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Induction Certificate Number:   74020100315-405
Induction Date:   March 15, 2010
Certificate License Status:   Active
Product:   KEVA Planks 200 Piece Building Set
MSRP:   $63.95 USD
Company URL:  http://www.kevaplanks.com
Rating: 

KEVA Planks 200 Piece Building Set

by:  Rev. James G.W. Fisher - The Toy Man® Product Guide Product Evaluation Specialist / Editor
     
Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) Date:  03/15/2010

KEVA planks are high precision identical wood blocks that stack with what many find to have surprising stability. The simplicity is compelling for children of any age or skill level, (even adult kids). You can build towers to the ceiling, bridges, animals, sculptures and more. No glue is used, just simple stacking and gravity.

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Product Type Release Year Primary Usage Target Age / Max. Weight Target Gender
Building Sets 2006 Consumer/Education 6 to 12 years of age Female/Male


Evaluation Report Summary (ERS)
Category Rating Scores

Category rating scores are based on scale from 1 to 5. Rating score must be 3 or higher to pass in each evaluation category.


Cost Benefit Durability Hybrid-Application FunFactor™ / Popularity Marketability Skill Improvement
5 5 5 4 4 5

Final product / service rating is averaged from the sum total of ALL applicable evaluation category scores. Only scores of "3" or higher are published.

There are a total of 357 evaluation categories which are used in our evaluation process.
(NOTE: Not all categories are applicable to any one product or online service.)

Only 6 of the evaluation category rating scores for this New Inductee's evaluation are featured for public view.


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Safety Guidelines Symbol ImageSafety / Quality Classifications
 
CE MarkedUL ApprovedJPMA Certified
(Not Applicable)
ASTM Complianteco-Friendlyeco-Conscious
(Not Applicable)



CPSIATÜVEU
Independent Lab Tested  Independent Lab Name 
 Compliant
  (Unconfirmed)
LeadSafe™ - Surface Coatings/PaintLeadSafe™ - Content / SubstratesPhthalatesSafe
(Not Applicable)(Not Applicable)  (Not Applicable)
BPASafeSoluble Heavy MetalsMechanical/Physical
(Not Applicable)(Not Applicable)
Flammability - Solids/TextilesLabeling of Hazardous Art MaterialsiWatchDog™ Approved
(Complies with ICCS™ Certification Standards)
(Not Applicable)



UPC Code / ISBN#Manufacturer SKUAge Grading
689076 591737  KEVA200Labeled/Appropriate



Manufactured InSafety Hazard/Warnings
U.S.A.

 

Introducing KEVA Planks

* SUMMARY CODES: SN - Special Needs     ECD - Early Childhood Development

There are a variety of companies who produce wooden planks, similar to KEVA Planks, each one having their own unique characteristics for which they are recognized yet KEVA Planks are one of the most well known brands which have been around the longest. While the sources for the wood with other wooden plank sets are from foreign soil, KEVA Planks are made in the USA with quality maple wood which has its own unique beauty and strong level of durability.

KEVA planks are high precision identical wood blocks that stack with a substantial advantage in regard to stability. The simplicity of their use is compelling for children of any age or skill level, (even adult kids). You can build towers to the ceiling, bridges, animals, sculptures and more. No glue is used, just simple stacking, gravity and a set of fingers to grab and place them.



A Hybrid-Use Product In A Class All Its Own

The KEVA Planks 200 Piece Wooden Building Set is so much more than just a simple wood building set. It is a medium of play which can be used at home, in a car while traveling to grandma's house, an instructional medium in a school environment, the raw design core of a concept for an architect, or even a tool used with SN children to help encourage development. More simply put, the KEVA Planks Wood Building Set is a Hybrid-Use product which can be used in a countless number of applications and environments. It is a hybrid-use product which is in a class all its own.

Each plank of a KEVA Planks wood building set is unique unto itself. While each piece may be of exactly the same dimensions, each plank has its own uniqueness in the grain, the sensation of touch, in a sort of way, its own personality. At the same time, although each piece may have its own "personality", at the same time, having exact and identical dimensions allows each personality to join together for a unique new creation by a child, tween, or adult.

More clearly defined, what you have is a wood building set which is not only eco-friendly,  it serves as the catalyst to inspire creative growth and development as well as an ingenious learning development tool. Each of the KEVA Planks is made is the USA with the fine quality of maple wood which provides the highest level of durability and quality you can find in a wood building set.  This durability and quality is the perfect mix for active extended and repetitive use in educational institutions.

