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Duplo My First Build
( Lego Systems, Inc. $24.99 Score: )

This set might have been an award winner, but it is one of those toys that comes with such a broad age label that it may end up fitting no one! My First Build comes with 59 bright blocks and elements plus four cards that are designed to help your child select the pieces needed and 'visualize the build' before they start. The cards are like a matching game that guide the builder step by step. We think this may be useful for older fours and fives, though way beyond most of the age group listed on the box, which says, 1  1/2 -5. We also think that some of the pieces are a bit too small for toddlers who typically still mouth their toys. The hose for the "gas pump" is long and snake like and sure to interest toddlers who frequently taste and chew on their toys. Although the toys appear to have passed the choke tube test, by being too long, many do fit down a toilet paper tube and are therefore a close call from our more guarded point of view. Why take the risk of having a toddler gag on a toy? We suggest you remove the hose and flowers if your toddler receives this set. We also question the value of building cards for this age group.
We do not believe preschoolers need to replicate a boat or vehicle others design rather than discovering how the blocks can combine to make objects of their own imagining. Developmentally, this proscribed kind of building is really far more appropriate for older children who want to make representational constructions. Young preschooler and certainly toddlers benefit more from exploring and discovering for themselves how to make their own symbolic settings. They often name something after they build it rather than setting out to make an object. This set includes a Duplo man figure, dog, windows, chair and cash register.

Age: Toddlers, Preschool, Early School Years. Review Published: Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.


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