Slightly bigger than classic Lego, Duplo are just the right size for toddlers and preschoolers. We’ve found that Lele (age 4.5) and Meimei (age 16 months) both love to build with Duplo. In this last year, Lele has become even more creative with them and can play with them for a long time. Even though we have tons of Duplo already, we decided to invest in more so that Lele can make even bigger creations. And, it also helps with the fighting since there’s two kids playing with them now.
Duplo Classic Creative Animals
Duplo Town World Animals Set
Another great open ended toy is the magnetic tile. We currently have two sets of Magnatiles (maybe 200 tiles?) and are investing in another set with a different brand. I’m part of a magnetic tile play Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/974140576303650/?ref=share) and am blown away by many of the awesome creations. Playmags seems to have a reputation for stronger magnets and they are more affordable than Magnatiles. Both Lele and Meimei also love playing with these tiles!
Any pinterester would be familiar with the sight of wooden rainbows in play school/preschool set ups. I’ve always wanted to add these Grimm inspired toys to our room and maybe 2021 would finally be the year to do it??
Wooden Rainbow Stacker Set
GAMES AND BOOKS
In this past year, Lele has been growing to love games and books. He especially loves looking at the pictures in comic books and we love them too (because they can occupy him for a long time).
Osmo Detective Agency
Peaceable Kingdom Race to the Treasure
Bird and Squirrel Set
The Beginner’s Gospel Story Bible
Blaze and the Monster Machines Little Golden Book Library
For Meimei, I have a few books and toys on my list. She really doesn’t need too much because she can also enjoy the opened toys that Lele plays with. And let’s face it, her brother’s toys are always going to seem much more appealing than her own. 😑
My First Early Learning Sticker Books
Jesus Heals: An Anatomy Primer
My First Crayola Touch Lights Doodle Board
LeapFrog Shapes and Sharing Picnic Basket
Top Bright Car Ramp Toy
Next up, I’m going to put together mommy Taobao wishlist of Chinese learning materials! :)
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