As the inventor of kindergarten, Friedrich Froebel designed and crafted the world's first educational toys. Known as Froebel's Gifts, this deceptively simple set of playthings, based on the principles of self-activity and creativity, changed how children think and interact with the world. By influencing Maria Montessori, Frank Lloyd Wright, Vassily Kandinsky, Albert Einstein, Paul Klee, and many more, Froebel's gifts have had an immense impact on our world's art, design, and education.
In Making Classic Toys that Teach, this concept of hands-on learning comes full circle as Doug Stowe, a woodworker and teacher, outlines step-by-step instructions on how to build each toy — and the box to hold it — so Froebel's timeless lessons of creative and interactive thinking can be passed on to a new generation of young minds.
About the Author
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 "Beautiful Boxes, Design and Technique" published by Taunton Press in September 2014. He also writes for Fine Woodworking and other woodworking magazines. He currently lives with his wife Jean on a wooded hillside overlooking the beautiful historic community of in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
Number Of Pages: 160
Published: 1st April 2017
Publisher: Spring House Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 20.96 x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.45