Spielgaben: a new and innovative learning resource [give-away]

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on July 28, 2013

in Give-Aways, Spielgaben Learning Resource

Spielgaben Learning Resource Review and Give-Away

You may have already heard the buzz about the remarkable and beautiful new learning resource from Spielgaben but if you haven’t (or even if you have) you will surely enjoy scrolling down through the photos to see this beautiful and uniquely designed learning resource…

Spielgaben Learning Resource (give-away included) by Teach Preschool

The Spielgaben learning resources arrived at my door in a large box and after taking each beautiful and natural-to-brightly colored piece out of the wrapper and setting all the pieces out on my table, I stood back for a minute to admire them and consider what I wanted to dive in to explore first…

Spielgaben Learning Resource (give-away included) by Teach Preschool

Fortunately, the innovative designers behind Spielgaben also provide a very large and detailed 700 page online user guide for how to put the learning resources into playful learning. I decided to go ahead and print most of the user guide and put it in a binder so you could see some of the pages. You certainly wouldn’t need to print it all like I did. Instead, you could just print what you need as you are ready. Included in the online resources are all kinds of printables (Inspiration Cards) that go along nicely with each type of learning resource…

Spielgaben Learning Resource (give-away included) by Teach Preschool

So now that my guide was printed, I moved everything off to a shelf in my classroom so I could use my table to begin sampling a few ideas shared in the user guide along with the learning resources they provide. (I will most likely store the materials in the beautiful and very organized wooden Spielgaben storage case rather than on a shelf in the classroom during the school year but I am still deciding)...

Spielgaben Learning Resource (give-away included) by Teach Preschool

First up, I wanted to play with Spielgaben box #1 which consists of 12 beautifully woven “cotton balls.” Now you should know that Spielgaben goes through great lengths in their learning guide to…

  1. Walk you step by step through how to use the materials
  2. Give you tips on how to introduce the learning resources to young children
  3. And to reinforce the message that it is extremely important when introducing the materials, to go through each box in sequential order over a period of time.

I bring this up because I am just giving you a little photo gallery of some of the materials along with a look at the very beginning uses of some of the materials that Spielgaben provides and NOT a tutorial on how to use the materials. You will want to consult the user guide on your own before introducing the learning resources in your home or classroom…

Speilgaben #1: 

Spielgaben Box #1

Spielgaben #2 and #3

Spielgaben boxes 2 & 3

Spielgaben #4

Spielgaben # 4

Spielgaben 4-4

Spielgaben #6

Spielgaben #8

Spielgaben #9

Spielgaben 9

Spielgaben #10

Spielgaben 10

Recommended age range

The Spielgaben program is intended for children starting at age three going on up through and beyond the age of five.

In the Classroom

You may ask if I plan to use these materials in my preschool classroom and the answer is an absolute “Yes!” I can see lots of potential for putting the materials to good use promoting critical thinking skills in math, engineering, construction, and design as well as promoting fine motor skills and creativity in my classroom.  To see the materials in action in a classroom environment, take a look at the “Why Schools Love Us” video on the Spielgaben website!

Applying Froebel

Although the materials are being promoted as a way to integrate the Froebel philosophy into the classroom, it is important to note that as with all philosophies such as Froebel, Reggio, Montessori, and so on, it requires training and study of the philosophy to adequately implement the philosophy. To learn more about Froebel, you might also find this resource helpful.

New storage system

The Spielgaben storage system I received has since gotten a new look! Here is what the new storage case will look like (which is not shown in the photos above)…


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Congratulations to Julie Bulver

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One very lucky winner of this give-away will receive one complete set of the Spielgaben learning resource so be sure to read the following rules for entering this give-away. This give-away is only being made available to residents living in the US or UK ...

How to Enter

  1. Visit the Spielgaben website
  2. Come back here TO THIS POST and leave a comment below telling me something you read or learned about the Speilgaben learning resource that was of interest to you.
  3. Make sure to leave a correct email address when you leave a comment (no website is necessary) as this is how the winner will be contacted.
  4. Only one entry per person please!

Give-Away Rules

  • The give-away will close on Friday, August 2, 2013 by 10pm EST.
  • The winner will be selected by Random Generator.
  • The winner will be notified by email and must respond to my email within 48 hours from notification or a new winner will be chosen.
  • The winner will need to provide a shipping address which will be forwarded to Spielgaben.
  • Spielgaben will send the winner of this give-away one complete Spielgaben learning resource set.
  • No entries will be accepted by email, on Facebook or any other forum. YOU MUST LEAVE YOUR COMMENT BELOW ON THIS POST TO ENTER.

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1 Wendi July 28, 2013 at 10:15 pm

I love these products! I love that they store in a compact way but can do so many different things!!

2 jennifer larsen July 28, 2013 at 10:15 pm

these look amazing and I did not know they had been around for years invented by the man who developed kindergarten, natural learning is great!!

3 Jenna Caldwell July 28, 2013 at 10:16 pm

wow. I can’t even put into words how wonderful this set would be for our homeschool routine! My son loves to explore shapes and make patterns, this take this to a whole new level! What an awesome give away!

4 Lisa July 28, 2013 at 10:18 pm

Love the idea that these seem so simple and yet there are so many ways kids can experiment and create through play

5 KarenElissa July 28, 2013 at 10:18 pm

Being a math/science type person it is really neat to see some of the “higher” level thinking they are encouraging in young children.

6 Michelle Lewis-Barnes July 28, 2013 at 10:19 pm

I really enjoy the idea that all the materials close up in the wooden case. It looks to be a system with so much variation in how the materials could be used, as well as a resource readily designed to give you direction.

7 Laura July 28, 2013 at 10:19 pm

I just loved it!!!!

8 Marissa McArdle July 28, 2013 at 10:19 pm

Beautifully designed, from the storage cases to the materials. Would imagine that they would see quite a bit of use by little hands:) Would love to offer in our classroom!

9 Betty Schuck July 28, 2013 at 10:20 pm

I did not realize that Spielgaben was created by the same person who invented kindergarten! I love these basic concepts that allow a child (adults too) to create and explore.

10 Chloe Ferogh July 28, 2013 at 10:20 pm

I was fascinated to learn the reasoning behind why half the woolen balls have strings and the other half don’t. Allowing children to learn about scientific principles of movement in such a simple, yet meaningful way is BRILLIANT!!! Fingers crossed.

11 Megan July 28, 2013 at 10:21 pm

I love that their are even interactive worksheets to go along with it. We rarely use worksheets but after flipping through the examples there were some very good quality ones.

I teach at a special school for students with sever and profound mental disabilities, this would be such a great tool for them and I can’t wait to look into it a bit more thank-you for sharing it with us!


12 Anna Grebenshikoff July 28, 2013 at 10:23 pm

One of the major benefits of using Spielgaben is that it helps children deepen their understanding of math and science, consisting of various shapes and sizes, children are able to drastically improve their reorganization skills by touching, feeling and comparing the many different shapes.

13 Chris July 28, 2013 at 10:23 pm

This looks like a fascinating product. I liked their comment about learning all the different types of triangles when we were in school and if we could remember them all-probably not, because they were learned from memory, and not by manipulating and experimenting, which is exactly what this product will do- allow the children to learn about geometry, etc while playing!

14 giovanna July 28, 2013 at 10:24 pm

I loved that the spielgaben set allows the child to discover movement as it becomes more complex. It also engages the child in mathematical and creative concepts. I think it is a great way to inspire and encourage exploration and creative thinking.

15 Lydia R July 28, 2013 at 10:24 pm

This is an amazing resource. I teach preschool and have a 5 year old and would love the opportunity to introduce this set to my children. I love that children can explore science and math both with this set hands on. I always struggle with science.

16 Monica B July 28, 2013 at 10:24 pm

These look like fun! I love how the toys/games/etc are repeatable and can be used in so many ways, creating imagination!

17 Amy E July 28, 2013 at 10:24 pm

What an interesting product! Supports so many different facets of child development- all with an emphasis on creativity. And very aesthetically appealing. I would love to share this beautiful set with the children in my care. Love that it comes with play guides to support educators!

18 Kelley July 28, 2013 at 10:25 pm

simple but timeless, great for all ages.

19 Mary Ellen July 28, 2013 at 10:25 pm

This product is made of real wood and is presented in natural, clean and organized fashion. While the children are engaging their imaginations with these, they will also be learning geometry concepts. Very cool!

20 Erin Syslo July 28, 2013 at 10:25 pm

Spielgabe was created by Froebel…the kindergarten founder! What interesting materials for little ones to explore.

21 Cher Jackson July 28, 2013 at 10:25 pm

It promotes active play, encourages language and interactive play of the children. Math is also a big area of learning with this.

22 JULIA NOLD July 28, 2013 at 10:26 pm

The Spielgaben are designed for children who are at least 3 years old and will still be interesting to a 12 year old.
Nice big age range

23 Richard Cohen July 28, 2013 at 10:26 pm

Gorgeous materials, brilliant storage packaging and so many resources! Incredible!

24 Allison July 28, 2013 at 10:26 pm

I love how versatile all of these are. And, the pendulum looks so fun!

25 Cynthia McGeahy July 28, 2013 at 10:26 pm

Pretty awesome!

the number 1 set is 12 soft woolen balls 2 of each color

26 Christopher Nunn July 28, 2013 at 10:30 pm

I love these sets! I didn’t realize that the current version is the second. I think I would have enjoyed the first pack with the trolly, but the second is also just as beautiful as can be. Just incredible.

27 Chris July 28, 2013 at 10:30 pm

I love how the adult is encouraged to pique the child’s interest and connect his or her play through other mediums, whether it be an experience or a book or even a game.

28 Lyn Goff July 28, 2013 at 10:30 pm

I know that my students would love to play/learn with these materials. I love the idea of “no to evaluation and advice, yes to admiration and suggestions.”
How much do they cost?

29 Jill O. July 28, 2013 at 10:31 pm

The idea that stayed with me from the website is the connection of exploration leading to logical thinking and problem solving. Perfect for my classroom!

30 Jennifer Hopps July 28, 2013 at 10:31 pm

Wow what a great idea….I love that the book gets you started….I can see this being a real hit in my classroom!

31 Alison Kreft July 28, 2013 at 10:31 pm

The storage system and downloadable directions look great. I love how many areas of development you can tap into with Spielgaban. I also like that it is a long term toy that can be used into elementary school. Fun!

32 Page July 28, 2013 at 10:31 pm

I’ve seen so many different versions of this type of product. I love how compact it is as I have little storage space. I also love all the included how to resources and interactive worksheets! Awesome giveaway!

33 Katie July 28, 2013 at 10:32 pm

Beautiful colors :) I like that they are compact and easy to store :)

34 Jennifer Kirschner July 28, 2013 at 10:32 pm

I love how the components are so simple and beautiful, and there are so many was to use them. I didn’t know this company existed!

35 Laurie n July 28, 2013 at 10:32 pm

I visited the website and really liked the part about how you shouldn’t judge or assess your child’s play, but just play alongside them and let them be creative. I also liked the part about how to help them continue playing if they get bored by showing them a new way to use the items.

36 Alexandra July 28, 2013 at 10:33 pm

I love the concept of ages 3-12 using this compact system that is for teaching problem solving skills. Problem solving is so important at every age.

37 Courtney July 28, 2013 at 10:33 pm

I love how the sets introduce young children to geometry in a simple and fun way. Concepts in geometry beyond shape names is not something that only older kids can grasp; younger preschoolers can build their understandings of things like lines and points with the help of this set. I love it!

38 Amy Emerson July 28, 2013 at 10:33 pm

I love the open ended ness and natural feel to this product. It would fit perfectly into my preschool room!

39 Erin McEachern July 28, 2013 at 10:34 pm

This company is amazing!! I learned that there are thoughtful adults in the world who want to set up young minds for success.

40 Amanda Lewallen July 28, 2013 at 10:34 pm

I love everything about this! My preschoolers would love this and I would love to see them with these materials in their hands!

41 Jan K July 28, 2013 at 10:35 pm

Wow how beautiful! I love that this set works for different ages and has great ideas/ instructions for starting each level. So many resources for play.
Thank you for your thoughtful design.

42 Pia Lindroth July 28, 2013 at 10:36 pm

You get inspired to do a lot of things with Spielgaben, when you see all the items you can work with. I like when you can use it many different ways and with children in different age range. I’m sure that teachers also enjoys using Spielgaben!

43 Marsha July 28, 2013 at 10:36 pm

This is a phenomenal product. I can’t believe all the learning experiences a child can have all packed into such a neat set. My granddaughter would benefit from this tremendously.

44 Jan K July 28, 2013 at 10:36 pm

What a beautiful way to teach math and science and exploring.

45 Nicole G July 28, 2013 at 10:38 pm

My background is in Child Development. This company has a great grasp on the term manipulatives and how they can be used in the classroom. Based on information from their website these manipulatives can be used to help children develop a better understanding of math and science. As well as, build creativity, thinking and logic skills, and improve language development. In my opinion this would be a great investment for any early childhood classroom.

46 Kate Hayman July 28, 2013 at 10:41 pm

As I looked over the Spielgaben materials I was struck by how many concepts my students could explore by using them. So often math manipulatives I find are interesting but have limited use. These can lead to so much learning in mathematics, vocabulary, art, collaboration, literacy, and on and on. And in one set- it’s certainly worth the purchase. I was inspired!

47 Jessica July 28, 2013 at 10:44 pm

I love that its encouraged to leave the materials out and available for the child to play with in between when an adult is working with the child and materials. Children can do amazing things when left to their own devices!

48 Amy Domenech July 28, 2013 at 10:44 pm

Never heard of this company or it’s products before. I like their slogan- Smarter Play, Smarter Child…who wouldn’t want either :)

49 Molly July 28, 2013 at 10:44 pm

I love this! I would use it in my daycare. I learned that there is a huge age range

50 Sedra Debey July 28, 2013 at 10:44 pm

After reading about this system, and the simplicity of using a child’s natural curiosities to develop IQ through creative exploration (the cotton balls with the string is certain to entice young brains) to building their mathematical skills…I know this is a teaching tool I want in my preschool classroom ( 3 -4 year olds) if I don’t win (highly unlikely) this system, I will be planning ways to bring it to my classroom!

51 Christy July 28, 2013 at 10:47 pm

I’m amazed by how long this product is helpful to a child. Three years old through it looks like sixth grade!

52 Jenni July 28, 2013 at 10:47 pm

Thanks so much for sharing this amazing product! I love how open-ended these are and how much communication it can generate.

53 Cynthia July 28, 2013 at 10:47 pm

I love this product. Love the progression of shapes, the storage box, and the workbook with all of the creative ways to use the materials.

54 Rhonda H July 28, 2013 at 10:48 pm

These products are amazing! I have been looking for great hands-on equipment that would allow my preschoolers to learn in an active classroom at their own pace using each other as teachers. This will be great to see how the children learn as they build upon experiences each day.

55 angela bryant July 28, 2013 at 10:48 pm

This looks awesome! Here is my entry!

56 Cassandra Lloyd July 28, 2013 at 10:53 pm

These are so universal, Great for problem solving, fine motor skills, colour recognition and a lot more.

57 Christy A July 28, 2013 at 10:53 pm

What a wonderful addition to a classroom! I can already think of many ways my kiddos would learn and play with these materials

58 Connie July 28, 2013 at 10:55 pm

This product looks amazing. I am sure my kindergarten students would love having the opportunity to use these materials. A wonderful resource for teaching creativity, problem solving, language development, math and science (just to name a few) without a worksheet.

59 Adriana López July 28, 2013 at 10:55 pm

Love them… The critical thinking skills that can be developed are incredible!

60 Jessica A. July 28, 2013 at 10:56 pm

I love that it’s hands on and that it allows the child to explore through play!

61 Carmen Wallace July 28, 2013 at 10:57 pm

What a wonderful way that give children the opportunity tolearn and adquire new conceps while they are “playing”.

62 Jennifer July 28, 2013 at 10:58 pm

I am a special education teacher and would LOVE to utilize this in my classroom! I have children ages 6-9, all with varying degrees of autism. This would be the PERFECT way for me to teach math to them on a daily basis!!!

63 Andre July 28, 2013 at 10:58 pm

I like that the child can explore and learn different concepts using the same materials.

64 E. Vaughn July 28, 2013 at 10:58 pm

I learned that Spielgaben was originally developed in the early 1800s by Friedrich Froebel, who was also the inventor of Kindergarten. I would love to have this set!

65 karen July 28, 2013 at 11:00 pm

Its a great system and stores so neatly and does so many different things. My daycare children would get hours and hours of use out of this. :-)

66 Kathy reed July 28, 2013 at 11:01 pm

Love the way each set builds on so many scientific skills especially for preschoolers.
I would love to try these activities in my classroom.

67 Caroline Clark July 28, 2013 at 11:03 pm

Not only do I love the natural materials, but I love the way the activities grow more complex with each additional tray. These would be a gret addition to my Reggio inspired classroom!

68 Jessica July 28, 2013 at 11:04 pm

I love how multipurpose it is, it builds fine motor skills, helps improve problem solving and critical thinking, and promotes creative thinking.

69 Jodi Sheller July 28, 2013 at 11:07 pm

I love how this product is so colorful and gives children the ability to learn through a hands-on, fun and creative way. I’m attracted to the quality of the product and the fact that it can be used over and over again, passed down with each child. This would be incredible to use with my little girls.

70 Marilyn Manuel July 28, 2013 at 11:10 pm

Love the products. No batteries, simple yet so many possibilities.

71 Kate M. July 28, 2013 at 11:11 pm

I love the many opportunities for creativity for the little ones this set allows for as well as the great storage. with three little ones I can see how this set will enhance everyday play.

72 Jessica July 28, 2013 at 11:11 pm

I love how these materials help increase self-expression and language skills, not only for preschool age but it would benefit my 8 year old also! Absolutely amazing product!

73 eileen bernards July 28, 2013 at 11:14 pm

I love that it was designed by the same person that developed kindergarten. I love math and feel that we need to give children hands on experience while they are young so they understand and feel math! This has bright inviting materials that children will love! I hope to be able to use it in my classroom!

74 Karissa July 28, 2013 at 11:14 pm

I love the beauty and apparent high quality of the materials. The storage system is brilliant.

75 Emily July 28, 2013 at 11:15 pm

This looks like a great product. I like how it can be developmentally appropriate for so many different ages because each skill set can be built on.

76 Aimee Anderson July 28, 2013 at 11:16 pm

I absolutely love this! I have been saving up for a kit and have created some of things myself :) my students would expand their imagination through their own knowledge with this kit :)

77 RobinHowell July 28, 2013 at 11:19 pm

Love all the different ways you can use everything. Will be great for my Pre’K’ers! Thank you

78 Lori Stovall July 28, 2013 at 11:20 pm

I like that as well as letting children play and explore the pieces alone, Spielgaben encourages parents to interact and help their children problem solve.

79 Kay Rogers July 28, 2013 at 11:22 pm

The different pieces and variety of pieces let the children use math, science, decision making, problem solving and exploration while doing one of the most important things in early childhood learning – play! The convenient storage is great for our program which has limited storage space.

80 Shanie July 28, 2013 at 11:25 pm

I learned its great for math and science, which is what my 5 yr old loves! :)

81 Debra O'Connor July 28, 2013 at 11:27 pm

I have heard of the Spielgaben system before, but I had’t realized just how long the kids can use these toys to learn and grow! I was mistakenly under the impression that it was only for young children to maybe the first couple of years of grade school. I couldn’t have been more wrong!

82 Ellen July 28, 2013 at 11:34 pm

I like that putting the toys away thoughtfully is meant to be done by the child rather than the adult as part of the learning experience. I learned about Froebel in college and thought of him right away!

83 Shawna Brizendine July 28, 2013 at 11:34 pm

The skills learned are endless! Love how cleaning up is a lesson in itself!

84 Analisa July 28, 2013 at 11:36 pm

What a beautiful set!! I would love to have this for my son! I learned that Albert Einsten, Buckminster Fuller, Frank Lloyd Wright, Paul Klee & Piet Mondrian all played with
SPIELGABEN as children! So cool!!

