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Out of all of our gift guides, I found this one was the easiest to put together. Young boys aren’t too hard to please and since I have two of them, with the help of my friends, we put together a killer list of ideas. Similar to our Girls 3-5 Year Old Gift Guide, most of these toys will make boys or girls happy!
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Kwik Stix Solid Tempera Paint Set
My boys have LOVED these for years and years! They’ve made lemonade stand signs, artwork, banners and more with them. Mama loves them because they aren’t messy. No cups, smocks, water or brushes required.
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I know these are a bit pricy but kids love them and use them over and over again. I got some of these for my crew years ago and they still get pulled out to play with. They use them both inside and outside and they can be used for almost any age!
If my kids were younger, I’d for sure be snatching this up.
Sort, stack and sequence. Kids can try to build what is shown on the cards or create their own designs. It will foster their creativity and fine motor skill development.
Melissa & Doug Toy Keys and Cars Wooden Rescue Vehicles and Garage
I know my preschooler is going to love this!
The show Bluey is all the rage with this age. If you’re kiddo is a fan, then these figurines will be a hit!
Take Apart Dinosaur
Dinosaurs and tools. This is an instant hit for any dino loving boy.
Don’t Break the Ice
I genuinely enjoy playing this with my kids! Both of my boys LOVE this game.
Green Toys Car Carrier
BPA free, dishwasher safe and durable. Not only are these trucks built to last, but they are a huge hit with this age.
Hungry Hungry Hippos Dino Edition
A new take on this classic kid favorite!
Alphabet Train Puzzle
This is one of the few puzzles that has lasted through all three of my kids. They LOVE to put the alphabet together and it’s super long which is fun for kids.
My boys had so much fun with this when they were younger. They can play with them on their own and have a lot of fun seeing how high they can shoot their rockets up in the sky. Make sure you don’t do them next to the house though. They can get stuck on the roof!
Jumbo Coloring Pads
I LOVE LOVE LOVE these. I have given them as birthday gifts and have even bought them a second time for my family. The pages are large, thick, and white. Every child of mine 4-9 still loves them. They also have girl versions if you have a preschool-aged girl.
This is just a MUST for this age. I like to spread it out on aand let them play with it on that. It’s not messy like regular sand either. We have pretty much had Kinetic Sand in my home for the last 8 years!
Bubble Leaf Blower with Solution
One of the best bubble machines we’ve found. It doesn’t leak!
On a last minute whim, I got these for my kids when they were youngsters and they were the Christmas morning favorite! Perfect for snow, beach or even just digging in the dirt. (Obviously for the older end of this age group.)
$25 – $50
So simple but so fun! Stomp and catch board teaches coordination, but best of all your little will get lots of exercise!
This age LOVES puzzles. Crocodile Creek is a great brand to go with. Beautifully designed and high quality floor puzzles are always a win for preschoolers!
Bubble Lawn Mower
I have yet to meet a kid that doesn’t love this. For sure an outside toy though!
Duplo Train Set
This was one of my 3-year-old’s favorite gifts last year. He has played with it all year long. It’s battery operated and has lots of tricks it can do.
Pigeon Series: Mo Williams Books
My kids loved (and still love) pretty much any book by Mo Williams. His characters are endearing and kids love the story lines. This bundle of Pigeon Books would be a great gift. Another personal favorite is The Itchy Book.
A neighborhood favorite. Kids young and small love this toy! Every time someone sees my kids riding this, I get asked where it’s from.
Firetruck Pop-Up Play House
I am getting one of these for my little guy this year. I love that when stored, it isn’t a space hog either! I’ll probably get the matching fireman gear too.
Dig a Dozen Dino Eggs
Kids love these. Just be sure to do them outside!
Bugs in the Kitchen Game
My 4-year-old loves this game! It comes with a special edition hexbug that runs through the maze while the players try to trap the bug. For 2-4 players, this one is a family game night win!
$50 – $100
I think this is Amazon’s best kept secret. Attach it to a simple box fan and a large fort is blown up in seconds! Such a great alternative to the big mess forts can make!
Fisher Price B.B. Hoopster
This is not your ordinary kid hoop. Upping the game, the electric base moves around to challenge skill. This is one toy you might enjoy every bit as much as your kids.
Wooden Wobble Board
Featuring a safe space for your little one fingers on all the sides. A perfect alternative to channel energy and exercise. Watch them discover new possibilities everyday. As a wobble toy, wooden slide, teeter popper, racetrack, rocker toy, bridge, and more.
Available in 13 colors, the highest-rated scooter on Amazon, and a good price for all the use you’ll get from it.
Melissa & Doug Wooden Train Set
Great for pretend play. I love that this can grow with your kids too. Ask family members for additional pieces!
My kids play with these almost daily. It’s a big-ticket item so it might be best to ask a grandparent for it. Another great toy that can grow with your kids.
Step2 Up & Down Roller Coaster
Be the envy of every play-date with this fun roller coaster. If you have the space, this can go indoor or outdoor and easily breaks apart for storage.
Strider Balance Bike
This age group loves the freedom of their own ride, and a balance bike is the perfect trainer for learning to ride and stride.
Action Air Bounce House Castle With Slide
A big-ticket item but SO worth the money!
Good News of Great Joy
A simple, weekly Advent devotional that’s intended to help your family focus on the story of Jesus’ birth.
The discussion questions and wide range of fun activities are designed for children ages 2-11.
Each weekly activity focuses on a different aspect of the Christmas story.