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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Clean Up On Aisle…Don’t Boys Need Household Toys Too?

twin toddlers playing with toys broom

Every time I try to sweep both of the boys always want to help. Given that I have one broom and dustpan, it ends up being a fight over who gets to use it and my room doesn’t get swept. I figured the best solution was to get each of them a kids broom and dustpan and we would all sweep the floors together.  So off we went to Toys R Us to get them their cleaning supplies.

Girls vs. Boys

Our quest for children’s cleaning supplies took a disappointing turn to the “little girl’s” section of the store where any sort of household item was either pink or purple.  Neither my husband nor I care about our boys having toys that are pink, that was not the issue.  I get that a lot of little girls naturally love pink and purple, but by having these items in stereo-typical girls colors we are telling our little girls that any cooking, cleaning, house-hold duty is clearly their responsibility.  

There was not one item in blue, green, yellow or any other color in the spectrum.  I have to say it was infuriating as a woman and as a mother to boys.  Does being a boy mean they don’t have to learn to become a productive member of their home?  

Equality in the Home

Women make up about 47% of the workforce today and I am sure that number will increase by the time the boys enter the workforce.  So doesn’t that mean that men should make up at least 47% of the work in the home?  I feel like most people I know live in a house where it is a shared duty to take care of what you have.  What are we trying to teach our children and why are toy companies and stores still so behind the mark?

That is why I was beyond delighted to hear that Target is moving away from gender based signs. Finally someone is starting to get it.  Of course I knew this news would unleash a litany of opinions from people who, in my opinion, must still live underground.

I was even more delighted to find out that a guy name Mike decided to pose as a Target Customer Service Rep and respond to the insane complaints people had upon hearing this news.  I spent a long time scrolling through his responses and I have to say it was genius.  If you are looking for a much-needed laugh one night check it out.

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Let’s Step Into The Now

Why people are so afraid of Target’s decision is beyond me.  Just as it is even more confusing why the toy company doesn’t think to make a green toy vacuum.  I would think one of the joys of working at a toy company would be the ability to utilize their imagination to the fullest. Making pink only household supplies does not fall on the creative spectrum.

Needless to say we did not buy their cleaning supplies that day.  For two reasons, I was pissed and they were kind of expensive.  So I went to Target and bought them there, which in light of their recent decision, I am glad I did.

In the meantime, I will try to support stores and companies who work at not putting our kids in a box.  I will also try to be an example to my guys of what it actually means to be a woman and they will continue to help me with cleaning and cooking, even when they eventually realize it is not all that fun.  





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