The 11 best Lego® Duplo animals - Guide for parents

Published: Sat, 11 Jun 2022
By: Brickfact

For decades, the colourful plastic bricks, which can certainly be regarded as educationally valuable construction toys, have inspired not only children but also adults. Lego's leading position is based not least on its high quality, stability, versatility and wide range of products.

Lego Duplo was introduced in 1969 to enable toddlers under the age of three to enter the world of clamp bricks. With a scale of 2:1, these bricks are twice as big as the conventional Lego bricks to prevent small parts from being swallowed. At the same time, both systems can be wonderfully combined with each other. In addition to various popular children's themes, such as trains and fire brigades, there are numerous sets that contain Lego Duplo animals.

Checklist

If you want to please your child or another child, maybe even yourself, with a Lego® Duplo animal set, we have summarised the most important points here:

  • Lego Duplo is suitable for ages 1.5 to 5 years, depending on the set.
  • The Duplo bricks are sturdy and made of pollutant-free materials, as toddlers still put objects in their mouths.
  • The Lego duplo animals sets do not contain any small parts that could be swallowed.
  • Clamp bricks count as educational toys, as this construction toy promotes various skills, including creativity, motor skills, spatial imagination and social skills in playing with others.
  • There are different themes that are particularly appealing to children, for example farm, dinosaurs and zoo.
  • The Lego duplo animal sets contain various accessories, for example enclosures, stables, landscape parts such as trees and flowers as well as figures such as farmers, riders and animal keepers.
  • As the Duplo animal sets contain different animals, children will learn about each type of animal and have lots of play opportunities.
  • Brand new Lego Duplo animal sets can easily be combined with those from the 1970s.

On the Brickfact website you will find a great overview of the Lego Duplo theme world.

The 11 best Lego® Duplo animals

Every year, Lego brings out new interesting sets. Depending on the child's interest and age, the following Lego Duplo animal sets are perfect.

1. Lego® DUPLO® 10838 Family Pets

The Lego® DUPLO® 10838 Family Pets set from the "My Town" model series is perfect if an animal lives in the child's household or is due to move in in the near future. This way, they can learn how to handle them correctly. Special everyday situations can be recreated wonderfully.

Short overview

  • Suitable from 2 to 5 years
  • Contains the Lego Duplo animals dog, cat, rabbit and bird
  • Accessories include: Frisbee, brush, bird feeder, flower and carrot block.

Lego® DUPLO® 10838 Family Pets

2. Lego® DUPLO® 10966 Bath Time Fun: Floating Animal Island

To sweeten bath time for the little ones, the Lego® DUPLO® 10966 Bath Time Fun: Floating Animal Island Set from the "Bath Fun" series is ideal. The animals can be placed on the included swimming island, which also serves as a storage box, so that they swim with the child in the bathtub. The special feature here is that the different animals and the tree consist of only a few parts, which gives children their first experience with assembly.

Short overview

  • Suitable from 1.5 years
  • 20-piece set
  • Contains the Lego® Duplo animals: lion, flamingo, fish and octopus
  • Accessories include a two-piece floating island, a two-piece floating hoop, a tree and a bucket
  • Easy to clean

Lego® DUPLO® 10966 Bath Time Fun: Floating Animal Island

3. Lego® DUPLO® 10863 My First Animal Brick Box

This animal set Lego® DUPLO® 10863 My First Animal Brick Box with Pulling Animals offers absolute play fun, as the children can not only pull the train, but each animal also has a special function. So the lion can be fed, the crocodile's mouth can be rattled, the giraffe's neck can be bent and the elephant's trunk serves as a slide. In addition, the little ones get their first experience with assembling the sticking bricks. Building the Lego Duplo animals is also suitable for small children thanks to the instructions that are included.

Short overview

  • Suitable from 1.5 to 3 years
  • 34-piece set
  • Contains the animals: lion, elephant, giraffe, bird and crocodile
  • Accessories include four rolling train pieces and a banana block

Lego® DUPLO® 10863 My First Animal Brick Box

4. Lego® DUPLO® 10904 Baby Animals

The Lego® DUPLO® 10904 Baby Animals is the ideal complement to a visit to the zoo. In combination with other sets, the child can build its own zoo and re-enact what it has experienced. In this way, the child learns about the individual animal species in a playful way. 

Short overview

  • Suitable from 2 years
  • 9-piece set
  • Contains the Lego Duplo animals: elephant, giraffe, panda and white tiger
  • Accessories include a tree, a bamboo pole and a flower
  • Is no longer produced by Lego, but is still available in individual shops

Lego® DUPLO® 10904 Baby Animals

5. Lego® DUPLO® 10952 Barn, Tractor & Farm Animal Care

This Lego® DUPLO® 10952 Barn, Tractor & Farm Animal Care set is sure to put a smile on your child's face. With lots of accessories, you can build a farm with numerous types of animals. This is a fun way to learn about farm animals and how to care for them. A step-by-step description of how to build Lego Duplo animals is included in the instructions, as well as a picture story to act out.

