Our Rainbow forklifts are beautiful, appealing and offer endless play possibilities. Arches are a valuable addition to any building collection as they provide an important change from the more typical straight-sided blocks. Children of all ages will have fun experimenting with parts of different sizes, weights, and colors.
Before introducing one of these items As a “rainbow”, ask your child what he notices about it. Take turns exchanging observations on the size, shape, color and feel of the different parts. Wait without prompting for your child to naturally include the forklifts in their game. When he or she is ready for something new, give one of these gaming tips a try!
Experiment with balance
Ask yourself aloud if the sheets can be stacked on top of each other. Invite your child to try different pairings – can the yellow figure balance on the blue figure? How would you build a tower with all the colors? For an even bigger challenge, rotate the pieces so that the curved edges are on the floor. Watch your child rock back and forth. Ask your child to consider why the base is less stable and more flexible this way.
Create tunnels and terrain
Add cars, trucks, and other transportation toys to the game room. Encourage your child to use the forklifts to create a driving environment. Which vehicles can drive over the arches? Which ones fit under the arches? Watch as your child creates terrain features and incorporates them into their play. Enrich the experience by asking storytelling questions: Where is the blue car going? Who is building this tunnel? What’s behind the yellow hill?
Practice great body play! Gather different balls from around the house and wonder aloud if the stacking sheets could be used to create goals. Ask your child how they would like to play. They might suggest something familiar like soccer, or they might want to develop their own completely new game. Either way, discuss how to arrange the game room so that it best suits the game you have chosen. Be sure to set boundaries and clarify rules early on, and make sure that the game is manageable and fun for everyone involved.
No. 4 – Arch Exploration
Discuss with your child what a “bow” actually is. How are they similar or different from other shapes? Where has your child seen bows before? Then go out! Go on a scouting walk and look for arches in your area. If your child is engaged, you should document your results with photos or drawings and keep a log book of the shapes discovered.
Playing with faces
Hold the arch so that it forms a “U” shape and notice that it looks like a smile. Think out loud what you could use to turn the arch into a face. With your child, collect household items that they can use as eyes, noses, ears, and other facial features. Combine them with the arches and practice creating different expressions. Ask your child how each face might feel. How can you say that? Take the opportunity to talk about different emotions and why and when we feel them. Consider leaving the room set up and try using the game foundation as a tool; If your child has big emotions, ask them to use the blocks to show you how they are feeling. This encourages self-reflection and enables your child to express themselves playfully and confidently.
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