Our top 5 toys for toddlers 3 to 4 years for 2018

Creative parenting expert Nikki Bush recommeds these toys for your three- to four-year-old.


Nikki Bush publishes her sought-after Toy Talk list every November. She and fellow Toy Talk judge, Justine Heydra, research the market for items that are educationally sound, age appropriate, fun and value for money. Nikki and Justine are the longest-standing toy judges in South Africa and have developed educational games and toys for brands like Barney, Barbie and Thomas and Friends.

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They recommend these toys for toddlers 3 to 4 years-old:

Magformers My First 30-piece set (3D Brain Training) | R799

Available at Hamleys, Toys R Us and raru.co.za

This is a brilliant first magnetic construction set that takes your child’s play from 2D to 3D. Create a flat, net-like pattern, then use the unique pull-up building technique to create towers, houses, the magic ball and more. Your child will also learn how to match shapes and colours in the cute accompanying play book. Compatible with other Magformers sets.

My First Magformers 30 Piece Set1


Bath Stories (Tiger Tribe) | R336.65

Available at Play Toys and ohcrikey.co.za

These beautifully illustrated mix-and-match bath puzzle pieces encourage children to create endless stories while soaking up quality time in the bath. Stick the bath characters on the side of the bath or tiles and store them in the cute bath-shaped plastic container with drainage holes and suction cups for handy drip-dry storage. Themes include pirates, farm and jungle.

Mermaid Bath Stories -Tiger Tribe

Bingo Nimo (Djeco) | R250

Available at independent toy stores and takealot.com

Bingo Nimo is a fun first game. Collect all five of the matching pieces to fit into the animal frame by taking turns to throw the colour dice. The winner is the first player to collect all the parts needed to complete their animal.

Djeco Bingo Nimo

Fresh Mart Grocery Store (Melissa & Doug) | R2 999

Available at Toys R Us and takealot.com

This is a beautifully crafted high-quality grocery store. It’s a free-standing piece of furniture that will enable children to play “shop-shop”. Customers can browse the shelves (you can purchase beautiful sets of grocery products and “fresh produce” to fill them) and the grocer gets to ring up the items at the till using realistic features like a beeping scanner, a hand-cranked conveyor belt, a credit-card machine, calculator, and a cash drawer. Fantasy play on steroids!

Melissa & Doug Fresh Mart Grocery Store

Wooden Magnetic Picture Game (Melissa & Doug) | R270

Available at independent toy stores and takealot.com

Fun, portable, magnetic play. Fit a large background scene (farm, backyard, school and town) on the magnetic game board, choose one of the small suggestion cards with the same background, then find and place the magnets that match the suggested picture. This set includes 119 wooden magnets, two double-sided background cards, four double-sided suggestion cards, and a magnetic game board that stands up in a sturdy wooden storage case with a handle. Your child’s fine-motor, copying, colour recognition, problem solving and matching skills will be stimulated.

Melissa & Doug Wooden Magnetic Picture Game

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