Playful Learning with Spielgaben ~ October 2014

Playful Learning with Spielgaben is our monthly post sharing Spielgaben in action!  If you missed the introduction to this series, you can see it here and also see links to our past posts.. We were given the Spielgaben set to review and are honored to have them as a blog sponsor.  I will be sharing once a month a detailed post featuring Spielgaben.  You can also see my Learning with Ladybug posts to see what my daughter has done with this learning set!

Playful Learning with Spielgaben October 2014



Lessons We Enjoyed

This month we finished up our work with Set 8 and began our work with Set 9. I took small screen shots of the manual for you so you can see how the lessons are laid out.  They are very easy to follow and help me so much. I keep the user guide on my iPad and we use it for the lessons.  She likes that she can enlarge each step if needed to see exactly how something was built. it’s a nice bonus to a PDF digitally instead of printed!

We worked on Lesson 8-2 My Body Bones.

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Before we began the lesson, I got out a floor puzzle we have and we talked about our skeleton together for awhile.

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This was great to lead into the building of the skeleton with Spielgaben pieces!  She loved it!

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We also completed Lesson 8-3 Building a Spider Web.

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This was such a fun lesson for my bug-loving girl!

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We started our lessons with set 8, beginning with Lesson 9-2, Today’s Weather.

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First, we brainstormed different types of weather and then got busy building them together.

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Once building was done, I made labels for her to add some print awareness.

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She then asked if she could tell me a story about the creations!!  Sure honey, go right ahead!

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Mommy Inspired Play

She loved this one, mostly because she loves pumpkins!  I dug out many yellow shapes and put them in the bucket.  I built a pumpkin and as soon as she saw it, she began her own creations!

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It will be retailed at US $449.50 which will be higher than the current version 3.0 since a lot more materials & processes will be involved when the product is officially launched. But 1+1+1=1 readers can own this new version for over 15% off with a discounted price of US $380 including shipping if you ORDER before Nov. 15, 2014.

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Playful Learning with Spielgaben ~ September 2014

Playful Learning with Spielgaben is our monthly post sharing Spielgaben in action!  If you missed the introduction to this series, you can see it here and also see links to our past posts.. We were given the Spielgaben set to review and are honored to have them as a blog sponsor.  I will be sharing once a month a detailed post featuring Spielgaben.  You can also see my Learning with Ladybug posts to see what my daughter has done with this learning set!

Playful Learning with Spielgaben September 2014



We have had a pretty normal month of school, after a week long vacation during the first week of September.  We are currently doing about 1-2 Spielgaben lessons per week.

Below you will see I have divided the post into 4 categories ~ Lessons We Enjoyed, Free Play, Mommy Inspired Play, and Nature & Inspiration Guide Play It is a long post, I hope these categories help you find what you are interested in reading.


Lessons We Enjoyed

This month we finished up our work with Set 7 and began our work with Set 8. I took small screen shots of the manual for you so you can see how the lessons are laid out.  They are very easy to follow and help me so much. I keep the user guide on my iPad and we use it for the lessons.  She likes that she can enlarge each step if needed to see exactly how something was built. it’s a nice bonus to a PDF digitally instead of printed!

We worked on Lesson 7-7 Tessellation.

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This lesson was difficult for her but she enjoyed it.  The final result was really cool and she liked it!

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We also completed Lesson 7-8 Center Pattern Play

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Similar to tessellation, but with a center shape to build around. Again, this was a challenge but one she enjoyed.

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We started our lessons with set 8, beginning with Lesson 8-1, Smiley Sun.

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After exploring for a bit, we jumped right into the lesson.

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She insisted the sun needed a smiley face wince the lesson was called Smiley Sun.

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A flower…

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Free Play

I walked into the schoolroom one day to find that my oldest son had built a Creeper from Minecraft.

