7/11/2012

Fun With LEGO DUPLO Bricks and Books [$100 Lego Gift Card Giveaway]


My four-year-old is in love with books and is always asking someone to read her a story. One of her other favorite activities is using her older brothers collection of LEGO bricks to build houses and castles for her dolls. Because of her love of books and LEGOs, I was pretty sure she would love the new LEGO DUPLO Read & Build sets.



I knew I was right when she caught me taking a picture of the set and she exclaimed, "Ohhh! Can I play with those?" She was pretty excited when I told her that the new set was just for her.


These fun sets include a book and the LEGO DUPLO blocks to build the characters from the story. As you read the story, there are easy to follow instructions that allow your pre-schooler to build the characters that you are reading about. There are also questions that not only help them interact with the book, but allow them to act it out with the DUPLO characters they have just created.


Not only does the addition of the blocks make reading the story fun, but asking pre-school aged kids questions about the story and allowing them to engage with the book is a great way to promote reading readiness. I always try to ask questions about the stories I read to my kids. It is a skill I picked up in my elementary education classes. These books make that even easier because the questions are built right into the story.


Not only will these books help prepare pre-school age kids for reading, they are also great for practicing color and shape recognition as the children locate the required bricks for character building. Not to mention that they are learning to follow printed visual instructions and are getting practice problem solving as well. All of these skills are what make LEGO sets some of my favorite toys for children of any age and these LEGO DUPLO Read & Build sets are the perfect skill level for Miss Ruby.


Reading the book once wasn't enough, so we read the story together twice as she followed along building the characters and acting out the rolls they played. And when story time was over, there was still plenty of fun to be had with her new farm animal friends.


Do you have a preschooler that would love a LEGO DUPLO Read & Build set? Tell me how you think the new Read & Build sets will help your child learn to read and you will be entered for the chance to win a $100 LEGO Gift Card!

Visit LEGO.com to see other Read & Build sets and order online. Check out BlogHer.com to find other reviews and more ways you can enter to win.


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This sweepstakes runs from 7/11 – 8/19/12.

134 comments:

  1. My kids love LEGOS! I think that having these would be a great way for them to interact with the books, and use their imaginations!

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  2. My son would love this! He loves to build things and looking at a book while building would be an extra learning chance for him I think he would enjoy!

    popcornpieces at yahoo dot com

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  3. I shared this on Twitter (as well as facebook!) https://twitter.com/TemporaryWaffle/status/223092741612113920


    popcornpieces at yahoo dot com

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  4. my son loves legos..as does his daddy! the read and build sets will help them have so much fun otgether!

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    https://twitter.com/raggammuffin/status/223096324759896064

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  6. It's great practice for following instructions, learning about shapes, and when baby's grown up, maybe he'll be able to recreate a castle for me. :)

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  7. I think it would help my preschooler simply by the interaction. Through interacting with the story, she will be engaged and more excited to learn and play!

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  8. we love Legos and Dupulos! My three year old could play all day with them.

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  9. I think these would encourage my children to sound out the words while they are building, because it would be fun and not seem like work.
    KellywcuATyahooDOTcom

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  10. tweeted
    https://twitter.com/Kellydinpa/status/223123210080751619

    kellywcuATyahooDOTcom

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    https://twitter.com/Kellydinpa/status/223123210080751619

    kellywcuATyahooDOTcom

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  12. These Legos look like so much fun, and I know my daughter would love playing with them and reading the book, too.

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  13. How fun would it be to read and be able to play along with the exact same things as in the book!! I think my little girl would love them, especially cause they're animals!
    cantor(dot)monica(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. Tweeted.
    https://twitter.com/JustFriends2008/status/223162210967486466

    cantor(dot)monica(at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. my little guy struggles with reading but loves Legos, perfect combo!!!

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  16. twitted it!
    https://twitter.com/lickorice/status/223185524112900097

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  17. My kids also love legos! Great giveaway!

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  18. Legos are the Best! You can never have enough!

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  19. Oh, these are adorable! I have an almost 3 year old nephew who's in love with duplo blocks and books as well... he would adore these! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

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  20. Here's a link to my tweet! https://twitter.com/agravette/status/223250734597148672

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  21. I love the interaction option - definitely helps kids learn to really remember what they read. So fun!