85 andrea July 28, 2013 at 11:41 pm

i remember these from my kindergarten days in Germany. i would love to share the same experiences with my kids and the kids at my preschool

86 LuannW July 28, 2013 at 11:42 pm

I learned that an amazing amount of authentic learning can fit in a very small package!

87 Cheryl Gish July 28, 2013 at 11:43 pm

What an amazing set of manipulatives. I love reading how much the children enjoyed using this and did not realize that they were playing. I love that they are high quality pieces. So glad to have something electronic free.

88 Julie July 28, 2013 at 11:44 pm

What amazing, openended, natural materials for kiddos to explore! I love how organized it is and could see some of my kiddos having fun dumping and reorganizing. I can’t wait to see what my kiddos could come up with

89 Nancy July 28, 2013 at 11:49 pm

Love this! Reggio-inspired resources? I think so! If I win, I will pay the shipping costs to Alberta, Canada!

90 Terri July 28, 2013 at 11:56 pm

I was simply astounded by such a REFRESHING product! First, the complexity of it’s SIMPLICITY on how it stores is such a bonus not only to educators, but to parents/grandparents, church programs & homeschoolers! Then, to think about the massive amount of unique & individual creativity that children can construct with this product, it truly is endless! And, I’m so excited to see comments & to know how folks see it being used w fine motor, manipulative, math & creative play!

91 Roxy White July 28, 2013 at 11:57 pm

Wow! These toys look beautiful, engaging, and fun. I can’t believe they are recommended for ages 3-12. What a great investment.

92 sue mccollum July 28, 2013 at 11:59 pm

i love that this isnt electronic (like we see all too much these days) and it isnt cheap plastic. I love that it will help foster math and language skills at such an early age. This seems like an amazing product and it is fantastic that there is a guide to follow.

93 Erica July 29, 2013 at 12:02 am

Very neat, I like how they are so open ended and that they come in sets. I would love to have this!

94 Amy July 29, 2013 at 12:06 am

I have never seen these products! I love the quote from their video that says many people are born geniuses are rapidly de-geniuses. Interesting! I would love to implement these simple and classic activities in my classroom!

95 HEATHER ENCINIA July 29, 2013 at 12:10 am

Wow! What beautiful materials for a kindergarten learning environment. I’ve never heard of this company before, but even if I don’t win this drawing, you can bet I’ll be looking into these!

96 Tracy July 29, 2013 at 12:15 am

I didn’t know that these products were used by famous people such as Einstein. They are great way to grow young minds!

97 Betsy Settell July 29, 2013 at 12:17 am

What a beautiful learning tool. Such simple, natural materials that help children develop higher level thinking skills! I love how they stress the importance of the parent taking part in the child’s learning, too.

98 Sarah July 29, 2013 at 12:19 am

the simplicity and beauty of this product is inspiring as a parent and a wonderland to any child. Back to basics is the way to go! What a wonderful box of exploration and unlimited possibilities. Its great to see some directional guides on the thoughts behind the products too.

99 Jenn July 29, 2013 at 12:20 am

I love how open ended these materials are. I also like how they include suggestions on how to use the materials, but they are not necessary.

100 Susan Viray July 29, 2013 at 12:20 am

I have my 04 teaching certificate. I can foresee how to use these resources in a developmentally appropriate manner. I’m sure my prek students will be very excited to use them especially because they aren’t the run-of-the-mill learning toys.

101 Sarah Burk July 29, 2013 at 12:49 am

I love how the storage compartment is part of the learning tool! and that it comes with such a detailed user guide!

102 Juana July 29, 2013 at 12:54 am

It was so fun to see how easily the objects store on top of each other. Easy clean up!

103 lucy July 29, 2013 at 12:59 am

This toy really excites me. The posiblities for open ended thinking and problem solving are endless. I loved the comments from the parent on the ‘Why parents love us’ video. A toy that can be used by a child from 8 weeks old up to and beyond the age of 12. What amazing value for money!

104 Eda Kayan July 29, 2013 at 1:03 am

I teach English to young students. Spielgaben can be a great source when teaching colours, shapes, numbers, sizes, and adjectives etc. It is all in a pack. I would like to have this wonderful tool for my kids. I love it.
It can also be used as a learning station where kids can choose what they want to play with after finishing their projects. It promotos creactivity. All you want comes in a box. It is a miracle!!!
Thank you.

105 Erica Larson July 29, 2013 at 1:30 am

I love the interactive workbook – what a great way to combine the best of both worlds – one world is tangible/hands-on/simple and the other world is interactive technology! Meets the needs of so many different learners/learning styles! Thank you for sharing information on this great resource!
Erica Larson
New Kindergarten Teacher – Inner City St. Paul, MN

106 stacy July 29, 2013 at 1:38 am

I learned the Spielgaben are designed for children who are at least 3 years old and will still be interesting to a 12 year old.

107 Stacy Esquibel July 29, 2013 at 1:50 am

I like that it has mathematical concepts such as 2D and 3D which are hard for children to understand along with angles, volume, and weight.

108 Tara July 29, 2013 at 1:53 am

What a beautiful product! An incredible asset to any preschool program!

109 Rosey July 29, 2013 at 1:56 am

Lifetime update on future upcoming learning resources is one thing I liked about the company. Also I like how it stores the items.

110 Monica Van Stelton July 29, 2013 at 2:04 am

Hello Deborah,

I just went to their website and saw all the videos. I learned about Frobel when I studied to be a teacher. It looks like high quality learning material. I thought it would work fine in a montessori classroom and then I read the post by Deb at livingmontessorinow.com that she uses it and it would work well indeed. It looks nice that all is contained in a wooden box. I homeschool my children and they would highly benefit from working with the Spielgaben materials. Thank you for the givaway and best wishes to the lucky winner!

111 stephanie July 29, 2013 at 2:25 am

I love the fact that this timeless learning tool has been around for so long… Now with a compact carry case! So many possibilities for learning all in one neat little box! There really is no “wrong” way to utilize this great hands-on product.

112 Georgia July 29, 2013 at 2:58 am

this is awesome! every kindergarten should be supplied with one set! Materials can be used in so much ways! Kids will love it, the teachers too! Imagination never stops with this product. Well done guys!

113 Amy Wood July 29, 2013 at 3:00 am

First of all this product is beautiful!! It looks so inviting! I would love to play with it myself!! Also, the 700 page manual is especially interesting to me because I know so much thought has been put into how to put this into action in the classroom. If it did not have the manual, I know I could not maximize this in the classroom. Hope I win!!

114 Christy Taylor July 29, 2013 at 3:34 am

Love that this develops problem solving skills, spans across such a wide range of ages, and encourages child adult interaction. Sounds like a wonderful learning as well as play based toy.

115 Karen July 29, 2013 at 4:00 am

Thanks for discovering this gem of competitor of the usual Montessori. Love!

116 Rachel July 29, 2013 at 4:02 am

Wow, I would love to win this fabulous open-ended resource; it would have so many uses in my classroom – not just the obvious things such as maths, but also adding to the construction area as enhancement.. I love that it stores well too, as this is always an issue for us.

117 Polly July 29, 2013 at 4:19 am

these look AMAZING. I love that they come with so many inspiration sheets

118 Judy Matsumoto July 29, 2013 at 5:01 am

I love the way this product would engage children and can be used in so many ways! Being able to visualize and work with shapes in space certainly seems to have benefited Einstein, Buckminister Fuller (inventory of the geodesic dome), and Frank Lloyd Wright.

119 Karen Jarvis July 29, 2013 at 5:11 am

The set is amazing and so versatile covering all areas of learning, a quote from your blog ” promoting critical thinking skills in math, engineering, construction, and design as well as promoting fine motor skills and creativity in my classroom.” What more can you ask for from one amazing set of equipment.

Read more: http://www.teachpreschool.org/2013/07/spielgaben-a-new-and-innovative-learning-resource/#ixzz2aQKUChOO

120 Rachael July 29, 2013 at 5:13 am

I love how the pieces can be used in open ended play but also have the worksheets to provide more structured play. Also loving how the pieces all pack away into its own storage unit.

121 Nanette July 29, 2013 at 5:18 am

Wow, love this set and the fact that it would be of educational benefit to all my children (ages 3 to 8 yrs.) is brilliant, plus no branded TV junk in sight!

122 Cori July 29, 2013 at 5:55 am

I like how the product is made to with stand children. It is durable so teachers don’t have to worry about them breaking.

123 Karolina July 29, 2013 at 6:34 am

So amazing ideas! As a passionate crocheter, I love the crocheted colorful items. :)

124 Beth C July 29, 2013 at 6:38 am

First of all, I love the wonderful storage organization of the materials. It makes them so much more inviting and teaches children many skills as they sort and place the materials back into the proper spaces. This set would be a much needed and valuable addition to our preschool classroom.

125 Martha Garner July 29, 2013 at 6:48 am

The Spielgaben set contains a wide array of shapes and solids, and has multiple uses in the classroom. It also comes with lifetime updates!

126 Ashley Steffen July 29, 2013 at 6:57 am

This product would be very beneficial to my classroom. It promotes a window of opportunities for children to explore, discover, and learn. It promotes active play, working together, sharing, math and literacy competency, problem solving, fine motor just to name a few, but most importantly its fun and enjoyable for the children!!!!

127 Kathleen July 29, 2013 at 6:59 am

I like the fact that they suggested using “guided discovery” (my interpretation not their words) if a child struggles when playing alone.

128 Jayne Dudley July 29, 2013 at 7:12 am

I would love to have this in my classroom. I love how it teaches children to be creative and how to problem solve which is something they can use all their lives. This looks like a great product and great fun for children!!

129 Patty Nordahl July 29, 2013 at 7:12 am

In reading your post I learned that it is important to go through each box in sequential order over a period of time.

130 charlene wiggins July 29, 2013 at 7:13 am

I have never seen anything like this. Very interested to see how our students would learn with the materials.
Thank you,

131 Mary Fiorini July 29, 2013 at 7:14 am

As a preschool teacher, I am eager to use the materials on my home visits. I look forward to observing how children develop skills using their own imagination and ideas as they play with Speilgaben materials. I particularly like the flexibility and almost endless activities that will provide hours of learning and fun!

132 Tracy McGuigan July 29, 2013 at 7:15 am

I am amazed at all the shapes and sizes of materials in the boxes! There are so many creative possibilities for so many age levels!

133 lindsey July 29, 2013 at 7:15 am

Beautifully designed. Would be great in our classroom.

134 Angela Topolinsky July 29, 2013 at 7:16 am

Love it! Love it!
Im trying to create a plastic free, nature based environment. Spielgaben 7
and all the products…would be great additions. And the storage is beautiful.

135 Candis July 29, 2013 at 7:16 am

I love that the company is always finding innovative ways of improving upon the product and updating the owner’s manual. I also love how the toys are easily stored away in the wooden boxes.

136 Andrea Buchanan July 29, 2013 at 7:16 am

I am amazed at how many wonderful products can fit into such compact boxes- a coup for our storage challenged preschool! Just looking at all the items in the boxes give me so many ideas for exploration- I can’t even imagine how many great ideas my colleagues will come up with!

137 cindy July 29, 2013 at 7:19 am

What a fresh, exciting approach to durable toys for early childhood! The set looks amazing and so developmentally appropriate – I’m always on the lookout for new ideas for the classroom. This one goes on the wish list ;)

138 Mary July 29, 2013 at 7:21 am

What a beautifully made product! I was intrigued b the idea of learning about the different types of triangles through exploration.

139 Cindy Jeffery July 29, 2013 at 7:23 am

I work in a play-based preschool program in which we encourage the children to make choices and follow their own learning path. The Spielgaben manipulatives are attractive, well-made and open-ended — children will seek them out and use them in a way that advances their learning at whatever stage is best at that time. We love putting these kinds of colorful items out for the children to explore — we never know what they’ll come up with (but it’s nice to have the idea cards for starters!).

140 Michelle July 29, 2013 at 7:24 am

Pretty cool! I can definitely see how preschoolers would have fun learning using this set!

141 Ginger McPherson July 29, 2013 at 7:25 am

WOW! What an exciting,innovative curriculum for children. Fun play but a good form of learning!

142 Maureen July 29, 2013 at 7:27 am

I enjoyed visiting the Spielgaben website and learning about this beautiful resource. I can see why these materials would be a great asset in math, engineering and construction explorations, but what also interested me was the fact that the instructor talked about how the children use quite a bit of language and social engagement with cooperation and sharing of the materials. I teach 22 pre-kindergarten students at an urban public school and this would be a beautiful and engaging resource for my students to explore and discover. Thank you.

143 Katie S July 29, 2013 at 7:27 am

This product looks amazing! I was interested to find out that it could be used through primary school!!

144 Meg O'Leary July 29, 2013 at 7:28 am

I just reviewed the Spielgaben product and immediately fell in love with it! As I watched the videos, and read the information, the words that stuck with me were: hands-on, exploring, language, unleashing creativity, working together, and deepening their understanding of math and science ~ just to name a few! Exactly the goals I have for my students, and my grandchildren!!

Thanks for making me aware of this product!

145 Meir July 29, 2013 at 7:28 am

These remind me of Froebel’s gifts!

146 Cynthia July 29, 2013 at 7:30 am

I was fascinated to learn that Froebel invented kindergarten and believed in nurturing children’s creativity and allowing them to discover and learn through hands-on and interactive experience. The only way to learn is hands on! I hope to get my hands on one for our children’s development.

147 Yasmin July 29, 2013 at 7:30 am

I actually LOVE the play guide and the Inspiration Card. As a brand new teacher (and someone who is not creative), I need these tools to help me in the classroom! Great giveaway! I love hearing about new products and websites! Thank you!

148 Robin Schaeppi July 29, 2013 at 7:31 am

I love the wood cases that enclose this set.
I did not know that this was the same person that developed Kindergarten…….

149 Kelly Etu Stanton July 29, 2013 at 7:33 am

Look forward to new, natural materials to share with my students and pre service teachers that are truly about critical thinking and valuing children’s thoughts and problem solving.

150 Janet July 29, 2013 at 7:33 am

Oh my goodness! What is not to love about this product?! Infinite possibilitues of imaginative open-ened play, social/emotional benefits, mathematics, language, etc. Fabulous!

151 Miss Coleen July 29, 2013 at 7:33 am

“Gone are the days of numbers on paper…”

Friedrich Froebel left us with the wonderful word Kindergarten. Loving nature and the little things in it, I love the looks, sound and feel of wooden toys. Combining that with shapes and colors and mathematical concepts involves all of the intelligences of a child. I would LOVE to have Spielgaben products in my Preschool Computer and Science Enrichment Room!

152 Isabel Z July 29, 2013 at 7:34 am

What an amazing resource for parents and teachers. What I found interesting was how many skills this one product could nurture..problem solving skills, creativity, math concepts, science….One lucky person is going to be thrilled to win this . Thank you so much for the opportunity.

153 Pam July 29, 2013 at 7:35 am

This system helps introduce math concepts at a very early age.

154 Jasmin July 29, 2013 at 7:35 am

What an interesting product. I especially liked learning that this product has educational value for older children as well. All my kids can enjoy and learn with it.

155 Megan July 29, 2013 at 7:36 am

As a teacher in a 4-year-old classroom and a student working toward my masters degree in early childhood education I was particularly excited to hear that these manipulatives were based on the philosophies of Froebel. This is a name I have come across so often in my classes and it’s nice to see that his work is still inspiring educators and parents. Thank you for sharing!

156 Regina O July 29, 2013 at 7:36 am

I think it’s awesome. Love how it stores! Great way for children to learn and play.

157 adine bouton July 29, 2013 at 7:36 am

I am a new preschool teacher and this product looks so interesting and fun. I love ideas that promote thinking combined with play. Makes learning so exciting for little ones!

158 Carrie Pulley July 29, 2013 at 7:36 am

This is the first time I had heard of Spielgaben…So everything was interesting to me about this program.. One thing that I thought was interesting or a good idea is that in the playguide resource it talks about how in part 1 “basic play”it helps with all the key points, sensory, fine motor skills, basic math and problem solving skills. I think that is a key point to touch on in the early years, so that we can set our children up for school once they hit kindergarten. Giving the tools early to succeed. In the user guide 2 I like how they set it up for the children to use self expression and creativity and one big part is language skills and furthering brain development. I am not the best at math and I wasn’t when I was in school..this was one of my weakest subjects and one that I was always embarrassed about.. I could always do the basics but to understand it all was always tough. So my goal has been to put my own children and the ones I work with in the best position I could put them in or help them with when it comes to any type of math. And I think this program helps that.. I also love the storage system they have in place for all the pieces they send.

There are so many things that were of interest to me because I hadn’t heard of this program. I find this very interesting and worth trying. The interactive worksheets and inspiration cards a great bonus to the program and will help parents or teachers out a great deal.

159 Mason Emmanuelle July 29, 2013 at 7:37 am

My cousin told me about this material, as I entend to homeschool my child. I can’t believe how many possibilities this material gives, I hope I can join the giveaway although I’m in France!

160 Kathy M July 29, 2013 at 7:38 am

These products look great! I love how they have inspiration cards to help children get ideas and then they are off on their own to create different things.

161 Jacqueline Crocker July 29, 2013 at 7:38 am

Thank you Deborah for posting this great site and product.. Geometry is such a natural and fun concept to explore with preschoolers. This product not only expands the possibilities for kiddos, but it is also such a neat package. With limited space in our classrooms, the boxes stack nicely and are easily accessible by not only the teacher but for the students too. I especially like the solids box and the box with the sticks. The sticks are flat on one side so they do not roll off the table, which can be frustrating for everyone. Thanks again for offering this great opportunity. I hope I win!!!

162 Jacque Sweany July 29, 2013 at 7:38 am

I learned that this is an Australian educational company that is introducing its products to the US this year. The materials are beautiful and plentiful! They will wear longer than plastic and there are so many ways to use the materials! The handbook is amazing!

163 Carla July 29, 2013 at 7:41 am

Seems to be an interesting set of materials. I like that they are durable. How do they hold up to cleaning, especially sanitizing?

164 Sandra July 29, 2013 at 7:43 am

What a fun way to introduce math through play! The colors and shapes invite children to explore and learn independently. This would be a fantastic addition to any preschool classroom.

165 Linda Cunningham July 29, 2013 at 7:45 am

I love all the possibilities that this set provides!

166 nancy July 29, 2013 at 7:46 am

Spielgaben is a great way to help children develop their logical thinking skills.

167 Amy Joley July 29, 2013 at 7:47 am

WOW!!!! This is a great resource for any classroom or home. The natural wood and colorful pieces caught my eye right away!! The possibilities are endless and that is what I like to present in my classroom….. to see the children’s minds at work creating and exploring. I have to have this set:) Thank you for posting product highlights for teachers all around the world!

168 bethany t July 29, 2013 at 7:47 am

The product is beautiful. I love the way each set builds on each other.

169 jk July 29, 2013 at 7:47 am

Absolutely beautiful! Originally created by F Froebel about 200 years ago. These really are “play gifts” (English translation). Thanks for sharing.

170 mary freiberg July 29, 2013 at 7:48 am

I loved looking at the inspiration pages and exploring the contents of the boxes illustrated in the website. I have 3 year olds and see many applications for my classroom such as shape recognition, color review, shape completion and texture activities…what a treasure!

171 JoAnna July 29, 2013 at 7:49 am

Children learn by playing and doing. I thought it was interesting to learn about the beginnings of Spielgaben. Hooray for a durable toy without batteries! Our children (6,4,4) would be drawn by the chance to play/explore this with parents but I can see it holding up for future grand kids! Spielgaben is now in my wish list, along with MagnaTiles. Thank you for the opportunity to enter the giveaway!

172 Kim July 29, 2013 at 7:50 am

I love this product and their video. It’s interesting to know that people like Einstein played with this kind of toy as a child. I think my favorite part was the quote from Buckminster Fuller about children being born geniuses. I’d love to have the opportunity to win this for my family childcare home and use it with all my daycare children!

