Rainbows and Sunshine | Since 2016
Rainbows and Sunshine produces children’s songs, 3D animated children’s song-videos, illustrated story books with the songs included as a CD and download, and toys for the age group to 7 years. Our mission is to donate our books with the matching songs to children who are disadvantaged, underprivileged or sick and the organisations or health and community services that support them e.g., hospitals, child protection agencies, disability support and homeless family support organisations, community centres, women’s and children’s shelters/refuges, churches, children’s charities, and more. We believe that all children deserve access to great books and music and the opportunity to develop a life-long love of reading and music and so we combine both in our products for them.
Every purchase of our books, videos, songs and toys, including those through this website, retailers, iTunes, etc. provides the funds for these donations – all proceeds and revenue received by Rainbows and Sunshine are invested into this volunteer-run donation program. If you would like to help the program, you can follow and share our posts on Facebook and Instagram, subscribe to our YouTube Channel, volunteer your services, become a sponsor or partner, or buy our products!
The team and Board of Advisors at Rainbows and Sunshine work as volunteers. We strongly support local business by employing local artists, musicians, printers, manufacturers and suppliers and are proud to say that our products are Australian made, with the only exception of the toys. Supportive sponsors and partners of the program are very much appreciated and you can see their details below. Our songs are played on ABC Kids Listen, other radio stations, and streaming services.
Rainbows and Sunshine received the People’s Choice award in 2019 for Best Online and Digital Kid’s Activity with ‘What’s on 4 Kids’ which is Australia’s leading kids’ industry organisation. And in 2021 the People’s Choice Award for Best Volunteer-Led Activity for Kids, plus 2021 Runner Up for Best Play and Learn Product.
WHAT ARE OUR PRODUCTS?
Our range of products includes 13 animated song videos (4 of which match our 2 story books), 17 songs, 2 illustrated books with included CDs/mp3 song downloads, accompanying toys, and our self-titled album of 15 songs (available as a download or CD). Each song, 3D animation, book and toy is developed and created to be entertaining, fun, interactive, engaging and educational. Our support of parents, educators, and adults taking care of children extends to an advice, tips and ideas section on our website.
Many different genres of music are included, for variety and music education. The quality studio-produced music also has funny sound effects and comments to make the songs even more appealing. There are both original songs and traditional favourites such as “Incy Wincy Spider”, “Old MacDonald”, “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”, etc. which have unique original, extra verses for fun! Concepts such as counting, colours, learning to say “hello” in other languages, and even subtraction, addition, and learning about musical instruments are covered using our recurring and familiar animal and children characters.
Rainbows and Sunshine began this program by professionally recording original children’ s songs and producing high quality 3D animations for the birth to seven year old age group in 2016. Books (with CDs or downloads included) and toys that match the song, and animated videos of “Black and White Cow” and “Toodle Toodely Doo” were then released meaning that there was a suite of diverse and engaging products for these songs! These complete Signature Sets provide a total sensory experience for children.
The first books were published in late December 2016 and donations started on day one to homeless children living in cars and other disadvantaged children in the local area of Queensland, Australia. Since then thousands of dollars of books, music and toys have been delivered to children through organisations such as the Royal Children’s Hospital (Melbourne, Victoria), Ronald McDonald House (Parkville, Victoria), Gold Coast University Hospital, Paradise Kids (Gold Coast, Queensland), The Pyjama Foundation (Townsville and Gold Coast, Queensland), homeless family support organisations (Gold Coast, Queensland), government-run child protective service agencies e.g., Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (Aust) and The Ministry for Vulnerable Children – Oranga Tamariki (New Zealand), Salvation Army, The Sanctuary (women’s, children’s and pet’s shelter), the Paediatric Department of The Townsville Hospital and Health Service, book and toy libraries, music education programs, Isolated School Education (Northern Territory), villages in Nepal, and many, many other community organisations supporting children in need.
What makes our products UNIQUE? We have produced – to MATCH – original high quality children’s BOOKS with animated VIDEOS that also have versions with lyrics onscreen, plus the CD of the SONG and the mp3 song download PLUS the TOYS that go with the animals in the book, videos and songs! So it’s an entire interactive, fun, sensory and full learning experience for children – singing, reading, vocal play, pretend play, dance, musical activities, creative movement – at the same time stimulating children’s imagination, language, visual, auditory and tactile senses, and encouraging their cognitive, social, emotional, motor skills and physical development.
The important aspect of our products is that they bring traditional ‘play and learn’ products such as books, interactive songs and experiential toys into the digital age through an integration of hands-on products and complementing digital material. It is this combination that reflects current relevance, and the expectations and reality of parents and children today. This unique range is an all-round, multi-faceted, diverse media, total sensory awareness approach.
The Founder and Creative Director of Rainbows and Sunshine is a parent whose career includes professional musician and long-established educator and lecturer in the field of early childhood education and child development. She is experienced and practiced also in international approaches to music, creative movement and drama. Working for Rainbows and Sunshine in a voluntary capacity she uses her knowledge and professional experience in the field of early childhood education and music, psychology degree and music qualifications, to ensure that each product is fun, entertaining, educational, high quality and simultaneously offers creative, developmental, sensory and learning opportunities.
RAINBOWS AND SUNSHINE PRODUCTS
Black and White Cow – downloadable song, 2 x fully animated music videos, book, CD and 21cm plush toy cow
Toodle Toodely Doo – downloadable song, 2 x fully animated music videos, book, CD and 6 character finger puppets (Australian/N.Z. version and International version)
Five Green Monkeys (Counting song) – downloadable song and 2 x 3D animated music videos
Your Clothes (Colours and clothing, comical) – downloadable song and 2 x fully animated music videos with a cute oompah band.
Beep Jeep – downloadable song and 2 x fully animated music videos
The Alphabet Dance (Interactive action song to teach the alphabet and 4 x fully animated music videos) – downloadable song available as both a “Zed” and a “Zee” pronunciation version for the letter “Z”.
Row Row Row Your Boat (Funny extended version) – downloadable song
Wide Mouth Frog (Funny song with a final twist) – downloadable song
Incy Wincy Spider (Children’s favourite with extra verses) – downloadable song.
Old MacDonald Had a Farm (Super catchy toe-tapping music) – downloadable song
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (Traditional favourite with extra fun verses) – downloadable song
The Wheels on the Bus (Action and creative movement) – downloadable song
The Grand Old Duke of York (Learning to count in thousands, and learning about musical instruments) – downloadable song
Ten in the Bed (Features our reappearing animal characters) – downloadable song
Are You Ready? (Action and movement) – downloadable song
AND OUR 3 SIGNATURE PRODUCTS ARE:
A HUGE “THANK YOU” TO OUR ORGANISATION SPONSORS…
We acknowledge and thank the businesses, professional advisors, development team, and the imaginative and dedicated creative people who are also committed to the Rainbows and Sunshine children-in-need donation program. They contribute with sponsorship, partnerships, or with their resources, time, expertise, support, or donate their services and goods. Their generosity is very much appreciated in enabling this program and if you have the opportunity to also support them, please do so. Please click on their logo to read more.