Thursday, October 16, 2014

gifts, still and in motion...

Stacked in this order #2 presents a human form
A stand for Gift number 2 shown in the video below allows the three geometric solid shapes to rotate on a string and for kids to see that objects set in motion do not appear just as objects appear when still. In this case, the cube is spinning with the string attached to one corner. Naturally, the sphere, when spun appears unchanged. According to Wiebé's The Paradise of Childhood, describing Froebel's original kindergarten gifts:
"an interest in form, inspired in this way, may lead to later investigation into the mysteries of the sciences, results of which eternity alone can measure."
Modern schools seem to care little for eternity.

Make, fix and create...

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