With a doctor's office, market, bakery, and garage, kids can get lost in their own world as they explore the town. Offers loads of realistic features, from an oven that opens to a mechanic’s turntable and car. Comes with five LEGO people for imaginative play. Large number of pieces.
A bit pricey but well worth it.
Numbered train cars help kids learn to count while they play. Toddlers can get creative with building and stacking blocks in different ways or have fun simply taking the train for a ride. Includes 2 LEGO figures and a cat for ride-along, role-playing fun. Budget-friendly set.
Fewer pieces than others on our list.
Comes with 3 buildable and functioning construction vehicles (bulldozer, dump truck, and crane) plus 3 helmet-clad construction workers to help get the job done. Plenty of extra blocks for imaginative building. Lots of ways to play. Works as a standalone set for passionate builders or as an imaginative add-on element for a smaller DUPLO set.
Construction theme might not be every kid’s cup of tea.
Miniature version of Minnie’s Bowtique boasts 2 stories: a downstairs shop with a cash register and merchandise and upstairs bedroom with a bed and windows for double role-playing fun. Rooftop features a rotating bow. Includes an outside seating area as well as Minnie Mouse and Daisy Duck figures. Multiple configuration options keep things interesting.
Some parents felt the predominantly pink color scheme was a bit too much.
A decent number of blocks and a booklet of easy-to-follow designs encourage creative play. Hinged window pieces, car, LEGO figure, and a dog allow kids to build their own little house, giving it a universal appeal that most kids enjoy. Includes a handful of numbered blocks to help introduce counting skills. Solid storage box is a nice touch.
Some owners felt it could do with a larger baseplate and a few more pieces.
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Your child is constantly growing and developing. Whether it's picking a favorite color brick out of a whole pile of bricks or stacking multiple bricks together to create a tower, everything your child does with a LEGO DUPLO set is another milestone checked off an ever-expanding list.
LEGO DUPLO sets are designed for children ages one and a half to five years old. The bricks are colorful, nontoxic, and large, and they have rounded edges so they’re safe for toddlers. The sets come in a wide variety of themes that can engage your child's imagination to help develop both creative skills and fine motor skills.
If you feel overwhelmed by the many different LEGO DUPLO sets available, you are not alone. This handy guide is designed to help you zero in on the perfect set for your child, so learning is the most fun it can possibly be.
When it comes to young children and toys, safety needs to be your primary concern. No matter how vigilant you are, there will be times when your child is playing alone. You must purchase a set that does not pose any sort of hazard for your child. Regular LEGO sets are out of the question for young children because the pieces are dangerously small. LEGO DUPLO, on the other hand, has two very specific age ranges: ages one and a half years and older and two years and older. LEGO Juniors are designed for children ages four to seven and act as a transition from LEGO DUPLO to regular LEGO bricks. Even if you think that your child is mature for their age, stick with the ranges clearly marked on the box to keep your child safe.
To encourage creativity, LEGO DUPLO sets do not come with directions like other LEGO sets do. If guidance is needed, children can use the picture on the box for inspiration.
Besides age range, there are a few other elements to consider before discovering the perfect LEGO DUPLO set for your child.
Interest energizes a child and is considered the driving force behind learning. Whether it's princesses or superheroes, animals or food, birthdays or playgrounds, trucks or planes, police or firefighters, LEGO DUPLO has a set that feels like it was designed specifically for your child. If your child is old enough to have developed interests, purchase a set that encourages exploration of that world. If your young one hasn't developed obvious interests yet, choose a set that you can enjoy exploring together.
In 2018, LEGO released its first set that was made of plant-based plastic. By 2030, the company intends to find a sustainable alternative to oil-based raw materials.
With younger children, building may be the least important aspect of a LEGO DUPLO set; it's all about shapes and colors. If you take the time to build a tower, you child will probably have more fun pulling it apart. As children get older, building becomes a means to an end because they will be assembling something to play with. At this stage, purchasing a LEGO DUPLO set with figures that kids can use to tell the stories that are in their imagination becomes a critical playability factor.
The best part about LEGO DUPLO sets is that the quality is consistent. It doesn't matter if you’re getting a $5 ladybug or a $100 construction site, you'll find the same quality bricks in each set. What you get for your money is simply more bricks and a greater variety of building options. Look for a LEGO DUPLO set that fits comfortably within your budget.
Q. My child is chewing on her LEGO DUPLO bricks. Is that safe?
A. Although LEGO DUPLO bricks are nontoxic and they meet or exceed safety standards for children, it is not advisable to allow your child to place them in her mouth. Biting down on the bricks can be painful to a younger child's gums and that same action may be harmful to an older child's teeth.
Q. Are LEGO DUPLO bricks compatible with regular LEGO bricks?
A. Yes! LEGO DUPLO bricks are designed to fit together with regular LEGO bricks so you can combine sets. However, it is important that only older children do this because the pieces found in regular LEGO sets present a choking hazard to younger children
Q. How do I clean my child's LEGO DUPLO pieces?
A. If your child's LEGO DUPLO bricks are getting dirty, hand-wash them in water that is no hotter than 104°F. Use a soft cloth and mild detergent to gently clean the bricks. After washing, rinse them thoroughly and pat dry with a soft towel. Leave the bricks out until they’re thoroughly air-dried. Never place your LEGO DUPLO pieces in a washer, dryer, oven, or microwave because this will damage them.
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