Rainbow Block Fractions

Recently I received these beautiful wooden rainbow blocks from Sweet Elephants. I'd seen some items they stock on Instagram - some lovely things I hadn't seen anywhere else online and I'm always happy to recommend a great Australian toy shop (they do ship overseas too!) so I was just a little excited when Krystal asked me to review their rainbow blocks as I thought they'd be perfect for exploring fractions.


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(Whilst we were gifted these blocks, the views expressed in this post remain my own.)

Rainbow blocks fall into the same category of toys as the rainbow stacker I've written about before - something that always looked like fun but stayed on our wishlist.  

Since they arrived a few weeks ago, these wooden rainbow blocks have stayed on our lounge floor. It turns out that they are quite versatile and oh so engaging.  



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They are perfect for exploring light and colour and building but I thought how perfect they'd be for looking at shapes and introducing fractions which my five year old has been looking at in school.


We started by talking about whole and parts. In one of our favourite books, Oh No, George! by Chris Haughton, George the dog eats the WHOLE cake even though he's not suppose too. It's easy for kids to imagine just as they can imagine these blocks are cookies - a whole one to eat by yourself or one that can be shared with someone else and you both get half. The Doorbell Rang is another perfect picture book for exploring fractions.



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It's a much easiest way to introduce fractions than talking about numerators and denominators. We tried it with some other shapes too. 


Which one is whole shape? I asked my five year old.



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Which one has two parts?

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Are they the same size? 


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Can you make them yourself?

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We tried it with some other shapes. 'One is a whole piece but this one has four parts!' says my youngest.


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'These are a different shape but it has the same number of parts.  This one has two parts - a red one and a green one' she says.  

'So,' I say, 'if we were to write it down, we would write it as a fraction - 1/2 red 1/2 green. The number two on the bottom tells us how many parts there are while the top number tells us how many parts are green.'  See how easily the learning has developed.


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Then one of the others came to play.  

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She's easily old enough to be able to write the fractions she can see and it you had more than one set of rainbow blocks, you could build some more complex fractions to explore.


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 Of course the blocks were perfect for making things too. These appeared this morning -this is an owl...

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While this one's a butterfly...


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24 comments

  1. This is fantastic!! What a great way to learn about fractions through play!

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    1. Thank you Suzie! I think children learn so much through play.

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  2. So sweet! Beautiful photos too. x

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  3. Thank you for this amazing post about our Rainbow Blocks! It is so insightful and refreshing. Hands on Maths is the perfect way to engage kids and help them retain what they discover. The way in which you presented fractions looked like so much fun. I'm sure that there are many magical learning experiences yet to be explored. We hope you enjoy them.

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    1. They certainly have seen plenty of use so much so, I wish I had bought some earlier! Thank you again Krystal for offering us this wonderful product, they are beautiful to work with xx

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  4. Beautiful! I just loooove these blocks. Love that you used them for some hands on maths too!

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    1. They are indeed beautiful Sara! How could I not use them for some maths. I just wish we had a light table at home. These blocks would look so very nice on one of those.

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  5. We haven't delved into fractions too much except for a very natural approach through cooking and that sort of thing but I really like how you have presented these. And we LOVE our window blocks too. They are a few years old now and still get played with most days. They are just wonderful.

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    1. I love cooking with kids Kate. It allows you to introduce so many things in such an easy manner plus you get to eat! Thanks for your comment xx

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  6. At school we take them out on the pavers and their shadows are just beautiful :) Thanks for adding to my maths lesson in a couple of weeks nichole!

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    1. They are gorgeous in the light, aren't they Deb? Happy to hear that you can see a new way of using them in your classroom. A bigger set would be great for school.

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  7. I sooo want to buy these now! How cool! I love the fraction/math and colour activities that can come from beautiful, simple toys like this!

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    1. We've certainly used ours a great deal Penny. I love things that can be used more than one way.

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  8. Love this post! Who would have thought you could get so much learning out of a few blocks! Thanks so much for sharing with the Love to Learn Linky! I'll also be posting to my FB page at One Time Through. Best, Sue

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    1. It amazing the directions children can lead you! Thanks for sharing too Sue xx

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  9. These look brilliant and it's a great way to teach children. #Pintorials

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  10. We love our rainbow blocks as well, and what a great idea to use them for exploring fractions.

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    1. They quickly became a favourite toy Deborah! Watching them play made me think they'd be perfect for beginning to look at fractions.

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  11. We love our rainbow blocks too, I love how you've used them to teach fractions

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