Are you looking for a great toy for your 3-year-old with autism? With so many therapeutic toys on the market, finding the right one for your special needs child can prove to be challenging. Fun and Function has put together a list of the best toys for autistic 3-year-olds, handpicked by our experts and top-rated by experts in the industry.


Mega Weighted Lap Pad: If your child gets fidgety frequently, the Mega Weighted Lap Pad is the perfect toy! This blanket has a multitude of uses. It is small enough to be used as a lap pad, but also can be used as a mini blanket that provides weight through the back, trunk and hips. Many parents of autistic children understand the importance of a lap pad - they have a soothing and therapeutic effect on children, and help them to calm down when they feel overwhelmed. The Mega Weighted Lap Pad is special because one side is covered in a soft and comfortable fleece, while the other is made of a breathable mesh, offering two different sensations for your 3-year-old to explore.

Air-Lite Barrel Roll: This inflatable, tubular toy is ideal for kids with a big imagination. It encourages vestibular learning as well as spatial awareness of in, out, over and under. The Air-Lite Barrel Roll is perfect for a variety of activities, including reading and talking. The small diameter of the barrel roll makes it ideal for fitting into small play areas or bedrooms. It can also be easily inflated or deflated at any time, making it perfect for families on the go. This toy provides a safe and comfortable space for your child to relax in and play with at any time.

Best Toys for 3 Year Old Child With Autism - Mega Weighted Lap Pad
Mega Weighted Lap Pad
Free Play Sensory Activities for Special Needs Children - air-lite barrel roll
Air-Lite Barrel Roll

Soft Saddle Scooter: Your child may enjoy scooting around in a toy vehicle, but may not enjoy the hard plastic those toys are typically made from. Unlike traditional ride-on toys, the Soft Saddle Scooter is more supportive and comfortable for 3-year-olds with gravitational insecurity. This scooter is the perfect size for little ones to learn motor planning, balance, and coordination in a safe and supportive way. It can be used indoors or outdoors in a number of ways to play. Get creative and create an obstacle course for your 3-year-old to navigate through on their Soft Saddle Scooter!

Lets Go Finger Fishing: This enticing fine motor toy works on encouraging your 3-year-old to learn dressing skills and manipulative skills. In total, your child will master 6 different motor skills: buttoning and unbuttoning, zipping and unzipping, and snapping and unsnapping. Your child will also learn about size and shape relationships, colors, and more. These soft, brightly colored fish come in a reusable mesh bag, making this toy perfect to pack for school or long trips in the car.

Soft Saddle Scooter
Soft Saddle Scooter
Let's Go Finger Fishing
Let's Go Finger Fishing

Soft Beanbag Cushion: This soft bean bag is perfect for your 3-year-old to cuddle up on. It provides a comfortable, safe seating option for your child to spend their floor time or circle time on. As a bonus, this bean bag also applies a deep, soothing pressure to help your 3-year-old settle down. Have your child spend some time on their Soft Beanbag Cushion before bed to help ensure a restful night of sleep, or let them enjoy playtime after school as they relax in their beanbag. If your child has sensitivities to other types of hard seating, or sensory integration dysfunction, or even low muscle tone, this beanbag is the perfect therapy toy!


If you're struggling to find age-appropriate toys, the experts at Fun and Function can help! Reach out to us today to learn more about the toys we offer for 3-year-olds with special needs.