If you’re like me and dreading the long, dreary Canadian winter that’s just around the corner (people on the balmy west coast can just shush) then it’s time to be stocking up on activities to keep your children and yourself sane.
Raincoast Books is giving away two games this week to one of our lucky readers! The Canadian winner will receive their choice of two out of the nine featured games and colouring books to take home with them. Without any further ado, here are my reviews of the two games I received for review!
Herve Tullet’s Za Za Zoom!: A Game of Imagination
One part matching game, one part dominoes, plus loads and loads of fun, this game is both a clever challenge to hone memory skills and a make-your-own visual adventure of colorful play pieces. With the tour-de-force inventiveness—which fuels his already-classics Press Here, Mix It Up!, and Let’s Play!—Herve Tullet’s open-ended game stimulates creative thinking and fosters imagination.
What I Thought:
This game was such a fun activity to do with my daughter!
The cards are thick and sturdy enough that when my almost one and a half year old gets a hold of them I don’t have to panic. (Even though her older sister still does.)
The patterns on one side of the cards are bright, fun, and whimsical, and the opposite side of the cards have measured and precise black and white patterns.
I love that there were several different ways to play it so it can be adjusted for different age levels or for preference. It’s so fun to watch the wheels turning in Evelyn’s mind as she tries to decide which card would be best where. We’ve even had a few battles of will when I decide I want to put my card somewhere she doesn’t approve of. So it teaches negotiating skills as well!
When Lucy goes down for her nap Evelyn knows that she gets some undivided Momma attention, and since receiving this game we’ve played it almost every day! It’s the first one she grabs when she gets the chance.
This game has zoomed its way into our beloved collection!
Listography: The Game
A new twist on the bestselling Listography journal series (almost 900,000 titles sold), this game invites players to create and share lists based on fun and thought-provoking topics—from geography and pop culture to toothpaste and constellations! With the goal of being the first around the game board, players score points according to the number of similar or unique answers. Every round in the game results in creative thinking, surprise outcomes, and lots of laughs.
What I Thought:
The best way to describe this game would be like if Scattergories, Family Feud, and Boggle had a baby.
I love lists (just ask my husband. He could give you thirty lists of all the things I make lists for. LISTS!) So when I saw this game was one of the games that Raincoast was promoting for #PlayTestShare I jumped at the chance to review it!
Allow me to make a list of all the reasons I love this game.
Also it’s kind of been my life dream to do a campy stock photo shoot. So, please humour me. (My lovely mother did!)
- The tiny compact box is great. I hate board games that only have a few pieces but take up 2 feet worth of real estate on our game shelf!
- I’m glad this game doesn’t need specific paper – nothing more annoying than running out of Scattergories sheets and having to make your own!
- The topics are super fun to think of lists for. (10 different names for underwear was a fun exercise, haha!)
- The three different types of ways to write answers was perfect. It was fun to try and use my knowledge of the people I was playing with to anticipate their answers. For example one of the cards wants you to match only one other person’s answer. Foods Kids Hate was easy to match my husband – our daughter always says she’s allergic to sauce (she isn’t) because she hates it (she doesn’t). Inside jokes for the win!
- You really get to know the people you’re playing with. For Dangerous Animals my father-in-law wrote “Lions, Tigers, Gorillas.” We laughed at him for not finishing it properly, and then learned he had no idea that “Lions, tigers, and bears, oh my!” was a thing. Like, he’d never heard of it. In his life. I believe I may have shouted the words, “WHAT PLANET ARE YOU FROM?” but it’s a little hazy.
- My 4 year old was able to participate as well. If the prompt was “Elements of the Periodic table” I told her to draw a picture of a table. If it was “Types of birds” I told her to draw a picture of a bird!
- It’s lists. I mean, c’mon. Lists. Lists!
Down below is a peek at some of the other games you can pick from if you win! (The ones I’m featuring are my favourites from the crop.)
Head on over to this Raincoast Books post to learn more about all the games!
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From Raincoast Books:
To the Ocean Deep
Climb down to the depths of the ocean in this amazing fold-out coloring book, the longest in the world! Color an amazing tower, all the way from a boat bobbing in the waves, past sea dragons, mermaids, aqua robots, and sharks, to reach the deep ocean floor. Hours of fun for coloring enthusiasts of all ages.
(I recieved this for review from Raincoast – look for my post about it soon!)
In this newest coloring book by the author of the internationally bestsellingFantastic Cities, artist Steve McDonald uses his unique photo-based approach to create beautiful and intimately detailed line drawings of amazing collections of objects. Finding inspiration in the unusual (museum collections, antiques, and quirky toys) and the everyday (leaves, butterflies, vintage cameras), McDonald creates playful and immersive illustrations that are as lovely as they are fun to color.
Alain Grée Animals Matching Game
It’s an animal menagerie! Kids will delight in this classic matching game, featuring the timeless art of beloved French picture book illustrator Alain Grée. It’s the perfect opportunity to identify favorite animals, and to discover new ones. Large, sturdy cards are ideal for small hands, and the game play of discovering 18 different animals builds memory, concentration, and matching skills.
Punch Out & Play Game Book
One book, so many ways to play! Acclaimed artist and designer Laura Ljungkvist invites children to punch out 10 different puzzles and 13 classic games, such as Memory, Go Fish, and Dominoes. Packed with fun, graphic artwork, a variety of games, and plenty of colorful envelopes for easy storage, this book provides hours of play for kids of all ages—all in an attractively priced package.
A beautifully illustrated bingo game featuring 64 breeds of cat from around the world. Spot all kinds of cats—from Tonkinese to Siamese, and from Bengals to Birmans—mark them off on your card and BINGO!