Open-ended Toys: The Grimm’s Rainbow

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Montessori Christmas gifts

There is no doubt that this holiday season, your home will be inundated with the latest, greatest gadgets and toy for your little ones. No hate from me…some of these toys do some very neat stuff! From baby dolls that soil their diapers, to remote control drones, to laptops and cellphones designed just for toddlers! Times have changed and the toys of yesteryear just don’t pack the oomph! that kids expect when they peel away that shiny wrapping paper and rip off that bow, do they?

Wooden toys vs plastic toys

I’m not against shiny new gadgets, don’t get me wrong. I don’t believe that all play needs to come with a deeper purpose than just having a great time. But I’d like to give a nod to toys that are a bit more…”basic”.

There are many open ended toys on the market and I will be writing about them more as time goes on.

Right now, though, I want to shout the praises of one of our favorite open-ended toys, the Grimm’s Rainbow!

4 year old, Madeline, adding blocks to her Grimm’s Rainbow.

This toy is so versatile. I’ve seen my children make “cloud castles”, habitats for their miniature animals, ramps for toy cars, mazes, and… sometimes I have no idea what they are creating, but they are working hard and having fun!

I would definitely recommend this as a gift for your children! And if the 12 piece stacker is a bit more than you were hoping to spend, there is a 6 piece stacker that I have heard people rave about!

I want to add that this is not a Montessori material. It is a Waldorf material. It is a lot of fun and it helps to build critical thinking skills, creativity, and attention span, though. And there is nothing anti-Montessori about that!



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