Many Ways to Play with Lego Duplo

Many ways to play with Lego Duplo

LEGO® DUPLO® is one of these toys that will grow with your child/ren, be utilised in a number of play opportunities, it is durable, and comes in bright and fun colours which grab the attention of curious toddlers and kids. The size of the LEGO® DUPLO® bricks is perfect for little fingers to grasp, hold and manipulate.

When planning activities for my children, I get excited about the endless opportunities LEGO® DUPLO® offers. LEGO® DUPLO® is fabulous for building and constructing but can also be utilised for children’s learning and play times. I have included 4 play ideas today using LEGO® DUPLO® that will engage your child, creatively and imaginatively and promote learning and development.  The ideas and play opportunities are endless!

Build Stories: Driving in the Snow

Build Stories with Lego Duplo

Imaginative or pretend play is essentially when children are building their own stories and acting out various experiences they may have had or something that is of some interest to them. They are experimenting with decision making on how to behave and are also practising their social skills.  To absorb those experiences and make sense of the world, they need to be engaged in imaginary play.

Using our LEGO® DUPLO® bricks we created our very own imaginary Snowy Road Scene for Miss 4 to engage in pretend play. We created a Snow Plough Truck, tunnel, traffic lights and fuel tank using the Duplo bricks.  The road tracks were made using coloured electrical tape and for the snow, we sprinkled on soap flakes.  The Snow Plough Truck was great for pretending to clear the soap flakes snow.

Miss 4 spent hours playing and pretending that cars were getting stuck in the snow, snow storms, clearing snow from the roads with the plough truck and so much more.

Make Adventures: Painting with Lego Duplo

Make Adventures with Lego Duplo

A more creative type of play provides children with the opportunity to make their own adventures and discover new worlds in an unstructured and self-directed way. It allows children opportunity to free their imaginations, invent new ideas and build their self-esteem as they feel a sense of pride and achievement in completing the activity.

It also encourages self-expression, emotional and language development, fine motor, coordination and concentration skills.

Setting up opportunities to learn is a great way to encourage this creative play. Providing the tools such as the LEGO® DUPLO® cars and paint soaked sponges encourages an opportunity to play creatively, self-directing what will happen next.   We also utilised the opportunity to learn about colours as Miss 4 made 3 coloured cars and matched them to the coloured paint.

There was lots of printing, swishing, dragging and twirling of the Duplo cars. Later Miss 4 moved onto painting with the individual Lego Duplo bricks and then her fingers and hands.

Play and Discover: Match the LEGO DUPLO Brick

Play and Discover with Lego Duplo

LEGO® DUPLO® comes in bright, fun and vibrant colours which grab the attention of curious toddlers and kids. The size of the LEGO® DUPLO® bricks is perfect for little fingers to grasp, hold and manipulate. It is also great for challenging children and their abilities.  I could not resist making a few printable cards to create a puzzle-like “Match the LEGO® DUPLO® Brick” to promote learning for Miss 4. She absolutely loves games that challenge her.  It is balanced for her ability but yet still challenging enough for her to feel the sense of achievement and pride once she has completed it.  Learning is fun when the activity is pitch at the right level of development and is not too challenging.

The “Match the LEGO® DUPLO® Duplo Brick” Printable Cards is a learning opportunity that encourages and challenges children to think and develop strategies on how to achieve the goal of completing the matching game. Children need to think about the colour, size and shape of the LEGO® DUPLO® Bricks. This process involves problem solving, reasoning skills and developing solutions which can later be transferred into their personal life.

You can print and download the Match the LEGO DUPLO Brick Cards here: Match the Lego Duplo Brick Printable

79 thoughts on “Many Ways to Play with Lego Duplo”

  1. Rebecca Broderick

    My son love cars and trucks, so having to build them first would get his brain into action and thinking, there would also be some creative ones.

