Let’s do a quick throw back to roughly 1992. Picture this…
A long, narrow passage with dark brown parquet flooring and a green rug. The walls are white and unadorned with anything. At each end of the passage are blanket forts manned by the fiercest Lego gun fighters in the whole of Cape Town. Namely, my brother Shane and I of course. From behind the safety of our forts we’d build our guns or grenades and pelt eachother with them whenever someone stuck their head high enough to take a hit.
Of course we weren’t always trying to kill each other. There were a few times where we were building houses and cars, towers as high as they could go or just really wanting to make something more awesome than the other. We’ve actually still got all our Lego stored at my Moms house. In fact she won’t part with it, so our kids only get to play with it when they are there.
Seth on the other hand, he’s what one would call obsessed. He buys Lego for himself as opposed to the kids. I’m not even joking when I say that he bought Knox a Lego firetruck when he was TWO. Obviously he knew he’d end up building it by himself and we all know that that’s actually exactly how he wanted it anyway. Sneaky.
Anyway, when I was approached to work with Lego Duplo I was a bit dubious. I mean, my kids are old enough now to play with the “real” Lego right? They won’t be interested in the younger Duplo product. Oh boy was I wrong. Although it’s aged for 2-5 year olds, all three of our kids spent all afternoon playing with it when we got it and every afternoon since!
Just to clear the air, I love playing with my kids and all, but I love it even more when they play on their own without me facilitating the process the whole time. Usually I used to put on the TV so that I could just have a moments peace after a long day, but now I pull out the Lego. It’s great.
So the My First Truck comes with two characters and a cat. They have a big truck that carries pairs of food, from milk to fish to broccoli which you can set up in the little shopfront. Which is cool, because if you’re feeling up to it, it can also be a matching game with younger kids.
The Around The World – Arctic box has to be my favourite though. There are two human characters, a husky dog that comes with his very own sleigh, a whale that can eat fish blocks and a polar bear. Then there’s their kayak, a fishing rod, a fish and the house with instructions to build of course.
The kids had the most fun with this set, especially Knox. In fact, everyone now has a name (and don’t you dare get it wrong), the whale eats the strangest things and the cat and the dog are “fwends – dey don’t fwight”.
So I’m really glad to say that we’ll be working with Lego Duplo over the next few months, testing out their product and letting you know if we love it. But where’s the fun in that for you? Well don’t worry, I’ve got you covered.
You can also get your hands on the Around The World Arctic box this month 🙂 Just enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below.
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