Pondering Playtime // LEGO Duplo Building Challenge

November 22, 2019

Welcome back to Pondering Playtime, my weekly series where I share a favourite play and learning activity. This week, I’ve chosen a LEGO Duplo building challenge activity, using free printable challenge cards, from the LEGO Education website. Full Disclosure: We were gifted some of the LEGO Duplo used in this post for inclusion in a gift guide, a couple of years ago. However, we love Duplo and have bought more ourselves, since!

LEGO Duplo Building Challenge – Set Up

LEGO Duplo building cards of a rocket, flower and caterpillar, laid out on a blue tuff spot, with Duplo pieces next to each one, ready for building.

I had been Googling ‘Duplo Challenge Cards’ and came across these fabulous preschool building instructions on the Lego Education website. Unfortunately, Lego seem to have removed these cards from their website, but you can find some alternative building instructions, here.

Once I’d printed off the challenge cards, I then rummaged through our LEGO Duplo to find all of the pieces needed. Admittedly, M could have done this herself, but I think she might have lost interest quite quickly. I think having the pieces set out by the instruction cards made for a more engaging and appealing activity. Also, we didn’t have quite exactly all of the pieces shown on the building instructions, so I had to make a few substitutions.

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LEGO Duplo Building Challenge – What M thought

M enjoyed the challenging nature of this activity. She was keen to do as much of it as possible herself, so I used questioning to prompt her to the right answer, rather than telling her what to do (e.g. “Have a look at this bit, is it overlapping or does the block sit in the middle?” or, “Is that a large block or a smaller one?”).

It was lovely to see how pleased M was, once she had completed each build. The simple, visual instructions from LEGO Education were perfect for a first attempt at following instructions.

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2 responses to “Pondering Playtime // LEGO Duplo Building Challenge”

  1. Jenny smith says:


    Thank you for your inspiration – it was just what I have been looking for to do with my 3 year old son, George. I am however finding it difficult to locate the free printable Duplo building cards. The above link doesn’t seem to work for me. Is there any chance you could send me the files or redirect me to the right place? Thank you, Jenny.

    • Jules says:

      Lego seem to have removed the resource which is SO frustrating as it was lovely! I wonder if they are bringing out something similar, which is paid for?
      The best I could find in terms of a replacement is this website, which does offer PDFs of other designs:
      Or this website has a *few* official Lego Duplo ones, if you scroll under the video and click the instructions tab, you can then right click on each instruction image to save the image and can print from there:
      Sorry I wasn’t able to find the original; it’s really annoyed me!

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