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The idea

The Fantasielabor is built on the idea of community, individuality and sustainability. It offers time and space to encounter the world, oneself and other people, to express and to experience, to play, to create and to experiment. Learning processes occur in any of these encounters and are driven by the child's own curiosity and interest and evolve not only within the individual but in communities as well.


The material

Inspired by the idea of the Remida the Fantasielabor collects waste and left-over material that is donated by local business or industry. In a huge storage room all these materials are organized and sorted by materiality and/or color.

These materials are seen as valuable resources for creative and artistic work. In different work spaces children can work creatively with these materials and freely let their imagination grow. With this playfully approach to “disused” material children experience a new and sensible view towards their own use of waste.


The environment

Inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach the environment plays an important role in the Fantasielabor. The organization and aesthetics of a room are as influential to a child as are other children or educators. The room reflects a sense or culture and community, promotes communication, collaboration and relationships and holds the impact of creating an atmosphere that affects any activity in the room.

As part of the environment, provocations may be set up to pick up a certain stimulus and to frame the creative work space. A choice of material is given and aesthetically presented.


The artist studio & workshop

The artist studio offers a wide space to freely experiment with a variety of color and material which enable the children to express their 100 languages.

Besides basic artistic material such as paper, scissors or glue most of the material worked with in the studio are waste or left-over material donated by local business or industry. These materials do not indicate a certain way of using it and imply an openness to the children which promotes innovative thinking and creativity.

A fully equipped workshop invites children to hammer, saw or drill and to explore different kinds of wooden material. The wood is donated by a local carpentry – left over material that normally would have been thrown away.

In our studio and workshop children are given the opportunity to follow their own individual path of creativity and to be part of a creative community.


If you want to learn more about the FRÖBEL-Fantasielabor, if you have any questions or if you'd like to visit us, please don't hesitate to contact us:


FRÖBEL Fantasielabor

Henleinstr. 15

D-51107 Köln



+49 221 892448