The list author says: "A list of age-appropriate toys for the child around three (roughly 2.5 to 3.5yrs). I tried to choose a variety of toys and books, keeping in mind that often children of the same age will be at different developmental stages. Also, this is just a guide with some ideas, each toy is just an example, there are similar ones in other shapes, sizes and materials that are just as age-appropriate."
"Great manipulative toy, very engaging and totally open-ended, each child will create completely different structures. Builds small muscles, enhances eye-hand coordination, perfects spatial relations... This is a good starter set, but be aware that it will soon not have enough pieces for all they will want to build."
"A nice large set of pattern blocks minus the pattern cards which I feel only frustrate young children and limit the possibilities of what they can create. On their own, pattern blocks can be used by each child at their own level to create endless patterns."
"Standard unit blocks are probably the best toy for the preschool-age crowd. At this age they may need more than 60 blocks, but the price for these sets is great and you could buy two for a very reasonable price."
"A baby doll will still be a favorite, if the child has one already, accessories such as bottles, pacifiers, blankets, etc. make great gifts. Clothes can still be hard to put on and take off for a lot of children."
"Simple pieces of hemmed fabric will be used for dress up (capes, aprons, dresses...), to make houses draped over tables or chairs, or simply laid on the floor as beds, gardens or whatever they are pretending at any given time."
"How many and how detailed you want the play kitchen utensils probably depends on how much cooking happens in the child's home, if nobody around him uses a mortar and pestle, then skip it, and go for the basics: spatula, tong, bowls..."