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MindWare Contraptions 50 Plank Set


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  • No glue needed
  • Just simple stacking of precision pine planks
  • Great indoor activity
  • Ages 7 and up
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MindWare Contraptions 50 Plank Set + MindWare KEVA Contraptions + Structures 200 Plank Set
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- This toy is a small ball. Not for children under 3 yrs.
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 2.8 x 8.1 inches ; 1.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B0043ANEEW
  • Item model number: 48001W
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 7 - 11 years
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,532 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Young thinkers can design unbelievable ball track structures with these simple, stacking planks. Kids get things rolling with two balls and an instruction book detailing how to build build a "Shooting Gallery," " Turbine." "Step Curve" and more.

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It has provided many hours of fun.
Diedell
This is a nice addition to the larger set because having the balls and the extra 50 planks allows me to make better structures.
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For any young builder, this encourages imagination and patience!
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76 of 76 people found the following review helpful By PurpleVermont on December 5, 2010
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I bought this set along with MindWare KEVA Contraptions for my 9yo son. We have only had them for 2 days, but he and his 14yo brother have been immensely enjoying them. Based on the reviews of the other set, it appears there can be some misunderstanding about what is in the box: this is a set of 50 identical wooden planks with instructions for *building* ramps, chutes, funnels and "crazy contraptions". Because no glue or connectors are used, it *is* challenging to build the contraptions but that is also what makes it an extremely open-ended toy. The first night my 9yo was a bit frustrated. We talked about how it wouldn't be much fun if I got him a toy where he "beat the boss" on the first night, and that with this toy he'd have a chance to improve and get better at using it over time, and that as evidenced by his older brother, he'd probably still be enjoying 5 years from now. He took that to heart and by the next morning was already starting to master some of the building forms and had created his own working contraption.

This toy requires patience. It would be well-suited for the type of child who enjoys building domino runs -- it requires a similar level of patience, precision and resilience in the face of the inevitable mishaps.

The planks are identical in size and shape to Kapla or other Keva planks, though these are pine and not hardwood as the other more expensive sets are. They can used interchangeably with those systems, and thus can be used to construct all the other types of structures one might build with Keva planks. The worksmanship seems excellent and precise.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By G-Mom on March 4, 2011
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Everybody (4 grandkids 4-10 yrs) worked together to build the designs & made more of their own.
Instructions/illustrations were great & straight forward. I also bought the 200 plank set!!

It really encourages spacial relationship awareness and patience. I was terrible in geometry but I could have
done much better if I had had this fun, stimulating "tool" available to experiment with. Definitely a winner!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Green on December 6, 2011
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I brought this as a birthday gift for my 5 year old. It is tons of endless fun.
kids can be very creative and design their own race tracks . It came with two balls and that made sharing lot easier to play with sbilings or a friend. The balls are similar to pingpong balls, which makes it safe. Unlike the electronic toys, contraptions encourages imaginative and creative play. with no batteries paints or plastics, it is very eco friendly.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Diedell on January 17, 2011
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Fantastic toy. It has provided many hours of fun. It is creative, imaginative and all it is are little planks of wood. The directions are a good starting point, but of course leads to many more discoveries. Love it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paula M on December 7, 2011
My son received this for his 7th birthday. He LOVES it! There are so many different ways to build with the planks. Hours of fun!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By sirking on October 2, 2013
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This MindWare Contraptions 50 Plank Set is being enjoyed by both of my Grandsons; they like changing the planks and keeps them busy for hours; they also like to add their CitiBlocs to make looooger planks. All fun and enjoyable Plus good on keeping the mind working.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By deana kollman on September 19, 2013
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This product really has the kids excited to dig into their imagination for some very creative contraptions. Thank you again.
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By Irish girl on May 22, 2014
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This is perfect for kids who love to build. My son and his friends can literally spend hours building with these and trying their own designs to see fi they can get it to work.
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