flourish, ready for attending school. These toys can also be a fun way of spending time together too.
• Interactive toys: These toys allow youngsters to get properly involved, usually using clever tech to capture their attention. They can also be a life-safer when you need a quick way to keep them occupied. Look for mini-computers, coding kits and more.
1. Kids Piano Mat
Best musical toy for 3-year-old girls
This fun piano play mat can be used by touching and stepping on, improving your child’s hand-feet coordination as well as promoting music intelligence and vision training. There are eight unique instrument sounds including piano, violin, accordion, horn, xylophone and more, plus nine black keys with corresponding music tones.
2. Dikence 3-In-1 Wooden Farm
Best Montessori toy for 3-year-old girls
This 3-in-1 wooden toy enables your child to distinguish different forms and sizes to put the shapes into the correct holes. Children can grasp the little fishes, carrots and worms with their hands or use the provided tools, working on hand-eye coordination and fine motor skill.
3. Wurkkos kids digital camera
Best camera toy for 3-year-old girls
This camera especially for kids has many functions and can photograph, video, playback, voice record, delay capture and more. With three to four hours of battery life, your child will love the built-in puzzle games and it has a protective shockproof shell, meaning it’s durable enough if dropped. A 32GB card is included.
4. Play-Doh Kitchen Creations Noodle Party
Best play-doh toy for 3-year-old girls
Your little one can witch between two rollers to crank out two different pretend noodle shapes from this Play-Doh pasta maker toy. They’ll also receive five different colours, a ravioli mould and bowtie stamper to give your little chefs even more ways to use their imaginations.
5. Barbie Puppy Party Doll and Playset
Best Barbie toy for 3-year-old girls
Barbie’s are one of those toys that will always be popular and this pet playset combines dough play with a puppy party for hands-on fun. Youngsters can fill the cake mold with two colours of dough, then press the lever to watch it ‘rise’ to reveal an adorable bone-shaped cake. Then it’s time to decorate the treats with cake toppers and star confetti before serving up.
6. Orchard Toys Rainbow Unicorns Game
Best matching game for 3-year-old girls
Who doesn’t love unicorns? A magical twist on the classic game of heads and tails, this unicorn themed game is suitable for two to four players and helps develop matching and memory skills as well as colour recognition skills.
7. HERSITY kids doctors kit
Best dress-up toy for 3-year-old girls
Most children love playing dress-up and this kit includes everything your little angel could need to play hospitals. As well as a doctor’s coat and cap, there’s a stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, flashlight, otoscope, toothpaste, oral mirror and much more, along with a carry case to keep everything tidied away.
8. Wooden magnetic puzzle
Best magnetic toy for 3-year-old girls
With all the pieces able to fit in the included wooden storage box, this set includes over 100 magnetic puzzles, three colourful chalks, a board pen and an eraser. The multifunctional magnetic board also doubles up as a drawing board, providing lots of opportunities for little ones to learn and play.
9. Sylvanian Families Red Roof Country Home
Best Sylvanian Families toy for 3-year-old girls
Warning, this may start a Sylvanian Families addiction for your child! This all-in-one set has a red roof with brightly coloured walls that makes up the Rabbit Family home. The whole house can be opened up for play at 90-degrees, 180-degrees and any angle in between. You will however need to fill it…
10. Sylvanian Families playful starter furniture set
...so why not start with this sweet set? It includes Chocolate Rabbit mother plus plenty of furniture. Your child can place the apple pie or baguette on the cutting table and cut them with the knife and place a cup in the fridge ice dispenser to make ice come out.
11. LOL Surprise Tweens
Best LOL toy for 3-year-old girls
LOL toys are hugely popular and show no sign of stopping. The included 5.2cm fashion doll Hoops Cutie comes with 15 surprises that your gal will love to unbox. The package can then be reused as a bedroom playset for Hoops Cutie.
12. Magnetic Blocks Building Tiles toy
Best STEM toy for 3-year-old girls
This set includes 52 magnetic blocks, an idea booklet and a storage bag. Children can create a small castle with the blocks or just use them alongside other packs for bigger creations. The geomagnetic material has round edges to keep your child safe as she plasy and the set will help her develop motor skills and creative thinking.
13. LeapFrog Mr Pencil's Scribble and Write
Best education toy for 3-year-old girls
A fantastic learning tool for preschoolers, with this interactive toy, kids can follow Mr. Pencil as he teaches letter and number tracing step by step, shapes and basic words. With an easy-to-carry handle, it’s a great option when you’re travelling to keep your little lady busy.
14. Kinetic Sand Sandcastle Set
Best hands-on toy for 3-year-old girls
If you haven’t heard of it before, Kinetic Sand is the squeezable sand you can mould with your hands. Trust us, your little girl won’t want to put it down. A fab toy for stimulating children’s creativity, is made from 100 per cent natural sand, won’t dry out, easily cleans up and it sticks to itself, not to your child.
15. Melissa & Doug Wooden Ice Cream Counter
Best imaginative play toy for 3-year-old girls
Your little lady will love setting up shop with this wooden Ice Cream Counter set which includes eight ice cream scoops, six toppings, two cones, cup, scooper, tongs, wooden spoon and six pretend banknotes. A gorgeous way to fire up their imagination and encourage role play.