Best Toys and Gift Ideas for 3-Year-Old Girls 2020

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As girls turn 3-years-old, they go from being ‘toddlers’ to being ‘pre-schoolers’ this may coincide with beginning pre-school or moving into a pre-school class within their usual childcare setting. The transition from toddler to pre-schooler isn’t always smooth, leading to behaviour more often associated with teenagers. Emotions run high at age 3, and 3-year-olds are quick to express their thoughts, feeling and opinions. Whilst this can be a little difficult to navigate it’s a great sign that they are developing as they should be.

Along with this expressive nature comes lots of creativity and a burgeoning imagination. 3-year-olds, like most young children, still need plenty of time outdoors and lots of physical activity; allowing children the freedom to run, climb, and jump is essential. Pre-schoolers need to practice their physical skills to develop strength, balance and coordination. If you are searching for a gift for a 3-year-old girl there are plenty of toys and gifts to choose from, but we’ve brought together 30 of the best, that will help to support their development.

Top 30 Best Toys and Gift Ideas for 3-Year-Old Girls 2020

1. Hape Wooden Guitar

Hape Wooden Guitar

Why we like it: A real instrument with child-friendly design to encourage music and creativity.

If the 3-year-old girl you’re buying for is a budding musician then the Hape Wooden Guitar may make the ideal gift for her. Made from wood, this is a real instrument not just a toy, which will help her to feel much more grown-up and taken seriously (very important for a 3-year-old!).

As well as encouraging musical skills the Hape Wooden Guitar is a brilliant resource for promoting creativity as the child learns to make up their own songs and tunes, or simply role-play and imitate other musicians they know. Music is fantastic for helping to hone listening skills too as children begin to experiment with and notice differences in pitch, volume and tone, these more advanced listening skills translate well to literacy learning as children can listen carefully for letters and sounds.

Pros
  • Made of wood; eco-friendly
  • Real instrument
  • Encourages musical skills
  • Improves listening skills
  • Promotes creativity
Cons
  • Real instrument; requires tuning

2. Lego Duplo Big Fair

Lego Duplo Big Fair

Why we like it: Great Lego Duplo set to encourage construction skills and imaginative play.

Lego Duplo is a great toy for younger children as it is built with little hands in mind, and is sturdy enough to stand up to the rigors they will put it through whilst being easy enough for them to connect and build independently. The Lego Duplo Big Fair set is a set of Duplo that allows a child to build a fun fair and experience all the fun of the fair with the five Lego Duplo figures included in the set.

As well as improving construction skills, children will learn to follow instructions to build the fair but are also able to use the blocks to build as they please, boosting their creativity and early engineering skills. The Lego Duplo Big Fair is compatible with other Lego Duplo sets too, so play can be endlessly expanded.

Pros
  • Sturdy and made to last
  • Perfect size for younger children
  • Compatible with other lego sets
  • Improves construction skills
  • Includes 5 figures
Cons
  • Doesn’t come with storage

3. Bayer Design Stroller Doll Combi Pram

Bayer Design Stroller Doll Combi Pram

Why we like it: Perfect for girls who love to play mum, a stroller to push baby dolls around in.

Many 3-year-old girls love imaginative role-play based on real-life scenarios and their own life experiences. One of the more popular scenarios for children’s play at this age is home, mums and babies, and as such many 3-year-old girls enjoy playing with and taking care of dolls.

If the 3-year-old girl you’re buying for enjoys this kind of play then the Bayer Design Stroller Doll Combi Pram could make a great gift for her. This pram is child-sized and built with younger children in mind so it is easy to push and steer. It is also foldable to make storage a little bit easier. A 3-year-old girl will have plenty of fun pushing her babies around the block in this pram.

Pros
  • Foldable for easy storage
  • Child-sized; easy to push and steer
  • Ideal for encouraging imaginative play
  • Promotes nurturing behaviour
Cons
  • Larger item; requires storage space

4. Barbie Malibu House Playset

Barbie Malibu House Playset

Why we like it: A lovely house playset compatible with Barbie products to encourage imaginative play and social skills.

Playhouses and dolls houses are a popular choice of gift for 3-year-old girls and with good reason! They promote all sorts of imaginative, creative role-play and allow children to develop their speech and language skills as they tell and narrate stories, and give characters speech within their play.

