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Lego 4080 Duplo: Brick Bucket Small
Member Name: Coffeetiere
Lego 4080 Duplo: Brick Bucket Small
Advantages: Excellent value, good for play and learning
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.
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.
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!
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!
Summary: Well worth "investing" in.
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