More than just child’s play – why DUPLO blocks are actually learning blocks

September 28, 2016


I used to get mildly irritated that my son's first choice of toy was the pricier one, and that he would rather opt for LEGO sets (DUPLO when he was younger) than pretty much anything else.

It was through blogging, reading and hearing developmental experts that I realised that through building my son was learning brilliant skills, and that maybe the sets were worth the tantrums and tears in toy stores, and maybe my money was being well spent for this out-of-school education.


So how is DUPLO more than just fun and games? For preschoolers, there are several benefits: social and emotional development, confidence building, maths and science skills, and language development.

Here's more on each one, and why you should bust open the DUPLO box:

Social & emotional development

Kids use DUPLO bricks and figures during play to try on different roles and explore relationships. This role-play encourages them to work together to solve problems and to express and phrase themselves in relation to others. 

Confidence building

Children express themselves creatively and artistically while constructing the wonderful ideas from their imaginations. Kids use the bricks as a tool for thinking, communicating and developing an understanding and appreciation of each other’s ideas and contributions.

Maths and science skills

DUPLO inspires young minds to explore numbers, shapes and colours, and problem solving through playing together. Children learn to experiment by constructing and deconstructing their different creations. As they construct together, the bricks and figures help them to understand concepts such as simple addition and subtraction.

Language development

Children learn about communication as they begin to express their thoughts and ideas. With DUPLO, kids construct fairytales and "stories" through their creations, and are able to tell imaginative stories about them.


What do you think are the biggest benefits of DUPLO for your child? I'd love to hear.

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  • Stephanie

    I am so glad to read this article, my toddler is 2.5 years old and her and her cousin want building blocks for Christmas and their birthdays (December and January), my sister-in-law mentioned the duplo blocks and I see there is a wide variety, now just to choose the right ones for our girls..

    September 28, 2016 at 5:34 am Reply
    • Tanya

      It’s always a great gift choice. All the best with the shopping! They might not be old enough yet, but I get my son to choose a few of his favourites, so that I know what he’ll like and appreciate, and then buy from his pool of choices 🙂

      September 29, 2016 at 7:08 am Reply
  • Jeanne de Meillon

    Building blocks is one of the few activities that keeps my 3year old occupied for long periods of time. She will play with her blocks for hours sharing with her sisters or building castles with her dad. She absolutely LOVES her blocks. Its stimulates her imagination and teaches her to share and count and identify shape and colour.

    September 28, 2016 at 6:15 am Reply
    • Tanya

      That is so awesome to hear!

      September 29, 2016 at 7:09 am Reply
  • lameez

    My Boys Love the fun of buildings blocks since 2years old. They learn to be creative , imagination or copy their own designs,learn about mix and match colours with differnt shape and sizes.encourage each other with confidence and love building blocks as a team/group. They learn learn different kind of skills . My twin girls love the colours and shapes and sizes also watching how the boys create something out of their blocks:)

    September 28, 2016 at 11:39 am Reply
    • Tanya

      That’s really good to hear. Clearly they’re getting a lot out of it (and not just having fun)

      September 29, 2016 at 7:10 am Reply
  • Mrs FF

    K love building blocks and I got some big ones for her first birthday which I guess was a tad too early but now almost two years later she loves them and would tell me things like I am building a castle mommy, on other days we build trains. Definitely good for imaginative play. I also wince at the price but I guess the benefits more than make up for it.

    September 29, 2016 at 7:55 am Reply
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