Short overview

  • Suitable from 2 years
  • 97-piece set
  • Contains the Lego Duplo animals: horse, sheep, pig, dog, 2 cows, rooster and hen
  • Includes 4 Duplo figures
  • Accessories include a tractor, buildable barn, enclosure, 4 bales of hay, 2 flowers, 2 loaves of bread, bucket, feeding trough, broom and pitchfork

Lego® DUPLO® 10952 Barn, Tractor & Farm Animal Care

6. Lego® DUPLO® 10951 Horse Stable and Pony Care

Does your child love horses? Then the Lego® DUPLO® 10951 Horse Stable and Pony Care set is just the thing. Thanks to the numerous components, new scenes can be replayed again and again and the child learns what care the animals need while playing.

Short overview

  • Suitable from 2 years
  • 65-piece set
  • Includes 2 horses and 2 Duplo play figures
  • Accessories include a buildable stable, bucket, bunch of carrots, 3 flowers, 2 bales of hay, broom, spade and brush

Lego® DUPLO® 10951 Horse Stable and Pony Care

7. Lego® DUPLO® 10975 Wild Animals of the World

Your child loves the biodiversity of our animal world or you want to bring it closer to him? Surprise them with the extensive Lego® DUPLO® 10975 Wild Animals of the World set, which includes a world map on which the individual Lego Duplo animals can be placed with their corresponding environment. Also ideal for building a zoo. A stone that has to be pressed for this purpose produces jungle sounds.

Short overview

  • Suitable from 2 years
  • 140 piece set
  • Contains 22 animals: 2 elephants, 2 penguins, 2 pandas, 2 deer, 2 lions, giraffe, koala, crocodile, turtle, monkey, squirrel, polar bear, alpaca, parrot, bear, raccoon and toucan
  • Accessories include several trees, a lion house, 2 ice floes, several flowers, pineapples, bananas and a bamboo pole
  • A sound stone makes different animal noises at the push of a button

Lego® DUPLO® 10975 Wild Animals of the World

8. Lego® DUPLO® 10979 Wild Animals of Europe

If you want to introduce your child to the European animal species, this Lego® DUPLO® 10979 Wild Animals of Europe set is a real experience in the children's room. However, it also complements the set mentioned under point 7, but contains more native animals.

Short overview

  • Suitable from 2 years
  • 85-piece set
  • Contains 11 Lego Duplo animals: 3 deer, 2 squirrels, bear, duck, fox, rabbit, wild boar and bird
  • Accessories include a 3D play mat, 2 bales of hay, a waterfall, a beehive, several flowers and trees

Lego® DUPLO® 10979 Wild Animals of Europe

9. Lego® DUPLO® 10972 Wild Animals of the Ocean

The Lego® DUPLO® 10972 Wild Animals of the Ocean set is ideal for your child to get to know the underwater world. The background scenery allows them to immerse themselves in their play world. 

Short overview

  • Suitable from 2 years
  • 32-piece set
  • Contains the Lego Duplo animals: Whale with baby whale, turtle and clown fish.
  • Accessories include a 3D play mat, water slide, bamboo pole and and several underwater plants

Lego® DUPLO® 10972 Wild Animals of the Ocean

10. Lego® DUPLO® 10939 T. rex and Triceratops Dinosaur Breakout

Is your child passionate about dinosaurs? Then give him this extraordinary Lego® DUPLO® 10939 T. rex and Triceratops Dinosaur Breakout set with which he can sink into his fantasy world. Of course, a zoo can also be expanded with these primeval creatures.

Lego® DUPLO® 10939 T. rex and Triceratops Dinosaur Breakout

Short overview

  • Suitable from 2 years
  • 36-piece set
  • Includes the dinosaurs Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops, a Duplo play figure and a motorbike
  • Accessories include a tree, 2 flowers, 2 flames, a Jurassic World sign and a motorbike

11. Lego® DUPLO® 10934 Creative animals

Do you want to get creative with your child and build your own animals? Then the Lego® DUPLO® 10934 Creative animals Set is perfect. An elephant, crocodile, tiger, giraffe, penguin, toucan, panda, monkey and whale can be put together as Lego Duplo animals from the different coloured clamps. Bricks are also included to recreate the respective habitats.

Short overview

  • Suitable from 1.5 years
  • 175-piece set
  • Contains building blocks for 9 different animals and their habitats

Lego® DUPLO® 10934 Creative animals

Building instructions

If you have lost the instructions for building Lego® Duplo animals or if they were not included in a second-hand purchase, you can find them on the following websites, for example. There are also numerous websites that present self-created models.

Conclusion

With Lego Duplo Animals, you open up the world of imaginative construction to your child and thereby promote various skills that they will need later on. Although the animal sets by Lego are more expensive compared to other manufacturers, the Danish company convinces with quality and variety. Even several generations can play with the same bricks without them no longer sticking together.