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  22. I love new ways of making reading fun! Plus, I love the idea of my kiddos following multiple directions to build/achieve a goal. Looks fun!

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  23. these would fit right in at my house!! thanks for the giveaway :)

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  24. Oh, these would be great for my toddler:)!

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  25. What a great way to really get your child involved in reading! I love the hands on interaction and I know my son would love this. Right now he watches his sister set up her Legos and gets so frustrated that he can't do the same intricate designs as her, this would be a great activity for him and build his confidence and fine motor skills :-)

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  26. My son loves duplos! This looks like fun!

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  27. What a fun idea - appealing to girls and boys. My 4 year old would eat this up. And my kinders in the classroom would love it to - a great way to get kids (boys especially) excited about reading!

    cnlpeterson(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. SO fun! I haven't seen those yet. We are just starting to get interested in legos here. I think that book is fabulous because it teaches kids to read/follow directions for building. I love how it is interactive with the story.

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  29. I think my son would end up liking to "read" the book to his little sister while they worked on putting the pieces together.

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  30. I think my son would love this lego build and read set. It would definitely keep him more focused on the story.

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  31. My son would love these! He loves to look at books and this would make learning to read so much fun!

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  32. Legos are the favorite toy in our house without a doubt! We have duplo and regular out all the time. My kids would love to get one of the big sets if we won!

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  33. I love lego duplos for my two year old. He would love the read and build set. His older brother who is just learning to read could play too and practice his reading while they build!

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  34. I believe that any time you had a kinetic activity with reading and learning that it is more meaningful and therefore more likely to be remembered! Thanks for a chance to win and have a great day!
    kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

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  35. My daughter loves reading but I'd like to get her more interested in blocks, etc. so this is great!

    melduke26@gmail.com

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  36. My 3 yr old would love this. She's just getting interested in letters and "reading" books and she's always raiding her older siblings' legos. I'm sure she'd love a set of her very own!

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  37. What a great way to make reading more appealing to children! Read & Build will help because it's interactive. He'll love building the characters from the stories and seeing them take shape as he goes!

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  38. Saw these for the first time this past weekend in NYC at the LEGO store. What a positive idea! Kudos to the company for incorporating reading and creative play.

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  39. My son and daughter both LOVE Legos and I love them too because they use their imagination.

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  40. https://twitter.com/lch2004/status/223947839552761856

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  41. My 5 yr old loves Legos and has really taken a liking to following the instructions provided to "create something from nothing". So I think the new Read & Build sets will pull her in with the building aspect but give the benefit of learning to read at the same time.

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  42. My boys are just getting into reading and Legos. Between the pictures and step by step instructions, it is a perfect combination.
    buckeyeteeth at hotmail dot com

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  43. My daughter is 3 and would love this! She is getting into looking at directions and following them!

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  44. Wow, what a great product! I think the LEGO DUPLO Read & Build will help my kids learn to read with all those fun colors block building and interaction. For sure this is a lot more fun than just reading the book.

    Amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  45. Tweeted about this giveaway: https://twitter.com/uTry_it/status/224409741470875648

    Amy [at] utry [dot] it

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  46. DDs love LEGO, this combination is such a great motivation to them in reading while playing with LEGO.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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  47. https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/224730359676420098

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  48. this is for my son who is 18months. this would be fun as he learns to be creative and develop his fine motor skills.
    amramazon280 at yahoo dot com

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  49. https://twitter.com/pinoysugarplum/status/224743908951859200

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  50. Hands on activities are very good for the imagination and learning!

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  51. My son lOVES legos!!! Great brain booster!!

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  53. I just barely missed out on the House Party for these new Lego Duplo products. Totally getting the preschooler one for her birthday.

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  54. My son loves this idea and has from the moment he first saw it. I would hope this would help with word recognition the more we played.

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  55. https://twitter.com/brooke_78/status/225368271346601987

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  56. Who doesn't LOVE legos?? My kids, my father, me... We've even managed to corral them so as to avoid stepping on them...

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  57. https://twitter.com/teamshoemaker/status/225626280333291521 jill dot shoemaker at gmail dot com

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  58. this is so awesome, my 3 yo would love to have some pink and princess blocks, sparking her imagination as well as her storytelling, an important part of reading! I think these kits are awesome and this is a great idea! my lo would love to play with blocks and read it together!

