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Rules of Play

V&A Dundee
20th December - 23rd June | 10.00 - 17.00
Explore the Rules of Play at V&A Dundee and be inspired to build your own creativity.

Designer Gabriella Marcella’s colourful installation invites you to consider the importance of play and a back-to-basics approach to design.

Made up of 200 enlarged toy planks in five bright colours, the new installation celebrates the work of the inventor of the kindergarten system, Friedrich Froebel. Dismissing the view that play was a form of idleness, Froebel created a series of play materials know as ‘gifts’ including different forms of wooden building blocks.

Gabriella said: “It seems obvious to us now, but Friedrich Froebel was one of the first people to recognise the true value of play and how it can help explain the world around us. I became intrigued by the idea that simple tools and forms can help us understand complex ideas.”

Her large-scale versions of these building tools have been made to the exact 1:3:15 size ratio of KAPLA planks, designed to enable players to create structures of all shapes and sizes without the need for fixings.

With 10,000 KAPLA planks available and questions designed to prompt your imagination, visitors young and old are invited to get involved hands on and construct their own Rules of Play.


Rules of Play, designed by Gabriella Marcella and fabricated by Old School Fabrications, will be on display in V&A Dundee’s Michelin Design Gallery until Sunday 23 June 2019. The installation has been supported by KAPLA® and the Michelin Corporate Foundation.

This installation is within our Michelin Design Gallery which is free. No tickets are required.

For information on the accompanying programme of talks, workshops and family activities, visit


Type: Family friendly; Interactive
Rules of Play
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