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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

In advance of the hotline debut, LEGO DUPLO and Harris Interactive fielded an online study of 500 parents who have one or more 2-5 year old child, and whose mother or father spends at least some time with the grandchild or grandchildren. Key findings include:

  • Grandpa Now versus Dad Then. Parents feel that the way their own parents play with their grandchildren is different than the way they played with them as a child. When asked whether grandparents supervise, drop in, or actively participate during playtime, 23 percent of parents said grandparents merely supervise playtime now, compared to 37 percent back then.
  • Diversified Play-folio. Parents surveyed said that their own parents, as grandparents, are more often to engage in different types of activities with their grandchildren than their own grandparents did when they were children. The only exceptions? Shopping and baking.
    • Playing on the floor together (40 percent recall their own grandparents doing this, while 74 percent say their children and their own parents – the children's grandparents – do so today)
    • Reading together (43 percent and 64 percent, respectively)
    • Going to the park (36 percent and 56 percent, respectively)
    • Today's grandparents are seen as spending more time engaged physical fitness (59 percent) and traveling (54 percent) than today's parents' recollections of their own grandparents.
  • Grandma, the Teacher. Parents clearly feel that their children learn when spending time with grandparents, with vast majorities indicating their children learn educational skills (87 percent) and social skills (98 percent) in the presence of their grandparents.
  • More Guest Appearances from Grandparents. Today's parents indicate that their children's grandparents are more present in special occasions, with 87% of them helping to celebrate a grandchild's birthday in person and 86% joining holiday celebrations, compared to their recollection of their own grandparents participating in birthday celebrations (68%) and holiday celebrations (77%) when they were young.
  • Rule-Breaking Grandparents. 84 percent of parents of young children surveyed said that their child's grandparents are likely to break at least one parenting rule with their grandchildren. Giving the child something they don't typically eat is the most expected infraction (62 percent), followed by letting them stay up later than their bedtime (45 percent), and letting them watch TV or play video games more than the parent himself or herself would allow (40 percent). But parents feel that grandparents are breaking the traditional "rules" of passive grandparenting, too, with 46 percent of parents reporting that their children's grandparents "actively participate" in playtime…even if they do it while feeding the child chocolate.

LEGO DUPLO offers so many ways to play, from letting children recreate the big top with My First Circus to being a vehicle for role play with My First Garden or My First Market Place to learning how to count with Number Train. Or, let kids get imaginative with the 65-piece Creative Bucket, featuring a wagon base and flowers, and, of course, eye-decorated bricks for building animals, dinosaurs, monsters and more.

Additional resources for making the most out of playtime with grandchildren are available at www.facebook.com/LEGODUPLO and at www.duplo.lego.com. For information specific to story time building, including building instructions tailored to books that lend themselves to play as recommended by the Association of Library Service to Children, or to download fun DUPLO Jams to add music to play time, visit www.readbuildplay.com

LEGO Systems, Inc. is the North American division of The LEGO Group, a privately-held, family-owned company based in Billund, Denmark, one of the world's leading manufacturers of creatively educational play materials for children.  The company is committed to the development of children's creative and imaginative abilities, and its employees are guided by the motto adopted in the 1930s by founder Ole Kirk Christiansen: "Only the best is good enough."  Visit www.LEGO.com

LEGO, DUPLO, their logos, the brick and knob configuration and the minifigure are trademarks of The LEGO Group. ©2013 The LEGO Group.

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