Advantages Encourages imagination and motor skills in your little one
Disadvantages You'll be finding Duplo all over the house
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Lego is a great traditional toy that has been popular which young children for generations. Lego Duplo is part of the Lego range that is designed for young builders from 12 months to 6 years as the pieces are bigger than the original Lego bricks. Each brick is twice the size in length, height, and width to the traditional Lego bricks, making them ideal for little hands to manipulate. They are also compatible with traditional Lego bricks.
I remember how much fun my daughter had with her Lego and Duplo sets when she was little, so as soon as my son reached 12 months of age I wasted no time in looking at the different Duplo sets that were available. After having a look at the age appropriate sets I decided to order the bucket of bricks, as I liked the fact that they came in a plastic box with a lid. I thought this would be an ideal first set.
The Duplo arrived in its large green lidded box (20.8x19.2x20.3), which comprised of two bags of assorted bricks. The box contains 33 pieces in total; there is a good assortment of different coloured bricks from, red, blue, green, yellow, and orange, a couple of the bricks have eyes on them which can be used to make animals. The set also includes a cat, a window, and a couple of flowers. This is a great basic starter set to introduce a little one to the world of Lego.
Children learn so much through play and Duplo helps develop creativity and imagination, manipulating the bricks improves fine motor skills. Duplo allows children to use their imagination to create and build whatever they want; they can take it to pieces and start all over again, creating new and different models each and every time which makes Duplo a fun toy as its possibilities are endless.
The fun doesn’t stop here, as the box is just as entertaining for my inquisitive little toddler who will play with the box just as much as he does the actual bricks! He will lie over the box on his stomach whilst building; I’m not sure how this is comfortable mind you. He has since learnt to stand in the box, which was rather amusing watching him try and work out how to get both feet in the box, once he had mastered this he also managed to squeeze himself into the box to sit in it, feet in and out and he will happily sit there grinning whilst he is in his own little play world. This has created a new game as he enjoys being pulled about on the ‘sea in his boat’ this elicits lots of giggles every time, and ‘more’ ‘more’ which is a great way to tire out Mom. The box can also be used as a hat and a seat if it is turned over, who would have thought that a box could be so versatile and be so much fun.
The flower is also used as a spinning top, and it is great fun to spin and watch my sons face as he is amazed, as he asks me to spin it again and again.The box is also great as the bricks can neatly be stored away and my son has learnt how to tidy his own bricks as he will now help fill the box up at the end of play. We also count the bricks as we are putting them in.
This is a toy that never loses its appeal as my son will go back to this time and time again and it is his most played with toy, as he will be found building all different things throughout the day.
Duplo is great fun, it has so many different uses and my son is always learning new skills and it allows him to develop at his own pace.
My son has actually been very busy building while I have been writing this review.
Duplo is safe, durable and robust; it can withstand boisterous toddler play and my little boy has tested it out to the full as he has dropped them, thrown them, kicked them, trampled and dribbled on the bricks. This set has been played with countless times over the last two years and all of the pieces are in great condition, they will last my son several more years and they will be good enough to be passed on to another child.Children of all ages love to play with Duplo and even when a child is old enough for traditional Lego bricks these bricks can be used in conjunction with them.
Keeping the bricks clean and in sparkling condition is child’s play, as they can be submersed in warm soapy water in the box, toddlers will be more than happy to assist you in washing the bricks and no help is required. I also place them into a net bag from time to time and put them through the washing machine, and this causes them no harm, they come out looking new and they are ready to be played with again.
My little boy is enthralled with this set and it has given him so much fun and he has learnt many new skills all from playing with his Duplo. I have since gone on to buy more sets to add to the collection, so my son can build his empire.
This set retails at £12.99 which represents excellent value for money!
Summary: Building with Duplo builds a child’s imagination and creativity
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