173 Missy July 29, 2013 at 7:51 am

Imagine all the learning (wait I mean PLAY!!!) that would be done with these. The ideas and uses are almost unlimited. I like that the manuals are separated into categories.

174 Susie July 29, 2013 at 7:54 am

I love the quality of the materials and the different components that can be used together however a child wishes. There seem endless possibilities.

175 Carey Sullivan July 29, 2013 at 7:54 am

WOW! What a neat resource. They remind me of the blocks and manipulatives that I remember from my Montessori school when I was a child. To me, after listening to many of the videos, I like that you can use the same materials to “teach” many different concepts. Once the child is comfortable with the basic tools, transferring between concepts will cement their learning!

176 mandi July 29, 2013 at 7:54 am

I am a pre k autistic teacher and I have one student particularly that this would engage him more in math. He love hands on math along with creating this box is filled with so many hands on activities I can see him work and learning with. Once the others see how much fun he is having they will want to join in also. There seems to be so many hands on learning activities which is what my students need. I love that it is colorful and that there are so many different items to work with. There are endless possibilities of teaching, from patterns, fine motor, counting, creating faces.. it would make mathing time so much fun.. This would take the paper pencil method out of my classroom and print in language skills which is what my students need. I took a PECS class this summer and I could see my students implenting that program with this very soon. I would be honored to be able to teach with the Spielgaben curriculum in my classroom.

177 Jennie McClellan July 29, 2013 at 7:56 am

I am very impressed with these products. I like the inspirations guides but also appreciate the open-ended creativity possibilities. My students and grand daughter would have hours of fun.

178 Mae Hagerty July 29, 2013 at 7:59 am

This looks great, And i love how it focuses on how to play with each Spielgaben set in order to build competence in sensory, fine motor skills, basic math and so much more. I would love to have this in my classroom:)

179 jannelle prior July 29, 2013 at 8:00 am

I live how this system supports the EYLF with its play base learning, would love to introduce it to the children I teach.

180 Brandon July 29, 2013 at 8:02 am

I love that Spielgaben combines the manipulatives (not strictly pattern blocks or circle blocks to be used in isolation) and has beautiful activity/inspiration cards to get the creative juices flowing!

181 Rachel Davison July 29, 2013 at 8:04 am

This is a great quality toy that I would love to have in my classroom and at home for my daughter. The storage tray is great for easy clean up and storage. My favorite thing is the quality of these toys and all of the possibilities that lend to imaginative play!

182 Caren Stocks July 29, 2013 at 8:04 am

WOW! This is amazing. I have been looking for something like this for years. I teach multi-level, multi-grade students. This is perfect for them. I like how it provides endless hours of learning fun, utilizing creativity. I also like how it stores neatly and is built to last long. Friedrich Fobel, the inventor of kindergarten, understood children’s minds and needs.

183 Anna Sothen July 29, 2013 at 8:05 am

I am very excited about this unique learning tool. I have a 7 year old and a 1 year old. The tools are simple, colorful and engaging. My children will learn while playing, therefore never complain. Ingenious!!

184 Christie H. July 29, 2013 at 8:05 am

What I love about this is that children can either do structured activities or just simply PLAY. The possibilities are endless!

185 Kristine Jenkins July 29, 2013 at 8:07 am

Created by Freidrich Froebel! It seems a natural conclusion that such a wonderful, simple, comprehensive learning toy would have been created by the father of kindergarten. But why is it not more widely known and used? I would love to have one!

186 Molly July 29, 2013 at 8:07 am

Great resource for encouraging logical thinking/problem-solving! Sounds like this company listens to consumer ideas to improve its products, too.

187 Lindsey July 29, 2013 at 8:08 am

I’m impressed with the multiple options and opportunities for learning. The way everything stores neatly together also encourages organizational skills. I would love to use this and then pass it on to others after my child outgrew it.

188 Julie July 29, 2013 at 8:08 am

Thank you. For this post. The possibilities with this product are endless! I would love to win!

189 Kerry Drayer July 29, 2013 at 8:09 am

Wow! Love that the solid shapes can be suspended. Think of all the uses!
Love the rainbow colored wool balls as well.

190 Janet Pinder July 29, 2013 at 8:13 am

Wow I love your site Debora and this new Spielgaben Resource is just another of the wonderful ideas you introduce to us. I live in Canada — hope that is not a disqualifier for your give away!

191 Evelyn July 29, 2013 at 8:16 am

“Children can play with Spielgaben by themselves, but educational outcomes will most likely be better if they play with a parent”. — I like that this encourages time spent together with the child but also allows them to explore on their own. Sounds great!

192 Kimberly Buenger July 29, 2013 at 8:18 am

I was not familiar with this product. After visiting the website I see the potential for increasing a child’s cognitive development as well as introducing great math vocabulary during play.

193 Lin-Marie Erasmus July 29, 2013 at 8:18 am

I absolutely love this learning set as well as the way you have already set it up in your classroom together with the book that you made for it. As an early years teacher and a mum I would be over the moon to have such a set too! From visiting the website I especially liked the 3 wooden trays with the chessboard lid and the way that this will aid storage, packing out and tidying away. Please choose us! ;)

194 Lorey July 29, 2013 at 8:18 am

It is so refreshing to hear a company use words like synapsis and Friedrich Froebel when talking about toys for early education. These products are a preschool teacher’s dream!

195 ERika July 29, 2013 at 8:18 am

Wonderful way to learn; so open-ended, creative and imaginative. This is the kind of play learning that I try to promote…. It would be so wonderful to add this to my childcare!

196 Jeanne Nordquist July 29, 2013 at 8:21 am

This is wonderful! As a teacher I am always looking for materials that inspire children’s imagination and ingenuity. I love materials that make learning natural and that are inviting. Learning is best when children learn through play. When I went to the Spiegaben website, I thought that it was interesting that they mentioned how children who interact with the Spiegaben materials play with items such as blocks, differently than their same age peers. Spiegaben materials would be a great addition to my Early Childhood Special Education classroom.

197 Brigitte July 29, 2013 at 8:23 am

I love that this set can easily be used for both of my children even though they are at different ages and different levels of development. I really like the extensive user guide to help get maxium usage out of this great resource.

198 Helen July 29, 2013 at 8:23 am

I love the way these resources embed the basic concepts of mathematics that children will need later in their learning in a really fun and tactile way. Our school is a Froebel school and I’m sure these would find a very happy place in my SEN classroom!

199 Adrienne Dumser July 29, 2013 at 8:24 am

I am so glad you featured the Spielgaben learning system on your site as I may have never learned about such an innovative and beautiful natural teaching resource. I learned by scrolling through their website that the learning guide has talking points to guide a teacher or parent when introducing these innovative materials to young children which as a parent and teacher I truly appreciate.

200 Rebecca July 29, 2013 at 8:24 am

What a fabulous open-ended learning tool for preschoolers. I love that it can be used for children of all abilities!

201 Joyce Lamonda July 29, 2013 at 8:25 am

I went to your website and learned that teachers love Spielgaben because it promotes independence and cooperative play.

202 Debbie Thompson July 29, 2013 at 8:25 am

I like the idea of introducing the various 3D shapes at an early age. These correspond to some of the Common Core Kindergarten skills.

203 Vikki O'Neill July 29, 2013 at 8:27 am

I’d never heard of Spielgaben before but this set is absolutely stunning. I love the natural materials and that the storage box has images printed of what’s inside each numbered section (it satisfies my inner organiser!)

204 Kathy Tudor July 29, 2013 at 8:28 am

I love the Spielbagen storage! It will definitely help keep our classroom tidy. I was intimidated by the length of the user’s guide at first but after looking at the website, I can see how the guides would be so beneficial to productive and meaningful play.

205 mindy liebert July 29, 2013 at 8:29 am

thanks for introducing me to this wonderful resource. the thing that i was most impressed with is that there seems to be so many possibilities of how to use these manipulatives to engage your children. i love that they are so colorful and can be used in such open ended and creative ways by the children.

in my school, that puts an emphasis on computers and ipads, i would LOVE to have this resource in my classroom!!

206 Laurie July 29, 2013 at 8:29 am

Spielgaben makes math come alive for children! Love it!

207 Jill Marshall July 29, 2013 at 8:29 am

I love all the colors and shapes. I also love the wooden trays and chessboard top. The children will love playing with all the shapes and colors.

208 Patti July 29, 2013 at 8:29 am

Wow!!!! Wow!!!
Learned all about this product—new to me!!!
What a fantastic set of ‘tools’ to grow with!!
Although the target age is preschool, I think I would have a blast with this set–day after day!! I have a preschooler and very soon to be six year old.
Thanks for introducing me to Spielgaben!!

209 Laurie July 29, 2013 at 8:31 am

As an early childhood student and educator, was so interested to see that Spielgaben was developed by Froebel. Love the philosophy and the product!

210 Nicole July 29, 2013 at 8:31 am

These Speilgaben materials are a fantastic resource! Not only can a child play creatively with them, but they develop fine motor skills, math and engineering abilities at the same time! I would love the opportunity to acquire some for my grand daughter.

211 Belle Ausbun July 29, 2013 at 8:32 am

I would love to have this for classroom of twenty children. Thanks so much.

212 Nancy L S July 29, 2013 at 8:32 am

I learned how it can be used to stimulate creativity and problem solving in children 8 weeks of age on up to age 12. We would use this for a long time. Love this product!

213 Brandi Callahan July 29, 2013 at 8:33 am

This Spielgaben set seems to be a great tool even far beyond preschool years! The interactive worksheets on their site incorporate so many hands on activities to already visually stimulating pages. I am struggling as a stay at home mom to supplement my children’s learning and prepare them better for school. I have 3 boys, 18 months, 3 and 4 1/2, the oldest currently being tested for high functioning autism. It is so difficult to maintain interest with different age groups together and still feel I am providing the appropriate age level knowledge base. This set appears to address many of those struggles with the thorough user guide. I hope dearly to get one and find out!!

214 Stella July 29, 2013 at 8:34 am

I had never heard of Spielgaben until receiving your post. I was excited to see a product with so many possibilities for a wide range of ages. I can visualize this product being used daily.

215 Michelle July 29, 2013 at 8:35 am

I learned that the Spielgaben learning resource promotes cooperative play and problem solving.

216 Amy July 29, 2013 at 8:35 am

As I was reading through the FAQ’s, I discovered that Spielgaben heavily relies on parent involvement. What an important thing to stress to parents! I am often sad when I see families use smart phones or other electronic devices as a means to enrich their children never realizing that it is the human element that best suits a child’s development. I will have to do more exploration of Spielgaben.

217 Marie July 29, 2013 at 8:36 am

Its innovative, I love that it promotes curiosity, imagination, creativity, autonomy, problem solving and order. It appeals to young children’s need for challenge and progresssion and it explains what they are learning and how and the role of the adult. I love how it is presented and the variety of textures and colours…wow it would be a huge asset to a pre-shool classroom.

I live in Ireland…please consider me, I will pay for the postage if I win…please please. I so love all your posts.

218 Amanda July 29, 2013 at 8:38 am

What an amazing product to offer our children! As stated on their website, the learning window is so short and many kids are put in front of the t.v. or iPod for their “learning”. This product not only allows the kids hands on for better learning but it also allows us to have quality teaching/play time with our kids and makes learning fun!

219 Marcie July 29, 2013 at 8:39 am

Spielgaben products are really a valuable thing to have. I never knew that there were other products out there that are similiar to the Montessori products. I learned today that you can have everything without spending years looking for each and everything. To top it off, it comes in a handy case which is practical for a classroom or mobility. Thanks for sharing with us. I will have to start saving for a set.

220 Nichole July 29, 2013 at 8:39 am

My preschoolers love open-ended materials! This product is new to me but reinforces so many of the concepts I teach each day.

221 Wendi July 29, 2013 at 8:39 am

I love that the set is self-contained and stores easily. We have a few sets of manipulatives already, but they look nothing like the quality of this set. The instruction cards would be very helpful. Our family would benefit greatly from this set.

222 Karen Parker July 29, 2013 at 8:40 am

Wow. I love that fact that by using simple shapes children learn math concepts in a way that is not just rote memorization but in ways that solidify concepts so that they don’t forget the names.

223 Amy July 29, 2013 at 8:43 am

I am starting a new early childhood program and found the wide range of activities and the wide range of ages very appealing. In addition, the fact that the materials can be used in both teacher-guided and child-directed manners fits in perfectly with our philosophy.

224 Pam Bishop July 29, 2013 at 8:43 am

The spielgaben looks like a great learning tool for preschool. She said it promotes active play & learning together. It also promotes language and mathematics. It looks like the children have fun on it and it is very hands on which help preschoolers learn.

225 Connie July 29, 2013 at 8:46 am

The colorful materials are so inviting! What a fun way for children to explore and learn.

226 Emily July 29, 2013 at 8:52 am

The fact that the Spielgaben theory is based on Froebel, who had such an impact on modern American education, made me really buy into this program’s purpose. I also see quite a connection with the Montessori concept. Also, I can see quite a bit of flexibility and built-in differentiation for children of various stages of development. I could absolutely use this program in my preschool setting! Thanks for sharing!

227 Andrea July 29, 2013 at 8:52 am

I love Spielgaben new resource. especially the worksheets. I would love to have it in my classroom. I have a lot of ELL preschoolers who would benefit of this product very much.

228 Karen H July 29, 2013 at 8:53 am

This is an amazing set of manipulatives! I love the in-depth manual that illustrates so many different lessons. It provides visuals along with questions to ask the children. The variety of materials is great!

229 Cara July 29, 2013 at 8:54 am

Wow what beautiful and simple manipulatives to use in the classroom! These toys bring creative learning to a new level. The material and colors are incredible!

230 Bambi July 29, 2013 at 8:54 am

This is an innovative way to organize several different learning opportunities!

231 Paula Belli July 29, 2013 at 8:56 am

The materials look very inviting. They are simplistic, and can be used in a variety of ways. Children can be shown how to use them, yet at the same time, they can be innovative in their uses.
They would be a lovely addition to any classroom.

232 Roselle July 29, 2013 at 8:57 am

The storage boxes are inviting, for sure! I love the teacher guide book–a teacher manual that makes sense, as it invites inquiry! I need to start researching Buckminster Fuller!

233 Kim July 29, 2013 at 8:57 am

I was delighted to find that this product could educate/challenge/entertain a child for years to come. Investing in this learning toy would allow your children from ages 3 to 12 to grow with this learning resource. This would be a great addition to our Atelier playroom at the preschool.

234 Carolyn July 29, 2013 at 8:58 am

Love the spielgaben “limitless opportunities for play and learning”

235 Brenda McCullers July 29, 2013 at 8:59 am

I love how this product is hands on and promotes creativity! Thanks for sharing.

236 Roxann Marling July 29, 2013 at 8:59 am

This would be a fabulous learning resource for my daycare/preschool. I absolutely love the wooden storage cases and I know the children would love the learning techniques using the different objects included in this set.

237 Shannon July 29, 2013 at 8:59 am

I just love these. With 4 kids under 6, I’m pretty sure I NEED them. :)

238 Melissa July 29, 2013 at 8:59 am

Loved this product! So many fun ways to
Incorporate learning using a variety of materials.
Love the bright colors and the easy to follow guide.

239 Jerre July 29, 2013 at 9:00 am

I love this kit because it promotes creativity in children. Over the years I have seen less and less imagination in children. I want one and I hope I am the WINNER!

240 Julie Bulver July 29, 2013 at 9:03 am

These toys are perfect for STEM activities in preschool. I love that clean up is also easy and a learning experience too. I prefer wooden materials to plastic and I know my 4year olds would love this!

241 Kate July 29, 2013 at 9:04 am

I learned that the Spiekgaben philosophy teaches that “Getting toys out and putting them back away requires the child to collect, arrange and stack the pieces together. A parent should not put the toys away”. I’m definitely in favour of that!

242 Robin July 29, 2013 at 9:05 am

Awesome, I can see endless possibilities for the children to create and be creative. I see that the children can learn and understand basic concepts with the different sets in this box. I like the user guide, my goodness so much information and ideas. I like the inspiration cards for older children to use. It is cool, and it would be interesting to see how the children react to it.

243 mary ulring July 29, 2013 at 9:05 am

Wow! While visiting the Spielgaben website, I was amazed at the amount of creativity and thought that went in to each set! These sets inspire the foundation for creativity, and, as said, “purposeful learning” that will last a lifetime. It would be such a pleasure to have this in my classroom, to watch the wonders unfold!

244 jan July 29, 2013 at 9:06 am

Love this! Great hand-on activities promoting math concepts as well as cooperative learning!

245 Lynn Elmore July 29, 2013 at 9:08 am

The spielgaben set looks masterfully and creatively made – it reminds me of carefully thought out Montessori materials. I WILL purchase one of these sets for my classroom. I can’t quite figure out how to purchase through their website yet, but I will. Thank you south for sharing this resource. My students will benefit from it.

246 Lori July 29, 2013 at 9:10 am

My preschoolers would love, love, love these toys. I can see endless possibilities for learning opportunities!

247 Wanda Jones July 29, 2013 at 9:10 am

Love the storage and website said that it is easy to use and for grandparents also.

248 Cathy July 29, 2013 at 9:11 am

There are endless opportunities to explore with this extensive and beautifully crafted resource! And it looks so FUN.

249 Michonne July 29, 2013 at 9:12 am

Wow! I am amazed by all of the manipulatives included in this set. My son would love to create with all of those different tiles and blocks.

250 Debbi B. July 29, 2013 at 9:13 am

What an exciting, amazing product! This would be invaluable to our preschool & kindergarten classes. I love how it promotes hands on learning and imaginative play. I appreciate the introduction to Spielgaben and the endless useful ideas you share on the Teach Preschool blog.

251 Nancy Forrest July 29, 2013 at 9:14 am

I enjoyed looking at and learning about these beautifully crafted materials for preschoolers!
I believe in children learning through hands-on exploration and creativity and Spielgaben definitely supports this belief. Would absolutely love to incorporate these learning materials in my classroom.

252 Candace July 29, 2013 at 9:16 am

I did not realize that these were the objects Froebel used! They look beautiful and my own hands itch just to handle these materials, so I’m sure my class would love them as well :)

253 Nancy July 29, 2013 at 9:17 am

Amazed that this product has been around for so long, yet this is the first I have heard of it.
Love these facts: Promotes active play, working together, incorporating, sharing,. helping AND brings out language. I have got to get this for my 3/4 year old classroom.

254 K's Mom July 29, 2013 at 9:17 am

What a great thing! I learned that Spielgaben helps children deepen their understanding of math and science and so much more…!

255 Beth Ann fisher July 29, 2013 at 9:18 am

I love thes beautiful toys and the game play aspect. I am beginning a three year old program at our Christian school in Abilene this fall. My principal has entitled this year “game on” and we are focusing much teaching through games. This fits the focus perfectly and I would love to have the opportunity to use this set.

256 Angela July 29, 2013 at 9:18 am

These are so amazing! I taught K4 last year and am now working at home with my little ones. I love that these are directed towards exploratory learning. Very multifaceted and attractive to a child’s eye. I would love to be ale to use these with my little ones and future use with my classrooms!

257 Kristin Huebner July 29, 2013 at 9:23 am

The Spielgaben set looks so fun and will provide hours of learning and enrichment. I thought it is exciting the set idea was created by the educator who orginated Kindergarten (right here in my hometown of Watertown, WI!)
I’d love this for my K3 classroom!

258 Brandi July 29, 2013 at 9:23 am

Wow, these products look AMAZING!!!!! I absolutely love the resource guide. I love that it helps you optimize these manipulatives to the fullest in one easy location!

259 Sharon July 29, 2013 at 9:23 am

Love how these look very simple but have so many teachable moments to offer children. Also the colors, three dimensional look and the textures make you want to hold them and manipulate them.

260 PB July 29, 2013 at 9:24 am

I loved learning about the history behind the product. No wonder it is such a marvelous collection of manipulatives. As an early childhood educator it is wonderful to see such products being updated and reintroduced to youngsters. As the teacher in the video contested to, hands on approaches are the way children learn not only math, but language skills as well. Such a tool set should be a part of every classroom and every child’s experience. It would be a joy to be able to offer it to the children in my classes.

