More of My Favorite Things

Rhett is three years old and I’m just loving how he interacts with his toys. He has had a lot of these toys since he was 2, but he is taking his imagination to a whole new level and it has been so fun (and hilarious) to witness. In the spirit of continuing My Favorite Things lists, I have created a new list of Rhett’s favorite toddler items. I hope you find something new to inspire your toddler or the perfect gift for your next birthday party.

Items and Gifts for Toddlers


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Kitchen & Pretend Food

Little Tikes Ultimate Cook KitchenEvery toddler needs a kitchen and some great food to go with it. Little Tikes Ultimate Cooks Kitchen should do the trick. Don’t forget to grab some (play) food from the Farmer’s Market.

Melissa and Doug Puzzles

M&D Under the Sea Puzzle

Melissa and Doug puzzles are the BEST.  Rhett loves the Alphabet Floor Train Puzzle and the Under the Sea Jigsaw Puzzle that is in a sturdy wooden frame.

Trains, Planes & Automobiles

Thomas Train

What would we ever do without our trains! Rhett plays with his trains for hours each day. Our train collection is vast and includes Train Sheds & Turntable, Tracks, Bridges, and of course Trains! Rhett has friends that love Construction Vehicles, Garbage Trucks, Fire Trucks, and Planes.

Sensory Play

Kinetic Sand

Sometimes I am just not in the mood to make slime, cloud dough or even dinner. These are the times that Play-Doh and Kinetic Sand come to the rescue. Rhett gets his sensory fix in while I plug in my crockpot. 


Peanut Butter and Cupcake

Rhett loves a variety of books and it’s impossible to pick his favorite. He tends to enjoy reading the same books for a week and then he’ll switch it up.  He really enjoys National Geographic Readers like Trains and Penguins. Some of his other go-tos are The Gruffalo, Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot, Peanut Butter and Cupcake, The Storm Whale, Click, Clack, Peep!, Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes, The Three Billy Goats Gruff and We’re Going on a Bear Hunt



Kids love to get on any wheels they can get their hands on and ride! In fact, Rhett will use his toy trains as skates and roll around the house. When you’re ready to get outside, a  Scooter, Trike, or Bike, is nice to have ready. Don’t forget your helmet!

Magnatiles & Magnaformers


I’m sure you’ve heard all about Magnatiles by now. Though they are a pretty penny, they offer such great engineering opportunities for kids and are incredibly durable. These Magnaformers are great too!

Pretend Play

Clean Up Pretend Play

I just love seeing how Rhett uses his imagination to create great games out of simple objects. Today he put a bunch of number tiles on a plate and made me a number cake. So precious! Some nice additions to add to the pretend play are Cash Registers, Doctor Kits, Around the House Toys, Tool Kits, Dress Up Clothes, and Tea Party Sets.



We have recently been developing a board game collection. He sometimes asks to play board games at night before going to sleep. We only a handful of board games, but I would have to say that he enjoys Zingo the most.

If you enjoyed this list, click on the photo below to see my favorites from newborn to 24 months.

A list of essential items for babies and toddlers. These items would make great gifts as well!

What are some of you favorite toddler items? Whether it’s rocks or Power Wheels, I’d love to hear from you!



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