Cool toys for 3-4 year olds for immediate play?
December 11, 2013 2:02 PM   Subscribe

What are some cool toys for a three and a half year old which I could open and would be really wondrous and cool immediately? He's in an astronaut phase and has a great imagination generally, but the toy does not have to be space-related. He already has a stomp rocket, so not that, but that's a good example of the kind of immediate-fun toy I'm thinking of. Thanks.
posted by shivohum to Shopping (17 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
 
Stickers and temporary tattoos. (For the last one you just need a washcloth and a sink handy.)
posted by phunniemee at 2:08 PM on December 11, 2013


Might be a bit young, but it says not for children under 3:
Airhog!
posted by Grither at 2:15 PM on December 11, 2013


The indoor analog to stomp rockets: squeeze rockets! Just keep them out of the kitchen while cooking.
posted by rouftop at 2:16 PM on December 11, 2013


Boomerang.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 2:18 PM on December 11, 2013


I think the answer is monster feet.
posted by rabidsegue at 2:19 PM on December 11, 2013


How about Lincoln Logs?
posted by XMLicious at 2:22 PM on December 11, 2013


A Bilibo might simulate a rocket ship ride.
posted by workerant at 2:25 PM on December 11, 2013


Lego obviously.
posted by turbid dahlia at 2:30 PM on December 11, 2013 [1 favorite]


If you're OK with him wearing it around the house 24/7 for weeks on end, an astronaut flight suit, boots, gloves, and/or space helmet.

If you're OK with him making a mess, silly string or crepe paper streamers.

If you're OK with him making noise, a tiny drum kit or Fisher-Price xylophone.

If you're OK with spending $130 (!!) on a playset, The Discovery Space Center Play Station.

Build-your-own monsters.

Remote-controlled car or helicopter.
posted by divined by radio at 2:41 PM on December 11, 2013


Old-fashioned wooden blocks
Magna-Tiles
Plastic corrugated tube toy (dirt cheap but lots of fun making noises when you expand it and when you twirl it).
posted by Dansaman at 2:43 PM on December 11, 2013


came to say "wooden blocks"
posted by Emperor SnooKloze at 2:48 PM on December 11, 2013


Go old school. Whoopie cushion.
posted by Mchelly at 3:02 PM on December 11, 2013


Hoberman sphere
posted by payoto at 3:07 PM on December 11, 2013


MagnaTiles are fun.


Might be a bit young, but it says not for children under 3:
Airhog!


What? Who gives toys with reviews like "BEWARE OF THIS TOY: SHOULD BE RENAMED SPINNING NINJA KNIVES OF DEATH" to a 3-year-old?
posted by belladonna at 3:29 PM on December 11, 2013


Kaleidoscope. I usually give books to little ones, but also want to give them something "shiny-cool" to immediately play with and so far a kaleidoscope (as the bow on the box) has been a hit.
posted by Swisstine at 4:07 PM on December 11, 2013


This gear set is totally awesome

Bonus: Duplos fit on the hub pegs
posted by thirteenkiller at 5:59 PM on December 11, 2013


Oh god, there are two kids at my son's preschool with flight suits. It is a battle to get them to take them off long enough to bathe. You will win.

The 3 year old in this house almost immediately likes playing with every toy he gets, so really almost anything will probably get a good reception. A recent huge winner was a paint-a-pumpkin kit; equivalent might be a big space-themed poster with its own paint set.

this tube full of space toys has been super worth it.

Along the line of stomp rockets would be a whirlybird or rubber-band-powered airplane (would add a link but my google-fu is failing me).

Magnatiles are wonderful but somewhat pricey.
posted by tchemgrrl at 7:07 PM on December 11, 2013


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