Froebel's Gifts

"They were to be Gifts  handed to children, not to signify a present given, but a tool which would help children to indicate their gifts so that the adult would know which areas of a child's interest and understanding to encourage most. For, after all, children learn best by concentrating on that which they know, rather than on that which was still confusing and nebulous. The detailed study of the Gifts not only provides us with information regarding the composition and uses of them, but also introduces us to Froebel's educational principles, applicable to pupils at any age."

Quoted from: A Child's Work by: Joachim Liebschner, page 71.