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Building Blocks and Lego for 2 Year Olds

Updated on November 2, 2013

My Review of Lego and Mega Bloks for 2 Year Old Toddlers

I have a 2 year old son and a 6 year old son and both have them loved lego duplo and other building blocks as toddlers.

This article looks at the building toys they have enjoyed playing with as well as lots of different activities you can do with your blocks. Activities include the simple things from building towers and learning colors to more fun games such as toddler bowling.

Photo is of some of our megabloks and lego duplo.

Mega Bloks

I bought a big set of megabloks when my eldest son was about 18 months and they have been played with so much - they were an excellent investment. My eldest son still plays with them when I get them out for my 2 year old son even now. Mega bloks are excellent building blocks for 2 year olds. The blocks are big so easy for little hands to manipulate and put together. They are really bright colors so are great for teaching colors too. They are also extremely versatile and we use them in so many times of play.

Our favorite megabloks activities include:

Toddler bowling - build some towers with your megabloks and try and knock them down with a soft ball (illustrated by the photo opposite).

Build a space rocket

Building all kinds of other structures - the megabloks website has lots of ideas of what to build with downloadable instructions too.

Color sorting - sorting the megabloks into piles of different color or building just out of one color.

Mega Bloks 80-Piece Big Building Bag, Classic
Mega Bloks 80-Piece Big Building Bag, Classic

This set is the set we have and there are 80 blocks in one big storage bag. The storage bag is lightweight and has a handle on it so it's easy to carry to different places and to store.

 

Photos of Megabloks Play

My 2 year old son putting finishing touches to a tower!
My 2 year old son putting finishing touches to a tower!

Lego Duplo

Lego duplo are also perfect for 2 year olds. Again the bricks are bigger so perfect for little hands to build with and you don't have to worry about a choking hazard. Both my sons (age 2 and 6) play with them. Even though my eldest son has smaller legos, he still plays with the bigger blocks when we get them out which has made them a great investment for me.

We have a standard tub of lego duplos but we also have a couple of other lego duplo kits too which include a train and a creative cars set.

Read on for my reviews of the sets.

Lego Duplo

LEGO Duplo Building Set-71 pieces  (5506)
LEGO Duplo Building Set-71 pieces (5506)

This is a great starter lego kit. We have used it to build towers, farms for our play animals, houses, helped to build cities and lots more. The blocks are great for imaginative play but they have been great to help teach colors and counting as part of our play too.

 
LEGO DUPLO Number Train 10558 (Discontinued by manufacturer)
LEGO DUPLO Number Train 10558 (Discontinued by manufacturer)

This is the latest lego duplo toy that I have and my 2 year old and 6 year old have both played with it and have fought over it on occasion. My 2 year old loves just pushing it around the floor. It has number blocks so is great for using counting and number play too.

 
LEGO DUPLO Creative Cars 10552
LEGO DUPLO Creative Cars 10552

Lego creative cars is another lego toy both my 6 year old and 2 year old have played with. It features different bases with wheels on which you can use the car pieces to create lots of different designs of cars. At first my youngest just used to push them around like normal cars but now he likes to put different bricks on each of the different bases. It comes with a sheet with different car creations you can copy to give you ideas. It says it's aimed for kids between 1 and 3 years but I think it can actually be used by kids older than this as well. They will enjoy building the different car creations.

 

Lego Duplo Play Ideas for Toddlers

There are tons of lego duplo play ideas suitable for a 2 year old. Here are some to get you started.

Color matching - Start building a tower with a single color. For example, start building a red tower. Get your toddler to find all the red blocks and continue building a tower. Then build a yellow, blue, green and other color towers.

Make a color rainbow - make a color rainbow like the one opposite. Encourage your toddler to find the right colored blocks for each row of the rainbow.

Build numbers or letters - use the lego blocks to build different numbers and letters.

Car Maze - if you have a 2 year old who likes playing with cars, build a car maze with your lego blocks. Encourage your toddler to find the way out of the maze with the car.

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