The Barbie Malibu House Playset can be used with other Barbie products and is perfectly sized for Barbie dolls. The 2-story house features 6 rooms and comes with 25 accessories to enhance play. This is a gift that is sure to keep a little girl very busy.

Pros
  • Compatible with other Barbie products
  • Encourages imaginative play
  • Improves social skills
  • 2 story house; 6 rooms
  • 25 accessories included
Cons
  • Larger item; requires space to store and play

5. KidKraft Princess Table & Stool

KidKraft Princess Table & Stool

Why we like it: A cute dressing table and stool to encourage imaginative play and self-care skills.

3-year-old girls often enjoy imaginative, princess-themed role-play. This kind of creative play is great for developing important social skills as well as improving speech and language, as speech is used to explain or narrate what is going on in the play. This furniture set could make an ideal gift for a little girl who’s interested in princesses and dressing up.

KidKraft Princess Table & Stool is sure to make a great addition to a girl’s bedroom which will last many years and is very easy to assemble. This is a great gift for improving self-care skills as a 3-year-old girl will love sitting at her mirror brushing her hair or pretending to put on her make-up!

Pros
  • Great addition to bedroom
  • Encourages imaginative play
  • Improves self-awareness, self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Easy assembly
  • Promotes self-care and independence
Cons
  • Large item, requires space

6. Melissa & Doug Wooden Scoop & Serve Ice Cream

Melissa & Doug Wooden Scoop & Serve Ice Cream

Why we like it: Most 3-year-olds love ice cream and this wooden toy uses ice cream to promote social and imaginative play.

Melissa & Doug are a great brand offering an alternative to the heaps of plastic toys available so if you’re looking to be more eco-friendly in your purchases or simply prefer the sensory properties of wood then this is a great place to start; the Melissa & Doug Wooden Scoop & Serve Ice Cream set is a lovely toy allowing children to pretend to make and sell ice creams.

This encourages a whole host of imaginative play scenarios which, in turn, boost social skills as children experiment with different situations and interactions. Paying for ice-cream also introduces the opportunity for early maths skills as children begin to understand the concept of value and number. All round, this gift presents many learning opportunities and is made to last.

Pros
  • Encourages imaginative play
  • Promotes social skills
  • Opportunity for early maths skills
  • Made of wood; eco-friendly
  • Made to last
Cons
  • 28 pieces; easy to lose pieces

7. Little Tikes Easy Score Basketball Set

Little Tikes Easy Score Basketball Set

Why we like it: Encourage a budding sports star to hone their physical skills and hand-eye coordination.

It’s great to encourage an interest in sports and physical play as these early habits will be taken forward into children’s lives as they grow and get older and hopefully stand them in good stead for remaining active and healthy throughout their life.

The Little Tikes Easy Score Basketball Set is a kid-friendly basketball hoop and a junior-sized ball that is also height-adjustable so can grow with a child, or be made more challenging as a child’s skills develop. This set helps to develop specific basketball skills but also hand-eye coordination and spatial awareness too, important all-round skills.

Pros
  • Encourage physical, active play
  • Improves hand-eye coordination
  • Builds interest in sports
  • Develops spatial awareness
  • Height adjustable
Cons
  • Requires safe environment for throwing a ball

8. My Little Pony Magical School of Friendship Playset

My Little Pony Magical School of Friendship Playset

Why we like it: Based on popular My Little Pony Characters, promotes social play and imagination.

Many 3-year-old girls are entranced by the popular My Little Pony characters, with plenty of tv shows, movies and toys forming part of the brand there is plenty to choose from but the My Little Pony Magical School of Friendship Playset is ideal for 3-year-olds as it has plenty of features to add interest to play. For example, there are light up features and mechanical features requiring pushing buttons and turning knobs to operate. These features increase children’s understanding of technology as well as adding interest to play.

The My Little Pony Magical School of Friendship Playset is ideal for a 3-year-old’s growing interest in imaginative, social play allowing her to act out scenes from the My Little Pony Movies or TV Shows or imagine her own.

