Duplo Blocks are large Lego blocks designed to be played with by small hands. Lego Duplo is compatible with regular Lego and is a wonderful toy to give children to develop their hand-eye coordination as well as their ability to imagine and create.
Duplo can be used by children from 18 months and is available as both themed kits which have a vehicle or playset that needs to be built by instructions and also basic block sets which contain a variety of loose blocks of different sizes and colors.
The re-designed playset kits are great for older toddlers but the basic sets containing just Duplo Blocks are recommended for the youngest children as they develop early skills.
Duplo Block Sets
The basic Duplo block sets contain a variety of bricks that can be pieced together, stacked and taken apart easily.
For very young children the blocks provide something to grab hold of. The bricks feel solid and strong and won’t bend or break like cheaper brands can. The colors are vibrant and hold their appeal for many, many years (we had ours for 8 years and we passed them onto friends who were ecstatic).
The following sets are the basic Duplo sets, containing mainly blocks. For other sets see our guide to Lego Duplo.
2011 Duplo Block Sets
LEGO Duplo Basic Bricks Deluxe 80 Piece – (Set 6176)
This set has been at or near the top of the Amazon Toy Bestseller list almost all year. And with good reason.
Set 6176 is a great first set for toddlers and a wonderful addition to a child’s growing collection. The collection of 80 blocks enables children to build and stack and, when they are ready, create just about anything their minds can envisage.
And it is only $20.
The set consists of:
- 56 2×2 stud square pieces
- 20 2×4 stud rectangular pieces
- 2 2×4 stud pieces (1/2 thickness of regular pieces)
- 1 2×6 long rectangular piece
- 1 2×8 stud extra-long rectangular piece
Which are mixed into colors:
- 14 red
- 13 each of green and yellow
- 12 blue
- 8 each of light green and orange
- 5 each of black and white
- 2 transparent blue 2×2 peg pieces
My First Lego Duplo 30 Pieces – (Set 5931)
This is a smaller collection of pieces but has the added bonus of including a figure, some flowers and a door/window structure.
This set is probably more appropriate for slightly older children who are becoming interested in the world around them but not quite ready for the larger Duplo sets.
The set also comes with an “inspiration guide”, a small manual which contains ideas to create a number of different creations including a house, boat and a plane.
More Duplo Blocks Sets
The great thing about Lego and Duplos that the toys never go out of style and are never superseded. You can start small and build a collection over time knowing that the bricks you buy when you child is very young can still be used and enjoyed when they are much older.
In this way, Duplo bricks become a wise investment that kids use year after year and are often passed onto the next generation when a child moves on to other things – like Lego Technic sets!