What is Spielgaben or Spielgabe?
What is Spielgaben/Spielgabe? It is an Education System Designed for children between 3 and 12 years old
Spielgaben (Spielgabe) is the sequential series of 13 children’s wood play sets to be used during the child’s short window of brain development. Each set added to the next developing a superior IQ for your child.
Spielgaben (Spielgabe) was originated from Froebel Gifts developed by founder of kindergarten and it is the same toys that inspired Albert Einstein, Buckminster Fuller, Charles Eames, Frank Lloyd Wright, Paul Klee and Piet Mondrian.
Parents are often concerned that they don’t have the skills necessary to lead their child in play the way a professional teacher would and improve communication, creativity, problem solving skills and Mathematics.
That’ why our comprehensive and easy to follow play guide series were developed. Parents will find themselves able to fill their role as their child’s best teacher and teach step-by-step how to use Spielgaben (Spielgabe) with your child.
Product Name: SPIELGABEN (Spielgabe) 1
The ball connects the child with nature as much as the universe connects man with God.”
–Friedrich Froebel, founder of kindergarten.
Spielgaben (Spielgabe) 1 is woolen balls in 6 different colors. Using the balls with and without the string provides a child with the opportunity to discover and evaluate different types of movement. The balls are contained in a beautiful wooden storage box that you present to your child at the beginning of play.
The ball is chosen to be presented to the child before introducing any other shape. It is the simplest shape and the one he considered the most pure. It is also the shape of the earth. The ball is easy for a child to hold. The wool is soft; there are no small parts to get lost. The balls are the color of the rainbow or the color spectrum.
When you purchase Spielgaben (Spielgabe) 1, you receive an instruction guide that teaches you how to use this new toy with your child. Use it to teach counting or explore color with your toddler. You’ll even learn a number of different, fun ways to put the balls back into the box. Your child will have as much fun ending play as he does initiating it.
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Product Name: SPIELGABEN (Spielgabe) 2
“The sequences which the child builds, as well as the sequence of the kindergarten gifts, point on the one hand to physical evolution…and on the other to the process of historic development, which magnifies the present by linking with it the past and the future.” –Susan Blow, founder of the first kindergarten in the U.S.
The Spielgaben (Spielgabe) 2 box contains used to contain two 2-inch cubes, two 2-inch spheres, and two 2-inch cylinders. New Spielgaben 2 now has 12 different basic to complex geometrical figures, allowing the child to explore the shapes & characteristics of each figure by studying and drawing planar figures.
While Spielgaben (Spielgabe) 1 contains a series of similar objects, Spielgaben 2 contains objects that differ from each other. This gives your child the opportunity to differentiate through exploration. You’ll notice that each of the Spielgaben (Spielgabe) contains an element of the Spielgaben that precedes it. This is intentional. As the child progresses through the series, he makes new discoveries that are connected to discoveries he has made while playing with the preceding Spielgaben.
Can you imagine your child understanding exploring a cube or a double cone when most children are just beginning to identify a square? When you present your child with Spielgaben (Spielgabe) 2, you provide him with the opportunity to explore the properties of various geometric solids, including the cone and dodecahedron.
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Product Name: SPIELGABEN (Spielgabe) 3-6
“The maple-wood blocks…are in my fingers to this day.”
–Frank Lloyd Wright, recognized in 1991 by the American Institute of Architects as “the greatest American architect of all time.” His home schooling mother used these toys to educate him. It is interesting to note that he wasn’t introduced to the blocks until he was nine years old. It is never too late!
Spielgaben (Spielgabe) 3-6 contains various wooden figures such as 1″ cubes, cuboids, flat square blocks, 1/4″ square columns, triangular prisms, semi-circular columns, concave parts and more.
Spielgaben (Spielgabe) 3-6 are designed to extend geometric understanding by introducing the concepts of symmetry, the diagonal and the cubed root. Child will slowly be introduced to the concepts of breaking a cube down into solids of different sizes. The methodical nature of this process is important. The child is allowed to freely discover geometric rules at a simple stage and then apply and further is knowledge as the Spielgaben grow in complexity. In Spielgaben 3-6, a child is given more room to explore multiples of twos and threes and other exciting principals of arithmetic.
Each of the building toys has a different purpose. Spielgaben (Spielgabe) 3-6 provides a limited range of tools that your child will use to experiment and explore possibilities. Your child will begin to build objects and create stories with them. He’ll start under your guidance, but don’t be surprised to find him continuing them in playtime by himself! The cubes can also be used for sorting; exploring mathematical concepts, such as fractions and division; and understanding symmetry and the importance of economy.
When your child uses Spielgaben 3-6, you are introducing him to an understanding of dimensions, contrasts in size, new possibilities, and an even more complex understanding of the nature of fractions and the idea that differently-sized parts can make up the same whole.
