R.B. asks from San Antonio, TX on October 06, 2006
Gift Ideas for 3 Year Old Boy
i wanted to get some suggestions about gifts for my son's upcoming birthday for myself and the guests. people have been nice enough to ask me what to bring and i would like to give them some concrete answers.
now he's pretty much all boy so he is obsessed with cars, trucks, trains and everything that falls into that category. but he also loves sticker books, which he has several of already, puzzles, has those too, art, anything that has to do with the alphabet and numbers, the computer, books, which he has tons of, and being outdoors.
some ideas that i already have are: thomas trains, bike with training wheels, vrtech electronic alphabet book, go to build a bear, anything to do with clifford cause he loves him, small basketball hoop in his room ..... and then i draw a blank.
i really want something he will use and learn something new from. i just don't want to end up with a whole bunch of more toy cars to add to the million that we already have riddling the house.
J.M. answers from San Antonio on October 09, 2006
How about Lincoln Logs? Seems everyone forgets they are still around :-) My son (4 yr old) received some last year for Christmas and begged for them for his birthday. Also, it's a great way to get dad and son together to build!
J.L. answers from Baton Rouge on October 08, 2006
K.E. answers from Anchorage on October 07, 2006
Color Wonder things by Crayola are great because he can color or paint at will and it doesn't get all over everything. My favorites are the "finger paints" and the plain paper. The markers are good to. The coloring books are a little annoying because the colors only show up inside the lines and most toddlers I know don't care about that. The supplies are relatively inexpensive and definitly easier and less headache than cleaning finger paints out of the carpet. I got some for my nephews at Christmas and they love it.
M.F. answers from Houston on October 07, 2006
I was in your same place exactly one year ago when my little one turned 3. I decided to ask for gift cards to places like chick-a-fila, movies, petting zoos jump zones ect. Tickets to upcoming thomas the train shows/events, blues clues ect. Year memberships to Houston zoo, water park ect. Basically i decided to ask that people give my child experiences and the idea worked out wonderfully. My house is less cluttered and we have had a busy year filled with FUN new experiences we may never have been able to afford all on our own. hope this helps
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D.W. answers from Killeen on October 07, 2006
A.W. answers from Baton Rouge on October 06, 2006
I bought my 3 year old nephew one of those "go fishing" games. It used to be magnetic, where you have a fishing pole and a string, and you try to catch as many of your color fish as you can while they open and close their mouths. I got it from Wal-Mart.
M.S. answers from Lafayette on October 31, 2006
I have a 4 year old girl who is totally obssesed with Dora. so for her 4th birthday, i got the help of family and friends and turned her bedroom into a Dora haven. she has everything ever made by Dora. from the TV to the DVD player, CD radio, clock, lamp, bedding, curtains, clothes, dolls, games, posters, videos (probably everyone ever made). she loved it. its all stuff she can use to decorate her room and this way, u dont' have to shell out to redecorate his room. if he has a totally favorite character go with that.
also, last christmas i got her a V-Tech learning system which is totally awesome for kids to learn, its video games that are educational and she loves them.
L. answers from New Orleans on October 09, 2006
Just a couple of suggestions. First, it is incredibly rude to ask people to give money as a gift. If they offer, then a college fund is great. But soliciting funds for your child is down right greedy and very poor manners -- it is your job as a parent to fund your child's education, etc...
Second, my son turned 3 in July. We had a small party, which cut down on the clutter that unwanted toys produce. He received (and loves) books, tractors, and trains -- especially books about tractors and trains. He has a sit-n-spin, and likes it a lot. He also has the big legos and LOVES them, always building houses and incorporates them with his train stuff. He also enjoys his trike -- he's not ready quite yet for a bike with training wheels (maybe next year).
Have fun, and good luck!
C.A. answers from New Orleans on October 07, 2006
i think books are always a good idea. if you want him to think of reading as more than a chore, it may be wise to make it an exciting ritual now. you may also want to consider things that promote creativity, for instance, markers that only mark on paper, or a coloring book. inspire him to imagine!
N.C. answers from Washington DC on October 07, 2006
Try telling them to go to the Lakeshore learning store. Everything in there is educational and it is all very cool.
M.M. answers from Killeen on October 07, 2006
Hi...my son turned 3 this last April and he is just about the same as your son. Anything that has an engine he loves!!! I think a bike is a wonderful idea also. It gets them outside and sooner or later he'll learn to ride without training wheels. Also book about trucks and trains, etc are great because it is a subject he is interested in but at the same time it is quality time with him and a learning tool.