With a little encouragement, creative play is a great way to help your child to learn more about the world around them
Children love to play – and they are learning so much with every game and activity they tackle. Whether they’re absorbed in the storytelling of small world play or tearing round the living room at top speed with a handful of building bricks, every moment is about making connections in the brain – they’re exploring and learning about the world.
Your toddler’s imagination is limitless. To be an astronaut and fly to the moon, they just need loo rolls to imagine their rocket ship. Or maybe that giant cardboard box will make a great racing car, while your kitchen colander will be the perfect racing helmet.
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Visit Old Macdonald with the LEGO® DUPLO® Farm Adventures
Take a trip to the farm with LEGO® DUPLO®. Your little one can feed the calf her milk and have piggy’s trough ready for dinner.
Eager architects can design a simple chicken coop, and by using different coloured towels or material, you can help your child to create a whole farm on the floor – a yellow cushion can be a corn field, a blue scarf a stream.
Children like to use whatever’s to hand to express themselves, so let them experiment with safe, age-appropriate materials.
Have fun at the farm with the LEGO® DUPLO® Farm Adventures
Get creative with the LEGO® DUPLO® My First Animal Brick Box
1 Encourage your little one to give different voices to the animals in the LEGO® DUPLO® My First Animal Brick Box set. What noise will the elephant make? How about the snapping crocodile or the ferocious lion? Let them decide!
2 Create an awesome LEGO® DUPLO® shadow theatre for your child’s small world play. Slot a piece of A4 paper between two brick towers, add a simple stage and some characters, then create a phone holder backstage using more bricks. Turn on your phone’s torch, stand it against the holder and you’re ready for curtains up!
Have hours of fun with the LEGO® DUPLO® My First Animal Brick Box
Make Your Own Milestones
Celebrate your toddler’s milestones as they explore and use their imagination to bring magical, creative worlds of play to life. LEGO® DUPLO® is great for encouraging fine motor skills, and when you play alongside your child, they’ll start to understand social skills like turn-taking and sharing.
They might not be ready to talk just yet, but those babbles as they voice animal sounds are real signposts that they’re on the way!
Bathtime is still playtime
Let your little ones dive into the depths of their imagination during bathtime with the LEGO® DUPLO® Submarine Adventure set.
1 Create a fun mini coral reef with the seaweed and underwater flowers for the cute bubble-blowing clownfish and divers to explore.
2 With a little help from the bright and chunky submarine, let your child explore cause and effect as they watch the sub float on the water’s surface, then watch the bubbles rise as they plunge it to the depths of the seafloor.
Have fun under the sea with the LEGO® DUPLO® Submarine Adventures
Watch and learn – from your little ones!
Watch your little ones as they play, and learn alongside them as they practice names and sounds and develop their verbal skills. With your help, they can create whatever their imagination comes up with, developing invaluable skills for life and their insatiable curiosity can inspire you to think differently!
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