It is maybe through my own love of Lego Duplo that my children now have a large collection, built up from many sources, some new, some passed on to us and some bought second hand.
Lego Duplo sits nicely in the middle of the Primo range, which has large chunky bricks and is intended for very young children and the standard Lego range, which contains very small intricate parts and is aimed at older children. Duplo is small enough for my eldest child to make wonderful deigns with, yet not small enough to pose any risk for my youngest child. What is more they both thoroughly enjoy it.
I cannot remember exactly when I bought the Lego Duplo road sweeper, number 4978, though I do remember that the previous week we had been out on a walk and my son had seen his first real road sweeper. He was amazed and in awe of it and from then on he included the machine in his role play, often pretending to be a road sweeper himself. I decided that it was time to buy him one of his own.
I purchased this toy from an Ebay store, not second hand but an actual online distributor of new Lego products. It was at the time around £13 after delivery charges. There are currently none of these being sold via Ebay, however Amazon are selling them at £24 with free delivery. In my opinion this is a little too high a price for this size of toy. In fact the size is comparable to the Lego Duplo digger that Amazon themselves are selling at just £9.99! I think this may be a mistake that they need to rectify.
The recommended age range for this product is from two to five years.
Included in the set are the vehicle base, the arm with sweeping mechanism, a beacon, a driver in orange overalls, a spade, a dustbin and three bricks, one beige, one taupe and one brown depicting a crate of red apples. Lego Duplo sets tend to be this simple and there aren't a great deal of bricks in them. It does take quite a while to build up a sizeable collection.
Setting this model up is quite straight forward with the picture on the front for guidance if needed. The parts are in nothing more than small plastic bags inside the box. There are no fiddly wires to conquer before you get to your toy!
The pieces fit securely together and can be taken apart again with ease. Each is very sturdy and durable, a great quality of Lego. In fact within my children's collection there are pieces that I have bought which date back to the 1970's and they are still in great condition with no breakages.
When pushed along the brushes on the sweeping mechanism role and rotate. This part is hinged, as is the arm which can be lifted up.
This toy, and Lego in general, is wonderful for encouraging creativity and once those creations are complete then it is a great toy for role play too. What I like so much about construction toys like this is that my husband and I can get involved too. We sit and help our children to build things as well as building things on request from them.
My son is a very clever little soul and he soon learned a little trick to turn this road sweeper into another of his favourite machines, a digger! The cover of the sweeping mechanism can be clipped off the arm and the brushes can be taken out of it. If you then clip the cover back onto the arm but upside down it looks rather like a scoop and the vehicle then becomes a digger. This digger has even been taken out into the garden to dig up my flower beds!
Lego is very easy to keep clean from the inevitable sticky fingers and food spillages. It can be cleaned quite simply with a bowl of warm soapy water or wiped down with a baby cleansing wipe.
The Lego Duplo road sweeper is a fantastic addition to our ever growing collection. It is one which is played with often and very loved by both of my children.