I highly recommend Duplo Lego play sets for encouraging language and creative play. I have used the fire fighting helicopter, the barn and now the “Horse Stables” much to children’s delight.
I find parents aren’t aware of these amazing sets because toy stores tend to stock sets of duplo lego blocks with very few story telling pieces like people, animals or props. I send parents to the lego webiste to find the sets and choose one according to their child’s interests.
I brought the “Horse Stables” to a family’s house and their 4 and 7 year-old had such fun making up stories and playing interchangeably with the pieces. Here is my review:
Duplo sets by Lego are some of the best play sets for imaginative play and now we can explore horse country! Providing just enough to get the action going, but not enough to stifle flexibility, Lego gives kids a stable with moving doors, a truck and trailer to take the horses on the road, fencing, two horses, and two people. In a short time, my little friends had set up jumps, stacked the hay and transported the horses but soon used the props for varied purposes–the trough was a bathtub for a dirty rider, storage container for hay attached to the back of the truck, and a drinking fountain for hot and thirsty horses. Movable pieces take on new meaning as their purpose is changed. Flowers decorated the horse stable‘s roof, grew out of the ground and were stacked to sit upon.
Recommended age: 2-5 years old