261 Laurel Galvin July 29, 2013 at 9:24 am

You can include these beautifully made products into any math and science curriculum. I would love to have these in my little school. I think the children would learn so quickly with the hands on materials. The only limitation on these materials is the child’s imagination!

262 Sara Krueger July 29, 2013 at 9:26 am

I love how each activity can be adjusted to fit differenet ages while working on cognitive development it also works the fine motor skills.

263 Leigh Parlor July 29, 2013 at 9:27 am

What a beautiful product to encourage critical thinking across a range of curriculum areas!

264 DyAnne Franklin July 29, 2013 at 9:31 am

Our preschool doesn’t have anything as wonderful as Speilgaben’s . We use straws, eggcartons, jar lids, etc. I have seen the children make bridges, roads and houses out of what we have with no adult help—they just do it. I cannot even begin to imagine the things the children could do with this amazing set of learning resources, either as instructed learning or free play.

265 Jill July 29, 2013 at 9:33 am

These products look really neat. After spending a year focused on literacy PD, we are shifting our focus to math this coming year. These pieces look like they integrate math concepts, visual-spatial and much, much more! I am VERY intrigued-thanks for sharing!

266 Mary-Anne Schwartz July 29, 2013 at 9:33 am

What a great way to promote hands on learning through play. I would love to have a set for the math center in my classroom.

267 DyAnne Franklin July 29, 2013 at 9:34 am

Amazing, the things the children could do with this set of learning resources, either as instructed learning or free play.

268 Darlene Stoops July 29, 2013 at 9:34 am

This toy seems like the antidote to all the unimaginative, over stimulating plastic toys out there for young children. The materials look so inviting, and I can see the possibilities for exploring so many meaningful concepts. As a teacher, I appreciate that they offer guidance for use in order to get the most from this set. Thanks for sharing!

269 christi July 29, 2013 at 9:36 am

the brilliant colors! they cater to every age, says 3-7 but I bet my 2 year old would love them, let alone when my 4 year old gets passed 7!

270 Nancy July 29, 2013 at 9:37 am

I love that the pieces are sturdy, colorful and teach so many different concepts in such a fun, painless manner!

271 Jonathan Clauss July 29, 2013 at 9:37 am

Spielgaben pieces help promote language and cooperation in a Preschool classroom, what a great resource!

272 Mary July 29, 2013 at 9:40 am

Spielgaben looks like an incredible toy system! The manipulatives look interesting and the variety is fantastic. A much better way to learn and explore. I know electronics are here to stay, but this approach can’t be beat!

273 Michele Moore July 29, 2013 at 9:42 am

I was impressed with the fact that lifetime updates are offered. It is also such a compact system with so many great ideas!

274 Louise brown July 29, 2013 at 9:43 am

Looks amazing! My 4 and 2 years would be kept very busy with this wonderful resource!

275 Stacey July 29, 2013 at 9:45 am

I love how these materials are open ended and encourage problem solving skills along with the math/science/language skills that are so apparent. I have taught preschool for several years and have noticed that problem solving is becoming more of a deficit with children. I also appreciated the durability of the materials and the seemingly infinite possibilities of learning through play that are available with a simple box of materials. I would love to add this to my wish list for those times money becomes available, but I couldn’t find a way to order or a price list on the website. That was a bit frustrating.

276 Sharnet July 29, 2013 at 9:45 am

There are so many open ended things the kids can do with this. I would love to win it for my preschool program

277 Debbie Rowland July 29, 2013 at 9:46 am

This is my first exposure to Spielgaben products. To find out the product was created by the “first father of Kindgergarten” was very interesting. I like that the Primary Teacher was able to put out the product without instruction and the children immediately began to create and learn with Spielgaben.

278 Jennifer debernardis July 29, 2013 at 9:47 am

What a gorgeous and varied collection. I love that children can explore math, science and physics concepts on their own but learned from the website that being guided by an adult will enrich this learning and knowledge.

279 Kathleen July 29, 2013 at 9:47 am

This looks like such tactile and imaginative fun! I couldn’t find prices on the website, but that is probably for the best. I don’t think I could afford them, so I would LOVE to win them!

280 Michele quigley July 29, 2013 at 9:48 am

More classrooms need beautifully made natural material for children to investigate. I like how they can encourage open ended activities while children get a tactile experience.

281 Cindy Bangart July 29, 2013 at 9:50 am

I found it interesting that one of the founders of Kindergarten came up with this almost 200 years ago and it is still useful today for child development!

Spielgaben was originally developed in the early 1800s by Friedrich Froebel, who was also the inventor of Kindergarten. While it appears deceptively simple, Spielgaben represents a sophisticated approach to child development. Over the past 180 years these intricately conceived playthings have had a wide-spread impact on modern life, becoming interwoven with the history of art and design, education and popular culture.

282 Colleen Belknapp July 29, 2013 at 9:51 am

The Spielgaben learning set is absolutely beautiful. The high quality of the products are evident and I am so happy they are made of all natural elements. They are the perfect open-ended materials that we are always searching for. I did not know they were created long ago by kindergarten’s founding father.

283 Paula July 29, 2013 at 9:52 am

Great opportunity for supporting collaboration between the students! An all in one way to promote pre.literacy and pre.math skills. Would love to have this at our school

284 Jennifer Griffin July 29, 2013 at 9:53 am

I love the open ended ways the sets can be used. I also love the compact/organized way they are stored.

285 Katy July 29, 2013 at 9:55 am

The Spielgaben ball set is made of wool. What a wonderful natural resource for children to explore math concepts!

286 Chanel Spruiel July 29, 2013 at 9:56 am

I love materials that have multiple uses and the spielgaban products are great for just that. I also love that the materials come with a handbook with activities and instructions for the proper uses of all that is provided.

287 Crystal July 29, 2013 at 9:57 am

This looks like an amazing system. I would love this for my preschool classroom!

288 Kelly July 29, 2013 at 10:00 am

I absolutely love the inspiration cards! What a great way to encourage creativity through a medium separate from art supplies!

289 Kim July 29, 2013 at 10:01 am

I think this would be an incredible addition to my classroom! I really like the fact that the materials can be used in many different ways!

290 Allison Plumer July 29, 2013 at 10:02 am

The Spielgaben system is an interesting compilation of a wide range of materials we use in a Montessori classroom. I think for new parents and parents looking to find ways to introduce natural learning at home, this is a fantastic option. I am always interested in finding ways to help parents make the best decisions on what to buy with their money and I think this could be one of those top 10 items that you will get the most bang for your buck on. The parent video touched briefly on the fact that you could use the product, even with infants and I would be curious to learn more about the progression of activities from toddler to preschool and if there are a certain number of components that are safe for use with children under the age of 3…

291 Belinda July 29, 2013 at 10:02 am

The Spielgaben manipulatives are a great resource for math, language, social & individual interactions, critical thinking and creativity. I too believe that children need hands-on minds-on experiences that they can’t receive through electronic devices. This would be a great addition to my preschool classroom. I believe that children should have beautiful natural items to play with and these materials are just that.

292 Nadia C July 29, 2013 at 10:03 am

Love the containers that everything comes in. Easy for my boys to be able to clean up after they are done with each item. Also love how open ended each activity is (and also the inspiration cards!).

293 Marina S. July 29, 2013 at 10:03 am

Amazing! I didn’t realize this method has been around since the 1800′s!

294 Karen Cole July 29, 2013 at 10:07 am

Loved the manipulative materials and the very detailed instruction guide-my class could learn so much!

295 Kristen July 29, 2013 at 10:09 am

As a parent of a child with special needs, I love the versatility of the product. The open ended learning style would be a perfect fit!

296 Janet July 29, 2013 at 10:09 am

This resource looks wonderful. From your pictures and the videos on the site you can easily see the appeal to children, and the paly-based exploration value of the items. Oh the things they will learn without even realizing. Looking at the user guide pages, you see the information is presented clearly to allow adults to help provide the vocabulary and concepts to enrich this play approach. The sample pages of the higher order thinking skills and concepts are amazing. some are things my girls just covered in 5th year! Each activity/inspiration has a specific objectives to help identify the learning.

297 Margaret Murtagh July 29, 2013 at 10:11 am

I love the way it is organized and so well thought out. Can’t wait to own a few for our school!

298 Pam July 29, 2013 at 10:12 am

I think the possibilities are endless with this product. Just quickly going through all the shapes, colors and activities, I can see how this would promote critical thinking, problem solving and just plain fun in the classroom. I can also see how the different age groups (3′s, 4′s and 5′s) might use this product differently and build upon it the older they get. What an amazing thing!

299 Gail Pethia July 29, 2013 at 10:20 am

Love the hands on materials. Items familiar to most children yet present high learning opportunities. Great that all fits within one wooden case.

300 Mary July 29, 2013 at 10:22 am

This is an awesome learning system. So great for hands on learning and fine motor as well as basic concepts and math. This would be a treasure in any preschool classroom or in the home of children and grandchildren. I would love this!

301 Clare Cooklin July 29, 2013 at 10:20 am

It was interesting to learn that most of the worlds great genius used Spielgaben as children. I wished I had known about this when my kids were small! I would love to have a resource like this in my classroom and teach other parents how helpful Spielgaben can be!
Thank you.

302 Sue July 29, 2013 at 10:22 am

This looks like a wonderful learning adventure!

303 Rebecca Snyder July 29, 2013 at 10:22 am

I am impressed with how thoroughly and thoughtfully the makers of Spielgaben have designed their products to be both flexible and initiative tools through which children can explore the principles of geometry.

304 Daniella July 29, 2013 at 10:24 am

My four-year-old and I would love using these materials. They look wonderful and seem to be made of very high quality materials. Love them!

305 Gina July 29, 2013 at 10:24 am

I was very impressed by the quality of this product. I appreciate the user guide so that their is directed learning involved. I can also see children gravitating to these manipulatives to construct and play to their hearts desire. Excellent storage and well crafted pieces!

306 Beth Barrett July 29, 2013 at 10:26 am

I learned that spielgaben is a compact product that, in one way, can be used to teach math without having to use math sheets. It is a product that can be used for 12 years in a child’s life.

307 Nancy Vater July 29, 2013 at 10:27 am

I run a center and this would help us in our math and science areas!

308 Bev July 29, 2013 at 10:27 am

I had not heard of Spielgaben and was glad I’d looked through your information. Working with low income children, I believe critical thinking, and problem solving is my most important job. The activities can be scaffold to any level, and looked like they provided hands on learning to develop a multitude of concepts. Thanks for sharing!

309 sandy kelly July 29, 2013 at 10:31 am

Love that a 18 month to 8 years old can benefit from this. And it has such visual appeal and neatness!

310 Melanie Haight July 29, 2013 at 10:32 am

I would love this product to use with my special needs preschoolers. The materials are open-ended but can also be used to work on target skills.

311 Sarah Sorber July 29, 2013 at 10:34 am

This is my first time hearing about Spielgaben, and it looks great. I like all things they learn from it and I think my kids would love it.

312 Melissa B July 29, 2013 at 10:34 am

I love how there is a lifetime update on future learning resources. Also enjoy the inventor who was the one who invented kindergarten!

313 Renee Bloomquist July 29, 2013 at 10:34 am

I love the fact that they are simple pieces but the things you can do with them can get as complex as you like. I was amazed at some of the ideas on the learning cards, everything from the roman arch to a child’s guitar! How exciting. Something like this is what every good quality center needs!

314 Abigail Nida July 29, 2013 at 10:35 am

I went directly to the rings & the cylinders. The curved lines and colors made these sets particularly eye-catching & beautiful. The way they fit into a math curriculum will make fractions understandable at a glance.
Geometry would be made fun by mixing the arcs with the balls to find angles & small manipulative play to work those little fingers.
But the creative aspect was awesome. Who knew Art has so much math involved. Kandinsky’s painting… “Circles” would be a riot for each child to complete a circle & then make their own classroom quilt.
And If you checked out Kandinsky’s Composition # 8… It could be the incentive for these innovative sets. Imagine pick up sticks with all 8 sets.

315 Rebecca Tree July 29, 2013 at 10:35 am

These materials were originally designed by Freidrich Froebel who is a major contributor in our history of early childhood education. Frank Lloyd Wright attributes his inspiration to the Froebel blocks he played with as a child. There are many others who played with these kinds of toys while they were children during that time period and during Froebel’s life. Unfortunately, these materials dwindled in popularity after WWII. I am overwhelmed with delight to see these simple yet profound materials now available for young children. The natural composition moves us away from so much plastic in our environments and provides children with innumerable possibilities in part-whole relationships, line, and design. The materials are designed to be used from birth right up to older children. Froebel considered these materials ‘gifts’ because the adult gave the materials to the child. The ‘occupations’ are the vast possibilities that children created using the materials. What a joy it is to see these in this format. Our program would benefit greatly from this generous opportunity as we serve at risk and low income families who struggle in so many areas. Thank you. Rebecca Tree

316 Lynne Elmlinger July 29, 2013 at 10:37 am

As a Pre-K teacher on a limited budget, I’m not sure where to start first! Everything looks enticing! All of these activities are relevant to the new curriculum in Pre-K! I’m thinking the “cotton balls” is the place to begin!

317 Eloise Robinson July 29, 2013 at 10:38 am

I wish i had found this product years earlier! It was interesting to hear the history behind it. I haven’t seen a product that satisfies children’s fascination with movement so perfectly.

318 Sally Hinz July 29, 2013 at 10:38 am

I can see a lot of complex learning in these simple, colorful and attractive manipulatives. I would love to see the user guide as I imagine it has tons of ideas that I wouldn’t think of on my own!

319 Wendy July 29, 2013 at 10:40 am

I was pleased to find that Spielgaben is influenced by the Frobelian Kindergarten movement. I have long been an advocate of his philosophies, and since I am making the move to Pre-Kindergarten this fall (for the first time!) this would be an asset to my curriculum.

320 Sarah July 29, 2013 at 10:44 am

I will start homeschooling my daughter this year in Kindergarten. I also have a 2 year old boy and 6 week old girl. I LOVE that rhis is an educational toy that I can use to engage all of my children in different ways. One of the biggest hurdles to overcome in homeschooling, (in my opinion), is attending to your various ages and their specific needs. I would love to integrate this educational piece into our school day!

321 Kristi G July 29, 2013 at 10:47 am

These products offer the ability for children to master and refine so many skills–colors, counting, hand-eye coordintion as well as motor skills.

322 Melissa Walker July 29, 2013 at 10:51 am

The entire thing looks amazing! I really enjoyed looking at the samples of some of the interactive worksheets. Tangrams are also an amazing resource.

323 Pam July 29, 2013 at 10:51 am

AMAZING — simply amazing. The natural look and feel to all the materials is ideal for a classroom. The bright vibrant colors are so attractive and a true magnet for young learners. The active play it promotes parallels my classroom philosophy as well as our school’s mission. While engaging the young mind it would solidify multiple synapses that most curricula don’t seem to capture — all at once (math, language, sharing, helping, self-directed play, active play, exploration, and use) — truly amazing! I can see my 2-3 year olds loving this as much as I do (and I’m just at the computer)!

324 Susan Horton July 29, 2013 at 10:52 am

I love this concept. I can see using this in my 3 yr. class to teach colors, sequencing, counting, shapes and much more. It would be great to introduce this to my school as another way of teaching and challenging young children.

325 Barbara July 29, 2013 at 10:53 am

I remember hearing about Friedrich Froebel’s “gifts” and being intrigued by the idea. But I had not heard the name “Spielgaben” or seen the website. I love the way the parent video points out that many famous and gifted people (who lived long before the era of the I-Pad) had something in common: they were exposed to these beautiful wooden manipulatives. I also love the advice given in the FAQ section regarding the child’s need to slow down and repeat one experience many times (versus the adult need to speed through a large number of experiences). This is something we all need to remember! As a Special Education/Preschool teacher, I would love to use these in my classroom. Thanks for passing on this information, and for giving us the opportunity to enter this give-away.

326 carmel July 29, 2013 at 10:53 am

Deeper learning, improving logical thinking, improving maths and science comprehension, creativity- all the things we want to encourage our children to do to help them become confident and successful. A wonderful resource which can stimulates and supports all this , who wouldn’t want one!!

327 Heather Brown July 29, 2013 at 10:56 am

I am so impressed by the quality of Spielgaben, and the exciting and open-ended opportunities for fine motor and creative development their materials provide! I love how they provide a user guide, but I am even more impressed that our students provide their own creativity and imagination to build, create patterns, and explore these beautify, quality products.

328 Lenice Minar July 29, 2013 at 10:57 am

I would love to see my daughter get this wonderful tool because she works all the time at being a positive parent and uses all the resources she can find to make learning fun for my 2 year old grandson. They are quite amazing to watch. This would be an excellent addition to her teaching tools. What an amazing gathering of ideas and exciting things to play and learn with.

329 Tiffany July 29, 2013 at 10:58 am

Wow!. I teach preschool and this would be a wonderful opportunity to introduce this to my children. I love that this is so hands on that children explore science and math, and do work sheets.

330 Susan Camuti July 29, 2013 at 10:58 am

I liked the suspended block that could be used to explore equal and opposite reactions (if you suspended two blocks) or arc movement.
The Spielgaben Resourse set definitely promotes critical thinking skills!

331 Barbara Coviello July 29, 2013 at 11:00 am

It is so interesting that these materials have such a long history. I love the suggestion/reminder in the FAQ section that parents need to be careful not to try and rush their children through the various experiences; rather, children need to go at their own pace, and often benefit from repeating one experience several times before moving on.

332 Joy July 29, 2013 at 11:02 am

I love how they offer inspiration cards as a jumping off point for learning. This gives the students a choice between using their own imagination or using the cards to make creations.

333 Amanda B. July 29, 2013 at 11:03 am

I love that children of many different ages can play and design with these! Cool!

334 Jenny July 29, 2013 at 11:04 am

These look amazing! We just bought my stepson a set of Cuisinaire rods, and he amused himself with those for quite a while – measuring and counting without being prompted. I can only imagine what he would do with these. It was interesting to learn that these were created by the creator of kindergarten.

335 Maricar July 29, 2013 at 11:06 am

I love how the set offers a variety of ways to introduce the love of math in young children. There’s endless possibilites and all in a compact storage, easy to clean up and put away, yet tons of learning tools to use at home or in a classroom.

336 Jennifer July 29, 2013 at 11:08 am

I love how these products can be used across a range of age levels, starting simply with babies and advancing to more complex with preschoolers. One set could be shared among all classes at my preschool!

337 Dorothy S July 29, 2013 at 11:09 am

I’ve worked with some of these materials before during a unit on Froebel! I love the variety of uses, both intended and open-ended. I also love that many of the blocks are natural colors. This is a fantastic set!

338 Emma July 29, 2013 at 11:10 am

It’s so easy to get a bit stuck in a rut with toys and activities, but that definitely wouldn’t happen with this! I love the guides to help play and learning, I know my girls would be entertained for hours, as would I!

339 Paula Harrell July 29, 2013 at 11:11 am

I had never heard of Spielgaben. This kit is very impressive. I have always been a firm believer that young children learn through play. The materials are simplistic but well planned out to help young learners explore their creativity, language, math, and social skills. The user guide, interactive worksheets, and inspiration cards look helpful to get parents, teachers, and children started right away. This would be a great resource to have in my classroom.


340 Tanya Lewis July 29, 2013 at 11:12 am

I would love to have a set of the Spielgaben manipulatives for my classroom. I teach at a small preschool in Little Rock, Arkansas. We have limited funding for new toys and equipment. I teach 3 and 4 year olds.
Thank you,
Tanya Lewis

341 Sandy July 29, 2013 at 11:13 am

Wow! I love how all of these inviting items are all in an organized kit and it has so many activity ideas in the user guide. I want to play!

342 Nan Martin July 29, 2013 at 11:16 am

I love the simplicity of the spielgaben system to develop the brains of children and the guide will be an important tool in knowing how and when to use the components.

