I was recently asked along with other Mommy Bloggers to review a new product from the Lego line of Duplo toys – the Light & Sound Fire Station. As for Lego Duplo, despite my 4 decades of toy experience, I’m the first to admit that I’m the least qualified to truly evaluate small toys that require hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. So, I enlisted the real experts, my kids, and have to admit, I was fascinated by how quickly they created and recreated different scenes with the box of small interconnecting plastic pieces! My first response, “Was there a map that showed you how to do that?” was met by a quick, “No, I just thought it would be cool!”
I have to agree – creativity, and a toy that lets kids run their own show, is always a good thing. The age range on the box says “2 to 5,” and I do think at the younger ages, that Mom or Dad would need to help, but luckily, the pieces are larger/chunkier for little hands. My only tip would be to make the box more “re-closable” – maybe with a velcro attachment so you can keep the set’s pieces all together. As always, with small plastic toys, safety first, and I suggest cleaning up after each use.