Pros
  • Based on popular children’s characters
  • Promotes social play
  • Encourages imagination
  • Light up features
  • Mechanical features
Cons
  • Requires batteries
  • Additional figures sold separately

9. Geospace The Original Deluxe Bungee Boing

Geospace The Original Deluxe Bungee Boing

Why we like it: Keep kids active in a new way! A beginner’s pogo stick to encourage developing physical skills.

3-year-olds have plenty of energy that needs burning off during the day and it’s not always practical to get out for a walk, bike ride or trip to the park so sometimes that energy has to be burnt off at home. The Geospace Original Deluxe Bungee Boing is an ideal way to do this, it is a beginner’s pogo stick allowing children to bounce.

The Geospace Original Deluxe Bungee Boing is safe for younger children as it has a stable, flat bottom to allow children to work on their balance and coordination safely. The flat bottom also means that the Bungee Boing can be used indoors without risking damage to the flooring.

Pros
  • Keeps kids active
  • Develops physical skills
  • Improves coordination and balance
  • Safe for younger children
  • Can be used indoors or outdoors
Cons
  • Requires storage space

10. L.O.L. Surprise! O.M.G. Miss Candylicious Fashion Doll with 20 Surprises

L.O.L. Surprise! O.M.G. Miss Candylicious Fashion Doll with 20 Surprises

Why we like it: Part of the popular L.O.L enterprise, delight a 3-year-old girl with 20 surprises.

L.O.L dolls are incredibly popular with little girls as they combine the elements of dolls, accessories and having a surprise, all of which are things that 3-year-old girls love. The L.O.L Surprise! O.M.G Miss Candylicious Fashion Doll with 20 surprises is a cute, pastel, candy-coloured doll which is part of the popular toys range and comes with 20 surprises and accessories. Unwrapping the doll and the surprises increase fine motor skills and dexterity in the fingers as the wrapping is complex and the accessories are small.

Playing with small doll figures and accessories is a great way for improving imaginative play and social skills as little girls begin to act out a range of different social situations and make sense of their own experiences.

Pros
  • Part of popular toys range
  • 20 surprises
  • Encourages imaginative play
  • Improves social skills
  • Accessories included
Cons
  • More expensive than other dolls

11. Calico Critters Hopscotch Rabbit Family

Calico Critters Hopscotch Rabbit Family

Why we like it: Start a ‘Calico Critters’ collection with this adorable rabbit family for imaginative, small-world play.

Calico Critters is a range of toys for imaginative, small world play. There are plenty of different playsets, accessories and characters available, and they are all interchangeable and compatible so each set expands the play world further.

The Calico Critters Hopscotch Rabbit Family is a set of 4 characters for the Calico Critters world, complete with clothing items and outfits. The soft, sensory finish on the characters is sure to appeal to 3-year-olds who still need plenty of sensory input and encourage their imaginative role-play. As Calico Critters Characters come in family sets this also encourages role-play based on children’s experience of living in a family unit.

Pros
  • Compatible with other Calico Critters products
  • Encourages imaginative play
  • Includes clothing items
  • Soft, sensory finish
Cons
  • Small pieces; easy to lose

12. Barbie Estate Dreamhouse

Barbie Estate Dreamhouse

Why we like it: A dollhouse, compatible with other Barbies sets which will encourage imagination, story-telling and role-play.

The Barbie Estate Dreamhouse has been the toy of dreams for a few generations now; though its design has evolved along the way! The Barbie Dreamhouse now features a working lift, a terrace complete with swimming pool and water slide, and all kinds of lights and sounds. The Barbie Estate Dreamhouse is a gift that has a real wow factor and certainly represents a significant investment piece.

The Barbie Estate Dreamhouse is compatible with other Barbie sets, and comes with over 60 different accessories so there are endless ways to play. Gifting this to a 3-year-old girl would mean that it would last for years to come and she would get plenty of use out of this toy.

Pros
  • Compatible with other Barbie toys
  • Lights and sounds to add realism
  • Encourage imaginative role-play
  • Develops story-telling skills
  • Over 60 accessories included
Cons
  • Large item which requires space to play and store
  • Requires batteries

13. Aquaplay Mountain Lake

Aquaplay Mountain Lake

Why we like it: Water canal system for hours of fun encouraging imagination and early maths skills.