343 Stacey Mediano July 29, 2013 at 11:18 am

These natural materials provide a welcome alternative to typical primary colored plastic pre-school toys. The open-ended options for play make it a wonderful learning experience for little hands. Would love to own such a beautiful set.

344 Valarie July 29, 2013 at 11:19 am

This is a great concept! I love the timeless, simple materials which foster so much creative discovery. I can see this material as a good fit to our preschool curriculum!

345 Michaela July 29, 2013 at 11:20 am

I adore these beautiful products. To hear educators talk about their children working cooperatively sharing these natural resources in many learning situations is wonderful. We all need a resource that is so versatile it can be used in many creative ways by all children in our care. Excited…I should say so :-)

346 Amy Cuming July 29, 2013 at 11:21 am

I love how Spielgaben helps children understand math a lot better, when I was in school I always struggled with math and would love to give my children a good start.


347 Diane July 29, 2013 at 11:25 am

Wonderful learning, creative tools to use with my preschool class.
I am also going to be Grandma soon so this set would be terrific to use with my grandson or granddaughter!
Thank You for offering this drawing for the newly designed Spielgaben set!

348 Megan B. July 29, 2013 at 11:29 am

I love the simplicity of the design of the materials. I can imagine hours of endless play and learning. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win a set!

349 Cindee Andres July 29, 2013 at 11:31 am

I was excited to see these manipulatives as they are very similar to ones my daughter used in her kindergarten in Switzerland. I prefer wooden to plastic with my children as they relate better to the materials and handle them with more respect. What surprised me on the website was the statement that kids would learn the most when using the materials with their parents. The idea that a parent would need to present “lessons” to the children in order for them to fully benefit seems odd to me. I’m curious if that statement was just to satisfy parents need to be important or to give them permission to play. I haven’t seen the lesson plans so I can’t tell, but in my experience kids are very capable of absorbing geometric concepts through play alone given the right materials. These seem to be the best materials I’ve seen in a long time!

350 Celyne GARDERE July 29, 2013 at 11:35 am

I would love to use Spielgaben in my pre-school class. I find it very interesting that great inventors/geniuses such as Buckminster Fuller, Albert Einstein, Paul Klee and Frank Lloyd Weight all played with Spielgaben as children. Please enter my name in your draw.
Thank you

351 Beth Giammarino July 29, 2013 at 11:38 am

I work with children of multiple ages and the possibilities of working with these manipulatives is amazing. Openended play for children is the best way for children to learn. I love that they are made out of natural materials. I also love that this education resource was based on the theories of Froebel. Education needs to begin with hands on materials.

352 Lisa July 29, 2013 at 11:41 am

I love how these toys can be used for many, many years to come. I’d like to play with them myself :)

353 Heather Barnes July 29, 2013 at 11:41 am

Children learn logical thinking.

354 Carrie Luna July 29, 2013 at 11:42 am

Love this set!! Will be great for creativity and learning all bundled into this one set!! Like how they mentioned the children should put away!

355 Alli July 29, 2013 at 11:43 am

The sets are beautiful – on their site I was happy to read about the natural materials they use and the progression of learning through play. Thank you for the chance to win these for our homeschool!!! :)

356 Leah July 29, 2013 at 11:44 am

I appreciated how the materials could be used with children with a wide range of skills and abilities!

357 suzanne July 29, 2013 at 11:45 am

Great colors-I love that even the guides are in color!


358 Anne Deysher July 29, 2013 at 11:46 am

Having been in early childhood education for over 25 years, it’s heartening to see re-discovered materials that are non-gender specific, durable, and inspiring learning and creativity.

359 Liz Williamson July 29, 2013 at 11:48 am

I checked out the Spielgaben website. What a cool resource. I love the materials and the neat compact storage box. I think these materials are very inviting for children and even adults. The user guide would be especially great to have. I would love to have this in my classroom.

360 jerri July 29, 2013 at 11:50 am

I would love to see how I could use these in Kindergarten. They look like they would last through a lot of play!

361 Lynn Joy July 29, 2013 at 11:50 am

I have been teaching preschool for over 30 years. I use many of the types of materials in the Spielgaben program so I’m very excited to see these materials so beautifully presented and stored. The program guide looks wonderful. I will definitely look into this program for the upcoming school year!

362 Kim July 29, 2013 at 11:54 am

Loved watching the children working together and making their own discoveries!!! Would love to have in my classroom.

363 Alison July 29, 2013 at 11:58 am

How cool! I would love to have this for my sons’ childcare center…or even at home. In looking at the site, I read that Spielgaben helps develop language skills because a child uses different words to explain what he is creating, which in turn will develop his language skills. This was not the first thing I Was thinking of in terms of the benefits, but makes sense!

364 Joy Carlson July 29, 2013 at 11:58 am

Spielgaben products clearly give children a tactile experience while allowing each child to gain experiences in problem solving and in spatial awareness. A wonderful tool to build math skills. The storage unit is compact and allows for easy access to materials. This learning tool would be an advantage for the children I teach in Head Start.

365 Vicky July 29, 2013 at 11:59 am

This type of thing is right up my alley. Looks all types of wonderful. :) ^_^

366 Ryan Richeal July 29, 2013 at 12:01 pm

I love that they are made of strudy wood and that they are great for toddlers and older children! My daughter would love these and my youngest would be able to use them too!

367 Michele Covelli July 29, 2013 at 12:04 pm

Love the quality of the pieces. Always looking for more math an engineering manipulatives. Love the storage as well! Would love to have at my pre-school.

368 simone akouri July 29, 2013 at 12:07 pm

I love how the new trays layout the materials for selection. Like sweeties in a sweetie shop! Also the drawings in the bottom of each tray to return materials to correct place when packing away are great. A learning activity when playing and when packing away :)

369 Bonnie July 29, 2013 at 12:09 pm

I love that these materials can be used for such a wide age range! I can use them for my toddler/preschool children in my child care as well as my own 7 year old!

370 Kate S July 29, 2013 at 12:11 pm

I am just in awe of all the possibilities for creativity, imagination, and learning with this set!!! One of the things I learned by looking on their site and their user guide – I never would have thought to use the balls with strings to teach about angles, line segments, points, and vertex. Wow! I’m in awe flipping through the user guide!

371 Monika July 29, 2013 at 12:11 pm

I love the fact that Spielgaben listened to their customers and changed the packaging. Not being able to easily put something away makes it more of a chore and ensures that the items will not be used as often!

372 Shannon July 29, 2013 at 12:14 pm

I loved the worksheets and the idea cards. I am not so creative and need that extra little instruction.

373 Carrie Chance July 29, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Quite frankly I love the idea of the whole thing! It’s interactive and progressive in a way that makes sense. The factor that it’s in an inclusive case that guides where to put everything is icing on the cake.

374 Penny Krueger July 29, 2013 at 12:18 pm

I love the organizational method & the instruction books for parents & educators.

375 Heather Griffin July 29, 2013 at 12:22 pm

I love love love the endless ways this set can be used. It can be utilized for so many ages and to introduce so many concepts! And it’s of such high quality (not cheap plastic) that it will last forever! Yay Spielgaben! :)

376 Michele Smith July 29, 2013 at 12:30 pm

I was immediately drawn to Spielgabens learning tools as they were so open ended and easy to store. I thought these would also be good tools to use for assesments as well. Our school is a minstry on a tight budget so winning this would be something I could share with my co-teachers as well.

377 Lynne July 29, 2013 at 12:22 pm

I have never heard of the Spielgaben system before and that it this was originally created Friedrich Frobel, the founder of ‘kindergarten’. I love the open ended possibilities the sets offer. I’ve been looking for a fun way to introduce math to the at-risk 4 year olds I teach in my classroom. I would love the opportunity to introduce the Spielgaben system to my co-workers.

378 Sue July 29, 2013 at 12:23 pm

As a preschool teacher, I am amazed at the endless learning through play opportunities this offers. The manipulatives look so cool that I can’t imagine a child not being interested, the organization of them is wonderful – this is made correct in every way for children!! I want one for my classroom!!! :)

379 Shannon Nichols July 29, 2013 at 12:23 pm

This looks fantastic! I love the look of it with all the bright colors and wood pieces and wish I could play with it right now! I can see that this would become a favorite in the classroom. I wish I had it when I was in school. The videos were interesting. Thanks for sharing. I love your website and often use your ideas in my k classroom.

380 Rachel July 29, 2013 at 12:27 pm

I love that the rationale for each product is clearly stated. It’s great when you can clearly delineate the goal for each material, yet be able to use them in so many ways.

So cool!

381 Dina July 29, 2013 at 12:30 pm

I just wish this high quality set toys can also be available for the children in Indonesia..

382 Marti Anderson July 29, 2013 at 12:33 pm

As an early childhood special education teacher, I am especially excited by how much differentiated learning can be generated from this set. It is clear that a lot of thought, research, and creativity went into designing the materials. I am impressed that they include an extensive online user’s guide, which allows educators to select relevant resources for individual classrooms and students. Children love hands-on, active learning experiences, and this set promotes these experiences beautifully.

383 Veronica July 29, 2013 at 12:36 pm

I had never heard of Spielgaben until I visited this page, I am very impressed with the tactile activities and supplies that are in each set. Having worked in kindergarten for years I think every child should have a set in school it would make learning truly discovery.

384 Nancy swenson July 29, 2013 at 12:36 pm

I love the variety of materials that pack down so neatly. With a small classroom I am always looking for materials that don’t take a lot of space but can be used in a multitude of creative ways.

385 Nancy swenson July 29, 2013 at 12:42 pm

I love the variety of materials that provide for a multitude of learning experiences, and yet pack down into a small space for a small classroom such as mine!

386 julie July 29, 2013 at 12:42 pm

This is a wonderful learning product. It can be used from the age of 8wks to 12 yrs old. I love how it stores in a box and comes with a step by step teaching guide. I would love to have this in the classroom and at home.

387 Adrian July 29, 2013 at 12:49 pm

I love that the set comes with interactive worksheets..and the play is open and endless as well.
Would love a set!

388 Amii Spark July 29, 2013 at 12:49 pm

I real loved the quote from Fuller saying how we are all born very intelligent and lose it as we age. It fantastic that such resources are available and are being sold by companies who know the true value of their amazing products.


389 Meg Ross July 29, 2013 at 12:50 pm

I would love to use this in my preschool class. I really like the different ways of patterning… shapes that are on a stick that then relate to smaller shapes in colors. Great for pre-reading skills and all the pattern playing for exploring geometery.

390 BRENDA RILEY July 29, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Reading their description and uses of Spielgaben’s was very interesting and even more exciting. I love it when the old becomes the new, again. I couldn’t help but keep visualizing those wooden storage bins sitting in my Pre-School classroom!

I was impressed with the open ended creativity and learning that is inspired from the resources. There is every learner potential in every wooden box. I am even more impressed with the concrete foundation for teacher (parent)/child interaction without the demands for assessment.

391 Brandi July 29, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Some of the pieces look rather simple, but I’ve learned quickly with my little one that she had the most fun and more learning potential with the simple things. We’ve been transiting to more open ended multi purpose toys and games. I love the cases and simple elegance of this!

392 Tish Nelson July 29, 2013 at 12:59 pm

What a beautiful learning toy set that has been around for 180 years! I would love to see children creating and exploring with the materials and I appreciate that it comes with resources to help implement it in the classroom.

393 Amy Wilson July 29, 2013 at 1:06 pm

This looks like so much fun! What a great teaching tool! I love the guide that gives you ideas how to explore the products.

394 Sharon July 29, 2013 at 1:09 pm

I love how it comes in 4 different sets so that you can bring out one at a time. The hours of play are endless.

395 Patricia July 29, 2013 at 1:16 pm

I find interested that some of this things are learned in high school, but preschoolers can learned them with this system and since the brain at this age absorbs more they will have that knowledge for life. This is a great system.
“Do you know the difference between an equilateral, isosceles, and scalene triangle? If you don’t, it is probably because you memorized these terms in high school instead of learning about them through exploration as a young child”

396 Tammi July 29, 2013 at 1:21 pm

This is absolutely FABULOUS!!! I would love to share this with my teachers.

397 TECMoore July 29, 2013 at 1:30 pm

What a lovely set of tools to teach math and science! I would love to have this in my classroom; I did not even like math until I was a college student at the age of 28, but this would inspire anyone to learn!

398 Amanda Fox July 29, 2013 at 1:31 pm

This is soo great! Interesting the concept of Spielgaben was developed by the same Person who Came up with kindergarten! I love that it helps develop problem solving skills and logical thinking. I Believe there are so many children now who lack in these areas. I’d love to use this with my girls! What a great give away! Thanks For sharing!

399 Marion Getchel July 29, 2013 at 1:34 pm

I have never heard of this product before but it looks great. I would love to use it with the preschool class I teach as well as with my grandchildren.

400 Nancy Pittman July 29, 2013 at 1:36 pm

This is an amazing collection of “imagination in a box” for children. It would so challenge the children I work with. I work with children who have never been in a preschool setting and are being prepared to go to kindergarden. This would give them so much to carry with them far beyond even kindergarden. How wonderful it is. I absolutely love it.

401 Sue Sargeant July 29, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Hands on manipulatives work well for preschoolers!

402 Lannie Harris July 29, 2013 at 1:39 pm

I love that the materials are natural- NO PLASTIC! This is the kind of investment that can last generations. I have seen and used some of the ideas, but I also enjoyed looking at their guide for extra ideas for what I already have. Thanks for sharing this!

403 Christy July 29, 2013 at 1:43 pm

As a nanny I am always on the lookout for durable, interesting toys that I can introduce to the children in my care. I love this resource! I plan to forward this link to every teacher and family I know. What a wonderful, beautiful set of manipulatives. These are jumping on my wish list, but I really want to win! I envision myself playing with these for many years.

404 Rachel Sargeant July 29, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Like the scope and sequence

405 Connie Sanders July 29, 2013 at 1:46 pm

I learned this is a product that is natural wood, cotton fabric and would be a great addition to a Reggio classroom. the learning potential is endless. I want one.

406 Bonnie July 29, 2013 at 1:47 pm

I loved that the teacher video said they could be used for ANY lesson and that it promotes active play, cooperation, sharing, language. She also mentioned that the kids were super excited when she brought out the wooden box (big bonus that it is wood) and they experimented with the pieces. The parent video explained how the user guide that comes with is like a Bible for the parent. She also said there are an endless amount of activities and that these sturdy pieces would last for years unlike most of the plastic toys. My head is spinning with ideas to use these in my classroom.

407 Susan Delaney July 29, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Provides limitless opportunities for playing and learning.

408 Margaret@YTherapySource July 29, 2013 at 1:59 pm

This looks wonderful (a pediatric OTs dream kit). So compact and beautiful. I am very interested in the the woven cotton balls. We once had one handmade toy like this and the children loved it.

409 Ferne Miller July 29, 2013 at 2:00 pm

I really enjoyed reading the Spielgaben website. I was especially encouraged about the product because the users guide seems easy. According to the website you can download or print any part of the 4 part users guide you need. I also liked that the guide covers a wide range of developmental activities.

410 Susan July 29, 2013 at 2:01 pm

I am amazed at the quality and simplicity of this system. I love how open ended it is, inspiring creativity and yet encouraging exploration of so many different disciplines! I would love to share this learning set with my favorite little friends! Thank you for sharing!

411 Jayne Hollomon July 29, 2013 at 2:02 pm

This looks great did not know they were around. I am going to look into getting these. Love the look can’t wait to play with them.

412 Patricia July 29, 2013 at 2:03 pm

I love the creativity factor & I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the way it can assist us with introducing more engineering into our preschool program. I teach in a lab preschool so it would benefit our student teachers as well as the preschoolers. Cool stuff!!!

413 NW Homesteader July 29, 2013 at 2:09 pm

What a great set! I love the interactive worksheets and the idea page! So many cool things! Not only fun but great learning :D

414 Charlotte July 29, 2013 at 2:11 pm

I had never heard of these resources before so their website was a real insight. So much potential for my class in maths, science, reasoning … the list goes on!

415 Sue Westby July 29, 2013 at 2:12 pm

This product is developmentally planned out and the items are durable. It allows a teacher to use the activities that are developmentally appropriate for individual children. Looks very portable, that is appealing to me (an Itinerant Teacher) and would save me time, by not having to create my own materials, in order to individualize for each child I see.

416 Lynn July 29, 2013 at 2:18 pm

What wonderful learning tools for young children! I viewed the many ways to use them on the website and can imagine many more uses. The materials allow children to explore and learn in a variety of domains.

417 Andrea Schultz July 29, 2013 at 2:23 pm

I think what I like most is the diversity of the kit. There are so many ways to use it and all encourage creativity while learning. My preschool class would benefit from having Speilgaben.

418 Jennifer mcnair July 29, 2013 at 2:27 pm

It helps children improve their problem solving skills.A child who plays with Spielgaben will occasionally face problems that he/she cannot solve. When this begins to happen, the child may give up or get bored. This is when a parent may put two or three figures together to create a solution, teaching the child new ways to think and solve problems. Before long, children are discovering new solutions for themselves.

Provides many challenges

419 Dawn McLaughlin July 29, 2013 at 2:27 pm

This product is useful for a variety of ages and takes the place of many other toys.

420 Rachel July 29, 2013 at 2:30 pm

This would be great for our Montessori preschool. We have materials similar to these but I think the interactive user manual would help all the teachers find innovative ways to show the materials and use them with our students!

421 Rachel July 29, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Being a new preschool teacher I am always looking for different materials to connect with different students. This looks like it would be good for all types of learners as all the materials can be used in lots of different ways.

422 Trisha Logsden July 29, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Wow! To be able to have the chance to provide the children of my preschool with the all of the learning opportunities that the Spielgaben program can provide would be a dream come true. I have acquired similar Montessori items over the years for the use in the classroom, but I do like the presentation of the Spielgabon items…they are colorful, of varied textures and sizes and offer the children a wide variety of open ended exploration opportunities, along with guided learning experiences with a teacher. They promote social and cognitive growth, allows the children to work together cooperatively, encourages language growth and development, challenges the children to look at thing in a variety of ways and allows them to explore scientific concepts and outcomes. It will not only provide my children with new learning experiences, but will also allow my younger staff to experience a new way of teaching and looking at the way we teach and how children learn. I think Mr. Froebel would be proud to see just how far his initial ideas on how children learn have progressed. Hoping to win….if not, will save to purchase!

423 Mary July 29, 2013 at 2:43 pm

I really liked that the Spielgaben activities come with a guide for teachers to use. This would be very helpful to new teachers who are new to the classroom, and to the teachers that have taught for decades to give them new ways to use Spielgaben. I really liked the bright colors and it will hold up with children enjoying playing with it for a long time.

424 Dava Donaho July 29, 2013 at 2:51 pm

My grandchild is at the perfect level to introduce these materials. I was fascinated to learn when I was on their website that this system had been around for so long. What lovely materials! I think I want to explore them more for myself. Your photos are wonderful of the work and exploration.

425 Denise July 29, 2013 at 2:54 pm

What beautiful natural toys for children to experience! Wonderful packaging as well! Thank you soooo much for the chance to win!

426 Jan Weston July 29, 2013 at 2:59 pm

I would absolutely love to have these materials in my preschool program. The bright colors and shapes are so inviting and would certainly engage my students! They do remind me of the wonderful Montessori materials I’ve used in the past. I was very interested to hear that this type of material was used by Buckminster Fuller! We need more of these quality, open-ended materials and less of the bangs and whistles and plastic!!

427 Sami Drake July 29, 2013 at 3:01 pm

I love the simplicity and the endless possibilities of stimulating their minds. So much of today’s toys are like fast food. It’s hard to find toys a single parent can afford. This covers from the little guys and up keeping them using their imagination for years. Would be awesome to have.

428 Louise Morgan July 29, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Wow! I love the inspiration cards and how they are thematic. I am also impressed how they show how our world is made up of shapes. The transport them card did it really well. What a marvellous resource!

429 Marie Shepard July 29, 2013 at 3:06 pm

As a preschool teacher, I’m always on the look-out for a learning tool that provides a variety of activities. Spielgaben is just the tool. I love the different manipulatives, the creativity it encourages and the imagination one can develop.

