Over Christmas break our playtime mainly revolved around Aidan’s new found obsession with Duplo, something I was quite happy to indulge him with. If I’m completely honest, I’d been waiting for the day he’d fall in love with those brightly coloured plastic blocks just like I did as a child. As soon as he’s old enough for Lego there will be no stopping me! I was a complete addict as a child.
I’m happy to report, six months later, they are still the toys he plays with most. Since Duplo isn’t cheap in comparison to other things on the market I found it’s way better value for money. Steve and I will also admit that we got so carried away with the obsession ourselves that many a night was spent trawling the internet for Duplo deals together.
“My First Farm” is a favourite because it came with lots of animal figurines and a “grandpa”. Watching Aidan create stories with them melts my heart. Duplo is such a freeing form of play, it lets the imagination run wild and everyone at any age can play along. Constructing also helps develop his motor skills. Educational and fun… who knew!
He scoops the imaginary poop with the tiny shovel, he force feeds the sheep a yellow cube of “hay” and the “silly pig” always eats the flowers. All the animals have to go to bed in the pen and brush their teeth.
The sets I had as a child weren’t as fancy, the colours were basic and the people weren’t as detailed, they didn’t even have arms or legs! Now Duplo is a wonderland of awesome little details.
Aidan’s “My First Fire Station“ was the first set we bought him and it’s been a firm favourite. It comes with two cars which he loves to race as well as a puppy which always seems to need rescuing from the window.
I often bring out Duplo whilst Aidan’s having his afternoon nap and build one of the sets myself or dream up my own fancy pants building so that when he wakes up and his little feet pitter patter down the hallway, he’s met with this awesome surprise activity ready to go. It also makes for a peaceful afternoon of relaxed imaginative play.
Once we started collecting sets and numerous vehicles we quickly realised we needed to figure out a storage option. I’ve seen a lot of brilliant idea on Pinterest but sometimes you can’t beat a simple affordable solution like a box.
I bought three of these foldable boxes from Aldi when they were in store a few months back but a lot of dollar shops and discount homeware stores have them too. They’re light and soft so Aidan can drag them into the living room yet big enough to keep all different sized blocks, platforms and vehicles. I stack them on top of each other next to Aidan’s bookcase in his room.
Aidan was a very happy boy when Duplo sent him a gift in the mail, “My First Zoo” especially when he saw all the different animals. The week it arrived he carried the giraffe and tiger everywhere, they even went to bed with him!
What I like about these sets is how much you get for the price you pay. I understand the longevity of Lego products, in my opinion they’re timeless and last forever. Aidan loves playing with all my “vintage” Duplo at Grandma and Grandpa’s house so forking out a little extra doesn’t bother me. Honestly the Duplo cars, tractors, trucks, trains and planes have the best wheels and construction… plus they roll so far when you race them!
To go with his sets we bought a set of Building Plates so we could build higher towers and a Large Green Plate which makes play a lot sturdier. Whilst the kits have a lot of cool people, cars and animals there never felt like there were enough bricks so during the sales at BigW we bought a Standard Brick set which meant our towers and houses could be bigger, taller and better!
Want a set for your little one?
PRIZE: 1x Duplo “My First Zoo” Set (RRP $39.99)
TO WIN: State “ZOO” in the comments below and tell me your favourite animal in the set and why.
PRIZE: 1x “My First Farm” Set (RRP $39.99)
TO WIN: State “FARM” in the comments below and tell me your favourite animal in the set and why.
PRIZE: 1x “My First Fire Station” Set (RRP $39.99)
TO WIN: State “FIRE” in the comments below and tell me one thing that you would save from a fire in your home.
Competition is open to Australian residents only. This is a game of skill. Competition closes on Thursday 7th June at 5PM AEST. You can only enter once for each “ZOO”, “FARM” or “FIRE” set so a total of three entries may be made per person. Winners will be announced in the comments section of this post and by email. Please note: I was not paid for this post and was gifted the “My First Zoo” set only. I asked to giveaway the three prize packs simply because I’m passionate about Lego Duplo products.