#PlayTestShare: Spring Break Ideas for Kids + Giveaway

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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??? 

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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50 Comments

  • Reply Aneta

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

    March 8, 2017 at 8:42 am
  • Reply Rachael

    We love to play board games on rainy days!

    March 8, 2017 at 10:06 am
  • Reply Donna L.

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

    March 8, 2017 at 10:13 am
    • Reply katpetrunia

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

      March 10, 2017 at 11:16 pm
  • Reply Chris

    We love to do puzzles on randy says indoors.

    March 8, 2017 at 10:14 am
  • Reply Revel

    These are great reviews of adorable, fun family games.

    March 8, 2017 at 10:23 am
  • Reply Susan

    We love reading nursery rhymes as an indoor activity.

    March 8, 2017 at 10:35 am
    • Reply katpetrunia

      Would love to hear the favourites at your house!

      March 10, 2017 at 11:13 pm
  • Reply Leana

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

    March 8, 2017 at 11:14 am
    • Reply katpetrunia

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

      March 10, 2017 at 11:13 pm
  • Reply Tairalyn

    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!

    March 8, 2017 at 12:13 pm
    • Reply katpetrunia

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

      March 10, 2017 at 11:12 pm
  • Reply Kam

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

    March 8, 2017 at 12:13 pm
    • Reply katpetrunia

      The best! Blocks are such a classic <3

      March 10, 2017 at 11:11 pm
  • Reply jan

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

    March 8, 2017 at 12:15 pm
    • Reply katpetrunia

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

      March 10, 2017 at 11:11 pm
  • Reply Katy Waldegrave

    My preschooler would love to check this out!

    March 8, 2017 at 12:58 pm
  • Reply nicky

    We love reading and doing puzzles!

    March 8, 2017 at 1:47 pm
    • Reply katpetrunia

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

      March 10, 2017 at 11:10 pm
  • Reply Melissa Vig

    Right now, Yahtzee!,

    March 8, 2017 at 3:17 pm
    • Reply katpetrunia

      I’ve never played, will have to try!

      March 10, 2017 at 11:09 pm
  • Reply marie s

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

    March 8, 2017 at 5:52 pm
  • Reply Sunshine H

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

    March 8, 2017 at 9:58 pm
  • Reply Ashley Peavey

    Those are the cutest toys!!

    March 9, 2017 at 8:28 am
  • Reply Maryanne

    We love playing board games!

    March 9, 2017 at 8:32 am
  • Reply Angel

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

    March 10, 2017 at 5:27 am
  • Reply Lynda Cook

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

    March 10, 2017 at 8:49 am
    • Reply katpetrunia

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

      March 10, 2017 at 11:08 pm
  • Reply Tabitha Blue

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

    March 10, 2017 at 5:18 pm
  • Reply Kristen

    My daughter LOVES puzzles. She would love this!

    March 11, 2017 at 4:37 pm
  • Reply Monique L.S.

    We enjoy drawing, colouring and painting.

    March 11, 2017 at 7:24 pm
  • Reply Andrea Amy

    My kids love to colour and draw

    March 12, 2017 at 11:59 am
  • Reply Linda

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

    March 12, 2017 at 2:17 pm
  • Reply Josh S

    We like playing board games.

    March 12, 2017 at 9:10 pm
  • Reply Silvia

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

    March 12, 2017 at 10:37 pm
  • Reply Debbie S.

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

    March 12, 2017 at 11:04 pm
  • Reply Leslie C

    Playing games or doing crafts are some of favorites!

    March 13, 2017 at 2:21 am
  • Reply Kelly D

    My family’s favourite indoor activities are baking and colouring

    March 13, 2017 at 6:28 am
  • Reply Beth Newcomb

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

    March 13, 2017 at 8:58 am
  • Reply Jeannie Lam

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

    March 13, 2017 at 9:35 am
  • Reply Stephanie

    We love to colour and play board games!

    March 13, 2017 at 9:48 am
  • Reply Juliee Fitze

    We like doing crafts and watching movies.

    March 13, 2017 at 10:09 am
  • Reply Andrea

    We love to watch movies and read!

    March 13, 2017 at 1:35 pm
  • Reply Robyn Bellefleur

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

    March 13, 2017 at 2:42 pm
    • Reply katpetrunia

      Love big puzzles, they’re so much fun 🙂

      March 13, 2017 at 3:54 pm
  • Reply Julie bolduc

    We like playing hide and go seek indoors

    March 13, 2017 at 9:16 pm
    • Reply katpetrunia

      A fave in our house too 🙂

      March 14, 2017 at 1:36 pm
  • Reply Janette Shearer

    We’re a fort building kind of family!

    March 14, 2017 at 12:05 am
  • Reply Erin W

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

    March 14, 2017 at 7:31 am
    • Reply katpetrunia

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

      March 14, 2017 at 8:17 am

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