430 Terri July 29, 2013 at 3:08 pm

What a great resource to use in the classroom! I would love to have a set to add to the hands on learning fun in our preschool!

431 Madeline July 29, 2013 at 3:09 pm

I love that they’re all made from natural materials!

432 Leslie July 29, 2013 at 3:09 pm

What I love about these products as a teacher, not only are the durable wooden material, but the open ended things the children can do and create with these manipulatives! What a wonderful product that I hope to one day have in my class!

433 JenS. July 29, 2013 at 3:10 pm

I have been piecing together my math program for preschool using Bridges, Everyday Math, Box It and Bag It, and many other resources. But Spielgaben takes all the best components and combines them using great wooden pieces! I would love to use their sets to teach problem solving and critical thinking along with all the other school readiness concepts that are required. The geometry applications were the most appealing to me; they are so hands on and authentic!

434 Eileen July 29, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Every box is brimming with possibility! Beautifully designed and appears to be extremely durable. Truly a top notch learning resource for preschoolers to explore on their own, in cooperative play with peers, and with their caregivers.

435 Rebecca Pula July 29, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Wow! I want to come and play! What an amazing resource. As an early years teacher and mother of two I can see that they would lend themselves to each area of learning. The simple shapes and bright colours would bring imagination to life and create hands-on opportunities for learning….from mathematical concepts to artistic design.

436 Stephanie Ross July 29, 2013 at 3:14 pm

I love that it brings together different age groups. Our preschool is inter-generational, and this would be a GREAT activity for our kids and adults in memory care! Fantastic concept!

437 Robyn July 29, 2013 at 3:15 pm

We are always looking for ways to promote critical thinking in our preschool classrooms! This looks like fun!

438 Jenny July 29, 2013 at 3:15 pm

The Spielgaben materials are beautiful and would be a great asset to any classroom or home. I teach preschool and I have a preschooler, but I have two older children who would enjoy using these materials as well.

439 Liz July 29, 2013 at 3:18 pm

Wow! I have memories of playing with something like this as a child and the sense of delight at having so much to create with. This whole set looks so inviting, there was no one thing that stuck out, but I have very clear memories of making pictures out of the small coloured geometric pieces…and loving it!

440 Alinda July 29, 2013 at 3:22 pm

I love how this starts out with such easy concepts and adds layers as their learning increases. Love that such a wide variety of ages will play with it. Awesome, I love wooden tools!

441 Sharon July 29, 2013 at 3:24 pm

This resources looks amazing and takes me back to my beginning teaching using lots of materials and found objects. I think this is a resources that could be used throughout the different strands of our math curriculum. I think using the same set of resources helps young children focus on the concepts and skills and not always the materials which in themselves can be distracting. The familiarity will be of comfort for young learners.

442 Jenny July 29, 2013 at 3:25 pm

I love the classic learning tools and the way they are stored! This will be a treasure for who ever receives it!

443 Julie July 29, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Hello, I learned that the Spielgaben kits can be used in the classroom for active play. This would also be wonderful for the library! Thanks.

444 Candice Ricks July 29, 2013 at 3:32 pm

I love that preschool age children are using this to become familiar with math and science concepts taught in school. As an upper grades teacher it is fantastic to see that these products are working with students at a young age, to better prepare them for more abstract learning.

445 desiree kelly July 29, 2013 at 3:33 pm

love the packing case that you highlighted. love the idea that they provide ideas as we all know that sometimes it is helpful to have other ideas to extend the life of a learning toy. love the creative thinking skills tied to math and literacy skills.


446 Abbie July 29, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Love products that encourage learning through play. This looks very engaging and fun!

447 Samantha Woodford July 29, 2013 at 3:35 pm

I love that children are able to learn through experimenting and that the set allows children to do whilst having some adult examples too.

My reception class would love this!!

448 Justine van Niekerk July 29, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Wow that looks like it has so much potential – I really like the user guide so as a busy adults we would get a chance to be inspired…

449 Traci Fuller July 29, 2013 at 3:40 pm

I love the Spielgaben manipulatives. It enhances creative active play amongst our preschool children. It also creates a cooperative learning environment in which the children learn to work together as a team! Excellent resource and I would LOVE to have the set in my preschool classroom. Thank you for the opportunity:)

450 chris July 29, 2013 at 3:43 pm

I didn’t realize this was a Frobel based toy.
It is such a wonderful diverse collection.
I really like all the parent guides.
Then again the kids don’t need the guides they’ll just jump in and play/learn.

451 chris July 29, 2013 at 3:45 pm

I like the idea of promoting active play along with sharing, promoting languge, and of course the hand on experence. I could see how this product could provide hours of play while learning for a child.

452 Janet Hyden July 29, 2013 at 3:57 pm

I watched several videos on the Speilgaben website and was very intrigued to learn that they were invented by Frederick Froebel. I learned so much from him during my education in early childhood ed. The fact that these materials are still in use today must testify to their effectiveness in helping children learn.

453 Linda July 29, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Holy smokes! This is an amazing manipulative set that would be a great addition in my classroom. Love the fact that there is a guide and worksheets, too.

454 Chelsea July 29, 2013 at 4:06 pm

I learned that their products promote learning and sharing together

455 Elizabeth guiver July 29, 2013 at 4:10 pm

I found it very interesting that it was developed by Froebel, the founder of Kndergarten!!!

456 Belinda Ray July 29, 2013 at 4:15 pm

I am interested in the potential of the brain development before the age of 5. I never liked the idea of electronics for small children. I feel they limit the child and do not develop the child’s imagination.
I know math is so important, especially for our little girls. I am very interested in learning more about this program. I love what I can see displayed in your pictures. Thank you for sharing.


457 Katrina G July 29, 2013 at 4:18 pm

I really like the way that the learning sets build complexity for the kids. The materials can be used in such simple ways, but also to illustrate extremely advanced concepts (balls on string for color matching, but also for illustrating angles.) That is really neat.

458 Shelle July 29, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Looks super fun!

459 patricia July 29, 2013 at 4:27 pm

So excited I have a preschool 2 and up for going on 28 years This I Love Will make learning so much more fun Thanks for sharing

460 Carol Belanger July 29, 2013 at 4:28 pm

As I was reading your post and looking at your pictures I was oohing and ahhing! Any “toy” that can help with math and science concepts, and increase logical thinking is a winner in my books.

461 Erica Triebenbach July 29, 2013 at 4:32 pm

I really love the colors that are so very attractive. I like that the materials are open ended and even without giving them directions they can figure out ways to use them. These can be used for teacher/parent or child directed play and learning. There are not many things out there that are so completely versatile.

462 Jennie Stevens July 29, 2013 at 4:33 pm

It was fun to see how hands on these products were. Without any instruction from the teachers, they were able to do so much. What a great resource for a preschool classroom!

463 Brittney G July 29, 2013 at 4:42 pm

I am fascinated to read that so many scholars and geniuses in their own right have played with these toys. They are so simple, yet so effective at the same time. I also love that the sets build upon each other, so that you continue to use them rather than shelve them once your child has advanced. What an amazing and generous giveaway!!

464 Debby July 29, 2013 at 4:44 pm

I learned that this product is a great hands-on way to teach children many things including Math, Language Development, and Peer Cooperation.

465 Melanie LaGory July 29, 2013 at 4:48 pm

This resource set would engage my students in authentic hands-on learning opportunities. I would be thrilled to incorporate these materials into my classroom and know that all students would greatly benefit from having access to the Spielgaben resource set.

466 Amanda July 29, 2013 at 4:50 pm

I loved seeing all the different ways to use the spielgaben– freely exploring, by using the guides, using the inspiration cards, or by using their “worksheets” which looked to be a lot like play mats. There are so many possibilities! Everyone in my pre-k class would love these, but with how girls play, I think the worksheets would inspire many girls to develop mathematical thinking skills.

467 jenny hughes July 29, 2013 at 4:55 pm

I like #4 with all the great math options. :)

468 Jean July 29, 2013 at 4:56 pm

I like the storage system.

469 Debir July 29, 2013 at 4:57 pm

I quite liked the materials; I see some similarities to the Montessori multi-sensorial approach except this seems more open ended. Thank you for the opportunity to view these.

470 Jean July 29, 2013 at 5:01 pm

a wonder set of open ended materials

471 cindi July 29, 2013 at 5:09 pm

This product would be absolutely perfect for our small Montessori School….the kids would thrill to be able to use these items…and we teachers would be thrilled to lead the way. I love the German title of this company, too. Great website/page.

472 Samantha Fernley July 29, 2013 at 5:09 pm

I learnt that they can be used in Montessori inspired activities and they encourage early mathematical thinking. I would absolutely adore this set for my son who I am going to homeschool.

473 Katie July 29, 2013 at 5:13 pm

These would be incredible to have! It is great that they offer four different playguides to help your child learn and progress.

474 Diana July 29, 2013 at 5:18 pm

I had no idea that they have been around for so long, and I love the versatility of the products and compact design.

475 Betsy Bunker July 29, 2013 at 5:24 pm

As a preschool special needs teacher, I love the diversity of these manipulatives. I know they are designed for 3-12 year olds, but they look like the whole family would have fun with them!

476 Sally Graddon July 29, 2013 at 5:31 pm

This looks like the most amazing resource! I learnt what tessellation is (I suspect I would learn rather a lot from this set!!)

477 J.L. July 29, 2013 at 5:42 pm

I hadn’t heard of this product before–it looks like a great way for children to learn and for parents to interact with them. So many options in math and science and even ways to encourage organizational skill-building.

478 Maria Raaff July 29, 2013 at 5:56 pm

I have learnt that the spielgaben has influenced many modern artists! This is an amazing kit and it would be a dream come true for me to own one to use with all my little ones.

479 Tanya Mironov July 29, 2013 at 6:00 pm

I liked that they have Inspiration Cards and Interactive Worksheets samples to spark creativity while playing with the material.
Thank you for the giveaway.

480 Mary Thompson July 29, 2013 at 6:14 pm

The Spielgaben manipulatives look like well made, sturdy products. We have had similar things in the classroom but not ones so well made and long lasting, nor ones so easily stored. I might even be able to keep them neat.

481 Jennifer A July 29, 2013 at 6:24 pm

After looking through this website and watching the videos, I am completely in love with this! I think it would be beneficial for every student and you can easily meet the needs of each child in your room with these activities. I liked what the teacher Kim had to say when she talked about the language that was enhanced as a result of the children doing the activities and the cooperative learning that took place between the children! What more could a teacher ask for!!

482 marsha July 29, 2013 at 6:28 pm

I went to the Spielgaben site and learned many things-top most this product is beautiful and I think the children in my classroom would love exploring and learning with these amazing manipulatives!

483 sylvia July 29, 2013 at 6:34 pm

I am an Early Childhood Teacher, and have been most interested in the Reggio Emilia Approach, this beautiful natural material is most exiting and I would love to play with it myself.!!!!

484 Sarah July 29, 2013 at 6:41 pm

I have never heard of these products. I was so impressed with the math that can be done with all the products. I LOVED the colors and the wood and the textures. I read one of the sample play guides and it was so thorough and easy to read. Thanks for the introduction!

485 emily kate July 29, 2013 at 6:45 pm

I love that this set of toys is completely open ended, making for countless hours of play and learning!

486 Debbie Sauntman July 29, 2013 at 6:47 pm

I love the Spielgaben product! I find that it is most difficult to find toys that are really mind engaging. This product is most certainly a learning tool for my 4 year olds. It’s true – they said that children do better when they are manipulating something in their hands – This product offers a multitude of choices for the kids! Yes! And, as was mentioned, the kids knew what to do with the blocks and items before even being given any direction! That’s how kids are! The quote was right – many of our children are close to geniuses but somehow, perhaps because their brains aren’t challenged enough by manipulatives like these, they loose ground as time goes on. I would feel like a found a gold mine if I should be the winner of this wonderful product!

487 Allison July 29, 2013 at 6:54 pm

I learned thatSpielgaben is an Australian company! How exciting! As an Australian teacher transplanted in the US, I really, REALLY miss the Australian style of education, which is very different to the US. I would love to have a set like this in my own little homeschool.

488 hedy July 29, 2013 at 6:54 pm

I love the way each item, although has a specific set of instructions for its use is also open-ended and allows children to use their imagination and create their own learning. I work in an integrated service where children birth to 5 are in one room. This resource would cater beautifully for all areas of development in each age group. Thank you to introducing it to me.

489 karenfrost@midco.net July 29, 2013 at 7:00 pm

I love how versatile these are. I love that they can be used from infants all the way up to school age. I would love to use these in my in-home childcare to help promote early earning skills as described in the videos: early math and science skills, cooperation and sharing, oral language skills…so much can be done with this learning resource! I love that the materials are open-ended, that there or no set rules for how to use them. WONDERFUL product!

490 Katie July 29, 2013 at 7:30 pm

These look amazing. What a great way to have fun while learning some great and useful skills. I love blending the play with math and problem solving skills. Seems like a great way to introduce our almost 3 year old to the concepts!

491 Barbara Park July 29, 2013 at 7:30 pm

After watching the video of the children in Australia using the materials I could see that they enjoyed using them. They are tactile.. smooth, soft, curved, straight and are both colorful and natural. I believe organic materials like this are much more attractive to children as opposed to plastic. These could easily paired with other items such as felt pieces, tree cookies, and sticks. The teacher also loves them since the children are self directed and are free to use their own creativity and sense of discovery with endless combinations.

492 Debbie Nicholson July 29, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Thank you for introducing the Spielgaben creative play system.

What I found interesting and loved was to encourage your child to create on their own and not to put it away if they weren’t done, and then after finishing their creation to have them put it away themselves.

493 keisha July 29, 2013 at 7:35 pm

What a wonderful set of quality, natural manipulatives that will grow with your kids. If I don’t win I’m definately saving for the complete set!

494 Saralee Stephens July 29, 2013 at 7:48 pm

I loved that all the items could be purchased in one set and an instruction manual to go with it. I love hands on toys with limitless possibilities and the children will not even recognize they are learning. This would be a perfect addition to my in-home preschool. I was intrigued by the few “lesson” ideas I saw on the website and could totally make this a part of my regular curriculum.

495 Jennifer Hanson July 29, 2013 at 7:50 pm

What amazes me most is the number of ways in which these educational toys can promote creativity and self expression. Through self-directed learning, children can develop language and math skills as well as sensory and problem-solving skills. It appears to be one-stop shopping with Spielgaben.

496 Kathy L July 29, 2013 at 7:58 pm

This looks absolutely amazing. I had heard about this somewhere else and have already signed up for info from their company. The possibilities for using all of these manipulatives are probably unlimited. I love how they provide detailed guide to go with it. I would love to hae this resource in my classroom!

497 Michelle July 29, 2013 at 8:07 pm

What a wonderful set. I love how colorful the pieces are. What a great way to encourage the development of fine motor skills, problem-solving skills and creativity!

498 JoAnn July 29, 2013 at 8:07 pm

Amazing how many creative and challenging activities from basic shapes. Such a beautifully made set of manipulatives. So glad I was introduced to this wonderful resource.

499 Carolyn Hyde July 29, 2013 at 8:11 pm

I like how the materials are colorful, appear to be well made, and provide hands-on and minds-on learning for the young child.

500 Elaine M. July 29, 2013 at 8:14 pm

I loved the colors and textures of the products, everything looks QUALITY and fun. I love that they include such a comprehensive book on how to use all those fun new resources. I’d love this!!!! It would only enhance the fun and learning in our class!

501 Carrie July 29, 2013 at 8:21 pm

I love this!! I loved seeing the intelligent people who used these as children. It was fascinating that Frank Lloyd Wright didn’t play with the blocks until he was 9. I could easily see this as a solid investment for our homeschool that would work with children of all ages.
I found it very interesting that the dot comes last. Seems simple, but makes so much sense when you think about how our brains work.

502 Laura Konarski July 29, 2013 at 8:21 pm

I LOVE how the Spielgaben website said “We were fed up with plastic toys that broke quickly or only retained the children’s interest momentarily given their narrow scope of play. The amount of un-used, broken toys we were accumulating in our ‘junk room’ (play room) was astounding.”

This is EXACTLY how I feel. Would Love to try the Spielgaben Learning Resources in my classroom!!

503 Dawn Jones July 29, 2013 at 8:26 pm

I’d never heard of Spielgaben products before. They look lovely; I’d like to play with them! As a preschool teacher, I understand the value of beautiful, well-made materials. I had never heard the quote by Buckminster Fuller before, stating that all children are born with more gifts than we realize but that most become “ungeniused” quickly. How true!

504 Holly Chenault July 29, 2013 at 8:30 pm

I am a ‘constructivist’ teacher. We teach through ‘hands on’ and ‘concrete’ experiences. These manipulatives are a wonderful resource that I would love to use with my preschool children. I see many critical thinking skills and open ended play opportunities.

505 Audra July 29, 2013 at 8:41 pm

I absolutely love the colors and the easy way to store:) I also love that they give kids chance to explore!!!

506 Ashley Blazek July 29, 2013 at 8:42 pm

I had never heard of this before. My children love puzzles and being creative. I do child care from home and have three children of my own; this set would be a great resource.

507 Rachael July 29, 2013 at 8:54 pm

I like that it can be used for so many years and is so open ended in its uses

508 Victoria July 29, 2013 at 9:04 pm

I love that the children can develop and intuition about geometry by playing with the different triangles/shapes.

509 Susan H July 29, 2013 at 9:05 pm

This looks like a ton of fun! It’s hands-on, creative, imaginative, attractive, and very flexible. We could use these products in so many ways in our classroom. Although my head is already spinning with ideas, we could use the guide for additional inspiration! Great product!!!

510 Talia Dupree July 29, 2013 at 9:19 pm

I love how these are made of wood instead of plastic. I also love how it engages the child to be creative. The bright colors are beautiful.

511 Donna July 29, 2013 at 9:26 pm

I did not know that this was made by Froebel…..I can see how this would appeal to the kinesthetic learner. Learning thru play !!!

512 Sarah Grasch July 29, 2013 at 9:44 pm

Spielgaben would be such an awesome addition to my preschool classroom. The number of activities that could be done with all of the colorful manipulatives seem endless. The storage is fabulous. The fact these activities were developed by the man who first established kindergarten to me means that these are the activities are the foundation of a strong early childhood education. I am impressed!

513 Leah Kremer July 29, 2013 at 9:45 pm

I love the variety of different items with in the box. They show so many things the children can do like sort, pattern, make different designs, and work by the self or with a friend.

514 Elizabeth Wright July 29, 2013 at 9:45 pm

I love the fact that these materials grow with the the children and that they are just as interesting for older children as younger ones. Amazing, timeless, classic toys/learning materials!

515 Whitley Cooper July 29, 2013 at 9:47 pm

I love how organized this set is. It has tons of different ways to learn, and that is awesome. Possibilities are endless.

516 Kimberly Giancola July 29, 2013 at 9:55 pm

Wow, not only is the set gorgeous (I want to sit down and play with it!), it is packaged in a convenient, attractive way and it works across the curriculum, math, science, language, fine motor…….WOW! I’d like a set at home for my grandson when he visits and a set for my classroom!

517 Julie July 29, 2013 at 10:41 pm

I love the versatality of this beautiful system The product guide will help add ideas, I think its beautiful,

518 Kara Brehm July 29, 2013 at 10:06 pm

Based on the founder of kindergarten’s practices.

519 Wendy July 29, 2013 at 10:27 pm

I would love to have a box of beautiful Spielgaben toys to play with for my sons (and me too! ;) ). How cool that my sons will be learning math to boot.

520 Michelle July 29, 2013 at 10:31 pm

Love all the areas of development this resource can encourage in young children as young as toddlers through possibly 6 years of age! So nice to see children exploring and using problem solving skills, instead of just pushing buttons! awesome product!

521 Janet T. July 29, 2013 at 10:38 pm

The #9 section really caught my attention because I’ve been looking for ways to give children more experience with recognizing groups of shaped lines. I have one antique game that has half circles, short and tall lines, and full circles so children can construct letter shapes. #9 activities would be a great addition to help children identify how complex shapes are composed of smaller repeated shapes…it looks like a valuable prereading skill.

