Give a child a box of LEGO DUPLO and they’ll never be bored. These incredible bricks and combination playsets have been around for over 80 years and are continuing to provide children with hours of fun and creative entertainment. It’s also great that LEGO caters for the toddler age group with the larger LEGO DUPLO bricks, which perfectly suit my little Possum (aged 2.5 years).
Fun ways to play with Lego Duplo
LEGO DUPLO is such a sharable play material and being open-ended it isn’t hard to leave kids to it, however, I thought it would be fun to show you some different ways to play with one single set of LEGO DUPLO.
This particular set I’m using is called ‘My First Shop’. Possum absolutely loved playing with it and it certainly inspired us to play in a variety of ways.
LEGO DUPLO playsets introduce children to a variety of imaginary and real-life scenarios. The ‘My First Shop’ can highlight the exchanges between a customer and shop owner and so we decided we would simply get involved in some pretend play. The conversation between these characters was hilarious!
This type of play experience is lots of great fun. If you haven’t done it before, playing shops encourages children to develop social skills by learning to share, take turns, practice patience and expand on their language vocabulary.
For something a little different we decided to be a little creative and play a guessing game with some of the LEGO DUPLO pieces found in the ‘My First Shop’ playset.
Possum was almost shaking with excitement and simply couldn’t wait to don her tea towel eye mask and get her hands into the soapy water, which I prepared beforehand. Her task was simple: using only her sense of touch, find the DUPLO LEGO piece in the water and tell me or describe the pieces hidden.
Possum did incredibly well. Many of the LEGO DUPLO pieces in the playset were quite unique it made it an achievable challenge for her. It was so much fun and I couldn’t tell you how many times we played it. We increased the challenge by adding more pieces to the water.
Play & Discover
So much learning occurs during LEGO DUPLO play without children even knowing about it. Constructing, creating and sorting are just some of the benefits to children who are engaging with LEGO DUPLO.
It didn’t take me long to set up this quick and easy colour sorting game for Possum to play with and learn from. Using coloured squares I had Possum play and discover how to match the coloured bricks with the paper.
To extend this learning experience with Possum I asked her to count the number of coloured bricks, identify which group had the most or least number of bricks and to find the brick that was the smallest or largest.
So many ways to play
LEGO DUPLO is so wonderfully flexible that your child is only limited by their imagination. Possum also had a great time building, constructing and creating a new type of car for the characters to drive around in. The possibilities and opportunities for them to expand their creativity and learn through their play experiences are really quite endless.
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