Grimms is a popular toy maker known for its gorgeous rainbow wooden toys. Grimms Rainbow toys are made from ethically sourced materials like wood, so they're 100% safe for kids and good for the environment. They come in vibrant and bright colours which help little children develop colour recognition.
Moreover, you can use Grimms Rainbow toys to teach your kid how to count, basic arithmetic, logic and problem-solving too! The little toy pieces are designed for your child's tiny hands which can help in developing fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and tactile memory. And finally, the wooden texture of these Grimms rainbow toys brings a natural feel into playtime that will be loved by both you and your child!
Your kids deserve only the best - why not give them a gift they'll love? With all of the benefits of playing with Grimms Rainbow toys that are listed above, it's easy to see why they are such amazing playsets for little children.
Grimm’s Wooden Toys are the ticket to imaginative and open-ended play! This design icon opens up worlds of a new play for your children. The reason for that is mainly Grimms beautiful simplicity in their products which children love which encourages open-ended play. 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 large wooden rainbow becomes a dolls house, another day it is used to build a bridge above train tracks for the holztiger dogs to cross or doubles as a fun colour sorting game. Building with these design icon wooden toys, and combining with other wooden icon toys like Holztiger and Osteheimer, means children will love building toys even more.
When I first saw the rainbow I instantaneously had two thoughts: “Wow! It’s beautiful!” and “I wonder, how can you play with it.” My second thought was probably due to my own lack of imagination and my upbringing, which was dominated by plastic toys (oh how I wish I had had more wooden toys!). However, those doubts didn’t stop me from ordering the gorgeous rainbow for my daughter’s second birthday last November. However, since November we have not only significantly extended our Grimm’s wooden toys collection by the semi-circles, the six balls, rainbow peg dolls and more, but the children and I have also discovered a million and one different ways of playing with our wooden rainbow – ok, maybe not a million and one exactly, but it certainly feels that way!
Building and Stacking
Something we enjoyed as soon as we unwrapped our wooden rainbow, was building really high towers. My daughter (2) loves how tall it is and I love how stable the building is. 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. Animal Figurines can go to sleep in it for example. My son (3) also really likes building castles: He puts two or three large rainbow pieces next to each other as a base and stacks the smaller building pieces on top. The “ground floor” is for vehicles, such as fire engines or carriages, while the top levels are for Ostheimer or Holztiger princesses, knights and other people who come to play.
Once our Grimms semi circles arrived, our rainbow towers got a whole lot cooler! They are not towers anymore but actual skyscrapers with different levels – the perfect urban home for our rainbow peg dolls!
Small world play
Using the rainbow in small world play is one of our favourite ways to play with it. My children love to build all sorts of different size rainbow houses and places with 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 wooden doll furniture inside and you are done, a great toy for any age!
Recently, my son became obsessed with building rainbow playgrounds for our peg dolls, other small figures and dolls. Turn the large pieces upside down and you have a sea-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 and suitable for any age and style of play!
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 our garage but live in a rainbow house – obviously. Here is where the long bits from our Tegu Set come in handy as doors!
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!
In the last week or two, I have also started to introduce my children to a little balancing game. Do not confuse this with the balancing boards and they're intended for different purpose.
First, I split all the pieces of the large 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. Of course, the rainbow is made from non-toxic water-based paints so is perfectly safe.
Colour Sorting and Counting
My children are two and three years old and kind of 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 starting to develop an interest and understanding of quantity, so I let her count the pieces of the actual rainbow.
Pieces of Art and Storylines
The different sized arches of the large rainbow are of course not only perfect for building towers, castles, and houses but also for arts crafts. They are also ideal to create fields of flowers, waves in an ocean, statues, ornaments and many many more works of arts crafts! 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 built 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 large rainbow(play)
If there truly is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, I doubt that we will ever get to it with the Grimm’s large 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!
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Is a Grimms Rainbow just a very expensive piece of coloured wood? Or is it a fabulous plaything that will be treasured for generations?
Hand crafted from a single piece of wood a Grimms rainbow is a rainbow shaped stacking toy that has been designed to be used in a myriad of ways.
Available in a natural, monochrome or rainbow coloured finish all the wood stains are non-toxic water-based colours that are safe for little hands and mouths.
Plus each Grimms toy has been lovingly designed to inspire the imagination and engage children rather than just providing them with entertainment. Yes it’s just a coloured piece of wood but arguably there’s a lot more to it than that.
The Beauty of a Grimms Rainbow
For many people the thought of spending around £60 on a toy that doesn’t do anything is ludicrous. For others, a handcrafted wooden stacking toy is a thing of beauty that will inspire years of imaginative play and look great on the mantelpiece.
If you love wooden toys then there’s no denying that Grimms make some really beautiful examples. They are all handcrafted and stained rather than painted to retain the natural characteristics of the wood, including the grain and knots which again some people love and others feel is a flaw.
There’s something magical about a rainbow, the colours and the way they appear out of nowhere, and the toy seems to delight and captivate children in the same way a real rainbow does when you see one in the sky.
And this isn’t just a toy for kids. Grown-ups love them too. Both because of the way they look, much nicer than a plastic rescue tower, and because there are so many ways to play with them.
An incredibly versatile toy
The other beauty of a Grimms rainbow is the versatility you get from such an attractive yet simple toy.
The rainbow is designed to be stacked and this is aided by the fact the natural texture of the wood is maintained. And there are some amazing creations to be made either with just the rainbow or by combining it with other grimms toys.
The chunky pieces are easy for little hands to get to grips with. And the smaller rainbows make perfect travel toys for stacking when you are out and about.
As well as being a stacking toy you’ll find your rainbow gets used for lots of other purposes. The pieces make great tunnels and bridges for games with cars and trains, can be arranged into lots of fun ball or marble runs. But they also get used for colour matching, animal enclosures, doll beds, mermaid tails and anything else you or your little ones can imagine.
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