Rainbow blocks are seriously beautiful. The moment that I saw them, when a friend posted a photo of light streaming through them sitting on her windowsill, I wanted a set for my kids (and myself)! So, when Krystal from Sweet Elephants contacted me to offer us a set to giveaway, I was beside myself with excitement thinking of all the wonderful ways we would use them! Here are 5 simple engaging examples :)
Kate from An Everyday Story and her son Jack explore Natural Light, watching the colours and shadows fall. I love that Jack was also able to explore the blocks after the sun had gone down by using a light table!
To extend the learning, your children could also take note of how the beautiful coloured shadows change length and vibrance, as well noting any other distortions or changes at different times of day.
Sage used the Rainbow blocks as a great tactile addition to recalling her shapes along with our free printables. The blocks are a great hands-on addition to use for shape sorting.
To expand this learning, your child could also use the shapes to make other shapes (for example two semi-circles make a circle and 2 squares make an oblong etc)
Jodie from Mummy Musings and Mayhem and her Miss had some wonderful free play outside in the winter sunshine with their Rainbow blocks. It led to some amazing play with colours and textures! I love that children will so often discover something even more meaningful than an adult could conceive.
To expand this, you could have your children do some texture rubbings around the yard.
Red, blue and yellow paint and our Rainbow blocks made for an awesome afternoon for colour mixing. The blocks were such a fantastic way for my little tactile learners to SEE exactly how mixing two primary colours works!
To extend this, have your children start making tertiary colours too!
Kelly from Happy Whimsical Hearts mixed her rainbow blocks with a selection of other building blocks and the results are lovely – little block cities full of coloured light shadows! I loved to see the addition of beautiful coloured stones in the building too.
To expand this you could have your children design a building for a specific purpose. For example you could say “Could you make your dream house?” Then ask about what makes it great by asking things like, “What does it include that makes it so good?”
Sweet Elephants GIVEAWAY!
(Australian entries only) WIN a set of Rainbow Blocks (posted anywhere in Australia) or a $50 voucher for Sweet Elephants! To enter, check out Sweet Elephants‘ beautiful range and: Answer this question“If you could choose any toy from the Sweet Elephants range, what would it be and why?” and write your answer in the comments below. Gain another entry for pinning this post too! Please share this post on one (or more if you would like to) social media site. We would just love it if you liked We Live We Learn and Sweet Elephants on facebook to keep up to date! Winner will be announced here in comments and will also be emailed. Entries close Friday 18th July 2014.