Raincoast Books – Spring Break #PlayTestShare! ~Giveaway!

Raincoast Books has unveiled this year’s Spring Break #PlayTestShare! We always enjoy testing out items for Raincoast and then letting you know what we like best! After all, these items pretty much always circle around the kids and the kids are *always* game for testing new games and books! At least that’s the norm in our house!

So, there are 10 items on the list this year, featured from three different companies – Chronicle, Princeton and Twirl. I get to tell you about two of them and then you’ll see the other eight as well – I’m not about to hide more great items from you – because they’re all great! Trust me, I had a hard time choosing two!

The first one I chose to look at is called “642 Things About Me – Young Writer’s & Artist’s Edition”. This journal is plum full with ideas (apparently the magic number of 642!) for young people to write about. You know how it can be so hard to know what to write about sometimes? Well, just flip a page. Let’s see……..how about “Write about something you fixed.” Or, “What’s a flavor you can’t stand?” “Draw a colossal bike ramp.” The fun thing is that often each page, or double page spread have related topics on them. For example, one page has the following four things written; “What’s your favorite dip for french fries?”, “What’s your favorite pizza topping?”, “What’s your favorite salad dressing” and “Draw a river of your favorite thing to drink.” You see? Once you start the page you’re on a roll! I also really like the opposite page and would love to see what my 7-year-old would do with it…………”Draw your brain and write all thoughts that are inside it.” Can’t you just imagine what kids will come up with!? So now I need to decide what to do with this book – part of me wants to let my kids take turns writing it in it and signing which ever ones they fill out. Make it a family project. The other part of me wants to donate it to the school because I can imagine the teachers from about K-6 having fun pulling ideas from it! What do you think I should do?

The second one I chose is called the “Ultimate Book of Cities” by Anne-Sophie Baumann. My kids LOVE this kind of book. First off, there are more than 55 lift the flaps, pop ups, pull tabs, and more! You know, all those great things that kids love to explore and find! And it’s not just the little kids, my seven-year-old was just as excited to go through it and declared it “awesome!” This BIG book delves into many different parts of the city – from Traffic to Downtown to Underground Utilities to the Park, the Department Store, Emergency Services, and Buildings in the Neighbourhood! Each two page spread is loaded with flaps to lift. There isn’t a ton of writing in this book but throughout there are many items that are labelled. Some pages it’s tough to find the flaps (or at least it was the first time – which adds so much to the fun of the book!) but others, like on the Emergency Services page, are easy to find! You see, this page has a bunch of closed windows, so it’s quite evident where to open the flaps! One neat page is the Department Store – where each store is depicted on the outside of the flap as a store filled with items to purchase. However, when you open the flap you can follow a “how-to” on how those items were created! The very last two page spread caused a lot of “wow!’s” in my house. It’s a three layered pop up! And it even has a sky scraper and a crane building a taller building that pulls up to make an even taller city! Pretty cool! My biggest beef about this type of books is how easily the flaps get bent as pages get turned and little kids tend not to make sure the flaps are down or up all the way. Perhaps someone will have a great new idea on how to make this less of an issue! However, despite that, this book has been poured over multiple times by all three children in my house!

Now, for the rest of the items in this #PlayTestShare!

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.



Mighty, Mighty 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. Working as a team, there’s nothing they can’t do!



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.



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.



Space Playing Cards Featuring Photos from Nasa Archives
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.




Birds of the World
A beautifully illustrated guide that introduces aspiring ornithologists to 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, and many more.




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.



Towering 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!



Doesn’t that just sound like a fabulous group of books and games!? I never cease to be amazed by the creativity that surrounds us. It’s fabulous! Thanks to Raincoast Books for continuing to share this creativity with us. Please show them your appreciation by liking them on Facebook!  Oh, and just before you go, head over to the #PlayTestShare post on Raincoast’s page – you can find all the other blogger’s who are participating in the #PlayTestShare fun and go see which items they checked out.


No #PlayTestShare would be complete without a giveaway! One winner will pick their choice of one item from among these ten items. Please use the entry form below – and take note – the contest ends on March 16th – so be quick about getting your entries in! Open to Canada only, please.

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  1. I think you should have your kids write in it. Would be something neat to give them later when they are older.

  2. Lynda Cook says:

    I think you should keep the book yourself and have the kids write in it, I loved that idea and then it’s something you can go back and look at when they are much older, so ya I would keep it!!

  3. Give it to the school. It would be a good activity for all the kids in the class.

  4. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    Good question. I think that if you had just one child I’d use it to record the funny things they say and do. Otherwise I’d give it to the school and let them figure out what to do with it. 🙂

  5. I think it would be wonderful for your kids to decide!

  6. Jenny Major says:

    I think you should have your kids write in it

  7. Jennifer Rector says:

    I am a nanny to two young girls who their Mother and I keep all of their creations, crafts ect for memories!! :)Since the oldest in now writing, this would be such a beautiful keepsake!

  8. If your kids are interested, it would be fun for them and for you to see what they will come up with, otherwise – a smart teacher could get a lot of use out of it.

  9. I think you should keep it for your kids…that way at least you’ll know it’s actually being used!

  10. I think it would be great to have your kids use the ‘642 Things about Me’ book, as it would provide fun memories to look at in a few years!

  11. If your school would benefit from it, it may be nice for your children and their classmates to write in it.

  12. sabina edwards says:

    the last baby shower I was invited to they asked for books instead of the traditional baby card….to put something personal in the cover of the book, to baby Bunting, from the hairless rabbit (etc etc lol)
    I love that idea…myself, we sold all of the doc seuss books at a garage sale… the lady who got them was thrilled to pieces

  13. I would keep it, but buy another for the school.

  14. Monique L.S. says:

    I think it would be pretty awesome for your kids to write in it and look back at it in a few years.

  15. Keep it for your kids. It could be special.

  16. Have your kids write it in. It is so heart-warming to read stuff they wrote when they were young.

  17. Andrea Amy says:

    If I were you, I would use it for you kids. Have them create some memories that will be awesome to look back on when they are older. It goes too fast. My baby turns 7 tomorrow and my oldest will be 23 this summer. Its like I blinked and they are no longer babies!

  18. I think donating it to a classroom is a lovely idea.

  19. I like the idea of keeping it for the kids, they grow so fast and they would love to look back at their answers when they’re older.

  20. Keep it for your kids.

  21. have the kids write in it! Will be treasured in the future!

  22. I would keep it and have my son write in it. It would be a great keepsake.

  23. I think I would donate it to the class and have the teachers use it in the classroom with the kids.

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