"lego review AKA tamer of the wildchild and $100 LEGO gift card, too!"



Recently LEGO DUPLO asked if my boys and I would review their new "Read & Build" sets. Ummm, yes! LEGOs are huge in my house and very few other toys will tame my wild animals into quiet play.
We have a lot of experience with LEGOs but the boys were definitely intrigued by the whole book aspect to the sets. Each set comes with a book and a set of blocks to coordinate with the story line.
This reviewer, who asked us to keep his identity hidden, enjoyed searching for the pieces as we needed them. The book is set up to read a page and then build the creatures in the storyline.
Aaron sat still for the WHOLE book. He did not ask for snacks or a show or what came next. He focused on the task at hand.
He carefully (and QUIETLY) searched through the pile until he found the ones laid out on the page.
He was able to build each one on his own.
Each building section has a photo of the bricks they are looking for...Aaron enjoyed the match up part of this as well.
He took the time to find each one first and then built each little critter just as shown.
He worked hard and took his job very seriously. The only part I had to do was read. The whole set up makes it very easy to play along with your child, interact, talk about colors, words and otherwise involve them more in the storyline. I even found him later doing it on his own by "reading the story" and making the critters all on his own.
Overall, they were a hit! And we will be looking for more sets for birthdays and Christmas. Anything that encourages my boys to slow down, pay attention and learn a little is a good find by me.

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105 comments:

Oh Sew Liz said...

I can see my boys enjoying the hands on aspect of these blocks and books. Sometimes they tend to wander durring story time so I can see the blocks helping me to keep them seated while I read and they play.

Paige said...

I would love to gift these books and bricks to my three-year old nephew who loves to sound out words and work with his hands. Using both of these skills together will help him learn to read quicker while fine tuning his motor skills. Great product!

Paige said...

I tweeted!

https://twitter.com/epfaulkner/status/223038436850933760

Stasha said...

I think the Lego Books with Bricks could keep my child interested in looking at a page for more than 2 seconds--a must for learning to read! =) I'd love to win this gift card--all my kids are totally into legos!!!

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Michelle said...

We are huge Duplo fans in our house. I love that the books make them slow down and pay close attention to both pictures and words.

Allison said...

I love that LEGO added the element of play to reading - definitely helps keep boys interested. So smart!

Amy Lynne said...

My boys are avid Lego enthusiasts! Having a storyline to build as they read is genius! Taking time to really pay attention to the details they are reading will help them with all the comprehension testing that goes on in their classrooms! Such a great idea Lego, well done!

Amy Lynne said...

Just tweeted about it!

https://twitter.com/zamylynne/status/223057280382406656

Thanks again!

verabear said...

What a great concept! When my nephew gets older, this is something we can get for him.

Whitney said...

These are too cute! I'd think they'd get my son reading to try something new. He loves to recreate the story afterwards.

(Also, your links to blogher aren't working)

Stephanie said...

I have not heard of these but I think my little one would love them. Just beaing able to keep him still and focused on the book for that long will help in learning to read. He will definitely want to do it all by himself!

Joy Morris said...

First of all, those sets sound really neat! There's a lot of learning that can be accomplished. I will have to check those out!

To answer the question, I think it will help them love reading. Anytime children can be exposed to books and reading is great and will start the love of reading. I think this set is great for kinesthetic learners. They can be doing things with their hands while listening to their story. It also helps them to transfer what they see on the page (the lego blocks) into finding it and building it themselves (which is actually kind of a difficult task. When I taught little ones, it was hard to have them see something on a chalkboard or overhead and have them copy it.)

Kaleidoscope Creations said...

I love that Lego has once again demonstrated their awesomeness encouraging young minds to learn & create! I wish this product was available when my now 13 year old lego master designer was learning to read! Fantastic!

Kaleidoscope Creations said...

I tweeted! https://twitter.com/mommasherwood/status/223126312167022593

Matt and Jeanette said...

