Best Toys and Gift Ideas for 3-Year-Old Boys 2020

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Toys are a great way to develop a child’s creativity and boost their imagination. Three-year-old boys are no exception and need toys to keep them active and engaged while at the same time helping them learn new and useful skills. Here is a list of the best toys and gift ideas for 3-year old boys for you.

Best Toys and Gift Ideas for 3-Year-Old Boys 2020

1. Melissa & Doug Fire Chief Role Play Costume Dress-Up Set

Why we like it: everything is very realistic and high-quality. They are also easy to clean and safe for the little one.

This is a set of six firefighting items that includes a jacket, badge, helmet, fire extinguisher, a name tag, and the bullhorn that makes sound effects. It’s a very realistic set that will make your little boy feel like a real fire-fighter. And, nothing is cheaply made, so he can have and use them for a long time. The set is also perfect for creative and imaginative play, and his developing mind will have so much to create even for pretend play. The jacket is machine washable, while all the other accessories are easy to clean by just wiping. And, everything is safe for use by him.

  • It’s a complete firefighting set with all the accessories
  • Easy to clean
  • Safe for babies
  • Perfect for imaginative play
  • Doesn’t come with fireman pants

2. Stomp Rocket Jr. Glow, 4 Rockets

Why we like it: Simple for kids to use, safe, and doesn’t need batteries. It can also be used both indoors and outdoors.

If you are looking for fun ways to help your kids burn off some their energy or to just get all active, running and jumping, these glow-in-the-dark rockets will do the trick. They will enjoy running, jumping and stomping on them to launch and celebrate the view of the glow. They are well-designed for durability and will withstand any weather conditions. The best thing is that they do not need fuel or batteries and you don’t need a huge compound to enjoy the full fun. The view of the rockets shooting in the air is breathtaking, and your little man will love it more.

  • Easy to load and shoot
  • Doesn’t need batteries
  • Easy to assemble
  • Safe for kids
  • Glows in the dark
  • As the name suggests, it only glows in the dark and even then not too bright

3. Prextex Pack of two Cartoon R/C Police Car & Race Car Radio Control

Why we like it: This is a well-made set of cartoon police cars and a race car. Everything is very realistic, and they are fun to play with.

If the little guy has shown interest in racing cars, get them this pack of R/C police cars, and they will love it. It comes with two police cars, two policemen, and remote control, plus a racing car that has two drivers. He will have lots of fun. And, even better, the vehicles have different frequencies thus they can be controlled at once which means even more fun. Again, the police siren sound is very realistic, and he will have a real experience. The hocking is also very realistic plus the flashing headlights.

  • A well-made set of cartoon cars
  • Very realistic siren sounds, honking and flashing headlights
  • Cars can be controlled at a go
  • Batteries not included

4. KidKraft Ride Around Train Set and Table

Why we like it: No more toys on the floor and everything is closer to kids’ eye level. Included are also storage bins for an easy time organizing everything

Most 3-year olds are very imaginative, and this train set and a table will take it a notch higher. It’s very detailed to encourage exploration and creativity. Your kid won’t have to even leave the house to experience different worlds. It has a long winding track that he will use to take other vehicles over the water and under the bridge and through the construction area and airport then finally back to the starting point. It’s a perfect set for pretend play too and your little boy will spend so much time imagining and exploring this little new world.

  • Very detailed train set on a table
  • Storage bins included
  • Perfect for boosting kids imagination
  • Brings everything closer to kid’s eye level
  • Tall trains might not fit under the bridge, but you can fix this using the provided bottoms

5. My First Flybar Foam Pogo Jumper

Why we like it: It’s well-made and safe for kids. It’s perfect for use either indoors or outdoors, and the handle is super comfortable.

This is high quality and super fun foam jumper, designed to bring some fun for both the parents and their kids. The hopper can be used by kids and adults, and it makes some sound to help in counting the number of hops made. It motivates the kids to remain active, and this contributes greatly to their health. It also helps with hand-eye coordination for the little ones, not forgetting boosting their strength and balance. It’s very safe for kids too and strong enough, despite being made from some soft foam base, to withstand constant use. The grip handles are also very comfortable, and it’s great for outdoor and indoor use as it doesn’t scratch or scuff surfaces.

