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For as long as I can remember we have had the DUPLO tub at our house. You just can’t beat it as a toy and we love when we receive it as a gift because we can add to our collection. You can never have too much DUPLO. Even my big kids can be found playing with the younger ones because they love it so much.

When you have your first child you play with them and teach them how to play with toys and wonder will they ever learn to play on their own. Then brothers and sisters come along (a few more than the average household in our family) and you have instant playmates. Once you have a child with special needs though you really need to get involved in the play and teach at the same time.

Now you’ve probably seen some popular hacks on social media recently. I’m always looking at the mum hacks because they save time doing things I do all the time. And when I try to think of my favourite or if I have one of my own I always come back to baby wipes. Yep baby wipes. Not just for baby bottoms. I use them for a quick wipe of the floor if there is a spill, wipe the bin down, clean up some crumbs, remove a mark from the wall, give the kids shoes a quick wipe before they jump out of the car if it’s a uniform inspection day and they haven’t been polished. Do you want me to keep going? I could…..I have baby wipes stationed all over the house because I am always using them.

Well I’m going to share some DUPLO Mum Hacks with you which are fun ways to use DUPLO that you might not have thought of.


Who knew DUPLO could help you teach your kids to take care of their teeth. Thanks to Pinterest I discovered that you could be teaching your kids to brush and floss their teeth by pretending that the DUPLO bricks are teeth. Grab a toothbrush and show the kids how to brush in a circular motion just like the dentist showed them. Let them have some fun and you could get out the toothpaste and a bit of water to make it more fun. Sit back and watch them brush their pretend teeth.


I’ve spent a lot of time in speech therapy sessions. But I’m sure that  my little miss has no idea that I’m helping her with speech when we get out the DUPLO tub because she just thinks it’s fun. But we’re expanding her vocabulary and knowledge at the same time. Meanwhile my nearly 3 year old now asks me ‘where is the….’ and looks at me waiting for an answer after I’ve grilled him on a few things in a book or game. You’ll notice I don’t have too many bricks out when I’m doing this. Just keep it simple in the early days with 2 or 3 choices and starting with the very basics. Here we are teaching some simple fruits and colours. First I test and see if you she can point out the fruit when I say the name and then I’ll muddle them up and try again and then I’ll go to colours. If you’ve ever sat through a speech therapy session with a toddler or child with special needs then you’re probably all over this one.

You can also assemble a collection of blocks in the same colours I’ve shown and have your little one group them together. This is easier for little ones to do before they can name the colours and it’s a great skill to have.



One of my favourite things to do when I need a mini break or to do something around the house is to ask the kids to create their best ever big building or creation.

OK, if I’m telling you the truth I might offer them $2 and tell them to take their time, be creative and build the best they can. Then I make a coffee and come back to judge them. And meanwhile you should see them creating…’d think it was the world’s best DUPLO building competition.

Now just for you I’ve created a Pinterest board here with some more fun ways to use LEGO DUPLO. You can also check out some great #DUPLOMumHacks here on the Facebook page


And now for the fun bit……… I will be giving away THREE prize packs valued at $90 ( each pack includes the LEGO DUPLO Airport set, the LEGO DUPLO Number Train and the LEGO DUPLO My First Construction Site) by selecting a new winner at the end of each week for the next 3 weeks.

To enter just tell me your tip to help make mum’s life easier! Upload your idea using #DUPLOMumHacks. You can leave a comment here, upload a photo or share it on social media (instagram, facebook, twitter) with  the hashtag #DUPLOMumHacks and @retromummy. Can’t wait to see your mum hacks. 

All entries shared using #DUPLOMumHacks will also be entered into the LEGO DUPLO Facebook Competition and appear on the #DUPLOMumHacks tab on the LEGO DUPLO Facebook Page. Click here  to find out more and see other entries.

Giveaway is open to Australian residents, one entry per person, for full terms and conditions of this giveaway please read  here


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  1. karina l says:

    Mother in Laws – try and love them. They may be annoying but that can come in handy during the winters months when your little ones are always sick at daycare and if you can’t keep taking sick leave!

  2. Rebecca H says:

    When my kids have been on the couch too long, I fake a blackout. I turn off all the electricity and blame the faulty wiring again and you’d be surprised how quickly they find things to do :)

  3. Hot glue gun kids names on the bottom of their slippers to make them non slip (works on house/bed socks too if you do lots of little dots in all the right places.

