Duplo Kids Play and Learn

Develop fine motor skills with DUPLO

I am a firm believer of play being the single most important activity for a child to engage in on a daily basis. Research emphasises the importance of play in language development, social competence, creativity, imagination and thinking skills.

It’s hard for me to find toys that stimulate my boys’ creativity and promote both intellectual and physical development at the same time (and toys that can compete with the electronic market!)

There are few toys that will challenge and retain your child’s interest over time – and my go-to is DUPLO. Children learn new skills at a rapid speed and you want toys that will grow with them and challenge them on their journey. DUPLO blocks are durable and come in different sizes and shapes. Learning how to manipulate them involves using the hands, fingers and arms, thereby developing the coordination and control needed for basic life tasks such as writing, eating, buttoning and zippering.

“Fine motor skill (or dexterity) is the coordination of small muscles, in movements—usually involving the synchronization of hands and fingers—with the eyes.

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Manipulating the DUPLO to build a tower requires varying pressure; some blocks need more pressure than others. This trial and error method is deemed valuable and ties in with learning to write and applying the correct amount of pencil pressure. Putting blocks together and pulling them apart also requires the coordinated use of both hands.

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Eyedropper/Pipette activity

Help your little one to fill the tiny hole on the DUPLO bricks with water using an eyedropper or pipette. This activity is great for isolating the fingers used for writing – strengthening the hand muscles and practicing coordination and control.

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Picking up DUPLO bricks using clothes-pegs

This activity focuses on the pincher grasp which enables a child to pick up small items using the thumb and index finger. It is great for strengthening fine motor skills, hands and hand-eye coordination.

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Putting small objects in large objects

This activity is especially great for younger children, because it involves repetition and allows them a great deal of pride with every successful attempt. It focuses on fine skills as well as visual motor integration (which is the ability to control hand movement guided by vision).

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  • Reply WIN WITH DUPLO: AROUND THE WORLD ARCTIC SET - HeyMamaMag September 26, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    […] I am an adult and I STILL love playing with Duplo) but also very educational! It can help with fine motor skills development and can also advance your kiddo’s math […]

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