How to Play with a Rainbow Stacker 8 Different Ways

Eight different ways to play with a Grimms Wooden Rainbow Stacker toy from  encouraging your child's imaginative play to promoting STEM and early Math skills and building your childs spatial awareness and fine motor skills, you'll be amazed at the many ways you can play with this one toy!

Last week I shared a photo on Instagram of the house my youngest child had made with her wooden stacking rainbow. She often uses the rainbow like this I'm not surprised to see this scene on the lounge room floor but the photo attracted quite a few comments which made me think it was worth sharing some of the different ways we play with our wooden rainbow here on the blog. 


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Eight Different Ways to Play with a Grimms Rainbow Stacker - from creating small worlds for pretend, to challenging your youngest builder and  exploring early Maths and STEM concepts, a Grimms Rainbow Stacker is the perfect toy and a must for any childhood | you clever monkey

We haven't had our stacking rainbow very long. It was one thing I'd looked at for the longest time then looked at the price and kept telling myself that we didn't really need one. 

My eldest child is ten years old and it took me nearly as long to purchase a Grimm's Wooden Stacking Rainbow for our house. Before last Christmas I had a it's-now-or-never moment, my youngest was four and soon enough their wish to fill the lounge room floor with their play will have gone. So I got one, for not too bad a price from Amazon, and have not regretted it at all.
Eight Different Ways to Play with a Grimms Rainbow Stacker - from creating small worlds for pretend, to challenging your youngest builder and  exploring early Maths and STEM concepts, a Grimms Rainbow Stacker is the perfect toy and a must for any childhood | you clever monkey


1.CREATE A SMALL WORLD

Our rainbow stacker is often used in small world play. You can see it being used here as part of an invitation to play I had set up in our kitchen last summer.  Sometimes it's just used in the background.


Eight Different Ways to Play with a Grimms Rainbow Stacker - from creating small worlds for pretend, to challenging your youngest builder and  exploring early Maths and STEM concepts, a Grimms Rainbow Stacker is the perfect toy and a must for any childhood | you clever monkey


While other times, it's right in the middle of things.


Eight Different Ways to Play with a Grimms Rainbow Stacker - from creating small worlds for pretend, to challenging your youngest builder and  exploring early Maths and STEM concepts, a Grimms Rainbow Stacker is the perfect toy and a must for any childhood | you clever monkey

I've also used it in the classroom to invite pretend play.

Eight Different Ways to Play with a Grimms Rainbow Stacker - from creating small worlds for pretend, to challenging your youngest builder and  exploring early Maths and STEM concepts, a Grimms Rainbow Stacker is the perfect toy and a must for any childhood | you clever monkey

2. EXPLORE SYMMETRY

One Perfect Day explored shapes and symmetry with this lovely invitation their rainbow stacker. It was enough to make me go and get a cheap mirror to play with at our house! Look at that reflection!  A perfect way to explore shape and symmetry through play.


Eight Different Ways to Play with a Grimms Rainbow Stacker - from creating small worlds for pretend, to challenging your youngest builder and  exploring early Maths and STEM concepts, a Grimms Rainbow Stacker is the perfect toy and a must for any childhood | you clever monkey
Photo credit - One Perfect Day

3. BUILD IT

Many times we have used our stacking rainbow to build with whether it be to turn someone into a human caterpillar...


Eight Different Ways to Play with a Grimms Rainbow Stacker - from creating small worlds for pretend, to challenging your youngest builder and  exploring early Maths and STEM concepts, a Grimms Rainbow Stacker is the perfect toy and a must for any childhood | you clever monkey

Or more to create more predictable stacking sculptures...

Eight Different Ways to Play with a Grimms Rainbow Stacker - from creating small worlds for pretend, to challenging your youngest builder and  exploring early Maths and STEM concepts, a Grimms Rainbow Stacker is the perfect toy and a must for any childhood | you clever monkey

Eight Different Ways to Play with a Grimms Rainbow Stacker - from creating small worlds for pretend, to challenging your youngest builder and  exploring early Maths and STEM concepts, a Grimms Rainbow Stacker is the perfect toy and a must for any childhood | you clever monkey

Or add it to your other blocks and you will be amazed at how children will incorporate it in their play!

4. CREATE ART WITH IT

Grimms have created a piece of art itself with their wooden rainbow stacker but they can also be used to create other artwork.

We used ours to make some experimental sculptures which is harder than it first seems. It's a fantastic way to build hand-eye co-ordination and spatial awareness skills as you have to find the 'right' spot to balance your next piece otherwise the whole structure falls apart.


Eight Different Ways to Play with a Grimms Rainbow Stacker - from creating small worlds for pretend, to challenging your youngest builder and  exploring early Maths and STEM concepts, a Grimms Rainbow Stacker is the perfect toy and a must for any childhood | you clever monkey

Eight Different Ways to Play with a Grimms Rainbow Stacker - from creating small worlds for pretend, to challenging your youngest builder and  exploring early Maths and STEM concepts, a Grimms Rainbow Stacker is the perfect toy and a must for any childhood | you clever monkey

Eight Different Ways to Play with a Grimms Rainbow Stacker - from creating small worlds for pretend, to challenging your youngest builder and  exploring early Maths and STEM concepts, a Grimms Rainbow Stacker is the perfect toy and a must for any childhood | you clever monkey

5. USE IT FOR MATHS

We've already mentioned using your rainbow stacker to explore symmetry but it can be used to explore other mathematical concepts too.

