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Legos and Duplos. As far as “time played” for “price paid,” I think both LEGOS (for older children) and DUPLOS(for younger children) have the best ratio. I almost always woke up in the morning because the DUPLO bin was being dumped out on the floor. There is a certain grating, high-pitched shooshing noise that comes with that dumping action that hurried me quickly downstairs to see what everyone was up to!
We actually would request money for these toys at Christmas and birthdays or suggest certain sets for the grandparents to buy so that we could increase our collection. Why? Our kids loved playing with them, hour after hour!
However, with lots of small pieces you also have to have some special rules.
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The DUPLO or LEGO Rules
- The blocks, bricks, platforms, jewels and weapons need to stay in defined spaces. We designated some tubs and containers to keep things contained. I liked sorting the pieces by color but sorting them by kind also works well. The Professional tool organizer was also a nice addition. (#Ad -great price & free shipping!)
- One thing at a time! No other toys can be played with until this toy is all cleaned up. That doesn’t mean that you can’t keep a partially finished project together: It can be its its tub unfinished but it can’t be on the kitchen table waiting to be finished.
- Playing on top of a sheet or blanket makes clean up quick. We also used a dustpan to scoop pieces into the tubs or bins as needed. I came up with this bin system after I spent 20 minutes one day looking for the black piece that connected the chariot to the horse. The bins all came from the dollar store and they stack into a large, zippered bag that I also purchased there as well.
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