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Family Fun During March Break from Raincoast Books #PlayTestShare



Spring Break is almost here and with it comes rainy days, staycations, road trips and generally just plenty of time in your kids days to fill.  Today I am featuring some fun games and activies from Raincoast Books that are sure to keep your children busy and entertained all break long!

We were able to play and test Bob the Artist: Dominoes and After Dinner Amusements: Which Would You Choose?


Bob the Artist: Dominoes

Bob the Artist, first introduced in the quirky Bob the Artist picture book, loves to paint with brightly colored splashes, but he has got into a bit of a mess. Help Bob clear up his paints by matching the colours and numbers in this fun game of dominoes. A wonderful concept game for toddlers!



The girls wanted to play with this game as soon as it arrived.  Bob the Artist: Dominoes is a fun update to a classic game that is sure to appeal to younger children. The dominoes are sturdy cards featuring Bob the Artist and vibrantly coloured paint splotches for pips.

It wasn’t long before the girls were playing together independent of me and had learnt to follow the rules, wait for their own turn, and recognise the number of pips.  This is a definite hit in our household!



After Dinner Amusements: Which Would You Choose?

With 50 hilarious and thought-provoking questions asking players to choose between two equally good, unpleasant, or absurd scenarios, this revealing party game leads to interesting conversations and good fun for all ages!

The girls also enjoy playing with this set of cards as a family after dinner. They get pretty excited sharing their answers to each card and explaining why they made their choices. The cards are all family friendly, although some questions I needed to reword for the girls to understand. Definitely a fun little game that would be great for just family time or as party game.




Other great titles your family is sure to enjoy over the spring break from Raincoast Books include the following:



A hilarious herd of llamas star in this laugh-out-loud twist on the game of dominoes. From Llama-nardo da Vinci to Super Llama (it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s . . . a llama?), kids, families, and llama enthusiasts will have a blast matching heads to tails to complete the chain and win! It’s a goofy gift, a boredom-busting game, and a great way to develop matching and fine motor skills, all in one appealing and colorful package.

Pass the Parcel: A Party Game

Everyone wins in this modern take on a classic British party game!  Players take turns unwrapping the parcel to uncover cheeky dares that will soon have the whole group beaming. Under the last layer, there’s an envelope containing a special surprise!

Draw Like An Artist: Pop Art

A collection of eighteen fun and colorful activities for aspiring Warhols, Hockneys, and Lichtensteins ages ten and up, or anyone who enjoys working with color, pattern, and pop-culture imagery, and gaining a better understanding of the 20th century’s most popular art movement. Sixteen perforated pages provide plenty of raw material for collage, drawing backgrounds, and inspiration.

The Mystery Mansion

Reviving the Victorian craze for ‘myrioramas’, the 20 picture cards can be placed in any order to create seamless scenes. Almost infinite combinations of cards provide endless storyscaping possibilities. Find sinister suits of armour and the aftermaths of strange accidents, butlers with a grudge and glamorous couples where revenge is never far from the surface. With many games to play and millions of stories to tell, each turn of the card is a new adventure. Where will the story take you?

Crocodile and Friends Animal Memory Game

Fossil, a good-natured crocodile who just wants some peace and quiet, quickly won the hearts of children everywhere in the delightful picture book The Quiet Crocodile. Now Fossil and his friends are back, ready to play, in this fun memory game. The fifty-two cards feature twenty-six charming illustrations of Fossil and his many friends, nested in a handsome keepsake box. An added bonus is a folded poster showing all of the animal friends together, from Fippo the Hippo and Ryan the Lion to Pat the Cat.

In the Ocean: My Nature Sticker Activity Book

The world’s oceans are home to many different species and plants, from tiny organisms like plankton to the world’s largest animal, the blue whale. Deep down in the seas’ depth, you will even find some monstrous-looking creatures that seem to have come straight out of a fairy tale. Vivid digital illustrations help introduce a variety of aquatic creatures in this addition to the My Nature Sticker Activity Book series.

Alpha Shapes

This modern twist on alphabet blocks offers a new way to see the beauty of letterforms. Adults and children alike can build letters and words out of the 39 colorful wooden pieces, spelling out names or creating personalized messages for display.
Win it:

One CANADIAN reader will win a choice of one item included in this post from Raincoast Books. Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only, 18+. Giveaway closes for entry on March 12, 2018 at 11:59 pm EST. See giveaway tools for entry and t&c.



Disclosure: I received the above mentioned product in order to facilitate this post. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.



Friday 10th of August 2018

The dominos game reminded me of when my, now 43-year-old son, was in kindergarten. I created domino shortbread cookies using chocolate chips. It really helped him - he was resistant to anything math related. He is now an HVAC engineer. LOL and I am a children's book author.

ivy pluchinsky

Monday 12th of March 2018

I would choose the Draw Like An Artist: Pop Art


Monday 12th of March 2018

Alpha Shapes looks great!


Monday 12th of March 2018

I would choose the Llamanoes game. It looks like fun!

Tara Gauthier

Monday 12th of March 2018

The After dinner amusements looks like it would be lots of fun!