The Best Toys for 3-Year-Old Girls – 2020 Gift Ideas

Best Toys for 3-Year-Old Girls - Gift Guide

Turning 3 years old marks a new chapter in your special one’s life. Whether you’re an aunt, uncle, parent or friend of the family you can give a gift that brings joy, excites creativity and entertains the 3-year-old in your life for hours.

Not only do they now have a longer attention span, but many have developed personal preferences. This age is the perfect time to let their creativity shine through with pretend games, or open-ended toys. There are a lot of different toys that can captivate the 3 year old in your life, but here are the best toys for 3 year old girls in 2020.

The Best Toys for 3-Year-Old Girls – 2020 Gift Ideas

Fox Print Princess Castle Play Tent

The castle play tent delivers on an important aspect of early childhood development because it invokes creativity.

Pros

  • Pretend play
  • Promotes privacy
  • Kid-friendly design

Cons

  • Only targeted towards princess play.

Although there are many magical adventures for toddlers in this magic castle, if your little one isn’t interested in dressing as a princess you’re out of luck. The tents colorful design will stimulate the child’s creativity. Meanwhile, the perfect size will allow 2 or 3 toddlers to play simultaneously.

She is now entering the toddler stage at 3-years-old, it’s important to encourage her to play with other children. Full of glow-in-the-dark stars, this pop-up castle tent is about 54” standing up, but folds down to fit in a small carrying bag.

The Best Toys for 3-Year-Old Girls – 2020 Gift Ideas

Baby Loovi Foam Letters Alphabet

This package has all 26 letters imprinted on animals. The association of animal to the letter will help the special toddler in your life remember all of her ABC’s and animals.

Pros

  • Bright colors keep her attention
  • Puzzle aspect works their hand-eye coordination

Cons

  • Not open-ended
  • Bath time only

We can easily overlook that this is a bath only toy. So far as bath toys go there are no annoying holes to trap water, and they are easy to clean. This toy is a great option that will build her hand-eye coordination and promote learning the ABC’s, colors, and animals.

A bonus of this package is that the letters detach from the animal leaving your little one to coordinate them together.

The Best Toys for 3-Year-Old Girls – 2020 Gift Ideas

Quiet Book by Curious Columbus

A gift for the special little girl in your life and her parents! This Quiet Book is an early learning tool that is soft and has many different sensory aspects.

Pros

  • Differently textured fabrics assist her sensory development
  • Activities teach her about daily routines
  • All pieces attach to the book

Cons

  • Multiple pieces can be lost

Toddlers love a challenge and the activities in the Quiet Book will not only engage your toddler but also make them think about how each piece interacts with the other. Simple activities like dressing the character for the day are full of simple puzzles, such as putting the right shoe on the right foot.

The Quiet Book is a great option for long car rides, and anytime you need well a little quiet time. The book has a carrying handle, so she can tote it around and several interactive activities.

The Best Toys for 3-Year-Old Girls – 2020 Gift Ideas

Skoolzy Peg Board Shapes Puzzle

With 38 pieces this puzzle will keep the little lady entertained for a long time.

Pros

  • Open-ended toy
  • Peg shapes stack and builds together
  • Perfect size for little hands

Cons

  • Different puzzle games packaged in an e-book

The Skoolzy Peg Board is a puzzle tool used in Montessori schools for years. The design, bright colors, and variety of shapes promote creativity and critical thinking.

All the shapes fit easily into a pouch and are transportable. There is no dedicated puzzle table which is a plus, and the many shapes fit and stack together. The flexibility of this toy means that even when you’re not around to help them through a puzzle, they can build their toys. Pegs are a great alternative to Mega Blocks.

The Best Toys for 3-Year-Old Girls – 2020 Gift Ideas

3 Bees and Me Dinosaur Toys

These dinosaurs are the perfect size for a 3-year-olds hand and have wheels on the bottom.

Pros

  • Bright colors
  • Different dinosaur species for imaginative play

Cons

  • Not for bath time as they take on water

We love ourselves a versatile toy, but this one should avoid contact with water because of their ability to take on water. Aside from that, they’re a toy that promotes interest in the prehistoric era. Kids love dinosaurs, especially around the age of 3 and this toy satisfies this desire.

