Making Classic Toys That Teach: Step-by-step Instructions For Building Froebel's Iconic Developmental Toys by Doug StoweMaking Classic Toys That Teach: Step-by-step Instructions For Building Froebel's Iconic Developmental Toys by Doug Stowe

Making Classic Toys That Teach: Step-by-step Instructions For Building Froebel's Iconic…

byDoug Stowe

Paperback | October 15, 2016

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The Froebel Gifts are perhaps the world's first educational toys. Developed in the early 1800's by Friedrich Froebel, inventor of Kindergarten, the Gifts appear deceptively simple but represent a sophisticated approach to child development. Over the last 180 years these intricately conceived playthings have had a widespread impact, becoming interwoven with the history of art/design, popular culture, and education. Inspiring and informing the work of Maria Montessori, Rudolf Steiner, and others, Froebel's Gifts influenced Frank Lloyd Wright, Albert Einstein, Kandinsky, Klee, and more while Mattel used them in designing Tinker Toys, Color Cubes, and Unit Blocks. In Making Classic Toys That Teach, Doug Stowe, a professional woodworker and teacher, presents the history and valuable benefits of each gift while providing step-by-step instruction on how to build each toy and the box to hold them. Each of the 10 Froebel Gifts are featured: 1) balls of yarn, introducing color, shape and motion; 2) sphere, cylinder, and cubes on a hanging device; 3) divided cube building blocks; 4) rectangular blocks; 5) wooden cubes and triangular blocks; 6) geometric building blocks in various shapes; 7) colorful geometric shapes; 8) sticks and rings; 9) points - small colorful objects, like beads - that can be connected to create dotted lines, etc; 10) framework in the form of fiddlesticks or tinker toys. As the backlash towards our overly technological world increases, the philosophy of Froebel and an understanding of the value of his Gifts is part of the trend of more focused playtime and creative thinking for younger children that will help them make connections on their own regarding the world around them.
Doug Stowe has been a self-employed woodworker since 1976. In addition to working is his wood shop, Stowe teaches children at the Clear Spring School a program called "The Wisdom of the Hands," a course dedicated to the concept that working with one's hands is essential to learning. The author of eight books, his most recent is "Beauti...
Title:Making Classic Toys That Teach: Step-by-step Instructions For Building Froebel's Iconic…Format:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.68 inPublished:October 15, 2016Publisher:Spring House PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1940611334

ISBN - 13:9781940611334


Table of Contents

I: Introduction: Learning to play with toys that teach II: Gifts of Awakening •Gift 1: Balls of yarn introduce color, shape, and motion. •Gift 2: 3 geometric shapes: the sphere, the cylinder, and cube III: Gifts of Construction & Building •Gift 3: Make a simple box and the 8 blocks to go inside •Gift 4: Rectangular tiles in a box •Gift 5: A larger box with smaller cubes and triangles •Gift 5B: The larger box with half-rounds and coved blocks •Gift 6: Flat tiles and columns create a more complex version of gift 4. IV: Gifts of Design •Gift 7: Wooden Tablets •Gift 8: Sticks for Drawing •Gift 9: Steel Rings for drawing •Gift 15: Interlacing slats •Gift 16: Linking Sticks V: Going Forward: Using Froebel's Concepts to Create Life-long Learners