Duplo is part of the Lego brand but made with bigger pieces for smaller hands. They are much easier to snap together and take apart again. The box says that the age range is from 11/2 to 5 years old. I think the ideal age is about 2 1/2-4 years of age. When my youngest daughter got this her big sister was about 5 and she got bored with this set pretty quickly. She was definitely ready for the smaller pieces and more detailed ideas in the Lego sets.
I would recommend this toy for any girl age 2- 4. She will use it in different ways at different stages, making it a great one to grow with. It has a spring time theme, so it would be the perfect gift for the Easter bunny to leave or for a little girl with a spring birthday.
When my daughter was two she liked the bright colors and the bunny rabbits but could not really construct anything with them. Now at almost 4, she uses them like a pro. Every time she picks them up she plays with them independently for quite a while. Sometimes she engages in imaginative play inventing scenarios for the bunnies. There are enough real type things, like carrots and bunnies and doorways, to spark imagination. But there are also plenty of bricks of varying colors and and shapes to allow her imagination to really soar.
back of duplo pink brick box
It also comes with a book of inspiration, that shows different things that she could do with the set. So far she has not needed any extra motivation, but some kids really like looking at the examples of how to set the bricks up. The booklet is a nice addition and its made out of thick glossy paper.
Any Duplos are great for manual dexterity and logic building. Its great fun to watch a child build, destroy, and build again. Some preschool age girls identify with pink as their favorite color. That is certainly the case for my little one! This set appeals to the little girl who loves pink. The color scheme is a nice variety of pastels, with pink as the dominant color, but enough variation so as not to get boring.
The packaging is great. Most Legos come in cardboard boxes and the sets get all mixed up. This Duplo set has a durable pink plastic box. Its big enough that all the bricks fit in easily. The lid snaps on tightly and provides a reassuring click sound. When I tell my little one to clean up she doesn't get frustrated picking things up and putting them away. She can do it herself. That is important to kids this age.
They retail for about $40 which is quite a lot considering that Mega Bloks has a set of 80 pink themed blocks for half the price. The difference in quality is apparent. Duplos have a satisfying feel when two bricks interlock. That lets the little girl know that the two pieces won't just come apart. However you cannot build really high towers with this set.