Not every toy has to focus on hand-eye or cognitive development. There is no doubt that your little one sees learning opportunities everywhere and would enjoy an old-fashioned, just-for-fun toy.

The Best Toys for 3-Year-Old Girls – 2020 Gift Ideas

Lego Duplo l Disney Sofia the First Magical Carriage

The package contains 3-character figures, so there is an opportunity to pretend to play with familiar characters after building.

Pros

  • Measures over 3” high and 10” long
  • 30 pieces promote building activity for longer durations of time

Cons

  • Lego pieces get lost

It’s Disney and Lego all in one, and whoever though Lego doesn’t make toys catered to little girls is wrong! This adorable carriage uses large pieces that your little one can handle easily.

Lego does well in promoting pretend play and building activities. As your little one explores the building and enjoys pretending to play Lego is always a great option. The Disney Sofia set is our choice here because of the multiple character figurines, and easy to assemble carriage. Keep in mind that it’s best to have a space set aside for Legos because of how easily pieces are lost.

The Best Toys for 3-Year-Old Girls – 2020 Gift Ideas

Pound and Tap Bench with Xylophone

A complete bowling set packed into a convenient carrying case that is a size comfortable for the toddler in your life to tote around on their own.

Pros

  • Multiple areas of engagement
  • Xylophone slides out for compact storage
  • Music toy

Cons

  • Comes with a hammer

Bowling with a 3-year-old can quickly become a dirty or at least sticky task. These pins and the plush ball “surface cleaning” only, so it’s probably best to keep some sanitizer wipes handy.

But, aside from that this toy will keep your little one entertained. The process of knocking pins down and resetting them up will keep them active as well.

The 6 pins vary in numbers, colors, and all feature a different animal head. The plush animal pins are soft but stand on their own and topple with little contact from the soft bowling ball.

The Best Toys for 3-Year-Old Girls – 2020 Gift Ideas

LeapFrog Musical Rainbow Tea Set

This tea set will give your three year old the joyful teatime play experience that she deserves.

Pros

  • Colorful and cheerful sights and sounds
  • Great for playdates
  • Great for creative play

Cons

  • May not contain cake flavors your child can pretend to enjoy

With this set, you’ll get a cheerful teapot, two rainbow-clad teacups, and a special cake with six different make-believe flavors. Underneath the lid of the teapot, there’s a delightful little mirror which your child can use to see herself play.

Lifting the lid of the teapot also causes the toy to emit fun sounds which you’ll smile when you hear. When your girl plays pretend using these teatime toys, she’ll learn patience, manners, and how to be a good entertainer. She’ll also learn how to be a bit more creative with her play.

The Best Toys for 3-Year-Old Girls – 2020 Gift Ideas

Crayola Scribble Scrubbie Play Set

When your child can paint her toys and then decide to change the way they look later on, you can bet that she’ll enjoy it. With this Crayola Scribble Scrubbie set, she’ll get exactly that.

Pros

  • High replay value
  • Contains everything your girl will need to start playing
  • Fun for animal lovers

Cons

  • May be hard to find replacement markers

Contained in the set are four little cat-like pets as well as the tools your child will need to decorate them and clean them. No matter which colors your girl chooses to adorn her new pets, it’s easy for her to wash them off using the set’s special tub.

Because your child can scrub any decoration job they don’t enjoy, she’ll be able to get a lot of playtime out of this set. It’s no wonder why the set won Good Housekeeping’s 2018 Best Toy Award.

The Best Toys for 3-Year-Old Girls – 2020 Gift Ideas

Flybar Foam Pogo Jumper Stick

If your girl loves to be active, she’ll be bouncing on this Flybar Foam Pogo Jumper Stick for hours. Much like other pogo sticks, the Flybar gives your girl a toy that she can use to bounce around the house.

Pros

  • Great way to train balance
  • Safer than other pogo sticks
  • Encourages active play

Cons

  • May not be as durable as other pogos

Don’t worry, this stick isn’t so bouncy that you would worry about it being dangerous. Indeed, the foam on the bottom of the stick is dense enough to give your child the sensation of bouncing without any of the risk.

This means that the pogo stick is great for encouraging your child to enter a life of active play. The exterior of the stick comes in a handful of colors, so your girl will be able to find the one that’s perfect for her.

