Froebel Block Workshops
In the 1830s, German educator Friedrich Froebel developed a system of play for kindergarten children using a series of educational toys he referred to as "gifts." Several of these gifts consist of sets of geometrically shaped wood blocks which children used to build and design. Through guided play, children were introduced to pattern making, beauty, harmony, aesthetics, and structure, as well as basic geometric and mathematical concepts. Frank Lloyd Wright's mother gave him a set of these gifts which she had found at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition of 1876, and he stated at the age of 88, “…the maplewood blocks…are in my fingers to this day.”
Participation in a Froebel block workshop allows participants of all ages to explore Wright's fascination with unity and diversity in form and perception of spatial relationships. The blocks offer a unique insight into the formation of this important American architect.
Workshops are intriguing and enriching for students in grades K-8. They can be designed to fit a single class period or longer and can be held for single classes or groups up to 50.
Customized workshops available.
$60-$90 per workshop, mileage additional.
Recommended for grades K-8.