10 Toys Noah Actually Plays With

Here are my top 10 toys for a 3 year old boy.

When I am writing Noah’s Birthday or Christmas lists, I often feel stuck for inspiration. Because we live abroad, I tend to do an online list for him. It would be easier to write a list for him if I went in a toy shop and saw which toys were available but, unfortunately, the toys they sell in Vienna are not all available in England. So I resort to googling toys for 3 year old. Now, Noah is not one for playing on his own. He likes company; he likes constant interaction. If you know a 3 year old who is a bit like Noah and you are wondering what might capture their attention, here are some ideas for you.

1. Early Learning Centre piano. This gets used every day. It gets dragged from room to room. He doesn’t sit on the stool or use the microphone much, but he likes playing the music that has already been recorded on there and dancing to it. All hell breaks loose if he is mid-performance and it is time to get dressed/go out/go to bed.

2. Dinosaur figures. Noah has several sets of dinosaur figures. He particularly likes the tiny ones that I bought on Amazon for 75p. They were intended for party bag fillers but Noah got to them first. He will play with these all over the house too. They go on the train set, they go in the rocket, they go in the Duplo fire station, castle and zoo. In fact, he likes animal figures of every sort. The Schleich ones are great.

3. Mini Micro Scooter. Noah chose the yellow one but they do them in lots of colours. It took a while for him to get used to it because you have to lean around corners rather than steer, but once he got the hang of it, he wanted to take it everywhere. You can also buy a “scoot n pull”, which is a handy lead so when he gets tired and miserable, he can be pulled along. What I love about this scooter is how light it is: if Noah gets fed up of it, I can easily carry it.

4. Jake and the Neverland Pirates Ship. I bought an extra set of pirates to go with this. Neither the ship nor the pirates are cheap, but I think they are worth it.

5. Garage and cars. Noah has the Fisher Price garage as well as the Early Learning one. The FP one has been a favourite since he was a year old and he still plays with it. You can get more sophisticated garages for 3 year olds like the ELC one. Noah spends ages lining his cars up and sending them down the ramps.

6. Duplo. Noah has the Fire Station, the Castle and the Zoo with extra animals. He doesn’t build things on his own yet; he orders an adult to build whatever he desires. However, he will happily play with these structures once they are built. I don’t recommend getting the smaller Duplo sets as they don’t have enough to really play with properly.  He also likes his Mega Bloks.

7. Early Learning Centre bumper card making kit. Noah has made a range of cards from this kit and he enjoys doing it. I like the variety that comes in the box. It means relatives get handmade cards that are not too awful!

8. Early Learning Centre fire engine tent. This takes up quite a lot of space and, once you have put it up, it is impossible to get back down (especially if you lose the instructions!). Noah’s is always up and he goes in there every day. He also uses it to hide in when he is running away from us and refusing to get dressed. There are lots of good tents on the market. I know they do castle ones and ambulance ones too.

9. Vtech Innotab. Noah got this when he was 18 months old. He didn’t start using it independently until he was about 2 and a half. He likes the colouring app. He also has the Peppa Pig and Bubble Guppies games. Some of the games are a bit old for him. The games they sell get more advanced so I think he will use it for quite a while yet. The games themselves make good presents too. The tablet comes in handy if we are in a restaurant. The only problem is, he doesn’t like giving it up when his meal arrives

10. Sticker Books. Usborne do hundreds of great sticker books. Noah has loved these since he was about 18 months, though he can peel the stickers off and place them on the pages himself now. Again, these are great to take to restaurants or for plane journeys.

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