"Mother Songs" (Mutter- und Koselieder)

Fröbel wrote "Mutter- und Koselieder" when he was in his fifties. It is meant to be a "Family book". It is a little universe, a Unity in itself. Fröbel wanted to sum up his thoughts on education is this book. Fröbel describes family situations from the daily life in a family. "Mutter- und Koselieder" has a motto for each picture and then a verse for mother and child. Fröbel also wrote commentaries to the pictures. The pictures, verses, rhymes an music should give the child an idea (Ahnung) of an inner world, that is from the outer world to the inner.

One of the purposes of the book was to develop a childs "body, limbs and senses" in various fingerplays and games with its mother.