Activities for 3 Year Old

Three year olds are curious, active – at least mine seem to have an endless supply of energy.     They are beginning to make comparisons and differentiate patterns, colors and love to play pretend.   Here are just a few of our favorite three year old activities.   These activities were gleaned in part from from our weekly kids meme, It’s Playtime.

.preschool color hunt gamePreschool Color Activities

Go on a color hunt through your house.   Seek out items that are all the same color.   This is a great clean-up activity.

Play with paint.   Tinkerlab blew the paint around the page with straws with her kids.   My three years olds loved this activity.

Make a stamping “wheel” with an old packing tape roll and foam stickers.

Dye pasta with food coloring and rubbing alcohol.   Kids love to make dimensional collages with the colored pasta.

Practice picking up pom-poms with tongs and play a matching game putting them into muffin tins (via Crayon Freckles).


fizzing sidewalk paintPotions Games for PreschoolersCreate a batch of fizzing sidewalk paint.   Enjoy watching your sidewalk bubble as you spray it off with vinegar.

Have fun “cooking” in an outdoor-mud-kitchen.   Pepperpaints had fun making muffins with her girls.

Oobleck is a mixture of cornstarch and water.   It has a consistency that is both solid and liquid, and can make great prints (via The Imagination Tree)

Goop.   We have a favorite recipe, and Mossy does too!   We love slimy goop!

Home Adventurer had fun emptying out expired items from her fridge and with some food dye had fun creating potions with her kids.

exercise activities for three year olds Physical movement for kidsGet physical.   Our boys just love using bands to help contain them and provide resistance as they run.   Great activity for developing team skills.

Hopscotch is a long-time favorite activity.   Here are easy to follow instructions on how to make your own hopscotch rug.

Stretchies are also great for independent exercise and stretches.   The girls at Making Stuff had fun with these homemade stretchy bands.

This is on our to-do list.   Make a giant bubble for your kids to play in – it looks like so much fun! (via Play at Home Mom)

Have leftover chewed on pool noodles?   Give them new life this fall/winter and use them as bats in a game of balloon batting.

Like this post but are looking for activities for other age groups of kids? Check out our other age sets:

Activities for One Year Olds

Activities for Two Year Olds

Activities for Three Year Olds

Activities for Four Year Olds

Activities for Five Year Olds


  1. YAY! super list with great activities to explore and do. Thanks for putting it together and serve the playcommunity!
    Lovely greetings, Angelique

  2. What a great list! As a mom of a 3 year old I can’t wait to try many of these!

  3. Love the ideas! My last child still at home this year is a 3 year old. I’ve been looking for some fun activities to do just with him.

  4. thanks so much for showing my math with tongs post! such an honor to be featured at your great site!

  5. Great list of ideas! I especially love the home made roller stamp thing!

  6. Loved this list… I shared it along with your blog on my Sunday Blog Share today. Thanks for all of the great ideas you always share! I am so impressed with all that you are involved with and how actively you help other bloggers too. Thank you!

  7. What a creative list of ideas! I think the balloon batting with pool noodles idea will be a huge hit at my home! 🙂 Can’t wait to do this with my daughter and her friends…

  8. Hey, couple of links are broken – the link to Tinkerlab’s play with paint and the page on hopscotch rug. Just thought I’d let you know so you can fix them.

  9. Rashmie – Thanks bunches for the heads up! I fixed the broken links (except for the one post which had been taken down, but it’s now linking to similar content on her site). I really appreciate your help – bringing this to our attention! You rock!

  10. Fun with kids Activities says:

    There are lots of activities for 3 year kids. In this stage the kids mind has been clean so you can teach and develop their blooming language abilities through books, games, songs, science, and art activities and also teach your kids Love, trust and respect for family members or others.
    Fun With Kids Activities

  11. Hi there, these are sure fun activities. I am a working Mom and my kids stay at her grandmother’s place after school. I have a 3 year old daughter and 10 month old boy. I would like to know of some activities which are mess free and my 3 year old can do without my presence. After all its Granny’s place, they can’t be messy and v much noisy. Please help. Thanks.

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  13. Hi,

    I have a 3yr old beautiful baby girl & a 12day baby girl…
    My older daughter (Isabelle) is bored sitting at home – I have taken a months off from work. I have no idea how to engage & spend time with her. while her mom cant spend time since is has to feed Emelia, i dont want her to get a feeling that we are neglecting her.

    Can someone help me out with a list of games or activities i can do with her.



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  15. ariana debson says:

    thanks! loved the tape roll paint thing. wanna see if my little sis. would like to do it! she totally loves drawing, coloring, painting, writing, making a car wash, collecting leaves, climb short trees, and build bird nests with string and sticks and grass, which i help her with! its really fun!!! ANYONE WHO IS READING THIS, I HOPE U ALL LIKE THEM AND TRY THEM OUT!!!
    i love the balloon thing too! oh and im fifteen 😀

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