Tobins' Tastes: Play & Grow With LEGO DUPLO Toys

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Play & Grow With LEGO DUPLO Toys

I have vivid childhood memories of my brother playing with LEGO DUPLO toys. He had hundreds of them- a barn with farm animals, race cars, police and fire trucks and of course every color of DUPLO brick ever made. Even though we were technically "too old" for DUPLO products, my sister and I would always secretly try to play with them despite my brother's protests. I have been waiting for Easton to be old enough for them and we were so excited to get his first sets.

Our nephew Jack is a few months older than Easton so we decided to share our new DUPLO toys with him and let Justin help them build them together. They were so excited to open the boxes and it was too cute to watch them helping build the sets. I love that they sets had a learning component to each of them with the numbers on the caterpillar and the way the plants in the garden could be made to grow. We took the opportunity to explain to them about planting things and gardens and practiced our counting too.

Whether just learning to stack, building small structures or role playing with minifigures, LEGO® DUPLO® offers open-ended play for every stage of your young one’s development. Jack is only 10 months older than Easton but it was so neat to see how different they both were in their approach to the DUPLO bricks. Easton just loved to try and get the bricks to stack together while Jack was taking his time watering the plants and making the figurines walk around. He also was explaining things to Easton which may or may not have made me tear up. 

LEGO® DUPLO® preschool building toys are specially designed for the small hands and big imaginations of children aged 1½ - 5 years. DUPLO bricks are twice the size of standard LEGO bricks, making them a safe way to kick off a child's building career. Justin and I felt good knowing that they were safe for the boys to play with and even occasionally "taste" as they both have been known to do. 

After we built our sets we went outside in my mom's backyard and showed them the plants and flowers just like they had built in the garden set. I know they are young but it's never too early to start helping them make connections. Play is essential for early learning since it's the way young children learn about their world and as parents we can be their first partners in play. What is your number one tip for making the most of playtime?

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