Saturday, 30 May 2015

exploring light and colour with rainbow blocks






My little sidekick, Miles, and I have gotten into a bit of a routine on days when the older two kids are in school. After breakfast, chores and independent play is done, we spend a little time playing by the front window, soaking up some togetherness along with the wintery sunshine!

Side note: Have I mentioned lately how much I love two year olds!? They are the most fascinating little creatures, I'm so grateful to have a bit of one-on-one time to just chat, play and watch this litle man explore the world!

Miles has always been hugely into any kind of block and building play, so when I was given the opportunity to try out these gorgeous Rainbow Sound Blocks from Finlee and Me, I jumped at the chance, knowing my little man would be alllll over them.  I must admit I have been very eager to add these particular blocks to our block collection too as they tick every box for me - open ended play, sensory experience, natural materials! Plus, you know....just soooooo preeeeetty with all the colours!! :)

And as you can see, he sure did love them...


Eager to investigate this amazing wooden 'box' the blocks come in...
Quick to unpack, and start building!
Naming shapes and colours as we stack...
He sat quietly for sooooo long, just stacking, sorting and and moving them around :)
The smooth, raw wood finish just makes you want to keep touching the blocks!
...and it was all yellow orange!!
Each block has a variety of small or large beads inside. Of course, Miles had to give each one 'the shake test' to check out what sound they made. 
Just a teensy bit obsessed with the hinge at the top of the box! 'Snap, snap'
'Building a House!'  (A toddler's work is never done, you know)

Of course, the best bit... looking at the sweet sunshine pouring through the blocks and reflecting on the carpet! Miles was so intrigued at this mysterious occurrence, he kept touching the coloured reflections while we named all the colours.
'n'Orange!' 


I am a huge fan of block-play for kids. Any opportunity for open-ended play is such a valuable thing for children, especially when it includes a sensory experience too. These blocks definitely fit the bill - beautifully textural raw wood, a variety of sounds to experience when they shake them, and the gorgeous colours to look through and experiment with reflection and light. The thing I love about blocks like these is they are an investment in years of quality play.... as evidenced by my four and six year old who couldn't wait to get their hands on them too!


If play is the work of childhood, then building with blocks is not a bad job :)



This post was sponsored by Finlee and Me, a lovely online store filled with a vast range of goodies for babies, kids and even Mums! All opinions are 100% my own. 





13 comments:

  1. Oh don't you love it when they discover all kinds of cool things while playing!

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  2. We LOVE our coloured rainbow blocks too! I don't think my kids will ever stop playing with them and if they do...I will play with them!

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    1. haha I know what you mean.... they are so fun for parents too, heehee! love the colours!!!!!

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  3. Oh these blocks look fabulous!!!

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    1. they really are! the type you know will just get years of play x

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  4. We have window blocks but not ones with the beads for sound in them. That would add another great sensory element. I think we'd be a bit obsessed with a hinge lid on a box too! Love Finlee and Me! They have so many good things!! :D

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    1. Yes, my son really loved the sound element and peering in to look at the beads. Next level rainbow blocks, haha! Oh I know, I get so lost looking around all the treasures at Finlee and Me!!! :) x

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  5. I do not need more blocks but I sooooooo want them. Beautiful!!

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    1. haha I soooo know what you mean :) they are so enchanting, huh!

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  6. We love blocks and these look so great. Love that they let the light shine through, what can be better than building rainbows!

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  7. Gorgeous photos, Kate! he looks so enchanted by these blocks and it's easy to see why. They are divine!!

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    1. he definitely was enchanted - and so was I, lol!

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