It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Raincoast’s #PlayTestShare, where I get to show you super awesome games, puzzles, and books, and you get the chance to win one!

While spring is just around the corner, here in southern Alberta we just received about 8 inches of snow! So we’re definitely still in hibernation mode. These are all awesome activities for entertaining the little ones (and maybe you as well!)

First I’ll show you the items that we received from Raincoast to review, and then I’ll show you the rest of the awesome activities. Make sure to scroll all the way to the end to enter the giveaway!

Towering Tree PuzzleTowering Tree Puzzle
Join adorable critters as they navigate the seasons and make new friends in their towering tree. Imaginative play and puzzle logic intersect as each interlocking branch of this innovative puzzle tells a new story, providing hours of entertainment. Adventure is just a branch away!

This is one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen! (And my kids are adorable so I have pretty high standards.)

The illustrations on these chunky puzzle pieces are gorgeous and whimsical, and each piece has a delightful surprise on it. I love that these pieces are so sturdy, since my toddler’s one goal in life is to destroy everything I hold dear. She could whale on these all day and they’d survive it!

I love that these are two-sided, and my daughter loved trying to see which sides matched together on the puzzle. When she finished it she proudly declared, “Look at my creation!”

Towering Tree Puzzle Towering Tree Puzzle













Birds of the World Nature Sticker Activity BookBirds of the World
Beautifully illustrated by Olivia Cosneau, Birds of the World introduces aspiring ornithologists to these and other fun facts through a range of coloring activities, removable stickers, and a short quiz. In the process, children learn about the rich variety of birds living in our world, including nightingales, swallows, hummingbirds, pelicans, penguins, parrots, toucans, and flamingos, among others.

We love books, nature, and stickers in our family, so picking this book to review was a no-brainer for us.

I loved that this book is readable and enjoyable even after you finish placing all the stickers. Some books lose their charm after the first play-through, but I can tell that this one is a keeper.

The stickers and illustrations are all stunning, and I love the interesting ways it suggests to place the stickers on the different pages, including finishing pictures like a puzzle, which is one of my older daughter’s favourite things to do. Birds of the World My toddler daughter’s favourite animal is probably a toss up between bunnies and birds, so she was instantly enamored with this book. It’s a hit!

Birds of the World








Here are the other items you can pick from if you win! Don’t forget to enter at the bottom!

Crystal Menagerie Coloring Book
This fresh new coloring book renders foxes, birds, hedgehogs, and more with a prismatic look that makes them as cool to display as they are pleasing to color. With just the right level of detail, these unique designs can easily be completed in one sitting if so desired, but those who want a more involved coloring session can opt for a 3-dimensional look-and make these animals leap off the page.

Introducing a new, fast-paced casual card game for word lovers and anyone who loves to think on their feet. Simple to learn, with nearly endless possibilities, this free-for-all game is a fun addition to any game night.

The Ultimate Book of Cities
Where does the Express bus take you? How many swans are in the lake at the park? The Ultimate Book of Cities reveals the answers to these questions and much, much more in an oversized fact- and action-packed look at life in the big city! Featuring 59 flaps, pop-ups, pull tabs and movable parts, this all-you-need-to-know guide provides detailed information about what makes a city tick: from the different ways of getting around and what goes on in all the big buildings, to what traffic signs mean and who are all the people who keep the city in tip-top shape!

Space Playing Cards

Launch into your favorite card games while immersing yourself in deep space! Each playing card features extraordinary NASA photography and two Pantone colors on beautifully designed card backs. Includes a complete 52-card playing deck, plus 2 jokers.

Mighty, Mighty Construction Site

From the team behind the beloved international bestseller comes a companion to Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site. All of our favorite trucks are back on the construction site-this time with a focus on team-building, friendship, and working together to make a big task seem small! Down in the big construction site, the crew faces their biggest job yet, and will need the help of new construction friends to get it done. The millions of fans of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site are in for a mighty good time!

642 Things About Me: Young Writer’s and Artist’s Edition

A new offering in the wildly popular 642 series, this unique journal encourages young creators to dive deep into the subject they know best-themselves! Packed with quirky, thought-provoking, and imaginative drawing and writing prompts, 642 Things About Me: Young Writer’s & Artist’s Edition is a fun way for kids to document their lives, jump-start their creative talent, and produce a memorable keepsake-or the first draft of their bestselling memoir.

TouchThinkLearn Fly!
A deceptively simple and joyful celebration of the natural cycle of life, this book adds the bonus of removable-and movable-characters and scenery to the bestselling TouchThinkLearn format, featuring the hallmark production technique of glued-on pieces dovetailing with die-cut openings. In this first narrative title in the series, the movable pieces invite and involve the reader in a meaningful and multisensory participation in the story.

Old MacDonald Had a Truck Bingo
A classic family-friendly game gets revved up with a winning combination of construction vehicles and farm animals, featuring artwork from the picture book Old MacDonald Had a Truck . With six illustrated, double-sided game boards plus a set of colorful bingo calling cards and chips, this easy-to-learn game is sure to be a hit at any playdate or family game night.

Check out the main #PlayTestShare post from Raincoast to see more information!

#PlayTestShare Giveaway

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