KEVA 200 Piece Block Set
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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.
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!
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.
I shopped around and found the Keva 200 maple planks on ebay for $5.00 less than at Amazon, brand new, including shipping.
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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