What do you buy the boy who has everything? That was the problem we were met with this Christmas. He may only be 7yrs old but already my son is becoming increasingly hard to buy for. Past Christmases and birthdays you could always count on Lego sets and Hot Wheels cars and tracks but we needed something different this year. He still likes collecting cars but doesn’t play with them quite so much anymore (except in the summer when he puts all his tracks together outside and has them running down the slide etc). As for Lego, he has so much he could probably build us an extension.
Trawling the internet for ideas I found a forum where a woman was asking for ideas for her son who was in the same position and someone (I wish I had made a note of her name so I could thank her) recommended Kapla. Intrigued, I went investigating.
As soon as my husband and I saw them we knew we were on to a winner. At first appearance they might seem a bit simple, it is just a box full of identical wooden blocks. That is until you discover the incredible things you can create. Each block is identical in shape, size and weight and has a unique ratio which was discovered by it’s inventor, Tom van der Bruggen, that enables you to build all sorts of amazing and incredible creations.
Here a couple of pictures from the accompanying book.
The book doesn’t contain instructions, just endless pages of inspiration, perfect for my son who prefers to use his own imagination. The box is actually much bigger than I expected (and quite heavy), and is really sturdy with a handy string carry handle. The idea book forms the lid so that the two can always be kept together.
When my son first opened it on Christmas morning he was a little perplexed as he’d never seen Kapla before, but the minute he got them out and started playing around with them he was over the moon. Below are just a few of his creations.
This was by far the best present all Christmas and is played with all the time (unlike a lot of other things which are already gathering dust). I like the fact that although its seems simple, it grows with the child. My 2yr old loves lining them up across the floor in a perfect line and sometimes practices stacking them, so they are helping her with her fine motor skills. My son loves making towers and each time he is learning how to make things more stable and more elaborate and as gets older and learns more, his creations will become bigger and more intricate.
I know for a fact them when my husband returns from Sea the two of them are going to be coming up with some pretty impressive creations.
So, is Kapla the best building toy since Lego? For us it certainly is. In a way it’s an unfair comparison because they are so vastly different and that’s not really what this post is about. In this house Lego is played with on an almost daily basis and has been for the last 7 yrs. No other toy has ever come close to capturing my sons love of building as much as Lego. Until now. Kapla has provided him with a whole new way of building that has really ignited his imagination. In fact, even his Lego creations have improved since using Kapla.
We went for the box with 280 blocks and so far M hasn’t created anything that has used up all of them so I think it was a good choice. At just over £60 I was a little concerned that I was spending a lot of money on something he might not like, but I needn’t have worried, they have been worth every penny already and I can see us buying a bigger box in the future!
This is not a sponsored post and I was in no way compensated for writing it, this was just a present my son received at Christmas that I thought may interest you. The post does however contain affiliate links to Amazon in accordance with my disclosure policy.