Washi Tape Lego Duplo!

washi tape craft for kids I will cry when we finally give away our Lego Duplo , but considering my 8 year old will still happily play with it I am not packing it up yet. One of the things I like to do with toys that we already have to make them fresh is to find new ways to use them or ways to make them seem new. Enter washi tape. If you aren’t familiar with washi tape it’s colorful paper tape that comes off easily so not only can you reposition it you can remove it. I added some washi tape to my daughter’s Lego Duplo on a whim around Valentine’s Day and posted it to Instagram and the response was great enough I knew I needed to do a full post about it here.  As you will see washi tape Lego Duplo can also be used for more directed activities too. Scroll down to see what we did with it.

Gather your materials. You will need some blocks – we used Duplo but Mega Blocks or Little People Builder blocks would work, as would regular old wooden blocks. You will also need some washi tape. I got ours online here ( affiliate link), as well as some Scotch brand washi tape at Target. lego duplo game for kids from no time for flash cards

Start by wrapping the tape around the blocks. Make a few blocks with the same tape. Lego Duplo activity

Time to build. washi tape blocks for kids Mix the different blocks with tape along with some without the tape for a fun group of blocks to build with. washi tape on lego duplo blocks

If you are looking for a structured activity here are two that emerged from our play :

lego matching game with duplo

Match all the similar patterns – dots and stripes. I suggested she count them to see which had more by casually saying ” I wonder which tower has more blocks.” duplo lego game

And then match the exact tape patterns. She counted them all without me prompting it, which is exactly what I love to see!

duplo matching patterns game

Have you re-vamped any of your kids toys to stimulate more play? Tell me about it in comments or share it with out Facebook community on our No Time For Flash Cards Facebook Page!

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Lego Duplo Preschool Activities

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Looking around my children’s playroom it’s easy to see what the favorite toy is. It’s Lego Duplo. Even though my oldest who is 7 has been playing with classic Lego for years now he will still happily play with Duplo with his little sister. Creating castles, forts,bridges, airports, guns, and our favorite Hex-bug mazes! Playing creatively with Duplo is the bulk of what we do with the toy but these colorful and sturdy blocks are also wonderful manipulatives for learning. Here are 8 Lego Duplo preschool activities we have used for fun and learning. Click through the title to be taken to the full activity post.

duplo color sorting

1. Color Sorting with Duplo lego painted wrapping paper

2. Painting with Duplolearning with duplo for preschool

3. Replicating Structureslearning with lego

4.Measuring with Duplolearning with lego3

5.Duplo Playdough Printsduplo building game

6.Building A Rainbow With Duplo

alphabet hunt outdoors with duplo

7.Outdoor Alphabet Hunt with Duplo

lego math roll and build game

8. Roll and Build Duplo Math Game  

Lego Books For New Readers

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Calling All Cars

City Adventures, No. 3: Calling All Cars! (Lego Reader, Level 1) by Sonia Sander was the first Lego book we checked out from the library a few years ago. We’ve since bought the book because my son loved reading it and could do it without any help in preschool.  The story is a simple one about a bank robber and the police that must save the day. Stories like this really appeal to young kids because they are so black and white. The bad guy stole money , now the good guy will get him! What I love about them is that they involve him even more in the Lego world, and after reading he does go and create more.

Lego books

LEGO City: Ready for Takeoff! (Level 1) is not just a cute book for Lego fans but also for anyone taking a trip by plane to get their kids ready for what to expect.  I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the details and how well it helped us prep my son for air travel. We got it for a trip from Seattle to Chicago we took a few summers ago and it was an instant hit. The text is a great mix of sight words, words that need to be sounded out and the illustrations are wonderfully helpful for kids needing visual clues for some words.  Even if you aren’t going on a plane any time soon this is a good book all about air travel, and it just happens to also be set in Lego City.

lego-kingdoms-defend-castle

LEGO Kingdoms Defend the Castle (DK READERS) by Hannah Dolan is another Lego book that we’ve had for years but never makes it into the donation box.  This one is about two feuding groups of knights and there is an evil wizard in there too. Knights are a big part of my son’s pretend play so I knew this book would be a hit when I bought it. I like the vocabulary in this book, my son loves big words and I find him repeating the words quietly to himself as he practices the pronunciation.  It makes me happy to know he is reading what he wants to but I don’t have to worry that he isn’t being stretched as a reader or reading complete drivel in an attempt to read what he’s interested in.

How do you play with Lego Duplo at your house?