I'm a first time mom with a 17 month old daughter. Naturally I'd like her to become a LEGO fan, so I've been buying Duplo sets whenever I can find a good deal on them. The #10508
Deluxe Train set is on sale at TRU for $80 and I'm thinking of picking it up, but before my stockpile of Duplo becomes too large, I'd like some advice from other parents about Duplo and kids.
-For those that have #10508
train, does it come with everything needed for a train set up or will I need to buy more to expand it for a decent layout? Some reviews were complaining that it is not a push train, but rather it has to be powered? Is this true and will that hinder the play value?
-I'm a bit hesitant to be dumping so much money into these sets which will only be played with for a few years. How old do most kids grow out of Duplo and does anyone have any kids that didn't play with it at all?
-I opened up #10557
Giant Tower for my daughter for Christmas. She's just starting to put two bricks together, but it will be a while before she has the dexterity to build anything. Should I just put it all away until she's ready for it in case she gets bored of it before then?
-I have the #10557
Giant Tower, #6157
Big Zoo, #6051
Play with Letters, plus some smaller animal sets and read and build sets. Is there any recommendations on what I should be buying?
Thanks for reading. Any advice would be appreciated!