I am a HUGE fan of building blocks for children. There are so many benefits for children to playing with blocks and wooden blocks are so tactile and a fabulous long-term investment for any parent or educational establishment. As a parent, it can sometimes be really hard to see the benefit of such a simple play tool and we often want to buy specific toys, however, as you will see the benefits of wooden blocks is huge within play-based learning.
The Benefits of Block Play
I personally love plain wooden blocks as children can introduce them into their imaginative play as anything. Yes, absolutly anything. It is all about their imagination and my boys used wooden blocks throughout their primary school years. Starting with them for simple construction and tower building, through role play and into more complex construction and mathematical play.
I am delighted to be partnering with KAPLA to bring you this amazing giveaway of KAPLA 1000 Pack which is worth £200.
So who and what is KAPLA – The story of KAPLA is first and foremost a builder’s adventure: the story of Tom van der Bruggen, a Dutch antique dealer who wanted to build his own castle. In the late 60’s, while visiting the South of France, he fell under the charm of an old farm in ruins and decided to realize his dream. In order to visualize his future castle, Tom decided to create a scale model using wooden building blocks. However, the bulky shapes of these blocks made it impossible for him to construct a realistic model. Therefore, he decided to make his own blocks and created a plank with the perfect proportions (3 thicknesses to 1 width and 5 widths to 1 length) to build everything with the stability of stone and the precision of artwork. Thus was born the magic plank. Tom named it KAPLA for “Kabouter Plankje”, meaning “gnome plank” in Dutch.
KAPLA are identical wooden blocks. To create, you simply place them on top of each other. The unique dimensions and properties of these perfectly cut French pinewood construction pieces open up possibilities for infinite constructions…
With KAPLA planks, children can build the most wonderful creations – palaces, bridges, dragons or futuristic towers. Given KAPLA’s flexibility, it is currently used as a teaching tool throughout the French education system, and in other countries all over the world.
A simple concept with high educational value:
Playing with KAPLA planks helps children understand geometry, physics, language, arts and other key curriculum areas. KAPLA is suitable for children aged 3 and up and can be used individually, according to each child’s abilities. KAPLA can also be played with in groups, stimulating teamwork and cooperation – suggest some themes for the children to work within, or just let them follow their own imagination.
The Benefits of Block Play
Block play stimulates learning in all domains of development, intellectual, physical, and social-emotional and language. The current research shows that block play is fundamental for later cognitive success for learning math and numbers.
Wooden toys give children the ability to take control. Basic blocks allow children to really explore their uses and come up with creative ways to use them in different subject areas. For example, children can experiment with physics by building different structures with the blocks or learn about geometry by manipulating the toys to create their own geometric patterns.
Because of their basic shape, wooden blocks help children build hand-eye coordination. Activities such as building towers out of wooden blocks in such a way that does not topple the tower.
As your children manipulate the wooden blocks they are also working on their fine motor skills. As the blocks are not mouled to fit in a child’s hand they have to learn how to grasp and manipulate them to get them to do what they want the blocks to do.
Wooden blocks also have the ability to support problem-solving. On a more basic level, children can use wooden toys to help provide visual representations of addition and subtraction problems. They can also be used to create logic puzzles for children to solve, to build towers that will withstand different forces acting upon them, or to create models to help represent different advanced math and science problems. Because these wooden blocks come in more general shapes and sizes, children will have to problem-solve to figure out how to make them fit certain scenarios rather than having the pre-made pieces that often come with other educational sets.
KAPLA 1000 Block Giveaway
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I loved my red pedal car and my grandchildren will be sharing this and building the biggest towers to knock down
MY ACTION MAN WITH JEEP AND UNDERGROUND BUNKER , THIS WOULD BE PERFECT FOR MY NEPHEWS OR NIECES
I used to love playing with my wooden blocks, which eventually led to Lego then to Meccano and then on to become an architect. A fantastic toy with many happy memories
If I won this prize I would give it to my two children for christmas 🙂 My favourite “toy” was my bike cos I pretended ìt was a horse by attaching rope to the handle bars to act as Reins!
