What are KEVA Planks?
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Watch this video. In one minute you'll have a good idea.
What are KEVA planks?
We're glad you asked.
Here are the basics..
Every piece is the same. KEVA planks are about 1/4 inch thick, 3/4 inch wide and 4 1/2 inches long.
You build structures by simply stacking the planks. No glue, no connectors. They can be stacked upright which looks like it would be unstable as a house of cards, but even this type of structure is surprisingly stable.
The simplicity is compelling. Just as it is hard to explain why something is funny, it is hard to explain why most people- both children and adults- really become captivated by KEVA Planks.
KEVA planks have the broadest age range appeal of any toy we have ever seen. From preschoolers to architects, each person builds at his own skill level. KEVA planks is the gift they never outgrow.
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Explaining the appeal of KEVA planks
KEVA structures can be genuine works of art.
The maple is quite attractive just because it is maple. We happen to have a particular fondness for the natural beauty of wood and the unique grain of each piece of wood. If fact, there is a little social lesson here... Most sets contain several planks that are colored differently than most or have a unique grain pattern. Those pieces are often sought for the crowning spire on the tower special places of honor. They are remembered and treasured because of their uniqueness. So the moral of the story is... ...very good.
Legos® are great, but...
Not that we have anything against Legos, Knex and Lincoln Logs, but you must do a lot of sorting and careful planning to make your structure fit together. Mostly you follow their plans to duplicate their structure or action figure. With KEVA, we provide you with building tips and some project ideas but we want you to to design and invent your own structures. Then you will have an original masterpiece sitting on your coffee table.
Another issue... with many construction sets, the child spends so much time building the particular project that she is reluctant to disassemble it. So... it sits on the shelf and construction ends for awhile. KEVA is more like sandcastles. You build it and know it is temporary. Another project is right around the corner. KEVA Destruction is half the fun.
We make artists into scientists and scientists into artists. Both personality types are drawn to the Planks.
Quick cleanup- Just throw every piece into a single bin. They're all the same!
It's not plastic. Its wood.
We invite you to poke around our website. You may want to start with the PEOPLE BUILDING section to see what real people do with KEVA. Wander and learn, then stop by The KEVA Store to buy the most original gift of the year. It is easy to add on to your set- just buy more of the same. No need to buy the Star Wars Anniversary Edition.
Verbal skills and communication are enhanced as children construct projects together. Children must discuss their plans for the project and their new ideas as the project unfolds. Many structures follow a repeating pattern that encourages children to work together to make better progress. Any changes to the pattern require communication. Technical and artistic language is needed to build a project together. KevaTalk is a game specifically designed to teach technical communication.
Most of the things built with KEVA planks don't quite look like the real thing. Part of the fun, however, is capturing the essence of an object so it becomes obvious what it is. The imagination must fill in all of the gaps. As video games become more realistic and movies improve their special effects the need for imagination with these activities is low. KEVA planks stimulate the imagination. Tall towers, small villages, fenced yards, roads and more all spark the imagination as the scene unfolds.
Imagination is a critical aspect of creative problem solving and abstract thinking. Help your children grow their imaginations.
Where do you plug this in?
A simple set of wooden blocks is obviously as far as one can get from high tech electronic gadgets. However, KEVA Planks can be an important stepping stone to computers and technology. Children are playing computer games and learning with computers at very early ages. Computers are a powerful learning tool. But, even the very best 3-D programs are a simulation of real life. If children bypass the step of physically playing with blocks and exploring real 3-D models with their own hands, they will be at a disadvantage. When children go straight to the computer, they miss one of the critical steps in understanding how to compare quantities and analyze three dimensional objects. There is no substitution for walking all the way around a structure to understand it from every angle. If this is started at an early age and in conjunction with computers, the creative and technical potential of children will be maximized.
It doesn't take long to figure out that a tower goes up much faster with an extra set of hands. Many projects require repetition of a pattern. Once the pattern is established all builders know what to do. Leadership and project discussion happens naturally.
Many children have not explored their artistic nature. Every child is an artist and will gain pleasure from creating. KEVA provides an easy, non messy way to explore sculpture and design. Display their work of art on the coffee table and you may be surprised by the artistic talents hidden away in your family- children and adults.
Calculus head start
Early exploration with simple blocks builds a subconscious understanding of mathematics and physics. Children learn balance, equality even geometry as they play. By handling the planks, they build a concrete
understanding of numbers and how numbers interrelate. Recent studies confirm that children who actively play with blocks do better when they attempt higher mathematics such as algebra and calculus. Parents have been doing well reading to their children to promote verbal skills but many parents have done
little to build the foundation for math and science skills. You are doing your child a great service by making Keva Planks available. These planks, along with your encouragement, are significant tools to help
build well rounded children. You can expect to see the following benefits as your family explores with KEVA Planks.
Can we have a Family night tonight?
Keva Planks are unique in their appeal to every age. Toddlers, elementary age children, teenagers and adults all build at their own ability level. With a large supply of planks, a family can transform the living room into any world they choose. Villages, horse stables, bridges, rivers, train tracks, sculptures- you cannot run out of possibilities. It is an active, thoughtful activity that the entire family can enjoy. Children are especially inspired when they see their parents on the floor actively creating and imagining with them.