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  59. Both of my girls would love these! It's a great opportunity to not only practice reading but to practice following directions and building something!

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  60. this will help my kids have more fun learning
    merleandtina@yahoo.com

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  61. https://twitter.com/HappyTina0115/status/225770371289346049
    merleandtina@yahoo.com

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  62. it teaches them to build on what they already know! Thanks for a super giveaway!

    My email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  63. Tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/anashct3/status/225927525216428032
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    email: anashct1 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  64. Johor great this would be for my kids w/sensory issues who love touching everything to help them focus.

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  65. This would encourage fine motor skills as well as early reading.

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  66. Now if they'd had these when I was a kid I might have liked legos! My son would love them for sure!

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  67. My daughter would love these! As the youngest in the house, and with brothers (12 and 10) who have their own "Hands-Off" Lego sets with pieces too small for little hands, this would be perfect. As a teacher, I LOVE the fact that it promotes literacy!

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  68. I am hoping to homeschool, and think this would be a fun tool to use!

    chambanachik@gmail.com

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  69. I have two little preschoolers who would LOVE these. I have never seen anything like these Read and Build blocks. Cannot wait to get my hands on them.
    beckymarie8@gmail.com

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  70. I tweeted about the giveaway! Please pick me! :)

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  71. As an educator I see how great this can be for all kids and my son. You are using various ways to learn: cognitive and tactile combos are great!
    Thanks for the opportunity.

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  72. I love the fact that this gives the kids a way to interact with the book. My son who just turned four has been reading for a few weeks now, but the beginner books kind of bore him--I think this would help him stay engaged until he can read the more difficult books he's interested in.

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  73. My girls have always used their Legos to build people and animals and role play (as opposed to my son, who just builds). The books would go right along with their story-telling.

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  74. Lego is the best! My older boys play with them all the time! Great for their imagination! Love that my little guy can play with these duplos too:)

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  75. it will add extra incentive and excitement to reading

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  76. My son is almost 2 and already loves building with his Duplos. He also LOVES books! This combo would be perfect for him! Thanks for the opportunity to win this!

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  77. These sets are great and i think would really get my son motivated to read.

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  78. We love Legos!! My girls are constantly building. :)

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  79. My son absolutely LOVES legos. I think the key to learning is engaging the child, capturing their attention, working with their imagination. I think the Lego Duplo Build and read, would be fun for my son. And when your having fun, learning is wasy. Incorporating something he loves, likes legos, and adding in books (which he loves), would be a great tool to helping my son polish up his reading skills. This would b wonderful!

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  80. I tweeted. https://twitter.com/heatherlaverne1/status/228437756500647936

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  81. We are the most LEGO-loving family I've ever known. Seriously.

    I wish they'd had these DUPLO books when my guys were little--they would have loved them! We're lightyears past that stage now, but a $100 gift certificate from LEGO? Oh, that would make my boy happy! Thank you for the chance to win!

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  82. My sweet niece loves to read now, but these books would bring the book to lego-life. My son is older than Duplo blocks but he could help her build the animal characters.

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  83. book-on-kindle.com
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  84. This is great...it'll keep my son engaged. Reading and playing together is a great combination!

    alittlenosh AT gmail.com

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  85. What a fantastic idea! Anyway that you can get kids to read more is awesome! (thegunnysack@aol.com)

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  86. I Tweeted https://twitter.com/TheGunnySack/status/229087201609265152 (thegunnysack@aol.com)

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  87. I think it would make it fun for her and she'd actually sit still and want to learn.

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  88. I tweeted about the contest https://twitter.com/Monnie311/status/229142166608441344

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  89. My little boy learns best by using his hands. He would not only learn words but learn to follow directions from pictures.

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  90. I bet my kids' therapists would love these!

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  91. Those are so cool! I love love love how it is interactive reading. It seems that people including myself get so excited about TV shows teaching kids to reading by being interactive. THIS is the real interactive, I adore it and it WILL be on the Christmas list for my 4 year old.

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  92. Using manipulatives always reinforces visual and auditory learning. Plus, this is more fun! Lego, best toy every invented.

