The 25 Best Toys for 3-Year-Old Boys in 2021

Inspire his independence and energy with these picks

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Take a break from the LEGOs with this colorful set of translucent shapes that can be turned into a skyscraper or a space colony.
Get a head start in developing your tot's balance and coordination skills with this best-selling, three-wheel scooter.
PAW Patrol fans will love these eight books, featuring a Module that reads them aloud to your beginning reader.
Make your 3-year-old feel like an actual handyman with this realistic looking tool set, including 82 pieces.
Adjustable to adapt to your tot's growing height, this set gives your 3-year-old a head start on developing their motor skills.
Instill the importance of pretend play in your child with this six-piece cleaning set.
Your youngster can bring their imagination to life with this double-sided easel that is part white board and part chalkboard.
No residue or stains from pens or markers here. Simply fill the pen with water and doodle on the mat.
Budding musicians can play their favorite tunes on this wooden piano, featuring 25 keys and two full octaves.
Toy Story lovers will enjoy putting together this LEGO train set, accessorized with Buzz Lightyear and Woody.

Boys who are 3-years-old are finally out of the tantrum phase and on their way to developing a full-blown personality and unique interests. It truly is such a fun age, and there are endless toys that you can get a little boy that he is sure to love. Whether he’s into sports, superheroes, or just playing outside, get him one of these toys and you’re sure to make his day a little brighter. 

Here, the best toys for 3-year-old boys.

For any kid 3 years old and up who is a little burned out from their LEGOs but still loves to build, this 110-piece set is the solution. Each piece is a tile that has magnets along its perimeter which allow your kid to build 3D towers, buildings, and whatever else they can dream up. 

This set not only helps them with their STEM skills but also encourages independent play and imagination.

Micro Kickboard Mini Original 3

Kids between 2 and 5 years old will have a blast on this scooter which is not only fun but also helps little ones practice their balancing. The scooter is available in a variety of colors, has three wheels and a wide footrest for added stability, has comfortable nonslip handles, and can hold up to 110 pounds. 

Paw Patrol Chase Electronic Me Reader and 8 Sound Book Library

Featuring Chase, Rubble, Skye, and the rest of the Paw Patrol gang, this set comes with eight books and one “Me Reader” which reads the stories to your child. Each button on the reader has a color and shape which corresponds with a page in the books so your child can read along and work on their colors, shapes, and matching skills. These books are best for kids between 2 and 7 years old. 

Toy Choi's Workbench 82-Piece Construction Work Shop Play Set

Your kid will get all kinds of fun tools with this set, including a drill, hammer, wrench, safety goggles, nuts, bolts, and more. When it’s set up, there is plenty of space for your child to work on his projects, and when he’s finished he can collapse the table into a little carrying case.

Little Tikes T-Ball Set

This toy is perfect for any little boy because it will never go out of style. It comes with the stand, two balls, and a bat. When it’s not in use, the stand folds down and can store all of the pieces to be hung on a wall and out of the way. It’s great for kids as young as 18 months old. 

Melissa & Doug Dust! Sweep! Mop! Play Set

If you have a little ‘helper’ on your hands, they will love this cleaning set that comes with a dustpan and brush, mop, broom, and duster. Each piece is sized perfectly for kids 3 years old and up and can be stored together on the included stand. Each part is made from wood and plastic, so they can be easily wiped down.

Melissa & Doug Double-Sided Magnetic Tabletop Art Easel

This double-sided easel is great for any 3-year-old. One side of the tabletop easel is a whiteboard and the other is a chalkboard. There’s also a spool of paper included, so you can tear off a piece for coloring. This great set comes with magnets, chalk, a marker, and erasers. This makes a great option for anyone who is homeschooling a preschooler.

Toyk Aqua Magic Mat

All you need is some water to enjoy this toy. The mat comes with 6 pens which are activated once they are filled with water and will only color on the mat (so no messes!). The mat measures 40 x 28 inches and comes with drawing molds, templates, books, and more. It’s perfect for kids 3 years old and up. 

Melissa & Doug Learn-To-Play Piano, Standard

Little musicians can get acquainted with the piano using this toy. It’s made from real wood and has 25 working keys that span two full octaves. It also comes with a songbook with color-coded sheet music so your child can learn to play some of their favorite tunes. 

LEGO Disney Pixar Toy Story Train

LEGO Duplo sets are perfect for kids who love to build but still aren’t quite old enough for the smaller pieces. This particular set is especially great because it’s Toy Story themed! It comes with 21 pieces total, including Buzz and Woody figurines. 

Inspiration Play Tot Tube Playset

You can casually teach your 3-year-old about gravity and physics with this tube playset. It’s designed to fit most types of toy cars (from Little People to Hot Wheels) and is transparent so they can watch the cars as they zoom down at different speeds based on the tube’s angle. This toy is best for kids between 18 months and 8 years old.

