Guess what we made today? Yes, you have probably already guessed from the headline – a Duplo tower.

In the past, this would have been a normal day at “the office”, but since we moved onto regular Lego when Mtoto turned three the Duplo has hardly had a look in.

After two days of full-time stay-at-home fathering, plus every spare hour spent on voluntary work, I needed a slow start to the day. We spent a good chunk of time reading and laughing at Mr Men and Little Miss stories this morning, then after breakfast we got down to business.

Duplo bricks are great fun for toddlers, but compared to Lego they feel quite basic, clunky and uninspiring. But that was what we needed today – some mindless ground.

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Of course, things don’t always turn out like that. First we both built towers as tall as Mtoto. It was satisfying but not challenging. And the need for mindless activities evaporated into a new challenge – a tower as tall as me.

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Once that was done, we realised that the sky, or rather the ceiling, was the limit. After one false start we did it, with a tower just short of the ceiling. Considering that I’m working largely one-handed, it felt satisfying to complete the challenge.

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The tower was approximately 130 storeys high and rather bent up top. And that was the basis for some interesting conversations about buildings, gravity and balance – after all, every day is a school day.

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Finally we went online to learn how tall Duplo towers get. While the Lego records are frequently challenged and well-documented (over 35 metres tall) you have to dig around a bit for Duplo. On the record setters website some guy has a tower around 2.6 metres tall, which is similar to our tower. But that’s only the half of it. On Ben Akrin’s  blog, Ben shows a tower he and his kid made that was over 5 metres tall and he includes a great video of a tower being knocked over – Mtoto loved watching it!

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We spent the rest of the morning playing train tracks, Duplo, animals and Winnie the Pooh stories. And this afternoon we are going on an adventure.

Oh and our tower came down, gleefully pushed over by Mtoto.