My 2-year-old granddaughter, Zoey, and I have had a lot of fun with winter activities recently, and I wanted to add some Spielgaben activities to our shelves. Today, I’m sharing some ideas for Spielgaben activities using free printables I found online. Two of the activities will work for older toddlers who don’t mouth objects and preschoolers, while two are for older preschoolers through early elementary.
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In case you’re not familiar with Spielgaben toys, they are exceptionally high-quality educational toys designed for ages 3-12. You can see from the photo that the cabinet is very high quality and fits in well in a room with traditional Montessori materials. I love the new, easily removable drawers in version 4. The yarn balls from the 1st Spielgaben set can be used with babies and toddlers, too.
The Spielgaben complete set comes with over 1,000 pages of supplementary learning materials that help you as a parent or teacher easily use Spielgaben toys educationally with your child and/or students. All of the instructional materials are digital PDFs that can be printed out or viewed on any device. Now, you can also buy them in print.
Spielgaben Materials Used in This Post
I used Spielgaben wooden parquetry tablets. The parquetry tablets are the Froebel Gift #7. These are fabulous for reinforcing more advanced shape names such as isosceles triangle. Just sorting the shapes into the proper section of the divided box is a helpful activity for young preschoolers.
The Spielgaben wooden tablets look similar to pattern blocks you’ll often find at educational stores, although the Spielgaben tablets have some different colors and shapes. You can create designs using cards for pattern blocks with the Spielgaben tablets, although the Spielgaben tablets don’t include a hexagon or trapezoid. Those can be created from more than one tablet, which is a great exercise in spacial awareness.
I also used the Spielgaben points (wooden dots) to create Montessori-inspired activities. If you’re using Spielgaben toys in the traditional sequence used in Froebel education, these points are the 9th set or “gift” and have activities that can be used for advanced mathematical/geometric concepts. The points can also be used to create objects and designs.
The points are small, which makes them useful for practical life activities that develop fine-motor skills. And their small size makes them appealing to children in the sensitive period for small objects and details. This sensitive period is actually from ages 1½-4, although Spielgaben toys are only recommended for ages 3 and up because of safety considerations with babies and toddlers who put objects in their mouths. Most preschoolers are still drawn to small objects, so they will typically find the wooden dots very inviting. Of course, the dots can be inviting even for adults!
In addition, I used the Spielgaben vertex balls and rods from Version 4 or the Upgrade Kit 4.0 (if you have an earlier version). You could use the Spielgaben wooden sticks (set 8), which you can purchase separately if you have the latest version.
The activities I’m sharing today will often add a practical life component. I’ll link to free printables which will help make the activities simple to prepare yet attractive. I’ll also tell you where I found the materials for my activities.
Note: The yarn balls in set 1 are fine for babies and toddlers. The other sets should only be used with ages 3 and older unless your toddler no longer mouths objects or you are constantly supervising your toddler during an activity using the materials.
Building a Snowflake with Spielgaben Wooden Parquetry Tablets
This is an activity that’s espeically good for preschoolers and kindergarteners. It uses free snowflake pattern block mats from PreKinders. Younger children can use a colored mat, while older children can use a black-and-white mat to build the snowflake. (I used a Multicraft tray and Montessori Services basket.)