  • Well-made and durable
  • Stores easily
  • Safe for use by kids
  • Boosts kids balance and coordination
  • The squeaking sound can be annoying to adults

6. VTech KidiBeats Kids Drum Set

Why we like it: It’s a high-quality kids’ drum set. It comes with drumsticks and has LED lighting to capture kids’ attention. It’s also an educational toy and very entertaining.

If your little guy has shown interest in music, drumming, or you would like to introduce him to this world, here is a perfect drum set for him. Each has a unique sound so he will not only enjoy using it but will also boost his sensory development. It features 9 melodies with different styles, (pop, dance, and rock) and so you’ll soon discover his favorite style, and it also has some music that teaches numbers, music, and letters. It’s really a great kids’ drum set with LED light to capture their attention. He will soon become a real drummer because it comes with two drumsticks for him.

  • Batteries included
  • Has LED light
  • Each drum has a unique sound
  • Great volume settings
  • One has to push a power button to play which might be hard for little kids to master
  • Might be smaller than some people would expect

7. WolVol Transport Car Carrier Truck (6 cars & 28 slots)

Why we like it: It’s a large truck that carries 28 cars, and it fits even matchbox and hot wheels perfectly. It features a great design, and it’s very durable.

Now, when you think of a good car deal, this should be it for your little one. It is not only 20 inches long, but also comes with six cars and can carry a total of 28 cars. This will definitely be so much fun for him and also good storage for all his other cars. Also, included are cones and construction signs, so it will boost his creativity and imagination while also keeping him active for the most part of the day/night.

Another thing to like about this truck is its design. It looks so much better than most toy trucks that you will come across, and its front cab is detachable, and you can easily turn it. Again, once fully packed, your little one can carry it by the handle at the top if they wish.

  • Great truck with a detachable front cab
  • Makes good storage for other cars
  • Great quality for durability
  • Awesome design
  • Tends to fall apart quickly if kids sit and ride on it

8. John Deere Monster Trends Tractor with Lighting Wheels

Why we like it: It’s a real monster tractor, brightly colored and well-designed. It’s very durable and works perfectly.

This is the perfect monster vehicle, and if your 3-year old boy is into huge cars, this will definitely be a win. The overall style is awesome and what makes it even more appealing is its lighting wheels. He will be all smiles by the sight of this. It is made of high-quality and durable plastic, and it’s strong enough to take any rough treatment from the little boy. The color is also bright enough to catch his attention, and so much effort has been put on the design. To operate it, it requires 3 AAA batteries, and they are included, so he will start using it immediately.

  • Comes with batteries
  • Very sturdy and durable
  • No noise
  • The doors do not open

9. VTech Little Apps Tablet

Why we like it: It’s a great apps tablet with a backlighted screen, and you have the option to change the backlight color to either pick, red, purple or blue. It also has many amazing features that your baby will love.

Here is a great tablet toy for 2-5-year olds. It features a color changing screen to capture their attention, and they will find the piano keyboard entertaining and the letter buttons educational. It comes with batteries thus ready for use, and it’s parents’ friendly as it features volume control and to save on batteries, it has an automatic shut-off feature. In total, you get twelve learning activities, and the best part is that it has progressive learning levels, so your baby will still find it useful even as they grow. It’s a perfect kids’ gadget to bring out their explorative nature and also encourage discovery.

  • Perfect for kids between 2-5 years
  • Has a volume control
  • Has an auto-shutoff feature
  • Comes with batteries
  • Has no way to adjust the brightness

10. VTech Smart Shots Sports Center

Why we like it: It’s a great educational and fun toy for both parents and kids. It’s also well-built and doesn’t require much to set it up.

Sometimes kids need a little motivation to get off the TV, or other gadgets and this sports center will do the trick. It’s well-designed to not only get the kids’ attention but also to encourage them to keep playing, and you can take the opportunity to play with them as well. It has an LED scoreboard that counts the baskets up to ten while playing encouraging sounds, animations, and phrases. It’s also an educational toy that any kid between 1-3 years of age will find helpful with shapes, counting, and letters. Also, the little one will learn how to shoot hoops and kick and a ball. It’s a great toy to keep babies active and also to help parents bond with their babies in a fun way.

