Today I’ve got my top gift picks for three-year-olds! Of course, toys that encourage imaginative play and creativity are still great for this age but I also picked ones that help develop fine motor skills and critical thinking. Three-year-olds will spend longer periods of time focusing on one task or project, which is a lot of fun (and might give you a little more time to yourself!).

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Below are our top picks:

1 |  DO-A-DOT ART! MARKERS ($15.99)

Do A Dot Art! Markers | 25 Toys Under $25 for Three-Year-Olds

 

My kids love creating artwork with these! They’re like markers but have a round, sponge-tip applicator and are filled with paint. Above is the classic Rainbow Set, but they also have a Brilliant Set, a Shimmer Set, and a few scented sets! They even have Do-A-Dot Coloring Books that you can buy to make a gift set.

2 |  LEARNING RESOURCES HELPING HANDS FINE MOTOR TOOL SET ($12.99)

Helping Hands Fine Motor Tool Set | 25 Toys Under $25 for Three-Year-Olds

This four-piece set is a fun way for kids to work on developing their fine-motor skills. Comes with grabber tweezers, squeezy tweezers, a scooper, and a twisty dropper. Combine with a set of mini pom-poms and little ones can move them, sort them, and play with them.

3 |  IKEA MALA EASEL ($19.99)

IKEA Mala Easel | 25 Toys Under $25 for Three-Year-Olds

This easel is sure to get a lot of use over the years! One side is a chalkboard, the other is a whiteboard, and you can add a roll of MALA drawing paper that can be attached to the easel. It includes a tray to hold art supplies and it folds flat for storage.

4 |  LITTLE COSMETICS PRETEND MAKEUP SIGNATURE SET ($19.99)

Little Cosmetics Pretend Makeup | 25 Toys Under $25 for Three-Year-Olds

 

This makeup set is perfect for kids who love to watch their mama put on makeup! It looks like real makeup but does NOT apply to skin. Includes a compact shatterproof mirror, glitter pot, blush, eyeshadow, lip gloss, cosmetic bag, and real makeup brushes. 

5 |  PETIT COLLAGE MEMORY GAMES ($14)

Petit Collage Memory Game | 25 Toys Under $25 for Three-Year-Olds

This adorable memory game comes in a variety of themes like ice pops, construction, fish, fairy friends, and more. Each set includes 24 cards for 12 matches.

6 |  MELISSA & DOUG REUSABLE STICKER PADS ($4.99)

Melissa & Doug Reusable Sticker Pads | 25 Toys Under $25 for Three-Year-Olds

These reusable sticker pads are a favorite at our house! Each one comes with 5 scenes over 150 cling-style reusable stickers (there are lots of themes to choose from). They are fun for at home, but also great entertainment at restaurants and while traveling.

7 |  IMAGINATION GENERATION BALANCING BLOCK BARNYARD PLAYSET ($16.99)

Balancing Block Barnyard Playset | 25 Toys Under $25 for Three-Year-Olds

How many of the twelve farm animals can your little one stack on the barn before they all come tumbling down? This balancing game develops fine motor skills and promotes critical thinking and problem-solving.  Includes ten animals and a tricky shrub to balance, plus the red barn.

8 |  MELISSA & DOUG DELUXE TOOL BELT SET ($19.99)

Tool Belt Set | 25 Toys Under $25 for Three-Year-Olds

This tool set features an adjustable nylon belt that can be personalized with your child’s name. Comes with wooden tools including a hammer, screwdriver, wrench, ruler, saw, and 8 building pieces.

9 |  FAT BRAIN TOYS SQUIGZ ($24.95)

Fat Brain Toys Squigz | 25 Toys Under $25 for Three-Year-Olds

Squigz are the best! They easily stick to each other or any smooth surface and then “POP” when you pull them apart. Use them on walls, windows, or in the bath. Made from 100% silicone and dishwasher safe.

10 |  GREEN TOYS BUILD A BOUQUET FLORAL ARRANGEMENT PLAYSET ($24.99)

Green Toys Build a Bouquet | 25 Toys Under $25 for Three-Year-Olds

With this floral playset, kids can stack lilies, petunias, and daisies to create a variety of floral arrangements. The set includes 4 bases, 16 stems & leaf pieces, and 24 brightly colored flower pieces. All pieces are made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic and are dishwasher safe.

11 |  MELISSA & DOUG CONSTRUCTION WORKER COSTUME ($24.99)

Construction Worker Dress Up Costume | 25 Toys Under $25 for Three-Year-Olds

You can’t go wrong with Melissa & Doug costumes! Our girls have a variety of them in their costume closet that they mix-and-match, oftentimes with their princess dresses. This construction worker is one of my favorites in the line – it comes with a vest, tool belt, hard hat, goggles, hammer, saw, and name tag.

