The Yaralla program recently acquired a large KAPLA crate which the team immediately put to use with a series of class challenges.
But what is KAPLA?
Made from 100% high quality unprocessed pine wood from a natural renewable forest in France, KAPLA is simply a construction set made up of identically sized planks of wood with 1:3:15 ratio.
Using gravity and balance, the planks can be used to construct a range of different shapes, towers, buildings and whatever else your imagination lends itself.
What skills does KAPLA develop?
Through simple challenges and open build sessions, the students in Yaralla have been refining their fine motor skills, whilst utilising logic and developing their spatial awareness without even realising it. They have also learned that this is not a task that can be rushed, with KAPLA teaching them some lessons in concentration, patience and perseverance.
Building as a team has many benefits too. The students have needed to communicate and cooperate to develop structures that don’t fall down. Stop communicating, and things start to unravel.
The KAPLA challenge
To develop the skills to find the perfect balance, the Yaralla students and staff have been working through 12 KAPLA milestone cards which scaffold the skills needed to build more complex structures. Whilst the students have moved through most of the cards, they are let to attempt the ultimate challenge: build the dromedary! Stay tuned in the next few weeks to see if they are successful!