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This is a fastastic introduction to Duplo for a little one. We received this as a birthday gift for our little boy and he loves it.
The train is easily connected together with even little hands. The different blocks allow for a bit of creativity in building the carriages.
After this sparked a massive interest and love of duplo, we have since added to our little boy's collection and while the train parts are quite specific, the rest of the number blocks have happily found their way into tower and house building projects!
My son really likes this train as its brightly coloured easy to attach the carriages together and pulls nicely along the floor or a duplo track which I had from my childhood. I bought this for my sons second birthday and 6 months on it still gets played with several times a week. The great thing with duplo is that it is all compatible so can be added to existing sets you already own or additional sets bought to add to the collection at a future date. It's great for teaching hand eye coordination and the numbered blocks can be used for counting as your child gets older. The front train carriage is really cute and easy to take the driver in and out of as it has a lift up hood. The dog is a cute addition although I don't think particularly relevant to this set. It's a good introduct for younger children to the world of lego and also allows them to be creative by using the blocks to build different shapes. The one thing that I think is a shame is that you can only fit 9 of the numbered blocks on the train and think it would have been much nice if you could have fitted all 10 of them onto it. It hard wearing and easy to clean if it's had sticky fingers playing with it. All in all this is another great duplo product and one of the toys that gets lots of use so well worth the money.
My 2 and a half year old son, Oscar, is a big fan of trains. He is also obsessed with numbers, so when I saw this Number Train from Duplo, I had to get it for him. He got it for Christmas, and it has been played with every single day since.
You get a variety of bricks, numbers 1 to 10, 4 wheeled sections, an engine, funnel and driver section, a dog and a boy figure. The price varies greatly from shop to shop. It is currently £12 from Amazon.
As with all Lego branded toys, it is of very high quality. The bricks are sturdy and hardwearing, and the colours are really bright and attractive for toddlers. You do pay a bit more for Duplo, when compared with Megabloks for example, but the quality is much better.
The train can be built in several different ways. Oscar loves counting and orders, so his favourite way to play is to line the numbers up in order along the wheeled sections of the train. We have also made bridges, pyramids and towers. We have a couple of other sets of Duplo, and it is great fun to join them all together.
Duplo is a perfect size for toddlers. Oscar's older cousins have some actual Lego, and although Oscar is past the phase of trying to eat any toy he sees, it still worries me a bit as it's very small. Duplo is just right, and I can feel confident about leaving Oscar to play without my constant supervision.
We have had lots of fun with this train playset, although I think it is better as part of a collection, rather than just on it's own.
My two year old son loves building and has a number of sets of duplo, which he enjoys piecing together and pulling apart again. He also has a love of numbers and counting. Therefore this set was an ideal purchase for him as it had a variety of components to it - numbers, building and the fact that it makes a vehicle that he can push along the floor. I purchased the train about three months ago for £8.99 from John Lewis. It typically retails at anywhere from £7.99 to £13.99 - it's price seems to fluctuate regularly and between retailers.
The set comes inside a cardboard box which has a colourful picture on the front with the completed train chugging along in the countryside. It displays the Lego Duplo logos and the suggested age range for the product, which is 2-5 years. Inside the box, the bricks come inside clear plastic bags.
The set includes coloured rectangular blocks with the numbers 1 to 10 displayed on one face - the numbers are all in different , bright colours. There are also four wheeled blocks provided. Each are long and thin and have four yellow wheels on their sides so that they push along the floor. These pieces are used to make the base of the train engine and three wagons. Each wagon can be loaded with three of the number blocks so that the numbers 1 to 9 can be read in numeric order along the train. There are three rounded coloured pieces that can be used as roofs to the wagons - orange, green and blue. There are also pieces provided to make up the engine - a driver's carriage in red which has a hinged yellow roof that can be lifted up to place a driver inside, a green top of the engine with a red funnel and a red guard for the front of the engine. There are also a handful of square brick pieces, a dog (white with a few black spots and black ears) and a boy figure with a cap.