My favourite toy was my Meccano and I would give this to my Grandson Zac
i used to love my sindy dolls and i would give this to my son
I used to love playing with my Polly pockets and I would give this to my sons x
I loved my My Little Ponies Show Stable and ponies! I would give this set to my daughter! Thanks!
I like my Sindy Dolls.
I don’t have any children but would love to win this prize for charity, to go to Romania.
My favourite toy as a child was a doll who I called Debbie.
I’d love to win the fantastic KAPLA 1000 Block set and give it to my daughter.
I loved my dolls. I would give this to my son
I used love barbie dolls! I would love to win these for my three daughters! They would have hours of fun!
favourite ty was a Tonka truck, and would give this to a friends son
Mine was my Sindy…..I would give these blocks to my nephew Eli
LIKED MY ETCH A SKETCH , WOULD GIVE THESE BLOCKS TO MY GRANDSON ELIJAH
These look great, would be a fantastic prize for my grand daughter
Thge only limit to the play possibilities is their imagination
My Girls World was my favourite toy, I would give this to the charity that I work for , the disabled children would love this.
i ejpyed my dolls house and would give this to my daughter x
I like playing with my pull along telephone and i would give this to my kids
I loved my lego!
I would give this to my grandson. My favourite toy was my Tiny Tears doll.
My grandaughter would really love it x
My favourite toy as a child was my Tiny Tears doll and I would give this KAPLA 1000 Block set to my nephew.
My favourite toy as a child was my Lego bricks. I would give this to my daughter Morgan.
i loved my knight rider car and i would give this to my son
I would give this to my grandaughter my favorite toy was a ragdoll smudge which I still have
I loved my Playmobil park – my children still play with it now! This would be for both my children as they love building with their old toddler bricks, even at 4 and 6 years old.
My favourite toys are wooden- great for imaginative play and they last so well too! My favourite childhood toy was a wooden duck that ‘quacked’ as it was pushed along and had a rolling egg on it’s back…it beings me such simple joy to watch my son playing with it now! He’d be the lucky recipient of these blocks if we won… he likes stacking and building towers and walls- I can’t wait for him to get a bit more creative!
My favourite game was called Frustration. I’d give this to my nephew, Liam 🙂
I loved my monchichi. My two kids could share the blocks.
WHAT A FANTASTIC PRIZE HOURS OF FUN
WHAT A FANTASTIC PRIZE HOURS OF FUN- I USE TO ENJOY ALL MY FOOBALLS I USE TO WEAR OUT MY SHOES
My favourite toy was my trusty Etch-A-Sketch, this would be for my little Grandson
My favourite toy was my Fireball XL5 models and I would give these blocks to my granddaughters!
What a fab prize to win, perfect for my nephew
My favourite toy as a child was my playmobil sets, i still remember the ambulance and paramedics with a strecher and the playground i had.
I would give these to my sons school nursery if i were lucky enough to win them, so that he could play with them with all the other children too.
I loved my Sindy dolls and house. This set I would give to my children who I think would have hours of building fun!
My favourite toy was my colouring book, I would spend hours colouring! I would love to win this for my son 🙂
My favourite toy was my Sindy doll. I would give this block set to my 2 year old grandson Logan.
THREE WHEELER BIKE I REMEMBER BEST I WOULD GIVE IT TO MY GRANDDAUGHTER
My LEGO collection, I’d give it to my little boy 🙂
My lace making kit that I asked Santa for three years in a row and I would give them to my daughter to get her creative juices flowing
My favourite toy was a baby doll. I would give these blocks to my son as he would be in his element building with them.
I loved lego and would spend hours playing with it as a child. If I won these I would give them to my children, I’m sure they would enjoy them.
My favourite toy as a child was a polly pocket
My favourite toy was my big yellow teapot 🙂 I would give these to my daughter who loves building.
