KAPLA is a wooden construction game, made up of small identically sized wooden blocks.  The unique size of the blocks, which are in the ratio of 1:3:15, makes them ideal for building many different creations.

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The KAPLA concept is simple.  It needs no glue, no screws, no clips to fix the blocks.  Each block is simply placed one on top of the other. The blocks are held in place by gravity and balance alone. KAPLA allows children to build, create and experiment by using their own imagination. With KAPLA blocks one can build alone or together with friends and family.

KAPLA is suitable for children of all ages, from age 3.  Its basics are extremely simple, but with some experience the game can become very complex.  Children learn every time they build and will advance their building techniques by playing. Everything is possible with KAPLA blocks!

Educational Values

Kapla is an extremely versatile learning tool and encourages children to:

  • Think logically and develop spatial awareness
  • Develop skills in team work and cooperation when used in a group situation
  • Think laterally to create constructions from their imaginations
  • Develop perserverance, patience and concentration if they wish to develop good solid constructions


KAPLA was invented in 1987 by Tom van der Bruggen.  Born in the Netherlands, he studied the History of Art.  He always dreamt of building a castle.  As he was passing the Tarn river in the south of France, he fell in love with an old ruined farm and he decided to turn the farm into the castle of his dreams, with little towers, fountains and a carriage entrance.

While making the scale drawings for it, he played around with wooden blocks to see what the structure would look like. He soon discovered that the blocks were not at all well adapted for building certain elements like floors, roofs and lintels.

Unsatisfied with the possibilities of these blocks Tom van der Bruggen invented a plank based on the progressions of the uneven numbers 1:3:5.  Three thicknesses for one width and five widths for one length.  This ratio between bricks and stones and beams and planks now opens a whole new way of building.  With these identical planks the builder can construct with the precision of artwork and the stability of stones.

Tom van der Bruggen named his planks KAPLA. This is an abbreviation of “Kabouter Plankjes” which means gnome planks in Dutch.  With the KAPLA planks kids as well as adults can now build and create all kinds of different architectural constructions, animals, and other extraordinary creations.


Kapla is committed to provide the highest quality planks.  The KAPLA planks are 100% natural and untreated, and are manufactured with high precision.

The planks are made from maritime pine from the Frenches Landes forests, which was chosen for the following characteristics:

  • Its high density guarantees a resistance to compression and a long-lasting use
  • Its resinous wood provides the friction that prevents planks from slipping
  • Its pronounced grain makes each plank elegant and unique.