Best Duplo Gifts for Kids

by sheilamarie

Duplo is Lego's line of early building sets for young kids. Duplo sets introduce kids to the fun of snapping together bricks to create play sets for imaginative play.

Even preschoolers can get into the Lego building fun with these Duplo building sets made just for them.

Duplo bricks are brightly colored and durable, and these sets spark a child's imagination with all their variations for play.

Except for the pet shop, all of these sets have wheeled vehicles or bases included. My kids always liked any toy with wheels. How about yours?

Lego Duplo Blocks: Great for Little Hands!

Building Blocks with Lot of Play Value

Children love to put things together and take them apart. You may be familiar with the Lego line of quality building sets for kids. Younger children can be introduced to the Lego world with these Duplo sets, made in bright colors and large enough for little hands to manage.

Lego Duplo sets spark the imagination of your little one. Kids will love the bright colors and the role play scenarios these sets will provide. Because the bricks are larger than the standard Lego bricks, they are easier for younger children to hold and to stick together.

The company recommends these sets as appropriate for children starting at about two years old. However the Amazon site cautions the parts are small enough that they could pose a hazard to children under three. You can be the judge of that for your own child. However, these sets will provide many hours of play value for your child.

An added feature of these Duplo bricks is the way you can pop them into the upper rack of your dishwasher to easily wash them after they are sticky with little hand prints. The bricks are sturdy enough that they can withstand many years of play and can be passed down through a family and still be a fun toy.

Here are some of my favorite Duplo sets. I hope you find one here for your child.

Duplo Basic Set

In a Handy Storage Box

LEGO DUPLO Bricks & More Deluxe Brick Box 5507



Great beginning Lego Duplo set of 102 pieces with classic bricks in a sturdy box with lid. Includes 2 figures, a wagon base for making cars and other vehicles, a building base plate, windows, and a helpful booklet to inspire your child with many ideas for building.


Recommended age: 1 1/2 to 5 years


Fun Way to Learn Your Letters!

Lego Duplo Play with Letters

LEGO DUPLO Play with Letters 6051>

62 pieces

Includes child, cat, 2 flowers, 2 windows, a wagon base, and a chair.

All the letters of the alphabet can become part of the building structures, giving your child lots of practice looking at and saying the letter names. Later on you can make words together by putting the letters side by side. Interactive learning fun!

Includes a booklet filled with ideas on different activities you can do using these blocks.

Recommended age: 24 months to 5 years

My First Zoo

by Lego Duplo

LEGO DUPLO My First Zoo 6136



This 60 piece set includes a zookeeper with a vehicle and the animals he tends: a baby elephant, a tiger, a fish, a polar bear and a giraffe.

Recommended for children between 24 months and 5 years.

Lego Duplo My First Farm

Great for Role Play

LEGO Brick Themes DUPLO My First Farm 6141


What a fun Duplo building set! With a tractor, a farmer, a barn to build, a fence, a pitchfork and four of the regular barnyard animals: a cow, a sheep, a pig, and a chicken.


Recommended for children 24 months to 5 years.

Wow! A Grocery Store with Duplo Bricks!

My First Supermarket

LEGO DUPLO My First Supermarket 6137


38 pieces, including two figures, a cash register, a scale, a sign, a grocery cart, bread, bananas, apples, cake, soap, coffee, and strawberries.

Recommended for ages 24 months to 5 years

Pet Shop

Lego Duplo

LEGO DUPLO® LEGOVille Pet Shop 5656



Cute pet shop with many little pets to tend to. You can play with a frisky puppy, a black cat, and a bunny. There are two people, a cash register, and many other elements to make this play set fun. 29 pieces.


Recommended for 24 months to 6 years.


Ready to Go Camping?

Lego Duplo Caravan

LEGO DUPLO® LEGOVille Caravan 5655


This is a great set, especially if your family likes to go camping. Includes Mom, Dad, and baby, a car with a camper, 3 cloth sleeping bags, barbecue, 3 chairs, flowers, and bread.

Your child can drive this little family around and create any number of traveling scenarios.

Recommended for children 24 months to 6 years.

Duplo Sets Are Lots of Fun

Introducing Building to Your Child

These  Duplo sets by Lego are a great way to introduce a child to the fun of Lego sets that will be a popular gift item as the child grows. Of course, there are more Duplo sets available, which you can see on the Amazon site by clicking on any of these pictures here, but these are some of the more popular ones and ones I can imagine myself playing with right alongside my own kids.

I hope you find one here you will enjoy playing with, too!

Updated: 10/17/2012, sheilamarie
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sheilamarie on 09/20/2012

So true, but I bet we do most of our best thinking while playing. Playing frees our minds to think in new ways.

Digby_Adams on 09/20/2012

My husband is an engineer. He still plays with Legos when he's trying to sort out problems. But I honestly think he's just playing some times. He's just a kid at heart. When little kids come over, he's more than ready to share his Legos, if they'll let him play too!

sheilamarie on 07/13/2012

Thanks, Katie. My kids loved these Duplo building sets, too. And later on they couldn't get too many Lego sets. That was what they asked for at every birthday and Christmas.
Little ones are less likely to feel frustrated with these Duplo bricks because they easily fit into the hands and are easy to snap together. Their colors also make them attractive to little eyes.
I like the role play elements of these Duplo sets, too. Kids can have a lot of fun imagining things from their own lives.
Creative fun!

katiem2 on 07/13/2012

Ah yes these duplo toys are wonderful wonderful learning and creative toys for boys and girls. I know my two daughters have spent countless hours creating and happily playing with these gems.

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