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Lego 4080 Duplo: Brick Bucket Small

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      20.08.2012 00:15
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      Well worth "investing" in.

      Duplo is a great toy for small children, it keeps them quiet, is educating and is really good for their creative play. I initially bought this tub of Dublo for my godson for his first Birthday, he loved playing with it, I would build towers and he would knock them down.   A few years later I had my first child and when my daughter was about eight months the tub of starter Dublo came back to us, by this time my godson was four and had the "real" Lego.  To begin with I would play building towers and putting bricks together with my daughter, which she loved, especially knocking down the towers.  

      The Tub and Contents
      The tub is about 10x8x8in and filled to the brim with Duplo, which is basically big Lego for littler people!  The Duplo comes is a mixture of bright colours, mainly primary and secondary colours, the smaller bricks are about one inch squared with four notches on top, whilst the larger ones are double the length, rectangular in shape with eight notches.  To begin with we just played its the larger rectangular blocks, adding the small ones and the more exotic pieces - ones with curved edges, in later.  Without counting, I guess the box started out life with about forty bricks in it.

      Age Range and Safety
      The manufacturer recommends from two years up, but there is no reason why a much younger child can't play with the larger rectangular bricks.  The major worry would be choking on a brick, but the larger bricks are far too big to be a choking hazard, and even the smaller ones wouldn't be able to fit into a toddler's mouth, although I have to say I held smaller bricks back until my daughter was about 18 months just in case.  She still plays with them now at five, but this is probably because her little brother is also playing with them, but she does now have the little Lego and enjoys playing with that too.

      Educational
      I feel this a fun and versatile toy which is also very educational.  We used the bricks to talk about colours, building things, it's helped with my children's coordination skills, making colour patterns and the bricks have even been used to play other games like hide and seek! Over time I have bought new bricks, including house parts and people which also helps with creative play.

      Durability
      These are some tough bricks which have been in pretty much constant use for about nine years or so.  They still look like new, I have to admit I do keep them as an "inside" toy, so they are kept clean, but I also wash them in soapy water now and again so they are kept hygienically clean.  One thing is for sure, if you tread on one your foot comes off worst!

      Conclusion
      For about £25 this box is a truly excellent buy which will give small kids hours of fun and educational play over a number of years.  Definitely recommended!

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      01.07.2010 14:06
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      This set will last for years to come

      We bought a set of these Duplo bricks many moons ago and I am pleased to say that they are still going strong. The tub we have is a bright yellow one with with a red lid. I know the colours of the boxes have changed now to lighter greens and yellows but I believe the basic concept and contents of the boxes remains the same.

      The box we have has a sturdy yellow plastic bottom half, with a yellow carry handle. The lid is modelled to look like a large Lego block top and is in a bright post box red colour. As with all the Duplo blocks range, the blocks and bucket look chunky and long lasting, because they are!

      Once you have filled your box up with the Duplo blocks you put on your lid and then snap up the carry handle. This seems to lock the lid safely in place, so that you can carry your blocks out to the garden to play, or back to the toy cupboard to put them away.

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      The beauty of the Duplo block is that even teeny tiny hands can use them easily. The are the pumped up cousins of the smaller traditional Lego blocks.

      They are safer for play when used by younger smaller children, as they offer less choking hazards. They are also too big for kids to stick them up their noses or in their ears. This means no casualty visits needed for those children who just won't listen to the words, 'No, you aren't mean't to do that with it!'.

      Our box came with a series of chunky Duplo blocks in a variety of sizes. There were the square blacks with 4 notches on top, the rectangular double length blocks, with 8 notches, a few blocks with slightly curved sides/ edges to them to allow for more curvaeous makes. Also some flatter yet still chunky pieces to be used as bases for your car, house, etc.

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      There are also some ready set up car or vehicle bases. These have the wheels already set into the chunky block base. All you need to do is build on top of that to create your vehicle.

      Our set also had some flower type Lego pieces and a few blocks with eyes on, handy for making people, animals or cars with faces. I think we also had a few window shapes with it too, but only have the one left now.

      The Lego Duplo Bucket has given the kids hours of fun and play. The only things we bought to accompany this was a set of animals and people which we thought would boost its interest during play and the number block set. Once these were added, all sorts of scenarios and role play was enabled and the creation of Duplo objects and creatures was greatly enhanced.

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      Children do find the larger block size much easier to get to grips with. The blocks are much easier to snap on and off when needed and although the Duplo range is aimed at the under 5's, it does still have interest for slightly older children and I see no reason why kids of 6 to 8 wouldn't have fun with them.

      The blocks come in a range of bright colours including, red, blue, green and yellow. The lovely play with numbers set goes great with this one, as it has blocks with numbers on and a set of figures too. But children will still be happy just with this basic starter kit at first.

      I won't bore you with how long Lego has been around, but I will say that buying a set of these means that the children will be entertained for years to come and the quality of the Lego is really good. Our set was around £15 when we bought it but its been with us for some time and I know that prices now are more likely to be at least £20 for the same bucket, if not a little more. As ever shop around for the best prices.

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      Giving these Duplo blocks and bucket 5 stars, as even after all these years our set still works well.

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