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30 Best Toys for 3-Year-Old Boys in 2020

Updated 23 May 2020

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Three-year-old boys have a lot of energy and short attention spans. Parents understand that this means that most toys will not hold their attention for too long, making hunting for toys a bit of a challenge.

We put together this list of parent-tested and approved toys to help you make the right choice. All of the toys on this list have been reviewed by real parents (and analysed for signs of review manipulation) to make sure you can find an option that will make your three-year-old boy happy. One of these could even become his favorite!

1LEGO DUPLO Steam Train 10874

This train set will make an excellent toy for your little boy, especially if he loves trains. It can be controlled automatically via Bluetooth and an app, although this is optional. The engine starts running automatically when it’s put on the track, but you get some fun features if you decide to install the app.  The set has a total of 59 pieces. There are 16 track pieces that can be connected in creative ways.

What we love

  • It can go with other LEGO sets
  • The design is very intuitive

We dont like this as much

  • The engine does not automatically make noises

2Step2 Best Chefs Kitchen Playset

This is an excellent kitchen set that makes real lights and sounds and can teach your little boy the wonders of cooking! The electric stove makes real sounds when used with the special frying pan and boiling pot. It requires two AA batteries, and the set comes with 25 accessories.

What we love

  • An excellent way to engage your child
  • Appliances and other features are very realistic looking

We dont like this as much

  • Batteries could be included in the set

3NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Ocean Play Sand

National Geographic has designed this kit to show your little boy the wonders and mystery of the ocean. It comes with two pounds of play sand, six molds, and six ocean animal figures. Plus, they have included an activity tray and kinetic sensory sand activity kit. All materials are non-toxic and mess-free.

What we love

  • The sand is designed to always feel wet, adding to the experience
  • The animal figures are brightly colored and realistic

We dont like this as much

  • The set could use a larger base for the sandbox

4Disney Pixar Toy Story True Talkers Forky Figure

This figure is from Toy Story 4, and it is capable of speaking more than 15 movie phrases. Plus, this figure has moving facial expressions and its body parts are highly posable. It is one of six popular characters from the movie, which will allow your little boy to enjoy playing with his favorite figure.

What we love

  • The figure is in true movie scale
  • The toy is hilarious and very entertaining

We dont like this as much

  • It would be fun to have a bundle of all six figures available

5ROKO Superhero Capes for Kids

These superhero capes will make an excellent gift for any little boy who loves heroes. It’s great and keeps toddlers happy as they can choose to be different heroes on different occasions. The capes have glow-in-the-dark accents, which add a little something extra to the experience.

What we love

  • The set comes with six different hero capes and masks
  • The masks are adjustable and can fit any size head

We dont like this as much

  • It would be great to be able to pick which hero cape and masks come in the set

6STREET WALK Kids Toys - LED Hockey Hover Set

This hockey set is designed to teach your little boy how to play his favorite game and it comes with everything he will need. It has goals, two hockey pucks, and an air power training ball to make it safe for every location.

What we love

  • The air hockey ball can be used indoors or outdoors
  • An excellent way to get some exercise in

We dont like this as much

  • It requires a screwdriver to assemble

7Retrospec Cub Kids Balance Bike No Pedal Bicycle

This is an excellent bike for three-year-old boys who are learning to ride and you can purchase this bike in various colors and designs. The seat and the handlebars can be adjusted to allow for growth.

What we love

  • It’s designed so that kids can put their feet on the ground easily to avoid falling
  • Doesn’t require a lot of assembly

We dont like this as much

  • The tires could be sturdier

8176 Piece STEM Learning Educational Construction Building Toy

This construction building set comes with a total of 176 pieces. It has a fun booklet that has more than 42 designs to build with this set. The pieces are various colors, which can make for fun and imaginative builds. The set will help with fine motor skills and problem-solving.

What we love

  • Teaches essential skills in science, math, and geometry
  • Each piece is capable of connecting to other pieces to make an infinite number of shapes

We dont like this as much

  • The set could use an easier design book for beginners

9The Backyard Bug Book for Kids

This paperback book has a lot of fun facts and stories about insects. It will allow your little boy to learn about the bugs that he enjoys playing with. The book also includes a variety of fun activities involving bugs and insects.

