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We have noticed on our travels to kindergartens that teachers have purchased wonderful imaginative play setups from our colleagues Michelle and Janine who run a business called Homemade Rainbows.

Homemade Rainbows is a unique business providing imaginative play sets that inspire play and promote children’s natural sense of wonder … using mostly recycled, repurposed and homemade (by them!) materials.

Ellie V. Pullin Preschool had a setup incorporating lots of natural materials and Aussie animals.

Ringwood North Preschool loves the owls (as do we!) …

In fact they have … shall we say several of the girls irresistible sets!

Janine and Michelle

These two ladies scour op shops, garage sales, Resource Rescue and possibly even roadside collections to recycle and repurpose the goodies they find.

They also make a lot of the articles that go into their arrangements themselves. Such as these gorgeous peg dolls!

Recently we took a few of the girls’ setups along with us …

Mini Play set - Dinosaurs

to ‘show off’ at the Geelong Early Years’ Conference …

Mini Play Set - Frogs

at which we were presenting …

Mini Play Set - Garden

on ‘Irresistible Play Spaces’.

They create a whole imaginative play setup which they carefully package into a calico bag with a photo, if you wish to follow it.

Before the conference our children were very keen to have a look at what was in the bags …

and while we left it entirely up to the children …

to set things up however they pleased …

it was interesting to see that for some …

a little instruction was just too hard to resist!

The Homemade Rainbow setups are inspiringly beautiful and varied.

You can see more of the irresistible setups via their Facebook page. You don’t need to be registered to Facebook to see them either – just click the link!

The girls sell their sets through catalogues they release via email and their Facebook page, about every 3 –  4 weeks.

Custom orders, like the one above, are also welcome but please remember once your specific order is placed the girls will need to source the materials to create your personalized set meaning orders may take a few weeks to complete.

The girls, who are from the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne are currently in the process of setting up a website …

http://www.homemaderainbows.com.au

Until then please direct all enquiries to Michelle and Janine via their email …

homemaderainbows@gmail.com

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4 Responses to “homemade rainbows-imaginative play sets”

  1. jeanne says:

    Thank you for so many wonderful photos of these imaginative sets – we have nothing like them in the States (as far as I know, anyway!). love’em! gotta create our own…!

    ::: We love ’em too Jeanne! 🙂 🙂

  2. Bianca says:

    Michelle and Janine I love your work! I am soooooo jealous of your job!!!
    Do the girls teach as well? They sure are teaching me about gorgeous play spaces 🙂 🙂 I love the multicultural and historical aspects also.

    ::: Bianca, yes Michelle and Janine are early childhood trained but as they both have very young children, Homemade Rainbows is their new business. But as you say … clearly thay are still techers! 🙂 🙂

  3. Debbie says:

    Lovely ideas, I will have to purchase some for our preschool.

    ::: Oooooh what lucky children Debbie! 🙂 🙂

  4. RE says:

    I wonder when it is ideal to introduce these playsets? My son is going to be 9 months.

    Thank you 🙂

    ::: RE, babies and children of all ages like to look at and touch objects therefore adapting such a set to suit your son would be wonderful. We imagine most things would go in his mouth at this age so you would simply design one to allow for his developmental stage. 🙂 🙂