Gift One: from 3 months to 13 years; or infants, toddlers, children in Kindergarten, Connecting School and Academy.
Froebel’s Gift One consists of six knitted, crocheted, felted, or rubber balls in the three primary colors of red, yellow, and blue and the three secondary colors of orange, green, and purple. Some of Froebel’s notes include a seventh color of indigo and the colors of black, white and grey for older children.
Today, as in the past, the set of Gift One balls include six rainbow colors without strings and six with strings attached in a wooden box with a sliding lid. This Gift serves as the introduction to Froebel’s educational toys.
The Gift One balls can be used with children of different ages. It is best for a parent to begin by playing with their young infant and to continue onto the rambunctious toddler stage and into the inquisitive pre-school age. At the age of four a child is ready for Froebel's Kindergarten work with Gift One and some of Froebel’s Occupations appropriate for this age group . Exploring the child’s environment through music, movement, games, nature walks & field trips are beneficial for the active age.
A parent and/or teacher can use the Gift Ones balls with children in the Connecting School age group of 8 to 10 years old. The Gift will be used to discover their environment on a deeper level. Writing, reading, research and handwork are part of the explorations. From there work with older, academic children ages 11 and up is shared. Gift One is studied historical & geographically. More elaborate handwork and research are conducted.