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On display at Young V&A
Play Gallery, Build It, Case 6

This object consists of 8 parts, some of which may be located elsewhere.

Gift No. 1

Learning Toy
1992 (manufactured)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Set of six balls, each is a single solid colour (yellow, orange, purple, blue, green, red) crocheted using nylon wool with a long loop attached. Each is softly padded with cotton or cotton wool. With the balls is its original packaging consisting of a clear plastic tube with a white cotton tie attached. There is an instruction leaflet printed mainly with Japanese characters.

Object details

Categories
Object type
Parts
This object consists of 8 parts.

  • Ball
  • Ball
  • Ball
  • Ball
  • Ball
  • Ball
  • Packaging
  • Instructions
Titles
  • Gift No. 1 (manufacturer's title)
  • The Balls (generic title)
  • Froebel's Gifts (generic title)
Materials and techniques
Crocheted nylon wool, cotton, printed paper
Brief description
Froebel's Kindergarten Gift No. 1, knitted balls, Froebel-Kan Co., Japan, 1992
Physical description
Set of six balls, each is a single solid colour (yellow, orange, purple, blue, green, red) crocheted using nylon wool with a long loop attached. Each is softly padded with cotton or cotton wool. With the balls is its original packaging consisting of a clear plastic tube with a white cotton tie attached. There is an instruction leaflet printed mainly with Japanese characters.
Dimensions
  • Loops length: 460mm
  • Balls diameter: 60mm
  • Tube length: 350mm
  • Tube diameter: 53mm
Production typeMass produced
Object history
On entry, the condition was noted as 'mint, in original packaging'
Historical context
Froebel's Kindergarten gifts are based on a series of apparatus designed by Friedrich Froebel (1782-1852). Called 'Gifts' they were designed to teach the child about unity and symmetry in nature, whilst helping them to develop manual dexterity. There are seven 'gifts' in all, the first six consisting of solid shapes, whilst the seventh is comprised of flat geometric shapes known as 'tablets.'
Collection
Accession number
MISC.1091-1992

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Record createdJuly 1, 2009
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