This $20 Customizable Doodle Bear Is the Perfect Gift for 3-Year-Old Girls

This  Customizable Doodle Bear Is the Perfect Gift for 3-Year-Old Girls

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When shopping for the best toys and gifts for 3-year-old girls, you should consider their interests and the educational goals you set for them. By the time kids are 3 years old, they’re probably going to preschool for the first time — or are gearing up for their first school days — and are picking up even more social and learning skills. Many of the toys below will help them develop skills across a wide range of categories, from science and math to hand-eye coordination and strategy. From toys that encourage pretend play to STEM toys and educational toys, we have suggestions for every kind of gift you need. (There’s even a coding robot here!)

In order to find the absolute best gifts for kids, the Good Housekeeping Institute regularly tests hundreds of toys for safety, quality, and functionality — we even bring in kid testers help decide which ones make the cut! That means you can trust that these toys are actually worth buying. (Many of them are even 2020 Good Housekeeping Toy Award winners.) These were the ones that rose to the top, and best rated by kids, parents and experts.

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These are the best toys and gifts for 3-year-old girls:

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Fun Board Game for 3-Year-Olds

My First Rush Hour

Think Fun
amazon.com

$23.99

The object of this game is to complete the traffic-based puzzle mazes on the 30 challenge cards. She’ll have a fun time figuring out how to move the pieces to untangle the traffic jam, and she’ll work on her logic and reasoning skills at the same time. Ages 3+

Good Housekeeping 2020 Toy Award Winner

Blume Petal Pets

Skyrocket
amazon.com

$14.99

For an animal twist on the collectible trend, these fun friends «bloom» out of a pot when you add water. Kids can collect all the surprise animals, including kitties, puppies, dragons, lions, elephants and unicorns, and wear, trade, or share the charm bracelets they come with. They can also be put into the pot and bloom all over again. Ages 3+

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Best STEM Toy for 3-Year-Old Girls

Code ‘n Learn Kinderbot

Fisher-Price
amazon.com

$59.99

If you’re looking for a more educational toy for your child, this coding robot is the one. It’ll teach them the basics of coding and engineering, all while brushing up on colors, letters, shapes, and more. This educational toy will help them learn all kinds of skills, like math, science, strategy and hand-eye coordination. Plus, with the free coding setting, kids can program the Kinderbot’s movements and designs. Ages 3+ 

Good Housekeeping 2020 Toy Award Winner

Under-the-Sea Mermaid Palace

Lakeshore
lakeshorelearning.com

$49.99

Kids can imagine a life under the sea with this luxurious mermaid palace. It comes with a slide, a bedroom with seashell vanity and clamshell bed, a royal throne and three mermaid figures. Ages 3+

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KidKraft Amazon Alexa 2-in-1 Kitchen & Market

KidKraft
amazon.com

$299.99

This playset has two modes of play: One side is a kitchen set, and spin it around and you’ll find a grocery store. The best part is that it links up with the Amazon Echo: Alexa can lead kids through recipes, and make appropriate sound effects when ingredients are added to the pots. Ages 3+

Colorama Board Game

Ravensburger
amazon.com

This fun board game helps children develop their basic color and shape skills. She has to roll the die, which tell her to find the matching piece and place it on the game board. The game ends when each piece is placed and all colorful shapes are revealed. Ages 3+

Good Housekeeping 2020 Toy Award Winner

Barbie Breathe With Me Meditation Doll

This Barbie comes with extra articulation to do all those yoga poses, and, if you press the button in her necklace, she’ll guide kids through one of five guided meditation exercises. She also comes with friends that embody different emotions, so kids can practice identifying their feelings. Ages 3+

Large Horse Stable with House

Schleich
amazon.com
$129.99

$114.17 (12% off)

As part of Schleich’s Horse Club, this set completely sets the scene with its elaborate house and stable. Our experts were impressed by how well-constructed it was — even though it’s made of plastic, it’s sturdy and doesn’t feel cheap. Plus, all of the figurines are completely hand-painted, and parts of the house move around so your kid can customize it to their liking. Don’t forget to buy extra horses! Ages 3+

Ariel Music & Lights Vanity

If your little princess is obsessed with all things Disney, then she’ll love this clam shell vanity set that lights up and plays The Little Mermaid‘s famed song, «Under the Sea.» When she opens up the vanity, Sebastian rises up and spins around. The set includes 15 different hair and beauty tools (that can be stored in the vanity’s drawer) so she can pretend to put makeup on! Ages 3+

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Good Housekeeping 2020 Toy Award Winner

Paw Patrol Dino Rescue Patroller

With oversized, all-terrain wheels, this Paw Patrol vehicle — the first one to come motorized — is ready for dino adventures! It coms with a Chase, a Tyrannosaurus Rex and two projectiles to keep the dinos in line. Ages 3+

Best Toy for Fine Motor Skills

Stacking Peg Board Set

This peg board set helps your toddler with so many skills in one toy: stacking the pegs works on fine motor skills and arranging them (by number, shape or patterns) works on counting and sorting. The pegs themselves are still big enough for little hands to grip. Plus, the set comes with a storage bag that fits all of the boards and pegs. Ages 3+

