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KEVA 200 Piece Block Set

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  • Item Weight: 7.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 9 pounds
  • ASIN: B00132BVES
  • Item model number: 59173
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 10 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #376,232 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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KEVA planks are construction blocks that are precision cut, identical in size and shape and made of Midwest hardwood maple. Each piece is approximately 4 inches long, 3/4 inch wide and an inch thick. These perfectly cut, identical blocks will stack with surprising stability. Their simplicity is compelling. KEVA planks are used in schools, museums, art galleries and homes to teach everything from physics to language arts to design and sculpture. By purchasing KEVA planks, we hope your home will be a creative institution as well.

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They can be expensive but they are very well made--sturdy, smooth, good quality wood.
LaurieinCA,USA
Kids can build structures they see in the accompanying book, or they can build whatever they come up with in their imagination.
K. Curry
It's like reverse Jenga, except really fun, creative and you can waste hours playing.
J. Klein

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Learning All The Time on August 29, 2009
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We love our Kapla blocks, which we received a few years ago and which have entertained my three children and their friends endlessly (ages ranging from 4-12) -- not to mention me! I admit to being wowed by the amazing Kapla/Keva structures in books and on the web, and I enjoy recreating those, but the kids just let their imaginations soar and build wonderful structures on their own.

Anyway, we wanted more Kapla blocks (we had the 200 set), but the prices have gone sky-high, so we purchased these Keva blocks instead, and tossed all 400 into a giant LLBean canvas bag and use the blocks interchangeably. Keva planks seem entirely compatible with Kapla blocks, although they do look different - the Kapla pine blocks have a beautiful grain and a golden color, whereas the Keva maple blocks are grey and not as attractive in my humble opinion. The Keva blocks feel rough to the touch, compared to the Kapla blocks which are smooth. The box came with an insert explaining that the Keva blocks weren't sanded to maintain their precision cut, and I assume that over time as they are handled they will lose the slightly rough feel. It does seem that the Keva planks are ever so slightly heavier, but that hasn't had an impact on my kids ability to build with them. Our Kapla blocks, on the other hand, seem to get a lot of dings in them, but that hasn't affected their structural integrity either.

But honestly, these are nits - the kids haven't noticed the color or the feel of these blocks, they grab from the bag indiscriminantly (unlike, say, their aversion to mega blocks compared to legoes) and are quite pleased with their creations.

So I highly recommend these Keva planks as a substitute or companion for Kapla blocks, as well as on their own merits.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Stern on September 19, 2009
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My son loves Keva planks. He is seven years old and he uses them to build tracks, roads, hide-outs and buildings when he plays with his cars. His building ranges from sophisticated to simple, but he always has a plan for his construction. he is learning basic engineering skills, hand-eye coordination and really uses his imagination.
My tip: for any boy over 5, 200 is definitely not enough and 400 is borderline. But you can always buy more later. A great simple toy! And fun for dads too!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Klein on September 18, 2008
I bought the 200 Maxim Block set on Amazon for my 10 month old daughter and it is great. This set is the coolest. Instead of having pre made shapes, the builder decides what can be made. It is lots of fun and you can build some very impressive structures. I have made a structure over 6 ft tall so far and cantilevered a portion of the structure. I will readily admit that it is too much for a 10 month old but if anything it has gotten me on the floor with her when I am building something. She too has been quite impressed with the structures.

As I said above since all the planks are the same you decide what you are going to build rather then needing to use the pieces that you have left. It forces you to design and plan. On Keva's web site the have a video of the structure they build free standing that was over 60 feet tall. It really is a lot of fun and makes you think. There are a few games you can play too that are included in the manual. Though I have not played them they look fun and challenging.

It's like reverse Jenga, except really fun, creative and you can waste hours playing. And my daughter hazel gets to play Hazilla and knock them down when I am done. I will buy this for family gifts. A little spendy but once you play with them all doubt will be forgotten.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Minneapolitans on December 28, 2008
We bought the 200-piece box for our four-year-old son and have been really impressed with them. You can be very creative and they stack wonderfully well, even on our warped old wood floors. I love how they are all one shape, color, and size, which means you don't have to hunt for a certain size lego or tinker toy. So far we've made a boat, a Greek-style building, and a ramp for ping pong balls. My son loves them! And so do I. They are expensive but it's the best toy we have, IMHO.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LaurieinCA,USA on November 24, 2009
I thought the KEVA blocks looked "educational" so I bought some for my son a few years ago. He wasn't sure when he first opened the package---he is use to Lego kits. But, given some time, these have become his favorite toy. He tried to build the projects in the book (which he enjoyed) but he also loves to build roads, buildings, etc on his own. I have a second son that is begging for a set of his own now. They can be expensive but they are very well made--sturdy, smooth, good quality wood. Definitely recommend them!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Pope on October 19, 2009
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My son is four years old. Every time we went to a friend's house, he always wanted to play with them. They really stimulate the imagination because there is so much you can do with them. They also grow with the children. My niece and nephew have them also and they still play with them. they are 8 and 10. My two year daughter also likes to stack them and knock them over. They definitely have lasting power. I highly recommend them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tyler Lawson on June 10, 2011
We have these for our kids (currently they're only suitable for our daughter, who is almost 5). They're fun to work with, the things you can build with them really are amazing, and they clean up easily.

The one thing that I'd recommend, if you are getting these for younger kids, is that you immediately hide these box and pamphlets that come with the blocks. Put them in a plain cardboard box or a bag instead. The original box is has a lot of nice pictures, of trees, of planes, of intricate and delicate architecture that people have done, and the pictures make kids want to build them. When they try, we found that they get frustrated. It seems to go easier if you let them figure out what to build on their own.
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