The Bauspiel Giant Rainbow Stacker
Isn’t it fascinating how different rainbows from different makers all build so differently?
At first glance, the Bauspiel Giant Rainbow looks familiar—but on closer inspection, the size and proportions reveal it to be a remarkable set of blocks. Each arch of the Bauspiel Giant Rainbow is 2.5cm thick and 5cm deep. Being so thick, they’re stable and build more like blocks than a thinner-cut rainbow.
The Bauspiel Giant Rainbow is 25cm tall and 50cm wide—much taller than the Grimm’s 12-piece rainbow. Because the arches are so much thicker, they stand easily.
Shown here from back to front are the Bauspiel Giant Rainbow,
the Grimm’s 12-piece Rainbow, the Sabo 7-piece rainbow,
and the Ocamora 6-piece rainbow.
From left to right, showing arch thickness:
The Giant rainbow arches are 5 cm deep, same as the long edges
of aJust Blocks Block, and 1 cm more than the short edge
of Just Blocks Block or a Grimm’s standard cube.
The sizing and spacing on the Giant rainbow are mathematically elegant, particularly when paired with the Bauspiel stepped blocks.
The Stepped Counting blocks are cut on a 2.5cm scale, and so with each rainbow arch at 2.5cm thick, the tallest stepped counting block is the same height as the tallest arch of the rainbow, and each subsequent piece aligns perfectly.
Each arch is 2 counting steps wide
Bauspiel doesn’t make semicircles to go with their rainbow, but Grimm’s semicircles can be used with the inner 8 arches of the rainbow
We’ve had a lot of fun with horizontal play options with the Giant Rainbow blocks.
For the bigger kids,
challenge them to
stack the arches in
layers with blocks.
We have used the
Just Blocks blocks,
turned 5cm flat.
It is bit of a trick to
get started, but so
pleasingly tall when
For younger kids,
stack the blocks
with a more stable
base, nested, and
invite the youngers
to decorate it. We
put Just Blocks
sticks on as
candles, but any
loose part is fun.
Can you find pieces
that match the
Grapat is great)
We used Just Blocks to fill the inside of the arches to make the cake, but almost any blocks could be used.
For easier fine motor practice, set the rainbow in a spiral to trace with loose parts. The broad arches are perfect for lining up and tracing activities
In small world play they make lovely mountains, a sun, or a roof that gives attic space for storing little treasures
When Miss6 is struggling to get started building, laying these rainbows flat gives a good outline and foundation without doing the building for her, it helps her get started (this was my build, but this is an approach I use a lot with her when she needs a hand getting ideas to get started).
There is on last question though—perhaps the most often-asked question when it comes to rainbows: can the Bauspiel Giant Rainbow do balancy stacks? Yes, it can—differently than the Grimm’s ones, of course, but yes. The gentler curve and narrower pieces are a little tricky to work with, but the heavier, evenly cut arches are helpful.
If you enjoyed this article, check out other of Emily’s articles at the Building with Rainbows blog: buildingwithrainbows.com.