Don't Waste Your Money is supported by our readers. When you purchase an item through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.

The Best 3 Year-Old-Boys’ Gifts - 2021

Last updated on December 9, 2020
Best 3 Year Old Boy's Gift

Why Trust The DWYM Score?

DWYM is focused on helping you make the best purchasing decision. Our team of experts spends hundreds of hours analyzing, testing, and researching products so you don't have to.Learn more.

Look for the DWYM seal for products that are the best in a category.

Our Picks For The Top 3 Year Old Boys' Gifts

Show Contents
Our Take
  Our Top Pick

LEGO DUPLO My First Number Train Counting Set

LEGO

DUPLO My First Number Train Counting Set

Overall Take

Cool TrainPreschoolers will adore building and rebuilding this train set while learning how to count.

  Best for Writing and Drawing

VTech Write & Learn Kid’s Creative Center

VTech

Write & Learn Kid's Creative Center

Overall Take

Education Yet EngagingThe creative center lets children ages 3 and older practice writing and drawing skills using on-screen instructions and interactive activities.

  Best for Siblings

Prextex Cartoon R/C Police Car & Race Car Radio Control Toys

Prextex

Cartoon R/C Police Car & Race Car Radio Control Toys

Overall Take

Remote Control FunThe two vehicles have different frequencies so they can be played at once, making them perfect for racing games.

  Interactive Pick

Tuko Transport Cargo Airplane Set

Tuko

Transport Cargo Airplane Set

Overall Take

Versatile Toy SetThe cargo plane, suitable for kids 3 to 12 years old, is excellent for interactive play with your child.

Avatar
Guide written by Patricia Kaowthumrong
Last updated on December 9, 2020

When shopping for toys for 3-year-old boys, any product that encourages pretend and imaginative play is sure to please. Since the age is when little ones begin exploring, socializing and learning shapes, colors and numbers, your best bet is to choose toys that will be both engaging (they still have a short attention span!) and fun. There are also many educational options that will also help them get ready for preschool and facilitate the development of important cognitive skills.

At age 3, many kiddos start to crave self-sufficiency, meaning they want to do things on their own, so consider buying toys that will help them gain independence. For example, puzzles may help them develop motor skills to dress or clean up after themselves or open-ended toys such as building sets may encourage them to develop ideas and carry them out.

The Best 3 Year Old Boys' Gifts

1
  Our Top Pick

LEGO DUPLO My First Number Train Counting Set

The number train set includes a buildable locomotive with three wagons, bricks decorated with the numbers zero through nine and three figurines, including a cat. The toy is designed to encourage creativity and imaginative play in toddlers and young children.

Features


Specifications

Brand
LEGO
Model
2
  Best for Writing and Drawing

VTech Write & Learn Kid’s Creative Center

A variety of fun, interactive activities in the creative center teach children letters, shapes, numbers, vocabulary and more. There are options to draw and create, listen to music and other creativity-boosting activities.

Features


Specifications

Brand
VTech
Model
3
  Best for Siblings

Prextex Cartoon R/C Police Car & Race Car Radio Control Toys

The battery-operated set comes with a race car and police vehicle, two remote controls and two removable action figures. The vehicles make realistic police siren and honking sounds and have flashing lights.

Features


Specifications

Brand
Prextex
Model
4
  Interactive Pick

Tuko Transport Cargo Airplane Set

The toy set comes with a cargo airplane, four mini cars and a helicopter. The airplane’s hatches open up to reveal a play area for the vehicles, including a helipad, rear hatch and taxiway.

Features


Specifications

Brand
Tuko
Model
5
  For the Dino Lover

Niskite Dinosaur Car Toys, 2-Pack

The battery-operated car toys, suitable for children ages 2 to 8, have flashing lights and make real dinosaur sounds. The cars move at a slow speed on their own via an on/off button, or kids can roll them.

Features


Specifications

Brand
Niskite
Model

Our 3 Year Old Boys' Gift Buying Guide

When shopping for toys for 3-year-old boys, any product that encourages pretend and imaginative play is sure to please. Since the age is when little ones begin exploring, socializing and learning shapes, colors and numbers, your best bet is to choose toys that will be both engaging (they still have a short attention span!) and fun. There are also many educational options that will also help them get ready for preschool and facilitate the development of important cognitive skills.

At age 3, many kiddos start to crave self-sufficiency, meaning they want to do things on their own, so consider buying toys that will help them gain independence. For example, puzzles may help them develop motor skills to dress or clean up after themselves or open-ended toys such as building sets may encourage them to develop ideas and carry them out.

DWYM Fun Fact

When engineer Jack Odell discovered his daughter’s habit of taking spiders to school in a matchbox, he was inspired to make her a tiny steamroller as a substitute — an invention that led to the launch of Matchbox Toys — in 1952. Because the toys were small yet hard to swallow, didn’t require any batteries and were cheap to produce, they were an automatic hit. Since then, Matchbox Toys has produced over 3 billion tiny vehicles in 12,000 different models that remain popular today.

The 3 Year Old Boys' Gift Tips and Advice

  • Look for toys that are likely to grow with your child or can be repurposed. For example, a building set or action figures may be interesting to your little one at different development ages.
  • Avoid purchasing toys that need to be plugged in, especially for younger children, which are safer playing with battery-powered ones. Just be sure to keep button-sized batteries, which can be swallowed, away from them.
  • Always review the labels on toy packages, which can help you decide if the toy is safe for a child’s age or complements his or her interests. Also make sure the product is made of safe, non-toxic materials.
  • Invest in high-quality toys made by brands you know and trust, and be sure to check toy recalls to prevent any accidents down the road.