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  93. tweet: https://twitter.com/syytta/status/229846573314617345
    songyueyu at gmail

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  94. How can you not love legos! They are awesome and fun and help my boys play together for hours without fighting. Wonderful! grayrm@gmail.com

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  95. we are a lego family for sure, all our boys birthday parties are lego themed, lego star wars, lego harry potter, lego batman or just plain legos! you can never have too many legos!

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  96. My little daughter looooooves legos and books! This is a perfect combo:)

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  97. We are Lego-maniacs. I love the interactive aspect of the books and Legos!

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  98. we love legos, too! esecially the duplos!

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  99. this makes it fun to learn to read

    karinaroselee at gmail dot com

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  100. https://twitter.com/karinaroselee/status/233323136173604864

    karinaroselee at gmail dot com

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  101. Tweeted!

    https://twitter.com/crickpop/status/233594463220551680

    crickpop at gmail dot com

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  102. I would love to get my 3 yr old grandson started reading. I know that building an animal by following the picture would get him more interested in his duplo blocks, and he would start reading by seeing the words next to each animal. He's always loved "Old MacDonald Had A Farm." This could be how me connects it all into reading.

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  103. tweet-https://twitter.com/CrazyItalian0/status/233956327456657409

    gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

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  104. I think it will help my son with reading because he will be able to connect the pictures and what he can build with what the book is talking about.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

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  105. I think having a book he can interact with will definitely encourage my 3 year old to read!
    dgoodridge84@yahoo.com

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  106. Both my boys love Legos. I saved my sets from when I was younger and they play with those also. Lego Duplo Read and Build is an excellent idea for kids that are interested and reading and definitely for those that aren't. My oldest has fun putting together Lego sets using the instructions and making things off the top of his head. Legos in general are a great learning tool.

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  107. I tweeted: https://twitter.com/FireRunner2379/status/234453896557367296

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  108. Both of my kiddos would love this! my 5 year old is just starting to read this would be perfect for him! I have an almost 1 yearold that would love some toys like this! Way to go Duplo!

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  109. My daughter is absolutely obsessed with Legos - we are hoping to go to Legoland later this fall with her. jenniferlynnhansen at yahoo dot com

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  110. My kids love LEGO's! They develop problem solving skills and a sense of accomplishment when they are done!

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  111. tweeted

    https://twitter.com/kjmaje/status/235775562638045184

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  112. The kids love legos already so this will be very exciting to see them having fun and learning at the same time.
    MCantu1019 at aol dot com

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  113. I hadn't heard about the Read & Build sets before - what a great idea! And my daughter is just getting to the stage where books are for reading (not for eating).

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  114. https://twitter.com/cmouse01/status/235928769175646209

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  115. this sound like fun for me and my nephew when he come to visit

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  116. https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/235935529290584065

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  117. https://twitter.com/purplelover04/status/235935529290584065

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  118. I think since it’s an interactive book with pictures demonstrating how to use the blocks and how to build that it would help with reading and learning

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  119. tweet
    https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/236146230659522560
    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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  120. My nieces would love some more blocks to play with, and Duplo has some great new princess sets I know they'd love. What a great prize.

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  121. I think this interactive book would help almost every child. This is a great way to give them a fun way to do it themselves with less help from Mom and Dad.

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  122. My kids love Legos almost as much as my husband!

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  123. Tweet - https://twitter.com/willitara/status/236982561186922496

    willitara [at] gmail [dot] com

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  124. i have a boy and a girl and they both would love more legos. thanks for this chance.

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  125. Love the color practice and following directions. Would be great for my 3 year old!

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  126. They are sort of like instructional booklets mashed-up with a story and toys! I think that is a great way to teach kids a variety of things, not just reading. You are teaching them how to build, colors, following instructions, and reading all at once!
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  127. I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/237222969343094784
    Angie
    14earth at gmail dot com

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  128. This is such a great giveaway! My brothers are HUGE Lego fans and this would be perfect for them (I like my share as well :) )

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  129. I tweeted about it here!

    https://twitter.com/Linatweetstowin/status/237370696710381569

    hisprincess527 at gmail dot com

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  130. We love Legos in our house. This would help so much in teaching directions to get to the end result a fun toy!

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  131. We love Legos in our house. This would help so much in teaching directions to get to the end result a fun toy!

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