Playskool Sit ‘n Spin Classic Spinning Activity

If you can’t ride the teacups at Disney World, this is the next best thing. Have your kiddo sit on the stool and spin himself around using the stationary wheel in the middle. As he gets the hang of it, he can go faster and faster. It’s a long-lasting toy, too, because it’s safe for kids between 18 months and 6 years old. 

CUTE STONE Color Changing Kitchen Sink

Does your 3-year-old love to play in the sink? They can have their very own! It comes with the sink (which has working water), cups, plates, utensils, a cleaning brush, dish rack, and detergent. The dishes even change color in warm water and then return back to their original hue when they cool down. 

Are there any little kids out there who don’t love bubbles? Parents who are sick of blowing bubbles themselves can invest in this battery-operated bubble machine that will fill the backyard with bubbles in a matter of minutes. All you need to start it is bubble solution (it comes with an 8-ounce bottle) and the push of a button. This machine is great for kids 3 years old and up.

Melissa & Doug Monster Plush 6-Pin Bowling Game

With this set you get a carrying bag, a plush ball, and six little monster pins with weighted bottoms to knock down. All of the parts are made with durable fabrics that are brightly colored and great for sensory play. Aside from being flat out adorable, this bowling set is a lot of fun for kids 2 to 6 years old.

Hey! Play! Wooden Race Track and Racecar Set

Your 3-year-old can watch their cars zig and zag down this colorful ramp. It comes with four little wooden cars that are sized just right to roll down the ramps with ease. When it’s not in use, all four cars can be parked on the top level and out of the way. They’ll grow into the toy too, because it’s made for kids 3 and up.

Tender Leaf Toys Doctor and Nurse Set

For the medical hero in training, this doctor and nurse kit comes with all the essentials for taking care of someone, including a fabric bandage, stethoscope, thermometer, syringe, bottle of medicine, a tube of cream, scissors, a heart, a hat, and a canvas bag to store it in. All of the toys are made from rubberwood and perfect for kids 3 years old and up.

LEGO Duplo Super Heroes Lab Marvel Avengers

Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Captain America are all working together in this 30-piece LEGO Duplo set. Kids 2 years old and up can build the exact picture on the box using the step-by-step instructions included, or they can just use the blocks to build whatever they dream up. 

Melissa & Doug Wooden Building Blocks 100-Piece Set

100-Piece Wooden Blocks Set

Kids 3 years old and up can make endless creations with this 100-block set. In red, blue, yellow, and green, the blocks have a variety of sizes and shapes to help your child build everything from a skyscraper to a castle or a little chair for their figurine to take a break on. 

Chuchik Outdoor Water Spray Sprinkler

Kids who love to play in the water will have a blast with this sprinkler. The little turtle attaches right to the hose and has six sprayers coming up off its back, all of which wiggle all around so you never know which direction they’ll shoot. It’s made from BPA-free plastic, so it's safe for your kids, and it can spray water as far as 8 feet! 

Little Tikes Spiralin’ Seas Waterpark Water Table

Water play never gets old, which is why this water table is such a great toy for kids between 2 and 6 years old. It comes with five plastic squirting balls, one pouring cup, and the table equipped with a water spinner, a downward spiral, a Ferris wheel, and a funnel with two water wheels. It’s a great outside toy for the summer and, since the kids won’t get drenched, it’s even good on warmer spring and fall days.

CozyBomB Magnetic Wooden Fishing Game

Kids 3 years and up can enjoy this fishing game that comes with a base (with two fishing scenes), 26 fish that feature letters of the alphabet, and two magnet fishing poles to catch the fish with. It’s a STEM game because it teaches them about magnets, but it’s also great for kids working on identifying letters, learning to take turns, and working on their fine motor skills.

Selieve Toys Walkie Talkie Set

These walkie talkies provide crystal clear sound at up to a 3-mile radius. They’re perfect for kids 3 years old and up because they are small and have an easy-to-push button to activate. Each handset has a built-in flashlight, a light-up screen, and requires four AAA batteries.

Hey! Play! Toy Golf Play Set

If you have a little golfer on your hands, they will love this set. It comes with a case that has wheels, a strap, a handle, and space to store four golf balls (which are included). There is also a putting cup and flag as well as two clubs and one putter. It’s best for future golf pros who are 30 months old and up.

Step2 Best Chef’s Kitchen Play Set

This kitchen has it all: an oven, stove, sink, coffee maker, fridge, shelving space, and 25 accessories to go with it. Kids between 2 and 5 years old who love to pretend play will have so much fun with this set that includes everything from cups and utensils to little bottles of ketchup and mustard. 

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