  4. when you’ve just washed all the floors and it’s time to feed the kids – put them in the dry bath and let them have a “picnic”. They think it’s fun, it’s easy to clean up, contained to a small area and floors stay clean that little bit longer :)

  5. Michelle V says:

    I make shoe shopping for my kids easy (especially handy if you have toddlers with squirmy, wriggly feet!) by tracing their foot onto a piece of paper and then taking that with me to the shops and using it as my guide to finding the perfect fitter shoe. It works every time, and saves the hassle of shoe shopping with kids.

  6. Sonya N. says:

    Mornings are crazy here, what with a school-aged child and a toddler. My school-aged child goes to bed in her school uniform so she doesn’t need to get dressed the next morning (she takes f-o-r-e-v-e-r to get dressed!). Makes our mornings so much easier!

  7. Kathryn hosking says:

    I fluff and straighten the couch cushions so it looks like the house is neat and tidy, even though it is far from it.

  8. Emma B says:

    Simple but effective, be organised with a whole family calender to be sure that everyone knows where everyone else is and what sports/school events are coming up and when you have clashes you can pre organise lifts with friends or hubby to take one while you take another etc. Planning is the key to lowering the stress of keeping tabs on all the events we have these days.

  9. May Lee says:

    A duplo mum hack is to use craft objects like buttons or googly eyes to transport things on Duplo dump trucks or loaders (supervised of course). It helps lessen frustration because duplo pieces are a bit big to stay in well and also it seems to help with fine motor skills.

    A regular day in the life mum hack is to have a bag of toys not usually played with at home that is kept in your purse for those times where you need a bit of distraction when you’re out and about.

  10. Some interesting tips. My nephews play with these and they have a great time building and rebuilding

  11. Got bored kids? Chuck them in the bath with food dye. Will keepthem entertained for hours.

    Always keep a spare nappie in the car- just in case!

  13. Cassie says:

    Use a washing basket to sit your baby (who can sit unaided) and their toys in the bath. The toys can’t float away so your baby won’t need to dive after them.

  14. Jennifer says:

    Use the kinetic sand with the DUPLO. Kids love to pretend they are driving the DUPLO trucks and cars over sand dunes. Hide things in the kinetic sand so they have to find the ‘treasure’ this is so good OT based therapies too, picking things out of the sand etc. It can be easy to make OT homework fun :)

  15. Melissa says:

    Did your lovely children draw in permanent marker on your gloss white kitchen cabinets? Easily removed with hair spray! (which you keep in the house to keep away headlice from your kids hair) :)

  16. Crystal says:

    I have a baby and a toddler – to save on washing (clothes and bibs!) I take their clothes off when they’re eating, especially for breakfast when things get messy with porridge and weetbix!

  17. Krystal says:

    I have a beautiful, strong-willed two year old and I have discovered the power of a timer! “Have a rest and I’ll t the timer for when I’ll come get you” “ill set the timer for when dinners ready” “of cause I can set the timer for when we can see Nana who lives 12 hours away!” Unlimited potential and a (relatively) compliant child as a result!

  18. Alison B says:

    #duplomumhacks Duplo makes great key-rings. Drill a small hole through a piece of Duplo and attach a chain and ring. Use different colours to help you identify which key is which (the pool key … the post box key … your Mum’s spare house key). Best of all, stick a Duplo base board up near your family noticeboard, and simply attach your keys to it! Such a simple solution to help you keep track of your keys.

  19. Amanda H says:

    I find it hard to keep track of all the stuff in our house, so my #DUPLOMumHacks is a boot rack! It worked, both kids loved finding the right spot for their boots. The next version will be bigger, and have one colour per person!

  20. I have shared my #duplomumhacks on instagram and tagged you as well .
    username – @dreamdream936

  21. Brigitte mawdsley says:

    I’ve been working hard on bedtimes at our house so I can get some extra time to myself in the evening. We’ve been doing some role play on this to help my son know what is expected of him, and he’s eager to join in as we’re using his favourite toys!

  22. To keep the kids away from a screen or to flip the mood of the household from bored, tired and stressed (I’m the latter) I play kids’ music. They’ll argue what album or that they don’t want it on but once it is on they are in calm mode. The duplo and other toys come out and while they play and listen all is well…for the time being anyway and I’ll definitely take that.

  23. Maria Stringer says:

    Bored kids? Fill the kitchen sink with warm water and get them to,wash your Tupperware, some towels on The floor to soak up the spills!

  24. Helena L says:

    Sick of your kids pulling hand towels off the rail and dumping them on the floor?
    Just add a bull clip!


    Pay your oldest child to read to your youngest child. Win-win for all involved!

  26. Have a big tub in each room, so if you get a sudden knock on the door from drop-in visitors, you can quickly scramble around the room and throw all those toys which invariably wind up on the floor and throw them in the tub so voila, you have an instantly semi-tidy house!

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