What we love

  • The book includes close up colorful photographs of insects
  • The supporting text rhymes which is entertaining during reading

We dont like this as much

  • The book could come in different forms rather than paperback for durability

10VTech Rock and Bop Music Player

Every little boy loves music, but that does not mean that it is the same music that everyone else likes. With this music player, he can enjoy some of his favorite songs and learn different things like numbers and the alphabet. It requires two AAA batteries to operate.

What we love

  • It plays over 100 melodies
  • It comes with a headset to let him listen quietly

We dont like this as much

  • The batteries it comes with could be higher quality

11Calico Critters Starry Point Lighthouse

This is a fun playhouse that your little boy can enjoy. It has a lighthouse, a star projector, and three sides. Plus, it has a removable floor, a hot air balloon, and a living room. Plus, the lighthouse can connect to other houses in the series to make an active play community.

What we love

  • The lighthouse is roomy and can fit all of the little critters
  • It comes with a variety of accessories

We dont like this as much

  • Star projector requires three AAA batteries, but they are not included

12Melissa & Doug Brew & Serve Wooden Coffee Maker Set

This is a realistic-looking wooden coffee maker set and it comes with several accessories like three coffee pods, two mugs, a menu card, creamer, and sugar. It is excellent for imaginative play.

What we love

  • The coffee set is durable
  • It’s a great giftable toy

We dont like this as much

  • The ice cube block can get stuck in one of the coffee mugs

13Little Tikes Mighty Blasters Boom Blaster

Every little boy deserves a fun blaster toy and this one comes with three soft power pods, which means they can have fun without worrying about injuring anyone or anything. The blaster can shoot up to 12 feet and it is perfect for playing inside or outside.

What we love

  • It is easy to load
  • Mighty Blasters come with a pop-out target

We dont like this as much

  • It could come with a couple extra power pods

14Magna-Tiles 32-Piece Clear Colors Set

These magnetic building tiles make it easy for your little boy to enjoy building different structures. The set has a total of 32 pieces, and they come in different shapes and sizes, which makes it easy to create flat or three-dimensional shapes, and the set can help with science, math, and creativity skills.

What we love

  • It’s a toy kids come back to time and time again
  • The building tiles are a toy that will stick with him as he grows

We dont like this as much

  • This set could use some sort of storage container to keep the pieces together

15Softlife Kids Carpet Play Mat

This playmat is designed to provide a fun playtime for any little boy that enjoys cars and trucks. Plus, they can use their favorite toys with this playmat. It is easy to clean, and it can be used in a variety of rooms where your little boy might like to play.

What we love

  • Encourages imaginative play
  • Helps children understand traffic better

We dont like this as much

  • The rug could be thicker

16Pacific Play Tents 41200 Kids Galaxy Dome Tent

Every little boy deserves somewhere that they can escape from the world and this tent has everything that they need to do that. It has a fun space design and a front door and window that can be covered up or uncovered for them to peak out from. Plus, it comes with a carry bag for traveling and storing.

What we love

  • The design incorporates glow-in-the-dark stars
  • Encourages imaginative role play

We dont like this as much

  • The flooring of the tent could have more cushion

17Melissa & Doug Building Site Jumbo Jigsaw Floor Puzzle

This jigsaw puzzle is excellent for any little boy that loves machinery and trucks. Plus, it has large jigsaw pieces that make it easy to put together and it can be easily taken apart and put back together. The whole puzzle has a total of 48 pieces and the puzzle could be framed for their wall after they are done putting it together.

What we love

  • It is easy to clean
  • The picture has brilliant coloring

We dont like this as much

  • The puzzle pieces could be thicker for more durability

18HABA Orchard Game

This is a fun and cooperative introduction on how to play different board games. It is full of fun facts and jigsaw pieces. The game comes with instructions and it has all of the necessary pieces for your little boy to enjoy the game.

What we love

  • The pieces are designed with children’s hands in mind
  • It is very durable

We dont like this as much

  • The game could be more fun with sound effects

19WowWee Pinkfong Baby Shark Official Song Cube

This will make the perfect plush toy for any little boy who loves sharks. It is part of a set but it is sold separately from the other stuffed animals in it. Plus, it plays the official Baby Shark song in English, and all you have to do is squeeze the plushy.

What we love

  • It is the perfect size for children to hold
  • The music is not too loud

We dont like this as much

  • You have to purchase the other members of the shark's family separately

2058 Pcs Fishing Magnets Game

This fishing set comes with a total of 58 pieces, including four fishing poles and four fishing nets. This is a fun playset game that will allow your little boy to fish up some of their favorite sea creatures and it works with magnets, which means you don’t have to worry about any sort of dangerous hooks.

