Colour Me A Rainbow

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - 10:21

Over the past few months we’ve seen rainbows decorating the windows of houses across the country as a symbol of thanks and celebration of the nation’s key workers. Taking this as our inspiration, we’ve pulled together some colorful activities for you to engage with at home. There are art classes and digital apps, story reading and early years song and rhyme sessions; all of them inspired by colour. We hope you enjoy them. 

White: The App

recommended for ages 2-4

White The App

Internationally acclaimed Catherine Wheels Theatre Company have joined with Hippotrix to create the world's first children's app inspired by theatre. White invites you into an enchanting world where eggs fall from the sky and colours come to life. Based on hit children's show White, this digital toy is designed for parents and very young children to enjoy together.

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The Day The Crayons Quit

The Day the crayons quit - Books Alive! Read Aloud book for children

Watch and listen to this version of Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers’ incredible book The Day The Crayons Quit on Books Alive. And then, once it’s finished, ask your little ones to come up with a story about each of their favourite crayons, or draw a picture using their colours in different ways.

Books Alive is a popular YouTube channel bringing classic and new children's stories to life with colour and imagination. All of their ad revenue generated by the channel is donated to charities, events and organisations that encourage young people to read.


Bookbug's Rainbow Fun

recommended for ages 0-2, and 3-5



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The Scottish Book Trust have released a whole range of resources to help parents run their own Bookbug sessions at home. They include a selection of colourful songs and rhymes inspired by those beautiful rainbows in the windows of houses across the country – spreading hope and happiness at this difficult time.

The resources are available for different age groups, under five, and will help you have your own fun session at home with your children. They contain links to a hello song, rhymes and songs to share face to face and get you on your feet, a storytime video, and some calming music to finish with. That’s calming for both you and your little ones.

online Bookbug session resources


Strickson's Super Special Art Club



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Join illustrator and designer Rebecca Strickson via Zoom for an art class in your home. She makes use of simple materials and different themes for you to have fun exploring art, design and your own creativity. There are different classes for different ages including a Little Creative class for under 7s and a Bigger Creatives for older children (there’s also an adult class too). Rebecca sends out details about each week’s class in advance via email and on her Instagram.

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Storytime: David McKee reads Elmer

Time for Storytime: David McKee reads Elmer

Possibly one of the most famous colourful animals in the whole of the animal kingdom; it’s Elmer the elephant! Watch and listen to author David McKee reading the book of his much-loved creation. Did you know David appeared at our Imagine Children’s Festival in 2019 to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Elmer?



The show must go on(line)

Sadly, for everyone’s safety, our venues are currently closed. But you can still get your Southbank Centre fix online. We will continue to share inspiring and thought-provoking arts stories through our website and social channels.

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