Anything that will make them focus long enough to look at a page with words if going to help them read. OUr little kiddos love legos...and they love books. Put them together and that is a dynamic duo!

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Jen said...

I think these would be wonderful for my three-year-old... it seems that your Aaron and my Ethan have a lot in common! Hopefully this would get him to actually sit still and focus!

The Perfect Trio said...

My 5 year old would love these! He's going into kindergarten this year. Fun and reading in one! Win!

coco said...

My guy is a little too old for these but he LOVES legos! We could do some serious damage with that $100 card!

jenparris said...

My two-year old loves Legos. These books will be a great tool as he learns to read. He'll be impressed with a book about Legos!

csmith said...

This ia awesome! I have looking for ways to motivate my reluctant reader and I think this will do it. She loves to "help" her sister build with legos, so I know this will be a hit.

Tara@JustDevineStyle said...

I would have loved these when my son was younger he still does not like to read but he loved and still loves LEGOs. I am sure he would have paid attention to these books.

Tara@JustDevineStyle said...

I would have loved these when my son was younger he still does not like to read but he loved and still loves LEGOs. I am sure he would have paid attention to these books.

Wendy said...

We are HUGE Lego fans in our house and it is so nice that my youngest has finally started to spend more time building than destroying. I love seeing their imaginations come to life while building. Oh what we could do with $100 to Lego.... I would have to remind my husband that it's for the kids and not him.

Kortney said...

We would love to talk about the types of blocks we use when reading and building!

sara luke said...

Building and reading are two of my boys' favorite activities. Putting the two together? Genius.

Zookeeper Jess said...

My kids would totally love this! I know it would help my son read because it keeps him interested with the book with hands on activities. So cool.

Zookeeper Jess said...

I tweeted https://twitter.com/zookeeperjess/status/223402098363084801

Leisha said...

I would love this for my boy!

Jules said...

I love this concept - the girls will sit and listen to us read, but I really think having something "to do" in addition will help them start to see the words and start connecting what's going on to the words on paper.

Fawnda@Fireflies and Jellybeans said...

Hands-on learning is the best! My son would love these sets! I like these these books and bricks sets are interactive such a plus to get boys to read!

Lacey Reynolds said...

I seen this the other day in a magazine I can not wait to get my son all 3 of them!!

Lacey Reynolds said...

I seen these in a magazine the other day and I can not wait to get my son all 3!

Amber Martin said...

How fun! The legos will definitely get kids interested in the book or vica versa. It's a fun hands-on activity and the reading serves a purpose (learning how to build the animals.) I love that they have to follow the directions in the book to figure out how to make the simple animals...a good skill to practice. I'll have to check these out the next time I'm at the store.

suzy said...

Those are super fun! I think that it would Help my kids follow directions and follow the content of the book more closely!

Donna said...

Legos are my boys favorite toys ever! They would love this!

Kelly Massman said...

I believe that any time you had a kinetic activity with reading and learning that it is more meaningful and therefore more likely to be remembered! Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!
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Katherine said...

I think this would help my daughter pay attention to the entire story so that she could build each character. She loves her brother's Legos but is too small for them!

Melanie said...

My daughter loves reading but I'd like to get her more interested in blocks, etc. so this is great!

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carly smith said...

levi loves to match anything and everything. he's only two and a half, so reading still seems light years away, but i really think that matching the lego pieces along with the story will help him learning his story telling skills, his following directions and his problem solving skills. and he loves books :)

mel said...

Awesome book! My son LOVES Legos! He is 8, so too old for Duplos but the books/blocks would be great in my preschool classrooom!

Heather H said...

I love how the build instructions are laid out for the children! Read & Build will help because it's interactive. He'll love building the characters from the stories and seeing them take shape as he goes!

Michelle said...

My two boys LOVE Legos!! My sons are ages 8 and 11, so Duplos are too young for them. I teach Kindergarten, so this book would be GREAT for a center in my classroom.

fourcornerslife said...

