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What we now know as a ‘sandbox’ was previously called a ‘sand table’ or ‘sand garden’, and it seems to have originated with a suggestion to Friedrich Froebel, founder of the kindergarten movement. His former student and devoted friend, Hermann ten. von Arnswald wrote to him on May 13, 1847
Artists impression of a Froebel Kindergarten showing at The Centennial World Fair in America. The children are playing with the Froebel 'gifts' at the table.
April 21st - Today marks the birthday of a German educator most Americans have never heard of but whose ideas about how young children learn have had a profound effect on many generations. His name was Friedrich Froebel and he believed that directed play was an important part of each child's education — a theory that led to the establishment of the first kindergarten.