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10.26.2009

Duplos!

I love toys. I love looking for reviews on toys and determining what I want to buy next, etc. But in the process, I have had a lot of misses. (I much prefer my misses to be thrift store finds, but even toys bought at full price have been misses, I fear) So when I saw Bilingual Boys' Toys my child ACTUALLY plays With linky, I knew I wanted to participate.

LegosThis first toy almost doesn't even seem fair. It's almost a gimme -- Duplo Legos. I played with Legos growing up, and our Obed got his first set of Duplos before he was even born (by good friends). We got them out after he was sitting up, but were disappointed to find that all he wanted to do was dump them out of the container, put them back in, and dump them out again (and he wouldn't sit still to put all 70-ish pieces back before putting them back in). Oh and he'd hand pieces to Dad and I and expect US to put the pieces together. I put all but about 10 pieces up and let him play with that manageable number.

Shortly before his second birthday, though (about 20 months), I started noticing that he was actually being able to put the Duplos together. And take them apart again! Score! The old Duplos got brought out and a new set was purchased to give him more to work with. They get played with just about every day. And, just this week, he has sat down and played with them, nearly uninterrupted, for 2 hours! That is unheard of for my son, whose attention span is closer to 10 minutes most of the time.

He doesn't seem to mind when they fall. and he seems to like to build large blocky buildings. His latest trick is that he gets all the 2x2 pieces. We can have anything else we want. But not a single 2x2. Makes us get creative as well.

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CONS:
There's a lot of little pieces. I have another box (Fun with Wheels) and a bag of Duplos that I got at a thrift store, but I do not feel I can bring them out right now because he's got "just enough" for his playing with and I fear more will overwhelm. I hope as he gets older he will need more bricks! In the meantime, I've told myself to stop buying bricks!

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Blogger Raising a Happy Child said...

We have a lot of Duplo as well. My husband loves building with them, and I think that Anna is somewhat overwhelmed with his creativity. She rarely builds anything herself - maybe it will change when she gets older.

3:43 PM  
Blogger Adriana said...

Thank you so much for linking up! It is strange that I have two boys but no Duplos. He have some other building blocks that the boys love but I have heard great things about the Duplos. From your pictures I can tell that they are smalerl than the blocks we have which would be perfect because I do not think that we are quite ready for the tiny Legos yet. At least until little brother stops trying to eat everything. Thanks for sharing!

10:41 AM  
Blogger danita said...

we have had quattro, duplo, mega blocks and now! finally! big boy lego blocks! my dad, who has never been into my kids too much, was playing legos with my son every chance he got his last visit here!

12:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those were in the driveway before we left, or in the parking lot when we got there. We also often are driving through horrible traffic because there is construction everywhere. It is not at all unusual for us to end up being stopped for 15 minutes or more. When that happens, I will often pull out the camera too.

I could count on one hand the number of times I have been a passenger in a vehicle in the last 5 years. I ALWAYS drive. lol Though, when my brother is with me he is taking pictures too so they could also be his.

But, no I'm not taking pictures of them while I'm driving. I couldn't get decent ones of them anyway!

3:07 PM  
Anonymous Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

These are probably one of Clara's favorite toys. If you step on one, they can be quite painful, but the girls really seem to love them. And it's a good gender-neutral toy to bring out when we have friends with boys over.

7:29 PM  
Blogger The girl who painted trees said...

The Mr. Potato Head was just some construction paper. I didn't make it out of felt because I wanted to make sure Bear would enjoy it first. No velcro, but that is an excellent idea. I want to make more pieces for it, but haven't had the chance yet.

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12:54 PM  
Blogger Becky @ Our Sweet Peas said...

Ah, my boys are the same way with their duplos at two and a half. They are in love with them.

Thanks for following my blog and I wanted to point you towards the Holiday guide at No time for flashcards as well (if you didn't already see it on today's post). :)

11:22 AM  

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