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Old 01-13-2011, 06:29 PM
 
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Has anyone bought or used these with their kids?

If so, what do you think about them?
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Old 01-13-2011, 07:21 PM
 
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They look like a less intricate form of lincoln logs. Which would be great for creative youngsters, I imagine. I liked my lincoln logs much more than I liked my legos. And I loved my legos.

These kapra blocks also seem as though they'd attract older kids and even adults. The only concern I could think of, is with regards to Paranoid American Parents worried that sharp corners might poke out Johnny's eye. Considering that kids in France have been using them for a couple of decades and I've never heard of any French kid poking an eye out from a Kapra block, it'd probably just end up another one of those "things American children are just too TOO delicate and speshul to be allowed to touch."

I think they're pretty cool though.
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Old 01-13-2011, 10:17 PM
 
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Our local museum of science and history has a large section of these and indeed they can be quite fun.

However, they are best suited for someone with lots of patience and time to spend on them. It takes time and effort to learn how best to use them without them coming down every time you touch them. That makes it frustrating for many younger kids and sometimes too time consuming for older kids.

Also, one child may work long and hard on building something pretty neat only to have a younger sibling knock it down in a flash.

I think they are great for an occasional play time, but I wouldn't invest lots of money for my own family.
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Old 01-13-2011, 10:27 PM
 
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Never heard of them so I Googled them....are they just flat-ish rectangular pieces of wood? Many of the designs were cool. I probably would have preferred them to Lincoln Logs (which I found annoying because they only fit together a certain way which I thought was limiting). They were pretty pricey though. IDK. Does anybody just build stuff with Dominoes anymore? Or playing cards? I can't tell you how many summer vacation hours were spent seeing who could build the biggest house of cards....or the most intricate trail of Dominoes....
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Old 01-13-2011, 10:55 PM
 
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Never heard of them so I Googled them....are they just flat-ish rectangular pieces of wood? Many of the designs were cool. I probably would have preferred them to Lincoln Logs (which I found annoying because they only fit together a certain way which I thought was limiting). They were pretty pricey though. IDK. Does anybody just build stuff with Dominoes anymore? Or playing cards? I can't tell you how many summer vacation hours were spent seeing who could build the biggest house of cards....or the most intricate trail of Dominoes....
For us it was book houses. My girls make books houses for their Polly Pockets (but don't tell my 11 y.o. that I said she plays with Polly Pockets).

But the Kapla blocks look cool.
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Old 01-13-2011, 10:59 PM
 
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They are wonderful and well worth EVERY PENNY. They are pricey, but so amazing. They can be used for building, games, and even to teach math (you can probably google that).
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Old 01-14-2011, 07:30 AM
 
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As for the whole knocking down concern, that's part of the FUN of using blocks of any kind. It's part of the point, it's one of the lessons you teach children, that is SO necessary to learn.

You learn that beauty is fleeting, but infinitely valueable. You learn that the journey is far more important than the destination. You learn that working toward something, is more important than having something. It is a life lesson, taught with simple planks of wood.
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Old 01-14-2011, 08:27 AM
 
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I looked on Kapla's website & these blocks are definitely for a specific age. Very pricey, but I would think if one has a tactile child over the age of 7 or 8, these would be a lot of fun. Some really neat designs. I could see my #1 really liking these.

For families of young toddlers, not age appropriate. It would a disaster in the making in my home w/ a 3yo & 5yo. I'm sure there are families out their whose 3yo's have keep their hands to themselves at the right times, mine is just not one of them yet.
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Old 01-14-2011, 09:42 AM
 
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Never heard of them so I Googled them....are they just flat-ish rectangular pieces of wood?
They are, but they are carefully made & equally weighted, so they hold their place better than similar blocks might.

Worth every penny, indeed! They're great for winter indoor building.
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