A couple of times we've used our rainbow to help us sort things practicing our early maths skills. Obviously sorting and ordering it by size and shape is one of it's innate benefits. 

Here we used our rainbow to help us sort by colour. Another time, our Schleich animals were sorted by continent by my oldest two after looking at a picture atlas we have at home. 


Eight Different Ways to Play with a Grimms Rainbow Stacker - from creating small worlds for pretend, to challenging your youngest builder and  exploring early Maths and STEM concepts, a Grimms Rainbow Stacker is the perfect toy and a must for any childhood | you clever monkey

Lauren over at Teacher Types used their rainbow to measure things and use it to order the arcs from smallest to largest. 

Eight Different Ways to Play with a Grimms Rainbow Stacker - from creating small worlds for pretend, to challenging your youngest builder and  exploring early Maths and STEM concepts, a Grimms Rainbow Stacker is the perfect toy and a must for any childhood | you clever monkey

7. CREATE A MARBLE RUN


Challenge your child to explore force and motion with your rainbow stacker by creating a marble run or two.

There are some amazing examples of this captured on YouTube. Here are three of our favourites for you to try at home or in the classroom.



8. BUILD A HOUSE

What's that about leaving the best to last? Well this is one most favourite way of all to play with our Grimms rainbow stacker - to turn it into a dolls house!

My then four year old created her own house with our rainbow after being frustrated that her sisters wouldn't include her in their play with our more traditional dolls house and she's been making them ever since.


Eight Different Ways to Play with a Grimms Rainbow Stacker - from creating small worlds for pretend, to challenging your youngest builder and  exploring early Maths and STEM concepts, a Grimms Rainbow Stacker is the perfect toy and a must for any childhood | you clever monkey

Eight Different Ways to Play with a Grimms Rainbow Stacker - from creating small worlds for pretend, to challenging your youngest builder and  exploring early Maths and STEM concepts, a Grimms Rainbow Stacker is the perfect toy and a must for any childhood | you clever monkey

Eight Different Ways to Play with a Grimms Rainbow Stacker - from creating small worlds for pretend, to challenging your youngest builder and  exploring early Maths and STEM concepts, a Grimms Rainbow Stacker is the perfect toy and a must for any childhood | you clever monkey

Eight Different Ways to Play with a Grimms Rainbow Stacker - from creating small worlds for pretend, to challenging your youngest builder and  exploring early Maths and STEM concepts, a Grimms Rainbow Stacker is the perfect toy and a must for any childhood | you clever monkey

Tell us your favourite way to play with your stacking rainbow! We'd love to hear your ideas.




17 comments

  1. What creative kids you have - I love all the ways they came up with to use the stackers, especially the dollhouse!

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    1. Thanks Emma. It quickly became one of our favourite things to play with!

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  2. We have the same rainbow stacker and it gets played with sooooo much!!

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    1. We love ours :) They're beautifully made aren't they!

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  3. I never realised how versatile rainbow stackers could be. Thank you for sharing some fantastic ideas. I'll be pinning this one for later. Might look at rainbow stackers for Christmas!

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    1. We love ours and it made someone's Christmas last year.

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  4. This is just gorgeous. We have a set of rainbow stackers but they don't stand up properly. You have inspired me to purchase some more. They are great ideas.

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  5. Ohh I have wanted one of these for a long time - you are twisting my arm. I bought a small version when my oldest was 3 (now 8) but time to revisit for my girls.Think this will be under our Christmas tree too (how did you get Amazon to post - the link you shared says not available in Australia :(

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    1. Ronnie I use a freight forwarder based in the US. You can send items that can only be posted in the US then they parcel it all up and ship it here to Australia. I use My US based in Florida but I include the Amazon link so people can see the item I'm posting about. You'd find them on eBay and other shops here in Australia too.

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  6. Love these ideas! What is the brand of furniture you use to play "house"?

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    1. It's a mix of ELC dollshouse furniture, Plan Toys, Sylvanian Families and a few other brands collected over the past 10 years or so.

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  7. woah - so many ideas! I love toys that can be used in open ended ways. I've been secretly coveting them for years too - maybe I'll bite the bullet and buy one this Christmas!

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    1. You definitely won't regret it Danya! I only wish I'd bought ours soon as it's seen so much play and is just gorgeous to look at too.

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  8. LOVE those rainbow stackers.

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  9. i love all these gorgeous ideas - so creative!!! have to admit i really wish i had invested in a rainbow when my kids were younger - they are just so lovely!

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  10. We love our rainbow too, and I'm always amazed by the many different ways the kids will play with it. I always love seeing pics of your kids playing with it like a dolls house, so cute!

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