An image of a creative concept made by a young child with KEVA Planks in a matter of minutes.

EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENT USE

Children have a voracious and seemingly never ending appetite for information, constantly seeking answers to questions that have not been answered. They host a wealth of creative thought just waiting to be brought into what a child envisions. 

With the smooth maple KEVA Planks, a child or for that matter anyone can begin to draw upon their brain to develop analytical processes, which in turn provides creative and productive results. In short, skill development and improvement.  This is where the hybrid-use of the KEVA Planks truly shines in an educational environment. 

As each KEVA Plank is picked up, a child's mind envisions a finished project which will soon be realized as they take that plank and join it with others to create the project which they have envisioned in their minds. The benefit of this in the educational environment is that with each wooden plank, each movement, each action taken with the KEVA Planks, plays an important part as a key element in multiple facets of essential skill development for a child.

Critical development of tactile touch, motor skills, spatial / dimensional judgment, and so much more are all key elements which are made possible by a person of any age taking the time to pick up KEVA Planks and allow their creative imagination to roam free!   With many adults, the KEVA Planks serve as a medium to knock the dust off of brain cells which have until this point have long since been in a dormant state.  For some, the KEVA Planks may very well be the catalyst they have been seeking to finally allow their creative imaginations to finally gain focus and purpose.


Independent Evaluator Reports

Obtaining An Independent Perspective...

In this section we will cover "KEVA Planks 200 Piece Building Set" from the perspectives of people qualified in the specific field associated with the product being evaluated. To accomplish that task we have called upon the assistance of two top industry professionals who know their stuff and have the credentials to prove it.

Our professional and independent evaluators have formed their own opinions from extensive analysis and produced detailed, in-depth reports connected with their study and evaluation of KEVA Planks 200 Piece Building Set. The information to follow is comprised of excerpts from those same reports which have been paraphrased in order to encapsulate the primary points being conveyed in each report. This approach provides completely independent perspectives in the evaluation of KEVA Planks 200 Piece Building Set.


PLEASE NOTE: The names of our independent evaluators are not disclosed to protect the privacy of these individuals upon their request. Their labors are provided at no charge to assist us in providing a well-balanced and qualified product evaluation summary. Their title is provided to clarify for our readers the specific type of specialist from which the information provided has been included in each product evaluation summary.

All opinions and or statements from the independent evaluator(s) featured here do not represent the opinion of The Toy Man® Product Guide, any other division of GreyWolf Corp, or GreyWolf Corp iself.




PRODUCT: KEVA Planks 200 Piece Building Set


Wood Design Engineer

"When I received this latest product submission from you for evaluation it was a welcome surprise. The wood which has been selected for use in this product carries a much higher production cost yet in my trade as a wood design engineer, I can appreciate the full value of the product. It's much like comparing a Toyota Camry to a BMW. You may pay a higher price but you get what you pay for."

"My perspective in regard to wood may have some bias but when it comes to wood materials, it is quite cut and dry, no pun intended, maple, mahogany, and similar types of wood are superior to pine, birch and those types of wood when it comes to their use for products such as this. Most important of all, this maple wood comes from the United States."

"An even more dominant trait of the KEVA Planks is that maple is a wood which is 'closed or tight pore'. In my porosity testing of this product I confirmed my impression of the value of this wood as the best medium possible for the KEVA Planks wood compound.  This type of wood is far more suitable for use in educational facilities and with children, partly due to the fact of a far lesser risk of germ accumulations, fingerprints, and stains.  Another point to consider is that maple is far less susceptible to warping, reduction of visual appeal, or other damage due to the tight pore structure."

"To be fair in my analysis, I need to make it clear that company's who use wood other than maple are not selling a 'bad' product.  This just brings us back to the original analogy of how you can have the 'average' product, or you can pay a little more money, have a quality product which will last longer and perform more effectively for a longer period of time."



ECD Facility Director

"With this new product you provided, I was presented with a very interesting challenge; to identify the difference from the previous wooden building plank set you submitted for evaluation, and determine what differences, (if any) I can find which may make this building set more suitable for use in a facility such as ours or in general consumer use."

