Finding the right activities for 3 year olds should be easy… but it isn’t. This summer my daughter and I have had a lot of time to play. Extra time in fact because she decided when she turned 3 to give up naps.

With her brother home from school for the summer, my attempts at forcing the issue have been met with refusal. I am going to try again in a month when her brother returns to school but in the meantime, she has quiet time, earlier bedtimes and lots of simple activities like these peppered throughout the day.

For more specific games for 3 year olds check out our post here with our favorites!   If you have a younger child check out our similar list of 75 TV Free Activities For Toddlers. These activities for 3 year olds have been the bulk of what we’ve done this summer. Big projects are fun but day in and day out this is what we do.

If you are a 3 year old teacher or a parent homeschooling preschool you must check out my fun and flexible preschool curriculum units here. 

Playdough with dry spaghetti. Fill a table with  books and read, read, read. Doodle with smelly markers on cardboard from your recycle bin. Play doctor with dolls. Take a walk and hunt for colors. Play with puzzles. Look at family photos together. Create with peel and stick jewels. Read through catalogs. Build a fort.

Play eye spy with favorite book. Eat lunch outside. Play in a box. Paint with watercolors. Play with stickers. Play sports in the yard. Play-Doh and sequins. Play The Cupcake Game. Play Simon Says. Make a balance beam out of painter’s tape and walk it! Play in a kiddie pool. Color with Color Wonder markers and coloring sheets. Water some plants Play with Magic Nuudles. Play with Play-Doh and Duplo together.