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Structures 200 Plank Set

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  • Ages 7 and up
  • 1 or more players
  • Develop a knack to stack
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Description

No glue connectors required, simply stack wood planks to create buildings, monuments and geometric forms. It's the ideal activity to help kids gain an understanding of balance and proportion, as well as an interest in architecture, building design. A 24-page, full-color idea booklet with build-out instruction is also included.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 13 x 5.2 inches ; 6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 6.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B004P5PD9O
  • Item model number: 50089W
  • Our recommended age: 7 months - 5 years
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 7 months - 5 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,198 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By RP on July 22, 2012
I purchased this item as an educational aid for gifted middle school architecture class I was teaching over the summer, and it was a huge hit. The product is fairly simple - two hundred blocks of the same weight and size with a very basic activity book with ideas for buildings, daily items, vehicle models, etc. There is not a lot to it, but that is the beauty of the product. Kids can make whatever they want using their imaginations. I had sixteen students between the ages of 10 and 12, and they asked if we could use them each day. We made classical, neoclassical, modern, and even postmodern (with a bit of tin foil added to imitate Frank Gehry-esque features) structures, along with cantilever bridges and a number of unique pieces. Even distributed among groups, these 200 blocks could make a lot of different ideas come to life, while also illustrating the basic physics of architecture and engineering. Gravity and the friction between the blocks is the only thing keeping the structures together, and that is a fantastic lesson in itself for those willing to learn. The carefully crafted pieces (they relate to each other according to the ratio of 1 width:3 height and 1 length:5 width) make it all the easier to get creative with your work.

There are only a few negligible problems. The fact that there is only one size makes certain details (window panes for example) a bit difficult, but this is in some ways part of the challenge. It's also essentially impossible to make domes, though triangles are fairly easy to make work. A but of borrowing from other sets or the introduction of extra materials (a plastic bowl for example) easily solves this problem if the child is sufficiently motivated.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By SaraSuzy on May 24, 2012
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I purchased Structures after seeing that it was the #1 toy at my son's after-school program. Everytime I picked him up I would see that kids of all ages (elementary school) were playing with it or waiting their turn to play with it. My son loved it and would proudly show me his creations when I picked him up from school. With summer vacation looming I decided it would be a great toy to have at home and I have not been disappointed. Both of my kids (girl, age 5 and boy, age 7) have already played with this for hours. I love that there are no limits on what they can create. So far they've made marble runs, houses, spirals, farms, pretty designs, and more. It reminds me of the good old fashioned toys we used to have that didn't have instructions or require batteries...you just PLAY with it. Use your imagination and create. Love that!

As a parent I appreciate that the pieces are solid wood and are very durable. I also appreciate that they made the box big enough that you can throw all of the pieces in there when you are done playing...you don't have to line them up perfectly in order to get the lid on.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By MiaDeMarco on March 21, 2014
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I debated forever over the maple and the pine blocks. I read the reviews over and over, moving one into my cart, only to remove it and add the other. I finally decided on the Pine…we're not made of money, and lets face it--it's a box of wooden blocks! Anyway, my son LOVES this kit! I was surprised to find the directions are really just a collection of completed projects with no steps. I was even more surprised that that didn't stop my son! He's a bid of a instruction die-hard, but he adapted quickly to looking at the photos and mimicking the layouts. Also, if you type in Keva Structures into YouTube, you'll find some other ideas. We will buy more of these sets. So glad I didn't drop all that $$$$ on maple blocks.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Margaret T. Greenman on November 23, 2013
We paid extra for the Keva name on these planks instead of buying cheaper building planks. Unfortunately they aren't real Keva quality. The maple planks are made in America and have better finish quality. This set contains imported pine planks that splinter and have irregular sizes. The whole point of Keva planks is that they are supposed to be an accurate, consistent size to allow for accurate building of structures. Since these planks vary size by small amounts, attempts to build with the planks on their edges or to build tall structures are met with frustration.
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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By ati313 on January 4, 2013
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I played with the product at National Geographic Museum and my kids and I had a blast. When I bought it for them for Christmas we found their are two sizes of sticks which makes it difficult to build.
When I contacted Mindware, they did nothing. Ms Kaonou in the customer service department in Minnesota, said that they could do nothing for me directly since Id purchased the product on AMAZON. When I insisted on speaking to a manger, she said they had none. Then she asked how many of the pieces needed to be replaced. It is a $60 box of sticks, they should have replaced it immediately without question.

Way to go Mindware! Customer Service is more important than a good product...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eileen on January 6, 2012
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My boys (ages 8 and 11) got this for Christmas and love it. They have already built some amazing things with it. If I had the time, I think I would sneak downstairs some evening and build something myself. I think it is really cool!
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