It’s a few years since my daughter was a 3 year old, but the memories of her enjoying independent play and my eavesdropping on her playroom chats are happily fresh in my mind. Being 3 is all about playing, being curious, having fun and ‘more’ playing! – watch them get busy with these 21 handpicked activities for 3 year olds, from easy art projects to pretend play.

activities for 3 year olds pictured in collage with 8 different 3 year old activity ideas, text: 21 handpicked activities for 3yr olds - Kids Activities Blog
Let’s play some fun activities for 3 year olds!

Learning Activities for 3 Year Olds

FELT SHAPES BOARD

Activities for 3 year olds - felt activity inside of a cd box held by child
Keep all the Pieces in an Upcycled CD Case

A great quiet, calm-down activity to help engage little minds.

STYROFOAM FISHIES IN A CARDBOARD BOX AQUARIUM

cardboard box aquarium craft for kids with full white box aquarium with strings that can be moved to move the fish along with close ups of some of the fish details from Molly Moo

Making these creative little fishies is a really simple and fun craft “ perfect for home and the classroom. Decorate the inside of your shoe box with an ocean theme and then hang fish and sea life on fishing line that is connected at the top. See how those fishing line ends come through the top of the box and attach to wooden buttons for an extra ability to make a sea floor puppet show!

MOON SAND MAKING

activities for 3 year olds - moon sand recipe and play idea
Let’s Play with Moon Sand!

Brace yourselves because this is the most awesome activity – wonderful for sensory learning and the kids can get involved in making too. via laughingkidslearn

VELCRO DOT CRAFT STICKS

activities for 3 year olds - velcro popsicle sticks activity

Keep the kids busy while encoring creativity learning. via powerfulmothering

BUSY FINGERS BRACELETS

Practicing fine motor skills with beads. via Mom

Preschool Activities for 3 Year Olds

21 activities for 3 year olds on Kids Activities Blog

DIY T-SHIRTS

Kids love seeing their doodles explode with color
Just draw with sharpie markers, spray, air dry and wear. via kidsactivitiesblog

EVERYDAY CRAFTING FUN – 4 REALLY FUN IDEAS

With fruit loops, paper bags, packing peanuts and pipe cleaners – Oh how I love the packing peanut teeth!! via PinkStripeySocks

DIY TODDLER DOMINOS

Suuuuuper easie peasie made with craft sticks and sharpie markers. Place your sticks in a plastic bag until you’re ready to play again, and again and again! via PinkStripeySocks

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Things To Do With 3 Year Olds Indoors

SALT DOUGH MOSAIC TILES

Salt dough is such a versatile and fun material. You can never run out of activities to do with it. via  lifelessonplans

PRETEND PLAY CITY WITH PAPER BAGS

A simple way to create a pretend city for your child to act out their imaginative stories.

KID-DRAWN PLAY MAT

Roll of craft paper on the floor to make a big kid-drawn road and town as art and play - Kids Activities Blog
Super size this fun by using a roll of craft paper on the floor!

Make a super size family or classroom made floor play mat. Fun for all with a roll of craft paper, a packet of crayons and the kitchen floor! idea via mollymoocrafts

Crafts for 3 Year Olds with Glue

crafts for 3 year olds pictured - doll house, fish craft and painting glue craft - Kids Activities Blog
These crafts are perfect for 3 year olds!

YARN FAMILY PORTRAITS

Doodle a bald family on a piece of paper and let the kids get creative with yarn and a glue stick. Oh what fun! via PinkStripeySocks

TOILET ROLL DOLLS

Incredibly cute, and incredibly easy to make with just toilet rolls and scraps of fabric. Crafts that inspire play – my favorite type of crafts. via danyabanya

EGG CARTON RAFT

steps to make an egg carton raft or egg carton pirate ship with kids - Molly Moo Crafts
Let’s make a pirate raft out of egg cartons!

With egg cartons, lollipop sticks and a glue gun make a sturdy raft with a mast and crows nest for hours of imaginative play. via mollymoocrafts

FREE PRINTABLE OWL PAPER CRAFT

Don’t stop at one – make a whole little owl family. via kids activitiesblog

Painting Activities for 3 Year Olds

21 activities for 3 year olds on Kids Activities Blog

PAINTED STICK INSTRUMENTS

Kid painted sticks, decorated with yarn and a few beads and bells and your 3 year old will be making sweet music. via Naturestore

FIZZY PAINTING

Painting and science fun all in one. via taminglittlemonsters

VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR CRAFT

Mixed media arts and craft project for 3 year olds to make The Very Hungry Caterpillar craft shown here finished with scraps of paper and a paint palette - Kids Activities Blog

Make this really fun mixed media The Very Hungry Caterpillar project which is perfect for little hands. Read the book for a lovely afternoon.

Fun Food Activities for Three Year Olds

21 activities for 3 year olds on Kids Activities Blog

CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM PLAY DOUGH

This homemade play dough recipe can jumpstart that journey to owning their own ice cream shop, becoming an ice cream pastry chef. via kidsactivitiesblog

POTATO PRINT MONSTERS – FOR EVERYDAY FUN

5 examples of simple potato stamping with paint monster shapes embellished with googly eyes, moster hair and monster arms and legs - Molly Moo Crafts
Start with a potato stamp and turn it into a monster!

With some potatoes, paint, googly eyes and a few cotton buds you have all the necessary ingredients for creating goofy, scary or pretty monsters ¦ potato printing is fun in the kitchen. via mollymoocrafts

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Mess-Free Fun Things To Do With 3 Year Olds

CARDBOARD BUNNY LACING CARD

A simple cardboard bunny lacing card template to keep little hands busy and engaged.
via kidsactivitiesblog

fun activities for 3 year olds - 3 images in collage - painted sticks, puppet theater out of a shoe box and chocolate icecream playdough you can make at home.

Time to get your crafty pants on!
Michelle xx

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