Mentioned Duplo and many parents would immediate associate it as the ‘baby brother’ of LEGO and they’re right! Launched in 1969, Duplo is designed for children aged 1½ to 5 years old. They’re perfect for little hands that can’t quite manipulate the small Lego bricks and since Duplo bricks are twice the size of LEGO bricks, they are less likely to be swallowed by younger children.
Thanks to the kind folks at Nuffnang, Dana spent a most delightful afternoon playing with Duplo bricks at the Lego Duplo’s Kids Events last Saturday at Hokey Pokey, Suntec City.
|LEGO Duplo – there’re so many ways to play!|
|Princess Dana as the next Statue of Liberty?|
Upon arrival, each child took a spontaneous shot at the photo wall. The host then ran two interesting Duplo building challenges where the children are given free reign to build (a) their dream home and (b) their favourite animal within each 20 minute time frame. The purpose of these challenges was to inspire the children to use their imagination and create possibilities that we adults may never have thought of.
|Busy hands at work…|
|Brick by brick, I’m building my dream home…|
|Look Mom! I can be an Architect!|
|Princess is pleased with her Duplo creation!|
|Her ‘Dream Home’ – complete with a garage for the red car on the left and a swimming pool on the right with springboards for diving!|
This session rekindled Dana’s love for Duplo bricks. Upon reaching home, she dug out her Duplo Zoo playset which was put away ‘cold storage’ for the past few months and spent hours playing iwth it. I was also inspired to discover new ways to maximize the enjoyment of these Duplo bricks before she outgrows them.
Whether you are a Stay-at-home Mom who’s constantly on the look out for new ways to engage your children meaningfully or a working Mom who’s cracking your head over ideas to occupy your preschoolers this school holidays, why not consider Duplo? Here are 10 inspirational ways which we can transform a Duplo Play Session into Purposeful Play! We bet you’ll never look at Duplo bricks the same way again!
10 NEW WAYS TO PLAY & LEARN WITH DUPLO!
1. Math & Logic
A. Sequential Skills – Duplo Patterns! Great for teaching patterns, sequence, counting and fine motor skills.
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B. Counting & Matching Skills – Counting 1 to 100 – teaches essential early numeracy skills which builds the foundation for computational abilities.
|Learn with Play at Home|
C. IQ Skills – ability to think ‘Out-of-the-Box’ and trains strategic thinking from young.
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|I can Teach my Child|
2. Language Arts
A. Sentence Formation – Let’s Build a Sentence – Hours of fun forming sentences and stories!
B. Spelling – I can Spell with Duplo! Early word recognition and spelling skills which lays the foundation for reading competency.
Art and Creativity
A. Duplo Painting and Printing – Apart from sponges and vegetables, now you can create your own Masterpiece using Duplo bricks!
B. Make a Christmas Diorama – A fun Festive project to retell the story of Christmas!
C. 3D Cars – Kids would love creating 3D vehicles out of cardboard or cardstock. They can then personalise the vehicles and put them to a race!
I am amazed at how the humble Duplo bricks can be transformed into such meaningful and educational play manipulatives in the hands of creative Mommies and kids. I’m definitely trying out some of these ideas soon. Join us as we play and learn with Duplo this holidays! For more inspiration and ideas, be sure to visit Duplo’s official website.
|Engaged Kids are Happy Kids and we all Love Duplo!|
P.S. Since this is the season for giving, LEGO Duplo makes great Christmas gifts. Kids (and their Mommies) are always happy to receive them. I know we do! 🙂