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Friedrich Froebel created the concept of the Kindergarten, and coined the term itself. The Wikipedia entry on him can be found here, and the entry on Froebel's Gifts can be found here.

There is a comparison of Montessori and Froebel in the book Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work.

References to Froebel by Maria Montessori

In The Montessori Method

  • page 188: The children use the bricks and blocks designed by Froebel in the education of the stereognostic sense.
  • pages 260-261: The Froebel weaving mats are used to indirectly teach a child the movements needed for sewing.

Where to Buy

The materials designed by Froebel can be purchased here: Froebel Gifts

Further Reading