Froebel House

The foundation stone for the Fröbelhaus in Bad Blankenburg was laid on June 28, 1900, sixty years after Kindergarten was named by Friedrich Froebel.


This building was used as a kindergarten and a recreational facility for kindergarten teachers. The first Fröbel Museum was located here from 1910 to 1946.

Today the Fröbelhaus is home to the Kindergarten in Bad Blankenburg. The Kindergarten features a wide variety of activities and games, and contains a large room for social, musical, manual, conceptual and creative learning and doing. The focus is on teaching young children through play.

Fröbelhaus Bad Blankenburg

The Thüringia Fröbel Seminary training facility is also located in the kindergarten complex and features annual courses for kindergarten teachers. The courses include the use of Fröbel’s play gifts, early childhood education through play, the stimulation of a child’s creative powers, and the opportunity to implement these concepts under today’s conditions.

Contact Kindergarten:

AWO Kindergarten Fröbelhaus
Bähringstr. 6-8
07422 Bad Blankenburg


The city council provided land on the condition that construction would begin within 2 years. Donations were so successful that on 28 June 1900 the foundation could be laid. Most funds came from the Kindergarten Union of North America.

Despite best efforts, it was not possible until 1902 to raise enough money to start construction of the Art Nouveau building, that was opened on 6 August 1908.

The kindergarten was on the ground floor and several guest rooms were on the second floor. The museum was opened in 1910, on the first floor. source

175 years of Kindergarten

Kindergarten was named by Friedrich Froebel on June 28, 1840 at Bad Blankenburg during the Gutenberg Festival to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the invention of printing by movable type.

The first kindergarten at Bad Blankenburg was a new cultural form, which combined work, family, child care and education.

Froebel recognized in particular how each child acquires knowledge about himself or herself and the world through activities, that correspond to the nature of each child.




Although much has changed since 1840,

many of Froebel’s principles continue to guide high quality early childhood education around the world today.

Read more about the history of the kindergarten and of early childhood education along Froebelian lines at the International Froebel Society

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Friedrich Froebel

My educational method offers to its pupils from the beginning the opportunity to collect their own experiences from things themselves, to look with their own eyes and learn by their own experiments to know things and the relations of things to each other, and also the real life of the world of humanity; this last however, within the limits necessary for morality and not divested of the nimbus of the beautiful and the ideal.

In such a manner a greater inward as well as outward independence will be gained, which teaches one how to stand on one’s own feet . . . The too much and too early knowledge with which youth is crammed prevents men from reaching a true and real independence, which is only the fruit of the vigorous efforts of one’s own powers, especially by acting and doing.

Friedrich Froebel quoted by W H G Armytage in 1952

via Friedrich Froebel invented Kindergarten.

Appeal to Women

One cannot read without admiration and emotion these words of Friedrich Froebel, toward the end of his speech on Sunday 28 June 1840, at the Gutenberg Festival in Bad Blankenburg.

“Therefore, I dare, confidently to invite you who are here present, honorable, noble, and discreet matrons and maidens, and through you, and with you all women, young and old, to assist in the founding of an educational system for the nurture of little children, which shall be named Kindergarten, on account of its inner life.”

“The idea of furthering the proper education of the child through appropriate fostering of the instinct of activity, acts like light and warmth, imperceptibly and beneficently, on the well-being of families and citizens; how much greater then are the possibilities of the daily, or even weekly, or monthly, attendance at such an institution. Staying here for a few hours has a good and blessed influence for days, weeks, months, and years; for good is not like a heavy stone which only acts, and is perceived where it presses; no — it is like water, air, and light, which invisibly flow from one place to another, awakening, watering, fertilizing, nourishing what is concealed from the searching eye of man, — even slumbers in our own breasts unsuspected by ourselves. Good is like a spark which shines far and points out the way and direction. Therefore, let us all, each in his own way, advance what our hearts recognize as good — the care of young children.

“Is the beautiful any less a gift and a real value in our life because it passes away easily? Is the good also any less a gift because only the heart perceives it? Is the true any less a gift because it is unseen, and only the spirit observes it? And shall we count for nothing the happiness of the children, in joy of heart and peace of mind? You can enjoy these great gifts in full measure; for they are the fruit of your cooperation, the fruits of the Garden which you establish and nurture.

take the lead and stand as models, to advance the happiness of childhood

The Kindergarten was founded at the Guttenberg festival in 1840, a day which pointed to a universal breaking of the light. In his report of June, 1843, which is signed by the burgomaster Witz, as well as by Middendorff and Barop, Froebel could announce good results of his effort and a general and honorable recognition.

In order to kindle the sparks of appreciation glimmering here and there into a clear flame by the breath of his own never failing enthusiasm, Froebel proposed to visit surrounding larger cities. He succeeded, especially in Hamburg and Dresden, in winning laborers for his vineyard, and in establishing Kindergartens. The seed corn which he thus scattered fell in good soil, and grew to flowering plants through the faithful care of his pupils and adherents.


In 1838, Friedrich Froebel published a request for families to unite to carry out the motto of this paper:

“Come, let us live with our children.”

“As this paper is designed, first of all, to explain and introduce the proposed institution, it begins immediately with the foundation of the whole. In the germ of every human being lies embedded the form of its whole future life. On the proper comprehension and care of this beginning depends solely the happy unfolding of each human being leading to perfection, and the ability to accomplish their own destiny, and thus to win the true joy and peace of life. The active and creative, living and life producing being of each person, reveals itself in the creative instinct of the child. All human education and true culture, and our understanding also, is bound up in the quiet and conscientious nurture of this instinct of activity, in the family; in the judicious unfolding of the child, to the satisfaction of the same, and in the ability of the child, true to this instinct, to be active.”

The Sonntagsblatt (1838-1840) has a special value, because Froebel published in it his play gifts (Spielgabe), explained their meaning, and described their use.

Froebel’s practical experiment in Blankenburg was received at first with doubtful smiles. But when the people saw with what joyful zeal children of every age, after a short time, pressed to the merry sports, in the invention of which Froebel was inexhaustible, and in the guidance of which he was a master; when the children took home their ornamental sewing and weaving, where, contrary to their former habits, they devoted themselves, of their own free will, to entertaining occupations, then, with their growing understanding of the system, the parents began to appreciate it, and doubt changed to true interest in Froebel’s young creation.

In the midst of this activity, full of life and experience, the idea of the Kindergarten grew clearer and fuller in Froebel’s mind. Based to these experiences, Froebel made his gifts for play as simple as possible, to enable each child to express the instinct of activity, so worthy of recognition, and to nurture in each child the desire for knowledge and learning.

In 1840, at the Guttenberg festival, which the educational institutions for children and youth in Blankenburg and Keilhau celebrated in common, Friedrich Froebel presented a new and more comprehensive plan, which he hoped to call into life with the help and participation of many people.

Fröbelspur Bad Blankenburg

Friedrich Froebel moved to Blankenburg in January 1837 and lived in this house until June 1846, while devoting himself to young children and creating Kindergarten.
Between May 1837 and 1850, the play gifts designed by Froebel (balls, spheres, cubes) were made in this house by master carpenter Löhn, assisted by artisans and women of the village.
Monument in the park where Friedrich Froebel held kindergarten games.

Fröbel-Spur Bad Blankenburg – Willkommen auf der Website der Grundschule “Friedrich Fröbel”!.