  • Fun and educational
  • Encourages activeness
  • Has an animated LED scoreboard
  • Batteries not included

11. Hot Wheels 9-Car Gift Pack

Why we like it: It’s a nice set of car toys that works great with tracks and loops. They are all very stylish and eye-catching, and your baby will love them.

Having a 9-car gift pack feels like heaven for a 3-year old! If your baby boy loves cars, get him this pack and watch how excited he will be. The cars are in different designs and colors, so he will have a great time trying out each while also picking his favorite(s). They are small and well-made. Thus he can have them for a long time especially if he is a little collector. Also, if he has friends with the same passion, he can trade whichever he likes. The general styles of the individual cars are very appealing, and the overall quality is great for durability.

  • Good quality hot wheels
  • Colorful and great styles
  • Don’t rust
  • Moves freely
  • Some cars do not work with tracks

12. Delta Children Chair Desk

Why we like it: It’s a very sturdy and comfortable kids’ chair desk. It’s also super easy to clean thanks to the nice gloss finish.

This is a pretty chair desk that the little man will love. It’s colorful with a scratch-resistant finish to ensure that the graphics remain intact. It’s also very sturdy and spacious to give him enough space to do his work. Again, the design makes it very comfy to sit on even for long hours, so he can have his quiet moments doing his own stuff for as long as he wishes. It’s also low enough for a 3-year old, and it has a removable cup holder where he can fit his art supplies, plus a fabric storage bin underneath to store just anything that would fit. Cleaning it is also super easy and quick since you only need to wipe it using a dry cloth thanks to its finishing. He can also use it until he is 6-years-old, so it gives a good value for the money.

  • Comfortable
  • Sturdy
  • Easy to clean
  • Spacious
  • The assembly instructions are not too straightforward, so you might need to be a little patient, though everything you need is included and you can tell what goes where by looking at the diagram.

13. 3 Bees & Me Dinosaur toys

Why we like it: It’s a 4-in-1 set of dinosaur vehicles, all designed to keep your little man entertained while also encouraging imagination and creativity. They are durable and safe for babies.

Every 3-year old boy will find this set of dinosaur toys fun to play with. The designs and the colors are cool, and the quality is great so they can use them for a long time. They are four in number, and they have little wheels so he can enjoy riding them. Also, they are pretty affordable given the quality and the number, so they are a good deal. Since at this age the little guy’s curiosity is at its best, he will have fun exploring the different dinosaurs, and you should also expect a tone of questions on the same. It’s a good playset, and they are very safe for kids (BPA free, Lead-free, and phthalate free)

  • 4-in-1 sturdy and colorful dino vehicles
  • Great, durable toys
  • 100% safe for kids
  • Educational play set
  • Can’t fit in Easter eggs

14. USA Toys Kids Play Tent

Why we like it: It has the best quality for durability, and it’s also totally safe for use by kids.

Both indoor and outdoor plays for the little guy will never be the same with this play tent. It’s the ultimate spice, and they will love it. The size and the quality is perfect for use either indoors or outdoors, and that’s why it’s also great for classrooms. Assembling it takes just a short time since it’s very straightforward. It’s also very sturdy, and it will withstand everything from a 3-year old boy. Also, it will withstand the outdoor weather just fine. It’s also easy to clean, and you won’t need any special cleansers. Just a damp cloth and some soap to wipe it clean. It’s very durable and can’t be compared to any pop-up tent for kids. It’s also well aerated with mesh wider doors and also mesh windows. It’s also spacious thus making it safe for use by kids.

  • Easy to assemble
  • Easy to clean and treated with flame retardant
  • Can be used both indoors and outdoors and comes with a space-themed projector
  • Folds down easily
  • It might feel a little hot especially when the sun is too hot, but kids still find it cool to play in

15. Tonka Classic Steel Mighty Dump Truck FFP

Why we like it: It’s a very well-made toy truck that really works. It’s also large and accommodates quite a lot.

Just as you’d expect, this Tonka truck is really strong, and it will handle all the rough plays that it might be subjected to by your 3-year-old boy. It’s made of steel and sturdy plastic materials, and it’s really durable, to say the least, and he can use it for many years. It’s also quite large, so he will have fun loading and dumping stuff with it. The bed actually tilts back to dump, so he will have loads of fun. It’s a great toy or gift for a 3-year old boy because they will find it useful both indoors and outdoors and it also gives you value for the money.