My son enjoys building with this set, although cannot always figure out quite how to make the engine up correctly. As he gets older, he is getting the idea of this more but at the lower age range of the product (he is two and a half) I would probably not expect him to get it right every time. He does, however, love the number feature of this set and can correctly line these up in ascending numerical order and place them on the correct wagons. He will also happily play with the number blocks separately from the train - either building them into an independent tower or placing combinations of numbers together to make other numbers e.g. one and six to make sixteen.
When we build the train correctly (together) he enjoys pulling and pushing this around the floor and it moves very well. The carriages also stay together well which is great as vehicles that come apart are a real bugbear of mine - largely because they frustrate my son so much and also because hearing 'mummy fix it' every couple of minutes can get monotonous! My son also loves the figures provided with the set and will make the dog ride the train and the boy drive it.
My son perhaps enjoys this set most when he combines it with other sets that he owns. Aside from the train, there are not really enough bricks in the set to build other things e.g. a station for the train to call at. He has a tub of bricks and a further number set so he has lots of other pieces to use to add to the imaginative play possibilities of this set - including more passengers or even carriages for his train.
As with all duplo, this set is well made and the bricks are brightly coloured and push together nicely so a toddler can build with them with ease. I think the number train is a great idea to familiarise children with numbers in a fun way and help them to learn to count. My son was already familiar with his numbers before he had this set so I can't really comment on its use for that purpose but it has helped reinforce what he has already learnt and we can use it for other purposes too, as I say combining numbers to make other numbers etc.
The building aspect helps with hand-eye co-ordination, manipulative skills and problem solving. There are also a lot of bright colours in the set to help with colour recognition. As with all smaller duplo sets, I think they offer more as a complimentary set to a larger collection rather than a standalone set. The different blocks in this set would only hold my son's attention for a limited amount of time - which would predominantly be spent pushing the completed train around. As part of a larger set, we can build a station, roads, houses, cars etc to really support imaginative play.
My main negative about this set, and it's nothing major, is that you are provided with the numbers 1 to 10 for the number train but the train has only space for nine numbers. It would have been nice if one of the wagons could have been made slightly longer so that all of the numbers could be accommodated.
Overall, this is a nice little duplo set for boys and girls alike. It is fun to play with and has a nice learning aspect too. It is best when combining with other sets but can be used as a standalone set as a train. It makes a lovely present for younger toddlers, I am not sure that those at the upper end of the age range (4 or 5 years old) would appreciate this quite so much. If you can get it for under £10, I would say it is well worth doing so.
When Hope was one we bought our first ever set of Duplo and she enjoyed playing with it and so over the last couple of years we have bought several more sets. Now that she has a little brother they play with it more than ever with the pair of them sitting together building all kinds of things and so when our little boy turned two this year (yes two, no idea where the time has gone...) we were really delighted when friends of ours bought him this number train. He has now had it for a month and plays with it, along with Hope, almost every single day. It is a brilliant toy.
Duplo, Duplo, Duplo
Duplo is basically a young person's lego! The pieces in Duplo are much bigger and they tend to be more colourful due to the fact that they are aimed at little ones. I had Duplo when I was little and can remember making houses with it along with my brother. You can buy all different kinds of Duplo now from a pet shop set to a building set and they tend to start from around £8. It is nice to have so much choice although it is also very tempting as I find that I am attracted to it and want to buy it all! Whichever packs you buy they can be used all together which makes it even more fun. Since both of my children enjoy playing with it I am really pleased that we bought it for them.
When my little one opened this as soon as he saw it he announced "choochoo!" at the moment he is train mad so this gift is absolutely perfect for him! He couldn't wait to get it open so he could start playing with it right away and to be honest- neither could I as it just looks so inviting on the box! Inside there were about 4 plastic bags with various blocks and things inside. This was all, no huge amounts of excessive packaging that would take forever to open. I opened all the bags for him and he dived in.