  2. Oops I pressed too early sorry like I was saying my daughter and son would love this awesome giveaway I have a 1 year old and would be great for her she learning how to put them together and apart and to build my son who is 5 loves to try to make things it will help his brain boost more to creativity

  3. My little ones would love to have this Duplo Lego, they have so much imagination, I can already see us play together and creating stories and seeing them come to life.

  4. We use Lego blocks in the house 1) to build with. I love seeing my older soon help my younger use his imagination to come up with creative ideas. 2) I love using the blocks when teaching fractions. Makes it easy for kids to understand.

  5. Audrey Buttigieg Cardona

    My little one has just started playing with blocks. Playing with the Lego Duplo will help him to build on his fine motor skills, eye coordination and will also aid his imagination. These can be achieved by playing the traditional way of stacking the bricks, building his own car and engaging in imaginative play. It will also tap into his creative mind by exploring other ways of using the bricks such as, making imprints in play dough, printing using the wheels or bricks themselves snd naming colours.

  6. They have the Lego duplo set at the play group I take my 18 month old…and This is the toy which he would share and play with other Lil ones around his age. Or just watch in awe older kids building something. I would love to have this at home too.

  7. My son loves block painting…and combining Lego blocks with his imagination was worth treasuring…he spends hours make his make belief world of racing cars and fighting soldiers…Lego is simply his world

  8. Oh my goodness…lux flakesfor snow, brilliant, that is going on the program for next week as are your fantastic printables. My family day care toddlers will absolutely love these new ways to play with one of their favourite resources. I love introducing new Duplo sets and watching their eyes widen and each child explore and create with them in different ways, such a great resource for not only group play but also for individuals too. Thanks for sharing your ideas, all excited about our Duplo again now!

  9. building with Lego and being able to put the blocks together builds my 2 years old’s self-esteem and gives him the confidence to try new things. It helps with learning because it helps with confidence!

  10. An awesome giveaway. My 2 yrs old toddler loves to spend time playing with lego at The Bricks Shop. I am amazed that he can be so engrossed with lego for so long! It is not only a learning and creative toy for him but also a learning experience for me, as I watch and learn how creative lego can be. Through Lego, my little one taught me imaginative play, patience and wonderful bonding! A most thoughtful giveaway for all ages! Thank you!

  11. My son is 3 years old. He loves Lego Duplo , he has the “Number Train” . We are playing with from a year ago, Creating every time a new story … 😉

  12. Legos are an integral part of my child’s play everyday. They have always been his favorite toy and keeps him busy for hours. His joy is when he constructs something and looks at me for approval and encouragement,”look mama,what I made?”.then we both use our imagination and name his creation. Legos have been great in building his motor skills and creativity. It should be an important part of every childs play time.

  13. My wee boy will be 18months at Christmas time and I’d love to introduce this to his imagination and encourage his hand eye coordination skills. Every childhood requires Lego!

  14. My 3 children, 7,5 & 2 love building and helping each other construct new things. They would use it in play & also for their home education.

  15. Each Duplo set brings new opportunities for fun and learning! I think adding the new pieces and finding creative ways to use them with the sets we already have, is a great way for the kids to learn about adapting and experimenting during their play.

  16. My daughter, 16 mths, loves playing with her little duplo set. She endlessly builds and destroys her creations and spends time exploring with them with play dough and in the sand pit. She would love a set that contain cars to further her creative exploration and enable her to grow with them.

  17. Endless opportunities and endless fun for one of the best inventions for children, LEGO. It would bring fun by bringing your wonderful examples to life while enhancing learning at the same time.

  18. Its fun to play with lego. I would integrate it with learning of colurs, shapes, counting,
    Sorting big and small, building tall and short tower and much more
    ..

  19. I work at a school with children with a disability.
    We try to give the children sensory input as much as possible.
    Duplo is recognised by (most of) them and it easy to clean for us.
    The more Duplo the better, I like to say…

  20. My two under two love duplo! Sometimes for nibbling, often for building towers to knock down, but always for seeing who can make the most noise rummaging in the box!

