Whether you’re having a playdate alone with your child or thinking of having a friend over, there are some super easy toddler playdate ideas that you can put together just by getting out your collection of LEGO® DUPLO® bricks! Every family has a collection of these, right?
Toddler Playdate Ideas with LEGO DUPLO Bricks
As a former teacher and now, as a mom, I know just how important play is for our little ones. Playing is the way that young kids learn about their world. And as parents, we’re also their very first playmates! Now that Weston is at school during the day, Carrigan and I have a lot of time to play together. It’s an absolute blast!
We love LEGO® DUPLO® preschool building toys because they’re designed for small hands. They’re great for kids between the ages of 1½ and 5 which means both of my kids enjoy playing with them! I love watching them try to build the most amazing towers or creating adventures for the minifigures. But coming up with games to play with them is one of the best ways to spend time together!
Check out some of our favorite ways to play!
One of the quickest ways to start playing is to look at the booklet that comes with the set and start building some of the ideas. Carrigan loves trying to build to make it look exactly like the picture. I find that it’s just a starting point for us to then start creating on our own creations with the DUPLO bricks we have!
Open-ended play makes coming up with toddler playdate ideas a breeze. There’s really no need to plan a ton of things to do with your DUPLO bricks. Just giving the kids the freedom to explore will keep them busy. I love to watch Carrigan play and then when I ask if I can join her, you should see her face light up.
It’s a playdate she has never said no to playing with me!
Learning Through Play
Even though I’m mom now and not teacher, that teacher side of me will always be there. I love doing activities with the kids that also help them learn and develop. With DUPLO products there are so many things we can do that also help little ones learn about themselves and the world around them!
Besides building, we have a lot of other games and activities we like to do with our LEGO® DUPLO® preschool building toys. Here are some of our favorites:
- Matching Pictures and Colors – Some of our blocks are from sets that are designed for matching. But we also just enjoy matching colors. It’s a fun way to practice color identification!
- Building the Tallest Tower – It’s fun to take a set number of blocks and see who can build the tallest tower.
- Making Patterns – Although Carrigan is not an expert at pattern building yet, she has the beginning concept and with a little bit of help we have a blast making different patterns with different colored bricks.
- Measuring with DUPLO Bricks – Weston taught Carrigan this game and we all have fun playing. We go around the room and find items to measure. Sometimes it’s another toy or something a piece of furniture. How many DUPLO bricks does it take to measure the other object?
These are all super easy games you can play and are definitely perfect toddler playdate ideas!
Water Play and Exploration
So down here in the South, we still have a lot of pretty warm days around here even during the fall months. So water play is always a favorite thing to do when it’s warm enough. When the weather finally cools down, these activities are great for the bath tub too!
- Color hunting with different types of cups or spoons is fun. Have your kids scoop as many of a certain color block as they can.
- Underwater building is also a new way for them to experience concepts like sinking and floating.
- Imagination goes in completely different directions when water is added!
My heart melted when I heard, “Mommy, boat!” and she had made her own little boat to go in the water.
One of the best ways to plan easy toddler playdate ideas with friends or family, is to just ask yourself “What ff?” Just asking that question is one of the best ways to inspire your child’s imagination (and even your own) and keep the creative play rolling along!
To be inspired for play time activities such as “What if?” visit LEGO.com/Family!
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