daughter, Ramona, just turned 2. For her birthday in mid-July, I bought her
the LEGO® DUPLO® Starter Building Set (#10561). She loved the bricks, but most
of her building consisted of stacking one tall
tower with the two by four bricks. Then she would knock down whatever her father built
we received the LEGO® DUPLO® Jake's Pirate Ship Bucky set (#10514),
ecstatic. She seemed very interested in it once her father set it up for
her. She was more interested in this set than the other, more basic set she
already had. She loves moving around the two mini-figures, opening and closing
the ship’s window, putting various items in the treasure box (especially the
parrot), and shooting the cannon balls. She picked up on the cannon ball
shooting fast! She tends to slowly dismantle the two scenes and moves pieces
around to see where else they can fit. She still loves to stack tall towers, too.
it’s helpful that the
toy is clearly a pirate
ship and an island. When it’s less clear what specific DUPLO bricks build, it
is harder to use. This is because she doesn’t yet understand how to build things. She
can only stack. This set seems to take away that limitation. The more
complicated sets will probably come in handy as her imagination grows, though.
like most about these products is the interest she shows in them and
how their simplicity doesn't detract from the fun nature of the designs. It’s easy to
construct and easy to tuck away when we’re done playing with it. As there
aren’t a billion pieces, nothing has gotten lost, too!