9 Activities For 3-Year-Olds To Do By Themselves

9 Activities For 3-Year-Olds To Do By Themselves

1 Nov 2022 | 3 min Read

Manisha Pradhan

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Your three-year-old is slowly becoming an independent little human. Do they continue to want their parents to play with them? Absolutely! But if that isn’t possible for a short while, are they lost? No! They are more than eager to complete activities for 3-year-olds on their own, as long as they are given the opportunity.

There are many activities for 3-year-olds to do by themselves. Don’t worry about the mess they may create while doing some of these activities, all you need are some baby wipes to clean up the mess and their messy hands!

Tried-And-Tested Activities For 3-Year-Olds To Do By Themselves

Sort By Contour Or Palette:

Kids enjoy sorting. Additionally, it is a pastime that never gets old because of the number of ways it can be done. Arrange a collection of items and ask your three-year-old to arrange them according to colour, shape, size, or any other criteria. Toddlers can do it independently, and it helps develop their brains.


One of the best pastimes for three-year-olds is solving puzzles. They exercise not just their motor and intellectual abilities but also their problem-solving abilities. Your 3-year-old will be so engrossed in doing the puzzle without realising that they are working on important skills; problem-solving, memory, hand-eye coordination, and fine motor skills.


Children under three have incredibly vivid imaginations. Bring out the paper and rubber stamps to encourage creativity. Children enjoy stamping and can spend hours doing it. This activity is so popular with kids as it allows them to express their creativity and their artistic side at the same time. 

Construct With Blocks:

Block building is a fun hobby for toddlers and older children as well. This is all about improving hand-eye coordination and motor abilities. 

Activities For 3-Year-Olds

Scrap Boxes:

When on a trip to a playground or other special place, gather local treasures like glittering rocks or acorns. Take images of things they spot around like colourful leaves to print out and stick. Join your child to decorate an old container that will house their small toys and other collectables or even a stand for their pencils and colour pens. 

Chalk Drawing On Paper:

While it’s customary to only use chalk on the sidewalk or a blackboard, drawing on a piece of the black sheet will keep three-year-olds happily occupied. Because drawing on paper with chalk is unique compared to drawing on cement or a blackboard, it gives the colours a different appearance than they would on cement. This will keep three-year-olds occupied for a long time while they work independently on a project.

Bracelet Beads:

A three-year-old’s dexterity can be improved by getting some pearls and string out. Let them string colourful beads which you can later make into a bracelet or a necklace. Watch your toddler proudly wear their piece of art around.

Watch The Clouds:

This simple yet fun activity requires just a blanket or a rug for your child to lie down on. Go outdoors to the garden or a park and let your little one lie down and watch the clouds in the sky. You’ll be surprised at the different shapes your toddler will point out. 

Pipe Cleaners And Play-Doh Animals:

Three-year-olds love play-doh. Adding colourful pipe cleaners will be an interesting twist to play-doh. They can create animal figures or anything they like. The point is to encourage them to imagine. This is another fun activity for them to do on their own. 

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