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LEGO® DUPLO® Announces Play Phone Line For Grandparents; Survey Reveals Parents Support Claim That Grandparenting Isn't What It Used To Be

ENFIELD, Conn., Sept. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- In honor of National Grandparents Day, LEGO® DUPLO®, experts in play and toys for toddlers and preschoolers, today launches the LEGO DUPLO Play Phone Line for grandparents, a resource that offers tips, suggestions, and inspiration to grandparents of children ages 1 to 5 years old as they embark on an exciting new chapter of life. LEGO Systems also reveals today results from a recent Harris Interactive® survey of parents regarding their perspective on the grandparents of their child/children, including the finding that respondents believe that their mother and father are more hands-on as grandparents than they were as parents, notably participating in play instead of merely supervising.

"Yesterday's grandparents were noodle casseroles and needlepoint; today's grandparents are Facebooking fun makers," said Michael McNally, brand relations director for LEGO Systems. "Grandparents today are more active and engaged with their grandchildren, so we hope to inspire them with great ideas for how to make the most of that special time."

Live today and free to call, the LEGO DUPLO Play Line at 1-800-835-4386 – mention "grandparents" – will answer questions from and provide guidance to grandparents—and parents—who are looking for clever playtime ideas. Sample topics include simple ways to introduce building play for the first time; how to manage play with multiple grandchildren of different age groups; and how to teach a grandchild their colors through play. An activity guide can be emailed or snail mailed, or grandparents can visit keyword "DUPLO" to watch a series of inspirational play videos featuring Dan Steininger, a LEGO Master Builder and new grandfather. Have ideas of your own? Share them on or email them to

"One of the things I learned only after I became a grandparent myself is that kids respond much better when you are on their level, and when you're letting them direct the play time," said Steininger, whose 20-month old grandson is already developing building skills. "I'm really excited to combine my skills as a Master Builder with my new experiences as a grandfather to spread the playful word with other new grandparents like me."

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