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I hadn’t expected the kids to still play like this on a Friday afternoon. Not to mention so close to vacation time. Usually, you can tell it’s high time the school-going kids had a break by the time summer comes around again. But on this particular Friday, both children were particularly playful.
We’d already played a game (Hanging Donut), for which I’d hung a rope from the fence to the side of the house. Looking at the rope my oldest son, Q, suggested we might turn it into a zipline.
As a matter of fact, I already knew that was possible because I’ve seen such contructions before and could model after it.
So, when my son suggested we build a LEGO Duplo zip line, this mom already knew what to do.
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Lego Duplo Zipline
Instead of Lego, I decided to use Lego Duplo for two reasons:
- I wanted both boys to be able to put the zip line back together in case it fell and broke into pieces. C is a bit too young still to sensibly put together Lego.
- We have this wooden deck in the backyard with gaps between the planks and I didn’t want any of the Lego pieces to disappear into them.
By some miracle, I wasn’t followed inside by my two little ducklings when I went to look for the blocks to use.
I had intended to make two version, one with an actual pulley construction.
And one with just an arched block over the top. Only the second construction got used by the boys as a way station rather then on the zip line itself. A good sign of creativity on the kids’ part, I always like to think
The string that we already had attached to the fence now went through the pulley and got tied up to a plant hanger on the side of the house.
I was afraid that with the difference in height and the distance from the house to the fence, our lego zip line carriage would burst back into lego duplo blocks, but the carriage was sturdier than that. It staid in one piece.
The boys both played for quite some time with the Lego zip line. That afternoon and the day after. Only on Monday when school and normal life started again did I finally get to clean away the string that hung across our garden.
All in all, a good game.
LEGO Duplo zipline supports:
- Creative play
- Fine motor skills (re-building the carriage)
- Gross motor skills (running along the zip line)
Items needed to build a LEGO Duplo zipline:
- Lego or Lego Duplo blocks;
- Lego or Lego Duplo Pulley OR;
- Lego or Lego Duplo (arched) beam;
- Lego or Lego Duplo figure;
- A piece of string;
Less than 5 minutes; exactly how I like it.
How to build a LEGO Duplo zipline:
I actually cheated a bit and used two doors, supported by two flat blocks below and at the top to hold the thing together. Since the Lego zip line later banged into our fence, that turned out to be a good idea.
If you don’t have any Lego (duplo) doors, use a beam or longer flat block as the floor. Build blocks on either side to serve as support for the roof. Another beam or long flat block, or arched beam (as I used) serves as the roof.
If you have a pulley block, then stick that on top.
Hang some string across the garden, or even inside the house. This game can be played inside as well!
Thread the piece of string through the pulley or straight through the carriage. Then tie the other end of the string up as well.
We all loved this game; will definitely play it again.
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