Now at first when you open it none of the pieces are joined so it didn't look like a train, he was a little confused but I soon fitted pieces together so it was a train, this only took a minute and if you are unsure there is a diagram on the back of the box to follow. That is the joy of Duplo- everything is basic so the wheels of the train don't look like a train until you add to it with your funnel and the engine compartment but you could also choose to add different things to these wheels to make it a truck or a car or something using your other packs so it is really down to your imagination what you make of it.
The train is great, it has the front compartment and then four carriages. The carriages can carry the number blocks. These are from 1-9 and the colour background they are on are in an order such as red, orange and yellow so it gradually works down the colour spectrum. Of course your train doesn't have to carry the number blocks, they could carry the builder that comes with it or the dog... it is up to you! Or you could use the number block '10' which is shown in the pictures as being a part of a tree...
Watching my little people play
Within this pack you get enough to have a good play with it, you don't need to have lots of other Duplo, or any other Duplo at all. When we first opened it we just played with this pack so that we could see exactly what we got. We made the train and also a tunnel for the train to go through, it was a tight squeeze and sometimes the tunnel would fall over but that was part of the fun! My children both loved it! Now, however, it is mixed in with the other Duplo sets. Now that it is mixed in I find that they don't often make this into a train but tend to use the wheels separately, they will just sit a cat or another character on it and push it along, or they will chase each other with it having a race. I sometimes wonder if this is because they have forgotten it makes a train or if it's just because they like to play with it in a simple fashion.
When they play with this is keeps them very quiet! They have the Duplo in front of them and make a whole host of things. At the moment their favourite thing to do is make a tower block as tall as possible and then it is usually the case of the wheel parts to be driven into the tower to knock it down! What is great is that the numbers included in this set are really helping Hope. She has struggled with recognising numbers but now she is really up to scratch and will pass me whichever number I ask for. I also am teaching her how putting two numbers together creates another- like 3 and 1 together is 31 and this is helping to introduce to her larger numbers.
What is great
What is great about this set is how appealing it is. I must admit that as soon as it was opened I really wanted to get down and play with them. It was fun to put it all together with the little ones and to see what they made of it. It is brilliant because it is very, very easy to use and it appeals to both my 2 year old and my nearly 5 year old and not many toys manage to do that! They will quite happily play with this for a hour or so and in the morning it is the first toy they reach for. It is bright and colourful which I think is a huge part of the appeal, you don't just get all the same shade but a huge variety of different colours of blocks, cars and so forth. The different colours mean you can introduce to children new colours and how there are different shades such as the light blue, mid blue and dark blue number blocks. The number blocks are also great because they help to teach children. My favourite thing about this set is that it helps to encourage children to concentrate, often my little boy likes to be racing around but when he is playing with this he sits still and really focusses on what he is doing which is a big change so it's lovely to see him like this.
Who is it for?
This set is for both girls and boys, I find most Duplo is unisex which is great for us seeing as we have one of each. It says suitable from 2 until 5 although we introduced Duplo for the first time to our little ones at about 1 but we made sure we stayed in the same room at the same time so that any little pieces couldn't be put in the mouth. I do think the age range of 2-5 is a good one though. It's also good if you are hoping to introduce numbers to your little ones or if your little one is into trains just like mine is!
I am not at all disappointed by this. When I helped our little one open it I was really pleased and now that we have had it a month I am still really pleased as it's just as good I was expecting. It is really easy to play with, I don't need to sit and monitor how they play or help them, they are capable of putting pieces together themselves and creating things using their imaginations without input. It is nice to see them playing independently I think this is really important as is getting creative and they can certainly get creative with this! It is bright and colourful making it really appealing and attractive. The quality is great, it's made from robust plastic that can easily be cleaned so no matter how sticky their fingers when playing with this I can always wipe it down afterwards using a wipe and it's as good as new again! The numbers on the train don't scratch off, it's all slightly shiny which provides more protection. These have been thrown around, knocked down from a great height and even had a bit of a gnaw on and so far they haven't come to any harm at all so I suspect we will have these for a long time! It is really nice to see both my little girl and little boy playing with this together, not many toys appeal to them both but this certainly does. I have always really liked Duplo and this is my favourite set so far, it's amazing how all the pieces look fine on their own and can be played with separately but if you put them together in a certain way it will make such a good train! I have seen it recently for £12 and I think that is a fine price to pay for something which is so much fun and is likely to be played with for a long time.
