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.
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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 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 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?