Just yesterday she was toddling across the room to your arms; today she’s darting across the house on her tricycle faster than you can say, “outside toy!”  From playing make-believe and learning letters to squishing dough and riding bikes, three-year-olds are all about exploring, pretending, and creating. Take advantage of their natural curiosity, and check out our guide below to find out what’s cool for the “threenager” in your home.

Teddy Ruxpin

Any kid of the '80s will recognize this singing, talking bear as the toy that sold more than eight million units and inspired a 65-episode TV series. But the new millennium's Teddy has a few more tricks up his stuffed little sleeve than was available 25 years ago. While the original Ruxpin featured a motorized mouth and eyes and told stories through a rear-loading cassette system, today's Teddy features LCD eyes with more than 40 animated expressions, as well as touch sensors in the hands and vest that allow kids to start, pause and fast-forward through pre-loaded stories and songs. The bear includes three built-in stories with the option to purchase seven more through the included app.

A note about the age recommendation: The manufacturers say 2+ for Teddy but we think this toy will mesmerize kids most between 3 and 7. Younger tots will love the songs and watching Teddy's mouth and eyes move, while older kids will like the bedtime stories, which let kids can read along via the app.   

Available from wickedcooltoys.com, $99.99


What’s on your three-year-old’s list this season? Let us know in the comments!

—Melissa Heckscher




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