这些基本理念最初是由弗罗贝尔在他1826年的著作《人的教育》中提出的。他以有限的父母关注来看待自己的童年，并记住了自己的孤独，以此为出发点，他发展了自己的理想。在发展自己的教育制度时，他也借鉴了以前教育工作者的知识(Polito, 1996)(p。161 - 173)。随着专门针对儿童的电脑和电视节目的出现，现在很可能需要重新讨论这一点。研究的目的应该是确定缺乏来自父母和其他成年人的面对面关注的影响，以及学习被“移交”给机械设备。弗罗巴勒的情况似乎与今天许多孩子的情况有关。缺乏与其他孩子和成人的互动限制了学习情境的可能范围，并可能在以后的生活中产生与社会互动的问题，尽管需要对这一领域进行研究以充分理解其影响。只有电视或电脑娱乐也会严重限制孩子的想象力，因为缺乏个人互动和身体上的参与。这可能也会影响运动技能，通过缺乏使用和减少运动范围。在我自己的童年时代，我总是被鼓励使用创造性的戏剧，和我的朋友们一起创造戏剧场景，我们会为我们的父母表演小木偶表演。这种类型的游戏涉及到各种各样的概念;手工制作布景，语言能力写剧本，通过和别人一起玩来整合剧本，熟练地使用木偶。
These basic ideals were set out originally by Froebel in his 1826 book ‘The Education of Man’. He viewed his own childhood with limited parental attention and remembered his loneliness and using this as his starting point he developed his ideals. He also drew on the knowledge of previous educators when developing his own system of education (Polito, 1996)(p. 161-173). This point may well need to be revisited now with the advent of computers and television programmes specifically aimed at young children.Research needs to be aimed at determining the effects of lack of face to face attention from parents and other adults at home and learning being ‘handed over’ to mechanical means. There would appear to be correlations between Froebal’s situation and that of many children today. Lack of interaction with other children and a range of adults limits the possible range of learning situations and may create problems with social interaction later in life although research into this area needs to be conducted to fully understand the effects. Having only the TV or computer for entertainment will also serious limit the child’s imagination through lack of personal interaction and physically being involved in the play. This may affect motor skills too through lack of use and a reduced range of movement. In my own childhood I was always encouraged to use inventive play and would create theatre sets with my friends and we would perform little puppet shows for our parents. This type of play involved a variety of concepts; craft work to create the sets, linguistic skills to write the plays, integrated play by playing with others and dexterity to use puppets.