KAPLA blocks: One of our favorite finds at this year’s homeschool convention.
We bought the 200-block KAPLA box along with an idea book, and the boys have been busily creating unbelievable towers and buildings ever since. Their booth at the convention is a kid-magnet, and my boys were hooked as soon as they saw what they could do with these blocks.
We have a basic set of wooden blocks that have been the most played with toys at my house since my oldest could pick them up and clack them together. The great thing about blocks is that they are an open-ended toy, providing unlimited possibilities. My boys create worlds for their action figures, buildings, zoos, wrestling rings, race tracks, etc. and pull out our blocks at least a few times each week.
KAPLA has opened up a whole new world of possibilities with the unique way the blocks can stack, and it is really astounding what the boys have been able to put together with them.
Tom van der Bruggen invented a plank based on the progressions of the uneven numbers 1:3:5. Three thicknesses for one width and five widths for one length. This ratio between bricks and stones and beams and planks now opens a whole new way of building. With these identical planks the builder can construct with the precision of artwork and the stability of stones.
Tom van der Bruggen named his planks KAPLA. This is an abbreviation of “Kabouter Plankjes” which means gnome planks in Dutch. With the KAPLA planks kids as well as adults can now build and create all kinds of different architectural constructions, animals, and other extraordinary creations.