My Son received this set for a 2nd birthday present and although we own lots of Lego Duplo, this set was something a bit different from their "Read and Build" range. Instead of a generic brick box like we already own, this product comes in a little plastic case which includes a small collection of 15 shaped bricks and short board book entitled "Busy Farm". These all fit in perfectly and so the product can be packed away neatly between uses. The book tells a simple story of a day at the farm and follows the farmer as he goes about his daily jobs, such as cleaning out the pigpen and counting the sheep. The idea of the set is that as you read the book, you can make the animals that you come across in the story - namely a rooster, a pig, a sheep and a cow. Each lego animal is made up of between 3 and 5 duplo pieces and the book clearly shows which pieces are needed for each animal and shows how the animals should be constructed. The duplo pieces which represent the animal faces have eyes printed on them which is a nice touch and makes the animals less abstract than they would be otherwise!
The box states that this product is suitable for children between the ages of 1.5 and 4 years, however I would say that this product is better suited to the younger age range as my 4 year old shows no interest in it whatsoever and it is far too basic for her for her to complete. My son enjoys playing with it and can construct the animals with a bit of help. He likes the story and has fun making the lego animals interact with each other. As part of the story, children are encouraged to make the animal noises of the lego animals and he also likes doing this as it makes it even more engaging. The book is simple and the illustrations are bright and visually appealing in a pleasant and colourful cartoon style.
I do like this item, although I probably wouldn't buy one of the other versions available - Grow Caterpillar Grow! or Let's Go! Vroom! Although the product is fun and something a bit different from Lego, it has limited appeal due to the very specific pieces included - you can't really be creative with it at all aside from building the animals. As mentioned earlier, it is more appealing to younger children and I would be quite happy to buy this as a little present for a friend's child as it is a nice little set and a standalone item which doesn't require them to already own other Lego duplo products. However I do feel that the price is a bit on the high side - £9.99 for such a small amount of lego, which can only really be used to construct the animals in the book is a bit too expensive really. A lower price point would be more appealing to me, but as this was a present, I do not know how much our set was purchased for.
My son received this book and Duplo set for his first birthday and I think it was the perfect present as its just right for his age in my opinion, there is something to read and more importantly there is something to build which is one of his favourite things to do.
So, what exactly is it? Well the set contains a hardbound book and 15 duplo bricks and as you read the book about the farm animals it tells you how to put the bricks together to make your very own farm animals. I love that they have combined reading with play and its a great way of teaching without kids being aware that they are actually doing something educational as well as fun.
According to an article I read, Duplo (trademarked as DUPLO) is a product range of the construction toy Lego, designed for children aged 1½ to 5 years old. Duplo bricks are twice the length, height and width of traditional Lego bricks, making them easier to handle and less likely to be swallowed by younger children. Despite their size, they are still compatible with traditional Lego bricks. Initially launched in 1969, the Duplo range has gone on to include sets with figures, cars, houses and trains."
First of all, if you read this just as a book I think its a very interesting read for a young child as it explains all about a busy day on a farm and what a farmer has to do and all about his animals. The pictures are bright and bold and colourful and there is just enough text on each page to keep a child interested. The text is bold and easy to read and what I also like is there are animals sounds written on the book as well so you can mimmick each animal and teach them to your child. We read about a rooster, pigs, sheep, and cows. Then on the right hand side of each page there is a picture of the bricks you need to make each animal and how to put them together. Each animal is only three of four pieces (except the rooster which has 5 pieces) and is easy and simple to put together. I would say that at this point in time my one year old cannot put them together so I have to do it but he enjoys playing with them and taking them apart once I have finished them. They look quite realistic and its amazing to see how only three bricks can actually make a realistic looking animal. Of course, there are a few bricks with eyes on which make it a bit more realistic but still, I find it very clever.
The Duplo bricks are well made and sturdy and I have no fears that my little boy could swallow them. If you want to see a photo I have a lovely shot of the pig and the cow that I made. A lovely little book and a great way of encouraging reading and play.
Age: 0-3 Years