If We Only Had 5 Toys for Baby’s Third Year

By now, I guess I shouldn’t be titling this “for Baby’s Third Year”, but you know how they always feel like your baby no matter how old they are. Yep, I definitely still feel that way.

In October my daughter wraps up her third full year of life. My how the years have flown! This past year her excitement over toys and learning has exploded and she has definitely found some favorites. So, our top five toys/activities for year three are …


Any paint is great, but these dot paints in particular are awesome! And they’re currently on sale!

You can buy dot art painters here

hape kitchen

I foresee years of fun with our play kitchen. When I was shopping for one, I fell in love with the simple look of this one from Hape – plus it’s extremely well made and easy to assemble.

You can buy the Hape Gourmet Kitchen here


All puzzles are not created equal. Quality pieces that click together well are key to minimizing frustration for little learners. I can’t speak highly enough of the puzzles from Mudpuppy -they’re winners!

You can buy Mudpuppy puzzles here

twilight turtle

This darling turtle has provided countless hours of fun for my daughter. Hiding in closets and forts and accompanying us on evening walks, the Twilight Turtle shines bright wherever we go!

Buy a Cloud B Twilight Turtle here

doctor play set

Imagination play is in full swing in our house. Doctor is by far the most popular!

Buy this doctor play set here

What would you add to this list of favorites? Did your little one have a handful of well-loved toys and activities when they were 2-3 years old? Please share!

If you missed the first two posts in this series, here they are …

If We Only Had 5 Toys for Baby’s First Year

If We Only Had 5 Toys for Baby’s Second Year

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Gretchen hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest along with her husband and two young children. Before transitioning to life as a stay at home mom, Gretchen worked in sales and marketing while earning her Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership. Now her days are focused on managing meal plans and nap times while organizing her sewing stash and children's toy bins. My oh my, how life changes in the blink of an eye! Gretchen writes frequently about natural parenting, becoming more environmentally conscience, her affinity for thrifted treasures, and hopes of making it out of yoga pants each day on her blog That Mama Gretchen (www.thatmamagretchen.com).

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My daughter is obsessed with most of the items on your list. I would also add dress up clothes and a cash register.