The Best Toys for 3-Year-Old Girls – 2020 Gift Ideas

Tara Toy Disney Princess Necklace Activity Kit

All the components fit neatly into a convenient lidded plastic carrying case that snaps closed and features a handle to carry the case easily.

Pros

  • Great for developing fine motor skills
  • A great tool to teach patterns to older threes
  • Features reusable necklace strings to extend the play

Cons

  • Only includes certain princesses

Stringing beads is a great activity for developing and strengthening a child’s fine motor skills, and what better way to motivate your little girl to practice those skills than creating her own Disney princess necklace? This set comes with five reusable necklace strings, five princess charms, and 150 beads for children to design and create necklaces to wear.

The beads are plastic, and the charms and necklace strings are silicon. The featured princess charms are Ariel, Belle, Cinderella, Snow White, and Tiana. Unfortunately, you have to purchase a separate, Frozen set, if you want Elsa and Ana charms.

The Best Toys for 3-Year-Old Girls – 2020 Gift Ideas

Magblock Magnetic Building Set

Blocks have long been a favorite childhood toy, and early childhood experts have long known the benefits of building with blocks.

Pros

  • Teaches a variety of cognitive, physical, and social skills
  • Allows kids to create more designs than traditional blocks
  • Good for a lot of different age groups

Cons

  • Easy to knock designs over
  • The storage bag is small and a little flimsy

Block play helps develop Science and Math skills, hand-eye coordination, problem-solving abilities, and teaching social skills because blocks lend themselves well to cooperative play.

These Magblocks bring a new twist to an old classic. Magnetic force holds the blocks together to create structures. This set contains 103 magnetic tiles of various shapes and sizes and comes in a pretty pastel color palette. The shapes and magnetic attraction makes it possible to build a wider variety of designs than traditional blocks, but they can also get knocked over easier.

The Best Toys for 3-Year-Old Girls – 2020 Gift Ideas

Flower Garden Building Set

Little girls will delight in the opportunity to build their own flower gardens even inside in the middle of winter.

Pros

  • All pieces are interchangeable to make a large variety of designs
  • Includes 12 rubber butterflies

Cons

  • A lot of small parts may be easily lost

This set features 98 pieces includes eight bases, 38 stem and leaf pieces, 18 flower cores, and 34 brightly colored flower pieces that are entirely interchangeable and allow for hours of entertainment as girls arrange and rearrange their flower garden.

Although there are similar sets on the market, this one is particularly sweet because it also includes a dozen realistic-looking rubber butterflies that can be placed on the flowers, just like real butterflies will land on flowers to sip nectar. This set is the perfect gift for girls who enjoy flowers and gardens.

The Best Toys for 3-Year-Old Girls – 2020 Gift Ideas

Drawing Stencils Set for Kids

The colored pencils, pen, paper, and pencil sharpener all fit neatly with the stencils into a handy carrying case for on-the-go artists.

Pros

  • Lots of stencils to create artwork with
  • Includes all needed art material in the package
  • Handy carrying case
  • Helps develop cognitive skills, fine motor skills, and hand-eye coordination
  • Will grow with your child

Cons

  • Colored pencils are not high quality

This drawing set features 16 large stencil sheets and all the accessories your child needs to make unique works of art. The variety of stencils keeps children engaged for a long time, and they will continue to use them even as they get older.

This set includes a sheet of letter/number stencils and a sheet of shape stencils to help develop letter, shape, and number recognition. Meanwhile, the other fun themed stencil sheets nurture your child’s creativity and imagination. All stencils help children develop hand-eye coordination.

The Best Toys for 3-Year-Old Girls – 2020 Gift Ideas

Melissa and Doug Disney Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck Magnetic Dress-Up Wooden Dolls

All 45 pieces are compatible with both dolls, so your little girl can create a variety of looks for both characters.

Pros

  • Durable
  • Encourages Imaginative play
  • Pieces are compatible with both dolls
  • Builds fine motor skills

Cons

  • The lid on the storage box doesn’t stay on well

This wooden magnet doll set is great for the Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck lover in your life. They are similar to old- fashioned paper dolls but much more durable, so your little girl should get several years of play before she grows out of them. The set comes with both a Minnie and a Daisy doll with two display stands. There are 45 magnetic clothing and accessory pieces.

The magnets on the dolls are strong enough that the clothing and accessory pieces will stick and not slide down.

