Paper Parquetry Shapes Kit Froebel® Gift 7
The institution we refer to as Kindergarten was developed in the early 1800s by Friedrich Froebel, a man who pioneered the concept of early childhood education. He encouraged children to learn from experience and draw their own conclusions through what he called objective play. To support this method of learning, he developed a series of “gifts”—innovative toys that help children develop an understanding of numbers, size, shape, texture, relationships, weight, cause and effect, motion, and vocabulary. The parquetry shapes are derived from the surfaces of Froebel's first six Gifts, introducing the idea of planes as a separate concept. They can be combined in specific ways (suggestions are given) to help conceptualize what children have learned from the first six Gifts in a two-dimensional way, an important developmental step that utilizes abstract thought. Contains 172 pieces. Ages 3 and up.
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This product is offered in conjunction with MoMA's exhibition Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000, an overview of the modernist preoccupation with children and childhood as a paradigm for progressive design thinking. The Museum's Department of Architecture and Design brings together school architecture, clothing, playgrounds, toys and games, children's hospitals and safety equipment, nurseries, furniture, and books to examine individual and collective visions for the material world of children.
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Century of the Child
MoMA’s ambitious survey of 20th century design for children is the first large-scale overview of the modernist preoccupation with children and childhood as a paradigm for progressive design thinking. The exhibition brings together areas underrepresented in design history and often considered separately, including school architecture, clothing, playgrounds, toys and games, children’s hospitals and safety equipment, nurseries, furniture, and books.
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