Toys from the list of the top 10 sensory toys for 3 year olds will teach your quickly growing toddler so many new things. Things like sounds, shapes, colors, and textures are essential for our little one’s growing minds. Learning about their senses from sensory play will allow your toddlers communicate more effectively.
Now that they are starting to speak full sentences, it is the perfect time to teach them about the world around them.
BEST SENSORY TOYS FOR 3 YEAR OLD BOYS AND GIRLS
If your 3 year old girl or boy are experiencing sensory issues or you would like to better understand their sensory needs, you can download our sensory play basics for beginners guide.
#1 – Rainbow Blocks
With educational focus on many skills like hand-eye coordination, visual perception, color exploration or light table activities, these rainbow blocks are perfect for younger children. This set is unique, timeless, durable, and will result in hours of endless play for your preschool child. It looks almost like stained glass. Pieces are large enough to be safe even for younger kids. Find it here: United States | Canada | United Kingdom
#2 – Liquid Fusion Activity Play Mat
Line the tiles and run across or hop from one to another, playing games, jumping, or dancing around. Bright cosmic liquid colors change that move with every step, jump, dance, or hop; keep the mind active, prevent getting bored and help to concentrate. Liquid filled Motion Floor Tiles have a strong anti slip function that help protect floor and keep still with pvc anti-mat slip. Find it here: United States | Canada | United Kingdom
#3 – Counting Bears
These rainbow counting bears help your toddler learn about numbers, sorting, organizing, and colors too. The cute little bears are sure to capture your heart with their happy faces. Not only do we just count them, we’ve created our own game with them. We try to see who can toss a bear into one of the cups from the other side of the table. During the play your children’s imagination, critical thinking ability, logical thinking ability, memory skill will be greatly improved. Find it here: United States | Canada | United Kingdom
#4 – Montessori Peg Board
Patterns are so fun! The Peg Board Set allows everyone to make up their own patterns. Each peg has a home, and they can be stacked on top of each other. Playing with this was a great way to teach my daughters some basic math equations. It’s never too early to get started learning to add and subtract! This is also a fantastic learning toy for helping toddlers and young children develop important motor skills such as hand-to-eye coordination, visual perception skills, and visual motor coordination. Find it here: United States | Canada | United Kingdom
#5 – Floor Piano Mat
Using floor piano mat provides a great way to get kids, who love music, to stay active and jumping around while still playing with music and nurturing their creativity. Many toys that make noise have limited volume control, and even on low volume setting, it’s still way too loud, resulting in a headache or annoyance for the parents. Not a problem with this piano mat. The volume adjustability actually works, and you can find a balance between “low enough not to give me a migraine”, and “loud enough that my kids can still have fun and enjoy the product”. Find it here: United States | Canada | United Kingdom
#6 – Balance Stepping Stones
Kids really love jumping and hopping on these rocks! Pieces are very sturdy and the bottom has rubber lining so it will not slip or bang on the floor. Great toy to place both indoor or outdoors and let kids practice balance. Also it provides awesome input for child’s vestibular system (this refers to structures within the inner ear that detect movement). Vestibular sensory system allows us to maintain our sense of balance –to move smoothly and confidently. Find it here: United States | Canada | United Kingdom
#7 – Magna-Tiles Glow In The Dark Set
Change up the way you play! Who ever said that you can only play with blocks during day time where there is a light? You can now enjoy playing in the dark with glow-in-the-dark magna tiles. Child’s favorite has become even more fun! Find it here: United States | Canada | United Kingdom
#8 – Spinning Activity Toy
The Sit N Spin is a classic. From the first one that was made in the seventies all the way to now, I’m sure you’ve seen them around. Maybe you even played on them and had as much fun as they still provide today. Sit N Spins are awesome for those kids who just can’t sit still. Find it here: United States | Canada | United Kingdom
#9 – Rainbow Activity Wall Panels
Looking to decorate a bedroom or play area? This cute rainbow panel will add a fun feature to any space without taking up room on the floor. This multi-sensory busy board contains 10 different activities. The 5 panels feature spinning cogs, a weather wheel, a bead wheel, a shape puzzle, a xylophone and more! This toy helps to build motor skills, hand-eye coordination, descriptive language, counting, color, shape, space and reasoning skills. Find it here: United States Sadly, it is not available in other countries but you can find airplane version here: Canada | United Kingdom
#10 – Liquid Motion Bubbler
Remember being captivated by lava lamps? It was so cool how the “lava” rose and sunk on its own. Now that we’re a little more mindful of our little one’s hands and heat, they’re probably not the most appropriate attraction for our kids. Thankfully we can capture the same mesmerizing motion with the Liquid Motion Bubbler. Each color is a different density liquid and heavier than normal water so the colors seem to sink to the bottom slowly. This is a great option for instilling a sense of time by using it as a timer, especially if your kids need a few minutes to calm down. Find it here: United States | Canada | United Kingdom
These sensory toys for 3-year-olds will help you teach your little ones about different shapes, textures, colors, among other important senses. Hopefully, you and yours enjoy these toys as much as we did. Which toy do you like the most from this list? Are there any that you would add to the list? Let us know in the comments!
More about sensory play
- How to Get Started with Sensory Play – Here we will share some of our tips gained from years experiencing and watching our children play with different materials and enjoying the sensation of learning in a fun and engaging way.
- How Sensory Play Benefits Cognitive Development – Sensory play is the perfect opportunity for hands-on experimentation. As they touch, hear, smell, see and sometimes taste children’s minds are making connections about the objects in the world around them and the way to interact with them.
- Introduction to the Eight Senses – The basic five senses are mostly explored through external stimuli. The remaining three senses are more internal.
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