#PlayTestShare: Spring Break Ideas for Kids + Giveaway

Spring Break starts for a lot of schools next week and it never hurts to have some ideas lined up to keep the kids entertained. Colouring, books, and games are a few crowd- pleasing options that are good for a variety of ages and I’ve teamed up with Raincoast Books to bring you a few activity and game ideas to help keep the kids happy (and your sanity intact 😉 ). I’m sharing about 2 activities from their Spring Break #PlayTestShare collection along with a giveaway for your choice of any one of the games/ activities from the collection to help you have fun with the kids this Spring Break.

We’ve enjoyed several of the books and games from Raincoast books over the last year or so and I love the variety offered for kids of all ages in their #PlayTestShare collections (scroll to the end of this post for a list of other books, games, and activities that have been featured on the blog). Old MacDonald Had a Truck Bingo and Towering Tree Puzzle  are just two of the options from this recent collection that I’ve been enjoying with Ari since we’ve been spending more time than usual inside (I think our weather has forgotten this is the Westcoast & we’ve had an unusual amount of snow making for some cozy inside days). She has enjoyed puzzles from a young age and I thought it would be fun to teach her how to play Bingo (she’s become a pro!), so I picked options suited for her, but there are plenty more ideas if you’d like more reading material or another activity (you can see all of the activities/ games/ books from the Spring Break #PlayTestShare collection here).

The Towering Tree Puzzle features illustrations by Teagan White on 17 large double- sided pieces with Spring & Summer on one side and Fall & Winter on the other. Each piece shows woodland creatures who call the forest home and is about 3 feet long when finished. This is perfect for kids who enjoy puzzles and is a sweet way to teach your kids about nature and the four seasons- Ari kept mentioning how cute she thought they all were. The large pieces make it a fun floor activity and we had fun putting it together- we just had to keep Liam from taking apart our hard work!


This is the Spring & Summer side of the puzzle…


…And this is the Fall & Winter side


Bingo is such a classic game and can make for hours of fun (and yes I mean hours, Ari has asked to play this game a few times a day, every day since we got it). Once I explained the game to her and showed her how to look at the letter and picture she understood how to play within a few minutes. I hadn’t thought of this until we started playing, but it’s also a fun way to teach younger kids letter recognition. This is something we’ve been working on and it was a nice little bonus to go with the fun. This version comes with 6 double- sided boards and features artwork based on the book Old MacDonald Had a Truck by Steve Goetz (there are also counting cards available if you’re a fan of the book and looking for other activity ideas). If you’re a fan of family game night this is a fun option for younger kids- and let’s face it, who doesn’t love Bingo??? Cubox have a huge rang of board games if you haven’t got any at home!

Old MacDonald Had a Truck Bingo features barnyard animals and construction vehicles and helps little players learn object recognition, vocabulary, and concentration skills. Good for up to 6 players.


More About the Activities Featured:

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 colourful bingo calling cards and chips, this easy-to-learn game is sure to be a hit at any playdate or family game night.

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!


Visit the Raincoast Blog for more details and a full list of available titles from the Spring Break #PlayTestShare collection.

Other posts with Raincoast Books:

#PlayTestShare Fun & Games with Raincoast Books– featuring ZaZa Zoom (game) and Punch + Play Game Book

#PlayTestShare with Raincoast Books– featuring ABC Word Play Puzzle Book and To The Moon colouring book

The Little Prince Review + Giveaway– featuring The Little Prince Family Storybook and The Little Prince Read Aloud Storybook

Herve Tullet Book Review + Giveaway– featuring books:  Mix It Up, Press Here, and Let’s Play

Enter to win any one of the items from the Spring Break #PlayTestShare collection from Raincoast books below!

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  1. March 8, 2017 / 8:42 am

    Love the towering tree puzzle. My youngest daughter would absolutely love this.

  2. Rachael
    March 8, 2017 / 10:06 am

    We love to play board games on rainy days!

  3. Donna L.
    March 8, 2017 / 10:13 am

    Our favourite indoor activity is reading a storybook or poem book.

    • katpetrunia
      March 10, 2017 / 11:16 pm

      I’d love to hear about your favourite poem books!

  4. Chris
    March 8, 2017 / 10:14 am

    We love to do puzzles on randy says indoors.

  5. Revel
    March 8, 2017 / 10:23 am

    These are great reviews of adorable, fun family games.

  6. Susan
    March 8, 2017 / 10:35 am

    We love reading nursery rhymes as an indoor activity.

    • katpetrunia
      March 10, 2017 / 11:13 pm

      Would love to hear the favourites at your house!

  7. Leana
    March 8, 2017 / 11:14 am

    We love to play by making tissue flowers and drawing spring time scenes in spring!

