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Best Learning Gifts for 3 Year Old Toddlers

Gifts for 3-year-olds can be particularly tough to choose – they’re still very much “toddlers,” but they’re growing more and more into “preschoolers” every day.

At this age, they start to be more into activities than just toys, so STEM / learning toys can be great gifts, whether it’s for the holidays or a birthday.

More than anything, toddlers actually love to learn, so toys that are geared towards developing their skills or teaching them something new tend to keep them engaged longer. And I’m ALL about toys that will keep my toddler entertained for longer than 5 minutes, because we all know they generally have the attention spans of gnats.

If a gift can keep my 3-year-old’s interest for 30 minutes or more, I’m a happy mama. And all the toddler gift ideas on this list fit that bill!

And if you need some gift ideas for younger toddlers and babies, be sure to check out my list of the best gifts for babies and best gifts for 12-18 month olds.

And for older kiddos, check out this list of the best unique gifts for toddlers & preschoolers!

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Best Learning Gifts for 3 Year Old Toddlers

What other learning or STEM / STEAM toys have been good gifts for your 3-year-olds? Share them in the comments!

More Gift Ideas for Moms & Kids

Some of this year's best learning gifts for 3-year-olds, from a mom of a 3.5 year old. These STEM  / STEAM toys will get your toddler learning AND playing.

Nadalie Bardo

Friday 8th of November 2019

I'm so not three years old, but these gifts are awesome! Look so fun.


Friday 8th of November 2019

Love all of these ideas!

Paula @ I'm Busy Being Awesome

Thursday 7th of November 2019

kinetic sand is so fun! I bet kids will love it

Amber Myers

Thursday 7th of November 2019

What a great list of toys! I can see small kids loving these. I know my kids would have when they were tiny.

Cassie @ Getyourholidayon

Thursday 7th of November 2019

I love the choices you've shared! I've already started Christmas shopping. This is very helpful! :)