A guide to choosing toys for 3 year old toddlers who love creative and interactive play

Choosing Toys For Three Year Old Toddlers – Part 1

Written By: Psychologist Natasha Tanic

At three years of age, kids are ready for more independence and new learning challenges.

Your child is transitioning from a toddler into a preschooler now, and she’s able to establish and maintain positive relationships with others, both children and adults.

At this age, toddlers enjoy playing with a variety of toys.

Buying your 3 year old toys that are safe and age-appropriate is an excellent way to boost her development and help her reach milestones.

It’s also a wonderful time for you to enjoy watching them while they play and learn.

Social and Emotional Development Milestones

Your three year old can now recognize and understand her own and other people’s feelings and facial expressions.

She is getting better each day at managing strong emotions and expressing them constructively.

Temper tantrums and meltdowns are becoming more sporadic now.

To boost your child’s confidence and self-esteem, provide a lot of encouragement, support, and affection.

Kids at this age experience a wide range of emotions and express affection openly.

Also, your 3 year old toddler is becoming interested in toilet training and usually stays dry when she is awake.

Three-year-old kids typically start to show empathy and begin to develop a strong sense of fairness and justice.

So don’t be surprised if you see your child fighting for her own or her peers’ rights.

However, at other times, your child may appear insensitive (for example, when one of her friends gets hurt).

Don’t be concerned by this behavior, as egocentrism is a normal part of your child’s development.

In the theory of child development, Jean Piaget proposes that egocentrism is one of the main qualities of early childhood and pre-operational stage of development.

What is Egocentric Thinking?

Egocentrism or egocentric thinking involves a child’s inability to discriminate between their perspective and that of other people.

At 3 years of age, kids have difficulty understanding a viewpoint other than their own because they believe it’s all about them.

Toys That Promote Social And Emotional Development

Your child now understands the concept of “yours” and “mine”.

However, she may have difficulties sharing toys with friends or have conflicts while she is playing with other kids.

Foster cooperation and turn-taking skills by arranging playdates with other kids and encourage a lot of free, unstructured play.

Purchase pretend play and role play props such as play kitchens, doctor’s kits, pretend food, and construction kits

These types of toys encourage kids to learn about the world, express their feelings, and use their senses.

They also help toddlers develop language and literacy, and practice cooperation and turn-taking.

Buy your child dolls or action figures.

These toys are a great way for your three year old to explore her emotions and safely learn social skills.

Language Development Milestones

At three years of age, children are talking a lot.

Your toddler now has a vocabulary of around 300 words and can make three word sentences.

They can understand a lot, so keep talking to your child while you are spending time together.

Describe the meals you are preparing, explain things you see while going for a walk, and help your child verbalize her thoughts.

Your 3 year old can now say her full name, ask questions, and read simple words.

She can also recall what happened yesterday, repeat her favorite rhymes, and name familiar people.

Learning a language is one of the most significant achievements of early childhood.

Language acquisition and literacy development are strongly linked to your child’s later personal, academic, and professional success as language is a foundation of future learning.

On the other hand, delays in language and speech development may lead to poor school performance and affect a child’s academic success.

Part 2

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