After exploring the simpler objects in Spielgaben 3-6, you will probably notice that your child is able to easily identify very small differences. Now that you are providing more complex tools, watch what your child does with them. Your child will have developed a strong understanding of how different geometric solids work together to create structures. The enclosed guide contains illustrations of many items that your child can create. Let your child create his own structures or make suggestions to him. We encourage you to study objects together in books and then recreate them. What does a rocket look like? Have the child discover the answers and them let him build, based on the discoveries that he makes. The math discoveries that Spielgaben 3-6 encourages are exciting. Watch as your child learns that a cube can be divided into thirds, ninths, and twenty-sevenths or how one form can evolve into another.
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Product Name: SPIELGABEN (Spielgabe) 7
“When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only how to solve the problem. But when I’ve finished, if the solution isn’t beautiful, I know it’s wrong.” –Buckminster Fuller, inventor of the geodesic dome
Spielgaben (Spielgabe) 7 is made up of seven differently-shaped tablets. You’ll find colorful squares (two sizes), equilateral triangles (two sizes), right angle isosceles triangles, scalene triangles, obtuse isosceles triangles, circles, and half circles.
While the building Spielgaben (spielgabe) help children understand concepts of division, Spielgaben 7 teaches concepts of combination. In addition, the shapes and colors of Spielgaben 7 encourage children to create more realistic, representative objects and build basic drawing skills. A child learns naturally, for example, that a house can be made out of a square and a triangle. Extended play with Spielgaben 7 allows children to identify shapes in nature and teaches them to combine those shapes in their own work.
While playing with Spielgaben (Spielgabe) 7, your child will discover that all plane geometric figures can be made from triangles. If you are currently using “brain boosting” tangram puzzles to help your child learn the same problem solving and special rotation skills, but he will also learn to break a solid into flat figures and build parallelograms and trapezoids.
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Product Name: SPIELGABEN (Spielgabe) 8
“A line is a dot that went for a walk.” –Paul Klee, German/Swiss artist who was highly influential in the expressionist, cubist, and surrealist movements.
With the introduction of Spielgaben (Spielgabe) 8, we move from the plane to the line. Here you will find a box filled with coloured sticks. These sticks come in 6 different lengths, which increase in size by increments of 2.5cm (1″). The sticks are numbered, based on size, from 1 to 6.
By focusing on the line, children are able to create any flat object that they desire. Now, instead of being limited to a triangle with a certain angle, the child can build whatever angle he likes. New Spielgben (Spielgabe) 8 comes with vertex connection balls so children can insert the sticks into the peas (points) and create three-dimensional objects. These structures develop fine motor skills and allow the child to create models—including models of molecular structures. Start playing with new Spielgaben (Spielgabe) 8 and you’ll quickly understand how Fuller came up with the idea for the geodesic dome.
Begin by limiting the number of sticks you give to your child. Let the child explore the flat sides of the sticks and explore the concept of length. These sticks are excellent for teaching measurement. They will also help your child learn about number and size. If you want to encourage creativity, draw a doodle on a piece of paper and have your child to use the sticks to create an object around it. The accompanying guide is full of great ideas for introducing the sticks to your child. You’ll even learn how to use them to make a skeleton.
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Product Name: SPIELGABEN (Spielgabe) 9
“What makes these toys particularly instructive is, indeed, the fact that the most varied materials constantly lead to the same observations, but always under different conditions.” –Hermann Goldammer
Inside the Spielgaben (Spielgabe) 9 box, you will find a collection of rings and semi-rings. The rings come in multiple sizes, so you can choose from small, medium, or large rings in a variety of colors
When Spielgaben (Spielgabe) 8 introduces the line; Spielgaben 9 introduces the curve. Using this set, a child has the opportunity to explore full circles and semi circles. Until this point, most of the gifts have introduced straight lines. Children are delighted by the beautiful, complex patens they can create with Spielgaben 8. By playing with straight and curved lines, it allows child to explore concepts found in both Euclidean and spherical geometry.
Let your child experiment: Can a curve be made from the line segments in Spielgaben 8? How do the objects in Spielgaben 8 and Spielgaben 9 differ? Use the rings and semi-rings to teach your child to create and recognize complex, beautiful patterns.
Many of the western world’s greatest artists used Spielgaben (Spielgabe) in their kindergartens. Spielgaben 9 is immediately recognizable in much of Wassily Kandinsky’s work—take one look at Kandinsky’s Composition 8, and you will see the effect that these tools had on him. Encourage your child to mimic an existing composition and then take off on his own by creating a new composition that is valuable to him.
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Product Name: SPIELGABEN (Spielgabe) 10
Everything starts from a dot. –Wassily Kandinsky, abstract painter
Spielgaben (Spielgabe) 10 is the final set, and involves one of the most critical elements of geometry: the point. It contains points in eight different colours. These points are small and can be swallowed, so make sure to keep them away from children under the age of three.
The Spielgaben (Spielgabe) move from the large to the small. At this stage, the child is introduced to the most basic geometric concept: the point. Spielgaben 10 makes the point tangible. It is real and solid. By placing the point between line segments, the child intuitively understands how a point allows a line to change direction.
Just like life, play provides many uses for the point! Use them to create jewellery or to decorate the top of a castle that you create with blocks from the other sets. Find examples of the point in nature. Use them as counting aids, to play sticks and peas, to create borders or to teach patterning and sequencing. You’ll also find that the small size of the points strengthens eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills.
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