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Suggestions for Duplo gift?

RennyRenny Member Posts: 1,145
edited June 2017 in Buying & Selling Topics
 I'll be traveling soon and the family I will be staying with has a 3 year old daughter who is into princess stuff and a 5 year old boy who is into disney cars. I only have room in my luggage for one set. They do enjoy playing together. Any thoughts on a suggested set would be greatly appreciated.



  • mak0137mak0137 Member Posts: 288
    10559 has a prince, princess and a dragon with a story. Good for both kids. It is retired though.
  • gobias1234gobias1234 Member Posts: 10
    The current pizza store set would be my thought as a Mom of both... lots of room for imaginative play, joint play and it doesn't favor either of their interests. Santa is bringing that one this year for my kiddos.

    I have also diyed several Duplo build buckets off brick link...that is a fun gift to make!
  • RennyRenny Member Posts: 1,145
    Thanks for the suggestions :)
  • RogerKirkRogerKirk Member Posts: 365
    I know you said you only have space for one set, but as some of the suggestions are larger, could you go for a couple of smaller sets? Any of the new Cars 3 Junior sets could be good for the 5 yr old. I think there could also be some Cars 3 duplo sets, but for a 5 yr old, I'd suggest going for the Junior sets over Duplo.
  • SweSarahSweSarah Member Posts: 2
    I think even Duplo has limited appeal for a three year old if an older sibling has lego. and while Duplo is more appropriate, there's no problem with lego and lego will have a longer life span. the only time I'd say Duplo for a three year old is if there is a younger sibling still putting toys in their mouth. My kid is three in 2 days, still eats sand, and he can handle lego. Not following instructions, but putting blocks together and playing with the final creation. 
  • SweSarahSweSarah Member Posts: 2
    Oh! More to say! Lego is much smaller, so two sets should fit easily into your luggage. And don't worry about big fancy sets. From the large number of birthdays I've given presents at... The 5 buck classic sets in a variety of colors are often perfect. 3 simple models to build with an adult. Get one set for each kid in different colors and plan to sit down and help them build since they are a bit different for 3 and 4 years old, but the 5 year old might manage. :) 
  • khmellymelkhmellymel Member Posts: 1,313
    It defo depends on the three year old, but I agree with what others have said - that it's around that age where Duplo seems to be of little interest if there's Lego around.  My niece (who is also ) now only seems to play with Duplo if it's vehicle based (so she can crash things) or food-based items (like the ice cream cones).  Maybe my niece is just strange - but maybe she's just not into building but more into pretend play, she likes Duplo in the bath too.  So stuff like that might be a consideration.

    If the little one is into princesses perhaps the Disney Juniors Cinderella #10729, Juniors Little Mermaid #10723, or Juniors Frozen #10736 - or if you're going the Duplo route #10855 (another Cinderella).

    I too would echo any of the Cars 3 Juniors sets for the 5 year old, maybe #10742.   It just seems like the perfect fit.

    I think that maybe the #10723 and #10742 combo would work as they're both on the smaller-ish end?

    To get them both something maybe one of those Juniors suitcases?  Then you could carry it separately too LOL.  Can't really see one that might suit both their needs, though you could always get one and then supplement with other minifigs (from what I remember there's a lot of room in those suitcases for other bricks n things!).
  • gobias1234gobias1234 Member Posts: 10
    I know this is old but as a Mom of a boy and girl, I still encourage my oldest to play Duplo with her little brother. In fact, that is what I stocked up on in addition to diapers and such before my son was born.  I played Lego with my own little brother for hours upon hours in my youth and as result I am lovingly  forcing it on my own children.  My brother and I are both Lego nerds and incredibly close.  My kiddos have played Duplo together since day one and it has been quite lovely- we are building a Duplo town soon! 

    All that is to say that the Mom might appreciate a larger Duplo set for both to play with-it and also don't underestimate the play value of Duplo to older children.  My daughter has quite a large collection of Lego as well.  Duplo bridges the age Gap in between my two children quite well!
  • nkx1nkx1 Member Posts: 719
    edited July 2017

    My experience: I have one boy who just turned 4, and he's been playing with Lego pretty consistently since he turned 3. We purchased #60051 (High Speed Passenger Train) for him for his 3rd bday (he really wanted it), and it's been Lego pretty much ever since. He still plays with Duplo on rare occasion, but if the Duplo's disappeared, he probably wouldn't care much.

    Based on my experience, I would just buy a couple of Lego sets for the 3 and 5 year old. 3 years old is old enough for Lego, and 5 is too old for Duplo. Plus, Lego sets are generally smaller, so they will fit in your suitcase better (if you haven't already left for your trip).

  • datsunrobbiedatsunrobbie Member Posts: 1,813
    I'd start by checking with the parents to see which scale of bricks they recommend. While some kids are ready for Lego at age 3, others may struggle. My grandson will be 7 in a couple of months, and he is just getting to the point where he can assemble Juniors sets. 
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