Learning Through Play with Lego Duplo

The one toy that has remained a constant in my house through all five kids has been Lego Duplo. I like it because the pieces are big enough that I don’t worry about having them out around kids of all ages and the creativity that they allow is really only limited by imagination. Through the years we had done the standard building of things like houses and cars and sometimes even airplanes, but in the last 6 months we have really stretched our learning through play muscles through programs like the #LegoDuplo 30 Days of Play Challenge and now as #LegoDuploPlay ambassadors. It’s really made me reevaluate how we play with Lego and see that we are learning and teaching without even realizing it.

We were sent a selection of Lego Duplo goodies that included LEGO® DUPLO® Large Brick Box, LEGO® DUPLO® Bricks and Books, and the LEGO® DUPLO® Play with Letters which we added to our already impressive collection. The first set my daughter was drawn to though was Bricks and Books. Like me she enjoys a good read and with this set we were not only able to read the book, but build the characters and act it out. She was enthralled and still carts around the pig and other barnyard Lego creations from that set.

Lego has taken that interaction between reading and playing to yet another level with their apps for the iPhone and iPad. My kids are naturally drawn to the technology they see me using so having an app that includes their favourite toy is that much more fun. Today we had fun finding all the animals from the free Lego Duplo App in our set and talking about them.

Probably my favourite Lego Dulpo moment this month has to be spending time creating a microphone with my daughter so she can sing along with her favourite movie. We worked on colors and counting as we built and she didn’t even realize she was learning. For her it was all about quality time with me and fun. Did you know some of these fun facts?

Every playtime can use a good soundtrack

According to research conducted by Harris Interactive for LEGO Systems:

55% of children are happier when music is coupled with play

50% are more excited to play when they hear music

43% of children act sillier when music is coupled with play

Cool stuff, eh? There really are just so many ways to play!

I can’t wait to share all the ways we incorporate learning and play over the next few months as a Lego Duplo Play Agent. I hope you jump in too!  Share your ideas here or on my Facebook page. I would love to see pictures too!

Some fun contests are happening right now too! Check out Disney Junior’s Lego Duplo Build and Win contest and on Today’s Parent you can help your local Library WIN $500 in LEGO® DUPLO® products. Nominate and vote for your local library and you could take home a LEGO®DUPLO® Prize Pack too! Good luck!

Disclosure: I am a LEGO DUPLO Play Agent and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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