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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