This would be an awesome way to encourage my reluctant readers to practice! Great product!

Amy said...

Wow, what a great product! I think the LEGO DUPLO Read & Build will help my kids learn to read with all those fun colors block building and interaction. For sure this is a lot more fun than just reading the book.

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Amy said...

Tweeted about this giveaway:

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artgirlblue said...

What a great way to get kids to read! Fun way to keep them connected to the story. Great idea!

artgirlblue said...

What a great way to connect kids to reading! Love it! Anything to get them interested in a book!

Jessica said...

I think it would be easier to make the connection between the words and the objects that they have just made.

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Jessica said...

I tweeted too
https://twitter.com/jrwarfield/status/224624323749613568

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Joe&Heather said...

My son would love these. He loves books and building perfect gift for him. Great idea for his upcoming 3rd birthday.

Joe&Heather said...

My son loves books and building so this would be something great for him. Would make perfect presents for his upcoming 3rd birthday

Andrea said...

This would be great to slow my soon to be Kindergartener who goes 90mph all the time!! Also, his little brother can play and learn from them too!!

JC said...

DDs love LEGO, this combination is such a great motivation to them in reading while playing with LEGO.
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JC said...

https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/224732323264987138

Fish Bowl Resident said...

Love the books and bricks idea! I think my son (a bit of a mover and shaker) would benefit from these books. He ALWAYS has something in his hands...how great it would be for him to have the Legos to build along with the story. This would keep him engaged and paying close attention to the words I read...good for working on those reading skills. ;)

Fish Bowl Resident said...

Love the book and bricks idea! My son (a bit of a mover and a shaker) would really enjoy these. He ALWAYS has something in his hands...how great it would be for him to have the bricks to build along with the story. This would help him to stay engaged and paying close attention to the words I read...perfect for practicing those reading skills. :)

Oh Mandie said...

This is wonderful! My littlest guy has a had time staying focused when reading. I think the fun hands on aspect of including Lego's, one of his favorite things, would work wonders at keeping him from wandering.

Brooke said...

My son loves this idea and has from the moment he first saw it. I would hope this would help with word recognition the more we played.

Brooke said...

https://twitter.com/brooke_78/status/225368830380216321

Bretterson said...

This could help my child learn to read by engaging them in an activity that helps them truly interact with the text, by way of the building blocks. Very cool product!

Jill said...

this would help my 3 yo sit still longer with a book! that has to count for absorbing things, right?

Jill said...

https://twitter.com/teamshoemaker/status/225625479397392384 jill dot shoemaker at gmail dot com

Tina said...

this will help my kids have more fun learning
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Tina said...

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Anash said...

Tweeted:
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Anash said...

it helps kids learn to build on what they already know! Thanks for a super giveaway!

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Krista said...

My son and daughter have Sensory Processing Disorder. They fidget at story time w/a small toy. How great to combine the toy with the story!

B. Wilson said...

This would encourage fine motor skills as well as early reading.

chambanachik said...

I am hoping to homeschool, and think this would be a fun tool to use!

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wigget said...

it will add extra incentive and excitement to reading

Paula said...

By keeping kids engaged in reading and building at the same time.

Heather said...

My son absolutely LOVES legos. I think the key to learning is engaging the child, capturing their attention, working with their imagination. I think the Lego Duplo Read and Build, would be fun for my son. And when your having fun, learning is easy. Incorporating something he loves, likes legos, and adding in books (which he loves), would be a great tool to helping my son polish up his reading skills. This would be wonderful!

Heather said...

I tweeted. https://twitter.com/heatherlaverne1/status/228446368312729600

Amy @ A Little Nosh said...

This is great...it'll keep my son engaged. Reading and playing together is a great combination!

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sy said...

tweet: https://twitter.com/syytta/status/229836143351435264
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Kasey said...

