KAPLA® in the classroom
KAPLA® is an ideal toy for schools, given its wide application potential: for children of all ages, for free play or within a lesson, alone or with a team, to create art or grasp science… KAPLA®’s single module provides an open-ended game, adapting to every child’s abilities and ambitions, and benefits numerous aspects of children’s cognitive and physical development.
For the past 30 years, KAPLA® has provided teachers throughout Europe with a highly adaptable way of approaching many subjects: art, mathematics, expression, problem-solving, geometry… This unique wooden construction game offers a hands-on approach, getting your students engaged in the learning process in a different way.
Integrated into courses and programmes, KAPLA® has helped generations of builders develop their creativity, as well as their perseverance and their social and motor skills.
PROFESSIONAL INSIGHTS INTO KAPLA
“KAPLA® – absolute number one favourite resource in my classroom – I haven’t yet found a lesson I can’t use it in. As versatile and as genius as another click together plastic alternative(!) but with the beauty and tactile pleasure of a natural material. As essential creative classroom ingredient.”
Kathy Harris, Teacher, Holland Haven Primary School, Holland-On-Sea, Essex
“KAPLA® has been a popular addition to my classroom. We already had a range of loose parts materials like shells, sticks and stones which enabled children to be creative and open with their learning however the simple little wooden blocks that are KAPLA® have opened the door to limitless learning and play. Children from 4-12 years old all love the KAPLA blocks and all gain so much from their play with them which not many other resources could say they are truly suitable for all ages and stages of learning. They enjoy free building as well as using the books as a stimulus. They can build high or over a wider area. They often don’t even realise they are actually learning as it is so much fun. They learn resilience and perseverance. Building can work or it may fall down but they just try again. They learn problem solving skills through having to find ways to get the height or design they want. I had one 4 year old who was trying to build a house. She kept putting a block to make a roof between two spaced out walls and the block would just fall to the ground. After a few attempts she had a eureka moment, she needed to put another pillar to support the roof in the middle. What an amazing learning opportunity that all came from her. Children have naturally realised that working together supports them in building bigger and better, even children who can sometimes find it challenging to work collaboratively with others. For those that think they are costly, yes it is a box of wooden bricks but ask a child and that box is not just a box of bricks, it is a bridge, a house, a chair, a chance to succeed, a chance to fail and then a chance to try again. I definitely think that is money well spent!”
Magali Tuke, Principal Teacher, Saltoun Primary School, East Saltoun, East Lothian
“KAPLA planks can be used at early stages, as they don’t answer to a specific construction technique. Assembly games allow children to develop further their creativity as well as their motor skills.e Monier, C., 2015. Le jeu comme outil pédagogique au cycle 3 ESPE (École supérieure du professorat et de l’éducation), Paris, France
“It appears clearly that KAPLA® supports and influences positively the development of motor skills, of cognitive abilities, of musical sensitivity, of linguistic education, and of socio-emotional awareness.” Mattersberger, R., 2004. Kabouter Plankjes: Wichtelhölzchen in Kinderhände, BAfEP (Kollege für Kindergartenpädagogik) Innsbruck, Austria