My A La Carte Kitchen. I’d give this to my little girl
I loved lego!! My daughter would love this, as would my son!!
If I won I’d give this set to my daughter
My favourite toy was my skipping rope, great for playing on my own or with friends
I loved my barbies as a child. If I won I would give this to my daughter!
I used to play for hours with an old wooden arch and marble set.
My brother and I always played with our wooden blocks, but these Kaplan blocks take building to a whole new level! It would be quite hard to pass these over to my grandchildren… might have to keep them at my house…!
Wow! I love how “back to basics” these. My kids’ school would love a set!
I used to love knex
i would give this to my godson leo and marbles was my fav toy as a child x
I had an orange haired Troll that I loved. I would give this toy to my nephews.
Used to love my Pink Racer, and I would give to my niece and nephew
I used to enjoy playing with Barbie dolls. I would give them to the After School Club where I work as I know they’d love them a lot. They are always building creations with the Jenga bricks rather than actually playing Jenga!
I didn’t even know these exsited this would be brilliant for my disablesd son xoxo
I had a stuffed horse named Neddy. I would keep the blocks for when the family comes together on Sundays.
I loved my Tiny Tears doll as a child, If I were lucky enough to win I’d give to my eldest grandson and encourage him to build instead of just building on Minecraft and this would be fab for us all to join in with
i loved my baby dolls and pram and accessories
What was your favourite toy as a child and who would you give this KAPLA 1000 Block set too? my favourite was Lego and if l were lucky enough to win my grandsons would be over the moon
i always loved lego! id gift this to my nephew
My favourite toy, if it can be called that, as a child was my bike. It gave me so much freedom to get out and about and spend time with my friends, as well as being great for keeping fit. I would give these blocks to my children.
i loved stickle bricks they were so much fun i had to find some for my daughter
I had a model aeroplane handed down from my Grandad I could play with for hours at a time! If I win it will be for my partner’s nephew at Christmas!
Would love to give THIS to my 3 nephews
I loved my roller skates when I was younger!
I’d love to win for my little niece Paisley ♥️
my favourite toy as a child was the big yellow teapot!
iv even tried searching for one online to give to my daughter as i loved it so much!
if i won i would give it to my son and daughter to play together and encourage them to work together to build something!
I would love to win this for my kids.
My fav toy was a pink lego house
I used to love my brothers lego the most. I’d give this to my 4yo stepson
I loved my Spirograph…spent hours playing with it.
I’d love the blocks for my grandchildren please
My favourite toy was Lego and i would give this to my friends daughter
Mine was my dolls house and if I won I would give this to my boys
I loved my Sylvanian families, I would love to gift this to my triplet nieces.
My favourite toy was my Tiny Tears doll that did a wee in its potty. My son would love building these blocks
I loved Lego and I would give this to my grandchildren!
Used to love Transformers – great toy!
looks interesting, a great way to get the kid’s of the iPad.
My favourite toy was a laybug plastic pushchair I loved it so much and I would give this to my son’s school as they would love using this I just know it so he can play this with all of his classmates
I loved Lego as a child. I would love to win this for my partners three young boys for christmas they would love it
I was an 80’s child and i loved my big yellow teapot, If I won I would give this to my son Reece, hes a big lego fan and loves to build so would really enjoy these blocks xx
I used to love my Fisher Price tree house – it was all oranges and browns – very 70’s!
I would give this to both of my kids – they love to build
My favourite toy was and probably still is Lego! I love it. This would be for my little boy for Xmas as we would love to play together as a family
I loved my polly pockets. I’d give these to my 3 kids to share they’d love them
I loved my Sindy house, used to play with it for ours. I would give this fabulous toy to my sons.