522 Mary Michele davis July 29, 2013 at 10:56 pm

Nice combinations for different ages!

523 Maribel C July 29, 2013 at 10:57 pm

Love everything, step by step use of the materials, tips and reinforce. I will love to have this for my family child care http://www.facebook.com/myprettygardenfamilychildcare

524 Margaret Breitwisch July 29, 2013 at 10:57 pm

You can see a lot of thought went into these materials. Each new box gives children the opportunity to apply what they have learned from materials that they have already used. Building a scaffold of sequential concepts helps children internalize them. However, the pile of instructions for the teacher suggests a pretty steep learning curve. It makes me wonder if a person who masters all this should receive the $500 rather than having to pay it.
I like the quote from Klee, “A line is a point that went for a walk.”

525 Wendy Butera July 29, 2013 at 11:05 pm

I love this product! How neat that it was invented by the man who developed Kindergarten :) I love how it all stores so nicely in the beautiful storage boxes and the product itself leaves so much to the imagination.

526 Kay July 29, 2013 at 11:05 pm

My first exposure to Spielgaben. The website emphasized that during the crucial early years of a child’s life, the amount, depth, and breadth of learning depends on the interaction between the child and the activity. Parents are key to a child’s best learning because they are working together which brings out a wealth of language. As a speech language pathologist, this is the missing piece of the puzzle for so many young children!

527 Rhythm July 29, 2013 at 11:07 pm

These look to be high quality toys for expanding the imagination. I love them!

528 Barb July 29, 2013 at 11:16 pm

It’s time to turn off the tv and gather the kids for fun and education!
Love the fact it is good for ages 3-12.

529 Lynn Panitzke July 29, 2013 at 11:46 pm

I enjoyed reading how the items help children learn about mathematical thinking processes. I like that they have a structured guide on how to use them, but can also be used for open-ended play.

530 Becki W July 29, 2013 at 11:47 pm

Wow…I’ve never heard of them and i feel like I’m way behind the times! i found it interesting that this system was created almost 200 years ago and by the same man who invented the concept of kindergarten! And talk about all the ways to use these materials in the classroom! awesome! thank you for introducing me to this and hosting the giveaway!

531 Mia Steubing July 29, 2013 at 11:50 pm

This is absolutely awesome! I LOVE that this is hands on learning. Most kiddos are getting too much time in front of screens these days. Spielgaben is proven to boost IQ, encourages children to be creative, and lasts for a while! Amazing!

532 Laurie July 29, 2013 at 11:53 pm

Amazing items! I had no idea it was developed that long ago and I just love seeing the progression of thought development in the child!

533 kimberly July 29, 2013 at 11:56 pm

I soooooooooooooooo want this set for my children. I love how they know children learn best through play based learning, with wonderful materials. The possibilities are endless with little minds at work/play. :)

534 Caitlyn July 30, 2013 at 12:09 am

I love that the materials are made with wood and not plastic! I work at a reggio inspired preschool, having natural materials is very important to us! Looks like a lot of great play can be had with these!

535 Elizabeth July 30, 2013 at 12:18 am

I’ve never heard of the company before, but I’m so glad you’ve introduced it to me! What an amazing product. I can’t believe the number of ways these manipulatives can be used!!!

536 Lisa Blodgett July 30, 2013 at 12:25 am

I am very interested in the mathematical play material. I am substitute teacher and
I have see so many children struggle in math. I think it is because there are not
Enough manipulative for children to work with. These materials look amazing and would
Love to see them in every classroom.

537 Donna Doyle July 30, 2013 at 12:35 am

It’s amazing that a product designed such a long time ago is just as relevant today. Beautifully presented and easily stored what more could you are for!

538 chris skinner July 30, 2013 at 5:11 am

i love the look of these resources, i work with autistic children and these look like the would be really useful to learn about both shapes and colours.

539 Cher Jackson July 30, 2013 at 6:27 am

I love the way they are so colorful and how children will use them in a variety of ways. I learned the many different ways children can use the materials for math skills and how many different ages can use them. Children can work alone or with others to use all the materials. Awesome materials!!!!

540 Courtney July 30, 2013 at 8:17 am

Thanks for hosting this giveaway! I love how in addition to making high quality materials the website also encourages adult involvement in play and exploration.

541 Tricia Bebber July 30, 2013 at 8:38 am

Wow! This is just what our preschool needs! It’s nice to see natural play items with color. This year we are starting a Kindergarten class which I feel the Speilgaben could be a great resource even though it says its designed for preschool.

542 Julie Jordan July 30, 2013 at 8:48 am

Wow, what an exciting learning tool! I’m impressed with the many activities all in one beautifully organized place! My soon to be 4-year old granddaughter is just beginning to be very interested in shapes. This offers so much more than just naming them!

543 Jill C. Slaymaker July 30, 2013 at 8:55 am

I teach preschool and prekindergarten with a very strong emphasis on art & creativity, music, and literature. These are my strong points and come naturally to me; however, I definitely include math & sciences but I work very hard at including these into my curriculum. This fabulous product includes such a comprehensive variety of materials to develop and enhance those skills in young children. I just love that it is so compact yet so very complete! Thank you for introducing me to this product.

544 Melanie Ritz July 30, 2013 at 9:19 am

Our preschool uses Creative Curriculum and I can see how easily children can manipulate the different materials themselves, make decisions about how to use them, and move through a process of curiosity that builds logical understanding. The materials of Spielgaben scaffolds their learning in a natural, fun way.. I love how it’s described as a “tool” for learning because that’s how we should view any material we provide our students in the classroom.

545 Judit July 30, 2013 at 9:24 am

Wow! I love this educational resource and I really like the sentence they have in their website and logo: “SMARTER PLAY, SMARTER CHILD”.

I noticed that Spielgaben is Australian. I have been seeing some Educational Australian websites and noticed their style of education is something I wish was implemented more here in Canada. I have always loved wooden educational toys and feel we do not use them enough. Children are used to the plastic Barbies and fighting figurines and is our job as Early Childhood Educators to introduce this awesome resources that they can not only play with but learn!

I would love to have this resource available for my preschool classroom and learn and explore it with my preschoolers.

546 Linda Crayne July 30, 2013 at 9:40 am

I love the look of Spielgaben learning resource sets.
I would love to have them in my classroom and in my adult early childhood education class I teach. The sets are so inviting and the colors are wonderful. What great natural learning sets.

547 AJ July 30, 2013 at 9:50 am

Love the bright colors and possibilities for open play. Most interesting were the knit balls. Good for kids who like texture. And the balls won’t roll away.

548 Sarah July 30, 2013 at 9:57 am

I learned that the Spielgaben resource system promotes learning in so many areas- science, math, language, logical thinking, problem solving, etc. My students would love it!

549 Sharon July 30, 2013 at 10:09 am

Beautiful products that provide meaningful ways to nurture children’s creativity and endless possibilities for open ended play.

550 Danielle July 30, 2013 at 10:31 am

I absolutely love this set!!! I love how versatile it is and being a homeschool mom with 3 kiddos and one on the way this is like looking into the candy store. I have soo many ideas on how I could use this with all the different levels of learning. It’s just endless. I love that they include the book with it as well. I could go on and on!

551 Maritza Lopez July 30, 2013 at 10:51 am

This looks like a great tool to use with children. I noticed on their website that it is a great resource that can be used with a great range of ages.

552 Anastasia July 30, 2013 at 10:58 am

Starting to homeschool my two boys this week and hope this product will help us immensely in this wonderful adventure!
Greetings from Lisbon!

553 Chrissy July 30, 2013 at 10:58 am

I love how compact the set is and yet how many different activities you can do – build shapes, lion, a guitar. I love the idea book and that the craftsmanship of the product.

554 Kirsten Titze July 30, 2013 at 11:02 am

I am in LOVE with Spielgaben! Thank you for sharing your discovery. I am speech language teacher in a co taught/blended preschool program where 1/2 the students are special needs/language impaired. I love the Spielgaben’s organization and lesson ideas. As a speech teacher I am so excited about the way students discover and learn and use language to describe and explain. It uses all parts of the brain! It is wonderful!

555 Kay July 30, 2013 at 11:10 am

I love the Spielgaben and see great potential as a grandmother and a classroom teacher. The lessons from Kit 2 and 3 go along beautifully with many of our math standards in third grade. Multi-age appropriate. Fabulous!

556 Donna July 30, 2013 at 11:13 am

I have been pinning Spielgaben ideas from Pinterest. I love how the product allows you to discover,explore and create while learning STEM in new and exciting ways. I just LOVE the endless ideas and the FUN children could have with these amazing learning materials and tools! I would enjoy documenting the use of Spielgaben in my classroom:)

557 Brannon Weeks July 30, 2013 at 11:17 am

Such a great way to understand math concepts. Also great for creative play.

558 Stacie Alvarado July 30, 2013 at 11:37 am

This looks amazing! What a creative and open-ended set. I would love to see my students explore these :)

559 Elizabeth Stephens July 30, 2013 at 12:24 pm

This manipulative product appears to be a great way to incorporate kinesthetice learning and Montessori concepts!

560 Larisa July 30, 2013 at 12:37 pm

What wonderful manipulatives to encourage creativity and imagination, especially in the area of math. I can see integrating this product into our preschool curriculum.

561 Kathryn Carter July 30, 2013 at 12:39 pm

What a beautiful set of very functional learning tools! I initially did not see the potential as a math tool, but upon looking over the website, I don’t know how I missed it! Thank you for bringing this program to our attention!

562 Barb July 30, 2013 at 12:55 pm

I like how the materials have a nice storage unit. Keeps everything together.

563 Katie July 30, 2013 at 12:55 pm

These would be a great resource for my child care home. The playguide looks like it has a lot of great ideas about how to use the toys to promote critical thinking.

564 Alicia July 30, 2013 at 1:33 pm

This toy is beautiful and I love the colors and high quality craftsmanship of the product. I teach preschool and this would definitely be a wonderful addition to my classroom!

565 Jenny Jordan July 30, 2013 at 1:59 pm

I was interested to learn that these have been around for many years rather than being a “new” invention. I love that it is simple enough for the early years to use, yet can be used by older children who are equally fascinated by it. I also like that it has steered clearly away from the plastic revolution, with the majority of bits being wooden.

566 Jen @ Daycare In Demand July 30, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Looks like a wonderful resource with lots of ways to play and learn! If I won the giveaway I would pass the set along to my children’s school – they would get so much out of it.

567 Nicki July 30, 2013 at 2:13 pm

What a beautiful product! I love that this encourages creativity in play and exploration for preschoolers. The storage cases are also wonderful.

568 Wendy July 30, 2013 at 2:16 pm

I love the woolen balls. Most of the preschool manipulatives are hard plastic or wood. I can think of many ways to use the product just by looking at it on-line! They have a compact, easy to use storage system that preschoolers can understand. I’m not sure how long I can wait before I buy these items for the classroom.

569 Amanda Mason July 30, 2013 at 2:33 pm

I love how this set provides so many learning opportunities. Who knew that you could fit so much learning into one box! I found the creative play user guide interesting because how providing these tools can help to spark your child’s creativity and further develop their brain. How fun!

570 Suzanne July 30, 2013 at 2:47 pm

I found it interesting that this is just now making it’s way to America. I raised my Son in Europe during his early years and this or something very similar was in his school. It was invented by a German man…the same one who invented Kindergarden. It literally translates into “toy share” or “game share”. I have a little niece now that would love it!!

571 Amy July 30, 2013 at 2:48 pm

I think these are wonderful hands on materials for the classroom. I think they will be great for promoting early math skills, language development, and are exciting and motivating to the children!

572 Ann Reedy July 30, 2013 at 3:10 pm

The possibilities for scientific and mathematical learning are huge with this resource. It would be such a fantastic resource for my sons for many years to come as it would be used differently as they get older.

573 Karen W July 30, 2013 at 3:15 pm

What amazing materials! The way so many educational approaches (Reggio, Montesorri, Waldorf) are blended make them appealing across the board. Fine motor skills/creative thinking/aesthetics…can’t beat that combination!

574 Elaine July 30, 2013 at 3:21 pm

Hi Debbie, I have never heard of Spielgaben until I read about it today on your blog. I eagerly researched the product and played all the video clips on its site. I am impressed with the breadth of mathematical concepts it allows children to explore and the depth of problem solving it offers from the simple challenges that the majority of children in my nursery class of 3 year olds would rise to, but with lots of ready to hand elements to extend the more experienced children in my setting. A really worthwhile piece of equipment to have.

575 Tiffany Martin July 30, 2013 at 3:23 pm

These materials look like they are vey high quality. I can just see all of the imaginative play the children would engage in. I especially love the curved pieces.

576 Nancy Malone July 30, 2013 at 3:29 pm

As a preschool teacher in an early childhood inclusion class these materials offer hands on, playful learning opportunities for children with a variety of learning styles and differing developmental ages. We have introduced Montessori inspired materials and I would love to share these Spielgaben materials with our little learners.

577 Diane July 30, 2013 at 3:46 pm

I learned that the 12 soft woolen balls come as a set with 6 of them with strings and 6 matching ones without strings so that the children can evaluate different types of movement using the balls. I just think this set looks amazing for all the levels of learning that it provides.

578 Cassandra Cabrera July 30, 2013 at 3:50 pm

This is a beautiful learning resource for children! It was so interesting and exciting that the idea behind Spielgaben is learning through play and exploration. I love that Spielgaben is honoring our children’s nature in this way.

579 Mary Pat July 30, 2013 at 4:13 pm

I would love to have a set to use in our preschool. There are so many interesting activities! I love the product!

580 Allison July 30, 2013 at 4:18 pm

I would really like to use Spielgaben in my classroom! The products look inviting to all children and of course me as a pre k teacher.

581 sue d July 30, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Having looked through some of the boxes on the website, what really struck me as the question about knowing the difference between the different triangles. Not remembering the difference, it made sense to me to read on that was probably because I was told the difference, rather then experiencing the difference for myself by having the opportunity to hold and feel the different objects.
The sets look fantastic to investigate and really interesting to look at. Very attractive and appealing to young and old. I am sure that I would have as much enjoyment if not more than my little learners, in exploring these boxes.

582 Rob Kerr July 30, 2013 at 5:04 pm

What a fantastic product, so many opportunities for my little boy to explore whilst improving his maths knowledge.

583 Sarah July 30, 2013 at 5:28 pm

They were created my the man who started the original Kindergarten..
Would love to have it in my classroom!

584 Amy July 30, 2013 at 5:37 pm

The possibilities are endless! I love that all types of learning are possible, science, math, creativity.

585 LisaAbbott July 30, 2013 at 5:45 pm

I’m impressed with the levels of creativity. How can I find the price?

586 teresa July 30, 2013 at 5:59 pm

I am so excited about the Spielgaben learning resource. I am always trying to find new ways to engage and challenge the little thinkers in my class. This would be wonderful to have at my finger tips. The way the Getting Started guide is set up it looks like my class would be active hands on learners in no time. Thank you so much for all you do to help me to be a better teacher!

587 Joyce Kelley July 30, 2013 at 6:04 pm

Returning to the classroom this year, it is exciting to see a set of toys designed to encourage open ended discovery! I’m impressed with the design and storage, but am thrilled at the potential learning! I had no idea such a set existed. Here’s hoping my students will get to experience!

588 Sarah July 30, 2013 at 6:59 pm

I love that an educational resource, such as the Spielgaben products share that studies indicate that while other battery operated products are marketed as educational, they do not actually engage the brain to it’s full capabilities, thus the beeping, singing, and flashing of those toys are limiting our children’s educational experience with them. This is very problematic because research also shows that children learn through play. I like what Spielgaben is offering because their products encourage open ended play, which research does support. I’d love to see what my kiddies would do with such learning tools in their play space!

589 stella stewart July 30, 2013 at 7:38 pm

These products look beautiful, quality something that will last for years.
Great for hands on open ended learning/play love it!

590 Rosie July 30, 2013 at 8:00 pm

What I love about the product is that it allows the child to be creative in their own way as well as learns a variety of concepts like mathematics. This product seems it can work well with any age group.

591 Barbara July 30, 2013 at 9:31 pm

Beautiful learning materials! I once saw an original set of Fredrick Froebel’s ‘Gifts and Occupations’ at Wheelock College Library in Boston, Ma. and was so intrigued by them. How wonderful Spielgaben is making these simple, elegant toys available to today’s children. As they they say in their teacher’s video – it was be a great antidote to electronic toys and games.

592 Jane Wilson July 30, 2013 at 9:41 pm

It was interesting to learn that getting the parts out and putting them away is just as much an educational activity as using the items.

593 kim hearns July 30, 2013 at 9:51 pm

I like the fact that this product will help develop all ages birth and up. I trully enjoy how each box has an activity that goes along with each section. .

594 CherylGraham July 30, 2013 at 9:53 pm

The Spielgaben Learning Resource material provides children with hands on math exploration that they will not be able to do to in in a typical High School classroom. In High School they will simply memorized these terms instead of learning about them through exploration as a young child.

595 Michelle Disney July 30, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Upon further research this product would be especially useful in my mixed age classroom as it promotes learning at different ages, level, and ability!

596 Heather July 30, 2013 at 10:19 pm

What a beautiful, colorful set of manipulatives. It’s would be a welcome sight in any classroom. Would love to win these. I love the sturdiness of them and the users guide for optimal use. How cool it was invented by the founder of kindergarten.

597 marie July 30, 2013 at 10:20 pm

This product looks so inspirational! I love the ideas for matching and expanding patterns, and for copying block designs. The guide made it look to be clear and easy for a child to understand… and so motivating to use! The cutest thing was the weather game… what fun and creative wooden shapes!

598 melissa wheeler July 30, 2013 at 10:23 pm

The Spielgaben system looks fabulous! I love that they will update your materials if you buy the complete set. I also really like the plethora of ideas and activities they share with you online. What a remarkable find!

599 Jackie P July 30, 2013 at 10:35 pm

I love the open ended and mulitple uses of these materials. I can see students with all abilities and levels using and enjoying Spielgaben.

600 Pat McSweeney July 30, 2013 at 10:46 pm

Do you know the difference between an equilateral, isosceles, and scalene triangle? If you don’t, it is probably because you memorized these terms in high school instead of learning about them through exploration as a young child. While playing with Spielgaben
This is so true!

601 Shannon B July 30, 2013 at 10:46 pm

I didn’t know these had been around since the early 1800s. I love all the ways the children can explore with these!

602 Neslihan July 30, 2013 at 10:53 pm

My children in Kindy would love to explore and experiment with these open ended toys.

603 Letty July 30, 2013 at 10:58 pm

I love the creativity that children can enjoy & explore with the colorful materials provided. I’m amazed at how organized it is for storage, and how detailed the playguide is. What a remarkable resource to use with my Kindergartners and future Transitional K students in developing higher critical thinking skills through play!

604 jennifer July 30, 2013 at 11:07 pm

I love how one of the testimonial talks about getting rid of plastic toys and making room for durable, educational and open-ended toys. Kids soak up everything in their environment and this set would be very welcome in our house!

605 Mandy P. July 30, 2013 at 11:16 pm

Obviously this wonderful set of learning tools interests me greatly, but the thing that I think I’m most interested in is a review from another mom on the website saying that her 18 month old was also learning from it. I have a 4 yr old and 18 month old, so teaching simultaneously is a WIN!!

606 Lauren C. Norton July 31, 2013 at 12:41 am

“Gone are the days of worksheets”. I love that the children begin working with the spielgaben materials without direction . Each child is free to articulate their unique perspective thru their creations and therefore strengthen the cooperative learning process.

607 Jodi July 31, 2013 at 1:07 am

Wow–these look so cool! I was interested to learn how the children didn’t even need extensive instructions to begin exploring and loving the materials and using them in meaningful ways.

608 Reba July 31, 2013 at 1:17 am

I have two children in a Montessori school and this looks like the perfect complement for us to use at home. I love the natural materials, the free play, and the opportunity for learning. I am actually excited to play with it myself!

