We know all of the benefits that building sets provide to kids: early STEM skills, hand-eye coordination, fine and gross motor skills, spatial awareness, problem-solving, open-ended play, and creativity — the list goes on and on. But this set has so much added value — the biggest example is that it’s actually two playsets in one.
First, little builders can build up the residential building. It features five rooms, including a living room, a kitchen, a bathroom, a bedroom, and a playroom — at least that’s how I set them up, based on the included instruction booklet. But, of course, with LEGO sets, kids are only limited by their own imaginations, so they can use the large array of included accessories to play out any scenario they want. The accessories are all reflective of everyday life, from cooking to mealtime to bedtime routines, which lets kids engage in a little role play with items that are familiar to them.
Parents will also appreciate that the decor accessories are super trendy. From the patterns on the fabrics to the accessories and furniture pieces themselves, kids will build up a modern home that looks inspired by any of those HGTV shows we’ve been binge-watching for years. The set’s color palette of white and bright pastels really adds a modern feel to the house’s look.
If kids are looking to build up a different kind of home — not all of our houses look the same — they can rebuild the house into a tower house whatever way they would like. The included instructions are simply illustrations like they are on all LEGO sets, so combined with the chunky LEGO Duplo blocks, it’s easy for kids (and adults who are helping them) to build and rebuild this set over and over again.
In addition to the accessories, the house also comes with a family of figures — a mom, a dad, and a child — as well as a pet dog. The figures represent a multiracial family, providing a splash of inclusivity and diversity into kids’ playtime. They are also dressed as trendy as their home is decorated (I mean, the envious hair swoop on the dad figure alone!), in modern clothes with fashionable colors. Combined with all of the accessories, these figures help to engage kids in hours of imaginative play beyond the build.
As if all of this wasn’t enough, the LEGO Duplo Modular playhouse is the perfect size for multiple kids to play and imagine together. Older siblings can even help out with the building or with the transition from residential house to tower house, providing bonding opportunities and cooperative play experiences.
No matter which way they build up their house, kids will find their new favorite place to play is the LEGO Duplo Modular Playhouse.