Build A Toy Rainbow


This simple, active game helps your child to learn their colours, and the order of the rainbow colours, ZERO preparation required!

This is the first activity we have tried in my ‘Week of Rainbows’. We are using a wonderful new planner from the ebook “Play: Activities for two year olds”.

Get yours now by clicking here.  I do not know what I did before I had this e-book.  It has enabled to me to do so many more activities with T than I was doing, because it has saved me the time and effort of searching for and typing up all the activities I want to try.  This activity was in the ‘Go To List’ – a highly useful, time-saving bank of FUN, HANDS ON activity ideas that comes as part of the bundle.  ALL of the activities listed in the bank are very low prep, and use resources that are easily found in your house or at a local store.

Now, without further ado, here is how we did it:

I suggested to T that we “build a giant rainbow”. He got rather excited about this and did a few laps of the living room (as you do).  After he had calmed down, I fetched a basket and asked him “what colour comes first in the rainbow?”. He told me “red”. I then told him our mission was to find lots of red toys for our giant rainbow. And off he went.  Then I sent him on more missions to collect toys of orange, yellow and all the other rainbow colours.  He LOVED this, because he LOVES running! In fact, I think he would play any game, whatever the focus, as long as running  was involved!

If your child is still learning their colours, you could use a rainbow toy or a simple pen drawing of a rainbow to point at to prompt them to give you the next colour.    Here is what we collected:


We kept collecting until we had all the colours of the rainbow. You may want to make the red arc, then collect the orange toys, then make the orange arc, etc. But T was enjoying the Colour Finding Mission so much, that I didn’t want to interrupt him, so we just carried on!

Once we had a full basket, with toys from all the colours of the rainbow, we set about making the arcs. T needed help creating the shape. A rainbow template (drawn on a large piece of paper and taped to a table or floor) would support your child to do this independently. I chose not to use one, because a)I just didn’t have time to do this and b) I was interested to observe how he would tackle the activity without one.  Children can often surprise us with their creativity.  Here is how we started:


On his own, he was able to sort the colours and got the first two in order, but then needed some guidance with ordering the colours and making the arc shape…

So I finished off the orange arc to give him a shape to guide him.    I laid out most of the orange toys while he started on the yellow to keep him focused (there were so many toys!). If I did this activity again, I would limit the number to 5 or 10 toys per colour.


Here is T adding the finishing touches to our rainbow:

Then we took a photo and I showed him. He loved this part too.

Why don’t you try this today? It’s active, creative, they are learning their colours, and – most importantly – it requires zero preparation!

What your child is learning:

Communication & Language – Listening & Attention – listening to and following instructions, responding to what they hear with relevant comments/questions

Physical Development – Moving & Handling handling toys effectively

Expressive Arts & Design – Exploring and Using Media and Materials – experimenting with colour, design, form and function

Is your child also interested in rainbows or colours?  Want some ideas for rainbow games and activities?  Then keep an eye out in your inbox or facebook feed for the rest of our rainbow-themed activities, which I am posting as fast as I can. (Admittedly, that is not that fast, but – hey – I know you understand as you are all busy like me!).

Also check out my last post on our Rainbow I Spy Game –  you can play it on the move in the pram or car – no prep and no resources required.

And here are a few of my favourite rainbow activities from other mum bloggers.  Take a peek:

Bubble-wrap Printed Rainbows

Hand-print Rainbow

Shaving Cream Colour Mixing

Rainbow Oats Sensory Bin (includes how to dye the oats)

Until next time…enjoy your Play Time, wherever you are!

Marianne x