« Soap Making Made Easy Ultimate Guide To Soap Making Including Recipes: Soapmaking Homeade and Handcrafted for 2015 50 COLOR Wool Fibre Needle Felting Merino Wool Fibre (250 g) + Felting Needles Starter Kits Mat Tools(Foam Pad,Felting Needles,leather finger cots, Adhesive,Glass Eyes,Seam Ripper,Keyring,Scissors,Strip,Box) » 3 thoughts on “MindWare KEVA Contraptions” 186 of 188 people found the following review helpful Creative Fun, December 5, 2010 By PurpleVermont (Southern Vermont, USA) – Verified Purchase(What’s this?) This review is from: MindWare KEVA Contraptions (Toy) I bought this for my 9yo son. We have only had it for 2 days, but he and his 14yo brother have been immensely enjoying it. Unlike the previous reviewer, I understood what we were getting — a set of 200 identical wooden planks with instructions for *building* ramps, chutes, funnels and “crazy contraptions”. Because no glue or connectors are used, it *is* challenging to build the contraptions but that is also what makes it an extremely open-ended toy. The first night my 9yo was a bit frustrated. We talked about how it wouldn’t be much fun if I got him a toy where he “beat the boss” on the first night, and that with this toy he’d have a chance to improve and get better at using it over time, and that as evidenced by his older brother, he’d probably still be enjoying 5 years from now. He took that to heart and by the next morning was already starting to master some of the building forms and had created his own working contraption. This toy requires patience. It would be well-suited for the type of child who enjoys building domino runs — it requires a similar level of patience, precision and resilience in the face of the inevitable mishaps. The planks are identical in size and shape to Kapla or other Keva planks, though these are pine and not hardwood as the other more expensive sets are. They can used interchangeably with those systems, and thus can be used to construct all the other types of structures one might build with Keva planks. The worksmanship seems excellent and precise. The balls appear to be colored ping pong balls and the only downside to this is that one of our balls already got crushed somehow. However the upside to this is that they are easily replaced/supplemented by readily available ping pong balls. We bought this set along with the 50-plank set, thinking it would give us some additional planks and a few extra contraption idea. I’m not sure that was worth it, and we might have been better off getting another 200 plank set, as with 2 boys using them, we clearly need more planks 🙂 For those who already own a set of planks, there doesn’t seem to be any way of getting the contraption instructions without buying the sets at this time. This is unfortunate. It would be nice to be able to buy the instructions only for my nephews who already own planks, and to buy instructions for more “generic” uses of the planks for my own sons. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comments (8) Reply 59 of 62 people found the following review helpful the next step, January 9, 2011 By legomom – Verified Purchase(What’s this?) This review is from: MindWare KEVA Contraptions (Toy) My 8 and 9 year old boys are Lego fanatics and have built the most complicated kits we can get, they also are fascinated by the Rube-Goldberg type contraptions they have been able to build during science camps and classes. Contraptions seemed like a great addition to their building collection. I was a little put off by some of the reviews that said they were frustrating but ordered them anyway. These do demand a degree of patience but my kids have amazed me with their creations, building 3 foot tall and 8 foot long contraptions that are truly complicated and wonderful. with young boys, the fun doesn’t end with the build and roll, the destruction part is equally fun for them!! A great and durable product! 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment Reply 43 of 50 people found the following review helpful Patience Grasshopper!, January 15, 2012 By T. Hudon (New York State) – Verified Purchase(What’s this?) This review is from: MindWare KEVA Contraptions (Toy) We bought this for my 6yr. son for Xmas. He wanted a plastic marble run. My hubby and I studied the one he wanted and the other different ones that are available. We came to the conclusion that the one that he wanted; he would have lost interest rather quickly. I did show him some of the videos online of this product and he was amazed but still wanted the plastic motorized one. We, my husband and I; could not justify the money when we knew he would lose interest. So for less money we bought him the 200 piece Contraptions! I know they are just wood blocks but you should see what he builds… I’ve helped him with a few small runs, but he has built towers, stages, furniture, and race track for his MBox cars that takes up his whole bedroom floor. He plays with these almost every day since X-mas. He’s learning many things, the main one is patience! He gets frustrated when things fall down, and we tell him try to find another way to rebuild it stronger and an hour later “Look, I did it!” We Love It! 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment Reply Leave a comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. 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