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.
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.
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.