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Rainbow Scarves



Playing games with babies is a great way to help them develop new skills and abilities.

In this play idea, we will show you how to play a fun and colourful game with your baby using rainbow scarves.

Not only is this game fun for your baby, but it also helps with their sensory development and coordination.





What do I need to play?

To play this game, you will need a few things:

  • Rainbow scarves: You can buy these scarves from most clothing or accessories stores or online. They are usually made from soft, lightweight fabric and come in a range of colours.
  • A clear space: Make sure you have a clear space to play in, free from any hazards or sharp objects.



Setting up the game

To set up the game, simply lay the rainbow scarves out on the floor in a semi-circle, with each scarf overlapping slightly with the next one. Make sure the scarves are spread out enough for your baby to be able to reach and grab them.

Sit your baby down in the middle of the semi-circle of scarves, and encourage them to explore the scarves by reaching out and touching them. You can also pick up the scarves and move them around to create different shapes and patterns, which will help to stimulate your baby’s senses.


Rules of the game

The great thing about this game is that there are no strict rules to follow – it’s all about letting your baby explore and have fun with the scarves. However, there are a few things you can do to make the game even more enjoyable for your baby:

  • Encourage your baby to reach out and grab the scarves, and praise them when they do.
  • Use different coloured scarves to help your baby learn about colours and patterns.
  • Move the scarves around to create different shapes and patterns, which will help to stimulate your baby’s senses.
  • Sing songs or nursery rhymes as you play with the scarves, to help your baby develop their language skills.


Variations of the game

Once your baby has mastered the basic game, there are plenty of variations you can try to keep them interested and engaged. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Use different textures of scarves, such as silk or fleece, to add a new sensory element to the game.
  • Introduce different props, such as balls or stuffed animals, and encourage your baby to play with them alongside the scarves.
  • Play the game outside on a sunny day, and watch how the colours of the scarves change in the sunlight.


Tips for Success

  • Make sure you supervise your baby at all times while playing this game, to ensure they don’t put the scarves in their mouth or get tangled up in them.
  • Don’t worry if your baby doesn’t seem interested in the scarves at first – they may need some time to get used to the new textures and colours.
  • Use a mix of familiar and new songs or nursery rhymes to keep the game interesting and engaging.
  • Have fun! This game is all about letting your baby explore and have fun with the scarves, so enjoy the moment and don’t worry too much about the outcome.



Playing games with your baby is a wonderful way to help them develop new skills and abilities, and the rainbow scarf game is a great place to start. By using a mix of colours, textures, and props, you can create a fun and engaging sensory experience for your baby, while also helping to stimulate their coordination and language skills.

So why not give it a try today?