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Best Gifts for 3-Year-Olds

Your 3-year-old is a complex person now, with thoughts, interests, and greater control of her body. She's also got a longer attention span, so she can focus on make-believe, games, craft projects, and more. Here, 13 great gifts for 3-year-olds that experts -- and kids -- love.
Treehouse Dollhouse

Why he'll love it: You may make the rules on your house, but kids love having a playhouse where they're in charge. Add some play figures, and watch your kids go to town making up scenes and stories.

Why experts love it: "Preschool kids are quick to take on pretend roles and situations, and a dollhouse lets them do this," says Adair. "It also helps build social skills." Says Briggs: "The multiple heights of a dollhouse also make it fun for more than one kid at a time."

Our pick: Here's a cool twist on the dollhouse concept: This towering wooden treehouse with a foliage canopy includes a working trap door, pulleys, and a hammock -- and is much less complicated than building one in the backyard.

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