Top Educational Toys for 3-Year-Olds

Educational toys for 3-year-olds

Education and play are one and the same when you 're three, and so the best educational toys for 3-year-olds will enable them to develop key skills such as fine motor skills, problem-solving, communication and vocabulary, STEM skills or social skills while they are having fun.

Educational games for 3-year-olds

By the age of three children are getting much better at taking turns and so playing games together is a great way to encourage concentration skills, as well as lots of other skills such as matching, pattern recognition, counting, memory skills, strategy and problem-solving.

Games also make great gifts and if you are starting to get birthday party invites from preschool or toddler groups then having a few games stashed is perfect as they are suitable for boys and girls and parents love the educational aspect.

Our top games and educational toys for 3-year-olds include:

  • Matching and memory games. There are lots to choose from but we particularly love the Big Jigs sock memo game for the fact that there is lots of colour and pattern recognition. And the Plan Toys mood memo game which is not only a great memory and matching game but a really good way to start talking to children about their moods and emotions.
  • BigJigs classic board games. Snakes and ladders is a great game for 3-year-olds who are just learning to count and will certainly help them get used to dealing with highs and lows as they climb the ladders and slide down the snakes. Ludo is another great game for counting and turn-taking, and kids love the animal shut the box which requires dexterity, turn-taking and colour recognition.
  • Goula 's selection of games are well worth a look for little ones. We love the honey game for its teamwork angle and of course because we love bees. And the colour matching Chameleons are perfect for little ones to practise their colour recognition.
  • Balancing games (again there are plenty to choose from) are great for concentration and fine motor skills. They are a step up from just stacking and balancing blocks and they require taking turns and being able to begin to think strategically.
  • Fishing games. These are one of those classic games you will most likely remember playing as a kid that children still love today. They help children develop concentration and dexterity and are perfect for little ones that are not quite ready for the more complex games.

Puzzles and other educational toys

The humble puzzle might not jump out as an educational toy but they actually develop lots of skills. Turning the pieces and figuring out where they fit requires concentration, dexterity and fine motor skills. Children develop the muscles in their hands that they will later need for writing and cognitive skills that will help them with Math and Science.

Matching the colours or shapes within a puzzle to determine where the pieces fit and reading the clues requires the same skills that will later be useful when learning to read and write.

And of course in many puzzles the picture itself is educational. We love the Djeco puzzles although they can be quite tricky unless you have an expert little puzzler. There are also some great alphabet and number puzzles.

A calendar and or clock

Three might seem very little to start learning to tell the time, and it is, but pre-schoolers are actually really interested in knowing what the time is and it's a very valuable skill.

Training clocks are also great for learning numbers, so even if they haven 't got the concept of telling the time yet they are still learning.

We love the Goula calendar clock as not only does it help children learn to tell the time but they also get to learn the days of the week, the months of the year, the days of the month, the seasons and the weather.

OK so it 's not a toy as such, but it can become a great way to add a little bit of learning and education to their daily routine.

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