Three-year olds are quickly growing and developing their skills. They love to move around and experiment and the games recommended for this age are those that they can enjoy while learning.
Three-year olds are very curious and have a lot of energy. Their motor development enables them to run, jump and be better balanced. They also have greater powers of concentration, better hand skills and are capable of basic reasoning.
This is an ideal age to start on numbers and letters. The best toys for this age are those designed to improve children's skills and enhance their intellectual development while they are having a good time and enjoying themselves.
- At the age of three, children have quite well developed motor skills. Their movements are a little clumsy but they will gradually improve. It is vital that they play outdoors and do some form of physical activity to help develop their bodies. This may include riding a tricycle, playing ball games or playing on age-appropriate swings.
- Other enjoyable outdoor activities include garden games or games designed for the sandpit, such as buckets, spades or differently shaped moulds.
- Puzzles and building sets are great for developing fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and intellectual abilities while having a good time. They should contain large blocks with colours and drawings that are easy to recognise.
- This is an age of unbounded creativity and imagination and there is nothing better to express this than art and craft toys. It's best to offer them a variety of materials to choose from, such as clay, crayons, cardboard, glitter, glue and even scissors designed for preschoolers.
- Don't forget the stories. They can now turn the pages themselves so they can enjoy reading their favourite stories without needing their parents (this is a stage of greater independence). They still don't know how to read so the stories should have large pictures, different textures, bright colours and play sounds or music. However, it is also good for parents to continue to set aside time every day to read with their children.
- Don't forget about traditional dolls, stuffed toys and prams. Children love them and will have a great time with them. This is also the start of a period of greater sociability when children start wanting to share their toys.
- Toys that imitate scenes of daily life, such as toy kitchens, costumes or toys of different occupations are also good. Children at this age imitate adults.
- Games that stimulate language, listening and concentration, such as board games for young children, musical instruments, musical toys and interactive toys with buttons and keys that do various things are beneficial.