Springfield, Mass. Milton Bradley Co., [n.d., ca. 1900]. First edition. Paper-weaving is Froebel Gift number fourteen. This Gift requires students to entwine thin strips of colorful paper to make geometric designs. The strips are often woven into a larger piece of paper that has a pattern of slits cut into it. Gift fourteen revisits and refines concepts in Gifts seven (sticks) and eight (parquetry), which both involve geometric pattern creation. Box (5 ” x 7 ” x 1”) enclosing instruction leaf (2 pp., 5” x 7”), nine completed paper-weaving projects (various sizes), strips of colored paper, two paper mats (through which to weave the strips), and a thin metal tool to use in weaving (8” long). To the best of our knowledge, the paper strips and mats enclosed here are the original materials issued with the kit. Some wear, mostly to box lid. Chipping to edges of instruction leaf. Some creasing to edges of paper-weaving samples. A very good example of this rare Froebel Gift activity kit. Patterned paper-covered board box with color-printed paper onlay showing a scene of young women doing paper-weaving. Item #17303
Milton Bradley published the first American book on the kindergarten, Paradise of Childhood, in 1869 and within the next few years was publishing these Froebel Gifts activity kits, plus kindergarten manuals, newsletters, and children’s books. Froebel Gift activity kits that include the instructions and materials for completing the activities are particularly scarce. Albums that contain students’ completed Froebel Gift projects (e.g., samples of paper-weaving, embroidery, and paper-folding) are generally scarce in commerce, but kits such as the present item are rarely found.
OCLC records no copies. We could not locate any other copies in commerce at this time.