what are the best toys for 3 years old boys to develop their imagination?

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Jennifer - posted on 03/16/2010

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My 6 year old and 4 year old boys have had the Imaginex castles and ships for a while and they still love to play with them. They come with men, animals, and cars. You can also buy extra things to go with them. They will play for hours with them using their imaginations! They are great toys for little boys!

Kari - posted on 03/16/2010

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my three yr old loves trucks/cars, drawing, trains and stuffed animals. anything that they can find to play with or you give them to play with helps with imagination. i would get my son a kitchen play set but my husband refuses, he says he can play with kitchen sets at friends or school but wont allow me to buy one for our house, very frustrating.

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My son didn't seem to play much w/imagination until he was into his 3s...before he played with cars but it was a drive & crash them kinda play, which doesn't seem very imaginative to me? But he'd watch some TV shows where the kids use pretend play and that helped a lot! Then I'd see him reinacting things he saw on TV... He likes to pretend play in costumes, with his kitchen, he has little smurf huts, w/his cars: he will take them to the hospital in his ambulance, or drive em around in his carrier truck... He'll pretend to be Emril cooking in his kitchen from watching Elmo's Magic Cookbook. He'll pretend to be a turtle using a laundry hamper like he saw on Caiou. He'll reinact smurf episodes w/his toys, or races w/his Cars diecast from his Cars movie...etc.

Brandi - posted on 03/15/2010

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same stuff as 3 year old girls. Play kitchens or clubhouses, tents, cars/trucks, empty cans, blocks, pencil and paper, crayons, paint and the like. Anything at all really. At 3, children's imagination will begin to run rampant. The best thing to do is to avoid toys that do too much of the play by themselves (things that move, light up, etc.) Instead choose toys that REQUIRE imagination to enjoy. Blocks don't do anything until you add some imagination. Play food and kitchens don't do much until you PRETEND to cook., Basic cars, trucks don't do anything until you DRIVE them. Pencils, pens, crayons, markers, paper, etc. are useless until a child decides what should be there. At 3 kids LOVE LOVE LOVE to play pretend, so suggest that the couch is a rocketship heading to mars or the recliner is a horse drawn carriage and see where his imagination takes him. Ask him to tell you stories about places he'd like to see (made up or actual). These are all fantastic ways to encourage a child's imagination. Good luck

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