Features: 10 numbered bricks, dog, a boy, 3 wagon bases + main locomotive and other assorted bricks
Together with a big box of duplo, I think this is one of our most played toys in the house.
A toy that last from very young toddler to pre-schooler and even older children still enjoy playing with this.
It's a number one favourite to encourage imaginative and creative play. But this set also includes the number 1-9 and therfore can help with first counting and number recognition.
The bricks and all other parts are nice and chunk and therefore easy to handle for little hands.
And they are so sturdy! So even this toy is made from plastic, it will not need to go in a landfill. This stuf will still be around for your grandchildren to play with! It is practically indestructible - even the dog did not manage to break it! If it get's dirty you just wipe it clean or even chuck it in the dishwasher. The colours also never seem to fade.
I think this is suitable from about 18 month. My little one liked to just rummage through the bricks at that age, later started sorting them by colour and pitting random ones together and now at just under three he makes up loads of different cars (cranes, police cars, fire engines etc). It's played with every day!
It is a little on the pricey side to start with, but it well makes up for that over years of use.
One of the presents that my little girl received for her recent third birthday was the Duplo 10558 Number Train. This is one of the newer sets in the Duplo range and is marketed as a toy which will assist children in learning to count. As I have mentioned in previous reviews of Duplo sets, Duplo is a consistently popular toy in our house and this set is no exception.
* The Product *
The Duplo Number Train is packaged in a brightly coloured cardboard box with a clear, colourful picture of the train on the front. This is instantly appealing to young children and had my daughter clamouring for us to 'open it, open it' straight away. On opening the box, the familiar bright plastic blocks are stored in small plastic bags - this keeps everything together well but obviously does delay the opening process a bit, not always the best when you have an impatient three year old on your hands. Once opened, the construction of the train itself is very simple. There is an engine which needs to be put together, three additional carriages, blocks featuring the numbers 1-10, a few additional blocks, a train driver and a Dalmatian. As you would expect from Duplo, the quality of this product is fantastic and it fits well with other sets in the Duplo range.
* Playability *
There are multiple ways of playing with this product. The most simple way is as an individual toy in its own right. In my opinion, the contents of this set are sufficient for a child to play with the set for a significant period of time without needing any additional sets to enhance their play. This is probably especially true of children right at the younger end of the target age-range who are often happy to push a wheeled vehicle around the floor for long periods of time. Additionally, this product can be used in addition to other Duplo sets. We already own a collection of Duplo railway track pieces, and I was very pleased to discover that this train was compatible with that track. My daughter has started building more train tracks since receiving this train, although I'm not sure whether that is down to the appeal of the specific toy itself or more because receiving the train reminded her that we already had the train tracks. We also have a battery powered engine which can push this train around the track which again adds to her enjoyment of playing with the toy. Imaginative play is my daughter's favourite activity at the moment and, so far, this train has taken the Duplo people to the shops (like mother, like daughter), on a journey round a park and, most frequently, has been used as a Zoo Train taking the Duplo people to see the animals.
