Even though I’m not fond of the way they end up scattered across the floor of every room in my house, I love Legos. They’re colorful, creative, don’t require batteries, and are virtually impossible to destroy. In my opinion, that makes them the perfect children’s toy.
Lego recently sent my son and I the My First Build set to try out. This is a great introductory Lego set for both boys and girls. It has a nice assortment of generic building pieces, plus some great specialty pieces like flowers, an outdoor grill top, a car base, a cash register base, a dog figure, and a Lego mini figure to play in the creations your child decides to build.
All of the Lego Duplo sets work with each other and are compatible with the regular sized bricks, but my son was able to come up with multiple things to build using just the pieces in this toy. I can see this being a good set for grandparents or occasional babysitters to have on hand for when young children come to visit.
As a mom, I really like the idea of the laminated instruction cards. The simple pictures made it easy to understand how to build the models that are featured on the box and the cards seem like they’d hold up much better than the flimsy instruction books found in most Lego sets.
One thing I did to keep them in order was to punch a hole in the corner and thread them through a loose leaf binder ring. I think it would be great to add to the ring to create a “deck” of ideas for your child to use as he or she develops stronger building skills and accumulates more Lego sets.
This Lego Duplo set, like other Duplo products, is recommended for children ages 1 Â½ to 5. In my personal experience though, Duplos tend to appeal to an even broader age range â€“ especially if you take the time to explain to your child how they can be incorporated into the regular size Lego sets.
photo credit: Lego.com