Top Ten Toys for 3 year olds

It is always a struggle to find the balance between what you need and what you don’t, especially when you have two the same age.  Three is a more social age. I picked toys that my kids love and are the most popular when their friends come over. They are all great for solo play and group play. Here is my list of top toys for three year olds.

1. Micro-Scooter – ($79) Age 3 was the year of the scooter. It took them about a day and a half to really master it. Then they were flying. The micro-mini is probably the best scooter for this age.  We have tried other ones but they don’t hold up when compared to the Micro. It is easy to steer, with it’s lean to steer. Making it a smoother turn around corners compared to the turn the handle bar scooters. And the foot break is quite easy to master.

2.KidCraft Microphone – ($20) This is the most popular toy in our house when playdates happen. Impromptu jams happen and they are incredible to watch. My kids have also taken to doing the “news.” A must have!

3. Djeco Tap Tap – ($27) These puzzles are amazing! You pick out a card, find and arrange the pieces then tap the pin to secure it in place. This improves fine motor and organization skills. They a few different versions: trucks, flowers, aliens. This is a great toy that allows them to play independently.

4. Ice Cream Truck – ($69) – For Christmas last year, one of the boys desperately wanted an ice cream truck he could drive. We had no idea how we were going to accomplish this. Until I found this ice cream truck playhouse. We added Melissa and Doug ice cream and the fun was endless. It is durable, but can be folded away if needed.

5. Costumes – When I had babies I really looked forward to the day when we left the house and the boys were dressed up. So far they haven’t disappointed. Since they were two, there aren’t too many days that someone is not wearing a cape or dressed in character. It bring me, them and society pure joy when they walk around town in their costume. Tip: hit a costume shop the day after Halloween and get up to 75% off!

6. Body Doodlers  – ($10) We were gifted this one year and I have since re-stocked, as well as given as a gift. It turns out you don’t have to be super skilled in the face painting department for your kids to love it. These wash off easily and are safe for young skin. Quick tip: put the sunscreen on first!

7. Hot Wheels Ultimate Garage ($99) – I am forever grateful for the invention of Hot Wheels. My kids have played with those cars since they were a year and a half. We picked it up a level with this garage. They will play for hours with this, which is always a win for parents!

8. Classic Brio Train – To be fair, I am not sure who has more fun, my husband or my kids. Once the boys turned 3, they upped their train game. Brio pieces are durable and easy to use. The boys really use their imagination when setting up their tracks. These pieces can be expensive so they are usually only gifted around a special occasion.

9. Orbies ($10) – Even I can’t resist playing with these when we use them. Throw these mixed with some items, like plastic bugs to create a fun sensory bin. This is an inexpensive toy that will keep them busy for awhile. I would even start using this with supervision around 2 years old.

10. Wooden Blocks ($49) – These Melissa and Doug wooden blocks are the best. I love them for their simplicity, various shapes and durability. We use them inside as well as out.

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Personalized Package From Santa. This is What I Thought of This Christmas Idea

The Christmas spirit has kicked into high gear this year. The boys are fully ensconced in their belief in everything magical. It has been a very fun December. Given that, I thought this might be the a great year to try Package from Santa. I am thrilled to say it did not disappoint.

You’ve Got Mail

After school the boys usually run to check the mail and see if we got any packages. This time of year, we are normally getting a few packages a week.  This day was no different.

They came home from school, went to the front door and found their package from Santa.

The envelope clearly indicates this was something from them, and once I read where the stamp came from they immediately began to get excited.

We received the Silver Package, which included a letter from Santa, a picture of Santa, a certificate of being on the nice list and the biggest hit, a picture of Rudolf when he was a baby.

For the letter from Santa, there were about six different letters to choose from. I was able to go online ahead of time and personalize the letter. As any parent of twins knows, making sure both names are able to be included is crucial and I was able to do just that.

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It was so fun to listen to their reaction when the letter mentioned where they live, their cousin’s names and other personal details.

Had a Very Shiny Nose

As I noted above, the true winner of this package was the picture of Rudolf when he was a baby. It’s been all about Rudolf this year and getting that picture of him, was beyond thrilling. It is a really adorable picture signed by the famous reindeer himself.

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Our package also included a video and a phone call from Santa.

The video was a hit with boys. It’s well-made and portrays the North Pole as whimsical as kids imagine it to be. They flipped when they saw their pictures in the video. Then proceeded to watch it about 5 times. My only issue with the video is because I have two kids, I wished Santa or the Elf could have said their names. Instead I had to click “kiddo” in substitute of their names. Thankfully they haven’t quite grasped pronouns so when Santa said he instead of them, it went right over their heads.

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The phone call I scheduled a few days before Christmas.

There are 3 levels to choose from Gold ($14.95), Silver ($24.95), and Platinum ($69.95). All come with video and a phone call. Each allows you to add-on extra’s like a piece of Santa’s jacket that can be left by the fireplace Christmas morning.

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