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to not have a bloody clue what to get DS for Christmas and birthday??

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Milkand2sugarsplease Sat 21-Nov-15 21:20:46

He'll be 3 next month! What do 3yr olds play with? He's growing out of his toddler stuff but I've no idea what to move on to. Everything seems themed - paw patrol, batman, Spider-Man etc etc. He's just started to watch the odd episode of paw patrol but j wouldn't say he's interested enough to go out and stock up on all the tat!! Please help....,

annandale Sat 21-Nov-15 21:22:21

Does the toddler stuff include Brio? We loved Brio.

Otherwise, Duplo. The Duplo fire engine was a truly magnificent Christmas present, we spent the whole of Christmas morning putting it together and it was a favoured plaything for a long time.

Cloppysow Sat 21-Nov-15 21:23:25

Mine loved the wooden train sets. I can remember what they're called, but they were great

KingJoffreyLikesJaffaCakes Sat 21-Nov-15 21:23:52

DS loved Brio at that age.

Also he had a toy keyboard he loved.

Cloppysow Sat 21-Nov-15 21:24:19

Brio is what its called. Years of fun.

SueGeneris Sat 21-Nov-15 21:24:26

We got a scuttlebug for DD when she was 3. Otherwise with both DCs the main things that have been popular are roadmat rug and toy cars, wooden train track and those big sets of different size /colour wooden bricks. DS still plays with those now and he will be 8 in March! They also both liked their toy farm and tractors.

strawberrie Sat 21-Nov-15 21:27:28

A fire station / farm- something to do small world play.
Floor puzzles
Dressing up kit - doesn't need to be character it could be pirate / doctor etc

DangerousBeanz Sat 21-Nov-15 21:27:57

Paw Patrol seems quite popular with littlies at the moment dd 5 and my mindees 4 and 3 are all mad on it. Brio or Big jigs wooden railways are always a winner, Happyland from ELC also good.

UnderTheF1oorboards Sat 21-Nov-15 21:28:48

ELC happyland playsets for imaginitive play, brio or bigjigs train set, anything from Orchard Games. A road-layout playmat or table.

Mine (2.9 and 4.11) have this and think it's tremendous.,default,pd.html#q=pirates%20%26%20ships

RatOnnaStick Sat 21-Nov-15 21:32:15

DS2 is 3 in early january. He likes trains and pretend cooking so Christmas is a small play kitchen and as he already has a mountain of wooden train stuff he will probably have some Thomas stuff for his birthday. No decisions til we see what his Christmas presents from others are though.

Has he got a scooter or a balance bike? That's a logical option.

TimeToMuskUp Sat 21-Nov-15 21:33:48

Playmobil! Tesco, Amazon and Argos do lots of Playmobil sets that are often reduced and they never seem to lose their appeal.

DS2 is almost 5 but had his first proper set at 3 and he plays with it constantly. Even DS1 (who is 10) loves it.

ThomasRichard Sat 21-Nov-15 21:35:42

You are a wicked woman KingJoffrey shock

Brio, Duplo, books, toy farm.

Milkand2sugarsplease Sat 21-Nov-15 21:36:45

Thanks for the ideas. I'm gonna look into brio

Duplo/mega Bloks he's really not fussed with. I'm hoping it'll come cos I wanna play Lego when he's older grin

Dressing up is a no go at the min. He wants to take it off within 5 mins, though I'm only going off the times we've been to fancy dress things and he's been the only one in civvies cos he wouldn't wear a costume unless it's bloody face paint which he'll quite happily ask for umpteen times a day

He has a bike which he got in summer (was grandparents Xmas pressie last year but we waited for the nice weather to get him something and it was a bike he wanted)

I'm gonna get sone more craft stuff which he loves. He loves stories too but I'm that obsessed with kids books he already has sooo many I don't think we need to add any more to his collection.

JenniferYellowHat1980 Sat 21-Nov-15 21:49:08

My 3yo DS had a tool bench for his birthday - wooden and £30 from Amazon. It's great. And cars - he loves them.

The fucking Chad Valley drumkit my DF and DSM got him - not by favourite grin

IShallCallYouSquishy Sat 21-Nov-15 21:53:33

DD is 3.6 and loves her wooden train track/trains. We have big jigs stuff plus she's getting some wooden Thomas and friends trains to go with it for Christmas.
Does he have scooter/bike?
Craft things?

katienana Sat 21-Nov-15 21:56:48

My ds is 3 and loves playmobil, duplo, wooden train set and character toys like fireman Sam and paw patrol. If we had space I'd get him a kitchen/shop/theatre type thing as he's getting into role play. Medical kit and tea set are also popular come to think of it. Play tent, aquadoodle, play doh.

BlueJug Sat 21-Nov-15 22:02:21

Also Brio - both DD and DS had it and played for years - DS 14 still sometimes does!!

I also loved it and we could play together or with friends. ELC do a cheaper version which was good for the basic bits.

Battery telephone with big buttons and noises. DS loved it. And fire engines!!

SingingSamosa Sat 21-Nov-15 23:33:00

My DS has just turned 4 but for his 3rd birthday he had the following:

Thomas Take and Play sets (for his existing trains)
Playmobil Fire Engine
Playmobil builder set
Builder's set (some little plastic tools, hi viz vest, hard hat and goggles)
Some JCB/Caterpillar diecast vehicles
Jigsaw puzzles
Gruffalo soft toys
A nice Joules hoody!

He still plays with all of them (his hoody is too small now though, sadly!) but his absolute favourite is the Playmobil fire engine though. On his Christmas list this year (dictated to his big sister) is the ladder unit fire engine and as he was leafing through an old Playmobil catalogue this evening, he heaved a great sigh and exclaimed rather wistfully, "I wish I had a fireman set." So It's still a big favourite!

SingingSamosa Sat 21-Nov-15 23:34:53

Oh, and he plays constantly on an old toy keyboard that one of my daughters had for their 3rd birthday one year. Every day he carts it about to whichever room I'm in, to serenade me with electronic muzak. It's delightful grin

redexpat Sun 22-Nov-15 07:22:32

not sure if your lidl is the same as ours but they have fake brio for less money.

Marble run. Scooter.

mrsm12 Sun 22-Nov-15 08:03:48

My ds is 3 next week and is getting an innotab and a paw patrol thing (although if he's not into it don't waste your money it's dear and crap!)
For Christmas he's getting a tool bench and dinosaurs. Would he like board games? Ds recently got hungry hippos and snap cards and he's loving them!

notquitehuman Sun 22-Nov-15 08:28:59

It's an awkward age to buy for, I agree. Anything train or car related seems to go down a treat. My DS got given a VTech Toot Toot garage and bloody loved it. It's also when they start getting really imaginative, and he loved playing with a baby doll that he could cuddle and pretend to feed. Playing toy shops is also very popular in our house, so you could get toy food etc.

Pranmasghost Sun 22-Nov-15 08:32:11

Brio train set played with by everyone from age 2 upwards. Even the teenagers enjoy 'helping' the little ones to build tracks of ever increasing complexity.

milkandmarmite Sun 22-Nov-15 08:37:35

My 3 year old DS is getting playmobil castle, for his 3rd birthday (sept) he got the fire engine which he adores.

He also got a farm shed with animals which is a big hit.

PiperIsTerrysChoclateOrange Sun 22-Nov-15 08:40:00

How about a toy kitchen.

I used to work in a nursery many years ago and found the home corner was used by many children.

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