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Three-year-old's are amazing and at times, confusing little human beings aren't they? They're kind of in that in between stage, where they're no longer a toddler, but not old enough to be independent for the most part. As a result, you may be stumped because you're not quite sure what to get your three-year-old for the holidays this year. Since I have a three-year-old to shop for this holiday season myself, I decided to put together an amazing gift guide to help you find the perfect gift for that special little three-year-old in you life!
While creating this holiday gift guide, I didn't want to just throw out the latest, greatest, trendiest, or priciest gifts. Each gift on our list has been carefully thought out with your three-year-old's physical, mental and emotional capabilities. After all, you want to make sure that the gift you choose not only provides excitement and joy—it would be really nice if it helped your child grow, explore, develop, and learn.
Let's face it, if you're a three-year-old—you're world is dominated by a very vivid imagination and fantasy. No longer toddlers and with each passing day they become more independent and more responsive to others around them. Being able to now control their movements, they're able to play and enjoy organized games and sports. While they're still very active , for the most part they're more interested in structured games and being able to now, play those games for longer periods of time.
Spacial awareness also becomes more fine-tuned at the age of three. They're now able to understand the connection between objects (similar/difference). You may have started noticing your child organizing their collection of stuffed animals or action figures by lining them up or even noticed that they are undressing and redressing dolls. Having more precise control allows these little guys to stack blocks (9 or more at a time) or pour water form one cup to the other using both hands.
At three, a child is in the process of developing their muscle control and concentration in order to master the precision needed for proper finger and hand movements. The next time your child's coloring or drawing, take a notice to how they're holding their crayon or marker. What you'll come to find is that they can move each one of their fingers independently as well as together at the same time.
This particular skill becomes extremely handy to your little one because they're no longer grasping crayons and markers with a fist, but rather, now they're holding their crayons and markers with a their thumb on one side and an their other fingers on the other side (just like adults).
A three-year-old's curiosity really peaks when it comes to art and crafts. They've developed a fascination with paper, clay, Play-Doh, paint, chalk, crayons, markers, etc. They love being able to experiment and manipulate these materials to see what "this" does and how "that" looks. They often even create something entirely new with these materials.
Take a look below and use our holiday gift guide as your cheat sheet this holiday shopping season!
Now here's a different twist on Lego's, light up bricks! These light up plastic construction blocks use LED technology and are compatible with your existing traditional sets! Each block lights up as it is connected to the power base or any other lit block. No special connectors or wires are needed. You're child can build a different night light every day! Great for the little builders in your life!
The Code-a-pillar is one of our favorite toys we've come across this year. With Code-a-pillar your child can connect the segments into different combinations to send the Code-a-pillar in different directions. We really love this toy because it encourages children to problem solve by planning, sequencing, and critical thinking. It also encourages kids to think independently. Since the segments can be placed in and endless number of combinations, this isn't a toy that your child will tire of quickly. Each time they pick up this toy, they can make it work in a different way.
Do you have a curious little scientist? Kids can learn about the world around them through up-close observation—which is an essential element of the scientific method. This is a fully functional microscope and has a range of magnification (2.5x–8x) designed with a preschooler in mind.
With this children's chemistry set, your child can experiment right at the kitchen table! This set is great because it allows your child to measure, pour and drop. These science tools are sized perfectly for little preschool hands!
Your child can explore and compare measurements with these chunky, colorful tools that are contoured for little hands. A scale, bowl, 3 self-standing spoons and 6 uniquely designed cups help young learners visualize equivalent quantities in different formats. And activity Cards introduce children to measurement and guide them in making mystery goo, puffy paint, slime and more. 10 piece set.
These child-size glasses feature easy-to-change lenses-2 each of red, yellow, blue and distortion lenses. Combine up to 2 lenses per side to teach color mixing (secondary colors). Overlap lenses without their durable plastic frames for kaleidoscope fun! Single lenses teach primary color identification as well as mixing colors!
Here's another great play food set from Learning Resources. This set makes your child feel like they're cooking the same foods as mom and dad. This one's nice because it's completely different than the regular old play food sets.
Isn't this the cutest little play set you've ever scene!? Your child can prepare, serve, and enjoy a sushi dinner with all of the staples: sushi, wasabi, soy sauce, chopsticks, and a serving tray. Hape toys stimulate children through every stage of development and help nurture and develop their natural abilities.
With this adorable set kids can plant seeds for imaginative play! Specially designed for little hands, these easy-to-grip, durable, and washable pieces feature a real-life look and feel. Soft plastic parts make them especially safe for toddlers. Great for encouraging children to spend endless hours in thoughtful play, expressing their creativity and building language skills as they grow their imaginations!
Move the number slider to explore numbers, time and temperature. Nourish math learning: cut food into 2, 3 or 4 equal pieces. Place the skillet on the stove to fry an egg – and hear real sizzling sounds! This is the perfect toy for number learning fun!
With this Play-Doh set your child can pretend to be a dentist. They can shape a mouthful of teeth, squeeze toothpaste through the toothbrush and pretend to keep the teeth squeaky clean. They can also pull things out from between teeth with tweezers, then use the mirror to make sure all of the teeth are in perfect shape. A fun gift to help teach your child about oral health!
Mess Free Coloring & Painting! The Crayola Color Wonder Finger Paint Hand Kit allows children to have a blast finger painting without the mess. I absolutely love this because there's virtually no clean up! There's a sponge included which allows kids to easily clean their fingers and switch colors quickly. Comes with 5 vibrant colors-red, yellow, green, blue, orange-and 12 double-wide sheets of Color Wonder Paper.
14. MAKE & SHAPE CLAY SET
Let your little one's imagination take shape with the Crayola Make & Shape Clay Set! This set allows them to roll, mold and cut until their hearts are content. Includes 24 clay sticks, 12 shape cutters, 8 shape molds, 2 rollers, 3 cutting tools, and an idea booklet