Water play forms a popular part of many preschool settings and for good reason! The learning opportunities when playing in water are very rich and playing in water is a sensory play opportunity in and of itself. The Aquaplay Mountain Lake is a water canal system for children to experiment and play with.

This helps to build early engineering and scientific skills as children begin to experiment with and gain an understanding of dams and water wheels. Early maths skills are developed through water play too as children begin to play around with concepts like full and empty. This is an ideal gift for children who love to play outdoors with water.

Pros
  • Sensory play opportunity
  • Builds early engineering skills
  • Encourages imaginative play
  • Develops early maths skills
Cons
  • Best played outdoors; requires outdoor space

14. Melissa & Doug Giant Giraffe

Melissa & Doug Giant Giraffe

Why we like it: A huge life-like giraffe plush toy to encourage nurturing behaviour.

Even very young children love to nurture others, and they can display kindness and caring behaviour towards animals and younger children. Soft, plush toys are a great way to encourage nurturing behaviour. The Melissa & Doug Giant Giraffe is a massive giraffe toy that little girls will love. Standing taller than most little girls, the giraffe is sure to form a real feature in any bedroom or playroom.

With a detailed design and life-like details, this toy is perfect for a 3-year-old girl who loves to pet animals. The Melissa & Doug Giant Giraffe is also made using durable materials and has a washable surface so it should stand up to many years of love!

Pros
  • Life-like plush toy
  • Detailed design
  • Durable construction
  • Promotes nurturing behavior
  • Washable surface
Cons
  • Large toy, needs storage space

15. Disney Frozen 2 Elsa Deluxe Dress

Disney Frozen 2 Elsa Deluxe Dress

Why we like it: Let her dress up as Elsa and pretend to cast magic spells as she plays imaginatively.

Dressing up is a popular feature of imaginative role-play and this dress based on the popular Disney Frozen films is sure to enhance the role-play of any 3-year-old girl. The Disney Frozen 2 Elsa Deluxe Dress is a fully licensed product that has been tested to EU and UK standards so you can rest assured that the product is high-quality.

As well as enhancing a 3-year-olds role-play dressing up is also valuable as it allows for plenty of self-care skills to develop as children master putting on and taking off clothes and contending with various types of fastening. If the 3-year-old girl you’re buying for is into the Frozen movies then this is sure to make a welcome addition to her toy collection.

Pros
  • Licensed product
  • Encourages imaginative play
  • Develops self-care skills
  • Tested to EU and UK standards
Cons
  • Age 3-4, may be grown out of quickly

16. KidKraft Kayla Wooden Dolls House

KidKraft Kayla Wooden Dolls House

Why we like it: A dolls house is a timeless gift that will encourage imaginative, social play for years to come.

Dolls houses are a popular and timeless gift for a 3-year-old girl offering many years of play for the little girl herself and often others that the dolls house is passed down to. The KidKraft Kayla Wooden Dolls House is an eco-friendlier alternative to modern, plastic dolls houses, and has 3 stories and plenty of room to play.

The KidKraft Kayla Wooden Dolls house comes with furniture and accessories so it is ready to play with straight away. This dolls house is an ideal way to improve social skills as children can play based on their experience of living in a home with a family before branching out into exploring different kinds of social situations in play.

Pros
  • Timeless gift; doesn’t date easily
  • Encourages imaginative play
  • Improves social skills
  • 3 story house; plenty of room to play
  • Comes with furniture and accessories
Cons
  • Large item; requires lots of space to store and play

17. Paw Patrol Skye’s Ultimate Rescue Helicopter

Paw Patrol Skye’s Ultimate Rescue Helicopter

Why we like it: Based on the popular Paw Patrol cartoon kids will have hours of fun acting out rescue stories.

Children love to play based on what they know and are familiar with and many 3-year-olds are big fans of the popular Paw Patrol cartoon so this playset is ideal for them. The Paw Patrol Skye’s Ultimate Rescue Helicopter is a playset including two paw patrol character figures as well as a rescue vehicle allowing children to play out a range of scenarios.

Playing in this way develops children’s story-telling skills as they begin to narrate the storyline of their play and give the characters speech and voices. Perfect for a 3-year-old Paw Patrol fan!