My favourite toy was my Tiny Tears doll….i used to cut her hair too!!! I would gift these wonderful blocks to my 7 year old son, he loves to get creative!
i loved my original furby. this would be perfect for my 3 youngest children, James, Hollie and Amy
My favourite was Lego. I would give these to my daughters 🙂
I grew up in Denmark so needless to say my favourite toy was Lego. I would give this to my lovely daughter for Christmas, her dad and I would both love to play with it with her!
I used to live my sylvanian families! I’d give the blocks to my almost 4 year old daughter
my fave toy was my brothers star wars figures which i wasnt technically allowed to play with so of course i played with them at every opportunity 🙂
I’d gift these to my niece and nephew
I would keep for my family – I loved twister!
My spacehopper was the thing I played with most. I would give these to my girls as they would enjoy the challenge
My favourite toy was a teddy i called Polyanna, she was bald and had only one arm but i loved her so much. I would give this set to my grandchildren all 3 would love to play with it together
i loved my Pippa Dolls
i always loved Meccano as a child and would sit for hours building some weird and wonderful contraption. if I was lucky enough to win I would give this to my 3 youngest children, I think they would have a lot of fun constructing something together
I would give this to grandchildren, my favourite toy was my dolls house
I had a big red bus with little people in it that i absolutely loved. I’d love this prize for my two kids
i had pippa dolls hey was smaller then barbie and i loved them
I would give this t my 2 children. Mt fave toys were my trolls.
My favourite toy was a Simon says game . I had a lot of mind stimulating toys rather the active toys
My 12 year old daughter and two year old boy would love these x
Mine was Meccano, and I’d give this to Jacob my Grandson
I loved my tiny tears doll, i would give this to my daughter 🙂 she would love it
Would LOVE to enter this competition, but having trouble with GLEAM!!!! Help!!!!
Managed to fix my GLEAM problem!
My boys would love this. We have a box of 50 and one can’t build anything of significance with them. 1000 sounds just about enough!
Oh, my favourite toy as a child was a game called ‘tricky fingers’. I remember it with much delight.
If I won I would give it to the infant class at my little girls school so that way lots of kids can enjoy it 🙂
I loved my Lights Alive
This would go to my daughters nursery who need the resources.
I loved my Cindy dolls, I’d definitely give this to by eldest son – he loves building
My favourite toy was probably my game and watch blackjack game, I would give this to my daughter Sheriah 5
My favourite toy was Meccano. I would give this set to my granddaughter. She may only be three but she loves building things.
I loved all the Rubiks puzzles, especially the cube!
I used to love wooden blocks xx
was bought up on lego marvellous prize giveaway my son would love this
My dolls house nothing like todays though, would give this giveaway to grandchildren
My brother and i had this domino game i think it was called domino rally were you laced them all out built them up etc then let them tumble it was great fun took ages to build and was so exciting when it went especially if it went in one go, id give this to my William he loves building things towers ramps for his cars all sorts so he would r
I had a Lego Technics mobile crane set that I absolutely loved. If I were to win this, I would give it to my niece. She is just getting to the age where I think she would really enjoy block play. So far, she has only had stickle bricks. But she really enjoys playing with them.
My favourite toy was polly pocket & if I won the blocks I would give them to my son
i loved my barbie house as a child I would give this to my son
I know of two lovely children with very vivid imaginations that would just love these
My favourite toy was a large stuffed mouse – I would give this to my friend as he is a single dad with two little girls
My favourite toy was a Dinky toy Maserati – I’d give this to my grandchildren
I loved my speakand spell, and my etch a sketch, I would give the prize to my son and daughter to share
I loved my big yellow teapot, my daughter would love building stuff with this set
My favourite toy was my Spirograph set. If I won this I would give it to my little boy.
I loved my Big Yellow Teapot! Id give this to my son x x x
My pink one eyed teddy, he went everywhere with me until I left him on the bus one day. I was devastated. I would give this to my Nephew x
Daddy ѡіns!? The twins declагed.
Tiny Tears doll and a very special child.
I would never have thought of wooden blocks for older children, but seeing the intricate models that can be made, these are absolutely brilliant!