Climbing Toys for 3 Year Olds

climbing toys for 3 year olds

Climbing toys for 3 year olds must be challenging enough for your child’s budding motor skills, but safe and sturdy to give him plenty of freedom to explore. As parents ourselves, we understand the desire to find a product that is safe, durable and interesting enough for kids to enjoy. In this article, we feature six quality climbing toys for 3 year olds that are highly rated.

Climbing Toys for 3 Year Olds

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1. Climber with Slide from Little Tikes:

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Bright and cheerful, this Little Tikes Hide and Slide Climber is a good transition from a young toddler play experience to an older toddler climbing adventure. Climbing toys for 3 year olds should have a bit of thrill while still being sensitive to the child’s maturing motor skills, and this one embraces those qualities. The red slide is 40 inches and has a decent angle creating that bit of thrill when they get to have a longer slide down, and the wavy side rails provide something to grip for your child to steady himself.  The walls are made to be sturdy and high and enclose two sides of the climber leaving an opening for the slide and a wider opening in the back. Your child will enjoy the challenge of climbing the platforms to get to the top, which is a unique feature of this climber, platforms instead of a ladder. Below the platforms and under the slide make up the “hide” part of this climber. He can crawl under and over and wiggle in-between and use the climber as a fort, or maybe throw a blanket over the top and make it a two-story hideout (with adult supervision, of course).  Dimensions are 45.25 inches high, by 66 inches long, and 56.5 inches deep. The manufacturer recommended age is 24 months to 6 years. Click here to purchase.

2. Step 2 Climber and Slide:

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You will get a little bit of everything with this Step2 Naturally Playful Woodland Climber– a ladder with four steps, climbing walls, lookout platform with 2 steering wheels and an optional sandbox underneath! The slide is 45 inches long leading to the 27 inch platform. The sandbox area underneath is open to the ground, so you can decide if you want to put sand there based on where you place the climber, although with or without sand it will make a great fort for the kids. One benefit of this climber is that it can be used indoors. It’s made to be assembled and reassembled and designed with a sophisticated look to blend in with a more grown-up surrounding. The manufacturer recommended age is 2 years and up with a maximum weight of 240 pounds. Dimensions are 53.75 inches high by 47 inches wide and 81.5 inches deep. Click here to buy now.

3. Double Slide Climber:

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Your 3 year old will enjoy getting to choose which slide she will go down! The Step2 Play Up Double Slide Climber will win her heart with the two slides and platforms at different heights, climbing wall, underneath hideout, 3 step ladder, steering wheel and fun design. This climber can work indoors or outdoors and can hold a maximum weight of 180 pounds, making this a nice climber to have when her friends come over to play. The smaller slide is 36 inches and the larger slide is 45.5 inches, and there are plenty of hand holds available for safety. The manufacturer recommended ages are 2 to 6 years. Total dimensions are 84 inches long by 61 inches tall and 53 inches wide. Click here to purchase.

4. Tree Top Climber and Slide by ECR4Kids:

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Whimsical and inviting, this climber will give your child the feeling of being in a treehouse. There are two wood-looking ladders on either side of the climber that lead to the platform and allow your child to slide down the wavy slide. Underneath the platform is a multipurpose table that can be switched to become a sand pit. The sturdy bench has a backrest, or flip it over to make it a back-less, curved bench to use with the table. Kids can climb and slide and then take a break for lunch at the tree top climber’s table, read a book while sitting on the bench, or play in the sand pit. Of note, it is recommended to fill this climber with sand to make it stable. Manufacturer recommended age is 3 to 8 years, and it holds up to 220 lbs. Measurements are 78.74 inches deep by 49.20 long and 54.70 inches tall. Click here to purchase.

5. Little Tikes Rock Climber with Slide:

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So much to see and do! Climbing walls, tunnels, slide, steering wheel, telescope the list goes on and the fun will explode for your 3 year old. The climbing walls are the unique feature of this Little Tikes Rock Climber and Slide. There are actually three areas for climbing–two large walls for toddlers and one wall with a more challenging partial climb for older kids. The large walls have good climbing holds and easy to find foot holds and the rocks can be reconfigured for variety. The slide is 48 inches in length and can be adjusted low or high. There are three crawl through tunnels that make the climber feel like a castle playhouse, and the attached telescope and steering wheel will stir your child’s imagination. The manufacturer recommended ages are 2 to 6 years. Dimensions are 62.00 inches long by 58 inches wide and 88.00 inches high. Click here to buy.

6. Compact Climber and Slide:

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If you’re looking for climbing toys for 3 year olds and hope to have space for your grown-up furniture too, this could be an option for you. Compact, but still great fun, the ECR4Kids Climb and Slide Vibrant Playset has all the elements of a good climber. Your child can climb up the sturdy walls, climb through the openings, stand on the platform, slide down or make a playhouse out of the inside. The slide is reversible, so if you need a bit of variety turn it over for stairs. This is an easy to assemble climber that is good for indoor or outdoor use. Ideal for kids ages 3-7, it measures 66.75 inches in length, in 33 width and 39.75 in height. Click here to buy.


The smiles you see on your child’s face as she climbs and explores is priceless. This is why in this post, we featured unique climbing toys for 3 year olds that inspire imagination and allow for hours of play. If you are looking for more models and styles, please this page as well. Be sure to also browse our articles Step 2 Toddler Slide, Little Tikes Playset with Slide, Step 2 Big Climber with Slideand Step 2 Climber Slide for more featured climbers and slides.