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My Kid's Crazy Cool KEVA Creations

Updated on October 20, 2013

On cold wintry days, there is nothing like a cozy fire, a large area of open floor, and about 400 KEVA blocks.

My son didn't sit still in grade school. He would wiggle, bounce his leg, jiggle his foot, pull at buttons, poke his pencil through his shirt, and tear at the rubber of his shoes. Eventually, an enlightened teacher let him hold a piece of clay during listening time, and Viola! he could focus. At home, the parental units never noticed his fidgeting, because we too fidgeted, and came from a long line of proud fidgeters. (We prefer the terms builders, artists, inventors, and innovators.)

Walk into our house and you will find an absence of furniture. Lined up against the walls are shelves and bins filled with various building toys including Lego bricks, magnetic blocks, and puzzles collected from garage sales, ebay, and Santa.

The single most loved building toy consists of simple rectangular blocks, hundreds of them.

We were given our first Keva blocks when my son was nine. He had been obsessed with Legos, Thomas track, and Magna Tiles for years. It was obvious the kid was happiest when building. His first KEVA creations started simply enough with four sided cabins, similar to the ones made with popsicle sticks and glue. Over time, we were amazed as the structures grew more and more complex. Eventually, I started taking pictures to document his "work". Since these blocks stack without any adhesive, complex structures can easily be destroyed by a spooked cat or random running little sister, so sometimes I was too late.

Years later, the tweener still gets down on the floor and whips out a 3D masterpiece, with little sister apprentices adding plastic animal figurines for hours of fantasy play. I recommend KEVA blocks to any fidgety family who loves to build. For an extra special afternoon, turn on an audiobook in the background and let the creating begin.

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Sometimes destroying KEVA structures is just as cool as building them, especially when viewed in slow motion. The first video, although impressive, is a computer simulation. The second video is the real thing. Wow.

MindWare Trebuchet by Keva
MindWare Trebuchet by Keva

Ready. Aim. Fire! repeat.

 

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    • NuttSoRuff profile image

      NuttSoRuff 3 years ago

      I actually do! Could do it for hours!

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      Peter Messerschmidt 3 years ago from Port Townsend, WA, USA

      Very nice-- reminds me of my own childhood, and a really nice departure from video games and the usual "motorized plastic stuff."

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      lewisgirl 3 years ago

      Very nice lens! I think my grandkids will love this toy too.

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      Hieu90 3 years ago

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      Hieu90 3 years ago

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      Mickie Goad 3 years ago

      I have a grandson who could flourish using these Keva blocks. He has a birthday coming up, too.

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      ChocolateLily 3 years ago

      I do! My husband does as well. These are great as are your children's creations!

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 3 years ago from Washington State

      Whoa boy, do I know what to get some people on my list for toys now? You bet, these are awesome. Great family of builders I see, nice!

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      TerriCarr 3 years ago

      I love toys like this as opposed to digital devices. This kind of creative play is great for all ages.

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      sheilamarie78 3 years ago

      My kids always loved to build. Now my granddaughters do, too.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Our grandson loves to build things, this is great. Thanks

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      Christine Dever 3 years ago

      Wow! That is an amazing video! Did you really film all nine hours of the construction of that amazing masterpiece? That must have taken some pretty intense planning.

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      jeffersuan 3 years ago

      I used to play with these when I was a kid. Hours of fun!

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      RoadMonkey 3 years ago

      Yes, with lego bricks but I have nver seen anything like what you have shown. That is amazing - all with bricks that just lie on top of each other! Looks like he might be an engineer?

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      Angela F 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

      I'd definitely buy a set of those if I still had someone that age.

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      Stanley Green 3 years ago from Czech Republic

      Wow! These blocks are awsome! I will add them to my wish list ...

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      Treasures By Brenda 3 years ago from Canada

      Sounds like a great product. My sons loved ordinary building blocks. These would have been fun.

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      Giovanna Sanguinetti 3 years ago from London UK

      These look like they'd keep kids of any age engaged for hours. I love them. Great idea.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Looks like loads of fun! I wish we had room for this kit. Our grandkids love playing with wooden blocks.

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      PriyabrataSingh 3 years ago

      Yes, I love building.The video was awesome.....great work..

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      Fortionce 3 years ago

      That's the second time I see a build-it-yourself trebuchet today, and I have NEVER seen it before: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/cat_vs_internet

      Nice to learn about those Keva planks, thanks. And that second video was awesome.

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      Joan4 3 years ago

      Oh these Keva creations are fabulous! I would love to play with these too!

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      Michelllle 3 years ago

      @smine27: Thanks so much for reading. I was actually following the examples of your wonderful lenses.

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      Michelllle 3 years ago

      @anonymous: Kind of amazing-that guy spent over 9 hours building. Imagine that!

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      Michelllle 3 years ago

      @Diana Wenzel: Ah thank so much for reading. My son is asking for 50%... : )

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      getmoreinfo 3 years ago

      ooh this is so awesome, definitely putting this on my wish list.

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      I would have loved these as a child. In fact, I'm pretty sure my inner child would still love to spend a few hours on the floor creating with these KEVA blocks. What a great way to nurture creativity. Here's to the tactile genius of your son.

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      Sundaycoffee 3 years ago

      It's really amazing what your son has built with these bricks! He clearly is a very intelligent, creative person that cannot just sit around doing nothing.

      I will remember these toys for my yet to come grandchildren. :)

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      Rose Jones 3 years ago

      @Gypzeerose: Oh, I see that you don't pin so I tweeted it.

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      Rose Jones 3 years ago

      My kids would have definitely been using these if they were little again. Pinned to my Toys board.

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      hovirag 3 years ago

      wow it is really amazing what you can create with this kit! It's suitable for adults as well :)

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      That second video was awesome!

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      Shinichi Mine 3 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      This looks like something my nephew might be interested in. Great review of a great product!

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      Virginia Allain 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Looks like a budding architect in your family. Great activity for kids.