We have a ton of Mega Blocks that that all ages seems to enjoy. When we’re not building fortresses, we’re knocking them down with the help of a bat, stick or ball. Inevitably, they also get scattered across the room, although not nearly as overwhelming as those tiny Lego pieces that torment most parents.
However, it’s beneficial to have them around for their fine motor development and Preschool Inspirations lists 10 reasons you may be interested in. I didn’t realize that Lego has something called Duplo and if you’re as confused as I was, check out Mummy’s Reviews on the subject. By the way, the Lego Group recently celebrated its 80th birthday and they released this short animated film about how it all began. I always wondered about their story!
I made a trip to the dollar store in search of a dust pan for the sole purpose of scooping these up, which in of itself became a game too.
Since we also have a table for the set, I thought about incorporating a set of fuzzy dice that we’ve used in a variety of ways already for early learning fun. I simply taped small notes to represent each color of blocks we have on each side, along with a wild card (“?”) and skipping a turn. The question mark symbol replaced my initial note for “Pick” (the color of your choice) because it was being confused with pink and we don’t have those (need I say) yet.
Obviously, there are no fixed rules for this. We pretty much played it by ear. Whenever we threw our set of dice (one had the color coded notes, the other just their original number dots) it determined how many blocks we’d use in that color.
The winner of our little game would have been the first person to complete a section or level but we honestly never got that far. What mattered most is that as we kept playing and taking turns, everyone was busy counting and that’s always a win.
Hope you like this activity idea!
Kids keep me busy with things like this but so does the kitchen and food happens here.