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Teach your toddler to count with LEGO® DUPLO®!

One, two, three – help your child build their number skills in the most fun way


Counting toes, counting toys or counting how many times your child can jump up and down, learning through play is a brilliant way to teach numbers.


And once your toddler is interested in counting, it opens up endless possibilities. How many puddles to splash in, how many fish fingers on the plate, how many bricks in a tower…

One, two, here comes Choo Choo

The LEGO® DUPLO® Number Train is a colourful introduction to counting as your toddler works on early number recognition, building and rebuilding the train with different number combinations.

Count and play with the LEGO® DUPLO® Number Train

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Let’s play!

  1. Build a giant train with your little one and see if they can help you put the bricks in the right order.
  2. Transform the numbers into a tower as tall as a rocket, count down from 10 and then… blast off!

LEGO® DUPLO® isn’t just for building, especially if your toddler is still getting to grips with those fine motor skills required for joining two or more bricks together. The train comes with a cute cat and two figures for small world play, so children can drive round the kitchen and offload the cargo of numbers at all the imaginary calling points with pretend passengers on board.

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Colour me clever!

Each brick is a different colour, which helps children memorise and then recall the digits.

Let’s play!

  1. Ask your child to bring the green number 1 and the orange number 9, helping them to learn their colours and familiarise themselves with counting.
  2. Take a set of LEGO® DUPLO® train bricks and assign each number with a different task. For example

1 = turn around once
2 = jump up twice
3 = clap 3 times

Then take it in turns to pick a brick with your child and complete the actions. See how many fun number-linked activities you can come up with together but don’t feel you have to invent a whole decathlon!

Colour and count – fun printable activity sheets here

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Tower tournament!

Once your child is starting to count, you can have a great time together with a tower-building contest.

Let’s play!

Roll a dice and have a race to build the tallest tower. If your child rolls a 6, that’s 6 bricks stacked on top of each other. If your child gets a 1, then cross fingers for more luck on the next throw.

It’s a great way to improve fine motor skills building bricks together, as well as a gentle introduction to playing games with rules, learning the idea of turn-taking and developing a range of social skills relating to sharing.

I can do it on my own!

Solo play is an exciting milestone to mark as you watch your child start to play independently. It strengthens their sense of identity and helps them play happily in a group or being at ease playing on their own

Even if your child is playing alone, it’s easy to incorporate numbers and counting into their play.

Let’s play!

Take a large upturned cardboard box and cut several doorways into it for a simple garage. Number the doors and get your child to have a go driving their LEGO® DUPLO® vehicles into the correct door.

Navigating cars into a cardboard box garage is a fun play at driving – and a great introduction to understanding and acting on instructions.

Celebrate your child as the individual they are with LEGO® DUPLO®’s Make Your Own Milestones campaign.

Dream up your own magical moments and make a note of the milestones they’ve reached. It’s all about thinking outside the box – of bricks!


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Colour and count – fun printable activity sheets here

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