1883 Kindergarten Pilot Programmes Introduced

  • Froebel Block Set

    New Ideas on Learning for the Very Young

    In 1883, amidst controversy from clergy and some politicians of the day, the first publicly-funded kindergarten programme was started. The controversy revolved around funding of the endeavour and around the reformist views of kindergarten’s greatest proponent, Friedrich Froebel. The concept of kindergarten focused on child-centred learning rather than rote and memorization and encouraged spontaneity and play-based activities. Kindness and gentle direction were the hallmarks of the kindergarten teacher; these were evident in Ada Marean, the first kindergarten teacher in the programme’s inaugural year.

    Milton Bradley Company, Springfield Massachusetts

    Wood, paper, varnish


    Set of 5 boxes of various sizes with sliding lids.