Pros
  • Based on the popular Paw Patrol cartoon
  • Encourages imaginative play
  • Develops storytelling skills
  • 2 paw patrol figures included
Cons
  • Made of plastic; less eco-friendly

18. Hape Easel with Whiteboard and Chalkboard

Hape Easel with Whiteboard and Chalkboard

Why we like it: Perfect for a budding artist, develops motor skills and early letter formation.

An easel is a great way to encourage artistic skill as well as important pre-writing skills. Before children learn to write it is important that they have good motor skills, both gross motor skills which are large scale movements and fine motor skills which are small scale movements. Drawing on a vertical surface such as an easel works both gross motor skills and fine motor skills.

The Hape Easel with Whiteboard and Chalkboard is a double-sided easel with a magnetic whiteboard on one side and a chalkboard on the other, it even comes with paint pots and a roll of paper so there are plenty of ways to play and experiment with mark-making with this gift.

Pros
  • Double-sided easel with magnetic whiteboard on one side, chalkboard on the other.
  • Height- adjustable
  • Includes easel, 3 paint pots and replaceable paper roll
  • Develops creativity
  • Encourages motor skills
Cons
  • Large item requires space to store and play

19. Lego Duplo Disney Junior Minnie’s Birthday Party

ego Duplo Disney Junior Minnie's Birthday Party

Why we like it: Based on popular children’s character Minnie Mouse, this Lego Duplo set encourages construction and creativity.

Minnie Mouse is an extremely popular children’s character which will be instantly recognizable for 3-year-old girls and encourage her to have a go at constructing with the Lego Duplo Disney Junior Minnie’s Birthday Party. Made especially for younger children this construction set has easy to follow instructions and clicks together firmly.

The Lego Duplo Disney Junior Minnie’s Birthday Party set is a great way to encourage creative play based on what children know. It is especially ideal for children who have just had a birthday or attended lots of birthday parties as this is the theme of the set.

Pros
  • Based on popular children’s character Minnie Mouse
  • Made for younger children
  • Encourages construction skills
  • Develops creative play
  • Compatible with other Lego Duplo sets
Cons
  • Requires storage

20. KidKraft Lil’ Doll Armoire Wooden Closet

KidKraft Lil' Doll Armoire Wooden Closet

Why we like it: A doll-sized wardrobe to keep all those cute dolls outfits safely stored and organized!

For girls that love to play with dolls the outfits and accessories can get overwhelming and difficult to store. The KidKraft Lil’ Doll Armoire Wooden Closet is a real wooden closet, perfectly sized for dolls clothes to be stored.

The KidKraft Lil’ Doll Armoire Wooden Closet has a sturdy, stable design so that it can stand up to constant use and is a great way to keep dolls’ clothes organized. With clothes hangers included in the set, a 3-year-old can get straight down to playing with and organizing her dolls special outfits.

Pros
  • Keeps dolls clothes organized
  • Doll-sized
  • Sturdy, stable design
  • Clothes hangers included
Cons
  • Larger item, requires a space in bedroom/playroom

21. Kid K’Nex Budding Builders Set

Kid K’Nex Budding Builders Set

Why we like it: Fantastic open-ended learning resource to encourage early engineering skills.

Open-ended resources are important for improving children’s creativity and engineering skills. The Kid K’Nex Budding Builder Set is a great resource to support the emergence of these skills and is a ton of fun for 3-year-olds who enjoy being creative and making their own structures.

Whilst some suggestions are included in the Kid K’Nex Budding Builder Set there is plenty of space for open-ended play and construction. The pieces are made with younger children and smaller hands in mind but still represent a challenge and a chance to improve fine motor skills, fitting the pieces together. The set is compatible with other Kid K’Nex sets which means that play and construction can be expanded and comes with a storage box to keep everything together.

Pros
  • Open-ended
  • Encourages early engineering skills
  • Improves fine motor skills
  • Compatible with other Kid-K’Nex sets
  • Comes with storage box
Cons
  • Small pieces, need to be kept away from younger siblings

22. Orchard Toys Shopping List Game

Orchard Toys Shopping List Game

Why we like it: Encourage pre-mathematics skills and build up social skills with this fun shopping game.