  • Sturdy and durable
  • Tilting bed to dump
  • Made of steel and sturdy plastic material
  • Only the bed is made of steel. The rest is plastic, but it’s still very sturdy and durable.

16. Little Tikes Gas ‘n Go Mower

Why we like it: It is realistic and sturdy for a 3-year-old boy to play around with constantly.

Boys at this age are very active, and this toy helps keep them actively occupied and at the same time helps them develops skills they will need in future, like having actually to mow the grass. It doesn’t come assembled but is very quick and easy to put together. The toy has many fun features which will keep your child interested for a long time, such as a pull cord which makes revving noises when you pull it, a movable throttle, and a plastic clicking key. The pull cord, however, shouldn’t be pulled too hard as it might break. These features also keep your child interested for a long time. It is affordable and lasts a long time.

  • Easy to assemble
  • It looks like the real mower
  • It is durable, and the broken parts can be replaced.
  • It doesn’t work well on grass unless on the sidewalk or inside the house, which cancels out its whole purpose as a lawn mower
  • It is loud, and the noises can be annoying

17. Educational Insights EI-1930 Playfoam Go!

Why we like it: The toy provides an opportunity for many creative ideas.

This product is packaged in a translucent portable travel case which has in-built shaping moulds and separate storage compartments. The Playfoam is non-toxic and comes in eight colors which, together with the shaping moulds, provide your child with a number of ideas on how to mix and mould them. It is a great way to keep your child engaged while boosting his creativity and imagination, as well as developing his motor skills and providing sensory and tactile development. It does not dry out and can be used over and over again without it getting spoilt. It is quite affordable, and the best thing about Playfoam Go is that it can be sculpted anywhere and at any time.

  • It is colorful
  • Can be easily moulded into different shapes and sizes
  • The foam comes in many colors and, therefore, it is never a dull moment
  • The travel case makes it easy to carry around and use anywhere
  • Small bits are a choking hazard
  • Can be sticky at times thus causing a mess

18. Magna-Tiles 32-Piece Clear Colors Set

Why we like it: The pieces always stick together and can hardly get lost.

Your child is learning new things daily at this age, and the Magna-Tiles set is just the perfect toy for him. The tiles are lined with magnetic edges which always attract even when the tiles are flipped, making it convenient for your kid to make anything that comes to mind. It is an excellent way of encouraging and increasing your child’s creativity and imagination and enables him to develop math and science skills. The shapes that make up this set include squares and triangles which make it possible to build almost anything, from a rocket to a house, to even a dragon. The shapes are also translucent and colorful, and your child will hardly lose interest for hours as he comes up with new and fun ideas to play about with the colors and shapes. It is costly but very durable.

  • Great for developing math and science skills
  • Durable
  • Encourages creative play
  • Small pieces are a choking hazard
  • The parts are few and might limit your child from building something substantially

19. Green Toys Ferry Boat with Mini Cars Bathtub Toy

Why we like it: Promotes environmental conservation.

This is a great toy to keep your child occupied during a bath and is also great for pool play. The toy is designed to float on water, and it comes in three pieces which include the Ferry Boat and two Mini Cars, each with a solid color. The toys are entirely made from recycled plastic, easy to clean and can even be thrown into the dishwasher and it dries out entirely on its own. The ferry has a spacious cargo area for keeping the cars and a slide-out ramp for moving the cars in and out. It is sturdy and can withstand harsh conditions. It is affordable, and while your child gets to have fun with this, he is also able to learn about recycling and conserving the environment.

  • Children learn to treat the environment responsibly
  • Easy to clean and it completely dries out by itself
  • Sturdy
  • Environmentally friendly
  • The boat lets water in although it does not get mould

20. Marvel Swing & Sling Spiderman Plush

Why we like it: It has many fun and exciting features.

A boy who loves Spiderman will definitely enjoy this toy. It has many fun features that will surely delight your child. By pressing the foot and holding it by the webs, it can do amazing moves like swinging in the air, hanging upside down, tumbling back and forth, and doing a somersault. It also talks and plays the Spiderman theme song. Your child can pretend to jump it from building to building just like the real Spiderman does on T.V. It uses 4x AA batteries and is 13.5 inches tall which is just the right height for your child. This toy is interactive and helps keep your child active and engaged. It is packaged in a brown box and is very affordable.