609 Cathy Bryan July 31, 2013 at 2:15 am

I love the use of natural materials in this great resource. It is wonderful that it is compact and yet can be used for so many different learning experiences.

610 Stephanie July 31, 2013 at 2:29 am

Hello! Thank you for posting this wonderful educational product! I would love to win this set and know I would put it to good use and can appreciate the numerous options to explore with the multiple sets. What I love about this product aside from the variety of exploration activities is how each set build upon the other. In particular, the comment about how children who play with these ‘blocks’ play differently from other children due to the variety of shapes and sizes included in set 2. I thank you for showcasing this and am looking forward to Friday to see if I won! :-)

611 Abbi Gutiérrez July 31, 2013 at 3:40 am

Hi. Thanks for reviewing spielgarben. The materials look lovely, and inspiring to work with. I even want to have a go at the activities myself!

612 Andy Evan July 31, 2013 at 4:02 am

Amazing. I think my girls would absolutely love it. so much to discover.

613 Leslie White July 31, 2013 at 6:56 am

I love knowing that Albert Einstein used Spielgaben and that it was invented by the same gentleman who created kindergarten! What an excellent resource for the classroom.

614 Rita Hernández July 31, 2013 at 7:10 am

Me encanta los juegos de Spielgaben, que lastima que no lleguen a España, a mi me gusta educar a mis hijas en casa, asi como descubrir mundos nuevos junto a ellas, y la verdad desde que conocí los juegos Spielgaben me enamore de ellos.

615 Kristen July 31, 2013 at 7:16 am

Wow, what appeals to me the most is the idea that children can familiarize themselves with geometry and trigonometry concepts through play, setting a foundation for learning later in life. I enjoyed those subjects in school but they were all-new to me at the time I learned them as a teen. Can’t imagine what it would have been like if I was somewhat familiar with the idea of all those shapes and names and concepts!

616 sarah July 31, 2013 at 8:11 am

This would be such a valuable asset to our routine.

617 Phyllis July 31, 2013 at 7:24 am

What a great product! I love how you can teach many different math concepts as well as science with just a few simple and fun objects. Will definitely be talking about this at my beginning of year staff meeting.

618 Sharon Wittmann July 31, 2013 at 7:40 am

This product provides a great way for children to learn and compare colors, shapes, patterning, etc. while also promoting creativity and individualized learning. A win-win combination. The organized teacher in me LOVES the storage case! What a great resource for home or the classroom!

619 Joette Ewing July 31, 2013 at 8:59 am

I can honestly say I had never heard of Spielgaben materials but after checking them out on their site….. I love them! I incorporate a few teaching styles in my Pre-K Class and I have to say they remind me of the Montessori Method. I instill learning activities aligned with this style as well. I love how you can adapt it to students at any stage if development and can scaffold their learning with these beautifully made materials (and storage, too)! I also appreciate that a learning guide is included! As a director of our program as well, I hope to be able to include Spielgaben in our budget soon!!!

620 Jacky July 31, 2013 at 9:13 am

I consult with preschools and always looking for great materials for them to use in the classroom. Would love to see children in action with these materials.

621 Chris B. July 31, 2013 at 9:16 am

This looks fascinating. I like the solids you can suspend between the uprights to make a pendulum.

622 Nanette Sposito July 31, 2013 at 9:39 am

I love the hands on activities, very warm compared to playing with plastic toys. I am impressed by the amount of endless play/learning that will occur with these toys. I would love to see these activities in our classroom and educating the parents on real play.

623 Brooke H. July 31, 2013 at 9:42 am

I watched the Why Schools Love Us video. I like the natural use of materials and the vivid colors. The simplicity allows for endless construction and use. The pieces are easily tangible and manipulated.

624 Karen DeShon July 31, 2013 at 9:56 am

I like the circles and semi-circles. I hadn’t thought about how much straight line learning tools we usually use. Believe the children would enjoy the curved objects and it is different. Thanks.

625 jessbmeteach July 31, 2013 at 11:22 am

I love using the shapes to create freestyle pictures. We use tanograms in my classroom but I think I have been limiting my kids by putting out the cards to match too…

PS I love your new book! Amazon delivered it early and I’ve already read it! I am recommending it to all my parents!

626 Jeanne Larson July 31, 2013 at 11:27 am

I am so very impressed with the Spielbagen set. I did not know how extensive the range for use is,nor that it was so complete in concept. I love that it includes such a thorough user guide, inspiration cards, and worksheets. Wonderful!

627 Megan N July 31, 2013 at 11:30 am

I had no idea this company existed or these beautiful learning resources were available. It’s lovely to have another resources for learning mixed with play and exploration. I also really like how these are geared for a parent to sit with a child and either help her or watch her. They keep the parents interest too! :)

628 Linda Travis July 31, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Math and Science in one box……plus art, imagination, manipulative, color, language…sounds like a deal to me!

629 Nancy Oakes July 31, 2013 at 12:06 pm

When I see this product, I WANT to sit down and play….forget the children…just kidding….It’s very engaging and the children will go crazy trying to build, copy and learn. It is an amazing product. Trying to keep the genuses in them and not dry it out.

630 Shannon July 31, 2013 at 12:15 pm

What a wonderful looking product! It was interesting to learn that Spielgaben was originally invented by the same man who started Kindergarten.

631 christa bradford July 31, 2013 at 12:53 pm

To me electronic entertainment has always seemed passive, although some companies sell “interactive play”, which often requires no more than pushing a button. I wonder if all the noise connected to these games are actually stressful to the children’s brain and development.
When our youngest son was small, he seemed very drawn to shapes which he could manipulate on the floor or table. I would love to provide the same creative learning to my grandchildren. So far I have not found a product similar to the Spielgaben set. By the way, we have 24 grandchildren… you could at times call our home a playground/preschool!

632 Melissa Clark July 31, 2013 at 1:16 pm

The possibilities are endless with this set. Discovery is such a motivation in our classrooms and this set really promotes discovery and really using their minds to learn about each activity. I am so excited, if we don’t win we will definitely try to save to get our own. I am really excited about the Spielgaben website!

633 Freda Evans July 31, 2013 at 1:23 pm

The inspiration cards interest me. The children will gain ideas about shapes in their real world experiences and have fun doing it! Very exciting!

634 Melissa Clark July 31, 2013 at 1:33 pm

I am drawn to the interactive worksheets. Good ol fashioned paper and objects in a world drawn to computers and digital everything!

635 Alice July 31, 2013 at 1:41 pm

This , is ” Amazing ” I would love to be able to use these wonderful tools of Education in my classroom . It would be an honor to do so , the children would just learn so much. I currently have kiddos ,with some learning delays & needs this would help them in all areas !!! Social emotional , literacy , Math , cognitive the list is none ending .

Thank you Alice .
Early Childhood Education Teacher .

636 Lee July 31, 2013 at 3:20 pm

This product looks like so much fun. I want to play with them and explore with them and that tells me know how much preschoolers would love them. I love the colors, the textures, the shapes and can only imagine how the weight and feel of them. Love, love love!!!

637 Lindsay July 31, 2013 at 5:47 pm

These toys look amazing! I like how there are so many ways for little ones to discover and use the pieces. Thanks!

638 Lauren July 31, 2013 at 6:39 pm

AMAZING! I love how beautiful and high-quality the materials are, the compact storage of it all, and how perfect the materials are for a mixed-age group! While watching the into video, my 6 year old said “ooooo – can I have that?” ;-) Fingers crossed!

639 Rebecca Sanfelippo July 31, 2013 at 6:51 pm

I Love the Spielgaben learning resource kit. These are the manipulatives I have been searching for my whole preschool teaching career! After visiting Spielgaben website, I am happy to see that it covers all of the Learning Domains listed in our Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards, which will be rated by our State Governing Agency, Youngstar. Thank you for introducing me to Spielgaben. I can’t wait to get my hands on one!

640 Bonnie July 31, 2013 at 7:17 pm

So cool! I would love a set for my classroom! I had never seen them before and enjoyed looking through their website. I know that I have a few Einsteins in my classroom!

641 Samantha Scocchi July 31, 2013 at 7:42 pm

I love how this set can be used in so many ways. The brilliance of these materials would be such a nice addition to loose parts play in my preschool classroom. Each set taps into multiple areas of development keeping them engaged and learning! I love it!

642 Ashley Echols July 31, 2013 at 8:22 pm

I think one of the amazing things I learned about this product is that it can be used throughout a child’s development. I like the idea of a “toy” that is not used once and only in one way, but used multiple times in multiple, different ways. I would love to share these with all the age groups at the school where I currently teach, and see what the kids can do with them.

643 Hanna R July 31, 2013 at 8:43 pm

I absolutely love that this encourages open ended play. My son has a fantastic imagination, and I work hard to cultivate it! It’s literally everything I look for in a “toy”.

644 Andrea Wright July 31, 2013 at 8:59 pm

Wow, when I visited the site, I was amazed by the beauty of the materials & the endless possibilities of exploration by children in this set of manipulatives. I am a Montessori teacher of 3-6 year olds and these materials would be a fantastic addition to my classroom. Maria Montessori was very much influenced by Froegel and the connection clearly shows; not only in the high quality of materials used but also in the way children can explore and discover through their manipulation of the materials. Thank you for providing this opportunity to win a complete set!

645 Darla Epperson July 31, 2013 at 9:09 pm

I love that the spielgaban addresses the benefits of synapse growth at a very young age. The dendrites that grow because of those synapse experiences with use of the spielgaban are exactly the information I’ve been sharing with my classes and parents throughout my teaching career of 33 years. Hoping my name wins the set! Thank you!

646 Elizabeth July 31, 2013 at 9:21 pm

These materials look like they’re such amazing quality! Browsing through some of the activities, I love how they teach not only mathematical concepts but also engineering and creativity. What fun!

647 Taleah July 31, 2013 at 10:39 pm

Wow, what a resource. I love the quality and simplicity of the objects… No fancy stickers or batteries.

648 Erika Russell July 31, 2013 at 10:50 pm

I am so excited about the Spielgaben resource! I have an 8 week old, a 3 year old, and a 6 year old, and I can see myself using this product for a long time. I learned (from the website) that this product can be used by kids of multiple ages and comes in a beautifully designed multi-set of boxes (along with a user guide!)

649 Cara Brandon July 31, 2013 at 11:10 pm

This kit looks amazing with endless possibilities in the preschool setting.
One parent who owns the set for her own children said that even putting the Spielberg program away is a learning experience in itself. The kids will sort and match the objects to the storage box.
The different forms and textures of the wood and fabric balls would just draw students in for complete eagerness and wonder.

650 Stephanie Davis August 1, 2013 at 12:02 am

These look great! Ever since I toured a Montessori school I have been looking for things like this for my children. These toys help kids learn math at an early age. Actually one of my favorite parts is that it packages up nicely in the storage case.

651 Amy August 1, 2013 at 12:18 am

I love that Froebel developed this. What a smart man! This is so intriguing, I can see that everyone of my students would want to explore these (even me!)
I love how they stored. The activities provided are great but I also LOVE the open ended possibilities.

652 Libby Monson August 1, 2013 at 1:37 am

Oh I love this. I love the wood and beautiful colors. I read about set 8 and the use of sticks to measure. So fun!

653 gabrielle August 1, 2013 at 2:13 am

I thought the sets were beautiful and all intrigue me. I was (like a few others) interested in the balls w/ and w/o string. I have poms around the house and they use them differently, but I hadn’t thought about them concretely or with specific uses. Feeling inspired. And a little in love with these sets.

654 Raj M August 1, 2013 at 3:52 am

I absolutely love that it is so interactive, comes with an idea guide and is in a wooden storage box!

655 Lee Henderson August 1, 2013 at 7:31 am

This is a great product. So many resources in one small place. My mind is spinning thinking of all the different activities that can be accomplished with this one tool. I would love to give my preschoolers and my grandchildren a chance to see what they can do with the contents. I love that it was created by the person who developed kindergarten!

656 Monika Mik August 1, 2013 at 8:32 am

I think now a days, children are so used to their electronic toys and such that tell them exactly what to do and how to play; there is no open-ended imaginative play. The Spielgaben set encourages children to create, solve, design, and think in different ways, which I think is wonderful. It provides colorful objects, an easy clean up, and a guide for parents and teachers alike so that kids can have the biggest benefit. Very interesting and cool product!

657 Lisa McCarthy August 1, 2013 at 8:58 am

I viewed the Spielgaben product and loved the open ended concept of it all. I think a preschooler could play with this this product in so many different ways with a different outcome each time. Thank you for sharing this product with us.

658 Kathy August 1, 2013 at 9:03 am

What a beautiful set! The circles and half circles are a great addition, because so often sets like these only contain straight sided figures. I also loved the idea of exploring line segments and points…I never thought to do that with four year olds.

659 Mary Gentzler August 1, 2013 at 9:18 am

What a amazing set for learning. I was impressed by the handbook would love to see it one day

660 Linda Polit August 1, 2013 at 9:26 am

I love the open-ended nature of these pieces. We have ages 2 – 5 in our preschool and I know that everyone of them would love these. I also like that it is an educational “toy” that has stood the test of time and has had a beneficial upgrade to make it current.

661 Jeri Elllen August 1, 2013 at 11:25 am

I can’t wait to watch my students explore different movement with the covered balls. The paired spheres have a string attached to one half; children can explore propulsion, momentum, velocity…and the material is so pretty!

662 Barbara August 1, 2013 at 11:44 am

The guidelines offered for interacting w/a child using the set are often intuitive; however, several of the suggestions added aspects that I hadn’t considered. For instance, “Getting toys out and putting them back away requires the child to collect, arrange and stack the pieces together. A parent should not put the toys away.” Teaching the responsibility of putting back what you use seems obvious, but I’d never considered that putting away also has it’s learning/creative side to it as the child learns how to “collect, arrange & stack” together to put it away.

663 Anita Hennessey August 1, 2013 at 1:49 pm

Thank you Deborah for always being on top of new learning/teaching tools for the preschool classroom. As I mentioned, the Spielgaben materials are quite reminiscent of Montessori and Froebel materials, which is what I’m all about!! I would love to have this in my preschool classroom!!

664 Lorna August 1, 2013 at 1:52 pm

I love how inviting they are to young children which promotes reasoning, creative and critical thinking.

665 Crystal August 1, 2013 at 2:10 pm

I love that the materials are made of wood and are durable. I also really appreciate the guidance provided by the guide.

666 Isis Arnesen August 1, 2013 at 2:13 pm

These are so wonderful. I am excited about the possibilities for artisitc creativity and geometric explorations we could do at home or in the classroom!

667 Jamie August 1, 2013 at 4:33 pm

What a great product; thanks for sharing! I think what excites me the most is that it can be changed and adapted to give so many years of use. I have a two year old and can just see us growing with this product! As two engineer parents, we love the idea of introducing science and math in such a hands on way.

668 Jennifer August 1, 2013 at 5:45 pm

A few things that caught my interest regarding this program is that you can use this material from 3 to 12 years old that is remarkable I also like the idea that this seems to be a parent coaching style of learning when asked about a child playing alone I am happy that ” . . . better if they play with a parent . . . young children may need some problem solving skills demonstrated” I think this is AWESOME!

669 Emily Syphus August 1, 2013 at 6:41 pm

These resources make my heart go pitter-patter to look at. I was interested to learn on the web-site that Spielgaben was introduced by the same person who introduced Kindergarten – makes sense given that they are both German words. Would love to have these around!

670 Patty Nowicki August 1, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Wow this is a really cool product. I like the idea of kids working together, collaborating to reach a common goal. After spending some time looking at the website I can see that these materials promote working together. Lately I have been making games that require the kids to work together towards a common goal rather than there being one winner at the end.The possibilities for active hands on play while developing language, math and collaborative skills seem endless with these materials.

671 Ashtynn Alba August 1, 2013 at 8:30 pm

I love that the materials are all natural and just looking at them on the table draws your eye and attention :)

672 Jennifer Webb August 1, 2013 at 9:52 pm

I am very impressed with the quality of this product. I found it interesting that these toys were developed by the same man who invented kindergarten. And they are beautiful!

673 Dianne Thurman August 1, 2013 at 10:07 pm

What a wonderful product! The creative possibilities are endless. I would love to have this set in my classroom.

674 Cari T August 1, 2013 at 11:18 pm

Spielgaben 7 looks great–especially the circles and half circles!

675 karen August 1, 2013 at 11:43 pm

beautiful tools for play with many possibilities. i feel it is so important to develop the brain during early years and these tools echo all that is important for doing this. so appealing to children and their curiosity. love.

676 Laura arnold August 2, 2013 at 12:04 am

I love the idea of having new and open ended toys available at my fingertips, it’s very exciting. I would love to see and learn more about the products.

677 Cindy Parker August 2, 2013 at 12:12 am

This would be amazing to have in our classroom!!!

678 jacquelyn williams August 2, 2013 at 12:23 am

This is a beautiful designed play tool for hours and hours of creatively to spark every child’s mind. The user guide is detailed and in full color. I love the idea of the user guide for each section are easy to read and follow. Each set contains a complete set of colorful tools to build competence in sensory, fine motor, basic math and problem-solving skills. The containers are easily labeled for easy storage. The Speilgaben is a tool that every child and teacher would be curious to use daily. Thank-you.

679 Jennifer Chen August 2, 2013 at 6:48 am

Love this. Love the materials as well as the storage.

680 Jennifer Lee August 2, 2013 at 7:19 am

This would be a great tool to use for math. It creates great thinking skills.

681 Bernadett August 2, 2013 at 10:48 am

I love this ENDLESS purposeful and playful learning opportunity that engage children with many different developmental challenges!!!!!!!!!!!

682 Kristine August 2, 2013 at 11:51 am

I am extremely interested in using this product for my own children and in my preschool. The videos shown on the website demonstrate the importance of the hands on experiences at such an early age. I loved that they pointed out that even “educational media” is overused. I appreciate the “task cards” provided because of how fast and simple it makes this product to use in the classroom. Thanks for introducing these items to me.

683 Leila August 2, 2013 at 12:04 pm

This is wonderful! So many possibilities for play and creativity!

684 Sarah Smith August 2, 2013 at 1:26 pm

I am impressed at the math opportunities provided by Spielgaben. I find one of the most difficult math concepts to teach is spacial relationships and the ability to show part and whole with the box 3 pieces is really exciting.

Thank you for sharing this product!

685 VERONICA V. August 2, 2013 at 2:39 pm

I absolutely love the endless possibilities and duration of time that this system will be used for. Although I love the look of the first system, I appreciate that the updated version is designed to make it easier for the children to put away.

686 Elizabeth August 2, 2013 at 3:50 pm

I love that these materials can be used from age 3-12+! Wow!

687 Amber August 2, 2013 at 4:24 pm

What a beautiful set! I am intrigued by the quality of the craftsmanship. I love the fact that this encourages creativity and cognitive development.

688 Dawn August 2, 2013 at 7:33 pm

I would not have thought of using woolen balls like this to help teach preschoolers. I love their idea of using the balls to help children “discover and evaluate” different kinds of movement. I love how one item can be used for many areas of discovery.

689 Michelle P August 2, 2013 at 8:02 pm

It was of great interest to me that using Speilgaben manipulatives would actually help develop language skills! Our preschool is Spanish & Chinese Immersion based, so this was very exciting to me and gives me great incentive to learn more about these beautiful learning resources. I can’t wait to try them with our little ones.

690 jacquelyn williams August 2, 2013 at 9:15 pm

This is a beautiful designed play tool for hours and hours of creatively to spark every child’s mind. The user guide is detailed and in full color. I love the idea of the user guide for each section are easy to read and follow. Each set contains a complete set of colorful tools to build competence in sensory, fine motor, basic math and problem-solving skills. The containers are easily labeled for easy storage. The Speilgaben is a tool that every child and teacher would be curious to use daily. Thank-you.

691 Rox August 2, 2013 at 9:55 pm

Love the endless opportunities for learning that this product provides. Each piece is simple in design yet enables children’s knowledge to grow in numerous areas.

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