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25 Best Toys For 3 Year Old Boys: Basketball, Toy Cars, Games

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As the little guy in your life grows into a toddler and his worldview grows, choosing the best toys for your three-year-old boy can be daunting. They should be the perfect mix of fun and skills, entertaining and educational. Bonus points if they include his favorite cartoon or action hero, or just feel like a big kid. Whether you’re buying a parent looking for what’s hot or a family friend wanting to know what’s age-appropriate for the best birthday present, we consulted toy experts on the best toys for your toddler. From cool wheels, elaborate playsets, and some all-important brain teasers, these picks are sure to take your busy kids’ time and even help minimize screen time. Here are the best toys for 3-year-old boys.

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25 Best Toys For 3 Year Old Boys

Magna-Tiles 32 Piece Bright Color Set$49.99, Amazon

The cult-favorite magnetic building blocks spark endless amounts of creativity while teaching the basics of STEM. Connect pieces flat or build in 3D. Start with a classic color set for the base, or try one of the many expansions or collaborations we’ve seen with Eric Carle, Sesame Street, and even the Grateful Dead or The Beatles. Magna-Tiles 32 Piece Bright Color Set$49.99, Amazon

Flybar My First Foam Pogo$16.99, Amazon

Get rid of any pent-up energy with this toddler-friendly pogo stick made from durable foam that will provide hours of fun while working on hand-eye coordination, balance and gross motor skills. It is especially useful on particularly cold and rainy days. Flybar My First Foam Pogo$16.99, Amazon

Mercedes SL-63 ramp toy car$249, Nordstrom

License to drive…at three mph around the driveway that is. He will be thrilled to drive this sporty convertible with realistic sounds and lights, start button, 3 speeds and a parent remote control. Mercedes SL-63 ramp toy car$249, Nordstrom

Little Tikes Easy Score basketball set$43.65, Amazon

Even LeBron James had to start somewhere — like this little three-ball basketball hoop as they learn to play hoops. It is height adjustable as they grow and develop their skills. Little Tikes Easy Score basketball set$43.65, Amazon

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Laugh and Roar Pop it! Letters and Numbers Educational Travel Fidget and Sensory Play$9.99, target

The sensational silicone pop-it fidget toy gets an educational upgrade. Laugh and Roar Pop it! Letters and Numbers Educational Travel Fidget and Sensory Play$9.99, target

Osmo New Little Genius Starter Kit for iPad, Ages 3-5, $79.99, target

Jump-start preschool education with fun, interactive games that help your child unleash their creativity, learn letters and sounds, identify social-emotional cues, and develop problem-solving skills. An iPad is required. Osmo New Little Genius Starter Kit for iPad, Ages 3-5, $79.99, target

Hasbro Candy Land game$24.99, walmart

A classic board game that every generation of kids should know and fall in love with. Hasbro Candy Land game$24.99, Walmart

Black+Decker Power Tool Workshop for Kids$109.17, Amazon

He’ll feel just like Dad with a power tool and workstation built just for him. The comprehensive set consists of over 75 parts, including a workbench with storage bins, miter saw, telephone drill, accessory tray, vice, handsaw, screwdriver, hammer, wrench, screws, nails, nuts, tool box and a flashlight. Black+Decker Power Tool Workshop for Kids$109.17, Amazon

buggzle$24.95, Fat Brain Toys

Troubleshooting is fun with Buggzle! Arrange and place the different puzzle pieces according to one of the 40 challenge cards that match the picture. There’s plenty of room to grow and experiment with cards of varying difficulty. buggzle$24.95, Fat Brain Toys

Green Toys car carrier$19.73, Amazon

Green Toys are unique in that they are made from recycled plastic and dishwasher safe, for hassle-free maintenance and total safety. This fun car carrier will make him dream of the day he gets his first car. Oh boy! Green Toys car carrier, $19.73, Amazon

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Good Banana Rainbow Bubble Machine$24.99, Maisonette

Good vibes, smiles and maybe some giggles just with this cute and wacky bubble machine to bring some excitement to a childhood classic: bubbles. Good Banana Rainbow Bubble Machine$24.99, Maisonette

Seckton Upgrade Kids Selfie Camera$36.99, Amazon

You already love capturing every moment of him, get your tyke right into the action with a durable kid-sized camera that actually works! It also has impressive specs including autofocus, selfie mode, 8.0MP and movies in 1080P Video, and it comes with a 32GB SD card. Seckton Upgrade Kids Selfie Camera$36.99, Amazon