  • Has many fun features
  • Simple to use
  • The batteries can be recharged or replaced when they run out
  • The features might not work well especially the somersault
  • The packaging and presentation is not the best.

21. Cruzee Ultralite Balance Bike

Why we like it: It is the perfect bike for children who are learning how to ride bicycles and can be adjusted for them as they grow.

This bicycle is great for teaching your child how to balance as in does not have the training wheels. It is super light and comfortable for your child to carry around and maneuver. The bike is designed to grow with your child. It comes with an extra, long seat post which allows it to be adjusted to fit him as he becomes older until he is five years old. It is also really easy to assemble and does not require any tools. Your child will gain confidence and learn to ride a bigger bicycle within minutes after starting with the Cruzee. This bicycle is a long-term investment and is quite pricey although it is guaranteed that your child will love it.

  • Great for learning how to balance
  • Super light and easy to control
  • Adjustable and grows with your child
  • Easy to assemble the parts and does not need any tools
  • Quick to learn and balance
  • Costly

22. PlanToys Pirate Ship

Why we like it: It is detailed and made from eco-friendly materials.

This toy pirate ship emulates the real ship with pirates in it and the stereotypical one-eyed hat wearing captain. It also comes with a little rowboat on the side plus a crocodile. Your child is able to come up with his own adventures thus promoting his creative and imaginative thinking. The ship has a passageway at the back which can be opened to move the cargo into the storage room, which is also where prisoners are kept. It is made from non-toxic and environmentally-friendly materials, which helps your child learn to be environmentally responsible. It is sturdy and durable and is designed to endure rough handling. The parts come off and can easily be lost, so they need to be taken care of. It is also a bit costly.

  • Strong and durable
  • Great for developing children’s creativity and imagination
  • It is eco-friendly
  • Easy to lose some parts when it gets dismantled

23. The Incredibles 2 Jack-Jack Plush-Figure

Why we like it: It has exciting features. It also comes with a toy raccoon.

This toy is packaged very nicely and comes with a raccoon toy. Jack-Jack is soft. The raccoon, on the other hand, is made from hard plastic but with a furry tail. Jack-Jack has many exciting features, all of which are brought about by pressing the tummy. Pressing Jack-Jack once makes it laugh, twice makes it giggle, and thrice makes it light up and shoot lasers from its eyes. It can smoothly go from being adorable to combusting and shooting lasers from its eyes within seconds. It might look creepy though when it combusts, but your child will love it regardless. It helps in developing his sensory skills while also keeping him busy. It is also quite affordable and runs on 3 AAA batteries.

  • Fun and exciting features
  • Includes a toy raccoon
  • It is quite creepy when it combusts and might make your child uncomfortable

24. Just Play Mickey and the Roadster Racers Gas Station Playset

Why we like it: It is realistic and very much detailed.

This toy is exactly what your little one needs if he is a Mickey Mouse fan. The set includes a gas station playset, a car, four wheels, a squeegee, a screwdriver, an oil bottle, and a credit card. He can pretend to fill the car with gas and use a pump that really puffs air. The gas station playset has numbers which spin on the dial when the Mickey icon is pushed. The set will blend in well with the rest of your child’s car collection. It also has a variety of sound effects. This set will interest your child a lot and keep his mind active and engaged and also help him develop useful skills about handling cars. It is quite affordable.

  • Has several activities and sound effects to keep your child’s interest for hours
  • Useful in developing your child’s car-handling skill
  • Perfect toy set for any Mickey Roadster fans
  • Does not include the Mickey Mouse figurine or any other figurine for the car, but it has Mickey Mouse sound

25. Lakeshore Play & Explore Rocket

Why we like it: It is very detailed and realistic. It is also sturdy.

This realistic toy rocket lets your kid go to outer space in his mind. It is bright and colorful and has three compartments including a control room that holds two astronauts, a living area which has a computer, a kitchen and a shower, and a room which functions as a garage and a bedroom for the astronauts. It is high quality and very durable, and the color combination makes it very eye-catching and exciting. Your child develops good motor skills and will explore his imagination and use his creativity to come up with new adventures. The toy is affordable, does not make annoying sounds and can be carried around.