12 |  LEARNING RESOURCES MIX AND MEASURE ACTIVITY SET ($25)

Mix & Measure Activity Set | 25 Toys Under $25 for Three-Year-Olds

These colorful mixing tools are a great size for little hands. The set includes a scale, 3 self-standing spoons, 6 measuring cups, and activity cards for making mystery goo, puffy paint, slime, and more.

13 |  NICI WONDERLAND MERMAID BATHING PLUSH DOLL ($24.99)

Mermaid Bathing Doll | 25 Toys Under $25 for Three-Year-Olds

The anti-microbial filling in this mermaid plush doll make it water-friendly. Take it from the bed to the bath, the beach, or the pool. Machine washable and dryer safe.

14 |  LEARNING RESOURCES NEW SPROUTS FRESH FRUIT SALAD ($24.99)

Fresh Fruit Salad Set | 25 Toys Under $25 for Three-Year-Olds

This 18-piece fruit salad set would be a great addition to a play kitchen or on its own! Comes with a variety of fruit, a watermelon serving boat, two bowls, and a serving spoon. Made from a soft rubber-like plastic.

15 |  MELISSA & DOUG CATCH & COUNT FISHING GAME ($24.99)

Catch & Count Fishing Game | 25 Toys Under $25 for Three-Year-Olds

This wooden magnetic fishing set includes two working wind-up poles and ten wooden fish. Spin the worm on the spinner to determine the number and color of the fish to catch. Can be played solo or with a friend.

16 |  GREEN TOYS MEAL MAKER DOUGH SET ($24.99)

Meal Maker Dough Activity Set | 25 Toys Under $25 for Three-Year-Olds

This meal maker set includes a variety of tools and dough for your little one to “cook” up their favorite meal. The dough is made from US-farmed organic flour in a food-safe facility and the plastic pieces are made form recycled milk jugs in the USA.

17 |  PRESS HERE BY HERVE TULLET ($15.99)

Press Here | 25 Toys Under $25 for Three-Year-Olds

One of my favorite interactive books for kids. Follow the simple instructions on each page to be led on a fun adventure, learning colors along the way. If your little loves Press Here, you can move onto Mix It Up! next.

18 |  BIRTHDAY PARADE PUZZLE ($9.95)

Birthday Parade Puzzle | 25 Toys Under $25 for Three-Year-Olds

Puzzles have become a go-to birthday gift for me, and what could be more perfect than this Birthday Parade puzzle? It has 20 jumbo pieces contained in box with a handle.

19 |  MELISSA & DOUG FROZEN TREATS PLAYSET ($19.99)

Melissa & Doug Frozen Treats Playset | 25 Toys Under $25 for Three-Year-Olds

The cutest wooden playset! Includes 6 cookies, 3 ice cream fillings, 6 ice pop halves, 2 Italian ice cups with lids, 2 spoons, and a reusable menu card.

20 |  DJECO 1000 STICKERS FOR TINY TOTS

Djeco 1000 Stickers for Tiny Tots | 25 Toys Under $25 for Three-Year-Olds

I don’t think you’ll find a three-year-old who doesn’t love stickers and this set is really just the cutest with letters, animals, characters, and more.

21 |  ALEX SHAVING IN THE TUB SET ($11.95)

Shaving in the Tub Play Set | 25 Toys Under $25 for Three-Year-Olds

Pretend shaving kit for the tub. Includes plastic play razor, shaving brush, unbreakable mirror, comb, and foaming body soap.

22 |  PEEK-A-DOODLE DOO GAME ($21.95)

Peek-a-Doodle-Doo Game | 25 Toys Under $25 for Three-Year-Olds

A find and hide game of chicken and eggs. Use your memory to collect all 12 eggs from under the chickens, then use memory to put them back under the chickens again. Make a mistake and your scoring egg cracks a little, least cracked egg at the end of the game wins.

23 |  BATTAT TAKE APART 4X4 JEEP ($20.99)

Battat Take-a-Part Jeep | 25 Toys Under $25 for Three-Year-Olds

Little kids can use the power screwdriver and bits to take this Jeep apart and put it back together again. The jeep is made from large pieces so they’re easy for little hands to work with.

24 |  FRED & FRIENDS DINNER WINNER KIDS’ DINNER TRAY ($20)

Fred & Friends Dinner Winner Plate | 25 Toys Under $25 for Three-Year-Olds

These dinner plates turn mealtime into a game. The goal is to get to the finish line where a covered treat awaits. Choose from five designs including Supper Hero, Pirate, Enchanted Forest, Dino Time, & Dinner Winner.

25 |  B. BRISTLE BLOCK STACKADOOS ($23)

B. Bristle Block Stackadoos | 25 Toys Under $25 for Three-Year-Olds

Build an assortment of structures by stacking together various blocks. These blocks are easy to put together and easy to pull apart, so a great toy for this age.

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