I'm a fan of LEGO Juniors. I think it makes a great bridge between DUPLO and little LEGO. The components are all straightforward little standard LEGO pieces, and they are part of the other ranges, such as Knights, Princess, Batman and City, but if you were making a vehicle then you'd find a chassis piece to start you off, and instead of having to make a complex or large part, it will already be in one piece - as LEGO say 'Easy to Build'.
The builds are clear from the start, with the main part taking shape more quickly, so the builder doesn't become confused about where they are. There are no tricky building techniques or tiny bricks fixed to other tiny bricks, which little fingers aren't strong enough to pull apart. The instructions are larger and very simple. You will also find that the LEGO Juniors sets are sturdy and easy to play with - even if you're 4. It's simpler LEGO for Junior builders aged around 4-7.
The LEGO Juniors Digger set 10666 is recommended for children aged 4-7, and our 4 year old built this by himself. There are 75 pieces and it has an RRP of £9.99, although is on offer at £6.99 at the time of typing at LEGO Online.
The photo above shows the differences between the two sets my boys are building. The clear pictures on the LEGO Juniors model are far larger, and the illustrations are more spread out. The colours are more distinct and there aren't lots of single and double stud pieces because they're much harder for young children to grasp and pull with enough finger strength.
The Digger is a nice set because it is very poseable, and strong enough a model that my 4 year old can play with it and move his cargo around the table.
This set is a nice little set, and ideal for a younger builder. I actually think it's a little expensive at £9.99, but on offer at £6.99 it's a bargain and makes a brilliant gift. It was easy for my 4 year old to make, and he's played with it loads, it's a definite win.
We were sent our Digger by LEGO for review