"The response levels with all of my students was  as expected, outstanding!  In my adopting the KEVA Planks for use in my test therapy with my SN students, the KEVA Planks proved to be quite effective in developing substantial improvement levels of their cognitive, spatial, interpersonal skills and overall developmental improvement during their recreational play as well as general therapy."

"With the KEVA Planks we all found the wooden surface to be far superior to what we have tested with the children in the past.  Upon their picking up the KEVA Planks many of the students had an immediate curiosity which caused them to question my staff as to why these planks were not as smooth as the ones in the last product you submitted for evaluation. While this provided immediate evidence of sensory and tactile touch stimulation, it proved to have a far stronger as well as productive benefit in the building of each structure the children created.

"Unlike the previous product, the more coarse surface appeared to allow the pieces to remain more stable in their position, especially so with larger and taller creations. With the smoother surface of the previous product, there was a much higher occurrence of the wood structure falling.  Many of the children, including our SN kids put a significant amount of time into the building of their structures.  When the wood structures kept falling over so often, this created a negative impact on their self-esteem which was showing later in their behavior patterns."  

"The KEVA Planks are a product I can recommend quite highly for use in learning development as well as the home. Both of the wooden building products are exceptional and an excellent item to adopt use of, but the KEVA Planks showed a significant advantage I would prefer for use in my teaching environment."

The KEVA Planks are unquestionably more than suitable for improvement of developmental skills with any child. Being made in the USA and as well as being made of a non-porous wood gives our facility a strong assurance of minimal risk of germ issues or loss of visual appeal."




Consumer Hands-On Evaluation

Nothing is more powerful than hands-on experience by a consumer with a product when it is being evaluated. Based upon that fact we put every single product we evaluate at the mercy of consumers in a hands-on evaluation where anything goes. Shall we see how the "KEVA Planks 200 Piece Building Set" was seen with consumers?

An image of a creative concept made by a young child with KEVA Planks in a matter of minutes.

For KEVA Planks we took an entirely new approach to our consumer hands-on eval.  Normally we just have the products there for consumers to sample but this time we chose to work with the consumers on-on-one. 

We gave each participant the challenge to think of a building, object, or place and try and create their interpretation of how they see it in their minds using the KEVA Planks.  The child who did the best creation would have it photographed and used in our product evaluation summary of KEVA Planks.

In the image in the introduction of this page you will see this creation surrounding the KEVA Planks 200 Piece Building Set box to give you an idea of size and dimension.

The little boy who created this was a mere 7 years of age.  When asked what this creation was, he told us it was Caesars Palace main entrance!  The item on the left was his vision of the heightened patio with he statues and other items.  What amazed everyone was how they all felt it was so similar to the real thing in dimension and shape.  Quite an accomplishment for this little boy.

What was the most amazing part of this was the period of time it was created in...a matter of minutes!  Not an hour, not a half-hour, it was in MINUTES!  Everyone at the mall was simply amazed and when we went over our feedback forms for all 14 products we brought for evaluation, the KEVA Planks 200 Piece Building Set was the one which was the favorite of the evaluation participants.

After reviewing our video tapes and all feedback forms, there was no question that the KEVA Planks 200 Piece Building Set passed the consumer hands-on evaluation segment of our evaluation process.




A Sampling Of Category Ratings



A small sampling of the individual category titles & rating scores from the complete product review itself for this product are featured here. The categories which have been selected to be featured in this product evaluation summary for public view, specify some of the primary points of how and why that specific rating score was reached.

  • If a product is inducted, a product evaluation summary of the complete review is published for public view.
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  • If a product scores an overall category evaluation rating average of [2] Stars or lower from the complete review results, it fails the evaluation and is not inducted.
  • Information for products which do not pass our evaluation is confidential and is shared only with the company submitting the product.



The Featured Category Ratings for this Product Evaluation Summary are listed below.


COST BENEFIT: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

The KEVA Planks 200 Piece Building Set provided more than enough evidence to judge it as a product for which the COST BENEFIT is might be seen by some buyers as well beyond what might be seen in other similar products. Taking into account that the product is made in the USA, and is made of maple, a more quality and durable wood compound, quality is synonymous with KEVA Planks with the quite unique qualities found in maple, much as pine wood planks have their own unique qualities.

The final scoring in this evaluation category; the KEVA Planks 200 Piece Wooden Building Set establishes in this evaluation category of COST BENEFIT, a perfect score of [5 Stars].