The Best Toys for 3-Year-Old Girls – 2020 Gift Ideas

Kokkodi LCD Writing Tablet

This LCD kid’s Writing Tablet is an excellent choice for mess-free art.

Pros

  • Durable
  • Colorful LCD writing
  • Easy to transport

Cons

  • Not bright enough to use in the dark
  • Does not come with instructions

This LCD kid’s Writing Tablet can easily fit into a bag or backpack for children to play within the car, on the beach, or wherever they want to take it. The tablet is 8.5 inches and is waterproof, anti-shock and anti-fall, so you don’t have to worry about them breaking it easily.

There’s an erase button to clear the design so your child can draw something new, but you can also lock the screen if she wants to save the picture for later to show friends and family. The stylus is included and is very sensitive, so she doesn’t have to press hard for the marks to appear on the screen.

The Best Toys for 3-Year-Old Girls – 2020 Gift Ideas

Mermaid Princess Gift Set

Does your little girl love mermaids? If she does, this could be an excellent gift idea for her.

Pros

  • Promotes early literacy
  • Encourages imaginative play

Cons

  • The doll is only 9 inches tall

The set comes with a “Shell We Be Mermaids?” picture book by Jennifer Driscoll, a kid-size mermaid crown with an elastic band to keep the crown in place, and a soft mermaid doll. The doll matches the character in the book, and the mermaid crown matches the one worn by the doll.

This set is great for playtime or story time and encourages imaginative play. The doll and crown help engage little ones as they listen to the story. It’s also a good way for children to practice story recall and early literacy because they can re-enact the story on their own after they’ve listened to it.

The Best Toys for 3-Year-Old Girls – 2020 Gift Ideas

Disney Princess Dress- Up Trunk Deluxe

Bring out your little girl’s inner princess with this deluxe Disney Princess dress-up trunk.

Pros

  • Four different princess outfits to choose from
  • Comes with princess stickers
  • Comes with a dress-up trunk for storage
  • Builds fine motor skills

Cons

  • Clothes are not machine washable

The set has 21 pieces, including four tops and three skirts and a variety of different accessories. Little girls can dress up as their favorite princess, or they can mix and match to create their own princess outfit. They can also customize their princess necklace with the included princess stickers.

With this set, your daughter can dress-up like Aurora, Belle, Cinderella, or Snow White, or if they’d prefer, create a brand-new Disney Princess look. All the clothes and accessories fit into the included dress-up trunk. This dress-up collection is terrific for your little princess. The one negative is that the dresses can’t be machine washed; they can only be spot cleaned with a damp cloth.

The Best Toys for 3-Year-Old Girls – 2020 Gift Ideas

iBase Toy Doctor Kit

Inspire the little girl in your life to be anything she wants to be.

Pros

  • Comes with a storage case to keep all the pieces in
  • Some pieces have lights and realistic sound effects
  • Cultivates imagination and empathy for others
  • Builds fine motor skills

Cons

  • Some parts are cardboard and don’t hold up

Playing doctor is a favorite pastime of small children. Your little one will enjoy tending to her dolls, stuffed animals, and even her friends. All 27 pieces fit into the snap-lock latch doctor case for easy clean-up and storage or travel.

Several of the doctor tools have light or sound functions. The toy stethoscope has lights and makes a real heartbeat sound. Children will engage in many hours of imaginative doctor and patient play. It also encourages cooperative play and helps develop your child’s empathy for others. This set is also great for children who may be afraid of the doctor to become more familiar and comfortable.

The Best Toys for 3-Year-Old Girls – 2020 Gift Ideas

VTech KidiZoom Camera Pix

This durable camera is easy to use and a great first camera for a budding photographer.

Pros

  • Easy for kids to use
  • The camera has video and selfie-functions
  • Durable

Cons

  • Low-quality pictures
  • Batteries and SD card not included

The camera takes real digital pictures that can be downloaded to a computer to save. The camera is easy for little ones to navigate and even includes several fun video games that children can play when they’re not snapping pictures. It also includes video and selfie-functions!

This camera is adorable, but just don’t expect it to take high quality photographs as it’s a toy. The camera takes four AA batteries. It has an automatic shut off after several minutes of non-use to save battery power.

