“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates’ loot on Treasure Island.” – Walt Disney
3 seems to be a magical age in the life of children. Yes, there are tantrums and potty training and limit pushing. But, this is the age of imagination and fantasy. The changes I have seen in my littlest child in the past couple of weeks are astounding. He is inquisitive, funny and his creativity is really coming alive. I’m not a big believer in plastic toys with all the bells and whistles (ugh. my poor ears can’t handle it!) As I prepared for C’s big 3 birthday, I looked for items that would foster his new love of imagination and learning in unique ways. Of course…I also bought him some books! Below are my favorite book and gifts for 3-year-old boys or girls.
Wonderwooden Innovative Wooden City Skyline Glow Blocks //CityBlock by Christopher Franceschelli (click for review) // Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt // The Sneaky Squirrel Game // Iggy Peck Architect by Andrea Beaty // Magformers //Secret Tree Fort by Brianne Farley // Imaginarium Forest Friends Treehouse //The Circus Ship by Chris van Dusen //Janod Story Box Circus
- Wonderwooden Innovative Wooden City Skyline Glow Blocks allows little ones to construct a city of their own and recreate scenes from CityBlock by Christopher Franceschelli.
- Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt is the delightful tale of a neurotic squirrel. After reading it, my boys became obsessed with squirrels so The Sneaky Squirrel Game is a favorite in our house.
- In Iggy Peck Architect by Andrea Beaty, Iggy constructs buildings out of pies, fruit, and dirty diapers. For less messy fun, Magformers allow your little architects to build new creations over and over again.
- Secret Tree Fort by Brianne Farley explores the wonders of life in a tree and Imaginarium Forest Friends Treehouse will let your little ones explore their own treehouse adventures.
- The Circus Ship by Chris van Dusen is an absolute joy to read. The illustrations are gorgeous and slightly retro, much like the little wooden figures in the Janod Story Box Circus. The cars on this set work really will with wooden track sets too!