The 16 Best Toys and Gifts for 3 Year Old Boys in 2017

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The 16 Best Toys and Gifts for 3 Year Old Boys in 2017

Looking for a gift for a little dude? Look no further. Whether you want ideas to wow your own kiddo, or just need to grab a birthday present for a preschooler, check out our awesome toy suggestions for every budget.

Active three year-olds are really starting to interact with toys, which makes gift-giving particularly fun! The old “baby” toys get left behind for more interesting and imaginative playthings. From driving a Power Wheels car to learning the alphabet, three year-old boys are all about exploring new things. We’ve rounded up some awesome toys that foster learning, independence, and fun.


If your child is looking forward to a big kid bike, they can learn balancing skills on this bad boy. The Chopper balance bike from Micro Kickboard features beach-style handlebars for stability and an easier reach. And of course, no pedals!

The Micro Chopper weighs in at just 4.1 lbs, making it the lightest balance bike on the market — and the easiest for little hands to maneuver. It takes a minute to get used to, but once kids master a balance bike, they’ll have a blast. Don’t forget the helmet!

Best For The Little Daredevil

If you’ve got a little guy, chances are you’ve got a Thomas fan. There’s just something about that cheeky British locomotive!

This wood track starter set features a battery-operated Thomas traveling around a loop, which includes such Sodor highlights as the Elsbridge Mill (which really spins), the Maithwaite Station, a signal gantry, and two signs.

The best part is, the Steaming Around Sodor set fits on the Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway Play Table and connects with other wood train track sets. This will come in handy later when your child inevitably acquires many, many more Thomas items. One AA battery not included.

Best For The Train-Obsessed

Start training him young! Encourage your little guy to “help” out in the yard with this fun toy lawn mower. Push the mower and popping beads sound create realistic “mechanical” sounds. 

The Gas ’n Go mower also features a removable gas can, clicking key, movable throttle, and noisy pull cord for a realistic play experience. No batteries needed!

Best For The Kid With A Green Thumb

If your kid is into tools, pick up this fun Pound-a-Peg game. Little guys can hammer six pegs into the wood frame, then flip it and begin again. 

This Melissa & Doug toy is simple, affordable, and well-made. Bonus: it has Mickey Mouse on it! A solid choice for three year-olds who love hitting things with hammers.

Best For A Mr. Fix-It

If your boy is practicing going potty, he’ll love this Manhattan Toys duo. Baby Stella doll’s “little brother,” Baby Fella, as he’s known, is an award-winning soft plush doll. 

He’s great fun on his own, but you can also order a tiny toilet for bathroom encouragement. Plus, there’s a great range of accessories available for Baby Fella.

Best For Helping Potty Train

Rawr! We all know a tiny tot who loves imitating the T-Rex, and he will love this ingenious new toy. 

Your child’s hand becomes a sand-loving dinosaur who chews up the playground, making park time even more wild. Or bury the dino head and have an archeological dig!

Best For A Ferocious Dinosaur

KidKraft creates solidly-built and aesthetically-pleasing versions of the ever-popular play kitchen.

Little dudes will love the cool Uptown kitchen, featuring modern touches like a chalkboard surface on the freezer and a cordless phone. He’ll be cooking up a storm on the daily!

(Parents: factor in some significant assembly time, but trust us, it’s worth it.)

Best To Get Cookin'

If you haven’t discovered the Netflix series Beat Bugs, get on board! It’s a cute show featuring musical bugs who sing Beatles songs. If your preschooler is a fan, he’ll love this new tie-in toy. 

It plays the songs Yellow Submarine (naturally), All You Need Is Love, and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The Musical Submarine also features flashing lights and a spinning propeller. Includes the Jasper 3-inch Fab Figure character toy, but the sub can fit up to five Beat Bugs (sold separately). Three AAA batteries are included.

Best Musical Bugs-On-A-Submarine

These popular 3-D building tiles are well worth the investment. Preschoolers can let their imaginations run wild creating unique structures with Magna-Tiles shapes, which stick together as if by magic (spoiler alert: it’s magnets).

All Magna-Tiles sets are compatible, and the 32-piece set is great for beginners. We love the translucent Clear Colors for their stained glass effect.

Best For The Builder

The latest Power Wheels vehicle is a big ticket item, but this Mustang is sure to wow any tiny guy! The new Mustang model features Smart Drive™ technology, which offers a more realistic driving experience, plus added safety measures. 

A touchscreen display includes a 5-speed setting, battery indicator, and alerts. Kids can control the sound system volume and even connect to an MP3 player. Includes a 12-volt battery and charger. The Power Wheels Mustang can reach 5 mph and hold up to 130 lbs.

Best For The Kid Who Has It All

When you want squishy fun without the mess — sorry, slime — choose Educational Insights’ Playfoam. This non-toxic molding compound won’t stick to fabric, is easy to store, and provides hours of creative, tactile sensory play.

The portable Playfoam® GO! carrying case comes with eight colors, each in its own compartment (plus an extra for the inevitable mixes). This is a creative toy that actually hones fine motor skills during playtime.

Best For Creative Kiddos

This adorable new game gets preschoolers playing hide-and-go seek with tiny dinos while they’re actually learning about numbers and colors. A “surprise egg” element adds excitement to this educational toy.

The dinosaurs’ color corresponds with their egg, so kids figure out matching and correspondence as well as counting. The Learning Resources set comes with 10 two-piece plastic eggs, and 55 dinosaur counters. An educational toy that doesn’t disappoint!

Best For Building Math Skills

A classic little boy crowd-pleaser: the toy car tower! The Little People Sit n Stand Skyway is actually two-in-one: the spiral raceway tower flips down into a horizontal town track for multiple play options.

The tower comes with two Wheelies vehicles that can race, get gas, stop at the ice cream shop, go through a car wash, and more!

Best For Speed Racers

Eco-friendly Green Toys has a winner in this recycled plastic bath toy.

Little guys will have a blast splashing around with toy cars and their bubble-braving boat. And parents love it because the whole set is BPA-free and easy to clean. Win-win!

Best For Bath Adventures

A Spider-Man for the preschool set, this interactive plush from Just Play has some sweet moves. The action-packed toy can swing, tumble, hang, and flip —impressive! 

As a bonus (for kids) Spidey also talks and sings while he’s doing his tricks. Comes with 4AA batteries.

Best For The Super Hero

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