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Mommy Inspired Play

This one was a big flop.  I had hoped to inspire her to count apples with me, build more apple trees, and just have some fun.  Not her thing.  At all.  But still, isn’t it cute? {note ~ the letters are not from the Spielgaben set, but from a bead set we have}

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Nature & Inspiration Guide Play

I have our Nature Guide on the iPad also, I just set it up for her if she asks.  Here she was building flowers in a flowerpot, which she loved.

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In honor of our Selfish Crocodile theme, we built the crocodile again.  below you can see her enlarging the portion she was working on – a great feature of having the guide on the iPad.

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Spielgaben has a special deal for our readers for a new upcoming version.

See the brand new version 4.0 here!

It will be retailed at US $449.50 which will be higher than the current version 3.0 since a lot more materials & processes will be involved when the product is officially launched. But 1+1+1=1 readers can own this new version for over 20% off with a discounted price of US $360 including shipping if you PRE-ORDER before October 21, 2014.

Pre Order Special:  US $360 | AU $400 | GBP $222

Prices are approximate depending on conversion rates. All you need to do to claim your discount is send an email to [email protected] mentioning 1+1+1=1 and you will be provided with a discount coupon!

If reading this after October 21, 2014, Please check directly with Spielgaben via email for current discount available, prices change with version updates and conversion rates.

Playful Learning with Spielgaben Plans

If you are new to our monthly Playful Learning with Spielgaben posts, you can see our introduction here. We were given the Spielgaben set to review and are honored to have them as a blog sponsor.  I will be sharing once a month a detailed post featuring Spielgaben.  You can also see my Learning with Ladybug posts to see what my daughter is doing with this learning set!

Spielgaben in Homeschool Kindergarten

We are not actually using our Spielgaben set for formal lessons right now, and honestly I haven’t been using my camera much so although the kids are using our set for free play, I don’t have anything to show for it!

Since I don’t have a plethora of photos of the set in action,  this month I wanted to share my plans for incorporating Spielgaben into our Kindergarten. We will begin lessons again soon, and I have put together a loose plan for how our Spielgaben lessons will fit in.

Last year for preschool, we worked with Play Guide 1 and will continue on with it right where we left off. The really cool thing is that the section we are up to, begins the “Advanced” work recommended for ages 5 and up. 

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Our first lessons will begin with set 7, which features tablet shapes. She already loves these for free play, so I know these lessons will be a hit.  Here’s a peek from the introduction lesson.

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I looked through the lessons and plan to do all 8 of them.  They are the perfect step up from the lessons prior to this! I also love that with this transition we are now into the colored sets.  We worked with only the wooden brown sets last year for our formal lessons, I know she will be excited to learn with the colored sets too!

My plan for the Kindergarten year is similar to last year.  We will do 1-3 formal lessons per week, and tons of free play. We will also use the pieces for other things too, like we do now.  You can see many uses here in our Spielgaben, Is it Worth it? post.

We DO use the worksheets from the packs. Below are just 2 I have chosen to use to go along with set 7. One of the awesome ways Spielgaben has responded to parent/teacher concerns and requests is by now offering the full color version of the worksheets with NO background color {to save on ink}.  This is such a great change, everyone loves to save money on ink!  One way you could save even more ink is by slipping the set into sheet protectors and using a dry erase or Vis A Vis marker, so you can reuse the same worksheets with multiple children! 

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She knows when it is Spielgaben lesson time, and loves it. I love it because it is so Spielgaben Tessellationdifferent than anything else we do.  It is more abstract, more playful, and more fun.  It teaches things I sometimes don’t even realize! Honestly, it would be easy for the Kindergarten teacher in me to put this type of learning aside and opt for the way I taught school {when I was a classroom teacher}, but I know how valuable this type of playful learning is and how much she loves it. I may not be able to check off a box that says “developed combination skills and an artistic sensibility through tessellation play”  on a normal Kindergarten checklist, but man is it cool that we get to learn and play this way!

I know many of you purchased Spielgaben recently,  I am curious to know what YOUR plans are for using your set. Please share in the comments, and also any questions you have about our plans.  I will be blogging once a month, so you’ll continue to be able to see exactly what we are doing with our Spielgaben learning set!


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