Inside: Repurpose your Duplo blocks to make a fun letter matching Duplo puzzle. Read more about this Duplo activity in this post.
We have this box of Duplo blocks forever.
My son got his first box of Duplo when he was 1 year old. He's 6 now and found his new love for Lego. My daughter who's 4 years old, doesn't play with these blocks as much.
There are days where this big tub of blocks are just lying at one corner.
I look at this amazing toy and wonder:
What if I can maximize and extend their use beyond play and building?
What if I can breath life into these blocks and get my children excited about them all over again?
What if I can give children new perspectives to play and learn with them?
This became a personal mission to repurpose these Duplos in our learning activities and here's one more easy learning idea using Duplo:
Duplo Hearts Letter Matching Puzzle
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I made these hearts cutouts using a heart squeeze punch and red cardstock paper. Cut the hearts in halves and attach each half on each Duplo block.
TIP: I used glue dots as they keep the hearts on the blocks well but do not leave a sticky stain when I remove them.
Why use Duplo (or building) blocks?
The blocks provide something tangible for the children to hold, play with and put together eventually. That's a great fine motor grip exercise for children.
Duplo Activity for all ages
There are SO many ways to adapt this activity to suit the learning needs of your child!
For the toddlers, invite them to complete the heart puzzle by putting two blocks together. This is such an amazing hands-on way for them to learn the heart shape, introduce symmetry and refine their fine motor skills.
For young preschoolers, try shape matching, all uppercase/lowercase letter matching, numbers matching.
TIP: Keep letters to around 8 to 10 for young children. Finding letter matches among 26x2 blocks can be overwhelming!
For the kindergarteners, try addition problems to answers matching, sight words matching, CVC words, numbers to dots matching.
The possibilities are endless!
Though the Duplo is our favorite, other brands of blocks or even magnetic tiles will work too.
Related: Make your Duplo worth every buck with more hands-on Duplo learning activities.
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