Rainbow Stacking TowerRaduga Grez £25.50
The toy is handmade in a small factory in Russia. We used safe, water-based paints to cover it. The traditional colors of the rainbow became a little more muted and calm – a shade of plum, sea water, blueberry with milk, cucumber pulp, melted butter, peach, and garden strawberry.
How to play:
- Roll the parts like wheels
- Disassemble and assemble in different ways
- Play a very hungry caterpillar that gradually "bites off" pieces from the stacking tower
- Use the pieces as counting sticks, do simple math
Why we love blocks
Like puzzle pieces, blocks fit together. Unlike puzzle pieces, they can do so in a variety of ways. Learning to predict what fits where is the work of many years. Which pieces will I need? Do I have enough? The expert can see simply by turning the blocks over in her mind.
Small world play
Is your castle missing a section of wall? Does your railway need a tunnel? Never fear! Here is your humble set of blocks to the rescue. Infinitely versatile, blocks provide the canvas upon which to paint your stories.
Red, blue, red, blue; big, small, big, small. So much of early mathematical thinking is about making patterns. Can you see how it's a small skip from here to odds and evens or the two-times table? A set of blocks like the one above can even illustrate a number's relative size and how it can be combined to make ten.