he is a sweetheart but he either looses brakes or destroys his toys. doesnt like sweaters, cant keep socks on, wears jeans if he has to. what do i get him? hes just changes his mind on the stuff he likes, first cars then toy story now spiderman avengers, and trucks and cars????
As a mother of many and grandmother of 15, I'm surprised that a focus is on toys, per se. This age group is one muscle-building/using infant.
Large muscle group activities build their health and utilize all that excess energy. Like what, you may ask - 'cycles,' balls, push-things, anything that requires all fours, or rollovers, or makes them run! Trips to the park to climb and run, might be exciting with a pair of "super-shoes," so-called by a wise Mom or Dad. Alternatively, a big truck that has to be pushed and a homemade ramp to push thing up on and over. Those sets of large cardboard blocks are a great gift and children love those for years. Items that require fine motor (fingers) are too early for this age group and do not enhance their 'native' needs; however, stringing large objects, or inserting matching and odd sizes into containers, and matching things are fun for this child's age but such as easily found around the house.
Recordings/music that are sing-a-long type inducing the opportunity to dance and romp is another great idea for this ager, even pulling boxes tied together in time to musical beats is not only fun for this creative thinker but also wears them out.
At the end of this age-groups day, a tried child may enjoy a book collection for bedtime reads by a parent. On the other hand, the "Moon" on this website is a great gift that will last years (if you Velcro the remote to their bed!) and a nighttime activity for parents to slow the little ball of lightening down by enjoying a glimpse of the Universe and changes of the moon, etc.
Otherwise, let the child romp, roll, safely limb, leap, reach, spin, tumble, push, pull, and climb. This is a great resource for parents: http://www.pbs.org/parents/childdevelopmenttracker/three/
I agree, Vivaldi. My son is 5 1/2 and just barely started playing with action figures. With that said, my son loved his radio flyer scooter Radio Flyer My 1st Scooter Red and his bike at age 3. If you want an educational electronic toy, I would skip the single purpose leapfrog explorer and just get a cheap tablet. The games on the tablet are a heck of lot cheaper and you buy more than just educational games. The batteries in a tablet are rechargeable and last a couple of days without a charge. Unlike the leaprfrogs with might last 3 hours on AAs. My son broke the screen on the leapfrog within 6 months. He's always been a little more careful with my Kindle Fire Kindle Fire 7", LCD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB - Includes Special Offers. Also think about what you can download on instantly on a tablet, like movies for long car rides, children's books and ....
My son will be 3 in March. He is getting some more train tracks, finger paints, and paper for his easel. He is also getting some more playdoh toys. He has a tricycle that he loves to ride (it's this one: Kettler Happy Air Navigator but we bought it off craigslist for $25.00); and a Little Tikes Cozy Coupe 30th Anniversary Car Not the special anniversary one though. He plays with the car in the basement.
Hullabaloo is an awesome game that has direction following, shapes and color recognition. They listen 'hop to the red square" and if you do it too, the kids quickly pick it up. VERY active and has 2 settings. Cranium Hullabaloo
I have twin 3 year old sons who are really athletic. We are getting them skateboards with pads/helmet. They are also getting digital cameras Vtech - Kidizoom Spin & Smile Digital Camera(Vtech - Kidizoom Spin & Smile Digital Camera). You also can't go wrong with art supplies and books. My boys' favorite book is Chalk by Bill Thompson Chalk. It is currently on sale for $5.00 on Amazon and it is the most amazing kids book.
My 3 year old son loves Fisher Price Imaginext sets and my 7 year old still plays with them too. They have everything from castles, spaceships, dinosaurs, Batman and toystory. These toys are very durable. Also, my son 3 year old loves his scooter if you are looking for an outside toy. If your son likes trains Fisher Price Geo Trax are great too and very durable. My kids enjoy the Leap frog leapster handheld electronic toy but after a quite a few times of being dropped it doesn't work anymore so if you son is rough with toys this might not be the best choice.