  21. LEGO DUPLOs have so many motor skill and reasoning possibilities disguised in fun! My toddler girl would love to stack and build with them. I love your printable matching idea, and I would like to make something similar for our public library where the kids use “regular” LEGOS to build and explore.

  22. My twins are into everything now! This will help them explore world by playing in garden on the grass, or in the kitchen driving around pots. Also they are learning English which will help them to do so by fun. And what a quality time spend with daddy! Not sure if he would not enjoy it more then kids 🙂

  23. My daughter just got duplo for the first time and o cannot believe the imagination and time she had spent playing with duplo. Its been an astounding experience to watch her. My daughter loves cars and trucks and winning this set would be awesome for her and seeing her new imaginary ideas she would use to play with her trucks and cars would be just amazing to see

  24. Duplo are great for developing fine motor skills and a creative mind! My kids would have endless hours of fun with these awesome blocks 🙂

  25. We were lucky enough to have been passed on an old Lego Duplo train set, which my two year old son delights in creating tall train towers with his other Duplo blocks. I love seeing him attempt to copy his big sister’s Lego & Lego Friends creations with his Duplo blocks, it makes for a great sibling activity with lots of fabulous fine motor skill development at the same time!

  26. I am amazed at my daughters creativity & imagination & these Lego Duplo Bricks will enhance the experience of playful learning.

  27. My little boy would love a Lego set of his own. He plays with his daddy’s old set when he visits his granny and grandpa but does not have a set at home. He loves putting the blocks together and playing with the cars, people and animals. It not only helps fine motor skills but it one of the few toys that he can play with for hours as it feeds the imagination.

  28. We love our DUPLO we got for our 4 year old when he was young and are now handing down to our 1 year old. If I won this DUPLO set I would donate it to our daycare’s Christmas appeal so that needy kids in our community could experience receiving something ‘brand new’ they could treasure for a long time.

  29. My son loves to play with cars and lego. Specially firetrucks. This would help him with his development skills of colors and putting blocks together.

  30. All of my children love Legos. We use them for imagination, sensory, math, etc. My 20 month old is really into vehicles and lego right now and this set would be perfect for her!

  31. Our 1 year old loves building with his 7 year old brother! N I know they would be so excited to have these. 1 year old says ” wow that’s cool” ! When he saw the picture.

  32. Our 23 month old is currently fascinated with all things with wheels, things that go.
    We have a train table where he frantically makes the two trains he has go. A friend gave us a small
    Lego kit with a story book where we build a plane and a car. He enjoys reading the book with us and building along with the pictures. He is our first child so we are building our collection of toys, puzzles, etc. These Lego cars would be a fun addition for him to learn and grow with as he grows.

  33. My daughter has cerebral palsy and she loves to use the larger Duplo Legos since the smaller legos are difficult for her fingers to manipulate. We use the blocks to build different types of towns (rural or urban) for social studies. We also use the blocks for art such as using them for painting or in the sand. We also spread them out to make letters and numbers. More blocks would enable to her expand her imagination and learning into larger neighborhoods or spelling words.

  34. My son is obssesed with the cars and building blocks. Combination of both would make him so excited. He is only 2 years old but already shows so much interst in cars snd trucks that its amazing. I think this activity meet learning excersies and would be great addition to any kids fun time.

  35. We’d build towers, trucks, trees, people, cats, cubby houses, police stations, schools, computers, families, books, cities and towns. My son amazes me with everything he can and tries to build. I love helping him and see his little mind grow and expand!

  36. Penny at Mother Natured

    That printable is brilliant for fun and learning. I’d stick with that and add some more math and colour fun too!

  37. My boys love duplo, they are just learning to build identifiable things and the cars and trucks set would be perfect to challenge them further.

  38. My little boy is 14 months old and loves cars. If we win this prize then I can combine his love of cars with me teaching him to build things. It will also be his first Lego duplo set!