FAQ

A 3-year-old little girl whether she’s known for her spice, sass, sweetness, or silliness is at a milestone in her life. She’s transitioning into a toddler and hopefully working out of the terrible-2’s. Like all other toddlers, she’s probably showing an interest in creative things, puzzles, and pretend play.

While her attention span is growing, she will not only be more interested in playing on her own, but also in cooperative play with other little ones. Spending more time on each activity means investing in toys that can serve more than one purpose, open-ended toys are great options for toddlers.

The magic years are ahead of you and the special little lady in your life. The milestones will come quickly, and it’s important to keep challenges in front of her for continued development. Keep in mind her interests as she finds her “favorites” and what she dislikes.

What Do 3 Year Old Girls Like?

All little ones are different, but there are a few similarities across the board. The stereotypes of girls shouldn’t completely be cast aside because of recent scrutiny. The 3-year-old girl in your life will probably love any gift that comes her way. But there is no doubt that she has her favorites.

Of course, some of the best toys for 3 year old girls enjoy dolls and princesses, but don’t discount the many learning toys that seem to target boys. Girls love bright colors, the opportunity to play pretend and to exercise their creativity. Look at dolls, forts, Legos, and action games.

A primary milestone that parents both look forward to and prepare for from 3-year-olds is the ability to tell stories. This age is the prime time to introduce pretending and storytelling. Allowing the little girl in your life to tell their own stories will cultivate pretend-play and encourage creativity.

Pretend play takes place within any toy which is great for a gift-buyer who isn’t sure what to get. But, open-ended toys such as forts, dolls, or building blocks enable them to see the opportunity visually. Children naturally want to fill in black spaces as they learn. An empty fort is an invitation to play and create.

Remember that 3-year-olds can change their likes and dislikes overnight. If you are a gift-giver and don’t know what to get her, a quick call to her parents could help put you on the right track.

What Toys Are Safe for 3 Year Olds?

With toddlers, you still must worry about what they put into their mouth. Play-doh and other sculpting toys are often safe but still require a close eye. They do understand the difference between food and toys, but it won’t stop them from continuing to try new things with all their senses, taste included.

Many toys now are made as BPA-free and with kid-safe plastic. As always, avoid sharp edges and accessories that seem likely to cause damage. Toys that come with hammers, balls, and fake drills are all likely to see use on more than just the toy that they were intended for, so be careful.

Another concern that many discounts are moving parts. Toys with moving parts can easily catch on clothes and hair. Be sure that if you’re getting your little one a toy with moving parts, the mechanism lives fully within a plastic casing. Any exposed gears are at risk of catching loose clothing or nearby hair.

What Milestones are 3 Year Old’s Working Towards?

As an emerging toddler, your little lady should show some milestones in the upcoming year, and there is no doubt that she loves challenges as all toddlers do. Challenge your little on to follow 3-step systems, sort toys into categories by shape and color, complete puzzles and name colors.

The third year of life provides key cognitive development and utilizing this time with puzzles is an excellent way to play with them and encourage critical thinking. It’s no secret that 3-year-old’s demand attention, however, their desire to cooperatively play.

Cooperative play, whether it’s with you or little ones closer to her age encourages a number of the milestones she’s working on, including:

  • Following commands
  • Giving direction for the desired result
  • Complete puzzles
  • Remember story parts and their order
  • Climb, throw, and catch
  • Ask questions
  • Answer short questions

These milestones will help them develop into curious and daring little girls. But, they can’t do these so easily on their own. Toys that encourage interaction with others can benefit many of these milestones at once.

The milestone of climbing, throwing and catching are all promoted with physical toys. Ball sets, activity centers, jungle gyms and more encourage safe play while they learn to take more control of their movements. It’s easy to take them to the part every so often, but it’s important to encourage these milestones at home too.

Conclusion

The 3-year-old girl in your life will probably love any gift you give her. But, if you’re looking to challenge her and help her reach new milestones, there are a few toys that can help through the next year of development.

You’re still in the clear of having to plan for complex toy systems and stocking up on batteries. Focus on toys that encourage pretend play and creativity. Let them build worlds and stories with their imagination!

Brett Gordon
 

The brains behind The Toy Report. Having clocked tons of time in toys research and online resource development, today, Brett is dedicated to making The Toy Report a trusted space in the world of toy reviews and recommendations.

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