Wooden Get Well Doctor Activity Center

The best part about buying this toy for your kids? By pretending to be a doctor, you can hope that they’ll be less afraid of the real doctor’s office. This wooden play set comes with a waiting room, exam room and a check-in area so your kid can familiarize themselves with all aspects of going to a doctor’s appointment. With this gift, your 3-year-old girl can pretend to fill out your patient file and take your blood pressure. Ages 3+

Silly Spaghetti

Now kids will definitely want to play with their food: Preschoolers can twist the strands of the spaghetti into different shapes, then clip on additional ingredients to make faces. The set comes with 13 pieces total. Ages 3+

On-the-Go Wallet

Fisher-Price
walmart.com

$12.42

If your 3-year-old girl is always reaching into your purse, this realistic wallet will give her something much safer to grab and play with next time. The set comes with a key, phone, watch and three credit cards that all tuck right into the wallet for easy storage. She’ll love pretending to take phone calls and paying for purchases just like Mom and Dad. Ages 3+

Best Sensory Toy for 3-Year-Old Girls

Mad Mattr Super-Soft Modeling Dough

Relevant Play
amazon.com

$9.99

Kids can stretch and squish this dough into any shape with this unique modeling kit. The Mad Mattr, a.k.a. soft modeling dough that won’t dry out, comes in a bunch of different colors so they can get as creative as possible with their animals and people. Parents will love it too: It’s easy to clean up and it won’t stain! Ages 3+

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Mr. Potato Head Movin’ Lips

Mr. Potato Head
amazon.com

$23.24

In our 2019 testing, this talking, singing version of the classic Mr. Potato head was a favorite for kids and adults. It includes two different set of lips, along eight more pieces — and most of the parts can also work with other Mr. Potato Head toys. If you take the lips off of the Potato Head body, instead of talking, the toy mumbles. Ages 3+

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Fun STEM Toy for 3-Year-Old Girls

Little Genius Starter Kit for iPad

When paired with an iPad, this set turns your kid’s tablet into an educational toy. It’ll teach them how to practice their ABC’s and form letters and shapes with the little silicone sticks, while other fun games will help them dress and feed a character. You can even add on additional games (like a mystery or pizza-making game) while purchasing for even more fun activities. Ages 3+

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Butterbean’s Cafe Table Top Kitchen

Fisher-Price
amazon.com

$36.09

With this toy, your little girl can re-enact their favorite scenes from the show Butterbean’s Cafe. You can watch them «bake» sweet treats like cupcakes, pies, or cookies out of the glittery dough. They can even press a button to make the oven light up and play songs from the show. Bonus: It comes with an 11-inch fairy doll! Ages 3+

Dinosaurs Bucket

Terra by Battat
amazon.com

$10.99

Bianca City Life Dollhouse

KidKraft
walmart.com

$179.97

Dollhouses are perfect for pretend play because there are tons opportunities for kids to use their imagination. This toy comes with 26 accessories, a sticker sheet, and a picture frame that fits a real mini-size Polaroid! Since this one expands upward (it has four stories), it takes up less floor space. Just like in a city, the street level has shops while the rest of the floors make up the apartment. Ages 3+

Princess Cupcake Jones Plush Doll

Princess Cupcake Jones Plush Doll
princesscupcakejones.com

$44.99

Smart Sizzlin’ BBQ Grill

LeapFrog
amazon.com

$50.57

This interactive BBQ set is a perfect way to get kids hands-on experience with numbers, colors and role play. They can adjust the temperature dial, hear sizzling sounds and pretend to cook hot dogs, corn and more on the grill. When your child puts food on the skewers and places them on the grill, it’ll talk about the color or say a number for the heat setting. The set includes all your 3-year-old girl needs to pretend to grill: nine pieces of food, tongs, two plates, two forks, a spatula and a sauce bottle. Ages 2+

Cute Educational Toy for 3-Year-Old Girls

Alphabet Affirmation Flash Cards

D Darlyng & Co.
amazon.com

Kids can practice the ABCs and also get a boost of positive energy: These flash cards feature affirming messages like, «A is for Amazing. You are amazing.» It’ll make them happy to go through the alphabet again and again. Ages 3+

Kennedy Doll

Positively Perfect
walmart.com

$46.98

Give your bookworm a friend to match. Kennedy, with her cool glasses, hip denim jacket and pink skirt, loves to read and learn. The 18″ cutie is part of the Positively Perfect line of dolls, which aims to promote self-love in girls. Ages 3+

Tool Set

Little builders will love playing with the 15 tools included in this set, which comes with a Phillips screwdriver, a flat screwdriver, a hammer, a saw, a wrench, pliers, two two-hole connectors, two nails, two bolts, two nuts and a tool box to put it all in. Parents will love that it’s all made from recycled, dishwasher-safe plastic, too. Ages 2+

CASDON Replica Dyson Ball Vacuum Toy

CASDON
amazon.com

Your toddler is a mini-me to begin with, so why not give your little one a Dyson-style vacuum to help clean the house? Kids love how the colorful balls swirl around as the cyclone works it magic. This toy replica is so realistic, it even has enough real suction to pick up small pieces of paper, which you can empty through a removable dustbin in the back. Ages 3+

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