Froebel's Gift 6
In Gift 6 the three-inch cube is divided into 18 oblong blocks, 12 flat, square blocks (caps), and 6 narrow columns.
Gift 6 continues from the form of the three inch cube introduced in Gift 5. As Gift 4 introduced new proportions to Gift 3's cubes, so does Gift 6 introduce new proportions to the three inch cube. This is a return to concepts of size and modularity introduced in Gift 4. The arrival of the classic construction components of the cap and the column brings a real architectural feel to this Gift. In fact, Frank Lloyd Wright's Larkin Building can be represented by using the contents of Gift 6, as shown in bottom right corner of page 24. As with Gift 5, this Gift is best used with children 5 years old and older.
The presentation is exactly the same as with Gift 3. Forms of Life: Again using the blocks to represent things from his/her life, the new sizes and shapes will be eagerly put to use by the child.
Continue discussion of fractions. Area and volume can be also be reasoned. Scale, proportion and modularity can be discovered by having the child make as many different squares as possible.
Use the blocks to awaken a sense of beauty by forming symmetrical designs which embody the principles of symmetry, proportion, balance, strength of center, rhythm and simplicity.
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