Sets of fine sticks which allow children to explore the possibilities of lines.


Stick laying or 'drawing with sticks' is one of Froebel's Occupations - creative activities and experiences for young children.

"Through the Occupations, children can:

  • represent, be inventive and engage creatively and imaginatively
  • build their physical competencies
  • make links to everyday life, nature, knowledge and understanding
  • be empowered to move from the here and now to the abstract (so laying the foundations of literacy and mathematical understanding)
  • develop dispositions and attitudes that will benefit them in the adult world of work."

Prof. Tina Bruce and Jane Dyke, Learning from Froebel (2017)

A set of sticks - as used in early years settings today.


Froebel's Gift 13 from c.1953. Image reproduced here with permission from the Froebel Archive for Childhood Studies


A stick laying sampler by Fanny Paul from the 1890s. Image reproduced here with permission from the Froebel Archive for Childhood Studies

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