"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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