What we love

  • It encourages fine motor development and hand-eye coordination
  • Great for group play

We dont like this as much

  • A storage container could come in handy

21Little Experimenter Night Vision Binoculars

These binoculars will allow your little boy to see wonders in the dark and the manufacturer provides satisfaction guaranteed. They have a unique ergonomic shape that makes it easy for little hands to hold and it has a built-in flashlight and a neck stream to make it easier to carry around.

What we love

  • Encourages STEM skills
  • Make for great presents

We dont like this as much

  • It requires three LR44 batteries

22Fisher-Price Code'n Learn Kinderbot

This Kinderbot has three different ways to play, which include “secret codes,” free coding, and learning challenges. It has bright colors to make it fun and it comes with a secret codebook that helps with that portion of the robot’s game. This Kinderbot requires four C batteries to operate.

What we love

  • Helps kids learn to love science
  • The coding challenges are fun and encourage constructive play

We dont like this as much

  • The Kinderbot could come with more durable batteries

23FUNERICA Toy Fire Truck with Lights and Sounds

Every little boy loves fire trucks, and with this fire truck, they will also get five toy figures to play with. The truck is designed to produce four real-life sounds and it has real flashing lights to make the interaction more fun.

What we love

  • The toy encourages creative role play
  • It is very durable

We dont like this as much

  • The figures could be larger

24 JOYIN Marble Run

This Marble Run construction building block set has a lot of fun features that will allow your little boy to have fun. It comes with a total of 170 pieces, including 50 glass marbles that can be dropped down different building constructions. The blocks are brightly colored and transparent so he can watch as the marbles make their way through the blocks.

What we love

  • Assembly instructions help guide play
  • The construction is stable

We dont like this as much

  • The marbles can be a choking hazard

25Little Tikes Youdrive Sports Car

This sports car will make the perfect first toy car for your little boy because the remote control only has two buttons, which makes it easy to control. You can choose between five different race cars, but they are all sold separately and the car has a speed modern design that has working headlights.

What we love

  • Very easy to drive
  • Very durable and can take a lot of bumpy rides

We dont like this as much

  • Batteries are required to operate this toy

26Learning Resources Primary Science Deluxe Lab Set

If you would like your little boy to learn more about science, this deluxe lab set will make an excellent learning tool. The set has a total of 45 pieces, and it comes with several types of activity cards that will allow your little boy to practice different types of experiments.

What we love

  • The set is very hands-on
  • Safe for little hands

We dont like this as much

  • This set could benefit from a storage case

27Stomp Rocket Jr. Glow Rocket

These stomp rockets are 100 percent powered by kids, and the rockets glow in the dark, which means they can use them at night and still see the wonder. These rockets are made out of foam, and they can go up to 100 feet in the air. Plus, since they do glow in the dark, they can easily be found. They do not require any batteries to operate.

What we love

  • Great way to get out some excess energy
  • Easy assembly and can be used without the launch pad

We dont like this as much

  • If the stomp mechanism is damaged, you have to repurchase the whole set

28Fisher-Price Snacks for Two, Pretend Food Play Set

This is a fun pretend food set that your little boy can enjoy with you or their friends. It comes with two fabric napkins, two faux marble plates, and a beautifully wood-accented cutting board. The food items are made to look real to provide more fun and realism to their playtime.

What we love

  • Encourages constructive role play
  • An opportunity to teach kids table manners in a fun setting

We dont like this as much

  • It could use a storage container

29KidKraft Everyday Heroes Play Set

Who says that playhouses are just for little girls? This Heroes playhouse set features all of the world’s natural heroes like policemen and firefighters. It includes three floors with 12 different rooms and it also includes a variety of accessories to help make the creative play more fun and realistic.

What we love

  • Easy to store
  • Assembly instructions are simple

We dont like this as much

  • Sound effects would add a lot of fun to the toy

30Hot Wheels Monster Demo Doubles

Each of these demos comes with a total of two Hot Wheels monster trucks. These trucks are designed to be crashed into each other, and your little boy will enjoy the head-to-head competition that they provide.

What we love

  • The trucks come with a backstory
  • Durable and can take very aggressive play

We dont like this as much

  • The models in each pack are random