  39. Your driving in the snow play looks so much fun! My kids play with Duplo every day. I’m clearing out a lot of toys, and the Lego is definitely staying. I love watching my daughter build rocket ships or submarines or castles or whatever takes her fancy. 🙂

  40. Miss 2, 4, 6 & 8 would love to add this set to their collection ( which currently has no cars 🙂 ). Duplo is a great Sunday morning activity in our house. Open the box of duplo and off they go. Creative miss 8 builds Eiffel towers, thoughtful miss 6 builds a treehouse , independent miss 4 finds all the animals for a pet shop and enthusiastic miss 2 makes towers while singing to herself, ” build it up, build it up, build it high….”. Duplo gives my four kids the perfect opportunity to play together imaginatively, constructively and cooperatively….and it’s always FUN!

  41. The story telling idea is great … It would be used for a little guy who has language difficulties in understanding narrative … You can imagine how confusing life can be not understanding or following things happening around him … Often seen by others as a naughty boy … The story telling idea is perfect … Play learning is the best. Thank you.

  42. Would love to use the Duplo Legos the creative ways you suggested here. My boys love to build with Legos and love imaginary play, we always welcome more ways to play with the Duplo! Thank you!

  43. My son is special needs and I am always looking for fun, new and creative ways for him to play and learn. Also with some sensory play.

  44. Having DUPLO will create more imagination and creative play at my house. I love the snow idea. I love how LEGO products are new toys every time you open the box.

  45. it would allow their minds to open up and soar, soar to the moon and back, getting them thinking and having fun and learning and bonus for mum and dad bonding time with the kids, endless possibilities and opportunities for growth and development and FUN!! DUPLO keeping kids entertained!

  46. Our local school nursery are just starting to introduce 2 year olds. I have the privilege of having been appointed to be the Early Years Practitioner working with these children. This set would be an excellent addition to our resources – the children would love it & it would encourage a lot of imaginative & fine motor play. Yes please!

  47. We live in Nigeria now and Lego are crazy expensive here! I homeschool my 2 cuties ( 3,5 years and almost 2 years) They love lego !!! Hope that we can get it so they can learn and play together 😉

  48. My son loves cars and legos, so this would be perfect. These toys facilitate imagination and ddexterity!
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  49. Lego can teach my daughter from fine motor manipulation to colour to grow her imaginations. She can sit and very involved if playing with lego

  50. my little one is 14 months old and loves blocks and loves to contrast,pull apart blocks . it will give him opportunity to focus and develop his cognitive skills

  51. My kids love playing with Duplo and I love that they use these imaginations and creativeness when playing with it, but I’d been hesitant to buy too much more because I thought they would grow out of it, but after reading these ideas we’d love more. I can’t wait to start using different ways to play with it.

  52. My 3 little ones would live this. We love building new creations together and indepently and using them to learn our colors, counting, and how to share.

  53. There is just something so satisfying about seeing your own child playing with toys that you also enjoyed.
    For me LEGO DUPLO products provided many hours of fun during my childhood, and I love nothing better than lying on the carpet with my own children surrounded by bricks of different shapes and colours. The beauty of LEGO DUPLO is its versatility. It can be used in limitless ways, whether it is to play and discover, build stories, create and share or even make adventures.

  54. I’m sure my 15 months old son James will have so much fun with them and they will be the toys that ‘grow’ with him.

  55. I’m looking forward to my 1 year old daughter getting more involved with Lego and Lego Duplo – i can see the creative possibilities being almost endless! She already enjoys pulling apart everything that i make for her and is starting to stack blocks on her own as well as manipulate some parts with hinges and buttons. I would love to create a collection for her and future children, perhaps i could nurture a future engineer with the help of Lego Duplo!

  56. Hi, there. First of all, really I appreciate your brilliant post. I had fun with my son from your ‘Make Adventures: Painting with Lego Duplo ‘. he enjoyed to play with different colors and lego cars. Even he loved what he achieved from the final result, like an abstract painting. I pinned it on the board later and he smiled to look at it and seemed like following all the colorful traces of his lego duplo cars…

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