The Legoland in Windsor has been around since 1996 (it opened as a hotel & resort in 2012) and last Friday we jumped on the train to Slough to take Gus to Duplo event, World of Play. Gus was in heaven, a room packed to the gunnels with tonnes of Duplo… He got cracking immediately with the cars. It was great seeing him putting all the bits together. We’ve had a little box of Duplo for several months, but I think maybe we got it too early for him (recommended age is 2-5 years). Now that he’s 21 months, he seems to totally get it. He’s pretty obsessed with animals at the moment and the Duplo cows were a big hit – he loves pretending to feed them water and food.
After a chat with the other bloggers and Debbie from babyworld.co.uk, we headed out to the Legoland park, where, as well as the awe-inspiring world of lego, there were a tonne of theme park rides and play areas. We got on the mini train immediately before hitting the play park area for younger kids and taking a little boat through Fairytale Brook (genuinely enjoyable!). There were a lot of proper rides for older kids and so much more to explore, but it had been quite a long day and when Gus had his nap we devoured fish and chips at the Legoland Hotel, before braving the rushhour commute back home.
We were kindly gifted a Duplo farm set, which proved a big hit with Gus at home. It was super-satisfying seeing him figure out how to hook up the tractor and trailer after a few goes, popping the cow in the back and having the farmer drive around before giving the cow some water. The blocks are just the right size for him to grip and pull and slot together. Such a big hit in fact, that he was still playing with it all even after lights were out at bedtime…!
A big thank you to Duplo and Legoland for such a fabulous day and I can’t wait to add to our set – I’m finding setting up the Duplo farm and building a little canopy for the water trough probably a bit too enjoyable!
ps. Other interesting factoids, Lego was invented in 1934 by Ole Kirk. The name comes from the Danish “Leg godt”, meaning “Play well” and Legoland in Denmark opened in 1968!
Duplo says: “Offering a world of play, LEGO DUPLO toys stimulate creativity, encourage role play and conversation, and help towards developing motor skills in pre-school boys and girls aged 18 months to 5 years. Colourful, safe and sturdy LEGO DUPLO is designed for small hands and big imaginations.”
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