Hape Playscapes Four Stage Rocket Ship$99.99, Nordstrom

This playset is out of this world! Explore space with this four-story wooden rocket ship featuring astronaut, alien and probe figures for hours of imaginative play. Hape Playscapes Four Stage Rocket Ship$99.99, Nordstrom

Aqua Magic Doodle Water Mat$23.99, Amazon

Magic is how we would describe this roomy, mess-free doodle mat! Just add water to the markings and your three-year-old can scribble away, draw shapes and practice letters with this special mat. The drawings fade in 10 minutes to recreate the fun! Aqua Magic Doodle Water Mat, $23.99, Amazon

Melissa and Doug Wooden Lockout Sign$29.99, Melissa and Doug

Truly, Melissa and Doug, everything has captured our hearts and our children – from impressive pretend playsets to imaginative puzzles. But if we had to choose, this puzzle has different locks and mechanisms to figure out, revealing cute animals, while helping to solve problems, figures, shapes and more. Melissa and Doug Wooden Lockout Sign$29.99, Melissa and Doug

Crayon Rocks$17.38, Amazon

These are not ordinary crayons, they are cool crayons. These rock-shaped crayons are highly pigmented and a perfect size for your little one’s hands. They lie comfortably in the hand and help improve their grip. They are made from non-toxic soy wax and come in a pack of 32 colours. chalk cliffs, $17.38, Amazon

VTech To go! To go! Smart Wheels Ultimate Corkscrew Tower$29.82, Walmart

Vroom, Vroom, Vroom, he goes to the races with this exciting, fast-paced corkscrew course with several diversions for some unexpected fun. It is fully loaded with 40 sounds and songs that are played as the car zooms past various checkpoints. VTech Go! To go! Smart Wheels Ultimate Corkscrew Tower$29.82, Walmart

Chuckle & Roar Matching + Wooden Sensory Child’s Play$9.99, target

They will pull out their thinking hats with this wooden matching puzzle with 20 wooden shapes that match wooden tiles. It’s perfect for entertaining yourself or turning it into a competition to see who can fit the mold the fastest. Chuckle & Roar Matching + Wooden Sensory Child’s Play$9.99, target

Animal Planet Deep Sea Shark Rescue Submarine Set$39.99, target

Discover what’s under the sea with this super neat submarine set. You may have your hands on a future marine biologist after being inspired by a glowing submarine and a giant great white shark and killer whale with real chewing action. Animal Planet Deep Sea Shark Rescue Submarine Set$39.99, target

B. Toys Interactive Dog Guitar, $24.99, target

Unleash his inner rock star with this funky dog-shaped guitar, which can switch between acoustic, electric and a special hound dog mode. B. Toys Interactive Dog Guitar, $24.99, target

Kid Kraft Uptown kitchen set$161.27, Wayfair

Bring a passion for cooking (and helping) into the kitchen with a sleek kitchen set with all the bells and whistles: a fridge, freezer, microwave, oven, dishwasher and a chalkboard surface to write menus on. Compliment this nice set with pots and pans for a well-stocked setup. Kid Kraft Uptown kitchen set$161.27, Wayfair

Tee Turtle Reversible Octopus Plushie$15, Amazon

Let them tell you how they feel today with this cute octopus plush. The collectible internet sensation, the Tee Turtle, was a finalist of the Toy of the Year Awards and alternates between a happy and an angry emotion. Tee Turtle Reversible Octopus Plushie$15, Amazon

PAW Patrol: The Movie Chase Transforms City Cruiser$32.49, target

Let the PAW Patrol adventures begin! From motorcycle to police cruiser, Chase’s sweet ride will thrill for hours with its various light and sound effects and a projectile launcher to take out obstacles. PAW Patrol: The Movie Chase Transforms City Cruiser$32.49, target

Tender Leaf Toys construction site$29.99, Maisonette

He becomes the foreman of his construction crew, which is ready for any construction, with a crane truck, excavator, roller, dumper and front loader. This beautiful and sustainably built wooden toy from Tender Leaf Toys combines modern aesthetics with quality design. Tender Leaf Toys construction site$29.99, Maisonette

Keith Haring high chair$165, MoMA Design Store

Okay, it’s not a toy, but a very necessary addition to the playroom. Let this chair be his special place to create, play and learn, and you may have the honor of introducing him to an artist icon at a young age. Keith Haring high chair$165, MoMA Design Store

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