Proto-Legos and Frank Lloyd Wright

Model for construction of a house out of Froebel blocks from The Kindergarten Guide by Maria Kraus-Boche and John Drauss, New York, 1877

Model for construction of a house out of Froebel blocks from The Kindergarten Guide by Maria Kraus-Boche and John Drauss, New York, 1877

My guess is that you didn’t know that there’s a link between a primitive form of Legos and famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Well, there is. And if you’d like to learn more about it, show up at the Unity Temple’s event on April 6th. Details follow:


Inventing Kindergarten author to speak at Unity Temple

(Oak Park, Ill.) – The educator, Friedrich Froebel, who created the geometric wooden blocks that influenced Frank Lloyd Wright when he was a boy, also created the concept of kindergarten.

Architect and collector Norman Brosterman

Architect and collector Norman Brosterman

Inventing Kindergarten, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 9 at Unity Temple, 875 Lake St., Oak Park, Ill., will feature author, architect and collector Norman Brosterman, who will talk about Froebel’s contributions to early childhood education.

The lecture is part of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust Community Enrichment Series exploring Wright’s Chicago years and the influences that shaped his design philosophy.

Author of the award-winning book, Inventing Kindergarten, Brosterman became interested in the history of kindergarten while assembling a renowned collection of antique building block and construction toys. He recently co-founded Kaleidograph Design LLC, makers of the Kaleidograph paper kaleidoscope, pattern design toys, to create and manufacture nature-based toys in the spirit of Friedrich Froebel.­­­­­­­­­­

Admission is $8 and free for educators, Frank Lloyd Wright Trust members and volunteers. Register at http://flwright.org/programs/enrichment1.

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