Playful Learning with Spielgaben ~ November 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 November 2014

 

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.

Lessons We Enjoyed

This month we continued 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 9-5, Center Pattern Design Play.

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We talked a lot about patterns, and symmetry all while we built something beautiful together.

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She loved seeing it grow as we took turns building.

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We also used a worksheet focusing on symmetry from set 9 Level 2. At first she couldn’t tell what it was and when she found out she was so excited!  She loves butterflies.

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Mommy Inspired Play

Recently my older son came to me and said, did you know L can add in her head?  I did not know this and he quizzed her on a few addition problems and sure enough she had it.  She was VERY proud of herself so I decided to expand on her joy.  I set up this simple addition activity and instantly she loved it.  I made three problems and wrote the answer choices on sticky notes and she put them in the right place.

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Then, she wanted to make problems for me, and even figured out the answers on her own and made me sticky notes to choose from!

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We went back and forth a few times, eventually ending up with a bunch of answers on sticky notes and a fun time of practicing addition together!

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Free Play

She loves Wikki Stix and she loves Spielgaben.  She asked if she could make something for each family member and got busy.  I am still not exactly sure what they are supposed to be, but we all got one.

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Two had already been handed out by the time I got the photo, we all love our little treats!

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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, or if I set up an inspired play. Below you can see she had a fun building afternoon, making one right after another!

A fox…

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A tiger…

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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 15% off with a discounted price of US $380 including shipping if you ORDER before Nov. 30, 2014.

Pre Order Special:  US $380 | AU $425 | GBP $237

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 Nov. 30, 2014, Please check directly with Spielgaben via email for current discount available, prices change with version updates and conversion rates.

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 ~ August 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 August 2014
We officially started school August 11, with a 4 day week, and then a 2 day week.  So yes, we started but we don’t really get into a consistent 5 day routine until after Labor Day. 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 continued our work with Set 7. 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 7-2 Finding a Parent Shape. Spielgaben 7-2

This was a pretty easy lesson for her, but as usual she enjoyed it. we built parent shapes by using the single shapes.  Gradually we expanded each shape also.

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We also completed Lesson 7-3 A Building Game. Spielgaben 7-3

Again, this one was pretty easy, as she matched solid shapes to flat shapes. We do lots of talking during these lessons, so even if it’s easier, the vocabulary is learned and reinforced.

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She struggled a bit more with Lesson 7-5, Spinning Top Game.

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First we built different stars together, this is the part that was a challenge for her.

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After we built various stars using different shapes, we added a few small circles to one of them to make a top.  The guide said to use double sided tape but we didn’t have any so we used school glue.

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This was a BIG hit, she loved it.  It was pretty fragile but it did spin well!

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Free Play

I don’t always catch her free play creations, but I did capture this one.  It’s Stitch from Lili & Stitch.

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Mommy Inspired Play

I like setting up different challenges for her.This was a basic color sorting game, with a fine motor emphasis.  At first she told me she didn’t like my game. I nonchalantly said, “OK, I am going to play, you can join me if you want!”

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Look who was with me before even a few seconds passed.  She loved it!  Girl can be so stubborn when something isn’t her initial idea!

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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 a butterfly.  This one was difficult for her and she needed a bit of help to get the design going. Spielgaben -0180 We talked a lot about symmetry as she worked on this one! Spielgaben -0195


Remember there is a special discount for 1+1+1=1 readers…

Spielgaben is offering an exclusive discount to 1+1+1=1 blog readers –

AU $374 | US $340 | GBP $205

including shipping to AU | USA | UK, which is over 15% off of the already discounted online price. 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! Please check directly with Spielgaben via email for current discount available, prices change with version updates and conversion rates.

Playful Learning with Spielgaben ~ July 2014

Welcome to our monthly Playful Learning with Spielgaben post!  If you missed the introduction to this new 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 is doing with this learning set!

Playful Learning With Spielgaben July 2014



This month we have been a bit off of our regular school schedule but have begun to build our Spielgaben lessons back into our school and free time.

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 began our work with Set 7.  We only did 2 lessons since we are not doing much planned school time right now.

We always begin with free exploration before starting any of the lessons.  She loves this and I try to give her as much time as she wants, even if it means we don’t actually get to a lesson that day!

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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!

The intro to set 7 included a chance to give each shape a nickname as well as learning the proper name.  She loved this!

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In addition to this we made our own chart and wrote the real names and her nicknames.  She only wanted nicknames for the different triangles.

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In the end, she made some of the shapes creatively!

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Lesson 7-1 was called Explore the Circle, and was all about making different things using the circle and semi-circle pieces.

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First, we made butterflies…

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A caterpillar, a boy and girl too!

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In the end we used the square to add to the semi circle to made hearts.  She then created this square heart on her own.

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Free Play

One day I set the trays on the floor an encouraged the kids to work together to create a game.  After a few minutes of encouraging, they had a blast and set up two different games together.

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The first was a ring toss…

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Then, they turned it into a disk toss.  They used the rings as the targets and the little circles to toss into the rings.

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For both games they used tally marks to keep score {the boys, not Ladybug}.

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Mommy Inspired Play

I set this up to go along with her You Can Read unit, she loved seeing her words made with her Spielgaben pieces.  I had hoped she would be interested in recreating them, but she wasn’t!  She just enjoyed reading them!

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I set this up to inspire the kids to add onto it.  I am not sure which kid even did the adding on, but I saw some additions later in the day, but then it was destroyed by another kid!

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I made the yellow spiral in one of the rings, using Wikki Stix.  Ladybug was immediately drawn in and made her own, on the right.

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The play continued and became a big creation.

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Little houses, people and lollipops.

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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.  Summer keeps us busy so there’s not much down time, but she did build this adorable dragonfly one day!

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Remember there is a special discount for 1+1+1=1 readers…

Spielgaben is offering an exclusive discount to 1+1+1=1 blog readers –

AUD 370 | USD 337 | GBP 200

including shipping to AU | USA | UK, which is over 15% off of the already discounted online price. 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!

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!


Remember there is a special discount for 1+1+1=1 readers…

Spielgaben is offering an exclusive discount to 1+1+1=1 blog readers –

AUD 370 | USD 337 | GBP 200

including shipping to AU | USA | UK, which is over 15% off of the already discounted online price. 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!

Please check directly with Spielgaben for current discount available, prices change with version updates and conversion rates.