5 Cool Ways to Play with your Grimm’s Rainbow
Even beyond the borders of Baba Me land it’s no secret that Grimm's Toys are the ticket to imaginative and open-ended play! The reason for that is mainly their beautiful simplicity. While the vibrant stained wooden arches appeal to children of nearly all ages, they don’t limit them to a specific type of play. One day the rainbow becomes a dolls house, another day it is used to build a bridge above train tracks, a tunnel, a cave, a castle or doubles as a fun colour sorting game.
When I first saw the 12-piece Grimm's Rainbow I instantaneously had two thoughts: “Wow! It’s beautiful!” and “I wonder, what you can do with it.” My second thought was probably due to my own lack of imagination and my upbringing, which was dominated by flashy and loud plastic toys instead of simple wooden toys. However, those doubts didn’t stop me from ordering it for my daughter’s second Birthday in November 2016. I was lucky to get my hands on it before they became as sought after as they are now and figured that even if it’s never played with, it would still look pretty!
Since then we have not only significantly extended our Grimm's Toys collection with the semi-circles, the six balls, the smaller rainbows, rainbow friends and many many more, but the kids and me have also discovered a million and one different ways of playing with our rainbow – ok, maybe not a million and one exactly, but it certainly feels that way!
Grimm's Rainbow Ideas: Building and Stacking
Something we enjoyed as soon as we unwrapped our rainbow, was building really high towers. My daughter loved how tall they are and I loved how stable they are. Unlike towers with regular building blocks or stacking toys, this one doesn’t fall over as easily and can actually be played with e.g. Djeco figures or Holztiger animals can use it as their home for example.
My son really enjoys to build castles: He puts two or three big rainbow pieces next to each other as a base and stacks the smaller pieces on top. The “ground floor” is for vehicles, such as fire engines or carriages, while the top levels are for princesses, knights and other people.
Once our semi-circles arrived, our towers got a whole lot cooler! They are not towers anymore but actual skyscrapers with different levels – the perfect urban home for our rainbow people!
Grimm's Rainbow Ideas: Small world play
Using the rainbow in small world play is one of our favourite ways to play with it. My kids love to build all sorts of different houses and places with the arches. Our cute little dolls house is done very quickly by using the different pieces as curved walls. That way you can create different sized rooms in the colours of the rainbow – put some dollhouse furniture or other bits and pieces inside and you are done!
Recently, my son became obsessed with building playgrounds for our rainbow friends, other small figures and dolls. Turn the rainbow pieces upside down and you have a see-saw, the right way around they can be used as a slide or monkey bars and a few of the small pieces quickly become a cave for hide & seek. We also had a zoo, a hospital and a fire station – there are truly no limits!
In combination with our semi-circles, we also love to build a little village of rainbow houses. These are two or three story houses, which are used as homes for our Holztiger animals or our cars, which go to work in the toy garage, but live in a rainbow house – obviously :) Here is where the long bits from our Tegu sets come in handy as doors! You could of course also use the new Grimm's Toys Building Boards as doors, slides or even ladders! There really is no limit to your child's imaginative play!
Grimm's Rainbow Ideas: Balancing games
This one is more for me than for my kids, but sure even better if the entire family gets pleasure out of one toy. I love sitting down in the evenings, trying to replicate all those cool balancing built ups that pop up in the Baba Me Facebook Group every now and again. Honestly, I mostly fail, as unfortunately, my German roots didn’t bless me with a massive amount of patience – it’s still fun trying though and sometimes us adults get really competitive with it!
A few months ago I have also started to introduce the children to a little balancing game. First, I split all the pieces of the rainbow and divide them evenly between the two. Sometimes we decide that the biggest red arch is on the bottom, sometimes it’s one of the smaller ones. They then take turns in stacking and balancing the pieces on top of each other. I showed them some example pictures to get their imagination going and it’s amazing what they actually manage to create – we always do a little celebration dance, when all the pieces are stacked up and nothing falls over :)
Grimm's Rainbow Ideas: Colour Sorting and Counting
My children are three and four years old and know the different colours, but at the same time get confused by them sometimes. I try and play a simple game of colour sorting as often as I can and whenever they cooperate :) I separate the rainbow and lay the pieces on their edge, so it looks like a colour bay. Then I grab whatever is handy – usually rainbow friends, balls and a box of small random toys and ask my kids to sort the items in the bay with the same colour. They are almost always up for that challenge and get really excited when everything is matched up.
This game can easily be extended to a counting game as well. I usually ask my son to count the pieces in the different coloured bays once they are all matched up, but for an even bigger challenge, they could also be counted when placing them there. My daughter is just after starting to develop an interest and understanding of quantity, so I let her count the pieces of the actual rainbow. This led to her being very into her numbers and counting everything she sees.
Grimm's Rainbow Ideas: Pieces of Art, Fairy Tales and Storylines
The different sized arches of the rainbow are of course not only perfect for building towers, castles and houses. They are also ideal to create fields of flowers, waves in an ocean, statues, ornaments and many many more works of art! My children have recently started to create scenes from some of their books with the rainbow – they basically take their preferred picture in one of their books and build that picture with the rainbow and other bits and pieces. The funny thing is, that the building elements are always changing, except the rainbow, which seems to be constant and is always the first to come out.
I don’t have any story sacks yet, but I imagine the rainbow as a great backdrop for many of them!
I can’t see the end of the rainbow(play)
If there truly is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, I doubt that we will ever get to see it with the Grimm’s rainbow! There are just too many possibilities and ways to use those beautifully curved pieces of stained wood. All my original doubts about the rainbow are long gone and have been replaced by total excitement, especially when I see my kids being able to follow wherever their imagination takes them, without boundaries or limitations!
What is your kid’s favourite way to play with their Grimm’s Rainbow?
Want to get to know the beautiful Grimm's Pastel Range? Check out the video below!