    • katpetrunia
      March 10, 2017 / 11:13 pm

      Would love to know more about those tissue flowers! How do you make them?

  8. March 8, 2017 / 12:13 pm

    Favorite indoor activities would have to be BAKING and READING <3 Something we will probably doing a lot of seeings as we're going to get snow over the Spring Break!

    • katpetrunia
      March 10, 2017 / 11:12 pm

      Ooh yup, love baking over here too! Favourite recipes???

  9. Kam
    March 8, 2017 / 12:13 pm

    Our favourite indoor activity is playing with blocks, building castles!

    • katpetrunia
      March 10, 2017 / 11:11 pm

      The best! Blocks are such a classic <3

  10. jan
    March 8, 2017 / 12:15 pm

    Their fave activities indoors would be reading and hide and seek.

    • katpetrunia
      March 10, 2017 / 11:11 pm

      Hide and seek is a big hit in our house too, except so far it’s just been the kids hiding and us seeking. 😉

  11. Katy Waldegrave
    March 8, 2017 / 12:58 pm

    My preschooler would love to check this out!

  12. nicky
    March 8, 2017 / 1:47 pm

    We love reading and doing puzzles!

    • katpetrunia
      March 10, 2017 / 11:10 pm

      Us too, what are some of your favourite books right now?

  13. Melissa Vig
    March 8, 2017 / 3:17 pm

    Right now, Yahtzee!,

    • katpetrunia
      March 10, 2017 / 11:09 pm

      I’ve never played, will have to try!

  14. marie s
    March 8, 2017 / 5:52 pm

    My daughter and I love our puzzles, colouring and she started to understand games.

  15. Sunshine H
    March 8, 2017 / 9:58 pm

    DD and I both enjoy reading, card games, and watching DVD’s.

  16. Ashley Peavey
    March 9, 2017 / 8:28 am

    Those are the cutest toys!!

  17. Maryanne
    March 9, 2017 / 8:32 am

    We love playing board games!

  18. March 10, 2017 / 5:27 am

    Oh these games are so cute! I hope I win!

  19. Lynda Cook
    March 10, 2017 / 8:49 am

    We like to build forts and play board games and card games, and watch movies together!!

    • katpetrunia
      March 10, 2017 / 11:08 pm

      Love all of those activities as well- what are some of your family’s favourite games?

  20. March 10, 2017 / 5:18 pm

    These look like great indoor activities!! When we all have too much energy inside, we love a good dance party 🙂

  21. March 11, 2017 / 4:37 pm

    My daughter LOVES puzzles. She would love this!

  22. Monique L.S.
    March 11, 2017 / 7:24 pm

    We enjoy drawing, colouring and painting.

  23. Andrea Amy
    March 12, 2017 / 11:59 am

    My kids love to colour and draw

  24. Linda
    March 12, 2017 / 2:17 pm

    Our family’s favourite indoor activity is dancing to music.

  25. Josh S
    March 12, 2017 / 9:10 pm

    We like playing board games.

  26. Silvia
    March 12, 2017 / 10:37 pm

    These are great ideas for spring break! I would always have games to play for spring break!

  27. Debbie S.
    March 12, 2017 / 11:04 pm

    Listening to music and singing along, baking and doing puzzles, crafts, and painting.

  28. Leslie C
    March 13, 2017 / 2:21 am

    Playing games or doing crafts are some of favorites!

  29. Kelly D
    March 13, 2017 / 6:28 am

    My family’s favourite indoor activities are baking and colouring

  30. March 13, 2017 / 8:58 am

    My son would love to do the towering tree! We are big into puzzles in this house, too!

  31. Jeannie Lam
    March 13, 2017 / 9:35 am

    We love playing board games, but lately we have been addicted to making arts and crafts like Shrinky Dinks.

  32. Stephanie
    March 13, 2017 / 9:48 am

    We love to colour and play board games!

  33. Juliee Fitze
    March 13, 2017 / 10:09 am

    We like doing crafts and watching movies.

  34. Andrea
    March 13, 2017 / 1:35 pm

    We love to watch movies and read!

  35. Robyn Bellefleur
    March 13, 2017 / 2:42 pm

    We love t play board games or do large jigsaw puzzles.

    • katpetrunia
      March 13, 2017 / 3:54 pm

      Love big puzzles, they’re so much fun 🙂

  36. Julie bolduc
    March 13, 2017 / 9:16 pm

    We like playing hide and go seek indoors

    • katpetrunia
      March 14, 2017 / 1:36 pm

      A fave in our house too 🙂

  37. Erin W
    March 14, 2017 / 7:31 am

    We love anything craft! Especially if you can use glitter glue, haha.

    • katpetrunia
      March 14, 2017 / 8:17 am

      We’re fans of glitter in our house too! 😉

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