Updated: Dec 13, 2020
Choosing toys might feel like a challenge for this age group as their interests are not yet necessarily clear or quite fleeting, their attention span can still seem very limited and yet they are changing and developing at massive speed and possibly move like a whirlwind too!
It is at this age imagination begins to be seen in play. Children are more keen to emulate the world around them, they become more capable with their fine motor skills, they enjoy cognitive challenges like puzzles and games, are more able and willing to share and take-turns and they are readily exploring their physical capabilities.
Here are my best-buys from Timeless Toys within this age group that fulfil this stage of their development.
1. Train Sets
We sell three themed train sets in store: Dinosaur, Safari and Farm with sets starting from £61.99.
Train sets are an all round toy for any child and can grow with them from a simple small starting track to adding additional accessories as they become more adept at building their railway worlds. They will enjoy learning to connect the track pieces together and connecting, pulling and pushing the trains. With a few figures, whether that be people, animals or dinosaurs, their imagination will soon be sparked to create stories and copy the things they have seen and heard. Buy here
Children at 3 begin to enjoy games and the feeling of winning and accomplishing something. This Lotto game by Goki is perfect for this age. The rules are simple to understand and a 3 - 4 year old can play this independently without any adult help which is really important.
Children must learn to identify characters and items from their scene on the tiles and must learn to remember where the tiles are that they seek, building up their recognition and memory skills, as well as patience and turn-taking skills. Buy here
3. Animal Collection
From 2 years old, children love being able to identify, categorise and sort items so it's the perfect age to start an animal or dinosaur collection.
The Deluxe Lanka Kade Ark comes with 24 colourful wild animals. When I have this in my window display, all day long, children line up the animals in long rows or pair and group them. They enjoy putting them all inside the boat and seeing if they can fit them all in! As well as Arks there are Farm Sets and a Dinosaur Island Play Set that enable small-world play. We also sell animals and dinosaurs in bags of 6 and individually for £2.99. Buy Here
4. Pretend Play Kitchen Fun
Children of this age are keen to role play and copy their parents in the home and in this way process and understand their world.
You may not have the space for a complete kitchen so I particularly like the Honeybake sets by Le Toy Van as they can be complete standalone items with detailed pieces included, and will offer additional play value for those with a bigger kitchen play setup. From Breakfast Trays to Fruit Smoothy Sets. Buy Here
5. Cognitive & Fine Motor Skills
Puzzles and jigsaws in all styles and forms will help develop both cognitive skills and fine motor skills. Its good to have a range of different types available.
Different types are:
- Simple jigsaws
- Shape sorters
- Stacking & balancing toys
- Sliding puzzles
- Number jigsaws
- Colour sorting toys
- Pincer Grip activities
- Construction toys
We have a wide range available covering all of the above. Buy Here
6. Balance Board
These are great for this age and such a versatile open play toy. They will enjoy rocking items on the board and seeing how they interact, rolling balls and trains and cars underneath, you can use it for ball games, it can be used as a hill in farm and train play, a slide off the sofa... endless possibilities.
Other popular choices in store to also consider are:
Rubens Barn Doll. Buy Here
Ball Track. Buy Here
Pikler Climbing Frame & Slide. Buy Here
Vehicles - Buses, Tractors, Fire Engines, Carriages. Buy Here