buy or make Froebel Gifts

Buy Froebel Gifts online from The Froebel Gallery online shop, which offers secure online ordering of the original gifts and blocks and free shipping.

The book Inventing Kindergarten has excellent photographs and descriptions of all the gifts. You can assemble many of them from materials which are readily available.

Building blocks are lots of fun and simple to make. The key is to make all of the different block sizes an even multiple of a common size. This makes them easy to use together. Ease all of the edges so that there are no sharp corners. Blocks small enough to fit in a young child's mouth could be a choking hazard.

The classic gifts are based on the one inch cube, which is a convenient size for young hands. Children played with them on a one inch grid. A 3cm cube would also be suitable as the basic unit block.

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