KAPLA Blocks


Blocks come in many styles. With different shapes and multiple sizes of basic shapes. Classic unit blocks found in preschools and kindergartens. And larger scale hollow blocks for building big structures. Even branch blocks cut from fallen trees. Often with the bark on. Still other styles of wooden blocks are only one shape. Cubes, traditionally used for alphabet blocks, make a prime example. Another is planks. KAPLA Blocks challenge players of all ages to figure out how to build using only planks.

Product Description

Planks for Block Play

Wooden blocks come in a variety of shapes and sizes. KAPLA building blocks are unique. Harvested from sustainable pine forests in the south of France. Laser-cut for precision in Morocco. Each unfinished pine plank in this wooden construction toy measures precisely 4 1/2″ x 1″ x 1/4″.  As a result, planks adjoin perfectly for balance and even weight distribution.  Children have to figure out how to use the identical planks in this wooden construction toy to build well balanced structures that don’t fall down. These simple planks fascinate both children and adults. That’s what makes KAPLA Blocks appealing for intergenerational play.

Origins of KAPLA

In fact, Tom van de Bruggen  invented the blocks so that he could create three dimensional models of architectural drawings. Because he wanted to see what the structure he was designing would look like. He based his plank on the progressions of the uneven numbers 1:3:5.  That’s why the planks are three thicknesses for one width and five widths for one length. KAPLA is an abbreviation of Kabouter Plankjes, Dutch for gnome planks, a perfect name for wooden planks for building models.

Blocks and Children Grow Together

Playing with  blocks is a universal early childhood learning experience. One that builds skills in every area of human development. What begins when a baby picks up a block and throws it evolves as she grows.  The composition of the blocks changes as the child  ages. Lightweight, soft, and squeezable cubes gradually give way to classic wooden blocks in a variety of shapes and sizes. Initially young children arrange blocks in rows, then progress to stacking.  Block play and children grow together. From the beginning blocks invite children to explore and discover. As they do, they build skills. Gradually they acquire more skills, and the way they play changes. Building becomes  more complex.

Block Play Is Invaluable

Block play involves all areas of human development at all ages. It develops gross and fine motor skills: balance and coordination, grasp and release, dexterity, eye-hand coordination. As well as creativity, logical thinking, organizing, planning, and problem solving. In addition, spatial awareness develops as structures take form. Because obstacles arise, successful projects also require  focus, patience, and perseverance. Learning to deal with setbacks is essential.

In addition children learn basic principles of mathematics and science. Specifically an awareness  of shape, dimensionality, and volume. As well as an experiential understanding of balance and stability and the unyielding force of gravity. Along the way they begin to figure out how many planks they need to build what they’re planning.

Block play can be solitary or in a group. Working with others develops valuable social skills. From attentive listening while communicating clearly to compromise, and cooperation. With KAPLA building blocks, the key to success is building a solid base. Doing so requires and refines all these skills.



Recommended Age Group:
Preschool/Later Toys


Manufacturer Suggested Age:
3 years +


No additional warnings.

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