I think Books and Bricks will help my child to read by encouraging the to stay engaged by building and reading together.

mom24littles said...

Legs are a huge hit at my house, but my 2 year old gets bored easily so these would be awesome! Reading and hands on!

Rebecca Graham said...

The interaction with the Legos will encourage reading.

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Rebecca Graham said...

Tweeted: https://twitter.com/rhoneygee/status/231659432961007616

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Linda said...

Legos has been part of my life for years as my kds played with them growing up. The sets at that time were geared towards boys. Fantastic that there are sets that will interest girls as well. Now my grand kids are into Legos. My grandson Owen is OBSESSED with them. These sets may be a bit young for him, but with a younger sibling coming along they would be just perfect! All kids want to do it " by myself" and these sets will definitely add to that independence!

Linda said...

Legos have been part of my life fir years, first with my own kids (though at that time there wasn't sets for girls) and now with my grand kids. My grandson, Owen, is OBSESSED! At age 6 he has soooo many sets! Elise has become interested, following in her brother's footsteps, with all things princess! These new sets will be super for promoting independence through reading and we all know each child just wants to do it "by myself". With a grandchild who is 1 yr old these will make great future gifts!

Jamie Leigh Martin said...

I think it will encourage our daughters to play pretend, something that boosts imagination skills!

Jamie Leigh Martin said...

https://twitter.com/WAHWithJL/status/233086955229958145

Lindsey said...

Wow, what an awesome giveaway!

I think pairing legos (which are an every day thing in our house, my kids are playing with them as I type this!) and reading (another every day thing!) is great because it encourages reading, and it incorporates reading with following directions, which can help them to remember things. Great idea from lego!

Karina said...

this makes it fun to learn to read

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Karina said...

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Cindy said...

My girls love to play with legos I think that it would help them to read and play at the same time.

Gina M (crave to save) said...

I think it will help my son with reading because he will be able to connect the pictures and what he can build with what the book is talking about.

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Danielle Meek said...

I think the fact that my 3 year old can engage in the storyline along with building will encourage him!
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FireRunner2379 said...

Both my boys love Legos. I saved my sets from when I was younger and they play with those also. Lego Duplo Read and Build is an excellent idea for kids that are interested and reading and definitely for those that aren't. My oldest has fun putting together Lego sets using the instructions and making things off the top of his head. Legos in general are a great learning tool.

FireRunner2379 said...

I tweeted: https://twitter.com/FireRunner2379/status/234450870572548097

The Davidson's said...

This looks like a great way to add a kinesthetic aspect to reading! Everyone can learn by listening, but add another modality and the new ideas really stick! And there's the added benefit of hooking the reading to a personal experience as a builder. Love this concept Lego!

Jennifer Hansen said...

My daughter is absolutely obsessed with Legos - we are hoping to go to Legoland later this fall with her. jenniferlynnhansen at yahoo dot com

MCantu1019 said...

The kids already love legos so this will be very exciting to see them having fun and learning to read at the same time.
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purplelover04 said...

i have a 5 year old nephew who is going to school this year and this would help to learn to read because it hands on reading

purplelover04 said...

https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/235935479554506752

Tabathia said...

I think since it’s an interactive book with pictures demonstrating how to use the blocks and how to build that it would help with reading and learning

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Tabathia said...

tweet
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Betty C said...

Children start getting to an age where they want to do things on their own. I think encourages that independence by giving them the story and illustrations so they can build their creations all by themselves.

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Betty C said...

Tweet - https://twitter.com/willitara/status/236977424645107712

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angie lilly said...

By building as they read, they are absorbing more meaning of the words of the story and thus grasping the concept of how reading works!!
Angie
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angie lilly said...

I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/237221627274883074
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Ashley said...

Books and bricks, awesome. Paying close attention, tactical mixed with words is always important.
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Ashley said...

Payig attention to detail is important for children to learn

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