My toddler loves playing with Duplo, and usually she’s happy to get on with it on her own. It allows her to be creative and come up with her own designs and models, so if she’s busy building something cool, I try not to interfere too much.
But sometimes, it’s fun to play together on something a bit more structured. This time, we built a model of our house out of Duplo.
We made sure we included every room in our house, including the living room, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. She even told me we needed to build a separate office, like we have in our garden!
I’ll admit, it’s not the best reconstruction of our house ever – we don’t live in a bungalow, for one thing! But we really enjoyed chatting about what rooms we have in our house, where each room should go, and what furniture should go in each room. It’s a great way to build language skills, and encouraged her to think carefully and remember what our house looked like, even though she couldn’t see it right in front of her.
Once our Duplo house was built, it was then really fun doing some imaginative play with her Duplo people. She chose a character to represent herself, me, my husband, and her baby sister – we looked at each figure’s hair colour, and talked about what age we thought they were, and whether they were probably a man or woman.
Then we made up some stories together, making the characters do different things in each room of the house.
I’m not too sure why the animals ended up in our beds, but my daughter had a great time, and I loved spending some quality time with her!
To make your own house out of Duplo, you will need:
- a large Duplo board
- plenty of Duplo bricks
- Duplo furniture and people
You could extend this activity by:
- making your dream house out of the Duplo, instead of your actual house
- making friends’ and family members’ houses
- building your child’s nursery or school