Playing games together can be a great element of family life and around about age 3 board games become more of a possibility. Orchard toys make plenty of board games for younger children and the Orchard Toys Shopping List Game is an extremely popular game for younger children.

The Orchard Toys Shopping List Game is an ideal way to build pre-maths skills such as matching pairs as players must match cards to what is on their shopping list. Suitable for 2 to 4 players this game also develops memory skills as players must try to remember where the cards they need have been placed. Playing board games helps to develop social skills such as turn-taking, sharing and emotional regulation.

Pros
  • Encourages pre-mathematics skills
  • Builds social skills
  • 2-4 players
  • Develops memory skills
Cons
  • Lots of pieces; requires careful storage so they are not lost
  • Requires another player

23. KidKraft Princess Toddler Wooden Side Table

KidKraft Princess Toddler Wooden Side Table

Why we like it: The perfect addition to a princess-themed bedroom, made with younger children in mind.

Some 3-year-olds are extremely conscious of their environment and many like to make their spaces, such as their bedroom or playroom, a reflection of their interests and personality. If the 3-year-old girl you are buying for is like this then the KidKraft Princess Wooden Side Table could be an ideal gift.

The KidKraft Princess Wooden Side Table may match the bedroom décor of a 3-year-old girl who is into princesses and is built to last. Appropriately sized for younger children, and with a storage drawer for any bedside necessities, it is an extremely practical piece of furniture, which will help a 3-year-old feel a sense of ownership over her space.

Pros
  • May match bedroom décor
  • Appropriately sized for younger children
  • Built to last
  • Storage drawer
  • Assembly instructions included
Cons
  • Requires adult assembly

24. Melissa & Doug Bug Jug Fill & Spill Melissa & Doug Bug Jug Fill & Spill

Why we like it: Promote sensory play and repetitive learning with this cute bug playset.

A sensory toy produced by eco-friendly toy manufacturer Melissa & Doug the Bug Jug Fill & Spill is a collection of soft insect toys with sensory properties such as crinkle effects and rattle sounds. The bugs can be placed into and poured out of a transparent, soft, jug toy. With no sharp edges or hard parts, this toy is extremely safe.

The Melissa & Doug Bug Jug Fill & Spill set can be used to improve fine motor skills as children put the bugs into, and then pour them out of the jug. The bugs themselves can be used for imaginative play, increasing vocabulary as children narrate their stories in play, and also for counting as they count the bugs into and out of the jug.

Pros
  • Sensory properties
  • Encourages fine motor skills
  • Develops counting skills
  • Promotes imaginative play
  • Increases vocabulary
Cons
  • Relatively expensive item

25. L.O.L. Surprise! 2-in-1 Glamper Fashion Camper with 55 Surprises

L.O.L. Surprise! 2-in-1 Glamper Fashion Camper with 55 Surprises

Why we like it: Encourages imaginative play based on the popular L.O.L dolls with 55 surprises!

Another toy from the L.O.L range, the L.O.L Surprise! 2-in-1 Glamper Fashion Camper with 55 Surprises is a glamourous camper van compatible with all other L.O.L. products so it can be used with L.O.L dolls for all kinds of imaginative play.

Including 55 surprises and tons of accessories, 3-year-old girls will love playing creatively with all her L.O.L dolls and taking them on exciting ‘glamping’ trips. This will also allow her to explore a range of different social situations and interactions through her play. An ideal gift for a 3-year-old girl who enjoys small world play with dolls.

Pros
  • Encourages imaginative play
  • Based on popular L.O.L dolls
  • Compatible with other L.O.L products
  • 55 surprises
  • Accessories included
Cons
  • Comparatively expensive
  • Not eco-friendly

26. Little Tikes Trampoline

Galt Toys Folding Trampoline

Why we like it: Plenty of bouncing fun to keep children active and develop physical skills.

Keeping children active is really important for their overall health, impacting on their cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength and even bone density. 3-year-olds need plenty of physical activity in the day and finding different ways to achieve this is critical; the more varied you can make a child’s exercise the better.

