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Gifts à la Fröbel

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Plays with Objects: From Ball to Building Block

Education is linked to materials for Friedrich Fröbel. He designated these as Gifts. Inspired by them, we've developed Fröbel materials whose clean shapes and flexible creative techniques are captivating. The materials always build from the simple to the complex, offer children a variety of design ideas, and create many learning opportunities. In free play, the children themselves determine which topic they work on and at what speed – depending on their personal interests and abilities. With child-centered education, the children are accompanied with sensitivity.

Fröbel's Gifts are both simple and sophisticated at the same time.

This principle of self-education was especially important to Fröbel, since self-directed action and thinking are the foundation for the growth and maturation of strong personalities. These personalities can later be brought independently into the world of modern life and confidently help shape it. In this respect, the principle of self-education is the prerequisite for critical thinking, one of the core competencies of the 21st century.

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The first Gift according to Fröbel: The Ball

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As the simplest and clearest object shape, the ball according to Fröbel is the first Gift for children. He used it, for example, for different small physical experiments. Two balls are held in the hands and are dropped one after the other. Now the children can observe which ball lands more quickly on the floor. Even more exciting is when balls made of different materials, such as a ball made of felt and a wooden ball, are dropped. In this way the children can see with their own eyes the connection between weight, ball size, and gravity.

Make felt balls very easily with our creative materials according to our dry felt method:

  1. Pull out fine strands in different colors from wool roving.
  2. Lay several layers of wool back and forth across a styrofoam ball.
  3. With a felting needle, pierce the thread layers until a solid web has formed from the fibers.

Further Fröbel Gifts:

Gift Number 2: Wooden Shapes: Ball, Cube, and Cylinder

Gift Number 3 – 6: Wooden Building Blocks

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Building Sets in Fröbel's Terms:

Our Fröbel building sets "Cube," "Prism," "Cuboid," "Half Cuboid," "Long Cuboid," "Short Strips," "Long Strips" as well as "Bridges and Cylinders" are ideal for a wide variety of structures in the three Fröbel categories:

Forms of Knowledge, Beauty and Life

From the simple to the differentiated

Children best receive wooden blocks in units that build one on top of the other. All blocks have a uniform basic size.

Children first explore the blocks in free play. With each building kit, more complex shapes follow, such as prisms, bridges, and cylinders for an increasingly differentiated play. The children can form numerous shapes and structures with many variations from the block shapes.

Fröbel called these Forms of Beauty, Forms of Life, and Forms of Knowledge. Using their own hands, children understand the basics of geometry and mathematics. Through play, they open up for themselves the world and its regularities.

Flexible Kletterwände – wahlweise in natur oder farbig
Forms of Knowledge
First insights into mathematics and geometry
Flexible Kletterwände – wahlweise in natur oder farbig
Forms of Beauty
Symmetrical circular patterns and mandalas
Flexible Kletterwände – wahlweise in natur oder farbig
Forms of Life
Objects from everyday life