A few days ago I was scrolling through social media and was presented with an ad featuring a video of a toddler firing Nerf mortar rounds at his father. Never has Facebook algorithms been so accurate, as I promptly bought one of these toy mortars for me and my 3-year-old son to play around with. Ok, it set me back $80 but I justified it to my wife as being one of the best toys for 3 year olds. However, I think I was more excited about this toy mortar about it than my son.

As soon as my Amazon package arrived, we headed outside to test out the new toy. So, the way these Nerf gun style mortars work is actually pretty cool in itself. Basically, the toy mortar comes with a pressure cylinder that you put the foam mortar round inside to essentially activate it. Once you take out the round the spring is set back. You then drop it into the mortar tube and the mortar round is shot through the air. And trust me, it is fantastic fun! The following images were provided by Oddity Mall.

The Toy Mortar is one of the best toys for 3 year olds

The distance isn’t exactly mind-blowing and usually fires about 20 feet from a 45-degree angle, but you’re firing it in your garden or house, not the mountains of Afghanistan, so the range is perfect and means you’re not going to be running around retrieving the foam mortar rounds.

So, I highly recommend this toy mortar launcher for anyone who likes fun with a military theme. The toy mortar is very simple to set up. It’s lightweight, very easy to use, and honestly extremely fun. Whilst my work has drew me away from the toy, my son plays with this mortar for hours at a time.

The Toy Mortar is one of the best toys for 3 year olds

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The Vintage Remco Toy Mortar

The toy mortar I’ve reviewed in this article is by no means a groundbreaking new creation. In fact, such toys came around in the 1960s. One of the most well known version was made by a company called Remco. Their toy mortar was made of steel, fitted with a scope, and accompanied with hefty plastic shells instead of the current foam ones we see with the modern version. Check out this bad boy!

The Toy Mortar is one of the best toys for 3 year olds.
A Remco Toy Mortar from the 1960s.

I didn’t have time to make an in-depth video review, but luckily, I found a more than suitable review of the toy mortar on Youtube in a video presented by Cj Nerf, which you can see below:

Colin Firth
Since leaving a long career in the British military, Colin Firth now specializes in Cyber Security. In his spare time enjoys writing about weird aspects of human conflict and war-related items, from toy mortars on sale to kids to homemade weapons being used in Syria.