Of course, the other advantage of a number-based train such as this is the educational benefits. My little girl still struggles with counting to ten consistently. She 'can' do it on occasional, but it seems to be more by luck than anything else at the moment. We have been using the train to encourage her to count, recognise numbers and put them in order on to the carriages. This is an activity that she enjoys doing from time to time, especially under the influence of her big brother, but she doesn't tend to focus on it for that long. There are other educational / developmental benefits of this toy as well as enhancing number recognition. Putting the pieces together is great for the development of fine motor skills and the possibilities for imaginative play and creation of small world scenarios are endless, especially when used in conjunction with other sets such as the train tracks or simply additional figures who can be used to make conversation with each other. You can also use the blocks for working on colour recognition and identifying some basic shapes, which all add to the experience of learning without realising that they are actually 'learning'.
* Cost and Purchasing *
As this is a relatively new set, it is very widely available. The cheapest price I have found online is £12.99 from both John Lewis and direct from Lego themselves - I would steer well clear of the current £18.75 Amazon price though!
* Final Thoughts *
This is yet another Duplo set that I would highly recommend. It is fun for young children to play with and I would suggest suitable from about 18 months, as there are no small pieces for them to swallow and they would still gain enjoyment from pushing the train around, even if they don't yet possess the fine motor skills needed to construct it. For the older end of the age range, this train is both good fun and educational, as it encourages number recognition, construction skills, colour identification and creative play. It is also good value for money and connects well with other sets in the range.
When my daughter was less than a year, her grandparents gave her some duplo. Initially she didn't show much interest but in the last couple of months, when her imagination has started to develop more (albeit still at a basic level) she has started to really enjoy playing with this. Due to this, I wanted to get her a little bit more duplo so she could start to accumulate a set. I don't usually purchase big toys for my little girl outside of birthdays or Christmas, but given I hadn't actually bought her any duplo and I was using an amazon voucher to pay for it, I thought I would just get her a little treat and bought this Lego Duplo Number train for just over £12 at the time on amazon, though I see it is currently retailing at £10 on amazon, which in my opinion is a great price.
My daughter likes a little bit of construction but she isn;t as interested in construction as in little figures, moving them in and out of things etc, and she particularly likes the vehicles and people that come with duplo, rather than the building element. She also is quite good at recognising some of the numbers up to 10, so knowing that she liked trains or 'choo choos' as she likes to call them, and that she is interested in numbers, I thought this might offer a good combination.
My daughter was so excited when this toy arrived. As you can see from the box itself, it is a very bright colourful product, which obviously appeals to young children. There were no instructions inside the box of how to put this train together, but there were plenty of pictures on the actual box to allow you to work out how to put the train together, and it wasn't at all difficult. The front of the train has a little can with a yellow liftable lid so the train driver that comes as part of the set, can be slotted in. There are then three different coloured carriages that can be joined to each other to form a long train all with wheels so can be freely moved, although my daughter likes to pull the train up the side of the sofa and run it along and it doesn't always stay together when she does this, but that is understandable.
On each carriage, you can place three of the numbers, and if put in order, only the number 10 block is left out, but even then, it can be added on top, or made into a tower etc. It isn't even necessary to put the numbers on, if the child isn't interested, and instead, it may just be that the train is used with the basic carriages. A little black and white dog comes with the set as well, so even the dog alone can be placed on one of the carriages, which is what my daughter particularly likes doing.
Like any duplo product you are not restricted to simply using the bricks to build a train each time, and my daughter uses the coloured bricks and number bricks with her other duplo for various activities. She loves the little duplo man and dog in this set but I can see as she gets older how she enjoys playing with the numbers more and using them in her play.
For any child that likes duplo or construction there are enough bricks and possibilities for building with this product to keep their attention. If a child, like my daughter, likes little people and vehicles etc and moving people in and out of things, then again this too an enjoyable toy for that purpose with the added extra of numbers to encourage early counting and number recognition. I should also say that although this toy states that it is suitable for children from age 2 -5 years, my daughter is currently 19 months and I see no reasons why it couldn't be used, with obvious supervision from an adult, although I don't think any of the parts of small enough to be of danger.
All in all, I am really pleased with this train, particularly for the price. My daughter is obviously pleased too and it means she can extend her playtime with her duplo as she a little bit more now to interact with and play with for longer.