Apart from a couple of obvious big ticket items, (like bikes and scooters) I always get a bit stumped when it comes to present ideas for Arlo. A year is such a long time in his development, it’s hard to know which presents will have longevity. And as Arlo is my first child, I find it difficult to look into the future and know what an almost four year old might need / want in terms of stimulating toys.
However, for similarly uninspired parents, the benefit of having a child whose birthday falls two months before Christmas is that I can share my knowledge of which gifts were popular, and which toys are still being played with a month on. Here is my list of sure-fire present ideas for a three year old to suit all budgets:
Snakes and Ladders The perfect introduction to family board games. The rules are simple enough for a three year old to follow, and it’s a fun way to improve numeracy skills.
Playmobil The amazing detail on Playmobil toys provides the perfect tools for imaginative play. Arlo received the campervan for his birthday, which has proved a huge hit.
Marble run Construction, gravity, cause and effect – lots to learn about with this toy.
Magnadoodle Mess-free creativity to keep active little minds busy.
Hot Wheels Cars that speed down tracks and race round loops? I don’t think I’ll ever forget the sheer joy on Arlo’s face as he realised what this toy did. If your birthday boy or girl is a fan of all things vehicular, this is the ultimate present for a three year old or older. These were all gifts that Arlo received for his third birthday, and are still being played with on a regular basis today. But of course, Arlo’s absolute favourite present was the most shortlived: