The list author says: "I have three children and about a million nieces, nephews, kids'friends, and friends with kids that I give gifts to. To help myself, and anyone else who has trouble keeping the ages and stages straight, I've created gift lists for each age we've gone through - all the things my kids and their friends love at each age. Admittedly, we know girls better than boys but there are gifts for both genders on each list. Also, check the other lists - there is a lot of overlapping interests in these early years. Happy gifting!
Another great idea for 3-year-olds: a kid-sized apron or chef's hat (found at craft stores, Target or party stores) and a cookie or cupcake mix."
"Zingo is a great first "real" game - don't have to be able to read, kids can play with each other or adults, there is more than one difficulty level. True, it has all those chips that can get spread out or lost but it is a super game with longevity - my 6 year old still loves to play."
"Kid Galaxy has a whole line of "My 1st RC" vehicles - they are soft, big, durable and easy to control! If you're buying more than one make sure they are on different frequencies or the fun will end fast. They also have a line of "morphibians" vehicles that look like they're for slightly older kids."
"Most 3-year-olds know what it's like to be left out of something because they're just too young. Even if they don't, they will love this book. It's sweet, simple, and subtly hints at the joy of staying home and using your imagination. We just love the whole message and feeling of this book."
"I guess this is a teeny weeny bit scary so beware sensitive kids. We love it because the words are so simple, and the pictures so descriptive, our 3-year-old can "read" it herself, and she loves to read one of the bedtime stories. Plus I loved this book as a kid so we feel like it's a classic."
"It's hard to pick an age for this toy because from 1 to 30 I have seen "kids" play with it. But I think 3 is an age where they can start to take turns and understand a game aspect. If they're too scared, use toothbrushes or tongue depressors to push the teeth. Also fun for a preschool lesson on dental hygiene. We got ours from Target and it was less mean looking."
"I'm pretty sure this is the very perfect birthday present for a 3-year-old girl, maybe boy. If it's not a birthday, they also have a similar set that's a pizza and I think an apple pie one, too. The candles, toppings and cake pieces all attach by velcro. Kids love to play with this for year."
"Remember ViewMasters? Well they're back (or maybe never left.) Classic! Always a favorite! No batteries! They've got popular themes (Toy Story, Dora, Princesses, Spongebob) and also classic (animal photos, etc.) Pick whatever your kids likes best."