Your 3-year-old loves to compare, organize, sort, and categorize—it’s their way of making sense of the world. When they were younger, they may have called all four-legged animals “dog” and anything circular “ball.” At age 3, their categorizations are getting more sophisticated, and they are likely beginning to notice differences in people.
Your child also may be starting to recognize numbers, patterns, sequences, and shapes. You can tell them that, just like stories and letters, math and numbers are all around them. Before, they may have recited numbers in order without knowing what each one signified. Now, they are beginning to understand that each number represents a quantity that can be counted.
The playthings, books, and learning toys in The Problem Solver Play Kit support your 3-year-old’s desire to categorize, and the increasingly complex way they understand the world and their place in it. Use these educational tools to invite your child to measure, count, mix colors, learn about people, take turns, and more.
The Problem Solver is accompanied, as always, by our Play Guide. It contains all our research, some helpful tips to keep in mind as you navigate new changes, and more at-home activity ideas.
The Problem Solver Play Kit
Turtle Hatch Game
Practice taking turns with a fun and collaborative board game
Montessori Math Bars & Number Tiles
Build math fundamentals visually with concrete objects to count, line up, and compare
Number Sense Nature Counters
Learn to count with 55 counters in 10 animal and nature characters
Size It Up Measuring Tape
Made just for them with a soft pull tab, push bottom, and exposure to both cm and in
Wooden Wobble Puzzle
Solve a STEM puzzle in three dimensions
Liquid Color Lab
Experiment with self-directed color blending with 6 test tubes, 2 water droppers, a bamboo towel set, and plenty of color tablets
‘Uncle Rob’s Pizza Party’ Book
A story featuring a loved one with a disability to help your child understand differences
Get Started Guide
Visual instructions for the Montessori Math Bars & Number Tiles and Number Sense Nature Counters for your independent 3-year-old
Play Guide for Months 43, 44, 45
Ways to play, expert tips, development information, and at-home activity ideas during months 43, 44, and 45
Add the Book Bundle
to The Problem Solver Play Kit
‘Measurement Day’ Hardcover Book
This is a story about conflict resolution and compromise as a brother and sister argue over a measuring tape found in the toy bin.
‘You Decide’ Hardcover Book
Children are learning that the decisions they make now can affect what happens next. This choose-your-own-path book helps your child make the connection between a choice and its consequence.
Learn about Book Bundles, more Lovevery stories for, and inspired by, your growing child.