  • Great for your kid’s imagination
  • Has many fun features to keep your child engaged
  • Sturdy
  • It is a bit heavy for a three-year-old

26. LEGO DUPLO Jurassic World Gentle Giants Petting Zoo 10879 Building Kit 24 pieces

Why we like it: They are great for little hands and also very simple to put pieces together.

This set contains unique pieces, including a bridge, a swing, and two baby dinosaurs. The dinosaurs look cute and adorable instead of the scary ones presented in the movies and, therefore, will not scare your child. This kit is excellent for creative play and is a great way for your child to develop basic building skills and also to keep him occupied. The pieces are designed for tiny hands to hold and put together comfortably, and they help in developing fine motor and tactile skills and coordination. They are safe and very easy to construct. The kit is also very affordable.

  • Includes exciting and unique pieces
  • The pieces are easy to put together
  • Great for your child to master building and construction skills
  • Safe and comfortable for your child to play with
  • The kit is small and the pieces few, and therefore there is nothing much to build

27. Play-Doh Shape and Learn Letters and Language

Why we like it: It provides reading and writing skills for kids in a fun way.

This is a great interactive toy for learning and practicing letters and sounds. The set includes chunky stampers and stylus which are great for little hands to stamp and write letters. The guide booklets you get involved in your child’s as you guide him into using the set. It also includes six cans of Play-Doh Brand Modeling Compound. The toy helps your child develop reading and writing skills in a fun way while also providing motor and sensory skills. It is very colorful and, therefore, there won’t be a dull moment for your child while he is playing. It is very affordable and a great learning tool for your child.

  • Great for developing reading and writing skills for a child
  • It is interactive and encourages and strengthens the bonding between parents and their children
  • The letters on the stamps are too small and might be hard for the child to know what he is holding
  • The playmats are quite flimsy and can easily get wrinkled or torn

28. KidKraft Uptown Natural Kitchen

Why we like it: It is big, modern, and very realistic.

Let your child learn kitchen skills with this realistic modern kitchen. It is very well detailed and includes a fridge, a freezer, a microwave, an oven, and a dishwasher, all with doors that open and close. It also includes a chalkboard where your kid can write the day’s specials, as well as a cordless phone. The parts come separated and need to be put together, and the manual that comes with it will make your work easier. The kitchen will keep your child busy and also help him learn to be responsible. It is big and cumbersome. The price is reasonable considering the size and detail of this product. It is also built to last a long time.

  • Your child is able to learn useful skills for when he grows up
  • Creates a sense of responsibility for your child and he also develops a positive mindset towards kitchen chores
  • There are a lot of screws, nuts, and bolts which might easily get lost
  • Tedious to put the pieces together

29. Thomas & Friends Fisher-Price Wooden Railway

Why we like it: It is a toy young children can easily relate to as they always see it on T.V

Thomas and Friends Railway set is great for indoor play. It includes a water mill which also doubles as a bridge with an elevated track, a battery powered Thomas, a signal gantry, a train station, and two signs. It is very entertaining and will blend in well with your child’s other toy collections, and he can experiment and explore his creativity. Your child will also develop sensory and motor skills which are great for his growth and development. The pieces are easy to set up and can be easily disassembled and stored away safely.

  • Great for developing your child’s motor and sensory skills
  • Very entertaining
  • Simple to put together
  • Easily blends well with the rest of your kid’s collection
  • Thomas can go off the track when the other trains are attached to it.

30. Power Wheels Smart Drive Ford Mustang, Blue

Why we like it: It is super realistic and loaded with safety features including five parent-controlled speed settings.

This car will make your little boy feel like is owns a real car because it’s so realistic. It features real car sounds, a touch screen display for parents to change speeds and alerts on stability, traction control and low battery, and also allows kids to control the audio system easily. The dynamic traction control allows it to be driven on tough terrain and the advance stability control keeps the wheels on the ground and maintains its speed. It has three pre-loaded songs and an MP3 jack for children to play their own music.

  • Your child gains driving skills as well as confidence
  • It is has many several safety features
  • Your child can play his own music
  • Assembling the parts might take a long time.
  • It is quite costly


With this comprehensive list of the 30 best toys and gift ideas for 3-year old boys, you’re in a better position to get the perfect toy for your little one. Good luck!