DURABILITY: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

The level of durability for the KEVA Planks 200 Piece Building Set didn't take a rocket scientist to be determined.  The The KEVA Planks were put through and extensive number of tests to push them well beyond CPSIA standards for approval in this category.  Considering the fact of the The KEVA Planks being made of a maple wood compound, there is no question from the beginning as to the level of durability of the KEVA Planks. Despite fluid and excessive stress tests performed on the The KEVA Planks, there were no visible signs of any wear and tear or damage. KEVA Planks 200 Piece Building Set scored a perfect score of [5 Stars] in this category.


HYBRID-APPLICATION™: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

In our evaluation of the KEVA Planks 200 Piece Building Set in the evaluation category of HYBRID-APPLICATION™, it demonstrated a consistent ability to be hybrid in its use.  Whether in consumer, education facility, or even therapy use, the KEVA Planks 200 Piece Building Set was exceptional in being adopted for active and repetitive use.  We had some exceptional reports in reference to the KEVA Planks 200 Piece Building Set being a powerful tool in working to fulfill the educational and psycho-social needs of SN children. The KEVA Planks 200 Piece Building Set pulled a perfect score in our evaluation for this category for HYBRID-APPLICATION™ with a perfect score of [5 Stars].


FUNFACTOR / POPULARITY: Rating Level - [4] an image of 4 gold  stars

In the category for FUNFACTOR / POPULARITY it was quite challenging to establish a reliable and accurate rating level.  The primary reason for this is that the KEVA Planks were unquestionably well above the norm in popularity. At the same time though, we noted a well above-average response level which demonstrated a strong level of FunFactor™ in the atmosphere with the children.  The level of FunFactor™ just wasn't enough to bring the rating for FunFactor™ to a perfect score.  With our more strict and well-defined evaluation guidelines, the evaluation in this category for FunFactor™ / Popularity we finally managed to reach an absolute in the rating level.  The KEVA Planks 200 Piece Building Set pulled an almost perfect score in our evaluation for this category for FUNFACTOR / POPULARITY with an almost perfect score of [4 Stars].


MARKETABILITY: Rating Level - [4] an image of 4 gold stars

The KEVA Planks 200 Piece Building Set pulled its way to the top in comparison to other products of like kind in the market according to our consumer feedback and based upon a number of other factors used in our evaluation.

The KEVA Planks 200 Piece Building Set has a very strong marketing advantage just because of its being "Made In The USA". You then have the factor of the KEVA Planks being made with maple, a non-porous wood compound which has a level of durability to which pine and birch simply could not match.  There is though, the thought to consider of with Maple being a higher quality wood material, then of course productions cost rise along with the price point. 

Despite the higher price base and other company's who using high quality pine which is lesser in cost factor, the KEVA Planks still remain strong in the marketability arena.  As a mater of fact, they have the potential to hold a dominance in the Specialty product stores. At the same time, it is important to consider the fact that "potential" does not guarantee sales, it just provides an added edge in marketability. The final factor is simply a matter of choice by the buyer. Example: Some people prefer Nike, others are satisfied with Payless Shoes.

Cutting right to the final point, the KEVA Planks pulled through the evaluation in this category of MARKETABILITY with a well above average score of [4 Stars].


SKILL IMPROVEMENT - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

Critical development of tactile touch, motor skills, spatial / dimensional judgment, and so much more are all key elements which are made possible by a person of any age taking the time to pick up KEVA Planks and allow their creative imagination to do its thing.  With many adults, the KEVA Planks serve as a medium to knock the dust off of brain cells which have until this point have long since been in a dormant state. 

For some, the KEVA Planks may very well be the catalyst they have been seeking to finally allow their creative imaginations to finally gain focus and purpose.  There is no gray area on this, the KEVA Planks provide more than sufficient evidence to prove their worth and clearly provide a substantial contribution to skill improvement.  The KEVA Planks 200 Piece Wooden Building Set pull a perfect score of [5] Stars in this evaluation category for SKILL IMPROVEMENT.






EVALUATION RESULTS - From evaluation for induction into "The Toy Man® News & Reviews"
       
    Overall Rating:   5
     
    Seal of Approval:  
     
    Recommends Award:  
       
       
    eco-Recognition™ Seal:  
     
    Award of Excellence:  
     
    eChoice™ Award:  
       
       
    S. T. E. M. Award:   
     
    Mom Approved Award:  
     
    Award of Recognition:™  
       



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