Little TikesTrampoline introduces a different kind of movement to a child’s daily activity and improves their core and leg strength and coordination. It can also be folded down for storing away making it slightly more practical to have at home. An ideal gift for a 3-year-old girl with heaps of energy!

Pros
  • Handle screws off and legs fold down to help with storage
  • Keeps children active and healthy
  • Develops physical skills
  • Improves core and leg strength
  • Ideal for developing coordination
Cons
  • Requires storage space and space to play

27. Peppa Pig Family Home Playset

Peppa Pig Family Home Playset

Why we like it: Imaginative role-play set with popular kids’ TV characters to encourage creative play.

Peppa Pig is an extremely popular children’s TV character and this playset based on the TV series is sure to be well received by most 3-year-old girls. As children begin to develop the ability to play imaginatively many of them prefer to role-play based on their own experience which this playset will allow them to do as it is based around the house, home and family life.

Including plenty of accessories, there are lots of opportunities for creative play and the development of vocabulary. Perfect for a 3-year-old who is a fan of Peppa Pig.

Pros
  • Based on popular Kids TV Characters
  • Encourages imaginative role-play
  • Comes with lots of accessories
  • Includes Peppa Pig family figures
Cons
  • Larger item; needs space to play and store

28. Brio World Farm Railway Set

Brio World Farm Railway Set

Why we like it: Train tracks are a classic toy for developing construction skills and imaginative play.

Train tracks are a timeless toy which don’t date or go out of fashion easily. Brio is an especially timeless brand, having made train track toys for many years. Brio’s sets are compatible with other train track sets so that play can be expanded as a child is given more sets and pieces.

The Brio World-Farm Railways set is an ideal starter train set with plenty of different pieces and a farm theme to add interest to play. Building train tracks supports construction and early engineering skills as well as encouraging imaginative play.

Pros
  • Timeless toy
  • Develops construction skills
  • Encourages imaginative play
  • Compatible with other train track sets
Cons
  • More expensive than other brands

29. Melissa & Doug Take-Along Show-Horse Stable

Melissa & Doug Take-Along Show-Horse Stable

Why we like it: Wooden toy designed to be taken along to playdates, with lovely small world figures for imaginative play.

This is a toy that is designed to be taken-along on all sorts of adventures. With a built-in carry handle the Melissa & Doug Take-Along Show-Horse Stable set is extremely portable and can move from room to room inside the house or taken along on playdates very easily. Made of wood, this stable represents an eco-friendlier alternative to all-plastic toys.

The Melissa & Doug Take-Along Show-Horse Stable encourages imaginative play and can be personalized with labels included to go over the horses’ stalls. Perfect for a little girl who likes small -world play or horses and horse-riding.

Pros
  • Wooden toy; more eco friendly
  • Carry handle; portable
  • Can be personalised; includes labels for the horses
  • Durable construction
  • Encourages imaginative play
Cons
  • Slightly larger item; may require a special storage spot

30. Baby Born Bath Toothcare Spa Baby Born Bath Toothcare Spa

Why we like it: Encourages self-care skills and extends play with toy dolls.

As playing with dolls is very popular with 3-year-old girls you may look for something to complement this interest and extend her play. The Baby Born Bath Toothcare Spa is ideal for this. A washbasin and mirror with plenty of accessories for brushing and looking after teeth, this is a great way to expand the usual types of play with dolls and promote nurturing behaviour.

The Baby Born Bath Toothcare Spa features lights and sounds to add interest to a 3-year-old girl’s play. It also encourages self-care skills and increases understanding of the importance of brushing teeth.

Pros
  • Extends play with toy dolls
  • Encourages self-care skills
  • Promotes nurturing behaviour
  • Lights and sounds
Cons
  • Requires batteries
  • Doll not included

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Final words

Imaginative play and the accompanying vocabulary required for storytelling, narration and giving speech to characters is one that is a heavy focus for many little girls around this age, hence their affinity for dolls, small figures and playsets.

However, you can see from the huge variety of toys and gifts included in this list that at 3-years-old most little girls are still relatively open to playing with a lot of different kinds of toys. All of the toys or gifts included here help to promote different kinds of development and encourage different skills. We hope that this list has been helpful as you look to choose a gift that suits the 3-year-old girl you are buying for.